Streaming Gems United States of Tara

United States of Tara Review –

Wow..

This show was phenomenally done. This viewing was a rewatch for me, and a first for my fiance, but we were both left floored and wanting more. All 3 seasons are available on Hulu and are a testament to the phenomenal acting chops of Toni Collete of Hereditary (Tara Crane/Gregson), and the pheonmenal supporting cast made up of Keir Gilchrist of Atypical (Marshall Gregson), Brie Larson of Captain Marvel (Kate Gregson), and John Corbett (Max Gregson).

While I sing this shows praise, I have to acknowledge that it also does a lot of things wrong at times.  This article at Psychology Today is a good dissection of media and the portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder which USoT hits the cliche nail on the head of almost every trope.

The acting in this show is phenomenal as well as the writing (at times) but I also become frustrated with the lazy attempt at having characters appear edgy by them occasionally dropping words like “Retard” and “fag”, while it may be characteristic for the teenage characters at a time like that, there are a number of other times it feels forced and pulls the viewer out of the immersion of the otherwise great dialogue.  There are also a number of other moments where you may want to scoff at the overly zealous attempt at cleverness by both Brie Larson and Keir Gilchrist’s characters; this series is created by Diablo Cody, creator of Juno, and there is a very common thread of nerdy-ironic quips that land most of the time.

Overall, this series is well worth the binge, and at only 3 seasons and 30 minutes per episode, it’s pretty easy to digest!

Here are a number of other films about Dissociative Identity Disorder – Split, Frankie & AlicePsycho, Identity, Me Myself and Irene,

I have a theory about the ending that I will post below, and would love to hear your feedback!

Overall I highly recommend this one and give it a 9/10

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Stop reading here if you haven’t seen it yet, STOP!

I know many people feel like the ending is pretty cut and dry (and I agree) but I also think that the signs are there that the creators could take a different direction if they wanted.

My theory is that Tara actually dies when she jumps off of the bridge in the second to last episode of season 3 which causes Max to snap and be sent away by his family.

One clue of this is that Max never hallucinates about freaking out on others until the final episode.

When they are driving the truck away, there are the three altars that are supposed to be dead in the truck, whos not to say that Tara is also dead and that Max is heading off to check himself into a facility..

This would also explain why everyone wants a fresh start even though Bryce was supposedly “defeated”, and why Neal and Charmain want to take care of Marshall.

This may be a reach and is certainly more depressing but its an alternative way of looking at the finale.

The other possibility is that Max jumps after Tara and he also dies. The “final supper” is a gathering of the family as they remember those they lost, and then they all “send them off on a trip to Boston” with Taras dead altars.

 

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Streaming – Some folks trash is another’s treasure – 13 Cameras Review (10.19.18)

13 Cameras

This is not as bad as some of the reviews on imdb and other sites are saying.. It held my attention the whole time in hopes of something more. The landlord character is played well in the fact that he gives off the ultimate creeps; the logic of the story and acting of the protagonists feels hard to believe because of just how creepy he is.

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I don’t see where a sequel can take off from this besides rehashing the same old storyline.. I am intrigued, but not sure if I want to commit the time.. I guess my interest is a sign that this isn’t the WORST film, but don’t expect much scares or entertainment.

Spoilers —

Last warning… There are spoilers in this next paragraph
I was really hoping for a twist, that the Husband character would be the one to cause physical harm / be disturbed and the voyeur landlord would save the day (blurring the lines of morality and who the actual “monster is”) but it turned out to be as straightforward, and cheap as one might expect. The gross guy is the bad guy, worse than the bad husband who acts grossly.

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Edit – After sitting with the film for a few days, I want to change my score. It’s sat with me and grown in a way and had me grossly intrigued for most of the time. My original rating of a 4 feels a bit harsh because I was expecting something more than what this is. It’s not a thriller. Its a horror with a low amount of gore, violence, and jump scares but full amounts of creep, something that can be equally terrifying.

13 Cameras (originally)- 4/10

13 cameras (revisited) – 5/10

 

Available on Netflix now!

Streaming Gems – New to Netflix – July 2018

Some sites will list every single stinkin’ title to hit the streaming platform this month. We are going to save you the time and boil it down to the ones you need to see (some of these are classics folks, so don’t sleep on em)-

July 1

Chocolat

Get Smart

Happy Gilmore

Interview with the Vampire

Menace II Society

Spanglish

Swordfish

The Boondock Saints

The Princess Diaries

Troy

We Own the Night

July 12

Gone Baby Gone

July 13

The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants

An Education

Disney’s Bolt

July 24

Iliza Shlesinger: Elder Millennial

July 27

Orange Is the New Black: Season 6

July 28

Shameless: Season 8

July 29

Her

Here are some movies and shows leaving Netflix in July

July 1

Along Came Polly

Beerfest

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Lethal Weapon (1-4)

Michael Clayton

Scary Movie

The Art of War

V for Vendetta

July 2

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

July 16

Wanted

Steaming Coal – Day of the Dead: Bloodline (7/5/2018)

I refuse to call this Streaming Gems…. From now on if the movie is unsatisfactory it’ll be put under Steaming Coal (because no-one wants these flicks… they are utter $#!^.. Thanks Obama.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline

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Day of the Dead: Bloodline (2018) –  Is this a good movie? No. Is this better than it’s original from 1985 by George Romero? HELL NO.  This is a better flick than the 2008 “Day of the Dead” which had nothing to do with the original… but I digress..

This movie attempts to follow a similar story arc of its George Romero predecessor that focuses on the scientific response to a zombie outbreak; is there a cure? Is it ethical to test on zombies? Can zombies evolve (edit — no they shouldn’t.. This single-handedly ruined the dead/Romero series) Will our race for scientific advancement be our undoing?

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The acting is bad (like SyFy channel direct-to-tv bad), yet it is not bad enough to feel like laughable camp horror.  The effects are par for the course for a low budget horror flick; blood and guts abound but nothing revolutionary that they weren’t doing 20-30 years ago.  

I think the worst part about this movie though is the laziness in the writing. The antagonist, Max (played by Johnathon Schaech) is a partially zombified man who seems to be the only zombie in the world with any sort of resistance to the disease, and it just so conveniently happens to be that he was a stalker and would-be-rapist of our protagonist, Zoe (Sophie Skelton), the med-student in distress who thinks she has enough schooling to create a cure.  Schaech did what he could with the poorly developed roll and cliches of his character, his facial acting was the only saving grace of this unfortunate role.

I really only recommend this movie if you are a BIG zombie/undead fan or are REALLY bored.

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It managed to hold my attention for the 90-minute runtime, but any longer and I don’t know if I would have made it..

Currently available on Netflix (as of  7/5/2018)

Day of the Dead: Bloodline – 3/10