What I’ve been watching…

Bosch Season 3 (Amazon Prime) – I’m only about halfway through but so far, this season is great.  I’m also starting the Bosch books from the beginning, though I think I read some of them back in the 90s.  This season is supposed to be a combination of two of the early books.  There’s a lot going on – a serial killer in Koreatown, the murder of a Vietnam vet, the murder of a young woman, and the murder of one of Bosch’s former nemesis.

My favorite characters are still J. Edgar and Irving, probably because they were both on The Wire.

Gomorrah Season 2 (Sundance, Wednesdays) – Sundance just aired the first four episodes of season 2 these past 2 weeks.  That means there’s only 4 weeks left, which makes me want to savor every single second of this delectable show.

I didn’t watch the Sopranos, but the consensus on twitter is that Gomorrah makes that show look like The Brady Bunch.  Spoiler alert!  Ciro killed his own wife, and the show then killed off my favorite character, Salvatore Conti, by slitting his throat in a church.  Great stuff, but I wish Conti was still alive.  I loved the religious imagery in his apartment juxtaposed with his brutality.  He will be missed!

Louis C.K. Seasons 1 – 4 (Netflix) – So how did I not start watching this guy until now?  He is hilarious!  He’s like a raunchy Seinfeld.  I’m now on season 4 which is getting super serious.  I don’t love the storyline with the foreign woman so hopefully that’s done for good.  I can’t wait to watch his comedy specials when I finish the show.  I also loved seeing Allan Havey in one of the episodes.

Billions Season 2 (Showtime, Sundays) – I think this season is better than the first, which is saying a lot.  The penultimate episode this week was terrific.  I totally didn’t see that twist coming, which is a sure sign of great writing.  I hate the fact that Rhoades won this round, especially since poor Ira was a pawn and the ultimate loser in his little game.  And Rhoades is a sucker if the thinks that Axelrod won’t crush him when it counts.  We’ll see.

Better Call Saul Season 3 (AMC, Mondays) – I’m not sure where they’re going this season but I can’t wait to find out.  I wonder if they’ll get to the part where Mike does start working for Fring?

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What I’ve been watching…

DVR alert

Warren Buffett documentary – HBO Monday night

Trumped (unseen footage from The Circus re: campaign) – Showtime Friday night

Planet Earth – BBC 2/18

Billions – Showtime 2/19

Tickled – HBO 2/27

The Partner – CNBC 3/7 (moved from 2/28)

Better Call Saul – AMC 4/10

House of Cards – Netflix 5/30

DVR alert

2016 Wrap Up Report

We’re about to embark on another year so instead of coming up with “resolutions” I’ll never keep, I decided to do a year end wrap up:

Best book:  “River of Doubt” by Candice Millard.  Lots of great books this year but this was my favorite by far.  Waiting for Ms. Millard to come out with a new book in 2017.

Best new tv show:  Tie between “Happy Valley” and “Gomorrah”.  Two totally different shows but I just can’t decide between them.

Best tv season:  “Game of Thrones” – ’nuff said.  Honorable mention:  “Better Call Saul”.

Best line:  “What’s the point of having fuck you money if you never say fuck you?” – Billions.

Best song:  I am so not qualified to judge this but I find Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” oddly addictive.

Biggest surprise:  Hillary Clinton lost the election.

Most upsetting celebrity death:  Tie between George Michael and Prince.

Show I broke up with permanently:  The Walking Dead.

Best podcast:  “In the Dark”.

Best documentary:  “OJ Simpson:  Made in America”.

 

 

 

 

2016 Wrap Up Report

Back from hiatus…

Sorry I’ve been remiss in posting for the last few weeks.  The weather’s just starting to improve here in the NE so I’ve been taking advantage by leaving my cave to bask in the sunlight.  Also, I haven’t been inspired much by tv lately?  Couple things:

-Game of Thrones returns next Sunday.  This is when my blog will really be back in action. I’m more convinced than ever that Jon Snow will be resurrected.  I can’t wait to see some new characters and see what Tyrion is up to.  HBO is being coy and hasn’t put the title or description up on my guide yet.

-Better Call Saul is on fire.  The finale is tomorrow night and I have no idea what might happen.  Chuck took a nasty fall but it looks like in the preview that he’s not dead (at least not yet).  I feel like Mike will have something to do with Hector’s ending up in a wheelchair but I’m not sure how yet.  Ultimately, I think that Gus Fring will be impressed by Mike’s gumption and hire him on, but that’s probably a future season development.

-I thought the Billions finale was great.  The show was a bit of a slow burn the previous few episodes but the payoffs in the finale were worth it.  I was glad to see Wendy go her own way from both Axe and her ugly husband (by ugly I mean both inside and out).  My birthday wish this year was that Chuck would be recast for next season.  However, now that I told you my wish, but more likely because it’s Paul Giamatti, it’s never gonna happen.  Don’t get me wrong, I like Paul Giamatti, but he is overplaying this role and ruining the show for me.

-The Walking Dead finale sucked.  I’m seriously contemplating breaking up with this show after that.  The ending was so lazy and corporate.  All they did was drive around in the RV for the entire episode.  I don’t even care who got beaten, even if it was Daryl or Michonne, who I still like.  The show has ruined Carol’s character and turned her into some religious/ethical nut (wait is that an oxymoron?).  I watched the first episode of Fear TWD and that sucked too.  Definitely not investing any more time there.  I hate the characters and can’t wait until they get chomped.

-House of Lies is back.  I believe this is the last season and so far, so good.  Kristen Bell looks great this season.  I’m hoping Marty’s loathsome ex-wife is off the show for good but I doubt it.  Thanks to Showtime for giving the show a proper sendoff.

That’s all for now.  Be back soon to update you on what I’ve been reading.

Back from hiatus…

What I’ve been watching…

So I finished episode 10 of House of Cards last night.  This was the episode where the Underwoods received the dual nomination at the convention.  Now, I love this show, but this is preposterous on so many levels.  One could say the show has now jumped the shark.    I’ve been loving Claire’s rise throughout the series to become a true partner with her husband in their political schemes.  However, this is too much.  I’m willing to suspend my disbelief for the enjoyment of a show (Homeland I’m looking at you) but this puts me over the edge.  It’s totally unbelievable that a person with absolutely no political experience would be considered for VP.  The show gave us no explanation for this monumental ascension.  I have three episodes left which I’ll certainly watch but at this point, I’m skeptical.

I do hope the Underwoods get their comeuppance and that’s where this is all leading.  I’m suspicious of Tom the writer bedding Claire and I think he’s on the Conways’ payroll.  I’m hoping that will torpedo this whole Underwood campaign, though it seems that nothing stops them.  The show itself is a marvel and I love the cinematography.  Doug Stamper is still my favorite followed by Remy.  It looks like poor Remy is going to become entangled in the Underwood web yet again.

I’ll check back in once I finish the season.  Hope to do so this weekend so I can get to Bosch!

I don’t usually write about Shameless but I’m compelled to this week.  I think this season has been the funniest so far.  The scene this week where Frank went into the barber shop and came out with cornrows, with the rap music in the background, tore me up.  I detest William H. Macy’s character in this show but he is on fire this season.

As for Billions, I’m still not into Giamatti’s overacting and refuse to believe that anyone that unattractive could land Maggie Siff.  Claire Underwood as VP is more believable!  He looks like a stuck pig (yes I am superficial).  I was skeptical about Damien Lewis playing the hedge fund guy but he is terrific.  I loved the punch out and his “Worth it!”, especially when someone memed it on youtube.  I also couldn’t believe that the jackass father would drink and then get behind the wheel with a bunch of kids in the car.  Do people really do that in society?  Call me naive.

Better Call Saul is really great this season.  I love the Mike Ermentraut storyline.  I was wrong though, because I thought Nacho wanted him to get rid of someone higher up the food chain, i.e. Gus Fring.  I suspect that’s to come, if they can get Giancarlo Esposito back (shhh, that’s my birthday wish).

I’ve been listening to the official podcast after each episode, which is pretty cool.  Apparently, Mike was almost not a character in Breaking Bad.  Bob Odenkirk was unavailable for a scene in season two so they introduced Mike instead.  He was so well-received that the producers decided to keep him on.  Glad they did!

I have to give a mention to Hap and Leonard, my new favorite show.  I will say I only started watching it because Michael Kenneth Williams is in it.  The chemistry between all of the characters is a lot of fun and Michael is great in this role.  Apparently, the show is based on a book series.  There are only three episodes left of this season so we’ll see what happens.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for reading.

What I’ve been watching…

Weekend update

So I started watching “The Staircase” last night and I’m already hooked.  It’s free on demand through March 16 (Sundance).  Apparently, it’s similar to Making a Murderer which everyone is obsessing over right now (remember I watched that the weekend it came out).  I’m only through episode one so far but I don’t believe the victim sustained those injuries and generated that amount of blood by falling down the steps.  Otherwise, I’m keeping an open mind.

American Crime is fantastic again this season.  I adore Regina King and also Felicity Huffman and I am loving the role changes for them this time around.  I was trying to figure out what Regina King’s job is with that cool office she has.  Lawyer?  Finance?  General asskicker?  I feel sorry for the guy who ran after her car.  It looks like he’ll be in a world of hurt soon.

I also like that the show isn’t following a traditional trajectory of male/female rape along racial lines.  Everyone is fair game here and that’s refreshing, considering the pc that’s infected this country of late.

I’m looking forward to watching Billions, Baskets, and London Spy this week.  I’m not a huge Paul Giamatti fan but I really like Damian Lewis and the woman who plays Giamatti’s wife.  It seems like it will be pretty over the top so I won’t be watching for any substantive stock market insight.  Just a fun guilty pleasure show.

Not sure about Baskets, but I like Zach G. (won’t even try to spell it).  The concept of the show is bizarre but I hope he can make it work.  I’m also curious to see how funny he is now that he’s skinnier.

I don’t know much about London Spy but I’m all about the British imports.  How can you not love that accent?  I’ll give the first episode a shot and see how I feel.

Lots of great tv and documentaries on the docket for the first half of 2016.  Bosch returns to Amazon Prime March 4.  I suppose Amazon chose that date to compete directly with the release of House of Cards on the same date.  I can’t say I’m dying to watch House of Cards like I was in prior seasons.  I just wasn’t that into the last season.  I’ll still be watching though.

House of Lies is back April 10.  I think this will be the last season since Kristen Bell has another show starting soon.

Better Call Saul is back February 15.  I’m really looking forward to that since it’s been off for almost a year.

And last but not least, GAME OF THRONES is back April 24.  Can’t wait!

Weekend update