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Big Little Lies: “Once Bitten”

Big Little Lies: “Once Bitten”

Big Little Lies has been a tour-de-force on a weekly basis, and with only two episodes left, the plot continues to thicken. It must be stated: it is not helping that many of the clues are left to ambiguity, but as I’ve said in my previous review for the series, I have high hopes for the big reveal as I haven’t read the novel. (However, I undoubtedly intend to after the series is complete.) For the murder-mystery and social statement the series has established itself to be, it’s been a bit of a problematic nuisance that Big Little Lies is riddled with red herrings. However, I have my theory which I’m quite sure will come...

Big Little Lies: “Push Comes To Shove”

Big Little Lies: “Push Comes To Shove”

We’ve all been there: a point in our lives where you feel personal or professional unhappiness or feelings of estrangement, abandonment, loneliness, confusion, frustration or fear. Or maybe, you come to a crossroads in your life that pushes you to find a part of yourself that was buried so deep, you thought you wouldn’t be able to find it again. Celeste, Madeline and Jane have all come to a point in their lives. And that saying – ‘when push comes to shove’ – you never really know what you’re made of until you’re ready to take a stand or believe in yourself, even if you have to do this all alone, is palpable in this...

Big Little Lies: “Living the Dream”

Big Little Lies: “Living the Dream”

Big Little Lies has been a genre-bender since the start. It is both eloquent and shallow, juxtaposing existential statements with superficiality and masked behavior. “Living the Dream,” as the episode’s title, is a clear representation of this. We arguably see the darkest segment of the series at this episode’s end. As someone who has not yet read the novel, I believe the show is evolving with wondrously macabre mystery under the guise of a cliché story about rich white women. Jane’s reminiscence of her sexual assault made “Living the Dream” a very difficult episode to digest, which was horrifically yet phenomenally executed....

Big Little Lies: “Serious Mothering”

Big Little Lies: “Serious Mothering”

  Madeline wakes up from a dream that shows a man popping the cork off a champagne bottle, a woman walking barefoot on the beach in an unzipped dress, a quick shot of sex, and the closing of a door. This dream may mean something eventually, but from any information we have gotten from the first episode, we don’t know yet what that is. Madeline spends the morning staring out into the ocean until she is startled by Chloe. She then talks about what could be out there and what may lie beneath the surface. I wasn’t a fan of Madeline in the first episode and after seeing the second episode, I can’t say I’m a fan now, but this episode...

Big Little Lies Premiere: “Somebody’s Dead”

Big Little Lies Premiere: “Somebody’s Dead”

With Liane Moriarity’s book being a well-accepted success, we eagerly awaited the release of HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies.  Boasting such a rich acting quality of Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Nicole Kidman to name the least, it isn’t hard to see this series becoming a hit.  But let’s start at the beginning. The episode begins like the book. Someone is dead at a school function and everyone is a suspect. Cutting between interviews of witnesses and the beginning of the school year, the audience will see the story unfold as the events lead up to the death, which will most likely occur in the finale....

What to Expect from HBO Limited Series: Big Little Lies

What to Expect from HBO Limited Series: Big Little Lies

The Australian novel of the same name, published by Liane Moriarty in 2014, is soon to make its debut on the small screen.  Big Little Lies has received plenty praise for its balance between the comical and the serious. It begins as single mother Jane (Shailene Woodley) relocates her son to a new area, attempting to get away and wanting a fresh start.  On the day of kindergarten orientation not only does Jane make new friends in Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman), but Jane’s son Ziggy is accused of bullying another classmate.  When he denies it, a schism forms between the parents.  Pro-Ziggy and not...

BIG LITTLE LIES Premiere Date and Full Trailer Released

BIG LITTLE LIES Premiere Date and Full Trailer Released

The Winter 2017 schedule is filling up. The limited series BIG LITTLE LIES has now carved out a seven-week spot alongside GIRLS and CRASHING in February and THE YOUNG POPE in January. Though there is not an episode breakdown at this point there is an official full-length trailer for the Kidman/Witherspoon project debuting February 19. A brief press release states – HBO has confirmed the February debut date for BIG LITTLE LIES, with the seven-episode limited drama series scheduled to debut SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m.ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.   Based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling book of the same name, this subversive,...

BIG LITTLE LIES Drops First Tease

BIG LITTLE LIES Drops First Tease

We announced the news that BIG LITTLE LIES was optioned by HBO back in May of 2015 and ever since then the work, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, has been shaping up nicely. We announced the green light to series in November of last year and learned that it would be a seven-episode limited series. In December we told you that the director, Marc Vallee, was directing all seven episodes which would ensure one even, cohesive narrative. In January of these year we happily reported that Alexander Skarsgard would join the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern & Nicole Kidman in the work. All was looking good even with an occasional...

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