What I Watched in August – Pose, Dead Don’t Die and more

Today I am going to share with you what I have watched in August. I know it is already the end of September and I am a bit late with this post but, as the say, better late than never.

So enjoy and hopefully I can help you find something to your taste.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021)

This TV show is a sequel to the ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ and it is obviously about Sam/The Falcon and Bucky/The Winter Soldier who now work together to prevent a global terrorist threat.

I think this was my biggest disappointment of the month. As I shared with you, I watched Wanda/Vision in July and I really liked it, so the expectations were set very high. However, while with Wanda/Vision we had it all – the action, and the humor and the trill, here we have nothing. The whole show just feels amateurish, and not up to the level of the Avengers movies. The plot is weak, the dialogues are weak, and the characters are very predictable. There is unnecessary and superficial suspense, and some very lame attempts at creating mystery and twists. All in all, it is just an action movie that could have been presented in a way more exciting way, especially considering the whole franchise and fandom.

 

The Kominsky Method (2018 – 2021) 

The show is about an aging actor, who now makes his living as an acting coach. He is spending time with his best friend, an elderly movie agent, and occasionally dates, usually much younger women.

And if you are wondering why I decided to watch this show in the first place, I will tell you – the main character is played by Michael Douglas. So I took it as a sign of quality. Indeed the show is ok, it is a good show, but not what I expected. I thought this may be something like the male version of Grace and Franky, with all its seriousness and humor. However, The Kaminsky Method is more of a drama, than a comedy. I don’t get the humor, or just there isn’t any. There is some strong acting but not much happening in the plot.

So I would say this show is not for everyone. I don’t like to classify cinema like that because I believe that good cinema is timeless and ageless, but I think this show would be more appealing to an older audience. Anyway, I watched all three seasons, and I can just say check it out, check one episode, if you don’t like it – don’t waste more time, and if you like it – good for you!

 

Pose (2018 – 2021)

Wow!  I was so late to discover this gem! I cannot believe I never came across this show. Was I living on this planet?

Pose is about the gay and trans community in New York in the late 80s when AIDS infections are on the rise. It is about survival but also about thriving, about the strength of human spirit, about dreams, ambitions, heart-aches, beauty.

This show is amazing on so many levels. I think I will dedicate a separate review post just to be able to fully express how I feel about this series. At this point I will just say – it is an absolutely moving story, amazing acting, and gorgeous glamorous costumes and make-up.

 

Dead Don’t Die (2019)

This is the latest movie by Jim Jarmusch. It is not so new, It was released in 2019 but I got to watch it recently. I think it is also on Netflix so if you are interested, now is the time to watch it.

But before saying anything else, I would say this movie is definitely strange and it is probably nothing like what you would expect. So this is a zombie movie. The earth has gone through some kind of glitch, and now in the small city of Centerville strange things start to happen and the zombies are rising from the dead.

Dead Don’t Die is very different from the rest of the Jarmusch movies, and somehow is the same. It is slow, and there are these strange dialogues, there are also plenty of bizarre characters, and nonsense scenes. There is also this typical Jarmusch philosophy and metaphors in there, but all in all, I think the movie was created as a joke. It is by no means a stupid movie, but at the same time, it should not be taken seriously. I have to admit it is not my favorite Jarmusch movie, but I don’t regret watching it. It is an absolutely unique experience.

 

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2021)

This is the story of a teenage girl who travels to New York with the help of a friend to get an abortion. So as you can imagine there will be some heavy drama here. This movie is actually exactly my cup of tea, and the topic of abortion is usually something that gets me very emotional. I also saw Never Rarely Sometimes Always included as one of the best movies for 2021 in many articles and videos, so naturally I was very excited to watch it.

Unfortunately this movie didn’t do anything for me. It just didn’t connect with me at any level. I understand why it is a good movie, undoubtedly it is a good movie and I am happy it got so much attention and it was received in this positive way. For me, there is just something missing there, something that is just not quite right. So I am certainly not gonna watch this movie again, and I am not going to recommend it to anyone.

However, for those of you who feel closer  to or interested in the topic, I recommend the Romanian movie 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days – I guarantee  this is a movie you will never forget.

 

What is Next?

I already managed to watch some interesting movies in September, so stay tuned for my next post.

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