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Thursday Movie Picks 2020

Thursday Movie Picks Television Edition: 2019 Freshmen Series

Thursday Movie Picks

Last year I watched more shows than previous years because I stopped reading as much. This year is seemingly going the same route and honestly, I’m not very sad about this. Television shows have become so good and more big name talents are going to do television. In other words, picking three 2019 freshmen shows was not an easy task. There were many good choices among the freshmen and I’m struggling to find a coherent theme… until I found one. The freshmen shows I’ll recommend  are all non-Netflix shows.

1. STUMPTOWN (2019 – ?)

This ABC show has been flying pretty much under the radar I feel like and I don’t necessarily see the reason why. It’s a show about a private investigator (Cobie Smulders) and various cases. It’s based on a comic book and Smulders plays a bi-sexual war veteran with PTSD and she’s in ways a pretty unlikable P.I. I love her! Jake Johnson and Michael Eely are also on this show and I’m a fan of both. The show is weekly, so I sometimes forget about it but it’s always a nice chill evening when I watch it. Shame this show comes from such a male-oriented view point though. Comic book written by a white male, same man created the show and only 3 out of 15 writers and 4 out of 9 directors are female. I mean.. I’m bringing this up because a show that has a female lead, it felt important to mention where it came from.

2. THE MORNING SHOW (2019 – …)

While Apple TV did bring out two noteworthy shows I wanted to talk about The Morning Show because it didn’t deserve the criticism it got in the beginning. You see, critics were quick to jump into the bandwagon of hitting this show with negative feedback for the first two episodes. The mistake here was to review it before it was fully available. One critic even apologised for the initial response because as they noted, the show started to hit its stride in episode 4. Is it a bad thing that it took so long to gain momentum? Not really. It was in a way a story progression choice and it will make sense eventually. Episode 8 I believe it was when I really believed in that The Morning Show was doing. All the bigger names aside, Gugu Mbatha-Raw is brilliant and my favourite is Billy Crudup’s character.

3. EUPHORIA (2019 – …)

It’s probably no surprise that one of my favourite shows of last year was HBO’s Euphoria. It was a wild trip that had so much weird and bad shit happening that I was at times afraid of this show. There’s so much rawness which is actually surprising for a show that’s made in US. Then again, it’s HBO so it’s not that surprising I guess. Euphoria is very diverse and heavy. It’s dark, depressing and violent. It’s what I hope is not the reflection of teenagers nowadays but more the extreme version of them. Sure, there are teens going through these things everywhere. But I meant in a sense that it’s highly unlikely for a small group of teens to just have such a messed up life. At least that’s my hope. While I love many story lines, Jacob Elordi’s performance as Nate is eerie, horrifying and with its horrors – perfect. Oh and the show has great cinematography and makeup.



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    January 30, 2020 at 2:17 PM

    I haven’t seen any of these (I sucked last year) but Euphoria is one I’ve been meaning to watch.

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      January 30, 2020 at 11:32 PM

      Euphoria is… quite the ride. It got so strong in the second half. I can’t wait until it’s back!

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    January 30, 2020 at 4:42 PM

    I haven’t seen any of these but I do hear good things about The Morning Show! I definitely need to make more time for TV shows.

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      January 30, 2020 at 11:31 PM

      Ah well I need to start review more shows this year, I’ve seen SO MANY and I review so few. 😀

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    Big Screen Small Words
    January 30, 2020 at 5:20 PM

    All these shows are on my watch list. I’m going to try to watch Morning Show before my free Apple TV subscription expires.

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      January 30, 2020 at 11:31 PM

      Do it! And tell me if I’m weird for loving Crudup’s character so much! 😀

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    January 30, 2020 at 5:55 PM

    I need to check out Stump Town. I was on my radar and then I just forgot about it. I need to fix that!

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      January 30, 2020 at 11:30 PM

      Hah, it’s okay. Like it’s not THE best crime show but it’s a nice change of pace. 🙂

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    Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
    January 31, 2020 at 1:06 AM

    I meant to watch Stumptown sometime last year, but I never got around to watching it. I definitely need to this year!

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    January 31, 2020 at 2:46 PM

    Euphoria! I’m saving that for a later pick but I adore that show. I’m thinking about maybe getting Apple TV for a month and binging a few shows. If I do, Morning Show will be one of them.

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    February 1, 2020 at 11:37 AM

    I really need to finish Euphoria, I think I have couple episodes left. I loved the music and cinematography in that one

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    February 3, 2020 at 7:36 PM

    I haven’t seen any of these. This was a tough week for me. I wouldn’t mind seeing The Morning Show but I don’t get HBO…or Netflix, disney, Hulu, Amazon blah blah blha…LOL

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      February 7, 2020 at 9:55 PM

      Ah it’s okay… I watched way too much TV last year and it seems this year too. 😀

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    February 6, 2020 at 11:15 PM

    Stumptown is the only one I’ve seen and I’ve seen only a few episodes but so far I like it and it is quite action packed too.

    I’ll definitely be watching The Morning Show soon. I actually didn’t hear the early criticism…I guess I only heard when everyone seemed to like it.

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      February 7, 2020 at 9:51 PM

      It does have some action, I like it.
      Lucky, the first two episodes I think were butchered a little.

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