"GIRLBOSS"

Girlboss: 

A hilarious adaptation of a seriously awesome autobiography. Girlboss tells the story of Sophia Amoruso's slow climb to business success. This is the story of online vintage clothing company Nasty Gal, and the woman that made it all happen.  

Things I love: 

The approach they decided to take on this show was make it fun, make it entertaining, and hit 'em where it hurts. While incredibly addicting and enjoyable to watch, Girlboss represents a reality many can relate to. Sophia doesn't shy away from some seriously self deprecating humor, and allows the audience in on personal experiences some would be more than afraid to air out. It is a testament  to just how brave and kick ass this chick really is.  The show does a good job of exploring the struggles relationships go through, and the sacrifices driven women make every day. 

Things I hate:

Hate is too strong a word for any of the minor infractions this show has. While most of the show takes a basic approach from a filmmaking standpoint. That doesn't mean there wasn't an air of originality especially in the films season finale. This episode depicts a breakup in a way i think is one of the most realistic I've seen.

The Short Version:

Overall what the show lacks in filmmaking extravagances it makes up for with a truly original and engaging story 4 out of 5 vintage pumps. 

"A Series of Unfortunate Events"

The short, but not so sweet, story of three orphans and one really bad villain. By bad I mean of course bad at being a villain. I grew up reading these books and read all 13 or 14 depending on how you look at it. After the let down of the original movie I was excited to see someone trying it again. 

Things I love

The intro. Man this intro is fantastic! The fun song is just a little different almost every episode, and hearing Neil Patrick Harris sing each one in character is a delightful touch. Neil Patrick Harris is immensely enjoyable as Count Olaf, but I do think some of the prosthetics may have detracted from the nuances of his performance. 

The director. Fans of Pushing Daisies will be happy to know The Series of Unfortunate Events has all of Barry Sonnenfeld's directorial quirks. If you don't know what I'm referencing think Wes Anderson but a tad darker. Sonnenfeld was the perfect choice for this series, and I'm happy to see what his vision would have been like had he not been removed from the 2004 movie. 

Things I hate

A bit underwhelming. There was a slow pacing and monotone performance that are obviously intentionally done to complement the style of the show. This worked most of the time, but sometimes left the scenes feeling flat rather than chuckle worthy. I almost wished by the end that I was just watch a show about Count Olaf and Lemony Snicket rather than the Baudelaire orphans. Good child actors are hard to find. The young talent was good, but one child blended into the other in their portrayals. Something that I hope will change in the second season as the actors settle into their roles. 

The short version

Overall really well done, and a much needed do over for the beloved books. With better pacing and more emphasis on the children as individuals this would have been a perfect 10. 8.5 out of 10. 

"The Falling"

The Falling

An epidemic has broken out in an all girls school, but the question is, "Is this a sickness of body or mind?" 

To say I enjoyed this movie would just feel too weird. People who have seen the VVitch will know what I mean. I liked the movie, but watching it is like peeping in on something you weren't supposed to see. What is most disturbing is the believability of certain events of the movie while sustaining a supernatural overtone. 

Things I Love:

The acting. Florence Pugh, as Abbie the most popular girl in school, does a great job of drawing in the audience. While Maisie Williams, Lydia, keeps you there. The film is a great representation of the extreme selfishness and confusion of puberty, and these young actresses are really the shinning glory of the movie. However, I don't want to undermine the incredible and truly heart breaking performance of Maxine Peake, as Eileen, Lydia's mom. Joe Cole, as Kenneth, really adds the prefect cap to this ridiculously dysfunctional family. 

Things I Hate: 

Muddied water. While I like to be kept guessing as an audience member, I don't like being blind sided. The movie has a ton of plot lines that could work well together with a bit of streamlining. Instead each plot track runs parallel to one another never truly intersecting. This leaves the audience with the sense that all these problems are just happening around each other. There is no true payoff to the movie. 

The Final Word: 

Maisie Williams is slowly becoming the queen of dysfunctional family movies. I really enjoyed the supernatural overtones and keep you guessing attitude this movie had, but I don't feel the payoff was worth it. 7 out of 10 dead Starks. 

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 11"

Oooh My. This show just gets more ridiculous every season. I don't want to spoil any jokes, so I hope you didn't come looking for that.  The things I love: These great comedians. Always Sunny is the kind of comedy that makes you feel better about yourself for not being as dumb, cruel, or self deprecating as everyone in the show. While this kind of comedy isn't for everyone, this show is my the one really dumb comedy I just can't get away from.  The things I hate:  The first two episodes, while funny, are a bit of a stretch even for this crazy show. The Saw scenario, and amnesia are just a bit of a stray from some of their earlier episodes. Also they are both basically throwback episodes, which makes me question how much the writers struggled coming up  with new content.  The Final Word: While still funny, I do think we're nearing the end of this series. The jokes are starting to get reused, and not in a call back kind of way. It's in a we don't know what else to do sort of way. I want to see the show continue, but this doesn't necessarily bode well. 3.5 out of five stars. 

Oooh My. This show just gets more ridiculous every season. I don't want to spoil any jokes, so I hope you didn't come looking for that. 

The things I love:

These great comedians. Always Sunny is the kind of comedy that makes you feel better about yourself for not being as dumb, cruel, or self deprecating as everyone in the show. While this kind of comedy isn't for everyone, this show is my the one really dumb comedy I just can't get away from. 

The things I hate: 

The first two episodes, while funny, are a bit of a stretch even for this crazy show. The Saw scenario, and amnesia are just a bit of a stray from some of their earlier episodes. Also they are both basically throwback episodes, which makes me question how much the writers struggled coming up  with new content. 

The Final Word:

While still funny, I do think we're nearing the end of this series. The jokes are starting to get reused, and not in a call back kind of way. It's in a we don't know what else to do sort of way. I want to see the show continue, but this doesn't necessarily bode well. 3.5 out of five stars. 

"Hard Candy"

Originally, I didn't want to do a movie I had already seen, but I needed to know if this movie holds up upon re-watching. Let me tell you, it does.  

Hard Candy, stars Patrick Wilson (gift from the gods) and Ellen Paige (the tomboy I wish I could be). It follows a young girl who flips the script on an unknowing pedophile. Think to catch a predator, but its only a 13 year old girl with no cameras. 

The things I love: 

This movie. This is a case where everything just fits together perfectly for me. I love these actors, I love the plot. I'm so afraid to give any more away. This is truly a great film that has you wondering how far things will go, and makes you question who the real villain is. While its nothing like the shock and awe of body horror thrillers we see today, this fact is precisely why its so refreshing. After watching it again, I think this might be in my top 10 movies of all time. Not just because I think its so great, but because it really hits me on multiple emotional levels. I hope you have the same response, but understand if you don't. 

Things I hate: 

The last 15 minutes. While I like open endings, this movie left me with a few more questions than I would have liked. How was she actually related to the girls he killed? Did she know them at all? Does that guy really have to kill himself? Does he do it out of guilt or fear of going to jail? I think its a combination, but these are a few of the things I wish had been clarified just a bit. I think this movie would have done well with being just about 5 minutes longer. 

The Final Word:

This is a great film, but can be quite polarizing at times. I would love to hear how others react to it. For me it is a tried and true favorite. 

"Spotlight"

Spotlight.  Things I love: The entire thing. My goodness. There is nothing that can be said about this film that hasn't already. I will keep it short. Watch this movie. The sheer weight and reality of this story will keep you engaged. Please if you enjoy dramas or movies based on true events watch this. I am incredibly angry at myself for not seeing it sooner.  Things I hate: My only negative comment about this is that it should not have received best picture. This movie needed to be made. The story needed to be told, but the reality is life made this story not creativity. The Men and Women of Spotlight deserved to be recognized, and they have been by the creation of the movie. While Fantastic, the film did nothing new, innovative, or even superbly creative when telling this story. It didn't need to. I give it a 10 out of 10. HOWEVER, movies like The Revenant and The Big Short did more by way of creative, innovative story-telling which is more award worthy. The director deserves an award the cast deserves awards, but the movie as a whole in comparison to others of that year? I disagree.  The Final Word.  See it, you wont regret it. 10 out of 10

Spotlight. 

Things I love:

The entire thing. My goodness. There is nothing that can be said about this film that hasn't already. I will keep it short. Watch this movie. The sheer weight and reality of this story will keep you engaged. Please if you enjoy dramas or movies based on true events watch this. I am incredibly angry at myself for not seeing it sooner. 

Things I hate:

My only negative comment about this is that it should not have received best picture. This movie needed to be made. The story needed to be told, but the reality is life made this story not creativity. The Men and Women of Spotlight deserved to be recognized, and they have been by the creation of the movie. While Fantastic, the film did nothing new, innovative, or even superbly creative when telling this story. It didn't need to. I give it a 10 out of 10. HOWEVER, movies like The Revenant and The Big Short did more by way of creative, innovative story-telling which is more award worthy. The director deserves an award the cast deserves awards, but the movie as a whole in comparison to others of that year? I disagree. 

The Final Word. 

See it, you wont regret it. 10 out of 10

"The Magicians"

You may or may not have heard about "The Magicians", but regardless the consensus seems to be the 2016 SYFY show is Harry Potter for adults. As someone who read the books I can say they are nothing like the show, but the bones are all still there. Since it's the Holidays, I binged the show and just couldn't stop. Things get hectic fast. It's a story that lends itself to the fast pace of binging mostly due to the semi-convoluted plot line. The pilot episode is a good introduction to the type of world and story, but  you have to make it to episode three for the actors to really get comfortable in their characters skin.

Things I love:

The Villain. People throw the term nightmare fuel around loosely, but this is not one of those times. An enemy that can immobilize entire rooms full of people while simultaneously killing others is already terrifying. Now imagine this villain has no face, or head for that matter, and knows more about you than you. Yeah, freaky, and Awesome. This character seriously had me going and while the villain became a little too obvious a little to early, the ride to finding out who is behind the swarm of moths is well worth it.

The Magic. This show has its ups and downs with CGI, but the inventiveness of the spells used is so much fun making up for some truly surprising moments. Watching this with a couple friends I really enjoyed the amount of gasps that would escape us when certain spells are let loose.

Things I hate:

The Magic. While cool to watch, the  parameters of what people can and can't do are so blurry I don't think even the writers know. One second the characters are killing people the next they can't even knock something over. Its incredibly frustrating and really stands out when the rest of the world is so well developed.

Convoluted Story. Now I am the first to concede the books are hard to follow as well. I actually commend the show for being able to extract as much consistent story out of them as they did, however the ending is so rushed the audience is left completely lost. So lost in fact the entire last episode is used as exposition to catch you up to speed so that they can continue in the last ten minutes. In the end they still couldn't make a truly cohesive story and the result is a mediocre, almost unbelievable season finale.

Gratuitous Violence and Sex. We live in a time where every show is trying to be edgier than the next. This is no exception. If you're not into bones crushing, necks snapping, copious amounts of blood, and eyes being ripped from their sockets, YOU WILL HATE THIS SHOW. So just be warned and know what you're getting yourself into.

The Final Word.

Even though I have problems with this show, I loved the process of watching it. Its super entertaining and worth a binge. Don't take too long though or you will forget everyone's name and end up having to re-watch episodes just to understand what's going on. In the end I gave this 4 Netflix stars out of 5.