The Final Girls (2015)

the final girlsFor a movie that was widely distributed as a straight to DVD movie, skipping the theater screenings outside festivals completely, The Final Girls feels a bit out of place in the best possible way.  It doesn’t scream DVD-release because it manages to be more smart, more intriguing and even a bit more qualified for the big screen than some of the bigger comedies out there. And that’s not even taking into consideration the funny and consistently talented cast.

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TOP 10 SPECIAL: Year 2012 highlights – part 3

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By the third part I find it very difficult to come up with any additional things to say, so for those who happen to end up here with no back story to this what so ever, check out part 1 and part 2. And yes, this is the third consecutive day I’m posting a TOP 10 list – and no, this won’t be the last, two more are coming after the weekend, so the end is near, bare with me.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

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Before my long marathon of TOP 10 posts commences I discovered I ought to review The Perks of Being a Wallflower because as seen from the delicious picture of popcorn – it was my favorite! I was contemplating a lot on the fact if it deserves the best or not, but I finally thought to leave my negativity out the door. For good reason I might add, Chbosky’s book got to me when I read it, around that time I heard it was going to be a movie, and it was a joy to see it come to life in the hands of the author himself. Isn’t that the best way to translate a medium onto the screen in terms of truth, honor and integrity?

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# 103 – TVD

I don’t want to sound like a shallow fan (like those Twihards and little girls wearing Team Wolf T-shirts) but I absolutely LOVE The Vampire Diaries. I’m sorry, yes, I’m that girl! But I can’t help it, the only thing I can do is explain my deep feelings for this show that go beyond my secret crush on Ian Somerhalder (which now isn’t a secret anymore, oh well). So those who want to know reasons why you should watch this show, go ahead, read my post dedicated to TVD.

I’m not a fan of Twilight! Let me get it out there once again because I think I’ve said it before. But the things I am a fan of are yes, usually supernatural. Hence my deep respect for shows like Supernatural, True Blood, Being Erica, The Listener, Buffy, Angel, Misfits and yes, my favorite show at the moment, The Vampire Diaries! I get that some of the shows do not have vampires nor werewolves but I consider time traveling and reading peoples minds also supernatural. Anyhow, back to the main topic, I’m about to list 10 reasons why you should watch TVD if you for some unreasonable reason aren’t watching it already! Here they are:

# 1 – Ian Somerhalder


I couldn’t resist the urge to name him as the first reason, sorry Paul Wesley you are great too but.. I like the bad boys! Can’t help it.. I like them in movies, TV-shows, in real life (over the years I’ve found out that this bad boy thing is a really really really unfortunate thing in reality!) – so Ian Somerhalder who portrays Damon Salvatore, the dark and evil brother, gets to be my favorite. Which by the way is really not a bad thing, I am a pretty normal fan – no scribbling Ian’s name in my notebooks nor having Ian pillows in my room!

Some of you might know him from Lost, he was the first one to die on the island (funny thing is, he was the first one to be cast as a passenger on that plane) – but he had some guest appearances during the flash-backs. Others might recognize him from the modeling world – with those eyes, who wouldn’t be a model!? Ian is a part of a lot of organizations that help with keeping the Earth clean and saving water, recycling etc. He has three cats – so he is a cat person like I am, so now you understand why he is the first reason.

# 2 – Elena Gilbert


I should mention that I have read the books and when sometimes movies and TV-shows change things, I usually don’t like it, but Elena in the show is much cooler than in the books! Honestly, making her from being a blond into a dark haired girl was in my opinion the best choice ever – I couldn’t imagine her being blond, doesn’t suit the character at all. Plus, she seems a lot more determined in the show – in the books she doubts her love for Stefan and she thinks a lot about Damon but in the show this is much more at ease. Which is bad for me, I am team Damon captain, leader, first lady what ever, so seeing Elena’s love for Stefan annoys the hell out of me, but I get it.

Nina Dobrev is quite okay, her being able to play two different women at the same time is better than the Lindsay Lohan version of twins so I’d say she is doing rather good. She also is pretty as a cupcake!

# 3 – the writers

I have to give a thumbs up for the writers as well, they do a very good job with keeping the tension up the whole season. At the end of the first season I really couldn’t wait for the next one and when I thought the first episode of the second season would be enough to feed my appetite they managed to write the whole beginning of the second season as intense as the first episode. So far the whole season has been so interesting and good that I don’t want it to end, but meanwhile I can’t wait for the third one.

But they aren’t good only considering the seasons, they have done a decent job in writing the characters – different from the book of course, which is another good thing about the show. Similar to True Blood the writers aren’t afraid to do things that aren’t from the books – yeah, the characters are inspired by the books but most of it is all about the show. For instance Elena’s brother Jeremy is a made up character for the show, plus her friends Caroline and Bonnie are also some what made up – they totally dismissed Meredith from the books and kept it a little lighter on the friends front. So yeah, if you are a fan of the books, you should really think about the fact that the show is a different thing on its own which has evolved so much more thanks to its writers and who are not messing up the entire plot by making it intolerable.

# 4 – Paul Wesley


I guess I have to mention the other brother sooner or later so why not make him the fourth reason. He is handsome I have to admit but the character who he is portraying, Stefan Salvatore is a bit too much for me in the show. Sure, he seems like a nice boyfriend and he really cares for everybody, but the whole going bad thing for me showed that he is weak. I like my characters strong and ready for anything – but surely this just shows that he is in fact a human.. in that wider sense that he as a vampire has faults like humans have. (This reminds me the whole Damon confession thing in the second season which makes me sad and a little happy because that was a wonderful bomb to drop on the viewers – we know it (we kind of new it before too), he knows it, but Elena doesn’t – awesome!)

I don’t know a lot about Paul Wesley himself except he similar to Nina (who was born in Bulgaria) is somewhat European (go Europe!), Poland to be exact. He has spent most of his childhood summers here and knows Polish – not a sexy language I think, I’m more of a French, Italian and English accent person myself, but I’m up for Paul speaking some Polish in the show (Nina did the whole Bulgarian thing just last week as Katherine). Wikipedia (my trusty information source) tells that he enjoys snowboarding and has shown interest in directing and writing – so who knows, maybe if he does something besides acting he might grow on me a little more cause he really has that handsome thing going on too.

Side note: I just found out that the creator of the show, Kevin Williamson (who did Dawson’s Creek) is openly gay. A fun fact to those who know that my other favorite vampire show True Blood’s creator is also gay. I see a connection here!

# 5 – dramatic humor


I find this to be a rare breed of writing in TV-shows, so far Supernatural for me had that (they might have lost it in the 6th season) while True Blood has something that is on a completely different level, sarcastic humor which is even more rare. Glee is trying to do the sarcastic thing, I think.. but I actually don’t know what Glee is trying to do because lately I’ve started to not like it as much as I did. Back to the topic, TVD has a dramatic humor.

Let me explain as good as I can, it makes me laugh but it isn’t funny – I mean, mostly it involves Damon because he in my mind is the perfect dramatic funny guy – he does something bad and then tells the punch line which usually makes me laugh. Dramatic humor! Not really trying to be funny but ends up being funny, not ha-ha funny but.. hi-hi funny. I should really start considering taking classes that teach me how to express myself in a manner which people could understand what I am saying. Until then..

# 6 – vampires, werewolves, witches and warlocks (?)


This show has everything, I mean at first they had vampires and a witch, now they have werewolves and apparently male witches aka warlocks. So basically it is a better version of Twilight because the vampires do not sparkle! They don’t! There are so many great jokes to could be (and are being) told about the famous sparkling vampire but glitter is the new IT thing amongst women for men, cause the ladies apparently still like themselves some sparkle. Anyway, TVD vampires also can walk under the sun yes, but they do not sparkle! They can do it because they have rings that protect them from the sun. Yeah, I know how stupid this might sound but every other movie or show nowadays has vampires who can walk in the daylight or try to walk in the daylight or sparkling in the daylight etc. TVD just does it with some style.

The other actors who play those supernatural beings are mostly too very pretty and handsome – some are still human, some have rings that can do other stuff. But trust me, TVD has a lot of supernatural going on!

# 7 – the vibe of it


I don’t know if it is me or does TVD seem a bit darker. I mean, compared to 90210 it does seem to use more darker colors and it always seems cloudy even if it is sunny. Sure this is of course something that is well thought of but I still think it is worth mentioning. The whole vibe of the show is some what broody and dark, just the way Damon is…

Sorry, got distracted with Damon, anyway – the show looks visually pleasing and it is important to have that slight elegance in the darkness which makes the whole show look clean. I hope you understand me when I say that, but I think it is important that the characters look good and fit into the whole vibe of the show. TVD is consistent.

# 8 – the big L (logic)


The big question is how logical can it all be, how good is the writing and the acting and the plot and the things the characters do – TVD has everything under control at the moment. I’m pretty sure if there were any vampires in real life (and there aren’t!) they would watch TVD – I mean it has bad ass vampires and good ones and ones that are good and bad at the same time plus all the other supernatural things.. I wonder if it is possible to make a show only based on vampires!? They seem interesting enough but I guess they are nothing without the moon puppies, woof-woof.

So far I haven’t been disappointed about TVD doing things out of character, they have kept everything moving and do not do the “every episode is a new episode” thing but they have gone with the not so common “like a long movie” seasons. I enjoy it, although it is so frustrating to wait for the next episode if they keep ending every episode on a high and then throw a cliffhanger and then change the cliffhanger in the next episode and oh I just can’t wait for the next episode.

# 9 – cause it is thrilling

They do a fine job keeping the thrill up and when it seems it is about to cool down they bring in a new character! They like to do that, bring in new characters – sometimes they kill them off really fast but some stay for a while. But I really don’t want to tell much about the thrilling things, you have to see it for yourself because…

# 10 – the main reason you should watch this is that

You will love it! (If you like supernatural things.. )