OCTOBER 14, 2011
The Monthly Guide
TV Review: Charlie’s Angels
Ava Lukens, Claire Hassler Cover Editor, Chief Copy Editor
Now and then: The lovely ladies of Charlie’s Angels.
Fall is finally here and the days are getting shorter; it’s the perfect time to get all snuggly-wuggly under a blanket and get a look at some of the fantastic new shows coming to your TV this season. Innovative plots make up the bulk of this fall’s new shows: there’s Prime Suspect, a cop drama with Maria Bello (good, we needed another one of those) and The Secret Circle, a fantastical magic-filled masterpiece coming to the CW (someone tell The Vampire Diaries, True Blood and Teen Wolf there’s some new competition on air). However, no show this fall is more worth watching than the striking new adaption of Charlie’s Angels, a spy drama coming to ABC. Yes, dear reader, Charlie’s Angels, made famous by a long lasting TV series in the late 70s and two movies in the early 2000s, is back on TV this fall. And the three really awesome characters are so multi-dimensional! They fight bad guys (standing up for justice), advocate for the rights of underage girls stolen from rural villages in South America to be sex slaves (standing up for human rights), are committed to their families (ok, they’re all estranged, but the Angels are all the family they need), and still have time to party on massive yachts. Abby, otherwise known as ‘Abs,’ is the misunderstood rich girl who asks all the pertinent questions, like “Who are those people?” She is also really sassy and clever – from now on, everyone should sarcastically start their sentences with “Since when,” because that’s what Abs does! That girl whose name no one remembers is the mediator of the group, and is super good at stopping Abs from fighting people (Abs sometimes gets a little aggressive, and says things like “Bring it on.” Eve is the gorgeous El Salvadorian orphan who is also a mechanic and the Angels’ getaway driver. She looks like she’s smiling all the time, but we know she’s hiding her painful past. How? Because Minka Kelly is such a great actress, that’s how! So delete everything from your DVR and log off of hulu.com for the last time: This show is all you’ll ever need. We recommend a bowl of buttery popcorn, a nice hot mug of tea, some ear plugs and a silken blindfold to enhance your viewing experience.
A Dance with Dragons
Lorin Ferris Co-Editor In Chief
Last July, after six years of waiting, fans of the hugely popular Song of Fire and Ice series were rewarded with George Martin’s latest novel, “A Dance with Dragons.” Totaling just fewer than 1,000 pages, this hefty hardback was worth the wait. For those that don’t know about the series – and who haven’t seen the HBO adaption, “Game of Thrones” – is a story about power, set in a fantasy world where gaining the Iron Throne is the ultimate accomplishment. Told from the perspective of various characters throughout the novel, at first it can be difficult to keep the exotic-sounding names and their corresponding background stories straight. However, Martin eases the load by killing off main characters just as easily as he introduces replacements. He remains one of the few writers who appears comfortable slaughtering characters he spent years developing. This mysterious formula can be devastating to readers, yet keeps them coming back for more. His characters have significant flaws, and lack the unrealistic altruism and moral standing that many series’ characters contain. In “Dragons,” Martin continues his story with characters vying for the Iron Throne (and in turn a seat of power in Westeros), undead creatures that thrive during winter, unruly dragons, and of course, more bloodshed.
Pearl Jam Twenty Brian Drummey Focus Editor
A soothing, aerial journey of Seattle’s cityscape is immediately juxtaposed with frontman Eddie Vedder dressed in drag. This is how Oscar-winning-director Cameron Crowe decided to set the tone in his documentary twenty-years-in-the-making, “Pearl Jam Twenty.” And it was a fantastic decision. Throughout the film, similar moments occur in which the serious tone is contrasted by a band member’s humorous antics. The documentary captures Pearl Jam’s earliest stages, including the group’s second show together, as well as a show in Sweden on a stage the size of a sedan; the band members’ knees nearly touched because they couldn’t fit lengthwise across the stage.
ADDISON WOOLSEY Co-Editor In Chief
ӵӵ Wednesday, Oct. 19: Friendly Fires, Theophilus London at Neptune Theatre ӵӵ Thursday, Oct. 20: Crystal Castles, Picture Plane at Showbox SoDo ӵӵ Saturday, Oct. 22: Death Cab for Cutie, the Head & The Heart at Key Arena ӵӵ Sunday, Oct. 23: Portishead, Thoughts Form at WaMu Theater ӵӵ Saturday, Nov. 5: Mos Def & Talib Kweli at Black Star at Showbox SoDo ӵӵ Thursday, Nov. 8: Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears, The Sheepdogs at Neptune Theatre ӵӵ Saturday, Nov. 12: Hey Marseilles, Bryan John Applebee at Neptune Theatre ӵӵ Thursday, Nov. 17: Feist at Moore Theatre
Upon receiving the band’s first (and only) Grammy, Vedder delivered a blunt “I don’t think this means anything,” which awkwardly silenced the crowd, and sent the message that the band couldn’t care less about trivial awards. Years later, guitarist Stone Gossard ventured into his basement in search of his PJ paraphernalia, and found his Grammy tangled in a lamp cord. Somehow, through the thousands of hours of footage, Crowe is able to unearth these seemingly natural moments in the band members’ lives that have the crowd in hysterics. In addition to defying the music industry, PJ had a highly-publicized feud with Ticketmaster over its unfair ticket prices. The band appeared in court along with the ticket mogul, in what may have been the most uncomfortable (yet hilarious) exchange between a group of middle-aged white men ever. The court case was the
Jammin’: The guys of Pearl Jam goof around.
embodiment of PJ’s clash with mainstream American culture and its misunderstanding of the band. Although there is a diverse range of live concert footage and unreleased demos sprinkled throughout the film, none is more powerful than the concluding version of “Alive,” which exemplifies the timeless quality of Pearl Jam and its music.
Published on Mar 29, 2012
Brian Drummey Focus Editor aDDison WooLsey Co-Editor In Chief Lorin Ferris Co-Editor In Chief ava Lukens, CLaire HassLer Cover Editor, Chief...