The fashion in Glow: There’s an 80s outfit for everyone

There are a lot of things to love about Glow on Netflix, but what I loved most of all was the authentic 80s outfits and hair. The costumes don’t look like something that a stylist pulled out of Topshop, it looks exactly like the clothes of my childhood. I spent a good amount of time as a kid trying to get Jenny’s exact hairstyle – a long high ponytail to the side with a hairsprayed looping fringe. Of course, it never quite happened because my hair was never long enough, but that was the dream. Now it looks faintly ridiculous, and I’m sure people would laugh and point if I attempted that today.

But let’s take a walk through the fashions of Glow, what we can look at repeating and what should go permanently to a burn pile.

Glow Alison Green Nancy Reagan Dress

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The 13th Doctor is a woman

“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender” said Whittaker. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.” – Jodie Whittaker

It’s been only 36 seasons but the latest incarnation of Doctor Who is a woman. Meet Doctor Who.

Half of the internet would like to set off fireworks to celebrate and the other half apparently needs smelling salts to deal with the idea. 

Seriously, it’s about time though that there was a female doctor, it’s been buzzed for years. But I worry that the production company is going to treat a female DW like a test case. If it doesn’t rate, then will they call game over for female doctors forever? 

I admit to being super disappointed with the box office results of the 2016 Ghostbusters movie (guys, why didn’t you watch it? Kate McKinnon is the best.) It seems that showbusiness types are trying their best to provide more female leads because of the changing times, but ultimately money talks. If we keep going to see Rey, Wonder Woman and Furiosa, they’ll eventually get it. And then maybe a female-led TV show won’t be such a big deal when it happens. 

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 1: Stay awake everyone

It’s taken me a long time to be able to watch the entire season. So I think I will say to you what I said the first time I recapped it. Watch it and go slow. No spoilers starting now.

Handmaid's Tale TV

There’s been a lot of talk about how close we are to it in real life, the stripping of female rights, that gaping chasm between rich and poor, the push back to a more conservative, Christian society by a large segment of people. We’re not quite there yet but we’re getting there. The amazing Ann Dowd who plays Aunt Lydia calls it a message to ‘Stay awake’.

The season is largely flawless, it dips slightly when we enter the men’s perspective of Nick and Luke but it’s absolutely necessary for a few reasons. One, it gives us a break from the claustrophobic headspace of June and that house and two, I think people are mistaken when they think of the Handmaid’s Tale as a book for feminists. It’s a book for everyone to think about the consequences of moving into a society like this one.

The acting by everyone is phenomenal, there’s not a weak one in the entire show (particularly Janine kills me, you may dislike her at first but gradually her performance resembles a puppy that’s been constantly kicked. It’s the most heartbreaking transformation.) What gets me the most is the lack of vanity in the acting. It’s harsh lighting, extreme close-ups and an ability to carry an entire character in your face. Elisabeth Moss has said she loves to act because it’s fun. I don’t know that any of this was fun for anyone, challenging and rewarding but not fun. Possibly they needed strong drinks afterwards.

I am cautiously excited for Season 2, but I admit to being hesitant about it. While I’m thrilled that this is going ahead and we continue with the journey of June, it’s also a bit like punishment, I don’t want to see her get further hurt. In fact, it’s best for my peace-of-mind if none of our characters take any more trials but then there’s no show right? The show isn’t going to promise a happy ending for June, Luke or anybody. It might be too hard to watch. It’s the Game of Thrones dilemma.

What did you think? Did you love it?

The Good Fight Season 1: An absence of Florricks

My predominant obsession this year has been The Good Wife. I was late to the party and from January this year until the end of June, I shot through all seven seasons. If I calculate the amount of time I’ve spent on it. 7 seasons x 22 episodes x 40 minutes each= 100+ hours. That’s proper mental.

As I was coming to the end, I consoled myself that. it. was. ok. The Good Wife has a sequel spin-off called The Good Fight. I would still have Diane Lockhart in my life for another 10 hours, maybe even Cary would come to visit. It would fill in that Florrick-shaped hole in my heart.

I have to say, hand on heart, that it’s not the same.

The Good Fight Review

The Good Fight continues on with the adventures of Diane Lockhart after she’s lost all her money in a ponzi scheme. She then leaves her firm to join an African-American firm called Reddick, Boseman and Kolstad.

The Good Fight should be judged on its own merits but ultimately can’t be separated from its sister series so be prepared for a lot of comparison.

It’s a much more subdued show
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Who’s excited for American Crime Story: Versace?

There was a period last year where I could not stop recommending American Crime Story: The people vs OJ to everyone. I badgered friends, I reminded family, there was probably a point where I was recommending it to actual strangers as a must watch. So when I heard the follow-up was going to be American Crime Story: Hurricane Katrina, I was not quite on board. Ryan Murphy is so hit and miss with sensitive topics (see: Glee, Popular, American Horror Story).

The producers must have heard the collective hesitation and have agreed to shelve it for American Crime Story: Versace. That is so much more up Ryan Murphy’s alley – glitzy, glossy, trashy storytelling.

Please behold this glorious cover. Feast your eyes on this.

American Crime Story Versace

Yes, that’s Penelope Cruz as Donatella. She doesn’t really look anything like her, young Donatella looked a lot like Lady GaGa….but it’s television. We’ll cut them some slack.

American Crime Story Penelope Cruz Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin’s robe is perfectly placed. That is all.

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Did I ever mention that I saw Darren Criss as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch? I love him so much. He has that intense serial killer thing happening for this role, a far cry from wholesome, dancing Blaine. In case I forget to mention it, those are some perfect 90s glasses.

The show is slated to come out in 2019, which is more than 6 months away. That’s just mean.

Another day, another reboot – Cowboy BeBop

I’m starting to think we should all take a shot everytime I mention a upcoming reboot/remake/re-something. Bottoms up!

Cowboy Bebop Live Action

Yesterday (or so) Deadline announced that Hollywood is looking at a live-action Cowboy BeBop TV series. For those who aren’t familiar, Cowboy BeBop is a seminal Japanese anime from the late 90s, which follows the adventures of Spike Siegel and his team of bounty hunters, as they try to capture criminals in space.

To be mildly fair, this is not something new exactly – they have been talking about Keanu for the role of Spike since the early 2000s and now that Keanu is too old for the part and filming John Wick XXVIII, I have no idea where it’s going to go. Hopefully John Cho puts his hand up? The only small, infinitesimal hope is that they don’t white-wash this so it’s four blondes and a corgi. One can dream.

“We are excited to work with Sunrise in bringing this beloved anime to the U.S. and global marketplace as a live-action series,” said Adelstein. “The animated version has long resonated with audiences worldwide, and with the continued, ever growing, popularity of anime, we believe a live action version will have an incredible impact today.”

That quote doesn’t give me much hope that they want to retain the spirit of the original.

If you’ve read to the bottom of that Deadline link, there’s also a reference to a Snowpiercer TV show on pilot order AND Death Note is coming out on Netflix. What did I say about shots? Drink up everyone, there’s more remakes coming your way everyday.

Master of None Season 2 – Do you love Italy more than New York?

I loved Master of None Season 1, I very happily watched it twice in a row without complaint, there was something about it that spoke to a) the experience of being a child of an immigrant b) a millennial who has no idea what they’re doing in relationships and life and c) a love letter to New York and lovers of New York

Aziz Master of None S2

So let’s be frank, that the expectation for Masters of None Season 2 was exceptionally high and even I was doubtful that it could clear it. It was still very, very good. So let’s get to some of those thoughts:

The best episodes of the seasons didn’t revolve around Aziz.
Aziz himself has said that he’s not sure if he’s going to do Season 3, he doesn’t feel he has enough material and frankly, he doesn’t want to talk about being a millennial anymore. I guess it’s fitting that the best episodes were not Aziz-focussed so that if there was a S3, someone else could take that baton. New York, I love you and Thanksgiving revolved respectively around a day-in-the-life around a group of New Yorkers and Aziz/Dev’s friend Denise, they just felt authentic, there’s no other way to put it.  Continue reading