As a person who enjoys reading and lives in a world where almost every movie and every show is based on a book, I try my best to read the books first and then watch the movie. However, that’s not always the case, and to be honest, I’m not super strict about it either. But, there are exceptions, there are book to movie adaptations I refuse to watch until I read the book, and sometimes I do a reread of them before watching the adaptation if I can. So, here’s a list of those books I haven’t read, that I want to read, before I watch their movies or TV shows.
Endings are tricky and not everyone gets them right. I like my endings tidy with no loose ends. There are exceptions to those vague endings like Inception, but I am willing to accept those if they make me think instead of going crazy with the unresolved plot lines. This is especially true for TV shows where there’s a lot of different characters and plot lines to conclude. So here, are some of my least favorite endings of TV shows and movies.
A couple of days ago I talked about the first three episodes of my favorite show, Black Mirror. Here are the rest of the episodes from season 4, which has some more favorite and not so favorite episodes of the show. Continue reading
If you don’t already know, I love Black Mirror on Netflix. I have 5 Reasons to Watch Black Mirror, and the best part is you can start at any time with any episode because it’s an anthology. I normally don’t write reviews for individual episodes, but I”m willing to make an effort with Black Mirror. Here are the first three spoiler free reviews of season 4.
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When people at his office begin making fun of him, Robert Daly develops his own Stark Trek world where he is the commander of the USS Callister and his co-workers / shipmates are at his mercy.
MINI REVIEW: So far, this has been my favorite episode of season 4. However, I can’t be sure yet because I still have one episode left. But, this one is definitely winning so far.
Let’s begin with the Star Trek parody / reference which happens to be the premise of the entire episode. Just so you know, I loved it. The opening of the episode looked exactly like the original show with the same screen dimensions, the outfits, and even the grainy film. I was even excited to watch the entire episode in this format, but they quickly changed it to modern standards.
Overall, everything was really great. The story and technology was unique and interesting. The plot was great. The characters were well developed, so much so that I couldn’t decide who the real villains are. Personally, I love stories with ______ villains.
Like most Black Mirror episodes, we learn something about technology, or should I say the misueses of technology by people like us. In this episode we are faced with clones and what free will means in a world that doesn’t exist. More than that, it’s about kindness as much in the real world as in the virtual world.
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When a mother decides to implant a chip in her daughter’s head that allows her to monitor her life, they must face the consequences of her parenting.
MINI REVIEW: So this isn’t bad, but it’s no “USS Callister”. It’s clearly about over-protective parenting, or helicopter parenting as its called, and the dangerous consequences it has for everyone involved. The fictional technology is interesting and believable in the way that parents can now use GPS on their kid’s phones to track them down. The tech in this episode takes it a step further with the mother’s ability to control and censor what her child sees and hears at the touch of a button. By far this was the most interesting part of the show.
The second most interesting thing about the show are the consequences of so much restriction in the girl’s life. For one, there must be some developmental delays because the child didn’t know how to cope with something as simple as a dog or blood from scratch. I thought the results would be worse than they were initially.
The only negative thing I have to say is that the plot was a little bit predictable and I guessed a couple of things before it even happened. One can’t watch this and think the technology / parenting can be good for anyone involved. In spite of it’s predictability, this was another good solid episode of Black Mirror.
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: When a secret from her past resurfaces, a mother and wife must make decisions and sacrifices to keep it in the past.
MINI REVIEW: Without a doubt this has been my least favorite episode of the season. It had so much potential with the technology introduced in it, the story, and the characters but it didn’t deliver.
In the beginning I did have sympathy towards the protagonist even after her first victim, but the I stopped caring about her halfway. At some point all the killing stops making sense and starts feeling gratuitous. I get it, it’s a story of self destruction, but for it to work there needs to be more reasons to the character’s actions. Unfortunately, I couldn’t sympathize with her anymore especially with her last victim.
What’s worse was that ending. It’s implied she’s been caught but it’s not enough for me. It’s not explicit and I need it to be so I could get the closure I needed after the horrific events of the episode.
I have a long list of shows, movies, and documentaries to watch between Netflix and now Hulu.. All of which I did not watch in 2017, but I hope to get to these shows sometime this year, or whenever I find some time off from work or school.
I’ve been meaning to do this, record my thoughts as I’m watching an episode of a show or a movie. So here are my unfiltered thoughts on Black Mirror‘s season 4 episode, “Crocodile”. Continue reading
Returning Shows in 2018
13 Reasons Why (Season 2)
Although I have major issues with this show especially in the way they manage the suicide / mental health issues, I still want to know what happens next. I’m mostly interested in what Hannah’s parents will do with the tapes now that they have them. I want some sort of justice or closure for them and hopefully the tapes will help with that.
RELEASE DATE: Spring or Summer 2018
The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 2)
Yes, another show I really want to watch because of the cliffhanger from the previous season. However, with this one I really have no clue what the show will do or how they will go forward because the book ends in the exact same way the season 1 did. In the show there are so many loose storylines it feels like anything is possible, but I won’t know until I watch the new season.
RELEASE DATE: April 2018
New Shows in 2018
The show is based on the 1988 cult classic of the same name. While the original is about the popular girls clique, known as the Heathers, the show is more focused on a group of misfits. That alone has me intrigued and I can’t wait to watch the show. If you haven’t seen the original movie, I’d definitely recommend in spite of all the murders and dark humor, but at least you will see Winona Ryder in her teens, and listen to all the iconic lines like, “F— me gently with a chainsaw, do I look like Mother Teresa?”
RELEASE DATE: TBA
The Assassination of Gianni Versace:
American Crime Story
Frankly, I had no idea Versace was assassinated until I watched the trailer, so this will be entertaining and educational for me. I’m excited for three reasons 1) the cast which consists of Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, and Penelope Cruz. 2) it’s taking place in my hometown of Miami. And 3) it’s true crime. This is the number one on my must watch TV shows of the year. This is the perfect show for a true crime junkie like me. And the best thing? It’s right around the corner.
RELEASE DATE: January 17, 2018 on FX
Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and
the Notorious B.I.G
Let the true crime shows continue! I may not have been alive when these two famous rappers were killed but I know plenty about them from years of watching TV. It will be interesting how the show covers their success stories, the assassinations, and the outcome. I really hope they are able to show both the before and after rather than just one over the other.
RELEASE DATE: TBA
Shows That MIGHT Return in 2018
The following shows will be returning for another season without a doubt, the question is when. Some, if not all, of these shows will be filming this year but will probably premiere at the end or beginning of the following year.
The OA (Season 2)
I’ve been patiently waiting for the return of the OA ever since I finished watching the first season. I’ve been losing my mind trying to figure out what happened after that cliffhanger. At this point it’s almost cruel making me wait this long for a second season. I want to know what happened to Homer and if OA finally found him. Unfortunately, there is no official date but at least they’ve started filming the new season.
RELEASE DATE: TBA
Stranger Things (Season 3)
I guess Winona Ryder never left the 80s, and neither have I (even if I was never born in that decade) because I still want more of Stranger Things which takes place in it. The last season had a nice ending, but there are still a bunch of story-lines left unexplored like that giant shadow monster. While I was happy that the kids finally reunited, it wasn’t enough for me. I would still like to see them interact with each other, especially Will and Eleven who seem to always be in different dimensions. Most importantly, I need to see more of Hopper and Eleven’s father-daughter relationship because that was pure gold.
RELEASE DATE: TBA
Mindhunter (Season 2)
Apart from loving this show and its premise I also really hope to find out what happens to Holden, because the last time we saw him, he wasn’t in very good shape. There’s also the whole question of the BTK killer on the loose and if and when he’ll start his crimes. I doubt they’ll catch him next season but maybe they will start looking into it. Like I said in my review for this show, the best part of the show is the work they do rather than their personal drama, so I’ll b excited to see more of that.
RELEASE DATE: TBA