Saturday Night Fever

I’m definitely taking my time with my 1977 movie marathon (maybe it should be called a 1977 “crawl” instead), as I have to be in the mood. A couple of weeks ago I watched Saturday Night Fever for the first time in forever, and it made me realize that, I think I really like disco music? Just like I remembered, the highlights of the movie are all of the disco sequences, with the drama behind it all less interesting (to me at least). But yeah, when it comes to all of the scenes in the club, Travolta really comes off as an amazing performer.

Goon: Last of the Enforcers

Look, just like the first one, this movie is dumb as hell, but I got a kick out of watching it. I’ve even come to think that fighting in hockey is crazy and stupid — and that’s the aspect of hockey that these movies clearly focus on — but still, as someone who grew up following hockey (the only sport I’ve ever had a huge interest in following), there’s a lot that I find funny in these, including the fact that it takes place in Eastern Canada, where I’m from, and that my hometown (Moncton) is a team featured in the league they play in (the Lords). It’s not for everyone, but if you liked the first Goon, you’ll probably enjoy this one too.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

I remember being disappointed by Kingsman the first time I watched it. I think it’s because I wanted something that was a bit less wacky, and I really hated Samuel L. Jackson’s character and his annoying lisp. After seeing the trailers for the sequel, which to me looked super fun, I decided to give the first film another shot, and actually really enjoyed it this time. Maybe it’s because I went in this time knowing what to expect, but I was much more into the ride we’re given, and the action sequences were still just as entertaining as I remembered them being (especially the church scene). Sure, I still don’t like Jackson’s character, but it wasn’t enough to ruin the film for me this time.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

What to say about this. I wasn’t really excited to see another Pirates movie, and so it kinda feels like a franchise that is really pushing its luck, but then again, I like big adventure movies, so I wanted to give it a shot. In the end, it passed the time, and had some neat visual moments, but I can’t say that I have much love for it. The ending does suggest a continuation, and if that continuation can include those particular characters that show up at the end, than I actually would be more interested in seeing another one (Depp’s Jack Sparrow alone is getting to be a bit of a parody of himself).

Baby Driver

What a great movie, and it all starts with the soundtrack, which I think is the best song-based soundtrack we’ve gotten since Pulp Fiction. If I were to pull out a disappointment, it’s that the stunningly entertaining opening car action sequence never gets topped, and I kept hoping we were going to see more of that (we get a bit more, but nothing on the scale of that opener). But what we did get was still a joy to watch, and I thought the ending was quite appropriate (i.e. it’s not always a complete happy ending). I wouldn’t mind seeing these characters have more adventures.

F Is for Family (Season 2)

I had really liked the first season of this series, but then when the second season hit during the summer, as happy as I was to start watching it, I found myself not really digging it — it felt less funny and just meaner. So I only watched the first couple of episodes, and then kinda stopped. I don’t know what made me want to continue watching it again recently, and I’m not sure if it’s because there’s an actual change in tone, but for me it got back in its groove and I was hooked again, quickly binging the rest of the season. I’d say the second half gets even funnier than anything in the first season. I’m glad I persevered.

Jerry Before Seinfeld

I quite enjoyed this new stand-up comedy special by Seinfeld for Netflix. It also made me realize that I think this was the first time I watched an actual full set by him — if you don’t count all of the stand-up bits that were part of the original Seinfeld series (which funnily enough, I started watching again from the start, since I noticed it’s up on CraveTV, a Canadian Netflix-like). The set is a fun walkthrough of his early career, and the jokes themselves hit way more than they miss. I believe this is the first of a series of specials that he’s doing for Netflix, and so I’m pretty excited to watch the next one.

The Orville

I didn’t really know if I wanted to watch The Orville, Seth Macfarlane’s parody take on Star Trek — and I’m much more excited to watch this fall’s Star Trek: Discovery. I like Star Trek (I’ve watched every series and every movie), and I did like Galaxy Quest, but I didn’t know if I was in for a joke-filled Trek-like. I watched the first episode last night, and was first surprised by the fact that it’s not as joke-filled and spoofy as I was expecting. I actually had a good time watching it, and the funny bits were mostly funny, and the overall episode was pretty entertaining. I won’t say that I love it, but I’m definitely going to watch a few more episodes.

The Good Place (Season 1)

I’d heard good things about this series, and so when I saw it pop up on Netflix this past week (the first season, ahead of the start of the second one), I decided to check it out. I’m only on the 3rd episode, and I already love it. On top of a great cast (I especially like Jameela Jamil’s character), the situations and jokes are just generally pretty great, which I don’t really expect to get from network TV anymore. Very much looking forward to watching the rest of the first season.

Narcos (Season 1)

When the first season of Narcos was added to Netflix, I remember watching the first few episodes, and enjoying it, but for some reason I got distracted and never finished it. With the addition of a 3rd season recently, I was reminded that I always meant to go back, and since I couldn’t really remember what had gone on in those first few episodes, I started from the start, and just finished watching that first season (watched it this past week). This is a fantastic show, I really enjoyed every bit of it, and can’t wait to now get through the next two seasons. Also, funny thing, I was trying to place the actor who plays Pena, and it was only the other day that I saw a tweet where someone was mentioning that he was Oberyn on Game of Thrones — I’d completely forgotten.