Monday, August 19, 2013


I never really get into summer shows. Most of the shows I watch start in the fall and I just don't watch much television in the summer months. However, I made an exception to this summer. This summer I became obsessed with the ABC show Whodunnit?

For those of you who don't know, Whodunnit? is a murder mystery reality game show. Thirteen guests were invited to the luxurious Rue Manor and placed in the care of Giles, the butler. Things begin to go awry when one of the guests is found dead later on. She was murdered by one of the other guests.

The remaining contestants, after learning that they could not leave the manor, were able to go to one of three places: the morgue, the last known whereabouts, and the crime scene. After finding the clues and learning clues from others, the contestants were taken away individually to state their cases in the library in front of a camera. The contestants had to first state their theory on how the crime was committed and who was responsible. At dinner, Giles, inserting as many puns into his speech as possible, would then read a note from the killer telling how (s)he pulled the  murder off. Cards would then be handed out to the contestants. The person who had the most accurate theory was exempt from elimination as were most of the other contestants. However, the two(or more) players with the worst theories faced the danger of being eliminated. The bottom player would be "killed off" and the cycle would start over again the next week.

The game would eventually dwindle down to the last two remaining contestants. One of which is the killer and the other being the winner. The winner gets to walk away with a quarter of a million dollars and the killer goes to jail.

Giles' puns, the ridiculous deaths, and the fact that the contestants took everything really seriously (as did some of the audience who thought that the contestants were actually being killed off) greatly added the fun of the show. It was cheesy and extremely fun to watch. Even more so when watched with multiple people who are all guessing along with the show. It was flawed and most of the deaths were extreme to the point where they were improbable. I mean, one contestant even suggested that the killer had a trained monkey at one point because he had such a difficult time figuring out what happened. However, the show's flaws can be mostly overlooked because it accomplished what it set out to do and that was to be a fun summer show.

Sadly, Whodunnit? ended last night but you can watch all the episodes on Hulu. There are also two companion e-books: Murder in Mystery Manor and Murder on Mystery Island which will be released on August 27th.

So, did any of you watch it and if so, what did you think? Are you hoping for a second season just as much as I am?


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Moulin Rouge!

Yesterday, I watched Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! for the first time. I have been listening to the soundtrack, which my sister owned, for years. It's one of my favorite cds to listen to. My sister also used to own the movie but I never got around to watching it. Also, the only Luhrmann movie that I had watched before this was Romeo + Juliet with Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes which I really disliked.

That said, I decided to forget Romeo + Juliet and go into Moulin Rouge! with an open mind. Guess what? I loved it. I thought the story was beautiful as was the art direction and I even found myself getting teary eyed at the end.

For those of you who haven't seen the movie, Moulin Rouge! is about a young writer named Christian (played by the lovely and talented Ewan McGregor) who moves to Paris to be at the heart of the Bohemian revolution. He gets involved with his theatre troupe neighbors after wowing them with his lyrics. They convince him to help them get their play performed at the Moulin Rouge.
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Through a series of mix-ups, Christian ends up meeting with and falling for the star of the cabaret, Satine, who falls for him as well. However, Satine (played by the beautiful Nicole Kidman) is also wanted by the Duke of Monrath (Richard Roxburgh), the man who is financing the show. He is quite creepy, has a terrible temper, and does not like to share his things. Sadly, for Christian and Satine, the duke thinks that Satine is his. Add on top of that dilema that Satine is very sick and you have yourself one drama filled, heart wrenching movie.

The soundtrack for this film was magnificent. I loved the mixing of well known songs in the film. The singing was pretty great as well. Ewan McGregor especially has an amazing voice which really shines through in everything he sings, "Your Song" especially. Nicole Kidman in "Come What May" also made me shed a few tears. Richard Roxburgh and Jim Broadbent, who plays the owner of the Moulin Rouge, sing a rendition of "Like a Virgin" that will leave you feeling uncomfortable as well as wondering what exactly you just witnessed which I believe is what Luhrmann intended.

The costumes and sets were so over-the-top crazy and beautiful. I wish I could have seen them in person so I could study them better. I'm the type of person who loves to look at costumes and these were so detailed. They were amazing.

One problem that I had, that I also had with Romeo + Juliet was the editing. Not all the time though. Mostly just in the beginning. The scenes were edited to move so fast that at some points I felt like I was getting whiplash. I think that's just a Baz Luhrmann movie trait though and it didn't seem to be as bad as the movie progressed.

I would really recommend this movie to anyone who loves musicals or romance movies. Be warned: their is quite a bit of adult stuff in it which is a given considering the fact that is centered around Moulin Rouge. If you're okay with that and you don't mind "loud" movies with fast-paced editing, you should really give it a go. You might really like it!


Monday, August 5, 2013

The Twelfth Hour


Fellow Whovians can now rejoice! Yesterday, the twelfth Doctor was announced during a live television event broadcasted on BBC. I live streamed the event due to the fact that I have basic cable which sadly doesn't include that channel. 

For those who don't know, the twelfth Doctor is to be played by Peter Capaldi. Although I am not really familiar with his work  (besides The Fires of Pompeii episode of Doctor Who) but the second he stepped onto the stage, I knew I was going to love him.

First of all, he just looks like a Time Lord to me. I can't really explain it but if I saw him in the street, I would secretly picture him as a Time Lord.

Second, I really like that he is older. I think that it will add a dynamic that was often seen in the older Doctor Who but not in the new Doctor Who. I hope that in having an older Doctor with a younger companion, we can have a season, like Donna's season, where the Doctor and his companion are just friends and the companion doesn't have romantic feelings for the Doctor.

On another note, I will miss Matt Smith and his bow ties and tweed blazers. I did love his Doctor just like I loved all the previous Doctors I've seen. However, I'm excited to welcome aboard Peter and am anticipating what he will bring to the role. 

Don't forget that twelve doctors means official Doctor clocks and calendars! YAY!

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Hello internet! My name is Elna but you can call me Elle. After much consideration, I've decided to start blogging. I know me blogging is not as exciting as the big twelfth doctor reveal earlier today, but I'm still excited and I hope you guys will give me a chance.

I think the main reason why I've decided to blog is because I have an easier time expressing things or sharing my thoughts by writing stuff down rather than saying it. I love to write and I'm hoping that blogging will give me the motivation I need to start doing it more.

I will probably mostly blog about movies, tv, music, books, and fashion because those are what interest me the most but every now and then I may blog about other thinngs.

There are only a couple of things that I ask. First, if you do want to comment, please keep your comments clean and not rude. Second, if I make a grammatical error, please let me know! I want to become a better writer and that will really help me. 

I'm new to this whole blogging thing so please bear with me.

Thank you,