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Game of Thrones: The Bells
(2019)
Episode 5, Season 8

When the makers are tired of what they are making
I usually do not write reviews, but this episode was so absolutely pathetic that I just had to point out how I do not understand the few people who gave this episode a high rating. Ofcourse there is tremendous hype around the show which makes it hard to keep expectations in check, but this episode was just garbage. I had my mixed feelings about episode 3, but atleast the climax redeemed the weaknesses of that episode, but this episode did not offer anything whatsoever.

None of the characters stayed true to themselves. Only one was Varys and well he was done and dusted with in the first few minutes. I never thought in previous seasons Jon was this stupid or even Tyrion, who can't seem to choose sides, sending his brother to his death with some sappy dialogue which was unlike him. The writers/ producers of this show for their convenience have decided to cast each character in white or black. This show which has thrived on all characters to be grey has become a caricature of good vs. bad. So disappointing. And yes let's throw money at it to show burning bodies because that's why we started watching this in season 1.

Fitoor
(2016)

One of the better romantic movies from Bollywood in a long while
I had no expectations when I watched this movie on Netflix. Although I had liked the trailer at the time I had also read the poor reviews the movie had received when it released. I mainly tuned in because of the nice soundtrack and I was pleasantly surprised that this was a visually stunning and very well acted movie. All the actors depicted their characters beautifully and this was the first time we see a mother hindering her daughter from chasing love because of her own sad story. It was very well directed and a beautiful film, even if is much slower than the usual bollywood fare it was a convincing tale and captivating.

Peppermint
(2018)

Jennifer Garner is Back :)
Finally! A role Jennifer Garner excels in. I miss Sydney Bristow dearly so this was a welcome sight. To all the Alias fans go see this movie even if its just to spur Ms. Garner to do more action flicks she's just such a convincing ass kicker :D

El tiempo entre costuras
(2013)

Beautiful Story, Great Actress.
I loved this drama. I watched "Palmeras en la nieve" and was impressed by Adriana Ugarte's acting, style and beauty. So I found this drama and she did impress here as well. I love how the Spanish excel in portraying different historic periods. This show was just as such, beautifully shot, great acting and story line. This is not only a love story, but a story of a woman's journey with suspense, history and heart.

Highly recommend this.

Velvet
(2013)

A fun, dramatic and entirely engaging series
I watched this after "Gran Hotel" so it took me sometime to warm up to the characters here. I was not entirely sold on the lead pair's romance but the supporting cast is tremendous and makes up for it.

The songs throughout the series are great, the sets, clothes everything is beautiful. Overall the story is logical and in line with the characters.Towards the end of season 3 thought they took the Carlos track too far. How is it possible to prevent the things he does? Doesn't he work as a pilot or is he wearing the suit just for fun? I wish they had thought of something different. Looking at the season 4 promos also it was not that great to see Christina again. Her story should have ended leaving in the ambulance.

The amazing part of this show is that all the characters have layers. I think there are plenty of issues in understanding between the lead pair that resorting to villains was not entirely necessary...I guess it was just the easier option.

Las chicas del cable
(2017)

Suspenseful albeit often unrealistic
A big fan of Spanish Cinema, this Netflix original was a bit of a letdown in terms of portraying the actual time it is set.

I truly enjoyed previous period drama's such as A time in between, Grand Hotel and Velvet. However this show is not as true to time as the other drama's mentioned. Acting is all right, but even the characters seem too modern for the period depicted.

Overall story is suspenseful and there are alot of good looking characters to keep it entertaining. Also the short seasons help this show in keeping up the pace. However if you are only starting to watch Spanish show's there are other better first choices out there.

Update: season 5 is awful

Tiempos de guerra
(2017)

Another Spanish Must Watch
I have to thank Netflix for bringing such enjoyable content from this beautiful country. After my first foray into Spanish Series/Movies with Grand Hotel I have watched a lot of Spanish movies and shows and I must say they excel in bringing periods alive in their shows. Grand Hotel did it beautifully and this drama is a close second. The foremost thing these period drama's have managed is to bring a lot of emotions together with culture and a solid story.

As it is a fictional drama of course it is not complete factual retelling of actual history, but it's also not fluff. They cater to an intelligent, I would say mostly female audience, but an audience who like a dose of romance, suspense and also intelligent story telling and compelling dialogues. This exact mix has in my opinion been missing from most US content therefore filling the gap nicely. Highly recommend this drama.

Doctor Foster
(2015)

Intense, slightly depressing show
This was a very intense, well written and engaging show. I do believe it is catered to female audiences mostly as it deals with Dr. Fosters internal struggle dealing with suspicion, infidelity, disloyalty and the bitter truth. We see everything unfold from her side so it is not entirely well explained from the other people's point of view such as the husband, child or friends. Which might put off people who want to find out the reason behind the infidelity which is the major plot. Thankfully the lead is a clever woman although a bit blind as far as her husband is concerned, but who does not have flaws? I could definitely relate to her mental descend and how she wants to hurt him as badly as he did her. It made sense.

Overall I would give it a very high rating. The story moves along quick thankfully concludes in 5 episodes. The actress did a fantastic job. As a married women in my 30's I was both fascinated and horrified with the discoveries Dr. Foster makes. It does make you question how everything which seems perfect can also be so screwed up.

Velvet
(2013)

A fun, dramatic and entirely engaging series
I watched this after "Gran Hotel" so it took me sometime to warm up to the characters here. I was not entirely sold on the lead pair's romance but the supporting cast is tremendous and makes up for it.

The songs throughout the series are great, the sets, clothes everything is beautiful. Overall the story is logical and in line with the characters.Towards the end of season 3 thought they took the Carlos track too far. How is it possible to prevent the things he does? Doesn't he work as a pilot or is he wearing the suit just for fun? I wish they had thought of something different. Looking at the season 4 promos also it was not that great to see Christina again. Her story should have ended leaving in the ambulance.

The amazing part of this show is that all the characters have layers. I think there are plenty of issues in understanding between the lead pair that resorting to villains was not entirely necessary...I guess it was just the easier option.

North & South
(2004)

Excellent Mini Series
I watched this very skeptically. I was not familiar with the novel or the earlier productions, but this show was done very nicely.

All actors were convincing as was the setting for the drama. The main actress did a phenomenal job, but Richard Armitage stole the show. I was completely bowled over after having seen his performance in the Hobbit series recently that this was the same actor.

Overall this is a good watch especially if you are a fan of English period drama's. The music is also excellent and really sets the mood.

Cinematography is always very important in period pieces and this show was great to show the early mills society in North England.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes history and good story.

Gran Hotel
(2011)

Romantic, Suspenseful and Fun!
In the recent times I have felt a strong lack of good drama and romance content in the mainstream US media.

I watched this show based on the Netflix recommendation after I just finished the North and South Series (BBC).

I was pleasantly surprised by this show. Season 1 being the strongest of all three. Throughout the entire show The location, costumes and performances are exceptional. The side characters provide good suspense and lighter moments. I especially enjoyed the graph of Alicia's brother and Andres. But of course the intense performances and chemistry of the lead pair of Julio and Alicia made me watch all seasons in one go. The mysteries keep evolving and sometimes it gets a bit over the top with all the conspiracies surrounding the hotel, but the main pair's romance holds the viewers attention.

Season 3 could have been done much better, but overall it is a series I have loved after a long time. The acting of the entire cast is excellent,even in season 3 where Maite as a character was a bit half baked. The actress did a fantastic job.

Overall I am a fan of Spanish content now. After having watched shows/ movies from US, English, Korean, French, Dutch and Urdu outlets I would rate this as one of the top shows I've seen in past 10 years.

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