Friday, November 01, 2019

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Game Night (R):
This comedy features Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as an ultra-competitive couple whose game night gets derailed. It's shallow fun that doesn't try too hard to have a deeper meaning and gets great mileage out of having Jesse Plemons (fat Matt Damon) as a creepy neighbour who never gets invited.

Final Grade: B

My Name is Michael Holbrook by Mika:
Mika's most recent album has great songs but the arrangements feel phoned in. As I listen, I can hear the places where freshman or sophomore maturity Mika would have thrown in a few trumpets for no good reason to great effect. Now, the arrangements are so muted that it almost feels like they released the working copy rather than the final edit.

Final Grade: B

i'm sorry, Season Two:
Season Two is just as good as Season One. Nothing happens beyond the funny dialogue, but that is fine in this case. I also like that jokes walk the line of "cringe" territory without crossing the line into "it's only funny because it's uncomfortable". Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B+

Pitch Perfect (PG-13):
This movie feels like an extended edition of an episode of Glee, but gets mileage out of its good-natured charm, fun cameos and supporting actors, and snarky a capella commentators that could be straight out of Best in Show.

Final Grade: B-

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