Westworld Season 2 – Review

Spoiler alert: this review is going to be really short.

I watched it.

I did it.

It took me 4 months.

I did not understand what the fuck was happening.

Visually, it is beautiful. The landscapes, lens glares and colours are magnificent. It’s worth watching 10 hours of this season just to see the cinematography. It’s absolutely magnificent.

The acting is mesmerising. There were parts I couldn’t take my eyes off of the screeen, even though I did not get what was going on.

This is what I think I have internalised:

  • Dolores is now evil
  • Maeve can control other hosts
  • The humans/creators are collecting the data of all the guests (Facebook and Cambridge Analytica style).
  • Bernard is… a host? But not all the time? I don’t know I’m still confused
  • There are more than two timelines (?)
  • There are more universes than the Wild West one.
  • There is a sort of heaven.
  • Half the cast is dead.

Kudos to the actors, directors and the entire production team for creating a great show I do not understand in the slightest.

That’s my ony complaint. The show itself. It is really really hard to follow. Not even reading professional reviewers from The New York Times helped me.

I do not think I’ll be watching season 3 (probably airing in 2020). I can’t do this.



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xxx

Georgia

p.s. I wrote this in August. Then got sidetracked by the Fall Premiere season…

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A Million Little Things – s01 ep 01 – “Pilot” – SERIES PREMIERE

[Attention! This post contains strong themes such as suicide, alcoholism and infidelity!]

ABC’s attempt at a “This Is Us” type show.

Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Grace Park, James Roday, David Giuntoli, Christina Marie Moses, Allison Miller, and Christina Ochoa in A Million Little Things (2018)Instead of family, it all revolves around a group of friends: Eddie, Rome, Gary and Jon have been friends for a decade, they go to hockey games and spend time together with their respective families.

They had stuck together through think and thin, marriages, kids and even cancer.

At first, we meet them in the same moment, those few minutes that will change their lives forever.

We see Jon (Ron Livingstone) closing a deal in this office, Gary (James Roday) in a hospital gown, waiting to find out if his cancer is back, Eddie (David Giuntoli) on the phone, planning to leave his wife for another woman and Rome (Romany Malco) who is trying to end his own life by swallowing a ton of pills.

But it’s not Rome who dies: it’s Jon. He jumps off his balcony and kills himself.

We then deal with the aftermath of this tragic even, Gary telling Jon’s wife Delilah (Stephanie Szostak) that he is dead, we meet Rome’s wife Regina (Christina Marie Moses).

Stephanie Szostak, Christina Marie Moses, and Allison Miller in A Million Little Things (2018)

Gary hooks up with one of the other cancer survivor at his therapy group, Maggie (Allison Miller)…

… who he later brings to his friend’s funeral.

Eddie gives a powerful eulogy, talking about Jon’s belief that everything happened for a reason and the instrumental role Jon had on his sobriety.

In between these events there are little flashbacks of previous ones, like Rome’s attempt at suicide or Ashley (Christina Ochoa), Jon’s secretary, unresolved mystery of hiding a folder with Delilah’s name on it and Jon’s last phone call, which was to Eddie.

After the wake, Eddie, Gary and Rome go to a hockey game, a tradition the group of friends has had for a long time. They all got season tickets, because that was the thing they all had in common when they met, stuck in a faulty elevator for 2 hours.

Romany Malco and Christina Marie Moses in A Million Little Things (2018)

There are secrets after secrets that are being revealed throughout the episode, like Regina’s failed restaurant, Rome opens up to his friends about his suicide attempt, Jon’s last deal was buying a building for Regina’s new business venture, the contents of the folder with Delilah’s name on it, something called “Rutledge” and we find out who is the woman Eddie has been having an affair with:

Delilah

Jon’s wife.

 

I was shocked. For a moment. I should have probably figured it out, it might have been obvious but I am tired, okay! And I took some medicine that is making me loopy.

A Million Little Things (2018)

Honestly, I was entertained. It was not nearly as emotional as “This Is Us” but this is not just focused on friendship and family. It’s a more soap-opera version of NBC’s hit that does not only involved feelings but there is a mystery component to it.

People are hiding secrets and just from this first episode, we are perfectly aware that once they will come up, they will shatter these people’s lives forever. 

I’ve missed James Roday on my screen. I’ve been a fan of Psych for a loooooong time and this more dramatic role suits him perfectly. I am not familiar with the rest of the cast but it’s very well-done.

It’s not that glossy Riverdale-like show where everybody looks perfect all the time. Sure they are all good-looking people, I mean, guys… It’s ABC. But they tried to give it that indie/rugged vibe and it kinda works.

This was in my “Shows I’m Keeping an Eye on” and I will definitely be watching again next week.

What did you think about it? What do you really think happened to Jon (because remember? We did not see him actually jump!)? Are you intrigued by the story? Did you like the show? What are your thoughts on it?

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Georgia

Barry Season 1 – Review

Bill Hader in Barry (2018)I saw the promo for the show quite some time ago and I’ve been excited to see it ever since. It looked so weird, entertaining and with the darkest humour ever.

It is written, directed, created and produced by SNL alum and master impressionist Bill Hader and produced by Alec Berg who also is the executive producer of “Silicon Valley”.

The show is about a hitman (Hader) is assigned to kill this man, and this guy belongs to a theatre group in Los Angeles. Out of the blue, this ex-marine struggling with depression and PTSD, decides he wants to become an actor and that he’s actually talented enough to be one. Which he is definitely not. He joins a theatre group and meets all kind of different people, in particular Sally and he gets infatuated by her.

Bill Hader in Barry (2018)

On top of this, Bill has amazing co-stars: Henry Wrinkler, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, D’arcy Carden and more!

I’ve watched basically every interview Bill Hader has given, and he sad that he wanted to make the killing and the shooting seem as realistic as they could. When people are shot, and bloody is shown, it isn’t supposed to look fake for a comedic effect.

They wanted to make it true. And it is.

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I had caught a glimpse of his dramatic range when he played Amy Schumer’s love interest in “Trainwreck” and again in this show. He is unbelievably good. I loved his performance. He was amazing.

Still, despite all the heavy topics, the show is so funny. My favourite characters have to be the two Chechen mobsters. They were hilarious. They had the best lines and the best delivery… I laughed out loud a couple of times. So good.

I loved Fuches and Barry’s relationship. It reminds me of the one Homeland’s Peter Quinn and Dar Adal had, although theirs is somehow less creepy.

Another great quality is how fake and unbearable Sally is. We, as the audience, can see her for how she is, a self-absorbed, arrogant and pretentious actress ready to stomp on anybody to succeed; on the other hand, Barry has a completely different perspective and does not see this side of her. I love that. So much. This gave us an insight on how Barry sees the world and other people. Truly magnificent.

Bill Hader and Sarah Goldberg in Barry (2018)

It is an already very tense show and they decided to build it even further by creating a connection with the Detective in charge of investigating the murder of one of the students in the acting class.

Spoiler alert…. Barry killed him.

I cannot really stress this enough. It’s such a great show. The premises is totally weird but somehow it works.

Last but not least, I am in love with the extremely short opening title: it’s a song called “Change for the World” by Charles Bradley and I am obsessed with it. It immediately went into my “soundtracks” playlist.



Have you seen Barry? Did you like it?

I’d love to know! Let’s interact!

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xxx

Georgia

 

SNL – Season 43 – Best Of

On Saturday May 19th, the last episode of Saturday Night Live’s 43rd season aired!

Hosted by Tina Fey and with musical guest Nicki Minhaj, the satirical and hilarius hour-long comedy went on hiatus for the summer.

Given how things are going, the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller might subpoena the entire Trump administration and the show would still be off the air. Not to mention the Pee-Tape…(LOL)

But enought with politics! I wanted to share my favourite sketches, monolgues and cold opens of the season!

Enjoy!

Episode 1 – Host: Ryan Gosling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 3 – Host: Kumail Nanjiani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 4 – Host: Larry David

Episode 7 – Host: Saoirse Ronan

Episode 13 – Host: Natalie Portman

Episode 15 – Host: Sterling K Brown

Episode 16 – Host: Bill Hader

Episode 18 – Host: John Mulaney

Episode 19 – Host: Donald Glover

Episode 20 – Host: Amy Schumer

Episode 21 – Host: Tina Fey

 




It’s been a great season, I love the cast and there have been a lot of great hosts. Just to name my favourite people: Bill Hader, John Mulaney, Tina Fey, Kumail Nanjiani, Sterling K Brown, Donald Glover… A bunch talented people.

I can’t wait for september to come, so it will start again. In the meantime, I’ll be here, rewatching the entire season.

What is your favourite sketch? Is there someone you wish could host in season 44?

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xxx

Georgia