Dark comedies are my saving grace at the moment and I can't stop binge watching. Pretty much what I'm saying is come find me after quarantine because I've got plans, and this is why your plans should be the same...
Outlander is a show that has long remained on the edge of my awareness, without my ever really having heard of it, consciously. Which, as a lover of period dramas, surprises me as much as those of my friends when they realise that it took me five seasons, and several years, to truly discover it. Even more surprising, as a bookworm, was my ignorance towards the epic book series, from which the TV-show is based. The series is yet unfinished, but to date, consists of eight novels (ranging from 600-1200 pages each), a ninth oncoming, and a spin-off series, several short stories, and a graphic novel. Clearly, this is a mega-series, a brand in itself, and yet, somehow, it's until now avoided my attention.
I thought that this documentary was pretty impressive if not, sometimes rather invasive and impolite. It’s about Adolf Hitler and his family. It’s about the people who were related to him like his brother and it tells the story of how his brother: Alois, had a son called William. Then William moved to America, changed his name and had four sons. These four sons made a pact and they are still alive today.
Obviously, everyone knows the story of the Russian Revolution and the planned killing of the dynastic Romanov Family and I really can’t tell you how many documentaries I’ve watched on the topic if you put a gun to my head. However, this one seems to stick with you for a long time after you’ve viewed it. It’s one of those documentaries where you can honestly say that someone has really thought about the viewing experience here. It’s not you’re straight-forward documentary with fact after fact. It has a narrative structure, intriguing characters, reason and philosophy, connections between actions and their knock-on effects and so much more. Sometimes, because it is told in the style of a narrative constantly approaching its climax - you really do have to remind yourself that this stuff actually happened.
I’m not going to lie but when I first started watching this, the one thing I was wondering was ‘how are they going to tell me anything new? I was born and raised here, I know the story of the House of Windsor. How are they going to teach me something whilst making this look exciting and innovative?’ Now, when I actually began getting into the episodes, that was a question that was answered straight away. Through compelling evidence and a lot of the evidence presented as being ‘never seen before on TV’ - I can honestly say that I had an amazing experience of watching this amazingly made documentary series about the Royal House of Windsor.
I enjoyed this series far more than I thought I would have initially because I did not think I would have enjoyed a documentary about the American Presidency at all. It’s one of those aspects of history which has never really interested me that much and I’ve never known why. (Maybe it’s because I’m from Britain and so, I’m ingrained with a belief of a guilty pleasure for pomp and decadence). There are many things that I love about this documentary, but before we get on to the slightly funny and maybe even the analytical, I would like to be partly serious for a second. I know very well who this series is narrated by and I am making absolutely zero comment about the narrator or his life. If you would like to bring me up on that, please do not - it has nothing to do with my review or my interests. Take it up with the courts and the man himself if you are so concerned please.
Ryan Murphy's anticipated Hollywood has been incredibly popular since it dropped on May 1, but unfortunately despite the success of this season, it's unlikely the limited series will ever return for a second season on Netflix, and here's why. Hollywood is a Netflix series developed, written and produced by Ryan Murphy, the creator and executive producer of "American Horror Story" and "Murphy's Law."
Quarantine has given us so many gifts, killer bees, anxiety, the children fighting ('children' does include the "grown" ones who get into "heated debates") the largest of which is time. We have so much time, we got time to sit in awkward silences with the dog, time to get some spring cleaning done(again), time to figure out how we beat Jumanji...I mean Covid-19, we have time to homeschool our kids....unsuccessfully did I mention the anxiety?! My point is ,ladies and gents, we all don't quite have the patience to wait for a show's popularity to rise on the Netflix algorithm. Especially since some of us got fights to separate (or watch at this point am I right?).