Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’

Review – Community – Critical Film Studies (S02Ep19)

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Heading back, on the track, for a little green bag.

This week:
It is Abed’s birthday, so Jeff arranges an awesome Pulp Fiction party for him. Unbeknownst to Jeff, Abed has his own plans – to have a proper sit down dinner with real conversation.

Pluses:
OMG Abed’s sweater! (This plus the voiceover was an instant tell to the movie they were taking on this week)
The gang’s Pulp fiction outfits.
Troy and the suitcase.
Dany Pudi’s acting.
Jeff’s voice over.
So amazingly funny.
Jeff backstory.
Britta character development.
Not too much Pearce.
Cougar Town (say it in a breathy way).

Minuses:
Little too much Chang (not my favourite character).

With homages to two movie classics as well as the running Cougar Town story line, this episode was up there with the best. The story within a story within a story within a story. Classic. I don’t want to say much more because it will give it away, but if you have seen the major movie this episode hangs on (not Pulp Fiction) you will love every single second of this week’s Community, and probably will love it anyway.

In fantastic recent (since I last blogged about Community) it has been renewed for a third season. It is so nice to see a smart comedy finally accepted and not left hanging with a reasonably early renewal.

#fourandahalfsweatercladpandas

Review – Eclipse (2010)

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

So, if their clothes shred when they change, how is it they are still wearing shorts when they change back? Also, that makeup line is a bit noticeable.

Synopsis:
Edward is back and he and Bella are so on. She wants to be vamped, he doesn’t. He also doesn’t believe in sex before marriage. There is trouble in Seattle. Red Head is around making trouble. Jacob loves Bella. Bella loves Jacob but loves Edward more. Only Bella can sort out the secret of Seattle. (I can’t believe I just wrote that paragraph)

Pluses:
It wasn’t as bad as New Moon.
Edward was in sunlight a fair bit, which means I got a chance to say “Sparkles, the Gay Vampire” quite a few times.

Minuses:
The sub-plots didn’t even try to be about anything other than “Bella’s Choice.”
The whole love triangle BS.
Not enough school friends.
What a waste of Peter Fancinni (remember him in season one of Damages?)
Atrocious dialogue.
So slow.
Lighting was over or under done.

I only watched this because it was a) free, and b) I had already invested four hours in the previous movies, so felt I should continue this punishment. It certainly wasn’t the worst main stream film I saw last year but it was a long way from being enjoyable.

#onevampypandas

Review – Episodes – Episode 7 (S01Ep07)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Sex as Revenge 101

This week:
Matt admits to Beverly that Sean didn’t sleep with Morning. Sean goes to see Matt to say goodbye. Pucks gets some testing.

Pluses:
This episode was always going to be predictable, but they handled it well.
Matt unable to keep a secret or even glaze over the truth successfully.
Best fight scene in a long time, very funnily done.
Board room scene.

Minuses:
Matt hanging around a fight.
Sean being indignant, as the only reason he didn’t pursue was because he was shut down by Morning.

The ending, once the Beverly and Matt incident occurred was always going to happen. I didn’t count on Sean finding out so soon. This was a quirky little show that I certainly enjoyed. It will be interesting to see if it comes back next season, and how they are going to make a show about making a show a la Grosse Point.

#threeandahalfbritimportpandas

Review – Episodes – Episode 6

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Yeah, Joey was created when Friends was big, but I was hungry while choosing the scents.

This week:
Beverly is hurt and lashes out. Matt is in the middle and takes advantage of his situation. Sean has to make the best of a bad lot. The fate of Pucks hangs in the balance.

Pluses:
Beverly’s and Matt’s seaside discussion about why Pucks isn’t Lyman’s Boys.
Sean calling and calling.
Merc and Sean at lunch – just how quick Merc moves on.
Why Merc had lunch with Sean.
Cinamon.
Matt’s décor.
Tamsin Greig’s acting as she tempers her hurt, with contempt and anger.

Minuses:
Matt being a dick.
Bad CGI.

The end is in sight, not just for this season, but for Pucks, Sean and Matt’s friendship, and Sean and Beverley’s marriage. While the next episode is a little predictable – does anyone not think that Pucks will get picked up? While I know some people just haven’t embraced this series, I do rather enjoy it.

#fourpandas

Review – Skins – Liv (S05Ep04)

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

 

If only there was a panda costume I would have been there!

This week:
We follow self destructive Liv as she falls from one bad decision to another and has to live with the consequences. We get a better understanding of the final cast member we have only previously seen glimpses of – Matty.

Pluses:
Costume escape.
Relationship with little sister.
Franky “bing.”
Lost mother – how can a teenager make good choices when a parent can’t?
Alo’s declaration.

Minuses:
I found this episode quite disturbing – maybe that is a plus, because this show is designed to shock and think – this episode just pushed me way out of my comfort zone.
Mini lost ground with me.

The disturbing nature of this episode has made me hold off watching the next episode based around Nik (my second least favourite character).

#threedisturbedpandas

Review – Community – Intro to Political Science (S02Ep17)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

This may be my sister's outfit, but do you think these shorts make me look fat, Annie?

This week:
Progressive yet folksy Joe Biden is coming to Greendale to meet the Dean and the student council. With no student council, elections have to be held immediately. What could possibly go wrong?

Pluses:
Abed action (as much as Abed can).
Secret Service.
Jeff’s total domination of the debate without saying a thing.
Annie’s AV presentation. I laughed so hard I almost cried.
Greendale CCTV – loved their ticker too.
Key marks (Had me laughing before the credits).
The Dean’s sister.
Pierce wasn’t nearly as annoying as usual.

Minuses:
POP POP.

I loved this episode on so many levels. Abed and the Secret Service interactions were just glorious. Annie and Jeff’s interactions. Pierce’s motivations… all gold. Such a strong show, and this episode was great.

#fourandahalfsouthparkpandas

Review – Burke and Hare (2010)

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

So instead of waiting for people to die of natural causes, we will "assist," humanely of course!

Synopsis:
This black British comedy takes a light hearted look at the mass murders committed in Edinburgh over the course of a year from 1827 to 1828. Based loosely  on the truth, Burke (Simon Pegg) and Hale (Andy Serkis) turn to mass murder to supply a prestigious medical college with cadavers.

Pluses:
Interesting truth behind the story.
Simon Pegg plays the role of Burke as a likeable anti-hero.
Serkis’ Hare was a much more interesting and multi-layered character. I later read that David Tennant was initially scheduled to play Hare but had to pull out due to scheduling clashes. I would much rather have seen Tennant play it than Serkis.
The supporting cast was brilliant! Ron Corbett!! Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Bonneville and Tim Curry. Blink and you will miss Christopher Lee.
Enjoyably shot and really well lit. A lot of this movie takes place at night or indoors.

Minuses:
Isla Fisher was just recycling previous roles and added little.
Mass murderers aren’t loveable larrikins.
It felt a bit over done – like everyone was trying that bit too hard.

Overall, watching people do the cameos and minor roles was much more entertaining than the movie itself – which is a real shame. Maybe it is just me, but I didn’t really find myself wanting them to get off, for Burke to get the girl etc.  So my lack of buy-in saw me remarkably disengaged.


#twopandaswhomurderforcash

Review – Community – Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking (S02Ep16)

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Not ABED, just Abed, talking to camera.

This week:
Abed is making a documentary which follows the aftermath and fall out of Pearce’s park bench adventure. There is bequething, Levar Burton, a punch up and the Explainibrag.

Pluses:
Kunta Kinte jokes.
Community once again breaking the mold of the 30 min sit com.
The documentary voiceover.
Took them out of their comfort zone of Greendale.
Troy’s emotional ride.
Annie’s rational.

Minuses:
The funniest parts weren’t the characters.
No Starburns.
No Chang.

I know I haven’t reviewed the last few eps of Community. With so many others outstanding, my focus was elsewhere, but after such a great twist on the genre, I had to, especially after I tried to watch CBS’s new sitcom Mad Love. I couldn’t even make it to the opening credits. Even when Community is above its own par, it is still strokes ahead of anything else.

#threeandahalfmanipulatingpandas

Review – The Cape – Goggles and Hicks (S01Ep06)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Let's be stereotypical assassins in the way that stereotypical means "nothing like."

This week:
The Cape needs some time to heal and get his head back in the game so takes a day off. What could possibly interfere with that?

Pluses:
I did like the Tarot duo.
Vince’s son makes a friend.

Minuses:
Where to start?
The plot was dull.
The tech was ridiculous.
Flemming was under utilised and when he was on screen it was just stupid.
Orwell – yawn.

Thankgoodness this has been shelved. These days I watch just to see if it can actually get worse… it can.

#halfapanda

Review – Being Human – Type 4 (S03Ep03)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Hi Honey, I am home! I may be a bit whiffy though as decomp is well underway.

This week:
The best of intentions have unforeseen consequences. What makes us human? Zombie heartache. Mitchell tries to come to grips with his emotions and past in regards to Annie while controlling a Mitchell Vampire Fan Boy.

Pluses:
Graham idolising Mitchell and copying his life.
Sasha’s emotional journey.
Learning through death.
Nina’s news for George – that is going to be one interesting storyline.
Annie’s fixation.
Sasha not accepting and trying to live her old life.
People are right bastards.

Minuses:
I thought the end of the Graham story wasn’t on point (no pun intended).
Could have been more jokes with Graham.

What really made me love this episode was how it was about “becoming” for all characters, including the guest stars. I was amazed how my empathy was generated for the highly annoying Sasha – fantastic acting and character growth.

#fourandahalfundeadpandas