Game Night (2018)

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Game Night surrounds three couples who regularly have game nights, but the stakes are raised once Brooks (Kyle Chandler), Jason Bateman’s brother in the film, stages a murder mystery  game which leads to his kidnapping, the couples then have trouble figuring out what is part of the game and what is real.

First off, this film is really fun. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams have a really great dynamic here. They are both super competitive people, which means that they are the main focus of the film and take all their game nights seriously. They also work well with the two other couples. But Jesse Plemons, who plays the creepy neighbor, is the real standout here. He was able to balance being stoic and serious with trying to insert himself in the couple’s game nights, which made all the other characters uncomfortable – it was great.

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A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Netflix – 2018)

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A Futile and Stupid Gesture is a Netflix film about the Douglas Kenney, the comedy legend who came up with the National Lampoon brand and films like Animal House and Caddyshack. The movie revolves around his life – his college years, his friendship with Henry Beard (who found National Lampoon with him), his rise to fame, his chase for approval from father, and his struggles – a typical biopic narrative.

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One Day at a Time Seasons 1 & 2 (Netflix)

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One Day at a Time is a comedy Netflix original series surrounding the Alvarez family. A misfit, Latino family living in LA. This series is a typical sitcom, but one I enjoyed due to its social commentary on many problems people face today.

Penelope (Justina Machado) is a divorced mother of her two kids, Elena (Isabella Gomez) and Alex (Marcel Ruiz) struggling to balance work and motherhood as a recent Army veteran. She has an overbearing Cuban mother who lives with her and an annoying landlord who seems to always be in her home.

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Flight of the Conchords (HBO)

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Flight of the Conchords is a show about a struggling New Zealand band in New York City. They make quirky and hilarious songs, try to pick up girls, and try to make it big (but keep failing to do so).

The show stars Bret McKenzie and Jermaine Clement, two talented songwriters that make original yet parodical music. The premise of the show is simple – the audience simply follows these two musicians who are barely surviving New York. But since the musicians are from New Zealand, the show has a sort of awkward humor that I really enjoy and it makes the show very quirky. Jermaine being the one who especially nails this.

Believe it or not but the band manager, Murray (played by Rhys Darby) is my favorite character in this series. I don’t know why but I just think he’s relatable and damn hilarious as the enthusiastic yet inept manager. And I like his accent the best. It’s also great to see Kristen Schaal who plays Mel in the show, the band’s only fan, and Eugene Mirman who plays their landlord (both are on the TV series Bob’s Burgers). You’ll also get to see some familiar comedian faces throughout the series as well.

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The Good Place Season 1 (NBC)

The Good Place is a delightful TV that surrounds the character Eleanor (Kristen Bell) who dies and goes to “The Good Place,” which is basically heaven. But once she is shown around and praised for her life on Earth by the architect Michael (Ted Danson), an angel of sorts, she realizes that they have the wrong person and she doesn’t belong there, but does the best to become a good person with the help of Chidi (William Jackson Harper), her friend and apparent soulmate, in order to remain in the Good Place.

The Good Place is yet another charming show with great performances by Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, and the rest of the cast. It’s pretty inventive as well for being a sitcom.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 1 (Amazon Prime)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a TV series on Amazon about an everyday all-American housewife in the late 50s who does everything for her husband. But once her seemingly perfect life is turned upside down, she finds a new outlet to express herself – standup comedy.

Rachel Brosnahan gives an outstanding performance as Miriam Maisel – a confident, hilarious, and highly fashionable woman. She by far is the best part of the show. I really love her chemistry with Susie (Alex Borstein), another woman not afraid to speak her mind and who becomes Miriam’s manager. By far the least interesting character is Joel (Michael Zegen), Miriam’s husband, who is bland and makes poor decisions.

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The Room (2003)

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As many are aware The Room is considered the best worst movie ever made. It’s a complete train wreck from start to finish. It’s a small film that many people have never heard of that somehow has gained a cult following over the years. The script, dialogue, acting, and just about everything else was terrible. I had to force myself to watch this movie because I really wanted to see James Franco’s The Disaster Artist.

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The General (1926)

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The General is a black and white silent film starring the famous Buster Keaton. It revolves around a train engineer named Johnny who loves trains and a woman named Annabelle. It takes place during the Civil War and Annabelle wants Johnny to enlist, but he is denied. Later, while transporting soldiers and other civilians, Union soldiers hijack his train and Johnny goes after them. He later finds out that the Union soldiers also kidnapped Annabelle and does what he can to get her back.

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Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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Bringing Up Baby is a comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant – old, classic Hollywood stars. The film revolves around zoologist, David Huxley (Grant), who is trying to get a 1 million dollar donation to his museum. He meets Susan Vance (Katharine Hepburn) who continually sabotages him in order to grow closer to him. With them together mayhem ensues in the form of a missing leopard named Baby and a dog hiding a rare dinosaur bone.

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