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Entourage series review

A show about an up and coming movie star, his 2 best friends, and his ill-tempered passed it actor brother, his agent and their adventures in Hollywood filled with big egos backstabbing each other. Including a lot of cameos by known actors that intensify the feeling of an accurate representation of reality.

The best attribute of Entourage is its characters, they have consistent personalities that evolve but do not change unrealistically in order to suit some new idea that needs to be implemented no matter what; making the series something that it’s not. Maintaining the same 5 people as the center of the show for 8 seasons, meant that we had a chance to explore their deepest ends, at their highs and lows, and that made us achieve a connection and empathize with them.

An ever-changing setting to the LA backdrop and to the situations the boys find themselves in, made it always interesting and continuously built the anxiety and nervousness when awaiting what is to follow. There was a point when it was becoming a bit dull during season 5, not because it wasn’t equally good but because it was starting to repeat itself, however that was immediately rectified by the seasons that followed.

The show might seem just a light-hearted tour in the Hollywood madness but one can draw conclusions of much deeper meaning for everything that happens, with friendship and relationships at its core, the writers did an incredible job, to keep it fresh and meaningful and I am glad HBO decided to take it off the air when they did instead of milking it; it was time.

Who doesn’t want to take a tour in LA with a movie star? Watching the show is like being part of Vince’s Entourage, where it’s always fun and crazy.

8.5/10

Community Season 6 review

Back to its best, with the peculiar episodes that made us love it in the first place. Exploring one movie theme after the other, putting our favourite characters in the funny circumstances that we are used to seeing from Community and maintaining its unique charm meant this was another entertaining season.

With the introduction of Elroy Patashnik and Frankie portrayed by Keith David and Paget Brewster respectively as regulars on the show, basically replacing Shirley, Troy and Pierce from the group. They tailored the show a bit, in order to suit the new additions but with the rest of the “study group” personnel and format of the show remaining the same, we still got to see some incredibly amusing episodes and of course our annual paintball episode, with a bit of a twist, hilarious as always.

I couldn’t put it better than the last episode of the season did. Some average episodes will always happen, since not everything is going to be a hit for everyone, but with episodes mostly ranging from good to great, I most definitely want to see a 7th season of Community.

Hopefully it gets renewed.

8/10

Grace and Frankie-Season 1 Review

A look into the relationships of two couples in their 70s and their kids and what happens when the husbands decide to leave their respective wives of 40 years to marry each other.  Surely we have seen similar narratives before, however this is new take on the matter, with 4 impeccable actors as the main cast.

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen are terrific actors and we all know that they have been underused in recent years but they prove that acting is a talent that is only improved with experience.  They are aided by some great writing with a fresh take on a commonly used theme.  The show is hilarious but it doesn’t stop there, it has a beating heart, mostly due to the remains of the intimate relationship between Sol and Frankie (Waterston and Tomlin respectively) contrasted with the seemingly more distant Grace and Robert (Fonda and Sheen).

You are always going to get people saying they are just recycling material and doing all the cliches but we seem to forget that relationships in the real world have recurring themes and situations.  This is a show about real life circumstances with different kinds of people and the different ways they react to them. It’s about family, making decisions that don’t only affect ourselves but also those we love, and facing the truth.  It’s funny and it’s touching. There really isn’t more one could ask for.

This is not just a mashup of characters and a few good puns to make us chuckle kind of sitcom.  It feels real and I cannot stress enough how amusing it can be at times.

8/10

Wayward Pines-Ep. 2 Review

Building up on the blocks set in place from the first episode, this time we are thrown in the deeper ends of Wayward Pines driven by the sound of Matt Dillon’s deep and authoritative voice which adds a more enigmatic touch to an already dark backdrop. We get to see more of the unpredictable citizens of the town and more from the creepy sheriff portrayed impeccably by Terrence Howard.

The more we get to see the more interesting it gets, everyone is covered by questions marks, we keep hearing and seeing more of what this god forbidden town is about but we still don’t know what anyone is capable of and how far they will go.

Another episode that keeps the suspense going throughout. Even though most of the major mystery surrounding the city and unknown is gone by the end, there are still a lot of unanswered questions and probably a lot more will arise. You just get the feeling that the intensity will be present during the whole season and that is more than enough to keep watching, unless something goes completely awry.

With both episodes that have been out, Wayward Pines cannot be taken lightly, it’s so thrilling and intriguing that we just have to see what’s going to happen next.

8/10

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

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!