the leftovers

The Leftovers: Thoughts on the End of the Series

The last time Damon Lindelof wrote a series finale I cried for three days. Personally, I found ending of Lost highly emotionally satisfying, but I know that’s a controversial topic. Nonetheless, Damon Lindelof has proven himself capable of writing really powerful, emotionally affecting scenes between complex characters and I have a feeling we’re dipping right back into that well with tonight’s finale of The Leftovers. (more…)

#TryPod: TV Show Breakdowns

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For TV Show Breakdowns

baldmoveEverything Bald Move
Jim and A. Ron have built their own podcast enterprise that they run full time. They have great taste in TV, great perspectives to offer on different programs and they don’t take themselves too seriously. They take their work seriously out of respect for their members and those who are in the Bald Move Club (it’s like, $5 a month, and MORE than worth it for the quality and quantity that they produce). I look forward to hearing their breakdown of new episodes of different shows every week and they always deliver. This level of engagement with the shows that I’m watching has totally transformed the way that I consume television. I’ve listened to their coverage of Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Fargo, House of Cards, Mr. Robot, Westworld – and my favorite is their coverage of The Leftovers. These two really appreciate how fantastic this show is, but they also provide a unique perspective on the cult element of the show as they are ex-Jahovah’s Witness members. They’re great. Love Bald Move.

rosebuddies_13Rose Buddies, Maximum Fun
Do you hate The Bachelor? Does everything about it kind of disgust you and you have no desire to watch the show? Listen to Rachel and Griffen McElroy talk through each episode in a hilarious and endearing way and before you know it, you’re spending three hours in front of your TV on Monday night wondering how long it’s going to take Nick to realize that Raven is perfect for him and realizing that Corn was given an unfair villain edit. I hate Rose Buddies for getting me into this damn show.

Oscar Season 2016

So…life happens. New job. New apartment. I’ll spare you the boring details – but for the first time EVER life has gotten in the way of my ability to dive head first into Oscar season.

The season kicked off to a VERY disappointing bang with Golden Globe nominations. My problems were mostly with the TV nominees, but any award show that is going to deem Empire worthy of a Best Drama nomination over both The Leftovers AND The Knick has got their head way too far up their ass for me to take them seriously with TV or film.

I’m not kidding. I’m still irate. This might be the biggest snub in awards history since the “Daniel-Day-Lewis Not-Winning-For-Gangs-of-New-York” disaster of 2003.

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In any case, with just two weeks to go before Oscar night, I’ve decided to make a mad dash to the finish line and play catch-up. In the next two weeks I’ll be posting ‘bite size’ reviews of the Oscar contenders for this year along with my predicted wins in each award category.

More to come soon!

You Should Be Watching: The Leftovers

The Leftovers

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Starring: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, Carrie Coon, and Ann Dowd
Created by: Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta
Airs on: HBO

Last summer HBO premiered a new series written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta (author of the book upon which the series is based) called The Leftovers to positive reviews and consistently good ratings. Seeing Lindelof credited again, many viewers were skeptical. It’s hard to see Lindelof’s name and not immediately think of Lost and its controversial ending, but I promise you, The Leftovers is worth your time. (more…)