HBO’s Barry apparently was not about this guy: So that was disappointing. No, Barry is a Bill Hader vehicle in which the SNL alum plays it straight as a (possibly) psychotic hitman, struggling with the morality of his profession. It is still called a comedy, but a dark one, and by the end of season two, a very dark one. There have been two seasons so far, 16 total episodes. The show follows Barry (Hader) on his journey from efficient hitman to wannabe actor in a troupe of wannabes. Stephen Root plays the mentor, and walks around doing Stephen Rooty … Continue reading TV: Barry
A few years back, Dhani Jones, a former NFL linebacker, had a show on Travel Channel called Dhani Tackles The Globe. Dhani was charismatic and athletic, but the draw to the show was getting to see sports from other countries: rugby, muay thai. dragon boat racing, etc. Netflix’ Home Game is a documentary series that has a similar draw, without the central host. What it does do is crank up the peculiar nature of what international sports can be, compared to what we think of here in the States. Home Game is an eight-episode series, with each 30-minute installment looking … Continue reading Netflix’ Home Game–Bizarreness Worth Traveling To Your Couch For
Netflix’s algorithm does a pretty good job of spitting out recommendations for you based on previous watch habits. So, it really should not surprise anyone when it tells me to check out a show about a religious female fighting badass based on a comic book. So, it made the list. Warrior Nun is based on a comic book character created by Ben Dunn, and the Netflix series spans 10 episodes. It begins with the death of Ava Silva and then gets weird from there, following the rebirth of Silva, played by Portuguese actress Alba Baptista. Much of it is filmed … Continue reading TV: Warrior Nun Review
While I was reading Anthony Ditilllo’s 70s strength manual, he referenced several of the old school strongmen. One I was not very familiar with was Canadian Louis Cyr. So, I thought his name into my to-do list and this weekend finally circled back around to looking him up. There is a movie based on him, but I couldn’t find it on any current streaming services. Instead, I wound up watching a Canadian TV biography show on Cyr, billed as the strongest man in the world at the turn of the 19th/20th century. There were some incredible claims by Cyr and … Continue reading The Father of Strength: Louis Cyr
Just a quick recap of what I’ve been watching lately. Wu Assassins (Netflix) A supernatural Kung Fu series streaming on Netflix, there is one season so far, with 10 episodes. Nothing fantastic, but solid. The fight choreography outshines the story line, although there was enough mythology and a twist or two to make the story line worth it as well. It is built around Iko Uwais, who plays a Chinese-Indonesian orphan chef, and his friends. Uwais’ Kai is bestowed as the last Wu Assassin and must kill the other Wu Lords. If nothing else, you get some Tommy Flanagan, which … Continue reading TV Recap: A Few I’ve Watched Recently
I know I’m a couple years behind on this one, but I just finished off season two of Mindhunter, on Netflix. Mindhunter is an FBI serial (see what I did there?) drama about the Behavioral Science Unit’s beginnings, starring King George and your Uncle Ted, the one who went to trade school after leaving the Coast Guard and wears short sleeve button ups with ties. You remember, Uncle Ted. The infinitely more interesting part of the show was the cadre of serial killers weaved in and out–from the Co-Ed Killer to Manson and Watson to Berkowitcz to Speck to BTK. … Continue reading Mindhunter
Quarantine time has obviously meant a lot of binge TV watching. The latest one for me, consumed mostly over this last weekend was Brew Brothers, a Netflix original about two distinct brothers trying to run a brewery together. Estanged since a childhood beer contest went awry, the two beermaking brothers, Wilhelm and Adam wind up working together again after Wilhelm (Alan Aisenberg) started a brewery and then floundered before hipster-ish, and whole-heartedly pretentious Adam (Mike Castle) brings his honed skills to the foray. What ensues of the eight-episode arc is hijinx, shenanigans, and plenty of scenes that make you do … Continue reading Netflix’ Brews Brothers: Quirky, But Right In My Wheelhouse
I know I’m late to the party, and this is just between us girls, but Letterkenny is freaking hilarious. I just plowed through all six seasons. Letterkenny is a Canadian import centered around the everyday lives of Wayne, Daryl, Squirrely Dan and Katy, and their friends in a small town. They are Canadian hicks. Basically, Fairfield with accents. And that’s what I appreciates about it. It kind of consumes you as much as you consume it. To the point whereupon starting to watch the show, it pretty much takes over how you speak. When you meet other Letterkenny watchers, you … Continue reading I suggest you let this one marinate.