Orange is the New Black

ORANGE

I like TV. Not like I like summer days or the smell of baking cookies. I mean, I’m IN like with TV (I wouldn’t say love because I fear commitment). I’m excited to experience new shows,watching new storylines unfold makes me happy, and when I find a show that has that perfect blend of brilliant writing, deep and honest character development, captivating actors and a fully developed vision, it makes me excitement pee a little.

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He’s excited peeing right now. 

So far, I’ve tried to keep my blogs about newer-ish shows, the oldest being Jane the Virgin at the beginning of its third season.

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Not so virginal anymore… 

However, since tomorrow is one of my favorite days of the year, the premier of the newest season of Orange is the New Black, I’m making an exception.

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Whoa big guy, wrong day. Back to hibernation for you, see you around Halloween. 

You guys. Have you even seen this show yet? If not, go do it now. I mean, let me finish, but then go! This show is the greatest (except for Piper, no one likes Piper except Piper)!

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Ugggghhhhh….. 

I love how just about every character gets at least one episode to fully flesh out a back story. I love how there is no one that is just inherently evil, just characters that have been shaped by their circumstances. Like that phrase mom’s are fans of, they aren’t bad people, they just made bad decisions. Or several consecutive bad decisions in some cases. I’m a firm believer in getting to know people’s stories. Their traumas, their suffering, the things that made them who they are through their eyes. Once you do, it’s harder to hate them. This show does just that perfectly.

All of the characters have their irritating times because they’re human, but ultimately, we get to see what is redeeming about most of them eventually. Except Piper, who is never not annoying.

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Yep, still hate her… 

The show hooked me from the very beginning and I never looked back. The drama is addicting, the storylines are compelling the acting is gorgeous. In short, we hate Piper, we love everything else, we are definitely against privatization of the prison system, God bless America.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is the latest interpretation of the classic Arthurian legend. Here, we find a much different Arthur than we are used to; this is a more modern, street wise take than that of Nigel Terry in Excalibur (1981), Richard Harris in Camelot (1967) or even Clive Owen in King Arthur (2004) 

  With Guy Ritchie at the helm, this movie has a very unique feel. The movie ends up being a mixed bag; it feels like a cross between 80’s sword and sorcery flicks and Snatch (2000) in one scene you have castle sized elephants and magic mages laying siege to Camelot; and in the next you have a snarky, comical back and forth between Arthur and the Captain of the Guard. These two genres and tones rarely gel, leaving a film that feels disjointed.


   Ultimately, it is a fun, harmless film that won’t leave a lasting impression. Charlie Hunnam does a fine job as Arthur; while he doesn’t feel like King Arthur, he has a fun, sarcastic personality that’s enjoyable to watch. Jude Law does a good job as the villain of the movie, but doesn’t end up having too much to do. And is it me, or do the villains costumes remind you of the villains in Willow (1988)?


The rest of the cast is fine, Aiden Gillen and Djimon Hounsou are both likable and play their roles well. The only miscast in my opinion, is the Mage, a Merlin stand-in played by Astrid Berges-Frisby. I think they were trying for a mystical, disconnected feel, but it came across as bad acting and delivery.

    By far the best part of this film is everything involving the sword Excalibur. From the swords design, the way the sword wound up in the stone, and the way they showcased the swords power. This is by far the most powerful we’ve seen Excalibur on film, and it’s fun to watch.


   Overall, this film is a fun popcorn flick that’s a tad disjointed. It’s the perfect redbox rental, but don’t set your hopes too high. 
-Topherious