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Meg Says Watch This: Superstore

I know I’ve mentioned it before, but NBC’s Superstore is so worth mentioning again. Remember my post about the importance of finding things that make us laugh? The value of comic relief? Superstore hits the nail on the head. I can’t even tell you how many times I laugh until there are tears in my eyes during one episode. On multiple occasions I’ve realized I’m still laughing when it’s segued into commercial. The comedy show is brought to you by the geniuses behind The Office. Last night’s Valentine’s episode was just the amount of laughter my week had been missing. It’s actually available on NBC’s website, now. If you’re not already a fan of this show and you could use some laughter in your life (who can’t?) I highly recommend checking it out!  The show features an eclectic group of people working at a major chain store. Hilarity ensues whether it’s an HR meeting, making a playground out of the inventory room, off-limits romantic sparks between coworkers, a little bit of everything. Sometimes, it might seem so off the wall that it’s unbelievable, but that’s just it – at the bottom of everything it’s insanely realistic. Here’s a trailer I found on YouTube because even if you don’t have time to watch a whole episode right now, this might make you giggle.

 

 

 

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Meg Says Watch This: Aziz Ansari

I don’t know about my readers, but personally – I am profoundly disturbed by current events over here in America. On so many levels. Every day feels like I wake up with baited breath to see what new disgusting news report there is to read about what happened while a lot of us were sleeping. Unfortunately, some of the time I’m awake in the middle of the night and I see it. (I decided to do something (that felt) productive with those insomniac hours and signed petitions, and called survey lines, and sent my words of displeasure to our senators. Stay informed.) Anyway, I think we have an obligation and duty as citizens to pay attention to what’s happening right now, to speak out when something is wrong (there’s a difference in disagreeing with someone about something, and lies, hate, and an attempt to silence people and stop the spread of fact-based information.) Who knew that in 2017 we would be waking up to “alternative facts” – we cannot let this become the “new normal” in this strange, bizarre alternate reality we’ve found ourselves in – which is unfortunately the only reality we have. Let’s call alternative facts what they really are by the way: LIES.

Okay, enough of my rant – my point of today’s post is that while we need to stay informed, and not turn our heads because the absurdity is overwhelming, I wholeheartedly believe we also need to give ourselves breaks from this as well. (Would we not lose our minds if we didn’t?) For me the main outlets that comes from, other than conversation, and getting together with friends when I can? Reading, music, movies, and finding material that makes me laugh. I fell asleep listening to the Arctic Monkeys the other night, after I watched a few episodes of re-runs of The Office and Parks and Rec. Both of these shows make me laugh until my eyes tear up. They’re witty, they’re well-written, the acting is fantastic, and they’re real. The laughter is a temporary escape, but a healthy one.

You know who else makes me laugh? Aziz Ansari. Whether it’s in his own show, Master of None or on Parks and Rec, or watching his standup comedy, or reading Modern Romance, or listening to a podcast he’s featured on he always makes me laugh. Not only is Ansari hilarious, but he’s brilliant. I think some people underestimate him, but read a chapter of his book and tell me otherwise.

Last weekend Aziz Ansari hosted SNL for the first time. The opening dialogue was insightful, but humorous. I think we can agree that sometimes, you have to laugh so you don’t cry. Like always, Ansari had me in stitches. See the clip below, and if not that – at least check out his book, or other work- I hope his brings you as much enjoyment as it’s brought me.

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Throwback Thursday, Watch This: Adventureland

I’ll say, though the trailer enticed me when it was first released I think I originally had an aversion to watching Adventureland because of Kristen Stewart. I know, I should apologize because that’s kind of unfair, but it’s the truth. Anyway, I was looking for something to watch after I flew through Orange is The New Black and someone suggested Adventureland, and it was on Netflix so I figured why not? And I was glad I watched it. The music is good, it made me laugh, the cast is great and it’s pretty well written. It’s kind of what I thought Skateland was going to be like, actually.

Jesse Eisenberg plays James, a recent college grad who’s back at his parents house for the summer. Or so he thinks. The plan was to move to New York with his college roommate, and attend journalism school at Columbia. That was until his parents aren’t able to hold up their end of the deal, anymore. So, James gets his first job at the local amusement park, Adventureland. He spends his days running the games booths. He makes some new friends, goes to some parties, and saves some cash. All in all, though – this is a coming of age story. And one done right, at that. (Not to mention the 80’s music soundtrack is so fitting.) James is awkward, but endearing and this cast will have you laughing. If you haven’t watched Adventureland yet, check it out. It was a good light hearted alternative to some of the intense films I’ve seen recently.

Check out the “Official Trailer”:

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Watch This: “Tonight You’re Mine” (aka “You Instead”)

I know, it sounds like I’m always making excuses but I didn’t realize it would be this long of a time period between posts here, or else I’d have qued up some entries. Of course there were the days I was out of town traveling, and then getting back to Florida proved to be this crazy trek. And somewhere in between all that I developed like a sinus infection, or something. So excuses, excuses blahblahblah: hiatus over. Meg Says, Watch This entry is here!

The weekend before I went to NYC, I was staying at my parents at the beach again. It was my brother’s birthday weekend. For like the fourth beach visit in a row it just rained and rained, (which really isn’t a surprise because I physically can’t remember the last day it didn’t rain here in Tallahassee.) Anyway, I was browsing Netflix and I came across this lovely little film called Tonight You’re Mine (or alternately titled, You Instead.)

As readers are already aware, I’m still kind of on the whole music festival bandwagon. I found this movie about a month after Bonnaroo. I don’t think I’ve adjusted back to reality yet, and if you gave me the option to go back on any given day (even as sick as I am right now,) I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t blink before jumping in the car.

Anyway, the really cool thing about this movie is that it was actually shot during the T in the Park Festival in Scotland. That means the crew had to edit footage at the end of each day because hello! You don’t get re-dos on festival days. It just makes for a really genuine festival scene feel – (because it’s real.) You get the random people running around, dancing, playing in the rain, having jam sessions in their tents, drinking, smoking, laughing, just living it up. This isn’t a work of art that would get Oscar buzz, (it’s different than that,) but I think it deserves credit on its own accord.

I would recommend you watch this movie IF:

A) you have festival withdrawal as well.

B) you wanna see the festival scene.

C) you’re a sucker for romance.

D) you like good music.

Okay, so I’ve rambled this much and you still don’t know what the heck the film is about! Adam is part of a rock duo, and Morello is in a punk girl band. As the film opens they get in a silly, unnecessary altercation. A well-meaning security guard is disappointed in their lack of love, so he handcuffs them together in order for them to “work it out,” and runs away with the key. Adam and Morello both have significant others who are there at the festival, and they both have respective shows to preform. You don’t have to tell me that the film is cheesy or predictable, I’m aware of both and yet still I could feel my heart melting as I watched it. You know that Brand New lyric, “and I know that you’re a sucker for anything acoustic…” Well, I know it makes me horribly typical and cliche, but I am. I have always been some weird hybrid version of a romantic and a realistic, sunshine personified with a splash of cynicism. I don’t know how you can be both, but I am. And still…this. Because I am all about staying up all night, hand holding, and instantaneous connections. I thrive off those moments that feel like they are so ultimately cinematic. This film seemed to accurately capture the kind of connections that occur when random people are brought together by the thread of a common bond. As unrealistic as you might think some of this might be, I think there’s a realistic touch. Music as the driving connection can really bring two people together, and a music festival is like the breeding ground of magic. You’re removed from outside influences that would get in the way in some other sort of social setting, and people are free to completely be themselves, and what’s more attractive than that? I think this film found a way to encapsulate all of that in an hour and twenty minute screening. That feat in itself is fascinating to me.

Instead of giving you guys the trailer that would basically spoil the whole movie, here is a little video for the acoustic of “You Instead” :

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Watch This: Adam Levine on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Hello, readers! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends as much as I did. I spent mine in the panhandle at Mexico Beach with the fam and some friends, and it was a great couple of days. The weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious, and the company was top-notch. (Thankfully, I can say that about the last several weekends in my life this year.) Friday night I can’t remember what we were doing in the living room, the guys were playing Spades and I was probably just sitting on the couch rambling and drinking wine after we re-watched the finale of The Office. Then I saw that I had missed Adam Levine on Jimmy Kimmel and I knew I’d have to look it up later. Saturday night I saw they’d posted videos on their YouTube page, so my mom and I watched them. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re having a slow day, or need a pick-me-up. I laughed uncontrollably and then yesterday morning I woke up and laughed thinking about it again. We made my dad watch them, and then my bro and the rest of the guys as well because the segment is just dry and hilarious. So, if you missed it or if you saw it already and think it’s as funny as I did and want to watch again – here you go!

Clip One – Adam talks about moving and a little about growing up with Jonah Hill:

Clip Two – Adam talks about him and James Valentine’s drug experience, and opening for Sheryl Crow:

Clip Three – Adam discusses hunting with Blake Shelton: