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Glorious Gilfoyle

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Firstly, could we give the wonderful female writer of the latest episode of Silicon Valley, Meghan Pleticha, just the biggest excitable clap. What a dream – and an inspiration for us female writers. Ok gush over.  Thanks to her sharp and punchy writing this episode was all time. Season 4 is really busting out some oratorical gems. It was full of the most nonsensical but apt phrases and insults. I won’t go into all of them but here’s the top lines:

Jared mentions that Gilfoyle said that he reminded him of  “Frankenstein’s bulimic daughter”

“Until we are dick-up and flat-broke, get to your life.” – Erlich

“I’ll kill them with knives, I’ll kill them with guns. I’ll kill them with my hands. I’ll convince them to commit suicide. It doesn’t matter.” – Jared’s mental break

Whilst there were many moments of comedic brilliance peppered throughout the episode, like the not hotdog app or Jared’s descent into a mental mayhem, apparent separation anxiety and extreme FOMO, it really was Gilfoyle for me that gave me the most giggles and I find his character immensely gratifying. Here’s just a little sampler of the acerbic Gilfoyle doing what he does best x

The relentless bickering between Dinesh and Gifoyle is an ongoing theme within the series. In this episode Gilfoyle delights in letting Dinesh know that he is “sexually disappointing” his current hacker girlfriend.

His comments continue to be cutting when Richard tries to explain why he’s been MIA from the hacker hostel  and Gilfoyle points out that “We all leave the house during the day, Richard. That’s not weird.”

As Richard pursues new employees for his new project, we see a disgruntled Gilfoyle hijacking the list of candidates. Upon first sighting the list he remarks ” this entire list is a shit show of shit heads” and “If Richard wants to saddle himself with mediocrity then go ahead”.  Next to a potential candidate his insights continue on the notes that Richard and Jared take into a meeting with Gavin Belson, the phrase ‘pig faced fucknose’ has been scribbled. Whilst I believe that he doesn’t really want to work for Pied Piper again, he knows he is the best fit and that his skill sets are superior.

If you haven’t watched this show you absolutely must. You may even pick up a handful of useful phrases when you fire out some insults next time.

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Piperchat, prepositions and pant wetting

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coderag_s4_banners_piperchat.jpgOh golly!  Here’s my nonsensical adoration rant for this show. So here is just a little slice of my takeouts I loved from this episode. You know you have watched some quality comedy when the following happen; ( and in no particular order) laughing out loud, snorting(that embarrassing laugh) , beverages consumed whilst watching the show spurting out of your nose, laughing so hard that at 35 you pee yourself a little…and realise that your light bladder control pads now need to be worn whilst watching tv and not just at adult gymnastics classes. I LOVE THIS show. I have written about it all over this blog and did my first spec script on it and it has been a constant source of hilarity. All elements of this show and amazing. Direction, acting, writing – please watch it!  I haven’t laughed so much since the episode where they annihilate and are rude to the VC’s in season 2.

It may seem trivial – but prepositions are important. This is stressed by Richard who explains to Dinesh that he once threw up IN his pants… that’s right, IN not ON. The description of this made me cry with laughter. The nightmarish manifestations of Richard’s anxiety know no limits and it is relatable to those of us who embody some of these nervous traits. The snappy comments that Richard and Dinesh fire at each other is so childishly funny…

An ongoing tScreen Shot 2017-05-01 at 9.45.37 PMheme is the continual hope of success that sticks in the valley. It is fleeting, short lived and seemingly unattainable. The episode largely focuses on Piperchat – the only workable component of Pied Piper that remains. And so ensues the rise and fall of the CEO – and whilst I won’t ruin the enjoyment of this playing out it is interesting to see similar situations that happened to Ricahrd being mirrored with Dinesh. I often wonder how many new start up CEO’s crawl into a bathtub and want to cry! (or even script writer wannabes..or anyone for that matter!)

The living room has been the stage for a lot of funny moments in the show. I will sum up another fave scene with this picture :

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A final visual. This shot is fantastic – Mike Judge is a dream director.

It’s “Easy” to watch…

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After a disastrous date day with myself (yes, that’s a thing….someone has to do it so it may as well be me) where I tried to watch a movie but had a couple commentating the entire way through, I decided to swing into the supermarket get some emotional eating/drinking supplies, head home and see what delights were on Netflix – people and noise free.

“Easy” appeared first in my recommended for you list. I also received an email from Netflix earlier that week so thought I would give it a whirl. 7 episodes later, chip crumbs all over me and running dangerously low on diet coke, it would appear that it held my interest. I only have one left to go….

Let me tell you quickly why I enjoyed it so much. I am pretty fussy. I work in TV, I watch an AWFUL lot of it, I try to write about it and play around with scripts so I suppose I am as much of a critic as anyone can be these days. Joe Swanberg is not unknown to me he is an indie genius … he has an extensive list of work to his name ( not familiar with ALL) – but I have seen his more recent works like “Drinking Buddies” and loved the episode he did of “Love”.

The show is about the interactions and various relationship dynamics in Chicago. Each episode is different, with no obvious  or  consistent continuity and I really like it.  Bite size commentary, interesting insighst and a look into the dynamic and ever changing world of people and how they relate to each other. I found it fascinating  – at least from a psychologically point of view. It’s relevant and realistic in terms of the dialogue and behaviours – you will easily be able to identify people like that in your group or wider circles.  Writing in such a seamless/effortless manner is no easy task – but this show captures this and has executed it successfully.

I was reading a review about it  and was also just told by someone today that it was a “mumblecore” genre…and that the Dupalss Bros (who I ADORE) are in this category – sometimes it baffles me how much I DON’T know. That term is defined as such:

mumblecoreˈ     mʌmb(ə)lkɔː/

noun

  1. a style of low-budget film typically characterized by the use of non-professional actors and naturalistic or improvised performances.

“an actor/filmmaker known for his cinematic experimentations with mumblecore”

I suppose that is accurate – ish. The natural flow of this series is fascinating. It may challenge some people who are used to a particular formula and set up of a TV show – just go with the flow is my advice on this one.

I have found myself pondering relationships around me and wondering what on earth it is like out there these days – all triggered from the show. Perhaps the reason why I thoroughly love this so much is that it is, at its core, very real. There are so many layers, stories, people, places, events and interactions that go on in our daily lives and no one has any idea about those complexities or intricacies. I like that this show provides a potential (even if fictional) insight into what else is going on out there outside of your head and social circle. Such a vastness of experiences!

There is something very exciting and unrefined (not in a bad way) about his style and the way he writes and creates. An exceptional talent and one I hope to draw on it for my future dabbling.

Finally, the best thing about “Easy” is that it is easy to watch!

Check the trailer out….

Oh yeah, it also has a killer cast ….and yes, they are all awesome in their roles… Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski, Michael Chernus, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Aya Cash, Jane Adams, Elizabeth Reaser, Evan Jonigkeit.

oh and episode 6 – MY OH MY.

 

Parenting Pigeons

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By now I hope you have discovered Animals., a wonderfully chucklesome animated series.

I tried to explain to someone why it is so funny and concluded that this show captures the significance of the insignificant. Similarly to that of Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. It is discussing the everyday in a nonsensical fashion and yet at its core there are some (and I can’t help but smirk) deeper meanings to the topics discussed by the various Animals. Through the device of humour and the animals perspective, they are able to shine a light on the more serious topics. I think it is so fantastically written and executed that it provides a platform for the guest voices to launch off and play with it. The writing is so legendary in my opinion that you can’t help laugh out loud at each animal segment.

You probably have to be in the mood per say to watch it though. I am always in this type of headspace but some people require a bit more assistance when it comes to a more quirky type of comedy show. I suppose it is like Broad City as well, that can really rub you the wrong way dependent on mood.

So to assist you, I have found the ideal time to watch this series and that is immediately after The Walking Dead or perhaps another stressful show (think Mr Robot, Homeland etc). It is hard to calm down from the fear induced state that these shows create – I also am developing TMJ  from clenching my jaw so tightly from such stressful scenes. It reminds me of playing the video game Doom – I am in a constant state of anxiety! We need to ensure we live balanced lives even in our TV viewing realms. The best way to attain this balance is by laughing. In this case, laughter really is the best medicine to relieve my jaw pain and Animals. certainly provides this . I embrace the silliness and welcome it with open arms after the many murders and high tension of The Walking Dead.

Anyway back to last night’s episode. Parenting pigeons. A wonderful dialogue about how hopeless some parents can be. Enter the uncensored, slack Shady Larry Matarese in all his neglectful parenting glory. Animals-Season-1-Episode-6-32-a63b

Shady Larry has been absent for the most part of Phil’s life. On being reacquainted he appears to to be inattentive, scheming and unconcerned with Phil in any capacity. Ultimately he ends up using Phil in a money making attempt which is hilarious to watch unfold. Unfortunately Shady Larry gets them involved in a dangerous situation . I particularly enjoyed the dismissive comments made by Shady Larry – especially when they are in a life threatening situation. Not even a nice word can escape his mouth with death on the cards. He really does appear quite callous. Just lurking beneath the surface is the very fascinating and all too real relationship between some parents and children. So many parent-child dynamics are so strained and this episode shines a very funny light on this. We often see a child who has eternal hope that their parent loves them, believes in them and can change and a parent who is indifferent and just takes what they can when they chose – they flit in and out of their children’s lives.  Some parents simply never wanted children and see them as a burden (haha get it-  BIRD en – I amuse myself) – this is just spectacularly shown on screen and cleverly crafted by the creators.

If you haven’t watched it yet – give it a go. Wildly funny and out there – it will definitely crack a smile.

Vomit, Valium & Values

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Vomiting is a deeply personal experience in my opinion. I really don’t like anyone to witness me in that highly vulnerable state. However emotional trauma, shock and stress will cause your body to react without your permission – much like it did with Brett at the end of last week’s episode upon hearing Michelle’s news.

Nothing says “I’m here for you” more than cleaning up bodily fluids that are not your own.  This episode shows a redemptive Tina who takes care of her sister, starting with cleaning up the vomit soaked bed sheets whilst asking “What did he eat? Did he eat vomit and then vomit up the vomit?”

poop.jpgGoing above and beyond, Tina continues her sisterly duties by extending this to changing a nappy – which is a poonami  type of situation. Not everyone is going to literally sort your shit out.  She even  offers a valium to calm Michelle down in an attempt to get some sleep. Who doesn’t love to self medicate!? Everybody loves a friend with calmatives/sedatives right?

What really resonated with me in regards to Tina and the above examples in this episode, is that little gem we are taught – actions speak louder than words. Didn’t they just speak volumes in this episode! ( We will get to Alex and Brett shortly) Tina is clearly not a natural with children and we see a much softer side to her when she is in bed with Michelle comforting her.

This concept is becoming more and more important to me. People show you who they are. People can talk and talk and talk but when words are backed up with action then you know you  really have something concrete, sincere and genuine. Perhaps it is as simple as actions show you – we have some type of proof with them. The smallest gesture can mean so much and so often we forget this. The scene that got me teary was Alex and Brett embraced outside of the plane toilets. Brett finally has a moment and they embrace. That shot was beautiful (below) and powerful.  The whole episode touched on being supported which is why this visual was so moving to me.  It also highlighted to me that genuine people are consistent in their behaviours and actions regardless of the emotional roller coaster the person they are looking out for is going through. They are simply there, present and that’s enough.

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There is so much we could say (and so much that has been said on the internet in reviews) about the bond, the bromance the BFF relationship that is Brett and Alex. I just wanted to touch on a few things. I like Alex…a lot. We probably need more characters like him in real life! Perhaps it struck such a deep chord within me because I feel this is lacking in my life.  He doesn’t take himself too seriously so he is a perfect balance for Brett and coping with his frenetic reaction. This episode demonstrated how solid and substantial he is towards Brett and the situation. I find it rather rare these days to have really deep connections with people. I have a few friends/family members that mean the world to me. They know my quirks and weird behaviours, my light and dark. For me a residual thought after the episode was – you have to have people in your life that completely get you. That really know who you are. We see this between these two and that’s why they are able to provide emotional support without judgement to one another. They create space for the temporary crazy.  They tell you how it is. Alex supports Brett but doesn’t feel compelled to support the situation. Maybe it’s even a little lesson in mindfulness – allowing the person to express a multitude of emotions and just be with them without judgement. There is a lot to be said about just being present for someone.

Tina and Alex really demonstrate the types of values and traits you want in a friend/relative  at their core nature in the best way they know how throughout this episode.

It’s a timely reminder that a kind gesture to a friend or anyone in need can really lift their mood. Ask yourself this – are your friends/family willing to deal with your bodily fluids and manic behaviours? Here’s hoping!

P.S how amazing was the ping pong scene – killer! Not gonna lie… maybe my favourite episode THUS far!

Riotus Rats

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I have just surfaced from the depths of spec script writing.   I wondered how on earth I was going to find time to  keep on top of my TV viewing habits – and then I glanced to my desk and saw the multitude of diet coke bottles piled up. Ah. caffeine, where would writers be without you. Anyway…

Animals. What a riot!

I love the perspective shift.

I needed something to keep me going until Silicon Valley returns and my oh my have I found it!

I laughed so hard that I actually sustained a laughing injury – a diet coke carbonation nose burn situation. That’s a real thing. That transpires form laughing so hard that a gasp of air goes awry. Diet coke (insert other carbonated beverage here) travels upwards into the nasal cavity and burns. The things I do for HBO – seriously…

I felt compelled to address this article in Variety. If this article had it’s own theme song it would be  “Burn” by Nine Inch Nails.

“Animals is the worst HBO comedy in some time”

OUCH!  Firstly, I can guarantee you that HBO’s worst would still be in the elitist category. I also don’t think HBO know the meaning of worst because none of their shows ever peter out.

“The animated HBO show has a lot in common with programs like “Girls,” -“Louie” and “Baskets,” and like “Togetherness,” it boasts Mark and Jay Duplass as executive producers. But the extraordinarily tedious “Animals,” unlike those shows, fails to hit any of its chosen targets. It is unfunny, its animation is unexceptional and the studied banality of its dialogue is excruciating.

Wow. Harsh. I will dissect what’s wrong with the above quote:

  1. Yes it does have a lot in common with the above shows. The above shows are incredible, award nominated and winning shows.
  2. Girls is sensational. It touched on a much needed voice in the TV landscape. There was a strong need for a show like this. Female writing and directing at it’s best. Raw, uncensored and relevant.
  3. Louie and Baskets are funny – not necessarily my go to comedy fix, but there is definitely merit in those shows and I still enjoy them.
  4. Togetherness – see previous post. This show is so deeply personal and intimate in a sense. A wonderful hybrid and blending of light and dark. It’s currently in my top 3.
  5. The Duplass Brothers – yeah they are boastworthy alright. They are EP’s because they watch, make, create, act and therefore are able to discern and gauge spaces in the TV viewing world that may be untapped or where a potential opening is. Probably why they attached themselves to this quirky little show. Smart cookies those guys. (As a side note – they are both total intellectual dreamboats and wouldn’t you just get their coffee, and do any menial task they wanted, manage those diaries – yes. yes you would. I digress.)
  6. This article bothers me so immensely  and I know it shouldn’t but sometimes I wonder why there is a reluctance to embrace a show that tries something different. Embrace the silly. It might do you some good.
  7. I realise everyone can have their opinion just like this is mine. I suppose I take comfort in the idea that like attracts like – so hopefully these creative, witty, intelligent people continue to gravitate  towards each other and let their creativity spill out into the world on many formats. Sigh. One day I will be a part of that world.

Back to Animals. Elements reminded me of more twisted and perverse  episode of Seinfeld. Everyday banter bought up to date and explored a little more.  The fantastic thing with animations is you can often push those topics that are always a tad risqué (even for HBO) through this medium. It certainly works in  their favour.

Maybe it is as simple as a rat referring to her vagina as her “ downstairs area”  because I do that. I took delight in knowing that someone else in the world calls it that in order to write about it.

Perhaps it is the hilarious descriptions such as the Statue of Liberty being referred to as     “ the green lady with the ice cream thingy”.

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I love the level of involvement the show creators have these days. Phil and Mike are the voices of characters in each show. I love this element of playing in your own work – how fun and rewarding at the same time.

It definitely caters to a particular type of audience no doubt …the best kind, the ones who love a good giggle.

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” I’m gonna fuck the feathers off you”

See for yourself! They made my day.

The impossibility of romance?


images.jpg Playing TV catch up seems to be a recurring theme in my life at the moment. I am however making good progress and completed the first season of  “You’re the Worst” in a relatively quick turn around time so I can jump into the currently airing season 2. I recently picked up an old issue of Vogue  where I sighted an article claiming that “ You’re the Worst is the best thing you’re not watching”.  It was on my radar but I am often apprehensive about romantic comedies in this format. I was swiftly compelled to see if this statement was true. I am here to report, albeit briefly, that I was thoroughly delighted. I concur with all of the views expressed in the article above. It’s a distorted depiction of modern romance and delves right into the surrounding issues that come with it. From hook up culture to navigating what exactly the rules are now to dining at a communal table – this show  definitely explores and tackles these themes in a witty and dry manner. The unfolding of the unlikely relationship between Jimmy and Gretchen is incredulous. It’s sarcastically satisfying. Perhaps the overarching theme that has me hooked is that underneath all the cynicism, awkward interactions and misguided intentions it really does, at its heart, have a romantic hopefulness about it.  Despite the chaos they do in fact seem to fit together. The writers seem to want us to believe that being your sloppy, disdainful self can lead to happiness. I dare say though that the hidden gem of this show is Chris Geere who plays Jimmy. He’s British and he immediately made me blush. There is something about that bumbling, fumbling British accent. Oh yeah and he looks OK too. He is a writer and so very clearly lives in his head with many thoughts bouncing about it’s hard to keep up unless your synapses were in synch with his. He always uses far too many words than is necessary to convey his message per sentence,but I love words and language so his wordy rants float my boat! Undoubtedly the writing for his character is sharp and sour all at once. The perfect blend. Wit is an incredibly attractive trait (at least for me) and there is no shortage of this spurted from the lips of Jimmy. Over time we see a softer side to Jimmy where on occasion he does let his emotions seep out. There is a multitude of these Jimmy gems but I am going to refrain and just put one here for those of you yet to experience this show. Perhaps it really is possible to find romance is a seemingly impossible landscape?  Especially if these two can.images (1).jpg


			

Strange Attractions in Silicon Valley

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Take a look ladies – what a visual delight. (…or so I thought)

Today I made a comment that was not well received at all. I am absolutely perplexed as to why others didn’t share the same viewpoint as me. I had all the irrefutable evidence I could come up with and still I couldn’t get anybody to shift their opinion.The topic was around TV and characters that we find attractive – a pretty commonplace topic for light relief. Scandal’s Jake came out of the gates first and sure, I totally get it. Hey, I was a fan way back from when he was on Felicity. Jax Teller, Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, Guy from Arrow etc etc. I don’t disagree with these at all.

However…

It’s just I shifted the conversation from an unrealistic romantic day dreaming head space into one that might be more realistic. Realistic in terms of this TV character being potential in the real world. A character you could actually date. Clearly none of us are Olivia Pope in status with access to high powered men and I certainly am not that well dressed or have the ability to handle stress as well as she does. Forget our zombie friends –  they wouldn’t have the time for you. I guess that would be the equivalent of men today in the dating world saying they can’t commit (because there’s a zombie apocalypse and surviving kinda takes priority over you ..ouch) Let’s not start on our bad boy men of Sons of Anarchy. You get the point.

I blurted out that Richard Hendricks, played by Thomas Middleditch,was someone I would date in the real world. The responses were so reactionary it upset me! Why Why why? I felt like this blog post should of been called in defence of Richard Hendricks!

He’s nerdy – given. Intelligent, thoughtful, determined and thinks outside the box as seen here (alright socially awkward and bumbling and rife with nervous energy) but it’s all endearing right!!?!

Wouldn’t you prefer someone highly alert and tuned in rather than someone disengaged and arrogant?  Let us not forget the overarching gold star of all his traits, he is an inventor. A pioneer. He followed his dreams which means ambition ladies! Goal making and focus.  Pied Piper indeed!

I get that he can’t make decisions overly well but I can. I am far too impulsive for my own good and sure, I can’t handle stress well either but at least I know our medicinal cupboard would always be heavily stocked with IBS drugs. He would let me talk freely about my  nervous poo pains without dismissing me like some other males might. Empathy is what he could show you. Empathy because he can relate to the panic attacks

Moving the relationship forward could see an involvement in stress reducing activities like yoga. Imagine the depth and growth the relationship would see whilst overcoming these issues. I also just need to add that he would understand my need to play skyrim – if only to listen to the atmospheric music. Designated gaming time. Bliss.

Anyway I am standing by my decision, so much so it may inspire me to move there and just stalk out nerdy,cute guys?

Back to the real world and if you haven’t watched Silicon Valley it is so funny and well written. Do yourself a favour and watch it and who knows you may start seeing the many attractive elements of all the cast and characters.

Brilliant Broad City

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I don’t usually laugh out loud whilst watching TV. I don’t know that many people that really erupt with that intoxicating, I can feel my abdominals again laughter. Seinfeld has been the only TV series where I have been known to burst into hysterics repeatedly.

Enter Broad City.

Enter these wonderful women – Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson and executive producer Amy Poehle . I know that at least one of these ladies needs no introduction.null

THANK YOU.

Thank you for making me laugh to the point where I start to question the effect of my pelvic floor exercises…

I am enjoying laughing out loud again it is actually refreshing when it is not forced Welcome to the elite category of ‘ shows that make me laugh out loud’ Broad City. Well done indeed.

I am not going to attempt to categorise it because I enjoy it far to much to pick it apart. I am not going to do a discourse on women and New York city. You won’t see a commentary on whether it is anti – ‘GIRLS’ , a conversation about its use of satire and Gen Y observations or it’s featured use of drugs and strange social situations as it’s subject matter. I just, for once, want to share the love of laughter with you all.

Abby and ILana have tapped into something can’t quite articulate and grasp other than I often (for better or worse) have had similar thoughts to them. It was an awakening of sorts to have an episode where this comment verbalised “Do you ever get hair from your head stuck in your butt crack in the shower?” That is not something that you can just ask anyone …they have to be within a specific circle of friends, for a set period of time before you can push those barriers. I was overjoyed my hypothalamus was happy. Happy for a few reasons;

1) Someone actually had that thought so it is in fact more common than I thought as an occurrence

2) Someone had the creative writing genius to include it in an episode – yay writers

For me, Broad City has successfully tapped into a specific mindset of the many funny, intelligent, essentially ‘daggy’ females everywhere meandering through life. There is definitely something magical about the symbiotic friendship between Abbi and Ilana and I think it has to do with the truth behind their fictionalised versions of themselves. They are a wonderful blend of funny, awkward, cringe worthy and at the heart of it, just really good friends to each other (amidst the crazy)

More importantly I find it educational. I now know what pegging is. I now know I can refer to my vagina as “natures pocket” .

Take a look at the below and laugh. Check it out.

It’s good for the soul – because who doesn’t enjoy the sense of freedom one has when everybody is out of the apartment!

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