Friday, January 20, 2023

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Fleishman is in Trouble:
This limited series covers the dissolution of a marriage and the immediate fallout that follows. It's slick and well-produced, but your enjoyment of it will be directly influenced by how long you can tolerate all of the unpleasant main characters. Jesse Eisenberg is as annoying as he is in every other role, which shows how great of an actor he is when playing annoying characters. Once the final credits rolled, the whole series felt like a prequel -- I would have enjoyed watching the characters develop and grow instead of just watching them all fall apart. On Hulu.

Final Grade: C+

Clerks III (R):
This is a super obligatory conclusion to the Clerks trilogy (which should have remained a single movie). The movie tries to have a serious ending, which is tonally awkward after 90 minutes of dick and weed jokes, and a "movie within a movie" segment goes on for way too long. Still, this was better than Jay and Silent Bob: Reboot by a wide margin.

Final Grade: C

Barry, Season Two:
The second season of this hitman-turned-actor comedy has a few great moments, but is nowhere near as good as the first season. A specific episode in the middle involving a feral child feels more like an overlong SNL skit than a Barry episode.

Final Grade: B-

Gifts of the Magi: An Artifact Space Story by Miles Cameron:
This free novella (available as an e-book on the author's website) is a pleasant Christmas-themed return to the Artifact Space universe. It reveals no new main story information, but is a nice way to spend an hour. There are a distracting number of typos in the e-book, but hey, it's free!

Final Grade: B

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