Killing, Stalking, All in the Name of Love
My mom pestered me about watching Netflix’s You awhile back and I finally sat down and finished it over the weekend. It’s about a man, Joe, who after having his heart broken, falls in love with a beautiful woman, Beck, when she visits the bookstore he works at. However, Joe is a bit obsessive and is willing to do anything for love, even if that means a murder or two. Continue reading “You – Another Netflix Original”
I may not have watched enough high school TV dramas to know, but something about the Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’ makes it stand out above all else. It is not just the controversy, or its extreme popularity, I believe ’13 Reasons Why’ is the bravest show I have seen yet. Being that this is on Netflix, it manages to pull no punches when it comes to touchy subjects. Everything you see on this show feels too real, and may be enough to not just make you cry, but feel sick to your stomach. I received the same effect while watching, and must warn those not already on the bandwagon, that ’13 Reasons Why’ is not for the faint of heart, or the easily triggered. It is one of the saddest and most realistic depictions of high school this side of television. Creator Brian Yorkey and his crew of directors make sure that each episode leaves an impact on you, while keeping you on your toes for what happens next.
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Questionable Decisions, Cautiously Enjoyable
This is an adapted and edited re-upload of a review featured in an update awhile back
I could probably do a full write up on 13 Reasons Why and how it is problematic but there are already a lot of posts out there about it. Instead, here are just a few of my quick thoughts on the Netflix original series.
13 Reasons Why creates an initial mystery that is compelling but quickly fizzles out by the end. A lot of this comes down to poor directorial decisions and sloppy writing in its second half. The show also handled a lot of its subject matter irresponsibly. This series really glorifies suicide and the creators (whom went out of their way to ask questions about what they should and should not do from experts) did just about everything that they shouldn’t for what they chose to show on screen.
As I mentioned at the start of this article, there’s a lot on this series already floating on the internet. Take a few seconds to explore that on your own if you want to know more about that specific issue. For me, the real nail in the coffin was the ending. Netflix, pleases, stop leaving all of your stuff on sequel hooks. It’s ok to finish a show. 13 Reasons Why should be getting a second season but still!
I want to note that while I didn’t like the show overall, I think parts of it were pretty good. Like I said, the start of the show was excellent. There were also some fairly humorous/interesting scenes regarding Clay’s anxiety induced hallucinations but in terms of enjoyment, that was about it for me. What season one left unresolved actually has me a bit interested so I’ll likely check out season 2, albeit a bit tentatively.
I wouldn’t watch this if you are at risk of suicide, since it is going to make things worse. Also, some triggering topics for many in here as well. Just a heads up on that. I think that this show started a conversation, but in a irresponsible way. I wouldn’t recommend it outside of discussion purposes and only if you are prepared for the depicted material.
How’s it Going Everybody?
I know I’ve been pretty quiet lately so here is a BIG post to make up for that. This post will cover the following in order: An update regarding site activity and my life offline, Anime ABC update, some mini reviews, and cool things I’ve done/bought/to check out. It’ll be a bit of a longer post so jump to whatever sections interest you the most. Continue reading “Mega Post! – Update, Mini Reviews, & More!”