Sunday Social, Week 88 – Movies and TV

This week I’m preparing for Entertainment New Media Network’s Conference in Anaheim.  It’s going to be an amazing week, an intense learning experience, but an awesome one.  I can’t wait to share all the details with you all.  Make sure you are following along on my instagram and twitter, as well as with the hashtag #ENMNCon14.

Lets get on with the fun!

This week’s topic is all about TV and Movies. They were tough ones, but good.  I’m excited to read everyone’s ideas.  I always get the best ideas from all the blogs I read, whether it be music or tv, clothes, make-up.  That’s one of the reasons I love blogging.

1. What is your favorite thing to watch on Girl’s Night?

Definitely a chick flick – and it doesn’t matter what kind.  I’m all sappy love stories, romantic comedies…or Magic Mike, which kinda doesn’t fit into a category now does it.  Seriously just can’t believe I admitted that on my blog.  Yes, I watched it.  Oiy!!

2. What is Your Favorite Thing to Watch on Your Day Off?

Lets see, usually whatever I happen to be binge watching on Netflix.  Right now I’m watching Dallas, Vampire Diaries, Wings and One Tree Hill.  It rotates so that I don’t get too sick of one show.  Usually when the kids are napping, or playing solo I’ll sneak away to my room to get some blogging work done and watch a couple shows.  When hubbies around on his day off we watch Seinfeld or Fraiser.

3. What is your favorite thing to watch when you’re sick?

Most of the time I stick with the above, unless its really plot heavy.  Then I’ll put on something fun,or something I know well.  Usually that means New Girl, Gilmore Girls, Psych (I watched that the last time I was sick).  Or maybe I would put on a good old black and white movie – an Alfred Hitchcock or something like that.

4. What was the last movie you saw in Theater?

Actually this past week we took the kids to see The Nut Job (with Will Arnett,  Brendan Fraiser and Liam Niesson as voices).  It was pretty darn cute, and the kids like it.

5. What are your Top 3 favorite Movies or TV shows?

Gosh darnit, there is always a ridiculously hard question involved in these link-ups isn’t there.  This is so hard, how am I supposed to pick?!  The list would be a million miles long for sure, but who has the time for that.  So I’ll do the best I can here.

Movies: 1) While You Were Sleeping 2) Sleepless in Seattle 3) Alfred Hitchcock movies – they can count as one last one right? a) The Lady Vanishes b) Rope c) Shadow of a Doubt

TV: 1) Gilmore Girls 2) Law and Order (the original) and 3) Monk

Man that was hard!!!!

Looking forward to reading people’s responses and following some new blogs!

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Enlisted, on FOX, hits the airwaves

**All’s fair in Love and Blogging…so, spoiler alert…You’ve been warned”

So, it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  Let’s just get that out there.  The hubby and I laughed out loud a lot!!! In  my book that’s always a good sign.  Mr. Air Force isn’t really around to watch tv, and doesn’t really watch much when he is.  There are few times he really laughs out loud, like a real, spontaneous type of laugh.  And few shows that make that sound fill our house. 

So in the beginning we meet SSgt Pete Hill and discover that he’s about every macho, military stereotype rolled into one.  He basically looses his mind in a sort of egotistical, I know whats best (with maybe a little bit of residual trauma from the whole war around him – in a funny way, if that’s possible) sort of way and ends up slugging his superior.  So, there’s that.  This is how we get to the plot, the reassignment to Rear D.  We also meet his brothers – Brother A is the typical gung-ho soldier, but clumsy as all get out; while Brother B is seemingly annoyed by the whole thing, wearing his uniform much like the cool kid who pretends not to care even though he does, just a little.  Their father was killed during a deployment, and now all three boys have gone and followed in his footsteps, each on a different path.  But they are soon all reunited because of the whole punching his superior thing.

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The group of Rear-D soldiers Pete is in charge of are a bumbling group of misfits, and mostly you’re left to wonder how in the heck they made into the military in the first place.  It’s quite ragtag bunch of military misfits – an angry divorcee, some over-weight peeps and some bumbling fools.  Shockingly enough that’s not what bothered me.  I want to be clear that I can apprecaiate some good humor, and I get that when doing a show like this its a fine line.  If things were done on the straight and narrow I’d be watching NCIS or a JAG rerun, and that’s clearly not what they are going for.  This is more along the lines of a MASH or Hogan’s Heroes.  But there has got to be a little give and take, you can push the envelope in some areas if you keep some of the little things on track.  So let’s spot some of the SNAFUs, both large and small:
1. no covers – while welcoming big bro Pete home from deployment, the other two brother didn’t wear their covers.  There’s a couple times there are some missing covers but some outside areas are allowed when its in the scope of work.
2. sloppy uniforms – this is indeed part of one of the brother’s character.  I think it could be done, but during a welcome home on base he would have totally been yelled at (which actually might have made it funny).  So let him wear his unifrom askew..just pick a more private time.
3. Shave – dude, at least can they be clean shaven?  Even SSGT Pete was scruffy on his return home.  Really?
4.  The hair?  So the brother that doesn’t care has ridiculously long hair.  We’re talking pilot in Navy long hair.  Only they can get away with that right?  Also, one of the other guys has dreds AND is over weight?  Both at once?  Come on man!!!
5. very overweight and can not complete basic pt tasks like jumping jacks.  This is actually a technical SNAFU that I can live with.  Its hysterical and goes with the whole misfit theme.  I think if you start taking that stuff away you won’t really have a comedy.  So FOX, I’m cool with that.
6. hands in the pockets – again, the unaffected brother, part of his character’s whole “pretending not to care deal.”  But dude, military 101!  no cover, descheveled uniform, long hair and hands in the pockets?
7. dogtags out – saw this a couple times.  usually they are under the shirt.  not a big SNAFU, just something I noticed.

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There’s an annoying Defense Contractor, a General (who is also an Uncle/Father Figure) that is an amputee but still on active duty (which I thought was really cool, because that can happen!).  The Italians and the war games was absolutely hysterical and wrife with inaccuracies, but hysterical none the less and both Mr. Air Force and I were totally cool with it.  There was even some sweet and sentimental, girlie “awwww” type stuff at the end.  In fact I really loved the ending.
Overall we really liked it and I hope it lasts.  I think its perfect for this generation.  
Mr. Air Force and I were both in relative agreement, at about 3/4 stars out of 5.  It wasn’t totally offensive (with plenty of acceptable SNAFUs), but we’d like to see more creativity.  Its not a wholly originial concept, but a good update for the generation.  We’re excited and hopeful that it will continue on a good direction.  I think the whole ‘Spot the SNAFU’ thing that FOX put on was pretty ingenius and a great way to endear themselves to the military community.
You can catch Enlisted on FOX Fridays.  Check your local listings.
Did you watch?  What did you think?  Id especially like to hear from any of my non-military readers.  I’m kinda curious to know what you guys thought.

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FOX will debut a Military Comedy..and I’m not sold yet….

January 10th is the premiere of a new military centered comedy on FOX.  I heard about it and was kind of a little excited.  I’m a succor for stuff like that….books, tv, movies….I love it all.  However, I also happen to be a stickler when it comes to what seems to amount to mocking the military.  First, lets check out what I’m talking about.

Like I said, I’m all for a military comedy!  I think its the perfect time to do it.  Military dramas are easy to do, comedies probably pose a little bit more of a challenge; and I get that.  MASH wasn’t really a comedy, it was sort of a dramedy.  Despite knowing that most people involved in the show, including many of the actors, were very outspoken against the Viet Nam war and such, they still did a fairly good job of portraying a lot of accuracy.  There were faults no doubt, but I think they did a pretty fair job of walking the line between comedy and making fun.  There might be a lot of people my age (that 30 year mark..eek!) that remember Major Dad.  I absolutely loved that show, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about you can find it on Netflix.  Major Dad, while not a workplace comedy like Enlisted, did an excellent job of pairing the funny with the realistic. 

Enlisted is an irreverent and heartfelt single-camera comedy about three brothers on a small Florida Army base and the group of misfits who surround them. 
It’s a comedy, a farse if you will, and I get that.  It can’t be 100% realistic because lets face it there’s probably not a whole lot of room for humor in the military; and most of the things that are shown as funny in this show might get you in a whole lot of trouble.  Not to mention all the little mistakes that drove me so crazy I could barely pay attention.  The uniforms, the hair cuts, the facial hair…all that ridiculousness.  But have no fear, FOX is on it, realizing that the military community isn’t a force to be trifled with.  I’m assuming there was a little bit of hell raised after the trailer hit the airwaves, and rightly so.  The guys over at Ranger Up/Rhino Den brought something to my attention.  Apparently FOX is having a “Spot the SNAFUs” contest when Enlisted Premiers on January 10th.  The video tells you a little bit more about the contest.
Check out Enlisted on Twitter and Facebook…and look for their Webisodes to watch while we wait for the premier.  I am so ready to “Spot the SNAFUs”!

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What is with Mid-Season Finale’s!?! #HeartOfDixie

Seriously, what is with the Mid-Season Finale?!  That phrase, I think, gets in my head and messes with my mind.  Everything is hanging in the balance and instead of just waiting with bated breath for the season finale, which is always certain to leave us biting our nails, now we have to go through it twice.  What’s up with that?

You can read more about the Mid-Season Finale and my thoughts on it over at Entertainment New Media Network.  You will be able to catch all my thoughts on everything Heart of Dixie over there.

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Doc McStuffins is in the house!!!! “Doc Mobile” tour kick-off

Doc McStuffins might not be in your house literally, but she’s in mine.  If you don’t know who Doc McStuffins is she’s an adorable little girl whose toys come to life and help her fix and take care of any toy that needs their help.  In 2012, Doc McStuffins was cable tv’s #1 series for ages 2-5, as well as the #1 TV preschool series in Total Viewers and Woman 18-49 (all those moms out there!).   And to celebrate the shows second season premier, Doc and her friends might be coming to a city near you.  Disney Junior will also be premiering the Doc McStuffins “Doc Mobile” game and other digital activities, on August 30.  Children will be able to create their own doctor avatar, which my daughter will probably go completely nuts for.  The season two premier, will also debut that day in a “special preview” form on the Watch Disney Junior mobile app.  If you haven’t downloaded, you can grab it for free.  When it’s connected to your cable provider you can watch more things.  However, Disney Junior has a couple episodes on there that are free whether you register or not.  The Cammo Style Love house has been known to take advantage of this great app while out and about.  Now, more about the tour:


The Doc Mobile, a 27-foot Airstream trailer custom-made to reach young kids (age 2-7) and families with fun and empowering experiences relating to health and nutrition will embark on a multi-city tour  SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 in Boston. Themed “So Much You Can Do…to Take Care of You!” the initiative is inspired by Disney Junior’s acclaimed “Doc McStuffins,” the animated series that models good health and compassion through stories of a young girl, a would-be doctor, who cares for her ailing stuffed animals and other toys. The Doc Mobile features an area for kids to perform a “check-up” on their own toys plus other activities and age-appropriate health and wellness lessons including nutrition and physical development and fitness.

 During the multi-city tour parents and kids will get the opportunity to meet doctors from the Artemis Medical Society, a group of 2500 female African-American doctors that formed their group after seeing themselves in the character of Doc McStuffins.  Their goal to inspire other young girls to pursue their dreams in the medical field.  Make sure to follow along on the tour by liking Disney Junior on Facebook and twitter.  You can already get information on the “Doc Mobile” page of Disney Junior.

Doc McStuffins Multi-City Tour
 Sunday, August 18  
Boston, Massachusetts
 Franklin Park Zoo

Wednesday, August 21

New York, New York 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Times Square Disney Store

Sunday, August 25

Chicago, Illinois
Navy Pier Gateway Park

Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1 

San Antonio, Texas 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Festival PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Friday, September 6 

Dallas/Fort-Worth, Texas
Fort Worth Museum of Science

Tuesday, September 10
New Orleans, Louisiana
Audubon Zoo

Saturday, September 14
Atlanta, Georgia
Centennial Olympic Park

Tuesday, September 17
Washington D.C.
*Location TBD

Thursday, September 26
Los Angeles, California
The Grove

Saturday, September 28 
Phoenix, Arizona 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Arizona Coalition For Tomorrow Kids Health Fair – Salvation Army Community Center

*Please note, as of now, Doc McStuffins will only make an appearance in New York, San Antonio, DC, and Los Angeles.

Is there an event taking place near you?  They are free and open to the public, so put it on your calendar!!

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