The Night Of – First Impressions

I’ve been wanting to get to this show for quite some time but other thing came in the way.

HBO is famous for its heavy-themed and dark shows and this does not disappoint.

I knew very little about “The Night Of”, I didn’t know the actors and even the plot was unfamiliar to me. I think I saw a clip of it on Stephen Colbert’s late night talk show, but it didn’t catch my attention. I was more interested in the jokes about Donald Trump!

It stars Riz Ahmed and John Turturro. From what I have understood, his character has a wild night with a strange girl he just met and the morning after, he finds her murdered in her bed. He is questioned and brought in by the police, and the story unravels from this point on.

I have heard wonderful things about Riz Ahmed and the premisis of the show seems very interesting. Just from the pilot, it’s clear that he is wonderuful, his acting is incredible. Truly magnifient.

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Moreover, I found this article on “The Hollywood Reporter” and it explains pretty well the opportunity to talk about issues like the criminal justice system and racism towards muslin communities. The article also says that the show has been a work-in-progress since 2009, when there was no muslim ban and no hate crimes like now.


For a pilot, it’s a bit long. Not just because it’s an hour and a half, but because it’s quite slow. Like, really really slow.

I’ve been thinking about what to write about this show for a long time and I reckon I’ve just came to the realization that “The Night Of” looks more like a documentary than a thriller, which is what you’d expect from the synopsis and the outlook of the serie.

There are a lot of shots of peomv5bmjqyotgxmdi0nl5bml5banbnxkftztgwote4mzczote-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_ple staring at things, mundane actions that were probably not necessary. This is probably what they wanted to show us, but they are dragging it on for a little bit too much, in my opinion. At the same time, if they hadn’t, it would not have been a truthful recount of the bureaucracy and awful problems of the criminal justice system.

Despite that, the show gets you totally hooked. Even if sometimes I found myself getting distracted, the show somehow finds its way into sucking you back it.

And this is what makes good television. It might not tick all the points in my list, but it is a very well-made show.

The main titles resembles a lot “True Detective”, “Westworld” and “The Crown”, the mismatched and out-of-focus images, the blue/grey/green-ish tone…

It is nominated for 10 Emmys including outstanding lead actor, outstanding supporting actor and for upstanding directing and writing.



I’ll probably write a quick post after finishing it with my complete thoughts on the show.

Let me know your opinion of the series! I’d love to know!

xxx

Georgia

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FX’s “Atlanta” – Review

I just finished watching the FX serie Atlanta. And I have to say that I really really liked it. He was extremely innovative, creative and so fascinating. Created, produced and written Donald Glover, this show is unapologetically black. It’s not written to make black culture more accessible to white people, like many other shows on TV. It’s just black.

At the beginning, I was quite confused. Maybe I didn’t pay much attention to it and many things went over my head but it felt like everything was blurry. Of course, it’s natural because it’s the pilot and the characters were still unknown to me.

In the entire serie, we see Donald Glover’s character struggling with money, with his job and trying to make it in the music industry by helping a rapper get his music on the radio.
It’s nominated as “best comedy”, but at the beginning it did not really feel like a comedy. I wasn’t really into the first episodes but I persevired and it was worth it.

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After episode 4 with the weird blogger and the little kid and episode 5 with blck Justin Bieber I was sure. This series is phenomenal. The first thing that came to mind when I saw this was: “Donald Glover is a genius.”

I suddenly understood the serie, the humour and the true meaning of Atlanta. It’s an amazingly crafted comedy with a lot of irony.

Donald Glover is spectacular and his performance is mesmerizing. Earn has a complicated life: he is basically homeless, he has a daughter and tries to be a decent dad. In the meantime, he wants to enter the music industry and offers to manage his cousing rapper, known as Paper Boi.

Despite a rocky start, it is one of the most innovative shows airing on TV right now. It’s provocative, smart and well-made. Another spectacular show by FX.

Here are 4 episodes I think that deserve some recognition:

EPISODE 5: “Nobody beats the Biebs”

Black Justin Bieber. It’s the only thing you need to know. Black Justin Bieber. I thought it was hilarious. Well done, Donald Glover.

EPISODE 7: B.A.N.”

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Written and directed by Donald Glover, this episode is fantastic. So incredibly clever. B.A.N. stands for “Black American Network” and Paper Boi is invited to this show to talk about masculinity and sexuality. One thing I have really loved was how provocative it was. From the piece about the black man trying to change race to the cereal commercial about police brutality. ABSOLUTELY GENIUS.

EPISODE 9: Juneteenth”

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This episode is aburd. Earn and Vanessa (his daughter’s mother) pretend to be happily married to impress high society people at a party. The title of the episode refers to June 19th 1865, the date of the announcement of the abolition of slavery. It was mental. The hostess’ husband is a nutjob, who has black culture as a hobby. Completely crazy. It’s a great episode, so fun and thought-provoking.

EPISODE 10: The Jacket

The recurring gag of Earn’s jacket was hilarious! The whole รผber-driver debacle and his obsession with finding his lost jacket was the focus point of the episode and I loved it.

It was a perfet last episode and I cannot wait to watch season 2.



Although I didn’t really like the first episodes and it’s not something I would normally watch, this is a series that is so incredibly innovative that you shouldn’t dismiss it. It is introducing a new concept in tv shows and it’s definitely the right choice.

Donald Glover has created a fantastic critique of modern society and black culture. On top of that, he delivers it in a beautiful way: the directing and writing is outstanding, it’s different, new and at time confusing.

Please, check it out.

Let me know your thoughts on the serie. I’d really appreciate it!

xxx

Georgia

Big Little Lies – First Impression

I’ve just finished watching HBO’s “Big Little Lies” as part of my ongoing series of “shows I need to see before the Emmys” and I loved it.

Starring Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon, it’s based on the namesake book written by Liane Moriarty.

Before watching the pilot, I knew very little about it. Just that involves a murder mystery, a small town and the lives of these three women.

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Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) has two children, a part time job at the theatre comunity, an ex-husband who remarried. Her current huband is Ed (played by the lovely Adam Scott who has a majestic beard you won’t forget). She is chatty, very involved in the comunity and on the first day of school, she befriends a young women called Jane.

Jane Chapman is single mom who recently moved to town. She is young and completely different from all the other moms. We know very little about her and her past.

Celeste Wright is Madeline’s best friend. She has two twin boys and a younger husband. The relationship with said husband seems perfect, her marriage rock solid. But there is more than meets the eyes.

By the end of the episode, you see all three women getting ready to go to bed and the atmosphere shifts: while before you felt the mystery and the secrets, now all I perceived was sadness. Utter emptiness in Madeline, Jane and Celeste’s eyes.

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I really like the writing and directing: the story is told in medias res, they start by introducing the women and their lives and in between that, the aftermath of the murder: the police describing the extend of the victim’s injuries and the interrogarions of some member of the community. All of this, without revealing the identity of the person who was murdered.

The first show that comes to mind where they have used this technique is “The Affair” (Showtime). And I really really like it. This one is even more particular, that is because it’s not the main characters who are interviewed, but merely bystanders.

I am hooked and I cannot wait to continue it. I have heard that some things are different than the book and some have said that it is not as good. I don’t really care. I’m just looking for amazing television.

There isn’t much else too say… It’s gripping, entertaining and it makes you want to bing watch it all in one day.

As soon as I finished it, I will let you know my overall opinions. Even though I am pretty sure I will like it. A lot.



Hope you liked this quick post. At least for my standards. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let me know your thoughts about it and if you’ve read the book or see the show!

I’m so excited for the Emmys!!!

xxx

Georgia

Tv series I Need to Watch Before The Emmys 2017

My favourite night in the world falls on September 17th this year. THE most exciting day for any TV lover like me.

THE EMMYS

And this one is special: Stephen Colbert is hosting. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE him. I religiously watch “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” every single day. Along with all the other american talk show on late night. I have no life, no worries.

Last year, I reviewed every category deciding my picks for the awards. But I quickly realised I hadn’t seen everything. And I can’t get into a bunker and just bingewatch every single show Andy-Samberg-style.

So yeah. This is basically me in a sketch.

This year, I decided to talk about the shows I haven’t seen… but I intend to watch at least a few episodes of, so I can’t actually have an opinion on most of them.

I watched the nominations live and browsed through all the categories and compiled a list of the ones I haven’t seen. And here they are:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale

This Hulu’s most popular series and I’ve heard it has received glowing reviews. I’m trying to find time to listen to the audiobook before watching the show: it’s read by Claire Danes. She is marvelous. Absolutely brilliant. I want her to narrate EVERYTHING.

It has been nominated in loads of categories both for the serie and for the performances of the actors. It’s about a not-so-distant future in which women are controlled by men and their only purpose is to bear their children. They have no rights and are completely submissive to the men. What a fucking nightmare.

The Handmaid’s Tale is nominated for 11 (!!!) Emmys, including lead actress, supporting actress, directing and writing, guest actress and most importantly outstanding drama series.

  • Atlanta

I have heard great things about the serie, especially about Donald Glover’s performance. I literally knew nothing about it, apparently it’s about rap music and the main protagonists are two cousins. That’s it. Nothing else.

It is supposed to be a comedy but from what I’ve seen from the promotional posters and a clip on a talk show, its doesn’t look like it’s a comedy. It has the vibe of a drama! It sounds really interesting and completely different from what I usually watch.

After watching it, I have to admit. It is genius. A fantastic serie and has a subtle comedic humor that is magnificent.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

It’s nominated for six Emmys, including outstanding lead actor in comedy serie, Best comedy serie, best writing and directing and more.

  • Grace and Frankie

I have seen the first two episodes of the show six months ago, but I wasn’t really into it. My friend said season one is actually the best and the more it goes on the crazier and improbable it gets.

The show is about two women to find out that their husbands are gay and in love with each other, and that they have been in a secret relationship for years and years. It’s completely crazy! It’s basically about them being in their 60s, and trying to navigate life alone after this huge revelation.

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are both nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy serie.

  • Veep

Risultati immagini per Veep season 6I’m already familiar with “Veep”, I have seen the first 2 1/2 seasons but I wasn’t taken with it. I didn’t really get it. But in the past two years I’ve been super interested in American politics, watching the 2016 presidential election and following Donald Trump in the White House, and so I hope that this will allow me to understand a little bit better the show. The show is about Vice President Selina Meyer (Portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) and her job at the White House, navigating through politics and giving life in Washington DC both a very sad and a comedic view. The show has won an incredibly large amount of awards: Emmys, Golden Globes… so basically it’s a great candidate for the award.

I have watched most of the episodes in season 6 and read on Wikipedia what happened in between.

Veep is nominated for 15 Emmys including outstanding lead actress, oustanding supporting actor and actress, outstanding directing and writing and outstanding comedy serie.

  • How to get away with murder

Risultati immagini per how to get away with a murder posterI remember I watched the pilot of “how to get away with murder” the day after you came out. And sadly, I was not impressed. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood of such a glossy and polished luck, so I put it down. I know viola Davis has been nominated for Amy for her role in “how to get away with murder”, but I didn’t find it fascinating at all. The plot didn’t speak to me I wasn’t interested in the topic. It is a Shonda Rhimes production (I have been a fan of Grey’s Anatomy for quite a long time and I’ve watched the first three seasons of scandal), but watching another one have her shows didn’t appeal to me. Aside from this, I am definitely going to watch a couple more episodes, so I can actually see if both she and the show have a shot on winning an Emmy award.

Viola Davis is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama serie and Cecely Tyson for outstanding guest actress in a drama serie.

  • Big Little Lies

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I have heard so many people talk about this show. Actually, they talked about the book that the HBO serie is based on. I know very little about it. I know it stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley and it’s about a group of housewives. And there is a murder.

On top of that, the show talks about really serious topics and problems. I’m really interested in both of them but I think I’ll try to read/listen to the book before getting to the series.

It has received high praises and Liane Moriarty, who wrote the book, has published other successful novels like “The Husband’s Secret”.

“Big Little Lies” is nominated for 10 Emmys, including lead actress and supporting actress in a limited series, outstanding directing and writing and it is also nominated for Outstanding Limited Series.

  • Feud

Risultati immagini per feud posterI have literally no idea what this show is really about. No clue. I say a few posters while scrolling through one of the Emmy issues of “The Hollywood Reporter”.

Th main stars of the show are Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange and from what IMDb tells me, it’s an anthology series following famous feuds including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and Prince Charles and Princess Diana.ย  And it’s created my Ryan Murphy (he also created shows like Glee and American Horror Story and he is a producer on American Crime Story).

I am even more confused now. But it sounds like an incredible show!

“Feud” is nominated for 15 (!!!) Emmys like lead actress and supporting actress and actor in a limited series, outstanding directing and writing, outstanding main title design and it is also, just like “Big Little Lies” nominated for Outstanding Limited Series.

  • The Night Of

Risultati immagini per the night of posterJust like with “Feud” I know nothing about this TV Serie. I think I saw a clip of “the night of” on Stephen Colbert’s late night talk show, but it didn’t catch my attention. I was more interested in the jokes about Donald Trump! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This HBO program stars Riz Ahmed and John Turturro. From what I have understood, his character has a wild night with a strange girl he just met and the morning after, he finds her murdered in her bed. He is questioned and brought in by the police, and the story unravels from this point on.

It is nominated for 10 Emmys including outstanding lead actor, outstanding supporting actor and for upstanding directing and writing.

  • House Of Cards

Risultati immagini per house of cards season 5 posterCompletely forgot I had to watch season five of “House of Cards”. Like, totally. I saw the folder in my computer and then I almost shouted “oh my God! I haven’t seen House of Cards yet!”

I haven’t seen season for yet, so I’m quite far behind. I really liked season one and two. Then I lost interest as the serie progressed but I think that in this political climate, “House of Cards” is definitely going to reflect the current presidency and the chaos in the White House at the moment. I don’t think I’m going to get to watch this, mainly because I really want to catch up on season four and enjoy it. It’s a great show, I have seen it before but I am, of course, missing season five.

It is nominated for 6 Emmys including outstanding lead actor and actress in a drama, outstanding supporting actor and outstanding drama serie.



So this is my list! It is almost complete… I should have posted this a long time ago but it took me AGES to write this! There are a few things I didn’t include otherwise I would have had to spend literally my entire life in front of the TV, watching stupid programs.

Anyway, hope you’re just as excited as I am to watch the Emmys on September 17th. It’s going to be GREAT. Stephen Colbert will do a fantastic job.

Let me know if you have seen any of these shows and whether you recommend them or not.

One last thing, this is probably one of my favourite posts I have ever done. I just love TV. So freaking much.

xxx

Georgia ๐ŸŒˆ