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Flashback Friday- The Hills (2006-2010)

We all know that so-called “reality shows” are not real. The question is, is the show “real” enough to bring in viewers?

The Hills aired on MTV from 2006-2010. A spin-off of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, the show followed the lives and careers of four young women living in Los Angeles.

The only good thing about this show was that the song sung over the opening credits is sung by Natasha Bedingfield. I watched enough of this show to know that it was as fake as fake could be. Some critics accused the show of being a nighttime drama labelled as a reality show. Frankly, I could not agree more.

Do I recommend it? Not really.

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Throwback Thursday-Joey (2004-2006)

When a popular television program ends, it is tempting for both fans and Hollywood producers to consider the idea of a spinoff.

In 2004, Friends went off the air after ten years on television. In the fall of that year, a spinoff debuted. Matt LeBlanc had his own show, Joey (2004-2006). In the show, Joey Tribbiani (LeBlanc) moves to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. He moves into an apartment purchased by his sister, Gina (Drea de Matteo) and starts to build a relationship with his nephew, Michael (Paul Costanzo).

If I am, to be honest, I give this show an A for effort. The creative team did everything they could to replicate the level of television success that Friends had. But there was something missing from this show that I cannot put my finger on.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America Book Review

In the 1930’s, Leon Lewis appeared to be just another unassuming lawyer from Los Angeles. But in reality, he was the head of a spy ring whose goal was to stop the secret Nazi invasion of America and protect the lives of the city’s Jewish population.

His story unfolds in the non fiction book, Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America, written by Steven J. Ross. Los Angeles was a target not only because it was home base of the entertainment industry, but also for the military sites that were close by. While the law enforcement chose to focus their attention elsewhere, Mr. Lewis and his ring of spies understood how important it was to uncover the truth before it was too late.

 

While the book is a little slow, it is worth reading until the end. Though the book is non fiction, Mr. Ross found a way to imbue the narrative with tension and danger. It reads like a fictional spy thriller, even with the documented historical facts.

I recommend it.

 

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Throwback Thursday-Son In Law (1993)

College, for many is an eye opening experience. It is often the first time we are away from the comforts of home and family. But it is also the opportunity to grow and find out who you really are and what you want out of life.

In Son In Law (1993), Rebecca Warner (Carla Gugino) is the all American girl from a small town in the midwest. Her choice for college is a school in Los Angeles. Her first few weeks are rocky, until she meets Crawl (Pauly Shore), who helps her integrate into college life. Feeling sorry that Crawl has nowhere to go during Thanksgiving, Rebecca invites him home.  When conservative small town America meets Los Angeles party animal Crawl, Rebecca, her family and her small town will never be the same.

This movie is very early 90’s. But it does not feel that dated because anyone who has gone away to college for the first time understands the anxiety that comes with the experience.

Do I recommend it? Why not?

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The Critics Were Wrong (Maybe)- Crossroads (2002)

Your late teens and early 20’s is a very interesting time in life. You are an adult, but you are barely an adult. Your childhood is only a few years behind you.

The 2002 movie, Crossroads is about that period  in our lives.

Lucy (Britney Spears), Kit (Zoe Saldana) and Mimi (Taryn Manning) have been best friends for years. The night of high school graduation, Lucy reveals that she is going to Los Angeles to audition for a record company. Kit and Mimi decide to go with her, against the wishes of Lucy’s father Pete (Dan Aykroyd). On the road to Los Angeles, they meet Ben (Anson Mount).

I saw this movie during it’s original theatrical run. I thought that the time, that it was not a bad movie, as I was around the age of the characters.

Were the critics wrong? No. This movie is just plain bad.

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