TV

Galavant-Review

I don’t think anyone ever expected a fairy-tale themed TV show would be this funny. Credit to the writers who managed to bring to television something new, that we haven’t experienced before and still make it interesting and entertaining enough to satisfy audiences. It walks along a fine line of a mixture of the fundamental building blocks of musical animated movies and parodies and it’s a joy to watch.

It helps of course when a legend of the business is involved, Alan Menken, the 8 times Oscar winner that composes the music who along with Glenn Slater that writes the hilarious lyrics that accompany it, make the musical part of the series a highlight and something to anticipate. The songs, very similarly to those in Disney animated movies, couldn’t be catchier and add another dimension to the story.

The “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” similarities are present of course, as you would expect from a medieval times parody that mocks most of the existing cliches without just being a silly exaggeration of everything but rather a well thought execution of innovative ideas. The fact that it brings memories from that classic is just another complement for the show.

Even though it was feared that the first season was all we were ever going to see from Galavant, surprisingly the show got its reward for being innovative and loved by enough people that it got renewed for a second.

Recommended to anyone looking for something new and funny on TV.

8/10

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The Feeling of Loss after Binge-watching

Whenever we watch all the episodes of a TV show in a short period of time (essentially binge-watch) whether that show has ended or it’s still ongoing, we are filled with a feeling of loss.  It is as if we have lost something and it has left a void in our lives.  It’s a different feeling from the one we get when our favourite TV series ends or gets cancelled, that is probably just sadness and nostalgia.  This is deeper and quite terrifying when you think about it.  We invest so much time in the characters and their story over a just few days and we end up making a connection with them.  Most of the time after the end of the binge-watch we end up looking on the internet for more videos and stuff that involve the same actors, or characters so that we can fill that void.

In fact a study was made on binge-watching and they say that their findings in the research show that those who feel more depressed and lonely tend to watch more programs.  I guess we’ll just have to take their word for it. A different study, which I consider closer to the truth is that stopping binge-watching has a similar response to giving up food or substances.  There are no side-effects, however the feeling of needing it all the time is there.

Maybe we should be more careful of what we watch and for how long…after I finish binge-watching Daredevil.

Wayward Pines Ep. 1 Review

First word that comes to mind after watching the first episode is Mystery.  Such an Intriguing story, with peculiar events happening that by the end of the episode as you might have already guessed, it will leave you wanting for more.  It’s just so perplexing at times and enigmatic, we don’t get a straight answer.

Matt Dillon got me on the edge of my sit half way through the episode and I remained there until the end.  He portrays Ethan Burke, a Secret Service agent with a few mental issues, and he gives me the chills every time he gets agitated about something.  His voice pierces right through me every time and Dillon’s interpretation of the character makes the story so much more cryptic, it’s like everything is trying to keep us away from the truth.  Can’t talk about the other actors because that would be a bit of a minor spoiler for the nit-picky, so let me just say, they are great.

Something tells me this is one to watch, it’s going to be a very interesting story to say the least and it’s surely going to be provide us with an enthralling watch.  Hopefully I am not wrong on this one, I am putting my neck on the line after all.

Try not to break your mind watching it.

8/10

TV review-Better Call Saul Season 1

Early on it becomes apparent that Jimmy McGill is Saul’s real name. A good fellow that seems to always put his interest on par with the interest of his clients, you might even say that he is more favourable towards the people he is helping (being clients or not) than himself. At times he leaves himself exposed and goes in great lengths for the benefit of others even if that means sticking his neck out. On the other hand we can see how Jimmy might become Saul, for those that are familiar with him from his Breaking Bad time, since we get frequent flashbacks to his old self, who based on all accounts, was quite the cheeky con man, “Slippin’ Jimmy” as they call him.

The best part of the season has to be the “Slippin’ Jimmy” flashbacks, they were full on funny and entertaining and always gave us some insight on who this Jimmy fella is and some clue on where our beloved Saul Goodman is hiding. Up there with the best moments was the story arc of Mike Ehrmantraut, another of the Breaking Bad characters, and his interactions with Jimmy. Jonathan Banks once again gives an amazing performance as Mike, the low profile but hands on action “grandpa”.

Most of the time the show remains low profile its self with not many, if any, overexciting episodes that keep you on the edge of your sit. It’s mainly a character development season with a good, solid narrative that leaves you wanting more.

It was a very good introduction to the first steps of Saul Goodman in the law business and for those that appreciate the Breaking Bad comparisons, it was probably slightly better than the first two seasons of that show and certainly more enjoyable, without the wives or the boring parts.

8/10

Most anticipated 2015

5. Hannibal-Season 3

The high point in which Season 2 ended.  It was Mads Mikkelsonthe most thrilling of finales and even though we thought we already knewwhat was going to happen, based on the flash-forward we were shown in the first episode of the season, it appeared that we didn’t know half of it.  It’s interesting to see what Hannibal does next as the ending last year made it feel like the end of a chapter.  The biggest unanswered question is who is chasing Hannibal this season? if you catch my drift.  Looking forward to some gory gore.  “Mmm…delicious”…and that.

4. True Detective-Season 2

This one doesn’t need much explaining.  Amazing first season true-detectivewith the best possible cast, something that seems to be continued, even though it will be hard to replicate McConaughey’s sensational performance. we can only hope for another equally good season, but if it’s even half as good as the first we are in for another suspenseful nail biter.

3. The Hateful Eight

A Quentin Tarantino project that was apparently not gonna see the hateful eightthe light of day; after the script got leaked it seemed that Tarantino had decided to put it back on the shelf.  However after the pleadings of fans Quentin will do as the favor.  No doubt this will be another one to add to the collection of amazing movies that we have become accustomed to from the genius writer/director. If it gets released this year.

2. Mr. Sherlock

I don’t know much about this movie, other mr holmesthan Holmes is old and not at his best intellectually nor physically, and I don’t want to nor do I need to know anything else.  The mere thought, that I will have the opportunity to see Sir Ian McKellen portray one of my favorite characters feels me with joy and excitement. Maybe he will manage to win that Academy Award that has evaded him for so long.

1. Star Wars-The Force Awakens

The most obvious of choices.  However I reckon this doesn’t require much explaining, does it? Lightsabers. Blasters. Space adventures. The Force. John Williams’ music. Everything we have come to adore.  —   Need I say more?                                    Indulge:                                                                  star wars the force awakens

Breaking Bad-Full Review (No Spoilers)

Breaking Bad demonstrates the power of television, with some of the most fascinating episodes ever broadcasted, with captivating acting and stunning film-making.

Bryan Cranston’s performance is simply breathtaking. Every actor in the show did an excellent job, especially Aaron Paul, who was stupendous, but Cranston was just different class from everybody else. Everything starts and finishes with his performance, he is the alpha and the omega. One of the best performances I have ever experienced and it
lasts for 5 whole seasons. How was that even possible I will never be able to understand. He is always at it, being Walter White and he manages to shine. He gels everything together, even during the first two seasons when the story feels a bit stagnated, and generally whenever that happens, he still comes out on top, keeping the viewer at the edge of their sit.

We could talk about the inaccuracies and things that wouldn’t realistically happen, people not reacting as people in real life would, but then if we are looking for something that is as dull and uninteresting as our daily life then why are we even watching movies and TV shows (there are some exceptions of course-see:Boyhood).

The intricate way that the series is shot has left me in awe. Not sparing any expense and taking the time to take shots from different angles, different places just to make it more immersive, making it feel as if we are spectating from up close. Shots from shovels, vacuum cleaners,from under glass, in the ground, every place that you could think of. Taking us further and deeper, not just scratching the surface, both metaphorically as a TV series and literally.

The music in the show is absolutely superb, every song, every piece of music, or even every sound they decided to include was spot on, augmenting the feelings of the viewer that occur in any particular scene, anxiety, suspense, happiness, enjoyment, everything was masterfully executed.

The montages of cooking, dealing, killings, daily routine or anything that they were supposed to show, were expertly implemented, choosing the best possible song that would complement the picture on screen the best.

The whole story from start to finish was as absorbing and interesting as a story can be, and it’s the fundamental building block that makes the show so good. Even at times when episodes were more filled with Marie and Skyler boring us to death with their whining wife stuff, I was still interested to see what Walter will do next. Just about the middle of part of season 4 and up to the end of season 5 (every episode in season 5 was absolutely astonishing, masterpiece of a TV series season) Breaking Bad provided us with some of the best, if not the best television that one can see.

If you haven’t watched it, you probably should just because of season 5 alone, but be warned, it’s not gonna be easy, some episodes are very wearisome, mainly up to season 3.

8.5/10

How did we get here? (Ignorance is a blessing)

You know how in movies and TV shows they sometimes show a situation that will happen in the future (or the present, depends on how you look at it) and then take us back to explain how the events unfolded in order to end up in that specific situation? Well that way of telling a story, even though it might be executed to perfection, takes something away from the enjoyment, or even some of the appeal.

Let me break it down.  When we are watching any story develop before our eyes, we are interested in seeing both what will happen and how.  Now if we already know where the story will end up; well then we miss out on one of the elements that makes the plot intriguing and enthralling to follow, even if it’s not the finale, it’s still an end point.

Don’t get me wrong I know that we still get to see all the events that take place up to the moment which we have already witnessed and we still get to enjoy the journey, but it is just a bit less absorbing.  It is as if part of it has been spoiled by the filmmakers allowing us to take a peek into the future.

Can’t we be left in the dark? Just once. Please!