Anyone who knows me knows how much TV I watch. A LOT. Staying up very late as a kid fostered my love of all things TV.
During the normal season(s), I watch a ton of shows, and usually the summer time meant that I would be able to take a break and catch up on anything I missed during the season.
Not so much anymore. Many networks are now following the formula set by TNT and others. Shorter seasons, almost by half. For the summer and winter periods.
The following are shows I think you should be watching. Basically, if I am watching them, you should be too. I promise, I won’t lead you astray.
10 Shows You Should Be Watching This Summer
#10 – Ray Donovan: Showtime. Starring Liev Schreiber and John Voigt – This is a great show about a fixer of celebrity problems in LA. I like to call him the Olivia Pope of the West Coast. Liev plays a great anti-hero. And John Voigt is the perfect antagonist to the titular character. A must watch.
#9 – Hell on Wheels: AMC. Starring Anson Mount, Common, and Chris Heyerdahl – Once a soldier and slave owner, this show follows the lead character, Cullen Bohannan as he becomes the overseer of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860’s. It’s a riveting story of how the prosperous nature of the East Coast meets the brutal backdrop of the Wild West.
#8 – Magic City: Starz. Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan – Follows the life of a hotel owner in the 1950’s, Miami Beach. Mobsters abound, how does a man keep control of his hotel empire with the mob/union nipping at his heels?
#7 – Hemlock Grove: Netflix. Starring Famke Janssen. – One word. WEREWOLVES. and other stuff too, but if I say what it is, it’ll ruin one of the final reveals of the show. The werewolf transformation alone should get you stoked to put this on your eyespace, but if you need any help deciding to watch this or not, I’ll say this…. Eli Roth. kthxbye.
#6 – Suits: USA. Starring Gabriel Macht and Gina Torres – Lawyers. Good looking lawyers. Smart and funny lawyers that will charm your pants off. And a really good story arc as well. Gabriel Macht pulls off smarmy with such grace, it makes you love to hate him. OR, just love him. And Gina Torres works so well with Macht, you would think they have worked for years and years together. The cohesiveness of the whole cast is pretty darn amazing.
#5 – Defiance: SyFy. Starring Grant Bowler, Julie Benz, and Graham Greene. Here is the synopsis from imdb.com, because I don’t think I could summarize it well and do it justice. You really should watch it. What other TV show has a video game that coincides with what happens on the show on a weekly basis? That’s pretty amazeballs. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2189221/synopsis?ref_=tt_ov_pl
#4 – Falling Skies: TNT. Starring Noah Wylie and Will Patton. Now in it’s third season, Falling Skies has found it’s place. Don’t get me wrong, but the first two seasons of this alien-invasion themed show was good. But now, the actors have settled into their roles and the show is moving at breakneck speed. Which is what I like in a show. Noah Wylie and Will Patton are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the stellar casting of this show. How do we treat each other when the world as we know it comes to an end? Watch to find out!
#3 – The Killing: AMC. Starring Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. This show follows a couple of detectives charged with solving the murder of a young girl. This show isn’t pretty. This show is gritty and it’s real, and it sometimes makes you feel uneasy. Everything that happens in this show, could happen in your neighborhood. But it also shows that there are heroes right around the corner, and these heroes aren’t perfect. Enos and Kinnaman bring such a realness to this show, its not the story that drives me to watch, its their portrayal of the characters.
#2 – Copper: BBC(America). Starring Tom Weston-Jones. (Taken from IMDB) Set in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City in the 1860s, focusing on a rugged young Irish cop who is forced to navigate his unruly and dangerous immigrant neighborhood while interacting with the uptown Manhattan crowd and the black community. This show is brutal, in your face, and gives insight on a time that hasn’t really been put on screen in this way before. Watch it, you will not be disappointed. Superb acting and great set pieces make the show worthwhile!
#1 – Orphan Black: BBC(America). Starring Tatiana Maslany, Taitana Maslany, and Tatiana Maslany – I don’t know where to begin about this show, but all I can say is that I have been a fan since Day 1. There hasn’t been another show on air where the main actress of the show has played 6 characters. SIX. I mean, who does that? And Tatiana Maslany pulls it off with such ease, it makes you wonder…well, maybe she has twin playing the other parts. But no, it’s all her. And let’s not get started on the sci-fi element to the shot. But the Oscar buzz has now begun and she has already won awards for her performance on this show. Don’t miss out!!
Honorable Mention: Continuum(SyFy), Franklin & Bash(TNT), Under the Dome(ABC), Rizzoli and Isles(TNT), Graceland(USA), Covert Affairs(USA), Teen Wolf(MTV), Dexter(SHOTIME), and Banshee(Starz).
Welp, there you have it. I still have yet to figure out how I have time to watch all of these (and then some). Welcome to my world. Grab a seat and enjoy!
This weekend I saw Pacific Rim. I almost didn’t because I was vascillating between seeing Man of Steel for the fifth time. In the end, I decided on Pacific Rim.
I def made the right decision. One word comes to mind after I saw this movie. FUN. I had so much fun watching this movie. I laughed, I cheered (on the inside) and by the end of the movie, I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, wringing my hands.
The gigantic robots known as Jaegers vs. huge other-dimensional monsters, known as Kaiju’s. The previews just didn’t do it justice. Seeing these things on the big screen was so cool and so immense, I would’ve been ok with the movie being 3 hours of just fighting.
Now the movie isn’t without it’s faults. But, it’s a giant robot vs giant dimensional monsters movie, right? You gotta suspend some disbelief while watching. I enjoyed the casting of this movie. Starring Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, and Ron Pearlman. I’m a huge fan of Sons of Anarchy, so anything with Hunnam and Pearlman is a win in my book. And the chemistry between Charlie Day and Burn Gorman was awesome. They played off each other so well and most of the comedic moments happened between the two.
I hope, in the end, this movie does well enough for a sequel. Guillermo Del Toro did a great job. If his whole point was to awaken the inner child in you, he passed with flying colors. In a day where everyone is trying to adapt some kind of superhero story or comic book character to the big screen, that has been told a fafillion times, this movie is a nice breath of fresh air, and I have no problem with saying I will see it again.
Don’t worry about the reviews or it failing to beat Despicable Me 2.Go see it, you will not be disappointed.
Rotten Tomatoes Score – Currently at 72% fresh!
So by now, everybody knows I saw Man of Steel….twice. Will probably see it more, if I can.
First, let me say that this was the movie I hoped it would be. From the first trailer I saw, to the last spoiler I read…it lived up to the hype, and more importantly, mine. I loved it. The movie garnered some bad reviews and had a very low score on Rotten Tomatoes from the critics (they can get the finger, the middle!!). Do not listen to the critics. I feel that most of them have a biased agenda one way or the other. Go see for yourself and bask in the all the glory that is Kal-el.
Zack Snyder did what almost every other Superman movie has failed to do. He brought action to the franchise. And an S-load of it too. (“S” pun totally intended). And this wasn’t that type of unrealistic action where buildings get destroyed and no one dies. The action in this movie was cataclysmic. Punches that leveled city blocks. A Superman that has not yet learned how to control his anger and rage, and many people lost their lives because of it. This was the first time we’ve seen a Superman that is not yet fully in control of his abilities and is still learning what some of them are. Some powers we’ve come to know as fans, did not even make it in this movie.
Yes, we got another origin story. But it was unlike any we’ve seen before. Seeing Krypton on the big screen, with it’s sweeping landscapes and high-tech horizons, was something I have always wanted. And to get a glimpse of the wildlife on the planet, was TIGHT.
And before everyone starts complaining about Zod being the villain AGAIN…Michael Shannon knocks it out of the park. I’m pretty sure he didn’t have to get into makeup for this role. He is just disturbingly menacing. The overall look of the Kryptonian army was perfect. The armor, the ships, and the guns were all tons of awesomesauce.
Before I get to Henry Cavill, let me get through the rest of the cast the I liked. Be small minded and say what you want about race, but Laurence Fishburne was GREAT casting as Perry White. I generally just prefer to see him fighting Keanu Reeves in the Matrix, but I really, enjoyed his take on White. He was forceful, but also had this fatherly aire about him. It was great. And Antje Traue, as Faora was just…..just….yes.
Honestly, I think the only bit of casting that really did not work for me was Amy Adams. She wasn’t bad at all. And I think part of the problem was how she was written, but all I could think while sitting there was “Where is Erica Durance and why isn’t she on screen right now?”
Maybe more than Cavill, I liked the two Robin Hoods. Costner and Crowe were amazeballs. Costner was born to play Pa Kent, and Crowe was awesome as Jor-El. Not the old, idling portrayal of Brando, but a Jor-El that could whoop some @SS. Loved it. As for the rest of the casting, you probably remember seeing alot of them on a certain show called Smallville. Hopefully, Snyder’s nod of respect to a tv show that kept Superman somewhat alive and kicking in the mainstream for 10 seasons.
Now on to Cavill. When Superman Returns came out in 2006, I thought Brandon Routh was perfect casting as a continuation of the Superman Christopher Reeve’s put on the screen in the late 70’s, early 80’s. That was his job and he pulled it off perfectly. But Cavill….He IS the Man of Steel, Kal-El, and Clark Kent all rolled into one. And he pulled it off effortlessly. From his look as a young Clark Kent, to the first time he dons the suit. Cavill is Superman. I really can’t say enough about him. Man-crush territory?
While he didn’t have a ton of lines, or heart felt monologues….the Man of Steel’s presence on screen well made up for that. My only complaint (because I’m a fanboy of old), was the S-curl. It was nowhere to be seen. And the red tights were gone!! Thank the lord baby jesus! They are gone! One would think a civilization so intelligent and technologically progressed as Krypton would realize that you don’t wear your undies outside of the outfit. I mean come on, thats Fashion101, amirite?
Anyway, I loved the movie. I was extremely lucky to win tickets from a website to see the movie at Tysons AMC 22. I felt very special. I saw it once in 3D and once in 2D. Go see it in 2D. Save yourself the risk of stroke. Watching those fight scenes in 3D, I definitely started to get the shakes.
(There is one thing I will not talk about right now. The ending. I will let you decide for yourself)
Everyone should go see this movie. Even non-comic book readers will have a great time. Take your friends. Take your wifey. Take some kids. Introduce them to the Man of Steel. They will love it.
My plea to DC and Warner Bros? Savor this success. Don’t get over zealous and try to fast-track the next movie. Which, sadly enough, is what they are doing. Man of Steel took almost 3 years to make and it showed. This movie has the potential to setup a shared universe much in the same way Iron Man did for the Marvel Universe. They just need to take their time and realize what a goldmine they have in the Man of Steel.
Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.
Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. A New film from the “District 9” director, Neil Blomkamp
Not much I need to say about this, though Glorious comes to mind
Man of Steel – Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Lawrence Fishburne
Iron Man 3 – Starring RDJ, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Ben Kingsley
Pacific Rim – Starring Charlie Hunnam and Stringer Bell (Idris Elba)
Big Robots vs Aliens….YES, I would like to go to there.
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