Master of None

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I can’t even remember how I discovered this series, but it’s just magnificent. Created by Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, the show talks about the life of a 30-year-old actor named Dev who lives in NYC.

Aziz (who created wrote and produced the series) is also the main character. The series deals with extremely important social issues, from the alternative birth control Plan B, appreciating immigrant parents, a relationship in this modern and technological age and discrimination, sexism and injustice.

It’s a comedy, but not some dumb and idiotic thing with no actual depth. I was really surprised by the quality of the show. Not because I didn’t have faith in Aziz, but it said comedy and the trailer is upbeat and funny. I hadn’t realized the social issues that were being discussed.

Season 2 is coming out tomorrow on Netflix and I plan on completely putting my life on hold and binge watching the shit out ot of this new season.

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I love this series so much because it’s real. I’ve been saying it a lot in past blog post (This is us mainly…), but this is what I’m looking for in a tv series.

The cast is really good, really authentic, diverse and really talented! Denise and Arnold are just two amazing characters and Lena Waithe and Eric Wareheim are hilarious. Also, Dev’s mom and dad are Aziz’s real parents! And they are soo funny!

 

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Left to Right: Aziz’s parent Shoukath and Fatima Ansari, Alan Yang, Lena Waithe, Aziz Ansari, Kelvin Yu, Eric Wareheim and Noel Wells

All the episodes are amazing, but if I had to choose, episodes 4-6-7-8 are the best.

Episode 4 is called: Indians on TV, where Dev talks about the lack of roles for Indian men to play and the stereotypes he has to overcome. He inadvertently sees an email from an executive producer with racism remarks and he had to decide how to act.

Episode 6: Nashville: Dev invites Rachel, the girl he likes, to a spontaneous trip to Nashville. The episode is just adorable. It’s something different than the usual first date and it’s truly delightful.

AND NOW, MY FAVOURITE! Episode 7: Ladies and Gentleman: This one is pure gold. Rachel and Dev’s friend Denise explain to their friend the constant misogyny that is (sadly) part of our everyday life. I was really impressed by the episode. It’s rare to see a TV that deals with this horrible issue as well as “Master of None”. What I truly appreciated about it, is that they stated that men can’t understand the situation. They don’t face the same problems as women do and consequently, aren’t aware of how big the problem actually is.

Episode 8: Old People: I also loved that Aziz and Alan Yang (the two main creators of the show) took the time to dedicate an episode to the elderly. I love my Grandmother and I realized I don’t spend as much time with her as I want to. We tend to forget that they can become lonely, especially if widowed. Even though the episode is absolutely silly sometimes, it’s thought-provoking and it will definitely make you pick up the phone and call your grandparents.


I am a huge fan of Aziz… both of this stand-up work and his acting roles… and don’t get me started on his book “Modern Romance” because I LOVED IT!

I’m really excited about season 2, mainly because it was partially shot here in Italy, so I can’t wait to see how Aziz decided to portray my country.

I hope you’ll check it out and you’ll let me know your opinions.

See you!

Georgia

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The Bachelor Season 21

What. Is. This. Show.

I'm genuinely asking. These all 12 weeks were a rollercoaster for me. Probably my first on this blog was about The Bachelorette, but I only saw the first episode and I didn't have time to watch it. But I've been desperate (fear not, I still am) and I decided to give this thing a go. And boy, it was a good idea.

This show is absolutely absurd. I can't even find the words to describe what all of this is.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the premises of the show, it's about a guy that wants to find love. So they lock 30 of the prettiest and skinniest girls in a huge mansion and they make them go on dates with him.

This is the best story ever. Nick has been on the show 3 times and he still hasn't managed to find love. He got his heart broken two times and now he is finally ready to settle down and find the women he is going to spend the rest of his life with. He wants to be in looooooove! This program is so trashy.

17-corinne-3-w600-h315-2xThe highlight of this season was obviously the trashy Ivanka Trump impersonator, Corinne. Definitely, the most entertaining person I have ever heard speak. Just to prove my point, here is a selection of her best quotes. (Yes, she said it on national television):

  • Make America Corinne Again
  • My heart is gold, but my vagine is platinum.
  • I am not a runner-up. And my sex abilities are definitely top-notch.
  • Today was just a dream come true. I stepped out of my comfort zone, many times and angles. Dad would be proud, even though I was naked.

Isn't she wonderful!?

What I love about the show is the fundamentally American motive they attached to it: Find love. The producers want us to believe these people are here to find love, true love, a magical love. After only 12 weeks of knowing each other.

It's so stupid and the best thing I have seen on television this year.

I have been so fascinated with the show. Before watching the first real episode (week 2, because let's be clear: Week 1 is just hugs and nice to meet yous), I thought: "How is it possible that people actually watch this shit?"

It's trashy, full of clichés and completely fake.

But it's addictive. It's so full of bullshit about finding love and a husband.

There are these rituals, the rose ceremony, the homecoming dates, meeting the parents, the one-on-one dates, the two-on-one dates…

But it's great television. Here in Italy there is a similar program but it's not based on LOVE and the people are shallow, but this brings reality tv to a whole new level.

rachel-lindsay-announced-as-the-bachelorette-earlyAnd also, it took them 21 seasons to choose the first black Bachelorette? Come on, America. Speaking of Rachel, the announcement of her as the next bachelorette was done before she was kicked out of the show. WHY, ABC? WHY? YOU RUINED THE SHOW FOR US.

You can announce that one of the girls is going to be the next bachelorette before she is sent home!!! What went wrong?!?

Also, this fake empowerment of women makes me sick. To me, it feels like it's wrong to portray women in pretty sparkly dresses whose only concern is to get married, have babies and feel complete. DO DON'T NEED ANYBODY TO FEEL COMPLETE, GIRL! COME ON! They were drunk half the time, in every single scene of the first episodes, all the girls constantly had drinks in their hands. And I really mean it. ALL THE FUCKING TIME.

Aside from this, it's great. It's so great. I have watched some trashy tv shows in my time but nothing compares to this. I think it was impossible for people to go on television and say such stupid things. But this show celebrates this.

the-bachelor-vanessa-nick-viallPeople cry, (I'm currently watching the finale and Nick is just bawling his eyes out.) and they cry and they "fall in love", and they cry and they tell the Bachelor that they love him… Did I mention that they cry? It's just ridiculous.

I highly recommend you watch this season, because it has been hilarious. Corinne has been AMAZING. I want her to be my trashy friend. I need her in my life.

I'll definitely be watching "The Bachelorette", although I know it will be impossible for the producers to top this season.

Ah, before I forget. I would like to congratulate the person who found and produced Corinne and to declare to her/him that they are my hero and someone who deserves an award for the amazing job they did.

With this, I bid you farewell, The Bachelor. See you in May with The Bachelorette! Go Rachel!

Please cast the male version of Corinne!!!!

Georgia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

I didn’t want to give into the hype of the show. I really didn’t. Mainly because I had no knowledge of the trial and the murder case.

If like me, you weren’t born yet or you simply aren’t familiar with it, this is what happened: in 1994 football player O.J. Simpson was accused of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman. The case shook America, they called it “The Trial of the Century”.

There are a lot of topics that go beyond the trial itself: sexism, racism, the celebrity status (that were fundamental in shaping the final outcome of the case) and the Kardashians.

Yes, the same Kardashian we are painfully subjected to every time we open a magazine or social medias like twitter, instagram or snapchat.

I went in knowing nothing, except of the many prices the shows has won and the great actors who are part of it.

Speaking of actors, the cast is great. Cuba Gooding Jr plays OJ, “American Horror Story”‘s Sarah Paulson is Marcia Clark,, John Travolta, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, the brilliant and adorable Sterling K. Brown, Courtney B. Vance as OJ’s the defense attorney Johnnie Cochran and Kenneth Choi as Judge Lance Ito.

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Some of the cast

To tell the truth, I’m not sure if wasn’t impressed with Cuba Gooding Jr’s performance, or maybe I simply don’t like OJ’s personality and well, everything. I thought it was over the top, a bit forced.

On the other hand Sarah Paulson completely blew my mind. I’ve never watched “American Horror Story” so I didn’t know much about her. But here she was amazing. And shout out to my favourite man on the show: Sterling K Brown. He is just so talented! Every time he acts he makes you exactly feel the character’s emotions. He is truly spectacular.

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Sarah Paulson and Sterling K Brown ❤

We see the America of 20 years ago, an America that was divided and spread further apart by this murder case.

I was reading an article on the nytimes.com website that dates back to the 8th October 1995, two days after the verdict was announced.

Isabel Wilkerson who wrote the article quotes a professor of women’s studies at Wellesley College and she says:

“This is a story about race and gender and how they intersect. It’s about a black man married to a white woman being judged by black women.”

Wilkerson also writes: “White women tended to identify with Mrs. Simpson as an abuse victim. Black women, pulled by competing loyalties, tended to see Mr. Simpson as a black man framed by the system — even if he had been indifferent to the black community, and even if they thought he might be guilty”

There was also the issue of having a black man (Christopher Darden) as a prosecutor on the case, when almost the entire community was convinced Simpson’s arrest was all about the police’s fury against black men and women. Then the detective Mark Fuhrman, who found the two bodies, was accused of racism and this only reinforced the boundaries.

BUT, the trial wasn’t just about racism. It obviously played a BIG role, but another horrible issue was persistent: sexism.

Towards women in general and towards Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor. Since the case became a media sensation, Miss Clark was criticized by the media and the “Dream Team” (Mr Simpson’s legal defence team), she was judged on her clothes, her hair and also on her capability of raising her children (At the time she was battling her ex husband for custody of her two boys).

“The verdict exposed a chasm in place for generations, often breaking open when black women feel pressed to choose between the men with whom they share race, and all that goes with it, and the white women with whom they share the experience of sexism. While to many black women sexism pales in the face of racism, white women, unburdened by race in a predominantly white society, are freer to focus on sexism.”, wrote Wilkerson.

As I’m writing this,  I am halfway through the series and my opinion has definitely shifted.

In the first couple of episodes, I had the feeling it was a bit “soapy” and definitely too much focused on the Kardashians. I mean, they had more screen time than O.J.’s children! Come on! And we also had an Alanis Morrisette’s “ironic” moment: when David Schwimmer’s Robert Kardashian says to Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob:

“We are Kardashians and in this family, being a good person and a loyal friend is more important than being famous. Fame is fleeting, it’s hollow. It means nothing at all without a virtuous heart.”

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ARE YOU SERIOUS, WRITERS? I know that the goal of the show is to humanize both sides of the case, but this was ridiculous.

I LITERALLY laughed out loud for at least 10 minutes.

But as the show progressed, it got really good. I’m hooked and with only 4 episodes left, it’s all I’ll be watching this afternoon.

I hope you enjoyed this different review… Let me know if you liked it better.

Have a nice Sunday!

Georgia 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Thoughts: SEXISM

Just a few days ago I read a YA (Young Adult) book… Every now and then I love to read some romantic trash books… Those surreal love stories that always have a happy ending. Sue me, I like them. They are just something easy to read and they don’t require much thinking.

I’m not exaggerating, but I have never read ANTHING even remotely as sexist as this. (Second to every Donald Trump tweet/speech/word he ever said… Obviously.)

I am a feminist, I believe in equality for EVERYONE: gender, race, pay… and if there is one thing I cannot stand for is racism. OF ANY KIND.

In today’s society there are still portrayals of men as drunk, violent and extremely possessive and women as dumb idiots that are submissive to their boyfriend/husband.

Reading the other reviews, clearly made by young susceptible teenagers, made me realise how many steps behind we are taking. These repeated ideas of a disruptive love and carelessness have sunk in teenagers and I think it’s just wrong. Boys will feel like they HAVE to be total jerks and girls will feel like being someone’s girlfriend will make their life complete.

It’s truly sad that girl believe the kind of (pardon my French) bullshit these books are all about.

As I wrote: Nobody is “yours”, you are not someone’s property, even if it is sugar-coated and portrayed as affection and love.
Frankly, I found it highly noneducational: young and susceptible girls should not be exposed to this! The fighting, the boy’s inappropriate jealousy (hidden as “protectiveness”) and this thing about “I’m yours” “You’re mine” is just… no.

Yes, I’m quoting myself. So what?

 

Anyway, I just wanted to get this off my chest and be done with it. I am very passionate about women’s independency, self-love and I felt like this book set us back in the Middle Ages.

If you want to read the full review and know about what book I was talking about, you can find it here.

Hope this made you reflect about these important themes.

 

Georgia    🙂

 

P.s. Thank you for those who liked my previous post! 17 likes!! WOW! ❤