Black-ish Season 4 Review

Black-ish PosterI haven’t talked much about Black-ish but I’ve been watching it for around a year and I really really like it.

If you’re not familiar with it, Black-ish airs on ABC and it is about a the everyday life of an african-american family in Los Angeles.

Dre and Bow have been together for a 20 years, they have a happy marriage and at he beginning of season 4, they have just welcomed their 5th child.

Starting off with a musical episode titled “Juneteenth”, Black-ish tackles important issues and social problems with irony and laughter.

Right in episode 2, they talk about postpartum depression and the struggles new mothers go through after having a child. It’s a wonderful episode. Dre tries to help his wife come to term with the difficulties she is facing. It is something that is not often talked about and I was so glad they decided to shine a light on it.

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Then a hilarious monopoly centred episode, Dre’s diabetes, having “the talk” with your children and they get a dog.

I have to mention episode 14 called “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”. It’s a fantastic 20 minute deep dive on the differences between how women and men are treated regarding their sexuality and being sexually active. The reactions are literally opposite. If a boy loses his virginity, he is celebrated and he “becomes a man”, but it is a girl who becomes sexually active, it’s something shameful. In the episode they try to demystify this idiotic prejudices and send a positive message about sex.

And they render homage to Jordan Peele’s Oscar Winner movie “Get out” and its sunen place. AMAZING.

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A great episode and I hope that, even if you don’t watch the show, you’ll give it a look.

Last but not least (although it is the end of the season), a tetralogy. The writers and producers decided to do something rather unusual in a comedy show: they created an arch of four episodes in which we see a particularly tough time in Bow and Dre’s marriage.

They show that even the strongest of relationships can go through horrible times. In the first episode, we see Dre and Bow fighting, we see them trying to make time for each other by going on date nights and miserably failing. And from here it all goes downhill. After that, they did an episode called “Blue Valentine”, based on Michelle Williams’ and Ryan Gosling’s terribly tragic movie and then, they try to keep the family together by, ironically, separating and living in two different houses.

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Eventually, Dre and Bow reconcile but it is not an easy road. It doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye. It’s something they have to keep working on.

I absolutely loved it. It made me so sad but it was an honest portrayal of a relationship.

4 truly beautiful episodes.

I can’t wait for season 5! I’m curious to see where they are going to take show next!

Black-ish will return for a 5th season on ABC in September.


Have you seen black-ish? Did you like this season? What did you think of the teatralogy?

Let me know! Tweet at me @georgiasblog1 or send me an email!

xxx

Georgia

P.S. I have a huuuuge crush on Tracee Ellis Ross. HUGE.

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Hollywood Phonies’ Awards And Racist Homophobes in Chief

4:56 PM

I’m joking, of course.

I’ve been obsessed with The Lonely Island in these past couple of days and “Threw It On the Ground” is hilarious. So that’s where “Hollywood Phonies” comes from.

The other part of the title refers to the fucking morons we might elect tonight.

I’m writing this part at 5PM so nothing has happened yet. I voted. I took my grandparents to vote (after making sure they were not voting for the Right).

Anyway, I’ll be updating this post as we go through, both talking about The Oscars and the results of our political elections.

If you’re new to Italian politics, I wrote a post about them a couple of days ago and you an read it here!

I already gave this post a title: “Hollywood Phonies’ Awards And Racist Homophobes in Chief”. Let’s hope I’m wrong.



11:29 PM

2018-03-04 (1)The First exit polls are rolling in. Shit is looking bad. I’m drinking ginger and turmeric tea and I have a bag of cheese crackers in the cupboard if I’m really desperate at 3AM.

We have this journalist, Enrico Mentana, who does TV Marathons for big elections or events. He did it for Brexit, for the 2016 Presidential Election, last year referendum and more. He stays up all night, talking to the guests in the studio, talking to the other journalists in the field and getting angry with the direction team. The correspondents are never ready, there are mistakes in the graphs. Then after a while, the guests start to leave, the camera shots are shaky and always late.

There are so many memes about him and this #MaratonaMentana and it’s hilarious.




00:48 AM

I’m falling asleep. The 5 star movement might actually win. Ew.

I saw Chelsea Peretti on the Red Carpet.



02:04 AM

I’m going to bed. This is a nightmare.

The Oscars have just started but the early results of the election made me sick to my stomach.



09:29 AM

I woke up half an hour ago and immediately yelled to my mom:

“Who won the election?!”

“Salvini and 5 Stars Movement”

And with my lovely and adorable colourful language I screamed:

“What the fuck? Are you fucking joking?”

Then I immediately felt super ashamed of my country and felt the need of hiding somewhere and watching Brooklyn Nine Nine to cheer up.

On a more positive note, Congratulations to all the Oscars winners, especially Jordan Peele. Congrats to Emily V Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani and to Gary Oldman for winning Best Actor.

(I had a huge crush on Gary Oldman when he played Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films)

So now we have some sort of “hung government”. We have two winners! Only in our idiotic and stupid country, we could have two winners in a election. The President of the Republic has to decide who to give the task to form the next government to. It’s a mess.



10.30 AM

He has just announced that he’s been “marathoning” for 12 straight hours!!! Unbelievable! With Trump, he had stopped at 11!



12.03 PM

People are resigning, others are arrogantly gloating and the country is broken. They have just created a new election reform and now we’re in deep shit.

Brooklyn Nine Nine marathon… here I come! Help me forget this nonsense.


I’m going to study now. It’s been a hell of a night. Let’s hope we’ll go voting again or that they’ll form some sort of coalition or whatever so they can stop the racists from taking over our government.

Goodbye

xxx



18:09 PM

I’ve already posted this and I thought I was done with this but my friend just texted me saying the Marathon is still going on! He had a break for probably a couple of hours and then came back on TV!

I opened up my cheese crackers and I’m eating my feelings. Damn, it’s depressing. It feels like the 2016 Election Night all over again.

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

 

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman

I’ve talked a little bit about my interest in American Politics in the past 2 years and a half. And I don’t even live in America.

Something else you need to know about me: I love American talk shows. I LOOOOOVE THEM.

So when Netflix sent me a notification about David Letterman’s new show, I couldn’t wait to see it.

“My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman” is an hour-long talk show in which David interviews celebrities and activists.

Season one contains 6 episodes and they will be released one at a time every month.

And I was so excited about his first guest: the 44th President of the United States Barack Obama.

The interview spanned between his first day not in office, his upbringing, education, his family and more serious topics like Congressman John Lewis, importance of the March in Selma in 1965 and the attacks on US democracy.

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avid also spoke directly with John Lewis and they crossed the same bridge he crossed with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to peacefully protest against segregation and to get the right to vote for African-americans.

I absolutely loved it. It was educational, moving and incredibly inspiring.

At times, it was a little bit weird: I had the sensation that the focus wasn’t solely on President Obama, but it also felt like a celebration of David Letterman and of his comeback to TV.

Aside from this detail, it was a great interview.

One of the things I appreciated the most was the lack of mention of President Trump’s name and of his despicable administration and their actions.

A fantastic interview, a throwback into his presidency and a reminder for every one of what a real president acts like. It made me remember what an interesting, intelligent and inspiring man he is.

Other guests will be: George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.



Let me know your thoughts about it!

Georgia