Friday, February 03, 2017

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Detectorists, Season Two:
The second season is just as charming as the first and over much too quickly. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B+

Sneaky Pete, Season One:
The pilot of this Graham Yost show is easily the weakest of the bunch -- the two years it spent in production since then has definitely turned it into more than just the "case of the week" network show I worried it would become. It comes across as a blend of the storytelling from Justified with the wry appeal of Better Call Saul, (but is never so grim that it's Breaking Badly unwatchable). In spite of all of the twists and double crosses, the plot is easy to follow, and provides enough season closure to feel satisfied, while still looking forward to season two. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: A-

Jim Gaffigan: Cinco:
This is easily the funniest Gaffigan special since his earlier ones. The typical array of clean jokes about food, religion, and children are on display, and his live show timing is on point. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B+

I Am Not a Serial Killer (NR):
This is a weird little movie that morphs into a different kind of movie by its end, and (unusually enough) I enjoyed both sides of it. A small town Rust Belt teen who has been diagnosed as a sociopath thinks he can track down the local serial killer since they think so much alike. It's also good to see Christopher Lloyd still acting. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B

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