Feb 24, 2017

[TV] Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1

Drew Barrymore is a bit of a darling given her entertainment career. She has always been a bit of an oddball and yet always endearing as well, and that has certainly helped her over the years. I can't remember the last time I had seen her on screen or on TV and so it was a bit of a surprise to encounter her name attached to a Netflix show.

But Santa Clarita Diet turned out too be the sort of comedic effort that was just perfect for her. Sure the comedy feels a little black even for her but of course she made sure to fully own the role and made it feel tailor fit for her.

The show is certainly a quirkier sort of offering from Netflix, not that they've shined away from peculiar brands of comedy such as what we saw in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. But man this show has such an unusual premise that I didn't quite know how to approach things.

But a few episodes in, we were hooked and certainly all the better for it.

Feb 23, 2017

[TV] Robert Irwin on the Tonight Show

Steve Irwin, better known as The Crocodile Hunter, was a rather passionate animal expert who died tragically during a shoot back in 2006. At times he seemed a little too crazy to be real, but he was totally the real thing. His genuine passion for wildlife and his willingness to literally go to the ends of the earth to learn more about them and share that information with people around the world.

So I was a little surprised to see his son Robert Irwin pop up on TV recently, but in a very good way. I had no doubt that the Irwin family would carry on their father's legacy and so i was really nice to see precisely that happening on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.


Robert Irwin and Jimmy Cuddle a Sloth

Feb 22, 2017

[TV] Suits: Season 5

The end of Suits' fourth season represented a significant shake-up in the power dynamic of things. While the prior season ended with playing with the relationship between Mike and Harvey, the fifth season decided to really strike us at the knees in order to create a new situation to explore.

But as is the nature of the show, more and more of the drama has shifted from the courtroom to the offices of Pearson-Specter-Litt instead. And I can't really complain since that is where most of the action is and the courtroom stuff is just good for accent or moving the story forward somewhat.

I am getting a little tired of internal threats within the firm being the big driver of conflict in the show, especially in this season. Sure, they're generally awesome and I guess it make sense that the only ones who could really stand up to their firm are members of their own team. But five seasons into the show it is starting to feel a little tiring.

Feb 21, 2017

[Videos] Webruary on NerdSync

In one of the most terrible (yet also not unexpected) puns ever, YouTube Channel NerdSync has declared the month of February to be Webruary, a month dedicated to various videos about Spider-Man. Silly puns aside, there are some major gems in the Webruary line-up thus far and any Spider-Man is sure to learn something new no matter how much of a diehard fan that you think you are.

The videos cover a lot of different things from big questions like What Happened to Spider-Man's Parents? to seemingly trivial questions like What is the Purpose of Spider-Man's Underarm Webbing? So you're going to get a pretty fun grab bag of Spider-Man facts that the NerdSync team clearly put a fair amount of researching into digging up and verifying. And you gotta respect that kind of love for geeky accuracy.

I'll leave you with one video that really stands out for me - and this is also because I'm an old school Spider-Man fan who will always believe in Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson.

The Beautiful Origin of Mary Jane and Peter Parker's Relationship 💕 (Spider-Man) || NerdSync

Feb 20, 2017

[Theater] Agnes of God (Repertory Philippines)

As is our habit, Tobie and I have booked tickets for all 3 plays of the regular season of Repertory Philippines. The first show for the year, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike was quite the delightful comedy and not what I expected as a beginning for this season. But of course Repertory Philippines continues to explore many different concepts and themes and so not all of their plays are light as that one.

Their second play for the year, Agnes of God was a lot heavier in comparison. We kind of expected this given it was a play about a nun on trial but we had avoided doing any more in-depth research into the plot in order to avoid potential spoilers about the story.

So we came into the experience knowing  very little about the show and thus hopefully more open to where the story may bring us. And I think the end result was certainly a thoughtful one as this production had a lot of things that it wanted to say. And I think the cast managed to get the bulk of their message across.

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