Shameless (US Series) – My New Obsession

Starring: Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Justin Chatwin, Steve Howey, Shanola Hampton, Joan Cusack, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Ethan Cutkosky, Emma Kenney, Laura Wiggins, Blake Alexander & Brennan Kane Johnson.

Created By: Paul Abbott.

Based on the 2004 English show Showtime has scored a hit on their hands with the US interpretation of this marvellous show.

The Gallaghers are a family of 6 kids an absentee mother and an alchoholic father Frank (Macy). They live in a very poor part of town and the kids are the ones to take care of the family (as dads to drunk to do anything besides drink), doing or stealing whatever they can to survive. Fiona (Rossum) the eldest works whatever job she can get to help support the kids, next in ine is Lip the eldest son who is the most academic of the bunch and to get cash does other kids SAT tests for them. Then we have Ian, the gay son who is having an affair with his married boss. The only in the family to know his is gay is his brother Lip. Then we have lovely little Debbie. All she wants is someone to take care of. Stealing a toddler is not a good idea Deb. Up next is Carl, a little pyshiopath in the making, cute kid but has got some issues. Lastly we have the gorgeous youngest sibling Liam. Liam is a mixed raced baby who somehow is biologically Frank’s child.

To help them out we have their neighbours from 2 doors down Kevin and Veronica. Kevin is a bartender and Veronica is a former nurse who makes sexy videos online for cash. They are a little dominatrix in the sack. But these two are the Gallaghers closet friends and they help out whenever they can. Side note: I absolutely LOVE Steve Howey.

Steve (Chatwin) is a rich kid that falls for Fiona. He is smart, sexy and a little dangerous. But as much trouble as the Gallaghers are in they don’t want handouts. This is a guy who Fiona doesn’t want to like but can’t seem to stop liking. Side Note: Chatwin & Rossum worked together on Drogonball: Evolution. He’s a new favourite of mine.

Sheila Jackson (Cusack) is the mother of Lip’s new girlfriend Karen (Wiggins). Sheila is agoraphobic and cannot leave her house. So when Frank needs a place to go he stays with Sheila and they start a very odd but sweet relationship.

I have only watched 7 episodes so far but I am totally hooked. It’s raw and real and it’s nice to see a family like this on television. It actually kind of reminds me of Party of Five. This could have totally been how they would have ended up if they lost it all. It’s also a little similar to Roseanne in the way that this is a real family struggling with real issues. It’s not always rosy and the will struggle.

Jane Levy from Suburgotory has a small role in Shameless as Ians’ beard/best friend.

Now I haven’t seen the British version of this show but I love the US version. Give this show a go. You will fall in love with this family.

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Christmas Movies

Ever since I was a kid I have loved everything about Christmas and what it represents. From the traditional the birth of Christ to the more fantastical Saint Nick.
As I live in a very tropical and hot climate (our winter is a wet season), I have always been fascinated with a white Christmas. Therefore those types of Christmas movies interest me the most.
I absolutely LOVE Christmas movies. They’re joyous and sweet and fun.
Every Christmas my favourite Christmas movie would be on tv: Home Alone. So I made it into a tradition where I watch Home Alone 1 & 2 every Christmas. Without it I don’t feel like I’ve gotten into the Christmas spirit. I also must watch The Santa Clause every year also.
Here are just a few of my favourite Christmas movies of all time.

Home Alone

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Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

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The Santa Clause

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The Santa Clause 2

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The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

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While You Were Sleeping

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The Mighty Ducks (Champions)

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Uncle Buck

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The Family Stone

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Just Friends

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Bad Santa

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Die Hard

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Honorable mentions: Rent, The Ice Harvest, Fred Clause, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, I’ll Be Home For Christmas, Jingle All The Way, Miracle On 34th Street, Look Who’s Talking Now.

I also love watching tv show Christmas episodes. I love every Christmas episode from That 70’s Show & Home Improvement and also ones from Friends. Plus many more.

You can probably tell I’m an unapologetic Macaulay Culkin & Tim Allen fan. I also absolutely love Rachel McAdams in The Family Stone.

Die Hard for those who don’t know is set at Christmas Time and has one of my favourite Christmas songs in the movie. Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC.

If you haven’t seen these movies, where the hell have you been living!!
Go rent or buy them now, go!!!

How could forget one of my favourites!

Curly Sue

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I looked like Curly Sue. My family called me that for a while. Haha!

Enjoy! Merry Christmas. 😉