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What more could a humble Netflix user ask for than a funny, irreverent and honest comedy which perfectly appeals to the cynical disposition ofWhat more could a humble Netflix user ask for than a funny, irreverent and honest comedy which perfectly appeals to the cynical disposition of the millennial generation? Nothing more than Bojack Horseman.… Full Review »
A show that can outdo The Walking Dead, The Strain is a TV experience that is almost unparalleled in its masterful delivery of entry-levelA show that can outdo The Walking Dead, The Strain is a TV experience that is almost unparalleled in its masterful delivery of entry-level horror and action, deepened by interesting characters that seem capable of being killed of at any moment (though this is no Game of Thrones). It's more vampire than zombies, but the show capitalizes on the popularity of the genre and delivers with some freshness. I love these disaster-ridden shows when quality is valued over quantity, and The Strain is certainly a quality show that seems like it can only get better. I highly recommend it!… Full Review »
The Last Ship, in its first season, seems like it has such huge potential but never quite breaks through the mold entirely. Like FallingThe Last Ship, in its first season, seems like it has such huge potential but never quite breaks through the mold entirely. Like Falling Skies, this end-of-the-world thriller thrives on drama more than anything. Some characters are believable and visceral, others are a little too rigid and unconvincing. While there are no real low points of the show, it also has a hard time completely taking off - that's a shame given that anyone can see flashes of an excellent TV series here. Because Michael Bay is behind it, there will be opportunities to continue where other shows would likely be paused or dropped. Let's hope Bay and his crew can build on what is a decent foundation for good TV.… Full Review »
I actually fell asleep in the the season premiere. I really tried to stay awake. Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn are mediocre actors that lookI actually fell asleep in the the season premiere. I really tried to stay awake. Rachel McAdams and Vince Vaughn are mediocre actors that look like "ok, this is my serious face now, can you see it"? It's quite annoying.
The presence of fine acting in season 1 weighs against the performances in season 2. It's an unbeatable premise and the formulaic approach to achieve the same dramatic chemistry is fruitless since the new cast is still discovering themselves to partake in haute drama and it shows...and it's very painful at times.
I'll be watching reruns of season 1.… Full Review »
This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. While I can understand early confusion regarding the second season of True Detective, I think most are missing what's going on. If you think the first season was dark, you're in for a surprise. We often look at the most barbaric acts as something done by the uneducated, the misfortunate, the sick, the poor. Season 2 is rocking the commonplace conception that civilization is civilized. And doing it in an extremely timely and interesting way. This is where I'm hoping the core of the story isn't lost on the masses.
There's a long history of socio-political analogy in "The Wizard of Oz", and this is exactly what we have here: a modern interpretation. Ani is Dorothy, Ray is the Tin Man, Paul is the Cowardly Lion and Frank is the Scarecrow. The masses are Munchkins, obliviously carrying on their hard-working lives as long as the status quo is kept intact. But it's not.
Ani came from humble and virginal beginnings, but the good daughter fairytale is long dead. While Dorothy was a character pure of heart and mind, Ani is the everywoman who's been forced down the darkest of dark paths. Her childhood rape shaped her entire existence, and she's long prepared for a worst-case scenario of retribution, something she's now had a taste of.
Ray is a man in a hard metal exterior, hardened then rusted by his experiences. When he couldn't be there for his wife in need, his anger grew and he sought revenge. Now he's learning he made mistakes, and through social lubrication (particularly with Ani), he's able to be a functional adult again. But he still lives in the shadow of knowing he can rust solid, never to be repaired. This is partially evident in his substance abuse. Avoiding reality.
Paul has every decoration of a hunter and is the personification of bravery. The king of the jungle. His war record and his duties as an officer of the law are the cornerstone of who he is. But he has secrets. Ones that scare him. Ones that ultimately are his downfall because his cowardice eats him. For all his training and resolve, his incomparable truth is his weakness. Homosexuality is literally a thorn in his paw.
The three of them are normal people who society has changed. Gone are the G-rated tropes of yesteryear, and the plight of the common man. Each embodies our worst unspoken sexual fears. You could even make the analogy the source material made: hard working common people from various walks of life coming together in similar misfortune.
And Frank. Oh Frank. He's the Scarecrow. The straw man. The original analogy was the farm workers of America, but Frank takes it much further. He has no clue of his roots. He was an orphan. He built himself up, stuffed his own shirt with golden straw, and filled himself out as a man. But straw burns, and he's been burned and left for dead by flying monkeys (various henchmen). The fire analogy is even stronger by him burning his properties to the ground in retaliation.
They all started on slightly different paths, but now converge around something they all have mutual interest in. And where The Wizard of Oz skips over the darkest parts of their journey, this miniseries delves into the depths for each of them. Each has or will be confronted by the cornerstone of their fears. They'll all be challenged in their own pit of hellfire and brimstone.
While we don't have the antagonist to point a finger at yet, we know exactly who it is. It's an allegory. The villain is those who make the decisions for all of us, those who write the law but are above it. The villain is corruption. It's the modern mafia, and how they've moved into legitimate business delving deeper into unfathomable corruption. We might not know their names or faces, but they tug at the strings of reality like we're all starting to be familiar with in the real world. The land and rail deal of Season 2 is a microcosm, an intimate biopsy into a larger cancer, insinuating the multi-headed beast lurking in the shadows in a way that hasn't been done since Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut. We know it's there.
These four characters are wondering through the dark part of the forest. They're all on a quest to get the Wizard from different sides of the law... but nobody gets to see the Wizard.
I can't wait to see the finale.… Full Review »