The Boy Downstairs: Film Review

I wanted to see The Boy Downstairs at the London Film Festival but sadly my schedule didn’t allow for it, so I had to make up for that ahead of its release, and I’m glad I did because it’s a lovely little film.

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I preferred the penultimate Girls episode to the finale

Girls finished for good last night. I must admit I’m not sad it’s over and I think that’s because I got those feelings out of the way last week. The penultimate episode felt like a more traditional finale whereas the actual finale was more of an epilogue and I was a bit disappointed.

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Five reasons why I’m loving this season of Girls

I haven’t been a consistent fan of Girls – in fact in season two and three I almost quit – but I stuck with it, and that finally paid off in season five, which I thought was the best so far. Season six has easily surpassed it for these reasons:

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Why season five of Girls was the best ever

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Loyal readers of this blog will know that I have a love-hate relationship with Girls and I have been tempted to quit a number of times, especially around the series two and three mark. But it seems now that Lena Dunham has the end in sight, she has found direction, knows exactly where to take each of these characters and has created a freaking masterpiece of a season five along the way.

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Why Girls ending in 2017 is a good thing

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It has been confirmed that Girls will be ending after season six in 2017 and the reactions I’m reading are sad while I’m sat here feeling a bit relieved. I have stuck with the show through its ups and downs and I’m ready to jack it in.

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Christopher Abbott quits TV show “Girls”

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I couldn’t believe this news! Christopher Abbott, who plays Charlie in the HBO show Girls, has quit after disagreeing with creator Lena Dunham over his character’s direction.

At the end of season two, we saw Charlie having a successful career after creating an app and getting back together with Marnie, played by Allison Williams. One, I want to know what Lena wanted to do to Charlie?! Two, how are they going to write out his role?! They can’t ignore it he kissed Marnie and they got back together in his last scene. They are going to have to seriously explain this.

Chris’ rep said: “[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow] and the entire Girls cast and crew, but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show.”

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Luckily, the show had only just entered production for season three so presumably nothing has been filmed yet. Can he quit just like that?! Does he not have some contract that he needs to stick to?! I can’t believe he has been allowed to just walk out, ruining the whole Marnie storyline.

To be fair though, we don’t know what Lena wanted for Charlie. Perhaps we will never know. Lena is the creator and star of the show, Hannah. She also writes and directs some episodes. Judd Apatow is a producer for the show.

I am really gutted about this because Charlie was my favourite male character and seemed like the only nice guy. I was so happy that he and Marnie got back together and now he is out of the show. This is ANOTHER reason not to watch season three, for my feature about that, read here.

Why I might not tune in to season 3 of Girls

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The finale of season two aired last night and, while I liked the ending, I’m not sure if I like the series. I haven’t been finding it funny at all recently, I’ve been grossed out a number of times and it doesn’t seem to be “refreshingly normal” anymore. It just seems too weird for me to enjoy it.

I first started watching Girls after the whole of season one aired because I had heard a lot about it on Twitter. Critics raved about it, saying how brutally honest it was. I didn’t like consistently- some weeks I enjoyed it, some weeks I didn’t. I just felt like I needed to give it more of a chance because ten half-hour episodes didn’t seem like a long enough trial period. Now I have seen enough, I’m undecided whether I will continue to follow the show when it returns for season three. That’s a big thing for me- usually when I watch a show, I see it through to the bitter end.

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I just have so many problems with it. It was meant to be a comedy. Okay, a dark comedy. But I have not been laughing at all recently. Even in the funny bits, I just smile rather than genuinely laugh. The only truly funny bits were Marnie (Allison Williams) started singing Stronger at Charlie’s work party and when Hannah and Elijah had a night out on cocaine.

Even if it owns up to being a drama, I still feel like the episodes don’t flow as much as in the first season. Everything made sense from episode to episode, whereas this season had a lot of one-offs like when Hannah and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) go to her dads, when Hannah has sex with a stranger after having a discussion with him about his trash and when Ray and Adam bond over a stolen dog. And that’s three episodes out of ten which are stand alone stories so there were only seven left to create character development!

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The storyline is so inconsistent that you don’t really root for anybody. In the beginning, I used to really like Marnie and I sympathised with her about living with Hannah and her stale relationship with Charlie but she seems to whiney, needy and lost now. I don’t even know if she is back with Charlie for genuine reasons or because he has become successful. Her friendship with Hannah is pretty much non-existent. I never really got Hannah but she’s become a really dark person with her OCD and stress from her book deal. Does she really want to go back to Adam or is she just lonely? Shoshanna’s speech grates from time to time but I really dislike her relationship with Ray because they seem so mismatched. She’s so sweet and he’s so hateful. I’m glad they broke up. And, where the hell is Jessa?!

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I think the dialogue is well written and very real and I give Lena Dunham huge credit for that but I just think the story ideas are getting a bit weird. For example, Hannah’s OCD came out of nowhere. I think I relate to the characters less this season because this stuff doesn’t happen to everyday people. Like, when would gay guy (who happens to be a best friend’s ex) have sex with a girl on a sofa, at a party, in the best friend’s house?! This doesn’t happen! One of the main appeals of the show in the beginning was how true to life it was but I think it has drawn away from that more and more as the show has progressed.

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Also, the sex has got way more graphic! Before you used to see the sex and a naked Hannah (sometimes, Jessa) a lot but this seems to be OTT. Like, Charlie going down on Marnie and Adam rimming Natalia (DISGUSTING) before ejaculating on her breasts. That scene was so gross.

On the plus side, the dialogue is brilliant although sometimes you want to hit the characters for being so needy. The actors do a brilliant job, particularly Lena and Adam Driver, who plays Adam. I just think the plot and character arcs need more direction. There are too many one-off episodes which disrupt the storyline and it doesn’t flow like season one so you don’t feel for the characters enough.

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I am still undecided about whether to watch next season. I don’t know if I want to but I’m sure I will end up watching at least a few out of curiosity!

 

Why I wouldn’t be watching season 3 of Girls

Big Pics: Gwyneth Paltrow, Harry Styles & The Hunger Games

Gwyneth Paltrow

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Now, Gwyneth is generally very private about her family life so I have never seen what her children look like before. Aren’t they the cutest?! Gwyn uploaded a few holiday pictures on her goop.com website- although husband Chris Martin was absent. Perhaps he didn’t join his family in St Lucia. Apple (right) is eight and Moses (left) is six.

Harry Styles

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I’m sure Harry will love Zayn for this! Zayn Malik embarrassed his One Direction bandmate by uploading this hilarious picture to Twitter with the caption “wake up Harry!” Styles replied but quickly deleted the message.

Girls

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Don’t you just love the cast off Girls?! The group posed on the red carpet for the New York premiere of season two. A bit fancy for a TV show! I think Allison Williams (centre right) looks gorgeous! Cast L-R: Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna), Jemima Kirke (Jessa), Allison (Marnie) and Lena Dunham (Hannah). Lena created the show.

The Hunger Games

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Here is the first look at Catching Fire! YAAAY! I’m still not convinced about the casting of Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair. I just expected someone bigger and more muscular. His hair dye looks a bit odd too. Hopefully, he will change my mind when I watch the movie.

Anne Hathaway & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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See, celebs are like us! Joe took a picture on his phone while at the Critics Choice Awards last night. I just love actors being friends behind-the-scenes. Anne and Joe starred in The Dark Knight Rises together last year but shared only one scene. Anne also picked up best supporting actress last night for Les Mis.