Tuesday, November 19, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 37
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
AD ASTRA
ARCTIC DOGS
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: INTO THE DARK
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLACK AND BLUE
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
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
CHARLIE’S ANGELS
COUNTDOWN
CRAWL
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOWNTON ABBEY
FORD V FERRARI
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
HUSTLERS
IT: CHAPTER 2
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 ADDAMS FAMILY
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT
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

BLAST FROM THE PAST: FRIENDS

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF WARNER BROS.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: FRIENDS


Where is it playing?: Netflix

What's it rated?: TV-PG

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This column is “The One Where We Talk About Loving Friends,” so if you don’t like the show, I suggest you skip to the next article because I won’t be holding back on my fandom.

In 1994, NBC launched a TV series about six friends in their 20s who live in New York and go through the motions of life together.

When I say together, I mean they’re not shy about sharing information—like being married to a lesbian, having a questionable third nipple, dating an older man, or someone at work eating a Thanksgiving-leftover sandwich. You don’t understand, that sandwich was the only good thing Ross had going in his life. I mean, come on, the guy (at this time in Season 5) was divorced twice and got evicted from his apartment.

Friends lasted for 10 seasons because it was in many ways relatable—OK, not the living in New York and being able to afford a pretty nice apartment part, but being so tight-knit with a small group of people.

Siblings Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica (Courteney Cox) join their new and old high school and college friends Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), and Chandler (Matthew Perry) at Central Perk and Monica’s apartment to laugh, talk, cry, and enjoy each other.

My older siblings watched this show constantly when it was on-air. They’re now nearing their late 30s and early 40s, but I didn’t really understand what the fuss was about until high school, my college years, and the present. I’ll admit it, Friends is the only series I’ll watch from start to finish; I’ve done that more times than I can keep track of.

It was in my early 20s when I associated with Monica and her need to be organized; Rachel’s drive to move up in a career she admired; Joey’s struggle to be noticed in his career field; Phoebe’s weirdness; Chandler’s desire to be giving to his friends, and Ross’ … I actually don’t connect with Ross.

If I had to rank all the characters from best to worst, he would be dead last. I just cannot sympathize with a character who whines all the time because his love life is on the fritz but has literally everything else going for him.

Anyway, the series left an impression on me because I wanted a close small group of people that I felt completely comfortable with, could be myself with, and could be friends with for a long time—even if life moved us in different directions. I wanted to be there for them, and I wanted them to be there for me, too (corny right?).

Whether it’s Chandler’s one-liners, Joey’s disdain for sharing food, or the will-they-won’t-they between Ross and Rachel, I laugh at every single episode even though I know exactly what’s going to happen. The writing was funny, the life scenarios could happen, and the on-screen chemistry was alive and thriving.

So pivot your couch in the direction of your screen and look for the series that will always be there for you when your job’s a joke, you’re broke, and your love life is DOA. m

—Karen Garcia




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