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Roadkill
(2020)

I always felt the epitome of snark
Was Ian Richardson in 1990s 'House of Cards.'

But Hugh Laurie, and through him, 'Roadkill,' far surpasses.

And a pleasure to watch it unfold. The tiny sparkles of profound nastiness . . .

Criminal: UK: Sandeep
(2020)
Episode 4, Season 2

Sandeep's loose mustache glue
From 17:23 on for several minutes the extreme close-ups from below of Sandeep's face make it clear that the whole last third of his mustache on the right side of his face is not glued tightly to his face allowing daylight to show through and completely draining the dramatic vitality for me.

Unless they have glue-on facial hair in prison . . .

Get Even
(2020)

VERY subpar writing
Poor acting, bad photography, horrible direction.

This is BAD. Too bad too 'cause the premise is so fun.

Maybe somebody else (with talent) will pick up the concept and do it right.

One can hope.

Yellowstone: Cowboys and Dreamers
(2020)
Episode 5, Season 3

Hunh . . .
I came to the end of the following episode and thought hunh . . . this is just like the last episode: sludgy, slow, muddy . . . there's good material but it doesn't flow. It's actually pretty awful and these should have been powerful episodes. WTF I ask my self 'cause I like this show and I don't wanna stop watching, but hey: bad is bad.

So what's different? I looked. It's the Director. Different and totally inexperienced Director and she's ruined an important aspect of the series. These revelations about an intra-family tragedy are crucial. It's wrecked the show for me. I keep wanting to push it, make it 'go.' And it doesn't go.

Too bad.

Yellowstone: All for Nothing
(2020)
Episode 6, Season 3

Sludgy muddy slow
This episode and the prior one . . . there's good material but it doesn't flow. It's actually pretty awful and these should have been powerful episodes. WTF I ask my self 'cause I like this show and I don't wanna stop watching, but hey: bad is bad.

So what's different? I looked. It's the Director. Different and totally inexperienced director and she's ruined an important aspect of the series. These revelations about an intra-family tragedy are crucial. It's wrecked the show for me. I keep wanting to push it, make it 'go.' And it doesn't go.

Too bad.

Coming back after the following episode to report . . . yay! . . . it's all systems go and back on track with an excellent director and very good episode.

NOS4A2
(2019)

I made it thru Season 2, episode 3
This is ALMOST good . . . almost there - but I'm finding it's just not good enough to offset the limited pouty skills of Ashleigh Cummings. I'm finally just SO annoyed by having to watch her go through the same very limited set of facial expressions and body slouches, hair things. Eye squinties . . . aaarghghgh . . . I want to strangle her and throw her out of view.

Nope. Not gonna do it.

I'm out.

The Way You Look Tonight
(2019)

I agree with all the positive reviews
The characters are all likeable . . . loveable even. The acting is good. The concept original.

The problem is that, while it's watchable and it IS absorbing, it isn/t either of those things to a great enough extent to rate the numbers of stars I'm seeing here.

I watched and enjoyed the whole thing, sort of. But had to fast forward several times 'cause it just wasn't quite absorbing enough.

It IS heartwarming . . . it's just, I guess, not quite well enough written to draw you all the way in.

Very loving, though. It has a good heart.

Perry Mason: Chapter One
(2020)
Episode 1, Season 1

I was cringing and disapproving
And being annoyed and not sure, following Chapter One, that there was much reason to subject myself to the ugliness, negativity, slowness, frustration and overall pointless meanderingness of this series. So I gave the episode three stars. Great production values, after all.

But, hey, it's Matthew Rhys. Surely he couldn't be SO far off, having agreed to be in this thing, right? So I somewhat sourly trudged on into Chapter Two and whinged and groused . . . and slowly the worm turned.

I find my self at the end of that episode sold, involved, on-board, getting it. So much so that I came back here among all my fellow-grousers, changed my rating to seven stars, and want to say:

It's EXCELLENT. Give it to the end of Chapter Two and see how you feel then.

Wow.

Guest of Cindy Sherman
(2008)

Were I Cindy Sherman, et al
I would do everything I could to expunge this . . . pedestrian . . . thing . . . from EVERYwhere. It more reduces than increases the invaluable mysteries.

Barry
(2018)

Bill Hader is not funny.
All his 'funny' SNL skits are of him 'trying' to not lose it. He's not funny.

'Barry' is not funny.

One thing in this show is funny: Anthony Carrigan.

Take Anthony Carrigan out of the show and it's n o t h i n g.

Nothing.

Naui Ajusshi
(2018)

It seems I SHOULD like this
I keep trying to watch it it, but it just makes no sense to me and I can't tell who's who with one exception.

Finally facing that I must give up, I turn to the rveiews: all thes 10 10 10 9 10 10 . . . I start looking at each reviewer. MOST of them opened their account when this launched and they've posted one review, the one for this.

They're all shills.

I give up. Too bad. Looks like it could be good.

Maybe an editing issue . . .

Killing Eve
(2018)

Stunningly good work
The depth, but still within the context of the crazy-ness, is scintillating. Such amazingly good work all around.

What was already brilliantly creative work in earlier seasons, is now acquiring a richness and texture that makes this an increasingly unique and thrillingly revelatory series.

I've come to love it more and appreciate the skills brought to bear to create this ever-increasingly unique and living work.

Killing Eve: End of Game
(2020)
Episode 6, Season 3

Stunningly good work
The depth, but still within the context of the crazy-ness, is scintillating. Such amazingly good work all around.

What was already brilliantly creative work in earlier seasons, is now acquiring a richness and texture that makes this an increasingly unique and thrillingly revelatory series.

Reckoning
(2019)

'Rectify' this is not
Aden Young did such a stunningly good job in 'Rectify.' Unfortunately he's still that guy here. It's no wonder given the fact that the writing and directing are so weak here, he's got nothing to work with.

Tepid is the word that comes to mind. Bland. Weak casting. Weak performances.

It's just really really bad. Truly a waste of time.

Even if you have time to waste.

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill
(2020)

Excellent work
I have always been a Seinfeld fan. Both stand-up and the show, but not so much so that I would ever watch re-runs. I do watch some of 'Comedians in Cars' more than just once.

I found this material to be current and meticulously (and sometimes poetically) delivered: Chess board and smoke . . .

The show has just come online and I am an early viewer/voter/reviewer. When I checked the ratings he'd gotten so far (and I btw am not a lavish 10 star giver) I was surprised by the fourteen 1 star ratings, but then I realized those were probably his wife and her friends.

Can't wait for the Post Divorce Special.

Mrs. America
(2020)

I was very interested in seeing this
I also wanted to be entertained. I sat through a LOT of empty space to about halfway through the first episode and realized:

This is slow

This is dull

Love many in the cast, but they were powerless to speed things up, or increase the energy or at least make it interesting. That power was in the hands of the writer and the directors.

BIG fail.

It's a no for me.

Quiz
(2020)

Michael Sheen does such a good job
Michael Sheen does such a good job as Chris Tarrant it took a bit to realize it was even him.

Despite that, the whole IDEA of cheating an old quiz show just made me tired.

I mean . . . who CARES?

The Honeymoon Stand-Up Special
(2018)

Funny, charming, smart
The last segment is the best, a surprise to me. I almost didn't watch. Her segment is stronger than his but I think his delivery is a tad too hard and fast 'cause I found him much easier to take in the third segment, when he was diluted by the presence of other personalities.

I wasn't going to post comments but was disheartened by the dearth of positive remarks in the reviews.

These guys worked hard and deserve more.

I Am Not Okay with This
(2020)

Do I really need to review this?
Everybody is already pretty much saying what I think: this is one very very very flat tire. And in that broad sense, no, i don't have to add my viewpoint . . . B U T . . . there is one thing nobody is mentioning: The wonderful, fabulous, PERFECT: 'The End of the F***ing World.'

THAT is what this wants to be 'The End of the F***ing World' meets 'Carrie.' One of the directors of TEOTFW, Jonathan Entwistle, created this.

Interesting.

Stunningly good the first time (but others did the writing, creating there).

So bad.

Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits
(2019)

My first time seeing JC
I had a bizarre reaction: even though I found ALL his material funny (and I wasn't at all offended by any of it), I was very, very bored. I even stopped and came back the next day, just 'to see.'

SAME response. So I just stopped halfway through.

I can't explain it. Very weird. I'll probably never watch him again.

Briarpatch: Snap, Crackle, Pop
(2019)
Episode 2, Season 1

What a shame
This was stylish, elegant and really going somewhere as of episode 1. Three quarters of the way through episode 2 . . . couldn't stand to watch another second. No style, horrible pacing. Just B O R I N G. As the reviewer just prior to mine suggested: different director.

Too bad.

I'm done.

Life's too short . . .

Wildfire
(2019)

This is SO bad
You pick it: writing, acting, directing all bad, really bad.

Very low budget on top of low talent.

The real kicker is all the five out of five star reviews it gave itself on Prime, where it's showing. I find that annoying enough to motivate myself to be certain you understand . . . this is very, very bad,

I will give it one thing: it's tidy.

Mike Birbiglia: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
(2013)

Excellence
I hadn't seen this performance and was just 'filling in' the line-up by watching this, seven years later, in 2020. I gotta say I am struck dumb by how totally excellent this man's work is. It is beyond comedy and that is why I'm giving it, and him, 10 out of ten stars for a perfect performance. What a talent.

The Outsider: Dark Uncle
(2020)
Episode 3, Season 1

LOVE Holly
Excellent episode.

This series is quite good. As others have said, as good as the first 'True Detective' and with the noir vibe.

Merging it with the 'weird' vibe is so good.

El ministerio del tiempo
(2015)

Wanted to like it . . .
It's like 'Timeless,' but less skillful. The pacing is slow, plodding, and the timing is oddly jerky. Stopping, starting. Clumsy. Not artful storytelling. Clunky.

It just does not draw me in.

The acting is fine, but the the writing and directing are problematic.

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