MINDHUNTER (Netflix) – Review

This show is disturbing. Very very disturbing.

I’ve spoken to a friend about this and I can’t find another word to describe it.

“Mindhunter” is a Netflix show about two FBI agents who travel around the country talking to criminals in the 70s. And yes the fashion is amazing. The two characters are inspired by real agents who tried to understand the psychological problems behind these criminals’ horrific and abhorring murders.

While travelling around the US, they often consul with local policemen in deeply upsetting cases.

Moreover, they bring in a Harvard professor (played by the brilliant Anna Torv) who helps them turn these random interviews into something with structure that can resemble a method of investigating.

It’s so interesting. Such a fascinating subject. But let me tell you, it’s hard to watch.

Not because of the violence on screen, but because of the terrible stories these criminals are narrating.

The sexual nature of these crimes is what gets to me. How these disturbed people relate to sex and relationship with women. The hatred against women, mothers, daughter, fiancées is what upsets me.

Why are men so angry towards women? Why is there so much need for control and the domination of women? In light of recent events (see Donald Trump, Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Bill O’Riley and sadly more), this is even more revolting. Seeing these twisted and sick minds narrate their actions and feelings with such non-chalance, really makes you feel angry and disgusted of men.

On a different topic, Debbie’s progressive and independent free spirit is a refreshing and reassuring presence that makes you forget, even if just for a moment, the depravity you’ve just heard.

From a technical point of view, I love the 70s style! Something else I’ve enjoyed, is the gigantic white writing that tells you which city the two agents are in. So cool! It blinds you every single time it pops on your screen. And the music?! Adored it! So funky and (weirdly) mostly upbeat! ❤️

The colours are always leaning towards the grey and the atmosphere reminds me of those sad british period pieces where everythings is depressing.

Anyway, I recommended it to my friend and she binge-watched it in two days. She was so eager to talk about it and share opinions and various impressions on the characters.

Created by Joe Penhall and with directors like David Fincher, the show sees Jonathan Groff (Kristof from Frozen and King George from Hamilton), Holt McCallany(Fight Club, Suicide Squad) as protagonists along with the brilliant and magnificent Anna Torv (Olivia Dunham from Fringe) and Hannah Gross.
luding, this show creeps me out. To me, it is utterly disturbing but at the same time, so well-crafted. I definitely hope that the Television Academy will considerate it for many Emmy nominations.

Let me know your opinions! I’d love to chat about it!

xxx

Georgia

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September 2017 TV Premiere – Opinions

I’m a bit late with this… I haven’t been particularly present on the blog community recently. I’ve had two great month and I was busy actually living my life.

But I enjoy writing about TV and I want to catch up on all the reviews I didn’t do and the beauty hauls I haven’t put together. (I did take the pictures. Now I’m missing the names of the product and I can’t seem to be able to get up, get the makeup and write the names down. I’m lazy.)

Anyway, these past two months have been amazing for Tv! So many great shows and so many old obsession making a comeback!

Let’s get into it!


  • Victoria ITV Jenna ColemanVICTORIA (ITV)

I absolutely loved this second season, great moments between the Queen and Prince Albert, great storylines involving feminism, a woman in power, loss, grief, medicine, inventions and more.

I really liked season 1, but I think I’ve enjoyed season 2 more. This year, we already knew the characters and the climate of the Victorian age, but they kicked it up a notch. The famine in Ireland and the trip to France deeply explore the terrible issues of the era.

On top of that, they dealt with homosexuality and the secrecy of it. The show experimented with different directorial choices and I truly appreciated it.

On top of that, Lord M broke Britain’s heart and the show’s viewers will never forget it.


  • You're the worst poster s4YOU’RE THE WORST (FXX)

I adore this show. I know it may seem bad, but it shows the inner me. The side that is wild, with no filters and restrictions. Although I am truly sad about Jimmy and Gretchen’s break up, it’s still funny seeing them navigate the world as single people again.

To be honest, the show isn’t as good as its first and second seasons. As I’m writing this, there are only 3 episodes left before the finale. Having said that, I feel like this season has been a little bit stuck. The characters haven’t evolved that much and it seems like the show is piling on as much crazy shit as they possibly can. Without really going forward.

Still, if they don’t re-new it for a 5th season, I will be sending FXX a series of angry and profanity-filled emails.


  • Better Things FX PosterBETTER THINGS (FX)

Even though I feel that they made it as absurd and as weird as they could, this show has some amazing gems.

The episodes are centred on Sam, her three daughters and the crazy things that life throws at them. It’s very explicit and the daughters treat their mother to an attitude that I would never allow. Not to me and not to everybody else. They are so disrespectful! I have the urge of slapping them in the face.

But just like in “You’re The Worst”, Sam isn’t afraid of other people’s opinions and her angry rants about sexuality and feminism are GREAT!

There are amazing monologues and Pamela Adlon is a fantastic actress. It’s quite explicit and raw but I’m really excited to see the last two episodes!

Also, on Oct. 19th, they announced they have renewed “Better Things” for a 3rd season!!! YAY!!


  • Brooklyn nine nine s5 poster.jpgBROOKLYN NINE NINE (FOX)

I will write this entire section mostly in all-caps because it’s been my obsession, I’m so excited and I love it so much.

WHY AREN’T MORE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT “BROOKLYN NINE NINE”?? I DON’T GET IT! IT’S ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! ANDY SAMBERG IS A NATIONAL TREASURE, I’M IN LOVE WITH HIM AND THE ENTIRE CAST.

DAR GOOR AND MICHEAL SCHUR, YOU ARE MY IDOLS AND GODS. I LOVE YOU.

I got my closest friend hooked on this show and we legitimately spent an entire day watching episodes together. Not even joking. Best day ever.

This 5th season has been incredible. So funny and full of spectacular character developments. Especially Jake.

The Halloween episode is probably one of the best episodes of a comedy show that I’ve seen in a long time. In every season there is a Halloween episode that is centred about a heist that will determine who, in the precinct, is the “Ultimate Detective / Genius”.

It’s so rare that a show in its 5th season is still going strong, but Brooklyn Nine Nine never disappoints.


  • this is us season 2 posterTHIS IS US (NBC)

I reviewed the first episode of this second season at length, so I’m not going to say too much about it here.

The show is still great, the characters are so well-written and although there hasn’t been that much crying on my part, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nonetheless, there are still some things that piss me off and clichés I wish they hadn’t done, but I’ll keep watching. There is no doubt in that.


  • modern-family-s9 2.jpgMODERN FAMILY (ABC)

What can I say about this show: it’s a staple, it’s iconic. A classic.

The show is still great, the dynamics between the characters still relevant. What more can I say other than “I love you, Modern Family.”?


  • Grey's anatomy PosterGREY’S ANATOMY (ABC)

Ehm… Well… I’m not a person that likes pointing out the negative things but this one deserves it.

WHAT ARE THEY DOING?!?! What are these absurd storylines? Come on!!!! From Owen’s sister randomly being alive, to Amelia’s stupid stupid stupid tumor and to Maggie and Jackson having a thing, I really don’t know how the show is still on air.

I took it to Twitter while watching one of the episodes from this season and I noticed that I hadn’t tweeted positive things about the latest Grey’s Anatomy episode since 2014. That’s sad.

One things after another, they demolished the show. Thankfully, they didn’t damage too much Meredith’s character, otherwise I won’t be here talking about it.

I’ll probably keep watching every once in a while, when I’m in the mood for a soap opera with doctors.

I’ve recently watched the 300th episode and although a bit mismatched, they paid tribute to all the major characters that have left the show and I loved it. Also, Jackson’s speech made m tear up.


  • will and grace.jpgWILL AND GRACE (NBC)

Wow.

I was super shocked because I didn’t think a show like “Will and Grace” was going to be so political.

Right from the first episode, they throw joke after joke (mostly insult after insult) towards Donald Trump and the current administration! I loved it! The fidget spinner and russian dictionary joke in episode one is one of my favourites!! And let’s talk about the hat with “Make America Gay Again”!! Absolutely adored it!

In just 6 episodes, they talked multiple times about the current political climate in America, the struggles of being openly gay in the country, the appreciation young people need to have in regards of those who fought for their rights and how stupid conversion camps are. Speaking of which, the Mike Pence portrait in the background literally made my day. SO FUNNY!!!

I truly appreciate when a show explains and takes time to explore such subjects. Tv is also meant to be educational and I believe “Will and Grace” is doing it right.


  • SNL.jpgSATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC)

Even if it started really well with guest host Ryan Gosling, the following hosts haven’t been that impressive (aside from Kumail Nanjiani, obvs).

The political commentary is still very much relevant, but I feel like they have hit a bit of a rough spot in these past weeks. I hope it’ll get better.

I’ll keep watching, especially the parts with the amazing Kate McKinnon, Pete Davison, Leslie Jones and obviously Weekend Update.

AND LIVE FROM NEW YORK… IT’S SATURDAY NIIIIIIIIIGHT!!!



That’s it from me! At least for today! Hope you liked it and let me know your thoughts on any of the shows I’ve mentioned: I’d love to hear your opinions.

xxx

Georgia

 

This Is Us – Season 2 Premiere Review

“This Is Us” is one of the most popular shows on US cable and the season 2 premiere didn’t disappoint.

Although I fell immediately in love with the show when it started in September 2016, there are elements of it that I didn’t particularly like: I thought the moment Jack and Rebecca met each other was a little bit ridiculous, too much “insta-love” for me.

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But aside from a few elements, it’s a solid show. The stories are absolutely brilliant and moving.

I have cried for all 18 episodes in season 1 and of course, season 2 didn’t leave my tear ducts dry.

It was hard to watch: from Kate’s struggles with her career, to Randall’ and Beth’s adoption problems and Jack’s not-so-shocking revelation.

The show hits you where you are most vulnerable, your insecurities and your issues. You identify with the characters on an extremely deep level.



Before starting the season 2 premiere, I was almost sure I wasn’t going to cry. I was not in the mood to cry I didn’t feel like it was going to happen, but of course I bawled like there was no tomorrow.

I absolutely adore all of the performances, the only one that didn’t make the same impact on me as the others was Justin Hartley’s. It’s probably just because of Kevin. I’m not a huge fan of the character, I don’t really like that cocky, arrogant and selfish personality. Nonetheless, I absolutely liked the episode. I was a little bit disappointed in Jack, even if I shouldn’t be. We see him struggling with his issues, and problems like alcoholism. But he’s a nice man, he gave up his dreams, just like Rebecca did, and he tried to have overcome is addiction.

This Is Us - Season 2

In the episode we also get to know a little bit more about what happened to Jack, how he died. There isn’t much, but I think one of the reasons is his alcoholism. There are clues like Kate with a dog and Randall talking to a redheaded girl, but the most revealing one, is the last scene.  There is house, burnt to the ground. And if I’m not mistaken, it belonged to the Pearsons.

I don’t really get why people are so obsessed with finding out how Jack dies. DO YOU WANT TO SEE HIM DIE? DO YOU WANT THE PAIN!? ARE YOU MENTAL?

Rebecca’s pain at the end destroyed me. It broke my heart. In a million pieces.

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The “get in the car” scene was also amazingly written and acted. She put aside her anger and disappointment towards him and focused on helping him and keeping their family together.

Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia have a terrific chemistry together, especially in the dramatic scenes.

 

One of the most amazing scenes was Beth asking Randall to adopt a grown-up kid to help him get off the streets. I thought her gesture was INCREDIBLE. So selfless. I’m in love with Beth and Randall.

And can we talk about Randall’s “Women can do anything” speech? LOVE IT.



To sum up, great start for a second season. Let me know what you think about the episode, I’d love to chat about the show!

xxx

Georgia

October 2017 Fall Premiere

In a couple of days it will be October and this can only mean one thing: another round of amazing tv show premieres.

And this months is just as good as September. I am still so upset that in the last post I forgot to add BBC’s “Doctor Foster”. I saw it trending on the date of its release (September 5th) and I didn’t know it was coming back for a second season so early. I was truly devastated.

This month 7 shows come back and I cannot wait.

Without much further ado, let’s get into it!

October 3rd: BLACK-ISH

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I started watching this comedy this year, despite it being in its 3rd season. I enjoy it. I love that they talk about social issues in an accessible was to everyone. Season 3 episode 12 is probably the best. It’s about the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election. So incredible. Highly recommend it.

Anyway, it’s about a black familiy living in California and dealing with everyday life. Dre and Bow live with their 4 children and Dre’s parents. Who are completely crazy. Last season ended with Bow having their 5th child and I am really looking forward to see what’s going to happen to the Johnson’s next.

What I like about it, is not really the comedy. I don’t find it that funny, but it’s a show that helps white people understand black culture and at the same time, it portrays the normal black family living, with some of the same issues as everybody else.

What compelled me to go on with it, was the social component. They talk about race, sexism, education, culture and also a lot of stupid thing. If you are interested in a light-hearted comedy that you can watch while you do laundry (like I do), I definitely recommend it.

Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC



October 5th: SCANDAL

Scandal PosterAnother ABC show! This time produced and created by… Shonda Rhimes! The Queen of ABC dramas! This 7th will be Scandal’s last season and I haven’t watched it since season 5. Frankly, I don’t remember anything past season 3.

At one point it got too ridiculous, like Grey’s Anatomy. But with Grey’s, I am loyal to it. I liked Scandal. I bingewatched it while I was sick a couple of years ago but then I was interested in other things and I let go of it.

I might catch up on it or watch it “Bones Style”, watching the first episode of the season, the cliffhanger one in the middle and then the last 3 of the season. With this method you will have an overall knowledge of what happened. Who gives a shit about the rest.

(P.S. My app says I’m missing 28 episodes. I though they were more, so not too bad.)

Thursdays at 9/8C on ABC



October 11th: MR ROBOT

Mr Robot PosterThis show is crazy. So incredibly well made! Last season it left us all hanging, not knowing what was going to happen to Elliot and Mr Robot.

What I love most about the show is the directing. The subject in the frame is always off-centred. It gives a mysterious and documentary-like vibe and I adore it.

And can we PLEASE talk about Rami Malek? He is adorable and super talented. His performance is brilliant. Absolutely magnificent.

A warning, if you watch it and don’t understand anything, don’t worry. Nobody does. I recommended it to my cousing and he was so confused by it.

Nonetheless, it is a beautifully crafted series, another incredibly product of USA Network and I adore it.

Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA Network



OCTOBER 13th: JANE THE VIRGIN

My friend recommended this show to me a couple of months ago. I had had it in my “to watch” list since season 1, but I had forgoten about it.

This show is the best. It’s like an amazingly well-done parody of a spanish telenovela. Absolutely spectacular. The show is about Jane, a young aspiring writer who gets artificially inseminated. But as the title suggests, she is a virgin.

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Her baby daddy? Handsome hotel owner Rafael. *wink wink*

The show is one absurdity after the other. Completely crazy. Visions, dreams, twin siblings, secret mothers, a drug lord, telenovelas, crazy fathers, evil stepmothers and more. It’s crazy. And I love it. I can’t wait to see what season 4 has in store for us!

Fridays at 9/8c on THE CW



OCTOBER 14th: DIRK GENTLY’s HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY

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I buddy-watched this show with my best friend and it was ridiculous. It wasn’t really my cup of tea at the beginning but I was so curious to see what was going to happen that in the end I really liked it.

It’s like a mix between Doctor Who and Sherlock. Dirk Gently is a reeeeeeeaaaaaally weird bloke who solves “holistic” crimes. He meets Todd Brotzman and he quickly becomes his reluctant and skeptical assistant. There is a psychopath, a girl who barks, an adorable corgi, time travel and an absurd friendship between a girl who kills everyone she meets and an electrician she decided to kidnap.

Completely mental. It’s a collaboration between the BBC and Netflix. Starring Samuel Barnett as Dirk and Elijah Wood as Todd, the show is utterly crazy. And incredibly funny. Can’t wait for the absurdity of season 2!

Saturdays at 9PM on BBC America



OCTOBER 15th: GOOD BEHAVIOR

Good Behavior PosterThis is probably the show I am most excited about. I discovered this serie last year, shortly after it came out.

Good Behavior is about Letty, a thief with a lot of drug and alcohol problems who has a dangerous encounter with a hit man named Javier. This show is so good. Really really good. I was obsessed with it last year. I watched it twice. consecutively. I wrote an unbelievably long review gushing about how much I love it.

I saw the trailer for this next instalment and it was INCREDIBLE. Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto have an explosive chemistry. This is probably one of the best shows I’ve seen in 2016. And if you follow this blog, you know I watch A LOT of TV.

I highly recommend it. It’s sexy, full of passion, anger, issues but also recovery and survival. I have been wanting to watch it again for quite some time.

Sundays at 9/8c on TNT



OCTOBER 27th: STRANGER THINGS

Mine is quite an unpopular opinion, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Stranger Things. Sure, very well constructed and acted, but not something I could really really like.

My sister watched it the other day and really really liked it. Even though I wasn’t sure it would be something she would enjoy. Weird…

Anyway, to me it was overhyped. It’s a good show, don’t get me wrong. I love the details about the old horror movies from the 80s, the music, the clothes and some of the plot. But it’s too sci-fi. (says the girl who watches Doctor Who). But it is! I finished it because I wanted to see what was going to happen. That’s it.

The kid’s performances are magnificent. It’s probably worth watching for them.

I’ll be seeing it with my sister, probably.

October 27th on Netflix.



I hope you found some new show to watch! Let me know which one of your shows are coming back! I’d love to discover new series!

xxx

Georgia