Archive for the ‘Frustration’ Category

The Mist

November 30, 2017

There’s something about a Stephen King adaptation that always lures me in. I retain hope. Hope for excellence as in The Shawshank Redemption, Dolores Claiborne, or Apt Pupil. Hope for creepy comfort food like Storm of the Century. Unfortunately The Mist falls into neither category. The quality screams second-rate television. There’s nothing chilling about the story. It’s unfortunate because all the elements are there for either excellent or good, clean fun. Too bad. 2 out of 5 for The Mist. Next.


Me Him Her

November 29, 2017

Me Him Her looked like a potentially cute gay male with straight best friend film. Watching the first half reduced my enthusiasm to a sigh. Filmed in 2015, the film relied on too many worn out tropes – the famous actor who can’t quite figure out how to come out of the closet, the goofy straight best friend who ventures out to save the day, the rebounding lesbian who ends up sleeping with said goofy straight best friend even though he doesn’t even remotely resemble a woman. Parts of it tried hard, parts were cringe-worthy. The bathroom fantasy club scene in particular rang homophobic to me. To be honest, I couldn’t finish it. There was something there – a kernel of potential, maybe even more. It simple never came together. 2 out of 5 for Me Him Her. Next.

Alien (Blu-ray)

November 3, 2017

Rounding out my scary Halloween week movie watching, I turned back time to 1979 and caught Alien on Blu-ray. I remember being scared the first time I saw the film. Alien in 2017 reads as a very simple film with a camp monster. It harkens back to B movies such as Creature from the Black Lagoon and classic films such as James Whale’s Frankenstein. Why do so many science fiction films portray characters as scrappy? Is that an American thing? It’s a trope I’m frankly tired of in a big way. Alien is worth watching for Sigourney Weaver and other cast members John Hurt and Ian Holm. Veronica Cartwright’s screaming gets on my nerves. In the end, it’s the kind of film you watch for the set designs and animation more than the story. 3.5 out of 5 for Alien.

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.

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