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Michelle's Movie Corner: 'The Fault in Our Stars'

pishelle Jun 08, 2014

Hey there! So I originally posted this on my site: www.pishelle.com, if you want to check it out there. But I had a feeling some of my buzzloves went to see this movie, or read the book, so I wanted to see what you guys thought! 

We were all waiting for this one, quite impatiently weren't we? John Green wrote an emotional roller-coaster of a novel, which we all ate up and fell in love with.  I for one was on top of all the news as soon as I heard it was becoming a movie.  It is always a nerve-wrecking thing for book lovers, because you want to see it come alive, but you don't want it to fall short of your expectations.  I went in with lower expectations, because that's the only way things work out for me and movies in general these days.

So, at first I was iffy on the casting, but when am I not? Aside from that time my lover Logan Lerman played Charlie in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was dead-on! On the other hand I was uber excited to see Nat Wolff, as he's been so good in everything lately.  And I swear he grew up overnight! Even though I had my doubts, I didn't dwell too much on it, and just hoped for the story to stay true to the book.  Knowing John Green was so heavily involved brought me some ease on that, because I figured if he was there throughout it, he would make sure it was authentic.

And I can definitely say it was a pretty good ode to the book. There were things that were left out, but for the right reasons. I mean, if everything in the book was in the movie, it would have been five hours long.  I'm so not about that life, I get irritated when it's over 2 1/2 these days. But all the best parts of the book were in it, and that is what is important. I thought Shailene Woodley did a good job as Hazel Grace Lancaster.  Although both her and Ansel Elgort weren't who I had in mind, I thought they were a good pairing.

Ansel completely transformed the character of Augustus Waters.  It was definitely not the character that I imagined from when I read the book, but it was perfect for him.  He definitely did the character justice, by staying true to himself.  I think if he tried to replicate, at least what I thought who Augustus Waters was going to be, I would have been disappointed.  I don't know about all of you, but I pictured this uber hot almost broody guy, who has a sarcastic sense of humor.  But the way Ansel plays it, it's more of a lovable goofball, and I thought that worked just as well.

Of course as I mentioned before, I was so looking forward to Nat Wolff, and he definitely didn't disappoint.  He was so funny. My favorite scene with him is right after he breaks up with his girlfriend and he's at Gus' house, Hazel and Gus are having a conversation about their books, and he's just breaking trophies.  I loved that.  I haven't read Paper Towns yet, but apparently Nat will be the lead in the movie! So I gotta get on that!

They all did a great job capturing the essential parts of the books, which is why I was satisfied with the movie.  The only thing that kind of bothered me was, at times you could tell that some of the dialogue was straight from the book.  And yes, that's also good in staying true to the book, but sometimes things don't translate well in speech as it does in writing.  There were a few time when that happened, but it was never a big deal. I didn't think the whole 'Okay? Okay..." wasn't as prominent in the movie, but maybe that wouldn't have been translated so well, if it was said so repetitively.  On the other hand, can we talk about the awesome little TV throwbacks they incorporated like Buffy! That was pretty great!

If you're a fan of the book, definitely give the movie a go, it's well worth the watch.  Even if you didn't, and don't plan to, I thought it was well done. I'd see it again!

P.S. I intentionally left out plot details, cause I hope you all read the book before you go see the movie! ;)

Grade: B+

Are you a fan of the book? Did you think the movie did the book justice?

Meet the New 'Fantastic Four'!

pishelle Feb 20, 2014

Many of the biggest superheroes have been getting reboots, because let's be honest, superheroes are never out of style. No different in the latest reboot of the Fantastic Four.  The last time we saw the crew was back in 2007 in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.  



From the looks of the cast, it seems the trend these days is to do an origin story.  Considering how young the cast is, the reboot looks like it will be similar to the approach of the latest Spider-Man reboot.  


I have to say I am pleased with the cast.  I'm excited to see Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller back in a film together, almost back-to-back after That Awkward Moment.  Both of whom have been doing plenty of great projects.  Jordan will be playing Johnny Storm/The Human Torch and Teller will be Reid Richards/Mr. Fantastic.  Kate Mara who was most recently in Netflix's hit drama House of Cards will be playing Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman. And to round out the cast will be Jamie Bell playing Ben Grimm/The Thing. 


The release date for The Fantastic Four is set for June 19, 2015.


Are you excited about the Fantastic Four reboot? How do you feel about the casting? 


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Michelle's Movie Corner: 'Her'

pishelle Jan 30, 2014

I watched this over a week ago, but my interwebs has been down for a few days so I haven't been able to do much.  Instead of staying home on the computer all day, I went out and watched all the movies I needed to catch up on. My friend and I caught The Wolf of Wall Street, Ride Along, and my favorite, a re-release of Ferris Bueller's Day Off!  Look out for those reviews!  Let's get into this review for now!

A futuristic setting where much of the daily life, not so different from today, relies heavily on technology.  But much advanced technology.  In this futuristic life, there is Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) works as a writer and is in the middle of a divorce from his college sweetheart Catherine (Rooney Mara). On his way to work one day, Theodore notices the latest technology out on the market, an operating system that can be used to basically do anything.  Once Theodore purchases his own, not only does he use the operating system named Samantha (voice of Scarlett Johansson) to help him with his daily tasks, but it blooms into a relationship.

And so we are taken into this romance. Is it possible, or even acceptable? That is basically the running theme of the movie, the fact that we are seeing these two entities try to have a relationship, but there are challenges.  Much like a real relationship, there are challenges, both different and yet the same as what we consider a 'normal' relationship.

Well, I have to say that the film looked beautiful. Spike Jonze did a wonderful job directing.  I on the other hand am not the biggest fan of a romance, whether it is with two humans or with one human and one OS. It was a bit strange, but that is probably the point.  I thought Joaquin Phoenix did great as did Amy Adams as his friend, Amy. I especially loved that Chris Pratt was in this movie. The movie was different, definitely a new take on a modern romance. Romance is just not my genre. 

Grade: B-

Have you checked out Her? What did you think?

Current Obsession: Fox's 'Enlisted'

pishelle Jan 21, 2014

I am constantly in the look for new shows to get obsessed with, so Fox's latest half hour comedy Enlisted came at the perfect time. Slowly, I am catching up with all the shows I am behind on, but I just love starting a new show and watching live!  I had mentioned this show back when I did my Fall 2013 TV Guide post, but for some reason or another the premiere date got pushed back.  It was about time they finally released it! 

Enlisted premiered two weeks ago, on a Friday night.  Literally the death slot.  Which is so not cool, because this show is funny and I love the cast! Just like I mentioned in my last post, Chris Lowell, yes please! I've been a fan of his forever now, and I was so excited to see that he was back on TV.  If you don't know him, he was Piz on Veronica Mars, Dell on Private Practice and he was in The Help, among other things! Then there's Geoff Stults, who I can never forget as Ben from my long phase with 7th Heaven back in the day.  And the youngest brother is played by Parker Young, who is completely ridiculous in Suburgatory. It is too funny how stupid his character is on that show, and he isn't too far off on this one either. But the fact that Fox has not only pushed the premiere date back by so many months, then they had to air it on a Friday.  That really shows that they are just trying to get it cancelled. You'd think the network would at least try to help out a show that is just starting. 

If you haven't checked it out yet, Enlisted is about a family of three brothers who are all in the US Army.  The eldest, Sergeant Pete Hill(Geoff Stults), was in active duty in Afghanistan.  But after a dispute with a superior officer he was demoted and sent to a military base in Florida, where his younger brothers Corporal Derrick Hill(Chris Lowell) and Private Randy Hill(Parker Young) are stationed. The three brothers alone are entertainment enough, but to see Pete come back from active duty to supervise a platoon filled with less than enthusiastic soldiers is too funny.  He takes his job very seriously and just wants to go back to Afghanistan.  Where Derrick really could care less about being a soldier, it just seems that he thought that is the only thing he could be.  And then there is Randy who has dreams to be a super soldier, but doesn't have the skills, but has a heart of pure gold.

It is a nice combination of both a family and buddy comedy.  This is definitely a show worth checking out if you like a good lighthearted comedy.  I've loved the first two episodes and can't wait to check out the rest of the season! Basically, I need you guys to go watch this show, so I can keep watching it!


The first two episodes are up on Hulu and the Fox website for free! You can catch Enlisted on Fox on Fridays at 9:00/8:00c! 

Have you watched Enlisted yet? Will you be checking it out?

Michelle's Movie Corner: 'American Hustle'

pishelle Jan 20, 2014

Finally, I got the chance to check out David O. Russell's latest film, American Hustle. I couldn't wait to check it out with this all-star cast including: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and so more.  Especially considering I've loved O. Russell's last two films, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, his latest just looked like it was going to be fantastic.

I loved and appreciated that the very beginning of the film opens with the tag line 'Some of this actually happened'.  Yes, it had some storylines and resemblances to a real story, but at least no one was claiming this movie to be a serious biopic. The story is very loosely based off of events in the 1970s. Basically conman Irving Rosenfeld(Christian Bale), who is based off of Mel Weinberg, was caught in his many schemes along with his mistress Sydney Prosser(Amy Adams) and then they had to team up with the FBI to get themselves out of jail time.  Both were ordered by Richie DiMaso(Bradley Cooper), an FBI agent who really wanted to take down the big time corrupt politicians.  

The best part of this film had to be the cast.  They went all in on these characters, and they were some pretty crazy personalities to tap into.  I mean, I could barely keep a straight face looking at Christian Bale with that potbelly and comb over, but he sold it. Bradley Cooper with those curls, dead. And Amy Adams, can she just get an Oscar already? She is absolutely fantastic, in everything. And I love Jennifer Lawrence, and her character was good, but I didn't think it was anything standout, especially compared to other performances this year.  I really loved that Jeremy Renner was in this movie, because I love him. But once again, that hair, just magic. There were some other great appearances from actors I love too, it was a great! The whole cast just worked so well together. 

I may have watched the movie a bit too late after the hype, because I was expecting more.  It was entertaining, definitely funny, but something was just missing for me.  It could be because I hyped it up to much for myself. Even though I appreciate the honesty of not being very accurate to the true story, I would have loved for it to be more accurate. Or maybe it was because it was a movie filled with selfish characters, where you really aren't rooting for anyone.  The bad guys are helping the good guys, who are trying to take down the supposedly good guys, who are actually bad guys.  Doesn't make sense? No it doesn't, basically everyone is bad.

Grade: B

Do you want to watch American Hustle?

Golden Globe 2014 Nominations + Predictions

pishelle Jan 12, 2014

Buzznet, I almost forgot about the Golden Globes. ALMOST! But I would never have missed it because it's my favorite award show of the season! I hope I get to watch it! Gonna have to steal a TV! Best part, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting again! Let's be honest, last year was pretty awesome. They may be the best hosts ever! I'm down for them hosting all the awards always! Minus the Oscars this year, cause I'm so ready for Ellen! Anywhos, here is the list of the nominees for tonight, I bolded the ones that I'm rooting for! 

Best Motion Picture, Drama
"12 Years a Slave"
"Captain Phillips"

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"
Idris Elba, "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom"
Tom Hanks, "Captain Phillips"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Robert Redford, "All Is Lost"

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr Banks"
Kate Winslet, "Labor Day"

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
"American Hustle"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Oscar Isaac, "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Her"

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Julie Delpy, "Before Midnight"
Greta Gerwig, "Frances Ha"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Enough Said" 
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"
Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"
June Squibb, "Nebraska"

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"
Daniel Bruhl, "Rush"
Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"
Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Animated Feature Film
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"

Best Director - Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"
Paul Greengrass, "Captain Phillips"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
David O. Russell, "American Hustle"

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture 
Spike Jonze, "Her"
Bob Nelson, "Nebraska"
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope, "Philomena"
John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave"
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, "American Hustle"

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Alex Ebert, "All is Lost"
Alex Heffes, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Steven Price, "Gravity"
Hans Zimmer, "12 Years a Slave"
John Williams, "The Book Thief"

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
"Atlas," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"
"Let It Go," "Frozen"
"Ordinary Love," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"Please Mr. Kennedy," "Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Sweeter Than Fiction," "One Chance"

Best Television Series, Drama
"Breaking Bad" (AMC)
"Downton Abbey" (PBS)
"The Good Wife" (CBS)
"House of Cards" (Netflix)
"Masters of Sex" (Showtime)

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Liev Schreiber, "Ray Donovan"
Michael Sheen, "Masters of Sex"
Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards"
James Spader, "The Blacklist"

Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife"
Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black"
Taylor Schilling, "Orange Is the New Black"
Kerry Washington, "Scandal"
Robin Wright, "House of Cards"

Best Televison Series, Comedy or Musical
"The Big Bang Theory" (CBS)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox)
"Girls" (HBO)
"Modern Family" (ABC)
"Parks and Recreation" (NBC)

Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical
Jason Bateman, "Arrested Development"
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Michael J. Fox, "The Michael J. Fox Show"
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"
Andy Samberg, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"

Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical

Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl"
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"
Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
"American Horror Story: Coven" (FX)
"Behind the Candelabra" (HBO)
"Dancing on the Edge" (Starz)
"Top of the Lake"
"White Queen" (Starz)

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Damon, "Behind the Candelabra"
Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "Dancing on the Edge"
Idris Elba, "Luther"
Al Pacino, "Phil Spector"

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Helena Bonham Carter, "Burton & Taylor"
Rebecca Ferguson, "The White Queen"
Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story: Coven"
Helen Mirren, "Phil Spector"
Elisabeth Moss, "Top of the Lake"

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Josh Charles, "The Good Wife"
Rob Lowe, "Behind the Candelabra"
Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad"
Corey Stoll, "House Of Cards"
Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan"

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jacqueline Bisset, "Dancing on the Edge"
Janet McTeer, "White Queen"
Hayden Panettiere, "Nashville"
Monica Potter, "Parenthood"
Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family"

So basically, all things Breaking Bad and American Hustle should win! I think 12 Years a Slave is going to dominate the drama side of movies. I stuck with American Hustle for Best Actor and Actress, but it is very possible that DiCaprio gets it, cause you know people always be feeling bad for him. But he already has a globe, he needs that Oscar.  But I just love Christian Bale too much, he is one of my favorites! And with Meryl Streep against Amy Adams, you never know. I just lurve Sandra Bullock, and I've heard good things about Gravity, so I'm rooting for her. And I really need to see Dallas Buyers Club, cause Jared Leto was all in for that role. And yes I did vote for both Frozen and Despicable Me 2. I can't choose between Olaf the Snowman and my Minions! NEVER!

When it comes to comedy, I always love me some Big Bang, but I have been on such a Parks and Rec kick lately, I have to put my votes for those guys! Plus Big Bang has gotten lots of love! That's why I'm rooting for Andy Samberg for Best Actor in comedy. The only real competition for comedy, I think is Girls.  I personally don't think they deserve it, but they totally could win. I've mentioned before that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one my favorite new shows, and all because of him. Can we talk about how happy I am Monica Potter is nominated for Parenthood, I really hope she takes it home!

Who are you guys rooting for? Will you be watching?

 Tonight @ 8pm ET on NBC!

Ongoing Obsession: Dylan O'Brien

pishelle Jan 06, 2014

Yes, time for another one of my long-term obsessions.  In honor of the premiere of Teen Wolf tonight, we are going to have a little GIF party for my lover Dylan O'Brien. The cast has plenty of good looking guys. Last season I had a gallery for all of them, but there is no denying that Dylan is my favorite! If you've seen Teen Wolf, granted not one of the best shows ever, but Dylan as Stiles makes it worth the watch! His character has so much heart, he cares about everyone, and he is just such a loveable goofball. There is no way you won't love his character!  

If you don't watch Teen Wolf, you may have seen him in The Internship that came out last summer.  He was also in this movie called The First Time, where he was once again so adorable!  Or maybe you remember him from that episode of New Girl last year! You can look out for him in The Maze Runner which should be coming out this year! He's gonna be huge, not that he isn't already!

Let's get into this GIF Party ehh?

Boy can MOVE. 

Sarcasm + Goofy = Best kind of comedy

He knows how to have a Bromance

Please. Be. My. Batman.

That modesty though.

Do you watch Teen Wolf? Who's your favorite character?

Michelle's Movie Corner: 'Saving Mr. Banks'

pishelle Jan 04, 2014

New Year means more new movies to see! More like every day of every year I am ready for new movies! My friend and I had been waiting for this movie for a while, so we were so excited we finally had the time to go check it out. Plus we love anything to do with Disney, so this movie was perfect for us!

The movie is about Walt Disney, played by the always lovely Tom Hanks, trying to have P.L. Travers, fantastically portrayed by Emma Thompson, agree to give him the movie rights of her beloved Mary Poppins.  Travers proves to be rather stubborn, and Disney along with screenwriter Don DaGradi(Bradley Whitford) and songwriters Robert and Richard Sherman(B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman) try their very best to tolerate her.  

Along with the story of Mary Poppins being turned into a film, the other half was a biography of the life of P.L. Travers, whose real name is Helen Goff.  We get insight to the inspiration of Mary Poppins, by seeing bits from her childhood.  Much of which surrounds her relationship with her father, Travers Goff, played by one of my many lovers Colin Farrell.

The acting was so good, I mean with Thompson and Hanks, you can't expect any less.  But they really brought the people to life, and even more than that Thompson made this seemingly unbearable woman, rather entertaining.  And how they made sure to at least try and put as much authenticity into the personalities.  Before I saw the movie, I watched an interview with Tom Hanks on Ellen, he talked about how Walt Disney was a heavy smoker and how he was always smoking.  Hanks wanted to capture that in the film, so you see him holding a cigarette every once in a while, and you here him coughing to point it out.  All because he couldn't actually smoke the cigarette, or the movie would have been rated R. Which makes no sense to me, because Colin Farrell's character was an alcoholic, and he was constantly drinking, but apparently that is still okay in a PG-13 movie, but not smoking.  Odd. Anywhos, I thought it was a really interesting idea for us to get an inside look at how a beloved film was actually made.  

The only thing I would have wished for was a bit more backstory on the actual Mary Poppins character inspiration. In the movie, it was kind of implied that P.L. Travers' aunt was the inspiration of Mary Poppins, but after doing some research, it does not seem so.  In which case, I don't know if that character was completely imagined or what.  The movie is called Saving Mr. Banks, not Where Did Mary Fly in From, so I guess it makes sense why we don't get anything on her. On the flip-side, my favorite was the relationship between Travers and her chauffeur Ralph(Paul Giamatti).

Grade: B

Are you a fan of Mary Poppins and Disney? 

Time for the 'Real World'

pishelle Dec 23, 2013

Well, it finally happened! I am officially a college graduate! Which means, it is time for me to be an adult. Ahhh!!! I don't know how ready I am for that, but I am very happy to be done with school!  Everything went well, it was pretty short and sweet. Here are a few photos!

(I was the very last person to be called, as usual. And then I was out!)

(With my friends and mom.)

(Sittin on the Nittony Lion. Cause I 'had' to get a photo with it.)

(My girls and I being weird, like always.)

(And then I was so done with the photo-op.)

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Michelle's Movie Corner: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

pishelle Dec 19, 2013

I finished off my college years by going to the movies. I mean how else are you supposed to celebrate? And what better way to start my adult life than to go see Ron Burgundy and gang back in action? Exactly, it doesn’t get better than that!

So let me admit that I am so lame, because I watched Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for the first time last week. Just so that I would be prepared for the sequel. And the first was pretty good, but I'd argue that the second was even better!

First of all, if you are a huge fan of the original, you'll be very pleased with all the shout outs to the first movie.  They really brought it and made it for the true fans! But, it is also a stand-alone movie. You don't really need to see the original to appreciate it, but you will enjoy all the parallels, if you have seen the first. There is a good story that really brings everything together, but it is still just as ridiculous and hilarious.

Now can we just talk about how good these guys are? I mean Will Ferrell alone is pure gold; Ron Burgundy is indeed a true legend.  But I'd argue Steve Carell is the star that continues to shine brighter.  Carell of course plays Brick Tamland, who is by far one of my favorite characters ever; he was my favorite part of both movies.  In the first he did not have a huge role, but was always there. In this one, he was legit, and I loved it.  Especially opposite his love interest Chani(Kristin Wiig), I mean what a perfect pairing.  Can I mention again, because I feel like I've mentioned this so many times over my life that Paul Rudd is magic. I mean he freaking looks younger as he gets older.  It's freaking crazy! And he is just amazing as Brian Fantana; I kind of dig him in that get-up.  Don't judge me. Champ Kind(David Koechner) was even funnier this time around!  The only character I enjoyed more the first time around was Veronica Corningstone(Christina Applegate), but she did not have as big a role this time around. Ron and Veronica's son Walter, was absolutely precious.  This group of people is absolutely epic. 

If you want a good laugh, definitely check this out! And you are in store for a crazy amount of random cameos from literally everyone! 

Grade: B+

Will you be watching the news team back in action?

Stay Classy Buzznet!


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