Thinky Post: The Internet, Patterns, Conspiracy Theories, and Reality

Oh boy, a thinky post! Inspired by the really interesting new Cecil Hotel documentary on Netflix. It is less of a true crime story, and more of a “who are the people who are obsessed with true crime and why” story.

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It’s Abhishek’s Birthday! Which of These 3 Talents He Posesses is Your Favorite?

Abhi Baby!!!! Surprisingly undervalued, but also seems to kind of like it like that. He struggled in his father’s shadow as a young man, but has matured into understanding the value of being overlooked and allowed to do his own thing. And he is very very good at doing his own thing.

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Ludo Review (No SPOILERS): A Movie About Love and Happiness

Yaaaaay! A good happy movie! If you want a film that is satisfyingly well-made, and has a nice happy love and kindness message, you should watch this! I was very worried, because it is the kind of film that can suddenly turn dark and angry without warning (like, Super Deluxe). But no! I can report that it stays in the zone of “the world is ultimately just and people care for each other”.

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Saturday Small Talk: Chat Away While I Try Not to Go Yellow Wallpaper Crazy!

Happy Saturday! I had a bit of a meltdown last night. This will no doubt surprise you (as it did me!) but spending two weeks trapped in bed in a small room will eventually drive you insane. I was thinking it would be fun times and being waited on hand and foot and watching as much TV as I want, and it is that, but it is also a wee bit insanity inducing. Who knew! Anyway, Wednesday I see the doctor again and he said that maybe, if I was very very good, he would have new rules for me beyond “lie perfectly still with your foot in the air all day every day”.

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Hindi Film 101: Abhishek Bachchan, the Quiet Prince

I just wrote about Aish and was surprised that I hadn’t written about her before. In contrast, with Abhishek I know I haven’t written about him before and I’m not quite comfortable even know. He is growing so much before our eyes, I don’t think anything I write now will be the end of his story, I don’t think I can even predict how his story will end.

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Breathe: Into the Shadows Review (SPOILERS): When Does Protecting Your Loved Ones Go Too Far?

I did quick episode by episode reviews, this is where I am going to summarize and review the whole darn thing, start to finish.  If it’s not your cup of tea but you are vaguely curious what the plot is, read this one. Oh boy! (full index of all reviews here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 9 Recap/Review: The Selfishness of Fear

Okay, either this episode is better than the last few, or I’m just in a better mood watching it.  Let’s say the first!  Once again, I can find a strong central theme tying it all together, and the past storyline ties much more firmly into the present than in other episodes. (full index here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 8: New Conflicts

Still not selling me on the twist!  Still ends up in less rather than more tension.  But there are some interesting misunderstandings in this episode which make it work a little bit better than the last episode.  And some careful foregrounding of new plot conflicts in hopes of getting the audience interested in them. (full index of reviews here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 7: The Stakes Get Lower

Well, the show is struggling a bit to come back from that really not very logical twist.  It tries to build up more of a backstory for how it happened, but the bigger issue is that it makes the stakes so much lower, and therefore the tension we need to want to keep walking has kind of gone away. (full index of reviews here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 6: TWIST!!!!

Well, on the one hand, I don’t like this ridiculous implausible twist.  But on the other hand, it kind of sideways adds a tension to the danger in this particular episode.  If the show manages to use it in that way moving forward, changing the layers of tension we see onscreen, I won’t mind it.

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 5 Recap/Review: Connections

Now I’m getting a little worried.  A lot moves forward in this episode, and we aren’t even halfway down with the season.  Which means in order to not resolve it all within the next couple episodes, there will have to be some pretty ridiculous twists.  Or maybe not!  Maybe they will pull it off.  But I’m worried. (index of reviews here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 4 Recap/Review: Surprising New Couples (Lesbians!)

If I am reading this correctly, this season has 12 episodes instead of 8 in the first season.  Sometimes longer seasons can lead to confusion and blind alleys in the narrative as the show tries to fill more time than expected.  So far, I think this show is going the opposite direction. The first season sometimes felt rushed, and too many things at once.  This season is much more relaxed and enjoying the journey. (full index of reviews here)

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Breathe Season 2 Episode 1 Recap/Review: Suffocation of Time Passing

Woot, season 2!  Like Season 1, this is a good solid procedural limited series thriller.  Not mind-blowingly good, no better than dozens of similar shows.  But no worse either, and watching these familiar actors shift their performance style from the melodrama of Indian film work to the subtle close up style acting of TV thrillers is fun. (full index of reviews here)

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