the telethon runner

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


July 2017

MasterChef AU finale: favoritism much?

I have disagreed with the judges’ decisions on MasterChef in the past, but never so much as in the last few weeks of this season, culminating in a finale decision that has many fans, myself included, outraged by the result.

Rigged? Possibly, but that’s not my main issue. Yes, it was suspiciously convenient that the winner was ultimately decided by the final vote of the final judge – and when that single point difference gets the winner a quarter of a million dollars, it’s a bit tough to swallow. But that’s the name of the game, I guess.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Diana. She seems to be a fine cook and, like every other contestant, perfectly likable. Although I was rooting for Ben, this is not a case of me simply identifying with the runner-up and being a sore loser. It is, rather, a viewer (and home cook)’s indignation over the huge discrepancy between the judges’ comments on the final dishes, and the points they awarded the two contestants. And even more than that, it’s a case of obvious and blatant favoritism, for whatever reason, towards Diana over Ben.

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A few random, vaguely similar movie reviews

I wish I were one of those people who rush to see every new movie (or at least the ones who appeal to them) as soon as they hit the theater, or like those who check out every new show that looks promising. Binge-watching has spoiled me when it comes to TV, so aside from the few shows I follow regularly, lately I find myself preferring to just wait and binge on slightly older shows or just focus my attention on mini-series I can watch start-to-finish over a weekend.

As far as movies are concerned, I go through phases. Some weeks I don’t even have the attention span to sit through a whole movie; others I refuse to invest the time unless it’s a must-see. Over the past few months, the only “new” movie I saw was Nocturnal Animals (loved it).

Then there are times when I try to dig up a handful of movies of a certain genre and watch them back-to-back. So, given my recent disappointment in 13 Reasons Why, I figured I should get my teen drama/rom-com fix wherever I could get it, so I picked a few films off of random recommendations:

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GoT: Stormborn

Okay, right off the bat: this is shaping up to be a fantastic season!

After a premiere that reintroduced us to the plentiful drama that is life in Westeros and set the pieces for the season to come, it doesn’t look like GoT is about to let up on the tension or the drama, and we already got a preview of the action that we’re all expecting in the following episodes.

More importantly, it has significantly picked up the pace. With very few exceptions, we don’t get filler scenes or long meaningless conversations. Everything has a purpose, things are finally moving along, and unlike the unsuccessful motif the show employed in its lackluster 5th season, we visit every important location and follow each of our favorite characters each week.

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#TWD S8: 3 months to go, first trailer just dropped!

As if the excitement of counting down the days hours until the next Game of Thrones episode wasn’t enough, The Walking Dead just released the extended trailer for season 8 at the SDCC.

At first glance, it looks pretty damn good, but at this point we’re like dogs at the dinner table, begging for whatever scraps those AMC folks will throw our way.

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GoT: Dragonstone

Game of Thrones is back, with a promise that each and every one of its season 7 episodes will be as intense and spectacular as Hardhome.

First things first: was this a shocker of an episode? No, but it was an excellent way to ease us back into the world of Ice and Fire after a painfully long hiatus, and it actually set up plenty of storylines for the weeks to come. This wasn’t exactly unexpected, given that there’s only a a dozen more episodes left before the show comes to its grand finale, but still a very pleasant surprise.

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10 questions we need answered in GoT Season 7

We might be in the middle of a heatwave but Winter Is Here, and everyone and their mothers have opinions about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Just a few days away from what is the beginning of the end for the Ice & Fire saga and with no book release in sight (damn you, GRRM!), speculation is obviously at an all-time high about what Season 7 will bring. And I wouldn’t be a true blogging fan if I didn’t add my own babble to the mix now, would I?

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I would really, really like to meet the idiots who gave this movie such rave reviews and punch them in the face. Seriously, why do I fall into this IMDb trap every single time? If only I’d bothered to read the negative reviews before sitting down to watch this crapfest, I wouldn’t have wasted 105 minutes of my life.

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Better Call Saul: Season finale review

It took three whole seasons for the Breaking Bad spin-off show to really establish its deeper connections with its ‘big brother’. I’m not complaining about the slow burn, because it’s been a hell of a ride. Better Call Saul definitely lives up to my expectations, and although significantly different from its predecessor, all the components that made BB one of the best damn shows of recent years are still there: captivating story-telling, thoughtful character building, stellar acting and directing and a fascinating main character at its heart, who can carry the show just as well as Walter White did BB.

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