Here’s what I picked for this month, including short reviews:
How to Get Away with Murder
prod. Shonda Rhimes ft. Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, and Matt McGorry
“The brilliant and seductive defense lawyer, Annalise Keating, dominates her classroom as powerfully as she dominates the courtroom.”
Don’t let the title fool you, How to Get Away with Murder is a lot more complex under the surface. I binge watched the 1st season just before the release of the 2nd season on ABC, as recommended by a friend. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed and was instantly obsessed. The cast is all around amazing including Viola Davis (The Help), Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls), Matt McGorry (Orange is the New Black), Alfred Enoch (Harry Potter), and so much more! Producer Shonda Rhimes, who also produces Scandal, captures the audience’s attention flawlessly with intricate and scandalous writing. Personally, what really had me sold, was the setting– Philadelphia. “Philly” is my hometown and it was entertaining following Annalise Keating (Davis) and the “Keating Five” as they elude the law, catch criminals, and dominate the court room. Another aspect of How to Get Away with Murder I enjoy is that the legal terms aren’t overwhelming. So, the very inexperienced viewer, such as myself, will not get lost with all of the “legal talk.” Important terms are defined but there is a greater focus on the drama within the courtroom rather than the fictitious cases.
Some interesting facts that I couldn’t help but include: Viola Davis was the first African American woman to win an Emmy for “Best Actress in a Drama Series” due to her phenomenal acting in How to Get Away with Murder. Select scenes in the pilot episode were filmed in Philadelphia and surrounding areas; such as Bryn Mawr at Bryn Mawr College and Collegeville at Ursinus College.
1000 Forms of Fear
My favorite tracks from 1000 Forms of Fear include Big Girls Cry, Elastic Heart, and Chandelier. You may recognize the latter two as they frequent radio stations and Elastic Heart is featured on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. Sia writes such moving and emotionally powerful lyrics that I personally connect with.