TV Binge: Mindhunter (Season 1, 2017)

What do you know? Back to back TV Binges this week! To be honest, I have so many TV series that I finished but never have posted from way back in January so I’m making my way sporadically through it as I see the inspiration to write it up. So here we are with the next one as I finish up a book and get a recipe post together!

Netflix series have been rather fun for the most part and since I love Criminal Minds and the behavior analysis thing, we had our eye on Mindhunter for a while so we finally got through it fairly quickly!

Mindhunter (Season 1)

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Creator: Joe Penhall

Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Anna Torv, Cameron Britton, Joseph Cross

In the late 1970s two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters. – IMDB

Before Criminal Minds hit us with their engaging Behavior Analysis Unit cases, there were these guys here that established the team that opened the path of learning about behavior analysis of the criminal mind. With that said, Mindhunter is one of the most exhilarating, entertaining and impressive shows to be on the Netflix Originals circuit and I’ve been definitely impressed with quite a bit of them. The cast stands out and the way the show is done also works really well. It is very smart to not bombard the show with a myriad of characters and keeping a few main ones so that we can truly see their character development and notice how their relationship, regardless of work or love, does change and grow. While there are cases to solve for this team and it shows up here and there, it never feels like that is the absolute highlight rather than just the way the two FBI agents are approaching each situation that they encounter.

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The core characters are the leading FBI agents, Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany). Part of the show’s dynamic is in this duo. Being least experienced, Holden tends to be more rash and make less thought out decisions while Bill tends to anticipate how to play more with the FBI guidelines and has his own bag of experience to make it work. It is in these clashes of approaches and the desire to achieve the same end goal that fleshes out their characters so well. Especially when other elements are taken here like Holden’s girlfriend Debbie (Hannah Gross) who doesn’t always have the biggest role but challenges him on some of his thoughts and calls out his crap because she doesn’t stand for particularly the change in personality as the show progresses. And of course, another key link is when they bring in Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) who brings another strong character.

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The best part of the show however do go to the duo’s time chatting up with serial killers as they try to get them to talk about their kills and find a connection in why they do it or a pattern of character traits. Its pretty amazing because as they talk to them, you can see a change in personality also particularly with Holden. The credit does go to Jonathan Groff for delivering on the subtle complexities of this character and his development along with a fantastic script for the show. It can’t be denied that the highlight of the show was the conversations with Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton). The depth and unspoken uneasy vibe with this portrayal was so amazing. An absolute showstopper performance.

There’s a lot to love about Mindhunter. Its well-written for starters. Its thought-provoking and deep with its material it tackles. And they get together a great cast that delivers on these complex characters and gives them a lot of meaning development and arcs. We are definitely waiting for Season 2.

Frozen (2013)

After a nice dinner with one of my good friends, we decided to stay in and watch a movie.  The spontaneous choice landed on Frozen.  We’re both massive Disney animation fans so why not, right? Plus, I’m pretty behind already with this.  Everyone else seems to have seen it.  I’m feeling a bit left out…

FrozenDirector: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Cast: Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciaran Hinds

Princess Elsa (Idina Menzel) and Anna (Kristen Bell) have been shut off from the rest of the world for most of their childhood lives.  Elsa is about to become of age to take over the throne and all her life, her parents have tried to teach her to conceal her magical powers.  However, a little run-in with Anna causes her to lose grip of her powers and she ends up freezing over Arendelle and causing the inhabitants to be scared of her.  Elsa escapes to hide in the mountains while she doesn’t realize the lasting effect of what she has done.  Anna goes to pursue her and gets a little help from a young ice vendor Kristoff.

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Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story The Snow Queen, Disney turns Frozen into a very charming, cute and enjoyable musical piece. I’m huge on musicals and this one had so little dialogue and so many lovely songs to carry the story that I fell in love instantly. I don’t argue that Let It Go is a powerful song because Idina Menzel is an amazing singer and she does a fine job as Elsa.  However, there were many other songs that were so much more fun.  I mean how do you get “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?” our of your head? Its been in my head on and off and I’m so glad that winter is over.

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As with many Disney movies, we have our princess.  In this case, we have the more frequently on screen Princess Anna.  She is the more laid back and naive sister.  She longs to have company after years and years of solitude.  It just makes sense that she falls for the charming Prince Hans.  He’s gentlemanly and sweet and just perfect.  Aren’t we always looking for our Prince Charming? Hans was actually one of the only questions that I’ve made about Disney movies ever. Its a bit of a **spoiler** so skip to the next paragraph where the asterisks come back to signal it, ok? I know that Elsa and Anna have no one so when Elsa runs off and Anna goes to get her, does it really make sense to trust it to Hans, a dude you just met like a few hours ago? I like the guy but I mean, she does have a lot of money and a throne so I just found it kind of weird that there was no hesitation. Anyways, I can see why she did it also because who else would she ask, right? Not “Weaseltown” for sure 😉

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**We’re back on! Now that I’ve had my little ramble. Whats an animation without talking about the actual art? Frozen was beautiful. Do I need to elaborate? The characters are done nice. The background with snow and scenery, even before the snow, Arendelle looked beautiful.  The colors were used perfectly.  It was just so pretty to look at.

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Aside from Elsa, Anna and Hans, we have some pretty fun characters.  Our silly character was Olaf.  Sure, he’s fun to see but nothing quite beats how much I love the reindeer, Sven.  He’s just the best ever.  He has all these dorky moments and paired up with Olaf or his wordless moments with Kristoff always brought a nice little giggle out of me.  Kristoff himself had an awesome voice work matched with a great character that matched really well with Princess Anna.  The bickering was thoroughly entertaining and helped me connect with them.  Of course, it goes without saying that I love the trolls and that song they sang is the other song thats stuck in my head.

Sometimes, a movie is just done really well and I love it when that happens with animations, especially Disney ones. Frozen is one of those.  There really isn’t anything to criticize except one illogical moment that I can oversee because this is a princess movie.  In a nutshell, Frozen is a beautiful animation with witty dialogue, fun and funny moments wrapped in catchy tunes and a lovely story that makes you fall in love with the characters.  I am thoroughly impressed, Disney! Awesome job! 🙂

On a side note, before I let you all go and tell me what you thought about the movie, I’d like to direct you to my new segment on my newer blog called Out of This World Travels set for every Tuesday.  This past one was the first and it was to Arendelle. Check it out HERE! Maybe you’d like to join me in some fun travels over there 🙂

Have you seen Frozen? What did you think about it? What song was your favorite?