Film/Television

Single Parents – The Beast – Review: The Gang Pursues Their Passions

This week, the gang pursues their passions, Angie with her love of death metal music and desire to learn guitar, and Will with his urgency to rediscover what made him love weather and chasing storms. Plus Douglas gets another chance with Big Red and Poppy tries to find love with a musician!

This week’s episode was written by Lamar Woods and directed by Josh Greenbaum.

This is a great episode for fans of Angie and Will, both if you ship them romantically or just as friends. Leighton and Taran get to have so much fun and in turn, I had just as much fun watching them.

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The Rookie – The Hawke – Review: It’s Not Who You Know But What You Know

Tonight’s episode sees Nolan coming head-to-head against his former mentor after he becomes a fugitive and Lucy gets to learn a few street cop tricks to get inside the mind of a criminal from her TO. Plus, Lopez and West have to deal with a tricky shooting case that may not be as easily solved as it looks.

“The Hawke” was written by Fredrick Kotto and directed by Timothy Busfield.

The primary focus of this episode is on Jeremy Hawke (Shawn Christian), Nolan and Bradford’s former training officer. Well, Nolan in the classroom, as Hawke was one of his teachers and a mentor, and Bradford out on the field. Over the years, Nolan has kept in touch with Hawke, nurturing a friendship with him that generally consists of beers and platitudes about their lives.

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The Gifted – the dreaM – Review: I Want to Tell You What My Truth Is

When I first say the episode was going to be titled “the dreaM” my thoughts were about Lauren and Andy. Yes, there shared connection is mentioned briefly but really, the dreaM, is about Lorna. The episode begins with a hazy dreamscape that turns out to be a flashback, of her early days with Marcos and sets the tone for the episode ahead, which is all about Lorna’s journey from then until now.

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New Amsterdam – As Long as it Takes – Review: Cold Springs

“As Long as it Takes”, a fitting title for an episode about persistence. Max is willing to take his chances with experimental clinical trials no matter the wait period, he’s also willing to stay up all night to ensure his patient gets the 3 passed PT tests she needs, and in a less positive example, Lauren is still struggling with her pills – leaving Casey to pick up her slack and fix her mistakes.

Max, Georgia, and Helen are meeting together to discuss Max’s decision to undergo an experimental clinical trial for precision targeted therapy. Helen is still trying to push for chemo and radiation treatments, as they’re proven to work, but Max doesn’t want that. He feels as if he’ll lose his mind to the brutal side effects.

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Blogging

Why I Decided to Come Out as Bisexual Now.

Late Sunday night, I decided to officially come out as bisexual, publicly, through an Instagram post. I don’t know if that was the proper etiquette for this sort of thing, is there a “proper” way to do “come out”? A tired, loathsome concept when you get down to it. I always told myself I would probably never announce myself as bi in a public forum like that. I mean why should I have to? Straight people don’t. Who I date or love or get into a sexual relationship with is no one’s business but mine.

Yet, at the same time, it did feel like it mattered, both in an annoying way and one that left me with a sense of urgency to get this off my chest. For years I’ve been in the online twitter community, I’ve been on Tumblr, I’ve been draped in the comfort of anonymity and comfort from peers who see the world the same as me and deal with many of the same issues. It wasn’t always great, social media is truly a toxic cesspool in a lot of ways, I harnessed some bad ideologies or got caught up in the mob mentality from time to time, but I’ve also learned so much. From reading, from studying, from talking to people all over the world, from people I met in college, from people I met passing through endless, listless, shitty summer jobs, I just collect things. I note specific anecdotes, reactions I would get from people over stating things I believe in deeply but was afraid to speak aloud.

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All American – The Choice Is Yours – Advance Preview: Revelations

Previously on All American: Spencer paid a visit to his Crenshaw football team and butted heads with Chris. We learned Asher’s family is broke and he almost permanently ruined a Porsche until Spencer was able to help him get it cleaned up. His continued lies about his financial status has put a rift between him and his girlfriend, Leila. Sean got Coop a job at the barber shop and we discovered he’s hiding his money there too. Olivia revealed her tryst with Asher to Jordan and Leila got a visit from her dad… and his new girlfriend.

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Film Reviews

Dirty John – Approachable Dreams – Review: What’s in the Safe, Kiddo?

Bravo is trying their hand at the scripted drama department again. This time they’re bringing us Dirty John, a series based off of a podcast of the same name about the criminal life and exploits of John Meehan. Connie Britton stars as Debra Newell and Eric Bana as the eponymous John Meehan.

The first episode is directed by Jeffrey Reiner, whose previous directing credits include critically acclaimed shows like The Affair and Fargo. Alexandra Cunningham, who wrote more episodes of Desperate Housewives than any other writer for the show, is credited with writing this first episode.

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New Amsterdam – As Long as it Takes – Advance Preview: A Million to One

It’s time for the fall finale of New Amsterdam and this episode goes down with more subtly than most explosive midseason enders. It’s not flashy but it’s still a solid hour of television and it brings plenty of emotions. As we’ve come to expect from this show, you’ll likely be reaching for the tissues.

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The Clovehitch Killer gives us Dylan McDermott’s creepiest performance yet

The Clovehitch Killer forgoes hardened detectives for a pair of sleuthing teens in this quiet and surprisingly introspective thriller.

The Clovehitch Killer is yet another look at the decaying heart of suburbia and the often seedy underbelly of even the most ordinary looking neighborhoods. Middle America, the Bible belt, blue-collar working class citizens, have all been at the heart of many a headline in our current political climate.

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New Amsterdam – Three Dots – Review: Bureaucracy!

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Three Dots, aka, the three little dots indative of Max finally beginning his journey to getting treated for his throat cancer.

MAX’S TREATMENT

It’s time for him to begin radiation therapy. Three little dots adorn his face as Helen begins prepping him for the impending trauma. Max hasn’t told the staff yet and he isn’t keen to, but as Helen points out, soon he’ll be vomiting uncontrollably and taking his meals through a tube.

Needless to say, people are going to notice.

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