Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category

I Love Dick: Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2

May 22, 2017

I was intrigued by the Amazon pilot I Love Dick, Jill Soloway’s (Transparent) new comedy on Amazon which aired earlier this year and got picked up for a full season. Soloway bills it as the first series which looks at the world from a female gaze. I’m paraphrasing there but that idea intrigued me enough to watch the next episode on Amazon.  Unfortunately I didn’t find the characters universal or relatable as in Transparent. To be honest, there was too much posing. The show feels too contrived skewering the hipster world of art and writing. Full disclosure, I read this rather confusing article last evening about Soloway which may have put a damper on my enjoyment of the show. Sometimes I learn too much about the creatives behind a project which colors my feelings. Based on the novel by Chris Kraus, I Love Dick explores a woman following her male partner to Marfa, TX where she explores the meaning of her art and life through an obsession with a self-absorbed male teacher named Dick. Though the premise and pilot intrigued me, I didn’t connect with the series after viewing episode 2. Again, I’m thrilled to not add another series to my list of must-see’s. I didn’t hate Dick, it just got on my nerves. Art hipster posing is not something I look forward to embracing on a rainy evening after dinner. 2.5 out of 5.

That Gay Episode: ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ Comes Out Of The Closet (Decider)

May 9, 2017

Photos: HULU ; Illustration: Dillen phelps; from Decider

Brett White over at Decider continues the series, That Gay Episode this time focusing on the famous Mary Tyler Moore episode where Phyllis finds out her brother is gay. From Decider,

Gay people worry about how they’re perceived — not for vanity reasons, but survival reasons. The period of a gay person’s life — be they minutes, months or years — between acknowledging their queer identity and proudly flying a rainbow flag are a nonstop internal Q(ueer) & A session.”Do they know I’m gay?” “Wait, does this make me seem gay?” “When do I tell them I’m gay?” It’s hard to express who you now know you are when you’re dealing with people whose perceptions of you run back decades.

These are the issues at the heart of The Mary Tyler Moore Show‘s 1973 episode “My Brother’s Keeper.” Unlike Cheers‘ “The Boys in the Bar,” which tackled machismo and gay panic by making half the cast straight-up homophobes, “My Brother’s Keeper” saved its big gay reveal for the very end. To get all meta, this is a gay episode that literally plays it straight for 24 of its 25 minutes.

Read the full article.
Read Kenneth in the 212’s blog post about how this episode and other quintessential queer moments on television personally affected him.

Dear White People: Season 1

April 30, 2017

For some reason the original film, Dear White People didn’t resonate with me. Looking back on the review, I didn’t feel there was enough energy in the 2012-2014 project. Fast-forward to 2017. Creator Justin Simien turns his idea into a 10-episode Netflix television series. Now this was the right vehicle. Focusing on a character at a time, Simien and the crew tackle mostly race but also sexism and homophobia on modern college campuses. Dear White People is fun, but in the fifth episode things get very serious. And then by the seventh episode there’s some melodrama I could have done without, but then I remembered this is college after all and even intelligent, evolved young people are going to get messy with their emotions. Overall I love the Netflix show and am positively looking forward to Season 2. The series tackled a lot of really tough subjects head on as young people have a tendency to do. Bravo to the fearless cast and crew. 4.5 out of 5 for Dear White People.

The Best Prop in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2! (YouTube)

April 29, 2017

Glad to see I’m not the only one focused on Dave Bautista’s biceps. Leave it to straight funny man Chris Pratt to lead us to the well of muscle. From YouTube,

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 premieres May 5, 2017. Here’s hoping it’s even funnier than the original!


Beatriz at Dinner | Official Trailer (You Tube)

April 14, 2017

Rarely does a trailer make me insane with excitement for a film. Anticipation for Beatriz at Dinner now teems through my body urging me to find the first local screening. Billed as the first film of the Trump era, Beatriz at Dinner stars Salma Hayek and features a stunning supporting cast including John Lithgow, Chloë Sevigny, Connie Britton, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, and David Warshofsky. Directed by Miguel Arteta (Getting On) from a script by Mike White (Chuck & Buck, Enlightened), Beatriz at Dinner promises to be the first great thinkers film for 2017.

Watch the trailer for Beatriz at Dinner on YouTube.

Classic TV Bloopers: Uncensored

April 9, 2017

Amazon Prime streams a pair of blooper reels from film and television. I watched Classic TV Bloopers: Uncensored. Most of the scenes are from television during the 60’s and 70’s. Think I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Happy Days, M*A*S*H*, The Andy Griffith Show, and Laverne and Shirley. Uncensored means you get to hear your favorite celebrities swear like sailors. This makes for two hours of whimsical entertainment. Reacting to their mistakes is even funnier than the mistakes themselves. Enjoy a trip down memory lane with your favorite television stars. 3 out of 5.

18 Times Pam From “True Blood” Was The Vampire Queen Of Sass (Next of Ken)

April 7, 2017

Are you aching for perfect one-liners from True Blood‘s Queen of Couture, Pamela Swynford De Beaufort? Me too. Producer Next of Ken brings us the best of Pam’s sassy comebacks. Be forewarned (NSFW), they get racier as you get closer to #1. As much as I adore Pam’s potty mouth – I do love a sexy woman swearing and a sexy lesbian even more delicious, I have to admit my favorite is #5 which is all PG, but still manages to sting like no one else living or dead. #teampam

Check out all 18 on YouTube.

Ab Fab on Netflix!

April 2, 2017

Absolutely Fabulous – the series is streaming now on Netflix. Seasons 1-4 and the 2002 Christmas Special: Gay are available to Netflix subscribers. What’s your next binge?


April 1, 2017

As I recover from what hopefully will be the worst cold of my life – 2 1/2 weeks and counting, I have been watching a lot of film and television. Caught the 4-part Danish mini-series Hjørdis, a spin-off from Rita which I have yet to see. Hjørdis is a school teacher who along with a group of misfit children decides to put on a school play about bullying. Charming, silly, heartfelt. Think Glee with more realistic looking actors. My friend Barbara suggested it. I adored Hjørdis. Did you know I’d cry during the final episode? Tugged at my heartstrings. 4 out of 5 for the lovely Hjørdis.

A Royal Night Out

March 31, 2017

Looking for something light? Something British? Something period piece? Something about the Monarchy? A Royal Night Out finds the two British princesses on the night of England’s V-E Day desperately wanting a taste of real life. Off they go on their adventure. After all, before she became Queen Elizabeth, she was simply a young girl in waiting. A Royal Night Out isn’t a documentary. It’s a very sweet, heartfelt story of the confines of family and duty and the yearning for young people to just be. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this comedy. And yes, that’s Emily Watson and Rupert Everett on the cover as Queen and King. But really, this is about the girls. 3.5 out of 5 for A Royal Night Out.

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