My pick of the week surprisingly goes to Disenchantment. I wasn’t expecting much from this with all the underwhelming reviews it’s been getting, but I ended up liking it quite a bit. I used to be a big fan of The Simpsons back in the day, but ended up dropping off for reasons I can’t remember almost 20 years ago. This really brought back good memories of those days. It’s more of the same old familiar humor that’s safe and often a bit goofy and juvenile, but with a lot of clever, dry wit buried between all the silliness.
Consistently entertaining and funny, and with some great animation, Disenchantment is definitely worth a look if you’re into fantasy parodies and/or Matt Groening comedies. Also makes me really want to go back and watch old Simpsons stuff again, maybe catch up on the newer seasons, and finally get around to watching more Futurama. Someday…
Another new addition to NetFlix is Terrifier. This is a spinoff of a character that appeared briefly in the horror anthology movie All Hallow’s Eve. That was a decent, but not amazing movie so I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but boy…this movie was really something alright. It’s really just a simple old-timey slasher with a silent unstoppable killer who stops by to kill the shit out of everyone around for no real reason. There’s no plot to speak of and it’s certainly a very nihilistic and gratuitous movie, but Art the Clown is an exceedingly creepy villain and the gore effects are very well done and incredibly brutal. It doesn’t revolutionize the horror genre, but it’s definitely an effective and creepy old school slasher.
Another overly maligned NetFlix release that wasn’t so bad at all. The ending could have been a bit better, but it was a decent enough post(mid?)-apocalyptic road trip story with decent characters and action. Nothing mind-blowing, but it was alright.
Heard this was good, but it just didn’t work for me. It was just trying too hard to be a Guy Ritchie movie and it didn’t have what it took to pull it off at all. Not at all funny or compelling, turned it off halfway through. Sadtrumpet.wav.
Another hated NetFlix original, another average-ish movie that people are just overreacting about. Michael Pena definitely isn’t a very good dramatic actor, but it was an interesting story that had a pretty fun and unexpected twist (though it’s one that admittedly leaves a lot of plotholes). Again, not amazing, but it’s got more to it than being just another generic alien invasion movie like it first appears to be.
While still not the best of the Marvel NetFlix shows, it’s still not a bad show at all, and this season seems to be taking a lot of steps in the right direction to improve things. This season is a bit shorter than usual and so was a bit more focused. Daniel Rand is finally starting to grow up a bit and is learning to not be such a painfully impulsive brat like he was in the first season. There’s a lot of really good fight scenes and things take a really surprising turn in the end that bodes well for the future of the series. Also a lot of Coleen and Misty action so that’s good. Good times.
Also The Purge TV series started this week. Things moved a bit slow in the premiere episode as it was all setup to introduce the various characters and subplots in the last hours before the year’s purge actually started. The purge itself didn’t start until the last few minutes so we’ll have to wait and see what happens next now that the chaos has begun. It wasn’t a bad start though. While there are some pretty weak performances by some of the background characters, the main characters and their various stories are pretty interesting so far. The highlight of the show so far being a big blue bus full of blue-robed religious suicide cultists who are off to sacrifice themselves to purgers under the leadership of Fiona Dourif.