Current Television Obsession: March 2017

Thanks HBO for my March Television Obsession.


Big Little Lies

This isn’t a show that really grabbed my attention. The previews just seemed a bit boring and yet I still gave it a try. In the words of Ron Burgundy “When in Rome”. The opening of the show is very calm and shows you a beautiful scenic drive involving the main characters Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley) and Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) driving their children to school. The first episode starts off almost like the show “Revenge”. They show the audience the final episode, but doesn’t show who was killed and who did the killing. The first few episodes weren’t just meh. It was slow and we just didn’t really learn too much of any of the characters. Because I love all 3 actresses I decided to give continue and see where it lead, especially since it was a miniseries and I would only be vested for 8 episodes. Along the way I figured out about 80% of the puzzle. The finale aired this past Sunday and what I did not predict was the killer. It was a surprise but still left with a lot of questions and question I don’t really care to have answered. Everything was mostly on the surface. It didn’t go deeper.

I don’t know if I should suggest this show only because it was just okay. The other shows I’ve seen/suggested I would much rather suggest again rather than try to convince someone to watch this. It wasn’t bad but wasn’t the greatest.

Synopsis: Based on the same-titled best-seller by Liane Moriarty, “Big Little Lies” weaves a darkly comedic tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, Calif. Amidst doting moms, successful husbands, beautiful children, and stunning homes exists a community fueled by rumors and divided into haves and have-nots, exposing fractured relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. Told through the eyes of three mothers — Madeline, Celeste and Jane — the series’ narrative explores society’s myths regarding perfection and its romanticization of marriage, sex, parenting and friendship. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley star as the three prominent “mothers of Monterey.” (via Wikipedia)



Now this was an unexpected dark comedy I didn’t think I’d like and would suggest. There are 10 episodes, 20 minutes long and shows a dark but humorous side to getting a divorce. It showcases how quickly you could change your mind from being cordial to getting nasty in a divorce. Weirdly, the show did make me laugh at times when I probably should have but it was more of a “oh snap” laugh than a malicious laugh. Obviously a divorce is no laughing matter but just try the show out and you’ll see what I mean.

Synopsis: Raising two children together and sharing more than 10 years of marriage have taken a toll on Frances, who is suddenly reevaluating her life and the strained relationship she has with her husband, Robert. Friends like Diane, who is successful and has no children, and Dallas, who has been both widowed and divorced, make Frances wonder what she’s missed, or is missing. But she soon discovers that making a clean break and starting anew is harder than she thought. “Divorce,” a comedy series co-executive produced and starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Frances, follows a middle-aged couple living in the suburbs of New York City as they grapple with the effects of their failing marriage, not just on themselves, but also on their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions.

Who Was Spartacus?

Spartacus Television Show. If you don’t know, now you know.

Stephanie Cardozo

Spartacus, the television series first aired back in 2010. This show was an immediate hit and anyone with a taste of Roman and Greek history with gore, passion, quite a bit of sex and nudity, but ultimately, an amazing storyline performed by true artists. Spartacus is the star of the show. The story begins when the Romans deceive the Thracians into joining them in the fight against the Greeks. Spartacus is then taken as a slave along with his wife when he refuses to fight for the Romans. Spartacus’s journey begins at that moment as he desperately tries to break free and get back to his wife. My husband and I spent many nights binge watching this series and it’s still one of our favorites.

If you haven’t seen this eye-popping series, click below for the trailer.

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Be Here Now: The Andy Whitfield Story


A couple of weeks ago I watched the documentary “Be Here Now”. It tells the story of Andy Whitfield, best known for his lead role in the hit television show, Spartacus, which first aired back in 2010. Andy wowed the public with his performance as Spartacus so naturally, everyone was shocked when the news of his diagnosis of Lymphoma broke.

 “When we decided to do this, we felt that if we’re going to go through something like this, let’s see what we can learn and share. Otherwise, it’s just another wasted journey.” – Vashti Whitfield

Andy and his wife decided to document his second round of treatments and while this was an extremely difficult thing to watch, it was all the more beautiful. In watching the documentary, it hit home. I remember watching my little sister go through the different stages of treatment. She was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), when she was 18 months old, and how it breaks down all the good cells in the body. Luckily, my sister has been in remission since she was four years old.

So, as I was watching Andy and his family go such a tremendous battle of life, it was both hard and relatable. The thing is, when watching this documentary, you know it doesn’t end well, and so this made it all the more difficult to get through. Andy was quite a vision to behold. He was a gorgeous man to say the very least and his acting was captivating. I was completely mesmerized by the way Andy and his wife looked upon each other and spoke to one another with this amazing outlook of life. They both had this complete faith in manifesting whatever you may want in life by simply believing it is already yours and for most, it is not something that can be believed whole heartedly. However, in their case, this is how they lived their lives and for the most part, they achieved all that they wanted. While one of these things could have been Andy living a much longer life than he was able, it seemed that they really understood and accepted that this was just a part of their journey. They chose to live their life to the absolute fullest and in doing so, they approached each day with optimism and love. You truly feel and see the beauty in their journey and while difficult, it is something I recommend all to see. It really shows the viewer that while life can be very messy, there is so much beauty to behold and it is important to enjoy all that life has to offer and accept each moment with love and gratitude.

Click below for the trailer. Watch the full documentary on Netflix.

x Steph Cardozo




Plotline in a nutshell…
It is the year 2029 and mutants are all but extinct. Logan (Hugh Jackman) is living in obscurity as a limo driver just over the Mexican border, while also taking care of (Professor) Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). He is approached by a woman, who previously worked for a company called “Alkili-Transigen”, a front for the Canadian Weapon X program that was responsible for the “weapon” Logan became. She entrusts him with an 11 year old girl, Laura (X-23) with the goal of getting her to the Canadian border so that she might cross to “Eden”, a “safe haven” of sorts for the few remaining mutants.

That being said, I have been a MAJOR fan of Logan/Wolverine since the early 80’s. Hell, he was my first tattoo. So for me this film was a bit personal. When they made the first X-Men film my first thought was “If they get Wolverine right the rest will take care of itself”. Then, they cast Hugh Jackman. Right from the start, miscast in the eyes of many Wolverine fans. Too tall. Logan is supposed to be around 5’4″.  But in that first scene in the bar, I was convinced. And in the years and films that have followed Jackman has more than earned his stripes. He took the character seriously and yet also made it his own. Unfortunately, the “Wolverine” we’ve seen in the X-men films has been decent but not quite right. He’s been “watered down”.  His last film “The Wolverine” was as close to the good old John Byrne/Frank Miller days as we’ve gotten.

And now we have LOGAN.  We have the Logan we’ve been waiting on for years. It’s brutal, it’s raw, it’s violent, and yet it’s also sweet and nostalgic. Logan is the movie the fans deserved and been waiting for. It’s appropriate that it’s simply titled “Logan” because it’s simply about the man, not the superhero. Especially poignant is his relationship with Xavier. Because it subtly reminds us that Logan’s trust, loyalty and respect is HARD earned. So when we see how he’s taken on the role of Xavier’s caretaker, we see the – if I may dare say- affectionate side of Logan. And his sense of hard-earned loyalty.

All in all I consider this the BEST of the X-men series of films. Well written, acted, and directed.  Also, Dafne Keen as Laura? For her age, she was amazing. Straight up mesmerizing. Despite this being a comic book film, Hugh Jackman could easily garner a nomination for a Golden Globe or Oscar.  Possibly his best performance ever (and that’s saying a lot).

Much like Stallone did with Rocky Balboa and Rambo, Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold say goodbye to Logan with respect, dignity and grace.



Current Television Obsession: February 2017

I apologize for posting February’s C.T.O. so late. Every time I would try and write this, something always came up. But finally it’s here. Enjoy. 😘❤️



What a pleasant surprise! Marvel, regardless of studio (Disney or Fox) is dominating television, with their comic book related shows on major networks like ABC, F/X and Netflix. Everywhere you turn, a superhero show is staring at you in the face. I’ll start off by saying that I never read any “Legion” related comics and barely knew about the character. The only thing I knew was that he has multiple personalities and is a telepath. Oh, and Charles Xavier’s son. Spoiler Alert. After watching the pilot episode, I found myself to be really confused and kind of creeped out by the guy with yellow eyes. I am caught up now and I won’t lie, I am still a bit confused by David. I want to know is it really all in his head? Is he legit crazy pants? Was his dad abusive? Who is the creepy black and white storybook character? Who is the guy with yellow eyes? Is it all just David and his personalities? None of these questions have been answered so far but and because of that, and the way the show is filmed, it leaves me intrigued and I continue to watch. I want more than 50 minutes. Give me a 2 hour show. I have so many questions with little to no answers. Needless to say, I’m hooked.

Synopsis: David Haller (Dan Stevens) was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age and has been a patient in various psychiatric hospitals since. After Haller has an encounter with a fellow psychiatric patient, he is confronted with the possibility that there may be more to him than mental illness. (via Wikipedia)


Santa Clarita Diet

I haven’t really seen anyone talk about “Santa Clarita Diet” and I don’t know why. It was released on February 3, 2017 on Netflix and it stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant switching roles as actors. What I mean by that is that I’ve never seen Drew playing a role of a zombie and Timothy as the timid husband. Usually it is reversed. Both actors are doing a great job at playing a character none of us have really seen. This season is 10 episodes long and leaves you on a cliffhanger. When the last episode finished, I was expecting another one to come on and sure enough, I was “Dick Wolf’ed”. (Law & Order creator who would end each episode without closure. I use it as a verb. It works.) This show kind of has an Evil Dead type of feel. They don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s very campy, jokes are a bit childish but still funny and the effects team is AMAZING. The goriness of the bodies and blood is very realistic. I am not that person that has to turn away from those types of scenes but at some points with this show, I had to. Since its release, I’ve seen the entire season twice. The first time alone and the second time with Brendan. I raved about the show and he ended up liking it as well. If you like films like Army of Darkness then give Santa Clarita Diet a chance. Its only 20 minutes an episode.

Synopsis: Married couple Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. The couple’s lives take a dark turn after Sheila goes through a transformation – becoming a zombie who feeds on human flesh. (via Wikipedia)


Medici: Masters of Florence

 I really really really wanted to like this show but I just couldn’t. I watched 4 episodes (I don’t give up easily) and the story is quite monotone. The actors are decent, not terrible, the setting is beautiful, the story is okay but the delivery is just kind of boring.  I guess I was spoiled with The Tudors because THAT show was amazing. Medici just didn’t do it for me. I debated finishing the miniseries, I only have 2 episodes left, but I just don’t feel like wasting my time. I didn’t care enough to invest more time.

Synopsis: The series is set in 15th century Florence. The protagonist, Cosimo (Richard Madden) is elected head of the Florentine Republic in 1434. Cosimo inherited the Bank of Medici from his father Giovanni (Dustin Hoffman), who has been mysteriously poisoned. Through various flashbacks (20 years prior), we see how the relationships between Giovanni, Cosimo and his very much involved brother, Lorenzo (Stuart Martin) are with each other and how it affects them and the people of Florence in the future.

Follow Up from January’s C.T.O

The Americans: I am completely caught up to where now I have to wait every week for an episode. Ugh. I just love a good t.v binge. I wouldn’t say the show is great because honestly, I don’t think it is. But something about it keeps me interested.

Z: The Beginning of Everything: I finished the entire season and it is a good show but I wished they had gone more into the story between F. Scott and Zelda and demise that is to come. The writers probably left that for season 2. If someone asked me if this show was worth trying, my response would be “Only if you liked F. Scott as a writer”.



Post Oscars 2017

And the Oscar went to… 

  • Best Picture: Hidden Figures Moonlight
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Ruth Negga. Loving Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Dev Patel, Lion Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea Viola Davis, Fences
  • Animated Feature Film: Moana Zootopia
  • Cinematography: La La Land
  • Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Directing: Arrival La La Land
  • Makeup and Hairstyling: Star Trek Beyond Suicide Squad
  • Music (Original Song): “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls “ “City of Stars” La La Land
  • Visual Effects: Rouge One: A Star Wars Story The Jungle Book
  • Writing (Adaptive Screenplay): Hidden Figures Moonlight
  • Writing (Original Screenplay): Hell or High Water Manchester by the Sea

*In red are the  winners I did not predict*

And just like that, the Oscars are over, but not without a bang. Viola Davis and Mahershala Ali gave great speeches. Not political and from the heart. Viola even brought me to tears. Even though they were not my choice for their nominated categories, they are both still phenomenal actors who are finally being recognized on the highest level.

Jimmy Kimmel continuing to mess with his friend Matt Damon will never get old. Also, kudos to Jimmy for bringing in some unexpected fans into the theater, for a once in a lifetime tour bus ride to the see the most famous people in the world, all in one room. That was a super cool moment.

Lastly, about that Best Film flub. Talk about great television. It was like a train wreck. I wanted neither film to win. I thought they were both overrated. I will say that I do feel badly for Warren Beatty. He was confused, for good reason, and then tried to read the correct envelope to only have it snatched from his hand (quite rudely)  and still had the courage to apologize in front of everyone. What a man. Mr. Beatty should get an apology for the disrespect. Not because he is a legendary actor but because he is an elder man, and at the end of the day, you don’t treat your elders that way.

Hopefully this year we get the same amount of great films or more for next year’s Oscars. Until then, just grab a beer and catch a movie at the theater….. Logan in 3 days!


Till next year Oscar

Oscars 2017

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With the Oscars airing this Sunday, everyone here at Sup, Nerds! from Brendan and me to our guest blogger Stephanie, made it a mission to watch all of the films nominated for the categories listed below.

And the Oscar goes to… 

  • Best Picture: Hidden Figures
  • Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Actress in a Leading Role: Ruth Negga. Loving
  • Actor in a Supporting Role: Dev Patel, Lion
  • Actress in a Supporting Role: Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
  • Animated Feature Film: Moana
  • Cinematography: La La Land
  • Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Directing: Arrival
  • Makeup and Hairstyling: Star Trek Beyond
  • Music (Original Song): “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls
  • Visual Effects: Rouge One: A Star Wars Story
  • Writing (Adaptive Screenplay): Hidden Figures
  • Writing (Original Screenplay): Hell or High Water


To be honest, the only film we did not get to was “Fences”. I love Viola Davis. I feel she is beyond talented and is finally getting the recognition she deserves and earned. Nevertheless, the movie simply did not grab my attention. As for the Best Film category, the main event of the Oscars, it was hard deciding between “Hidden Figures” or “Hell or High Water”. Both couldn’t be more different but both also gave the audience something new to watch. For me personally, Hidden Figures taught me something new about our history. The truly inspiring story of these 3 women, who changed history and whom history forgot about is sad. However, I am glad that their story is being shared for everyone to know and remember their names, forever.

This was definitely a first for us, to watch and review most of the Oscar nominated films, especially since we pride ourselves on not caring what the Academy thinks. Most of the time, the films nominated are overrated and too artsy fartsy. This year was different. Original content was created and thank goodness the Oscars woke up and took notice.

We hope you liked our Oscars 2017 coverage. Now, let’s see who wins. 🍿🎥🏆