capsule reviews: end of june

Sorry again. I swear this isn’t going to be a regular occurrence. I have six drafts and four of them are for TV shows and one for a CD so it seems pointless to write six posts. If you disagree, that’s fine and let me know. I will focus more of my energy on longer posts in July!

Franz Ferdinand & Sparks “FFS”: I’m a big Franz Ferdinand fan and I was actually worried that they would be breaking up after their last album. Thankfully, I was wrong! They teamed up with a band from the 70s and released this wonderful CD. It’s very true to their form and I now am intrigued by Sparks. Definitely will be looking into their previous work.

Another Period (Comedy): Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt (Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome) are two socialites in 1902 Rhode Island. It’s like a spoof of reality TV but in the early 20th century. I wish it was funnier. It has such a great cast but most of the jokes felt flat.

Mr. Robot (USA): Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) is a computer engineer/hacker living in New York City. He gets recruited by a group headed by Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) who wants to take down corporations. Slow but interesting. The character of Elliot is particularly intriguing but there’s so much sadness which Malek is doing a great job of portraying. And hey, Christian Slater, here we are again. And you got a second season before the pilot even aired! Good job.

Humans (AMC): In present times, the technology of choice is called the Synth, a robot who looks and acts like a human. Is there a conspiracy going on about how these robots are made? Weird but the good kind. It’s definitely got multiple layers and I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays out.

Zoo (CBS): All across the world, animals begin attacking humans. Jackson Oz (James Wolk) works in Africa and believes there is a scientific reason behind the attacks while a reporter Jamie Campbell (Kristen Connolly) thinks it’s the work of a corporation. Not bad. I love Wolk which is why I checked it out. I think there’s potential and I’m personally curious to see what’s causing this behavior.

Mystic River by Dennis Lehane: Friends as children until one of them was abducted, three men are thrown back into each other’s lives when one of their daughters is brutally murdered. Finding the culprit leads them to find out more about how they grew up and what kind of men they became. I don’t remember why I put this on my to-read list but I’m glad I did. It was really engaging and though I figured out the murderer before the big reveal, I was eager to keep reading. Lehane does a good job with characters and it felt so real. I’m going to check out the movie now.

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