REVIEW: The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019 – Documentary)

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The following is a review of The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley — Directed by Alex Gibney.

In 2019, we’ve already been given multiple tantalizing tales of young entrepreneurs revealed to be con artists, phoneys, or fraudsters. Call them what you will, but, with the two documentaries about the catastrophic ‘Fyre festival’ and now this documentary about a wannabe-disruptor and con artist in the biomedical industry, I find myself thinking about the loopholes these young people jumped through and how investors were fooled into making them frontmen, leaders, and innovators. In the case of The Inventor, it is not so much about incompetence but more about deception and how investors were deceived into propping up a transfixing, deep-voiced, and intense Stanford drop-out with delusions of grandeur, even as she spouted out incredibly vague descriptions of her grand idea. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019 – Documentary)”

REVIEW: Sharp Objects (2018 – Mini-Series)

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The following is a review of HBO’s Sharp Objects — A Mini-Series Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

I had been looking forward to this show for quite some time when I first sat down to watch the first episode of Sharp Objects, which is titled Vanish. The entirety of HBO’s latest well-cast mini-series was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée who, just last year, was the talk of the town with his first HBO series Big Little Lies — one of my favorite shows from 2017. It only made me more interested in the show when I learned that Sharp Objects, his new mini-series, was based on a novel by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote Gone Girl. Continue reading “REVIEW: Sharp Objects (2018 – Mini-Series)”

REVIEW: Patrick Melrose (2018 – Mini-Series)

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The following is a review of Patrick Melrose — A British-American Mini-Series.

Benedict Cumberbatch has made himself into a star. He is the kind of actor who has gotten himself a devoted fanbase that stretches to the ends of the earth, which, I think, is even a surprise to him. BBC’s Sherlock was, obviously, his breakthrough series, and it will probably stay as the piece of content for which he receives the most love from fans, even though he now has played a mythical dragon in The Hobbit-films and a fan-favorite hero in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. But his performance as the title character in Patrick Melrose might be his most complete and layered performance yet. Continue reading “REVIEW: Patrick Melrose (2018 – Mini-Series)”

REVIEW: The Tale (2018)

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The following is a review of The Tale — Directed by Jennifer Fox.

When Jennifer Fox was a thirteen year old girl, she had what she for the longest time would always refer to as her ‘first relationship.’ It was with an older man, she would explain. She had much love for him, she would claim. She had made use of that experience to get a good grade in English class, she would explain. She had fictionalized some of the story she had presented in class, she claimed. But none of those assertions or explanations told the whole story. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Tale (2018)”

REVIEW: Paterno (2018)

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The following is a review of HBO Films’ Paterno — Directed by Barry Levinson.

HBO Film’s Paterno is a drama about the true story of the Jerry Sandusky-sex abuse cover-up, which found legendary head coach Joe Paterno (played by Al Pacino) in the spotlight as he failed to properly report and follow-up on the serious allegations. Continue reading “REVIEW: Paterno (2018)”

REVIEW: The Leftovers – “G’Day Melbourne”

The following is a review and recap of the fourth episode of the third season of The Leftovers (HBO). Expect Full Story Spoilers.

In the fourth episode of the third season – G’Day Melbourne – Nora (played by Carrie Coon) meets with the group that claims to be able to reunite her with her lost loved ones, while Kevin, Jr. (played by Justin Theroux) sees someone he thought was dead on Australian television. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Leftovers – “G’Day Melbourne””

REVIEW: The Leftovers – “Crazy Whitefella Thinking”

The following is a review and recap of the third episode of the third season of The Leftovers (HBO). Expect Full Story Spoilers.

The third episode of the third season – Crazy Whitefella Thinking – is a point-of-view episode from the perspective of Kevin Garvey, Sr. (played by Scott Glenn), wherein Senior is travelling around Australia to collect the chants of Australian tribes so that he can prevent a forthcoming flood of biblical proportions. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Leftovers – “Crazy Whitefella Thinking””

REVIEW: The Leftovers – “Don’t Be Ridiculous”

The following is a review and recap of the second episode of the third season of The Leftovers (HBO). Expect Full Story Spoilers.

In the second episode of the third season – Don’t Be Ridiculous – Nora Durst (played by Carrie Coon) travels to St. Louis to meet a cast-member from the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers, the ‘Pillar Man’ (played by Turk Pipkin) dies, and four Australian women on horseback look for a police chief named Kevin. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Leftovers – “Don’t Be Ridiculous””

REVIEW: The Leftovers – “The Book of Kevin”

The following is a review and recap of the first episode of the third season of The Leftovers (HBO). Expect Story Spoilers.

Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta’s The Leftovers is back on HBO for its final eight episode long season. I managed to bingewatch the first two seasons of the show during my Easter break last week, and I am, honestly, hooked. Therefore I’ve decided that I will review each and every episode of this last season of The Leftovers. So, without further ado, let’s get to it. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Leftovers – “The Book of Kevin””

REVIEW: The Leftovers – Season Two (2015)

The following is a review of the second season of The Leftovers – Created by Damon Lindelof & Tom Perotta

After a terrific and underrated first season, the writers of The Leftovers decided to open their second season with a change of scenery. First, a supremely odd prologue that had me scratching my head and made me wonder if I was watching a different show. It’s a sequence that manages to foreshadow a lot of the events of the second season, but it was an odd way to open a season nonetheless.

Then, after the prologue ended, Axis Mundi – the first episode of the season – becomes a point of view-episode from the perspective of a family from Jarden, Texas — a town that lost zero people during the ‘Sudden Departure.’ We soon learn that these people are Kevin (played by Justin Theroux), Nora (played by Carrie Coon), and Jill’s (played by Margaret Qualley) new neighbors. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Leftovers – Season Two (2015)”