Thursday, January 31, 2019

Movie & TV Recommendations for January 2019


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During the fall and winter, I tend to stay in more often.   When this happens I enjoy catching up on TV.   But what to watch?      I'm here to help.    These are TV shows that I've watched in the final months of 2018 and into the beginning of 2019.   These are recommended.   There might be some spoilers in spots.


American Horror Story seasons 2,3,5

After watching and enjoying Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, I wanted to continue seeing some great horror TV.   I've heard rumblings about how good American Horror Story is from co-workers over the last few years.    I even talked about it with my therapist as she's a fan of the show.    I binged-watched seasons 1-5.    I began season 6(Roanoke)but it did not hook me and I dropped it about 3 episodes in.    My favorite seasons where Asylum, Coven, and Hotel.    They weren't perfect but so much fun.   There were wonderful homages to classic horror movies in Coven such as Evil Dead and Night of the Living Dead.   Hotel was visually eye-catching and has some of the craziest characters such as James Patrick March and the Countess.   Asylum feels like an engaging novella you'd read on a long trip(and my absolute favorite of the three).

Daredevil season 3

All hail(in my opinion)the best Netflix-Marvel show.    This is the series I currently recommend to co-workers and friends if they are deciding on checking out the multitude of superhero, long-form content on Netflix.    In season 3, worthwhile adversaries Bullseye and Wilson Fisk a.k.a. Kingpin give Matt Murdock a run for his money.     

When we were kids, my younger brother owned a beat-up, Secret Wars, Mattel Daredevil figure.   I think he got it from a friend.    Little did I know this Marvel character would have such a rich history of awesome gritty noir storylines.    After watching this season I wanted more.    Possibly a great comic story to read from this character.   I found on Comixology 'Man without Fear' by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.     What a great book that was!    I will discuss this graphic novel in a future podcast episode.

If you watch only one episode of this season, see episode 4 titled 'Blindsided.'   Witness an incredible prison fight scene which goes on and on.    Fantastic stuff.

Hell's Kitchen

Amazon Prime recently added multiple seasons of these 3 shows.  These were some of my favorite reality TV.   Revisiting them took me back to a time when I lived at home with mom.   They'd be appointment television watching.    I moved away on bad terms.   When I rented my first room, on lonely nights, these shows brought a small warmth of being back under my mother's wing.   They eased some homesickness when it would arise.    

Most of January 2019 has been spent watching these shows.    I love watching Hell's Kitchen while preparing and having dinner.   Seeing the chefs, the cooking, the challenges and 'Chef Ramsay' tearing into the competitors.    At home, out loud, I've often imitated the voiceover guy because I find him ridiculously entertaining.   

Amazing Race used to be my absolute favorite reality show.   The variety, the world travel, the teams, and their stories.   Phil Keoghan is a very likable host.   'The last team to check in here may be eliminated!'   

Phil Keoghan interview by Tim Ferris  

I enjoyed but had a disdain for Survivor.    The show was fun but the lying, cheating, stealing between the competitors was slimy and didn't feel good after watching.    With 2019 eyes, it is my favorite of the three.    Why?   I find storytelling is the best on Survivor.   I'm currently studying storytelling to improve my podcast, blog, videos.   This is the program which quickly gets me invested in rooting for the competitors or in tears when the finalists meet their loved ones.        

Watching these shows on Amazon Prime I can skip ahead and not spend 45 minutes per episode.    This is great for revisiting seasons I already watched in the past.

Narcos season 4

I truly enjoyed the first 3 seasons of this series.    This chapter started off slowly but ended in suspense.    It portrays Diego Luna as a villain who at first I empathized with.    But throughout the course of the show, you see his evil ways rear their ugly head.    Micheal Pena's character who tragically never quits in his search to arrest Diego Luna is inspiring but sad.    Other standouts are Tenoch Huerta as the unhinged Caro and his girlfriend Sofia Contessa played by Tessa La.   Matt Lescher as DEA agent Jaime Kuykendall, Joaquin Cosio as Don Neto were great too.   Narcos often has a very strong cast.    I loved how it connected to previous seasons with appearances by the  Cali Cartel and Pablo Escobar.    A young Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is introduced and becomes a recurring character.     Season 4 is not the strongest of the show but it is quality.

The Last Kingdom season 3

I watched the first two seasons of this program before Netflix acquired it online through nefarious means.    I am a fan of the History Channel's Vikings.   When I came across this program a few years ago I thought the Last Kingdom looked like the aforementioned Vikings.    It even had a character of the same name(Ragnar Lothbrook).    

What I like about the show over the other is the pace.   It moves much quicker.    Also, we(the viewer)ride alongside the core group of characters(barring a few new players introduced here and there)and watch them develop through all 3 seasons.

Alexander Dreymon is a very charismatic lead and the supporting cast of King Alfred his family, Father Beocca, Brida, Aelswith, Athelwold to name a few, fill out this show well.    One of my favorite things is just listening to these names over and over on the show.    Great villains, great action you won't go wrong with this series.


A Star is Born (2018)
Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Bumblebee (2018)
Aquaman (2018)
Creed 2 (2018)
Overlord (2018)


Sunset Overdrive (2014)
Batman Arkham City (2011)
Splinter Cell Conviction (2010)

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