Archive for the ‘Frustration’ Category

The Level

August 14, 2017

Tried watching The Level, a British crime drama featuring a flawed female detective. Great cast including Noel Clarke (Metrosexuality) and Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey). In the end, I just couldn’t commit. The story didn’t seem particularly realistic to me. Too far-fetched that a cop would be at the scene of a crime, then be assigned to the case and the clock counts down to when she gets caught. She wasn’t a bad cop, so I suppose there is redemption somewhere. I didn’t stick around long enough to find out. 2 out of 5. Next.

Prison Break: Event Series

August 9, 2017

A lot has changed in the twelve years since Prison Break premiered on Fox in 2005. American television kept climbing until the best industry people take time to create phenomenal series truly elevating the medium to an art form. Which makes it more and more difficult for me to watch mediocrity. I loved the escapist comfort food of Prison Break back in the day. The series took me out of my world and allowed me to spend time… well if truth be told, I spent time fantasizing about a threesome with Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller. Fast-forward 12 years. Dominic Purcell is still broodingly masculine. Wentworth Miller got a little closer to my reality by coming out of the closet. And my taste in television got a lot more sophisticated thanks to the dearth of outstanding choices from streaming services, premium cable channels and even a few broadcast shows. Too bad the new incarnation of Prison Break just doesn’t hold my attention. Dominic and Wentworth are still sexy as all hell. But I need my eye candy with a sophisticated plot and outstanding writing. Golden Age of Television: you’ve spoiled me for the pretty boys. 2.5 out of 5. Next.

Wild Oats

August 5, 2017

Another contemporary Shirley MacLaine vehicle Wild Oats falls flat. Not sure what’s going on. Perhaps there’s not enough good scripts out there to choose from. Or does Shirley suffer from the Diane Keaton syndrome: hasn’t made a good film in years. What’s up with that? Wild Oats is dull, obvious and a waste of MacLaine’s colossal talent. Jessica Lange and Demi Moore also seem lost in the film. 2 out of 5. Next.

Chewing Gum

July 16, 2017

Netflix’s British import, Chewing Gum combines an oddball hipster feel with a modern feminist premise. Tracey (Michaela Coel) is a 24 year-old religious woman, still a virgin who desperately wants to have sex. Her boyfriend would rather pray than play which frustrates Tracey and has her investigating a sexy, sweet neighbor in the premiere episode. Another interesting show that just didn’t grab me. Comedy as I’ve said many times is extremely subjective. Chewing Gum just didn’t make me laugh. If you like quirky, unique protagonists, you might want to give Chewing Gum a try. 2 out of 5.


July 6, 2017

Dublin based police procedural series Single-Handed from 2007 currently on Netflix. I was hoping for good writing and great scenes of the city. But the series fell flat and looked like a videotaped soap opera to me. Not a good sign. The series lasted for four years, so someone must have enjoyed Single-Handed. Just not me. Sorry Ireland. 1 out of 5. Next.

Gay Hollywood – Thursdays in June (TCM)

June 4, 2017

Yikes, this graphic from TCM’s website makes the station’s Pride Month film series very white and male. Surely there could have been some pictures of Dorothy Arzner, Katherine Hepburn or Agnes Moorehead thrown into the mix. And that’s just the first three women I could think of off the top of my head.

Still it’s fun TCM openly celebrates Pride Month with a great selection of films each year.  See the full list at TCM.

RIP Robert Osborne. We miss you.

Spies of Warsaw

April 20, 2017

Tried watching the David Tennant 2013 mini-series, Spies of Warsaw based on the 2008 novel by Alan Furst. Didn’t even make it through the first episode. Watched 35 minutes of it. Another show that felt like a soap opera to me. Not so much in the drama of it, but the construction. I have to say I continue to feel relief these days when I can put something to the side. So much on my to-watch list it gets overwhelming and pisses off my Kindle. Spies of Warsaw frustrated me given Tennant’s usual star power. 2 out of 5. Next.

Grace and Frankie: Season 3

March 27, 2017

We continue on the roller coaster ride that is Grace and Frankie. Watching Season 1, I found the series dull and too standard fare ala Marta Kauffman (Friends). Season 2 appeared as a revelation unmasking flesh and blood characters underneath the facade of those caricatures.  Season 3 has me back where I began wondering if this series truly knows what it is. This time around, the action is doled out among all the characters so instead of having the primary title characters and a group of supporting characters, we now have a set of characters off on an adventure without Grace and Frankie. We have the gay ex-husbands who really do prove the far right has nothing to fear from gay people – they’re just as boring as the rest of the world. Honestly what’s going on with Sheen and Waterson’s characters? They have moments of depth but mostly fumble through their scenes. Surely this is about shoddy direction and a weak script. Then there are the kids. The girls have their scenes and the boys have theirs. Each character could dig so deeper but no one’s given these actors a shovel. So where does that leave Grace and Frankie? Confused about where their business is heading and even where their lives are heading. I didn’t hate the series. But I never laughed out loud not even once. I think this should be a drama with some comedy, not a comedy with too many caricatures and not enough oomph. After Season 2 I was hoping for so much better. 3 out of 5.

Oasis (Amazon Pilot)

March 25, 2017

Oasis (Amazon Pilot) puts a spin on a well-worn sub-genre. Science Fiction story about a group of people selected to populate another planet while Earth dies. Only this time, a mysterious decision finds a priest being selected to travel to the new colony. When he arrives, he realizes soon enough that no one else is aware of the founder’s decision to bring him aboard. Unfortunately the premise wasn’t enough to make this story pop. The show relies too much on overused tropes and not enough time spent on developing a unique and interesting story. 2 out of 5. Next.

The Last Ship: Season 1 Ep. 1

March 25, 2017

Tried watching TNT’s  apocalyptic series , The Last Ship, about a naval destroyer on a mission with no radio contact while half the world perishes from a virus. Usually I love these stories, but The Last Ship limped through delivering a flat story full of groans. Not even Eric Dane (McSteamy) could save this sinking vessel. 1 out of 5. Next.

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