Apr 24, 2017

Channel Surfing: Girlboss - "Sophia"

Scene from Girlboss
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.

Channel Surfing: Bill Nye Saves the World - "Earth is a Hot Mess"

Scene from Bill Nye Saves the World
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.

TV Retrospective: "Feud: Bette and Joan"

Scene from Feud
Last year, producer Ryan Murphy received acclaim for American Crime Story: his first foray into nonfiction anthology TV. Its acclaim rippled through the enter year while receiving every award imaginable. However, it would be forgivable to ask if its success was merely a fluke for a producer known for his schlocky, sometimes baffling, TV series like Glee and Scream Queens. However, it was with his second nonfiction anthology series Feud that he revealed a deeper truth. Murphy's best work comes from the restraint of reality, especially if there's a moral to be tacked onto it somewhere. While Feud's inaugural season isn't quite as good as American Crime Story, it does manage to show the tender side to a feisty figure in TV culture through a familiar story of Hollywood royalty, but with a timely subtext about aging women on film. It may be profane and salacious at times, but Murphy has finally proven himself to be something greater than a provocateur.

Apr 21, 2017

Review: "Free Fire" is a Great Satire About Gun Violence

Scene from Free Fire
There's no denying that America has had a fraught relationship with guns. It remains a pressing issue as to whether the media encourages careless use that leads to some of the nation's biggest tragedies. While it is true that this is a thorny topic without a clear answer, director Ben Wheatley has done the next best thing. He has created pitch black satire that thrusts American demographics into the depths of hell as a group of neurotic weapons dealers participate in a shootout that goes horribly awry. Like the issue, it's not without some discomfort. However, its satire is pointed to the fact that it undoes the masculine archetype set by films like John Wick. At 90 minutes, it also doesn't waste any time, which only adds to its riveting, stylish structure.

Apr 20, 2017

Podcast Portal Review: Inside Psycho

If you released a film in the 1960's, it seems like a great time to get some fan appreciation. Not too long after FX released the show Feud detailing the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the new podcast network Wondery set out on an audio tour of the making of Psycho. It's a story that most people know very well. The twists are ingrained so much into pop culture that even the music will send glimpses into the audience's mind. So, what exactly does host Mark Ramsey have to add to the Psycho mythology? Well, not much that isn't already known publicly. However, what he does add is a new life to the story by creating an audio drama that mixes fact with reenactments of board meetings and calls that lead to the making of the film. It may seem familiar, but the production alone makes Inside Psycho one of the more compelling podcast debuts of 2017 so far.