Thanks to my trusty Ipad

Thanks to my trusty Ipad, I have the ability to watch movies or TV shows wherever I go. If I didn’t have the ability to travel and watch the shows I want to watch, I might hyperventilate. I’m not even kidding, it’s one of those things that I can’t really get by without. I’m not saying it’s the only thing that helps me get through each day, but it’s definitely a big part. So many people tell me that I need to get my eyes off the boob tube, and get out there to see what the world has to offer. I tell them that I travel for work (I work for Quicken Loans), so I fire back at people and tell them I actually get out and see different things, but I love me some TV!

Thank you trusty Ipad, you save my life so many times!

Thank you trusty Ipad, you save my life so many times!

Anyway, I was in Farmington Hills, MI this week for work, and was discussing with my chauffeur at Limos of Farmington – check them out for top notch limo service – (again, I spend a lot of time in transit) the movie ‘Pitch Perfect 2 – We’re Back, Pitches.’

Now I’m not going to step on my tongue here and say that this movie was as good as the original Pitch Perfect, because that came out of nowhere and knocked everyone’s socks off. Really difficult to top a cult classic with a sequel. If you want funny, stupid humor, with some great singing, then this is your movie. If you’re looking for a great script, great acting, or an Oscar worth performance, then you might want to stay away. You know what you’re getting here, and if you don’t, then you might want to rethink your approach to movies.

I think the best review I saw recently was that this was great from a tonal standpoint, meaning that the music was good, but the movie otherwise fell flat. Pretty much what I could have said after seeing it. Like you would expect, there was some great moments of hilarity, especially from ‘Phat Amy’, who I could watch all day because of the ridiculous look on her face. Otherwise, there wasn’t much that made me roll out of my chair laughing. I did appreciate that there was a bunch of Green Bay Packers in the movie, which was different and refreshing. My wife would have greatly appreciated seeing Clay Mathews tear his shirt off and flex his pipes a bit.… Continue Reading

Falling Skies

I was discussing this show with my chauffeur the other day. I don’t have a personal chauffeur, but I do travel quite a bit, so I take limos from various airports to hotels or business meetings where I stay while I’m on the road. Fortunately, Louie (said chauffeur), had been watching Falling Skies as well, so we were able to have a pretty good conversation about what we thought were good and bad point about the show.

In short, here’s what we discussed:

The Good – Character development. We thought that the Mason’s were excellently developed throughout the five seasons, and although there were some characters we wanted to know a bit more about, this was an area where we couldn’t complain much. Many of the main characters were all easily identifiable, and whenever something key happened, and it pulled some information from a character’s past or a past episode, we both felt that everything was covered so we didn’t feel like there was a hole in character development.

Also Good – The Action! There’s not much to say about this one. There’s a ton of drama, and episodes that have so much action that you can feel your own adrenaline pumping at every turn.

The Bad – The Acting. Now, don’t get me wrong, the acting isn’t terrible, it’s just over-dramatized at times, and there are scenes that are incredibly over-acted. It’s not that the actors themselves are that bad, but sometimes certain scenes don’t need dramatization like what is given.

Also Bad – The Story. This one is pretty simple, and not too many people can argue. You know the narrative. Alien’s invade. About 90% or more humans get killed, or are now possessed by the evil forces of the aliens. Humanity is being threatened, and people inhabiting planet Earth need to find a way to save the world before it is overrun by the intruders. Before I even watched the show, I knew what the story line would be, but I was anxious to see if it offered a different plot than most extra-terrestrial style shows.

Truth be told, I’m always anxiously waiting for the next episode, so there can’t be too much wrong with this show. Louie disagreed with that, as he said he has been addicted to some bad television in the past. Basically, human nature is to follow a show for a few episodes, and by then we’re either too involved to give up watching, or we say ‘This is terrible,’, and move on.… Continue Reading

Welcome to Studio Upstairs

Welcome to my new blog, Studio Upstairs. Today, I’ll be reviewing the second season of True Detective. Since we’ve only seen 3 episodes, this will be a pretty brief review, but I’m so enamored with the show like I was with the first season, so I wanted to make sure this was my first review.

First off, if you don’t like dark television, this is probably not the show for you. But, if you like character development, mystery, and a show that keeps you guessing, this is the series for you.

Just a few notes from the first three episodes: