Really didn’t know what to expect from this thing, other than I was going in thinking it was one hell of a weird thing for Netflix to produce – and I’m not very Christmas-y, or into Christmas specials. But hey, I like Murray, I like weird things, and when I learned that it was directed by Sofia Coppola, I thought that made it worth checking out. And guess what, I really had a good time watching this. Yup, it’s incredibly weird, I loved the guests, and it simply had a nice Coppola vibe to it. Definitely worth a watch. Also, it sure made me miss seeing Jason Schwartzman regularly on the screen (long live Bored to Death).
Watching this Netflix stand-up special was my first taste of his comedy – I am aware of him as a comedian, but I’m not quite sure from where, possibly from the WTF podcast. I’ll say that I didn’t find this to be laugh-out-loud funny like I did John Mulaney’s special, but after a bit of a slow start, I did find myself grinning/smiling the whole way through. The dude is unbelievably non-PC, and it’s fun to see him just never let up. I also quite like the way he sets up things, always pointing towards one direction, followed by a huge swerve. Well worth watching, especially if you like dark humor.
I’m now on episode 6 of this series, and I’m still not quite sure if I really like it or not. I mean, the fact that I’m still watching it must mean that I’m finding some sort of enjoyment or satisfaction out of the show, but I can’t help but feel unsatisfied throughout. The highlights for me are when we have David Tennant on the screen, as he’s deliciously creepy/scary, but that doesn’t really happen much. I’m also bored by pretty much any scene with just Jessica and Luke – what an uninteresting relationship. And just in general, I’m finding it too slow paced – feels like there was more happening in Daredevil. I haven’t given up yet, but I do hope things pick up during the second half of the season.
All I know of John Mulaney is that he was a writer on SNL (and was responsible for the Stefon bits) and that after he left that show he had a short-lived sitcom that wasn’t considered very good, but I’d heard good things about his new Netflix comedy special, The Comeback Kid, and so decided to check it out. I’m glad I did, as it’s a really fantastic stand-up special. Not only funny, but I really like how he builds his jokes, forming long stories that grow and grow. Highly recommended.
Even though I never watched it back in the day, I know that Mr. Show is considered a true classic of comedy, and so was pretty excited to see this new follow-up series on Netflix – especially since I really do love both Bob and David in whatever I have seen them in. But after watching the first episode, I just wasn’t feeling it, it wasn’t funny to me at all. I started watching the second episode, and have yet to finish it. Since it’s only a set of 4 episodes, I may still get through all of them, hoping it gets better by the end, and that I somehow just haven’t been in the proper mindset to watch them.
This is absolutely one of the best series to come out of Netflix. Even though I quite like Aziz Ansari (I loved Parks and Recreation), I wasn’t necessarily sold on his new series from the get-go, and wasn’t even really feeling it while watching the first episode. But by episode 2 I was in, and by the end I was so in love with the show. Also, the opening credit sequence for each episode uses a different song each time, and every single selection is fantastic. Can’t recommend this series enough.
This documentary about Ghibli is currently on Netflix, and so don’t miss out. Really fantastic look at the inner workings of the studio, in a very natural and personal way, that tracks them as they were working on the latest two film releases. Enjoyed this immensely.
I’d been wanting to watch this since it first came out, and I’ve finally gotten around to it and I’m really loving it – definitely one of my favorite shows this year. I’m about halfway through the season, and it just feels like it keeps getting better and better. Can’t recommend it enough, and I really do hope that Netflix orders a second season.