the telethon runner

I watch TV and write about it. Sometimes I watch movies too.


September 2016

The Trouble with Binge-Watching

When Game of Thrones first came out back in 2010, it took all my willpower to refrain from watching each new episode. I’d learned my lesson over the years: the long wait, week after week, would be excruciating. Instead, I patiently waited for the season finale and then spent a long weekend devouring the entire first season.

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The Night Of

While Stranger Things was unequivocally the sleeper hit of last summer, and deservedly so, there was another gem that garnered much critical praise. Though decidedly not a nostalgia-evoking easter-egg hunt, rife with pop culture references, or indeed a crowd-pleaser in terms of its subject matter, The Night Of not only lives up to the hype, but in my opinion, far surpasses it.

Everyone who watched the mini series talked about what an authentic piece of compelling drama The Night Of is, and boy, they weren’t lying. It’s captivating, right from the very first scene, all the way down to the last silent moments of the closing titles.

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Binge-watching: Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom was suggested to me by the lovely and awesome mjennings, with a small caveat: it was just a few episodes into its first season, and it looked like it might need a while to find its legs. But, with Ellen Barkin as its lead, I figured it was definitely worth the patience. Having just finished binge-watching the entire first season, I’m not really sure if it has found its rhythm, but it definitely made want to keep on watching.

As I’ve said before, if a show doesn’t grab me from the get go, I’m quick to give up on it. This wasn’t the case with Animal Kingdom. Although the pilot was not a phenomenal piece of television, it was interesting, fun, funny at times, dark at others, set the tone for the entire show and enticed me enough to keep on watching.

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Green Room

For some reason I always feel like I have to justify my choice of movies I discuss on here, probably because I don’t review the latest releases, but rather whatever happens to catch my fancy or is recommended in some way or other. For instance, the other night I watched Glengarry Glen Ross, because I’d never seen it way back when it came out, and apparently Alec Baldwin’s monologue is supposed to be iconic. The cast looked promising, but I found the entire thing to be sort of a snoozefest. The dialogue wasn’t bad but the subject matter was so underwhelming I just didn’t care. The fact that it was shot like the play it’s based on didn’t help much either. Anyway, writing a post about a 20+ year old movie seems pretty pointless, but the more recent ones are fair game.

Which brings me to Green Room.

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The Comedy Central Roast of… Ann Coulter?

Oh boy do I love those CC Roasts. Such a pity they only happen once a year, really. Last year’s Justin Bieber’s roast was hilarious, not least because that obnoxious little brat has made himself such an easy target. Kevin Hart was the most hilarious Roast Master to date, and in any case it was a vast improvement from the lackluster James Franco roast, which basically consisted of jokes about Jews and Franco’s squinty eyes.

When Donald Trump’s nomination was announced, I re-watched the ol’ Trump roast, not only because it was hilarious in the first place, but because it seemed so ludicrous that this guy was actually the Republican nominee for the presidency. It basically made me feel better about my country’s own farce of a government. But this year’s roast was even better in that regard.

It was supposed to be the roast of Rob Lowe.

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Cooking show face off

Given my cooking and baking exploits, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention a few of my favorite cooking shows that aired this summer, if only to give a nod to the brilliance that is Masterchef Australia.

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Are we done with Jason Bourne yet?

Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed the Bourne movies as much as the next girl. Matt Damon is always great, and as far as spy movies/adventure flicks go, The Bourne franchise has it all: artfully choreographed fight scenes, explosive car chases, a seemingly indestructible hero and plenty of shaky cam to leave audiences satisfied, albeit a little dizzy.

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TWD countdown: 6 weeks

Can you believe it’s been over 5 months since the Walking Dead season 6 finale? As the new season premiere draws closer (only 6 weeks to go), it seems like everyone and their mother has some idea or theory about who was on the receiving end of Negan’s bat.

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These are a few of my favorite things

Well, three at least. Plus this view, which I just posted because I couldn’t pick a ‘featured image’ for this post.

I hadn’t posted in a while and it feels like my recent reviews were mostly negative, so I figured I’d talk about things I enjoyed this summer to counteract the ‘bad’ vibes.

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