While inadvertently transporting me back to my childhood

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When the 2019 romantic comedy Last Christmas made its way to HBO last summer, I was thrilled that the holiday rom-com gifted viewers with Christmas in July.

And more and more and more

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve never been satisfied.

I can’t help but think about my hometown while watching the HBO Max series.

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Dark comedy series Made For Love features a husband who has implanted a chip inside his unknowing wife’s head. This chip is supposed to bring two people closer together. Yet, virtually all semblance of privacy disappear as lovers share the same space and mental capacity — and it’s bound to have catastrophic relational issues.

I visited my family in Colorado for the first time in 16 months.

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I love writing about movies and TV shows. I enjoy making statements through the characters… as the creators of the shows make statements through the characters. It allows me to unpack my thoughts, feelings, opinions, grievances, and angst — without writing a full-blown personal essay (which I also enjoy). For the past year, that has been my creative writing process.

The HBO Max comedy-drama tells a deeper tale, yet nails the writer’s dilemma.

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Writers love to talk about their trials and tribulations.

Living vicariously through glamorous characters

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TV shows feature characters with utterly important lives. Even characters who aren’t the most talented or wealthy appear to have an entertaining existence, seemingly something to do on any given day of the week. Take Lonely Boy from Gossip Girl.

Friends, family, and even strangers question my sexuality.

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Appearances and demeanors can be deceiving; it’s like the old saying goes: “Never judge a book by its cover.” At 5-foot-5, I’m considered on the short side for a man. I’m half-Mexican, but can easily pass as white. I haven’t been in a serious relationship in nearly a decade. I’m brimming with festive spirit and giddiness over the holidays. My self-made bubble consists of year-round Christmas music and rom-coms on repeat. I have no desire for marriage or a partner, but I’m not asexual.

And in real life

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Silver Linings Playbook collected digital dust on my Netflix queue for months. I didn’t want to watch a movie about mental illness. As I’m already dealing with enough in my life and surroundings.

The HBO Max series is an alcoholic’s worst nightmare

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We’ve all had too much to drink. And anyone drunk has been hungover. You’re perplexed at how awful you feel despite knocking back 12 drinks in record time. Your mind is foggy, your limbs numb. If you really went ham, then you might even wonder how you got home, or how you landed in bed with a total (nameless) stranger.

Yet the HBO Max comedy manages to turn a shared nightmare into a heist movie.

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It was only a matter of time before movies and shows about the pandemic hit streaming services.

Trevor Lowry

Just a guy who likes to cruise the aisles at 7-Eleven | tslowry.writer@gmail.com

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