Friday, April 03, 2020

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

iZombie, Season Five:
The final season suffers from too many factions muddling the plot momentum. It also has the same problem as season four -- when your main character takes on a different personality every episode, any serious character development feels arbitrary and unearned. Watch this season for the many funny scenes with characters you've grown to like, and ignore the plot nonsense. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B-

Discover by Lenka:
This is the sister EP of Recover, an unnecessary album full of covers. I've listened to Discover several times now and nothing has stood out -- it's very muted background music rather than something quirky or catchy.

Final Grade: C+

Brittany Runs a Marathon:
The plot of an overweight woman who gets into running seems like it's been done so much that there's no new ground to cover. While it doesn't go in an amazing new direction, it does earn its ending and qualifies as a decent quarantine feel-good movie. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: B

Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot (R):
An awful, cringeworthy movie. It reminded me of Ken Jeong's comedy special where he spent an hour reminding everyone that he was in The Hangover. The fact that Reboot's plot is identical to Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is intended to be ironic and tongue-in-cheek but just comes across as unnecessary. While there are a few laughs, you really need to be a huge Kevin Smith movie trivia fan to get all of the cameos and inside jokes. I liked his movies 20 years ago but this movie squanders any of that nostalgic goodwill almost immediately. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: D

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