So, are you stuck at home, locked out and not sure what to do with your time? Well, I am here to provide you with some great viewing options. Check out my list of 5 TV shows you can gorge yourself on this lockdown as you face isolation, boredom, and loved ones driving you crazy. These reviews were originally posted on our Instagram page and now consolidated here. To get more reviews, memes, and movie appreciation articles, Follow us on Instagram.
It took me a while to get to this one, and I don't even know why. I mean, even Leo DiCaprio said the show was amazing. And it stars Zendaya, who seems to be pushing everything out of the park. Also, this is an A24 production, and if you know me, you know I'm all about those A24 vibes. So anyway, I'm finally here, and I'm really in awe of this show. The cinematography is out of this world, the staging too; but what really stands out: the characters. Euphoria is set in a city probably in California, but it seems they didn't want to say exactly where, to make it more universal.
What struck me the most was apparently I was a very late flower. Either that or the kids at this school are WILD. The amount of sex, drugs, bickering, manipulation, and general debauchery that goes on in the story is… a lot. Overall, he has a fascinating narrative. We (mostly) follow Rue, played by Zendaya as she struggles with addiction and navigates the general madness of high school.
However, it becomes clear pretty quickly that the show is much more of an ensemble piece as we spend more and more time with the rest of the characters. Look, I know we're in the middle of a pandemic right now, so overall it's hard to recommend a show that actually sounds pretty heavy in tone, but if you can handle that, it's worth it. worth living the visual journey and the captivating characters. Euphoria isn't holding back, so if you're triggered by sex, language, nudity, self-harm, etc., maybe miss this one.
Pitter patter, let's go! Set in a small, isolated town in Canada, this show gives a glimpse into the day-to-day life (and troubles) of a group of strange people, including hicks, slips, hockey players, dashing bartenders, oblivious preachers. and more.
Letterkenny claims a range of comedic approaches, from sane and burlesque to dark and dirty; using situational and dialogue-based comedy. The series straddles the line between PC and offside pretty well, but maintains a strong sense of self-awareness. Prepare for quick witty jokes, nursery rhymes, puns, awesome taglines, lots of alliterations and of course some very adorable characters. Better make sure you can keep up!
3. I can destroy you
It explores consent and exploitation from different angles and in different situations. It does not show a constant frame of reference (even with the same character). It's so nuanced and really makes you walk a mile instead of someone else.
In fact, I would say that while consent is a major theme in this series, there is also a really big emphasis on changing perspective on a unique situation or event. This ties into the plot itself, but also the larger character arc as Arabella examines her own trauma, past and present, with a view to a better future for herself. The show is relentless, unapologetic and uncensored. Warning trigger: discussion and portrayal of sexual violence. I May Destroy You is available on HBO or BBC.
Great show by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation). 3 episodes in it. It's a journey! Superb performance by Sonoya Mizuno, with Nick Offerman in a very different role than you are used to. There is drama, mystery, and a lot of intrigue.
A bit violent, but it's not free. Devs is, as expected, a brain experiment. Alex Garland never holds back when exploring a variety of theories and ideas about life, the human condition, science and technology, and this is once again clearly stated in Devs. I highly recommend that you put your phone away and follow it closely as it is dense and detailed.
Another element of the show that really worked for me was the vulnerability Sonoya Mizuno described. Looking at her previous roles in Ex Machina, and more recently Crazy Rich Asians and Maniac, it's safe to say she has reach. I can't wait to see what she does next (The Flight Attendant and Mouse Guard, apparently).
I love this show, Ramy. It is about a young Muslim in the United States who is trying to cross the line between his faith and his modern millennial life. But the show doesn't start and end with him; we also get a glimpse into his family's life, with a few episodes devoted to his mom, dad, sister, and even his bizarre uncle. This show takes you not only into the Muslim experience in America, but also into the immigrant experience.
You can tell it's a very personal story for the creator, Ramy Youssef, and one that highlights the duality of human beings so well. There's a certain episode, and it's the lowest rated episode on IMDB, that really showed how bold the storytelling is.
For most of the show, the show follows a thin line, but in this episode (Atlantic City), she really goes overboard and is willing to alienate some of her audience, and the fact that they were willing to to do so is quite ambitious. The show also features a number of Muslim and / or Middle Eastern celebrities with cameos or larger parts. Ramy is an A24 production, streaming on Hulu, and has 20 episodes to date; and has just been renewed for a 3rd season.
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