Just finished Fleabag, which I enjoyed quite a bit. It's a bit small-scale for my tastes and I likely would've enjoyed something with more characters and more plot points, but Phoebe Waller-Bridge obviously carries the whole thing like a champ. The fourth wall-breaking can get exhausting (though the way the trope starts to be used in the second season I found clever), but while that may be the case Waller-Bridge couldn't make for a more charming and naturally enchanting lead. Honestly it works better as a drama than as a comedy more often than not, never really resembling your average TV sitcom and more often in the vein of a Mike Leigh film with significantly less crying (and that's saying a lot as there's still quite a bit of crying here). There's a lot of really wonderful observational humor though it's only rarely laugh-out-loud funny, which is fine even if I was hoping for something that worked a bit better (at least more consistently) in that regard. It's something that wasn't a very easy binge for me honestly despite its brevity, but while I never felt totally enveloped within it it still works super well for what it is. Sian Clifford is extraordinary and part of me almost wishes the series' focus had been on each of the two sisters and the relationship between them ... Olivia Colman always a delight, and Andrew Scott delightfully kills it and is the through-line that definitely puts the second season ahead of the first (for all the deserved Emmy love this got this morning, his snub still hurts). The finale was perfect and though I was never in love with it I'm sad that it's over, just as I was becoming truly attached to its characters ... this for sure delivered some of the best episodes of TV of the past few years I'd say, and at the very least I can say that the second season is a true standout in the wasteland that 2019 TV has been thus far. Good stuff.
First thing, Why is nobody talking about Dark? One of the best things I saw this year.
Anyway, I just finished season 2 of Broadchurch and I thought it was fantastic. Very nicely handles two murder cases throughout keeping the emotional content and mystery intact. Olivia Colman is the queen of making 'hold back your tears' faces. Gives a wonderfully endearing performance. David Tennant matches her perfectly even if the character can get very mean but he somehow makes it adorable. Rampling, Jean-Baptiste and Whitaker are all aces. Really intrigued to see the last season.
haven't been updating, but I'm finally in the midst of The Sopranos, just finished 2x9. Goddamn this show is truly amazing. I was expecting to be let down due to the praise which seemed insurmountable for it to reach, but gladly have not been once even with the first season being to procedural for my taste. I wasn't feeling the first season all that much until the episode where the priest sleeps over. That absolutely blew me away, been hooked ever since.
Watched Season 1 of Killing Eve. Kinda didn't like the pilot, tonally all over the place and seemed like it couldn't commit to what kind of series it wants to be. Then it starts to hit its stride, ep. 3 to ep. 5 is a pretty glorious stretch. Then it drops off again, a lot of the Russia stuff is boring ... the show really only works well when the two leads are in close proximity to each other and hits that point of being a combination of cat-and-mouse game with weird erotic thriller. So the finale kinda worked, I'm not sure what in the hell the final scene was but I think I liked it ... definitely an inconsistent show, but the peaks are incredible and make it worthwhile. Don't think I'm in any rush to get to the second season, will just wait until it comes to Hulu. All that said ... I think I'd let Jodie Comer do literally anything to me.
Oh, come, come be my waitress and serve me tonight
Tarantino, on a recent podcast, called this his favorite current show and said he "cries at the end of every ep." Had my eye on it for Angela Bassett anyway, and she's alright here, but overall.....
Oof. Not for me. I cringed at its cram of jokey and hokey. Baby in the plumbing? c'mon! Maybe it gets into a better groove later on but I'm not gonna continue. As for the cast, never heard of her but I liked Aisha Hinds the best, she had a likable ease to her that the others didn't....
I'm three episodes into Patriot. It's mean spirited, cruel and ugly. And quite funny. It isn't some masterpiece, but I admit that I laughed at the bureaucracy failing to stop the murder investigation and the grand theft of a dozen prosthetic legs from wounded soldiers.
This show is my kind of jam, even if it has no ambitions of leaving the "solidly entertaining" range of quality.
Just finished the last Season of Orange is the New Black and I'm truly devastated. I loved the show and I'm very sad it's over. The final season was truly the most beautiful but also the most heartbreaking of them all.
I don't remember crying so much with a TV show since Six Feet Under.
Cosby Show-spinoff. Just wanted to check it out cus it was on Prime. It might get better after the whole post-S1 shift of creatives and cast, but the first two eps feel trivial and static. Not that funny either, except for a manic Marisa Tomei and when the other neat freak roommate is eating messy food in bed and says "Pizza brings out the contradictions in me."
Finished season two of Derry Girls. It's lovely stuff -- such great characters.
I watched S2! (on Netflix now for anyone interested...)
I liked it even more than S1. Ep4 with the hash scones was the weakest ep but they were all hilarious. Great at feeling specific to its place and also being vibrant and satirically funny (religion, high school etc), and I mean across the whole cast the comic tone is remarkably corresponding. Some of those Belfast jokes cracked me up or when Clare is chugging wine - "Take it easy Oliver Reed."
Only drawback with the show is that it's too quick - there are worse drawbacks than wanting more, ha - but it'd make a real difference I think if each ep was 30m instead of 20-22m to give a little more breathing room inside scenes, like the ending James' "I'm a Derry Girl!" it's sweet but feels a little rushed.
Post by Tommen_Saperstein on Aug 8, 2019 20:05:05 GMT
as always I'm like 3 years behind on everything. Just wrapped up Season 2 of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and after a slightly shaky start I got back into that groove realized all over again why this is one of the best shows on TV. Continuing to love Brosnahan as well as the supporting cast, especially Borstein who's really settled into this role and is clearly having a blast. CANNOT wait for Season 3.
also been getting back into Mr. Robot (Season 2) which I had stopped watching after S1 like 3-4 years ago (not really intentionally, but when you have a million things you want to wanna see and the show is in its offseason, it's easy to just drift away and subconsciously lose interest--"outta sight outta mind"). Still love Rami Malek. God he really is so good in this. His Elliot is an unhinged manic depressive constantly at war with himself and the show's heavily-styled aesthetic compliments his A+ game. I was worried about getting back into this thing after so long but I'm glad I made that leap because I'm 4 episodes in and don't want to stop watching.