I’m Already Disappointed with the Movie Adaptation of ‘The DUFF’

DUFF: Movie Title
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As an avid reader and movie-watcher, I’ve had a variety of experiences with films that were adapted from novels. Some were good, some were bad, and some were really and truly terrible. The DUFF is in a whole new ballpark.

I found the trailer for The DUFF movie in Buzzfeed’s “21 Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen in 2015” list. It seemed like it would be a fun movie, so I decided to read the book. Perhaps my expectations were set incredibly low by the movie trailer, but the book surprised me by delving into serious issues like substance abuse and society’s preconceived ideas about sexuality.

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5 Favorite Movies of 2014

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Photo via Google

Photo via Google

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get out to the theater as much as I would like — for reasons including, but not limited to, the fact that the movie ticket prices in NYC don’t help me stick to my budget. However, thanks to VOD and DVD releases, I did manage to catch many of the movies I was excited to see in 2014. It was a fantastic year for Marvel Studios blockbusters, a rather lackluster year for young adult novels-turned-movies, and a particularly good year for Veronica Mars fans.

Although my list may not be comprised of the best movies released in 2014 (many of which I’m guilty of missing), these are my five favorites from the year that I’ll surely be rewatching even through 2015.

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4 Favorite New Television Series of Fall 2014

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Photo via Post Show Recaps

We’re well into the fall television season – some shows have already gone on their midseason hiatus – and nearing the time for winter premieres of new series. This year I didn’t have as much time to catch all the new pilots (as opposed to 2012 and 2013) and had to focus on the shows I was particularly excited to watch. However, even though I gave many new series a chance, I didn’t stick with all of them (there’s only so much time in the day!). These are the four new fall shows that I’ve kept up with each week and will be excited to see how they progress through their debut seasons.

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What I Watched: Summer 2014

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I'm offering this photo as proof that I did, in fact, go outside this summer.

I’m offering this photo as proof that I did, in fact, go outside this summer.

For those of us that like to spend just as much time indoors and in the air conditioning during the summer as outside by the pool or on the beach, the season is a good time to catch up on series that fell by the wayside or try out something new. In true TV/media addict fashion, I spent many of my weekends during the summer watching Netflix or heading out to the movie theater in order to catch some of the season’s biggest movies.

Since I haven’t been writing as many blogs this summer — and took a break from blogging for the entirety of August — I thought I should do a rundown of all the television series (both new and old), webseries, and movies I caught this season. Although this isn’t a comprehensive list, it’s certainly a highlight reel of some of my favorite — or not so favorite — shows, movies, webseries, that I watched this summer (aside from way too many celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos).

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10 Most Anticipated Network Shows to Premiere Fall 2014

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Photos via NY Daily News & The Hollywood Reporter

Photos via NY Daily News & The Hollywood Reporter

TV upfronts season is like your birthday–if your family celebrates your birthday by giving you some gifts you want and some stuff you absolutely do not want, while also keeping you in suspense over whether they’re going to take away and destroy some of your favorite toys/gadgets. But, whether you lost your favorite show in the greenlighting/cancelling melee that is upfronts season, there are plenty of shows hitting the silver screen this fall and winter to (possibly) fill the void left by finished or cancelled series. However, not all of these upcoming shows are going to be hits. While some, like Fox’s Gotham, are bound to get second seasons based on the buzz that’s already been building for months, others will fall by the wayside and may not even be worth checking out.

Photos via CBS & ABC

Photos via CBS & ABC

As someone who loves television, I try to check out as many pilots as possible, but in the current TV culture where there are more shows than days in the year, it’s hardly practical to watch the pilot of every single new series. Instead, I try to watch all the trailers and read all the synopses for upcoming series and pick out all the shows that seem to have potential. After this upfronts season, I find myself with 20 series to check out in the fall (on top of all the shows already on my watch list). From there, I’ve narrowed down those to the top ten of which pilots I’m most anticipating. While this is by no means a list of shows that will definitely, absolutely be successful, these are the ten pilots I’m most excited to watch.

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5 Questions About ‘My Mad Fat Diary’ Season 2 (ANSWERED)

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Photo via Channel 4

After waiting about a year for the sophomore season of My Mad Fat Diary, the show did not disappoint. Although naming My Mad Fat Diary as the best new show of 2013 raised my expectations for the show’s second season, it had no problem delivering. There was Rae’s (Sharon Rooney) difficult return to college, her rocky relationship with her best friend Chloe (Jodie Comer), and the unexpected surprise bestowed on their family by Rae’s mother, Linda (Claire Rushbrook). The second season was just as much of an emotional rollercoaster as the first season–and just as enjoyable.

Photo via Ciara Baxendale on Instagram

Photo via Ciara Baxendale on Instagram

Many season one characters returned–while others did not–and viewers were even introduced to new characters such as Liam (Turlough Convery). Although I was disappointed that Rae’s primary tormentors (who turned a corner at the end of season one) did not return, they did make way for the mean girls of college: Stacy (Sacha Parkinson), Amy (Susie Potter), Vicky (Jodie Hamblet), & Lois (Kirsty Armstrong). The handsome Dr. Nick also did not return, but Kester (Ian Hart) seemed to be doing alright following his divorce and breakdown last season. These were the answers to some questions I had about season two before it began. Now that all of My Mad Fat Diary’s seven-episode second season has aired, let’s talk about the answers we got to the bigger questions. (Beware, there will be major spoilers.)

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Why the ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie is Perfect (for Fans)

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Photo via TV Line

It was a long wait for Veronica Mars fans, but finally this past weekend, the movie premiered in theaters around the world. As a television series, Veronica Mars ran for three seasons in 2004-2007. The show followed plucky teenaged investigator, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), as she solved cases and generally caused trouble for all criminals in the fictional seaside town of Neptune, California. Veronica made plenty of enemies in her time at Neptune High, as well as her brief stint at Hearst College. However, it’s Veronica’s faithful friends–or, you know, people she coerced into doing her a favor–who helped her survive both high school and freshman year of college: her father Keith (Enrico Colantoni), her best friend Wallace Fennel (Percy Daggs III), Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie (Tina Majorino), Eli “Weevil” Navarro (Francis Capra), Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring), Stosh “Piz” Piznarski (Chris Lowell), and of course Dick Casablancas (Ryan Hansen).

Photo via Kickstarter

Photo via Kickstarter

Last year, Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund a movie continuation of Veronica’s story. Since the show was cancelled after only three seasons–and the final episode “The Bitch Is Back” left fans with so many questions–The Veronica Mars Movie Project quickly raised the money. In four hours and 24 minutes, the project raised $1 million; in less than 10 hours, the project reached it’s goal of $2 million. On April 12, 2013, when the campaign ended, over 90,000 backers had pledged over $5.7 million for Veronica Mars. On March 14, the film premiered in theaters and fans were able to revisit their favorite teenaged private eye one more time. Though the movie may not appeal to those who failed to watch the original series, it was everything fans could have wanted (and possibly a bit more).

Attention: there will be MAJOR SPOILERS in this post. 

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