TL;DR – While I don’t think they quite nailed the concept, it is a delight when it lands.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Disclosure – I paid for the Netflix subscription that viewed this show.
Murderville Review –
I always love when someone takes a new spin on a familiar concept. While Police Procedurals have led into the realm of comedy, most notably with Brooklyn Nine-Nine. There is still a vast untapped gold mine of choices that you could explore. With that in mind, let us look at a show that combines police and improvisation oddly and uniquely.
So to set the scene, we open in on Terry Seattle (Will Arnett), a senior detective in the City Police Department. Things have not been going well for Terry, with the lingering death of his partner Lori (Jennifer Aniston) 15 years ago and the very recent divorce from his wife Rhonda (Haneefah Wood). She also happens to be the Police Chief. Well, on this day, things are going from bad to worse because there has been a murder, and Terry has just been lumped with a new partner Conan O’Brien. Now from here, we will be looking at the season as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – Not bad, not great, but a very okay origin story
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Disclosure – I paid to see this film
Eternals Review –
We are at an interesting point in Marvel/Disney’s grand experiment in the form of the MCU. Because after 30-odd films and other entertainment productions, Phase 4 has brought us back to the start thanks to the fallout of Endgame. Sequels have given way to origin stories again. Well, today, we dive into the next origin after Shang-Chi, telling a story of people who have been there since the start but whom we are just meeting now.
So to set the scene, at the start of the universe, the great Celestials created life across the galaxy. But soon, creatures called evolved called Deviants that hunted down life. In response, the Celestials called together the Eternals and sent them across the galaxy to protect planets full of life. Ajak (Salma Hayek) the leader and link to the Celestials, Sersi (Gemma Chan), who can change matter, Ikaris (Richard Madden), who can fly, Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), who shoots energy from their hands, Sprite (Lia McHugh) who can project illusions, Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry) who is a great inventor, Makkari (Lauren Ridloff) who can run so fast, Gilgamesh (Don Lee) with mighty fists, Thena (Angelina Jolie) who can create bladed weapons, and Druig (Barry Keoghan) who can control minds. They arrived at the shores of Mesopotamia and entered the fight to protect life. Today, Sersi is a teacher at the Natural History Museum in London. When a global earthquake hits, everyone realises that something is going very wrong.
TL;DR – A mockumentary that tries to walk the line between entertaining and informative and often fails even before it stops its narrative to do an ad for Netflix halfway through.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and post-credit scene
Death to 2020 Review –
I don’t think it is a controversial statement to say that 2020 has been a crap year on many fronts. It was so bad that I forgot some of the bad things that happened only to be reminded of them tonight. When a documentary film titled Death to 2020 comes along … well you have my attention, even when you find out it is a mockumentary that could still be good if executed well. However, I am not sure this one stuck the landing.
Death to 2020 starts in an interesting place because it is a documentary presented by actors playing roles. Right from the start, there is an interesting juxtaposition between reality and fiction as Laurence Fishburne’s calm tones narrate the coming calamity. This kind of set up gives you a lot of potential because it removes you slightly from the material, giving you avenues for comedy and introspection. However, that is a tricky line to walk, and frankly, this film slipped off that edge on multiple occasions.
TL;DR – A film that is funny in places, has some good effects and cast, but can’t escape its boilerplate plot
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Back in the day, oh goodness, 1997 was over two decades ago, I had no idea that
a moth floating through the air was going to lead to something just magical.
That first Men in Black film was like
lighting in a bottle, hell I still have that theme song playing in my head from time
to time. However, since then the follow-up films have never been able to
capture, or even come close to that first film (though the cartoon series
almost did). Flash forward to last year when I heard that they were taking
another shot at the series, honestly, I felt a bit mostly meh. But then they announced
that it was going to be headed by Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth. Well if
there is a way to get me instantly interested in something it is to cast Tessa
Thompson and Chris Hemsworth and let’s see how they did.
So to set the scene, back in 2016 Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) and High T (Liam
Neeson) arrive in Paris to stop a catastrophe, for the Hive, a destructive
species, was about to use The Eiffel Tower to gate onto Earth and take it over.
We then find ourselves with a young girl called Molly (Mandeiya Flory) who got
to see the Men in Black in action and hid so she never had her memories wiped
by the Neuralyzer. Now in 2018, all grown up Molly (Tessa Thompson) tries to
find the MIB and after a lifetime hunt, she is given status as a probationary officer
and sent to the London Branch where something does not seem right.
TL;DR – Emotional, yet funny, Completely relatable, yet deeply personal, a look into what makes us who we are.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
So The Big Sick was one of those delightful films where I knew nothing about it before I went to see it, which is rare in a time where not only are movie trailers plastered everywhere, but they routinely spoil the films they are promoting. To be fair I had seen one clip, the Thanksgiving Day parade, and you could infer things from the poster, but in this day and age that’s as close to not knowing as you can get. Also, I was going to give this one a pass because I’ve not found the Rom-Com genre to be anything but rehashes of the same material, for years now. So I was completely surprised, because The Big Sick turned out to be nothing like the film I was expecting to see, I’ve not been this surprised since The Dressmaker (review).
TL;DR – Somewhere deep down in the heart of this film there is a good message, we need to value our teachers more, unfortunately, that message is drowned out with some really problematic script choices.
Score – 2 out of 5 stars
So, to be honest, I was not expecting much from Fist Fight, it is one of those films that you can kind of get the sense of whether or not you are going to enjoy it from watching the trailer, but I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised, as I am always an optimist. But wow where to begin, in many respects Fist Fight is one of the more problematic films that I have seen in quite a while, but also there is a good message in there somewhere, it’s a difficult film to approach. So with this review, I’m going to set the scene and then talk about its positives, because there are some, and then I’ll break down why I found it to be so problematic.