Santa Clarita Diet: How To Make A Show About Marriage, But Not Make it Obvious

5st April, 2019

The Netflix show is about marriage and other relationships in general, not only zombie as you may think. The story about Sheila and Joel Hammond (played by talented Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) is a simple tale at first – two realtors, beautiful house in Santa Clarita suburbs and cheeky daughter (Liv Hewson). It sounds like usual, maybe sometimes boring family comedy that has the same theme and flows like many others.

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But there is a one very important snag – Sheila is on special diet – Santa Clarita Diet. Her menu? Crunchy and salty earlobes, human fingers or liver. How did that happen? Some suspicious Serbian clams are here to be blamed. After that, Sheila has never been the same – she claims to be even better!

Throughout two seasons, Sheila and Joel try to figure out the new, improved (?) life with the help of Abby and her friend Eric. Not that they want to include her, oh no. Abby doesn’t simply want to stay away from planning on how to kill some Nazi for her dear mom to eat. Apparently Nazi tastes the best. Hammonds face a lot of threats including police officers and certain Serbian organization who try to find out what caused undead to become, well, undead.

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The newest season aired on March 29th on Netflix and certainly didn’t disappoint. Vincent Fresco along with his team of writers again served viewers greatly created  multi-dimentional characters and hilarious dialogues that don’t seem forced. Personally, I haven’t heard such funny jokes that Hammonds serve for a long time.

“Killing people is hard. I used to think that was a good thing.”— Joel

“I just wanted your vomit. Why’d you have to make it weird?” — Abby

But besides priceless quotes, we have something else that only someone experienced is able to figure out – how to make a show about something, but not make it obvious? Fresco hit the jackpot and created a series that seemingly tells the story of a zombie who tries to find out what happened to her and how to fight it. However, after seeing a few episodes, you can see that the story is actually about marriage and relationships in general. Sheila and Joel show (in a very entertaining way, I might add) how to cooperate with your loved one in hard moments and how to communicate with someone you care about. I also have to say that Joel deserves to be awarded as Best Husband In the World. The way he’s killing Nazis for her wife? Hats down!

Another important subject that may be not so obvious is breaking stereotypes about bisexuality. During the show, Hammonds’ neighbor, Lisa, starts seeing the police officer, Anne, after her husband mysteriously dissapears (hm, I’m wondering how this one happened…). Nobody makes a big deal about Lisa’s coming out and I think this is very important message to the society. Nobody even addresses is as it is the most normal thing in the world, which – we can all agree – is.

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Santa Clarita Diet is constant in its success – maybe even better in season 3. Abby’s character development only gives more to the show. Plus Joel as a fierce feminist? Count me in for more seasons!

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Destroyer: A Portrayal Of a Broken Woman

Jan 4th, 2019

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I suppose that the high quality of Destroyer, if it’s either camera angles, dialogues or cast, shouldn’t be surprising. The picture was created by Karyn Kusama who, in the past, focused more on horror plots, but decided to create still thrilling picture, but in the different aspect.

Kusama decided to trust Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi and they both created a screenplay for the film. As Karyn herself admitted during Q&A, she was really impressed that two men portrayed a broken woman in a way they did – not through their point of view, which was so important for Destroyer.

It also wasn’t surprising that Nicole Kidman, who played the main role of detective Erin Bell, did a splendid job, playing a broken woman as I got used to call her character. Destroyer doesn’t have original plot per se. There’ve been many movies that told the same story, however, the way this picture is  portrayed and shown with the help of Alexa camera, leaves the viewers with many emotions after.

Viewers meet Erin Bell when the woman is already hurt by so many. This is manifested in every aspect: her approach to the world and people, her way of walking and ever her outside appearance. First impression? Erin went through much more situations than people her age and we are about to find out soon what happened to her.

When the police takes the case of the murder, woman doesn’t seem to care. However, she starts to get invested, when it turns out it’s her past that calls her.

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Nicole Kidman as Erin Bell (present).

Her character is, in fact, the main topic for reflection – what kind of mother you should be, what kind of policewoman, and above all, what kind of  person. A whole snag, however shocking it is, is the transformation of Erin and who she has become, even her external appearance. Luckily, it’s not presented in an offensive way, not even in the slightest degree. I don’t personally think that Karyn would allow it. Destroyer simply portrays of how brutal events can completely change you – not only inside.

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Nicole Kidman has never let me down. Her reflection of an older Erin is an amazing show of her acting abilities. Kidman, during Q & A, admitted that during the creation of the film, she was unable to get out of the role. This has brought Erin even more back to life in the viewers’ minds.

This is also one of only couple pictures where older version and younger version of the character is portrayed by the same actress. Nicole Kidman highlighted that this was very important for her. It took her a very long time to become older Erin, physically speaking, but she decided to do it anyway.

It is known, however, that the film is nothing without a proper direction. Karyn Kusama once again gave the viewers a magnificent show of her skills and decided to do exactly what I personally love – very close shots of characters’ faces, blurry backgrounds and scenes in slow motions. She painted a very emotional, thrilling story of a woman who will risk everything to find justice while trying to fix relationship with her growing daughter.

I don’t think this is a picture for every mood. In my opinion, you have to be feeling rather reflective to fully experience the story of Erin Bell told by Kusama and played by Kidman. It is, though, the picture, that is mandatory for everyone. I really hope we will get nominations from The Academy.

 

 

The Phenomenon of “American Horror Story” [spoilers]

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American Horror Story debuted on October 5th of 2011 with Murder House. I bet that even creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, had no idea that the series will become one of the most famous (if not the most famous) series around the world. Murphy and Falchuk showed fans the new idea of horror – they simply connected mind-blowing story telling with gore and concept of paranormal phenomena into one. That was something people went crazy about.

Fans also went crazy about amazing cast that raised the bar of acting to the impossible level. I might be biased right here, but one look at Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga etc. will leave you with the same feeling as it left me – on the edge of this blew my simple human mind and what am I supposed to do with my life now (that one is usually after finishing each season of AHS).

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I’m not going to talk about gore though. I’m here to talk about storytelling of American Horror Story and elements (oh, so many elements) fans can read between the lines. I don’t even know if people realize how many various references creators have made. We have references to local ghost stories, pop culture, literature, politics and bible. And yes, I’m not using capital letter on purpose, because I’m not talking about one particular bible.

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AHS series has many, many references to infamous criminals that once were used to scare kids so they can go back to the house earlier instead of staying out late at night. It starts with character Tate Langdon portrayed by Evan Peters in first season – Murder House. Tate is a quiet boy, a son to Constance (Jessica Lange), brother and good person. Well, that is what everybody thinks… Eventually Tate grabs a gun, takes it to school and starts shooting everybody on his way. Later on, the demons of his actions haunt him, literally.

I believe that it was Falchuk and Murphy’s reference to terrifying Columbine incident from 1999. The shooting aftermath was shock to everyone in America – 15 deaths and 25 injured stayed in people’s memories forever. Tate Langdon’s character also portrays every other school shooting that happens in America. All the time. It shows that something ought to be done about that.

But that’s not the only reference we have. Later on throughout the seasons (Asylum), viewers are introduced to Dr. Arthur Arden (James Cromwell) who mutilates patients and tries to create something above human race. What does it remind you of? World War II and Josef Mengele who was working for Hitler and tried to create the perfect race. Mengele also tried to create a method that would change the eye color. Many references between him and Arthur Arden show that AHS creators simply created a new, maybe even creepier version of Mengele.

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Who else? There were so many real life criminals, it’s really hard to keep track. The viewers could see Black Dhalia, who appears throughout the entire series (even in the newest one titled Apocalypse). Elizabeth Short, who was brutally murdered, is trapped in the Murder House and cannot find peace. In season fourth: Hotel, we can also see Aileen Wuornos, Richard Ramirez, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy etc. The scariest, most terrifying criminals appear on Halloween as ghosts on the supper that they share. Is there anything more beautiful that this subtle wink from Murphy and Falchuk?

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… says Billie Dean Howards, the medium portrayed by aforementioned, amazingly talented Sarah Paulson. Billie returns between the seasons, Murder House, Apocalypse and such. Many characters appear throughout eight season of the series, making amazing connection to other characters that are new to the viewers. It is simply beautiful what Ryan and Brad did with AHS series. Every seasons tells us different story, every one is different than the other with unique characters, but somehow creators connect them with invisible rope. You can easily point out some of them – linking Murder House with the newest Apocalypse. That’s probably one of the biggest references when it’s about characters.

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Michael Langdon, newborn son of Vivien and Tate Langdon (worth mentioning that Vivien was human and Tate a ghost) is being taken care of by his grandmother, Constance (Jessica Lange). Vivien dies and when we already think everything is fine, we see Michael, all bloody and smiley. Before him, body of his babysitter. After first season I’m pretty sure fans didn’t think about it much… till Apocalypse. Billie Dean Howard predicted rising of the end – it would be Michael Langdon, son of a human and ghost (later on it is said that Tate was simply a channel for something higher – Satan himself). Michael is said to bring the end of the world for everybody unless he’s stopped. Although perhaps mankind shouldn’t be worried as Cordelia Goode and her Coven of witches returns and plans to destroy Langdon’s plans.

Witches are back and with them, another reference – Lady Gaga in Roanoke. After Coven aired and (of course) succeeded, everybody was wondering – who was the very first Supreme? Later on we found out from Murphy that Lady Gaga’s character from sixth season named Scathach was the first Supreme that ever existed. Isn’t it amazing? The connections go on and on throughout all series such as Montgomery family from first season, then appearance of Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) in third one and back in the newest one. Her roots weren’t confirmed, but I’m positive it will land somewhere within dr. Charles Montgomery.

On top of that, ghosts habitually reappear, scaring and killing newest characters. But who’s the other bigger character that connects seasons? Lana Winters.

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We get to meet Lana Winters in season two titled Asylum. She’s journalist who’s falsely committed to Briarcliff Manor, simply for trying to write an article about the place and how they treat their patients. But that’s not all. She’s being treated because her partner is a woman. Her doctor, Dr. Oliver Thredson, an awful man (worthy to add), treats her by showing her male pornographic pictures or by “male touch”. The woman is also treated witch electroshocks ordered by Sister Jude. Sarah Paulson’s acting in those scenes is something that cannot be described, you just have to see it.

Thankfully, Lana finds the way to escape and to expose Asylum. She becomes a really famous journalist and then appears in other seasons such as Cult. She tries to interview Ally Mayfair-Richards (so basically herself as Ally is portrayed by Paulson as well *wink wink*).

I could go on and on with references between the characters and seasons but then you would probably be bored. My point was to simply show how smoothly Murphy and Falchuk’s characters are in harmony with each other and make always perfect sense.

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Another section of references is pretty simple if you think about it – modern (and not so modern…) pop culture and AHS series create captivating connections. If you are a fan of horrors, you will easily notice The Amityville Horror in first season as well as Polanski’s picture, Rosemary’s baby – Vivien is pregnant with the child that’s half human, half ghost and is foretold by Billie Dean as anti-christ (Michael).

But that’s not the only horror that’s referenced in AHS. Fans can also notice connections to The Exorcist, The Shining, and the idea of creepy clowns.

Who else appears? Andy Warhol for example. And Charles Manson, both played by Even Peters. But! The biggest and most amazing, in my opinion, surprise is Stevie Nicks playing herself in Coven and Apocalypse. Stevie is presented as white witch by Misty Day, who’s obsessed with her music.

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Misty joins Cordelia and even gets to meet Stevie! (her fainting after seeing her is pretty much all of us after seeing our long time idol). Stevie signs for the witches and I think we can all agree she simply brings the magic on the screen to our hearts. All thanks to creators.

Don’t be a hater, dear

Myrtle Snow said titled words which Donald Trump probably never comprehended in his whole life. Not being a hater seems to be an impossible thing to do in contemporary time. Hate, after all, plays huge role in American Horror Story series. It seems to be one of the leading themes in every season of the cult show.

And what’s better showing hate than politics? Seventh season, Cult, starts when Donald Trump wins the elections and leads two main plots: Kai Anderson and Ally Mayfair-Richards (in sequence, republican and democrat). Both of those characters represent one type of person while Ally also shows what phobia can do to a human being. Throughout the Cult , both sides fight against each other, but at the end it turns out, they are not so much different. Is that creator’s subtle way of telling us that, at the end, we are all the same?

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But it’s not only politics that presents hate in the series. It’s also a war between man and a woman. A war that women fought forever, a war that doesn’t stop even in 2018. A war for equality. We can see it more in the newest Apocalypse on the example of witches and warlocks.

As Cordelia raised and became Supreme, Apocalypse happened and humanity was destroyed. Long foretold the end of the beginning, aforementioned Michael Langdon, appears as a warlock who “supposedly” is going to become a new Supreme. At first everything makes sense, because Cordelia is, indeed, losing her powers and Langdon does all Seven Wonders (seven tests to become Supreme), but that’s not the point.

It’s warlocks who fought years to replace witches in the board. There is a fight between Cordelia and Ariel, one of the headmasters of the wizard school. But here, in Apocalypse, Cordelia shows that she’s not scared woman existing in the shadow of her mother anymore.

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We could definitely see the influence of #MeToo movement in the newest season that is such an important movement in contemporary times. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk united with women as well. It was reported that on the set of AHS Apocalypse, 61% of the set contained women as directors, screenwriters and such. Even Sarah Paulson had her own debut as director of one of the episodes (Return to Murder House).

The world is a filthy place. It’s a filthy goddamn horror show. There’s just so much pain, y’know?

The world, indeed, can be a filthy place and described series shows it. It shows it all. Although, in all its confusion, there is a light at the end of each episode that leads us to the next one. Once one starts analyzing or paying more attention to lines, one will see how much of a talent and effort Murphy and Falchuk put in American Horror Story.

It’s not just some TV show that people watch and forget. I’m pretty sure we will all talk about this one long after it’s ended. I’m sure of it.

And people who think that it’s only gross, disgusting, silly picture that scandalizes audience, please think again. And don’t be a hater, dear.

Emmy nominations 2018: Who will win?

   Emmy Awards – one of the most prestigious television events – will start on September 17th, 2018. This year Colin Jost and Michael Che from SNL will be hosting the event. Just today we finally got our nominations. It seems the race for the Emmy is going to be really intense and interesting.

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   Today I will present you Emmy nominations as well as my predictions. Last year’s event was dimmed by Big Little Lies and its stars – amazing Nicole Kidman, Reese Whiterspoon, Laura Dern etc. I now present you 2018 Emmy nominations. I will highlight positions I think may win.

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Drama Series

“The Handmaid’s Tale” 
“Game of Thrones”
“This Is Us”
“The Crown”
“The Americans”
“Stranger Things”
“Westworld”

 

Comedy Series

“Atlanta” (FX)
“Barry” (HBO)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

 

Limited Series

“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
“Genius: Picasso”
“Godless”
“Patrick Melrose”

 

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Ed Harris (“Westworld”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

 

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) or
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

 

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:

Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) or
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)

 

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:

Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)

 

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:

Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)
John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)

 

 Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:

Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)
Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)
Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

 

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

 

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

 

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

 

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

 

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)
Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
John Leguizamo (“Waco”)
Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) or
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)
Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

 

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”) or
Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Merritt Wever (“Godless”)
Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (Black Mirror))

 

Guest Actor in a Drama Series

F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland”)
Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”)
Matthew Goode (“The Crown”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”)
Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”)

 

Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis (“Scandal”)
Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)
Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

 

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Sterling K. Brown (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
Bryan Cranston (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Donald Glover (“Saturday Night Live”)
Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Katt Williams (“Atlanta”)

 

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 

Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tiffany Haddish (“Saturday Night Live”)
Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”)
Molly Shannon (“Will & Grace”)
Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”)

 

Reality Competition

“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior” or
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

 

Variety Sketch Series

“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)
“I Love You, America” (Hulu)

 

Variety Talk Series

“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden”

“Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

 

Television Movie

“Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)
“Flint” (Lifetime)
“Paterno” (HBO)
“The Tale” (HBO)
“Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)

 

Structured Reality Program

“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV) or
“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount) or
“Queer Eye” (Netflix)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

 

Unstructured Reality Program

“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“Naked and Afraid” (Discovery Channel)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1)
“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

 

Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program

W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”)
Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”)
Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”)

   What do you think about my predictions? I know that Handmaid’s Tale is going for a lot of awards, but in my opinion this year the show has many rivals. I think a strong position has Westworld with their newest season.

   What about you? Who do you think is going to win? Tell me and let’s start discussion before Emmys in September!

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A word about remakes and reboots. American remakes and reboots

14th of May, 2018

   Before I can start reflecting on the subject of the article, I have to present two definitions – remake and reboot. Both are many times mistaken for the other. They are similar kinds of movies, yet different.

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   I do not know what is with American producers and eternal remakes and reboots. 2 months ago BBC America annnounced the list of possible and already certain reboots. The list includes those but not all of them –  Charmed reboot set in modern times, darker version of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Murphy Brown and, possible, The Twilight Zone and Party of Five. Charmed Season 2 HeaderThe questions is why to reboot a good show that already ended and left the viewers with beautiful memories? Let’s take Charmed. As a teenage girl, I was obssesed with Phoebe, Prue and Piper – later Paige. Halliwell sisters were strong, brave and caring. CW already ordered a series and it will be on air in 2018-2019 season. The story is set in contemporary times and revolves around three sisters witches – Mel (Melonie Diaz), Macy (Madeleine Mantock) and Maggie (Sarah Jeffrey) who discover their heritage and have to deal with it. Seems the same, right? Fans were not really happy about completely new cast and the whole reboot idea. Even Holly Marie Combs who played Piper she expressed her dissatisfaction on Twitter.

   Myself, I do not think that rebooting original TV shows is a good idea. There are some exceptions, but usually the reboots are not the best.

   Talking about remakes is even more hurtful. Watching movie made by American producers, the viewers never think about whether it is remake or not. Furthermore, person who is not interested in films, will even think it is the greates original American masterpiece. And that is where they are wrong. 002-1-1024x778Researching the subject for the article, even I was surprised and shocked by some titles – Bedazzled with Bredan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley from 2000 for example is a remake of English production with the same title from 1967 with Dudley Moore. The same was with Jungle 2 Jungle (originally 1994 French film Un indien dans la ville), The Tourist with Angelina Jolie (French Anthony Zimmer from 2005 with Sophie Marceau) or even Vanilla Sky! Yes, Vanilla Sky (Spanish original was titled Open Your Eyes – Abre los ojos).
   Sad, isn’t it? It is turning out we do not know what is original and what is remake anymore. The same goes for American The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Only a few people realize that it is the remake of great Swedish saga named Män som hatar kvinnor. In this case Swedish producers made all three parts based on the book and they are 100% better than American one.

   But in this case it is not about which one is better – original or remake, but about the knowledge (or more lack) of the original source. People don’t know and they don’t have a comparison of both versions. That is why I decided to watch and compare. Sometimes one is better, sometimes the other. Sometimes both are great or awful. The most important thing is to research and find out.

   On the other hand, I think American producers should admit right away about buying the rights to remake and be a little louder about it. I think that would be great for the movie world.