When I was in college, I was required to take a documentary filmmaking class in order to get my mass communication degree. Over the course of the semester I was to make a 12-minute documentary, but there were a few smaller assignments along the way, plus the assignments for all my other classes. During this time I convinced myself that as part of my documentary … Continue reading Productive Procrastination
So while I was doing my 30 Pilots in 30 Days project, one of the rules was that I could only watch the pilots on my list, no binging the shows. One night, I was in the mood to binge. I wanted something shallow and perhaps even a little stupid. I’ve used Sex and the City for this purpose before but when I saw an ad for The Bold Type in my newsfeed, I couldn’t help but wonder if someone FINALLY pulled off a good “ambitious young female writer in NYC and friends” show so I decided to give it a shot.
If you’ve never watched the show, it’s about three millennial women working at a fictional version of Cosmo and their trials and tribulations both personally and professionally. Fun fact: it’s still about that even if you have watched the show, but I digress.
The Bold Type exceeded my expectations. It tackled many issues that a lot of other feminist shows are scared to, including sex work and Islamophobia. It explored how mainstream feminism can sometimes have unintended consequences, such as how sexual liberation can also make women feel bad about themselves if they’re not having sex. I realized within the first few episodes that I was falling in love with this show.
Then I had this very brief moment where I hated myself for falling in love with this show. It was supposed to be a shallow, stupid, Sex in the City type show, right? I was too cool for such shows, right?
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I’ve spent the past week binging my favorite Netflix Original, Bojack Horseman. Yes, Stranger Things, House of Cards, and Orange is the New Black, pale in comparison to the amazingness that is Bojack Horseman (insert something about how they’re totally different genres that shouldn’t really be compared here).
So I’ve mentioned this surprisingly often for a blog that’s only been around for six weeks, but I don’t really like horror movies. But it just so happens that one of my best friends does, and one of the many reasons I appreciate her is that she drags me out of my cinematic comfort zone. We all need a friend like that.
So thanks to her, I saw It, which is about a demon sewer clown that scares children except maybe it’s not a literal clown but just a demon that represents all fears? I’m not really sure.
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As much as I like to play the role of movie buff in a room full of non-movie buffs, it only takes me about five minutes in a room full of actual movie buffs to remember that I haven’t seen a crapton of the movies that movie buffs enjoy talking about. So while I’d like to pretend that this new series is some sort of attempt to entertain my readers, it’s more just me trying to pressure myself to sit down and actually watch some of those. And I mean watch them properly: no commercials, swear words intact, staying off my phone, with all the lights out.
And so that’s how I watched The Sixth Sense, which marks the inaugural movie in this series. I even put my phone on airplane mode for about half of it, that’s how dedicated I was. The Sixth Sense is so well-regarded that Hollywood is still letting M. Night Shamaylan make movies 18 years later even though pretty much none of his work since has lived up to it and some of it is widely regarded to be epic failures.
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So I did it. I watched a bunch of pilots and only the pilots. I’m allowed to continue these shows but first, I wanted to do the obligatory summary post. So just to recap, here’s all the shows that I originally said I wanted to continue:
- Mad Men
- The Americans
- The Good Wife
- Friday Night Lights
- Game of Thrones
- Sneaky Pete
- Mr. Robot
- The Wire
Here are the shows that I originally said I wasn’t going to continue, or if I was it was only because of the legacy of the show and not the pilot itself:
- Grey’s Anatomy
- Gilmore Girls
- The West Wing
- True Detective
- The Walking Dead
- The Sopranos
And here are the shows that I had already seen other episodes of prior to this project, so I didn’t put them on either of the first two lists: