Getting things started: SNL, Girls, etc.

So this is my first post! To celebrate, let’s jump right in.

This week’s Saturday Night Live was hosted by Justin Timberlake, and as expected, was very good. The cold open featured JT impersonating Elton John singing about Hugo Chavez. Of course, Fred Armisen’s Venezuelan personality was my favorite part, as it reminded me of his portrayal of Raul in the season 2 episode “Sister City” of Parks and Recreation.

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The monologue featured a bevy of former SNL hosts and cast members, all of whom have hosted the show at least five times.

Unfortunately, the episode went downhill after Weekend Update, but redeemed itself at the last minute with a hilarious Friends reference. (Moet and Chandon = Monica and Chandler)

Episode highlights:

Veganville sketch, “Dick in a box” reprisal, Stefon, “NuvaBling” commercial parody

And of course, JT was an excellent musical guest as well. Seeing him and Jay-Z perform “Suit & Tie” does not get old.

Moving on. Last night’s Girls must be discussed, so if you haven’t watched yet… SPOILER ALERT!

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This was a very dark episode, which involved all of the characters self-destructing, but was also very good. Hannah is spiraling downward quickly, and needs to regain control of her life. When she was sticking those Q-Tips in her ears, it almost felt like I had Q-Tips being stuck in my ears. Very unsettling. She has been so secluded the past few episodes and really needs to reconnect with the other characters. The sequence of events on Girls usually feels pretty organic, so having her and Adam bump into each other on the street seemed fairly predictable and unnatural. Regardless, it caused Adam to start drinking again, which ultimately led to a scene between him and his new girlfriend, Natalia, which was one of the most uncomfortable of the episode. Let’s just say that their relationship probably won’t be lasting much longer.

It’s obvious that Marnie has been out of sorts since her career path in the world of Art History was derailed. I hope that she can get back to something that’s meaningful to her, instead of blindly jumping into a singing career. I can’t tell if it will be her or Charlie who will end it first, but out of all the couples, I don’t mind them being together for a moment or two.

As for Ray and Shosh, they clearly have a lot of talking to do.

And as for Jessa, apparently she’s gone missing. But I don’t mind since she’s my least favorite out of the four girls.

Image Last night I watched the movie OUR IDIOT BROTHER, which I found to be sweet and entertaining. It stars about a million people (Paul Rudd, Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, TJ Miller, and Katie Aselton to name a handful) and focuses on a hippie guy and his three sisters. Each sister has her own problem du jour, and their brother, Ned, unintentionally complicates and exacerbates these problems when he is forced to stay with each of them after being released from jail for selling weed to a cop.

The movie was produced by Big Beach, which is a company that produces and finances many awesome indie films, including the most-wonderful SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, starring two of my current Favorite People, Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass, along with New Girls Jake Johnson.

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Things to consider:

  • Justin Timberlake’s new album “The 20/20 Experience” will be released next week and is currently streaming on iTunes!
  • Mindy Kaling is writing another book! Read more about it here.

Follow me on Twitter if you’d like: @sdexta

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