Jenna Cusumano

Pretty Little Liars
 

With school in session, it can be difficult to find time in your hectic schedule of classes, meetings and sports practice to sit down and watch your favorite shows when they are actually on TV. Count on Netflix Instant Watch for a great study break when you a get a minute (or 30). With so many hit TV series from so many years, it can be hard to choose what shows are worth your limited time. No sweat! We at ME picked out five of the greatest shows that will make your laugh, cry and smile!

 

 
1. Pretty Little Liars
Suspense, love, drama and friendships are all rolled into one tv series when a young girl named Alison is murdered in a small town. After her death, an unknown person stalks her four closest friends. Each episode draws you in more as her murder case builds and builds.  After a long day at school, it can be fun to become enthralled in this daring teen mystery.

2. Wonder Years
Kick back with this throwback show from the 90s. This series takes a look into the life of ordinary family matters and zeroes in on a young boy who is entering adolescence. While the style and trends might be a bit outdated, the stories are ones we can all identify with.

3. Melissa and Joey
While Melissa is having the time of her life being a hot young politician, she must learn to grow up when her sister is thrown in jail. Once she takes custody of her sister’s two teenage children, she realizes she cannot do it alone and decides to hire a guy named Joey as the new nanny. This half hour comedy will have you cracking up at the funny scenarios that Melissa and Joey find themselves in while trying to raise two teenagers.

4. Friday Night Lights
This drama gives you an inside look into the intensity of high school football programs in Texas. It shows the tough and exciting times that a specific Texas team goes through to prepare for a season while trying to balance school, girls, family and the will to win. Even though its drama from start to finish, all that matters to the boys on the show is when everyone is cheering their name when the lights flick on for Friday night football game.

5. How I Met Your Mother
In this series, you are led down a romantic journey of a man looking for the love of his life. The show is based on flashbacks, while its voice-overs are of Ted from the future telling his children the story of how he met their mother. As you watch the show and the romantic relationships that develop, you are also wondering who is the children’s mother.
 
These five shows will be sure to have you on an emotional rollercoaster with all the dramas, comedies, family moments and romantic stories. No matter what you’re going through, you can find relatable scenarios or just a distraction from daily life with Netflix’s instant watch TV shows.
Jenna Cusumano

Ben and Kate TV Review

This September, Fox’s new show, Ben and Kate, attempt to be the unique and quirky show of fall 2012 but end up just as bland as their title. Ben (Nate Faxon) and Kate (Dakota Johnson) play brother and sister. Ben is the annoying older brother who has never grown up and Kate is the younger sister who grew up a little too fast when she became pregnant at a young age. Now, with Kate trying to make ends meet for her daughter, and her brother always interrupting her life, she’s finding it’s a little hard to balance family, a love life and motherhood.

In the premiere episode, Ben rolls into town unexpected and barrages into Kate’s house unannounced while she is on a date. Kate immediately wants to know why he is in town disrupting her life once again. Instantaneously, Ben’s brotherly instincts kick in when he thinks  something is wrong with Kate’s boyfriend. But Ben— obsessed with his own love life— starts thinking of ways to crash his ex-girlfriends wedding.

 
Throughout all of the obnoxious things that Ben does to get what he wants, the audience ends up seeing a strong bond between Ben and Kate near the end of the show. While both characters end up being overly awkward instead of fun and quirky like FOX wanted them to appear, they both tend to get rather annoying very quickly. Even through all the strangeness, there is a small silver lining to this show. Ben and Kate showcase that when family members need each other then you stand behind them one hundred percent.
 
Ben overhears a conversation that Kate’s boyfriend is having and Ben sees a red flag. Instead of crashing the wedding, he rushes to get to Kate’s side. Once Kate realizes he hasn’t gone to the wedding, she makes sure he gets there even though she was against the idea from the beginning. While both characters appear to be selfish from the start, they both end up caring about each other more.
 
While Ben and Kate has potential to be a decent show, the pilot episode did not have the excitement I was expecting. The characters were very strange and at other times very irritating. The concept for the TV show is a good idea, and TV needs more shows centered around family,
but the cast and script brought nothing to the table this time around.
—Jenna Cusumano

call me maybe

Whether it’s your first kiss, family vacation, a winning basketball game or a road trip with your best friends, a song can have an effect that brings you back to a lot of good and, sometimes, bad memories. Check out our list of the best 15 summer singles and relive those moments.

“Call Me Maybe”-Carly Rae Jepsen
Hey, we just met her and this is crazy, but buy her song, its sure is catchy. Jepsen’s song caught on like wildfire and soon her first single was a billboard hit and an Internet sensation.

“Good Time”-Owl City
Owl City comes back strong this summer with his brand new single featuring Carly Rae Jepsen. The songs infectious and happy vibe cannot help but make you smile and sing along.

“Want U Back”-Cher Lloyd
Ever break up with your boyfriend and then decide you made a mistake? Cher Lloyd did and in her powerful pop song she makes it known she’s ready to fight for him.

“Pound The Alarm”-Nicki Minaj
Minaj came out strong with this follow up single to Super Bass and Starships. With her fierce fashion, strong-headed personality and awesome dance tracks she is taking over the charts.

“Whistle”-Flo Rida
This catchy song was the best rap song this summer. Not only did it make you want to sing along but whistle along as well.

“Cruise”-Florida Georgia Line
One of the best things about summer is hitting the road. This song is the summer anthem for leaving on a road trip with some of your favorite people.

“Scream”-Usher
Usher’s latest dance track cannot help but make you want to scream with happiness every time you hear this song on the radio. It’s that good.

“Wanted”-Hunter Hayes
Hayes gets in touch with his sensitive side with this beautifully written track that had all the girls swooning this summer.

“Payphone”-Maroon 5
Maroon 5 shows the world by teaming up with Wiz Khalifa that once again their idea to work on more collaboration is always a great success.

“Give Your Heart a Break”-Demi Lovato
This pop song is a great twist on the idea of relationships and gives Lovato her first radio hit.

“What Makes you Beautiful”-One Direction
The world had been waiting for another boy band. This songs success on radio and the Billboard charts showed the music industry that the world would always have a soft spot for British people and boy bands.

“Drunk on You”-Luke Bryan
Bryan’s unique song becomes such a success with his fans that it instantly became a social networking tagline used with statuses frequently saying, “I’m a little drink on you and high on summertime.”

“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”- Pink
Pink is back at it again with her latest track. Her strong girl power filled songs, continuously show people she will be sticking around in the music industry.

“She’s so Mean”-Matchbox Twenty
Matchbox Twenty’s song of the moment takes a step back from all the pop dance tracks on the radio and takes everyone back to the older days of alternative rock.

“Wide Awake”-Katy Perry
After Perry’s very public divorce she took pen to paper and wrote a very personal, raw and honest song that had Perry fan in awe of her emotional single.

Tell ME: Which song takes you back to summer 2012?

-Jenna Cusumano

21 jump street

It feels as if every few months Hollywood comes up with a new and improved version of a classic film. Well, not always improveda batch of fresh faced actors and a modern plot twist doesn’t always cut it with moviegoers. But we’ve combed through movie remake history and found a handful of awesoME flicks that are definitely worth adding onto your instant queue.
 

Footloose
 
In 1984, Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer stepped into their dancing shoes and became part of one of the most iconic dance movies ever. So in 2011, when Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald slipped into the roles of the classic characters in the remake, many people were skeptical than excited. However, the new Footloose paid homage by sticking to the original script. There were small differences in details, like the car brand names. Since the 2011 flick casted dancing professionals, the new Footloose was able to stand on its own.

21 Jump Street

Your parents were probably obsessed with 21 Jump Streetthe 1980s TV show. But let’s be honest, the big reason teens know about this cop drama is for the star of the show (ahem, Mr. Johnny Depp!). In 2011, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill starred in the remake as two undercover cops returning to high school to bust a drug ring. This hilarious movie proves that two new Hollywood movie stars have the chops to deliver a fresh remake. Paying respect to the acting gig that thrusted him to A-list stardom, Johnny Depp also makes a cameo in what was, arguably, the funniest movie of 2011.

Freaky Friday

Coming off as a remake of the 1976 movie, Freaky Friday stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, and Chad Michael Murray. The 2003 movie is one most people will now remember today as being a Lohan classic. There’s no doubt the spunky and rebel feel in Lohan’s role will connect with most teenagers today.

Ocean’s Eleven

A new generation always sparks new remakes for Hollywood. In 1960, Ocean’s Eleven was released about a group of men that wanted to rob five Las Vegas casinos in one night. Forty one years later, Hollywood wanted to relive the excitement all over again. In 2001, big names like George Clooney and Brad Pitt came together to take on this new project. This time though, only three casinos would be robbed. The 2001 remake proved to be so popular that it sparked two sequels: Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.

Father of the Bride

This 1991 film is one for the heartfelt moviegoers. While the storyline is consistent with the original—a father trying to come to terms with letting his little girl grow up and get married. Sexuality is less taboo between the bride and groom, the women are finally able to wear pants, and the characters have opposing beliefs. The times were definitely a-changing, and this version made that loud and clear.

Tell ME: Which is your favorite movie remake?

Jenna Cusumano

passion pit gossamer

Passion Pit’s CD, Gossamer, takes you on a musical journey you hardly hear anymore amidst the constant dance beats of 2012. Trust ME, their unique and subtle sounds will draw you in.

The album starts off with the new single, “Take a Walk,” which explores the story of immigrants trying to make their way in America. While the track is full of struggle, the beat and mood of the song is not as depressing as one would expect. The song has a quiet, cheery melody, and presents itself as a journey they must get through to get where they want to be.

This appears to be the theme of Gossamer. The lead singer of Passion Pit, Michael Angelasko, takes a walk himself with this autobiographical album. To fully understand the songs, one must know the life Angelasko leads.

Angelasko has been battling bipolar disorder for some time now and started self-medicating himself. It got to the point where he almost ended his own life, and the album almost never happened.

His dark lyrics leave the audience with a haunting vibe, while the techno and R&B feel to the beat leaves you wanting more. The contrast between the tortured lyrics and cheery beats is the music of a man who is suffering from battling his demons and perfecting good music.

Tracks like “Constant Conversations” and “I’ll be Alright” show off a distant side of Angelasko. In “Constant Conversations” he explains that “drinking doesn’t make me nice,” which shows his problem with self-medicating and the effect it has on his relationships.

However his expectations do not ring true as he has said he believes his fiancé keeps him alive. In the song “On my Way” he shows this feeling toward his fiancee. The lyrics beg for a woman to understand: just believe in me, Kristina. All these demons, I can beat them.” His pleas for help continue on Hideaway,” when he croons, “come and take my heart away, someday everything will be okay.”      

The cry for help is the underlying theme for Angelasko. His life is his music and this album showcases just the kind of issues he faces in his daily life. This broken man pours his heart out to the world. While his lyrics are sometimes hard to identify with because they are not straightforward, the album is an honest honest perspective of life’s twists and turns.

-Jenna Cusumano

girl reading at the beach

It’s finally time for you to pick out what you want to read without the pressure of having to be tested on it. So what are the hottest books right now to take down to the beach? Check out our must-read list.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This thriller will have you on the edge of your beach towel. Everything is not always as it seems, and the story of Nick and Amy Dunne proves this. On their 5th wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. While Nick is weird about the incident, people begin to wonder if he killed her. However, when Amy’s diary is found and a suspicious box in the back of her closet is brought to attention, everyone begins to question whether they ever knew her at all.

The Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

Ruth Saunders leaves her hometown to achieve her dreams in California. Years after her arrival, Ruth’s screenwriter dreams come true when her T.V. show is picked up. Saunders learns the hard side of Hollywood once she reaches her dream and loses it all at the same time. Dreams may come true in Hollywood, but what price are you willing to pay to make them happen?

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Picoult is at it again but this time with another writer in tail: her daughter. Van Leer came to her mom with a story idea and together Picoult and van Leer wrote their first young adult novel. Between the Lines is a new twist on a fairytale romance. Delilah finds herself engrossed in a novel featuring Prince Oliver. However, when Oliver finds out that he can speak to Delilah, she tries to help him escape the doom of being trapped in his life.

The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone by Emily Giffin
       
Giffin’s new free e-novel introduces you to the young Darcy Rhone from Something Borrowed and Something Blue. It goes inside the diary of Darcy and shows you what she was like being best friends with Rachel before college and Dex. This prequel is just what Giffin fans are looking for in anticipation of Giffin’s new book, coming out at the end of July.

-Jenna Cusumano

chris brown fortune

After listening to Chris Brown’s brand new album, Fortune, one word comes to mind: offensive. Ever since the Rihanna incident in 2009, Brown has had a rough time finding his way back into the Hollywood scene, a crowd that’s not so accepting.

Once “Turn up the Music,” the exciting and dance worthy single, made its way into the radio station rotation, I thought it was a great single to follow “YEAH 3X” and “Beautiful People.” The song had real promise and showcased Brown in the light he once used to be viewed in, a young R&B singer with great potential that made amazing club music.

However with Fortune, Brown proved otherwise. This album is Browns worst album yet. Songs like “Sweet Love,” “Strip,” “Biggest Fan” and “2012,” show that Brown constantly has sex on his mind and objectifies women to be the image of sex gods.
       
His raunchiness continues with “Bassline,” where his lyrics explain how girls will dance and take off their clothes just because they like his music. With explicit lyrics, Brown croons about not really caring who he offends. Yet, three tracks later in Don’t Judge, Brown pleas to a girl singing, “Please don’t judge me and I won’t judge you because this could get ugly before it gets beautiful.”
       
This just goes to show that Brown does not even know how he wants to be viewed in the industry, let alone what kind of direction he wants his music to take.
       
Over half of his album speaks of sex, drugs and alcohol and then all of a sudden songs like “Stuck on Stupid,” “Don’t Judge” and “4 Years Old” bring him back to the apologetic and thoughtful person we all once thought he was.
       
Fortune feels more like an identity crisis than an album, and Brown needs to take some time before he releases his next CD. Somewhere between his self-titled album and Fortune, Brown lost his way. Instead of bettering himself, he’s decided to lean on partying, sex and offensive lyrics to get him back into the game of R&B and this time it’s not working.


-Jenna Cusumano

linkin park living things

On June 26, 2012, Linkin Park released their 5th studio album, and to say it was filled with consistency, is an understatement. Loyal fans of the California band will be pleased with the new LP that contains 12 brand new songs. However, for those now checking out an entire Linkin Park CD, the music might be too much of the same for their taste.

Their new single, “Burn It Down,” showcases the band as a solid rock group that knows who they are as musicians. This song goes well with their past hit singles like “Numb,” “New Divide” and “What I’ve Done.”

However, once you hear the songs “Lost In The Echo” and “In My Remains,” it feels awkward that these three songs on the album all follow the same type of sound. Each song starts off with a mellow vibe to it and then once the chorus arrives it feels as if a screamo sound works its way into the music.

And the screamo effect does not stop there. In “Lies Greed Misery” and “Victimized,” Linkin Park suddenly sounds as if they are back in a garage trying to make it big. The hip-hop versus does not mesh well with the screaming and heading-banging chorus.

Linkin Park does have its moments on the album where they do sound like rock veterans. In the slower songs like “Powerless,” “Tinfoil,” “Skin To Bone” and “Castle of Glass,” they shine as a band. The voices are showcased and they leave out the hardness and screaming to these songs.

Yet while these types of music genres vary on this album, the songs that contain hip-hop and the slower songs are all way too consistent with one another. Many of these songs were hard to tell apart from each other while the album played along for its full 37 minutes.

Linkin Park fans will be pleased with this consistency since they have expected it after four albums but newer fans might find it to be a bit of a bore.

-Jenna Cusumano

easy a emma stone

Admit it: You’ve thought of what it would be like to have a celeb BFF. Granted, some stars might not be the best people to befriend, but there are still some fabulous IT girls that not only prove to be Hollywood’s A-list material, but also a potential best friend forever!

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez has the world at her fingertips and still manages to keep her feet on solid ground. As a triple threat in movies, music and TV, Gomez is not only winning over Hollywood, but she is America’s new sweetheart. However, America must share her with pop star boyfriend, Justin Bieber and close friends, Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato. With these kinds of connections, being BFF’s with Gomez would guarantee you an invite to all of the coolest celebrity gatherings. While you might be a constant target for the paparazzi, this star will always make sure you’re protected while keeping it low key.

Emma Stone

As Emma Stone is trailblazing through Blockbusters and making an impact in the movie industry, you can bet that there’s always a laugh not far behind. Stone has blown away America with her acting abilities in The Help, Crazy Stupid Love and Easy A. She is one actress that has embraced her quirky ways and used them to an advantage. Stone is bringing back comedy roles for women, a role which is now quite rare. Being BFF’s with Stone will not only show you that its okay to be yourself, but it’s also okay to be stupid and laugh about it. And while she’s teaching valuable life lessons, she might be able to hook a friend up with Ryan Gosling along the way.

Taylor Swift

Country star Taylor Swift has everything you need in a friend. She has not only made her way to the top in the country charts, but also dominates pop music. With her versatile music style, she would always know the right people to introduce you too. Her song lyrics have always proven to be a comfort for teenage girls to rely on, so just imagine if you had the real Swift to lend advice to you. Being Swifts best friend will guarantee a solid support system.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry is one best friend that would always accept you for who you are. Growing up in a strict family, Perry experienced a sheltered lifestyle. Now, Perry takes her music and style to a whole new place and is finally able to break out of her shell. With her funky style and child-like attitude, Perry would be one friend that you can always be yourself around. She will help you break out and feel free.

-Jenna Cusumano

 

saving private ryan

Every day that we walk this earth, we are indebted to the soldiers and leaders who have fought for our freedom. Memorial Day is a special day for our country that helps us honor these individuals. Year after year, the film industry continues to develop war movies that remind us of our soldiers’ past. These five movies examine the most famous wars through some of the best and unique points of view.


5. ‘Full Metal Jacket’ (1987)

This oldie but goodie takes a look at the Vietnam War, a topic that is not often covered in the modern film industry. The movie is a book adaptation that takes the audience into the platoon of U.S Marines that are training for battle. Once the training is over and graduation takes place, the movies continues to follow two of the main men in their journeys into the Tet offensive. This movie provides you with the harsh reality of life in boot camp and life during war.


4. ‘Saving Private Ryan’ (1998)

Tom Hanks and Matt Damon star in this well-known Steven Spielberg movie that takes place during World War II’s invasion of Normandy. Tom Hank’s character, Captain Miller is asked to go behind enemy lines to retrieve Matt Damon’s character Private James Ryan. James is the last of his four brothers who have all been killed in the war.  In order to oblige by the sole survivor policy, Private Ryan must go home to his mother. This story shows not only what it takes to fight in World War II but also the importance of every single man’s life.


3. The Great Escape’ (1963)

This true story takes place during the time of World War II. During that time, German Nazi’s decided to hold the U.S prisoners of war in their new escape proof camp, Stalag Luft III.  In the beginning of the film, the prisoners try many different tactics to escape but they all fail. The Germans are confident that they have tried everything and they are positive that the place is escape free. However, the prisoners have experience in escaping and tunneling and decide to make an attempt to break out of the camp by building a tunnel.  In this movie, the title says it all. It really is one of the greatest escapes and true stories from WWII.


2. ‘Valkyrie’ (2008)

Tom Cruise stars as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in this movie based on real life events. Stauffenberg is a Nazi soldier who has been nothing but loyal to Hitler. However, there comes a point where all men have their breaking point. Staufeenberg decided to help the Allies come up with a plan to rid Germany of Hitler. Throughout the movies, expected results take different courses of action and the audience learns that things at wartime do not always go according to plan.


1. Patton’ (1970)

In 1970, Patton was the winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture for that year. This movie is the story of the U.S leader General George S. Patton. It follows him throughout his journey during WWII while basing the movie on real life facts. It showcases the true personality of Patton and how his temper leads him on an interesting path during his time as a leader.


-Jenna Cusumano

SOCIAL

12FollowersFollow
161FollowersFollow
17SubscribersSubscribe