The Brits Are Back

The Crawley family

Having won two Broadcasting Press Guild Awards in 2011, Best Drama Series, and six Primetime Emmy Awards, Downton Abbey is the drama you won’t want to miss.
Downton Abbey is a PBS Masterpiece that is taking over Sunday nights one TV at a time. Season 1 came out in 2010 and is centered on the Crawley family and their life experiences after the sinking of the Titanic. As the Earl and Countess of Grantham, the Crawleys are in need of a male heir since they only have daughters. Two possible candidates perished in the Titanic and have left the Crawley family with very little hope of keeping their landmark.
Season 2 took off right after the announcement that the First World War has started. Season 3 is yet to come, building excitement in the waiting process. What will the future hold for them? Find out Sunday nights on PBS.

This Means War

This Means War was recently released into theaters and is already a big hit. The director is able to capture all angles of a truly good film by mixing action, comedy, and romance all into one film.

Rising star Tom Hardy is a perfect fit for his secret agent, hard core role in this film. Chris Pine is a perfect counterpart to Tom Hardy with his flamboyant playboy personality. The contrast in characters could not have been better picked for this film.This Means War

Reese Witherspoon, after what has seemed a long absence from the film industry, comes back with a bang. Throughout the movie she fights with her inner-self between being a sweet innocent woman and being a wild girl who plays the field while dating both Tom Hardy and Pine at the same time.

In the movie, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine have been best friends for years as they work together as secret agents, but to the public one are a travel agent and the other a cruise ship captain.  One flaw of the movie is that their fake identities don’t really fit their lifestyle as Chris Pine is driving an Audi R8and living in a penthouse in the Los Angeles area. However, it adds some flair and excitement to the movie.

After attending a family dinner, Tom Hardy comes to the realization that he needs to find a girl he can settle down with. Pine think she’s crazy but offers to help out as any best friend would. After seeing an online dating commercial, Tom Hardy creates a profile through which he meets Reese Witherspoon.

Before hearing about the date, Pine runs into Reese Witherspoon and does his best to get a date with her. They both soon find out that they are going after the same girl and the games begin.

The advantages that come with being a secret agent are that they both are able to tap into Reese Witherspoon’s life and find out about what makes her tick. As they battle for the girl they also battle with their friendship.

Overall this movie is a must see if you are into action comedies.

Sherlock BBC Series

For all the Sherlock Holmes fans out there, there is a must see series from the BBC called Sherlock. It is a modern twist to the old school, fun Sherlock Holmes novels. There are three episodes in the short season but each one lasts 1 ½ hours.

Sherlock BBC

This series is set in modern day London where this new Sherlock is able to read people and situations through the “science of deduction.” Sherlock Holmes is played by Benedict Cumberbatch who does an amazing job in portraying all of Holmes’ little quirks and makes you feel for the guy while at the same time not like him.

Doctor John Watson is an Afghanistan war vet who has recently returned from a tour and is looking for a place to stay and a new “flat mate.” Watson and Holmes cross paths by way of a mutual friend and the rest is history. Martin Freeman plays Dr. Watson and does a great job in showing the ways that Watson and Holmes do not get along but in the end make a great duo.

The first series of Sherlock follows some of the lesser known stories from the canon of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This well written modern-day script takes you for a ride through the world of Sherlock, and it’s a ride that you won’t forget.

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