When I first began to develop an interest in TV, one of the first things I did was learn as much as I could about ratings. I’m not talking about critical ratings, but viewership and demographics. I sought to learn how TV shows turned a profit and what metric was used to quantify their success. I discovered the answer was far from simple. Nonetheless, I’m going to try and simplify it for you today. Hopefully, after reading this post you’ll understand a little bit more about how TV works.
Amazon’s ‘Bosch’ is a well executed cop show that makes for a good binge.
There’s something satisfying about watching a TV show that isn’t particularly revolutionary but simply does what it does well. With more TV shows than ever available to us, each is shooting for the ceiling trying to capture our interest with unique premises and grand scopes. Unfortunately, many of these shows fall flat due to reasons like poor pacing, bad writing or a story that can’t sustain itself. Amazon’s crime thriller Bosch avoids those pitfalls by simply executing a fantastic version of the crime drama. With season three recently released on Amazon Prime, I thought now would be a good time to take a look at what made Bosch stand out to me in this crowded TV landscape.
In an age where every superhero movie seems to be all about delivering the biggest spectacle Logan, directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman (in his final turn as the titular character), is determined to give you the opposite. This is not a superhero film. Logan is an intense and moving film that features comic book characters. Yes, there’s some great action set pieces but by and large, this film is focused on bringing the story of Wolverine to a fitting conclusion.
It’s second verse, same as the first from this reboot of the classic series.
Nostalgia is a powerful force. We are naturally attracted to the familiar; it brings us a sense of comfort. So it’s no wonder that the entertainment industry traffics in nostalgia. Hollywood is built on sequels and remakes because they belong to pre-sold properties. They have to work less to get people to see/watch them. The TV industry is no different.
Revivals have become quite the trend in recent years with shows like Gilmore Girls, The X-Files and Heroes all coming back after multiple years off the air. The reception for this revivals has been mixed at best. If anything this practice has proven how hard it is to recapture the magic that a show had while it was on the air. In the case of 24: Legacy, we get a new cast transplanted into the same stories that the original told nine times over between 2001-2010 (and a miniseries in 2014). While this reboot shows signs of bringing new perspectives to the old 24 model, the three episodes I’ve seen suggest this new incarnation is simply more of the same.
This week in the Roundup: singing knights, unfortunate events, con-men, and time travel.
Hello, readers and welcome to the first edition of The Weekend Roundup!
You’ve stumbled upon a new recurring series where I do mini-reviews of what I’ve been watching in the past week. Given my recent entry into full-time employment, I have much less time to watch TV and even less time to write about it than I did previously. So this series is my attempt to have my cake and eat it too. I’ll still be writing dedicated reviews for certain shows but this format is a way for me to offer my opinions on shows that aren’t necessarily worth a full review or that I don’t have time to review in depth.
So, without further ado, let’s dive in.
Pirates, Androids, Hackers and more make up The Warren Room’s list of 2016’s best TV shows.
With so much great TV out there these days it seems like an impossible task to whittle them down into a top 10 list. There’s just so much quality TV out there that one person just cannot watch it all. Any list is going to leave out shows that rightly have a spot on it. I missed out on tons of great shows this year like Atlanta, Better Things, or the final season of Rectify but I didn’t want that to preclude me from chiming in on some of the great shows that 2016 gave us. Naturally, I couldn’t keep it just to 10 shows so you get a top 12 because The Warren Room loves bragging about great TV.
If you need some good films to watch, check out this list from Luke Atkins!
One of the most critically-acclaimed films ever just came out, and nobody knows it?Is Arrival the next Interstellar? What superhero film topped Deadpool? Finding Dory got toasted by other animated films? Etc. Everybody has questions—here are some answers. And since we are all tired of 2016, I’ll keep things simple.
10. Star Trek Beyond
Rating: PG-13. Rotten Tomatoes: 84%. Metacritic: 68.
A continuation of a complex series but also a comfortable standalone (with fantastic visuals yet again), Star Trek Beyond is an explosive carnival of fun; it is dazzling, dizzying, & delightful. Rogue One—while surely not a failure—relied on its name for value, but STB found its own organic personality.
9. 10 Cloverfield Lane
Rating: PG-13. Rotten Tomatoes: 90%. Metacritic: 76.
10 Cloverfield Lane is a suffocating confrontation of mysterious drama. Eerie and dark, it is a slow-burning psychological attack on our innate fears of ourselves and our surroundings. And…
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