shake!: otis at monterey (d.a. pennebaker, 1987)
african-american directors series/film fatales #8: beyond the lights (gina prince-bythewood, 2014)

peak tv

Quickie notes on a bunch of TV series I’ve been watching:

Supergirl: First two episodes were enjoyable. I haven’t given up yet. Some of the creators also work on Arrow and The Flash, which I don’t watch, but if you do, you might find some similarities in tone. I also don’t know much about Melissa Benoist, who plays the title character. Basically, I started on this because of some good reviews, and haven’t found any reason to quit watching.

Fargo: Not a new show, but it takes place in an earlier time period with a different cast from the first season (or the movie, for that matter). This is at least as good as Season One, and Season One was very good. It has an interesting cast that delivers in every case. There are people you know from other TV shows (everyone from Ted Danson to Jesse Plemons, Jean Smart to Michael Hogan). There are the people who will remember, but perhaps hadn’t properly appreciated before (Bokeem Woodbine is killing it ... I haven’t enjoyed him this much since The Big Hit). There’s even Kirsten Dunst, who gets top billing. This is definitely one for the binge-streamers among you.

Ash vs. Evil Dead: Delivers exactly what its intended audience wants. If you don’t know what the title refers to, you probably don’t want to watch this, but for the rest of us, it’s a fine continuation of the Evil Dead franchise, with Bruce Campbell returning to his greatest role. The gore on this is beyond excessive, to the point where people like me think it’s hilarious, but you’ve been forewarned ... this isn’t The Walking Dead.

Master of None: A new Netflix series from Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang. It’s a semi-autobiographical setup starring Ansari ... his real-life parents play his character’s parents on the show, and they are real scene-stealers. I’ve only watched the first two episodes and I’m already sold.

Plus the usuals, many of which are streamers or are currently in their off-season: Sense8, The Knick, The Leftovers, The Returned, The Walking Dead, Jane the Virgin. As is the norm for this period in television history, I can’t keep up with all of them ... heck, I just thought of a Hulu series I’m watching and liking, Casual, which I completely forgot about.


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