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TV: House of Cards S5 (0/4)

House of Cards S5 – 0/4

Well… this is unfortunate.

I honestly can’t find anything reedemable to say about season 5 of “House of Cards,” I mean, I know show-runner transitions are tough but… wow.

Season 5 attempts to maintain the quasi-noir elements prior, but sacrifices all of its character’s motivations in the process.

It feels like someone was required to do their best to emulate the show with the same cast/crew and created something borderline cartoony that parodies the prior seasons.

This is the worst kind of road block for a show. This season single-handedly dimishes the value of the prior seasons. It’s impossible to tell what any characters motivation are.

Scenes meant to be shocking or menacing are often hilarious and riddled with laughable dialogue. The fourth wall breaks from Underwood never work here; it becomes hard to take him or Claire seriously at all.

Couple all this with dropped subplots, poor dialogue throughout, and lack of any substantial character arcs, and you get… something that doesn’t work and at times insults the prior seasons.

If rumor has it that the next season is final, that’ll be welcomed. This season alone likely makes the show in its entirety un-recommendable for me. A sad moment.

TV: The Handmaid’s Tale S1 (3.5/4)

The Handmaid’s Tale S1 – 3.5/4

The pilot episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” may perhaps be one of the best directed episodes of television that I have ever seen.

Not every episode is as strong as the start as we begin to receive expository puzzle pieces in conventional flashbacks. The dialogue is often muted, since our protagonist (played to perfection by Elisabeth Moss) can’t verbalize her emotions as often.

In the source material, a book written by Margaret Atwood, we can have these thoughts and emotions descripted to us. Here, the challenge of the filmmakers was to use design, cinematography, editing and other core components of the medium to demonstrate emotion – a huge success.

Also owed to our great cast (including Bledel, Dowd, Strahovski, Fiennes) the camera angles would often opt for the “Close-up” shot, framing solely our characters face. Through the emotions of Offred the story is almost told entirely.

Her emotions: sad, angry, shocked, anxious tell us so much about the world we are in and through that the exposition naturally blooms.

The ambitious filmmaking tapers off mid-season; the writing half-faithful to its source material – these are nitpicks. With some many great options today for TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale” stands out with its first season. Hopefully Hulu can manage their first critical success to grow and evolve upon the source material.

Emmys: Updated Predictions – July 2017

Emmys

We are almost one month away from the Emmy nomination announcement on July 13th. It’s looking like nothing else will change dramatically in these predictions.

We’re still expecting MVP show-ups for “The Crown,” “Atlanta,” and “Westworld.”

 

Outstanding Drama Series
The Crown
This is Us
Better Call Saul
Westworld
Stranger Things
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Americans Continue reading Emmys: Updated Predictions – July 2017

Emmy Predictions – May 2017

Emmys

Nomination predictions are ranked from most likely to be nominated to least likely.

Emmy Nominations will be announced: July 13th.

For more updated Emmy Predictions follow this link.

Outstanding Drama Series
The Crown
Better Call Saul
Stranger Things
The Americans
This is Us
House of Cards
Homeland

Continue reading Emmy Predictions – May 2017

M10s: 2017 M10 Award Winners

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Best Film
Arrival
La La Land
The Handmaiden
Hell or High Water
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
OJ: Made in America
Silence
Toni Erdmann Continue reading M10s: 2017 M10 Award Winners

2017 Golden Globes – Final Predictions

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Motion Picture Nominees

Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Moonlight
Alternate: Manchester by the Sea

Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Winner: La La Land
Alternate: Not Needed Continue reading 2017 Golden Globes – Final Predictions

2017 M10 Award Nominations

oj2017 M10 Award Nominations

Film Categories

Best Film
Arrival
La La Land
The Handmaiden
Hell or High Water
Jackie
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight
OJ: Made in America
Silence
Toni Erdmann
Continue reading 2017 M10 Award Nominations