Need a New Show to Binge?

I know I don’t need a new show; my DVR is busting at the seams, plus Bravo just keeps bringing me more houswives. Because of that, I wanted to share a few of my favorite shows that are quite binge-worthy. So grab a pumpkin spice latte (it’s that time of the year, you know), put your feet up, and get ready to find an awesome new show you can start discussing with me!

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Stranger Things

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If you haven’t heard of this show, I don’t mean to criticize, but have you been living under a rock? It was one of Netflix’s biggest hits last year and I actually binged it twice. This is important to note because I don’t even have time to watch all my normal shows, let alone watch a series twice. It’s. That. Good. Also it’s not something that I would typically be interested; it’s 100% sci-fi.

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You’d like Stranger Things if you like:

  • The Goonies
  • E.T
  • Stephen King
  • Ghostbusters

My favorite character is Dustin   STRANGER-THINGS-dustin   because he has the best one-liners, is a good friend, and reminds me of many of my students. Last, the next season of Stranger Things comes to Netflix tomorrow (holla!) so if you start the show now, you won’t have to wait in agony (like the rest of us) for the next season!

Riverdale

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One of my very first posts (Not the Archie & Jughead I Knew Growing Up: Riverdale Recap) was about the show Riverdale: the CW hit that retells the beloved comic book series. Season two started a couple weeks ago and it’s soooo good! I’ve got a couple of my girlfriends to binge the show (trust me, it goes quick!) and even my favorite morning show hosts, Jackie & Claudia Oshry, started their own show about it: Afterdale.

You’d like Riverdale if you like:

  • Gossip Girl
  • The OC
  • Pretty Little Liars

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Game of Thrones 

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There is an entire category that holds all the posts I wrote about Season 7 of Game of Thrones (click in the top right hand corner now!). I don’t even know if I could write out reasons why you should be watching this show; just know it will go down as an absolute pop culture mega phenomenon.

You’d like Game of Thrones if you like:

  • violence
  • sex
  • attending your local Renaissance Festival
  • dragons
  • zombies
  • knowing what all your co-workers talk about around the water cooler on Monday mornings

My favorite character has changed from season to season due to the intense plotline, but currently it’s Tyrion Lannister, or Jon Snow, or Daenerys Targaryen. Ugh; I can’t decide.

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Also if you’re a fan of Stassi Schroeder or Ansel Elgort, they’re huge fans too. Chances are your favorite celebrity is a fan, I mean Ed Sheeran was such a big fan, the show gave him a cameo last season!

Jane the Virgin

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I wanted to dedicate this entire post to Jane. I finally caught up on this season (it’s 4th) and wanted to blog before the third episode premiered tomorrow. Gina Rodriguez (who you definitely need to have a girl crush on) actually won a Golden Globe for her performance as Jane in 2015, which led me to start binging the show.

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The show is told Telenovela-style, so there are subtitles you’ll have to read, but it totally makes the show. I don’t even want to give away the premise of the show because it’s so funny and so ridiculous. My favorite season is probably the first and the current. There are a ton of cameos, including BRITNEY SPEARS, which if you read Justin Timberlake: Superbowl 51, you know how I feel about Ms. Spears.

My favorite character is Jane’s dad, Rogelio,
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because while he has the biggest heart, he’s extremely self-absorbed and it’s HILARIOUS!

Jane is a great character too, but that’s all because of Gina Rodriguez. She OWNS the role, but is also just an amazing role model in her real life. She’s not the skinny, blonde, ditzy stereotype of a female lead; she’s smart, feisty, and 100% real. I love her! Last, this show will not only keep you on the edge of your seat with some shockers, but will make you laugh out loud plus give you all the feels!

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So what shows have been your favorite to binge?

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Justin Timberlake: Super Bowl 52

**This post was updated on January 1, 2018 to correct that it is Super Bowl 52, not 51.

I feel like there are two of me: the blogger, tv analyzer, celeb obsessed MHH and then just Katy. When discussing Justin Timberlake headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show, it’s hard to decide if MHH or Katy should comment. Let me give you a bit of background…

A few years ago I remember my brother-in-law asking me (after a few drinks & movie debates; he’s good for that) who my “Top 5” were. I was all, “Is Top 5 a thing because I have no idea what you’re talking about…” He was basically  asking who were my top 5 favorite celebrities: the celebrities that can do no wrong, who I would continue to love throughout the end of time.

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How does one even start to compose such a list? I love so many actors, singers, and celebrities I could make a list a mile long. But with the Timberlake announcement, I thought I’d put my Hollywood Hangover hat on the shelf for this post and blog to you as just Katy today.

Here is my top 5:

1. Justin Timberlake — 62.5 million people can’t be wrong…
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I first learned of Justin Timberlake when *NSYNC performed the Disney Concert back in 1998 (someone not as lazy as me please fact check that) and from then on never faltered on my love for the boy band and especially for JT. I saw them in concert twice, and saw him solo once. I will not speak forever about my fandom for him because it runs DEEP and I won’t be blogging about his halftime performance either. Because, regardless of how it goes, I won’t have a single negative word to type; this man can not do a single thing wrong in my eyes. (And if you want to debate the Janet scandal find me on social media @katylouw8).

2. Britney Spears –55.7 million Twitter followers
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If JT is first on my list, then Queen B is obviously second. As much as I love Jessica Biel married to Timby, I was OBSESSED with these two as a couple. More so than that, I remember dancing around my bathroom with a hairbrush as a mic belting Britney at the top of my lungs. I remember watching every VMA performance thinking “Get it girl!” (minus 2007). I remember crying with her during the Diane Sawyer interview when her and Justin broke up. I remember feeling sick to my stomach when MTV had a breaking news special that she shaved her head &  I remember how proud I was of her during her Circus documentary when she commented on it.

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We cheer when celebs are up, we cheer even more when they are down, but we cheer the most when they have a successful comeback. I’m not sure any celebrity had a bigger comeback or turnaround than Ms. Spears. With a successful show in Vegas (which I saw three years ago and almost passed out from dancing so hard…), plus two beautiful sons, Britney is the goddess of the millennial generation.  (Also, who cares if she’s awkward? You’re not?)

3. Taylor Swift — 85.6 million Twitter followers
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I know the old Taylor is dead and can’t come to the phone right now, but my love started with the old Taylor. I don’t care if you think she’s nuts, annoying, immature, or whatever other criticism one can conjure up about Taylor Swift; I think she’s great. Like JT and Britney, I’ve seen Taylor in concert and she seeps goodness out of her every pore. I think she genuinely cares about her fans and is going to “do her” no matter what anyone else thinks; that’s really really really hard to do in the world today, even if you’re not famous. Plus her music is so damn catchy and I just want to be her best friend. (She’s also pretty good friends with Timberlake; you should realize now it all comes back to Timberlake).

4. Andy Cohen — 2.18 million Twitter followers
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Okay HERE we go, my loyal followers; someone you probs love (and if you don’t, then why are you following me? However, please don’t unsubscribe, in fact, tell your friends!). I love Andy for blessing us with all the Housewife shows, as well as more Bravo hits including Watch What Happens Live. In a day and age of transparency, Andy is great on social media, plus super honest in his two books. He’s been known multiple times to express his love for pop culture, which I relate to, but also love about him. I can’t fully explain to you what it is I love so much about Andy, but if you’re an Andy fan (Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Oprah, Pink) then you get it. He’s also a dog lover!

5. …..

My number five changes constantly. Currently it’s Spencer Pratt because I live for his Snapchats every day. He also loves commenting on celebrities and being honest on social media and I’m here. for. it!

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Other names that have been tossed around for the number five spot of all-time can do no wrong celebrities include Kate Middleton, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lauren Conrad (which is totes surprising seeing as I just posted a GIF of Spencer Pratt — never thought I’d see the day, seriously that’s how good his content is!).

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Final thoughts….

Please do not unfollow, unsubscribe, or hate me if you don’t like my Top 5. Also, don’t come and argue with me about them either because it won’t change my mind. Remember, if you don’t agree with my Top 5 that’s fine. Because, I think that first time my brother-in-law brought up this “Top 5” debate, it was to make me think:  as a fan of someone, what is so special about him or her that you simply won’t debate it? Is it because you share that fandom with someone special? Is it because that celeb reminds you of your childhood? What doesn’t make you falter on your loyalty?

As mentioned, my thoughts on these people won’t change. However, I won’t force them down your throat either. Putting back on the Hollywood Hangover blogging hat, I’m open to hearing suggestions and opinions on all things celeb, good or bad. So I now ask you…who makes it onto your Top 5 favorite fame list?

What Scares You?

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My hiatus is over!

I missed you all! By you all, I’m talking about my almost 20 subscribed followers, plus any other friends that check the blog out via social media. And if you’re hating on me because that number is only 20 guess what….

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I love my blog and I’ve missed writing!

What I also love is this time of the year. I’m beyond basic: pumpkin spice, chunky sweaters, boots, plaid scarves, and running through leaves. Okay, I don’t actually run through leaves but you get the idea. I also love Halloween and I love dressing up.

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If you couldn’t tell, Quentin Tarantino and Disney is popular in my house. But what I’m here to discuss on my debut back is the frightening part of Halloween. Recently It was released as the must see Halloween movie of 2017. However, this is not a review of the movie though because I would be absolutely terrified. I get absolutely terrified easily.

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I have seen about half of the 90’s It version and plan on watching it in its entirety soon because I can handle 80’s & 90’s horror movies. Halloween, the original Halloween, is one of THE greatest cinematic creations ever; I mean really, Michael Myers is very much misunderstood.

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I watch it every year. But, as I mentioned, I’m a scaredy-cat and that’s what I’m here to discuss. What scarred me growing up, that I have yet to get over.

The Sixth Sense

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Basically anything M. Night Shyamalan created f***ed me up, but this was THE WORST! So the film starts right away with Donnie Wahlberg (“oh oh ohhh!”) breaking into Bruce Willis’s home talking about hearing voices and how Bruce didn’t help him the way he should of and you get so confused, until Donnie freaking shoots Bruce Willis!

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From then on I was done. From the beaten wife who left the kitchen cabinets open, to the boy who got shot in the head and pops out in the hallway, to the biker (that’s bicycle) who appears right next to the car, to finally Mischa Barton.

FREAKING MISCHA BARTON!

She ruined my life. From the throw up scene, to the grabbing of his leg under the bed, to the poison reveal!

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Never. Going. To. Binge. The. OC! I blame you M. Night, I blame you!

ER: Lucy’s Death 

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If you’re a true American you probs watched ER in the 90’s and early 2000’s. One thing I remember growing up was watching ER with my parents every Thursday night; it was a ritual I will always treasure with them (even though, now that I think back, it totally wasn’t appropriate for an elementary child to watch).

Enter Lucy Knight, Carter’s medical student. During the 6th season, however, Lucy traumatized me and I have yet to recover. Remember Michael from 10 Things I Hate About You? He was Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s nerdy friend in the movie; the one who showed him around school and got them involved in the Heath Ledger scam.

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In the particular ER episode, Michael kills Lucy. He’s a schizophrenic patient who gets revenge on Lucy and Carter because he freaks out when they have to strap him to the bed in order to sedate him. By revenge I mean he stabs them both.

Scene: It’s a Valentine’s Day party and Carter walks in to check on schizo patient. As he goes to shut the door, Michael from 10 Things is behind it. Scar #1. He then attacks Carter and runs out of the room. As Carter falls to the floor he sees someone lying on the other side of the patient’s bed. Lucy.

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Scar #2. Not only was I devastated because I loved Lucy, but the image of her lying there positively ruined me. RUINED ME. I’m sure you’re sitting there wondering how this ruined me. Well, for starters, I stayed home from school the next day. I told my parents I was sick and couldn’t even get it out of bed (sorry Mom and Dad; the truth shall set me free!). This is really no lie; I was so terrified I actually wouldn’t get out of bed the entire day. I just knew bloody Lucy or scary schizo patient would get me. Second, from then on out, I hit every door I passed as I walked into a room for years, YEARS, to come. What if Michael (from 10 Things) was standing behind it waiting to stab me like he did Lucy and Carter? Spoiler, Lucy didn’t make it and I didn’t think I would ever make it again either.

Honorable Mentions

Saw – That needle pit, am I right?!

Final Destination – Knowing there’s absolutely nothing you can do; you dead.  

E.T. – The surgery scene when he goes absolutely pale. BAH!

So my initial question stands: what scares you? What from your childhood shooketh you to your core? What have you never gotten over in the fear department? What can you revisit this Halloween season and ask yourself, “Was that as scary as I remember?”

Find me on social media to discuss! Again, so so so glad to be back!

 

Movie of the Week — Kingsman: The Golden Circle

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a 2017 action spy comedy film. It is a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), which is based on the comic book series Kingsman.

The film features Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Edward Holcroft, Sophie Cookson, and Hanna Alström reprising their roles from the first film, with Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Elton John, Channing Tatum, and Jeff Bridges joining the cast.

The plot follows the members of Kingsman needing to team up with their American counterpart, Statesman, after the world is held hostage by a new threat.”

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Thanks Wikipedia!  As far as this movie goes, if you enjoyed the first you’ll most likely enjoy the second. If you haven’t seen either, I highly suggest watching. It’s what my husband calls “a cheap thrill” and sometimes you’re just in the mood for one. Plus, if you follow my  blog you know I’m obsessed with Colin Firth (siiigh — see my Bridget Jones’s posts). However, my new British hunk obsession is Taron Egerton who plays Eggsy. It’s seriously the perfect role for him! All in all, good film, regardless of any hoity toity review.

Continuing on, this post is my 40th …

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… and sadly you’ll have to wait a short while for number 41. My students have just completed their first formal essays and with almost 100 papers to grade, I’ll be busy the next two weeks.

Plus, my mind is heavy, and not just my mind but my heart. I can’t stop thinking about the events that took place in Las Vegas. My husband and I just attended an outdoor country concert Friday evening (shout out to Luke Bryan & Jon Pardi!).

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We also travel to Vegas often; I’ve gone since I was a little girl. My grandparents live there, we had our bachelor and bachelorette parties there, and we saw Britney Spears for my birthday two years ago. But I’m making this about me (which I tend to do, sorry) when it’s not; I’m not thinking of me. What I am thinking about are how many families no longer have a loved one. What I am thinking about is how scared and helpless everyone must have felt. What I am thinking about is how hundreds of survivors, while lucky for their lives, will never be the same.

I’m not here to give a long speech about spreading love not hate or give my stance on guns and this is part of the reason I’m taking a break from the blog. I need time to understand it all, but mostly how I live in a world where an event that is supposed to bring so much happiness and entertainment, can end in absolute devastation.

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All my thoughts and all my prayers and just … everything goes out to everyone affected. See you in a few weeks.

Real Housewives of Dallas: “They’re Not Knives, They’re Just Hands”

I spent a blissful Sunday morning yesterday, drinking coffee and eating homemade biscuits and gravy prepared by my amazing husband, while consuming three hours of The Real Housewives of Dallas.

Now I’m about to drop some hon-est-tea.

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As any true Housewife fan knows, everything starts with the infamous taglines, so ‘lets begin!

Kameron: “Blah blah blah blah pink dog food.”

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D’Andra: “My husband may actually beat Mauricio as Hottest Housewife Husband, which finally gives me some sort of relevance”

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Cary: “My husband doesn’t like our child; what should I do?”

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LeeAnne: “I may be nuts, but at least I’ve got the best guy on the show.”

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Brandi: “If you want to see home video of me as a child, simply watch my daughters.”

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Last is Stephanie, but I have more to say on her than only giving her a tagline. I wasn’t a huge fan of Stephanie last year and I can’t really say why; she just wasn’t that interesting to me. She lacked a personality a bit and she seemed to be playing the sidekick to her husband and Brandi.

HOWEVER, STEPHANIE HOLLMAN IS THE REASON DALLAS HOUSEWIVES NEEDED TO COME BACK FOR A SECOND SEASON!

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She has seriously TRANSFORMED into a beautiful butterfly! Some of my favorite Stephanie Hollman moments so far this season include:
– her comparison of meeting Brandi’s family to the Bachelor and how she’d get the final rose
– the Catfish Barbie comment
– standing up to Travis about that god awful pool in their new house
– being the bigger person when LeeAnne came as “Two Faced”

She’s a queen!

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Speaking of LeeAnne, we need to discuss. I don’t know what it is about her, but I seem to find myself always rooting for her. This isn’t just because she provides the most entertainment with her crazy behavior. I think  deep down LeeAnne just wants to be accepted by all the girls (& honestly don’t we all?). I hate that she threatened Cary and I know that scene where she smashes a glass is coming …

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But the good news is (as mentioned earlier) she has such an amazing support system in Rich; I mean that proposal was a-maze-ing!!! So sweet! She’s also working on herself by going to therapy (which are some of my FAVORITE scenes this season BTW). Finally, while I was researching for this post, I found out LeeAnne was FREAKING IN MISS CONGENIALITY AS ONE OF THE BEAUTY PAGEANT CONTESTANTS! Her hands may just be hands but you better believe that animal balloon scene should DEFINITELY win her extra points in your eyes.

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Going into tonight’s episode, I think the lines are obviously drawn with Brandi, Stephanie, & Cary on one … and LeeAnne, D’Andra, & Kameron on the other! But regardless of sides, I must say that ladies are just dumb; not these ladies, females in general. It doesn’t matter how many honest teas you have or how many make up presents you try to give people or how many times you try to apologize … females, regardless of age, will get their feelings hurt by a mean comment. Females will always want to be the “best” friend out of their group of friends, and females will always talk behind one another’s back.

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I’m not saying this is right. We as females need to do better, however, this behavior is what has built the housewives empire. This behavior is why us fans tune in each week and get excited when a new franchise is started or when a firecracker like Danielle Staub returns (two more days until #RHONJ!). I’m guilty of this behavior with my own friends and when I sit here criticizing people from behind my blog. I think the best we can do is realize when we are wrong and try to change.

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I’ll start tomorrow.

For now, I’m all about the Dallas ladies and am super pumped to see what all goes down in Mexico! Ay ay ay!

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