Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight

Feels like it’s been a while since I’ve watched a stand-up special, and I’m glad I watched this new one from Craig Ferguson on Netflix. I quite like his brand of comedy — even though I didn’t regularly watch his late night show, I did watch it here and there, and always enjoyed his vibe and dark (and surreal) comedy leanings. The set here is pretty solid, and is definitely going to be enjoyable to anyone who likes him — and he gets to be more dirty here than he would on his old show. Lots of big laughs, and it was fun seeing that it was shot in Montreal (just like the Judd Apatow special that also appeared on Netflix this week, which I actually got to attend).

Godless

Our team Christmas party was held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this year, and during the party we had access to the current main exhibition, which is all about the history of westerns. I love me some westerns, and this put me in a mood to watch a bunch (either re-watch or find some I hadn’t seen), and so this series appearing on Netflix couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve only watched the first episode so far, but what I did see was pretty great, and I think I’m going to like the rest. I also want to re-watch some Sergio Leone, and a few John Ford films too.

She’s Gotta Have It

I feel like I’ve lost touch with what Spike Lee has been producing in recent years — even though I used to be a big fan of his work — but I was definitely going to give his new Netflix series a shot (a remake of his first film). I’ve watched the first two episodes, and I already love it so damn much. From the opening theme song and credits montage, to just delicious dialogue and funny interactions between the cast, this is just a joy to watch. I’m really into it, and I’m very much looking forward to watching the rest of the season.

The Punisher

Even though at this point I feel pretty burned by Marvel’s Netflix series — the only series I’ve really liked a lot was Daredevil — I was looking forward to this, mostly because I liked Bernthal’s portrayal of the Punisher in the second season of Daredevil (even though I felt it was a waste to have him be in courtroom scenes for so many episodes). I’ve watched the first three episodes, and I’m sorta meh on it. I think it’s fine, and the strength of it is still the way Bernthal plays Punisher, and I like the new woman FBI agent. But I can’t say that the storyline is really exciting me a lot so far, and I’m so tired of seeing those flashbacks of his family — yes, we know what happened, enough already. I may still watch more, but it’s not high on my list of things to watch.

Neo Yokio

I gave this a try when it was released on Netflix, and couldn’t get into it. I thought the idea of doing an artsy take on anime to be an interesting one, and I do like the Wes Anderson-like opening credits, which really clash with the bombastic openers we’re used to seeing in anime. But after watching the first 2 episodes, I was just plain bored. It’s supposed to be a sort of parody of anime, but it’s neither funny nor saying anything particularly interesting. It might be a series that finds its footing later on in the season, but I just wasn’t interested — or cared enough — to watch any more of it.

Stranger Things 2

What with Super Mario Odyssey taking over my life since Friday, I’ve only managed to watch the first episode of the second season of Stranger Things (after re-watching season 1 earlier this week). That episode was quite good though — you gotta love all of the arcade love the episode gets — and I can’t wait to see where it’s all heading. The music in the episode was on point too. Some Devo during a scene that takes place in an arcade? Swoon.

Stranger Things (Season 1)

I’m incredibly excited for the second season of Stranger Things to come out on Friday, and so in anticipation I decided to re-watch the first season — something I never do for dramatic series, with Twin Peaks as the exception. I’m watching 2-3 episodes a night (will finish tonight), and I’ve found myself enjoying it just as much as I did the first time. Bring on season 2!

Mindhunter

I loved this series so much. I binged most of it in one day, which I haven’t done in a while (especially for a dramatic series). The premise of interviewing serial killers made for some fascinating scenes — and some great performances — and I quite liked that they mixed these with a few “new” cases along the way. Even though it sorta feels like it told the story it had to tell, I wouldn’t mind getting a second season of this.

Alias Grace

Yeah, I kinda went full on Canadiana last night, and the final piece — also watched through the CBC app — is the first episode of this adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel. I think this is a co-production between the CBC and Netflix (so on Netflix outside of Canada). I didn’t really know anything about the story, but figured it would be something worth checking it out, and I quite enjoyed the first episode (which is the only one that has aired here so far). Also, it’s fun seeing David Cronenberg play an acting role in it!

Big Mouth

This came out of nowhere for me (added to Netflix last week), as I had heard nothing about it. But seeing that Nick Kroll and a lot of other fun actors were involved, I decided to check it out, and wow, this series is incredibly funny. I’ve watched the first 3 episodes, and they’re deliciously crass in the way they handle kids going through puberty (with an honest-to-god puberty monster to cheer you on when you get erections). One of the funniest things I’ve watched this year.