June 14th, 2021

overthehedge

What the Bear is Watching - Spring 2021 Edition

I was going through my posts from last year and I really like my little cultural milestone posts. They're mainly for myself, but if you find my reviews somewhat interesting...bonus!

"Sweet Tooth" - There has been buzz in the furry world about this one since it involves human/animal hybrids. It's definitely in the "young adult" genre since it uses so many horrible movie tropes. The scenes with teenagers forming their own little "Lord of the Flies" civilization is very laughable. "Hey! We're badass warriors! Let's have a rave!" I enjoy post-apocalyptic movies to see how ridiculous they get. This one gets pretty ridiculous. Why does the "bad guy" look like Dr Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog?!?

"The Kominsky Method" - It's the final season of this show which we have loved throughout. Michael Douglas is such a good actor, and the writing is exceptional. For this season they introduce his ex-wife played by Kathleen Turner. Wow! She has NOT aged well! But it was fun to see that "War of the Roses" and "Romancing the Stone" chemistry again.

"I Know This Much is True" - A great mini-series on HBO with Mark Ruffalo playing 2 parts as twin brothers, one with mental illness. Another show with great writing and acting. It was so emotionally intense that we could only watch one episode at a sitting.

"Deadwood" - I never got around to watching this show when it premiered on HBO over a decade ago. Since I'm interested in Back Hills history, I gave it a watch. I'm happy they only made 3 seasons of the show and, more recently, a movie to tie up a lot of plot points. The storyline is fairly flat and characters are not allowed to really develop. The writing is pretty awful with an overuse of "cock sucker" and "fuck." It was entertaining for what it was.

"Love, Death, and Robots" - An anthology of animated shorts. I liked season 1, and season 2 didn't disappoint either. Some were really good. Some were "meh."

"Ratched" - I forgot to include this one in earlier posts. It's supposed to be a prequel to "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" as the origin story of the "beloved' Nurse Ratched. It's dark, twisted, and stylish. It certainly kept my interest.

"Falcon and the Winter Soldier" - As sick as I am of superhero shows, this one held my interest in that it was a little darker than most. I'm not a Marvel fanboi, so I will just say that it was OK.

"Q: Into the Storm" - I don't know why this didn't get more traction. There was a brief mention of it in the media after the final episode aired, but that was it. HBO put together a documentary about who was behind the whole Q-Anon conspiracy machine. It's not some deep state intelligence officer, but just some troll living in Asia. It sounds like he's just in it for the lulz. It's just pathetic how many got trolled and still believe it to this day even after the truth is known.

Failure to Launch: Shows that didn't make the cut.

"Lovecraft Country" - I couldn't even make it through the first episode before shutting it off. 2020 was definitely the year of "whitey so evil." Sorry. My belly is full.

"Star Wars: The Bad Batch" - I'm not a "Star Wars" fanboi either. Thanks to Disney, the universe is expanding way too quickly. Got to keep that merchandising machine cranking! I'm just not into that universe, especially the animated stuff. Pass.

"Mare of Easttown" - We heard good buzz about this show on HBO starring Kate Winslet. We just couldn't get into it. We gave it a couple of episodes, but it just didn't hold our interest. We love the "gotcha" factor where you're watching something and you can't wait for the next episode. This was just "meh."

"Hannibal" - As I mentioned in my post about Best Foreign films, I mentioned I'm a big fan of Mads Mikkelsen. He played the title character in this NBC series. So I gave it a watch. I think I lasted 3 episodes until I realized how bad the writing was. It reminded me of another NBC show "The Blacklist" where the actors and overall idea aren't bad, but the execution is just awful.