Month Long Film Challenge: The Reviews

Last year in June, I watched a new movie every day of the entire month. This year I’d like to reprise that same challenge for the month of July. It was pretty good last year, I only managed to miss a few days worth of movies.

Seems simple enough, amended some rules to change up the movie list.

For reference, here was last year’s list.

**One Amendment**
I realized the phrase “South American” didn’t include Mexican features so a better way of putting that is “Latin American” features. I changed my rules list to better describe the movies I meant I wanted to watch.


  • 50/50 Comedies and Dramas; slot sub-genres as best as possible to comedy/drama guidelines
  • Can slot in 2 documentaries
  • At least 2 Latin American films
  • At least 5 any foreign language films
  • At least 7 films by a female director or by a female writer
  • A minimum of 15 shorts can slot in for 1 movie, music videos don’t count
  • No rewatching movies!

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M2M: June Film Challenge List

I posted about my Goals for 2017 last month and I thought I would outline a more simpler post per month.

I’m calling it the Month to Month post. Here, I will outline what I am doing for each month as a goal.

June’s goal is watching a movie a day for the next 30 days.

The following one line reviews will be as spoiler free as possible. I can’t say for certainty that they will be 100% spoiler free and I will not take responsibility for it.


  • 50/50 Comedies and Dramas, no documentaries, no shorts. Animated is fine.
  • At least 5 foreign language films.
  • Minimum of 3 should be watched in theatres.
  • At least 5 films made by Canadian production companies/creators.
  • At least 5 films by a female director.
  • No rewatching movies that you’ve already seen.

Ho boy…

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M2M: March TV Reviews 16-20

I posted about my Goals for 2017 last month and I thought I would outline a more simpler post per month.

I’m calling it the Month to Month post. Here, I will outline what I am doing for each month as a goal.

The following reviews were compiled during the March month challenge and are reviews of the pilot only. I can’t say for certainty that they will be spoiler free and I will not take responsibility if the rest of the series is shit. That is your risk, not mine.



  1. Half of the picks need to be half hours and the other half one hours which are probably dramas.
  2. No rewatching or try to avoid rewatching series you’ve already seen.
  3. Only 5 can be variety, game, other variety shows. Excluding sketch based shows entirely because I can watch those on my own damn time.

Let’s see if I can keep up…



Pilot 16: Dicte (Danish, Drama, Crime, Female Lead)

A reporter moves from the city of Copenhagen, back to her hometown of Aarhus with her daughter in tow for reasons that is her own. From the pilot, it is shown that the lead character Dicte is here for her own selfish reasons.

The pilot starts with a young teenager giving birth, she is blindfolded but after a safe delivery she insists on holding the baby. It is given early on that she is giving up the baby for adoption, as she sleeps with the baby in her arms someone comes in and scoops up the baby to be taken away. To which we are brought to present day with Dicte, played by Iben Hjejle, who is trying to reconnect with her Jehovah’s Witness parents to no avail. Dicte is a journalist who likes going for the hard details for her readers, there are parts of this pilot that suggest she feels readers have the right to know what is happening in their community. She clashes with a lead detective Wagner who is often depicted trailing behind her or possibly inert to the case as she leaves a trail of evidence for the police.

The show is fun, it has a ton of home life drama in the picture that really steers Dicte’s emotions such as her daughter starting up a relationship with an “immigrant” student who was charged and acquitted for rape. There are a few scenes with her old friends from her younger days and one with her ex-husband as he tries and fails to seduce Dicte for the night.

I wanted to point out that I am not 100% sure why there is a need to label the immigrant characters in the story. It’s possible that due to the newness of the series that the writers wanted to include immigrant storylines but to label the characters in this context is kind of unimaginative. I don’t really know what the views are on immigrants in Denmark but a grain of salt while watching.

All in all, the pilot/first episode was a fun enough romp in a would be universe if journalists and police loved playing cat and mouse games with each other in a non-arrest way. It reminded me of Castle in ways, much of the crime solving was done via Dicte’s meddling. It’s a departure from other crime shows and we can all use a break sometimes. The best part is if you grow tired of the show, the writers have written each arch into two episode parts. The first season is 10 episodes but really its 5 stories.

Moon Rating: One giant mixed bag of “can journalists get away with that?”

Pilot 17: Don’t Trust the B**** In Apartment 23 (Comedy, American, Network Sitcom, Fun)

All I knew about this show was the writer and creator works on Fresh Off The Boat and one of the leading characters is Krysten Ritter from Breaking Bad and Jessica Jones. I didn’t know just how campy and funny it was. I also mistook this show to be a multi-camera sitcom. Just putting it out there.

The show follows June, played by Dreama Walker, as a small town girl about to move to the big city and into a cushy real estate job when on day one is pulled from right under her as the company is she transferred to has been caught embezzling money and she no longer had a job there. It is shortly followed by her apartment she was going to live in gets pulled from under her since the building is frozen in the companies assets. Broke and homeless, June determined change her fate finds a posting for a roommate. There she meets Chloe, played by Krysten Ritter, a stylish New Yorker who takes June under her wing.

After many outlandish and annoying habits and situations Chloe puts June through, it seems she is willing to put up with Chloe’s crap. The scam is that Chloe takes a room mate in and attempts to annoy her out of the apartment after she pays for three months rent.

In comes the pilot’s main plot line, June’s fiancé Steven visits her at her new place with her new room mate with is lab assistant in tow. As suspected by Chloe, she finds out from June’s Fiancé’s behavioural lab subject that the good doctor has been sleeping with other women behind June’s back. To save June, she seduces Steven to prove to June that he’s a scumbag.

It’s a weird twisted little show but if you like fast paced comedy and dark humor, it’s work a look. Not to mention some great physical comedy bits from all the actors. Best side character is definitely Eric Andre’s Mark Reynolds who works with June at the coffee shop. But in all this I haven’t even started talking about the MVP of the show, James Van Der Beek who plays a version of himself. I don’t even want to tell you about his scenes because they are all great and heavy on the Dawson’s Creek nostalgia.

Moon Rating: One butt smashing a birthday cake in the pilot kind of funny

Pilot 18: Chef’s Table (Netflix Original, Documentary, Food, Cooking, Food Pr0n)

This has been in my queue for a long time. I love cooking shows but let me be clear, I love shows about cooking and not really the competition kind. A Cook’s Tour, Martha Stewart, Good Eats, etc, those are my kinds of cooking shows.

The episode starts with a story about the earthquake in 2012 and how it rocked the town of Moderna, Italy. Chef Massimo Bottura regales the viewer of the plate he designed to help the town of Moderna where his Michelin Star restaurant resides, Osteria Francescana. The dish was a reinvented rosotto and its main ingredient is one of the biggest exports of Moderna, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. All of this is given to you with lavish pictures and beautiful story telling before the opening credits.

And wow, the opening credits. A double timed film of a dinner table being set and clips of the chefs to come in the season. All masterpieces for the eye and mouth, I’m sure.

The episode runs through the life of the chef along side of how and when they made big decisions in their career to get them to where they are. For Chef Bottura, much of his decisions in the game were made with and about his wife Lara. They also go over many of his dishes and interview many of the staff that surround Massimo in his kitchen. Loads of detail in every shot of how they even form the dishes.

It’s a rich episode to say the least.

Moon Rating: No rating, it’s too fucking beautiful to rate holy shiiiiiiiit

Pilot 19: Galavant (Musical, Sitcom, Break Up Story, Network, American, Period?, Fairy Tale)

I had read a few things about the show and wasn’t entirely sure if would be my cup of tea. I’m not usually up for musical shows but it was a half hour and I have been growing tired of the hours longs. So I just jumped in and it was surprisingly funny.

The show stars Galavant, played by Joshua Sasse, and anything I could possibly tell you about the pilot episode is summed up in the opening of the episode. Y’know in a song.

I’ll break it down into a point form list…

  • Galavant meets a girl, Madelena and they fall in love
  • The king see’s Madelena and forces her to marry him
  • Galavant goes to the castle to save his love only to find out that she chooses money over love

The story picks up a year later while Galavant continues to wallow in heartbreak, enter Isabella who is a princess with a quest for the Knight Galavant. She tells her tale of woe and is shoved out of Galavant’s house. After another chance meeting in the local pub, she tells him if he does the quest it would entail revenge against the King who took Madelena. So here you can tell that Galavant is all in but the story doesn’t end there. On the flip side, the King wanted Isabella to charm Galavant into a life ending quest so that he could be seen as desirable to his own wife Madelena. As for the new Queen Madelena, it turns out she was quite corruptible by her new found power and wealth as she pushes all of the King’s buttons.

All in all, it’s a quest story about break up and revenge with a bunch of fun songs and highly entertaining characters. But it is a musical through and through, the pilot alone had 5 songs sung by various characters in a span of 21 minutes. Viewer beware.

Moon Rating: Twenty sad pounds gained out of twenty, Galavant!


Pilot 20: Crashing (Real Life, Break Up Comedy, American, Stand Up, Sitcom)

I’ve been a fan of Pete Holmes ever since my friend showed me his Spicy Interview on YouTube one afternoon. It got me laughing and it made him memorable in my mind. I’ve since seen interviews with him on various shows and tried to catch the Pete Holmes Show once in a while. The show is an extension of the kind of humour Holmes brings, it all edges on common sense and epiphanies to yourself.

The show starts with Pete, obviously played by Holmes and Jess, played by Lauren Lapkus cooking when Jess tries to spice up their dying marriage. They unsuccessfully try and have coitus on the carpet in their living room and it spirals off into watching cat videos. Pete leaves to do a gig because Pete is a totally green stand up trying to become a great comedian. When he arrives at his open mic, which is far out of the city, he comes home only to find Jess sleeping with another man, Leif. This pushes Pete to leave the house and try and find a place to crash. Hence the title of the show.

The pilot shows a great deal of promise, there are details that help reveal his character because not only is he a bad comic but he’s also religious and a homebody. He meets comic legend Artie Lange and as they strike up a friendship, he finds himself at the bad end of Lange’s notorious antics. In the end, Lange becomes invested in Pete’s break up story and ends up offering him a bed on his sofa.

I imagine the rest of the series will be similar to this as in Pete is crashing somewhere and learning the hard facts of comic life and real life. The symbolism of Pete trying to go home multiple times to gain his wife and former life back are just the start of his journey couch surfing into other people’s perspectives on the matter.

It’s a fun comedy, it was funny and made good work of its characters. If you’re a fan of Pete Holmes, it’s definitely one to watch.

Moon Rating: Two stitches on a knife wound caused by Artie Lange out of two


Variety: IIII

Just gotta crawl… alittle more…

Here is a link to reviews 1-5reviews 6-10, and reviews 11-15.

M2M: March TV Reviews 11-15

I posted about my Goals for 2017 last month and I thought I would outline a more simpler post per month.

I’m calling it the Month to Month post. Here, I will outline what I am doing for each month as a goal.

The following reviews were compiled during the March month challenge and are reviews of the pilot only. I can’t say for certainty that they will be spoiler free and I will not take responsibility if the rest of the series is shit. That is your risk, not mine.



  1. Half of the picks need to be half hours and the other half one hours which are probably dramas.
  2. No rewatching or try to avoid rewatching series you’ve already seen.
  3. Only 5 can be variety, game, other variety shows. Excluding sketch based shows entirely because I can watch those on my own damn time.

Let’s see if I can keep up…



Pilot 11: My Brother, My Brother and Me (Comedy, Advice, Based on a Podcast)

I went into this knowing many of my friends are fans of the podcast show, some had described some of the jokes from the show or the podcast. It was tough to gauge whether I would like the show or not mostly because I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts and more over. I had never listened to an episode of this show.

My Brother, My Brother & Me (or MBMBaM pronounced “mimb-bim-bam”) stars three brothers from Huntington, West Virginia who dish out advice for their listeners. The way of answering the fan questions is what builds the entire show. Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy provide in-depth solutions to the questions and often ask others for furthered advice. Those segments are split up on the episode with commentary from a studio from the three brother.

The pilot explores a question about dormitories and haunted items so the Brothers borrow a dorm room from the local university and fill it with what they think are haunted objects from the antique store in town. The in-between segments in the studio provided fun commentary from the brothers but some bits didn’t pan out well for the show. Such as the oldest brother felt there should’ve have been more jump scares so he tries and adds jump scares through the episode which kind of fall flat every time they show up between segments.

It’s a fun show but definitely not my taste. I might follow up on an episode about teaching teens but this is definitely a acquired taste comedy show.

Moon Rating: One scary ass clown doll that shouldn’t exist this is not a rating there’s a scary clown doll in the episode

Pilot 12: PhoneShop (Sitcom, Edgy Language, Retail Story, British, Late Night Comedy)

Man, the Brits love niche shows. I was recommended this show from a friend, wasn’t sure if it was going to be funny but I took the bait. I watched the pilot episode and not the listed first episode.

Its very much of its age. The show premiered in 2009 so the jokes are on the cusp of edgy and sexist. I’ll explain.

The show follows a sales team for a Phone Shop in Sutton, London who are having a one day trial for a new sales man Christopher whom they have dubbed “New Man”. Christopher, played by Tom Bennett, is hapless and kind and struggles all day trying to bag the one sale he needs to be hired on full time. As the boys, Ashley and Jerwayne, on the team try to teach him some sales tricks, they also pepper the show with lewd jokes like the store manager has a masturbation problem and sexist and even illegal pranks such as the boys taking phone pics of girls thongs when they enter the store. There’s even a wall of the pics posted in the back room. The only female character, Janine, isn’t given much to work from other than putting down the boys and attempting and failing many times to be promoted to Assistant Manager. The show doesn’t bode well in that aspect but the dialogue is fast paced and has bite however all the choice lines are given the Ashley and Jerwayne.

I guess if you once were a phone shark in the late 00s then this might be a fun, nostalgic show for you. As for me, I won’t be tuning in for the rest of the series even though its 6 episodes. I can do other things with my time, thanks.

Moon Rating: One out of one mobile phone with a dead battery

Pilot 13: American Crime (Drama, Crime and Procedural, American duh, Intense, Network Drama)

I had seen commercials for this show when it first premiered on ABC a few years ago and kind of wrote it off since the marketing didn’t really grip me to watch it. I kind of wish I had seen it when it did premiere because the show is actually really good.

You follow a series of disconnected storylines, not knowing if they are going to meet up eventually of if its to show the whole picture of how crime infiltrates America. We start off the episode with Russ, a father character played by Timothy Hutton, who is called to identify a corpse as his son. The story unravels a little more when Barb, the mother played by Felicity Huffman, comes in and starts to ramp up the intensity of the murder case as she complains and questions the police and people who are affected by the case. In other time lines we see a couple of junkie loves, an illegal immigrant from Mexico hustling, and a Mexican family torn apart by the unknown threads stemming from the murder of Russ and Barb’s son.

By the end of the pilot, you find out just how all the story lines come together into a tight mess of lies and deception to save themselves from the inevitable. It’s intricate and stylistically shot and the acting is superb. It is very intense and it doesn’t hold your hand through the process, some scenes of seemingly good hearted intentions lead to bad consequences and its really waiting for the viewer to react with the actors on screen.

It’s definitely not really predictable, at least the pilot wasn’t really. I wasn’t expecting all the storylines to come together at the end of the first episode, maybe down the line so that the reveals could be significant but to wonder where it all goes from here is still a mystery worth tuning in for.

Moon Rating: One bottle of shared beer between two lovers pls

Pilot 14: Moyashimon: Tales in Agriculture (Japanese, Anime, Comedy, Slice of Life, School Comedy)

I needed to break up the monotony that was live action and I decided to delve into my pull list from CrunchyRoll. I was worried since I hadn’t logged in for a while that maybe it would be a good idea to utilize something I pay monthly for.

Moyashimon is a bit of a cheat for me. I have the first two manga in the series and they are incredibly interesting and beautifully drawn so I was basically expecting the same experiencing but the anime proved to be just as if not more fun.

The story follows Tadayasu and Kei, two boys from a farming town in Japan who are attending their first day ay Agricultural University in Tokyo. The lead character Tadayasu is afflicted with a strange ability to see microbes with his naked eye. He is instructed to see Professor Itsuki by way of his father. After opening ceremonies, there is a police statement about a missing woman from the university and to report anything suspicious. Tadayasu and Kei on their way through a forested area, a shortcut to Itsuki’s office, find a possible buried corpse when Tadayasu spot microbes in the air. As the police are investigating, the missing woman (who is the professor’s assistant) and the professor Tadayasu appear to explain the rotting seal corpse.

The show is pleasant and beautifully animated, especially when they show the microbes Tadayasu sees. The opening and ending sequences were cute as a button and the music catchy as heck.

Moon Rating: Millions of cute as heck fructivorans out of millions


Pilot 15: Abstract: The Art of Design (Documentary, Design, Narrative Non-Fiction, Biography/AutoBiography)

After having watched so much fiction, I just wanted a break from it as so I opted for this series on Netflix I have been eyeing up for a while and I was very glad I did.

In my head, its the ManBen for Graphic Designers.

The series is mini-biographical documentary style life stories about design. The first episode showcases the life and work from Christopher Niemann, an illustrator and designer from Germany. His story is about his numerous illustrations he’s done for the New Yorker and how coveted it is to get to be featured as the cover art for an issue of the magazine. He goes through how he likes abstract artwork and how he sees the medium, the style, his processes. He also talks a bit about his time as an immigrant to New York, the drive to be a good designer, what he thinks it takes to continue doing good work.

It’s incredibly inspiring and a great way for any designer and appreciator to learn comprehension skills about how designers do and see work on an everyday basis. It’s not easy explaining the art or the process but by mixing a highly designed communicative scenes with the story Niemann provides, viewers leave with a sense of knowing the work better and that is really the ultimate goal of all artists is to be understood. Also, Christopher Niemann uses Lego to help abstract his work and its wonderful.

Beware designers, it’s highly bingeble.

Moon Rating: Seven out of three abstracted lines to represent numbers that are made of lego


Comedy: IIIII I
Drama: IIIII I
Variety: III

Just past the halfway marker, just 16 more to go…

Here is a link to reviews 1-5 and to reviews 6-10.

M2M: March TV Reviews 6-10

I posted about my Goals for 2017 last month and I thought I would outline a more simpler post per month.

I’m calling it the Month to Month post. Here, I will outline what I am doing for each month as a goal.

The following reviews were compiled during the March month challenge and are reviews of the pilot only. I can’t say for certainty that they will be spoiler free and I will not take responsibility if the rest of the series is shit. That is your risk, not mine.



  1. Half of the picks need to be half hours and the other half one hours which are probably dramas.
  2. No rewatching or try to avoid rewatching series you’ve already seen.
  3. Only 5 can be variety, game, other variety shows. Excluding sketch based shows entirely because I can watch those on my own damn time.

Let’s see if I can keep up…



Pilot 6: Broadchurch (British, Crime Drama, Suspense, Psychological, Small Town Murder)

Not to be confused with its American remake, Grace Point. This is the OG British version.

Someone told me this was a slow burn show. I have to say, what were they talking about. Yeah, maybe it’s slow as in the panning shots are slow, the overall tone and mood is slow, but is the show slow? Not at all. I wouldn’t go out of my way to say light speed fast, it’s just paced well. Gives the story time to breathe and characters to react but never keeps the viewer without something to chew on.

Well, that sure is a weird way of starting this review. The show is about the murder of a young boy in the small town of Broadchurch. After a vacation stint, DC Miller played by Olivia Colman, comes back believing she would be getting a new position in her department only for it to be given to another DC, a disgraced Alec Hardy played by David Tennant. Miller finds it difficult to deal with the new job situation but also dealing with her first murder case.

The plot moves along with a scenes of a grieving family and many characters doing some very suspicious actions when the authority isn’t looking. The actions are quiet and seemingly damning but to what end, it could be a clue to the boy’s death or maybe just someone being extra careful around the police. It’s hints like that that keep the viewers engrossed, living crumb trails to let them make their own assumptions about every side character in the town.

It’s well written and well acted but more over the camera work and cinematography is the real cherry on a stellar pie. The camera work really helps along the suspense, framing every character and side character to look hella suspicious. Its also in the tone of the actors voices as these DCIs solve this mystery all the while trying to keep a lid on things from the media. Just a tiny inflection can cause a massive change in how a character is viewed.

Good actors, check. Good writing, check. Superb camera work, check. Suspenseful mystery, check.

I can’t say what will happen to the rest of the series from here but if the pace is as steady as the pilot, its far from a slow burn.

Moon Rating: One brilliant cliffside that makes me want to visit Britain again out of one

Pilot 7: 3% (Sci-Fi, Post Post-Apocalyptic, Brazilian, Futuristic)

When I heard about this show, I knew I needed to see it based on the surrounding information about it. Diverse cast, post post-apocalyptic setting, very Hunger Games but in Brazil and of your own volition.

The show is about young adults at the age of 20 who have one shot of getting themselves out of the slums of the world and into the idyllic community of the 3% where they will live the rest of their lives in happiness and without poverty. They must perform through a series of tests to advance to the final level. The tests are hard, most of the characters believe everything could be a test.

The show follows a few narratives but mainly the character Michele, played by Bianca Comparato, who is a young woman, no different anyone else expect that she is a mole of an underground movement that is trying to break the system. Along side with her BFF Bruna, wheelchair into my heart Fernando, and the loner Joana, the show is creating something different then your everyday po-po-apo show.

Other interesting things I noticed was camera work, shaky but might’ve been intentional, and the music was certainly jarring. It’s got some emotion in the score and makes use of traditional sounds of Brazilian music to punch up the music. It’s jarring as in you might not be used to the sound, textural sound is different here than it is in Brazil. The costumes and settings are also key to how they are dressing this show differently. It’s colorful and grey at the same time, it makes use of simple design features but makes questions from them such as the four pointed star shapes on their sleeves that reveals a plug-in or button of sorts. There’s a lunch scene, I’ll say no more. Just pay attention.

I’m no expert when it comes to Brazilian culture but the show oozes it and finds a way too be cool and intense. The actors are giving fairly subdued performances but it’s all in part of the long game, or at least I think it is.

Moon Rating: Seventeen fucked up orange slices out of twenty, you’ll understand just watch it

Pilot 8: Lady Dynamite (Comedy, possibly a Dark Comedy, American, Meta)

Do you like Arrested Development? Did you like the stories and the way they unfolded? Well it’s probably because you like Mitch Hurwitz, the brains behind the show and half the brain behind this show along side Maria Bamford who is someone you should also like because she’s great and very funny.

The show’s premise is a tough one to describe, it follows recently released Maria Bamford and her trials and tribulations in trying to have a simpler life and to find herself again. She recently finished a stint in a hospital, recovering from an unknown mental issue. The pilot picks up where Bamford is reconnecting with her job and her manager Bruce, played by Fred Melamed. Her friends also come into the picture and try to help her with reconnecting with her community, Bamford settles on a park bench to which drama ensues.

The show takes advantage of the metaness between Bamford and the audience by throwing in TV reference cut aways and breaking 4th wall such as a narration  to the audience then turning into an absurd hair commercial. It’s well acted as in every side character is a comedian or a comedy writer, everyone’s timing is good if not great.

Admittedly the pilot is not very tight but its jam packed with scenes and gags that reinforce the show’s style which is not your average comedy show. So if your into absurd realities, high energy comedy, and Maria Bamford you should probably give this show a chance and just binge it.

Moon Rating: Ten Vespas with two side cars out of six months worth of vision boards

Pilot 9: Iron Fist (Comic Book Hero, Marvel Comics, Drama, Action, American)

So. Soooooooo… so so so so so… well I guess that’s a show. It’s boring. It’s slow, it’s relying heavily on the viewer liking Danny, asap. Let me back it up for a moment and tell you about this pilot because I don’t really want to relive it but monthly goals right. Fuck.

The show stars Finn Jones as Danny Rand AKA the Iron Fist, a mighty protector of K’un Lun and ultimate warrior who left to New York. Danny Rand was thought to have died with his parents in the Himalayan Mountains as a child but returns as the prodigal son with the teachings of kung fu and Buddha under his arm. Meditating and not needing more than what he already has, he is supposed to be the guy to save New York from the Hand, the same ninja team that was busting up Hell’s Kitchen. Yeah, Daredevil territory.

What’s the catch about this show? You’d think it would be a sick kung fu wire fu epic show with sweet showdowns and highly skilled warriors fighting each other nearly anime style but its not. They have the characters to do that; Colleen Wing, Claire Temple, some bad ass Gao killers, Gao… oh wait that’s like a few people. It’s just a guy trying to find out if he is who he thinks he is or is he an ancient warrior and we all know where this goes. Anyway, all the pilot shows is Danny trying to talk to his old pals and childhood friends Joy and Ward. The whole fucking episode. The whole time. Well, he talks to a homeless dude but then that’s it. The time of the pilot is 57 minutes.

That’s it. That’s all that happens. Send help.

Moon Rating: Five yawns and one symphony of facepalming

samurai gourmet

Pilot 10: Samurai Gourmet (Japanese, Comedy, Sitcom, Food, Alter Egos)

Since prepping for this monthly goal, I’ve been taking friend’s suggestions anywhere. It’s how I was highly pushed on Chewing Gum and Lady Dynamite. I must’ve tapped into a very special algorithm because as I was adding a few random police dramas I stumbled on this gem on Netflix.

The show is about an old man named Takeshi who has recently retired and is trying to find his bearings in his new life at home. Before as a company man, he was responsible and heavily relied on but now he is watering plants and trying to find something to do with his day. As he accidentally walks to the train station, as he would any work day, he stumbles on a lunch spot and rediscovers his passion for eating.

This idea of eating alone and enjoying it is called “ひとりメシ (hitori meshi)” or “dining alone”.

As Takeshi eats, he starts to find his personality in the adventure of eating. The show takes its time to show you how the food is prepped and cooked, the eating, and the enjoyment of food. It’s almost satisfying like watching SlowTV. Another way of putting it is the show is food porn following by elation. If you’re into that, you should watch this show. Every viewer will probably look at Takeshi eating and drinking beer at lunch time and say “Same.”

Moon Rating: One social norms breaking grandpa having two beers at noon kind of fucking rating


Comedy: IIII
Drama: IIIII
Variety: I

A few things has started to wear on me as I continue on watching pilots which is I tend to like to follow up on shows after watching the pilot and liking it. So far there hasn’t been that many shows that I would just drop in a heartbeat yet. Just one so far and that would be Ultimate Beastmaster. Even if the pilot is so-so, I like following up with at least one more episode to really get a feel for the series. This doesn’t always work since some great shows don’t really get the ball rolling until a few episodes, or with Parks & Rec a few seasons, in but it does help gauge my interests and what really grabs my attention.

It’s tough but there are a few shows I want to finish and I am only ten pilots in. Oh well. Just 21 pilots to go…

Here is a link to reviews 1-5.

M2M: March TV Reviews 1-5

I posted about my Goals for 2017 last month and I thought I would outline a more simpler post per month.

I’m calling it the Month to Month post. Here, I will outline what I am doing for each month as a goal.

The following reviews were compiled during the March month challenge and are reviews of the pilot only. I can’t say for certainty that they will be spoiler free and I will not take responsibility if the rest of the series is shit. That is your risk, not mine.



  1. Half of the picks need to be half hours and the other half one hours which are probably dramas.
  2. No rewatching or try to avoid rewatching series you’ve already seen.
  3. Only 5 can be variety, game, other variety shows. Excluding sketch based shows entirely because I can watch those on my own damn time.

Let’s see if I can keep up…



Pilot 1: Chewing Gum (British, Sitcom, Comedy, Sex Comedy, Based on a Play)

I was recommended this pilot by a friend after a long conversation about small town stories and POC voices in British media. He suggested a few titles and this one was released via Netflix for North American audiences. Out of all the ones he suggested, this one stood out among the rest so I watched the trailer to get a taste.

It was a good taste.

The pilot is jam packed in a good way. The story follows Tracey, a young Black British woman played by Michaela Coel, living in a highly religious home with her mom and sister, Cynthia. She works at a local shop down her street and is in a single sided relationship with her celibate boyfriend of 6 years Ronald. Tracey’s problem lies in her unfulfilling relationship and desires to explore a sexual relationship with her boyfriend but to be more independent from her stricter family mould. Candace, Tracey’s best friend, tries to help Tracey with a make over to help win over Ronald into the sheets. The episode all funnels down into a flat party with the main characters attending, having all their stories crash into each other. All these threads combine into a very good 22 minutes.

It’s filled to the brim with good insight into hetero female sexuality and a good dose of jokes. The lead creates an inviting atmosphere, akin to girl talk and let’s the viewers cringe and laugh at her exploration of sex and relationships.

The second series (season) will be coming to Netflix April 4th. Look, it’s 22 minutes. That’s your lunch break.

Just do it.

Moon Rating: Five look-to-my-roomie-and-we-laughing out of five

Pilot 2: House of Lies (Sitcom, Dark Comedy, American, Office Comedy)

I have been trying to sit down and watch this show ever since I found out the basis of it surrounds consulting and marketing. Boy, was I a bit off. It’s actually about a specific type of consulting, management consulting and not marketing. The show stars Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan, a high flying, very successful management and finance consultant. He heads a team of consultants by way of Jeannie van der Hooven (Kristen Bell) and associates Clyde Oberholdt (Ben Schwartz) and Doug Guggenheim (Josh Lawson). Together they fly from city to city on behalf of their firm doing what they do best, making money for their clients. There are moments shared in Marty’s home life such as his son is a gender fluid broadway obsessed tween, his Father lives with him and his son, and his ex-wife is also a high powered consultant that is just as cut throat.

What gives, there’s a gimmick right? You don’t have a show that is this white collar without a gimmick. Here’s the thing, if you have watched The Big Short and enjoyed the slick story telling and freeze cuts to explain difficult language or concepts, it’s highly likely you will love House of Lies. The show pre-dates the movie by 3 years (the book pre-dates the show by 2 years) and the consulting done in the pilot is collateral damage from crash of 2009.

As mentioned, there are a ton of freeze cuts where by Marty helps the viewer along with particular consulting slang and processes. He also freeze cuts to talk about his life situations, just like that meme you’ve seen. Despite the freeze cuts, the story is fairly linear and you don’t see much of anything not involving Marty. There were also a few 180 character reveals even for some side characters that I don’t think we’ll see again. Slow your roll, HoL. Its the first episode…

The show is fast paced and the dialogue is highly enjoyable. The plot however is yet to be determined as good or bad since it has a House-esque course set for the main character. You can’t be this cut throat without gaining enemies and or making them from your closest friends and family.

Moon Rating: Four ah-has but one meh face for obligatory stripper club scene because this is what high flying business people dooooo


Pilot 3: Into The Badlands (American, Nihilistic Future-Punk, Sci-Fi, Kinda Post Apocalyptic)

I went into this pilot only really knowing it was post-apocalyptic and it stars an Asian American lead. First, let’s do a quick run down. The show starts Asian American actor Daniel Wu as Sunny, the head Clipper for the Baron Quinn. A Clipper is a powerful soldier trained from youth and are brainwashed to be as loyal as possible to the Baron they serve. Think a Spartan from 300, only the strong survive and for those who don’t want to be a Clipper, they are sent back to the fields to farm. Moving on, Sunny has a secret girlfriend or more like everyone knows and simply turns an eye on it, her name is Veil and she is pregnant. It’s not a spoiler, you find this out early in the pilot. There are a few other important characters such as M.K. who is a boy with very special powers, the Baron’s son Ryder, and the Baron’s first wife Lydia.

It’s definitely got similar themes as a post-apocalyptic genre show but I wouldn’t categorize it as post-apocalyptic, if anything it takes after Hunger Games logic and accepts that this is what life is now. There wasn’t an event, it was just humans living through the harshness of the future and this is where it leads, enslavement at the hands of Barons and a bleak world view. They don’t talk about any kind of event that anyone can seem to remember, as for those who can tell any multi generational stories which there are a few, none of them refer to a near World ending event.

Which leads me to believe this show is more post modern something punk, perhaps future-punk, a bit of steam-punk, definitely pulling a few Mad Maxisms in the Barons and what they produce. This is how the story is highly interesting if future-punk is your thang, it might not be. The story can drag and they are certainly going the unconventional route.

Let me be clear, there is another pull to watch to series. It’s short, highly stylistic, and above all employing some of the best kung fu and wire fu sequences for television period. They are employing Master Dee Dee Kuma (Huan Chiu Ku) to coordinate the martial arts sequences is a high point, he resume including The Matrix, Kill Bill, and many Jet Li movies to boot. Daniel Wu is no slouch either having appeared in many kung fu movies in China, often referred to as the “younger Donnie Yen”. The series is also produced by Stephen Fung, the man behind the Tai Chi Hero series.

Watch for the high genre, stay for the martial arts.

Moon Rating: Seven swords out of ten being swung gracefully in the slow motion, in the rain

Pilot 4: The Fall (British, Police Story, Crime Drama, Psychological Thriller)

I have been recommended this series a few times but I was avoiding it because what I feared would happen, happened. I might binge this show… it’s really good.

The show stars Gillian Anderson as DSI Stella Gibson who is brought in by the Northern Irish police to help track a possible serial killer that stalks his murder victims. Meet Jaime Dornan who plays Paul Spector, everyday regular white guy with a family and wife, marriage councillor and killer. The series’ gimmick is showing both perspectives of both the police trying to catch Spector and the murderer stalking his victims. It makes for incredible drama and thrilling moments when police and killer are so close in proximity but they don’t catch him in those moments.

Very well acted by both Anderson and Dornan, it’s no wonder Dornan was the back up choice for his role in 50 Shades though I think his character in The Fall far more creepier than that movie. The show is not afraid of showing glimpses into what each character sees; the inspector, the murderer, and even the victims themselves. Great camera and audio work help spike an uneasiness in viewers as victims look around their own homes.

This series is BBC made and each series is short, 5 episodes the first season and 6 for the second and third. It’s on Netflix now, give it a watch if you’ve been waiting for a great crime drama worth your time.

Moon Rating: Two bumbling cops in the first episode out of OH MY GOD DO SOMETHING OH MY GOD DON’T LEAVE THE HOUSE WHY YOU LEAVING HOLY SHIT THIS EPISODE i can’t deal…

Pilot 5: Real Detective (True Crime, Dramatization, Canadian)

First Variety pilot, I was purposely picking off all the Crime related pilots this week since I need to do some writing involving the same genre. I wasn’t sure what to expect, I thought it was another crime drama from Canada but it’s a dramatization of individual cases by retired detectives.

The first episode is not a pilot, each episode encases the entirety of a murder case. The episode showcases more than just a retelling and reenactments but scripted scenes as described by the officer bringing the viewer through the case files.

I can say the actors did a great job playing their roles but there isn’t too much staying power as the actor is tied to the officer telling the story so you might not see them again. The scene cuts were really well done and the blending of acting and reality was suspenseful.

If you’re not into true crime, you might want to stay away.

Moon Rating: One out of one end credits theme reminiscent of Unsolved Mysteries even though the case was closed


Comedy: II
Drama: II
Variety: I

Okay, that’s it for this post. Look for the next round up. Hope these mini reviews are interesting to read and not shit. Hopefully they’ll get better, I have so much TV on my plate right now…