Archive for the ‘Frustration’ Category

Beatriz at Dinner

September 28, 2017

What a colossal disappointment Beatriz at Dinner turned out to be. From the trailer I was expecting a delicious drawing-room play based on heightened feelings post-election. I got some of that, but the final act of Beatriz veered into a complete cop-out. Without revealing any spoilers, let’s just say the final reaction of the title character seemed completely out of character and unnecessary. What a waste of talent. The cast couldn’t have been handed picked better: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Jay Duplass (Transparent), Amy Landecker (Transparent), and Chloë Sevigny. Damn shame. 1 out of 5 because the ending made me so angry. Next.


Amazon’s Canceled TV Shows (Indiewire)

September 26, 2017

Indiewire posted an article recently about all of Amazon’s cancelled shows. Here’s my take on it:

The Last Tycoon – Agree. Pilot promising, season weak.
Z – Agree. See above.
Good Girls Revolt – Strongly disagree. Should have given it another season or two to find its audience.
Alpha House – Agree. Silly and not in a good way.

Click on the titles above to read Reel Charlie’s reviews.
Read the full article at Indiewire.

Senior Week

September 12, 2017

Sometimes I browse on Netflix and end up watching something because of the cover art (different from the attached image). Bad media watcher! That’s a slap on the wrist for me. Senior Week from 1987 could have stayed out of my orbit. But I clicked play because of Michael St. Gerard who played Rikki Lake’s boyfriend Link in the original Hairspray and for the dumb blond muscle on the film’s cover art. Ugh. What a waste. Bad b-movie with no camp laughs. Not a good combination. 1 out of 5. Next.


September 3, 2017

So disappointed I didn’t love Netflix’s Disjointed. Love Kathy Bates. And a show about a pot dispensary in California is certainly ripe for the present moment. Too bad the creators relied too much on dull traditional network sit-com formulas – audience laugh amplified, one-dimensional characters. They even stole several ideas from Grace and Frankie – Lily Tomlin’s hair extensions for Kathy Bates character, worn out pot jokes, aging hippie women, and a dorky African-American son. Too bad. Like I said the premise felt fresh. In the end, we were left with seeds and stems. Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’ve been waiting years to use that line. 2 out of 5 for Disjointed. Next.

TV at the Gym

August 24, 2017

And speaking of the gym, I find my television selections on the elliptical continuing to be more and more limited.

  1. First decision: news or no news. Lately I’ve already spent too much time reading news on my lunch hour to be bludgeoned a second time that day with more doomsday predictions from our leaderless leader.
  2. Once I decide no news, I then have a few options
    1. Food Network only if I can find a 1/2 hour without the ever annoying Guy Fieri. Honestly could they just end their misery and rename the network, FieriFoodTV.
    2. Watch HGTV only if I can find a 1/2 hour without Chip and Joanna Gaines. I tolerated them until I found out they go to a church that’s anti-gay. I’m so angry about this, I’ll even watch the Property Brothers.
  3. Local weather can be stress-free even though it’s not on long enough to cover my exercise time.

Mostly I have my e-book on my Kindle app so I can read it on my phone while I sweat. I smile at this synopsis realizing I continue to love my decision to leave cable television behind and cut that cord. 9 years this month!


Bosch: Season 1

August 22, 2017

I tried watching Bosch on two separate occasions. I simply could not get into it. Feels like a modern-day noir which should interest me. Also two The Wire alum, Jamie Hector and Lance Reddick peaked my interest. Season 1 was based on three of Michael Connelly’s novels.  In the end, Bosch just didn’t excite me. 2 out of 5. Next.

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.

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