Five Shows to Watch when you’re Dealing with a Break-Up

Breaking up with someone is HARD. It hurts, and it’s messy and it’s never fun.

I know these things because I have had more than my fair share of break-ups. The three big ones were just before I turned 21, when I was 24, (a milder one at 27) and then a pretty devastating one two years ago when I was 28 that saw me leave him in another country (luckily the last one had a happy ending). And of course all the insignificant splits in-between. There were, of course, many coping mechanisms that I learnt over the years, and one of the great ones is the need to vent and mourn and get all the emotions out of the system. And my favourite of these is watching TV shows. Binge watching to be precise.

TV has so much to offer in regard to dredging up emotion, depending on what you need to feel. So, here are my top five TV shows for purging all negative emotions that come with a break-up.

1. Dawson’s Creek

dawsonscreekThis is my number one because it’s the show I can watch a hundred times, without getting sick of it, as annoying as all the characters can be. These are, for me, the TV characters I grew up alongside, and their life lessons were very seriously heeded. The key to Dawson’s being a great break-up show is that it is full of break-ups. It’s full of people being in love, too. And most people think that this is a bad thing when you’re trying to get over someone, however I beg to differ: watching something full of emotion, love, lust, fun and pain brings all your thoughts of the person you’re trying to move on from to the forefront, which, for most people, is something you need to do to get on top of everything, and eventually, move on. This is the show to watch if you need to cry.

2. Sex and the City

sex and the citySex and the City is a brilliant show to marathon while going through the first stages of a break-up, trust me, I’ve done it twice. The amazing thing about this show, is that Carrie is actually giving you advice about your love life, she is literally telling you how to deal with your break-up. It’s genius, and it makes you feel so much better remembering that there are hundreds of thousands of women who have gone through exactly the same thing you are currently going through. Plus it’s nice to see some real, successful women struggling with what you’re struggling with, reminding you that break-ups happen, and being upset about them does not make you weak. This show is a must to get your head into a space where you are prepared and ready to face the break-up head on.

3. Friends

friendsWhen you need to laugh, this is the one. I tend not to trust people who do not love this TV show. This is truly a classic, and most importantly, it’s funny, and laughing really is a great medicine, so do it, and often. Watching this show is also really good at making you feel a lot less alone, with six characters (perhaps even more) who are very relatable to, and very, very lovable. However, the best way to watch Friends during a painful break-up is with your own friends, and with chocolate (just make sure that it’s over before you go out and meet any new people, and not just on a break).

4. Girls

girlsGirls is just what it sounds like, a TV show about a bunch of girls. Of course, there are boys, and the odd man, but for the most part this show is about girls, and that’s what we need when we are hating on men (not like ‘angry crazy-feminist’ hating, but just ‘I hate you for hurting me’ hating). Our girlfriends, mothers, sisters are who we go to when something like a break-up strikes, but for those times when you do just want to be alone, it’s nice to still have some smart, witty, funny and awkward female company to help you start feeling better about yourself. This is the one to watch to laugh and forget about assholes for a while.

5. Chuck

chuckThis one is in the list as being one of my favourite TV shows, but also as being the show that re-teaches you that hope and determination sometimes pay off. That the happy endings are waiting for us somewhere out there, we just need to be patient. Plus the show is funny, geeky, and has a very absorbing story line. But really, I think the best thing about this show are the great characters, and their complex and almost real-worldly relationships (don’t we all wish we could be spies!). This is a fun show to watch, and it is worth investing in, and it makes your heart sing, and hurt and helps emotions flow. But mostly, Zachary Levi is awesome, and really, really cute.

So next time a guy has you down, when you’re eating way more ice-cream than you know you should, and your chest hurts from gasping for air, and your tear stained face looks like complete crap – flick on netflix or grab a DVD, and force yourself you get all the emotions out, and start to feel a little more free. You will cry, you need to, but you will feel better for it, I promise.

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The Pixar Theory

I found this article by Jon Negroni really interesting and intuitive. Worth a read!!

Jon Negroni

pixar theory

Every Pixar movie is connected. I explain how, and possibly why.

In 2012, I watched a video on Cracked.com that introduced the idea (at least to me) that all of the Pixar movies actually exist within the same universe. Since then, I’ve obsessed over this concept, working to complete what I call The Pixar Theory, a working narrative that ties all of the Pixar movies into one cohesive timeline with a main theme. Another, longer, title is “The Grand Unifying Theory of Pixar Movies.”

This theory covers every feature-length movie made by Pixar Animation Studios since 1995. They include:

  • Toy Story
  • A Bug’s Life
  • Toy Story 2
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Incredibles
  • Cars
  • Ratatouille
  • Wall-E
  • Up
  • Toy Story 3
  • Cars 2
  • Brave
  • Monsters University
  • Inside Out (in Part 2)
  • The Good Dinosaur (in Part 3)
  • Finding Dory (in Part 4)
  • Cars 3, Coco, Incredibles 2, and Toy Story…

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Man of Steel Review

Man of Steel

Dir: Zack Snyder

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner

Being quite a devoted Superman fangirl, I held rather high expectations for this film. I knew it wasn’t going to be just another Superman film, and it certainly wasn’t. I haven’t quite decided yet whether the film met any of my expectations, nor whether I entirely loved it, but I have decided that it was very different from any expectations I originally held, and from those that the trailer may bring to the forefront of fans minds.

The trailer portrays the film as a depiction, to some extent, of Clark’s past – it shows him as a child and a teenager. While these scenes are integral to the films storyline, they do not by any means make up the bulk of the film, they are fleeting and though heartfelt, I feel they were over too quickly. I suppose that may be the Smallville fan in me piping up – but I did seriously enjoy getting more of a glimpse into the life of Clark as a young man, striving to find himself and who he was alongside who he was meant to be.

Clark does, however, find who it is he was destined to be, as always, with the help of his father, Jor-El, played by Russell Crowe. I am actually a bit of an anti-Russell person, and was disappointed when I found out he was attached to the film, but then I saw it. The opening scenes with Jor-El trying to convince the council of the end of Krypton and sending his son away while facing Zod, made me change my mind – Russell was in fact very good in the role of Jor-El, as much as it pains me to admit it, and he didn’t have to throw any phones to be so.

Henry Cavill was also a breath of fresh air – he didn’t follow in the traditional movie footsteps of films such as Superman Returns, where Brendan Routh was cast almost certainly based in his resemblance to Christopher Reeve. Cavill is strong willed and emotional and his face has the ability to show emotion with just a lift of those gorgeously shaped eyebrows – in fact everything about him is more than pleasant to look at – and he was perfect for a not-so-young, 33 year old Clark finding his place in the world. He had the physique and the personality that fit Clark brilliantly.

Other mentions in regard to casting aren’t as generous on my behalf: Kevin Costner was severely overlooked as Jonothan Kent, his scenes were much too short; Amy Adams was quite a poor Lois Lane, who played into the distressed damsel act way too much for my liking and Michael Shannon as Zod, though substantially evil, was also somewhat boring.

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In regard to actual plot – I was excited, and then bored and then let down and then okay. The beginning on Krypton caught my imagination and got me super excited for the rest of the film, but it kind of went downhill from there. The scene with the fight between Clark and two of Zod’s cronies was overkill, it seemed to just go on and on and there were way too many explosions than were really necessary. Not to mention that more than a few buildings were destroyed during his fight with Zod, and I’m sure the people of Metropolis – the thousands who would have died in the crumbling rubble, were thankful when he saved that one family of four in the station by finally snapping Zod’s neck and putting an end to the mayhem.

It would have been worth it though had they included the original theme. I mean, I understand Nolan not including ‘na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Batman’ in his trilogy, but the theme that John Williams composed was brilliant, proud, dramatic, patriotic and it could have fit the film and finished it off nicely. When it got to the end credits however, I felt like the overall film had seriously lacked something, and it was more than just a theme song.

I know it could have been better, and while I was somewhat disappointed, I still enjoyed the film for what it was – more of an action movie than a superhero one. I am, however, feeling fairly anxious about the Justice League movie after seeing this film.

Star Trek: Into Darkness Review

Not being a Star Trek fan prior to the 2009 relaunch I was always fairly dubious of watching the films, what with being a Star Wars obsessed geek and all. However, having loved the first installment, I had quite high expectations for this second film. And boy did they deliver!

Aside from my annoying ability to guess almost every plotline that is coming up, I found this film to be an almost magical harmony of action, suspense and comedy. I still love the casting of these films – almost everyone cast fits into their roles quite nicely. One of my favourites is John Cho as Sulu, his ability to shake the character of Harold from the Harold and Kumar series has served him very well indeed, and let’s face it, he’s hot. Then again, so is the lead, the Captain himself – Chris Pine. I think Chris is such a brilliant Jim Kirk, with just the right amount of recklessness balanced by his desire to do what’s right, even if he needs Spock to remind him of that sometimes. I’m not entirely sure how the many die hard Star Trek fans feel about Zachary Quinto as Spock; I can only really take Dr Sheldon Cooper’s opinion on board, and that is that he has worked out quite well for the role. This I agree with, in fact, I enjoy Quinto so much as Spock he makes me want to spend my last $100 on a new Blu Ray player so I can re-watch Heroes from the beginning.

New to the cast for the sequel though, are Benedict Cumberbatch, playing the villain – Khan, and Alice Eve who plays Dr. Carol Marcus. Both are brits, and it will never cease to make me happy that brits are breaking into Hollywood. While Eve has a minor role, she still brings some spark, and a little bit of competition for Spock also. Cumberbatch is just completely in his element in this film – he plays the villain without a hitch, you are never quite sure when he’s going to turn on everyone around him; he’s conniving, intelligent beyond understanding, manipulative and just outright entertaining to watch. His character has depth and is strikingly and impressively easy to empathise with.

Also – a shout out to Noel Clarke – a support role in Doctor Who will always get you somewhere, was super proud to see a whovian on the big screen!

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The visual effects are, of course, stunning. Though the images do sometimes seem quite dark, I felt that the overall feel of the film sits well, it isn’t just a joy ride, this time it is more personal to Kirk and the team. The 3D was fantastic, it works really well, and the end credits just looked awesome. The sound track was also really good, keeping with the feel of the original series, which I love even though I wasn’t a fan.

Over all a great, action packed, fun filled romp. Definitely buying this one on Blu Ray!!

5stars 5 out of 5 stars.