Comedy

Entourage series review

A show about an up and coming movie star, his 2 best friends, and his ill-tempered passed it actor brother, his agent and their adventures in Hollywood filled with big egos backstabbing each other. Including a lot of cameos by known actors that intensify the feeling of an accurate representation of reality.

The best attribute of Entourage is its characters, they have consistent personalities that evolve but do not change unrealistically in order to suit some new idea that needs to be implemented no matter what; making the series something that it’s not. Maintaining the same 5 people as the center of the show for 8 seasons, meant that we had a chance to explore their deepest ends, at their highs and lows, and that made us achieve a connection and empathize with them.

An ever-changing setting to the LA backdrop and to the situations the boys find themselves in, made it always interesting and continuously built the anxiety and nervousness when awaiting what is to follow. There was a point when it was becoming a bit dull during season 5, not because it wasn’t equally good but because it was starting to repeat itself, however that was immediately rectified by the seasons that followed.

The show might seem just a light-hearted tour in the Hollywood madness but one can draw conclusions of much deeper meaning for everything that happens, with friendship and relationships at its core, the writers did an incredible job, to keep it fresh and meaningful and I am glad HBO decided to take it off the air when they did instead of milking it; it was time.

Who doesn’t want to take a tour in LA with a movie star? Watching the show is like being part of Vince’s Entourage, where it’s always fun and crazy.

8.5/10

Community Season 6 review

Back to its best, with the peculiar episodes that made us love it in the first place. Exploring one movie theme after the other, putting our favourite characters in the funny circumstances that we are used to seeing from Community and maintaining its unique charm meant this was another entertaining season.

With the introduction of Elroy Patashnik and Frankie portrayed by Keith David and Paget Brewster respectively as regulars on the show, basically replacing Shirley, Troy and Pierce from the group. They tailored the show a bit, in order to suit the new additions but with the rest of the “study group” personnel and format of the show remaining the same, we still got to see some incredibly amusing episodes and of course our annual paintball episode, with a bit of a twist, hilarious as always.

I couldn’t put it better than the last episode of the season did. Some average episodes will always happen, since not everything is going to be a hit for everyone, but with episodes mostly ranging from good to great, I most definitely want to see a 7th season of Community.

Hopefully it gets renewed.

8/10

Grace and Frankie-Season 1 Review

A look into the relationships of two couples in their 70s and their kids and what happens when the husbands decide to leave their respective wives of 40 years to marry each other.  Surely we have seen similar narratives before, however this is new take on the matter, with 4 impeccable actors as the main cast.

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen are terrific actors and we all know that they have been underused in recent years but they prove that acting is a talent that is only improved with experience.  They are aided by some great writing with a fresh take on a commonly used theme.  The show is hilarious but it doesn’t stop there, it has a beating heart, mostly due to the remains of the intimate relationship between Sol and Frankie (Waterston and Tomlin respectively) contrasted with the seemingly more distant Grace and Robert (Fonda and Sheen).

You are always going to get people saying they are just recycling material and doing all the cliches but we seem to forget that relationships in the real world have recurring themes and situations.  This is a show about real life circumstances with different kinds of people and the different ways they react to them. It’s about family, making decisions that don’t only affect ourselves but also those we love, and facing the truth.  It’s funny and it’s touching. There really isn’t more one could ask for.

This is not just a mashup of characters and a few good puns to make us chuckle kind of sitcom.  It feels real and I cannot stress enough how amusing it can be at times.

8/10

Mortdecai-Review

The story might be absurd, the situations that Mortdecai finds himself in might be a bit dumb but that doesn’t take away the jokes and the laughs from the film. After all it is a comedy and if it does one thing right, it’s providing laughs or at least chuckles throughout.

Some viewers will probably find it funnier than others, but it’s hard to believe that anyone could watch this movie and come out completely unentertained. Paul Bettany and Ewan McGregor are fantastic, they provide some authentic British vibe and their chemistry with Johnny Depp brings out the most out of the movie. The verbal back and forth between them never seizes to amuse as does the impeccable acting by Depp, who once again proves that he is the master in portraying peculiar personas.

The narrative however is always up in the air, it never manages to get a grip of reality, and very similarly to Mortdecai it always progresses without taking into consideration what will follow and how it will build on what preceded. The main focus of the film becomes apparent in its very early stages and that is to amuse the audience and it does exactly that.

A lighthearted and amusing movie.

6.5/10

Galavant-Review

I don’t think anyone ever expected a fairy-tale themed TV show would be this funny. Credit to the writers who managed to bring to television something new, that we haven’t experienced before and still make it interesting and entertaining enough to satisfy audiences. It walks along a fine line of a mixture of the fundamental building blocks of musical animated movies and parodies and it’s a joy to watch.

It helps of course when a legend of the business is involved, Alan Menken, the 8 times Oscar winner that composes the music who along with Glenn Slater that writes the hilarious lyrics that accompany it, make the musical part of the series a highlight and something to anticipate. The songs, very similarly to those in Disney animated movies, couldn’t be catchier and add another dimension to the story.

The “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” similarities are present of course, as you would expect from a medieval times parody that mocks most of the existing cliches without just being a silly exaggeration of everything but rather a well thought execution of innovative ideas. The fact that it brings memories from that classic is just another complement for the show.

Even though it was feared that the first season was all we were ever going to see from Galavant, surprisingly the show got its reward for being innovative and loved by enough people that it got renewed for a second.

Recommended to anyone looking for something new and funny on TV.

8/10

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TV review-The Comedians Episode 1

In a world where Billy Crystal and Josh Gad are very dull and unfunny. Hopefully that world will change, it will just be the case that the first episode was introductory and a one off.

Even thought it’s a satirical comedy, you would expect with the names associated with it, that it would have been at least a bit funny, at the very least a few good jokes.  However, but the end of the episode I came to the sad realization that I had not laughed, not even once during the duration of the show, maybe a couple chuckles at best.

On a positive note, the show seems to execute the documentary-style series quiet well and it feels as if we see what the actors do when they are not actually performing, like being able to get a glimpse of their life. Billy Crystal has a different role to what we are used to, a bit more serious rather than the wacky characters he usually portrays, even though the tv show has a wacky and weird feel to it, it reminds me of the usual weird tv shows on FX, oh wait…

For the sake of the people involved and how good they can be, I hope it gets better. I am confident it will.

6/10

The Last Man on Earth and its cartoonish vibe.

Is nobody else reminded of Tom & Jerry and other similar cartoons when they watch The Last Man on Earth?

I have had this thought on my mind for a few episodes now, but the last two (them being episode 7 and 8) have really empowered that thought in my mind.  Without going into any spoiler territory and trying to keep this thought of mine as short as possible, it feels as if the main character of the show, Phil has very akin characteristics to Tom, if we are to continue with the Tom & Jerry example.  He is consistently coming up with new ideas with a solely narcissistic aim, to get himself something he really wants, whatever that may be.  However time and again he falls just short of his goal and in the end somehow “his Jerry” manages to elude him.

TV review-iZombie Episode 2

In iZombie’s second episode we are thrown right in the mix with the characters as if we had been watching the show for a long time now-somehow it manages to feel familiar.  Liv is such an entertaining persona, with new aspects to her character, something which seems to be a theme that will occur every week, that always provide a good chuckle, augmented by another fine performance by Rose McIver. The witticisms and puns she continuously makes always hit a nerve and never fail to be hilarious whilst she remains very likable and charming in her own weird way.

This week we got to see a bit of the villainous side of the show and it got just a bit more interesting even thought it is not evident as of yet what the angle is.  However it was a good development to the base story that was already in place as of the last episode.  Another solid and entertaining episode accompanied with discovering a potential nemesis for Liv are elements that make for a week of  enhanced anticipation until the next episode.

Episode 2 in any series is usually what defines if you are really into it and you want to keep watching or you think that it is just  not good enough, or at the very least it’s when you make an assessment and decide if you should stop watching or not (sometimes you need to watch 3 episodes to make that decision).  As for this particular episode 2 it definitely gets the green light to keep watching.  It will take a huge (negative) effort to stop me from watching the rest of the season.

8/10

TV review – The Last Man on Earth ~Episode 1-2

Talk about innovative and new ideas.  Most of the time we slack Hollywood for reusing and recycling the same stories, similar characters and all the rest of it.  However this time they take a rarely used concept and make something out of it.

Will Forte as the creator and writer of the show, has done a brilliant job, to first introduce the character with a rather explanatory and tone setting first episode with less laughs and more drama and then a funny, diverse and more than entertaining second episode.  He also stars in the show and he delivers to the maximum.  Combining both physical comedy and also smart script which never fails to be hilarious.  Needless to say the decision to air the first two episodes together was a stroke of genius, since they compliment each other so very much.

The Last Man on Earth has already people talking about it and I am very interested to see how Will Forte decides continue the story.  Can he keep things funny and entertaining with this minimal cast or will more people be added to keep things interesting.  For now, everything that has happened within the show has worked a charm and I am not to bothered about what’s to follow but rather excited and anxious. It’s a must watch show for anyone with an appreciation for comedy.

8.5/10

TV review- iZombie Episode 1

Interesting, smart and frivolous, those are the 3 most accurate words I can think to describe the first episode.  Liv Moore, the main character portrayed by Rose McIver who is as suited to the role as one can be, encapsulates perfectly all of the main features of the show and then some.  It’s a bit too early to make a call on the supporting cast, but one thing’s for sure, nobody and nothing looks out of place.

Whilst the premise of the show is quiet silly and most definitely not what you would call a quality TV series, it seems as if it’s capable to still be quiet interesting and provide solid entertainment for however long it may last. It combines two of the most common narratives in film and TV industry, Zombies and police procedural, putting its own spin on the numerous cliches and making it promising and exciting to see where the creators choose to take this.

From the first episode it looks like it’s not horror nor drama, it is very much a crime satire with touches of drama. Check it out if you are looking for something lighthearted to get you through the week.  It is bound to become a guilty pleasure for many and I am sure the hardcore fans won’t take long to make an appearance, and who knows it might even get better, after all this was just a first taste of what the show is about.

7/10