Hey Bingers! We’ve been M.I.A and we’re sorry, but we while we were away we stayed busy and binged away! The month of October gave us so many things to fall in love with and indulge in. We said goodbye with season finales, escaped to the theater for new movies, jammed out to our new favorite songs, and welcomed some freshman tv shows into our lives. Dive into our recap of our hiatus binge here! #Longreads
- Halt and Catch Fire: Series Finale.
I was lucky enough to be in Austin with Lane when Halt and Catch Fire’s two hour series finale aired. After a weekend at Austin City Limits, we caught up on the ending of one of the best shows to air. Emotional, developmental, and special, the show wrapped up 4 years spent with our favorite people and watched as everything fell into place.
- Stranger Things 2 (twice in debut weekend)
- The Florida Project
- The Room
- Big Mouth (S1)
- Goosebumps (1995 TV Series)
- Rose McGowan vs. the World
Over the last few weeks, revelations and reports of multiple incidents of sexual harassment, assault, and rape have surfaced about various Hollywood stars. More and more women are speaking out as victims and revealing the horrors of abuse in Hollywood and society. After Harvey Weinstein’s allegations were revealed, women (and men) became vocal about their experiences with Weinstein and other executives who exploited them while they were young, aspiring stars. Actress Rose McGowan became the most vocal during this time and began to wage her war against those who claimed they didn’t know, had never heard, etc. She was even suspended on Twitter for telling Ben Affleck to “fuck off” after he half-assed his criticism of the events. The best part-she hasn’t backed down and continues to champion the resistance against her.
- Battle of the Sexes
- This Is Us (S2)
Wildly disappointed in this Netflix series that I had been dying to see. Here’s the kicker: it’s not the direction, it’s not the narrative, or the overall production. Hell, it’s not the cast either minus the fact that the main star is awful. David Fincher’s serial killer thriller plays like Zodiac and looks a lot like Gone Girl, The Social Network, Se7en, and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, however, Jonathan Groff’s weak performance throws off the grit and darkness that gives life to a Fincher production. He’s irritating, not convincing, and has minimal range from his other on screen roles. It’s a bummer, because the show is actually incredible, but only if you can tolerate his performance.
- Nevada (EP)- Ruby Haunt
- The Snowman
- Riverdale (S2)
This season is still fresh, so I won’t say too much. I just want to share my appreciation for how dark this show is getting and how excellent it has been at maintaining that. The subject matter has become more mature, there’s real action happening, and the characters feel tangible and familiar.
- The Deuce (S1)
- Better Things (S2)
- Red Oaks (S3/Final)
Another farewell to a show that was rooted in nostalgia and real characters, Red Oaks ended its run on Amazon with a simple, yet fulfilling final season. There is a particularly significant moment that takes place in this season that highlights the struggles of sexism and the expectation and value of women to be sexualized by their male coworkers that is not only rich in its truthful portrayal, but relevant even when the show is considered a period piece (80s). Like Halt and Catch Fire, this show is completely underrated and deserved more reception while it was on air.
- Curb Your Enthusiam (S9)
- American Horror Story: Cult
I’ve been pretty critical of American Horror Story in its recent attempts at shocking audiences with previous seasons (I’m looking at you Roanoke). Each season I sit down and buckle up for whatever rollercoaster-turned-trainwreck Ryan Murphy is going to take me on. Initial reports led me to believe I was going to probably end up disappointed in Cult before its debut, but surprisingly, this season has been engaging in its flaws. I’ve always appreciated Murphy’s pop culture references and interpretations, and I especially appreciated his incorporation of Valarie Solanas in this season. He does something special with the narrative and it’s the most intriguing episode in the season so far.
- Big Mouth (S1)
- Blade Runner 2049
I’ve seen Blade Runner 2049 in theaters twice (once in a normal cineplex, once in beautiful IMAX). I’m not even a huge Blade Runner fan but 2049 is truly a masterpiece. It’s beautifully constructed and shot. Its images have been burned in my brain for the last month.
- Halt and Catch Fire finale
I defer to Michelle, see above!
- Stranger Things 2
- Portlandia (S7)
- It Follows
Can’t stop thinking about this film. I chose it as my Halloween horror movie and no regrets. Highly recommend.
- Good Reads
Jane Mayer’s New Yorker article “The Danger of President Pence”
Betty Gilpin’s Lenny Letter article “The Time I Went Into a Full-Body Spasm for Six Days”
Mike Mariani’s The Atavist article “Promethea Unbound”
- “Sorry Not Sorry” – Demi Lovato
- Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
This book is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a coming-of-age story from the perspective of 17-year-old Elio, who lives with his parents in Italy and hosts a researching academic at their villa every summer. Call Me By Your Name is being adapted for a film (it debuts later this month!) with a soundtrack partially done by Sufjan Stevens. I’ve heard positive reviews from festivals, and I’m so excited to see the adaptation.
- Alias Grace
Sarah Polley’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace is incredible. I’m only 4 episodes in but I’m sold. Read Anne Helen Petersen’s review!
- Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby
There’s a reason why this show comes after Alias Grace in my list. I haven’t been able to binge Alias Grace because it’s so intense! So, I’ll watch an episode and then clean my palette with Amazing Hotels. This is honestly one of the best travel shows I’ve seen. It’s produced by the BBC and features a restaurant critic and chef who travels to these titular amazing hotels around the world. Beyond just staying in the hotel, they work alongside the housekeepers, chefs, and maintenance people and do a great job of talking about the culture of the location and the politics of tourism.
- Riverdale season 2