Author: Charmaine Thompson

TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 18 “Sister III” (USA, 2014)

March 21, 2014

This week marked the end of the ‘Sister’ trilogy and the end of Abby’s time on the show, although I’m hoping to see her cameo down the track like Jess’ parents sometimes do. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the episode was that every character had some sort of development, or lesson learned – and […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 17 “Sister II” (USA, 2014)

March 15, 2014

With Jess’ sister thrown into the mix, we were expecting only one thing from this episode: trouble. New Girl did not fail us, kicking off immediately with a game of “Sky Knife”, in which knives are thrown into the ceiling. From there, the crux of the episode was gotten to quite quickly: Abby wants to […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 16 “Sister” (USA, 2014)

February 27, 2014

And so the arc that will take us through to the end of the season begins. The title “Sister”, predictably, means the introduction of Abby (Linda Cardellini), Jess’ younger sister. Imagine Jess, but hard-core and confident – oh, and needing picking up from jail. This, of course, means trouble, leading to sibling guilt, leading to […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 14 “Prince” (USA, 2014)

February 18, 2014

It was one of the most anticipated episodes of the series and for one enormous reason: Prince. All right, maybe two: the “l word” was in there as well. The episode started out strong, laughs right from the get go before Jess and Cece regaled the boys with a curious anecdote, ending in an invitation […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 13 “Birthday” (USA, 2014)

February 11, 2014

Any episode entitled “Birthday” is probably going to have an aspect of significance to it, particularly when the birthday in question is that of Jess. Within the very first minute it was established that Jess has unrealistically high expectations for her birthday, evidenced by a flashback of Cece gifting her a sweater made in China, […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 15 “Exes” (USA, 2014)

February 7, 2014

After such a strong previous episode, there was a module of apprehension about this episode. Would it reach the newly set New Girl standard or would it fall short? With the first mention of Caroline, Nick’s ex-girlfriend who he nearly left the gang for back in season one, it was clear this was going to […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 12 “Basketsball” (USA, 2014)

February 1, 2014

Who doesn’t love an episode that begins with a spot of impromptu vocals by Nick? Completely unrelated to the episode, it seemed, as the plot centred around two primary storylines: Jess’ desperation to have Coach regard her as more than just ‘his buddy’s girlfriend’, and Winston’s decision to look in on Schmidt’s life of marketing […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 11 “Clavado En Un Bar” (USA, 2013)

January 17, 2014

New Girl was back with a bang with a surprisingly original episode that really brought out the best of the gang. The episode was essentially a flashback episode, formed under the guise of Jess needing advice concerning the possibility of taking on a new job. Jessica Day, not a teacher? I’m not sure if any […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 10 “Thanksgiving III” (USA, 2013)

December 5, 2013

Sad to say I was a little disappointed when this week’s episode of New Girl began. It was worrying to see it turn down a cliché Thanksgiving/camping ‘everything goes wrong’ path that most sitcoms seem to have gone down at one time or another. New Girl is usually quite consistent in its originality, and while […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 9 “Longest Night Ever” (USA, 2013)

November 25, 2013

Three cheers for the return of Ferguson! Winston’s intense love of that cat remains a very amusing theme of this season and it was nice to have it brought to the forefront yet again. Winston also took on a bigger role in this episode, although he still seems the odd man out of the gang. […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 8 “Menus” (USA, 2013)

November 18, 2013

We’ve really got to give kudos to New Girl for still coming up with the quirkiest plot ideas without getting too off-track or repetitive. This was a really solid episode, ticking all the boxes for amusement, development, and character airtime – Coach and Cece included. That being said, in the aftermath of last week’s episode, […]

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Film Review: The Best Offer (Italy, 2013)

November 12, 2013

There have been mixed reviews for Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore’s latest masterpiece. His name is perhaps not extensively known in Australia, but some may remember his film Baarìa, a beautiful piece from 2009. The Best Offer may just be his best to date, showcasing his talents as both a director and a writer, casting insight to the mind […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episode 7 “Coach” (USA, 2013)

November 11, 2013

This week’s episode brought the whole gang back together with the arrival of Coach (Damon Wayans Jr), and, let’s be honest, was anyone really expecting that plot? Strip clubs, crying, getting drunk (we probably expected those last two), and Taye Diggs saying ‘rubber baby buggy bumpers’. All signs of a great episode. It was nice […]

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TV Review: New Girl Episodes 5 and 6 (USA, 2013)

October 29, 2013

Well, what can we say about last week’s New Girl? First and foremost, it’s nice to see a lot of the usual humour is getting back on track, although I have to say that this season has already showcased some splendid jokes, if they really can be called that. The theme of episode five seemed to […]

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TV Review: New Girl – Season 3 Episodes 1 to 4.

October 18, 2013

There was a collective breath held when New Girl returned on September 17th. After the not-so-surprising but nevertheless big finish of last season, there was a definite curiosity about where this season could be heading, especially as we all know that TV relationships are never destined to work out. So what did the beginning of […]

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