Top 10 series to watch right now!

Hi guys,

I LOVE watching series. It all started 4 years ago when I began my journey at film school. I was at film school and I took up series watching- Kind of ironic…  The timing of my new hobby could not have been better because we have seen such a rise in phenomenal series creation in the past few years. From comedy to drama, to horror and mystery, there really is a series for everyone out there!

I get asked so often what I am watching or what is good to watch because I do not enjoy watching rubbish. Therefore, I have decided to put together a list of my top 10 favourite series that I am watching right now. There are so many different series to choose from that I love! However, if I had to list every single one of my favourite shows you would be reading forever. So I have tried to limit my list to series that are on TV currently, or that can be found on streaming platforms like Netflix and Showmax. So here goes…

10.  Sex and the City

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I recently started binge watching this classic series and I am so glad that I did! Women power is on trend right now (and forever) and this series is just full of it. Four friends sharing and enjoying all of life’s ups and downs together. What is there not to love?

9. The Bold Type

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If you have read some of my other posts, you would notice that I am a fan of Freeform and the TV that they create. Well, the network has signed on to air another wonderful Series called ‘The Bold Type.’ Following on in the spirit of Girl power, The Bold Type follows three girls on their career journey at a high fashion magazine. Apparently, this series is loosely based on the lives of the Girls who work at Cosmopolitan magazine. Whether this is true, I cannot confirm, however, I can say that if you are looking for a light and yet touching series to binge watch on a Saturday night, this is the series for you.

8.  Fuller House

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Do you remember the old hit show ‘Full House?’ Well, three seasons ago, Netflix decided to resurrect the much-loved characters from this fun and family loving show and create a spin-off titled ‘Fuller House.’ The new version is filled with the same heart and soul which caused everyone to fall in love with the original. Family, Love, laughter and a whole lot of awww moments are what this series is made off!

7. Jane the Virgin

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I have written about this hilarious series before and I am mentioning it yet again. The reason for this is because this series is just so heartwarming. The story is sweet but it is the chemistry and talent of the cast that makes this series one of my favourites. The show has just embarked on their fourth season and I cannot wait to see what Jane gets up to next. Gina Rodriguez has done such an amazing job of creating such a relatable and lovable character that I just want to be best friends with Jane and sit around having coffee watching little Mateo play… (Watch the show, you will know what I mean)

6. Supergirl

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Ok, so I know there are many people out there who are not convinced of this show. I have heard many different (negative) comments about Supergirl and while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I must admit that I love this show. It is one of my favrotie super hero shows on TV at the moment and I am not ashamed to admit it. Considering all the girl power that is spread across the universe at the mooment, why should there not be a Supergirl on our screens?

5. Riverdale

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It is not often that I love a pilot episode of a Series. However, with only 2 episodes into this mysterious show, I know it is going to be a goody! The pilot episode was so great. The show is based on the old Archy comics and it really is wonderful to see these much-loved characters come to life in the way that they do. I know season two is coming out with a bang, but since I am behind I am just going to enjoy my leisurely stroll across the small town of Riverdale. I will keep you posted!

4. Scandal/ The Fixer

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First, we need to establish something. I am a complete Shonda Rhimes Fanatic. Her book ‘Year of Yes’ is basically my second Bible and her talent to tell stories motivates me every day. Scandal, or the Fixer as we know it in South Africa, is one of her best shows. Olivia Pope is a force to be reckoned with and being able to watch her ‘handle’ every situation that is thrown her way is fantastic. Unfortunately, however, the show is scheduled to end after this season and although I will be sad to see Olivia and her gladiators leave my TV schedule, I know that it is for the greater good of the show and well Shonda said so…

3. This is us

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Do you remember last year a show about an unconventional Family took over the series world? If you do not remember, that is ok. Just trust me and get your hands on ‘This is us’ season 1. This show is an important piece of entertainment and I say that because the issues that the show tackles and the way in which the creators do so, is brilliant. Adoption, Weight issues, alcoholism, family, love, marriage, death, friendship and career struggles. You name it, it is there. This show is a tear-jerker, however, in the most beautiful way. When watching this show you do not only cry because there are sad moments but you cry because even the happy moments are so damn truthful!

2.  Younger

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Surprisingly, not many people have heard of this show. I say surprisingly because it has a cast full of stars, a story that makes you want to know how it ends and fashion that is out of this world. Sutton Foster plays Liza Miller, 40-year-old publicists who pretend to be in her 20s for the sake of the job. Sutton, who is a Broadway star, takes on this role with such poise. I happen to think it is her best TV role yet! Hillary Duff also makes a comeback, playing Liza’a best friend, and it is great to watch her on TV again. This show is entering their fifth season and I am very happy that they are. If you are looking for a lighthearted, funny and fashionable series to curl up with after a long day at work. ‘Younger’ has you covered.

10. GREY’S ANATOMY!!!

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When trying to decide what my favourite series is, it is a pretty easy decision. If you have never watched ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ then I am sorry and suggest that you give it a try. The show has just started their 14th season! This show is basically iconic. Shonda Rhimes created this medical drama in the hopes of diversifying TV. ‘Grey’ Anatomy” was one of the first shows to show people that race, religion or sexual orientation is not exclusive and does not really matter at the end of the day. Anyone can be anything. A model can be a fantastic doctor, a lesbian woman can believe in G-d, a commitment-phobe can get married and an academic genius who happens to be Korean and raised in a Jewish home can run her own hospital in Switzerland. I rewatch this brilliant show on a regular basis and it always amazes me that I can rewatch the same episode a hundred times and still find something new that I relate to… Grey’s Anatomy you have my heart ❤

And there you have it, my top 10 favourite shows on TV right now. Let me know what you think of my top 10 picks and let me know if you have any suggestions of shows I should watch. I would love to hear them!

xxx

Natalia

(All images courtesy of google)

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Nik Rabinowitz at the Goliath Comedy club -26th August

I have wanted to catch a live comedy act show at The Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch for ages now. But as it happens, life has seemed to always get in the way. You know the usual… however this week I needed a great night out after a long hard week and I caught an advert on Facebook for Nik’s one-man show ‘Forty fied’ which he was performing in this past weekend. Having seen Nik perform before, I knew that his comedy would be top notch and I was really excited to try something new rather than the usual dinner and a movie.

I have been a fan of Roast Café for a while now. I love their coffee, their drinks and the vibe there. It feels almost retro but completely cosmopolitan at the same time which I love. I have also heard time and time again that their baking is some of the best around town. (so if you ever try it, let me know if it stands up to the talk!) The combination of the awesome café with some live comedy is defiantly a combination I want to take advantage of.

For those of you who are not familiar with the Roast Café and Goliath Comedy club combo, it goes as follows. During the day the café is open for anyone to pop past for a great cup of coffee, a slice of cake or some delicious eats. Then on Friday and Saturday nights, the back of the restaurant gets transformed into a vibey comedy club. The club is owned by the famously hilariously Goliath Family and if you are lucky you get to witness one of the Goliath brothers share their talents on stage. If you are hungry you can enjoy dinner with your comedy or simply indulge in a few delicious cocktails while you laugh yourself a six pack.

Last night the show consisted of Nic Goliath as MC and a brilliant opening act by an up and coming female comedian. She was so funny. And it was so great to see some female energy up on stage. For the main act, Nik was on point last night! He was absolutely hilarious. The point that impressed me the most, however, was the way he read the room. Nik being as openly Jewish as we know him to be recognized that majority of his audience was bound to be Jewish. He made the most of this throwing the lingo, the phrases and the stories out there so that every ‘Yid’ in the room was in stitches. It was fantastic. He spoke for over an hour and I promise you that it was just as good as running at the gym.

I was so impressed by the café’s efficiency at providing all the show goers with such great service and an overall wonderful experience. It was one of my favorite nights out this year and hopefully, I will be visiting the comedy club and the café many more times in the coming future.

For more information about the comedy club and to book your next visit you can visit their website:  www.goliathcomedyclub.com

*Lights out*

Natalia

xxx

 

The play that goes wrong (2017)

Hi everyone,

So this is a super exciting review to write! Last night I went to go see “The play that goes wrong” at the theater at Montecasino. A couple of years ago the British company of this same production did a scene at the annual Queen’s Variety performance. I remember laughing myself silly. When I saw that this play was being put on at Montecasino I jumped at the opportunity and booked tickets right away- luckily I did because the performance we went to was sold out. ( 15 April 2017)

The play is about a play that goes horribly wrong. Everything you can imagine going wrong goes wrong. From the actors forgetting their lines to the stage hands forgetting to set props- even the sound and lighting techs forget to do their jobs. It is a wonderful comedy of errors with a few story plots in between. The play is directed by Alan Comittie and he has done a fantastic job of creating these epically comedically timed moments throughout the show.

The cast is relatively small however dynamite comes in small packages. The performances I enjoyed the most last night were Russel Savadier who played the detective, Craig Jackson who played two roles- the gardener and brother of the man in question and Robert Fridjhon who played Thomas Colleymoore. However, the entire cast had wonderful chemistry which really made the play tick.

There were many elements that I really loved about this play. The way that the set fell to pieces was hysterical and so well timed and the way the actors ‘improvised’ their performance was brilliant. However the element I loved the most was the experiential element of this production. This production was not just a walk in sit down and watch sort of play. It was a complete experience. From the moment the audience walks up to the theater, there are signs of things going wrong.

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The signs are the wrong way round, audience members are given the wrong seat numbers to create confusion and stage hands are still busy trying to fix broken pieces of scenery on stage. All these elements make for a wonderful experience which is so important when one visits the theater.  Another element I noticed was how backstage was set up. There were moments in the play that the audience are able to see bits of backstage. Even the backstage is set up in correlation with the theme of the play.

This play was PERFECT for me. Whenever I visit the theater I enjoy looking for mistakes or ‘things that go wrong’ because it makes me feel like there is an extra bit of humanity within the craft. In this instance, EVERYTHING goes wrong which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. By the reaction of the audience Last night I think everyone enjoyed it just as much as I did. The theater was literally vibrating from all the laughter coming from the audience. I think that the whole team behind this production can take it as the highest of compliments. Being able to keep a packed audience howling with laughter for the entire duration of the play is pure talent.

This wonderfully funny play is on at Montecasino until the end of the month. If I were you I would book tickets right away- your stomach muscles will thank you after…

(Tickets are available through computicket)

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

Shrek the Musical at Gold Reef City

Hi guys,

Yesterday my girls and I decided to go on a girl’s day. We went to go see the musical “Shrek” that is on at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City. I had seen the Broadway version of this show before and have watched many behind the scene videos about the production. I was really excited to see it right here live in South Africa because I had seen what a complex production it is to put together.

The musical brings everyone’s favourite Ogre and fairy tale friends to life in such a ‘shrektacular’ way. The production is extremely aesthetically exciting as well as funny and charming. When Shrek the movie first came out in 2001, it pushed so many boundaries. It changed the face of traditional fairy tales because the princess does not end up with the prince, she ends up with the ugly Ogre. It also showed so many new and interesting techniques in animation that it won the first ever academy award for an animation feature film in 2002.

With a film so unique and special it only made sense to turn it into a Broadway musical. The production opened on Broadway in 2008 and spent almost two years in The Broadway Theatre. The original cast included the amazing Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona and the wonderful Brian Darcey James as Shrek. During 2010 and 2011 the production toured the USA and played on the west end in London. After a successful tour, the rights for the musical were opened up to theatres all over the world. The production has been put on in countries like Israel, Madrid, Sydney and Budapest and now South Africa…. Lucky us!

After seeing this production live, I understand why it is such a thriving production and franchise. The production is very kid friendly however the humour is aimed at parents which makes the perfect combination. Kids are drawn to colour and excitement which is exactly what this production incorporates. It truly is an experience for the eyes! The set design and costumes are so bright and eye catching that I could not take my eyes off of the stage. There were no boring moments that allowed my eyes to wonder, they were hooked on the bright backdrops and over the top outfits the entire time.

Another aspect of this show, or in fact franchise, is that the characters are so relatable! Yes, it is about an Ogre, a princess and their friends. But after about the first 5 minutes you don’t see an Ogre anymore. You see a man who has always been told he does not fit in and now he is learning to be in touch with his emotions. The audience does not watch an Ogre fight his way to solitude, rather they watch the emotional journey of two ‘freaks’ becoming comfortable with themselves and each other. It is actually pretty deep once you think about it…

The story embraces difference and emotions in such a beautiful way. Every character has a back story that comes through, even the fairy-tale creatures. Because of the back stories we understand the context that the characters are in so much more clearly. The song “I think I got you beat” that Shrek and Fiona sing is a brilliant example of this. In the song they try and beat each other on who had the worst childhood. it quickly becomes obvious that they both had equally difficult childhoods and because of it have more in common than other one of them thought. This scene particularly is a really lovely turning moment in the show. We watch as Fiona becomes less fairy-tale princess and more real and Shrek becomes less scary Ogre and more emotional.

As I was watching the show yesterday I kept think of how professional it all felt. I genuinely felt like I was watching a show that could hold its own next to any current Broadway or west end production. Everything was on point. The only criticism I could give the production is that it felt a bit to long for a child orientated show. The show was almost 3 hours long and I feel like that is a long time to sit still for children. Luckily though the music and bright colours managed to keep majority of the children still for 80% of the production.

All in all, this production really is a must see during the July Holidays. It is completely family friendly and I guarantee everyone will enjoy it. There is a Princess for the girls, a hero for the boys, humour for mom and dad and music for everyone in-between! The show is running at the Lyric Theatre in Gold Reef City till the 17th of July.

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

 

The Intern (2015)

The intern (starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway) is a comedy about a successful CEO of a internet shopping site and a retired man in his 70s. The two cross paths when the company decides to start a senior intern program. We watch as the 2 protagonists form an unlikely bond that can only be described as meant to be.

I was in the mood for something funny and happy. The type of movie that is being shown less and less because people just want action. I had seen the trailer for this film and jumped at the chance of watching the preview screening. The film starts off as most comedies do. With a sweet story that is used to establish the first character. I loved how the characters were quickly established and the audience did too. It is amazing to watch a audience respond so quickly to characters. I feel that the quicker a character is established and the quicker the audience grasp the character, the quicker they relate.

I watched the movie thinking I want my own Ben Wittaker to drive me around and fetch me chicken soup. He was such a well written character and I enjoyed watching as he helped the other characters in the film. Robert De Niro, who plays Ben, really allowed the caring and compassionate nature of the character to come out in his performance. And as for Jules Ostin, played by Anne Hathaway, she had such a lovely essence. It was wonderful to watch a protagonist be so down to earth. I sometimes feel that protagonist’s are played as big heros which for me detracts from the personality of the character but Anne Hathaway managed to tone down the hero aspect and focused a lot more on the human aspect which really worked for her and the film.

I must say I loved the movie. It wasn’t the greatest piece of cinema I had ever witnessed but it was innocent and happy. In terms of the technicality of the film, the editing was smooth and strait forward and the cinematography was typical comedy. Lots of reaction shots and two shots but it worked. Why go against a formula that works? The film is a comedy and they stuck to the genre. The script was predictable however it did not worry me because I was simply just enjoying the movie. I hadn’t been to the movies in such a long time because every movie on circuit was action or heavy drama and this one seemed to break the trend. Which for me was most welcome.

Hey, Hollywood some of us still love a good lighthearted comedy!

*Lights out*

xxxthe intern