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’”

The Forgettable Fuller House

It may be unfortunate for fans to hear, but they can see for themselves. Fuller House was a let down and was not the first of its kind. With many classic shows being brought back to air this isn’t the first to remind us that some things should just be left alone. Fuller House provides some nostalgia for those looking for it. However, it delivers no punches.

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I’m a little disheartened to be writing this review. I grew up watching reruns of Full House on ABC Family and Nick at Nite like many others. Full House might not have been an award-winning drama, but the sense of family and lessons learned on the show melted hearts across the nation. The bromances between Danny, Jesse, and Joey can never be replicated and their love for Danny’s children is inthe most three-men-and-babies fashion. You rooted for the family and you grew up as you watched the Tanner children grow. Of course there were lots of laughs. The over-imposing neighbor Kimmy Gibler reminded us of our friends that sometimes hung around too much. The dimwitted boyfriends D.J. brought to the house showed us that romance frequents mistakes and that’s okay. Stephanie provided the perspective of growing up in the middle of a large family and Michelle was the youth needed to tell us that life’s problems shouldn’t consume us.

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While the recurring lessons at the end of every episode does become highly repetitive to the point where you definitely need to take a break from the show, it’s an easy watch for children and adults, alike. If I were reviewing Full House I’d probably put it in the Watch or Check It categories, but alas Full House has become fuller and is not the target of this review. Hence the reason why Forget It is the category this show has ended up in. Continue reading “The Forgettable Fuller House”

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”

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” Strikes Again

First a book series, then a successful film – now a polished Netflix series. This is one of the most refined adaptations of a series and nothing can come as close as this does. From the dry, sometimes off-the-cuff narration to the desperation of the children, this show succeeds where the film lost it. For fans, this is a must see.

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‘Strikes again’ is used here to mean returning to the limelight, but in a good way. If you understand that random explanation to express an obvious point, then chances are you are a fan of Lemony Snicket and his wicked series. First published in late 1999 and continued until 2006, this series dominated children’s literature. Parents were quick to buy the series and did not mind reading along as well. When the 2004 film was released with Jim Carey taking the helm as Count Olaf, it was success. However, the film was more tuned to the comedy in the books and missed out on the solemn-toned majority. Netflix succeeds where the movie failed. The quirky one liners and long winded, short-lived characters are brought to a new life we never thought we needed. I put this in the Watch It category because although fans will love this, I do not believe this to be a show or book that will connect to all audiences. While containing adult material the series is exaggerated for a certain audience to be watching. The advantage this show has is that most of its fans are now grown and more children are continuing to read. While I do think this is a binge-able show for those that love it, it will not have the same flare for those just welcomed to the hit. That being said, some of you will not understand and appreciate the style of Lemony Snicket and his work. I do welcome anyone who wishes to try the series out. Continue reading ““A Series of Unfortunate Events” Strikes Again”

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”