Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Favorite Christmas Movies

With Christmas just hours away, I have been spending much of my time getting into the holiday spirit by watching some of my favorite holiday movies. Most of them I have been watching since childhood, others are more recent additions to the list. Now I know this tends to be a touchy subject - forgive me if I have left out some of your favorites, or a few movies you consider "Christmas classics." You won't find White Christmas or It's a Wonderful Life here - it's not that I don't think they're great movies - they just aren't my ultimate "go-to" films when I start to hear sleigh bells ring. So without further ado...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6 - Finale, Pt. 2

Courtesy of Fox

It's been three days since the SYTYCD Season 6 Finale, and I am still in a state of shock, confusion, disbelief and disappointment - none of which have to do with Russell's victory. Most of the finale played out like a bad dream, leaving me with a whole slew of questions:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6 - Finale, Pt. 1

Last night was Part 1 of the SYTYCD Season 6 Finale. The last time we saw the six finalists perform before deciding who will be America's Favorite Dancer and the recipient of $250,000. Basically - last night was a BIG deal. Or, at least I thought it was. Apparently the folks at FOX disagreed; the scheduling of Chef Ramsay's Christmas Special cut down the broadcast to one hour. ONE hour. Meaning no video packages, no interviews, no solos, no all guy/all girl dances...and no shirts for the guys (that one is not a complaint). There were, however, plenty of tears and a lot of spectacular dancing. We were treated to nine routines last night, at the end of which I knew for certain who I wanted to go on a mega voting spree for. More on that later.

Since the partners switched for each routine, I'm going to talk about them in reverse order of how much I liked them, starting with...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6 - Finale Predictions

It's hard to believe we have already arrived at the SYTYCD Season 6 Finale. Sure, the auditions went on forever, but after not voting for the first two weeks and now having the Top 6 in the Finale, our time with this season's Top 20 has flown by too quickly. At the end of tonight's show, I plan on voting for only one dancer (after all, it's Favorite, not Favorites), and voting often (last season, I voted 100 times for exaggeration). Tonight's decision is going to be an incredibly tough one - who will join the ranks of Nick, Benji, Sabra, Joshua and Jeanine as America's Favorite Dancer? Here are my thoughts:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Glee - Fall Superlatives

If you had told me last year that one of America's biggest obsessions in 2009 would be show choir, I might've laughed in your face. Correction - I would've definitely laughed in your face. As someone who did musicals, chorus and theater in various capacities from 3rd grade through my sophomore year of college, I am no stranger to the fact that the general public is quick to harshly judge when it comes to public acts of singing and dancing. Sure, we have American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, but those hardly compare to singing Broadway medleys and the best of Billy Joel adorned in a sparkly blue vest (true story).

Luckily, 2009 brought about change. The Revolution of the Gleeks. Beginning with the May pilot premiere and continuing with the first half of Season 1 this fall, Glee has taken the country by storm. Combining just the right amount of comedy, drama, song and supreme villain Sue Sylvester, the William McKinley New Directions Glee Club has touched our hearts. And not only do millions tune in every week, but the weekly song releases have kept the show on the top of the iTunes charts for months. While promoting the Glee: The Music, Volume 1 album across the country, the cast of Glee was met daily by thousands of screaming fans - not too shabby for a bunch of show choir losers.

In honor of the this past week's fantastic fall finale, I present my Glee Fall Superlatives. With almost 50 songs to choose from, there were some tough decisions made.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6 - Top 8 Results

A wise man once said, "SYTYCD is no stranger to upsets...Hold your breath and cross your fingers, tonight's results show is going to be an interesting night for sure." Okay, fine, that wise man was me...yesterday. Tuesday night's show may have featured a Mr. and Mrs. Smith routine, but last night's elimination show was all about Mr. and Mrs. Di Lello (ba dum CHING). Despite Ryan's wonderful performances this week, most (including myself) had pretty much already counted him out of next week's Finale. Couple that with Ashleigh's sidelining injury, and it was not looking good for the married couple going into the final pre-Finale results show.

Before I get to the elimination, there are a few things I have to mention about last night's broadcast.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6 - Top 8

Courtesy of Fox
Last night's Top 8 show was a night of remixes. Not only did each couple perform to a remixed version of a song, but we were also given a few SYTYCD routine remixes - tables, benches and all! One of the highlights of the evenings was the return of the intro video packages - balance was returned to the universe and there was an actual flow to the show. It's hard to believe that next week is the finale, but you could tell that all of the dancers were trying to fight their way into the Top 6, though some were more successful than others. In general, I thought most of the dancers' solos weren't up to the standard we've seen in weeks past.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6 - Top 10 Results

Dear America,
Please start voting for Kathryn immediately. She is fabulous, and if she gets kicked off before Mollee I might just have a "White Chicks"-style bitch fit.
Love always,

Okay, I feel better now. Now let's talk about last night's results show. The evening began with a Tyce Diorio Broadway group number to Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" that was full of energy, and a hardcore make-out session courtesy of Ryan and Ashleigh (to quote Sue Sylvester from Glee, "At first I was aroused, then furious"). It felt like a mix of "Thriller" and West Side Story, and I for one really enjoyed seeing the Top 10 rock out, but where were the routines for the Top 5 guys and Top 5 girls?! I've really enjoyed those in the past, especially Season 4's "Five Guys Named Moe" and "Ave Maria".

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance, Season 6 - Top 10

Photo courtesy of Fox
Last night's Top 10 show felt like a tour de force of dance. With 10 routines, 10 solos and very few video montages, even I felt out of breath. Last night's show didn't blow me away like last week's Top 12, but I think that's only because the competition is getting tougher and it's becoming harder to stand out amongst this group of extremely talented dancers.

Though I am all for seeing more dancing than talking, I did find myself missing the videos before each dance, especially with the dancers in new pairings. I liked the individual profiles before each solo, but it just wasn't the same. It was also strange to see almost no air time or recognition of the choreographers last night for a few reasons: 1. SYTYCD is usually so choreographer praise-happy, 2. We didn't get to find out the "story" behind some of the dances (though it was fun to make them up in my head) and 3. We didn't get to see more Anya and Pasha!
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