Posts categorised ‘Film and TV’

Rake and Its Depiction of Women

The other night, Viv and I finished watching Rake (IMDB link(external link)). If you’re not familiar, it’s an Australian comedy-drama about a randy barrister, Cleaver Greene, whose life is a neverending trainwreck. And before I get too deep into the rest of this post, I can confirm that it is a seriously funny, though densely-plotted, absurdist kind of show. They made five …

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Link: “The real reason Doctor Who makes fans want to hide behind the sofa”

Original post found at: https://www.radiotimes.com/tv/sci-fi/doctor-who-fans-watching-comment/

For the hardcore faithful, by contrast, watching any new episode of Doctor Who is an uncomfortably fraught experience – one that’s wont to magnify the show’s every blemish and duff note, and leave you seriously questioning your life choices. Or is that just me?

This goes double, of course, if you happen to be watching in polite company: those unavoidable occasions when you’re forced to consume Doctor Who in front of family, friends and other Not We, many of whom have probably been silently judging you – or even noisily judging you – over your choice of hobby for years.

Of course, if you could guarantee the quality of what was about to unfold, this wouldn’t be such a problem. But, uniquely among TV shows, Doctor Who’s famously flexible format can make it a bit of a rollercoaster on the quality control front: for every sublime City of Death and The Haunting of Villa Diodati, there’s an excruciating Underworld or Nightmare in Silver.

Oh man, is this relatable 🙈

Found out that Master of None, whose first two seasons I adored, came out with a season three on May 23 – but it sounds so disappointing!! On Rotten Tomatoes, like 80%+ of the user reviews(external link) are scathing, with the minority who did like it seemingly unaware that this show used to be a comedy… lots of reviews along the lines of “poignant if glacially slow-paced character drama”. Like come on, there’s no shame in releasing a spin-off show, but don’t just call it season 3 of the original show if it has almost nothing in common with it. 😢

Judas and the Black Messiah

Yesterday Viv and I went and saw Judas and the Black Messiah, at long last. It’s about the Black Panthers’ Fred Hampton and the FBI’s COINTELPRO(external link), and was pretty good (Viv liked it even more than me).

I think I’d’ve liked more focus on Hampton and the other genuine Black Panthers and less on the rat (William O’Neal), but it still did well showing …

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Sometimes I feel like the only millennial who hasn’t just mainlined every episode of The Simpsons. I mean, sure I’ve seen dozens of episodes in my life… but this encylopaedic knowledge that some people (including Viv) seem to have? I can’t imagine.

In fact, actually, probably our best experience watching TV during our time in Mexico was when we found The Simpsons on. I could understand the Spanish, and Viv could understand because he’s memorised seemingly every line of dialogue in the whole show. Fun times 😆

Promising Young Woman at the Astor

Last night Viv and I went to the Astor to see Promising Young Woman, starring Carey Mulligan (actually it was a double-header with the 1944 film Gaslight, but Viv was too tired and we went home). It’s a black comedy thriller film, revolving around the themes of “rape culture” and the drive for revenge. And it’s so good!! Mulligan’s performance as Cassie Thomas is brilliant, the pace is snappy, and the tension and humour are on-point.

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a cartoony avatar of Jessica Smith is a left-wing feminist who loves animals, books, gaming, and cooking; she’s also very interested in linguistics, history, technology and society.