Are You There Chelsea?: A Television Show Review

Title:  Are You There Chelsea?
Creator(s):  Dottie Zicklin and Julie Ann Larson
Release Date:  January 11, 2012
Season/Episode:  Season 1, Episode 1
Genre:  Comedy
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star

Tonight, I watched the new show, Are You There Chelsea?.  And I must admit, that my thoughts about what this show was going to be were not very good.  In all honesty, I was worried.  I really like Chelsea Handler and her work and I feel that this show could be a great thing for her.

The show is almost exactly like the book, from what I can remember of it, at least.  I’m talking, some of the dialogue was even exact.  Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  After all, the show is based after Chelsea Handler’s book, ‘Are you There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea.’  I did like that they were able to sway away from the book a little bit as well.

I think throughout the show, I laughed a total of 5 times.  Yes, I counted.

The show started off a little rocky, but by the end I feel like I mostly enjoyed it.

Laura Prepon’s (the woman who plays Chelsea) acting was, in my opinion, very well done.  Of course, I did like her in ‘That 70’s Show’ also.  Chelsea Handler, I was a little worried about at first … but she turned out to be not that bad.

Do I think that it’s going to do well on TV?  Probably not.  But it was pretty entertaining and it did get me to laugh a few times.

Television Show Challenge:  1 down, 19 more to go!


Paper Moon: A Movie Review

“Times Are Hard.”

Title: Paper Moon
Director:  Peter Bogdanovich
Release Date:  May 9, 1973
Rating:  PG
Genre:  Comedy, Crime, Drama
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 star5 star

I finally watched Paper Moon (1973) on January 10, 2012.  It is a movie that I have been wanting to see since early 2006, which is when I first read Tatum O’Neal’s (the main character in the movie) memoir titled ‘A Paper Life.’  In the book, she discusses her life as well as what was going on while shooting Paper Moon.  Some parts of the book were hard to read.  And it was sad hearing about parts of her childhood, but it is overall a great read.  But this isn’t a book review … this is a movie review.  And I’m going to give you just that.

Something you should know about me:  I have a hard time sitting through movies.  I have to take breaks and I sometimes find other things to distract me.  However, this movie was an exception.  I was glued to the screen throughout the entire movie.  It was absolutely brilliant.

The movie is about a young girl named Addie Loggins, played by Tatum O’Neal.  Addie’s mother has just passed away and the movie actually opens to the funeral for her mother.  Addie has only one relative – an aunt who lives in Missouri.  She hitches a ride to Missouri with a man (Mose – who is actually her father in real life) who was at the funeral.  This man may or may not be her father.  Mose is what many would call a crook.  Addie learns the ways of  Mose and becomes a miniature version of him … a much cuter version, of course!  It’s basically about this unlikely partnership that ensues between a young, precocious girl and a dishonest man during the Great Depression.

Movie Challenge:  1 down, 9 more movies to go.

Franny and Zooey: A Book Review

“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.”

Title:  Franny and Zooey
Author:  J.D. Salinger
Release Date:  January 30, 2001 by Back Bay Books (first published in 1955)
Age Group:  Adult
Genre:  Classic
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star

I finished Franny and Zooey on January 5th, 2012.  It only took me a day to read the entire book, considering it was so short.  The author of this book was J.D. Salinger … you may remember him as the author of Catcher in The Rye.

Franny and Zooey is about a family of children (savant-like children) who discuss certain matters of life.  You meet the family and learn to appreciate each character individually.

Something that I was surprised by was that Zooey , in the book, is actually a 25 year-old man.  I think this surprised me because I know that actress Zooey Deschanel was named after this character.

Things I liked about the book:  The style of writing (which made it very easy to read).  The shortness of the book – again, a plus.  The dialogue was brilliant, to say the least.  It takes a genius, in my opinion, to create dialogue like this for geniuses.

Things I did not like about the book:  It takes place in maybe 3-4 scenes tops.  Also, I had a problem with the way Zooey treated his mother.

Book Challenge: 2 down, 18 more to go.