Archive for the ‘Suspense’ Category

Sense8: Season 2

May 30, 2017

Took my damn sweet time making my way through the triumphantly gorgeous insanity that is Sense 8: Season 2.

Sun Bak
Riley Blue
Wolfgang Bogdanow
Kala Dandekar
Will Gorski
Nomi Marks
Capheus “Van Damme” Onyango
Lito Rodriguez

San Francisco
Mexico City

Eight humans in eight cities around the globe connected both mentally and emotionally. We discover more about their origin in Season 2. More about Whispers and why they are being hunted. Some episodes are violent, some are corny, all are full of love. Sense8 breaks Sci-Fi barriers leading with love… friendship, romantic, familial, no matter what color, religion, gender, or sexuality. All are equal. All are full of love. I can’t stop thinking about this beautiful series. Sense8 continues to be flawed, but that’s part of its beauty. It’s busting through convention, experimenting with many different tools to tell their story. It’s contemporary, hip, sexy as all hell, nerdy, fun, dangerous, and dark with flashes of evil. These eight characters represent the future of humanity. We need to connect with others around the planet. Share what makes us unique and bond over what makes us the same. I’m excited to continue the journey hoping Season 3 will happen in 2018. Meanwhile discover, revisit, embrace Capheus, Kala, Lito, Nomi, Riley, Sun, Will, and Wolfgang streaming on Netflix. 4 out of 5 for their brave new world.



The River Wild

May 15, 2017

Not sure why but I had a hankering to watch the 1994 Meryl Streep film, The River Wild. I saw it listed on Amazon Video and added it to my queue, but it’s not part of Prime so I would have had to rent it. Luckily we have a copy at the library. It was exactly what I needed. Good escapist fun with a dash of natural American outdoor beauty. And Streep’s the main character whose the skilled white water rafter. All the men play secondary to her. Unfortunately there’s only one interaction between Streep’s character and her mother. So definitely not a Bechdel Test film. Still it was fun and even Kevin Bacon is believable as one of the bad guys after a bit. I truly enjoyed my trip down The River Wild memory lane. 3.5 out of 5.

Sense8: Season 2 (trailer)

May 1, 2017

Are you ready? Four days until Netflix drops the entire second season of Sense8 – the global suspense mystery intersecting race, class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Eight people from all over this beautiful planet awaken to their supernatural connection. Catch up with Season 1. Or if you’re ready, watch the Season 2 trailer of the only show ever created which combines car chases, tender love, spectacular worldwide locations, mysterious supernatural powers, and psychic orgies. Bring it Wachowskis!

Watch Sense8‘s Season 2 trailer on YouTube.

From my Season 1 review: Sense8 (films)… on four continents spanning Chicago, San Francisco, London, Iceland, Seoul, Mumbai, Berlin, Mexico City and Nairobi.

The Weissensee Saga: Season 1, Ep. 1

April 18, 2017

I read a great review of Germany’s The Weissensee Saga television series based on the final years of  East Berlin in the 1980s. I expected higher quality production values and writing from the series. Instead the first episode felt like a soap opera which is not what I was in the mood for. Too bad. Great premise. Oh well, onto the next possibility. I do love the fact we are getting access to a world of television. The Weissensee Saga came to me on DVD. 2 out of 5. Next.

The OA: Season 1 (take 2)

March 14, 2017

Click below to read Reel Charlie’s updated review of Netflix’s The OA after a second viewing. Still as exciting and mysterious.

Grr Argh

March 10, 2017

Happy Anniversary to Buffy the Vampire Slayer who turns 20 today.

My favorite episode is Hush. What’s yours?

Hat tip to NPR. Second hat tip to my dear friend Alex who continues to see this show as his all-time favorite.

Orange is the New Black: Season 5 (teaser trailer)

February 11, 2017

Fifteen seconds of teasing from Litchfield Prison and Season 5 of the luscious Orange is the New Black. Release date: June 9, 2017. Watch the teaser on YouTube.

Sense8: A Christmas Special

December 24, 2016


The Wachowskis are back with a very special Christmas episode of Sense8, the global empath thriller. I gave Season 1 a 3.5 out of 5. Since watching the show for the first time, I keep thinking about Sense8 and in particular a few of the characters – ok to be specific: Nomi and Amanita. It’s certainly not a perfect show. There are awkward moments, uneven character development. But through it all, through all the silly action scenes, there is a sense of world connection. That we as citizens on this planet must do more to connect with each other. Ultimately that is the only way humans will achieve their full potential and survive. The planet will survive. But will we? Sense8 doesn’t always ask the right questions, but it’s dorky fun entertains and the broader message shines bright. 4 out of 5 for this show that always lingers in the back of my mind.

Stranger Things: Season 1

December 21, 2016

stranger-things-s1I know, I know. I’ll get tomatoes thrown at me for this, but I didn’t like Netflix new uber-hit, Stranger Things. I actually gave it two tries. And watched several episodes the second time around. Still not sticking. Two things going on for me. First, I was a new adult during the 80’s so I don’t wax nostalgic for the teen movies from that era. Sorry Gen Xers, I get that you love this decade (Star Wars, etc.). I just don’t share your obsession. I was grooving on dinner parties and happy hours and nesting with husband #1. And watching L.A. Law and The Golden Girls. Second, I know this may come as a shock to many of you, but Winona Ryder overacts. I made faces every time she had a scene. Was she better when she was younger? I’m afraid to go back and watch Little Women (Susan Sarandon may yell at me anyway for something I didn’t do politically), Age of Innocence,  and Mermaids for fear my fond memory will be smashed. So there you have it. I gave Stranger Things two tries. Everyone looked kind of smelly to me. 2 out of 5. Next.

The OA: Season 1

December 20, 2016

oa-s1Netflix snuck the release of their new paranormal mystery series, The OA out to little fanfare but soon a firestorm of praise and interest whirled online. I blew through all eight episodes in a matter of a few days. I tried saving the final episode for tomorrow, but I just couldn’t help myself. I had to watch it through to the end. The OA is being compared to Netflix other recent hit, Stranger Things which I didn’t love. I tried watching Stranger Things twice and just couldn’t get into the 80’s vibe and overacting on the part of Winona Ryder. The OA brings together sophisticated storytelling, great acting, suspenseful action and a mystical quality to the piece. Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (The East) team up again to bring us The OA. I kept thinking of sitting around the campfire listening to ghost stories. That’s the feeling The OA evokes. And then it goes deeper and more magical. Marling leads the supporting actors through her character Prairie’s story and their lives will never ever be the same. I simply loved The OA. Powerful, contemporary, insightful, and full of questions. Not to be missed. 5 out of 5.

3/14/2017: Watched The OA for a second time while dealing with a snowstorm and a sore throat this week. Still as suspenseful the second time around. My only complaint might be the fight between Hap and his mentor. But honestly it’s such a minor blip in the 8-episode arc, I’m willing to forgive. Loved the idea of traveling through other dimensions. Completely and utterly absorbed the second time around.

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