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Legion: Season II
Perhaps the best take on a Marvel comic series to date! Premiers 04/03/2018 FX
Westworld: Season II
Some people didn’t like this series. I, on the other hand, LOVED it!! A quick recap of Season 1, in the finale we saw Delores ( Evan Rachel Wood ), take out Dr. Robert Ford ( Anthony Hopkins ) during a black-tie dinner for members of the Delos board. This was followed promptly by an uprising of the robot rebellion, which saw some of our favorite background cast members (I’m looking at you Angela Sarafyan, you goofy eyed minx!) murder, presumably all the dinner guests from the Delos Board. Bernard ( Jeffrey Wright ) we have learned, is, in fact, a robot (his mind was blown, my mind was blown, all our minds were blown)! Maeve, ( Thandie Newton ) gave herself various protocols that enable her to be free thinking and completely independent of the host’s commands. She could turn out to be the most dangerous robot yet! But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. Lastly, what came of The Man In Black ( Ed Harris ) and Delos big wig, Charlotte ( Tessa Thompson )?? Charlotte revealed in the last episode of season 1, Delos is collecting the DNA of its parks visitors. What’s more, as a park visitor, you forfeit your right to any DNA collection under the terms of the parks entry agreement and becomes the sole property of Delos Corporation. Kinda like Google, Facebook, Apple, etc., without the robot sex. What could be more appropriate and timely right now than this little plot nugget??!! Especially in light of the recent revelations between Mark Zuckerburg aka. Facebook robot, selling your data to nefarious corporations like Cambridge Analytics, who in turn get people like Donald Trump in the White House, and influence an entire country into leaving an economic union using lies and misinformation. Season II has some big boots to fill if it wants to maintain the quality Season I gave us and keep our eyeballs week after week (Westworld is brought to us by HBO, and as such, episodes are delivered on a week-to-week basis, unlike the dump and binge model offered by Netflix). HBO, in many ways, wrote the book on creating binge-worthy television and in so doing, has made television the place for A-list celebrities, scriptwriters, and authors, tell their story in a way Movies can never do…12 Episodes! Goodbye Oscars! Hello Golden Globes! Looking forward to seeing where Westworld Season II take us.
You might be familiar with the movie version of the Getty family saga that came out this past winter starring Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and Cristopher Plummer, titled All The Money in the World. Well, here’s the FX version titled Trust. Based on what I saw in the first episode, this is the one to watch. Starring Donald Sutherland as oil-rich John Getty, here is the story of how grandson John Paul Getty III (played by Harris Dickenson ) was kidnapped and held for ransom for a 17 Million in 1973. John refused to pay on the grounds, if he paid the ransom, then what should stop other like-minded villains from repeating the same sort of crime with his other children. And so began a long, desperate attempt to get John III returned safely from his captors. In this version of events, the writers suggest John Getty III kidnapped himself to in order to get money to pay a debt he had run up in Morocco. According to this storyline, the captors John III had hired to kidnap him then sold him to the mafia in Rome, who had a different plan. Look for Brendan Fraser as James Fletcher Chance and academy award winner Hilary Swank as Gail Getty.
Fans of great television are going to want to watch The Terror. This 10 part series, is based on a true story about two British Navy ships, The HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, who set off in 1845 looking for a passageway through the Arctic, to India and China. Both ships were said to be the most technologically advanced for their time. Little did the British Navy know the Arctic was impassable and then men aboard the Erebus and the Terror, were doomed. I’m not giving anything away here, the first episode makes that clear right out of the gate. Shows like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Wire, Treme, have all proven, shows where the fate of any character, characters we’ve become invested in, could be killed off without warning, makes for highly engaging television. With The Terror, we know from the get-go all the characters are going to die. This formula does not guarantee success. The story needs to be great, as do the actors. The Terror has that too. The story, based on the Novel by Dan Simmons, is a classic tale of Man vs Nature, Man vs Man, and Man vs Himself, where The Terror, could be any one of those things, depending on how you interpret the story. You will recognize Jared Harris from Mad Men, Tobias Menzies Game of Thrones, Ciaran Hinds, Game of Thrones, AND Ridley Scott as Executive Producer. Brought to you by AMC, They, like FX, are showing other cable television stations, pedestrian stories will not suffice if you want to win your audience en masse. Great television is not only possible, it’s mandatory! As is this show. Get watching!
Anyone who has ever scrolled through the latest movie offerings from your favourite Kodi add-on, you’ll typically find a vast selection of films featuring Nicolas Cage. In fact, one might get the impression Mr. Cage makes a film per week. Films that never see the dim lights of a movie theatre but, straight to the web for your streaming pleasure. If you happen on a film called The Trust, I urge you to stop scrolling and select this movie! Also starring Elijah Wood, this is a great take on the heist film. Both Cage and Wood play Las Vegas police officers. Not beat cops or detectives but rather, cops responsible for the evidence locker and impound lot. During the course of their duties, both Wood and Cage happen upon a hidden safe maintained by local drug dealers. Apart from the drug dealers, Cage and Wood, no one seems to know it’s there thus making for the perfect heist. Wood and Cage play officers with enough quirkiness, you can’t help but root for them and believe maybe, just maybe, they can pull this off. This film is suspenseful, hilarious, and thrilling to the very end. This is classic Cage and a great role for Wood. Both do an exceptional acting job!. You will love this film!
Atlanta: Season 2
I found this clip from Atlanta: Season 2 taken from Ep. 01 Allegator Man/Robbin Season. If you’re not familiar with the show, this clip exemplifies what viewers can expect. Hitching a ride with Darius (played by Lakeith Lee Stanfield ), Ernest, “Earn” played by show creator Donald Glover, gets treated to the often strange, sometimes funny, scratch your head moments that are in never-ending supply from Darius. It’s the beauty of this show, with its ability to keep the viewer entertained while providing social commentary on pop culture, the music business, black culture in the US and white peoples perception of it. In Episode 2, Sportin Waves Earn and Paper Boy (played by Brian Tyree Henry ) head to the offices of an online music company where they find themselves surrounded by hipster millennials, looking to cash in on black culture. Nothing goes right for both Earn and Paper Boy in this episode. It moves from funny to cringe-worthy throughout the show until finally, Paper Boy calls it a day, walks out of the office, eliminating any chance of stardom/success with the online hipsters. Both Paper Boy and Earn witness what it takes to make it in the business they both seek to conquer. The question remains for them both; how far are they both willing to go? How much of themselves are they willing to sacrifice, sell out, perpetuating stereotypes, all for the love of money, success, and fame. For the uninitiated, this show is The Wire, Treme, Fargo, Breaking Bad good!
Yes, the writing is that good! The acting is exceptional (see Kat Williams as uncle Willie in S02E01 Allegator Man). Shows like this only come around once every few years. Brought to you by FX.
If you feel like this winter/spring 2018 has produced a lackluster list of tv shows, think again. Coming to you from Starz is the series Counterpart starring J.K. Simmons, in which he plays two roles, or should I say, two versions of himself; Howard Silk. On the one hand, there’s Howard Silk, 30-year veteran desk jockey at the UN. He’s a grey strip of wallpaper in a grey building if you will. He’s done very little with his life and with time ebbing on, we clearly get the sense he wished he had done more with his life. It’s at this point we learn the UN has been guarding a top-secret portal to a parallel dimension. Howard is introduced to his parallel self, Howard Silk special agent/assassin. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just another sci-fi action show, there’s a much deeper element to this story, as plain Howard Silk tries to discover what events were the catalyst for change and where his path diverged, separating him from the parallel universe version of him. J.K always puts in a good performance and if the trailer and reviews are any indications, this is the next big show talked about around the water cooler at work!
Most definitely not for the kids but, if you’re a fan of comic book style programming that seems to dominate mainstream television these days, you will likely enjoy Happy!. Most of you will recognize Christopher Meloni from Law & Order: SVU, who plays Nick Sax, a burned-out cop turned hitman, with a price on his head. His mistakes seem to follow him. He’s so down on his luck, Sax would love to end his life. The irony being, his luck will not let him die. As flawed as Sax is, we know deep down he’s a good guy. Enter Happy! (played by Patton Oswald), a floating blue horse that is the imaginary friend of the daughter Sax’s doesn’t know he has. She’s been captured by a meth smoking Santa with a penchant for little boys and girls. Happy has been sent to find Sax and rescue his daughter before it’s too late. What ensues is a very dark comedy/action/crime thriller. I really like this show. The action is great and rather graphic so, as noted at the beginning here, this is not for the kids. The comedy is dark and the characters are appealing. The bad guys are very bad and the good guys, are very flawed. Happy! comes to us from SyFy. Check it out, you will not be disappointed.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
I just finished this series and I have to say, it was quite good! Set in the 1950’s, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is about a Jewish Housewife from New York who stumbles into stand up comedy after her husband leaves her for his secretary Penny Pan. Miriam, whom everyone calls Midge, had been supporting her husbands fledgling ambition for comedy, following him to a speakeasy on the West Side where, unbeknownst to Midge, he had been stealing Bob Newhearts comedy and passing it off as his own. After bombing one evening, he reveals to Midge he’s not happy with their marriage of 4 yrs and leaves. Midge, in a drunken stupor, heads out to the Gaslight where she proceeds to get on stage and kill with a 10 min stream of consciousness set, then promptly gets arrested for using profanity and flashing her chest. Upon her arrest, Midge shares a ride downtown with the one and only Lenny Bruce. I’m not sure if this is loosely based on one person’s life (Joan Rivers), or perhaps a group of women. Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel is a fictional character, however, with the introduction to Lenny Bruce (played by Luke Kirby), it would suggest some of the events may very well be loosely based on the life or lives of women comics during that time period. And, let me say, It’s the time period of the late 50’s that originally drew me to this series. I love period pieces of this era; the innocence, the discovery of Rock n Roll, stand up comedy, speakeasies and a New York that has yet to lose itself in the reputation of decadence and squalor that would come to define it in the 70’s to early 80’s. You will recognize most of the actors in this series; Tony Shalhoub plays Midge’s dad, Marin Hinkle plays the mom, Michael Zegen plays Midge’s husband, Alex Borstein plays Susie, Midge’s manager, along with guest appearances from Gilbert Gottfried as a strip club MC and Jane Lynch as a successful comic known as Sophie Lennon. Last but not least, Rachel Brosnahan plays Midge Maisel. Where do you know her from?? Seasons 1- 3 of House of Cards. Remeber??!! Rachel!! The call girl that Doug Stamper falls for?? Bingo!. If you watched the last season of The Duce, you will recognize this set, in particular, the Gaslight is the same bar James Franco runs in that series. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is well worth your time. Brought to you by Amazon Prime
I’m loving this western from Netflix right now!! It’s dark, funny with a great cast of characters and a great premise. Jeff Daniels plays the villain, whose reputation for savagery precedes him from town to town. I have to say, he plays it so well. Every character in this series has some form of a traumatic backstory, contributing to the dark underlying current in the storyline. And, I don’t find it overbearing either. In fact, just when I think the series might be going in a direction that’s a little predictable, maybe a little too daytime soap opera, they slap you in the face with a little darkness. I love it! Who else is in this you ask? Michelle Dockery from Downton Abby, Tantoo Cardinal star of just about every film you’ve ever seen involving indigenous culture (and she is AWESOME here!), Merritt Wever from Nurse Jackie, Kim Coates from Sons of Anarchy, and a host of other actors you’ll barely remember from films you can’t remember the names of. Godless is well worth binge-watching!!
The Grand Tour: Season 2
Brought to you by Amazon Prime, Richard Hammond, James May and Jeremy Clarkson are back and judging by episode 1, the best chemistry in automotive programming is better than ever! 5 episodes in and it’s proving to be heads and shoulders above season 1. The current Top Gear is not even close. In fact, there are no automotive shows currently that hold a candle to this program. Where else would you find a show that drives a fully customized tank through a mall in Dubi? Or pits a Ford GT against a plane on a race from New York to Niagra Falls? The camera work and cinematography is outstanding! The cars are outstanding! And, as mentioned, the chemistry between these three gents is unmatched. The Grand Tour is THE show for automotive enthusiasts bar none!