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Playing right now at the Bloor Cinema (aka Hot Docs) is the rather spectacular documentary “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened”. Before I get into a few thoughts about the film, I have to point out the lavish existence that the Bloor Cinema has adopted. Fantastically stylish and minimal, the cinema is a perfect spot for […]
If you haven’t heard about this genre-breaking, brutally honesty tv show, then go please go back to living under your rock. For you others, here’s my list of 13 reasons why you should watch this show, in no particular order: It’s Not For Teens: “13 Reasons” is far more complex then your average, run-of-the-mill, conveniently-timed teen […]
If you haven’t heard about this genre-breaking, brutally honesty tv show, then go please go back to living under your rock.
For you others, here’s my list of 13 reasons why you should watch this show, in no particular order:
- It’s Not For Teens: “13 Reasons” is far more complex then your average, run-of-the-mill, conveniently-timed teen show. Sure, it stars teens and is set predominantly in a high-school, but the themes are so adult that even that adults depicted in the show have a hard time handling them.
- The Acting is Incredible: Newcomers Katherine Langford as the ill-fated Hannah Baker and Dylan Minnette as the genuine but conflicted Clay, respectively, are revelations on the screen. Their sincerity goes a long, long way in terms of affectation.
- Sterotypes are Broken: Every character (And yes, there are many) are multi-dimensional and manage to avoid falling into the typically cardboard cut out depictions of teenagers.
- Dialogue is Real: When was the last time you watched a really good tv show that had dialogue that didn’t make you roll your eyes, but instead resonated within you? Exactly what I thought.
- The Adults are Wounded, Too: The adult characters in “13 Reasons” do not exist merely for disciplinary, preachy diatribes. In fact, it can be argued that they’re less complex than their kids, which turns the “Adults know better than you” trope on its head.
- References Galore: Have you seen “Say Anything?” No? Watch it and you’ll get another layer of satisfaction of watching this show. Trust me.
- Selena Gomez is not in it: I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.
- There are No Heroes: Sounds depressing, I know, but the entire show is one big depress-fest. I kind of liked that no one quite literally saved the day.
- Kate Walsh is in it! ‘Nuff said.
- So is Sosie Bacon.
- There Are Many Lessons: What I especially liked about this show is that the writers carefully avoided driving home lessons to the viewer. Yes, we understand suicide is a terrible thing to happen, but you probably knew this going into watching the show. What is masterfully succeeds at is reminding the viewer that we are all complicit in Hannah Baker’s death.
- It’s a Tough Suicide Scene: By the time the graphic scene of Hannah’s suicide is presented in the last episode, the viewer has already fallen in love with her. While we haven’t forgotten that she ultimately kills herself, it still makes the scene where she actually takes her life gut wrenching. You feel Hannah’s pain, both the physical and emotional tumult plaguing her, and yet we still watch it.
- It Might Start a Revolution: People are watching “13 Reasons Why”…and they are certainly talking about it for the right reasons. Isn’t that refershing? From the research I’ve conducted, there isn’t any idolization of the actors playing the roles, but instead a focus on the plot and character developments. Now that is the most important reason why to watch this show. You have to give kids credit – it’s not easy navgiating the teenage existence. Hopefully, with this one story, the radar for meanness is jacked up to its highest possible level.
Judge me all you want.
The David Lynch doc opens in Toronto @ the TIFF Lightbox April 7th. Guess where I’ll be on Friday.
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Actress Meryl Streep is not happy with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. Streep issued a statement Saturday night that accused Lagerfeld of defaming her, the Wrap reports. The statement comes after Lagerfeld falsely accused her of refusing to wear his gown at the Oscars unless she was paid, and of being compensated financially for wearing another…
NBA star and ESPN host Jalen Rose has cast his mother and grandmother for his ABC comedy pilot, Variety has learned. Anna Maria Horsford and Marla Gibbs have signed on to play Rose’s mother and grandmother, respectively, in Rose’s single camera comedy “Jalen vs. Everybody.” The half-hour follows Rose as he juggles his career responsibilities with……
I love everything about this, especially the cut out of the Exclamation! perfume bottle on the wall.
Photo was taken by the amazingly talented artist Adrienne Salinger. The picture itself is called Donna D.
Playing right now at the Bloor Cinema (aka Hot Docs) is the rather spectacular documentary “Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened”.
Before I get into a few thoughts about the film, I have to point out the lavish existence that the Bloor Cinema has adopted. Fantastically stylish and minimal, the cinema is a perfect spot for one to catch a documentary because there are no fashionable flourishes to distract the viewer from the unfolding events on the big screen.
Back to the film…If you’re not a fan of musicals, don’t see this film. Also, don’t read my blog because I love musicals. The film itself documents the rather meteoric rise of the Sondheim/Prince musical “Merrily We Roll Along” as it prepares for its 1981 broadway review. Then, as tends universally happen in documentaries, the depiction of the show’s rather heart-wrenching demise is what carries the remainder of the story. The now adult cast looks back at their younger selves with all of their hopes and dreams as they began to prepare for their big broadway debut. Not shockingly, they wea the rose-tinged glasses that often accompanies the retrospection of adult memories. But where the film really succeeds is with its clever representation of the young artists’ wish for critical claim and the sheer lack of it when the show actually opens on broadway.
The Best Worst Thing is an important film in many ways. It’s commentary on the delusion that accompanies the quest for fame reminds the viewer of how the only constant in life is change, and that change is constantly fleeting.
Check it out!