Friday, August 24, 2012

Pop Culture Roundup

We watched the movie Beastly this week, starring Alex Pettyfer as Kyle, a shallow, rich high school kid who gets on the bad side of classmate/witch Kendra (Mary Kate Olsen), who casts a spell to make him as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside, with the exit clause that if he can get someone to tell him "I love you" within a year, he'll be turned back. Due to his appearance, his TV personality father sets him up with an apartment elsewhere on Manhattan where he'll have a private tutor (Neil Patrick Harris). Vanessa Hudgens plays Lindy, a cute book-smart hopeless romantic who's always had a crush on Kyle despite himself, and who eventually ends up having to live in Kyle's apartment due to being threatened by a street thug. If you haven't figured it out yet, this is Beauty and the Beast set in a rich New York City private school, except with a rushed plot, underdeveloped characters, and mostly bad acting. As you might expect, Harris is a bright spot even though he doesn't have a whole lot to work with.

The season finale of True Blood is this Sunday. I'm still having trouble figuring out how they're going to wrap up some of these plotlines over the span of an hour. The Lilith devotees--oh, Lilith was the first vampire and there's a group of fundamentalist vampire followers seeking to abolish coexistence with humans--are self-imploding, with Bill not yet getting that he's worshipping a hallucination. Since he seems to be in it so deep, I'm actually wondering whether he'll make it to the end of the next episode. But we'll probably see the end of Salome--the girl who danced for and manipulated Herod into killing John the Baptist, who as it turns out is also a vampire and the head of the fundamentalist group--instead. I'm still hoping that Christopher Meloni's character somehow comes back, but alas, his was a glorified cameo.

At any rate, I can at least look forward to the new season of Boardwalk Empire, now that I think I'm finally over what happened last season. Here's the trailer:



I heard a song by Imagine Dragons the other day called "On Top of the World," which I really enjoyed:

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