Once again I come late to the game with American Horror Story. That shit is played and done. But here is what I got out of it:
"Coven" starts out strong and end up in a lot of unnecessary racism, gore and bitch-biddy bullshit. It lapses into the "No group of women can create a strong group with a central goal and carry out that goal to a successful completion because they'll all get their periods and cry and have tantrums" sad played old stereotype, which was a sin and a shame to see so many great actresses have to flog.
"Freak Show" is absolute GOLD. You cannot predict where the story is going, there are tributes to Tod Browning and David Bowie and....WATCH IT. WATCH IT HARD. WATCH IT NOW BABY NOW!!
The rest? Asylum? FUCK DAT. There is no way in hell that my mentally ill ass is watching 'Asylum'. 'One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest' was rough enough for me. This shit? This Dr. Chenard, House on Haunted Hill - messed up nasty medical shit? No, buddy.
"Murder House"? Yawn.
"Cult"? Been there, done that, it wasn't entertaining.
The rest? Kids, I said 'Life is too short.'
You start to notice repeat themes. The 'stabbing someone 300 times, and doing so like a Dunking Duck on high speed' scene. The 'group of people chopping and stabbing the fuck out of someone like a Dunking Duck on high' speed scene. The 'barfing' scene. (People are just upchucking all over the place in American Horror Story. I promise you there is not that much barfing going on in America.) The 'group sex' scene. The 'horrifying misuse of a child' scene. The 'bobbing fluffy bottom of the male top' scene. The 'random reversal of loyalties' theme. The 'hysterically and dementedly rapid fucking' scene. And the 'spiritus ex machina' shit is just rampant. I mean, nobody's ass can stay dead in 'Coven'.
Man, watch the hell out of 'Freak Show'. It's brilliant. You do not know what's going to happen next and the characters and script are astounding.
Skip the rest.
Muk at the Movies II: A surprise winner, a little hidden gem, simply entitled 'Monster'. It takes place mainly in Mexico, and concerns aliens, Trumps' Wall, and aliens. An excellent and scary little film.
Hidden gem 2: 'Dolly Parton: Here I Am.' I am not a country/western fan, and I am not a big fan of the female singing voice. It's Dolly herself that shines here, and I was absolutely captivated. The woman is an undeniable talent, but it's her titanium professionalism that comes through. This woman is in complete charge of her image, and plays to the cheap seats, unapologetically - and boy, did she know what she was doing. Thinking about starting a company? Take Dolly's attitude as your North Star. Give absolutely nothing of yourself away. Utterly divorce your private self from your public self. Get multiple boob jobs.
Hidden gem and guilty pleasure 3: 'Cat People', a limited documentary series. The first episode is about batshit weirdo nutty people from Portland Oregon, which I am all about. The rest of the episodes are entertaining as well. Interestingly, in 'Cat People' the stories are all about the cats. In the limited series 'Dog People' the story always revolves around the owners.