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TV REVIEW: Stranger Things – Season 1

Stranger Things is one of the shows I tried to watch when Little O was a tiny baby and abandoned because I kept having to go an tend to him and I had the attention span of a gnat due to lack of sleep. I felt like I was missing out so recently I decided to revisit it and see if I was right.

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TV REVIEW: Narcos – Season 1

Narcos follows the rise of notorious Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) from a handful of jungle based labs to full blown war against the Colombian government. Exploring Escobar’s story from his perspective as well as the Colombian government and the US DEA, the series highlights the pervasiveness of the drug war and how it took over the whole country.

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TV REVIEW: Russian Doll – Season 1

On the night of her thirty-sixth birthday New Yorker, Nadia Volkova (Natasha Lyonne) is killed in an accident. Then she wakes up her friend, Maxine’s (Greta Lee) bathroom at the start of her birthday party… and it keeps happening over and over with Nadia dying over and over doomed to relive the same day.

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TV REVIEW: The Sinner – Season 2

Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) is called back to his home town of Keller, New York to advise the daughter of his childhood friend. It’s Heather’s (Natalie Paul) first case as a detective and it’s a weird one. Two adults have been found poisoned to death and the only suspect is a teenage boy named, Julian.

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MOVIE REVEW: Abducted in Plain Sight (2017)

They say the truth is stranger than fiction. I can think of no example more apt than the relationship between the Broberg Family and their neighbour Joe Berchtold that is depicted in this Netflix original documentary.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017)

About five years ago I watched my first episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race and became instantly obsessed with Drag culture. I think the artistry of what female impersonators do is so creative and societally aware in a way that really pushes boundaries while being extremely entertaining. Keen to understand the origins of the culture, I watched Paris is Burning several times. On the most recent viewing Netflix recommended The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson to me. I knew who Marsha was because she is discussed on Drag Race in connection with the Stonewall Riots, which is where the gay liberation movement started.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Fyre (2019)

I have heard the word “clusterfuck” used to describe things that have gone wrong on numerous occasions but I don’t believe there has ever been any event that quite captures it the way that Fyre Festival did.

Prior to watching this documentary I had never heard of Fyre Festival. Maybe I was living under a rock or maybe it’s because I’m not the target market for a luxury, island festival but I think in many ways my unfamiliarity with this absolute dumpster fire of a project enhanced my viewing.

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TV REVIEW: Maniac

Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) suffers from Schizophrenia, which has left him on the outer edges of his wealthy family. His only hope of redeeming himself is by agreeing to provide an alibi for his brother Jed (Billy Magnussen) in a court case against him that could potentially ruin the family business. After losing his job and unwilling to take assistance from his parents, Owen decides to participate in a mysterious medical trial to make some money.

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TV Review: Mindhunter

For many years Mr O and I were big fans of a show called Criminal Minds that follows the investigations of the FBI’s Behavioural Analysis Unit, a team of agents who focus on serial killers. It went a bit off piste when they introduced Jennifer Love Hewitt, who was in no way believable as a psychiatrist and the storylines started to get a bit samey but we loved all the “delving into the minds of killers” and the bizarre crimes.  Read more…