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Tales from hell and earth!
It was like last week I saw season 1, good to see the proceeding. Yeah, the story moves on, but it was totally different than the first. The initial setup was a road trip, then in the middle of the season, it settled down where the remaining story took place.
After knowing the god is missing, Jesse the preacher along with his two friends embark to find him in various places. They come close yet unreachable. Besides, they go through a lot. A lot of obstacles, particularly the Saint of Killers was the most interesting aspect. Then there's an old man who adds the other interesting fact. Don't believe how he had ended, because they did not show that shot properly. So expect a surprise in the follow up.
On the other side of the tale, there's hell. Eugene, who has been stuck in the hell reveals his side of the struggle. He meets the most recognised historical figure. I mean in the hell, who could be it. I thought this perspective was unnecessary, but it made sense as the overall season was unfolded, Especially when it had ended, it left a big clue what might come in the next season. That would be a great clash, can't wait for it.
On paper, this season's basic plot seems silly, but they have turned it awesomely. Not as good as the first, yet still enjoyable. There were many surprises, that keeps the viewers hooked, episode after episode. Those who like Tulip might not be happy how the season had ended, particularly for her, but who know what might come in the next. So finger crossed and looking forward to it.
It's time now for Gunmar to prepare to face the Trollhunters!
I don't know how to begin, because I loved the first season. The review was one of the longest I've ever written for any title. But this follow up season did not stand up to that standard. It's still a nice show with nice animation and all, I enjoyed watching it, though lesser.
I don't know what made it fall slightly. Maybe the first season had awesome villains and adventures, which totally lacked in this. Angor Rot, Strickler, Nomura, NotEnrique, particularly Bular, the son of Gunmar was brilliant. If only half of these guys had returned in full scale, the fate of the season would have been different.
That's not a big deal if they had introduced similar, powerful villains. But the Gunmar looked so weaker than his son. Especially they were too much hyped about Gunmar previously. Now he's here and had nothing big role. So I'm anticipating his part would come in the next season. Looks that way that they're saving him for the finale.
Anyway, like I said, I liked it. If you had liked the first, you would like this as well. I'm happy they had only half the episodes compared to the first. Sweet and short. The third and final season would come at the end of this year, so I'm eagerly looking forward to know how it all ends. Besides, I've not read the book, but surely Del Toro won't disappoint us.
All's fair in love and war!
The war and wealth, the romance and deceives, the fictional Russia of the 1800s.
First of all I've never seen the series or film adapted from theis book. This is my first version of any format. So it's high excitement time, since I like Leo Tolstoy works. It did not disappoint me. The BBC had done it again. Yep, another wonderful adaptation. Great casting and shot in location, or to say the graphic works were done wonderfully. Nice costumes show as well, in the original Russian classic style.
It starts with war and ends with the same. Surrounded by lots of historical figures. Basically, it's about five royal class families. How their lives turn out during the Russian war against the Napoleon's France. Focused on the younger generation who are about to take over everything from their elders. So they have to decide, very big decision that's going to change their lives and the nations forever.
The romance is also the part of the tale. Being very rich or about to lose their wealth, they have to find true love. But in some cases, the love is a game plan for a better future. So there's deceive and cheats involved. Patriotically, and sentimentally the tale unfold, where the Russian fate hangs.
I enjoyed it thoroughly, but one thing that bothered me was the English adaptation. Imagine if it was entirely in Russian with subtitles, that would have been so awesome. Particularly that sound of the language and musics and locations, all would have matched so perfectly.
In the poster, Lily James in the front, but that's done for the marketing purpose, because of her popularity among other cast. While watching the series it was a different experience. A well balanced characters, lots of things happened, like that takes us to the real 19th century. One of the best periodic drama which overwhelmed by war and romance theme. I think it is a muse see.
When everyone influence in everyone's life!
Yeah, I'm from the walkman era. The cassettes, tape recorder, I've lived in the final days of that time enjoying all of them. I still have some old tapes saved somewhere that I've to locate them, but I've no device to place them. Anyway, when I heard about this series, how those previous technology was used to narrate a thriller drama, I was so happy. Each episode named after the how many tapes used, and its sides. Maybe the new generation won't understand that. Though the story matters, what it was focused and unfolding the truth, the message was great.
One of the top rated debut from the 2017. The Netflix usually strikes the gold, and so with this. After so many good reviews, I wanted to see it to learn what's that all about. In the end, I did not get disappointed. But it was not that great, except the message, a very important message in the present world. I thought they dragged it. The whole season. I think it should have been only half of those total episodes. So the plots would have got tighter and faster narration. That suicide scene really terrified me. It was too strong, definitely I'm against showing that to youngsters.
It was about a boy who receive a box of tapes from the dead girl. The girl who committed suicide, so she has recorded these tapes telling what made her to take this terrible decision. All those influenced in her life to her death gets the tape and finally how it all ends is the mystery told in the final episode. But before that, how the tale develops among the guys who are involved in it decides to stop this attempt. It's not that easily stopped and reasons are revealed.
Initially I thought it was one season thing, but now after the final episode, I think definitely season two is on. They have announced it as well now. Well acted and made with the production. Many actors you can point out, but Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford topped the list. There's more to come or I'm expected in the following season than what this season has revealed. So I think I'm going like that more than this. It's too early, but there's a very little it to get wrong. I hope that's where it ends, but they could be tempted to extend the series. Anyway, a nice watch. It will remain one of the best from the streaming giant! So watch it sooner than later!
Buckle up and get high!
Watching it just after watching 'Rough Night'. Two stars from that were the leads in this, but not as a couple, except partners in time travelling. The director too comes from the same league, but it was made prior to that film and I watched it only now. I think it was good. Started off amazingly. Just a three episode season, and maybe that's the entire series as well. Because there's no news about renewing it. One of the decent mini-series I've seen. Short and well paced with nice performances and visuals.
Two lives-wasted cousins discovers a time travel device which works with smoking weed. They start off their adventure for fun, travelling different timeline on the earth. How their visits were viewed by the people was told with many thrilling quests. From past to the present and future, they encounter many great stuffs, as well as struggles to overcome obstacles. Their return journey is what brings an end to the tale. How they do it and what they learn out of it revealed to us very funnily.
I feel they should continue the series with the same number of episodes for each season. I hope at least Netflix to take over. Watching it is like watching some tv shorts like during a special occasion like in December. If you watch it all continuously, then it's like a film. At a time very silly, but enjoyable. The first episode was so good, but the next one fell a little behind. Also the final episode. The device was funny, because if you smoke it, you will get high, then there's no way finding if you really travelled through the time. It's all the same experience. But nicely used for the concept of this series. Just watch it guys!
She's just turned a teenager, and her personal life just got twisted!
The latest coming-of-age comedy-drama from Disney channel. 'Girls Meets World' left a big void and so far no programme had replaced it. Could this be the one? Well, I would say, almost. 12 episodes per season for a children's show is too short, even for a short as 20 minutes long per episode. But it was a good initiation. Not just focused on comedy, but so many inspiring topics as well. And then its central character, Andi was not the one who led the entire show. The best part was, all the characters took their own path, at least for a brief moment. Like while Andi was struggling with her own personal life crisis, her friends handled well on their own in the school activities. So it kept going by building all the platform for the future story requirement.
One of the surprise parts was Andi's one of the best friends, Cyrus. I might be wrong, but seems he has a crush on Jonah. Which might make it a gay theme. But I don't think the Disney would go there to explore for a new option. Besides, in this season, Andi was more focused on her own twisted life, particularly after 13 years of hidden secret came out. She's getting used to it. Not anywhere close to see a very comfortable position. But seeing her, her mother, grandparents, it reminds me 'Girlmore Girls'. If all goes well for next two seasons, it could become the next and the Disney's own 'Girlmore Girls'.
I have enjoyed so far. All the episodes were good to decent, but none were bad. A couple of them were awesome, and inspiring. Yet everything remained a perfect cinematic tale rather than a depiction of the real life event. The three friends are awesome. Each one was unique, regarding their interest. But still Andi lacks being a central character, except her art and craft skills. Though the performances were impressive. Even the adult cast. Especially Lilan Bowden as Bex a very promising role to stand by Andi all the way.
I hope there would be more focus on Buffy's athletic side, as well as Cyrus to find his own comfort zone being a boy. Most importantly, resolving some unknowns between Andi and her father need to be focused. Now all it needs is a catchy title track. I hope the second season would be full of funny and inspiring episodes. As well as expecting cast expansion, particularly if it goes to high school, the rivalry between team Andi and team amber, something like 'Mean Girls'. A good show for children, as well as for anyone. So watch it, definitely worth it.
From June to Offred: A 21st century slave tale!
I was not sure to give it a try, in the end I just went on. The reason was, another dystopian theme. It was a short season with the 10 episodes, and I've got a mixed feeling. It was based on the 30 year old novel of the same name. I mean 3 decades old source is very old in the present trend. Since that book there were plenty of films, series were made similar to that theme, including one feature film adaptation. I don't know the screenplay was highly borrowed from its original source, but all I expected was alterable.
Even though I felt familiarity, I enjoyed watching it. My issue was the drag. The whole season was a drag. Dragged to have one more season, or maybe more in the future. Especially I was very disappointed with the season finale. It only felt like a mid-season finale and yet a lot more to come in the same season. But that was only my assumption, this season ended at the halfway. They had held back too much to have some of it in the upcoming seasons. That's very intense move from the production perspective, but for the viewers, it left with unsatisfying.
The plus points were the casting and production. Elisabeth Moss was very good. Her expressions saved in parts of the earlier episodes. Particularly, her smile during those circus were going on, instead of being tensed and confused. That reveals the character, who wants to stay alive for a reason. As the story progresses in the next episodes, you would know more reasons why. Alexis' part was short, as well as many others. The overall the characters design was good. But I anticipated more from the story side to reveal.
In the near future, the humans had lost fertility capacity, excluding a very few men and women. Those who are capable of having babies are taken as slave surrogate mothers, after separating from their husbands and kids, to assign them those who desire to have children. This tale follows Offred, who is one of the maids. Her struggle against the couple who took her in, and overall society, how it treated her and others like her. The American dreams are gone. Many fled to Canada and yet some are trying to make it there. But Offred is not concerned about that. She now has to find her daughter before planning anything.
Each epidoe was decent, but only a couple of them were top class. At least now we know what to expect from the follow-up season. Also the perspective of the story was very restricted like everything was from Offred. The episode like 'The Other Side' really made it interesting. We need more those kind of explanation of what's going on on the other side. Especially for a television series, they have all the time to detail out from all the angle. That's what I like in the series, otherwise I'm always a film fanatic, love to watch short and sweet tales. So I'm waiting for the season 2.
The family of immortal on the Earth.
When I watched the first season when it was originally aired, it had some serious fan following, but I won't say it was very very famous at the time. Now, after the second season, seems everything has changed. Drastically the votings, rating, reviews have increased. IF one more season with similarly powerful characters, story comes out, then it surely would be among the greatest like 'Dexter', 'Breaking Bad' et cetera. I am confident it will go up to the seventh to set up a perfect finale in the next half decade.
I did not review the first season, because I was not sure it would get better in the following season. I thought it was a one season thing. Now I'm here with awesome progression in the second season. I loved every episode. I've rated a few of them are out of out as they are well deserved. Firstly, for this to get better was the characters. A couple of new ones added. Not some sidekicks, but yes, they were with a stronger hold in the main narration.
I loved Charlotte, the Lucifer's mother. That's the best thing happened here. Particularly the casting for it was the best pick. Tricia Helfer was like never seen before hot. The way the season ended was sad, if you had loved her. I hope she returns none other than as Charlotte in the future. Aimee Garcia was another highlitable cast. Her inclusion makes the crime fighting more interesting. She's a mini Dexter, without the dark desires.
Each episode was unique, but the overall story flow was excellent, unlike the previous season where each episode has one crime to solve. Here too with the same style, but some time extended further for the next part. There was an aim for story to head, but the way it was presented was good. Shared it all throughout the season, while each episode had its own agenda. Lots of humours, as well as actions, adventures, suspense and a bit romantic.
So, if you haven't started, it's time to do so, because as I said it will be one of the best television programme on making that you should not miss while you have chance to follow from the beginning itself. All the actors were great, a well written and shot series. The season's finale and its final scene created more curiosity in me going to the third. I'm hoping for another magnificent season, which is due in a couple of months at the end of the year (2017). Highly recommended!
Mother, daughter, granddaughters. The story of women.
Not realistic, but very close to one than any other series I have seen. Most importantly, it was focused on the softer side. That does not mean there's no issues in the story, and with its characters. Well, it's about a single mother with three daughters, who is an actress of small roles. Adding her mother to the list who lives in the next door, it is about four women and their lives. A pure, women oriented tale, focused on the things what every woman, young, old, middle-aged go through in their lives.
A short and sweet series, not exactly a comedy. More a drama type, but there are enough fun in the narration to earn the genre, comedy. Awesome characters. Each one was so distinct from another. Most of the tale was told from the mother's perspective, but there are some scenes, where characters around her gets needed recognition on the subject it deals with in the each episode. I liked all the ten episodes, felt like it should have been at least 13 episode season.
It was not a big league series or the actors that I know very well. Still a good one, and for all, including the men. It definitely needs some lifting. It was received well, but lacks the strength in the viewership. It has been nearly a year since it was originally aired, but I checked it out only recently and liked it very much. In a month, the second season is going to be out and this time I'll be updating at the realtime. So can't wait for the next few weeks to go by. I definitely suggest it to you to go for it.
Get in and get him. It's not that simple!
The British television series has a special status in me. Usually they won't disappoint me, particularly one under the banner of the BBC. I was expecting it, and also it took time for me to give it a try. After so many months delay, I finally saw and liked it. One of the best secret intelligence-thriller. When it comes to the basic narrative, there's nothing new. You know it's a man was sent to get close to the international criminal and pass all the details to the security agency. Yeah, it's that simple, yet a bit differently done in here.
It is a mini-series with six episodes and each one was like an individual film in a spy film franchise. Yeah, that would have not been a bad idea. Surely it would have been one of the best films of its kind. Anyway, the narration shifts its locations all over the world in each episode. There's no preserved secret in the tale, everything was told in a straightforward narration. But comes to the point whenever it needed. Then what makes it so powerful is the performances, especially all the lead ones, including, Tom Hiddleton, Hugh Laurie, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivian Colman and a few others.
The night manager in one of the leading hotels in Cairo unexpectedly gets into an international criminal affair. But he escapes unhurt, except hurt in the heart. Following that, a few years later on the different part of the world, again he meets the same gang and this time he tries to do the right thing. The plan is to infiltrate and collect all the information. He succeeds in getting in, but what are the challenges he is going to face are the remaining suspense parts told.
Liked the casting, locations, the making was awesome. Looks very carefully carved product. Highest budget television product from the BBC till date and it all paid off back with the great recognition all around. The details are good, it took time to get everything right, otherwise it would have been 3-4 episode series. It won three Golden Globes, three BAFTA and two Emmies. Almost recognised in all the important sections as it deserved for awards. If you love television series, then this one is not to be missed. The same old theme, concept, but brilliantly reshaped with fine actors and in locations with music and all. Recommended!
Fame. Jealousy. Controversies. The tales of filmdom.
Most surprising series of the year. It's shocking to know it did not get the recognition it deserved. Yes, it was not like you have never heard the story before. The same old film industry formula. How things work, particularly what are all the trouble the newcomers would face stepping inside the studio. Besides, scams, controversies, personal feud, broken friendship, business deal, press meet, public appearance and many more it covers.
I am a film fanatic that I only started to watch the television series in the recent years, but reviewing them was only very recently. The reason I like television series is the details. In films, you won't get that kind of details for a 90 or 120 minute film. But a series of ten episodes and each runs for 40 minutes means an average of seven hours per season. There you go, they can cover every minute detail they want and even more.
Some of the parts of the story were intentional, but overall it worked out well. The curiosity it created for its viewers was awesome. At the end of each episode I have been always eager to know what might come in the next. Like I said, it was more a curiosity than suspense. That's the major difference that people who watched it not getting, hence showing displeasure.
Three freshmen, as well as close friends living under the same roof have their own agenda to be in the city of Angels. When one of them bags the unexpected role for a feature film, becomes an overnight famous. That leads to change many things around. Never sees the solution, but only the issue gets bigger. At one stage, comes the time everything to be sorted out, but again pulls back with a twist. It all consists of fame, jealousy, disputes and other complications. Like any tale, who end where and what will be the conclusion is the final episode that unfolds.
Best casting. I liked all the actors, actresses. Bella Thorne exceptional in the lead. Actually, I did not expect that, having seen her in other films. Definitely the best performance so far I've seen. I hope the second season makes its way. Because it did not end properly. I really disappointed with that. I thought it was going to solve all the puzzle in here itself. But it's good they have saved some of it to take forward in the following season.
...Because there's will be something for us to expect from it than guessing what new it going to give us like in the films that ended comfortable, but after its great commercial success, the filmmakers create a new story, a new adventure out of nothing, except with those fine characters to destroy the original. Anyway, this is a fine programme, but now I'm waiting for the next season. Just don't think it's for teenagers, but for grown ups too. Go for it!
A BIG mystery surrounding LITTLE kids and their LIES.
I neither read the book nor I knew the story. So this was a surprise mini-series. As far I've heard, this one was the finest adaptation. The best ever cast and the episodes were well split with each one had a great opening and the ending. The suspense kept me alive till the final episode, final scene. Meanwhile, I made some guesses, but most of them did not happen. In my opinion, it should have been a feature film duology. Then it would have been considered one of the best film series, as well as mystery film. And the Oscars, Golden Globes would have poured in. Now it got record 14 Emmy nods and I'm waiting for the result.
Well, it all started as a normal drama about the mothers whose children are in the same school, same class. The real story kick starts when a boy who recently moved into the town with his single mother was accused of bullying a classmate girl. So the mothers gang splits up on that issue, but it seems not much affecting the children, particularly those are involved in the it. As the story progresses and episodes to come, lots of mysteries revealed about those mothers and their personal life, as well as the recent past secrets. But how it all comes to end truck with a sudden and powerful twist.
All the big screen stars foraying into the small screen were the big advantage. That's why I said it should have been a big screen film. Each one had scope for their roles. It was well balanced characters, that makes hard to predict any one direction where the story could head. From the director of 'Dallas Buyers Club' and many awesome flicks. I hope it returns for the second season, which has a very slim chance. From the locations to the musics, I loved it. A perfect mystery-drama. Everyone should see this, even if those are not into the television series. I almost gave it out of out.
For the glory of Merlin, Daylight is mine to command!
It has been twenty years since the revolution of 3D animation. The feature films are on the another level, but I always wondered why the television series are lagging behind on this. A few of them from the recent were not that impressive as this one. This surely would become a classic as the years to come. But don't judge it as it is only for children. That's what I surprised with. I should have seen it six months ago when it came. I was not discarding, but delaying my watch and now I regret that kind of mindset of mine.
Based on the book of the same name, co-written by Guillermo del Toro. One of the final works of Anton Yelchin before his unexpected death in the last year. I do not have to check for that, once I have heard the voice, I knew right away it was him. A very unique voice tone as only a very few in the film industry gifted with. He has done many good works, but this is the one to remember as his final.
The series had won three Annie Awards out of four nominees and several others. Really a great achievement in animation, the product that made for television. Definitely many 3D animated series would follow the same route. Especially I am expecting from the Disney as I am a big fan of it, despite their two famous films turned successfully into 2D animated series, which I liked they're not letting go the dying art of the early days. That's me. I want everything!
?Destiny is a gift. Some to their entire lives, living existence as a quiet desperation.?
I am a film fanatic, not series', but I regularly watch them. So, normally I won't review television series, unless I loved it's all the episodes. Which means, usually the documentaries and history related series'. Probably this is the first time for an entertainment series and I'm happy for doing that. I just want to let others know how great it is, because it is not one of the most watched series, unlike the high rating and praised big.
The season one consists of 26 episodes, just like the old days. Because, nowadays the series episodes are reduced between 10-13. You might have heard that recently the writers are on the protest for losing their work. Anyway, each episode was so awesome. Like full story, with lots of twist and turns. It could have made a fantastic film series of around 10 to 12 films like the 'Harry Potter'. Yeah, even as a live-action film is not a bad idea, since todays technology was far better than ten years ago.
BUT I'm happy for it as it is as a series, that makes it very unique. The characters were totally unpredictable. There are like 10-15 major characters and as the series progress, you would witness a complete changeover in them. And that's I call a perfect character development. I mean there are no flashbacks, but all the needed infos were revealed to us quite stylishly like with the missions in each episode.
It is obviously about a chosen one. I have not seen a masterpiece like this on the chosen one concept since 'The Lord of the Rings'. There is no wasting of time, it all begins right away and when that happened, I said 'here it comes the boring part'. After watching the first episode, I felt it was not bad. Awesome in fact. Then I was not expecting the following episodes to follow the same magic, but they did. As I watched first 3-4 episodes, I came to realise its brilliance. That's it, since then there's nothing to stop me as I finished watching the entire first season as much as soon as I can.
?Well, I wouldn't really call it an issue, an issue is something you can fix.?
The disappointment came from not with the series, but after ending my watch, there were no more to continue. So I can't wait for the second season, which is due later this year. One of the reasons I loved the series is for each episode was better the previous one. It's only going up in the graph of impressing its viewers. If someone did not like an episode means, probably he's did not pay attention in his watch. Coming back to the story, I liked the details of everything. Easy to follow and the introduction of all the characters are nicely done.
So a teenager named Jim Lake from a town called Arcadia becomes the first human Trollhunter after the amulet chose him. Soon he was guided by the two trolls and he was taken to their world called Heartstone Trollmarket that lies underneath the Arcadia. With his not so fierce training and other small-small missions, Jim has to improve his efficiency in order to do what he has chosen for. He struggles, but the faith on him among the trolls gives all the needed strength. That's when he meets Bular, the son of Gunmar who is trying to rise from the darkness.
Meanwhile, he has to face other threats like from Changleings and Goblins. With the help of his friends he succeeds most of the time in defending Trollmarket. The story aimed in one direction, but that does not stay that way for very long. One of the best things about this series is changing the course in its narration. Like in the halfway of the season, the Trollhunter who was preparing for his cause, has to face the threats from a different angle as he's the protector of the Trolls. Which makes the plot to go another way, while you are starting to predict on the other way. My first appreciation is the screen-writing. Well done del Toro.
?You humans cut stones unlock their beauty, but trolls cut stones unlock their power.?
When I and my niece watched 'Miraculous Ladybug...', she was chanting 'Tikki spots on' without her conscious and now I'm doing the same after watching this. Surely it's not just me, anyone who loved it like I did would do the same. Yeah, 'for the glory of Merlin, Daylight is mine to command' is not just a word, though it became a slogan. It had good action sequences. There are sentiments too. As the season approaches its finale, it gets very emotional. I liked several characters, but AAARRGGHH was the top in my chart, followed by Blinky his philosophical dialogues. But not all the time what he says concerns about our world. Most of them are funny and inspiring.
Those characters are the soul of this series, but I don't know how the following season would stay with the same intensity. I hope they sort it out. Claire Nunez surely reminds Marinette as someone pointed out that in Pinster. It might be a co-incident, but a very fact, just like I still confuse between Mark Walhberg and Matt Damon. Then there's Toby, one of the best sidekick ever. He was fun, but according to the situation his role turns, yet still he remains fun.
The villains are great. It's always very important to match the hero or overpower. There is no just one bad guy, but many and each of them were so unique. By far, as how far this season went on, Angor Rot was the best. His powers simply amazes, even though he's a negative role. The Gumar is yet to be revealed so I can't make judgement on him. But Angor Rot was like Darth Vader of this story.
This could be DreamWorks animation's game changing program. But like usual the praise also goes to Netflix for joining the hand with. I don't know what they would do for Anton Yelchin casting in the season two. Surely they'll come up with something. Finally, I end my review by saying don't miss it, especially if you have kids in the house, watch with them for more fun. I hope to return for the next season review.