Homeland season 7 PREMIERE – Review

SPOILER ALERT! This blog post contains spoilers for all seasons of Homeland.

Just like last year, I decided to put my thoughts on Homeland on paper and review the first episode of the show’s seventh season.

The Finale of season 6 left me devastated. I can’t believe how relevant and pertinent the show still is.

Season 6 dealt with a new president elect (A WOMAN!!! But don’t rejoy because she’s the worst), fake news, an Alex Jones’ radio host, friction with the intelligence community, islamophobia and sadly so much more.

Season 6 was painfully realistic. It resembled closely (maybe too much) the political and social landscape of today’s America. President Elect Keane’s deligimization of the intel community and other sectors of the US government.

Doesn’t that remind you of anyone? Maybe residing in the White House right in this moment.

I thought so.

Even though they shot and wrote the show before the back shit crazy events occurred (The Delegitimisation of the FBI and the intelligence community by the sitting US president, The war against reality truth and facts, and so much more), “Homeland“ pains very much divided nation, people on opposite sides fighting each other and believes that seem to come from another historical Era.
It has always been politically relevant and I’m so curious to see what they going to do with this seventh season.

In the aftermath of President Keane‘s election and wave of arrests she ordered against her own intelligence community, people are trying to navigate on which side they want to stand.

On a more personal note, Carrie is also dealing with the tragic loss she had at the end of season six (I will not talk about it because it upsets me too much), her living situation with her sister and her husband, and of course her medical condition.

On the show, the fight isn’t between Republicans and Democrats. In our reality, it is quite

clear where people stand and what they think about the events of the last year. On the show, the lines are blurred. On one side you have a president who locked up her own federal agents and is not trusted by more than half of the country. One the other side you have people fighting against her, but what they preach isn’t exactly better than what she believes in.

O’Keefe, who is the counterpart of right-wing radio show host Alex Jones, and his views increase the distrust among the American people. Him and his followers are saying to be part of “The Resistance”, just like the term the Democrats are using to fight against Trump.

So where is the parallel? Is there one?

To be perfectly candid it’s kind of hard for me to fully understand what goes on homeland, just like with “HouseOfCards”. It’s not easy to follow, especially now that’s all about political power.

And I have a couple of criticisms. Although putting a woman in the White House, as president, after the events of last years presidential election, felt like a good idea I’m now having doubts.
Hillary Clinton Was president now, maybe having a fictional and ambiguously suspicious counterpart would’ve been a good idea, but I’m afraid that showing a flawed and unprepared female president could deter people from electing one. It’s probably my naive point of you, and I am almost sure this won’t impact the publics opinion, but personally I wouldn’t have risked it.

Nonetheless I am ecstatic that “Homeland” is back. I am already planning to rewatch season four (which is probably my favourite season EVER).

I genuinely hope that you will enjoy this season and feel free to let me know your thoughts on the premiere and on the second episode.

Xxx

Georgia

 

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Top 10 Tv Shows Main Title Intro

When a TV show has a nice and catchy theme, it’s always more enjoyable. At least for me, it is.

Here I have collected my favourite themes, songs that I actually listen to and I have on my phone.

  • Homeland

Composed by Sean Callery, Homeland’s theme is stunning. If you’re into jazz, this is exactly the song for you. This was inspired by polish trumpeter Tomasz Stankò, whose music was used multiple times on the show.In every single season, the theme changes. The main title is a mashup of scenes and dialogues from the episodes, jazz trumpeters, speeches from different presidents and some weird shit about a maze and a girl with a lion mask. I Love it. Check out Terminal 7 by Stankò, it’s spectacular.

  • True Detective

I loved this series. Loved loved loved. Season 1, of course. Don’t make me talk about the second one because that was bullshit. But the first season blew my mind. And so did the main title. It’s not just the song that reminds us of that deep and rural southern part of the US, but the images. It’s creepy. Totally creepy. It’s called “Far From Any Road” by The handsome Family. There are disconnected scenes from the show, images blend together, they look like smoke and are see-through. The format has been used countless of times after this. I had never seen anything like it before. The song itself it terrifying and creepy but soooo good! It transports you into the show and moreover into the atmosphere of the place. AMAZING.

  • Game Of Thrones

Composed by the brilliant and talented Ramin Djawadi, “Game of Thrones” is a must. It’s epic, catchy and powerful. For an into, it’s soooooo long but if you even think about skipping it, you are no true Game of Thrones fan. Whenever I listen to it, I always feel like Khaleesi on her dragons trying to conquer Westeros. And this is only the main title. If you look up the entire soundtrack, it’s equally perfect. My personal favourites: season 6. Mind-blowing-ly beautiful. (Not sure that’s a word…)

  • The Affair

At first I was NOT into it. It was too weird. Even for me. I couldn’t understand the lyrics and the images were just confusing. A lot confusing. But after a while, it got into my head. And I fell in love with it. It’s sad and powerful. Knowing what happens on the show, the lyrics and the sequence of images is really intriguing. I love singing along to it when I’m home alone. It’s liberating. I definitely have to check out more songs by Fiona Apple.

  • Westworld

Even though I’m not a huge fan of the show (I finished it a couple of weeks ago and I wasn’t impressed), the music is obviously amazing. And why is it obviously amazing, you ask? Because it was written by the same composer of “Game of Thrones”, Ramin Djawadi. This man knows how to write amazing music to tv shows. Love him. The music is delicate but at the same time sad and scary. I noticed that this year, a lot of shows had a recurring theme: from the minuscule details to the big final picture, the figures moving in slow-motion and the black-and-white theme.

  • You’re The Worst

Aside from being one of my favourite shows of 2016, the intro of this series is adorable. It captures the essence of the characters and it’s fun. It’s a perfect song to dance around to and miles away from the previous gloomy ones. It’s pretty raw, not very will mixed but I love it. It makes me happy.

  • Suits

Suits has very particular music and an unbelievable catchy main title song. There is a lot of music from unknown artists and covers. It’s specific to every scene and always on point. There is soul, funk, R&B and blues with a pinch of jazz. It’s not something that you hear everyday. But the theme is just… Wow. It makes you want to bob your head up and down and dance. I love it.

HERE you can check out an interview with Gene Klein, producer of the show, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle and Rick Hoffman about the music in the show.

  • Gilmore Girls

From episode 1, I fell in love with the theme. It’s so catchy, so happy, but to me, it brings back painful memories and suffering. This show destroyed me. Completely shattered me to pieces. But it’s such a good tune! You can sing along, dance around and for 3 minutes forget about everything and just think how quickly Jess stole your heart with his bad-boy attitude. I didn’t think I would have loved the show as much as I did. Carole King, you created an amazing song.

  • Sherlock, “The Game is On”

Yeah, sure, Sherlock’s main theme is nice. But not really the best. The tune that obviously stands out is “The Game is On”, Sherlock’s personal theme. I have learnt it with the piano but it’s not quite there yet. I need more practice. I love this tune… It’s basically Sherlock Holmes in music. And it’s catchy! I have spent more time than I want to admit, trying to carry the tune. Absolutely perfect. Congrats to David Arnold and Michael Price for composing it!

  • Doctor Who

I know… it may seem stupid, but it’s so catchy. And so unique. Since 1963 it has been a staple in British television culture. It’s so ridiculous and strange that it’s absolutely hilarious to sing a long. Especially off-tune. And it’s incredibly fascinating seeing how it was made in 1963. My friend and I love to sing it… there’s the dundundundun, dundundundun and the uhuuuihiiiiiiiiiuhuuuuu!!! How can you NOT sing alone!



Hope you liked this post! I have been obsessing over score music and soundtracks for a long time! I have Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who on my phone. And let’s just say it: Game of Thrones is depressing.

Let me know if you have any recommendations!

Georgia   🙂

 

Image from wallpapercave.com

 

 

 

68th Primetime Emmy Awards – Part 2: Acting

Here I am with part two of exploring this year’s Emmys nominations!

In case you missed part 1, you can read it here. Don’t forget that about part 3 and 4, Suppporting Performances and Writing & Directing! They will definitely be posted before the cerimony on Semptember 14th.

DISCLAIMER: These opinions are based on the shows that I have seen. If I haven’t seen one, it will be hard for me to judge it and I will pick from the ones that I have actually watched.


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES2016-09-11

  • KEVIN SPACEY (House of Cards)
  • LIEV SCHREIBER (Ray Donovan)
  • BOB ODERNKIRK (Better Call Saul)
  • RAMI MALEK (Mr. Robot)
  • KYLE CHANDLER (Bloodline)
  • MATTHEW RHYS (The Americans)

Well… These are all amazing actors… Kevin Spacey is unbelievably talented, as well as Bob Odernkirk and Matthew Rhys…

I haven’t see Liev Schreiber’s performance so I can’t judge it or espress my opinion…

Also, I have only seen the first 10 minutes of Bloodline… I need to catch up!

I love Rami Malek, he’s exceptionally talented and this is first nomination… And I have just remembered that Kevin Spacey has never won an Emmy for his performance! WHAT? NO!

I’m really indecidive about this! In my opinion, they both deserve it…

Last year’s winner: Jon Hamm (Man Men)

WILL WIN: Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

MY WINNER: Rami Malek (Mr. Robot)… Sorry, Rami. I really hope you’ll win though!


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES2016-09-11-3

  • CLAIRE DANES (Homeland)
  • ROBIN WRIGHT (House of Cards)
  • VIOLA DAVIS (How to get away with murder)
  • TATIANA MASLANY (Orphan Black)
  • TARAJI P. HENSON (Empire)
  • KERI RUSSEL (The Americans)

As soon as I saw she was nominated I shouted: CLAIRE DANES HAS TO WIN!

Homeland is one of my favourite shows and Claire’s performance is flawless. In the first episodes of season 5 she was perfect. Playing Carrie off her meds makes Claire’s talent come through. SHE IS AMAZING. Even though this season of Homeland wasn’t as good as season 4 (and season 1 and 2, I don’t want to talk about season 3..), I think she deserves it.

BUT then I saw Robin Wright’s name. In House of Cards she is perfect. Her performance is incredible…

Frankly, I haven’t seen the other lady’s performances but I know people have been raving about Viola Davis’ acting in HTGAWM… Also, Keri Russel is amazing.

I still have to check out Orphan Black and Empire… Sorry..

Last year’s winner: Viola Davis (How to get away with murder)

WILL WIN: Robin Wright (House of Cards)

MY WINNER: Claire Danes (Homeland)


OUTSTADING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES2016-09-11-1

  • WILLIAM H. MACY (Shameless)
  • WILL FORTE (The Last Man of Earth)
  • ANTHONY ANDERSON (Black-ish)
  • AZIZ ANSARI (Master of None)
  • JEFFREY TAMBOR (Transparent)
  • THOMAS MIDDLEDITCH (Silicon Valley)

Sadly I have only seen Master of None and Silicon Valley… Altough these are two different shows, with different themes…

In my opinion, Aziz deserves it. Mainly because I loved Master of None with all my heart… Thomas Middleditch is fenomenal in Silicon Valley, he plays Richard with a realistic dorky-ness that I adorable…

Last year’s winner: Jeffrey Tambor (Shameless)

WILL WIN: Jeffrey Tambor (Shameless)… Probably because he won last year and the show is more famous.

MY WINNER: Aziz Ansari (Master of None)… GO AZIZ!!!!


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES2016-09-11-4

  • JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS (Veep)
  • TRACEE ELLIS ROSS (Black-ish)
  • LILY TOMLIN (Grace and Frankie)
  • ELLIE KEMPER (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
  • AMY SCHUMER (Inside Amy Schumer)
  • LAURIE MATCALF (Getting on)

I was a little bit upset that nobody from Modern Family was nominated. Either Sofia Vergara or Julie Bowen! Come on! They are soo funny!

Anyway… it is difficult for me to choose… I am not “in love” with the actress in this category… I liked Ellie Kemper on the Office and I have seen Kimmy Schmidt, but… I don’t know!

Also, I don’t find Amy Schumer particurarly funny… Sorry…

And I have been watching “Veep” to have an idea of what the show is like and… I haven’t figured out if I like it yet.

Last year’s winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

WILL WIN: Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

MY WINNER: Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOVIE2016-09-11-2

  • CUBA GOODING JR. (People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story)
  • COURTNEY B. VANCE (People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story)
  • TOM HIDDLESTON (The Night Manager)
  • BRYAN CRANSTON (All The Way)
  • IDRIS ELBA (Luther)
  • BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Sherlock: The Abominable Bride)

Well… Bryan Cranson is amazing. At everything he does. I haven’t seen “People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”, so…

Tom Hiddleston is out. His performance was good, his relationship with Taylor Swift damaging to his carreer.

Sorry Benedict, but… I don’t think his performance was Emmy worthy. He is a truly talented and amazing actor… Maybe it’s because I didn’t really like The Abonimable Bride.

Last Year’s Winner: Richard Jenkins (Olive Kitteridge)

WILL WIN: no idea… really not a clue

MY WINNER: Bryan Cranson (All the way)


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITE SERIES OR A MOVIE2016-09-11-5

  • SARAH PAULSON (American Horror Story)
  • FELICITY HOFFMAN (American Crime)
  • KERRY WASHINGTON (Confirmation)
  • AUDRA MCDONALD (Lady day a Emerson’s bar & Grill)
  • KIRSTEN DUNST (Fargo)
  • LILI TAYLOR (American Crime)

I haven’t seen either of this shows. Sorry. I have heard a few things on Confirmation and obviously Fargo (which is on my watchlist)…

So I will be giving opinions based on the actresses that I know…

Last Year’s Winner: Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)

WILL WIN: no idea

MY WINNER: Kerry Washington or Kristen Dunst… (?) I don’t know!



I wasn’t super prepared with this category… I have seen a lot, but there are loads of stuff that I haven’t watched… It’s my hobby, not my job 🙂

Anyway, tell me your predictions and who you would like to win!

 

Georgia  🙂

 

 

68th Primetime Emmy Awards – PART 1: Programs

I won’t hide it: I’m really excited about the Emmys. They are my favourite award and I am very opinionated about them. Especially this year.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with them and (quoting directly from Wikipedia) “an Emmy Award  recognizes excellence in the television industry, and corresponds to the Academy Award (for film), the Tony Award (for theatre), and the Grammy Award (for music).

There are a lot of main categories (Programs, Acting, Supporting Performances and Writing) which I will go through each of them one by one in 4 different posts. And yes, they will be colour coded because this is how I roll!! *awkward gangsta pose*

Also, I will give my prediction of who will actually win and who I would like to win.

A few fun facts (at least to me they are) about this year’s Emmys.

  1. The network that have received the most nomination is HBO.
  2. The networks that have received the least nominations are Bravo, Cinemax, Crakle, History and TBS.
  3. The program that received the most nominations is “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story”.
  4. The Emmys will be broadcast in the USA by ABC.
  5. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel will host the Emmys at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.
  6. The nominees were announced on July 14, 2016 on the Emmy website.
  7. Last year the Emmys were hosted by former-SNL star and lead actor in FOX’s comedy Brooklyn Nine Nine Andy Samberg. He did a wonderful opening act that you can find HERE.

So, let’s get into it!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIESEmmys 2016 DRAMA

  • THE AMERICANS (FX)
  • BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
  • DOWNTON ABBEY (PSB)
  • GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
  • HOMELAND (Showtime)
  • HOUSE OF CARDS (Netflix)
  • MR ROBOT (USA Network)

I’m so conflicted about this category because I have almost seen them all! I am a bit behind on The Americans (season 3), Mr. Robot and I haven’t seen Better Call Saul.

In my opinion, they are all worthy of the award. Game of Thrones has had the most epic and magnificent season so far and it’s currently the most popular show, Homeland was painfully realistic, Downton Abbey was perfection as usual and it will also be the last year the ITV’s drama will be eligible.

Although Homeland is one of my favourite series EVER, this season wasn’t a good as the last one…

Mr Robot is innovative, real and different from all the others nominee.

This is one of the most difficult categories for me to judge! They are all amazing, not only well written but also beautifully filmed. There are important themes, social issues and basically just QUALITY.

Last years winners was Game Of Thrones, so…

WILL WIN: Game Of Thrones

MY WINNER: I CAN’T CHOOSE!!! (But I’d probably be happy with either Game Of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Homeland or Mr. Robot… So basically everyone…)


OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES2016-09-07-3

  • BLACK-ISH (ABC)
  • MASTER OF NONE (Netflix)
  • MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
  • SILICON VALLEY (HBO)
  • TRANSPARENT (Amazon)
  • UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (Netflix)
  • VEEP (HBO)

I have seen 4 out of 7 on these shows: Modern Family, Master of None, Silicon Valley and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

I haven’t seen “Veep”, but it’s in my watch list and  I have heard great things about it.

Speaking about the ones I know, “Master of None” is one of the best things I have seen this year. Aziz Ansari’s 20 minutes comedy is everything you want it to be: funny, ridiculous and incredibly deep. He talks about gender discrimination, respecting the elderly and an actor of indian descend and racism.

Both Modern Family and Silicon Valley are great shows but I think Master of None had something more. Don’t get me wrong, Modern Family is in my TOP 10! I have seen the episodes a thousand times, but I believe Aziz’s show deserves the Emmy.

And Modern Family has won 5 Emmys, but last year was defeated by “Veep” and I wasn’t very happy about it.

Kimmy Schmidt was ok. When I came out, people raved about it. I liked it, but I didn’t get super into it. I have stopped watching after the first few episodes of season 2 and then I watched the one with Joshua Jackson talking about Dawson’s Creek (#TeamPacey).

Last years winner:

WILL WIN: “Veep”

MY WINNER: Master Of None (Sorry Modern Family… I still love you)


OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES2016-09-07-6

  • COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE (Crackle)
  • JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! (ABC)
  • LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER (HBO)
  • THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN (CBS)
  • REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (HBO)
  • THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON (NBC)

I am a huge fan of Kimmel, Oliver, Corden and Fallon and I have seen a few episodes of Comedians in Cars… So sorry Bill Maher but I haven’t seen your show.

James Corden and his Carpool Karaoke have dominated the internet and it has become a vial phenomenon and he is just adorable: never afraid of making a joke, kind and confident in his body and his masculinity. YES, I love him. He has good chances, in my opinion.

But let’s not forget about the two Jimmys… I enjoy their shows… They interview actors and tv personalities and it is good. Also, Fallon has recently celebrated his 500th episode…

Personally I would have also included in the category Stephen Colbert. I used to hate him at first, but with his clever comedy and fearlessness, he has become the talk show host I look for whenever I want to learn about american politics.

BUT, my personal hero and GOD is without any doubt Mr John Oliver. I am deeply in love with his show. I think everybody should watch it and learn from it as much as they can. He makes a different (see “The John Oliver effect”) and therefore…

Last Years Winner: “The Daily Show”

WILL WIN: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

MY WINNER: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (Sorry James Corden.. If there were two Emmys, you would have won it…)



These were the ones I knew better and I have true opinions about them. In the next categories I will just pick the winner based on what I have seen. If you want to know more, here is a link to indiewire.com where you can read their opinion.

OUTSTANDING VARIETY SKETCH SERIES2016-09-07-8

  • DOCUMENTARY NOW! (IFC)
  • DRUNK HISTORY (Comedy Central)
  • INSIDE AMY SCHUMER (Comedy Central)
  • KEY & PEEL (Comedy Central)
  • PORTLANDIA (IFC)
  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (NBC

Last year’s winner: “Inside Amy Schumer”

I have literally only saw the first episode of Amy Schumer’s show and I didn’t like it very much…

WILL WIN: Inside Amy Schumer

MY WINNER: I really don’t care about this category.


OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES2016-09-07-4

  • AMERICAN CRIME (ABC)
  • FARGO (FX)
  • THE NIGHT MANAGER (AMC)
  • THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
  • ROOTS (History)

Last year’s winner: Olive Kitteridge (Don’t have a clue of what it is)

I have only seen “The Night Manager” (#Hiddlesbum), but I have heard all about O.J. Simpson’s popularity, so…

WILL WIN: The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

MY WINNER: The Night Manager


OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE2016-09-07-5

  • ALL THE WAY (HBO)
  • CONFIRMATION (HBO)
  • LUTHER (BBC America)
  • SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE (PBS)
  • A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS (Netflix)

 

 

I have heard Kerry Washington talking about “Confirmation”and it sounded great, but when you check IMDb it has only a 6.9/10.. I’m not really sure…

I have seen the Sherlock Special and loved it so…

Last Year’s Winner: “Bessie”   (No clue)

WILL WIN: no idea

MY WINNER: Sherlock: the Abominable Bride.


And the last category..

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM2016-09-07-7

  • THE AMAZING RACE (CBS)
  • AMERICAN NINJA WARRIORS (NBC)
  • DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC)
  • PROJECT RUNAWAY (Lifetime)
  • TOP CHEF (Bravo)
  • THE VOICE (NBC)

 

I love the italian version of “Dancing With The Stars”… Never seen the other ones.

WILL WIN: no idea

MY WINNER: Dancing With The Stars


 

So, almost 1300 words later I have finished the first category. I am already too invested in this.

And definitely too obsessed with TV.

ANYWAY :), hope you liked it… Can’t wait for the 14th!!

Hope you like this and you didn’t get bored halfway through. 🙂

See you next for the “Acting” category.

 

Georgia    🙂

 

Photos from the Emmy Award website and IMDb.