I always liked Bailey better
I always liked Bailey better
NBC’s new medical drama “New Amsterdam,” is based on Dr. Eric Manheimer’s book on New York City’s Bellevue Hospital titles “Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital.” The show tells the story of Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold), the latest medical director at a public hospital in New York City.
Goodwin is the latest version of TV’s long running “doctor who doesn’t play by the rules” archetype. In the pilot episode he’s framed as a Man of the People, speaking Spanish to the janitorial staff, trying to get his doctors to focus on the patients again, and not the money involved, and asking everyone he encounters “How can I help?”
It’s nothing we haven’t seen before in a medial drama, but Ryan Eggold plays the part with such charm and charisma, that you totally buy into his way or running things. Okay, so maybe getting rid of every heart surgeon on staff was a bit much considering he hadn’t seen them at work yet.
But I liked that Goodwin acted when the doctors didn’t seem to give a damn about anything. And I also liked that Dr. Goodwin is man enough to admit when he makes a mistake, and rehired one of the surgeon and tasks him with rebuilding the heart section of the hospital.
The only thing I didn’t like about Dr. Goodwin is that the pilot episode of “New Amsterdam” gives him two significant life hurdles: a pregnant, estranged wife, and a secret illness he hasn’t told her or anyone else about. To me adding these things seems like overkill. The guy is sympathetic enough as it is, you don’t need to give him more things to handle. That said, I still like the character, and the way the actor plays him.
The supporting cast of “New Amsterdam” does its level best to rise above the typical material you see in medical dramas. Over in the emergency room, Janet Montgomery’s Dr. Laura Bloom is arguably the smartest one in the room, and very matter of fact about the harder parts of her job. Bloom puts her patients first, sometimes at her own rish. She’s also the fist the buy into Goodwin’s new way of doing things.
Bloom has a relationship with Jocko Sims’ cardiac surgeon Floyd Reynolds. I don’t mind the romance angle, but his acting opposite Janet Montgomery wasn’t very convincing. Hopefully that’s just in the pilot, and it will improve from here on in. Then there’s Iggy Frome (Tyler Labine), a psychiatrist who works with sick and displaced children. The elder statesman on staff is Anupam Kher as Dr. Vijay Kapoor, who gives the series some nice humor and heart.
Finally, there’s Freema Agyeman, who is almost completely wasted as Hana Sharpe, a talented doctor who got caught up in New Amsterdam’s PR game, and doesn’t really practice medicine anymore. But worry not, because Goodwin is working on getting her back into scrubs. I just wish we’d seen more of her in the pilot.
Over the last few years, I watched several medical dramas. But I stopped watching “Grey’s Anatomy” because it was just too sad. Then NBC Cancelled “The Night Shift” and CBS axed “Code Black.” A few months ago I gave up on “Chicago Med” because I got tired of the main character getting together, then breaking up, only to get together again. My pong is: I need a good medical drama again.
Uts far too early to tell if “New Amsterdam” is the one. There are good things in “New Amsterdam,” and some bad things. The good news is that most of the bad thing like too many subplots, and too fast a pace in certain places, can all be fixed and improved. The best part of this show is Ryan Eggold and Janet Montgomery. If the series focuses on them, then maybe NBC has something good on theur hands.
“New Amsterdam” score: B-
Remember that goofy guy that used to write on this blog and went by the name of Laneit?
Well, his real name is Nick, and it turns out he’s not as lazy as i thought. He’s been a busy boy over the last year, raising his son, watching movies, dancing, working, and out drinking everyone who dares to challenge him.
If that wasn’t enough, Nick is now an official co-host of the “FILm Guff” podcast. Nick joins gentlemen Ali and Cev to discuss all kinds of movies. some of their recent episodes include ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a look back at the 2004 flick “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
Film Guff’s latest episode dropped over the weekend, and this time, the Guffians are joined by Anthony Ray Bench from the Film Threat podcast. Bench brought along the 2001 comedy “Out Cold” as his hidden gem. But in true “Film Guff” fashion, “Out Cold” is not the only topic of discussion.
If you’re a movie fan, then you should listen to the “Film Guff” podcast. They guys are funny and they know their stuff. Plus its fun to hear what they think about movies like “Out Cold.” And if you’re wondering which voice is Nick’s, he’s the one saying all the naughty words.
This has already been a crazy week for me, and it’s only Wednesday!
As I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago, I had the mother of all summer colds a few weeks back. Though the worst of it only lasted a few days, ever since then I’ve been having sinus issues, especially at night. But as of last weekend, I thought I was over that too. Then, this past Monday, I had some non-related blood work done.
Well, I guess they took a little too much blood, because not long after that, I felt like crap. By 8 PM that night, I had a sore throat again, and by this was followed by the non-stop coughing and sneezing. In a last-ditch effort, I asked the wife to get me some Sudafed on her way home. I figured, either Sudafed works, or I’m going to the doctor.
The good news is: Sudafed seems to be working. I was actually able to sleep last night, and the pressure and pain I’d been feeling in my sinuses over the last couple of weeks appears to be gone. The bad news is, Sudafed knocked me the hell out, and this brought on one of the wackiest dreams I’ve ever had.
My dream took place in the mid 1990’s when I worked at a Blockbuster Video near my home. The store was the same, and a few customers I was friendly with were there too. Then strange stuff started happening, because instead of my old Blockbuster crew, I was working with Don E. from “iZombie.” He thought it would be a good idea to throw a party in the store, with a DJ and booze and everything else. Things eventually got out of hand, and someone drove a car through the front of the store.
The person driving the car turned out to be the store manager. Except it wasn’t either manager I worked for during my Blockbuster stint. No, instead, this manager was Lucifer Morningstar, from the tv series “Lucifer.” After the wreck, Lucifer wasn’t able to give me a ride home, so it was up to Don E. who told me not to ask him where he got a car.
As we drove to my house, I noticed we were heading in the wrong direction. so Don E. performed a high-speed U-turn. This maneuver landed us in a ditch with no bottom. Both of us screamed the entire way down, and we finally landed in a snow-covered field. After looking around, Don E. got very excited, because as he put it, “We’re in ‘Frozen’.” Even in the dream I failed to see how that was a good thing, but whatever. But the singing, I could have done without.
Don E. and I couldn’t find our way out of this place, but luckily for us people were looking for us. Leading the search party was Bo Dennis from “Lost Girl.” She was joined by Wynonna Earp, Daphne from “Scooby Doo,” and Jack Black. Hey, I know what you’re thinking, but its a dream. At the end of the day I can’t control anything or anyone in it.
Anyways, the group eventually rescued us. But along the way Wynonna Earp shot Jack Black by “mistake.” My new friends got me home, and that’s when I realized that I had forgotten to check the store schedule, and I didn’t know if I was working the next day. That’s when I woke up sweating, and noticed I’d been out for about 7 hours.
So yay, Sudafed worked, but holy cow.
X-23 (2018) #1
Written: Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Juann Cabal, Nolan Woodard, Cory Petit
Edited by: Annalise Bissa, Christina Harrington, Jordan D. White
Cover Art by: Mike Choi
Published by: Marvel Comics
Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did.
With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny in this new series by Mariko Tamaki (HULK, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER) and Juann Cabal (ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, ELEKTRA).
Out of all of the Marvel’s Fresh Start relaunches, X-23 is the one that worried me the most. The reason for this is because I’m a huge fan of Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine series. A title which I felt was cancelled prematurely. Plus I saw Laura returning to the X-23 name as a step back for the character. Thing is, I really like Laura, and her sister Gabby, and their pet wolverine. And so, I decided to give X-23 #1 a try.
The good news is that new writer Mariko Tamaki keeps nearly everything readers loved about Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine. Laura is still an uneasy hero trying to find her place among the X-Men. She’s even reflecting on her birthday, and if stuff like that should matter to a clone.
But the main emphasis of this new series is still the bond between Laura and her younger sister Gabby. Now, it’s only one issue, but at least for now my biggest fears have lowered.
Gabby by the way, steals most of this issue. She provides much of the book’s humor with her need for pretzels and birthday cake. Mariko Tamaki gives Gabby a great deal of charm, and often reminding us that she’s just a young girl enjoying life with her big sis. And Gabby’s fist bump with the Stepford Cuckoo was funny as hell.
Helping maintain a sense of continuity from All-New Wolverine to X-23 is the fact that Juann Cabal. has returned to draw Laura’s adventures. As usual, Cabal’s art if gorgeous, delivering his unique style that is both clean, and dynamic to look at. Cabal is also able to capture Gabby’s joy of life, and adventure.
In the end, I’m happy that new writer Mariko Tamaki isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel in this series. So fat it seems like Tamaki is building on what Tom Taylor created over the last few years, and that’s fine by me. Above all, I’m thankful to see Tamaki has a good handle on the relationship between Laura and Gabby. So for now, I’m sticking with the all new X-23.
X-23 score: A-
On a Sunday afternoon in late January 2003, yours truly and his band of merry friends (or Nerds), headed to the movie theater to see the film “Chicago.”
But convincing certain friends to go see a big screen musical wasn’t an easy task. Neither was getting to the theater that day, which turned out to be its own adventure.
“Chicago” was the film based on the famous stage-musical of the same name, and it was directed by Rom Marshall. The film stars Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and John C. Reilly. The plot centers on Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Zellweger), two murderers who find themselves in jail together awaiting trial in 1920s Chicago.
Seems like a lifetime ago now, but “Chicago” was a big hit. Audiences loved the film and critics raved about it upon its release. The movie went on to win six Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture. “Chicago” became the first musical to win Best Picture since “Oliver!” won the award way back in 1968. But enough about the movie, let me tell you about the day we saw “Chicago.”
I had wanted to see the stage musical for a long time, but was never able to find tickets whenever the show came to Boston, or during any of my visits to New York. It appeared the closest I would ever get to see the famous musical would the movie adaptation of “Chicago.” But I didn’t want to go alone, and most of my friends seemed eager to see the movie.
The only friend who agreed to go with me was the then girlfriend of my bes friend Laneit. She managed to convince our other friends John and Kee, that they too should go with us. Then came her toughest job: convincing Laneit that it would be worth his time to go see “Chicago” with the rest of us.
The day of the movie, I picked was supposed to pick everyone up at Laneit’s house, the time had come to find out if he was going with us. The first person I saw was his girlfriend, and our conversation went a little something like this…
Me: Did you talk to him?
Her: Yup, he was really happy when I told him we were seeing this today.
Her: Yes. He said he’s been waiting for this to come out.
John: Did Laneit hit his head?
Me: He knows what “Chicago” is about?
Her: He knows its about a murder.
Me: But does he know its a musical?
Her: Umm, I think so.
John: So he won’t be shocked when the actors burst into song?
Her: I hope not!
When our other friend Kee arrived, he suggested he should drive since he had a bigger car. At the time, Kee was driving a Mercedes Benz, it wasn’t a new car by any means, but it was a nice roomy car. Kee however, doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to driving the group, and this day would ne no different.
On the way to the General Cinema in Framingham Ma, we hit a ton of traffic near what is commonly known as the Braintree Split. This is where two major highways intercept, and at certain hours could be a real pain to get through. We lost a lot of time there, and Kee drove over the speed limit the rest of the way. Traffic was lighter once we got on route 9, and we really were making up for lost time. And then it happened.
I was in the back seat with John and Laneit’s girlfriend, so I didn’t see the giant Coca-Cola vending machine laying on its side in our lane. The other person who didn’t see it was our driver Kee, who slammed the Benz right into it. No worries though, everyone was fine, no injuries to report. The front of the car was destroyed though, and the vending machine was sadly empty.
We had to wait for the police to show up, and Kee had to fill out a bunch of paperwork. By the time that was all done, we had missed the movie. I think we ended up seeing it that Tuesday night, and I eventually saw the movie again, with my mom and grandmother.
I ended up loving “Chicago,” the cast was perfect and the idea of having most of the performances taking place in Roxy Hart’s imagination was brilliant. Even fifteen years later, this movie still holds up.
The next time I saw Kee he apologized, but he didn’t need to, it was an accident after all. He said the police found out the vending machine had fallen off a truck, and the driver hadn’t noticed. Kee’s car however, was never seen again. Guess he had it coming.
“Manifest” looks like it could be a very good show. The question now is, will NBC be patient enough to let this series play out as it builds an audience?