Hello, my name is Andrew Jara. I am trying to be a writer/director. I made a film named "Last Days" that i'm trying to bring some press to.

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Synopsis:  A comedian tries to help real stories with insane ideas. 

What Series: 2

Review: I’m going to talk about Nathan for You as a series so far as I didn’t find this show until recently and pretty much watched Season 1 and 2 together. Which is okay because there is no real story.  This is kind of a reality comedy, much like Da Ali G, where the show centers around playing with the audience and helping real struggling businesses. You may have heard of Dumb Starbucks, well that was part of this show. 

Initially I didn’t want to watch this show as I thought it was mean spirited and taking advantage of struggling businesses.  That’s what I originally thought but that’s not really the case.  Sure even though the business may be part of the joke, the satire goes far deeper. 

What Nathan for You is satirizing our culture and where we are.  The big joke is that these businesses letting this guy do the things he does such as setting a yogurt shop up with a poop flavor?  There is hardly any fight there and the more people that agree with his plans, the more you kind of see what authority we can give away.  

But going deeper, he’s making fun of the idea of marketing and even human nature.  I mean where are we that we try to take advantage of a deal like in one episodes he offers 100 dollars to anyone that doesn’t think a 10 dollar burger is the best burger ever.  Of course people try to take advantage of it, even when saying they liked the burger or are taking the burger home to eat later, but it’s not the best burger! And we feel we are entitled to 90 dollars of profit just because advertising told us to.  It’s insane if you take a step back, and when Nathan brings out the worker he has to fire to give the customers 100 dollars he gives them a clear example of the destruction of our entitlement.  

A running joke is that people will not read contracts so he puts stuff in there that will make them liable for his schemes.  Again it’s funny but it also shines a light on how we don’t really read anything anymore.  He also plays a lot with accountability as when he sets up a no sharing movie popcorn rule and then goes around the theater with a light to enforce it.  Sure he’s taking things to an extreme but isn’t that what we were doing when we wanted 100 dollars for a 10 dollar burger?  He’s throwing our crazy back at us and it’s great.  

Nathan for You might seem kind of dumb or mean on the outside but it’s really a show about the human condition. 

If you guys know me at all, you know I love the Challenge.  I like the Challenge the way others like Football, I get really into it, follow my favorites and get sad when it’s not here.  That’s why it makes me very sad to say, Diem Brown, a regular on the show has cancer again. 

Diem Brown had very publicly been battling cancer on the show and would come in during remission. But she never used it to get ahead. She wanted to be taken seriously and without pity. It was actually very uplifting to watch, she wouldn’t let her disease control her.  

Also she had an on again off again thing going with CT, another regular.  One of my favorite parts of the series is during one episode, Diem and CT are in a pool.  Diem had been wearing wigs up until that point but CT tells her to take it off. To be real, and it just makes her feel whole again. Like she didn’t have to hide. It was pretty great. 

So it’s really sad to hear she’s struggling again.  It hit me harder than I thought, mostly because I saw her as a success story and it feels like it’s still haunting her.  I hope she gets better soon and I’m rooting for her. 

Synopsis:  Ryan learns the truth about Wilfred as this amazing series takes it’s swan song.

What Season: Final Season. 

Review: Let me be real for a bit.  Last year was rough.  I got so depressed and hit with such anxiety I had to move, I couldn’t leave my house, I couldn’t go out at night and I was having panic attacks a lot.  But I could still laugh, I could still have fun, I was just hollow inside. Adding to the fact that I felt so alone because I couldn’t relate to anyone. I mean I wasn’t crying nonstop or throwing myself in a pool to cry like in the movies so I couldn’t be depressed (also I couldn’t afford a doctor.)

But then I realized Wilfred is probably the closest we’ll get to showing real depression and anxiety on television.  I mean Ryan still laughs, he has fun, he loves but there is something wrong with him and in this final season we finally getting around to dealing with that.  

The last season may have been the weakest but that’s mostly because it had so many things to tie up.  Weakest is a strong word, I think it’s more that this season isn’t for newbies and it shouldn’t be. It’s for giving the fans an ending or closure.  Basically a reason to end.  I think it did a great job.  

Series Finale: Resistance/Happiness (spoilers) I’ve tried not to spoil anything but talking about the finale I have to so be warned. Okay so at the end, we find out that Wilfred was just kind of Ryan’s imagination and was always a dog.  The cult was a misdirect.  But that’s not really important (I actually wish they hadn’t said anything either way) because the show was always about Ryan finding happiness. Even if happiness meant having an imaginary friend that he talks to.  But I think that’s a special message! I mean not everyone is the same and we are all chasing different things so maybe that’s what’s important. Finding what makes US happy, what is important to US, even if others don’t agree. I think that’s pretty beautiful.      

Series Overall: I think what made the series so great was the jokes.  Like I said up there the show dealt with some pretty heavy themes, mostly mental health, but also death, crime, drug abuse and being unhappy in marriage. And with all those themes running it would be easy for the show to get lost in it’s own mythos.  But it never does.  It still has humor and really funny jokes. I mean it gets downright goofy sometimes with poop and weed jokes being a major theme as well.  Again I love that it plays with the theme that depression and anxiety are an underlying problem that is never gone but it’s always at the forefront. I really think Wilfred is important and everyone should give it a shot. 

Thank you Wilfred. For a wonderful and moving show. You’ll be missed. 

Synopsis:  Westeros deals with the fall out of a war as the real battle rages on.

What Season: 4

Review: So a lot of people have talked about how bad Game of Thrones has gotten in the always hating image of the internet. But I think that depends on what you like about Game of Thrones.  Me personally I thought this was one of the better seasons.  I mean last season they had the Red Wedding and that’s pretty much the biggest thing that happens in all the books so we’re never going to have a huge event like that for awhile. But that’s good because that’s what makes them so effective. 

No this season is all about the aftermath of the war and how everyone is dealing with things. That’s not to say there’s isn’t a lot of things going on. We have some big deaths, a lot of character turn arounds and the trial of Tyrion Lannister.  The show continues to be smart and have a world that is mainly shades of grey.  

Worst Episode: The Children To me the season finale was probably the weakest but to be fair it always is.  I think because after all that, the season finales always feel like a lead up to the next season. That’s not to say it’s bad and this one had more going on than before but it still didn’t compare to the episodes that took before it.  It didn’t help that it didn’t wrap up Tyrion until after taking us to Bran and Jon, and after spending a whole episode on the wall it felt like too much of a cock tease.  So I kept trying to rush the episode until we got to the real stuff.        

Favorite Episode: The Laws of Gods and Men So this is where Tyrion gives his big speech and Peter Dinklage reminds us that he deserves all the awards.  He manages to pack so much into so little and remind us what’s important in this show.  If there was a main theme in Game of Thrones, it’s that we can’t control destiny. It doesn’t matter how good of a Stark we are or how bad of a Joffery we are, a million other things will always factor into our lives or lack thereof.  That’s what makes Tyrion’s speech about trial by combat so important. Because once again, the back dealings and others’ action were about to set his life down a path on the wall.  But once he was given the final insult of Shae, he decided that he was going to take destiny into his own hands. He was going to spit in the fact of other’s actions even if it meant his death, because it would be his own.  I can’t think of a better thing than that.     

Trivia: Next Season will be a mix of the next two books. 

Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Free Agents

Plot: Every member is one their own as the Challenge takes it’s players to Uruguay. 

Review: So this is something I don’t talk about much: I love the challenge. Sure I stopped watching the Real World years ago and never watched the Road Rules but that hasn’t stopped me from loving this. I watch the Challenge the way other people watch the World Cup.  I pick favorites, get inspired and follow the best ones.  

So what is this show?  It’s basically a game show featuring old members of both shows where they have to do a lot of physical and sometimes mental activities. Also every show someone gets eliminated until there are three left. It’s like crack. 

I think the reason I like it more than any other reality show is that the same people come back again and again. So we see someone like CT go from the crazy guy to the grounded one or Cara Maria go from a whiny useless stone to a very competitive great player, who still is kind of whiny.  You grow with these guys and it makes it that much more important when they are in the draw. Also the activities are super hard!  The host, TJ Lavin, actually loves when the challenges are hard and judges the contestants. If they quit or do a good job, he makes sure to comment on it.  It makes the whole thing seem more raw and real, which the parent shows seem to have lost.  

I don’t know why I’m talking about this show. If you didn’t know about these people, I don’t know why you would watch this. So maybe I just wanted to talk about something I love?  Yeah I think so but that’s a good enough reason to do anything! 

See you in the draw! 

Fargo: Season 1
Plot: An insurance salesman finds himself in a world of crime around Fargo. 
Review: Fargo the tv show biggest problem is Fargo the movie. It never quite lives up to the greatness of the movie which would have been hard because that film is one of the best movies ever.  In fact, the series is at it’s worst when it’s trying to emulate the style of the Coen Brothers.   
But that’s not to say it’s bad. When it decides to be it’s own thing, it works great.  The acting and the show direction is all top notch and it has some great episodes.  I just don’t have much to say about it.  
Overall Fargo was a good show that was worth a watch even if it’ll never live up to it’s namesake’s movie. 

Fargo: Season 1

Plot: An insurance salesman finds himself in a world of crime around Fargo. 

Review: Fargo the tv show biggest problem is Fargo the movie. It never quite lives up to the greatness of the movie which would have been hard because that film is one of the best movies ever.  In fact, the series is at it’s worst when it’s trying to emulate the style of the Coen Brothers.   

But that’s not to say it’s bad. When it decides to be it’s own thing, it works great.  The acting and the show direction is all top notch and it has some great episodes.  I just don’t have much to say about it.  

Overall Fargo was a good show that was worth a watch even if it’ll never live up to it’s namesake’s movie. 

Orange is the new Black: Season 2
Plot: Piper continues her prison sentence as a new villain comes in by the name of Vee. 
Review: Okay I’m just going to say it.  You’re gonna hate me for saying it but I have to say it:  Orange is the New Black season two sucks.  It really sucks.  Sure the performances are still great as every actor does what they can with what they are given but that doesn’t save the series.  It almost feels like a parody of the first season.  Where the first season wanted to be subversive of stereotypes, season 2 decides to revel in them.  Even characters that were great in season one becomes a bit of a joke in season 2.  Oh wait the black character was a sassy black TSA agent?  Is this an episode of American Dad! without the irony?  Or the fact that Mexican candles seem to be some type of voodoo ritual that isn’t even the right stereotype!
Worst of all is the big bad of the season in Dee. Listen if you’re going to introduce someone and have the whole “is she good or bad” thing maybe don’t have her look and act like Sideshow Bob.  I mean the fact that I keep comparing this show to cartoons should tell you how the story telling is.
Then there’s Piper.  I mean in the first season she was annoying but now she is downright evil.  I mean I guess we’re supposed to be invested in the whole “Alex/Piper” love story but why?  They constantly screw each other over and then act like it didn’t matter. I know love is strong but is it stupidly strong?  Because these two should hate each other?  I can understand if they explained it or explored it but no they love or hate each other depending on that specific scene. 
Worst of all the show just didn’t matter.  If you just saw the first two episode and the last episode, you would get basically everything that happened. I mean by the end of the season, Alex is coming back and Red seems to be ready to be in charge again as opposed to the last season were Alex was there? and Red was in charge?  Wait.. so nothing mattered!?
Sure there are good points, the acting like I said and Big Boo manages to stand out, mostly by fighting her stereotype. 

Orange is the new Black: Season 2

Plot: Piper continues her prison sentence as a new villain comes in by the name of Vee. 

Review: Okay I’m just going to say it.  You’re gonna hate me for saying it but I have to say it:  Orange is the New Black season two sucks.  It really sucks.  Sure the performances are still great as every actor does what they can with what they are given but that doesn’t save the series.  It almost feels like a parody of the first season.  Where the first season wanted to be subversive of stereotypes, season 2 decides to revel in them.  Even characters that were great in season one becomes a bit of a joke in season 2.  Oh wait the black character was a sassy black TSA agent?  Is this an episode of American Dad! without the irony?  Or the fact that Mexican candles seem to be some type of voodoo ritual that isn’t even the right stereotype!

Worst of all is the big bad of the season in Dee. Listen if you’re going to introduce someone and have the whole “is she good or bad” thing maybe don’t have her look and act like Sideshow Bob.  I mean the fact that I keep comparing this show to cartoons should tell you how the story telling is.

Then there’s Piper.  I mean in the first season she was annoying but now she is downright evil.  I mean I guess we’re supposed to be invested in the whole “Alex/Piper” love story but why?  They constantly screw each other over and then act like it didn’t matter. I know love is strong but is it stupidly strong?  Because these two should hate each other?  I can understand if they explained it or explored it but no they love or hate each other depending on that specific scene. 

Worst of all the show just didn’t matter.  If you just saw the first two episode and the last episode, you would get basically everything that happened. I mean by the end of the season, Alex is coming back and Red seems to be ready to be in charge again as opposed to the last season were Alex was there? and Red was in charge?  Wait.. so nothing mattered!?

Sure there are good points, the acting like I said and Big Boo manages to stand out, mostly by fighting her stereotype. 

Veep: Season 3

Plot: The inner workings of the first female vice president. 

Review: I started watching Veep mostly because of Seinfeld and also you find out that Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the best comedic actors right now, it wasn’t just Larry David’s writing! But at season three, I found out something else… 

There are no good people on Veep.  I think there is running thought that everyone working in politics is only in it for themselves.  Which Veep does perfectly.  Everyone is just jumping from mistake to mistake and trying to do enough to not get fired with the least amount of people hating you.  This allows the show to lampoon everyone and pull no punches.  It’s probably the wittiest show right now and it’s worth a watch. 

Also Sarah Sutherland as the Veep’s daughter is super pretty!