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The TV series on Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ is as bloody, bizarre and brilliant as the book

Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods had been waiting to be adapted for the screen for quite a while. Just when it seemed like the novel would never faithfully be turned into a series, Starz Network and show creators Bryan Fuller (The Hannibal) and Michael Green (co-screenwriter of Logan) pitched to bring the story to life. What they have created makes for some of the wildest, weirdest television in a very long time.

The film on ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ proves that it’s never a bad time to wake up from a bad dream

When Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four became a bestseller again. To protest the Trump administration’s reduced funding for the arts, independent theatres across the US and Canada will screen the movie adaptation of Orwell’s 1949 novel on April 4. But you need not wait for a bright cold day in April when the clocks are striking 13. The film is essential viewing, just as Orwell’s dystopic novel is essential reading.

TV show ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ turns misfortune into a visual spectacle

A Series of Unfortunate Events starts with a warning – look away, the story that follows is full of woe and misfortune, and there are no happy endings here. “This show will wreck your evening, your whole life and your day. Every single episode is nothing but dismay,” warns Neil Patrick Harris in the opening credits, and he isn’t wrong. But we suggest you ignore his advice and dive right in.

TV show ‘The Man in the High Castle’ imagines an America ruled by Nazis and governed by racism

Images and visuals can create a lasting impact on our minds. Just as we have seen that symbols of hate and oppression can be used to control and manipulate a world into submission, representations of strength, liberation and peace can help fight the darkness, too. This is one of the many things that make Amazon Prime’s drama series The Man in the High Castle jarring and immediately gripping.

Bryan Cranston’s memoir maps the long and hard road to ‘Breaking Bad’

When we first met Walter White, he was about 50. As was Bryan Cranston. One of the finest actors of our time, Cranston landed his breakthrough role and the performance he will forever be remembered for almost 30 years after he first decided to act for a living. But then drama has always been an intrinsic part of his life. In his memoir A Life in Parts, Cranston talks about experiences just as thrilling, hilarious and riveting as his many onscreen characters have been.

TV show ‘Search Party’ is a Nancy Drew story for millennials

No matter what it may seem like, the current generation of twenty-somethings can’t have it easy. Not only do they have so many apps, social media trends, and follower counts to maintain, they are also constantly being ridiculed in pop culture for being the absolute worst. The generalisations usually draw them out as entitled, distant, and uncomfortably selfish. Popular shows like Girls, Broad City, and You’re the Worst have illustrated their big but usually very small concerns and preoccupations

Awkward is the new sexy on HBO show ‘Insecure’

There is a trend of semi-autobiographical comedies on television. These are self-deprecating stories that raise questions about identity, careers, love or relationships, friendship and the eventual “What is it all about?” Some of the more successful ones include Louis CK’s Louie, Pamela Adlon’s Better Things, Lena Dunham’s Girls, and Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. Issa Rae’s television series Insecure is semi-autobiographical too, but it is different. It is also inspiring, brilliant and honestly,
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