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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.

Single-Handed

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.

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977)

July 3, 2017

Tried watching the first episode of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) on DVD from Netflix. To be honest, I’m not sure I ever watched these when they were first on television. Like many old shows, HB/NDM was probably best left to some vague, youthful memory. The quality definitely did not hold up all these years later. Even giving a handicap for time period. But honestly, when I look back at 1977, there’s no handicap necessary. This was the year American television gave us All in the Family, MASH, Charlie’s Angels, Happy Days, Barney Miller, One Day at a Time, Soap, The Jeffersons, Lou Grant, Rhoda, Alice, The Waltons, The Rockford Files, Family, Roots, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Maude! The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew just didn’t rank at the top of the heap. Too bad because those feathered haircuts sure were dreamy. LOL. Best to stick to the classic novels which still enthrall young readers today. 2 out of 5. Next.

Fortitude: Season 1 Episode 1

May 7, 2017

Sat down this week and watched the first episode of Fortitude, a murder mystery set in the Arctic. No doubt the exterior shots in this series are off the charts amazing. Fortitude also boasts an impressive cast including Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Stanley Tucci, Dennis Quaid (in Season 2) and a bevy of talented Icelandic, Danish, and Norwegian actors. There are a lot of stories brewing in the first episode. Unfortunately I found the overall tone of the show to be more melodrama than serious drama. I will pass on the rest. 2 out of 5 for Fortitude. Next.

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.

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.

La La Land

February 9, 2017

la-la-landFull disclosure, I’m a not a big fan of musicals. That said, I love White Christmas, Rent, Once, Zero Patience, The Music Man, Dream Girls, Funny Girl, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Victor Victoria to name just a few. So it certainly wasn’t the music that turned me off to La La Land. First and foremost, both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are weak singers. Perhaps one weak singer with one powerhouse might have pulled this off. But I cringed watching the two of them bore each other in what should have been a slam-bang series of numbers. Second they both came off as mousey. There wasn’t a spark between them. And finally, I will admit the opening gave me false hope – a huge spectacle of multicultural L.A. But the rest of the film turned into an ode to pasty white love. Where were the brown people? The Asian people? The LGBT people? Lots of black people playing musical instruments so the two white leads could swoon. How nice for them. Yes the landmarks were fun, the cinematography interesting, but none of this ultimately mattered because the leads were weak and out of their depth. I can’t believe this film has been nominated for fourteen Oscars. Fourteen nominations! What? I just can’t. 1 out of 5. Next.


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