Watch: Brooklyn Castle

A Brooklyn public school and the National Chess Championship probably doesn’t jump out at you as an enthralling documentary, but Brooklyn Castle is worth a watch.

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We caught it on POV which shows different documentary films with a point of view. This one focuses on I.S. 318 in Brooklyn that has won more than 30 national chess championships – more than any other school in the country. In 2012, they won the U.S. High School National Championship. A first for a junior high school.

The film focuses on five of the chess team players and shows how they work on their chess game, their schoolwork and deal with their family and school’s financial struggles. It’s amazing hearing what these kids dream about and watching them be proactive to make their dreams a reality.

The film is available on the POV website until next Wednesday, November 6. Watch it – you won’t be disappointed!

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Watch: The Grand Budapest Hotel (TRAILER)

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Wes Anderson is one of my favorite directors. I often wish out loud that I could just live inside one of his films – complete with wide-angle and slow-motion shots. Just less than two years after Moonrise Kingdom, the trailer for Anderson’s latest movie The Grand Budapest Hotel (complete with some of our favorite cast members and some new ones we’re excited about) was released today by FOX Searchlight. We can’t wait for this to hit theaters next year!

What’s your favorite Wes Anderson film?

My crazy obsession with My Crazy Obsession

Have you been watching My Crazy Obsession on TLC?

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Needless to say, I’m obsessed with the show. For those not familiar, it’s the second season of the show and features people who will admit they’re obsessed with ____, which can include wearing three different types of wigs every day, dressing up a pet squirrel or mustard among others. I actually watch most of these types of shows that TLC puts on like Freaky Eaters and My Strange Addiction. It’s just so interesting seeing how people rationalize their obsessions and not give a damn what other people think.

The best line came from a supportive husband whose wife is obsessed with pigs: “As long as it doesn’t get me in trouble with the law, she can have her have a pet pig.” Actually, I think the best part of the show is watching the significant other or kids support their wife/ husband/ boyfriend/ girlfriend/ mother/ father with their weird obsession. You hear a lot of “happy wife, happy life” and “whatever makes him/her happy,” which is great because it’s showing how you should love someone – weirdness and all.

Plus the show gives you amazing visuals like the lady obsessed with Barbie (probably one of my favorite episodes so far) skipping down the street….barefoot….with her Barbie…in matching outfits. I mean, seriously? Seriously!

All in all, another great show on The Learning Channel. I think we may have forgotten that’s what TLC stood for. What’s your favorite episode?

Watch: Smashed

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I recently checked out Smashed, which I had been wanting to see for quite some time.

It stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) among others (Nick Offerman will make you cringe at the word “moist”). The movie starts innocently enough with Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Charlie (Aaron Paul) as young newlyweds. Kate is an elementary school teacher and, as it turns out, an alcoholic. After a rough incident in one of her classes, she decides to finally take steps to get sober. But that proves harder than she thought since Charlie and his friends like to hang out and drink at their house, and alcohol is pretty much the basis of Kate and Charlie’s relationship.

You really ache for Kate when she’s trying to get through her life in a drunken haze, her uncomfortable struggle to get sober and her frustrations with Charlie being in a different place in his life than she is. And, as a “Breaking Bad” fan, there’s nothing that gets me teary-eyed faster than a crying Aaron Paul.

This is a great film that will definitely give you perspective on people struggling with this disease. It’s available on Blu-ray/DVD and we picked it up at a nearby Redbox. You can even check out the first 10 minutes of the film here. Let me know what you think if you watch it!

HBO for All?

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This could possibly be awesome.

Until now, HBO GO was only available to actual HBO subscribers. But now HBO is tinkering with the idea of joining with their broadband partners and offering HBO as an add-on to your monthly Internet service at a lower cost. You could tack on an extra $10-$15 to your broadband bill and be able to watch all the cool, original content HBO offers. HBO’s CEO said they wouldn’t offer an Internet-only product because it’s not in its best interest, but with so many of HBO’s shows being pirated online, they may change their tune soon (which would be awesome).

You can read the full story here.

I think our cable bill is already out of control which is why we’ve postponed upgrading to have channels like HBO, but we end up watching a lot of the HBO shows once they’re on DVD anyways, so this would totally be worth it to us. What do you think? Is this enticing enough for us non-HBO subscribers?