The Baddest Bitches on TV? “Grace and Frankie” Put the BOOM in Baby Boomer

Although stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are just above the cuff of the Baby Boomer generation, their characters fit the description. Seen as grandparents to most, these ladies defy the branding placed on old age. What seems to be Netflix’s version of a sit-com, this show will never fail putting a smile on your face. The two play opposites and the mixture they create leaves you wanting more.

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What’s that you say? Jane Fonda is 79 and Lily Tomlin is 77. Please! They don’t act or look a day over forty. This is especially the case for their baby booming roles of Grace and Frankie in the show. . . Grace and Frankie. As I addressed earlier, I do understand that the two actresses are actually a part of the Silent Generation, but for the purposes of this show it actually fits more that they shaved off a couple of years. Plus, it makes my title sound better. Hell, either generation still gets the point across. Let’s face it, age often limits us and I know this even at the age of 20. Whether it be those who find themselves not being offered the same amount of work as usual or women who might age with “grace”, but be judged as less than a female half her age. As natural as aging is, we tend to ostracize those who are older. This reflects in shows as well. While I know there have been other shows building on this like The Golden Girls, this show gets a Millennial spin. Continue reading “The Baddest Bitches on TV? “Grace and Frankie” Put the BOOM in Baby Boomer”

More Thoughts on “13 Reasons Why”

Update on the previous post “Suicide, Cassette Tapes, and Sexual Assault – There’s No Dismissing ’13 Reasons Why'”. Since my first post on the show a wave of discussion has ascended upon Netflix’s most recent biggest show. These discussions have pushed me to post again on what is becoming a contentious piece of work.

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When a show starts to make waves I usually have to watch it. The only exceptions are when I am extremely turned off by it. Netflix has made this even more true since its production value has surpassed some broadcast TV stations. When I heard about 13 Reasons Why and how it was dominating Twitter and Facebook feeds, I had to watch it to see what everyone was talking about. Upon completion, I even enjoyed some aspects of the show and agreed with most viewers with how bingeable the show can be. While I did put 13 Reasons Why into the Watch It category since it was a decent show that was just unrealistic in its depiction that screamed teen drama, I now have more concerns about the show.  Continue reading “More Thoughts on “13 Reasons Why””

Suicide, Cassette Tapes, and Sexual Assault – There’s No Dismissing ’13 Reasons Why’

Surprise, surprise, the next biggest teen-related show is not on MTV or Freeform (ABC Family), but inside the big red vault of Netflix. Upon its release a frenzy was started with its content. On the face its a teen drama that pulls you in, but inside of that are conversations being started that either criticize or praise the show’s portrayal of heavy issues in teen life. One thing is for sure, it has opened a refreshing dialogue. Certainly bingeable, there’s a reason this show falls into the Watch It category instead.

NOTE: A new post has been created about this show with additional thoughts and changes to my original ones. One major one is the demotion of this show to the Check It category. 

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Unlike most shows that I come upon, 13 Reasons Why was practically forced upon me by the attention it was getting. Seeing it all over Twitter and Facebook made it too tempting to put off watching this show and I was right. The very concept of the show keeps you watching episode after episode till you probably regret it in the morning. Since the episodes are based around the tapes of one of the main characters, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide, the show immediately wraps you in. Yes, the main character commits suicide and it is presented to you without much warning as I just have. Before doing this act she records the 13 reasons why she does, hence the title of the work. Originally a book by Jay Asher, a following grew around it till Selena Gomez thought it was worthy to make it to the screen. The translation into a TV show allows further depth, but to the point where it is too much. The book was certainly exploited and while separating it into 13 episodes was fitting to the cassette tapes, it dragged out everything unrealistically. The creators could have shortened the episode length and definitely kept this to one season. A limited series would be more fitting than a big production spanning multiple seasons when the book is only about 300 pages. While I am not certain of another season, the finale left too many questions where it is rather obvious that there will be. It’s rather unnecessary to have another season, but we love to exploit art. Continue reading “Suicide, Cassette Tapes, and Sexual Assault – There’s No Dismissing ’13 Reasons Why’”

Transparency of “This Is Us”

With the hit show Parenthood completing its run in 2015, This Is Us has successfully filled the show’s absence in 2016. Although I will always hold Parenthood near and dear to my heart, This Is Us has proved to be a force to reckon with. Bringing emotions to its viewers every week, the show is dominating viewers. Nonetheless, the show definitely has gaping flaws that need to be addressed.

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Ever since it first aired, This Is Us has been sweeping the nation. I was actually kind of perplexed with this because it appears to be an average family drama that has been repeated on prime time television constantly. However, the creators of the show took a different approach. Instead of focusing on the characters in a straight sequence, the creators split the series between time periods. One focuses on the past with a couple, Jack and Rebecca (Milo Ventimiglia & Mandy Moore), having and raising their “triplets”. The next sequence is current and focuses on those three children, Kevin, Kate, and Randall (Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, & Sterling Brown). The show pans out and displays how crazy life is for each of them and how the love they share motivates them. For fair warning I will be sharing a few spoilers for those who haven’t watched it yet. For some quick information the show can be watched through a cable service On Demand, or streamed for a price on NBC.com. Eventually after the first season or a few, a streaming service will more than likely buy the rights and it can be streamed easier. Landing in the Watch It category, This Is Us is a recommended watch, but is easily an over-dramatic show that creates huge questions. Now without further ado back to the review.

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Jack and Rebecca have their triplets, but not without complications. One of them is lost in the process, but as it happens another child is brought to the hospital, parentless. Jack and Rebecca adopt that child and it fulfills the triplet status of their children. As they grow each child naturally gains their own identity. Randall, who was adopted and is African American, struggles to fit in while also being in an advanced learning track. Kate struggles with her weight and body image, and Kevin struggles with not being noticed/neglected since he doesn’t seem to have any obvious struggles. As the show progresses you see how each character develops and how conflict and solution affects each of them. Beautifully presented, the show has definitely mastered warming a viewer’s heart, but sometimes to the point where the heart has become overheated. Continue reading “Transparency of “This Is Us””

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is rightfully a cult classic, but also a 90s Nightmare

Yesterday was the 20 year anniversary of this hit series and its following is still going strong, but is it worthy for newcomers? The answer isn’t simple and is the reason this cult classic falls into the Check It category.

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I started watching Buffy about a month ago and I’ve grown to appreciate the monster-fantasy. However, this isn’t a show that I would recommend to everyone and I think that is a given. It’s not like the millions of Twilight fans go around to everyone they know and make sure their friends read the book as well. They know that only certain people will like the book and the same applies for Buffy. After all, it is a cult show for a reason. With that being said I for one do not mind science fiction and vampires and demons. If you have a similar interest give the show a watch.

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The main strength of the show is the chemistry between the main characters, especially between Buffy and the “school librarian” Giles. The librarian is actually the vampire slayer’s, “watcher” who is the person that trains and looks over the slayer. Giles is my favorite character and is played by Anthony Stewart Head. He engulfs the classic British librarian any nerd has ever imagined and I was delighted by his performance. Continue reading “Buffy the Vampire Slayer is rightfully a cult classic, but also a 90s Nightmare”

The Weird Beauty to “Swiss Army Man”

Some have really hated this movie and some have really loved it… but is there room for an in-between? This independent film surely packs some sort of punch even if it isn’t conventional. Originality is where the film succeeds, but it is also the Achilles’ heel. Just because something is original does not always mean that it is good. However, it will certainly leave a lasting impression.

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I just watched this movie last week and could not resist posting about it. Although not able to stream for free yet, it can be found on Google, Youtube, or Amazon Video. I knew people who after watching for a short period of time, immediately turned this movie off. Whereas, other film lovers that I knew kept watching and some praised the freshness this film brought to the screen. I for one am caught in the middle. I enjoyed the concept, humor, and A cappella  soundtrack that scored the film, but thought it all eventually fell flat about halfway through the movie. Do not expect a masterpiece going into this movie, but do expect something you’ve never seen before. Set on an island where we meet our stranded main character Hank, played by Paul Dano, he desires to end his life. However, this quickly changes when a dead body washes up on the shore. Surprised by the casting of Daniel Radcliffe, his character, Manny is our washed-up corpse. Hank, engulfed by desperation quickly addresses this corpse and the basis of the film is born. This corpse is not exactly as it appears and starts to emote and talk as an actual living person does, while still limited to the capabilities of a corpse. As stated from others before, Weekend at Bernie’s meets Castaway in a weird stranded, love-affair way. Continue reading “The Weird Beauty to “Swiss Army Man””

Binge “The OA” Away

Following the hit of Stranger Things, The OA packs another punch for the Netflix brand. Unlike most shows, this one comes with many questions and fresh concepts. Trying to be spoiler-free, read why this unconventional show is the next Netflix hit.

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When deciding how to describe a show one will typically jump to genres, but The OA makes this harder than expected. Someone might disagree and be able to quickly determine a certain genre, but I was at a loss for describing the show. The concepts that it covers and the characters that develop certainly leave you puzzled. However, this is where the show succeeds. Clearly from the title of this post I recommend streamers to binge this show. Keep in mind that it was just released by Netflix with only one season, so be wary of binging right away. I know some bingers like to wait till more material is ready. Back to the point, this was a show that deals with existential ideas. Netflix simply sums up the show with this: “Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.” That is not much to go off, especially when the first five minutes leave you guessing. It’s very plausible to call this a mystery due to this guessing. As you learn how the show deals with higher powers and out-of-body experiences Sci-Fi is also one of the more viable genres. Continue reading “Binge “The OA” Away”