TV Posts Tagged as 'Mini'
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Big Little Lies (2017-)
An assorted bouquet of beautiful flowers in full bloom. The house versus Meryl Streep was everything. 22-Jul-2019
The entire production splatters art all over its walls. Did Meryl Streep accept this role to scare Trump? Brava. 20-Jul-2019
The ladies continue marveling and the word is written by writers who have explored life. 13-Jul-2019
Children hear the darndest things. Meryl's on the case, the ladies are grinding and the drama has my attention. 30-Jun-2019
At end, Nicole steals a chunk of it, Reese gets a moment and Shailene is unfortunately relegated to reaction scenes. The mystery was resolved with little drama and less surprise and hints suggested in earlier episodes were ignored or swiftly wrapped. Female courtesy is fully established but parenting is still in question. Why did it take any child this long to squeal and to trust their parent? Is the intervention of a child's world out of bounds? That is the mystery never answered. 04-Apr-2017
Every week the expectation of even a kernel to a hint of the mystery is doused. The only way to compensate this frustration is if the finale depends on the reveals to make it explosive. In the interim we get three forcible actresses who put their star quality first as the actor in them unravels. Reese dominated the first episodes by being a fierce competitor and an overprotective presence without depriving us of the charm that made her a star. Shailene Woodley is capable and subdued but her character is a question mark that has not been classified. Laura Dern inhabits the witchy and bitchy suburbanite spreading insecurity and paranoia to all her obstacles. Nicole Kidman's story is hardest to digest as she has to withstand sexual exploitation and abuse but once she opens up she never flinches and she makes you recall her real marriage to an alpha. The scenes of her in counseling are beautifully open. Alexander Skarsgard is the epitome of the model husband and actor but nothing else. 23-Mar-2017
Tales of the City (2019)
It suffers from appeasement. It wants to speak for everyone which sometimes creates a whisper. The loud is that family can be found as well as borne. The mysteries don't pump the heart, it confuses gripes with wit and it doesn't break new ground. All it wants to do is represent us. It did fine with that. 29-Jun-2019
London Spy (2015)
Spy thriller with gay rationale and uncertainty. The candy and performances hoist the mystery while emotion resolves it. 23-Jul-2018
Family tragedy unmasks family secrets which unroots life affirmations that engenders violence to recover. The end liberates any doubts because it inflames with incredulity and delicious family gossip. 17-Jul-2018
American Horror Story: Cult (2017-18)
There are many arcs but none to hold on to. The only source of energy was slayed with Francis Conroy.
It is too soon to scare us about a fight that hasn't been won yet.
I hate clowns now. 08-Nov-2017
The cast have been reprieved of accents and are granted what appears to be cohesion of character and intimacy with the audience. I'm wary of saddling the lesbian with so many psychological contrivances that she wont be empowered and that we are not feeding the evil (Trump) but finding an artistic solution to battling him. 06-Sep-2017
The brilliance must have been buried in the snow because this show is exhausting. Except for Ewan's talent, I saw nothing to keep me interested or awake. 06-Sep-2017
Incredible Journey of Meg Laurel, The (1979)
The preach places us at the time but can't keep us there. If your message is strong enough, one speech is enough because the art should proclaim the rest. Lindsay is at her best when all is natural and intensive labor is involved. She doesn't hit all her notes but by then you're hooked on the star. Jane Wyman has no such weaknesses because she helped create art and is legend. 10-Aug-2017
Feud: Bette & Joan (2017)
Ryan held a dedication and a funeral for Joan that she would have found dignity in and which we heartbreakingly attended. They are of community legends because they lived and fought harder, concocted magic reverence and established themselves for their uniqueness as well as their insurgency. In the end they were celebrated for their greatness instead of the limitations brought upon them by the catapult that never allowed them to reach a pinnacle again. To one day imitate Jessica and even Susan will be the greatest compliment these grand dames could get. 26-Apr-2017
Ryan conducted as Bette/Susan got backdoored and Jessica/Joan was tasked with eating all the meat. Susan never actualized the accent and that is Feud's loss. Jessica doesn't have a claim on Joan either but she channels the aspects of what made the original such an hysterical and merciless woman/legend. Her commitment at giving us glimpses into Joan conveys a lot of the fun we are all enjoying. Ryan and Jessica whisked us to a history where a maturing woman's success depended on how much absurdity of life she could create. 05-Apr-2017
The feud is historically delicious so its up to the performers to propel it. Jessica Lange is discerning enough to distinguish herself from a monster Joan portrayal of the ilk only Faye Dunaway can trumpet. She doesn't necessarily get the intonations precisely but she gets the gut of an exasperating diva pass her prime with insecurities encompassing her every motivation. Susan Sarandon is a great talent and has achieved a Bette Davis look. Unlike Joan whose uppity accent can be easily conveyed, Bette's diction is her force and her legend. I don't understand why it took 'til the end of the episode to hear some of that and I am hopeful for the show's continued fun factor that it accelerates. 09-Mar-2017
When We Rise (2017)
The voices from the past are always welcome when it mirrors or inspires answers for the present or the future. Alas, these voices are compromised because we are glossing over the blemishes that made some of these people frustrated enough to fight. The varnish oozing from righteousness doesn't allow for understanding, it grants more hate.
I thought with the introduction of stellar that we could feast on some glorious acting arcs. Except for a Guy Pearce "bitch" moment and a Mary Louise Parker speech, the players remained underwhelmingly served.
The writing was phlegmatic and evolved from someone who's indulgence doesn't correspond with the angst of a struggling GLBTQ.
I remained unmoved from beginning to end and felt punished for enduring it.
Bless Matthew Del Negro for being one of the few to own his confounding hair piece. 09-Mar-2017
An elaborate history lesson of every political malaise the LGBTQ community has suffered is not must-watch TV. All these arguments have been better served as singular concepts with haste in pacing, adherence to character inheritance in proportion to story heritage and or stimulating players. After two episodes I want to tune out too but I will do my part and calmly digest the last two, unless I asphyxiate. Every laceration only make old wounds itch and every impropriety depicted immerses us deeper.
A mini series is not supposed to be a reenactment of what a docu already does so well. The audience needs to be riveted and provoked to stay tuned. Stories and players accompanying our history are not up to par. The safe word should have been "fuck you," instead of "please."
I'm going to be petty now. The wigs and pieces are hideous. Pretty never hurts. Were they leftovers from The Muppets "Fraggle Rock" segments? 03-Mar-2017
Young Pope, The (2016 -)
It never made clear its intentions. There were great arguments about abortion and magic splatter but the threat never materialized as every character was full of sin and self serving. Silvio Orlando brought creepiness and humanity to Cardinal Voiello and Javier Camara added sympathy and awakening to his Cardinal Gutierrez. It was a performer's presentation where Law reigned because he bit so hard into that American accent that it splintered all other objectives. The fun rises from him. 15-Feb-2017
It's discouraging to think that so many people need to create such an hallucinatory consciousness to help guide them through this world. It initiates weakness. The premier reason to watch is to see Jude Law's nefarious beauty dominate and discharge like the President before us. The fun like the glint in his eyes and impish smile is a performance and it is its relief. Elegantly staged, carefully crafted and intelligent its also complicated and a bit repetitive. His flashbacks keep adding to the same point, week after week. The point may be limited which means there will be lots of filler. Keaton is just as marvelous but I have no sense of where she stands yet. We shall wait and see if it develops like Westworld or if it flounces away. 01-Feb-2017
Night Manager, The (2016)
Either I was born too early or there are not many surprises a John LeCarre caper can muster. Do not confuse Tom Hiddleston's proper speak with great acting. He serves but he never bothers to epitomize the transformation, the hatred and or absolution. He needed to inflame instead he taps a lit candle and kisses it like a booboo then calls it a day. Elizabeth Debicki embodies sexy heat but her character is typical and lacking in calamity. Hugh Laurie's Roper doesn't wake up from naivety until the last episode but he then demands respect. Angela Burr is a glorious beast (of art) and she is the one constant because she makes you believe she can do anything and I wish she had. It earns its win through fervent payback. 15-Jan-2017
Night Of, The (2016)
Law is an interpretation that acquiesces for stereotype, arrangement and resource. Riz Ahmed latches himself into our subconscious and we tour the guilt, the disgrace, the atrocity and the humanity in a bus ride full of dire and dread. His eyes haunt as they motivate us to see beyond his race and into the moral and immoral choices of his heart. John Turturro is Daddy Dynamite. His presence is weary, lonely, itchy and keen. When he demands justice we respectfully stand beside him even when all is suspect. He is excellent. Jeannie Berlin is scary real as Amara Karan is sympathetically misguided. The ending is bittersweet as we get to ponder a dog eat dog world where tragedy can make you king and life's climate can parent you futile. 28-Dec-2016
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life (2016)
I finally slogged through the abundance masquerading as benefaction with consternation. Every single character that graced or disgraced themselves in the original made the obvious cameo but not one personality was given the spotlight like Luke and all three Gilmore girls. The four were speaking their special language again as we got to revisit old haunts, old habits and familiar tunes. Though chemistry with Bledel remained unblemished Graham seemed disconnected from all others esp. Luke until it's final hour.
The Palladinos are to blame for overstuffing and elongating a mini with no purpose, resolution or drama. They had an opportunity to fix a wrong and established that the last year of the original Gilmore without them may have been warranted. When I watched the original finale I felt closure and I imagined they all continued to thrive instead the Palladinos opened it up again so we can observe that was quaint a time ago is now stagnant and sad because no one in this town wants to grow up. The Palladinos are stuck in a decade so the show suffers and wont move forward.
The four still found ways to dispatch amplitude even without the worded assist but these characters no longer have anything pertinent to say. 25-Nov-2016
American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ (2016)
There is nothing to complain about here. Cuba doesn't look or sound like Simpson but he brought Bat Shit and yes, that was enough. We got the essence. David Schwimmer. Ross who? Kenneth Choi is an uncanny Ito. I'd hate to be Steven Pasquale as his bigot cop overshadowed the original bigot cop. Courtney B. Vance is slayer and animal. Sterling K. Brown was slight of hand. He was subtle, all heart, do gooder and had unique chemistry with Sarah. John Travolta's Shapiro is a beautiful beast. Everytime Travolta showed up I got goosebumps and giggles. It was his to steal on charisma and force. Daddy gets a free massage. Sarah Paulson's Marcia Clark is the queen. This really was all about Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. From humiliations, to sexism, through appearance shaming Paulson handles the character with such realism and care that we applauded her all the way. Her and Darden were the heart and the unsung heroes of this story. I don't really know how Darden and Clark felt about each other in real life but we really do hope that the sympathetic comaraderie they enjoyed was as presented.
Ryan, the writers and everyone else involved were intelligent and perfectionists. From the small details to the big impacts everything was "Handled With Care." The hard task is evident. I loved the finale's final thoughts and notes. This is a war that no one wins and it is a problem that needs everyone to resolve. I want to thank this mini for having the courage to explore that. 07-Apr-2016
In Cold Blood (1996)
I don't see the reason to remake. The extra footage only stalls the drama and the first one is still champ. I do have to say that it still packs a punch and its still pretty scary. The suspense doesn't relent. Of the two evils, Edwards fares better because Roberts didn't bottle up his hunkiness. You can't portray a downtrodden man with such a great haircut. He does have better moments towards the end when he is less glamorized. 21-Mar-2016