Thursday, December 5, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 40
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
AD ASTRA
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: INTO THE DARK
BINGEABLE: NATHAN FOR YOU
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FRIENDS
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: LONE WOLF MCQUADE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLAST FROM THE PAST: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
CHARLIE’S ANGELS
CRAWL
DARK WATERS
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOWNTON ABBEY
FORD V FERRARI
FROZEN II
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: BARBIE LIFE IN THE DREAMHOUSE
HATEWATCH: CHOPPED
HATEWATCH: FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN
HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
LAST CHRISTMAS
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
MIDWAY
MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
PLAYING WITH FIRE
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (EXTENDED CUT)
TERMINATOR: DARK FATE
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT
THE GOOD LIAR
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL

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BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL


User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

When? 2019

What’s it rated? TV-MA

Where? Netflix

Creators Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, and Amy Poehler have come together to direct Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) as Nadia, a woman stuck reliving the eve of her birthday, and sometimes the next day if she plays her cards right.

I’ll try not to give too much away here, but Russian Doll follows Nadia through the night of her birthday celebration. One of her best friends, Maxine (Greta Lee), has thrown her a party in an artsy flat in New York City, of course, that’s overflowing with people.

The scene opens up with Nadia standing in front of a bathroom mirror bracing herself with the reality of turning another year older and having to mingle with people at the party. She hears a knock at the door, turns the water faucet off, grabs the doorknob (which is a pistol), opens the door as two women walk into the bathroom, and then she walks into the kitchen where Maxine greets her by saying, “Happy Birthday, baby.”

She meets some random guy who’s a real pompous know-it-all and goes home with him. Nadia needs cigarettes, so they head to the local liquor store, and she sees her missing cat, Oatmeal, across the street.

Without checking for traffic—did your mother teach you nothing?—she runs right into the crosswalk where she’s hit by a taxi. Dead on impact, Nadia is lying in the street with blood trickling out of her mouth.

And then, as if it were all a dream, Nadia finds herself in front of the bathroom mirror of Maxine’s flat once again. A confused Nadia tries to do the night all over again, but her death is different. Needless to say, she dies a couple more times until she realizes she’s in a constant loop.

Of course, the show centers on Nadia trying to figure out what wrongs she needs to right in order to avoid constantly dying. It’s a good thing she soon learns she’s not alone when she happens to meet Alan (Charlie Barnett)—and that’s all I can say without giving away too much. 

If you’re old enough—I’m not saying you’re ancient—you might put 2 and 2 together and remember one of Natasha’s first roles in the entertainment business, as Opal on Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Or maybe you’ll remember the large-eyed, curly haired actress as Nicky Nichols from Orange is the New Black. Her latest role in Russian Doll is far different from these other performances, but she still keeps her cheeky wit throughout her scenes.

The storyline idea isn’t a new one; we’ve seen it in Groundhog Day and recently in Happy Death Day. But what makes this show worth binging is the characters are memorable, the puzzle pieces effortlessly go together as the story progresses, and, even if you think you know what’s going to happen, there are plenty of twists. 

—Karen Garcia




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