American Gods is a book by Neil Gaiman, first published in 2001. It is also a television series based on the book which aires on the STARZ network. Both iterations tell the story of Shadow Moon, a felon who is released three days early from prison due to a family tragedy. On the way to the funeral, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job as a chauffeur, valet, and overall manservant. This encounter sets in motion events in Shadow’s life that are amazing, devastating, tragic, and triumphant. It sends him on a journey of discovery, whether he wants to go or not. In the end, Shadow could end up a hero, a martyr, back in jail, or the King of America.
Netflix has its fair share of foreign-language misses; most of which, I rage-quit within the first ten minutes. There’s bad dubbing, too-rapid subtitles, cheesiness, and poor production value, with varying combinations of those four main offenses. In fact, finding good films/shows on Netflix that I haven’t seen before has become a bit of a unicorn hunt these days. Foreign language or not. So when I do stumble upon that odd show that sparks new joy, I have to share it with you geeks. The Hookup Plan, or Plan Coeur, in French, is one such unicorn. Continue reading →
The holidays season is over, a new year has begun, and it’s time for life to find it’s natural rhythm once again. During the season, I found myself with an excess of vacation days and a scarcity of episodes from my favorite TV series. What’s a girl to do? Why, try new and interesting shows, of course! I dove into three different series to see what treasures I could discover. Here’s my haul:
Why do I love The Princess Switch? Because love stories, however ridiculous, warm my heart. I’m a shallow, shallow woman, and as long as the acting is decent and I’m personally attracted to the cast, I’m all in. But what truly makes The Princess Switch stand out among the other candy cane and hot cocoa romances, is that in this tale, you get two love stories for the price of one! Continue reading →
It’s just a few days after Netflix realized season 6 of Orange is the New Black and of course I have binged it all. Several times. I love this show and I’ve been with it from the very beginning. I love these ladies and their stories, I cry with them, laugh with them, root for them, etc. I love that this show is something unlike anything else out there right now. Season 5 of OITNB left me with a lot of questions and fear for what would happen next. In my opinion, season 5 was a knock out of a season and I was afraid season 6 wouldn’t deliver, but oh boy, was I wrong. This is officially your warning that this review will mention spoilers. Turn back now if you haven’t watched yet. Alright, let’s go to Litchfield Max!
I have to start with this: I don’t trust the whole “Freeform” name change. To be fair, I’ve been through a lot of name changes with this channel already. From “The Family Channel” to “Fox Family” in the 90’s to “ABC Family” in the 00’s. I stuck by it. But now this “Freeform” business has me thrown. It feels random and ridiculous. I get that they want to appeal to younger audiences and I understand they want that audience to know that they have fresh, edgier content. So I get why they dropped the “family.” I don’t like it, but I get it. However, this new name doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t even make any sense! It’s just stupid and kind of arbitrary! Surely, there was a better choice than this. To be honest, I was basically determined to completely put down the network and all its programming over the whole thing. I mean, they flat-out told me I wasn’t their demographic, anyway. So why bother? Then they announced they were doing a Marvel show. (Because they’re owned by Disney, so of course they are!) Now, you all know how much I love, love, and LOVE me some Marvel. So naturally, I had to see what kind of disaster they made out of this new endeavor. (My expectation was basically a repeat of the Inhumans debacle on a teeny-bopper scale.) So I tuned in to watch the train wreck, snicker to myself, and go on about my business continuing to ignore the stupidly re-named network. But then a strange thing happened…
AMC just finished airing the first season of its show, Dietland. The series is based on a book of the same name by Sarai Walker. Both the book and the series follow mostly the same plot and focus on the same basic themes: self-acceptance, facing inequality and rape culture in our society, and the notion that women have much more power than they give themselves credit for. While the show and book both have some tough parts to get through — TRIGGER WARNINGS for those who, like me, are sensitive to descriptions and depictions of rape in literature, television, and movies — they do provide what I believe to be a much-needed commentary on our current culture’s obsession with a particular standard of beauty and the double-standard of expectations for men and women.