Reviews -Chelsea Does, How to Be Single, and Dr. Strange

I haven’t done a review post in quite awhile.  With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up in the U.S., it’s a good time to watch some t.v. and movies.  Here are a few suggestions on what to watch.

Chelsea Does – This is one of Chelsea Handler‘s series on Netflix.  I turned it on while cooking dinner, thinking it would be something funny to listen to in the background.  I ended up having to start the show over once I finished cooking so that I could really pay attention to it.  My favorite episode from season one was about Racism.  She did a brilliant job of exploring America’s complicated and difficult relationship with race.  Chelsea Handler is hilarious, intelligent, and honest.  Expect to hear adult language and maybe see a boob here or there while watching the show.

How to Be Single – When I saw that Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann were in an ensemble cast movie about being single, I knew that I’d watch it, but I didn’t have high expectations.  I can’t remember the last ensemble cast movie that I’ve liked, much less one about single ladies dating around.  (Oh wait, does Sisters count?)  It was on HBO Now, which meant that I didn’t even have to leave the house or put on pants to watch it.  It was a good movie, though.  It has plenty of cliches, but attacks them in different ways.  It’s not like other rom coms. SPOILER ALERT – At the end of the movie, all the women do not end up with handsome boyfriends/husbands who finally validate the women’s existence.

Dr. Strange – If you’re on the comic book movie bandwagon, then you have to go see this.  If you have no interest in comics, any of the books based on comics, action films, or Benedict Cumberbatch, then do not see this movie.  That’s really all there is to it. If you have the option, you should probably see it in 3-D because the visual effects are basically a character in the movie.  I was worried about this movie because Dr. Strange is, well, strange.  I love his story, but I wasn’t sure how it would translate to the big screen.  The movie is less than two hours even though most of the Marvel movies are over two hours.  How in the world were they going to explain the crazy world of Dr. Strange?  I was pretty impressed with the movie, though.  As soon as it ended, I wanted to watch it again.  I’m hoping to be able to see it again before it leaves the theaters.

Well, that’s it for my reviews for now.  There are plenty of great movies out in the theaters and ready to stream right now.  Use the holidays as a time to relax and catch up on some t.v. as well.  Or, you know, don’t.



Random Saturdays – Spoiler Free Star Trek Review

As an early birthday present, Amanda took me to see Star Trek: Into Darkness. I have been trying to introduce her to the original Star Trek movies (we’ll work on the different series eventually, I’m sure). So, it was cool that we got to see this one together. There were no crappy teenagers at this movie, even though school is out and crappy teenagers are all over the place now. There was a d-bag in front of us who kept playing on his phone until a few seconds after the movie started. I will never understand why people pay $10 to sit in a movie theater and look at all their boring friends’ boring posts on Facebook. You can do that at home for free and not annoy me. Bah!

At any rate, here is my spoiler-free review of Star Trek: Into The Darkness. So much solar flare. I think J.J. Abrams really outdid himself on the solar flares in this one, surpassing any of his previous solar flare work. Bring your sunglasses into the theater if you know what’s good for you. The movie was incredibly exciting, and the only thing that kept me from having a heart attack is that I’ve seen all them Star Tracks. Even so, I had alot of crazy faces and said things like, “Eee,” “Ungh,” and “Yergh,” during the movie.

Here’s the play-by-play via my internal monologue during the movie: “All of my favorite buddies are here. Is that Mickey? Hi, Sherlock! Hi, Robocop! Is stuff going to happen on this planet? Oh, guess not, but looks like other stuff is happening. Is Sherlock supposed to be someone..? So then, is that girl someone..? What did Scotty see? Poor little tribble. That’s gonna be something. Oh, my. So much debris. I agree with Kirk. Oh, Robocop! Sherlock, so much anger. You should go settle down on an island somewhere and let go of all that negativity. Always good to see Spock. So proud of Spock. I swear, Anton Yelchin keeps getting younger, making me a creepier old lady with each passing day. Oh, this is like when they did that stuff in the future, but it’s in the past, but in the future. Man oh man, good one! Chasing and running! So exciting! Tribbles are so danged cute. So, the first one was about that one thing and this one is kinda like those two things. Does that mean the next one will be like that another thing? These credits are way too long. Nobody really cares about any of these people. If you want credit and attention, you should really find another job. I gotta go to the bathroom.”

To summarize:
If you have not seen the movie, go see it, and bring your sunglasses.
If you have seen it, you know what I mean.