Map of Ramadan Drama .. 25 series competing during the “toughest season” (full details)

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25 series competing during the most difficult season in years .. and channels that start showing their works

Hours and Ramadan Ramadan marathon for 2020, the most difficult for TV drama makers over the past ten years, comes as it comes within the conditions of the spread of the new Corona virus, which imposed itself and put the artists and directors filming the series in a difficult challenge, while some of the works started before the start of the season yesterday on a channel mbc Egypt, including “2 in the box” and “the game”, and after the human gatherings stopped, the drama industry that needs huge employment continued, and the work continued, and the “plateaux” turned pictures into sterile places, and everyone committed to the necessary precautionary measures, despite some pessimism and their expectations that a number Business displayed It will be a little this season includes 25 series, in which there are multiple phenomena being various works between comedy, tragedy, suspense and action, and for the first time a science fiction series, and many of the champions are playing their first TV drama tournaments, including Reham Hajjaj, Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Haitham Shaker, Saad Al Soghair, Hamdi Al-Mirghani, Aws Aws, Sarah Salama, Bushra, and the writing workshops are also noticeably noticeable that the producers rely on due to the low wages of the participants compared to the one scenario, as well as to achieve the writing of episodes faster.

2020 Marathon women’s absolute championships

Many phenomena have imposed themselves on this marathon, perhaps the most important of which is the proliferation of women’s championship works present in more than 10 works, the most important of which is the series “Sugar Ziada”, and brings together for the first time Nabila Obaid and Nadia Al-Jundi together, after many years of competition between them, along with Samiha Ayoub Hala Fakher, directed by an American format, was written and written by Amin Gamal and his workshop, and it was shot entirely in the Lebanese capital.

Also, the series “Sultana Al Moez”, starring Ghada Abdel Razek, Mahmoud Abdel Maghni, Hassan Hosni, and Dina, Hossam Aboul Fotouh, written by Iyad Ibrahim, directed by Mohamed Bakir.

Dina El Sherbiny is playing her second tournament in the TV drama series “The Game of Oblivion”, and co-starring Mahmoud Kabil, Ahmed Dawoud, Engy Al Mokadam, Rajaa Al Jadaoui, written by Tamer Habib, directed by Hany Khalifa.

Amina Khalil is playing her first championship in the series “Les Laa”, and co-starring Mohammed Al-Sharnoubi, Hani Adel, Sherine Reda, Hala Sedky, written by Maryam Naoum, directed by Maryam Abu Auf, and its events will be in 15 episodes.

In addition to the series “Collecting Salem”, starring Zina, Dalal Abdel Aziz, Salwa Khattab, Reem Al-Baroudi, Mohamed Shaheen, written by Mohamed Nair, directed by Iman Haddad, as well as the series “The Moon at the End of the World” starring Bushra, Amr Abed, Hisham Ismail, Tharaa Jbeil Ahmed Karara, directed by Tamer Hamza, based on the novel by writer Mahmoud Al-Wardani, “Taste of Fire,” a general supervision of the drama Abeer Suleiman.

For the second year in a row, Yasmine Sabry has been starring in the TV series “A Second Chance”, with the participation of Ayten Amer, Edward, Ashraf Zaki, Heba Abdel-Ghany, Ahmed Magdy, Ahmed El-Shamy, Mohamed Diab, Mahmoud El-Bazawy, Karim Abdel-Khalek, written by Mostafa Gamal Hashem, Dramatic treatment of Mohamed Sayed Bashir, directed by Mark Adel.

Among the women’s tournaments are also the series “Betrayal Ahd” for Yusra, with the participation of Hala Shiha, Joumana Murad, Abeer Sabry, Hanadi Muhanna, and Khaled Anwar, directed by Sameh Abdel Aziz, written by Ahmed Adel, screenplay and dialogue by Amin Jamal, Walid Abu Al Majd, Muhammad Abu Al Saad.

For the eleventh consecutive year, the artist Nelly Karim has been present in Ramadan on the series “With 100 Wush” with the participation of Aser Yassin, Islam Ibrahim, Bayoumi Fouad, Omar El-Shennawy, Sherif Desouky, Mohamed Adel, Ola Roushdy, Dina Maher and Loay Imran, authored by Amr El-Daly Ahmed Wael and directed by Kamel Abu Zekry.

Among the works recommended to be among the distinguished works this year are “Layalina 80” starring Ghada Adel, with the participation of Iyad Nassar, Khaled Al-Sawi, Muhammad Al-Shaqnqiri, Noha Abdeen, Medo Adel, Muhammad Ali Rizq, Hajar Al-Sharnoubi, Nurhan and Menna Arafa, authored by Ahmed Abdel-Fattah. Directed by Ahmed Saleh.

In addition to the series “We Love Tani Les?” Starring Yasmine Abdel Aziz, with the participation of Sharif Mounir, Karim Fahmy, Sawsan Badr, Islam Gamal, Badria Tolba, Iman El Sayed, Laila Ezz Al Arab, Tara Emad, written by Amr Mahmoud Yassin, directed by Mostafa Fekry, And the series “Ya Anna Ya Jeddo”, starring Sarah Salama, with the participation of Ahmed Badir, Tariq Sabri, Mohamed Nagati, Samira Sedky, Ahmed Salama and Medhat Tikh, and the series “When We were Young” starring Reham Hajjaj in her first championships, with the participation of Khaled Al Nabawi, Mahmoud Hamida, Nesreen Amin, and Karim Qasim, Nabil Issa, and Mahmoud Hegazy, Written by Ayman Salama, directed by Mohamed Ali.

Comics and sketches return

After a decline during the past years, comic drama returns significantly in 2020, especially with the spread and distribution of the heroes of Egypt Theater, to take over the championships of several series, which is a double-edged sword, the fact that their work is always based on improvisation and sketches, and among those series «2 × Fund» And co-starring Hamdi Al-Marghani and Aws Aws, which began its presentation yesterday, and directed by Mohamed Mostafa, and was filmed between Egypt and Morocco.

In addition to the series “Omar and Diab”, starring Ali Rabei and Mustafa Khater, and the series “German Anti-Paranormal Company Jamjoom and Video”, the first TV championship for the star of Egypt Theater, Mohamed Abdel-Rahman, and each of Mohamed Salam, Ahmed El-Saadany, Mohamed Tharwat, written by Mostafa Saqr, Mohamed Ezzedine and Ibrahim A speech and Karim Youssef, directed by Islam Khairy.

Other comedies include “The Game”, starring Chico, Hisham Majid, Bayoumi Fouad, Ahmed Fathi, Mohamed Tharwat, written by Ahmed Saad Wali and Mohamed Salah Khattab, the idea of ​​Fadi Abu Al Saud, directed by Moataz El Touny.

Among the works strongly recommended to win the highest rates of watching “Men of the House”, starring Ahmed Fahmy, Akram Hosni and WIZO, as well as the series “Sons of Imbaba”, on Al-Nahar channel, starring Saad Al-Saghir in his first absolute championship, written by Ayman Bakry, directed by Mamdouh Zaki.

However, all these series stand in front of the leader Adel Imam, with his series “Valentino”, which is considered one of the most important comic and social works in the marathon, written by Ayman Bahjat Qamar, directed by Rami Imam.

The series “The Scales of the Fund”

Although the coming season was expected to witness 3 acts that depend on presenting the Egyptian army championships, the circumstances surrounding this marathon only allowed the presentation of the series “Choice” starring Amir Karara in the role of the martyr Ahmed Al-Mansi, and Ahmed Al-Awadi in the personality of the terrorist Hisham Ashmawi. For the first time in the Egyptian drama, this year, a series of science fiction series “The End” starring Youssef El Sharif, along with Amr Abdel Jalil, is about an idea by Youssef El Sharif written by the script and dialogue Amr Samir Atef, directed by Yasser Samy. Also in a different context, but it goes back 100 years at the time of the Fatwat. The “Fatwa” starring Yasser Jalal, Ahmed Salah Hosni, Mai Omar.

Abdel Fattah: Competition for guaranteed viewing .. and the popularity of the platforms

Critic Osama Abdel Fattah described the Ramadan marathon as a season of “adult struggle”. Everyone is present among the mass champions, this may be a coincidence or not, because the pace has increased in light of the surrounding circumstances of the spread of the Corona pandemic and most citizens sit in their homes and everyone is looking to exploit this, and there will be a major conflict According to the viewership of being guaranteed, “everyone will watch” in light of the cessation of all Ramadan activities, from evenings at Iftar and Suhour places in Al-Hussain and Al-Azhar, cinema and theater, and even Tarawih prayers are forbidden.

“Osama” added: “There was a pressure of time and put the heroes and series makers under harsh conditions of photography, which may affect the technical level of the works in several aspects, due to the pressure and intensification of daily filming hours, the cancellation of external scenes, group scenes, abandoned drama lines, and a short period of time. The daily episodes, some were aware of this danger and decided to withdraw from his series, including director Tamer Mohsen and his series “Intersection”, which is a respectable position because he rejected the “card”.

Regarding his opinion on the spread of comedy series, he said: It is very clear the continuation of the logic of the Egyptian theater in it, from disdain and cliché and “Kalash”, and real talents in the size of Ali Rabie and Mustafa Khater wasted in weak works, may achieve success but I do not herald a good thing, the works have no Drama or conflict.

“Osama” warned that the number of works is large, as well as advertisements will be at huge rates, and he will definitely be expelled for viewing rates, and the demand for digital platforms may increase.

Al-Shennawy: The experiences of the stars of “Egypt Theater” are not in their favor

Critic Tariq Al-Shennawi said that he is optimistic about the Ramadan marathon, describing it as achieving diversity, and enjoying the potential for follow-up, pointing out that women’s tournaments are basically a television phenomenon, unlike cinema. On the big screen, this is due to marketing matters, and they clearly support women more. He added: Nelly Karim is one of the stars in her generation who took responsibility for the absolute championship for 9 consecutive years, and this is not present in the cinema, and it appears that the formation of a non-cinematic TV viewer is only concerned with the work force, the rule confirms that the area of ​​women in television is the largest.

“El-Shennawy” explained: The indicator of using the star or star is success, and relying on the stars says that the equation is successful, and therefore experiments are repeated with them, and the male audiences are male, unlike the television audience, it is neutral, and in the whole world we find that the presence of male stars in the cinema is more than in Egypt only.

He continued: There are certain actions that we are waiting for every season, including the meeting between Nadia Al-Jundi and Nabila Obeid in the series “Sugar Ziada”, after many years of problems, conflicts and strikes under the belt, as well as Adel Imam “Valentino” as it is a permanent meal since 2012, and after His absence in 2019 has become a longing for him doubling, and the “end” for Youssef El Sharif, who ventures and experiences the science fiction at a time when this type is the weakest dramatic case in the history of Egyptian cinema, so that its great directors such as Kamal El Sheikh tried to go through the experiment and failure, and since he presented Director Niyazi Mustafa, “The Cap of Concealment”, in 59, we have not found implementation throughout our history Science fiction and horror movies, in addition to watching the series “Prince” of Mohamed Ramadan and directed by Mohamed Sami, because they are a successful duo.

Regarding the multiplicity of experiences in which actors are starring for the first time, such as Reham Hajjaj, Amina Khalil, and the stars of Misr and Haitham Shaker, Al-Shennawi said: The experiences of the Egyptian theater heroes in the TV drama were not in their favor, because they depend on sketch to make the recipient laugh, without creating real situations . And “Al-Shennawi” justified the reason for the high dose of comedies due to the lack of budget and the cost of these works, and for her heroes to get a second chance because of their acceptance of lowering their wages, because they did not achieve success in their first experiences.

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The cultural calendar of the running of the bulls: Agassi, Dylan, Irons … A day for gentlemen

cinema, by Luis Martnez

DOCUMENTARY ‘CARELIA’

Few Spanish filmmakers so restless, so exciting, so international and, perhaps (and as always), as little known as Andrs Duque. Well, now, and thanks to Mrgenes (who is a festival and distributoron-line), it is time to discover it, rediscover it or simply remember it.Karelia: international with monumentIt is an immersive, hard and deeply poetic journey to the bottom of a region as magical as it is cursed from the ends of Europe. Between Finland and Russia, a family survives that is inherited from all the scars and forgetfulness after the Second World War. Between the Stalinist purges and soulless globalization, resist a culture that is myth, legend and memory. The result in a hypnotic cinema and sleep with the privilege of the unique, the ungraspable, the true. By the way, you can also seeOleg and the rare arts,The Bartleby constellation,Parallel 10andIvn Z.That is, the entire filmography of an irrefutable creator.

DOCUMENTARY / ‘SESIN SALVAJE’

And since Spanish films and protagonists are unjustly forgotten, or not taken into account as they deserve, there is nothing better than recoveringWild session, the chronicle of productionexploitationhomeland. The film by Julio Csar Snchez and Paco Limn recovers with more than affection (perhaps devotion) sacred names such as Jordi Grau, Eugenio Martín, Jess Franco or Juan Piquer Simn. We talk about a cinema that gave rise to miracles likePanic in the Trans-Siberian. In Filmin.

DOCUMENTARY / ‘SCREWBALL’

The biggest scandal in baseball history told by the biggest collection of idiots the sport has given as a whole. That is already idiocy. The role plays with children, simply great. It is signed by Billy Corben on Netflix.

Literature, by Manuel Llorente

FIGHTING ON AND OFF THE COURT / ‘OPEN’ BY ANDRE AGASSI

He had a mohawk crest, he was caught smoking what he should not, he married Brooke Shields, he lost the final without knowing how, the depression destroyed him … but he was reborn: he went on to win up to eight Grand Slam tournaments. Already retired, Agassi told everything (everything is everything) to J.R. Moehringer. Result: a book that cannot be left for its sincerity, both in failures and in good times (no matter how much you win, if you are not the last to win you are a loser) because it shows a sport inside (advertising contracts, travel , training), the loneliness of one man against another in strenuous battles. And because it is for all audiences, whether they are sports lovers or not.

And already put, a literary delight:Tennis as a religious experienceby David Foster Wallace, with two long reports: a Nadal-Federer match and the US Open seen with different eyes. It takes you off the track.

OTHER CONFINAMIENTOS ‘LOS TOPOS’ LEGUINECHE / TORBADO

In 1969 Franco proclaimed an amnesty, because of which numerous republicans came out of their hiding places but others did not believe the siren songs. Jess Torbado and Manuel Leguineche published this book in 1977 with 17 disarming cases, such as that of Protasio Montalvo (38 years hidden in Cercedilla), who was a model for the sculptor Benlliure (one of his sons wanted to take money from his history); or Juan Rodrguez Aragn, 31 years old next to an orchard in San Fernando (Cdiz), who was a novelist rather than fled; or Manuel Serrrano Ruiz, from Almodvar del Campo (Ciudad Real), 13 years old, forgotten even by the woman he picked up from a brothel. Like La trinchera infinita, by Goenaga / Garao / Arregui, with Antonio de la Torre and Beln Cuesta. Other confinements.

Music / by Pablo Gil

CONCERT / ONE WORLD TOGETHER AT HOME

Eight hours of performances by more than 100 musicians went a long way. Broadcast Saturday night to support coronavirus-fighting workers and raise funds in that fight, the One World Together At Home television event can be viewed in full or with segmented videos of each song on the YouTube channel. from the NGO Global Citizen. The Rolling Stones each playing from home by ZoomYou can’t always get what you want, Lady Gaga recreating a standard classic to raise the spirits,Smile; Billie Eilish with her brother Finneas adapting another classic,Sunny; Taylor Swift very intimate at the piano playingSoon you’ll get better, Stevie Wonder honoring Bill Withers withRead on me; Paul McCartney dedicatingLady madonnafrom the Beatles to public health workers in memory of their mother, a nurse during World War II; Elton John in the garden with a grand piano attackingI’m still standing… Anyway, there is a choice.

BOB DYLAN / ‘I CONTAIN MULTITUDES’

Eight years without taking out a song and it’s been two in less than a month. The Nobel Prize for Literature takes one of Walt Whitman’s most popular verses, I Contain Crowds, to compose a technical and seemingly confessional piece by which he slips William Blake, Edgar Allan Poe, the Rolling Stones, Anna Frank, Indiana Jones, Beethoven and Chopin. A preciousness.

FIONA APPLE / ‘FETCH THE BOLT CUTTERS’

Nostalgic 90s sigh with the return of Fiona Apple. His first album in eight years is a work of brutal honesty recorded in isolation that the Anglo-Saxon press has elevated as a masterpiece.

Series, by Luis Alemany

MYSTERY / ‘THE TWILIGHT ZONE’

Every few years, a novel that takes as its motive falls into our handsThe unknown dimension, the 1960s series that Rod Serling created and presented. Rodrigo Fresn talked a lot about her inMantraand his friend Alan Pauls used it in The Past. How not to be curious? We have good and bad news. The bad: there is no way to see The unknown dimension, the fetus, on the Spanish platforms. And the good ones: there is aremakerecent and available on syfy it works well as a kind ofBlack mirrorthat does not give the rattle to the viewer.

CLASSICS / ‘RETURN TO BRIDESHEAD’ / ‘M * A * S * H’

Another series that is not in the legal showcase and that some of us love every day when it comes to applause isM * A * S * H, with its military doctors and nurses. They were coiled, libertine and discreet, but at the moment of truth, they acted with extreme morality. The girl was called Morritos Calientes (that doesn’t look good anymore) and Alan Alda was great. ButM * A * S * Hnot for good (yesthe hard way), and its yearning we settle for its contemporaryReturn to Brideshead(Filmin). Perhaps it is because between Alan Alda and Jeremy Irons there is an air of family. An opinion: these old series have something serene, free of current visual emphases, which is appreciated.

ADAPTING ‘HOWARDS END’

We start with literature and in literature we end.Bridesheadappears on Filmin in a funny category calledT and pastawhich also includes a newHowards Endsigned by Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the sea) and based onThe mansionby E.M. Foster. It has everything that anyone can expect from such a series: contained and naturalistic interpretations, beautiful architecture, very hidden tensions … Not bad for the spirit.

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Dafne Fernndez’s recommendations for quarantine: ‘The Sisters Brothers’, Emma Flint, ‘Pajarico’ …

We met the actress and dancer for the first time with ‘Pajarico’ and in ‘Goya in Bordeaux’, the two films by Carlos Saura that she starred in when she was still a teenager. Now, her career, like everyone else, awaits clues.


Charles Bradley, Emma Flint, ‘The marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ and ‘The Sisters brothers’.

Series / ‘The marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

If you have not seen it, you are already late!The marvelous Mrs MaiselIt has three seasons of pure visual spectacle. I admit that it cost me to enter but once I did it is one of those series that you cling to and do not want to ever end. The characters are delicious, everyone. The proposal of each sequence is different, the extras, the charactersthey dancewith the camera in exquisite choreography, the production does not skimp on the media … What ended up falling in love with this great series is that although it is set in the veryMcCarthyistsIn the 1950s, everything about her oozes with excitement and a sense of wonderful freedom and modernity. The guides and connections with events, places and real characters of the time (the splendor of the golden years of Copacabana, the militant comedy of Lenny Bruce, etc.) also deserve special mention.

Series / ‘Believe Me’

Who said that in the industry there is no place for female protagonists in a fiefdom as full of testosterone as is thethrillerpolice? Well eat this wonder. The series faithfully reconstructs the actual investigation carried out by two female detectives to hunt down a serial rapist in the American Northwest. In parallel, one of the victims has to face misunderstanding, mistrust and even the threat of a system manufactured according to an eminently male mold. The female characters are memorable, the action and the mystery are of the highest quality from a suffocating and very difficult first episode that immerses you in the story fully.

CINEMA / ‘The VVItch’ (Robert Eggers)

For me, this is true terror. A dark fable with several readings, in which the viewer decides what to believe in the end. A fantastic religious family becomes independent from a fantastic religious community -because the aforementioned commune is not sufficiently fantastic for its taste- and retires to the idealized nature to achieve a deeper communion with God. They will soon realize that wild forests are far from ideal. Extraordinary setting and superb interpretations in archaic English. A movie to watch at night, with the lights off and under the blanket. I am not responsible for the nightmares it may cause, notice.

Cinema / ‘The Sisters Brothers’ (Jacques Audiard)

Ok: twilight westerns with a poetic tone there are many, but none with such an aftertaste of European author cinema as this adaptation of Patrick de Witt’s novel of the same name. Here it is not so important what, but how. A journey in which the least is the end, a journey to delight in the sensations of the road. The characters move between violence, melancholy and tenderness and Pyrenean landscapes for a not so western film.

‘Pajarico’ (Carlos Saura)

This movie went a little unnoticed at the time but it is a real gem. And I do not recommend it just because I am its female protagonist (which also) but because it is a traditional vision of the memories of the Murcian family of one of the most important directors we have in our country. It is purely sensory because the plot is minimal but you are going to experience through the eyes of a child a summer that will mark you for life. With portentous interpretations such as Paco Rabal’s as that grandfather to enjoy listening to his stories and who goes crazy and with the tempo that Saura gives to each of the sequences.

Books / ‘Little Deaths’ by Emma Flint

Prepare to be Ruth Malone, the protagonist, and suffer with her the death of her two disappeared children during one night while she sleeps in the next room and a major injustice. Did she kill her children? In this novel the important thing for the police, the society and the press is if she cries little or if she has made up too much to go out. It is not a victimizing story, it is more a criticism of the shortcomings of a free and modern society willing to judge by the sensationalism of the seller and without thinking about the pain they can cause a woman. Because a woman’s behavior is always more questionable and more suspicious. As an actress I would love to bring this character to life.

Books / ‘Sukkwan Island’ by David Vann.

What a hard journey to madness and degradation through parent-child relationships. Father and son are preparing to spend a season together and isolated from the rest of the world in a remote region of Alaska with the aim of recovering the lost ties. Go! Things will quickly get ugly in this reflection on parenthood, depression and the family that grabs you and doesn’t let go until the end. Especially striking is the structure of the novel, divided into two clearly differentiated parts, in the stylePsychosis.

Books / ‘Living Room’ by Nick Waplington

I didn’t look for it for Kindle because this is a photography book. This book is enjoyed since you have it in your hands, for the texture of its leaves, for the smell, the color that the photographer wants to give to his copies, for the gloss or matte, for the composition of the photos … I have spent most of my life being ignorant of photography books but since I met my husband (photographer) I have become in love with this great feeling. WhyLiving room? Because he is one of the first I met and I liked the feeling of entering one of these English familiesworking classand feel how their homes smell, imagine what their life is like, how they relate, how they have fun … it is very evocative. And best of all, that each “reader” has their own feelings, the author does not demand anything from you.

And since we are recommendingThe roots and the ruinsfrom Mario C. Girela (my husband) because I have seen how it has been born, how he has collected photos for years and has made copies in the laboratory that we have at home. In this wonderful book you can see his mythological vision of youth, this period that hurts to leave behind. (If you want a copy of his book, write to him on Instagram in the @mariocgirela account. Yes … I take advantage of this wonderful platform to advertise him)

Music / ‘The Carnival of Animals’, by Camille Saint-Sans

I would like you to do an exercise like the ones we did at school withPeter and the Wolf(The smallest of the houses can participate) with this musical suite in 14 movements composed by the French Camille Saint-Sans (22 minutes). Just lie down, close your eyes and let go. It doesn’t take a musical scholar to feel how elephants, birds, swans, chickens, and other animals move. Not only will you enjoy the beauty of music, you will also feel it and it is a very good first contact with classical music.

Music / Charles Bradley

We met him by chance at the free Hardly Strictly BlueGrass concert held each year at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. As we liked it so much we saw the documentary that was made,Soul of americaAnd that’s where we fell in love with this artist. He had a hard life where there were, but fortunately for him there was recognition and he ended up being one of the voices of the United States. A few years ago he died leaving us four albums but the one I recommend above all is the one fromNo time for dreaming.

Music / Gillian Welch ‘The harrow and the harvest’

A good ration of dark country for the most melancholic moments of this social distancing. A marriage that sings to intimate compositions and full of subtle details. There is no bad song on this record, sir. A jewel in the background and in the form, of those records that you wear when the body asks you for a state of mind not totally happy.

Music / Raffi

Tired of the headaches caused by listening to the same repetitive children’s songs over and over and oas with your daughter / son? Well I have this for you: a singer-songwriter with a whole collection of children’s songs played in keyfolkiewho will delight young and old, while teaching English. Never the children’s songbook mol so much. That you have no children? You will enjoy them just the same.

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Mary Ruiz: «I am seeing all the series in the universe»

Elisa Mouliaá’s maternity leave left Mary Ruiz (Madrid, 39 years old) in front of ‘TVEmos’, the format issued by La 1 today and tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Also known as Queen Mary for her role in the battles of roosters (improvisation duels between rappers), the Spanish presenter, actress and model was chosen to lead the format, which seeks surprising and fun images with which to entertain viewers.

-How have you adapted to the current situation?

-I handled the topic of quarantine quite well. You are not assuming something as hard as I thought. As it is something necessary to do yes or yes, it is better not to think about it much, but to try to carry the day as well as possible. I have marked some small sports routines at home, I am watching many series.

-Did you feel more pressure to arrive at the best moment of the hearings?

– To the subject of the hearing I have not given so much importance, but to the circumstances that we are living, that in the end can affect more everything. The entire team is teleworking, and it’s like everything has been managed with more uncertainty. But in the end I’m on a set and I don’t feel that much.

-Are you more aware than ever of the coronavirus or are you looking to distract yourself with other things?

-At first I was very aware of the minute by minute, but then I relaxed a little, for mental health. I follow him a lot on Twitter, but later I am watching all the series in the universe, and trying to disconnect a bit. And I’m also watching my program, of course.

– Does it help you in that regard?

– Yes, because it is very positive, type ‘zapping’, that there is nothing yellowish or pink, and that he is not looking for anything political. The point that it usually has was for people to disconnect a little from work and from their day-to-day life, and now, with this crisis, I think they can also do it.

-He was already on TVE, in ‘You in Spain, I in America’, on the international channel. What is it like to record a program that you cannot later watch broadcast?

-I saw them in the office! I was very lucky with that program. It showed the similarities between Spain and Latin America, and there were kitchen sections, with recipes that mixed here and there. I had to travel to Costa Rica and Mexico, which was wonderful, and show super cute places. It was a brutal work experience. Hopefully it will happen again.

-It was also in ’90 minuti ‘. Is it soccer?

-I like soccer, but I’m not a staunch. I’m not even going to see the games on the field, but I am a Real Madrid player, and it was perfect for the channel (Real Madrid TV), although the section I did was more with celebrities and getting a bit of humor.

– How is it different from Queen Mary?

-It’s like an alter ego. Queen Mary is actually a lot more diva than I am. She wears hyper long braids, nails, she risks a lot with the wardrobe. I think being on stage requires something more eye-catching, and that’s Queen Mary.

-It has been on television very intermittently. Do you think this could be a turning point?

-Hopefully. I would love that more work could come out thanks to this one, but I really don’t live thinking about it. I am focused on the day to day, and I try to do my best and enjoy the opportunity. Nor does it depend on me what comes next.

-What would be your dream job?

-Wow! Well, the truth is that I have been lucky enough to live several dream jobs. The travel program, the live of the battles, with the audience in front, which gives you a lot of energy, would be, but if I had to say one that I haven’t been to, I would say a film program. One type ‘Days of cinema’ would be the culmination of everything.

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Mary Ruiz: «I am seeing all the series in the universe»

Elisa Mouliaá’s maternity leave left Mary Ruiz (Madrid, 39 years old) in front of ‘TVEmos’, the format issued by La 1 today and tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Also known as Queen Mary for her role in the battles of roosters (improvisation duels between rappers), the Spanish presenter, actress and model was chosen to lead the format, which seeks surprising and fun images with which to entertain viewers.

-How have you adapted to the current situation?

-I handled the topic of quarantine quite well. You are not assuming something as hard as I thought. As it is a necessary thing to do yes or yes, it is better not to think about it much, but to try to carry the day as well as possible. I have marked some small sports routines at home, I am watching many series.

-Did you feel more pressure to arrive at the best moment of the hearings?

– To the subject of the hearing I have not given so much importance, but to the circumstances that we are living, that in the end can affect more everything. The entire team is teleworking, and it’s like everything has been managed with more uncertainty. But in the end I’m on a set and I don’t feel that much.

-Are you more aware than ever of the coronavirus or are you looking to distract yourself with other things?

-At first I was very aware of the minute by minute, but then I relaxed a little, for mental health. I follow him a lot on Twitter, but later I am watching all the series in the universe, and trying to disconnect a bit. And I’m also watching my program, of course.

– Does it help you in that regard?

– Yes, because it is very positive, type ‘zapping’, that there is nothing yellowish or pink, and that he is not looking for anything political. The point that it usually has was for people to disconnect a bit from work and from their day-to-day life, and now, with this crisis, I think they can also do it.

-He was already on TVE, in ‘You in Spain, I in America’, on the international channel. What is it like to record a program that you cannot later watch broadcast?

-I saw them in the office! I was very lucky with that program. It showed the similarities between Spain and Latin America, and there were kitchen sections, with recipes that mixed here and there. I had to travel to Costa Rica and Mexico, which was wonderful, and show super cute places. It was a brutal work experience. Hopefully it will happen again.

-It was also in ’90 minuti ‘. Is it soccer?

-I like soccer, but I’m not a staunch. I’m not even going to see the games on the field, but I am a Real Madrid player, and it was perfect for the channel (Real Madrid TV), although the section I did was more with celebrities and getting a bit of humor.

– How is it different from Queen Mary?

-It’s like an alter ego. Queen Mary is actually a lot more diva than I am. She wears hyper long braids, nails, she risks a lot with the wardrobe. I think being on stage requires something more eye-catching, and that’s Queen Mary.

-It has been on television very intermittently. Do you think this could be a turning point?

-Hopefully. I would love that more work could come out thanks to this one, but I really don’t live thinking about it. I am focused on the day to day, and I try to do my best and enjoy the opportunity. Nor does it depend on me what comes next.

-What would be your dream job?

-Wow! Well, the truth is that I have been lucky enough to live several dream jobs. The travel program, the live of the battles, with the audience in front, which gives you a lot of energy, would be, but if I had to say one that I haven’t been to, I would say a film program. One type ‘Days of cinema’ would be the culmination of everything.

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Now more than ever, old age, the best argument of the series

There is a time in life when they stop thanking you for everything you dofor, better, to congratulate you for achieving it.Occur in‘The Kominsky methodPerhaps the last example and the greatest effort to convert into reasoned argument what for years has been more than just a trend. Senescence, now more than ever, matters. Even if it is for strict market reasons, the case is that the series, in general, have been refuting the ugly obsession for youth that can do everything for years. If we listen to the WHO (some time it would have to be done), in the middle of the century that we tread, all by 2050,60% of the world population will be over 60 years old.With all that that means in terms of reformulating the life project and even new possibilities of consumption (always him). And, let’s face it, what is now called a story is missing.

Let’s say that each decade has been building the imagination of himself and his aspirations.The 50s and 60s gave prominence to the impulse of everything new in a world that was rigorously opening and in permanent surplus after the war.The bewilderment of adolescence needed its own comforting tale and its machinery to consume properly. And the cinema, like music and everything else, came to his aid to raise the pop ideal that, before refuting anything, offered the possibility of ignoring a matter as tricky as, for example, death.

After all, death or better her consciousness (which, sorry, Heidegger would say)defines us as a project in timeand by definition unfinished, as possibility, as desire. Somehow, neoliberal society has given up, in the accelerated waste of the immediate, of any meaningful reflection on perhaps the only certainty:every construction of a future falls flat on the face of the evidence of its finitude, of its uselessness perhaps. It sounds tragic. Cheesy quiz. And it is indeed tragic because it is corny. What follows can be understood as a revolution in progress or as a desperate attempt to make Viagra a religion. Does not matter.

1. ‘The Sopranos’.

Everyone has their weaknesses and ours is the almighty mother of the gangster in the David Chase series. Chapter by chapter until his death at the start of the third season, the immenseJames Gandolfiniwas literally disproved by the most enormousNancy Marchand. Livia, the mother, pruned with Tony, the son. And in what way.Intriguing, possessive, lying, manipulative, and perfectly adorable.No other of the gangster-faced characters that populated the series that invented almost everything could even remotely rival it. If Vito Corleone were a woman, it would be Livia.

2. ‘Derek’.

Few series as ruthlessly human asDerek.Ricky Gervaishe presses all the alarm buttons and makes a disabled person (himself on the brink of all the precipices of the politically correct) the protagonist of a false documentary that takes place in a nursing home. What can go wrong?The result is a delicate savageso unaware of each of the limits that he steps on that he ends up being irrefutable, as well as amusingly profound. Or the other way around. Beyond the virtue of the complaint (the series does not hide its bombs against the insane healthcare system that we have given ourselves), Gervais’s proposal manages to avoid all melodramatic tenderness by giving the elderly control over their evident abandonment.Loneliness is a matter for a society unaware of its most intimate suicide.

3. ‘The Kominsky method’.

Despite the overabundance of prostate jokes, the truth is that the two seasons of the new creation ofChuck lorre(the same of‘Two and a half Men‘o’The big bang theory ‘)They succeed in drawing with precision that frightens the great leap between one part of society sick with imposed nostalgia and increasingly attached to an eternal childhood, and the other.Michael Douglas and Alan Arkinthey embody that redoubt of adult people aware, with humor and sportsmanship, that this is over. And it is not so bad without being assumed as it should. On the one hand, the excesses of a script that is too dependent on its brilliance, the truth is that it likes that facility to knock down each one of our most immature common places.

4. ‘Transparent’.

And suddenly the father was the mother? Recover the four seasons of the genius ofJill Soloway with Jeffrey Tambor in commandis to realize that the world already deserves a revolution. Radical and now. Beyond the drive for vindication, it is the tone that counts.That facility for melancholic laughterWithout exaggeration, it makes this title a rarity as far from stereotypes as it is from uprisings by decree. What is rethought and discussed is everything: from the family to the sexual roles passing, of course, the precise moment to start again, which, in plain sight, can be perfectly very close to old age.

5. ‘Grace and Frankie’.

The declaration of intent (‘Too old for this shit‘or’ Too old for this shit ‘) ends up being much more radical than the development of a series that drowns in its impertinent, let’s say, approach.Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlinthey have to face the fact that their husbands love each other. The one who was co-creator of him always mythical ‘FriendsMarta KauffmanSupported by Howard J. Morris, they let the idea live alone and it doesn’t always work. What is already irrefutable isthe set of distorting mirrorsin which you look at sacred names from the last cinema like the one of the two mentioned above next toMartin Sheen and Sam Waterston. Indeed, there is another way of looking at the myths that age and do so facing the camera.

6. ‘Ray Donovan’.

The worst thing that can happen to an actor is that he is not seen. One approaches the series starringLiv Schreiberand no matter how much he looks at the only one who can see is aJon Voightre-aged (forget the verb rejuvenate) in a kind of interpretive anthology of what always was (or wanted to be). Mickey Donovan is evil and he is evil by pure experience, for his more than 80 years perfectly fulfilled and better healed.

7. ‘Community’.

There are so many reasons to fall in love with this group of disinherited and university students that it is better to hide in the curriculum as characters. And yet, one of them, if only for his everlasting and classic comic stripes, casts a shadow over them all:Chevy Chase. Yes, we all hated him once in the 80s, but never now, in his old age.He gives life to the outdated manthat he was late to class for the politically correct. His specialty, therefore, is messing up and that of others, watching intently what his next insane and out of tune comment on women, blacks, gays … Unbearable. And cool.

8. ‘Getting on’.

Each one learned the face ofPeter CapaldiAt one point in their adventures, moviegoers or viewers. But we all agree on ‘In the loop’, Armando Iannucci’s cheeky comedy about the limits of incompetence in modern politics (which are unlimited). Well, it is only fair that the series created by him lived up to his myth. The British‘Getting on’(with its American version on HBO) is a comedy set in a geritrico so absolutely black that it softens.It is not a matter of laughing at the elderly but of making clear the ridiculousness of a time, ours, unable to understand the meaning of the same time.

9. ‘Two meters underground’.

Sex and death. Beginning and end. Years pass, the series rain down on us, but the most exquisite of corpses remains unchanged. And, indeed, the series would not be the same (or it would not be simply) without theFrances Conroy (in the character of Ruth Fisher)which will later appear inAmerican Horror Story.Nothing defines life better than the consciousness of death and nothing makes death more conscious than full life. And so.

10. ‘The Golden Girls’.

And by the end, the first of all. Almost 30 million viewers gathered on May 9, 1992 to watch the last chapter.Stelle Getty in the shoes of Sophie PetrilloHe redefined the meaning of the word vitriol: “No one has asked for my opinion. But I am old, so I will give it anyway.” Well that.

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Charles Forsman: the electric mind behind “The End of the F *** ing World” and “I Am Not Okay With This” | Interview

Heavy subjects intertwined with black humor. Disqualified teenagers who yearn to escape both those around them and those who torment them inside. Trauma, mental disorders, unusual love relationships and many strange things happening. This is the world of Charles Forsman, or the worlds in which Charles Forsman lives. Worlds that he drew on boards and that he saw take on a life of their own on screens. Worlds that have captivated millions around the world, even though those millions are unaware of the creator of these stories, the electric mind of a lover of comics who one day decided he wanted to be like his heroes.

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La Casa de Papel part 4: The ambitious scenes of the show, and those where the writers took no risks

If part 4 of La Casa de Papel (Netflix) brought us a lot of emotions, she as usual, left spectators on a big cliffhanger. Although these new episodes are super cool, we must admit that everything was not perfect: there are totally inconsistent things in this part 4 of The Casa de Papel. If it’s fiction, and it doesn’t have to be ultra realistic, that’s what creators want: to offer a series that seems authentic and close to reality. But we must admit that on some intrigues, they did not get wet, for fear of disappointing the public probably. If they dared to take risks concerning certain scriptwriting choices, they played the safety card on other parts of the show. We take stock of the ambitious scenes in part 4, and those where the writers have taken no risks.

Why not have put a transgender actress for the role of Manila? (no risk taking)

Manila in La Casa de Papel
Manila in La Casa de Papel

In this part 4 of La Casa de Papel, we were able to meet a new member of the team! In the series, Manila who is actually Juanito become Julia (the transgender goddaughter of Moscow) is interpreted by the Spanish cisgender actress Belén Cuesta. So she plays the first transgender character on the team and Manila is already at the heart of a controversy. And it is not her sexual orientation that poses the problem but rather the choice of the actress for the role. Although the fans have nothing against Belén Cuesta, they would have liked the character to be played by a real transgender actress. And on this point, we must admit that they are not totally wrong. Transgender actors and actresses are trying to make room for themselves in the cinema: a role was given to them, why not entrust it to a person who knows exactly what she is talking about? The writers wanted to play the security card: put a transgender character ok, but an actress who really is, not too much of a risk of shocking … Might as well go for it right?

With such abilities, Gandía would have killed more than one character in reality (no risk taking)

Gandía
Gandía

So here we are on something very illogical. Gandía could have played in Matrix as he knows how to target his targets and avoid the bullets, but he only succeeded in killing one person. Hmm … Ok, we were already taking a big risk in killing Nairobi (who had just been saved and lived his best life in a cart) but if the guy is so strong why did he kill only one character? In the secret room, he would also have certainly murdered Tokyo out of revenge, but as we know, this character will be present until the end. Finally all that to say that if Gandía is so powerful as it seems he would not have made Nairobi his only victim … So once again, the writers did not dare to kill another member of the team to avoid another disappointment with the fans! About that, this character who died in a previous season could finally have lived longer.

Lisbon fared well, while such a criminal does not suffer the same fate in real life (no risk-taking)

Lisbon and The Professor
Lisbon and The Professor

Ok, the writers knew that the fans were afraid that Lisbon would become a traitor in part 4 of La Casa de Papel. If she only suffered a long and interminable interrogation, it must be said that she did really well in these new episodes. What criminal has the luxury of “getting drunk” on a judge because he talks too much? As a bonus, knowing the Professor’s plans, Alicia Sierra would never have put more than 5 or 6 guards to accompany her in the parking lot so this intrigue is a bit big … We too wanted Raquel to get away with it, but a little more difficulty would not have been refused!

The gang traitor is one of the hated characters in the group (no risk-taking)

Palermo
Palermo

We knew there would be a traitor in this part 4, and if we bet on Rio (who could have made a pact with the police), no it had to be a guy not appreciated by the group. Like that, even if it pisses off that a guy betrays others, it does not matter because we already knew that he was a con. It’s a shame, again the writers don’t take risks and we would have liked to say “Wowww, they didn’t dare”. In the end, we said to ourselves: “ok, not really surprising”. And it is partly for the lack of surprises and inconsistencies that some fans have decided to boycott these new episodes.

One of the main characters is dead, even if it means disappointing the fans (risk-taking)

Nairobi
Nairobi

It is the first and main risk taking of the show! Indeed, Nairobi died under the fire of Gandía. The writers did well to show us that the young woman was doing it and then killing her. It’s cruel we agree, but it has the merit of shocking. We said to ourselves: “she almost died once, she will inevitably get out of it”. And bam, this is not the case! We take our hat off for this scriptwriting choice.

We showed the violent side of one of the characters preferred by the fans, even if it meant surprising the spectators (risk taking)

Denver
Denver

If we are all on the side of the robbers (who are basically the bad guys), it’s good to also show their dark side. We could understand why Palermo had become so cold, selfish and narcissistic, why Rio was so disturbed and we were also shown the violent side of Denver. Her love affair with Monica seemed beautiful and perfect, so it was interesting to see behind the scenes. Over time, Denver has rested on its laurels and shown a much darker side to its personality. Fortunately, he managed to recognize his wrongs and we still love him as much, but it was a good idea from the writers.

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Jaime Rosales’ recommendations for quarantine or the value of time with Borges, Salinger, Capote, Ford, Welles, Godard, ‘Friends’, Beethoven, Wagner …

The director of ‘La soledad’ proposes an original quarantine of pure classical; heterodox by force of rigorously orthodox.


Truman Capote.

THE STORY

The story is mistakenly regarded as a minor genre compared to the novel, essay, or poetry book. These four books that I recommend below contain a dozen stories each. And all of them manage to shed light on the mysteries of our condition and they do it with great economy of means.They do it lightly, with humor, with infinite ingenuity.They are very elaborate works that have the appearance of having been written without effort. Each word achieves the maximum effect. Each word weighs. Within his collection, each story is independent, but, after reading the set, one has the feeling that the two complement each other to give a superior meaning to the sum of its parts.

The chosen ones will be: 1.Music for Chameleonsby Truman Capote; two.Nine storiesby J.D. Salinger; 3.Fiction, by Jorge Luis Borges, and 4.Free theme, by Alejandro Zambra. Capote’s book produces resonances with Zambra’s. Both mix fiction stories with interviews and real events. The storyA perfect day for banana fish, by Salinger, I am convinced that it is stories thatThe Quijoteto the novel. Although the same could be said ofThe garden of the forking pathsorBabel’s library, by Jorge Luis Borges the two.

Image for 'The Man Who Killed
Image from ‘The man who killed Liberty Valance’.

THE FILM

While studying at the School of San Antonio de los Baos in Cuba, the film director Peter Greenaway gave some classes. As summarized the genesis of the language of cinema:Ford invented it. Welles perfected it. Godard destroyed it.

Ford counts onThe man who killed Liberty Valancea beautiful story of friendship, love, humility and sacrifice. InPassion of the strongachieved a poetic height never seen in awestern. I also managed to take advantage of the comic side of an actor as serious asHenry Fonda. A marvel.

Orson Welles taught us all inThirst for evilthat it was not about doing virtuosity with the camera; what really has value is that each movement has something new and relevant. InThe fourth commandmentThe way in which Welles stretches the plane by its diagonals widens the space.

At startupContempt, a couple lying on a bed talks about love. The music interrupts them and causes tremendous emotion without us knowing anything about these characters. InBand apartGodard creates the simplest and most elegant dance sequence ever filmed. A tro in a movement. Pure elf.

Ford, Welles, Godard. Everything is juice, nothing is pulp.

The protagonists of the series 'Friends'.
The protagonists of the series ‘Friends’.

THE SERIE

I do not share the general enthusiasm for the new series in what has come to be called the golden age of television. The more they try to look like movies, the more bare their shortcomings are. The strength of the cinema is not in its natural settings or its actors. It’s in their language.In the filmic. In the new series, the dominant figure is that of the screenwriter. Before a director, there is a showrunner. It cannot be surprising that what we call filmic is very poor. I prefer the old studio series with canned laughs. They are original and fresh creations.They are genuinely television. As it is a newscast or a simple television contest.

All seasons ofFriends, for example. Everything is sexy and fun. What more could you ask for? Hours and hours of quality entertainment for all ages.

And at his side,Frasier. Characters are more sophisticated than inFriends, but the enjoyment does not decline. The main theme is the same: love relationships. Other long-running subtopics enter: generational problems, egos struggles, differences between social classes.All treated with elegance and humor.

Both are television masterpieces. I miss current series that approach them in originality and quality.

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.

THE MUSIC

In this set of recommendations, I would like to combine light works with works that require some effort. Light works help to make the wait more bearable. The most intense works give value to our time.

TheSymphoniesBeethoven’s. Thefifthand theninthare the most interpreted. Thesixthit is very delicate. Theseventhcontains a lot of anger. Beethoven synthesizes symphonic music like no other composer. In Beethoven the very essence of music is palpable:fight between tensions. Musical tension moves us like no other artistic expression. This is because it expresses in the same experience, physical and symbolic, the tension between life and death.

When I told my singing teacher that he wanted to start me inRichard Wagnerand I didn’t know where to start, I suggested doing it forThe Nremberg Master Singers. It is Wagner’s longest pear but not the most difficult. I recommend listening to it at home while doing other things. Listen to it repeatedly. Little by little its strength penetrates. The next step should be to sink your tooth intoThe Valkyries.

I hope you enjoy all these works. I wish you all the patience and hope that you keep your hope intact during confinement.Art helps us live.

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You would not look enough

The growing and unattainable current offer of the series has obvious collateral damage: great titles are released which are ignored, despite criticism efforts to be perceived as essential. The reasons for their poor invisibility are diverse. From the very indifference of the platform to which they belong, to the fact that this is a product that breaks with its genre, or because they come at a time of particular saturation of releases. In this, television has long been imitating cinema, in which the coincidence of release date can greatly harm the commercial trajectory of a movie. Today we set out to compile these series as good as they are sadly dismissed, some of which have a long way to go and deserve to be part of all the recommendation lists.

If we talk about great and over-ignored series, the first thing to note is Bosch. Amazon title, based on the novel series by Michael Connelly, is surely the best cop in broadcast for six years. Shot in a classic-inspired style that turns the scene – Los Angeles – into yet another story, it follows the cases of Harry Bosch, a cop traumatized by the death of his mother who investigates especially disturbing cases while trying to redirect their hectic personal life. It is, in short, a gem, largely due to the strength of the scripts and the interpretation of this great actor who is Titus Welliver.

Concerning the thriller, though in a very different record, it must also be claimed The Spy, the Netflix series in which Sacha Baron Cohen plays the role of Israeli spy Eli Cohen. It is the story of an infiltration that focuses more on the moral consequences of a double life than on pure, hard action, and the result is a frightening reflection on our present that deserves much more attention.

The Filmin platform, which is beginning to be a lifestyle rather than a service streaming, has in its catalog two series that also fit the profile of unjustly despised excellence. One is Halt and Catch Fire, drama about the origins of the home computer that shines both in its character settings and its highly addictive recreation of an era. The other is Inside No. 9, a British genius where Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton propose an anthology in which each episode of 30 minutes or less tells a different story and, in many cases, with a different tone. The common denominators are the darkness, the black humor and, of course, this number 9 that stands as the engine of the plots. It goes without saying that two such creative and unique series are not systematically cited by television fiction fans, but do at least enjoy the cult title category.

Also in Filmin, if you do not have a bad day (because it can only make it worse) you can bet on the extraordinary The virtues, a British production of a man with a completely fractured life traveling to his native Ireland to face a past that has determined all his subsequent problems. Extremely unique in its treatment of unusual subjects to watch on screen, Stephen Graham stands out for his interpretation of those that are not forgotten. Speaking of memorable performances, HBO has the Suranne Jones recital at Gentleman Jack, The story is considered one of the great precursors of the LGTBI movement, Anne Lister. Between the British drama of a lifetime, the classic comedy and the spirit of the denunciation, the series is a demonstration of how to appeal to the essence of a particular narrative style without losing sight of its ability to talk about ‘now and here.

And finally, also on HBO, a little gem that should be seen by decree: The State of the Union, Series by Stephen Frears and Nick Hornby (The Team High fidelity, in short), which covers, in ten minute episodes, the conversations of a crisis couple at the bar where they spend time before going to their therapist’s session. Rosamund Pike and Chris O’Dowd, their starring partner, offer a whole host of comedic and dramatic resources.

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