Beverly Hills 90210 returns! Disappointing Bird Box reviews! Dark German drama Perfume debuts!
ABW is by Dan Barrett who is the very definition of holiday spirit.
Some people will claim that the world doesn’t need a revival of Beverly Hills 90210. And I would be one of them. But, I guarantee those same naysayers will still check it out. And I will be one of them.
But, a revival is currently being shopped around to streamers and broadcast networks. Original cast members set to return include: Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, and Gabrielle Carteris. No doubt, once they all clear their schedules. Sideshow Luke Perry doesn’t appear to be returning.
Let me know when they get around to the Models Inc revival.
The original [Patrick] Suskind story follows Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a French orphan who grows up in the 1700s with an advanced sense of smell. Grenouille becomes a perfumer, but also a murderer obsessed with recreating a woman’s scent in fragrance form. The 2006 film followed this same storyline, but the new thriller exists in the modern world. A beautiful singer is found murdered and her sweat glands are all removed. A detective, played by Friederike Becht, discovers that the murdered woman is connected to a clique of boarding school kids who are obsessed with the tale of Grenouille. So much so, they created a club for discovering smells.
Reviews for the Sandra Bullock Netflix movie Bird Box are sitting at 65% on Rotten Tomatoes. The general consensus seems to be that the high-concept idea (a kind of reverse A Quiet Place, in that people survive dealing with a monster by blocking off their sense of sight) powers a solid movie, but it eventually falls apart.
Peter Debruge from Variety:
A not-inexpensive Netflix thriller that pushes things to the other extreme, conjuring some kind of deadly phenomenon the vision of which causes people to lose their minds — a movie that has been (misleadingly) compared to “A Quiet Place,” only that film had real monsters, genuine suspense, and a much more intuitive set of rules for survival.
Troy Patterson at The New Yorker wasn’t impressed by the new Amazon take on Vanity Fair, believing the characterisation misses the point:
The subtitle of “Vanity Fair” is “A Novel Without a Hero,” and the substance of it describes a world without heroism. Softening Becky’s edges and defanging the story’s satire, Amazon offers a self-contradictory miniseries without much of a point.
DC Universe series Doom Patrol has it’s first trailer:
I’ve got a new podcast project underway at SBS VICELAND. Kicking off on 31 December is ORVILLELAND, a weekly look at the TV show The Orville as it kicks off its second season. I’ll admit that the show left me pretty cold when I first saw it, but I just needed to get past the first episode and get on board with its tone. The show is basically a 90s-style Star Trek show, but with much earthier characters who actually behave as humans do. It’s neat.
I’m also filling in as a guest host on the two holiday installments of the SBS movies/TV podcast The Playlist. The first of those drops late next week.
The now-behind-the-paywall Vulture has a look back at how television changed forever with the Christmas debut of The Simpsons on 17 December 1989.
That’s it from ABW this week - I’ll be back next week with more (though, maybe not everyday - it depends how much TV news there is dropping throughout the week.