Thursday, December 10, 2015

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

In Bruges (R):
This black comedy is an "odd couples" bromance about two hitmen laying low in Bruges after a hit gone awry. Colin Farrell is great as the restless partner who thinks Bruges is a shithole while his older partner just wants to sightsee. Fun and quotable.

Final Grade: B

Trainwreck (R):
I enjoyed this romantic comedy but didn't think it was as hilarious as advertised. Still, it was a notch above most.

Final Grade: B

Demetri Martin Live *at the time:
This standup special really didn't do anything for me. It felt like a less funny Mitch Hedberg special eliciting occasional smirks and rare chuckles. The closing segment backed by guitar felt like a gimmick to maintain the audience's attention and wasn't much funnier than the rest. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: C-

Jessica Jones, Season One:
Super hero movies are uniformly stupid so I was surprised that I ended up liking this show that takes place in the same universe as the Avengers movie. It does a good job of minimizing the juvenile super power action sequences in favor of character development. David Tennant carries the show as a villain with the power of suggestion, and the plot is given the freedom to evolve as it needs, without any contrived setbacks or "case of the week" doldrums. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: A-

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