Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sneaky Pete (Season 1)

Sneaky Pete is now my favorite Amazon show. I have tried to get into the other shows that Amazon offers, but they never really suck me in with enthusiasm. Generally, I never even finish a season or much more than a couple of episodes. Finally, this has changed with Giovanni Ribisi as Sneaky Pete. I have always been a fan of Giovanni Ribisi, and I am glad to see that he has his own show.

https://www.amazon.com/b?_encoding=UTF8&tag=burningempire-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=c335b415a1dd49d9e9fd8560d3ead5b3&camp=1789&creative=9325&node=16262841Any character that is a card mechanic using memory palaces is right up my alley. It freaking took Amazon long enough to release the first season of this show too. I have been waiting for a season of Sneaky Pete for over a year. I guess that is one of the problems with Amazon’s “pilot season” strategy. If you like one of their pilots, that’s great! Now, wait over fifteen months to see another episode.

It seems to me that Amazon was originally not going to produce Sneaky Pete, and along the way, someone finally decided that Sneaky Pete was the best pilot that Amazon had. I do not know that as a fact. That is just the way it seems to me. Why else would we have to wait around sixteen months to see the second episode of a show?

Nonetheless, I am glad that Sneaky Pete is finally here. The show did not disappoint, and as soon as it was available, I quickly binge watched the entire show. I had extremely high expectations for Sneaky Pete. It did not live up to those expectations exactly, but that is what happens when an audience member has a year to build up expectations. A year of consumerist waiting never results in a product that matches expectations. It is the same way I view the Christian perception of heaven. Even if heaven is some sort of magical place in the sky, occupants will never be as awestruck by its majesty as the confabulations built up in their minds.

Either way, Sneaky Pete does not attempt to be heaven, simply a solid, entertaining show.

According to what I read, after tying this post, the provided reason that the show took a bit longer than usual is that the show runner left and was replaced by Graham Yost (Justified). 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Arrival (2016)

I saw Arrival for the second time yesterday, and all I can really say about the movie is that it is my favorite movie of last year. I certainly have the ability to say more about the movie, and I could talk about the film for hours. However, it seems that anything I say about the movie could diminish the experience for a prospective audience member.

Generally, I do not care about spoiler sensitivities. There is something to be said about keeping a buttoned lip a few months after a film's release, and why are people reading a blog about a movie if they do not expect spoilers? In other words, as a dude writing a blog about Arrival, I do not feel a responsibility to uphold the no-spoilers rule. Nonetheless, as a huge fan of Arrival, I do feel that it is my duty to protect the sanctity of the experience of seeing the film. Basically, I liked Arrival that much.

I have not seen a movie twice in theaters since The Hateful Eight, and I am happy that I was able to see Arrival in theaters again. Meanwhile, it is also important to note that I see all of Tarantino's (and most Robert Rodriguez) movies twice in theaters, and I can't tell you the last time I saw a movie twice in theaters that was not one of theirs. Oh wait, I saw Batman v. Superman twice, but that was because I saw it free in 3D the first time and then went with some friends that had not seen it. Whatever, I guess that point is lost. Nonetheless, I have been wanting to see Arrival again in theaters and I did. I was also in an incredibly bad mood the first time I saw Arrival, but I still loved it; that's always a good sign.

http://amzn.to/2kHJqIeThe film is nominated for a best picture Oscar, and it certainly gets my vote for "2016 Best Picture." Granted, I have not seen all of the other nominees, but I would have to say, by taking a guess, I would still like Arrival more. I saw La La Land  and Hell or High Water. I liked Hell or High Water a lot, but I do not think it was really worthy of a best picture nomination. Meanwhile, the quality of films last year was kinda shity. In my opinion, the reason why La La Land is winning several awards is primarily because there simply was not strong competition.

It was not a bad movie, and I mostly enjoyed La La Land. However, as far as the Golden Globes, there really was not much competition in the musical or comedy category. Therefore, La La Land takes the cake. Personally, I think "Hollywood" really likes and overrates this Whiplash guy as well. I not only feel as though Arrival is a better movie, but also a much more important movie for humanity.

http://amzn.to/2kHJqIeYesterday when I saw Arrival, I ate a little "too much" "chocolate" before the movie.

Wow! That really made the experience an entirely different ride than I was prepared to handle. The aliens in Arrival are awesome and during the movie I was having mild out of body experiences. In some ways, I was "freaking out," but ultimately, I would not have changed a thing.

Freaking out simply added a new dynamic to the Arrival experience. Arrival demonstrates one of the many reason that I love the cinema: While engaging us in a beautiful story, film also teaches us important lessons about the human condition.