TV Review: BoJack Horseman (2016)


Title: BoJack Horseman Release Dates: 2016 Season: 3 Number of Episodes: 12 Summary/Review:  This is the third series of the animated Netflix show that is laugh out loud funny, acerbically satirical, emotionally raw, and thoroughly depressing.  Two plots are intertwined through the series: BoJack making the circuit of appearances in hopes of getting an Oscar nomination for the…

Movie Review: Ghostbusters (2016)


Title: Ghostbusters Release Date: 15 July 2016 Director: Paul Feig Summary/Review: When I heard a new Ghostbusters movie was being made I was hoping it would be 30 years later and due to turnover they had a new crew, mostly because I’m tired of reboots.  But what I think about things doesn’t really matter because…

Movie Review: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)


Title: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Release Date: 22 July 2016 Director: Mandie Fletcher Summary/Review: “Oh god, I can’t believe you’re still…alive!” sputters Jon Hamm  to Patsy Stone at a party in this film adaptation of the long-running BBC comedy.  In a way it’s kind of an appropriate response to the continued existence of Absolutely Fabulous….

Movie Review: Dope (2015)


Title: Dope Release Date: 19 June 2015 Director: Rick Famuyiwa Summary/Review: Growing up in “The Bottoms” of Inglewood, California, Malcolm and his friends Diggy and Jib get good grades, play in a punk band, and are obsessed with 1990s hip hop music and fashion.  As geeky misfits they have to navigate themselves around bullies, drug dealers,…

TV Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2016)


Title: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Release Dates: 2016 Season: 2 Number of Episodes: 13 Summary/Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is  the type of tv comedy that if you explain the premise it sounds like it would be absolutely awful, but somehow it works. In the first season Ellie Kemper’s titular character is rescued from an underground bunker where she’s been…

Movie Review: Easy A (2010)


Title: Easy A Release Date: 2010 Director:  Will Gluck Summary/Review: This movie was described to me as the high school comedy interpretation of The Scarlet Letter.  The story begins when 17 y.o. Olive tells her friend that she lost her virginity to a fictional college boyfriend.  Word gets out and Olive suddenly has a bad girl reputation….

Movie Review: Fight Club (1999)


Title: Fight Club Release Date: 1999 Director:  David Fincher Summary/Review: Scratch this off the list of movies everyone has seen except me.  Not that I hadn’t already known the basic plot details of the movie for some time.  Still that made it fun to watch for evidence of the big twist before it was revealed….

TV Review: BoJack Horseman (2015)


Title: BoJack Horseman Release Dates: 2015 Season: 2 Number of Episodes: 12 Summary/Review: The first season focused on BoJack & Diane writing his memoirs, but the second series is more scattered in focus ranging from BoJack starring in a Secretariat biopic, Mr. Peanutbutter’s new game show (created by J.D. Salinger!), Todd getting involved in an improv comedy cult,…

Movie Review: The Big Short (2015)


Title: The Big Short Release Date: 2015 Director: Adam McKay Summary/Review: I wouldn’t think that The Big Short by Michael Lewis, a book about the investors who saw through the complex shenanigans around financial instruments leading to the great collapse of 2008, would make a great movie.  But director McKay and his cast and crew do a great job of…

Movie Review: Her (2013)


Title:  Her Release Date: 2013 Director:  Spike Jonze Summary/Review: Set in the near future, this movie is about a man developing a romantic relationship with the consciousness of a computer operating system.  It’s an interesting take on the love story dealing with layers of reality and artifice and the role of technology in human society….

TV Review: BoJack Horseman (2014)


Title: BoJack Horseman Release Dates: August 2014 Season: 1 Number of Episodes: 12 Summary/Review: This is a show with a big premise, a world in which anthropomorphic animals live and work among humans.   One of them,  BoJack Horseman, was the star of a popular 1990s sitcom in which a horseman adopts human children.  In the…

TV Review: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp (2015)


Title: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Release Dates: July 2015 Season: 1 Number of Episodes: 8 Summary/Review: Gonna try something new here.  Since I’ve been binge-watching tv shows on Netflix and elsewhere, I may as well post a few thoughts here.  Thus this is my first TV Review! This tv series is a prequel…

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)


Title: Pitch Perfect 2 Release Date: 2015 Director: Elizabeth Banks Summary/Review: There’s always some chanciness around sequels to a cult classic movie. This one takes the Rocky III approach, with the Barden Bellas succeeding for several years but failing as success gets to their heads, facing the taunts of new rivals, and having to regain their way.  In this…

Movie Review: View from the Top (2003)


Title:  View from the Top Release Date: 2003 Director: Bruno Barreto Summary/Review: I was in the mood for something dumb, and saw this listed on Netflix and thought it might fill the bill.  It’s story about Donna, a young woman from a small town who dreams of getting out and decides to become a flight…

Movie Review: A League of Their Own (1992)


Title:  A League of Their Own Release Date: 1992 Director:  Penny Marshall Summary/Review: I can scratch this off the list of movies I never got around to seeing.  This highly-fictionalized movie tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League started during World War II.  It’s a generally entertaining account of an overlooked time in sports…

Movie Review: Wet Hot American Summer (2001)


Title: Wet Hot American Summer Release Date: 2001 Director:  David Wain Summary/Review: This comedy is part parody/part homage to the teen sex comedies of the 1970s and 1980s with a keen attention to period detail.  The humor is kind of hit or miss as it’s basically a series of set pieces and some are funnier than…

Movie Review: Moonrise Kindgom


Title: Moonrise Kindgom Release Date: 2012 Director: Wes Anderson Summary/Review: Set in 1965 on a fictional, rural island in New England this movie tells the story of a pair of 12-year-old, both outsiders with “behavior problems,” who decide to run away together and the efforts of their community to find them.  This being a Wes Anderson…

The Christmas Revels: A Welsh Celebration of the Winter Solstice


It’s warm and overcast out, and looking to only get warmer as the week goes.  We’re more likely to have a wet Christmas than a white Christmas, but I know the holiday is coming soon.  Today my family and I celebrated the solstice with a matinée of The Christmas Revels.  This is our (mostly) annual…

Movie Review: UHF (1989)


Title: UHF Release Date: 21 July 1989 Director: Jay Levey Production Co: Orion Pictures Country: United States Language: English Genre: Comedy Rating: ** A recent article about this movie contains this quote: All over America, whenever a young man turns 13, he sees this film, and it becomes his favorite film of all time. It’s kind of…

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect (2012)


Title:  Pitch Perfect Release Date: 5 October 2012 Director:Jason Moore Production Co:Brownstone Productions Country:USA Language:English Genre:Comedy | Musical Rating: ***1/2 Recently, I’ve been seeing references to Anna Kendrick everywhere, as if the universe wishes for me to know of her existence.  So I decided to watch this musical comedy which has a reputation as a cult…