PBS’s “Country Music”: Review & Podcast Friday, Sep 20 2019 

It would seem to me that to call Ken Burns an American treasure would be understatement.

The fellow has provided history and cultural perspective on any number of topics through the decades with his excellently crafted PBS documentaries.

The Vietnam War.

Jazz.

The Civil War.

To name but three.

He, along with c0-producer Dayton Duncan, have done it again.

This time the subject matter is the history and evolution and importance of Country Music.

It is 16 hours long, divided into 8 two-hour episodes. The first four aired last Sunday through Wednesday. The final four shall commence for four straight nights, starting this Sunday evening. The series can also be streamed through the middle of October at pbs.org.

It’s a brilliant piece of documentary filmmaking, and a must see for all music fans.

For more insight on the series, listen to the podcast below:

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“Los Espookys”: Review & Podcast Tuesday, Aug 27 2019 

How often have I complained about the lack of comedic movies or TV series that are both unique and actually funny?

A lot. Too much probably.

So it is with great pleasure that I introduce those who aren’t aware of the sublime pleasures of “Los Espookys.”

Which is a six episode HBO series that centers on a quirky band of characters, who stage horror scenarios.

It is all too sublime and humorous.

Significantly more detail that should lure you into streaming this gem is provided in the podcast below. Even more than usual, it will be well worth your time to listen:

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“Fleabag”: Review & Podcast Friday, Aug 9 2019 

I stopped watching the first season of this most quirky and darkly comic British TV series after a couple of episodes.

To be honest, it just wasn’t working for me.

Creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s main character whom she also portrays — no real name given, just Fleabag — struck me as too disagreeable and not a very nice person. Thus someone I didn’t feel like spending much time with.

But, so positive were the reviews for Season 2, I decided to give it another chance. It’s on Amazon Prime.

The first episode of the second go round is a perfect comedic depiction of every uncomfortable family dinner you’ve been to that blew apart because of underlying dysfunction, sibling rivalry, problems with in laws, mommy or daddy issues, parental discord or any and all of the above.

Loved it. It was too good. And the season just got better from there. Some of her redeeming social values come forth.

Waller-Bridge’s character pulls the audience in by breaking the fourth wall. She’s constantly turning her head to the camera and sharing intimacies just with us.

Often such affectations As talking to the audience can be off-putting. Here it only enhances what I will now admit is an idiosyncratic comedic gem to be savored.

Did I mention she has a tryst with a priest in a confessional?

For more perspective and detail, listen to the podcast below:

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