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TV Review: History on Repeat in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: History on Repeat in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Over 30 years ago, Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid’s Tale from her home behind the Berlin Wall. Like many of the best dystopian authors, she took the struggles and fears of the time, blended them together, and set them on fire. Frighteningly, those struggles still resonate in 2017. Especially on the heels of the Women’s […]

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TV Review: Aziz Ansari is literally the “Master of None”

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: Aziz Ansari is literally the “Master of None”

Fresh off the rave reviews from the first season, Master of None returns to Netflix with a decidedly different feel. Co-creators Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang seem to be indulging in their artistic sides in the second season. You’ll find extremely different styles and storylines in each episode. For example, the first episode, “The Thief,” […]

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TV Review: AMC’s “The Son,” a Struggling, Shallow Western

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: AMC’s “The Son,” a Struggling, Shallow Western

AMC’s Saturday night Western, The Son, is based on the novel by Philipp Meyer. The novel was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, but ironically, it is the writing that is the downfall of the television series. The characters are woefully underwritten. They lack motivation and depth, despite the fact that there’s plenty of room for […]

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TV Review: Playing Pretend with “Big Little Lies”

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: Playing Pretend with “Big Little Lies”

In the middle of an argument with his wife, Ed Mackenzie (Adam Scott) aptly said, “In every marriage there is pretending.” In HBO’s Big Little Lies, we saw the many facets of this statement. Rarely is the persona that is presented to the public a representation of true life. At first, none of the characters […]

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TV Review: Tom Hardy’s New “Taboo” is Totally Binge Worthy

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: Tom Hardy’s New “Taboo” is Totally Binge Worthy

Taboo, currently airing Tuesday nights on FX, is a dark, shadowy show set in 1814 London. Tom Hardy and his father Chips Hardy came up with the show’s concept along with Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders). With Tom Hardy also producing and starring in the show, Taboo obviously plays to his strengths as an actor. The […]

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TV Review: Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” Boasts Stellar Cast

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete” Boasts Stellar Cast

Amazon released the first season of Sneaky Pete on January 13, after CBS infamously passed on the series. The show, co-created by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and David Shore, had a lot to live up to after such a popular pilot episode. In the pilot, Marius (Giovanni Ribisi) is finishing up his three-year prison sentence […]

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TV Review: Negatives Outweigh the Positives in “The OA”

Martha Trydahl Martha Trydahl TV Review: Negatives Outweigh the Positives in “The OA”

Netflix quietly released The OA in mid-December, and if you haven’t watched the show yet, read carefully. This review covers all eight episodes. The series was impressively created by friends and frequent collaborators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij. If you’ve seen any of their previous projects like Sound of My Voice, you might have a […]

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