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Thank God for Modern Family

Modern-Family-EditI have been having a tough time for the past few weeks. Most mornings, getting up seems to be a challenge. I guess these low lows get many of us and it seems impossible to get out, just start feeling happy again. And what do you do if there aren’t enough people around you to support you, if you are going against it1 alone?

For me, there are some tried and tested things that help. Going outside in the cold to watch the stars and your breath transform to white fog in the air, cooking a good dinner, drinking a lot of water, drawing, talking to someone good… and watching Modern Family.

It’s funny how a to-the-point sitcom can impact you. I have always had that: first with Two and a Half Men, then with HIMYM. Funny what an emotional attachment you can develop to a show that is made to amuse. There was an article I read about why we watch TV shows over and over again and the point that I related to most was that we know. Having seen all what has aired of Modern Family so far, I always know what to expect when going back. No matter if it is one of the better or not as good of an episode, there is familiar comfort in each of them, in 20-minute chunks easy to fit into your schedule.


What draws me in most, I think, is how warm it is. Modern Family is the one show I know that has stayed the way it started out as, the one that never disappoints. It has hope. The things that happen in that show, the faults people have and the mistakes they make are infinitely real and instead of just having shit happen to people time and time again, all of this is balanced out. One of my favourite story arcs is Haley’s short stint in college. There was no storybook bullshit, but we didn’t see her burn out in life, either, we saw a very realistic story arc without any caricatures. I still admire this decision from the writers.

Everyone in Modern Family is equally important and three-dimensional, especially in the later seasons, as kids are growing up and the adults are becoming adultier2. I see these characters in my friends and the people around me, I recognise myself in the patterns of behaviour they have. Sometimes I watch the new episode and think, “wow, this show has gotten stale”, but more often than not, I watch this show and suddenly feel like there is hope for me. Modern Family proves that however down I am, I can still laugh and if not feel happy about myself or my own life, I can still experience their joy. Sometimes it takes two or three episodes to wipe the frown off, but Modern Family fills the hollow feeling with hope. I want a family like that one day. That’s a pretty good reason to get up in the morning.

1 the “it” is depression, but damn, it sounds harsh and I’m not really comfortable using it.
2 I find this a very adequate expression. I feel like we, as a community, should use this word more often.
NOTE: This post title has been in my drafts for ages, but I never found the right content to go with it. I hope it wasn’t too sappy or silly, since this is again one of these posts that only talks about one side of a TV show, but eh, this is exactly how I feel.

Thoughts on Suits


Now that summer is over, one of my favourite TV series has started a hiatus. I am a very big fan of Suits’ schedule with ten episodes airing in the summer, and six airing early in the next year. The hiatuses never feel excruciating, no matter how invested I currently am in the show, and are usually placed so that as Suits returns, other shows go into hiatus. And between watching shows that are depressing as hell, it’s a nice thing.

I discussed my love of the series last year but things have changed a bit with the 16 episodes that have aired after that. Suits never goes far from their original theme, which is both a strength and a weakness. Over three and a half seasons, the show has become repetitive, yet the core I fell so in love with over the first few episodes, hasn’t changed. In the end of the day (episode), it’s still about Harvey and Mike kicking ass. 

There is something that throws me off about this, though. The main cast — Harvey, Mike, Louis, Jessica, Donna, Rachel — have become caricatures. Some more, some less. The writers are excellent with some aspects of the show, like picking their sound, wardrobe and marketing people, but lack in other, much more crucial areas. Something that I can’t get off my mind is the beautiful gesture Katrina, associate to Louis, made in the beginning of the season. 


As I watched the finale of the season, I knew I wouldn’t be able to enjoy this gesture rewatching the show. It feels as if the writers were running out of things to do with the characters, so they simply took the case-per-season layout they’d been using in season three and revisited everything that had played off on screen before. Flashbacks, cheating, Louis’s promotion… yet as they were played again, they lost their effect. In the final episodes of season two, Harvey not trusting Scottie because of the memories of his own mother was heart-wrenching. With Rachel, it didn’t work at all and after some time, even with Mike’s puppy dog eyes, I wanted nothing more but to fast-forward her scenes. Most of the characters have lost their edge.


Which is a crying shame, too, because the talent that Rick Hoffman showed in the last episodes (final scenes of episodes 15 and 16 gave me shivers) and what Sarah Rafferty does season after season; what the whole cast brings into the table, it’s worth so much more. Suits is a super fun, intensely beautiful summer show that virtually only lacks in one thing: good, original writing. Everything else is so great, and all I can do is hope that we’ll see a more interesting part two of the season coming spring.

Suits 4×01 One-Two-Three, Go…

Five minutes in, I felt something squeezing me. This was the first time I realised how much I had missed Suits ever since season 3.2 wrapped up in April, and how glad I was to have it back on my screen. Suits is probably not going to win awards as it is often written off as a guilty pleasure, yet it is one of the most enjoyable shows to watch. If you are looking for something to lighten up your summer, this is it.

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Game of Thrones spoilers below!

This is my 100th post. It was supposed to be really special and cool, but instead, I watched The Mountain and the Viper and after ten hours, I still find it difficult to breathe. So instead of bathing in the glory of putting out close to 40 reviews in my blogging times, and that you can now just type in in your address bar to get here, I’ll instead share a few thoughts on Thrones and the films I’ve seen this weekend.


  • Dany sent Jorah away because he betrayed her (wow, drama!). I didn’t understand it really, and I’m never watching that fucking episode again, so that’s that, but it felt sad. Especially with this in mind.
  • Arya and the Hound finally made it, only to find out Lysa’s dead. That was a hilarious scene.
  • The Wildlings attacked and Ygritte spared Gilly with her baby, which was super lovely.
  • And then the world gets fucked in the ass. Sorry. I don’t think it’s possible to say this too harshly. Everybody’s sharing gifs of Cersei’s joy, but before that, I was so happy to see her disappointment when Oberyn got the upper hand.
  • I still cannot believe that ending happened. I’m glad I just watched Atonement, because now I can compare that twist to something. Beyond cruel. I hope someone skins the Mountain. That shithead.
  • I bet Tyrion’s going to kill Tywin and get away. If not, someone’s getting punched in the face.

  • Before all that happened and I was left to pick up pieces of my brain, I actually had a really nice weekend visiting a friend.
  • Inspired by Nostra’s iconic movie character relay, I got my friend and her little sister to watch E.T. with me. I’d never seen it before, but I really wanted to, and it was so great!
  • On Sunday morning, I got up at 12pm and was still the first one up, so I started watching Howl’s Moving Castle — something I’ve wanted to see for ages, and they had it! It was really, really great and Calcifer, the powerful fire demon pictured above, won my heart at once.
  • I’ve been watching a lot of films lately, films I never thought I’d get to: Mads Mikkelsen in The Royal Affair (really good!), Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (I think I like silent films…) and I’ll see A Single Man tomorrow. Because this Monday hasn’t been depressing enough.

+ the ten works of a master of raw
+ this is a blind spot for me, too, I promise I’ll fix it
+ the only Godzilla review you need to read
+ nostalgia: “ghosts are transparent”
+ what is better than feet — animated feet?
+ spectacular
+ introducing: David Fincher is a genius
+ where #10 could easily be #1 in another show
+ hold your horses (and your breath)

credit where it is due: first three pictures are from this hilarious Thrones recap, and the gifs are from Sati’s tumblr.