The Boy Downstairs: Film Review

I wanted to see The Boy Downstairs at the London Film Festival but sadly my schedule didn’t allow for it, so I had to make up for that ahead of its release, and I’m glad I did because it’s a lovely little film.

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I preferred the penultimate Girls episode to the finale

Girls finished for good last night. I must admit I’m not sad it’s over and I think that’s because I got those feelings out of the way last week. The penultimate episode felt like a more traditional finale whereas the actual finale was more of an epilogue and I was a bit disappointed.

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Was this week’s Girls episode the best ever?

I usually write TV pieces when I’m annoyed, disappointed or have a bunch of criticisms so I thought it would make a nice change to write a gushing one full of praise. And I’m not just doing it for the sake of it – this week’s episode of Girls was excellent.

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Five reasons why I’m loving this season of Girls

I haven’t been a consistent fan of Girls – in fact in season two and three I almost quit – but I stuck with it, and that finally paid off in season five, which I thought was the best so far. Season six has easily surpassed it for these reasons:

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Wiener-Dog: Film Review

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Wiener-Dog looked like an adorable, off-beat film that I would love – for one, it stars a dog and secondly, it features the likes of Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito and Zosia Mamet – but I’m sad to report that it simply wasn’t my cup of tea.

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Why season five of Girls was the best ever

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Loyal readers of this blog will know that I have a love-hate relationship with Girls and I have been tempted to quit a number of times, especially around the series two and three mark. But it seems now that Lena Dunham has the end in sight, she has found direction, knows exactly where to take each of these characters and has created a freaking masterpiece of a season five along the way.

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Why Girls ending in 2017 is a good thing

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It has been confirmed that Girls will be ending after season six in 2017 and the reactions I’m reading are sad while I’m sat here feeling a bit relieved. I have stuck with the show through its ups and downs and I’m ready to jack it in.

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Why I might not tune in to season 3 of Girls

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The finale of season two aired last night and, while I liked the ending, I’m not sure if I like the series. I haven’t been finding it funny at all recently, I’ve been grossed out a number of times and it doesn’t seem to be “refreshingly normal” anymore. It just seems too weird for me to enjoy it.

I first started watching Girls after the whole of season one aired because I had heard a lot about it on Twitter. Critics raved about it, saying how brutally honest it was. I didn’t like consistently- some weeks I enjoyed it, some weeks I didn’t. I just felt like I needed to give it more of a chance because ten half-hour episodes didn’t seem like a long enough trial period. Now I have seen enough, I’m undecided whether I will continue to follow the show when it returns for season three. That’s a big thing for me- usually when I watch a show, I see it through to the bitter end.

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I just have so many problems with it. It was meant to be a comedy. Okay, a dark comedy. But I have not been laughing at all recently. Even in the funny bits, I just smile rather than genuinely laugh. The only truly funny bits were Marnie (Allison Williams) started singing Stronger at Charlie’s work party and when Hannah and Elijah had a night out on cocaine.

Even if it owns up to being a drama, I still feel like the episodes don’t flow as much as in the first season. Everything made sense from episode to episode, whereas this season had a lot of one-offs like when Hannah and Jessa (Jemima Kirke) go to her dads, when Hannah has sex with a stranger after having a discussion with him about his trash and when Ray and Adam bond over a stolen dog. And that’s three episodes out of ten which are stand alone stories so there were only seven left to create character development!

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The storyline is so inconsistent that you don’t really root for anybody. In the beginning, I used to really like Marnie and I sympathised with her about living with Hannah and her stale relationship with Charlie but she seems to whiney, needy and lost now. I don’t even know if she is back with Charlie for genuine reasons or because he has become successful. Her friendship with Hannah is pretty much non-existent. I never really got Hannah but she’s become a really dark person with her OCD and stress from her book deal. Does she really want to go back to Adam or is she just lonely? Shoshanna’s speech grates from time to time but I really dislike her relationship with Ray because they seem so mismatched. She’s so sweet and he’s so hateful. I’m glad they broke up. And, where the hell is Jessa?!

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I think the dialogue is well written and very real and I give Lena Dunham huge credit for that but I just think the story ideas are getting a bit weird. For example, Hannah’s OCD came out of nowhere. I think I relate to the characters less this season because this stuff doesn’t happen to everyday people. Like, when would gay guy (who happens to be a best friend’s ex) have sex with a girl on a sofa, at a party, in the best friend’s house?! This doesn’t happen! One of the main appeals of the show in the beginning was how true to life it was but I think it has drawn away from that more and more as the show has progressed.

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Also, the sex has got way more graphic! Before you used to see the sex and a naked Hannah (sometimes, Jessa) a lot but this seems to be OTT. Like, Charlie going down on Marnie and Adam rimming Natalia (DISGUSTING) before ejaculating on her breasts. That scene was so gross.

On the plus side, the dialogue is brilliant although sometimes you want to hit the characters for being so needy. The actors do a brilliant job, particularly Lena and Adam Driver, who plays Adam. I just think the plot and character arcs need more direction. There are too many one-off episodes which disrupt the storyline and it doesn’t flow like season one so you don’t feel for the characters enough.

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I am still undecided about whether to watch next season. I don’t know if I want to but I’m sure I will end up watching at least a few out of curiosity!

 

Why I wouldn’t be watching season 3 of Girls