TV Posts Tagged as 'Mini'
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DAHMER: MONSTER (2022)
Cinematic art ceases during wind down when Ryan's team inserts modern politics into the victims' families' mouths. Little sympathy is garnered due to the hypocrisy that they expect the police to protect them but be hands off if they themselves commit a crime. You can't have it both ways. The sandwich inspired its most chilling scene. The addition of another gay monster killer paralleling the present one is terrifyingly well done. Evan Peters never lets go of his disguise, Richard Jenkins slaughtered, unrecognizable Molly Ringwald had moments, the actor who played Jesse Jackson was eerie good and Niecy Nash's character stayed too long but she remained great. In the end, everyone exploited a man who felt alive in killing because he was invisible through life. It's a disservice to the victims if we don't learn to protect ourselves from it instead of denying it. Dahmer had the last laugh. He is ever more present and his surroundings are all but invisible. 27-Sep-2022
S1E4. Evan Peters takes us inside a gay serial killer's monster bubble and he gives the impression that his art will be popping iteration balloons for years to come. Niecy Nash is that bossy bitch neighbor that's always in people's business that no one wants to hear but gets politically redeemed by being the right amount of bossy. Nash holds the note a second too long but her character sings. Richard Jenkins used craft in telling the story of a parent that feels pain for raising a monster. Michael Learned reminded me of mama Walton but later, vanquished it. She embodies the bitter old woman that supports you to be whomever you want as long as its made up at church. Did she inspire his racist thoughts? The show obsesses over bloody squishy things instead of sexy, kinky things. I hope it switches. Man's true nature is exposed during sex. At that time, the community agreed that he was scary as fuck because we would have fucked him...and died. Only a victim can describe a monster and only a monster can describe his family. The series proclaims that mothers should not have children if they are mentally suffering, a weird child best ignored is not a happy child, a grown father dissecting animals with his gay kid encourages human devastation, daddy keeps encouraging human devastation because he can't beat his wife and cops get punished for being sensitive to gays. Evan's thought process is to lay blame on the parents and make himself accountable for the joy that chaos brought him and because only fucked up parents can create such a fucked up kid. 23-Sep-2022
Sister, The (2020)
Man and his mate bury man wife sister. Mate later returns to inform husband that they need to move the body because of digging. Russell Tovy's choo choo train is fully equipped. He is frantic, deceiving, psychotic and the face of many successful emotions. The mate is annoying but the cast is bright. When the story reaches preposterous, the air bursts out of the balloon. 25-Jan-2021
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