It’s been a slow past two weeks – most television is on hiatus, and the movies worth seeing are few and far between. Not to mention the fact that I’ve had a fairly busy schedule, keeping me from getting the articles and reviews I’ve wanted up from being written. Nevertheless, I did manage to see two films for review: Paul Apostle of Christ and Isle of Dogs. Reviews will be up later this week, but as a short thought on each, I will say I enjoyed one a great deal and thought the other was decent, with an interesting angle on things.
At home, I spent my time watching a variety of older films. On the comedy side of things, I watched two classic comedies: Slap Shot and Life of Brian. I was a little disappointed in the way Slap Shot was a loose collection of great scenes without a proper plot or execution. Meanwhile, Life of Brian wasn’t as particularly strong as Meaning of Life or Holy Grail, but damn, is Graham Chapman a comedic talent, and watching the whole nonsensical hodgepodge come together was highly entertaining. I also watched the older romance Splendor in the Grass, which tells the story of how love can’t last because other people get in the way, and people are terrible. For this reason I can’t tell if I hated this film or if it’s my new favorite – I think I come down somewhere in the middle. It’s too bad I followed up these mixed films with Death to Smoochy, a film that is truly fascinating in its awfulness. It was so bad I almost started to like it again. And I concluded these past two weeks with Pitch Perfect 3. All in all, I was a little disappointed, as it didn’t live up to the first two films, but it wasn’t the worst thing in the world, and when the film was on, it was really on. After all, I can’t be too negative on a film where Anna Kendrick sings “Freedom 90!”
On television, I’ve been mainly sticking to network television, although I’ve been trying to get back into Atlanta as well (easily the best show on television). After a major misstep, it seems Roseanne is finally evening out to be a fine, passable show, with fewer and fewer clunky lines and performances as time goes on. Meanwhile, The Middle finally had a great episode after a series of mediocre ones – and it was nice to see Sue finally have a win not related to her relationship. The newest episode of black-ish is an interesting turn for the show, and while I liked the episode by itself, it really depends on how the show sticks the landing. Oh, and while I’ve missed Saturday Night Live the last few weeks, I’ve seen most of the clips – hats off to John Mulaney for having three or four of the best sketches of the year, including the now-iconic “Diner Lobster” sketch.
What about you? Have you seen anything good in theaters? Let me know in the comments!