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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.


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.


September 13, 2017

Netflix streams the documentary, Rocco based on the final year of Rocco Siffredi’s 30 year career in (straight) porn. It’s beyond unusual for any man in straight porn to be dubbed a star. Most are known for their dicks, not their faces. Somehow Siffredi has overcome this obstacle to become a household name for many who like his brand of porn – straight, European, and gonzo. I thought the film would be an honest look into the life of the man who retired for his wife and sons. I was looking for answers to questions about fantasy, gender roles, misogyny, men controlling the industry, honestly the ideas to discuss are endless. Instead the filmmakers decided to create a more stylized, artistic film that never digs deep to get into Rocco’s head. For a more realistic look at the straight porn industry, I’d suggest which presents its subjects in a more honest manner and doesn’t try to be anything other than what it is. Rocco didn’t make it past the 25 minute mark. 2 out of 5. Next.

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.

White Gold

September 9, 2017

Watched the first episode of the new 80’s era British Netflix show, White Gold. It’s got really amazing music selections and a break with the fourth wall for those of you who like your television fiction confessional. But my interest waned early on. Didn’t grab me like I wanted it to. Never saw an episode of Gossip Girls, so I can’t say I know anything about White Gold‘s star Ed Westwick. But he didn’t make me sit up and pay attention. Too bad because I loved the music. 2 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.

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.

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.

Grantchester: Season 3 Episode 1

July 7, 2017

I enjoyed Grantchester‘s first two seasons rating Season 1 a 4 out of 5 and Season 2 the same. But something happened during the first episode of the third season. The story disappeared. The situations the characters found themselves in felt absurd. And I didn’t care much for Sidney’s continued avoidance of his life and particularly Geordi’s flat existence. I’ve seen Robson Green do great things in Touching Evil and Wire in the Blood, so I know it’s not his fault nor is it the fault of James Norton playing the sexy vicar. I also desperately wanted Al Weaver’s Leonard to have a larger and more robust role. I realize quiet, feminine guys were the butt of jokes in the 1950’s. But couldn’t the writers add a bit of swagger to his role instead of adding to the stereotype by having him racing around yelling, “I don’t know nothing about birthing no babies!” Of course he didn’t actually say that in the season opener, but he might as well have. Sissy boys don’t have to be one-dimensional. They are also smart, sage-like, sexual beings. Meanwhile, I’m saying goodbye to Grantchester. 2 out of 5. That gives the overall series a 3.33 rating. Sounds about right.


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.

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