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“The Newsroom” Season Finale

Aaron Sorkins new hit HBO series ‘The Newsroom’ is having its first season finale air on Sunday and it made me reflect on this show I’ve been watching for 2 months. It’s very awkward, almost to a cringe level for me and the characters get into extremely long opinionated rants all the time. It’s very liberal in its poltical message even though Will is a moderate Republican (which he points out…a lot). He just enjoys bashing the Tea Party (who doesn’t) and bringing REAL news to the masses. The show is news from the last 2 years told in a way that the REAL news should of reported it. That’s the premise of the entire show with a couple love triangles spiced in for drama.

Some of the cast and the acting are great but the story has so many cliches that the plot becomes predictable. If ”fuck” wasn’t said a couple times an episode I would doubt this was HBO.

I guess it’s the rants and political message that make this show popular. I know Will’s rant in the first episode is what had me coming back. It’s also funny seeing Republicans get roasted in a different setting than ‘The Daily Show’.

This show has potential in future seasons but some of the characters in this show really piss me off a lot and like I stated earlier, the plot is really predictable and there really is nothing special about this show.

In conclusion the show is kinda entertaining. But not a must watch program like HBO is known to produce.

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When War Comes Home: Showtime’s Hit Series ‘Homeland’ is Back

Claire Danes is back in the second season of last year’s hit show ‘Homeland’ in which she plays the part of a psychologically unstable, pill-addicted, CIA intelligence officer Carrie Mathison whose self-assigned mission is to prove her own ‘intel’ over a recently freed American prisoner of war Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis, as been turned and is a sleeper fighting for the enemy.

Season 1 of Homeland had everything a political-espionage-psychological drama has to offer. The show’s 1st season was good enough to receive 9 Emmy nominations and that may only have raised expectations that were already high even higher for next season. Season 1 got us accustomed to rational villains able to do anything and to outwit U.S. intelligence and U.S. civil servants waltzing between political demands from higher echelons and complex tactical problems on the ground. If we are to judge by the trailer released on youtube, Season 2 should be a psychological showdown of the first order.

But beside the great acting and incredible story-line, ‘Homeland’ seems to be part of a new trend of smart, complex, based on current geopolitical issues scenarios that inspires American political fiction.

In my previous post I mentioned what is an example of such trend in HBO’s ‘John Adams.’ The show has being able to depict the American Founding Fathers as realistically flawed beings in difficult times, yet as heroes that inspired patriotism and pride.

We all remember ‘The West Wing,’ the political drama that, perhaps, has defined greatly what political dramas should be and forced us to look at politics for what it is instead of the ideal we want it to be.

Even characters like Jack Bauer( Kiefer Sutherland), from 9 years hit show ’24’, transformed from this great national hero and defender of the nation into a drug addict, giving depth to the character and displaying a dichotomy between the hero and a flawed man.

Claire Danes has come a long way from playing Juliet alongside Leonardo Dicaprio in the modern adaption of Shakespeare’s classic ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Now we get to enjoy her acting alongside a solid group of actors such as David Harewood and Mandy Patinkin in what is surely the drama to watch this fall starting September 30 on Showtime.

Join or Die…or simply watch HBO’s John Adams

Very often we watch television to escape reality. Whether you like Jersey Shore, ironically labelled ‘reality TV’, or prefer the good old Seinfeld or even Family Guy, TV is that friend we turn to after a hard day of work in order to live someone else’s scripted romanticized life for an hour or so.

John Adams, the 2008 HBO series named after the 2nd President of the United States, is not that type of TV show.

I’m taking you back to a show that was on the air in 2008 because for anyone interested in American history like I am, John Adams is both a superb display of acting skills by Paul Giamatti (John Adams) and Laura Lenney (Abigail Adams) as well as the rest of the cast. More importantly, John Adams is an amazing depiction of revolutionary times and the first 50 years or so of the United States of America.

John Adams will not help you numb your mind to forget the horror of your daily routine but it may immerse you into colonial America and the historical roots of the creation of the United States. In doing so, the producers of John Adams, including Tom Hanks, have managed to avoid falling into the trap of glorifying the founding fathers or even the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary war itself and yet, kept all the mystic and the right dose of patriotism that makes you fight tears of admiration and that should be attached with this part of American history.

For those that are not into history, John Adams is still a gem to watch for its acting as Giamatti and Lenney won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress respectively and the show as a whole won 13 Emmy awards, a record, including best miniseries of 2008. If it wasn’t enough, even the soundtrack received multiple Emmys.

One last thought…If I was blown away by John Adams, the show and the man himself, I couldn’t help but notice how oratory skills were highly valued in those days. It’s clearly a lost art with today’s politicians…

New Trailer for Boardwalk Empire Season 3 Shows Us that “You Can’t Be Half Gangster”

Normally I’m the only one in my household that is immune to starting a tv series, then getting lost in the midst of life and looking up six months later and realizing the season has ended. I’m usually not that person. If I start a television series, then I watch every single episode religiously and make sure my DVR is set to record.

But apparently, my mom and dad actually caught me by surprised and watched almost every single episode of Boardwalk Empire. Each week they watched new episodes, and somehow I messed the memo. So what does that mean? Well I barely watched the second season and I’ve seen bits and pieces of the first season. But after seeing the new trailer for Boardwalk Empire season 3, I find myself watching all of season one, then I plan on watching season two so I can be all caught up.

Have you seen the trailer? Man, oh man, it’s awesome! Slow-motion face-off and of course, the winner is Nucky Thompson. He’s so gangster and effortless, which is why he is such an amazing character I’ve seen in a series to date (along with John Hamm of Mad Men.) And the trailer reminds us what the show is all about, the art of being a gangster. And “you can’t be half a gangster.”

And honestly, I’m just a huge fan of the 1920s all the way up to the 1940s. I’m a sucker for period pieces, so the style of Boardwalk Empire catches my eye. Of course I love the fact that the show is actually inspired by some events during the prohibition days, so it’s great to watch the drama unfold.

I surely won’t be missing any episodes of season three.

HBO’s ‘Girls': It’s Like an Indie Version of Sex and the City

GIRLS

I may not have ever really watched every single episode of Sex and the City, but I sure did love both of the movies! Even though I’m this quirky, sometimes awkward, geeky female gamer & artist, I still love being fabulous. Trust me, if I had the money I surely would indulge in the finer things of life and go on eclectic shopping sprees, but as a college student and freelance writer, I’m living on a budget…super budget.

Sex and the City is one of those shows with glamorous lifestyles that I could probably relate to as I get farther in my career, but for now I’m surely able to relate better to HBO’s new series, Girls. It’s kind of like Sex and the City, except for girls in my generation who are trying to navigate being in their twenties and dealing with bills, sex, love, and finding some level of happiness in a world filled with constant drama.

I first heard about the show a few weeks ago when I was surfing the web. The only reason I wanted to watch the show was because a few months ago I had watched Tiny Furniture. It’s a great movie on Netflix about this girl who graduates from college, moves back home to New York, and is trying to figure out her life. The girl, Lena Dunham, who wrote and starred in the moving Tiny Furniture also wrote, directed, and stars in the show, Girls. So I knew that if I was totally in love with Tiny Furniture and the awkward journey of a girl trying to find herself, then I knew that I would love Girls.

And I was right. I love Girls! The show brings back the same British girl (she plays Jess in Girls) who acted in Tiny Furniture and it has some other appearances from actors that were featured in the movie. But the show Girls isn’t about the same characters from Tiny Furniture. It’s a riveting indie story line filled with awkward moments of these girls in New York City trying to navigate through life.

The main character, Hannah Horvah (Lena Dunham,) has just been financially cut off by her parents, she’s lost her non-paid internship, and she is trying to finish her novel. In the midst of the impending circumstances of figuring out how the hell she is going to survive in New York, she also has to deal with the issues of her friends, her awkward relationship with this guy she occasionally has sex with, and the reality that her dreams of becoming a published writer are going to be a tough road to navigate.  Doesn’t really sound like the glamorous life of Sex and the City.

Girls will probably be a show that a lot of young girls across the country can relate to. It’s not easy trying to make it in a big city. Even when you have a college degree, it can still be hard to just make it on your own.

I think I’m also able to relate to the show (even though obviously there isn’t a Black female cast member) since I’m a writer and I’m still trying to make it. I mean, yes, it would be nice to see some more diversity within the cast, but it’s okay, I’ll just watch Scandal for my dosage of a strong Black woman taking charge.

So for now, I look forward to seeing the characters journey as the series progresses. “Living the dream. One mistake at a time.”

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com

 

 

Indie Game | Behind the Scenes of Making Indie Games

With so many big name developers and videogame franchises appeasing us gamers worldwide, it’s easy to forget about the rookies & those indie connoisseurs who might not ever have their games hitting the shelves of your local game store.

I’ve met a few videogame developers & aspiring designers in my past, but I’ve never really payed attention to the industry. As long as I can get my hands on a good game that will keep my interest, then I don’t really care whether it’s by an indie company or not. Yet Indie Game: The Movie is a 2012 Sundance selection that has been reminding us that indie game developers & designers do exist, they just might not be known worldwide.

Apparently the documentary has been creating quite the buzz in the gaming industry, and HBO actually is turning the movie into a regular series. I’m all for it. It would be kind of cool to have a behind the scenes look at game designers & these developers, and how they try to break into the big leagues (or make a name for themselves in the indie circuit.)

Unless your on the panel of Sundance or some heavyweight in the film industry, then it’s unlikely you’ll be able to view the film right now. Yet on the website you can preorder a digital copy or DVD. But I’m not quite sure when it will actually be released, but I do know that the trailer is enough to catch my interest. I enjoy a good documentary, so I’m looking forward to hopefully finding out more about Indie Game: The Movie and the tough journey that designers & developers must face in the indie game market.

For more information, visit the official film site. http://www.indiegamethemovie.com/

©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com