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Dead to Me

Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden and more.

This series is very weird, to be fair, but has such a lovely and dark edge, you keep watching it anyway.
Jen (Christina Applegate) is a new widow, since her husband was killed in a hit and run while jogging. The police haven’t found so much as a suspect yet, which makes Jen very emotional. She is angry with the entire world, but especially with the one who drove over her husband and then didn’t stop.
Then she meets Judy (Linda Cardellini) at a support group for grievers.
Though they have a lovely start, Jen and Judy, Jen discovers something about Judy that makes her angry. This continues the entire series. Judy is, however lovely, never willing to share completely who she is. Jen is a grieving woman on a very short fuse, which makes that this couple are of for a very interesting ride.

There are definitely some very predictable moments in this series, so it is good that Christina Applegate is there to safe the day. She knows how to make it interesting after all, though Linda Cardellini isn’t bad either, the personality features they gave her are not that enticing to everyone.
It is worth a watch for sure, you won’t be bored all that soon 🙂

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Posted by on May 31, 2019 in Opinion, series, Uncategorized

 

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Wine Country

Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell and others.

The storyline itself is quite thin: group of female friends go for a weekend away to celebrate the 50st birthday of one of them.

With such a starstudded cast of funny people, I kind of expected to be bathing in jokes all the time. To me that was not the case. They tried to put a bit of drama in it, but there is barely any tension to make it a true drama.
I wasn’t familiar with Paula Pell yet and I actually hate how the storyline didn’t give her a chance to have a nice little adventure with this Jade. Instead Jade was made a bit of a bitch. I do think that was a missed opportunity. I mean the two other girls got to have their little adventure with Devon, why not give Val a bit of a break? Especially after that lovely run in the streets? Or the handing out of vibrators at a restaurant (missed oppertunity to make some waiters feel highly uncomfortable by make them interrupt this little gathering, by the way?!) and so on. For a group of such lovely funny women, I do think lots of moments have been left aside to put in more jokes.

Then again, maybe some of it went right past me. I did like it, I just hoped for a bit more.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil And Vile

Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil And Vile

I’ve watched this film so you don’t have to. Truly, don’t bother. Despite the starstrucken cast (who the hell convinced John Malkovich to do this??)I don’t see how this film should be anything other than pure clickbait, hence the title. You only come up with something like that if you don’t have anything profoundly to add to it.
I get how Zac Efron was cast as Ted Bundy, to show how he was, apparently ‘so charming’. I see how Lily Collins (‘To The Bone’) gets to show her fragile appearance and strong character again, I see the irony in a way why Haley Joel Osment ‘I see dead people’ was cast here, but how Jim Parson (Big Bang Theory) could have been concinced to do a film that is so incredibly shallow and has no base to show anything else than the apparent twofaced killed that was Ted Bundy, I do wonder. Is it because it is so different from the Sheldon Cooper character? Yes, I know he has played more roles since then, it’s just struck me how different this particular role is in comparison to that one, I’m sorry.

Given that Ted Bundy has become most famous before by the film The Silence Of The Lambs, a truly gruesome, but profound film, with showed horrific details as to why exactly this Ted Bnudy was such an utter devastating creep, it has struck me how little of these details are even described in this one. I honestly have trouble thinking why this film was made exactly? I can’t think of any reason. I’ve read on the internet that I MUST SEE the Ted Bundy tapes if I watched this film. I refuse to, as I don’t wish to watch stuff that seems to be solely made to glorify serial murderers. We have enough idiots walking around without documentaries like that being made. If they had warnings inside them, like ‘parents around the globe: please show your children the unbound love they deserve, provide them with the love, care and therapy that they need to become the most loving persons they can become, so that they don’t grow up as bloody psychopaths who just go on killingsprees because they feel like it’I don’t see the point.
At least The Silence Of The Lambs and even the wikipedia are nuanced. They don’t solely base their info on the relationships he had. WHich this film does. That film and wikipedia tell you that not only did Ted Bundy abduct these women, often bash their heads in, he also skinned them, cut off nipples (I’ve only seen this mentioned 1 time in this entire film, not being on show in court at all -no I don’t NEED this, but it would be more accurate).

If Hollywood is so dried out of stories, I have a whole twitter community of Indie authors that I’m sure would be thrilled to have THEIR stories being filmed?! Me included.

Happy Sunday by the way….

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2019 in Films, Opinion

 

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Mother!

Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris and others.

I’d read about Mother! being quite the spectacle, and in a way it is. Just not the type of spectacle I was hoping for, I guess.
A poet, Javier Bardem, who struggles for inspiration, and his younger wife, Jennifer Lawrence, find themselves in their massive house, in the middle of nowhere. One would expect that to be the perfect place for a writer and his supposed muse.
Then an unexpected knock on the door changes everything.

Especially since both the writer and his wife want different things. The writer wants nothing more than to be distracted, to have the element of surprise to sweep him off his feet, while the wife wants her efforts to make their house a proper home to be acknowledged. She doesn’t want unexpected visitors, she would like her husband to herself, please. No intruders.

Watching the film from that moment it becomes unclear what exactly happens and why the wife, why anyone, would put up with a partner that doesn’t even slightly respect their wishes of wanting those strange people to go home. On one hand she sort of goes with the flow by accepting the fact that her husband wants, NEEDS those people to stay, even though they completely mess up the house.
The final stages of the film were so highly unreal that the final turn of the film didn’t make up for it. Not to me. Given that the film received such high appraisal though, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one thinking that.

To me it was like watching a cross between The Passion Of The Christ and Groundhog Day and not in a good way. The addition of Kirsten Wiig to the cast is completely beyond me. I know she is considered to be a funny girl (I don’t think she is, but that’s me) and she doesn’t play a funny part here either. More like an unexpected Jack-in-a-box, or, given that she’s a woman, a Jackline-in-a-box.

SO there. I wasn’t too pleased. But see it yourself. Unless you don’t like blood, there’s quite some in those final stages and I couldn’t find a good argument for that either.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Films, Opinion, Uncategorized

 

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