Dec 11, 2017

TV Retrospective: "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" - Season 1

Rachel Brosnahan
The year 2017 has been great for women. They have felt more comfortable in being vocal about their personal issues, which has lead to significant changes in society. While it's often presented as harrowing tales, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino makes the suggestion that sometimes airing grievances doesn't need to be dramatic. Sometimes it can be funny. With her latest series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, she travels back to the 1960's to explore the rise of a stand-up comic named Miriam Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), who over the course of the eight episodes explores how she managed to find her voice and stand out from the shadow of her hack comedian husband Joel (Michael Zegen). The show has the familiar Sherman-Palladino wit with plenty of the energy that made her other shows charming. It also is a breath of fresh air at the end of a long and arduous year.

Dec 9, 2017

The Dates for Listmania 2017 Are Officially Here!

It's finally here. As we switch over from one year to the next, it's time to look back over the past 365 days and explore the highs and lows. While 2017 hasn't been a perfect year, there's been more than enough memorable moments to look back on and discover what defined the year in movies, music, and TV. Listmania is a series that will do just that. The following is a list of dates for the annual 10 day extravaganza (now with an extra day). Memorize them and look forward to seeing just how great this year actually was. 

Dec 7, 2017

Channel Surfing: Happy - "Saint Nick"

Happy
Welcome to a new column called Channel Surfing, in which I sporadically look at current TV shows and talk about them. These are not ones that I care to write weekly recaps for and are instead reflections either on the episode, the series, or particular moments. This will hopefully help to share personal opinions as well as discover entertainment on the outer pantheon that I feel is well worth checking out, or in some cases, shows that are weird enough to talk about, but should never be seen.

Dec 5, 2017

In Defense of Longer Movie Shorts

Olaf's Frozen Adventure

The odds are that if you have gone to see Coco over the past two weeks, you'll notice that everyone seems to be talking about the short that played before it, Olaf's Frozen Adventure. True, it is part of the ongoing adventures of Disney's most financially successful film ever, teaching a generation of kids to not let the cold bother them. However, it isn't necessarily because of the short's actual quality, but its quantity. Audiences have complained that due to the short being around 23 minutes, it has become a hindrance of their enjoyment of Coco. As a result, there are mere days left until this Friday when it will be pulled away. In a sense, we should be celebrating, but it also has raised a worthwhile debate: how long should movie shorts be, and should they be in front of every movie? I personally think there's nothing wrong with a double feature, if the circumstances are fair.

Dec 4, 2017

TV Retrospective: "Curb Your Enthusiasm" - Season 9

Curb Your Enthusiasm
Curb Your Enthusiasm is the type of iconic comedy that doesn't need to prove itself, especially given creator and star Larry David's incredible track record. In fact, it's a bit odd then why the show decided to come back after a six year hiatus. Of course, it does help that 2016 was a watershed year for David as a personality, especially as he gained endearment to a younger generation by imitating popular politician Bernie Sanders. But in 2017, what does he have to offer to audiences who are likely more bent on politically correct humor and an attempt to fix the injustices in the world? To say the least, the HBO flagship series did what it did best, and maybe it was too much of a good thing to ever have been another runaway success.