AS SCENE ON SCREEN: What I fell in love with on screen

As the school year comes to a close, many students start to reminisce. In May, I like to do the same — but rather than just looking back on school, I also review my year in entertainment.

Most of my favorite shows are ending their seasons in May. This year, I discovered two amazing shows featuring strong female characters I fell in love with – “The Good Wife” with Juliana Margulies, Archie Panjabi and Christine Baranski; and “The Chicago Code” with Jennifer Beals.

“The Good Wife” offered thrilling cliffhangers almost every episode, and “The Chicago Code” kept viewers wondering who the good guys are with every plot twist.

“Grey’s Anatomy,” a show I have a love-hate relationship with, managed to win me over once again with the Callie-Arizona-Mark love triangle. As predictive as Callie’s pregnancy was, series creator Shonda Rhimes managed to handle the issue of “who is more of a parent – Arizona or Mark?” surprisingly well.

Meredith and Christina got their mojo back and made me laugh again. The wedding episode, which aired May 5, finally gave Callie a happy ending – even though I already look forward to seeing how married life will work out for her next season.

“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” returned with its second season April 19. This time around, Oliver attempts to improve the eating habits of Los Angelinos and faces strong opposition from the local school board.

Definitely one of the best reality programs on television right now, his show is worth watching if you care just one bit about what food you are putting in your body.

Overall, the 2010-2011 TV season offered some amazing acting
and storytelling, and left me wanting more, especially from the fascinating private investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) on “The Good Wife.”

Now that summer is almost here, TV viewers can look forward to the return of shows such as “Pretty Little Liars” (June 14), “True Blood” (June 26) and “The Closer” (July 11).
On the big screen, documentaries stood out this past year.

“Waiting for Superman” and “Inside Job” tackled the important social and political issues of public education and the lack of regulation in the financial sector, respectively. Both films offered ways to improve the status quo and were titled “must-see films” by critics.

Last November, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” opened successfully and seeing it at midnight certainly added to the excitement.

Part 2 will open July 15, and I am looking forward to it with ambivalent feelings. Even though the book series ended four years ago, Part 2 is the final, now-it-is-really-over chapter to this great book and film series.

From what is known so far, it seems the last movie will offer a worthy ending to the series many fans don’t want to end. I, for one, can’t wait to see it at midnight.

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AS SCENE ON SCREEN: What I fell in love with on screen