- Category: Entertainment
- Written by Tommy Geraci
Some of us are just as excited about the creative ads that will undoubtably be a part of our Super Bowl experience today. Even if your teams aren't part of the competition, you get caught up in the excitement and I think most people choose to be a fan of another team for the day. Even if you watch just for the camaraderie of the sports experience, you know you will be entertained during the commercial breaks.
Over the years, we have seen some truly inspiring ads, some hysterical commercials, and I think we all have a list of our favorites. Yesterday, I was pondering why the World Series in baseball doesn't attract the same response from advertisers but that's a story for a different day. I was also pondering why these commercials seem so SUPER during the Super Bowl but then when they are added into regular rotation, they don't seem to carry the same interest? Maybe some of you have theories on these?
Here are a few ads I remember enjoying in the past years (in no particular order). Just click the images to see the ads:
Jeep commercial for the troops narrated by Oprah:
Snickers commercial with Betty White:
Best Buy commercial with Ozzy Osborne and Justin Bieber:
And here's one from Budweiser for the 2015 Super Bowl that is sure to be a classic!
What are some of your very favorite Super Bowl ads? Do you watch the commercials during the game with just as much interests as the game itself?
- Category: Film Review
- Written by Tommy Geraci
With the Oscars coming up, I have been catching up on the films that have been honored with nominations from the Academy. Today I viewed "Unbroken" starring Jack O'Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Matthew Crocker, and Finn Wittrock (most recently seen on American Horror Story: Freak Show).
The film is a true story about the life of Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini and his time in the armed forces during WWII. It was directed by Angelina Jolie and written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson, and the book the screenplay was based on was written by Laura Hillenbrand.
"Unbroken" was nominated for Oscars in the following categories:
- Best Achievement in Cinematography
- Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
- Best Achievement in Sound Editing
The film received the honor of Movie of the Year at the AFI Awards.
"Unbroken: also received the following Critics Choice Awards honors:
- Best Picture
- Best Director (Jolie)
- Best Adapted Screenplay
- Best Cinematography
You can find a full list of awards on IMDb and view the trailer.
There was a bit of controversy over the snubbing of Jolie by the Oscars Academy for Jolie as best director and after viewing the film, I can see why. I do understand why the film garnered much acclaim for cinematography, sound, and screenplay. It was beautifully shot and the perspective of the cameras during the period they were stranded on the lifeboats was absolute perfection. I felt so helpless along with the characters, I felt frustrated for them, and even more than a bit panicked.
From the beginning I found the writing and delivery of the lines to convey the camaraderie of the soldiers. When they receive a new plane to fly, one officer comments, "It's like sitting in the living room trying to fly the house" another counters with "Well, it's been certified" and another comments, "By Hellen Keller". The playfulness quickly turns serious when the plane goes down and only three are left in a most dire situation.
Floating on lifeboats, surrounded by sharks with no food and one injured man is no picnic. The character of Mac (Wittrock) is so negative from the very beginning and I noted that I did agree with him but you have to be practical and try as hard as you can to at least stay positive while trying your best to find a way out. I might feel differently about that if I were in such a situation, to be honest.
At one point the men capture a seagull and try to eat it. The FIRST thing that went through my head was, YUCK! seagulls mostly eat garbage and waste so to eat one raw really wouldn't be my ideal solution for starvation.
Louis Zamperini was an Olympic runner and even during his capture by the Japanese, he remained true to his roots but the conditions were not exactly conducive to his health nor perfect for his athleticism. Most of the time in captivity was a struggle between the Americans' patriotism and their survival instinct. Again, some of the things that happen to them during the time they were being held by the Japanese was hard to watch and definitely stirred feelings of anger.
I don't want to give away too much of the story but I do want to encourage you to see "Unbroken" as well as the other Oscar nominated films, before the Oscars if you can. The movie industry has taken lots of criticism in the past few years but there are still high quality projects, involving truly talented and dedicated people that slip past us each year. I find the Oscars can lead us to these projects by following the nominees and paying attention to the films that generate the most buzz or controversy for being overlooked. Use the nominations to find films to watch but also pay attention to what is being said about those films that many feel deserved to be nominated and weren't. Go see as many as you can, good entertainment keeps us happy and gives us lots to talk about!
- Category: Television
- Written by Tommy Geraci
Television has changed so much in the past few years. We used to look forward to the Fall TV season, we knew there would be a break for the holidays and then we looked forward to the return of our shows after that. We also knew that we could catch up with our favorite shows or re-watch our favorite moments over the Summer when they would all be rerun.
That is no longer the formula. Now we have new shows premiering in the Winter, Spring, and Summer. So many choices and so much to DVR!
This Winter, we have a few new shows from TV Land and the return of some of our favorites!
Here is a list of the NEW shows I'm looking forward to:
- Younger (TV Land, March 2015) TV Land says: "TV Land's Newest original "Younger," stars Tony Award® winner Sutton Foster ("Bunheads") Hilary Duff ("Lizzie McGuire"), Debi Mazar ("Entourage") and Miriam Shor ("GCB"). The single-camera project, which is written, executive produced and directed by Darren Star ("Sex and the City"), is based on the novel "Younger" by Pamela Redmond Satran. Patricia Field, who worked with Star on "Sex and the City," will be a costume consultant on the production." I can't wait to see some of my favorites, Debi Mazar and Hilary Duff under the direction of Darren Star. I think this one may be the Pretty Little Liars for the adult set. It's about a woman (Foster) who returns to the workforce to find she is too old to compete and has to transform into a YOUNGER version of herself with the help of her best friend (Mazar).
- The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV Land, 2015 - date to be announced) TV Land says: "The single-camera series is inspired by Gaffigan’s real life, exploring one man's struggle in New York City to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite. Ashley Williams (“How I Met Your Mother”) will co-star in “The Jim Gaffigan Show” as Jim’s wife, and cult comedy favorites Adam Goldberg (“Fargo”) and Michael Ian Black (“Ed”) also star as Jim’s best friend and his wife’s meddling confidante, respectively." I loved Gaffigan in 'My Boys' on TBS which also starred TV Land regular Kellee Stewart (The Soul Man). Jim is always hysterical in his standup so I imagine a show based on his life would be a riot.
- The Odd Couple (CBS, February 19th 8:30PM) Matthew Perry (Friends) as Oscar and Thomas Lennon as Felix in this remake of the 1970s sitcom about two divorced men who become roommates to discover they are complete opposites.
- The Slap (mini-series) (NBC, February 5th) Mary-Louise Parker, Zachary Quinto, and Uma Thurman star in this drama about simmering tensions and buried secrets among friends and family. The commercials are intriguing to me, so I can't wait to check it out!
- iZombie (CW, March 17th) Another favorite of mine, David Anders (The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon A Time) stars in this story about a zombie who helps Seattle police solve crimes by experiencing the victims' memories when she eats their brains.
And a few returning shows to look forward to:
- Bates Motel (A&E, March 9th) The teenage years continue for Norman under the watchful eye of Norma. I so enjoy the performances of the entire cast, especially Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga. The writing is extraordinary, a true drama and complete Theater quality work!
- The Night Shift (NBC, February 23rd) The doctors of the Night Shift are back to their old shenanigans for a second season. I'm glad this show was brought back for more, the first season only began to show us the different personalities and situations they get into.
- House of Cards (NetFlix, February 27th) This show is completely top quality and I believe it gave Netflix as well as other online platforms a jolt of popularity. We always had quality shows available online but House of Cards really seemed to peek the interests of entertainment lovers. I love the attention and awards it has garnered as well as the opportunities that have opened up for indie entertainment because of it.
- The Fosters (ABC Family, January 19th) This family drama is one I recommend to parents to watch with their children all the time. The characters, the acting, the stories, and the writing are stellar! It also sheds light on topics that really need our attention in the times we currently live in.
Of course I am also looking forward to the return of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, The Flash, Arrow, Supernatural, Bones, Melissa and Joey, Baby Daddy, Pretty Little Liars, and Once Upon a time to name a few more! I have also been enjoying Galavant on ABC for a little fun on a Sunday night!
What NEW shows have your interests peaked? What returning shows have you waiting on bated breath? Share with me in the comments: