Sunday, September 26, 2021     Volume: 22, Issue: 30
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A QUIET PLACE PART II
ANOTHER ROUND
BINGEABLE: 100 FOOT WAVE (2021-)
BINGEABLE: BARRY (2018-)
BINGEABLE: CLICKBAIT
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG (2016-2019)
BINGEABLE: SWEET TOOTH
BINGEABLE: TITANS (2018-)
BLACK WIDOW
BLAST FROM THE PAST: CARRIE (1976)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX (1999)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART (1990)
BOSS LEVEL
CANDYMAN
GUILTY PLEASURE: BACHELOR IN PARADISE (2014-)
GUILTY PLEASURES: CHEER (2020)
GUILTY PLEASURES: GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE
GUILTY PLEASURES: JOLT
HAVE A GOOD TRIP: ADVENTURES IN PSYCHEDELICS
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM (1996)
I CARE A LOT
I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS
IRRESISTIBLE
LIMBO
MISHA AND THE WOLVES (2021)
NEW FLICKS: BLOOD RED SKY
NEW FLICKS: COPSHOP
NEW FLICKS: CRUELLA
NEW FLICKS: SWEET GIRL
NEW FLICKS: VAL (2021)
NINE DAYS
NO SUDDEN MOVE
PIG
ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN (2021)
SOUL
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM (2019)
THE CARD COUNTER
THE LAST BLOCKBUSTER (2020)
THE MAP OF TINY PERFECT THINGS
THE NEW MUTANTS
THE PAPER TIGERS
THE PROFESSOR AND THE MADMAN
THE SUNLIT NIGHT
TV REVIEW: A WILDERNESS OF ERROR (2020)
TV REVIEW: BATES MOTEL
TV REVIEW: DEFENDING JACOB
TV REVIEW: EXTERMINATE ALL THE BRUTES (2021)
TV REVIEW: HELL ON WHEELS (2011-2016)
TV REVIEW: HOMECOMING
TV REVIEW: HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON
TV REVIEW: I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE
TV REVIEW: I MAY DESTROY YOU
TV REVIEW: LENOX HILL
TV REVIEW: LITTLE AMERICA
TV REVIEW: MARE OF EASTTOWN
TV REVIEW: MRS. AMERICA
TV REVIEW: ONE MISSISSIPPI
TV REVIEW: PAINTING WITH JOHN (2021)
TV REVIEW: RAMY
TV REVIEW: RUN
TV REVIEW: SPACE FORCE
TV REVIEW: TABOO
TV REVIEW: TED LASSO (2020-)
TV REVIEW: THE BOYS
TV REVIEW: THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD
TV REVIEW: THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT
TV REVIEW: THE LAST KINGDOM
TV REVIEW: THE MIDNIGHT GOSPEL
TV REVIEW: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL (2020)
TV REVIEW: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
TV REVIEW: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT
TV REVIEW: THE VOW
TV REVIEW: TREADSTONE (2019)
TV REVIEW: UNDONE
TV REVIEW: WANDAVISION
TV REVIEW: WARRIOR
TV REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
TV REVIEW: ZEROZEROZERO
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS (2005)
UNDERRATED: THE KINGDOM (2007)

HBO’s Run offers mystery, comedy, and midlife crises

TV REVIEW: RUN

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TV REVIEW: RUN


Where is it playing?: HBO

What's it rated?: TV-MA

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Created by Vicki Jones, this HBO limited series is about Ruby Richardson (Merritt Wever) and Billy Johnson (Domhnall Gleeson), who as college lovers made a pact that if one of them texted the word “RUN,” and the other responded with “RUN,” they’d both drop everything they were doing and rush to NYC’s Grand Central Station, from which they’d embark on a trip across the U.S. together. In episode 1, as she’s taking a call from her husband, Laurence (Rich Sommer), in her car in a Ralph’s parking lot in LA, Ruby gets the text from Billy, responds with the magic word, and soon books a flight from LAX into New York, meeting Billy at the station where they board a train bound for Chicago. (Seven approximately 30 min. episodes).

Glen: Only the first five episodes have been released in this limited series, with the final two episodes coming in the next couple of weeks—so where it will end up, I do not know, but so far it’s a very quirky story about two 30-somethings leaping headlong into a shared midlife crisis. It’s certainly a promising premise. Ruby and Billy haven’t seen each other in almost two decades, and I get the feeling that they’re infatuated with idealized versions of each other that probably never existed. What’s clear is Ruby’s life isn’t filled with the excitement she’d hoped for, and she obviously remembers her relationship with Billy as passionate and even a little bit dangerous—everything that’s missing from her average life. Billy is a little bit more of a mystery. He’s some sort of motivational speaker/lifestyle guru, and in a later episode (it’s not a spoiler … they show a bag of cash in the series trailers), he withdraws a large sum of money that he’s trying to protect from his personal assistant, Fiona (Archie Panjabi), who somehow feels Billy owes her. Billing itself as a black comedy mystery, I must admit it’s so far very good at keeping me mystified. I have no idea where this is going, but it’s a fun ride so far.

Anna: With episodes only running 30 minutes, they pack a lot of punch into a short glimpse of this haphazard adventure. Ruby feels saddled with her day-to-day life with Laurence and their two boys and wistful for the life she could have had but didn’t. Billy is definitely the mysterious one in the pair—why he is running and from whom still isn’t quite clear to me even after five episodes. The complications that come with dropping your life and running away are inevitable and come to the pair quickly. Ruby’s lie of attending a yoga retreat unravels fast, and Laurence has little patience for her tomfoolery. Fiona is a vindictive stalker who will pretty much do anything to get her hands on Billy’s cash. It’s a quick-pulsed adventure, and the leads are clearly having a good time playing off one another. I can hardly believe they’ll be able to wrap it all up in two more episodes, but I’m looking forward to seeing if and how they pull it off.

Glen: Episode 5 definitely upped the ante. The first few episodes are slow in comparison. Maybe one of the reasons I’m finding the show so bracing is because of nostalgia for close-quarter travel, spontaneity, and the freedom to just get up and go! The reality of Run is so foreign to our new normal of sheltering in place. Gleeson and Wever are both great in these roles. There’s something slick and shallow about Billy and something broken about Ruby. They both have secrets and regrets, and as this adventure plays out, they’ll both have ramifications to deal with. How can Ruby, who seems like a genuinely sweet person, leave her family on a lark? I wasn’t entirely sold on this show after the first episode, but I’m glad I stuck with it. I’m all in now and look forward to seeing how Vicki Jones, who previously was a script editor on the hilarious series Fleabag, manages to tie all of these strings together. 

Anna: The frenetic energy of the show can be pretty inconsistent, but this latest episode really hooked me. It seems like such a crazy thing for Ruby to leave her family that she seemingly loves and is worried about—but we soon realize that she feels like life has simply passed her by. She never became the big-time architect she dreamed of, and she married the safe guy and had his kids. She’s wistful for her lost youth and all the freedom that Billy represents. It’s pretty clear from the start that Billy himself is even more of a mess, though a much more believable candidate to flee from his life. The two work well together, and while it feels a bit like watching a train wreck, it’s also fun to watch the chaos around these two. I can’t wait to see how they wrap this series up. 

New Times Senior Staff Writer Glen Starkey and freelancer Anna Starkey write Sun Screen. Glen compiles streaming listings. Comment at gstarkey@newtimesslo.com.










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