Friday, April 10, 2020

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Everything is New by Jack Penate:
Another old album by Jack Penate with nice hooks. A little short, but a fun listen -- I enjoy the song, Let's All Die, an upbeat number with the lyrics, "Out of the womb and into the tomb".

Final Grade: B

Jackbox Party Pack 3:
From the makers of the old trivia game, You Don't Know Jack, this collection of party games is intended for people sitting around the living room, watching the game on TV and entering answers on their phones and tablets. We tried it out for our Virtual Game Nights over (the hyped and insecure) Zoom. One of the games can't be used because it assumes everyone's in the same room, but the rest are very fun with small groups. Game types include trivia-style, invent-a-phrase, and drawing.

Final Grade: B

Big Little Lies, Season Two:
This season was completely unnecessary, focusing on the fallout from the previous season's climactic events without covering much new ground. Acting remains great, especially the guest star turn of Meryl Streep, but it's pretty clear that there's nothing new to say about any of these characters. If you want to know what happens without wasting time, watch the first and the last episode.

Final Grade: C

Cabin in the Woods (R):
This is Joss Whedon's take on horror movies, and your enjoyment hinges on whether that statement excites or bores you. I enjoyed the twists, turns, and upending of tropes, and liked that it landed the ending pretty effectively. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: B

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