At the moment I have around ten TV series on the go, which is not really that unusual for me, but I have had up to a 15 or more going at one time this year and that is just freaking insane, not to mention unprecedented as well. It is very bloody difficult to watch any movies when you are constantly in catch up mode of all of your TV programs, and to make matters worse, I have been completely hoodwinked by a few 'not so good' TV series this year that have really let me down and wasted my precious viewing time. First world problems I know, but it is true and I really hate starting something and not finishing it, but this year I have had no choice but to abandon some real TV series stinkers.
For those of you that may be contemplating watching something on TV, can I please forewarn you of the following series that you should avoid at all costs:
Electric Dreams - had some good moments, but not nearly enough of them.
The Exorcist - I blame S2, it nearly gave me a bleed on the brain- pitiful!
Re-mind - Re-think would have been a better name.
The Walking Dead (S8) - enough already - please STAAAPPP!!
Lost in Space - Bloody lost me completely, yawn fest.
Requiem - The name says it all.
Gunpowder - Don't be fooled by the lure of Kit Harrington, this went nowhere!
Picnic at Hanging Rock - the original movie shits all over this boring reboot.
On a brighter note, there have been some unmissable moments as well, here are my faves from the year so far:
Mosaic - Steven Soderbergh does TV a big favour.
Britannia - Pagans and Romans and Druids - oh my!
The End of the Fucking World - kinda art house, definitely had a fresh perspective.
Dirk Gently S2 - final season - boohoo!
Master of None S2 - keeps getting better!
Atlanta S2 - Good lord, amazing - not yet finished airing.
Handmaid's Tale S2 - okay not as good as S1 but still worthy - not yet finished airing.
Peaky Blinders S4 - made up for a crappy S3.
Here and Now - welcome back Alan Ball, how I have missed you!
Ash vs Evil Dead S3 - mental horror fun.
Santa Clarita Diet S2 - surprisingly improved on the first season.
Love S3 - consistently great.
Barry - quirky dark comedy with Bill Hader, what's not to like?
Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events S2 - soooo good, even better than the first!
Swedish Dicks S2 - Ingmar and Axel rule! Love it!
One Strange Rock - Aronofsky does documentary and succeeds brilliantly!
Happy! - Utterly broken and yet still so damn entertaining.
Hopefully you haven't succumbed to the unending amount of crap that is being rolled out on TV lately and wasted your precious viewing time as well. Perhaps my recommended list will offer you some relief and you can now begin to fill your time with worthy and noteworthy programming.
Anyway, on that note, I actually have a couple of shows that I need to catch up on, so I'll blog ya later, happy viewing!
Release Date: 1975
Running Time: 115 mins
An Australian mystery/ drama directed by Peter Weir and based on the novel of the same name by Joan Lindsay. Lindsay was deliberately ambiguous about whether the events of the story really took place, and although the story is in fact entirely fictitious, many people believed that the tale was based on actual events that had occurred at Hanging Rock.
On Valentine's Day 1900, a group of schoolgirls visited Hanging Rock, Victoria for a leisurely picnic. Under mysterious circumstances, two of those schoolgirls and one of their teachers went missing and were never seen again.
Inspired by the themes in Frederick McCubbin's impressionist paintings of the Australian Bush, Picnic at Hanging Rock is a masterpiece of filmmaking. Every shot feels like a piece of art, the composition is just perfect. On top of that, the soundtrack is deeply haunting, the schoolgirls are whimsically fragile and romantic, and the Australian bush is correctly depicted as dangerously alluring.
Weir is clearly making a statement here about the culture clash that occured between the early European settlers and the ancient indigenous landscape, and it makes for some truly riveting viewing.
FINAL SAY: What we see and what we seem are but a dream, a dream within a dream.
3.5 Chilli Peppers