Sep 26, 2018

[Movies] To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018) Review


The Netflix original movie empire continues to grow and more and more it feels like they're doubling down on tickling the fancies of "millennials" (regardless of how you choose to define that term) and thus we get more content like this. Whew.

I decided to give To All The Boys I've Loved Before a bit of a chance since (1) Tobie tends to like romantic comedies and (2) too many people in my Twitter circles were either talking about the movie or quoting the movie. That can get pretty annoying and so I wanted to stop that sort of spoilery behavior even for a movie I had no original interesting in watching.

To be fair, this is a movie based on an already popular (?) book and that helps make it a safer investment than some of Netflix's other original ventures. And if the social media chatter is any measure, it seems they were successful in reaching their target demographic.

Largely I felt the movie was just okay.

Sep 25, 2018

[Theater] A Doll's House Part 2 (Red Turnip Theater) Review

Red Turnip Theater has a tendency to stage plays with complex emotional subjects at the core of the story. And thus they tend to be plays that try to shake you out of your comfort zone, maybe even disturb you a bit, but all to convey some important bit of meaning or significance. And this play is no different.

A Doll's House Part 2 is the latest Red Turnip offering and one that I had quickly booked seats for even without knowing much about the play itself. It was to my surprise to find out that this is actually a sort of sequel to a book but written in a manner that doesn't require one to read the original book to get a better perspective on things.

I already had tickets in hand when I find out about this (as I was curious as to why it was a 'part 2') and that just got me more curious as to what it was all about. And over the weekend we finally out that book to rest and we came out better for it.

Sep 24, 2018

[Movies] The Bleeding Edge (2018) Review

I was a little surprised that Netflix's efforts into original content had extended to facilitating actual documentaries beyond their usual haunts of science fiction and romantic comedy movies, to cite the usual suspects. This is not a documentary that they acquired the rights for but apparently a full-on Netflix original production.

The Bleeding Edge is a rather unique feature that focuses on the medical device industry as opposed to yet another documentary about the horrors of the big pharmaceutical companies and all that jazz. Instead it feels like an effort to shine a spotlight on a legitimate problem that seems to have been allowed to spin off on its own with limited legitimate oversight.

This is definitely one of those documentaries that leaves you feeling a little apprehensive about your next medical procedure or wondering about that relative who has had to use a medical device for one reason or another. I guess because it's such a relatable subject that ties to a very sensitive topic, this being healthcare, it all makes it easier to feel more directly affected by subject matter.


Sep 22, 2018

[TV] BoJack Horseman: Season 5 Review

If we turned time back a few years and you'd tell me that one of the shows that I would most enjoy watching would involve an anthropomorphic horse with substance abuse problems, I'd think you were crazy. And I still don't fully get what made me take a gamble on BoJack Horseman to begin with. But something happened over the course of the show to real something totally amazing.

The show recently released its fifth season that continues to tell the story of BoJack and the quirky cast of characters around him. And it's a story that largely feels so real, which is a weird description for a show that involves people alongside various anthropomorphic animals of all shapes, sizes and colors.

I thought the show had peaked with the fourth season as the revelations there were pretty heavy-hitting. But of course I was wrong and the world is better for it because there's still a heck of a lot of story in this horse.

Sep 21, 2018

[Movies] Set It Up (2018) Review

When it comes to the now "typical" Netflix original movie genres, a lot of their releases are either straight up comedies or romantic comedies. I guess it's because it's more approachable and it theoretically can appeal to a wider audience or at least a wider Netflix audience - I'm making some demographic assumptions here.

Step It Up is romantic comedy movie that hits a lot of familiar notes but also does a lot to try and distance itself from the "traditional" movie of this genre. But at first glance it's hard to tell the difference since you have the fairly nice protagonists focused on other people and not immediately realizing they're possibly meant to be together.

The movie has its share of charm and still follows the general beats of a classic romantic comedy, which is sort of expected in this genre. But even when it tries new things, it still falls back to old habits and feels a little too familiar at times, if you get my drift.

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