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Death in Paradise
(2011)

Revolving door cast
I quite enjoyed this and would have rated it much higher. But I binge-watched this, and by the time I was finally learning a character's name, they were leaving the show. Why oh why do they leave so frequently? I just stopped bothering to learn their names anymore, which obviously means I can't invest in their personal lives effectively because I can't be bothered.

Other than that, it's a pretty fun show. And I love that it's set in the Caribbean. Gives me nice warm vibes, and the Caribbean accent has my whole heart.

Waiting for Forever
(2010)

Dammit Hollywood
What Will needs is professional help, not the love of Emma. Stalking is NOT cute, I thought we settled on that two decades ago. Plus, women are allowed to fail to reciprocate the love of a man. It seems that with Hollywood, as long as a man loves a woman, it entitles him to her love, and no matter how hard she fights it, by the end of the movie/show, the writers will make her suddenly realise she loves him back. Like she has no options. Emma, honey, you were stalked for who knows how many years. Help. Not love.

Shots Fired
(2017)

This should've come back
First of all: Stephan. James. Is. A. Snack.

I appreciate what this show tried to do... looking at racially charged police killings from the other side of the divide, i.e. a black cop shoots a white kid. I liked that because dialogue is valuable, and not too many people are willing to venture in this direction in the thick of BLM. The conspiracy theories were deeply woven and I felt like they should have taken more than a season to unravel. The cast was powerful and perfect. While I'm upset that this was cancelled, I kinda see how it would've been hard to have a second season. I found the first season so nicely complete. I would've watched it still anyway. And finally, in case you didn't catch it before.

STEPHAN. JAMES.

The Perfect Date
(2019)

Even Centineo couldn't save this
I love Noah Centineo. He makes a perfect protagonist for teen romance movies, and I would follow him to any movie/TV show, which is how I ended up watching this.

I didn't find this movie rewarding, though. I felt like there was no chemistry between the stars, none at all. They made good friends, but the romance bit just jumped out of nowhere, and it fell flat for me. I feel the movie tried too hard to be different from other teen movies, trying a different plot line. But there's a reason so many of these are similar: there's a formula and it's been proven to work. The decoy love interest didn't even fool me.

Meh for me, though I wanted badly to love it for Centineo.

Being Mary Jane
(2013)

Funny and light, but with important social commentary
I absolutely loved Being Mary Jane. MJ is completely nuts, and her excursions are almost always inexplicable and hilarious. Seriously though, so many facepalm moments courtesy of MJ. Like when she stole David's sperm. I loved screaming at my screen "Now WHY would you do THAT, MJ?" but the result would be funny. I also loved that a part of me could relate. The innermost part of me that sometimes wants to do some irrational dramatic stuff but holds back because decorum? That part. MJ is that part, minus the inhibitions, and I loved it. This show had real character growth for MJ, and she ends up with Justin who is great for her. The right amount of 'complicated' so she doesn't get bored, but not so complicated it's toxic. The emotional payoff is great as even Niecy grows up and stops being so insipid.

I would definitely recommend this, and look forward to binging it again some time in future.

Black Mirror
(2011)

Trippy
I loved this! An anthology of what could happen if science went just a little too far. But how far is too far? Every episode has me thinking "Woah!". And this taught me an important lesson: DO NOT CONNECT DEVICES TO YOUR BRAIN!

Sex and the City
(1998)

Yikes!
Is this what people think women do? Sit around day in day out talking about shoes and purses and all the sex we have with all the men we have it with? Massive yikes! For a show so highly rated in pop culture, I really went in expecting something revolutionary. While I did enjoy what it meant for the show to contain so much graphic content and explicit language in 1998, that's about where the enjoyment is. The show is a nice, easy watch, which would have been fine as a comedy, but for some reason, it insists of being "revolutionary" to the point of being a joke. The characters are completely hollow and unrelatable caricatures of women. You have Samantha, the sexual and noncommittal one (who falls in love in the last half of the very last episode); Charlotte, the exact opposite of Samantha, who seeks to find love im every single man in NY; Miranda, the hyper cynical one, who surprises us all by having the kid and the stable husband; and Carrie, who is somehow supposed to be, what? endearing? But is the the most insufferable, obnoxious, self righteous and self important character ever. I still don't understand what the writers were trying to achieve with the character of Carrie. I meam, jeepers! Remember when she moaned about a pair of shoes THE WHOLE EPISODE, to her friend, who legitimately had more important things to worry about, like two children and a new born? And that's just one issue from one season. Her treatment of literally every one of the guys she dated (except Big, the Russian and Berger) was utterly disgusting. Imagine thinking the world revolves around you like Carrie Bradshaw does? What a tool! Miranda is by far the only redeeming character of the four. Followed by Samantha, whose insistence on knowing what she did or didn't want was fun, even though they turned her intk the token sexual friend, with no real character growth. Charlotte is arguably the only one of them who evolved, though dismally, it was a step to see her married to a guy so out of her usual type, and making peace with not having biological children. Then there's Carrie, who remained the same from start to finish. Just plain blegh. I really can't stand Carrie Bradshaw, can you tell?

The stars I did give are for the lightness of the show, being an easy watch. Few stars givem because for episodes that were only 30 minutes long, I found myself checking how long I had left, way too many times.

Lost
(2004)

Literally the worst
This has to be the greatest waste of my time. I'm glad I spent just a few weeks binge watching this rather than the six years devoted fans spent on it.

Lost starts out refreshing and intriguing, with a dramatic plane crash followed by the survivors quickly realising the island was "different". Then they introduced a few mysteries, like Hugo's cursed numbers and at some point I was so invested I started noticing each of the survivor's seat numbers. Spoiler alert, seat 42 was Ana Lucia, and she was largely useless for the show's progression. Which brings me to (1)the pointless infusion of characters. These writers just kept bringing on character after character with zero payoff. Were any tail section survivors even useful (except Bernard, who was only there to be Rose's husband so both of them could be seen like three times for the rest of the show)? And that one episode they wasted on Nikki and Paolo who were random people who then ot buried alive and remained pointless anyway. I would've thought they were introduced because the diamonds they carried would end up important, but nope. They were mentioned exactly once in passing. (2) Largely unlikeable characters. I struggled to like any of them. I know all of us have some baggage, but isn't fiction at least supposed to present you with people you want to root for? Sawyer, a conman and murderer, turns out to be the most likeable one, which is telling. Followed closely by Sayid, a torturer who, by his own admission, is not a "good guy". Everyone else is a caricature of a person. And I've seen people say that the show is really about character growth, but other than Sawyer and maybe Charlie, literally nobody else showed any growth whatsoever. Well, I would give a pass to Jin. He was alright. The only characters I could stomach were Sun, Jin, Sayid, Sawyer and Desmond; and until he died and came back as the smoke, Locke. Everyone else could have died in the first flash storm and I wouldn't have batted an eyelid.

And now to the biggest flaw of all (3) Mysteries? Really? The numbers. The origin of the first people on the island. How did it disappear that one time if all they did was time travel? How did Jacob recruit them? How were they picked out of a whole world of people? Were they picked because they were already on the plane and it happened to crash, or did Jacob orchestrate their getting on the same plane in the first place? If Desmond hadn't failed to push the button, the plane would've landed as expected, would they still have been chosen or not? There were other people on the island before flight 815. Why didn't smoke dude just get one of them to kill Jacob earlier on? The numbers. What are the numbers and why do we care about them and why do they do stuff? Why doesn't Desmond get fried by EM? Why didn't he become smoke when he went to turn off the thing at the end? And again, what's with the numbers? Locke. Was his story developed that hard just for him to be a sucker who died? Did he have a purpose or not? Was he special or not? Was his faith in the island founded or misguided? How come when Locke does it, it's pathetic but when our hero sir captain his highness Jack, saviour of the known and unknown world, has faith in the island, it is founded and real? Was it absolutely necessary for Sun and Jin to die? (That was more of a personal grievance than a problem with the plot, but still). What's with the alternate timeline? Did it happen? Did the island happen? Why is Desmond the only one with original memories from the island timeline? If Jacob's mother could make it so the sons couldn't kill each other, couldn't she make it so they couldn't kill her either? And most importantly, did we really need Jack saving everyone EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.? I mean, come on. He's a doctor, which is useful for the jungle, but how he became their demigod... blegh.

It's almost like the writers would go home and research what was hot on TV at the moment then go back and try to write it into the show. Time travel. World war. Ghost whisperers. NatGeo polar bears in the tropics (what was that even about? Never addressed ever again). I read about their interview in which they said it was meant to be only two seasons but season one did so well, the network chose to extend it, and frankly it shows.

Lost, in a nutshell, is the "all hail Jack" show, with loads of side characters and pseudomysteries with absolutely no payout. I should have painted my wall and watched it dry six times over. However this thing has an 8.3 rating is beyond me.

Private Practice
(2007)

Gossip Girl, but for adults, minus the fun
If you're looking for a show about morally bereft rich pieces of cardboard, each believing themselves more socially and morally mature than the last, regardless of what little evidence exists to support their belief, then this is it. I came here for Addison after I fell in love with her on Grey's Anatomy and I was excited to see how she'd bloom outside of Derek, Mark and Meredith. I was also hoping to know Amelia's back story because she is one of my favourite GA characters ever.

One season in and I was here solely for Violet and Cooper. By the second season I resigned to googling Amelia's story and settled for that, because my brain was so asleep, I couldn't torture myself any further. They all have teenage libidos with infantile moral compasses, and it's clear Addison especially, will sleep with anything with a pulse, then of course fall deeply in love with them she just can't picture her life without them. Then repeat the cycle every four weeks. I don't know how this made it through five years, and I don't understand how it's a spinoff of GA.

Little
(2019)

Thoroughly underwhelming
Love love love Marsai Martin, Regina Hall and Isa Rae, so it pains me to say this, especially since this was such a big deal to Marsai. Buy damn this movie was a snoozefest. Wow. Tired plot, no character development. No pivotal point for Jordan to change. She didn't have any real realisation of why she should change, she just said she did. Show, don't tell. I mean, even the conversations felt tiresome. Pauses were too long, or maybe I thought so because I was bored within the first 3 minutes.

Hyped up as such a funny movie. Not a single laugh from me. Not a one. Not even a chuckle or that 'blow air out my nose' lol thing. Nothing. Why did I watch to the end and still generously give 3 stars? Because Marsai. And Regina. And Issa.

Margaret
(2011)

What, even?
I couldn't get myself to watch for thirty minutes. This story is terribly slow, and from what I've read from other users' reviews, it's just as well I stopped when I did. A sad waste of an A-list cast, really.

Widows
(2018)

Terrible adaptation of the novel
I don't even know why they called it an adaptation of the book by Lynda La Plante. Watched the movie right after finishing the book, and the movie is just bad. I would have given one star, but I love Viola Davis and think she is an amazing actress. Too many new plot points with no direction. The political angle had no future. They took a simple, thrilling story about fierce women pulling off an amazing robbery, and tried to force too many 'social commentary' plot points that didn't work: the son that got shot, the election, the older politician pushing the role on his son, the shady politician and his...ummh... what? Handler? I don't even know what they intended for this movie to be about, but it definitely didn't give the robbery the centre stage as Lynda La Plante clearly intended in her book. Also, the Linda in the move had the personality of a plant.

It's a no for me.

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