Enjoying Amazon Prime Programming

So it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been thinking what plans do I have in store for this blog or for blogging in general. In the meantime as I’ve mentioned in the past I’ve been gorging on media consumption. And what a feast it has been for 2014 and the beginning of 2015. I finally went back to Amazon Prime to see the second season of Alpha House which is a great political comedy about for Republican Senators that share a house together in DC. It’s written by Gary Trudeau of comic strip Doonesbury fame and it’s as good as it’s ever been. 

Another great new Amazon show that I discovered is called Mozart in the Jungle.

In this show, you follow a cast of zany characters that make up the New York Philharmonic. There newest Maestro “Rodrigo” has some interesting and radical ideas and brings his new home into a crazy and wild ride that has everyone wonder if he knows exactly what he’s doing or if they should bring back the former Maestro “Thomas Pembridge”. There are of course other subplots in this show. We follow Hailey, an oboist whose dream is to join the prestige classical music symphony but is still fresh and is also harshly criticized by senior oboist, Betty.

It’s a fun comedy that brings you into the world of classical music, union battles, the chemistry of everyone involved in the symphony and what it takes to keep a concert hall running.  I highly recommend this as a must watch.

On to the other critically reviewed Amazon show, Transparent.

Cartagena, Colombia

I’ve never been to my mother’s homeland of Colombia. But if I ever have the means to visit it would be to the city of Cartagena. Most people currently know about this city because of the recent Secret Service Scandal, but, that notwithstanding, it’s a great tourist spot. Down below are two episodes of the show “Vive Colombia,” which is funded by Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, that gives you a glimpse of what Cartagena has to offer to any and all tourists.

Heads up! It’s in Spanish. Wonderful Colombian Spanish. One of the finest Spanish accents out there if not the best. Then again, I may be bias. I hope you enjoy the episodes as much as I did.

Part 1

Part 2

Please Help Fund “Stripped: The Comics Documentary”

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always read comic strips. There is some magical thing that happens when words and images come together into a nice concise punchline, that hasn’t’ lost its appeal to me. I’ve now moved from news comic strips to webcomics of course, but I still have a few favorites that I read online to this day (Garfield, Foxtrot, Calvin & Hobbes, Pearls Before Swine, Luann, etc). So you can imagine how tickled pink I was when I found out that a documentary was being made, regarding this wonderful medium that may be on it’s last legs as newspapers are going the way of dinosaurs.

The creators of this documentary, Dave Kellett, of Sheldon webcomics fame, and cinematographer Frederick Schroeder, wanted to share their passion and love of this art form and show how it has evolved from the page to the web and how it may still be relevant to society today, even if it’s just to entertain for a brief 3-4 pane read. I for one definitely put in my pledge to make this film happen and I encourage you all to do the same. Just watch the trailer and then donate as little as $5.00, if you feel compelled to do so.

Down below are some rough cuts from the documentary. I encourage you check the trailer before watching the videos down below, or not, your choice.

Newly Added Video 😀