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Not the voice of my generation

Not the voice of my generation

There’s a scene in Season 2 of Girls where Marnie announces that she’s got a new job as a hostess at a club. She’s wearing her uniform: high-waisted shorts and suspenders. (Elijah tells her she looks like a slutty Von Trapp child. Haha.) Her friend and former roommate Hannah, who is as usual by the fridge stuffing her face, says she would never work there because SHE has made an active choice not to sell out her gender. Ouch. Lets forget that both girls have taken jobs that are clearly meant to make rent, given the economy has rendered it impossible for them to make money at jobs they are qualified it. So, let’s call you un-feminist because you’re doing what it takes to make it in the city.

Increasingly, I have become disgruntled with the characters in Girls, and indeed the whole show, which is sad considering I loved it to death in its first season. For starters, since season 2 premiered last week, it became evident that the writers should change the name to Girl, or Hannah since Lena Dunham’s character occupies all the episodes screen time. Very little Marnie, a slim bunch of scenes with Jessa and worst of all HARDLY ANY SHOSHANNA WHO IS TOTES THE MOST AMAZE PERSON ON THE SHOW. While the dialogue still holds a semblance of sharpness, the characters (the character) are starting to grate on my nerves.

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It was all very well in season one, where Hannah and gang had to establish the plight of a young person living a hardscrabble existence in tougher-than-nails New York. Part time jobs that make the rent, long term boyfriends that have started to piss you off, jerk boys you obsess about and get bored of when they start liking you…I got all of that. There’s even a scene in season one where Hannah has just found out her ex boyfriend is gay. She’s messed up about it, but instead she starts dancing in her room. Have I ever had “All-my Life has been a lie’ moments and then literally started dancing with a friend right after? Yes. Which is why I was looking forward to season two. But if the show has tried to bring back the kind of spontaneous freshness of that moment, it has failed and that’s me being nice about it.

Hannah has done a fair bit of annoying things this season. She broke up with Sandy (who breaks up with Troy?) because he didn’t like her essay and she threw a fit about it and put it down to “wouldn’t date someone who didn’t respect women and gays.” Please!

Be a confused toss-up of defiance and insecurity, “Oh you’re saying I’m not good looking enough for a pretty girl job?” As a person who always sees slights where none are intended, I get that Hannah can be insecure about her looks and her writing but she should at least rein it in. Or try to.  Getting snarky when Marnie got her waitress job. Just say, good for you, and move on like a friend. You work at Grumpy’s and Ray is your boss for heaven sake. (Though Ray is amazing btw. Love that guy)

In any case, I am still giving Girls a chance. I would perhaps be ready to forgive the increasing annoyance of Hannah, if Lena Dunham writes in scenes with the rest of the cast. You’ll understand my not wanting to spend thirty minutes of my week dealing with all the problems in Hannah-world.

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Our favourite moments from the 70th Golden Globes

Our favourite moments from the 70th Golden Globes

We love award shows. All the cool people we love hanging out with each other, getting drunk, getting into brawls, taking their clothes off. This morning we caught, the first of many ceremonies to watch this month, the 70th Golden Globe awards. It wasn’t what you’d call ‘filled to the brim with happiness, inside jokes and nip slips’ level, but it was entertaining nonetheless. Ben Affleck made one omission that Jennifer Garner had to cover and Hugh Jackman and George Clooney jumped on it. Jodie Foster was beautiful. The right amount of emotional and crazy makes a great acceptance speech. Also, us Homeland fans are mighty pleased with the show winning best drama (so disconcerting to see Abu Nazir on stage), Damian Lewis winning best actor and Claire Danes taking best actress (also, the Carrie was carrying pun was well intended but lame). But us Breaking Bad fans were quite disappointed.

Amy Pohler and Tina Fey were, as expected, spectacular and we wished we could see more of them. Seriously, they kind of disappeared in the middle there. The opening monologue was full of fun jokes about Ben Affleck, Lena Dunham, Tarantino and Julianne Moore, The hunger games and Life of Pi. The shout out to Mandy Patinkin was adorable. (The 2nd best line of the night goes to –  “When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who was married to James Cameron for three years.” (Of Kathryn Bigelow))

Also, we adore HBO’s girls and have from the first episode but Lena Dunham winning against Amy Pohler for the best actress in a comedy? Hell to the no!
Dunham thanked her fellow nominees for getting her through middle school. Amy and Tina took their loss well. By drinking on stage.

After last years Emmy’s, our expectations of Aziz Ansari skyrocketed. He didn’t disappoint us. He came in with Jason Bateman and talked about chilling with the cast of Downton Abbey. “They call cookies biscuits!” Also, he called Lena Dunham “Lisa.”

We absolutely believed that Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell did watch all the movies when they came in to present the best performance by an actress in a Musical/comedy. They were exceptionally hilarious. Twitter was instantly filled with “let them host the next Golden Globes” kind of tweets.

Bill Clinton came on stage (whaaaat!) to introduce Lincoln and as he walked off stage, Pohler stayed true to Leslie Knope and shrieked, “that was Hillary Clinton’s husband”. Aww, classic Leslie. (That is the best line in case you were wondering)

Anne Hathaway’s acceptance speech was wonderful (in spite of how truly annoying she has become). She won for Les Miserables and she thanked Sally Fields for teaching her not to be typecast. Hey Anne, great way to bring up the fact that you were once princess of Genovia by the way. We see what you did there.

What’s an award show without uncomfortable moments? We squirmed watching Paul Rudd looking visibly awkward. He was on stage with Salma Hayek and they both stared at the (defective, we assume) teleprompter and then at each other with nothing to say. But it doesn’t matter, PaulRudd4eva.

And lastly, how cute was the HFPA president Aida Takla O’Reilly hitting on Bradley Cooper? Adorable.

Time’s Top 10 lists are out and other stories

Time’s Top 10 lists are out and other stories

It’s that time of the year again; We spent a day poring over Time’s Top 10 everything of 2012 and especially loved the list of best TV episodes. It totally gave us another excuse to gasp, laugh, cry and discuss great shows some more. You’re right. We actually don’t need an excuse to do that. Also, the book list has of course, been bookmarked.

Speaking of top 10 lists; here’s Emily Nassbaum of The New Yorker on why she hates top 10 lists but here’s her list of why 2012 has been a great year for television.

The promo of the second season of Girls is out. This is of course followed by news of Lena Dunham’s book deal that has been bought for 3.7 million dollars by Random House. Gawker has excerpts and quotes here. They seem fun but 3.7 million dollars fun? We are not sure.

We quite enjoyed reading Jon Michaud’s story pointing out, with good reasons, why The Hobbit is better than The Lord of the Rings.

So we’ve always been pretty unashamed of our fan girl love for Amy Pohler. Here’s Buzzfeed telling us 30 lessons we learned from Pohler this year.

Not that it makes any difference to our lives, but Emerald Green is Pantone’s colour of 2013. Just FYI.

 

– Sharanya

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