Friday, 20 February 2015

What I've Been Watching In: February

Pan Am (2011)
Starring: Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Kelli Garner, Karine Vanasse
When it comes to TV shows that were cruelly cancelled before they even got the chance to really get going, Pan Am tops this list for me every time. Me and my mum both loved this show and would watch it religiously every week when it first aired here in the UK, so of course I had to buy it for my mum's Christmas present. And we have absolutely adored reacquainting ourselves with Pan Am over the past month.
Pan Am chronicles the lives of the Pan Am stewardesses and pilots at the start of the 1960's. From the storylines to the characters, to the fashion and hairstyles, this show really is just perfection for me. I honestly cannot recommend this TV show highly enough!

Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's (2013)
Starring: William Fichtner (as narrator)
After seeing Charlotte (Colours and Carousels - link here) feature this fashion documentary on her blog a couple of months ago, I bookmarked that particular blog post to make sure that I didn't forget about it and finally got around to watching the documentary this month. If you love fashion or enjoy fashion based documentaries (I think that The September Issue will always be my favourite), then I have a feeling that you will really enjoy this.
Bergdorf Goodman's is a New York Department store that I have always heard about but unlike many of the other US department stores, like Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Sak's Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf's is a New York institution which appears in NYC alone.
Expect cameos from all of the big designers; Michael Kors, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford to name but a few, as well as celebrities such as Candice Bergen, Nicole Richie, Joan Rivers, Susan Lucci and more.
This really is a must-see for fashion fanatics!

Revenge (2011-)
Starring: Emily Van Camp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann, Nick Wechsler
Believe it or not, I hadn't heard a great deal about this show but when I just so happened to stumble across it on Netflix one night, I gave it a go and after just one episode I was completely hooked. And unlike with Pan Am, I have the real luxury that there are three further seasons to watch, two of which are currently on Netflix. So this is definitely a show that I plan on binge watching in the upcoming weeks/months.
Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) returns to The Hamptons (cue all of the real estate jealousy) to seek revenge for the way in which her father was treated by the very individuals she's now 'be-friending.' With every episode a little more is revealed regarding this, which really does keep you hooked.
It's also amazing to see Ashley Madekwe (aka. blogger Ring My Bell) in this, especially as I have read her incredible blog for years now.
This is another show that I would certainly recommend watching.

Palo Alto Review

Property Brothers (2011-)
Starring: Drew Scott, Jonathon Silver Scott
Okay so this has quickly become a bit of an obsession of mine. Damn you Netflix! Haha.
The Property Brothers are twins with a knack for real estate. One (Drew) is a realtor (American term for estate agent) and the other (Jonathon) is a contractor who comes up with some pretty spectacular designs and then makes them come to life. They help prospective buyers create their dream homes and they're all about the fixer-uppers and big renovations which makes the end results really exciting to see and some of the transformations are just truly unbelievable. Watching it instantly makes me want to start knocking down walls and creating my own dream home. If only that was a possibility! And if I didn't already want to move out of the family home and completely design and decorate my own space, I now do.

Palo Alto (2013)
Starring: Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts, James Franco
I actually bought this DVD whilst I was in Florida a few months ago (link here) and like many of the movies and TV shows that appear in this month's blog post, I finally got around to watching it this month.
For me, Emma Roberts really is the stand-out star of Palo Alto. That isn't to say that I didn't swoon when watching the scenes in which James Franco appears but then again, I am a pretty big fan of his. Palo Alto seems like a pretty realistic portrayal of what it's like to be a teen in the US these days (well a certain teen in a certain area of the US, I guess), mostly because you actually feel like these characters could and probably do exist. I feel like such an OAP writing that! Hehe. I may only be 23 but my teenage years definitely feel like another lifetime, not that I was getting up to anything as exhilarating or 'cool' as the teens in Palo Alto are.

The Jump (2015)
Starring: Joey Essex, Mike Tindall, Louise Hazel, Louise Thompson (and a whole host of other celebrities)
Okay, so this is guilty pleasure TV at it's very best and has to be one of the most entertaining TV shows that I've watched in a long time, especially when it comes to the reality TV format. I have to admit, I did switch on The Jump on that very first night to watch one contestant and one contestant alone; Steve-O. I have a feeling that I've professed my love for the Jackass guys at least a couple of times on here before, so I won't go into any more detail about that here but this was honestly such a fun show to watch. There was also a definite element of danger, which might have made it even more entertaining and the celebrities managed to pull of some seriously impressive feats in terms of the winter sports that they were attempting.
You can watch the entire series on 4OD.

What have you been watching this month? Do you have any recommendations? Have you seen any of these? If so, what did you think of them?


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