I’ve been really distracted lately and Netflix and iFlix are not helping. When I’d get all my prep work done for my classes, I sit in front of the computer and try to write. I write a sequence here and there, hate it, and then throw it away and stare at a blank screen all over again.
Sometimes, I just stare at the blank page for hours until I give up.
And then I open Netflix and iFlix and watch something hoping it would spark some fire in me.
Mr. Robot just started on iFlix and that’s going to kill me. I’m going to be waiting every week to catch the latest episode. I really love that show and, surprisingly, the thing I’m most fascinated with the series is the composition of it’s shots. Consistently throughout the series, the directors of the show would put the subject at the very edge of the screen and fill up the rest with background scenery. It’s such a strange compositional choice but it works for the show.
And I just love the narrative. Rami Malek is so engaging as an actor. I’m totally sold into the show.
I started on Star Trek Discovery and while I’m enjoying the show, I’m not that invested in it and I blame The Expanse for that. I just finished season 2 of The Expanse and it really rewired how I look at space battles. I find The Expanse to be the science fiction version of Game of Thrones when it comes to intrigue, politics, and heroism. It’s such a good show.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was so shocking for me because I’m not a comedy TV show connoisseur. I don’t seem to gravitate or stick with comedy TV shows but I watched all four season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in one week. It’s so hilarious and finally get why people love Adam Samberg. Though it’s Stephanie Beatriz who is my favorite in the show.
The Babysitter was such a shock for me. Samara Weaving is gorgeous and beguiling. She is a wonderful actress and what could have been a bad film turned out to be well-written and so enjoyable. It had just the right amount of comedy and heart and camp and never went too far with its parody of the genre. It’s a hilarious, energetic, off-the-wall coming-of-age story and I enjoyed myself so much.
But the big winner for me is Mindhunter, which may be my second favorite show of this year, second to Big Little Lies. Maybe it’s a very close second. Mindhunter is so good, I finished it in 2 days. I saw six episodes on my first session before leaving for the beach and then saw the last four two days later when I finally got back to Manila. Now I have to wait for next year before coming back to see it.
It’s so good. It’s smart and it’s filled with character development and it’s the first time I’ve seen a David Fincher piece that’s bright and sunny. The soundtrack is amazing. The acting is of the highest calibre and the script is so strong.