Episode 85: The Small Screen

We talk about all of the tv we are watching in August 2021. We talk Sweet Tooth, Tattoo Redo, Sexy Beasts, See 2, Ted Lasso Season 2, Relentless, Reservation Dogs,  American Ninja Warrior Jr., Walking Dead

 

 

 

 

 

F9: The Fast Saga

The only thing worse than a bad action movie is a boring one.  F9 Is a comedy but it just doesn’t know it.  F9 comes out flat and lazy without any new story for the fans to enjoy.  My biggest issue with F9 is that it is everything the audience has seen before.  The heart of the franchise seems to be missing in this installment.  The absence of Dwayne Johnson is felt in F9. They completely jumped the shark by sending Tej and Roman into space, then comparing them to Minions.  F9 should do well...

Stowaway

Stowaway had the potential to be an incredible examination into the views and philosophy surrounding survival and hope, yet delivers with a lackluster presentation.  In a world where Gravity and The Martian don't exist, perhaps Stowaway would find a place as an elegant space thriller, but it's really only that about half the time. Anna Kendrick plays the same character we saw in all of her other movies.  Shamier Anderson is the shining star of this flick.  Yet his performance cannot overcome...

Invincible

In an over saturated genre of superhero shows, Invincible manages to rise above them as a bloody good time. It delivers a new take on classic superhero cartoons, with spectacular gory action and a mature storyline. The animation itself is great, for the most part, and the voice acting is exceptional. Invincible has some incredible voice talent from J.K. Simmons to Zachary Quinto, and even Mark Hamill. The story is filled with great mysteries and the finale is emotionally impactful. The show...

Defending Jacob

This miniseries is interesting, gripping, and accomplished what it set out to achieve which is making the viewer continuously question "did he do it?"  Defending Jacob is a compelling story about a boy charged for murder as his bully is found murdered a park near his house. The show focuses on how everything changes immensely for family once their child becomes main suspect in a murder case. Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell giving us very realistic performances.  It is...

Boss Level

I was hoping for a high-octane flick inspired by Groundhogs Day, but what I got was a forgettable movie.  Boss Level places Frank Grillo into a video game universe that is never fully programed with forgettable motivations.  The biggest mystery to me, with a title of “Boss Level” you would think the final battle would be epic, yet it seems mostly nonexistent. The time loop formula seems played out.  From Edge of Tomorrow, Palm Springs, Source Code, and The Map of Tiny Perfect things, its time...

Cruella

The Devil Wears Prada with a mix of Joker, but not in a good way.  The endless hit parade of tunes could not save this movie and causes for a big distraction.  Despite this being based on an animated movie, Cruella is very dark for youngsters.  Cruella could have been saved with a 45-minute edit. At least this Disney live action is a new story and not a direct copy of an animated movie.  The Disney adults will push this movie to the top of the box office.   Cruella is all eye and ear candy...

The Little Things

The Little Things wants to be a movie absorbed in its meticulous clues and details. Yet, many of its key pieces and performances feel totally out of sync with each other, creating a suspense thriller that stumbles over itself. The plot "twist" lands with an underwhelming and frustrating thud, as you go from "who did it?" to "is that it?".  My main issue with this movie is its ending.  It is just completely unsatisfying. This might be the one time I recommend skipping a Denzel Washington movie....

Unhinged

Unhinged has a lot of shock and awe, but no real substance or plot.  If there's a redeeming feature to this movie it's Russell Crowe’s performance.  Unfortunately, we never learn Crowe’s true motive other than he just snapped one day. If you are a fan of the 1993 movie Falling Down movie starting Michael Douglas, you might want to give Unhinged a chance.  Otherwise this is an easy skip.

The Informer

The Informer is like an experiment to see if an amazing cast can make uninspired material worth watching.  Spoiler alert, the answer is No. The Informer is not bad, it is just nothing special.  The story is overly familiar and takes some odd twist and turns that stretch the plot’s credibility.  The saving grace to this movie is its cast.  The Informer has an all-star cast including Joel Kinnaman, Ana de Armas, Rosamund Pike, and Clive Owen just to name a few. If you’re like me, searching for...

The New Mutants

Maybe its just the longing for new material in me, but I really enjoyed The New Mutants.  The issues this film had from the delays, reshoots, and director fighting with the studio can been seen on the screen.  This movie doesn’t seem to have a true identity, is it a superhero movie, horror flick, or drama?   I couldn’t decide. The cast is by far the silver lining of this movie.  Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Anya Taylro-Joy (The Queens Gambit) steel each scene they are in.  I wish we...

Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman is a great movie that is full of surprises, well-paced comedy, and a ton of satisfying and shocking moments. Carey Mulligan gives a dynamite performance that could generate some buzz come award season. Director Emerald Fennel really brings this world to life with his use of vibrant pastel colors. Promising Young Woman is wildly entertaining, while being both troubling and disturbing.  If you are looking for a good revenge flick, look no further.

Anna

If you enjoy spy movies with double crosses, triple crosses, and quadruple crosses, then this is the movie for you.   Over and over, the movie proceeds down one narrative path, then jumps back as each twist reveals a new, hidden thread.  The director keeps the story and action clear while deftly slipping in minor details that prove crucial later on. Sasha Luss (Anna) and Helen Mirren (Olga) have true chemistry as teacher / student.  Anna delivers on the action and miss direction. This might be...

Motherless Brooklyn

Motherless Brooklyn has all the elements to make a great crime drama, but it meanders its way into the meh. As a piece of storytelling Motherless Brooklyn just feels so lifeless, with any real sense of danger and excitement seeping out of the picture.  Norton’s performance could have come off as comical, but somehow is memorable. For a first-time big budget director, I will give Norton a pass.  I am excited to see what he might do in the future.  If you absolutely love Noir Movies, this might...

Underwater

I think we have all seen this movie.  The Abyss meets Aliens with a bit of The Poseidon Adventure, a lot of Pacific Rim and a dash of The Meg in this subaquatic sci-fi that offers nothing more than the sum of its references.  Typical storytelling, mans greed brings out a monster to destroy the world. The characters are one dimensional, empathy is lacking, and the action moves in a mechanical, predictable, and dull way.  Kristen Stewart couldn’t save this movie.  After watching I understand why...

Wonder Woman 1984

The charm from the original Wonder Woman movie is sadly missing.  I am not sure what happened to this movie, Patty Jenkins seem to have all the time in the world but build an incredible sequel, in which she failed. WW84 takes no advantage from its 80s set up or the double villain scheme, delivering a mindless story that steers too far from the tone set in the previous installment in the worst way possible. There are just too many issues with this movie for me to write about.  You will be able...

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