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The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

Medium: Movie (HBO MAX)

Rating: 2.5 / 5 not very blessed

Reviewer: Odd

Reference(s): IMDB Listing || Trailer

If I had to sum this movie up in one word, it would have to be fine. Fine in the way an under seasoned meal is fine - it's not great, or even enjoyable, but it'll do. Andrew Garfield is far too young to be believed as (eventually) fallen televangelist Jim Bakker, and Jessica Chastain isn't much better in her role as Tammy Faye. The movie lingers on uncomfortable scenes like Tammy Faye giving her newlywed husband a hand job and buying her mother a mink coat, but zooms past the infamous Jessica Hahn scandal and resulting fallout so quickly that it's sure to confuse anyone not old enough to remember when it unfolded in real time.

The film tries to do too much, but ends up doing none of it very well. It's a failed stab at Oscar bait that somehow doesn't even manage to replicate its subject's iconic image on a superficial level very well. (Tammy usually looks more like a cut rate Bianca Del Rio impersonator, minus the skill.) Several scenes in the second half are recreated in painful detail from existing footage, and the only thing I could think as I watched was how much I wished I was watching the excellent 2000 documentary of the same name. That film (sadly hard to get your hands on, these days) showed us a Tammy who was funny, and charming, and far more complex and open minded a human than most of the world gave her credit for. It's a shame this one couldn't do the same.

Cowboy Bebop S1 (2021)

Medium: TV (Netflix)

Rating: 4 / 5 wop bop a loo bop

Reviewer: jericho

Reference(s): IMDB Listing || Netflix || Trailer

As someone who didn't read the original material or any subsequent work, I enjoyed this live action series. A cyberpunk meets near-term sci-fi with a dose of spaghetti Western thrown in. Three bounty hunters scrape by in the world, each with their own past that haunts them, each with an uncertain future ahead. While I didn't read the original comics, the show has a distinct feeling of being an adaptation of one. Poses, dialogue, and scenes exude what is typically found in such print. Overall a fun series and too bad it was canceled after one season.

My Name (2021)

Medium: TV (Netflix)

Rating: 4.5 / 5 위대한 범죄 누아르

Reviewer: jericho

Reference(s): IMDB Listing || Trailer

This Korean crime drama features Han So-hee as Yoon Ji-woo / Oh Hye-jin, a conflicted woman living two lives as she seeks to avenge her father's death. During the path for vengeance, she learns more about her father, the double life he lived, and the drug kingpin that is in both of their lives. The show is very well done and U.S. viewers will hopefully appreciate the style and pace of it. It's worth the subtitles and long dramatic scenes that linger on a character as they smoke a cigarette or look deep in thought.

American Horror Stories S1 (2021)

Medium: TV (Hulu)

Rating: 4 / 5

Reviewer: mauvehed

Reference(s): IMDB Listing || Trailer

Latex suits and murder is hot.

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