Saturday, July 31, 2021

What to Watch August 2021

What to Watch August 2021

August is shining like a new dime when it comes to good options on streaming and TV! Some big things are dropping, like The Suicide Squad, Cruella (finally included at no additional fee for Disney Plus subscribers), Nine Perfect Strangers (based on the excellent book by Liane Moriarty), and The Chair (starring Sandra Oh, so that's an automatic watch). 

But I'm really revved up for some shows that aren't as well known, like season 2 of the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks on Paramount Plus, season 2 of Five Bedrooms (if you haven't heard of this Peacock show plucked from Australia, give it a go!), and season 2 of the hilarious New Zealand import Wellington Paranormal (S2 is coming to the CW, while S1 can be found on HBO Max). 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Shit, Actually by Lindy West

Shit, Actually by Lindy West

Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Movie reviews, actually. The most famous being the one about the inexplicably popular Love, Actually. Though as I think of it, I guess the popularity is understandable to a degree, because the film has a lot of famous faces, switches between storylines giving it a fast pace, and shimmers with the semblance of having heart (that it doesn't really have at all if you pay attention). When you peel away the flimsy top layer, the movie really *is* shit, actually! 

Friday, July 9, 2021

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Guest List is a real page-turner, pulling the reader along through chapter after chapter laden with foreboding and foreshadowing of something fearful to come.

The chapters swap between characters and time (moving from shortly before the wedding to the wedding night itself), slowly introducing you to the main players and their internal thoughts and motivations. It was a lot of fun, even with several improbable factors. Not the least of which being that someone invested in creating a wedding venue at a site with the inhospitable location and weather of that sinister small island, strewn with bogs that can swallow a person up faster than quicksand in an old Western movie. Besides the risk of weather woes and the possibility of rough waters, you also only have lodging for a few guests on the island itself, which requires the shuttle by boat of drunk guests — in the dark — back to the mainland after a long evening of wild dancing and open bars (not a great proposition even if you don't factor in stormy conditions, but so much worse when the weather rages). It made me think of Castaway 2000, a British reality show set on a remote Scottish island where the frequently rough seas meant you couldn't just hop a boat and leave anytime you wanted, you had to defer to the untamable force of the sea. 

Friday, July 2, 2021

Townie by Neel Patel

Townie by Neel Patel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Narrator: Alexandra Gray
Runtime: 38 minutes

The short story Townie is shared through the eyes of Bridgette as she wanders through a life and town she's unhappily stuck in. She makes a friend who is everything she herself would like to be. Secrets are shared, and ... well, let's just say you won't see where this one is heading.

It's an OK story, not fantastic, but worth the time it took to listen. It might inspire you to ponder friendship and trust (among other things). It might even be a good conversation starter with a friend or book club, one that would lead down many roads.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

What to Watch July 2021

July viewing looks pretty decent. Special treats include more Ted Lasso, The Pursuit of Love series based on the Nancy Mitford novel, and the return of Real Housewives of Potomac (where I expect to see the real fireworks erupt!).

As always, I've compiled a list of shows I'd like to see coming soon, and I'm sharing it here along with links to everything coming to streaming services so you can go through and pick your own must-watch viewing. And away we go! 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives by Brian Moylan

More than a decade ago, I watched my first Real Housewives show with the launch of the New York cast. Bethenny Frankel had me at "Get off my jock," and whenever she was on, I was glued to the screen.

A lot of years passed where the antics of the housewives held no appeal for me, but during Bethenny's brief return to RHONY I got hooked again. I even started collecting more Housewives shows, like boxes of crap piling up in the basement until it becomes too much and you'd like to ditch it all and feel renewed, but you can't let it go. I'm up to five different cities, and plan on hitting up Hulu to give Orange County a try from the start, too. I just can't quit 'em.