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Change is hard, but we can make it easier! Plus, it's summer! WAHOO!! :) By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, blogger, performer, designer) Well, this is it- the last of my weekly Crazytown posts, at least for now. What’s happening? I need a bit of a change. I will be returning to my roots, if you will, and moving to be closer to my family, friends, and just try out some new things for a little while by transferring to Texas State University to study theatre in San Marcos, TX. I’m really looking forward to a bit of a change of... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Crazytown
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For better or for worse, the movies created a lot of puffery. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, blogger, performer, designer) In honor of the school year coming to a close (*angel chorus*), let’s take a look back at some final thoughts about that time we all went through and can’t take back: high school. Please keep in mind this is from the perspective of a current college student who graduated from a well-endowed Texas high school in 2012. Also, remember that all of my favorite teen movies begin in the 80s and ran through the mid 2000s. This is based... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Crazytown
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High fiving a million angels. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) Shut your dumb mouth, Wesley- Liz’s food thing IS as endearing as she thinks it is, because she gets us. Who even got us before we had Liz?? A scarce few, but she always seemed to hit it right on the money. And not just about food, but about everything. Regardless, you can claim how you are Liz Lemon as much as you want, but there are a stack of examples where you and her could not be more different. Don’t think so? Let’s dig a little deeper,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Crazytown
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Women are currently killing it in the public eye. I mean, so are dudes, but this is particularly about ladies. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) There’s no skating around all the criticism in the media right now surrounding equality. In my opinion, everyone is terrible at looking at all sides, and should just watch Liz Lemon’s take on this controversial subject. So in that spirit, I would like to celebrate a handful of ladies being amazing in my definition of feminism- which is basically that women are awesome- that you can catch weekly or readily on a TV... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Crazytown
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Facebook has become a breading ground for the entitled. Let's try to stop it. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, blogger, performer, designer) It has recently come to my attention that now, more than ever, everyone considers themselves a critic. Now, whenever I see a post that I think should be generally well received, I venture to the comment section, prepared for, but not expecting the worst. Such posts involve popular, well-liked people and projects of the day. But people are sometimes just the worst. Let’s talk about that by looking at a brief list of a few things that are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Crazytown
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Bye, bye Thursday night laugh fest. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) Long ago, ten years now, in fact, there was a glorious dynasty of Thursday night NBC television, including three pillars of excellence: The Office, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation. Alas, somehow, we are going on without them, as the final pillar, held together by Knope and co., has left us, after being the last one standing. Needless to say, NBC needs another comedy goldmine, and they’re not going to find it with Ellen’s sadly blandly-written One Big Happy- also, I get that the title is supposed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Crazytown
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In loving memory of Lily's lovely locks. Ever changing, ever astonishing. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) How I Met Your Mother was a great half-hour of television to start the week. Was. As everyone knows, I am very vocal about the horrible downward spiral of the show, and have devoted several articles to this (see here). But one thing that stayed constantly awesome and ever surprising was the auburn locks of Aly Hannigan’s Lily Aldrin. And I’d like to take a moment to observe it’s fabulous power to hold an audience. Season one: We see a typical early-mid... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Crazytown
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An ode to everyone's favorite early-mid 2000s it-girl. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) I don’t care what anyone says- I love me some LiLo, and I always will. I loyally follower her on all social media platforms, and though I believe the darkest of times are behind us, I’m still waiting for the full-180 Robert Downey, Jr. to be pulled (you know, great actor turned hard partier gone full-blown back to awesome and good? COME ON, LINDS!!). Having been such a star to me as a tot, why wouldn’t I want the best for the amazing lady? Didn’t... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Crazytown
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How are your favorite spring stories racking up so far? By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) Spring has offered a slew of awesome new shows- the CW is really killing it. Let’s see where they stand, at the moment. Spoilers ahead! (For the original list, see my previous spring TV article here) Sunday The Last Man on Earth: Promising, but questionable Why? I have at last come to the conclusion that I hate Kristen Schaal. Here voice is annoying and her humor if iffy, to me. But January Jones has arrived, what now? But, I am behind an episode,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Crazytown
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Sometimes, shows are at their best when they're about nothing. Explanation to follow. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) Everyone knows that any TV show soars with any good writer. But sometimes, the best writers write their best episodes when they’re about absolutely nothing. Let me rephrase that: sometimes, the best writers write their best episodes when they have nothing to do with the plot, and are just about the characters being characters, which is only made possible with amazing characters. Allow me to explain with a few examples. How I Met Your Mother Let’s be honest: no one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Crazytown
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There's still such a thing as young love. And you can stream it on an Apple TV near you. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) Alas, Disney Channel is not what it use to be- it’s been a long time since one was able to come home from school, turn on the TV, and have Hilary, Raven, Zach, and Cody, waiting for you. But, luckily, we get to enjoy our favorites on their new adventures- i.e.: the glorious Younger with HilDuff and Sutton Foster (please watch the pilot now on Hulu- this is gonna be good). But just because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Crazytown
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A look at four new, or returning, series that I deem worthy of your eyeballs. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) Spring is within our reach, people! Eventually temperatures will be warmer, but until then, there’s always our good pal TV. With the tragic, yet glorious death of the last remaining tenant of the old NBC Thursday comedy gold lineup Parks and Recreation, it seems as if there is no horizon. And yet, there’s hope! Here’s what I will be watching this spring, and I recommend you do the same. Jane the Virgin (Mondays at 9/8c on The CW)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Crazytown
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A look back at the Academy's favorite Disney shorts from the last twenty years, following the win of the adorable Feast. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) Disney are a rare breed of entertainers: no one quite pays attention to detail and creates quite like these guys. They’ve created beloved classics on every level for eight-ish years, and are still the Oscar kings and queens. In light of Disney’s double Oscar win (yay!) last night, let’s take a look back on the preservers of the Oscar-winning short films over the last twenty or so years, the ones this generation... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Crazytown
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It's that time of year again. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) This Sunday is Oscar Sunday, a glorious high point in this endless freeze. 2014 was a great year for movies, some with an overt drum theme (I’m looking at you, Birdman and Whiplash). Admittedly, I still need to see Still Alice, Selma, and The Imitation Game- I’m also interested in seeing Mr. Turner and Marion Cotillard’s movie, though they’re nominated for smaller things. Also, to preface, I have no interest in seeing American Sniper, and am really glad Interstellar is out of the running because I had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Crazytown
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Sometimes, critics are just unnecessarily mean and totally wrong. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) Following a movie slow season- Oscar lead-up with venomous critics and no trace of a hit- and the critical travesty that is apparently Jupiter Ascending (which I’ll admit is poorly timed, but I’d consider seeing for the cast), it got me to thinking, what makes a movie awful? What makes the critics hate it so much? And why don’t I always trust them? Here are some movies from the past few years that get a bad wrap because of it’s Rotten Tomatoes score. A... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Crazytown
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Six more weeks of winter? How about we hibernate in the warmth of our own homes and Netflix it up? By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) It’s obscenely cold outside, but inside, there are heaters and movies and the illusion of warmer times! If you don’t feel up to braving the one degree wind chill- and if you do, rock on, Queen Elsa- here are some summer flicks, in no particular order, to warm you up and help you look forward to high waisted shorts, pools for days, and exposed skin. High School Musical 2 I mean, come on-... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Crazytown
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The six things, plus a little extra, among other things that people need to stop talking about. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) Time to take a quick break from Disney to field something that’s been bothering me a lot lately, and I want to bother other healthy, young people about. I used to think people saying Facebook and social media were going to be the downfall of a generation were taking it a little too far- even now, I do still see the value of Facebook, being in a place so far from my roots. I use it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Crazytown
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Get to know the happiest place on Earth, little by little in honor of its 60th birthday! By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) In continuation to last weeks post ( ), here’s a little history lesson on my favorite part of the park, home to grinning ghosts, swashbucklers, superb gumbo in bread bowls, and Princess Tiana: New Orleans Square. This is a very interesting little corner of the park that wouldn’t even have been possible if Mr. Banks hadn’t been saved. The profit turned by Mary Poppins and Bert went into creating the home to two of Disney’s most... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Crazytown
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The happiest place on Earth is turning 60! Celebrate with the gift of knowledge! By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) It’s 2015, which means one thing, and one thing only: it’s the 60th anniversary of the original magic factory where dreams are made: Disneyland! Over the next few weeks, the honorary citizen/princess of DLand herself will let you in on some very special little known facts! (Seriously, they gave me a button saying I was an honorary citizen because I knew so many Disneyland facts.) And these ain’t your grandmother’s facts- we all know about the firehouse, and Steve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Crazytown
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After a hard fall season of new TV, we take a look back at the modern golden age and its king: Michael Scott. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) The Office is arguably the greatest comedy on network television over the past ten years- so far, nothing in recent years has come close to its comedy genius. I still long fondly for the days of NBC’s Thursday night line up, consisting of The Office, the almighty 30 Rock- which is in a category all its own, and Parks and Recreation, which replaced the hilarious My Name Is Earl, and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Crazytown
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Christmas music is an essential part to being merry and bright. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) For some reason, Christmas music has become as debated as Anne Hathaway, or some other somewhat topical celebrity or happening. For the record, I’ve always loved Anne, and I’ve always loved Christmas music. Here’s a list of essential albums that even the Scroogiest of Scrooges can get into. Which isn’t even fair to say because Scrooge came round in the end. Anyway, here it goes! 1) A Very She & Him Christmas - She & Him Okay, granted- Zooey D + yuletide... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Crazytown
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A look back at one of the most overlooked Oscar films of last year. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) After watching and rewatching what has become one of my favorite movies, the more upset I get. Saving Mr. Banks is one of the most beautiful, honest, and perhaps unconventional movie from Disney, and was slated to be one of the big Oscar contenders last year, and was unjustly denied, other than I believe a nom for Emma T at the Golden Globes. Sure, Emma Thompson- who is the only person to win an Oscar for writing AND performing,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Crazytown
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Tis the season to watch every movie twelve times. You know it's true. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) It’s Thanksgiving! And you know what that means: piles of food upon food, lots of yelling at a football team that will never hear you, elastic waistbands, and DUN DA DA DA!!! The promise of Christmas! For all you “purists” and gripers out there, there is absolutely positively no denying that tomorrow, the day after Thanksgiving/Black Friday is the be-all-end-all start of the Christmas season! Huzzah! That said, unless you’re like me and you’re weeks ahead of the game, it’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Crazytown
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(^fan art is amazing and I'm stanchly in favor of it) An ode to somehow one of the most misunderstood characters in modern literature who should actually be your favorite. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) I love Harry Potter. Like, a lot. No, like, I actually don’t think you understand how much. You say that you do, but you actually don’t. I wrote now three musical variety shows chronicling all seven books into a musical extravaganza. But enough about that- though, if that spiked your interest, check my Instagram from about a year ago. Here’s what I really... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Crazytown
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From a sex-addicted figure skater, to Santa's favorite elf, no one walks the line of verstility in acting like Will Ferrell. By Juliana Adame (Critic, playwright, performer, designer) The mark of a truly remarkable performer is in the depth of their performance: when you can watch them and have to remind yourself who is on the screen because of how convincing they are. Some of the greatest achievers of such emerge famously from the findings of Lorne Michaels. And why shouldn’t they be? With topical comedy and more than occasional song and dance, isn’t SNL possibly the mecca and last... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Crazytown