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And Just Like That… Season 2 Review | Cringe Levels Are Down and The Sex Is Back




Just wrapped up the first three episodes of the ‘Sex and the City’ reboot, “And Just Like That…” and I must say, one thing is clear—the SEX is back! After rewatching the first season and the initial episodes of the second season, it’s evident that the show has regained its essence.

The cast includes Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, Kristin Davis as Charlotte York-Goldenblatt, Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes, Sarita Choudhury as Seema, Nicole Ari Parker as Lissa Todd Wexley (LTW), Sara Ramirez as Che Diaz, Karen Pittman as Nya Wallace, and Mario Cantone as Anthony Marintino. In the first season, the absence of the fourth musketeer, Samantha Jones (played by Kim Cattrall), was addressed as she had taken a job in London after a fallout with Carrie. However, the major bombshell came in the first episode when Carrie’s long-time love, John James Preston (played by Chris Noth), known as ‘Mr. Big,’ died from a heart attack.

Miranda’s romance with the queer non-binary comedian Che Diaz was something that did not go down well with die-hard SATC fans as it was something that Miranda would not do, especially in the last season, she leaves her husband Steve (played by David Eigenberg). But as the first season progressed, the show did begin to get a life of its own which, to me, made me want the show to have a second season.

Charlotte, in the first two episodes, continues to be herself—the Charlotte we all love. In the first two episodes, there isn’t much in terms of character development—especially when you consider the season one finale—for this mom of two.

The chemistry between Franklin (played by Ivan Hernandez) and Carrie was something to die for. I was particularly excited for the fact that Carrie was trying to move on from Big and the first two episodes explored that—though not explicitly mentioning him, but the dilemma that she was in about whether she wanted a relationship or just a casual Thursday.

Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes. Photo Credit: AJLT/Twitter

However, come the third episode, you see Carrie narrating the book she wrote after Big’s passing. Narrating the words brought back memories of the night Big died and was unable to complete reading the chapter that detailed the specifics of that horrific night. This was relatable as it highlights the inability to move on from a loved one’s death.

For Miranda, all’s not well in sunny California as Miranda’s son Brady (played by Niall Cunningham) is experiencing suicidal thoughts after his breakup with Luisa. Cracks emerge between Miranda and Che. The two, who moved to LA, for Che’s Netflix show and Miranda were constantly worried about Brady. Che dismissed Miranda’s apprehensions about Brady and all Che could say was: “He’s just a kid”?  Miranda was in full Momma bear mode while speaking to Charlotte about Brady and returning to New York.

Meanwhile, Charlotte and LTW are excited about the fact that both made a list that has been circulating in their children’s school known as the “MILF list”. This is creepy on so many levels as the two are giddy about it—which is problematic as hell. Just when you thought the writers learnt from their mistakes in the previous season, they do this—meaning little to no growth on the writers’ part.

Nya’s story intrigues me the most. Her husband is on tour and both are having a rocky marriage as they battle the most common issue that every couple faces—wanting kids. While both initially wanted children and have been trying hard to have a baby (in Season 1), Nya felt the toll of wanting a baby emotionally. In the two episodes, I’d award the most cringeworthy moment to this scene was when Nya facetime Andre and finds him with another woman in his hotel room ‘writing songs’ and he says that he hasn’t cheated on Nya yet. But then it gets worse. Andre then suggests having a surrogate with the motel girl. Credit must be given to Nya for dumping him—and good for her.  In the third episode, you see her trying to move on from her husband and coming into her own. I am starting to like her.

Whereas Seema almost ditches going to the Met Ball to meet her boyfriend Zed’s son–an important step in her relationship with her beau. But there comes a twist—he still lives with his ex-wife which normally and quite rightly so is deemed a major red flag. But Seema’s hairstylist tells her that sometimes she simply looks for red flags where she ends up ditching her longtime stylist but then comes back to him after the new stylist messed her hair up.

I liked the third episode far more than the first two episodes as it was the one that resonated most with me. The third episode dealt with the theme of loss and the fear of losing someone. From Carrie not recovering completely from Big’s death to Seema almost losing her Birkin after being mugged while walking down the street. The Birkin meant something to her—it was not about the money. The two ladies—Carrie and Seema—hang out in a pub where they spot a group of attractive Australian men.

And here we go again with Che—the verdict is out: they’re a monster! From casually revealing that they’re still married to a man to dismissing Miranda’s fears when her son has suicidal thoughts, they hit peak narcissism and yell “You ruined the family scene!” which shows how petty and self-centred they are. Moreover, their comedy is so bad that I couldn’t even fake laugh at their ‘jokes’ not to mention—constantly gaslighting Miranda in the first season. While Che has been a lot more subdued this season, still does not make me like them. I wish Ramirez sang more—perhaps that would make Che a little less annoying. But the question must be asked? Have the writers given up on the idea of forcing us to like the Che-Miranda duo? If that’s the case, I am so for it. I would have preferred Nya to be Miranda’s love interest.

Another thought that crossed my mind: while it was nice to see that the fashion is back along with the brunches, I asked myself as I watched the three episodes: “Which NYC do these characters live in?” While the second season explores mature themes like grief, I couldn’t help but wonder why these characters’ glam bubble is not being busted when the real Big Apple is not as glamorous as AJLT portrays it to be. But in a world ravaged by war and a pandemic coupled with an out-of-control cost-of-living crisis, the second season of the ‘Sex and the City’ reboot is an escape from reality.

In TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) terms, the second season so far is a lot less cringe than the first.

And Just Like That… is streaming on Max in the U.S. and in the UK, it can be streamed on Sky Comedy and Now.

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Dream Scenario | Official Trailer — A24 Starring Nicolas Cage

A hapless family man finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. When his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Paul is forced to navigate his newfound stardom.






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Lily Bird, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson

Plot Summary:

A hapless family man finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. When his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Paul is forced to navigate his newfound stardom.

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Totally Killer | Official Trailer — Available on Prime Video October 6th, 2023



Amazon Studios

The following piece was written during the 2023 Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the movie material being covered here wouldn’t exist.

Genre: Comedy Horror

Release Date: 6 October 2023

Director: Nahnatchka Khan

Writers: David Matalon, Sasha Perl-Raver & Jen D’Angelo

Distributed by: Amazon Prime Video

Production Companies: Blumhouse Television & Divide/Conquer

Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Olivia Holt, Charlie Gillespie, Lochlyn Munro, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Liana Liberato, Kelcey Mawema, Stephi Chin-Salvo, Anna Diaz, Ella Choi, Jeremy Monn-Djasgnar, Nathaniel Appiah, Jonathan Potts, Randall Park & Julie Bowen

Plot Summary

Thirty-five years after the shocking murders of three teens, an infamous killer returns on Halloween night to claim a fourth victim. When 17-year-old Jamie comes face-to-face with the masked maniac, she accidentally time-travels back to 1987. Forced to navigate the unfamiliar culture, Jamie teams up with her teenage mother to take down the psycho once and for all.

Streaming October 6, 2023, exclusively on Prime Video. Watch the official trailer now!

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Heartstopper Season 2 Review: A Blissful Sophomore Return.



Heartstopper was one of those shows that comes out of nowhere and instantly becomes a sensation. Last summer we were introduced to this heartwarming and sweet show from Netflix, and now we finally have its second season. The wait was only a little over a year since its freshman season, but the wait still felt like an age. But the teen drama is back, this time with a more mature and settled storyline.

Corrina Brown and Kizzy Edgell

The show created by Alice Oseman and also based on her graphic novel, follows Nick and Charlie on a journey of self-discovery and romance at an all-boys school. Kit Connor, Joe Locke, William Gao, Yasmin Finney, and Tobie Donovan all return this season. Season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off with Nick and Charlie finally getting together. Season 1 was quite simply a delight, and going into season 2 many were concerned that season 2 will not be able to reach the standards set by the first one, but season 2 will prove the doubters wrong.

Nick Nelson and Charlie Spring were finally together after so many ups and downs, but there were still a lot of problems left to deal with. Charlie has problems at home while Nick is still figuring out who he is and figuring out how and when he wants to come out to other people, as their relationship is still a secret apart from charlie’s close friend group, who have supported them all along.

Fisayo Akinade as Mr Ajayi, Nima Taleghani as Mr Farouk

The story tackles more mature themes this time around and dives into more serious teenage issues. The pacing is good as always and the tone stays consistent throughout. The direction is a notch above the first season with some very smart shots in key scenes. Kit Connor and Joe Locke are as amazing as always and their storyline keeps on finding interesting routes to go to and keeps the viewer rooting for them.

William Gao as Tao is a standout and steals the first half of the season. His development as a character is very clear and he grows a lot as a person this season. Tobie Donovan stays in the shadows for most of the season but packs a solid punch in the end. Olivia Colman has a small yet impactful role and it is always a delight when she’s on screen. Fisayo Akinade as Mr Ajayi also has a bigger role this time and Nima Taleghani as Mr Farouk was another standout for me.

Heartstopper Season 2 is a blissful return for the wonderfully radiant show that somehow finds a way to consistently put a smile on your face and get you invested in the enchanting storyline. It is filled with so many likable characters and adorable romances. The performances are incredibly charming and you’ll never get tired of watching them. Fans of the first season will be anything but disappointed and I personally believe that it is an improvement from its first season.

Heartstopper season 2 will stream on Netflix from August 3. 

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