Good Girls Revolt Makes Me Want To Revolt

I had every intention of watching Good Girls Revolt when it was first released on Amazon, purely because of the name. I had no idea what the series was about because I hadn't seen any trailers for the series (although I use Amazon Instant Video frequently and am bombarded with ads for various other Amazon  tv series) so all I had to judge it by was its promotional poster which tells me nothing. Other than there is three women in it (one that I mistook for Clemence Posey). And it's on Amazon. And there might be some bad wallpaper.

I didn't watch the show right away which was a mistake on my part, I always feel that even though I am only one viewer a show would've survived if I made the effort to watch it. In my defence for an online series the show was cancelled awfully quickly after it was first released which made me believe that it must have been truly awful. Amazon has kept Hand Of God on for two seasons and although I initially found that show intriguing it has become terrible in a short space of time so I figured Good Girls Revolt must be terrible and made me put off watching it for even longer. Then one day I found myself at a loss and decided to watch the first episode and see how it was and now I find myself ten episodes later wanting to scream "WHAT THE FUCK AMAZON".


Kong: Skull Island Is The Perfect Opening Of The MonsterVerse

I only watched the recent Godzilla movie a few weeks ago, I'd been putting it off because I thought I'd be disappointed with watching another reboot that's trying to build it's own universe. I was pleasantly surprised when I finally watched the film, it actually had a storyline and watching the film was a good way to spend a couple of hours. It had small nuggets of what is to come by introducing the organisation Monarch and the idea of MUTO but on the whole it felt like a stand alone film and it wouldn't have felt like something was missing if it had ended at Godzilla. Thankfully the movie was a juggernaut and made enough money that the studio decided to treat us with Kong: Skull Island.

The first trailer that was released for the film gained my interest and with every teaser released since comic con last year I became even more enthused. I liked the 70s-esque feel, I liked the John C. Reilly, I like the Samuel L. "mother fucking" Jackson and I liked Kong who was the bigger than I'd ever expected him to be. Low and behold I was free on the day it opened and as my friends had shown know interest in watching the film (well, the two I mentioned it to anyway) there was nothing stopping me from watching it in IMAX and apart from learning I couldn't handle watching movies in IMAX I loved the experience. It made me want to go to an Island somewhere and smash shit up until I realised that that was what the film was telling me not to do.


Z: The Beginning Of Everything Is Dazzling Drama

It's probably no shock at this point that I think Amazon is making great strides in streaming television and they've released another series that is sure to be (or at least I hope it will be) a hit. Z: The Beginning Of Everything was released last week and I have come to the realisation that I can binge watch any show, no matter the genre or the subject matter. Z is an adaptation of Z: The Novel Of Zelda Fitzgerald and follows the exploits of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (Christina Ricci) of F. Scott (David Hoflin) and Zelda Fitzgerald fame. If you haven't been living under a rock for almost a century the name F. Scott Fitzgerald should be familiar to you. If you have studied English anytime in the last century you should be overly familiar with him due to his most famous work The Great Gatsby as well as numerous others including The Last Tycoon. Scott may be the most famous out of the pair and is a prominent character in the series but Z is most definitely Zelda's show.


Is Timeless... Well, Timeless?

*Spoilers for Timeless*

Yes, I had to use that title. It's a shame I can never be a father because I could tell some killer dad jokes.

Timeless is a science fiction drama that follows historian Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer), Sergeant Wyatt Logan (Matt Lanter) and programmer Rufus Carlin (Malcolm Barrett) travelling through time in search of the villainous Garcia Flynn (Goran Višnjić). Flynn had previously stolen a time ship and decided to alter history for unknown reasons, the teams job is to prevent any changes from occurring and to eliminate the threat to history. They are aided in their mission by Connor Mason (Patterson Joseph), who's company Mason Industries created the time machines, and Agent Denise Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey), a homeland security agent tasked with stopping Flynn and recovering the stolen tech.


Who's Left Standing In The Walking Dead?

*Spoilers for The Walking Dead*

A few months ago I wrote a post about how The Walking Dead had lost it's stones and needed to man up and at the end of that post I said that I hoped to write a retraction following the sixth season finale. Due to my frustrations I didn't bother because it wasn't warranted but now I've watched the seventh season premiere I am ready.

The sixth season finale saw the introduction of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a character who had loomed over the entire group (and the audience) during the latter half of the season. Negan and his group had threatened and bullied existing colonies in the area to do their bidding but Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his tribe weren't willing to give in to any sort of intimidation by him. Before their formal introduction Rick and his group, as well as the Hilltop Colony that we'd met earlier, decided to neutralise the threat by exterminating what they believed was the whole of Negan's crew while they slept. Unfortunately for them Negan is well organised and didn't leave all his eggs in one basket and he decided to let them know that he wasn't to be trifled with. He intercepted Rick's group as they were on their way to Hilltop to get medical care for a sickly Maggie (Lauren Cohan), the finale ending with a Negan speech and his bat (Lucille) getting acquainted with one of their skulls.


Designated Survivor: Will It Survive The Season?

*Spoilers for Designated Survivor*

If you scroll through the posts of this blog you'll probably realise that I love Kiefer Sutherland/Jack Bauer/24 so it should come as no surprise that I sampled Designated Survivor, Sutherlands latest outing on the small screen. I'm not going to lie, I wasn't enthused when I first heard about it. It's not often that someone comes off a successful television show and jumps straight into another, Sutherland attempted to do so with the two season Touch which I didn't hate but I was put off by the network meddling which changed the show completely in its second season. The premise of Designated Survivor didn't quite appeal to me, we already have an entertaining enough real life presidential school fight going on so do I need to waste a part of my week to watch this?

Yes. For now anyway. Designated Survivor follows Tom Kirkman (Sutherland) as he is thrust into the role of being the president of the United States following a catastrophic attack during the State of Union address. Most of the members of the cabinet were present with the exception of Kirkman, the Secretary of Housing and Urban development, who was named designated survivor. A designated survivor is something I knew nothing about but it is a member of the line of presidential succession who is forced to sit out in group meetings and in the case of an event that would wipe out the heads of state they would take on the presidency and make efforts to rebuild the cabinet. I did kick myself for believing that this wouldn't be of any interest to me, it may be because my expectations were low but I enjoyed almost every minute of the first couple of episodes.


The Night Of: Satisfyingly Unsatisfying?

*Spoilers for The Night Of*

A while back I had the experience of being underwhelmed by Jason Bourne and not even just a little underwhelmed, wholly underwhelmed. Normally it would annoy me a great deal knowing that I'd wasted two hours of my life but I'm glad I endured it because the film featured Riz Ahmed. I loved him in Shifty, Four Lions and much more and was glad that he was getting some love from Hollywood so I was eager to find out what else he was up to lately. Then I found it. The Night Of.

The Night Of follows Nasir "Naz" Khan (Ahmed), a Pakistani-American who is arrested for the brutal murder of Andrea Cornish (Sofia D'Elia). He spent the night with her but due to his drug addled state he has no recollection of the evenings events, making him the prime suspect in the eyes of the police. He may have had no priors, motive or blood on his person but he did have what could possibly be the murder weapon and that was apparently enough for the police to arrest him and not chase down other leads or suspects. John Stone (John Turtorro), an ambulance chaser-esque lawyer, stumbles upon him mistakenly believing he has been arrested for a minor offence, soon discovering that he has taken on more than he bargained for. Thrilling drama ensues.