Archive for the ‘Ensemble’ Category

9 to 5 tribute

June 21, 2018

My good luck charms: Lily, Jane, and Dolly in 9 to 5.

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Sense8: The Finale

June 10, 2018

Never have I loved such a flawed show as much as I love Sense8. The plot can be ridiculous, the story lines impossible to follow, the back story baffling, and the violence over the top gross. And yet, in-between lives an arc of love, connection, compassion, and a sense of wonder. Gloriously filmed in Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi, Reykjavik, San Francisco, and Seoul, this finale movie wrap-up lands in Paris where the sensates gather to do battle with the Chairman and save their race from enslavement and extinction. I forgot much of the plot between Season 2 and the wrap-up movie. I sure wish Netflix and other streamers would create “last season on…” trailers to remind us where we left off in the previous season. Instead I sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed the ride. There’s way too much violence for me, and Daryl Hannah’s face work never stops being distracting. Still Sense8 imagines a world of possibilities for love and friendship. And for that I will end this series content and fulfilled. What’s not to love about a kooky, over-the-top, sex positive TV show that has a HEA ending? My girls found their moment after the battles ended. 4 out of 5 for the ambitious Sense8 from the Wachowskis.

Queer as Folk: Season 5, The Final Season (take >3)

June 9, 2018

I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I moped when it ended. Click on the image below to see my updated review of the classic television series, Queer as Folk: Season 5: The Final Season.

The Waltons

June 8, 2018

Yes, that The Waltons – the 1972 television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr. about growing up during the Depression, poor and full of love. It’s back, all nine seasons thanks to Amazon Prime Video. I wondered if time would be kind to this sweet show which bucked the odds during the kooky and crazy 1970’s. Time has been kind to the kinder Walton family. The show overflows with sincerity, simplicity, and love. I watched one episode so far. I can imagine revisiting The Waltons when I’m in the mood for something sweet and endearing. I still can’t believe Will Geer who played Grandpa is the same Will Geer who was a socialist and long-time lover of Harry Hays, the founder of the modern gay rights movement. Wish I would have known that fact back then. It would have saved me a lot of soul-searching for gay male role models. Still, hugs to The Waltons. I’m glad you still hold up after all these years. 3 out of 5.

Queer as Folk: Season 4 (take >3)

May 27, 2018

Fall in love all over again with the cast of Queer as Folk as they navigate life in 2004. 14 years: so much has changed and yet in many ways we are still fighting the same battles. Click on the image below to read an updated review of Queer as Folk: Season 4.

 

Riverdale: Season 2

May 24, 2018

Spoiler alert: What a crazy, messed up, hodgepodge show Riverdale became in Season 2. All sense of reality and cohesion went out the window. Co-workers bailed on it. I continued each week (on The CW app with commercials – ugh!) shocked at just how ridiculous the series veered off-course. Season 1 set it up to be this cool high school hipster cozy mystery series. Season 2 jumped off a cliff and never looked back. Somehow I continued to love and hate many of the characters. Those who annoyed me in the first season, continued their plague. And those I loved never got enough screen time. WTF happened to Josie and Kevin? Finally in the last episode, Kevin’s make-out with Moose happened. But if felt too little too late. Are there too many characters? Is Archie’s hair too artificially orange? Is Veronica really in high school? Does Betty’s Mom remind me of a character on Twin Peaks? So many questions, so little time with so many characters and plot lines begging for attention. I hated the Serpents. I loved Kevin’s Dad. I hated Betty’s’s Dad, I loved Betty’s Mom. I found Chic to be creepy which I suppose was the point. I have no idea whether I will watch Season 3. If this were on HBO and a bit more adult, it might be fun. But the golly shucks, there’s another dead body vibe wears thin after a while. 3 out of 5 for Riverdale because I did make it to the end.

Sense8: The Series Finale (trailer)

May 20, 2018

From Netflix,

Together until the end. From our cluster to yours, the Sense8 Series Finale comes to Netflix on June 8 (2018).

No matter the limitations with this series, remembering Sense8 fills me with excitement and hope – a world united in every aspect. A dream which needs to become reality. I will miss these characters. For now let’s celebrate the show as we get once last glimpse at Capheus, Sun, Nomi, Kala, Riley, Wolfgang, Lito, and Will.

Reel Charlie’s review:
Sense8: Season 1
Sense8: A Christmas Special
Sense8: Season 2

Dear White People: Season 2

May 18, 2018

I love the complexity of the Netflix series, Dear White People. It uses the fearless quality of a college student to describe the insanity of the world we inhabit. A world where many people don’t seem to care about anything but themselves. Dear White People isn’t afraid to put it all up in our face. And I’m grateful for that. It’s also very funny. I watched the first 3 episodes of Season 2. I love Sam and her inability to focus in episode 1. Episode 2 explores how much things have not changed on college campuses over the decades. And episode 3 shows us how awkward Lionel can be trying to get his gay groove on. For some reason I lost interest. Not because the show isn’t great. It is. Maybe I’m just not in the mood for college angst. 3 out of 5 for this topical and underrated show.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition Photos #downtonexhibition #downtonabbey

May 15, 2018

Photos from my visit to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition on 12 May 2018.

Thomas’ suit

The table setting

A standing mirror with video built into it.

 

Lady Grantham’s drawing-room with video of Violet’s best lines. Constant laughter at this station.

 

Daisy’s section. My dog’s namesake.

 

Rosamund’s hat in a case with gowns in the glass’ reflection.

 

Queer as Folk: Season 3 (take >3)

May 13, 2018

Click on the image for an updated review of the iconic Queer as Folk: Season 3. Thumpa, thumpa.

 

 


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