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Mini Reviews of TV Shows| 8

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This show follows the staff of the LA County Hospital emergency room as they treat patients under difficult circumstances. I loved season one, I think it has fantastic realistic characters, perfect pace, and storyline. I binge watched it in a couple of days because I could not wait to watch what would happen to the characters. I think it’s important to point out that I usually don’t watch or even like medical dramas but this one won my heart.

Season 2 was a disappointment. With the disappearance of some of the characters, the show became predictable and dull. Unfortunately, I don’t know if it’ll be renewed for a third season and I don’t even know if I want it to be continued. Despite this, I recommend the first season for those who are looking for an emotional and raw medical drama.

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One of the best films of 2015 in my opinion, Mustang follows the life of five orphaned Turkish sisters that live under strict rules while members of their family prepare their arranged marriages. Undeniably amongst the most powerful and provocative narratives to surface in recent years. Don’t miss it.

Three Foreign Films Recommendations

MON ROI / MY KING (2015)

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Tony is admitted to a rehabilitation center after a serious skiing accident that made her dependent on medical staff and painkillers. While trying to recover from the accident she also takes the time to reflect on her turbulent love story  with Georgio.

I’m not sure what I was looking for when I chose to watch this film on a Saturday afternoon. I like french films, they always have a different atmosphere and they often tend to surprise me. Mon Roi was no exception. I loved how real and intense Georgio and Tony’s relationship was.

Although characterized as a relationship drama I think it’s much more than that. Given the hard topics touched on the film, I found the performances really satisfying. I don’t think there’s a moment of this film poorly acted. However, I had some problems related to the length of the film and the constant cuts to the present that sometimes felt unnecessary, negatively changing the fluidity of the narrative.

Messing with problems of addiction, betrayal, dependence on others and family, Maïwenn created a film that is certainly going to resonate with me for a long time.

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Four for November

IT’S SUCH A BEAUTIFUL DAY (2012)

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In this animated short film, Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche. You soon learn that Bill is struggling with some kind of disease never mentioned in the film that affects his mind. Most of the film is split into multiple little windows across the screen, which is something weird, but original and interesting. All this, plus some dark funny humor, makes this an interesting film to watch. If you have an hour to spare and are really into animated films I’ll strongly recommend this one.

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