For the first time ever on this blog, I am writing about a completely non-fiction show. Well, I mean, I guess there was the Candy Crush game show rant, but this is a show I actually liked. The very first time I heard this show, going in blind, I thought it was fiction. Let me explain why this show is brilliant as we take a look at “Serial”.
Woah, what’s this!? A review about a show that no one’s ever heard of or cares about? From this blog? Who would’ve guessed? This show’s got an interesting story behind it, because I was going to write a Showcase about it a year ago, but then decided not to, and then decided to pick it up again. It’s got something worth looking at, and I want to do that, so set your time machines for 2017 as we look at “Time After Time”.
So, it’s been a while since I wrote anything, and it’s been a really long time since I did any TV Showcases. But fret not, dear readers: there’s some exciting stuff happening in the world of TV and podcasts, and I want to hit on some of that, and other ideas I have for the blog as I embark on year three of One Man and His Banjo. So let’s just get all this stuff outta the way.
As I’ve recently been writing about musicals, I thought it might be beneficial to address something that I’ve run into when talking about movies and shows that incorporate musical numbers. I’ve had a tendency to label some of these high-quality musicals as Broadway, only to be told by music or Broadway buffs that it’s not accurate to label productions that haven’t been on Broadway as Broadway musicals. But if it’s exactly the same kind of music and show, then where’s the distinction? Let’s talk about it.
As long-time readers of this blog will know, I highly enjoy finding bits of entertainment that are deemed out of the ordinary, unlikely to succeed, or even to some degree “impossible”. Over the years, I’ve found two TV musicals, a silent audio drama, a silent piece of music, and even a choose your own adventure audio show. And while I continue to search for odd combinations such as these, I can finally cross one of them off my list: a Broadway-style, well-made musical audio drama. But typically, a musical uses music as an audio complement to the visual story, so how does an audio complement work when it’s all audio to begin with? Let’s go down the list as we look at “36 Questions”.
When I was younger, and had first discovered old-time radio, I listened constantly, as if it were a new Netflix show that I just had to binge. But as I’ve gotten older, although I love listening to audio shows and keep up with several ongoing series’ as well as continually listen to the classics, I haven’t been nearly as vigilant about it as I used to, and I’m far more likely to opt for a movie or TV show than I am to just sit there and listen. It’s great for when I’m driving or multitasking, but to just sit there and listen isn’t as appealing to me anymore. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this show in a slightly dusty corner of the world of audio drama and found that I couldn’t stop listening. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve listened to this show while driving to the grocery store, eating lunch, or just sitting in my room and doing nothing else. So let’s take a good long look at this show, “The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd”.
I’m back again, and what better way to start off the new year than with another TV Showcase, eh? And today, I’m not talking about just any show. This show is popular, relevant, and isn’t for kids. Come to think of it, when have I ever talked about a show that’s all three of those before? Well, no matter. This show drew me in with its rave reviews and interesting look, so I embarked on the journey to watch it, and I must say, it did not disappoint. Somehow this show flies in the face of what the modern audience tends to be into, and yet it still brings in the young adult viewers. Why? Let’s find out, with this look into the world of “Black Mirror”.
That’s right, your boy gets around. I might be slightly late to the review party, but I did wind up seeing The Greatest Showman at long last, and I was so excited about it. And you know what, the film really did meet alot of my expectations. I was basing most of my hopes off of La La Land (which I wrote about when it came out last year if you want to hear more thoughts about it), and I want to go over what Showman did to improve on the ideas of La La Land, and what it means for musicals coming up. Oh, and also, I don’t know who started this stupid “spoiler-free” thing, but I’m writing a movie review, so of course I’m going to talk about the movie. So, for what it’s worth, be warned of spoilers.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a bit to listen through a whole audio series. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s really hard to find audio drama that isn’t just a glorified audiobook. But this one does what it sets out to do well, and I want to talk about it. So let’s suit up for a walk with “The Behemoth”.
Hey, he’s back! Where the heck was I for so long? Well, that’s what happens when my blog isn’t my job and I also have a job. Plus, I’m working on a much longer series right now. But I had to squeeze one more out for you guys before the end of the year, right? Over Thanksgiving, I was on a kick to find musical TV shows, like “Galavant“, because I absolutely love “Galavant”, and I thought, “surely that’s not the only time this has happened on television. There’s got to be another show with musical numbers in it.” So I actually found several that I may integrate over the next few months here should I decide to watch them. And, no, “Glee” is not on the list of possibilities. But I found this one, and I thought that maybe, just maybe, here I’ve found another “Galavant”. And I’ll tell you, this show was gold. The most enjoyable one I’ve watched in a while. But it was so entertaining because it’s terrible. I’m talking about a real winner here, the one and only “Cop Rock”.