Stranger Things 2 – REVIEW

I can’t believe how much I loved it. (And yes, I know I’m a months late reviewing the show. I’ve been busy, people. )

When “Stranger Things” came out last year, I was not impressed. At all. It simply isn’t (or should I say “wasn’t”?) my preferred genre. (If you’re interested you can read my reviews here and here)

The day it came out I was working all afternoon so when I came home and asked my sister what she thought about it, she played it cool. She didn’t say much.

But since I almost had a weekend to myself, I binged it in 2 days. And what a magnificent show. Wow. I was truly impressed.

This season was on a whole new level. The acting is still amazing, especially from the kids. A big shoutout to Will because he was incredible. I was mesmerized by his performance. They explored every single person on the show, resulting in a fantastic character development.

And we all know who I’m talking about. Everyone’s favourite mom: Steve Harrington.

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I still can’t believe how perfectly his character development was: from being kind of a dick, to an attentive, emotionally intelligent and responsible young man. He is truly my favourite person on the show.

And let’s talk about Billy (played by Dacre Montgomery)! A wonderful omage to Jack Nicholson’s characters in his various horror movies in the 80s.

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Not having been around in that period of time, I am 100% sure a lot of the reference went over my head but this one was perfect. Dacre was so believable as Billy. A truly madman, a psycopath. Can’t wait to see what they have in store for him in Stranger Things 3.

Chief Jim Hopper was another pleasant surprise. I really had no opinion about him in season 1, but they deepened his personality, both his qualities and vices and turned him into an amazing character.

The only thing I truly didn’t like about this was Eleven’s storyline. Don’t make me talk about episode 7 because I’m already mad. Her living with Hopper was clever and their dynamic together was super interesting, but then the whole “I need to find my mother and sister” bullshit was just a big NO for me. Episode 7, in particular, was a total waste of my time. The only good thing that came out of it was “bitchin'”. That’s it.

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Let’s change topic or I’ll get angry…

On top of the great storylines and performances by ALL the actors, the directorial style was new and exciting. Scarier than the previous season and perfectly in sync with the horror vibe of the show.

Even though I laughed out loud in the most absurd and violent parts, I completely fell in love with it. I’ve been considering watching it again this weekend. To be fair, it’s not like I have suddenly discovered this is my favourite genre, but the show has made me appreciate it a lot. I found many parts to be hilarious and incredibly funny, even when they were meant to be devastating.

Anyway, I’m already waiting for part 3 of Stranger Things. I’ll be thinking of Joe Keery in the meantime.

xxx

Georgia

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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

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

5 Stand-up Comedy Specials on Netflix You Should Watch

Before signing up to Netflix, I wasn’t really into Stand-up comedy. I had seen a couple of them, but I’d never thought I would find them funny.

But as soon as I realized that there were A LOT of specials on Netflix, I started watching.

Some of them have been bad, comedy that I did not enjoy. At All. But I have found some gems. I love when comedy makes you think and gives you a better understanding of other people’s point of view. That is what I look for. Not some stupid specials only about sex and unnecessary vulgarity. I’m not condemning it, bear in mind. If you read my posts you know I don’t hold back the swear words. But sometimes, it is just redundant.

That being said, I love a good and liberating curse word. But let’s get into the specials!!!

  • Trevor Noah: “Afraid Of The Dark”

Trevor Noah Afraid of the darkI didn’t watch “The Daily Show” when Jon Stewart was on. I wasn’t that interested in US politics and comedy that much, but after seeing Trevor on Stephen Colbert or James Corden, I decided to look back at past episodes and I became a huge fan of the show. I read Trevor’s book “Born a Crime” probably one of the best books I have read in a long time and when I saw he had a special on Netflix I just knew I would love it.

And I did. Trevor’s comedy style is social related. He talks about his life, being born from a black mother and white father in South Africa during the Apartheid years and feeling like he didn’t fit anywhere. His insights are wonderful and intelligent.

ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND IT.

  • Hasan Minhaj: “Homecoming King”

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I LOVE HIM. I think his comedic style is great. I love the metaphors, the stories and the voice he is giving to muslim minorities. His stand-up is all about growing up as a Muslim, race, marriage, love, parents and more. Hasan has been a correspondent for the Daily Show since 2014 and his field pieces are always funny and thought-provoking. He delivers a esthetically beautiful and incredibly profound one and a half performance and I really cannot recommend it enough.

Just like all the other artists, he deals with social issues, forcing you to think about the problems he is talking about.

His speech at the “White House correspondents’ Dinner” is one of the best EVER. I strongly urge you to watch it. AMAZING. (Two other remarkable speeches are Seth Meyer‘s and Cecily Strong‘s.)

  • Aziz Ansari “Live At MGS”

AzizAziz was probably the first comedian I ever saw on stand up special of. And I completely fell in love with him. I read his book “Modern Romance” which I adore, and I think he has a very fun and approachable style to his performance. He talks about relationships, dating in this technological age and about a lot other topics.

He did two specials on Netflix, “Buried Alive” and “Live at Madison Square Garden” and whenever I feel a bit down and I actually need a pick me up, I put Aziz on and enjoy the ride!

  • John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid

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After the first 5 minutes, I knew that this special was going to be one of my favourites. John Mulaney is amazing. If you are familiar with NBC’s “Saturday Night Live!”, you probably know we was a writer there and he co-created the character Stefon will Bill Hader. Stefon is supposed to give advice on the best places to visit in NYC and he can’t do it. He talks about weird places, strange people and more!

Anyway, John’s boyish looks and nice manners are exactly what I was looking for. He talks about marriage, being a catholic, meeting Bill Clinton and so on. He is so fun and I had an amazing time watching the special. Highly recommend it!

  • Cristela Alonzo: Lower classy

91c7833e10ab0fad12ab324f8fdb8561fde95e81I haven’t had the best experience watching female comedians. I adore Michelle Wolf on the Daily Show and I am sure there are a lot of great female comedians, but the ones that I have seen didn’t blow my mind.

Until I found Cristela Alonzo. In her special, she talks about Latino and Mexican stereotypes, being raised by her tough mother and more. Instead of the sex-based kind of comedy, she talked about social issues, experiences from her own life and more. I really enjoyed her special and I’ll definitely keep an eye on her for any future gigs.



I would love to know if you had any recommendations for comedy specials, please let me know! I’m always looking for new comedians!

xxx

Georgia