I’ve been accumulating some topics for which I don’t have a full post’s worth of content to write about, so I’ll compile them below:
- Lion King (live-action movie): I liked it! It’s beautiful, and there’s some good humor in it that’s not in the original movie. I also liked how a little more time (just barely) is spent watching Simba grow up. That said, I thought that Scar’s big song and dance was a lot more memorable in the original movie.
- Altered Carbon (2 seasons on Netflix): In terms of casting, I think it’s very clever to have a series about humans using different “sleeves” (bodies), because it lets the producers choose a different lead each season (or the same lead, if they want).
- Ad Astra: This is a beautifully shot movie starring Brad Pitt with an interesting perspective on the not-so-distant future, but its melancholy tone made the movie feel kind of flat. It’s an interesting tonal approach that worked sometimes and not others.
- Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Another Brad Pitt film! Great acting and directing, as with any Tarantino film, but it really seemed to drag at parts. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it was cut down to around 2 hours or even into multiple films, as the film does benefit from letting some scenes breathe (while other parts seemed like they’d belong better in a different movie).
- Run: We started watching this HBO show with an interesting premise in the hopes of getting a romantic comedy in series form…but instead the first few episodes are much more dramatic and sad, along with a subplot that veers even further away from what we thought the show was going to be.
- Kimmy Schmidt (choose-your-own adventure on Netflix): As much as I love Kimmy, it took us a little while to watch this, as the Netflix choose-your-own-adventure shows require a certain level of participation at times when we want to unwind and relax. But it was well worth the wait
- Six Feet Under (HBO): Based on your recommendation a few weeks ago, we watched this show! The writing is great–we were VERY invested in the characters. However, I think I built up my expectations a little too high in regards to the finale. It was good, but a lot of it just felt so sudden, as so much of the last season was about people acting badly and bad things happening. I wouldn’t have minded we had eased into the good stuff a little bit so it felt more earned.
- Kim’s Convenience (Netflix): This is our current lunch show (30 minutes or less), and I’m really liking it. It’s a modern sitcom focused on a Canadian family with South Korean origins, and it’s one of those rare shows with as much humor as heart. Also, it’s making me wonder if Canadian comedic half-hour shows are just better than American shows, at least over the last few years. Letterkenny, Schitt’s Creek, now this? Well done, Canada.
What’s next? We just started Succession (an HBO series about a very rich family’s business). I’m intrigued by it, but so far I’m hoping there are at least a few characters I feel good rooting for, as no one is likable yet. We’ve also queued the Outer Banks show on Netflix. If you have any recommendations for lunch shows (30 minutes) or dinner shows (60 minutes), please let me know! It’s totally fine if they’re older series. Any thoughts on The Goldbergs versus Clone Wars as a lunchtime show?