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Parks and Recreation (2009)
Better Each Time I Watch!
There was a lot of anticipation for Amy Poehler's new series, at least around here there was, and after eagerly tuning in to the pilot episode and every episode since then, I can honestly say that it has lived up to my expectations!
Parks and Recreation has a sort of dry humor, where the really funny parts are the awkward moments between Leslie (Amy's character) and other characters. It is truly Amy's strong point, as we saw during her (too short!) run on SNL and in movies like "Blades of Glory" and "Baby Mamma". Amy absolutely steals the show, but it might be just because that's how the show has been written; the supporting cast are all strong actors, and, with the right material, could all bring in huge laughs for the show.
It is obvious when watching "Parks and Recreation" that there has been a lot of effort put forth to put out a great show, and I believe they have pulled it off. The show leaves me not only laughing hysterically but also rooting for Leslie and her committee. The show is a welcome addition to my weekly TV schedule, and is worth checking out more than once.
Mamma Mia! (2008)
This movie, as most critics are saying, is not the type of movie you go to and think about. You should just go and watch and have fun. Otherwise, yes, you ARE going to notice it's lack of choreography, and the actor's sun burnt faces. Just watching it and enjoying the singing and fun is what it was made for, and that's clearly what was happening during filming. Amanda Seyfried is amazing, as is Meryl, Julie Walters, Christine Baranski, Stellan, and the rest. The soundtrack as well captures the emotions just as good as, and in several cases, better, than the originals from ABBA. Standouts are Christine Baranski's "Does Your Mother Know" and Julie Walters/Stellan Skarsgard's "Take A Chance on Me", as well as anything from Meryl or Amanda. Pierce's "When All is Said and Done" is surprisingly great, and grows on me more every time I hear it!
It is a great movie! I would recommend it to anyone, and, speaking of recommendations: Stay until the VERY END of the credits!