Saturday, January 13, 2018

Nathaniel Gets the Message!: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E9 Review

I loved this episode!! The song were 🔥🔥🔥

Without Love You Can Save The World: This song was a parody of all those charity anthems. For some reason, the Powerpuff Girls' song "Love Makes The World Go Round," comes to mind. My age might be showing when I say that I am also reminded by Disney Channel's "Send It On," and, "Make a Wave." (performed by the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez).

I am definitely going to be listening to, "Without Love You Can Save The World," on Valentine's Day to remind myself all I can do without love LOL. The song was funny because Rebecca, like usual, blows an idea out of proportion. Of course love is important, you just have to have a healthy balance. A healthy relationship and a healthy way of engaging with and improving the world.

Also, I loved the outfits of, "Without Love You Can Save The World." Everyone wore matching outfits where there was a heart with a cross on the shirt! And then at the ending of the song you could see the clouds make that same symbol (with airplanes making the cross). The dancing was fun too! Some great lines:

"Then suddenly the lakes have all gone dry, AND IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT"

"Not being tied to a bed can really give you wings"

"Love is blind, but without love - you can actually help the blind"

"Forget who you did - think about what you can do"

WOW, wrote 3 paragraphs. I must really like this song.

Fit Hot Guys Have Problems: Do you know how many shows I've watched where people go into a club and there are women dancing for the male gaze? I love Crazy Ex Girlfriend for switching the script! I like how they are objectifying men to challenge society's norms. They are also challenging toxic masculinity, by showing our leading men experiencing sad emotions and crying! Some great lines:

"We both have almost no body fat but we're too bummed out to talk about that." BUT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT IT LOL

"So don't objectify us with your male and female gaze."

"You wanna join our imaginary song and dance?" BEING META

A Youtube comment I really liked:

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Grocery Store Wedding: Rebecca helping Valencia out with her wedding planning business was a good story line. Seeing the grocery store people was a real treat. Just like the Rebecca/Josh/Valencia love triangle - the Marty/Ally/Grocery Clerk With Half an Eyelid (Brody) love triangle ended the same way. Ally leaves Brody to be with Marty. Ally/Marty really do have a messed up relationship. It was funny seeing these characters interact and I did find myself laughing at Ally and Marty's antics. I understand Rebecca for interfering. In my opinion, it was the right thing to do. If you were about to marry someone and they were cheating on you, you would want to know!!

Josh is something like a volunteer fireman: I like this direction. You don't see men becoming strippers often in media because they need money. With Josh's circumstances, he does need money and this is actually a good job for him!

Nathaniel and White Josh Bromance: I liked their bromance! It's interesting that Nathaniel always wears suit and button down shirts while White Josh NEVER wears that kinda thing. White Josh is always in beach clothes. BUT they have a lot in common! They both lift and care too much about their bodies. They are both judgey - White Josh with his friend's choices and Nathaniel because he is rich. It was nice watching them bonding over depression-fries!! Later on they ate depression onion-rings!

The next episode is titled, "Oh, Nathaniel, It's On!" I am getting a little worried why all the titles have the name, "Nathaniel" in them. I hope she isn't obsessed with him as she was with Josh.

Great show this week!! Excited about the next episode where Rebecca and Nathaniel feud. I can't believe Nathaniel won't give Rebecca her job back - I thought he actually cared about her!

Please let me know in the comments what you thought about this episode and what you think will happen in the future!!

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Nathaniel Needs My Help!: Crazy Ex Girlfriend S3E8 Review

My favorite show is back after another 3-week haitus! Unfortunately, I thought this episode was the weakest one so far from this season. For one thing, I didn't like any of the songs.

My reaction to "My Sperm is Healthy," was the same as Ms. Hernandez. "This is going to be gross, isn't it?" The song was trying to parody an EDM party anthem that talks about how much sex a guy has, but instead it focuses on the health of the sperm. There were some jokes that put a smile on my face...but it's just, I don't know if I would listen to that song again? My favorite Crazy Ex Girlfriend songs tend to be on the emotional side or trying to say something about society. This one didn't do either.

My reaction to, "Get Your Ass Out Of My House," was that it was super mean. I know Mrs. Chan could see that Josh was hurting and going through something complicated. It would have been a good time to have a talk and help him work out his feelings. Instead, she just rubs the salt in the wound. Also, I think in the past,Josh's mom has said how happy she is that Josh returned home. I'm Asian too, and I gotta say, Asian parents value family and are willing to keep you at home forever. It just seems that this song was put in for a cheap laugh and doesn't make sense with previous characterization.

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Rebecca and Nathaniel are sooo cute together! I LOVE THEM. In this episode, Rebecca returns to her unhealthy ways and it was more painful to see this time. It was also less funny. Rebecca determining that Nathaniel's dad had cheated on his wife and had a secret daughter was just a blah story line. It was so obviously a misunderstanding to the audience members.  But also, we couldn't see and RELATE to Rebecca's craziness here. I couldn't say to myself, "If I was crazier, Yes, I would do this same thing if I like a guy," which is what I have said before in previous episodes.

One thing I do like is that both Rebecca and Josh are starting to recognize their old patterns. They are both ready to change and create a healthy life. Unfortunately, Rebecca has to do that by breaking up with Nathaniel. This is what us, intellectual Crazy Ex Girlfriend viewers, have been saying for a long time. Rebecca is NOT ready for a relationship until she works on herself.

The cliffhanger where she says, "I have never done this before," I believe refers to breaking up with someone. I guess Rebecca would qualify as a dumpee just like me. The promo for the next episode looks great! Nathaniel and White Josh stripping and crying 👌🏽.

The promo for, "Nathaniel Needs My Help!" the episode I am reviewing in this blog post had mostly clips from future episodes so maybe even CXG writers knew that this episode wasn't one of the best.

Paula went really crazy this episode finding an egg donor for Darryl. But once again, I don't know WHY she was so crazy. What was the motivation behind it? (some need for control? IDK,,,I couldn't tell you). I hope Paula also learns to recognize her unhealthy patterns in future episodes. I also hope Darryl's next egg fertilization works fine and he is able to have a new baby.

Thanks for reading! My post was late this weekend. I usually post on the Saturday after the show but today I posted on Sunday! Sorry about that! See you next week!

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Top 10 BEST Songs of 2017

Happy New Year Friends!!! It's been a nice year for me on this blog. Writing has been a great hobby and I hope to continue it next year!

I'm going to flashback to the first post I ever wrote on this blog. My Top 10 Favorite Hit Songs of 2015. I skipped 2016 but I'm back for 2017. (Just 5 minutes ago, I wrote a post called, The Number #1 Song of 2016, because I had A LOT to say about Closer by the Chainsmokers).

Once again, a song is eligible to be on this list if it was on the Billboard End of the Year 2017 Hot 100 Songs List. So that's just 100 songs to choose from.

The Top 10 Best Songs of 2017 (Despacito, Bodak Yellow)

10) Thunder by Imagine Dragons

I know my favorite reviewer ToddInTheShadows HATED, "Thunder," on his new The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 2017 video, but I liked it! It's a motivating song. The "punch" sound effects are fun to dance and punch to. Say what you want about this song - at least it's not boring. A lot of other Imagine Dragons songs make me fall asleep like, "Demons."

9) Havana by Camila Cabello

I'd say this song is fun in the way fantasizing is fun. This song is about Camila going to Havana, Cuba and finding an AWESOME man. But unfortunately, she had to leave him behind. Now all she has is memories of him. It sometimes sounds like a fantasy - did she really meet such a cool dude? Or is she just imagining meeting and having an intense, short, passionate love affair? IDK...but it's fun to imagine with her. It's also a fun song to dance to.

8) I Don't Wanna Live Forever by Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik

The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack is supposed to be sexy but this song is not. However, it is intense and passionate which I like. Zayn sounds very soulful. Taylor Swift's writing skills are in full-force here. "I've been looking sad in all the nicest places" - my FAVORITE LINE. I relate to that line a lot. That line might be the main reason why this song is on this list.

7) There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back by Shawn Mendes

This song is similar to Havana as it's about an awesome girl who may or may not exist. I think I read somewhere that Shawn Mendes wrote it based on a movie character. The music in this song is excellent - there are some great guitar riffs. When Shawn plays this song live, it sounds so good! It's energetic and fun. It's also a song filled with passion and emotion and the feeling that anything can happen. It's a song about taking a leap of faith and doing something crazy. And mostly, it's a song of being 100% authentic and living life fully something I am always struggling to be.

Favorite verse:
'Cause if we lost our minds and we took it way too far 
I know we'd be alright, I know we would be alright 
If you were by my side and we stumbled in the dark 
I know we'd be alright, I know we would be alright

6) Bad And Boujee by Migos

Rain drop, drop top, this is a goes off

Bad and Boujee was a meme this year!! A meme that didn't really have a pattern lol. But the song itself is excellent. The beat is great, there are some great bars. It's one of the first songs by Migos which became popular and introduced us to their music style where they make a sound effect after many of their lines. A lot of people don't like this music style but I've seen it done in other songs and it sounds fine to me. 

5) DNA by Kendrick Lamar


This is a great "self-empowerment" anthem and it's not of the usual type. (Usually self-love songs are sung by women and are very cute-sy). I like this song more than Humble because I cannot get past the chorus of Humble which is very boring. The chorus of DNA is WAYYY better than Humble but Humble does have some REALLY poppin lines. ("If I kill a [censored], it won't be the alcohol" AND also some talk about being against photo shopping girls maybe "Humble" is like the girly self-love songs I mention earlier LOL just kidding just kidding). 

"DNA," is nice because he isn't saying he is great because of all he has accomplished. He's great because of how he was born. He is great because of everything he is - the good and the bad. It's a great message. Also, this song switches tempos quickly and sharply so it's never boring.

4) XO TOUR Llif3 by Lil Uzi Vert

All my friends are dead. Push me to the edge.

I love the,  "All my friends are dead," line. I read on Genius that this line MIGHT be referring to money. The dead friends are the dead presidents and historical figures on US currency. Either way, it's a sad song for sure. Music-wise, this song is great to listen to. Who ever produced this song did a great job because it's an ear worm. I love listening to it.

3) Praying by Kesha

But some things only God can forgive.

This song is so emotional. Have you noticed a theme on my top 10? I love the emotional, passionate songs the most. "Praying" is about Kesha dealing with her feelings about how her producer Dr. Luke abused her. The story behind the song makes it even more heartbreaking. There's a lot of anger in this song and I LOVE IT. She does try to say that she wishes that he becomes a better person by praying and looking deep within himself and seeing the mistakes he made. I was thinking that's awfully kind of her - she doesn't want another girl going through what she did. You can literally hear her voice breaking in this song - I love the vocal performance in this song.

2) Bodak Yellow by Cardi B

This is the song that made Cardi B the lovable darling in the hearts of America (or just me, IDK). Honestly, the bars on this song ARE SO GOOD. I was about to quote some of my favorite lines but then I realized I started quoting the ENTIRE song. I just love that there is a SECOND female rapper KILLING it out there. The music behind the verses are awesome too!

Honorable Mentions Songs of 2017

These are just some songs I wanted to give a shout out to:

Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd: I LOVED this song in 2016. It was in the 2017 Billboard list but I felt like it was more of a 2016 song so I didn't include it. I'm sure this would have been high if I had done a 2016 list.

New Rules by Dua Lipa: I didn't see this song in the Top 100 Year-End 2017 Billboard Songs so I didn't include it. But when I think of 2017 in the future, I will think of this song. It was so good! I love the sassy, "DON'T PICK UP THE PHONE LYRICS." It was even a meme!! The music video was FIRE.

Hard Times by Paramore: I didn't see this song in the Billboard List but I thought Paramore's new album filled with pop, emo music was great!

1) Despacito by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee

DESPACITO IS THE SONG OF THE YEAR 2017. It is effectively, the Closer of 2017. I have been saying this since the summer when it first went OFF. I told myself if a song that is better comes to challenge it, I will reevaluate. I waited and waited - but no such song came to take Despacito's place. I knew no song would come because Despacito is too good. It shook up the Hot 100 charts. It's so different than what else is on the pop charts. I like that it's a Spanish song so you can't understand the lyrics. I like the Latin influences. I like how dance-able and FUN this song is. Despacito even tied with Mariah Carey and Boys II Men for being the longest running number 1 song in history! I'm proud of the song though I wish Uptown Funk had achieved this success. (I remember when See You Again premiered and knocked Uptown Funk off the list. I was pretty upset).

As always, these are just my opinions. These are just the songs I was most attached to throughout this year. Let me know what your list would have been in the comments!

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