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The Knick: Pilot Review

August 15, 2014


So I just watched the series premiere of the new Cinemax drama The Knick.

The Knick tells the story of Dr. John Thackery, a surgeon living in the year 1900. Thackery is portrayed by Clive Owen, who turns in a very good performance, which could earn him an Emmy nomination come next summer.

Throughout the episode we discover a few interesting things about this character that I can only imagine will make for some very compelling stories down the road.

Something that should be known before watching this show, is that it features some very graphic and disturbing surgery sequences.

I won’t get into detail, but I will say that what I saw in the early scenes of the episode may have been the most graphic thing I have ever seen on television. So if you’re like me, and you’re not used to seeing that kind of stuff, I would just be cautious going in.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t let this discourage you from watching the series, but you just need to know what you’re getting into to. And if you’re squeamish, I would recommend covering your eyes a little during the surgery scenes (there’s really only two of them by the way; one at the start of the episode, and one at the end).


Garfunkel and Oates: Pilot Review

August 7, 2014


So I just got finished watching the series premiere of the new IFC sitcom Garfunkel and Oates. And it’s definitely something that I can recommend.

In this episode, our protagonists Riki and Kate, go on a double date and try to see how long they can go without saying a word. What unfolds from this is a very unique plot which carries the episode very well and makes for a lot of good laughs.

Ricki Lindhome and Kate Micucci both do a good job here. They’re funny, they’re likable, and they sing well.

So check out the show tonight on IFC at 10 pm. Or you could just do what I did and watch on YouTube right now:

By the way, I would also recommend checking out Garfunkel and Oates’ YouTube channel if have not already done so:

The Case Against 8 Review

June 25, 2014

So I’m back to blogging again. I’m going to be doing it a little differently this time around. That’s all I have to say about that for now. Onto the review…


So I just got finished watching the new HBO documentary The Case Against 8, which tells the story of the U.S. Supreme Court case which led to the eventual overturning of Proposition 8, a law which had banned same-sex marriages in the state of California.

The film primarily follows the two gay couples who were fighting in favor of the repeal of Prop 8, along with their lawyers.

The aspect of this movie that impressed me the most was the way that it increased my understanding of how much this issue really matters to these people.

Don’t get the wrong idea; I’ve always been a supporter of gay marriage. And obviously I’ve always understood to a degree that the right to marriage is very important to homosexuals. But by watching this documentary, I actually got the opportunity to witness the real reactions of these real people throughout the whole experience.

Seeing everything that these couples went through whether it was good or bad was very emotional, and inspiring. When the movie was over, I starting thinking to myself, “I want to help gay marriage! I got to go find an online petition to sign or something!”

I think that it would be difficult for someone to watch this film with an open mind and then come out of it not at least reconsidering their position on gay marriage (assuming that person was not already for it).

So if you’re interested in the topic and you don’t mind sitting through a 2-hour documentary, I’d say check out The Case Against 8.

Beavis and Butthead Season 9 Premiere Review

October 29, 2011

I’ve never watched Beavis and Butthead before. I just wanted to get that off my chest. But I’ve heard some good things about it so I thought I’d give it a shot.

After being off the air for fourteen years, the classic animated series Beavis and Butthead has returned to television.

The episode has two separate, unrelated narratives that each last for approximately eleven minutes. The plots here a very simple which works for this type of series.

I was very surprised with how funny this show was. In this episode we get to see our two main characters make commentary on pop culture  such as Twilight, Teen Mom, and Jersey Shore. These were definitely the funniest parts of the episode.

These two characters are perfect representations of idiots. And you really have a good time laughing at the dumb things that they do and say.

I now understand the praise that I’ve been hearing about this show a long time now and I really regret not having watched it earlier. I’m definitely going to have to track down the earlier seasons of this show and watch all of them.

I’ll be tuning into MTV next week to watch the next episode for sure and suggest you do the same.

I’m not even sure what to rate it so I’m not going to. But I really liked it.

By: John D’Amico

American Horror Story Pilot Review

October 10, 2011

“American Horror Story” aired its series premiere this past Thursday on FX at 10 pm. I didn’t watch it then. But I did just watch it a few minutes ago on So here’s my thoughts.

The TV spots for this series got me very interested. They pretty gave you zero information about the show, but I think that was intentional. They wanted people to go in knowing nothing so they would surprised. Unfortunately though I’m going to have to give minimal information about the plot to write this review.

The show stars Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott as a married couple who move from Boston to Los Angeles into a new home. All I’m going to say about it is that the house has a very dark history to it.

This first episode was great. This is probably the only really good new show I’ve seen this fall season. The show is the horror-thriller genre and it’s very scary. There are a lot of really frightening and shocking images that really get under. I’m not generally a big fan of horror but when it’s done well I can appreciate. And this show is done quite well.

The acting in the show is really solid. Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott both do very well, especially Britton.

The two also have a daughter played by a young new actress named Taissa Farmiga. She does a good job as well. We also get a good performance from another young actor named Evan Peters who portrays a troubled patient of McDermott’s character (I forgot to mention he’s a psychiatrist).

So if you haven’t watched this episode already I recommend you go watch it on Hulu. And don’t forget to tune in to watch this Wednesday at 10 pm. I know I will for sure.

I give this premiere an 8.5/10.

By: John D’Amico

Louie Season 1 Review

June 23, 2011

Tonight on FX Network, the Season 2 premiere of one of my favorite new shows Louie airs. So I thought I’d take this time to review season 1.

Louie stars and was created by stand-up comedian Louis C.K., who basically portrays himself on the show. He’s a divorced, stand-up comedian living in New York City with his two young daughters.

Louie’s character is pretty much the whole show. There are no other main characters. There are side characters that pop up from time to time like his single female friend Pamela (Pamela Adlon). We also see glimpses of Louie’s daughters and his buddies. But for the most part it’s all Louie C.K.

I remember the first time I checked this show. I was watching it on television from the very beginning. The episode where Louie chaperone’s his daughter school field trip got me hooked. But as I continued on, I was later turned off by some of the more serious and disturbing episodes the series got into. But a couple of months later I went back and re-watched some of these episodes on I realized that I missed the point of what they were trying to do. So I came to the decision that Louie was brilliant. Period.

The show works well for many reasons. One is that it is realistic. I believe that most of the storylines are based on real-life experiences that happened to Louis C.K. I think anyone could relate to this character.

It also works because of how simple the plots are. It works perfectly for a comedy show like this. But in addition to all of the great laughs you can get out of this show, the more dark and serious moments that come about later are also very effective.

Fans of Louis C.K.’s stand-up definitely. I think I you’re a fan of anything that he’s done this show is a must-see.

You can now find the entire first season available to watch on Netflix streaming. I highly recommend it. And don’t forget the watch the season 2 premiere tonight, Thursday, June 23, on FX Network.

I give season one of Louie an 8/10.

By: John D’Amico

Happily Divorced Pilot Episode Review

June 22, 2011

Happily Divorced is the new sitcom on TV Land starring and created by Fran Drescher (The Nanny).

Fran Drescher plays Fran, a woman who after 18 years of marriage, discovers that her husband, Peter (John Michael Higgins) is gay. They decide to get a divorce, but must stay living together until he can afford to move out on his own.

After only watching one episode, my first impression of this show is not that good.

The humor in this show just doesn’t work very well. A lot of the jokes just fall flat. I really wasn’t laughing all that much. I think the issue is that the writers were just trying too hard. The jokes all feel so forced. I think the comedy would have been better if they just focused more on telling the story and developing the characters, and just let the humor come out more naturally.

The jokes also seemed really repetitive. It’s like the writers had two funny ideas for jokes and just repeated them over and over. One was just poking fun at the fact that Peter is gay. And the other is the fact that to everyone other than Fran, it seemed so obvious that he was gay and how they are all so baffled that she didn’t have a clue.

And another thing I would like to mention, I think Fran Drescher’s voice may have gotten even more irritating.

I really didn’t enjoy this episode too much. I got a couple of laughs, but I’m not sure if I’ll be tuning in to watch Happily Divorced again tonight.

I give the pilot a 4/10.

By: John D’Amico

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