Sabrina – The Teenage Witch

I’ve watched countless TV-Shows centred around high school and college. Some are good and some are downright bad. Sabrina – The Teenage Witch places itself firmly in the middle since the later seasons are filled with continuity errors and plot holes. It’s no secret I prefer seasons 1-3 to the last four seasons because of they jumped the shark when they decided to get rid of Libby and Valerie.  I admit, that I skipped a lot of episodes during seasons 5-7 because I simply because of plot holes, continuity errors, dull characters. I got the feeling the writers didn’t know where to take the show after they switched channels. In my opinion it was a big mistake firing all supporting cast except Sabrina, her aunts and Josh between season three and four. Actually it might have been season five instead of season four where the show jumped the shark. Or maybe season seven where they let go of Sabrina’s aunts Zelda and Hilda, although the references to all the historic figures they had know grew old and dull. I do think that was the charm in season 1-3 having her live at home under their guidance while trying to fit in at school.
Brad in season four wasn’t featured enough to be Libby’s replacement in my opinion – and I think they wasted his character. It could have been different if the witch and witch hunter came head to head instead of just eliminating him as a threat in an anticlimactic sequence. I actually quit liked his character since he was the only one sensing something was off with Sabrina.

How believable is it for Harvey NOT to figure out what Sabrina is? It takes him four seasons! In comparison it takes Xander around four episodes figuring out Buffy is a vampire slayer – and he isn’t the brightest bulb in the bunch – just like Harvey. However Harvey is endearingly sweet, cute and very much in love with Sabrina – and love makes you blind – right? Anyway I had a hard time buying their relationship – not because they didn’t have chemistry because MJH and NR sure had it in spades. But because they never really went out together without some wacky hijinks ensued. Sure they had sweet moments, but I really hope he got to know the real Sabrina after the series final because I’m not sure he really knew her at all – even though he became her secret keeper. I never rooted for the first love interest the progatonist gets in a TV-Show- I didn’t root for Angel on Buffy, Dawson on Dawson’s Creek nor did I root for Dean on Gilmore Girls. Well, I rooted for Harvey all the way this time around. The show wasn’t the same in season five when he wasn’t around – and I really wanted Sabrina and him together. I didn’t like Josh, Kevin or Aaron that much – the three witches/warlocks (Dashiell, Derek and Dante) fared slightly better than the three mortals.

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Pitch Perfect

I saw a great film is called Pitch Perfect. I found by pure luck!

Pitch Perfect is basically Glee in college – and without all the scheming Glee has.

Beca Mitchelle (Anna Kendrick)

Anna Kendrick (Twilight’s Jessica Stanley) plays the main character Beca who is starting at Barden University. The university have four choirs to choose from however Beca initially only wants to play her own music – and she’s only going to college because of her father. At the beginning she is content with her own company, but her father is worried. They strike up a deal – she must make some friends and give college a try – if she does that he is willing to let her drop out after a year and go to L.A. to pursue a career in music. She joins the Barden Bellas where she meets co-captains Chloe (Brittany Snow) and Aubrey (Anna Camp) and six other girls. Naturally Jesse (Skylar Astin), a freshman at BA like Beca, falls in love with her – and joins an all boys choir. They watch the film “the Breakfast Club” together – and it has a great influence on the Barden Bellas final performance at the Nationals as Beca and Jesse had a fall out some time before.

Chloe (Brittany Snow)

Well, since the film is about show choir set in a school it’s easy to make the connection to Glee. I find the film supiror to Glee for a number of reasons. The first one is the fact all the actors (who sing, that is) can carry a tune without the help of autotune as far as I could hear. No, their singing wasn’t flawless, but it was good. Maybe it helps having cast actors who have proved they can sing in other projects. I remember having seen Brittany Snow in “Hairspray” (the remake), Anna Camp on Glee and finally I’ve read Skylar Astin was a star of “Spring Awakening” on Broadway alongside Lea Michele (from Glee). Anna Kendrick isn’t a newcomer in regards to singing either.

Aubrey (Anna Camp)

The characters of this film are great. I didn’t find I disliked any of them – not even Bumper (lead singer of the Treblemakers) which is a new thing for me. I can’t really say anything bad about them. The actors nailed it in my opinion. Oh before I forget it! It’s worthwhile mentioning Freddie Stroma (of Harry Potter fame) plays a radio station manager/DJ who gives Beca a job. Once again a connection between Harry Potter and Twilight have been made outside Robert Pattinson.

Directed by: Jason Moore
Written by: Kay Cannon
Based on a book by: Mickey Rapkin

The Barden Bellas:
Anna Kendrick: Beca
 Brittany Snow: Chloe
Anna Camp: Aubrey
Rebel Wilson: Fat Amy
Alexis Knapp: Stacie
Ester Dean: Cynthia Rose
Hana Mae Lee: Lilly
Kelley Jakle: Jessica
Wanetah Walmsley: Denise
Shelley Regner: Ashley
The Treblemakers:
Skylar Astin: Jesse
Ben Platt: Benji
Adam DeVine: Bumper
Utkarsh Ambudkar: Donald
Michael Viruet: Unicycle
David Del Rio: Kolio
Elizabeth Banks: Gail
John Michael Higgins: John
John Benjamin Hickey:  Dr. Mitchell
Freddie Stroma: Luke

Jinhee Joung: Kimmy Jin

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