The 12th Reunion of Orange County

Orange County has been on as long as my students have been alive. So class, raise your hand if you remember Jo in her maid’s outfit?

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Raise your hand if you remember Vicki’s small van rant?

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Raise your hand if you remember Tamra throwing wine at Jeana? Drunk Gretchen (“Tam RUH!”) or the Brooks cancer scam?

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Yeah, it’s been a crazy twelve years with the ever changing cast of Orange County Housewives and here we are again for another rollercoaster reunion!

Loved:

Although Meghan was beyond annoying this season, her hair looked great (dress & shoes too!) on the reunion! Tamra’s earrings were on fleek and Shannon’s weight was looking good!

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How much support Shannon got regarding her weight and David; not sure some of the other women would be this strong enough to put it all out there like Shannon did. PROUD of her also for being a good mom and role model for her daughters in making the decision to separate.

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Anyone else like how Peggy had to turn to Andy for advice in order to escape from the three Blonde Bombshells on the couch … Andy can’t save you Peggy!

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TOTALLY KNEW MEGHAN WAS GOING TO ANNOUNCE ANOTHER PREGNANCY ON THE REUNION; ugh …..!!! I’m really only happy Jimmy is finally getting a boy.

Questions:

I’m still really confused about why Tamra’s daughter is so so upset with her; is it all just because of the divorce? Or is it all because of the show? I mean, thinking like a daughter maybe I can see it … maybe I can see how having Tamra as a mom may be difficult BUT I’M NOT CRITICIZING HER! I LOVE TAMRA! (her facelift looks amazing as well!)

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Who knew Shannon’s maiden name was Storm (Storme?). Also, did anyone count how many times she said “I’m done!” ??

Shockers & Surprises:

Damn Lydia! Chill ouuuuut! I agree with all the people who said Lydia came for everyone this year so she could have more of a storyline. She was not nasty like this the last time she was on the show. I mean, calling Shannon all those crazy references, umm pretty sure the Bible does not condone name calling…

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I’m really proud of Kelly this season (blogger say whaaa). I’m just proud of her for making up with the girls, not getting too much into the drama, and being strong about everything with Michael. She even said Shannon was a good person #whoa !! On her side against Meghan too!

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Holy Vicki shedding tears for Shannon’s marriage; I don’t feel it’s fake. Do you?

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Additional Thoughts:

Shannon & Tamra’s friendship remind me of LeeAnne and D’Andra from RHOD.

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Peggy is so irrelevant; barely spoke during the reunion. BRING! BACK! HEATHER!

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Hahahahaha! Nothing was wrong with Vicki in Iceland; she was just on drugs!

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It was nice they all made up at the end (Vicki, Tamra, Shannon) buuuuuut I’m kind of over it; blah blah blah, come sit on my couch; it was also awkward to watch all the other women watch. I’m not convinced they’re back … true fans have been here before.

Prove us wrong ladies.

Here’s to another twelve years! 

Movie of the Week: Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie

“Move it Football Head!”

I have loved television ever since I was young, which sounds really terrible, like all my parents did was simply plop me in front of a tv to entertain me (not true, I love the outdoors too yada yada yada). Growing up without siblings (#onlychild) I would escape into the world of the characters on my screen. Zack Morris was my boyfriend, I was pretty sure I was a Disney princess, my true last name must have been Tanner (as in DJ, Steph, & Michelle), and every single Nickelodeon gang of friends I called my own.

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Speaking of Nickelodeon cartoons, about a year ago a stumbled upon a marathon of all the classic shows: Rugrats, Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold!. I later found out it was a channel called Nick Splat. Every night from 9pm-5am, this channel would play all the cartoons I grew up with. Now, it’s pretty much become part of my late night routine.

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Via this channel and all it’s social media accounts, I learned there was to be an all new Hey Arnold! movie released for tv over Thanksgiving weekend and welp, here we are with this post.

But first, a rant.

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You might be sitting there all, “Why is this distinguished pop culture  blog covering cartoons and, old cartoons at that?” Because seriously, where would pop culture be without the influence of cartoons? Where would you be without the cartoons of your childhood? You’d probably be way more miserable than you are now. Hence why I have an amazing life and popular blog: cartoons.

Plus, Buzzfeed covered the movie. #soitslegit

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Hey Arnold! was probably my favorite of the entire 90’s Nickelodeon cartoon era and I was so excited to hear there would be a reboot that would tell the story of what happened to Arnold’s parents, giving closure to all us fans.

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The first thing I noticed about Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie was the animation. While the characters still looked and sounded the same, they had a new 2017 spin to them, which was really awesome to see.

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ALL your favorite characters are back from Gerald, to Arnold’s grandparents, to Stoop Kid, to others I didn’t even remember I had forgot. Plus, at the beginning of the movie there is this homage to some of the best moments of the show and to Arnold as a character. If you don’t tear up at it, you have no soul.

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A few other great moments from the movie …

  • You find out Arnold’s last name
  • Arnold gets reunited with his parents, like legit reunited, like live happily ever after reunited
  • But most of all…… **spoiler alert …

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ARNOLD AND HELGA KISS! Helga finally gets to tell Arnold how she feels, well actually she doesn’t really tell him — he simply figures it out, which honestly weren’t we were all like, how has he not figured it out by now? This was just something Hey Arnold! fans were hoping to be revealed by Helga and the way it went down in the film was great. She gives up her golden locket to save Arnold’s parents and when she tries to explain it to him, he cuts her off, explaining how he knew the whole time.

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With so many references to the original show (pay attention; they go by fast) to new moments for new fans, it’s easy to see how IMDB gave the movie an 8.4 rating; MHH gives it a 10!

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Can we please talk about Lady Gaga?

So this was Lady Gaga last night…

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Then there was me last night…

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However I felt more like this …

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Last night I heard an angel sing and watched a bad bitch dance her ass off; both entertained the hell out of my husband and I.

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Lady Gaga sang all her hits, plus many songs off the Joanne album! She had four different stages and mini-bridges that would drop from the ceiling so she could get from the front of the arena to the near back. She sang EVERYTHING live and sounded AMAZING! She was honest and real and open, speaking about meaning behind her songs. At one point, when she was describing the song “Joanne” and discussing loved ones and lost, the girl next to me started crying. REAL EMOTION WAS SHED AT THIS SHOW FRIENDS! Oh my gosh, and the people watching … !!

 

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However, I’m not here with this post to brag that I got to see Lady Gaga in concert and you didn’t. (Maybe a little.) Mostly, I want to discuss her Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two, which I saved to watch until after we went to see her (hence why the doc has been out since September and I’m just now covering it).

Heeeeeeeeere we go (a-yo a-yo ..get it?)!

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“All my insecurities are gone, I don’t feel insecure about who am I as a woman. I’m not embarrassed or ashamed of what I have.”

“…when they wanted me to be sexy or they wanted me to be pop I always put some fucking absurd spin on it that made me feel like I was still in control …”

“If I’m gonna be sexy at the VMAs singing about the paparazzi I’m gonna do it while cleaning the bathroom and reminding you of what fame did to Marilyn Monroe.”

“I want to do the opposite of what everyone thinks I’m going to do …”

“Everyone thinks I’m going to come out there on a fucking throne in a meat dress with 90 shirtless men and unicorns. Am I right? And then at the end I’m gonna do something shocking that’s gonna freak everybody out. But it’s not even in the neighborhood of what we’re gonna do.”

“Honestly we’ve seen me fucking glamorous for 10 years; it’s fucking boring.”

“I never felt comfortable enough to sing or wear my hair back; I never felt pretty enough or smart enough or a good enough musician. That’s the good part: I didn’t feel good enough, and I do now. Of all the things I deserve, that’s where I know I’m worth something.”

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Joanne

Gaga’s Joanne album is one of my all-time favorite records, not favorite Gaga, favorite of ALL time. I love every single song and had no idea a majority of this doc was a behind the scenes of the album’s birth: like, did you know she is the one playing the piano on “A Million Reasons” (while she also drank white wine #mygirl!)? There are also scenes with her and Florence Welch singing their duet from the album (or when Flo teases Gaga about her millions of social media followers!), intimate scenes with her, her dad, and grandmother where she shares her inspiration for not only “Joanne” as a song, but the entire album. Of the album she said, “I’m going to fight like fucking hell for them to love this because it’s fucking loveable!” OMG and the scene when she goes to Wal-Mart to purchase her own album …

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Hip Pain

So I knew Gaga had cancelled some shows on her tour this year due to immense pain, but I honestly had no idea what that fully meant. She holds none of it back when sharing it and I legit felt that pain. “I have chased this pain for five years,” she explains. “When I feel the adrenaline from my fans, I can fucking go. But it’s not like I’m not in pain.” The documentary shows Gaga bawling the day she is to sing for Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday due to hip pain, screaming into a pillow while her hip gets adjusted during a Super Bowl rehearsal, getting her makeup done while explaining to a doctor all the meds she has to take for the pain, and finally having a breakdown about possibly not being able to go through childbirth due to hip complications. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a more real moment (or moments) from a celebrity.

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Super Bowl 51

Humble. Diva. Perfectionist. “Why is there a football game before the Lady Gaga show?” What word would you pick to describe the scenes involving Gaga and SB51? I pick the first and last. Early on you hear her repeating the words”thank you” as being chosen, plus she goes on to discuss the importance of the performance and how she thinks “it can’t get bigger than the Super Bowl.” But, we also see her being a bit demanding during the rehearsals. BECAUSE SHE’S A MOTHER F’ING PERFECTIONIST AND TRUE ARTIST! 

“If I pick up the keytar and play the wrong note in front of 100 million people, that’s my fault,” she says. “It doesn’t matter that someone else screwed it up. It’s my name. I know to other people it’s just the lining of a jacket,” she explains. “But for me, it’s the way that the fabric on my outfit interacts with this fabric is going to change the speed of my arm as it enters the sleeve.”

She didn’t disappoint.

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Especially after seeing her live, I understand how each movement, breath, and note has to be calculated to make any performance the absolute best it can be. So if Gaga has to become a bit of a diva so the lining of the jacket helps her nail a performance, then gosh darn it FIX THE FREAKING LINING!

Final Thoughts 

  • The parts where Gaga discusses her success intermixed with her failed relationships broke my heart; GAGA DESERVES LOVE
  • I was really shocked she smoked so much (just being a singer and all)
  • HOLY GAGA BOOBS at one point –> out by the pool, yeah, they were legit out
  • The slowed down, piano version of “Bad Romance” —— definiton of insanity!
  • SAY IT TO HER FACE MADONNA!
  • “I’m 30; I’m old to them” ugh girl me too!

Lastly…

In the doc, Lady Gaga describes her current style as black tees and jeans, yet worries fans will miss her outlandish style choices. Well this fan doesn’t miss it; this fan loves, adores, looks up to, and is inspired by this stripped down, real, emotional, open Lady Gaga. And I’m with her for years to come!

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“Betty’s ponytail is iconic & beyond reproach”

It’s Riverdale Season 2!

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Seriously if you do not watch this show, cancel all your weekend plans, borrow your neighbor’s Netflix password, and don’t leave your couch until you’ve watched the first season. Then, find the CW app and binge the first four episodes of the second season. It’s worth it.

So much has changed from the first season, yet so much remains the same so let’s dive right in!

Archie Andrews is still awful …

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I would say the first two to four episodes of season one, I really rooted for Archie. Even though he broke my heart when he broke Betty’s heart, I figured I’d still give him a chance because at least he was honest. But then he got so whiny about Ms. Grundy, then Val from the Pussycats, to finally ending up with Veronica (and I don’t ship them; sorry I just don’t). Plus his dye job is so horrendous, that adds to my loathing.

Skip ahead to season two and I hate him even more! I know Luke Perry got shot and he should be worried for his dad but come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! This Red Circle, buy a gun, fight the Serpents in the rain (which I will discuss in a bit) is such nonsense. Like, go to school, play football, & lock your doors at night like the rest of the town. He’s actually insufferable; I don’t want to blame KJ Apa or the Riverdale writers for possibly trying to hard (are they this season?). I’m just going to put the blame all on Archie. Here you are again being whiny, yet outwardly trying to be tough and I’m done with it. The reason Archie feels the need to be so tough brings me to my next discussion point …

The “Black Hood” …

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So last season’s storyline was all “Who killed Jason?” and this season is all “Who shot Luke Perry?” but then that chester molester Grundy died pretty gruesomely, and then (what the heck!) Moose & Midge get shot; next thing we know we have a serial killer on the loose in Riverdale known as the Black Hood. We found out last night he’s (or she I guess) is doing it all for Betty … because of some speech she made? What speech? I don’t remember this. Anyhoo, this black hood character claims he’s getting rid of all the bad things in town (an adulterer, child abuser, & drug fiends).

Sidebar: How did Archie’s dad commit adultery? I thought they were divorced …? Anyway, I’m sure this is now the driving force for season two … who do you think the Black Hood is?

Serpents vs. Northside, aka, “The Rumble” …

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If you know anything about classic literature, you should have read The Outsiders (or you probs read it in 7th grade). That huge fight between the Serpents & Archie’s clan had to be a shout-out to the big rumble that happens between the Socs and the Greasers. Leather jackets vs letterman jackets, poor vs rich, no weapons … I MEAN COME ON THEY EVEN MADE IT RAIN LIKE IN THE MOVIE!

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Can anyone confirm if this scene really was supposed to pay homage to The Outsiders? And, if you’re sitting there scratching your head thinking “Outsiders?” then as soon as you’re done binging Riverdale, FIND THIS BOOK AND THE MOVIE AND READ IT THEN WATCH IT!

Afterdale …

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You know how I’m absolutely obsessed with The Morning Breath hosted by Jackie & Claudia Oshry? Well, they started a show (via Youtube and the Podcast app) where they recap each episode.  God’s gift to Riverdale fans + Breathers.

Additional questions, comments, concerns, & theories …

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  • It took me two episodes to realize Veronica’s dad was Kelly Ripa’s husband and I can never look at him the same again.
  • I forget why Jughead’s dad is in jail; is he taking the fall for Cheryl’s dad and if so, why again?
  • Speaking of Cheryl, where the F has she been this season?!
  • I think the Jingle Jangle drug will become more of a focal point of the plot this season — possibly with Veronica’s dad as the drug lord? (shout out to Claudia & Jackie for this theory)
  • Why does Veronica want to get into the family business & why should I care … so she can keep “an eye” on her dad? Ugh I’m getting sick of that family real quick.
  • Jughead is def going to cheat on Betty with the loser Serpent girl Tommi Tommi … Toni Tommi … Tonnie Tomlen … whatever I’m getting cheese fries.
  • I. NEED. MORE. JOSIE. AND. THE. PUSSYCATS. ON. MY. SCREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Find me and let me know all your thoughts on this season of Riverdaleand if you’re not watching, go now. Seriously go … shut your screen, turn off your phone and go. I’ll wait.