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OITNB Season 5 – Review

When last we saw things in Litchfield, things were a little bit of a mess.
Poussey was killed by an inmate, Daya had a gun in her hand and a guard laying on the floor in front of her.

Riots and hostages are the flavors for Season 5, as we progress through three days of heaven in the life of a women’s prison. From DIY videos to slave auctions, and paparazzi shooting pictures through the windows.

Let’s have a little due process.

Blair Brown as Judy King brings her performance up a level, and the newfound relationship between Red and Blanca is delightful.
Meanwhile, Suzanne is just her good old self, full of life advice and wisdom.
And <semi-spoiler> once Piscatella is let loose…anything could happen. </spoiler>
And I hate to say it, but at the end of the day, CO Bailey is remorseful and hates his mistake…as do the rest of the inmates of course.

You’ve taught me that love hurts. You’ve taught me that life…it hurts……but I want us to be there for each other so that maybe it hurts a little less.

Third straight season I’ve reviewed…third straight season with a 9 out of 10.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 3 – #Review

Kimmy Schmidt is back for Season 3 and the adventures never end.

Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is heading to college and filing for divorce, Titus (Tituss Burgess) is back after a failed cruise and fighting off scurvy, and Lillian (Carol Kane) kicks her stardom up a notch and is the underlying star of the season…
Who am I kidding, she’ll always be overshadowed by the antics of Kimmy and Titus and all the unbreakableness they bring to the table.

Peter Riegert is the fresh celebrity face for this season, taking over after a brief Fred Armison appearance.

The soft serve chocolate ice cream emoji.

But also back in this show are the forced songs and the full Lemonade experience. What was seemingly spontaneous in Season 1, and what felt like “trying too hard” in Season 2, turns into well-scripted songs for the third Season.
While Lemonade may not be my cup of tea, it is very well done, and the tracks dropped with “Gordie Gordie Gordie” are sure to be a Pinot Noir sized hit.

And even though I just said doody, I’m not laughing.

The former mole people aren’t gone though, as Gretchen starts her own cult, and Jacqueline’s (Jane Krakowski) step-daughter Xanthippe (Dylan Gelula) takes on a larger role and becomes a little less annoying.

Thumbs are for hitchhiking and being Fonzy.

Netflix series are also becoming self-aware, and seemingly in the same universe, as Litchfield (the jail from Orange is the New Black) makes an appearance.

What the heck is a Minton?

This show keeps up its humor and enjoyability, getting a 9 out of 10.

OITNB Season 4 – Review

Orange is the New Black is back, and it’s more of a story than ever.
While Season 1 is the story of Piper Chapman, Season 4 has become the novel on Litchfield Penitentiary.

MAN. I did not see that coming. -Nikki

Last season I felt like Jenji Kohan had taken her foot off the pedal, and now I think she’s put it in cruise control.
The good thing is it’s set at 53MPH in a 45.
The show is going at full speed towards a solid goal…that we don’t know yet.

Gun to your head: would you eat ten dead flies or one live baby mouse?

OITNB Season 4

It’s simple enough to run down: Lolly is crazy; Crazy Eyes is blooming a relationship; Piper is Gangsta and running white supremacist groups; Alex is shaken; and that’s just the beginning!
Jewish/Muslim relations; Lorna’s marriage; and Judy King has joined the ranks, bringing celebrity fame to the trenches.

To be fair <President Obama> didn’t quite live up to public expectations.

The first few episodes don’t even seem to focus on Piper, as the story rounds out, but don’t be mistaken, Piper Chapman is the Sun and everyone else is the planets revolving around her.

We should host our own film festival, that celebrates the accomplishments of white people. But that’ll be hard though, because Morgan Freeman is in like everything.

This season is dark, it’s gut wrenching, and it has continued the shows excellence, maintaining a 9 out of 10.

Window Frame

When God gives you a swastika, he opens a window — and then you remember there is no God.

PS. Can someone please find me another show that can cut up a body while playing “Last Resort”?

Golden Globes – Preview

The Golden Globes will be hosted this Sunday by Ricky Gervais, and if previous performances are any indication, they should be a hoot!
With all that in mind, here are my picks for who should win some of the categories (given the nominees…not gonna add people in who don’t even have a chance!).

Golden Globes Ricky Gervais 2016

Also, some categories have been left out because I haven’t seen enough of the movies/shows to make an opinion.

Best Motion Picture, Drama – Spotlight — Top movie of 2015, hands down, and should be awarded this accolade.
My review could be read here.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – The Big Short — This complex scenario was made simple in this great movie based off the Michael Lewis book.
Stay tuned in upcoming posts for my Big Short review.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Christian Bale, The Big Short — His performance as Dr Michael Burry is a notch above some of the other candidates.

Best Supporting Actress in any Motion Picture – Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina — An understated movie and her role as Ava, her performance shines through in a very quiet movie.

Best Director, Motion Picture – Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture – Spotlight, with a close second place by The Big Short.

Best Motion Picture, Animated – Inside Out — One of the best Animated movies in years.
My full review can be read here.

Best Original Song, Motion Picture – Love Me Like You Do, Fifty Shades of Grey — Any follower of my blog knows that Ellie holds a special place in my heart.

Best Television Series, Drama – Mr. Robot

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy – Mozart in the Jungle — While OITNB and Transparent should rule this category, the fact that they are a little too serious at times may lower their value.
My review of Mozart can be read here.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama – Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama – Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul — It’s hard to follow-up to a successful show, but Bob does a good job grabbing in the Breaking Bad crowd.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy – Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy – Aziz Ansari, Master of None
You can read my review of Master of None here.

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Show – Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show – Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
You can read my Bloodline review here.

OITNB Season 3 – Review

Just by the heading of this post alone, you need to realize that there are going to be spoilers in here.

OITNB Season 3

So much happened in this season, but like in Weeds previously, I felt like Jenji Kohan took her foot off the pedal a little bit as the series hits a few seasons in.

I’m gonna start out by saying that I was upset about the early exit of Nichols (Natasha Lyonne), and hope that she returns in the future….the way they cut her out was kinda abrupt, and uncalled for :-/

Relationships played a huge role in this season, as Red (Kate Mulgrew) and Healy (Michael Harney) strike up a friendship that exceeds over the language barriers of his wife.

Meanwhile Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Alex (Laura Prepon) vs. Piper and Stella (Ruby Rose) are a big part of things, as we are unsure who our lead character will end up with…or more importantly, is Piper still our lead character?
Piper still plays a large role in the prison, but other characters push their way into the spotlight.

This season does feature some slow parts, just like Season 2 did before this, but at no time during my binge watch did I feel bored, which is important when binging 🙂

Another relationship is the one forced on Doggett (Taryn Manning), which actually made me have feelings for her, in ways that the first few seasons did not.

#PraiseNorma – I’m fairly certain that’s enough said for that storyline 🙂

The turn of Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) into S Warren, and her literotica becoming hit entertainment for the prisoners, making her the newest EL James. Who else can make the line: “The Admiral thrust his pork sword into her squish mitten.” into hilarious comedy?

Throughout all of this Lorna (Yael Stone) goes through multiple penpals/boyfriends before settling on one and marrying(?!?!) him. This to me was a very strange thread in the season, and in her characters storyline.

Following on confusion and strangeness, that ending was just plain weird, as in it didn’t lead me to ideas for what happens at the beginning of Season 4. The last two seasons ended with a bang, quite literally. But this year ended just swimmingly for most of our characters, leaving me with less thoughts and wants for a future season. Oh, I’m sure I’d love Season 4, but I don’t know what “cliffhanger” was left for me to hang onto…unless I missed something?
<Besides the arrival of the “Martha Stewartesque” character in Judy King (Blair Brown) to shake things up in the kitchens.>

One last storyline that doesn’t need much said about it: Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore) and her conversion.

Overall this season was very much Soso 😉 bringing it a 9 out of 10.

When all was said and done, I just wanted to go for a swim in Freedom Lake.