Thursday, February 16, 2017

Crazyhead: review

Finished watching Crazyhead a little while ago and I have already assembled the soundtrack on Spotify, because damn good music. Anyway. The moment I finished watching I wanted to rewatch the show and that seldom happens to me, it's just that good.

It has the vibe of a comic book one can say, almost surprised that it was not based on an already existing comic. I loved the witty dialogue and the far out shit these heroines say, but also some of the bad ass stuff... I mean, who can not love a show where one of the main female leads says to a man:
"You think having a dick makes you immune to danger, man, be serious" - Raquel, s1ep5

I have to say I loved Raquel as a character the most, I would love to have her as a friend and not only because she has a penguin onesie but because she's hilarious and weird and goofy and all the things that make an awesome friend. And that is also one of the things I really liked in this show, the friendship between people, so nice to see real, supporting (female) friendships.

Some say it's Buffy 2.0 but eh, that's like selling the whole "girl-you-would-not-expect-would-kick-ass-who-kicks-ass-and-slays-monster"-genre short. Not all shows that feature one or more female leads who slays monster needs to be a rip off of Buffy, it's just simply that Buffy did it first and did it well but we don't have to measure EVERYTHING against it just because it features similar stuff.

I think this show stands for itself. Buffy was never this quirky and foul mouthed. Crazyhead also has a whole different humour than Buffy. The one character from Buffy I could see in Crazyhead is probably Willow (when she was shy and awkward that is). I'm not going to delve more into comparing the shows, I rather say watch Crazyhead and make up your own mind instead.

Overall I give this 5 out of 5 stars and I do not throw those around on everything, mind you. This show is definitely for those who like more light hearted, funny but still kick ass versions of for example Van Helsing (Netflix) and Jessica Jones.

On a light to dark scale I'd say:
Crazyhead - iZombie - Wynnona Earp - Van Helsing - Jessica Jones

Best contemporary description:
Mix of iZombie, Wynnona Earp and Orange is the new black*
*OINTB mostly because the white, blond female lead reminds me a lot of Piper and her evolutio
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Feminist comment!
I was surprised how well written it was since it was written by a man (Howard Overman) and in general that means the whole thing is filtered through the male gaze, but I feel it stayed pretty clear from that. Not that I seriously Bechdel tested, but the girls felt like real humans with good and bad sides not just pretty and/or sexy objects to gawk at. Without saying too much there's even a scene when one of the girls says what she sometimes do with her toe nails (not ladylike stuff)!

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Thoughts on Travelers season 1 [SPOILERS]

A friend of mine recommended Travelers a little while back because it was "fantastic" so when I was out of interesting shows to watch and felt the need for some current/sci-fi (watched way too much historical series lately) I decided to give Travelers a try.

After seeing 4 episodes out of 12 I said it wasn't really much memorable but something to pass the time. It had 3 out of 5 stars. I told my friend the series Continuum is better. Since I had nothing more interesting to watch I kept going.

I gave my friend a short review after finishing season 1. Since I wrote in Swedish I will paraphrase it here: Season get 4-4,5 stars overall. Overall good story writing, plus side that there were female writers and directors. Another plus was that two of the main leads were female (rather than just the single lady as usual) but I'm not sure the series passed the Bechdel test because neither really talked to other females, barely each other either - which is a minus. Tightly written, directed and cut to really streamline and without useless scenes. Overall a good TV series but Continuum is better.

I would be interested in seeing season 2 (if there will be one, I haven't seen any confirmations of that), there is much more to know about the future they come from. I have my thoughts about how the future is like but not going to spoil anything here. I do hope we get to delve more into the background of the travellers themselves.

Favourite character:
Trevor, I want to know more!

Best performance:
Reilly Dolman, I think he really does a great job at portraying an heroin addict (but I have no first hand experience of that, but from what I can tell I think it's really well acted).

MacKenzie Porter, I think she does a great job portraying the THREE versions of Marcy.



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Thoughts on Black Sails season 1-3 [Spoilers]

Just finished season 3 of Black Sails on Netflix, ironically on the same day people can see season 4 on Starz and one day before said season will appear on HBO Nordic... which I don't currently have (but is thinking about getting). I'm curious about season 4 which also is the last season for this pirate saga.

Overall it's a really well made show, I really like the acting, storytelling and scenery. It has some flaws though, one of them being that there's only male directors and writers (I think I saw one female writer). It's a sausage fest. Despite that, I found it entertaining.

I gave it four stars on Netflix but I'd say it's somewhere in the ballpark of 3,5-4,5 stars depending on the episode.

Favourite characters
Jack Rackham, been a favourite from the start, he seem genuine and to truly care about his friends. Love his comments. I also loved that we in season 3 got his back story, which explains why he does what he does and it really added to the character and explained his decisions.

Cap Flint. I find him intriguing, I am rooting for him against John Silver despite knowing that Silver will come out on top. He's such a layered character, with so much depth. Toby Stephens truly make Flint come to life, it's the small things like nods, twitches, side looks... crazy good acting.

Characters I don't like
John Silver. I get it, just as this is the story of Flint and the golden pirate era, this is also the story of how Long John Silver became the pirate he is known to be, but I just don't like the guy. In the beginning he was just an egotistical ass and now he's just a pompous egotistical ass, who thinks too much of himself (somewhat true but still). I just don't like him.

Eleanor Guthrie. As one of few women in this cast I really do want to like her but ugh, no. When she was the top dog of Nassau you would think that she at least would be smart enough to learn to fight and shoot to back up her words and her entitlement but nope. She also makes decisions which really isn't smart decisions. Max, who kind of rise to the same position as Eleanor does it better.

Two of my favourite moments
The death of Mr Dufresne, so satisfying.
Woodes and Rackham in the wagon

A moment I cried
When Charles Vane was hanged

Thursday, January 26, 2017

100 Love Letters event!

A text saying "100 Love Letters, 14 feb 2017" with a black envelope with a heart on it underneath the text.

There is so much hate and sadness in our world today, last year was a very sad year for many reasons so I hope you will join me in my endeavour to spread a little love in this world.

This is "100 Love letters" 4th year and I hope that we can brighten the day for people all around the world. Let's show that love always wins!


IDEA

Write a love letter (not a post-it) in your own language and leave it somewhere in a public space, it can be on a bus, in a changing room, school or at the grocery store. You decide where!

HOW MANY?

One (1), but you are free to write as many more as you'd like.

WHY
To brighten someone's day

WHEN
The letter should be left somewhere on February 14th (Valentine's day).

WHO CAN DO THIS?
Everyone!

WANT TO JOIN IN?
Comment below or click 'going' on the fb event!

SHARE!
Feel free to share this event with your friends, the more we are the merrier it will be!

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If you want, share a photo of your letter/envelope!
Hashtag with #100loveletters on twitter, fb and instagram

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NEED SOME TIPS AND INSPIRATION?

  • Use a quote as starting point (maybe one from this list: bit.ly/1zgRlfe)
  • Use a song as inspiration
  • What would you want to read in a letter from a stranger? (write that)
  • Write from your heart
  • It doesn't need to be longer than one page but you can write more if you want to
  • Keep it happy and positive
  • Do not assume any struggles or who the person is

Note! you do not need to write your name in the letter, you can write an alias or nothing at all.

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HISTORY
I started the project "100 love letters" in 2014 where I hoped 100 people would write a letter and leave in a public space on Valentine's day. BUT! Over 500 people wrote a letter. Afterwards several asked to make this an annual thing.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Review of Bitten [spoilers]

[Yes, as usual, spoilers]

Just finished Bitten and I have to say it grew on me... in the last couple of episodes. The second half of the third season were tighter, better storytelling and execution. It's like they had growing pains for 2,5 seasons instead of just 1 to 1,5 seasons as most other TV series do.

The fight scenes got better, less of the "let's throw in a sex scene here just because" and other weirdness like standing around talking or not running after someone*. I have to say though that I think it's good it didn't get renewed for a fourth season, it was pretty much done after this - neatly wrapped up.

I said before that it wasn't worth more than 2,5-3 stars and well with the last episodes in mind I will up that to 3,5. If I would just grade depending on the last few episodes I think I might have stretched as far as 4 stars even.

At least I can say it was worth watching it all, even though I at times wondered if it was. It got better with time, even if it took a very long time for it to do so. Not the worst I've seen but not the best either. It had it moments definitely.

Despite the reeking sexism in this show there was a nice moment there, when they all accepted Elena as alpha and I also liked how Clay accepted it. I am so darn tired of seeing shows were the woman get higher status than the man and he gets all cranky about it, was nice to see this.

And last, I want to mention Greg Bryk who really made Jeremy Danvers come to life. I was sad with him, I was frustrated with him and I found him to be an intriguing character. That was some really nice acting.

Other posts on the subject:
Thoughts on Bitten season 1 [spoilers]
Comment on Bitten s3ep5 [spoilers]


*I am especially referring to season two finale. So many frustrating times where they like "yeah let's stand around here talking instead of running after the bad guy".

Comment on Bitten s3ep5 [Spoilers]

[SPOILERS]

Just finished watching Bitten season 3 episode 5 and I am so darn frustrated. Come on, Jeremy, would it have been too hard to have faked some humour? Or you know, find a funny bone somewhere inside?!

It would have been so easy to be like "Werewolves?! *laugh* They don't exist, you must have hallucinated! That's just crazy!" instead of going "I am a werewolf just like the boy you saw". Sigh. I mean, I know it would be against character but still, so damn frustrating! She was almost scot free and then she had to blurb her thoughts out...

I get they need to keep their secret but really, they need to be able to trust some humans I feel - for example mothers of their children (like several men seemed to have done, for example Antonio and Sasha). Too much paranoia about their secret going to be spilled.

But really, it's not THAT easy to tell the world "Hey, these people are werewolves" and get the world to go "Oh, really, I believe you" if these werewolves stay in human form and say "Nah, crazy person, wtf, werewolves don't exist".

Friday, January 06, 2017

Thoughts on Bitten season 1 [SPOILERS]

[Spoilers, I mean it!]

I just finished the first season of Bitten. It seemed to have potential from what I read about it beforehand, the premise seemed interesting and I didn't have anything else to watch. However. Eh.

This show ended up being something I just watched to pass time, to have something to watch because I didn't have anything else I was more keen on. It irked me numerous times. Elena is claimed to be this werewolf who can hold her own but numerous times the men decide for her, what is best for her, to "protect" her without her getting a say. She also one minute say "I love you" to one guy just to get together with another the next. Flaky at best, liar at worst.

I don't mind a good fight or a sex scene but urgh, they prolonged them way too much sometimes. In the first episodes it almost felt like they were trying to gather in a male audience since we saw the main heroine in the nude so often either because of changing or because of sex. And some times those sexy times really didn't add anything, on more than one occasion I was wondering what was happening with another character or wanted some information instead I had to look at two people going at it, bad storytelling I say. I also got bored on more than occasion with the fight scenes, I mean nice choreographed and all but could have been slightly shorter, not THAT interesting looking at people trashing everything in sight.

It also doesn't get much points if one look at the Bechdel test since the few named women in the show Elena, the main character and only female werewolf, actually talked to she talked about men with. Most of her time was spent with other men.

I can't say much about the wolf pack concept since I'm guessing that comes from the books but seriously... the hierarchy was a bit hard to follow in the grand scheme of the werewolf world and really, to kidnap one's own child instead of letting the mother in on the secret? So shitty. Also, kidnapping one's child like that probably worked back in the day but is probably way more risky today.

I will probably watch the other two seasons too if nothing else more interesting pops up but right now this really isn't worth more than 2.5-3.0 stars in my opinion.





Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Reign season 3 [SPOILERS]

[There will be spoilers here, bookmark, watch the show and come back later]

So... I just finished the last episode of season 3 of Reign. Overall I felt this season was lacking a bit, it felt all over the place and rushed, like they wanted to tell too much. I liked previous seasons more. What makes me wonder how season 4 will be is the fact that they killed off two beloved characters back to back in the last episode. Ok, so we didn't see Leith die all together, there is still a very slim chance but from the setup with Claude with her dress and him lying on the ground bleeding his gut out it seems he probably is dead (or it might be a rouse), but season 4 will tell.

Greer went away with her husband earlier in the season, Lola was beheaded (how I cried!) and Leith stabbed. I loved Leith and Claude together, I wanted to explore their story more especially since we lost the love story between Francis and Mary in this season too (which I surprisingly miss).

Greer and Lola were favourites of mine. I wanted more of their stories. I wanted more of Lola and Narcisse. I wanted more overall for this season! Ugh. If they keep knocking off characters like this who will be left? I mean, even Bash left, do we even get to follow him next season?

Also, nothing against the actress herself but Rachel Skarsten really don't fit as Elizabeth I. Maybe it's just costume, hair and makeup that does it but when I see her she doesn't seem regal enough, not enough Elizabeth... now when I think about it it's most likely hair and outfits, they don't seem as polished as for example Catherine's or Mary's, she more seem to be a fourth member of the witches in Hocus Pocus.

Another also! What's up with Elizabeth throwing around the word patriarchy? It sounded more like the writers wanted to appease or attract young feminists because really it could have been said in so many other ways rather than actually straight forward saying that they live in a patriarchal world (several times). Poor writing.

Conclusion. I'm unsure about upcoming season 4. They better step up their game.

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