Tag Archives: Netflix

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King #Review

Hasan Minhaj. You may not be familiar with his name, but after watching his new Netflix standup special Homecoming King I am certain that we will be hearing him for many years.

Hasan is a correspondent on Comedy Centrals The Daily Show joining when it was hosted by Jon Stewart and hosted the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner.
I don’t watch The Daily Show, but after hearing him recently with Dan LeBatard on ESPN Radio, I watched the dinner and found him to be decently funny.

Times passed, I don’t think about that day….I mean I did write a show about it.

With the launch of his Netflix Special this week Hasan takes his comedy to the next level. His quirky delivery is enjoyable and his stories are all relatable.
From interreligious marriages to immigrants and to seeing post-9/11 and racism from the other side of the coin, plus many other life moments.

Our parents are like, ages 0-30, don’t talk to girls. Then at 35 they are like ‘why can’t you talk to girls’!?

Personally, I found this special hilarious and a must watch on your next comedy night, giving it a 9 out of 10.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 3 – #Review

Kimmy Schmidt is back for Season 3 and the adventures never end.

Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is heading to college and filing for divorce, Titus (Tituss Burgess) is back after a failed cruise and fighting off scurvy, and Lillian (Carol Kane) kicks her stardom up a notch and is the underlying star of the season…
Who am I kidding, she’ll always be overshadowed by the antics of Kimmy and Titus and all the unbreakableness they bring to the table.

Peter Riegert is the fresh celebrity face for this season, taking over after a brief Fred Armison appearance.

The soft serve chocolate ice cream emoji.

But also back in this show are the forced songs and the full Lemonade experience. What was seemingly spontaneous in Season 1, and what felt like “trying too hard” in Season 2, turns into well-scripted songs for the third Season.
While Lemonade may not be my cup of tea, it is very well done, and the tracks dropped with “Gordie Gordie Gordie” are sure to be a Pinot Noir sized hit.

And even though I just said doody, I’m not laughing.

The former mole people aren’t gone though, as Gretchen starts her own cult, and Jacqueline’s (Jane Krakowski) step-daughter Xanthippe (Dylan Gelula) takes on a larger role and becomes a little less annoying.

Thumbs are for hitchhiking and being Fonzy.

Netflix series are also becoming self-aware, and seemingly in the same universe, as Litchfield (the jail from Orange is the New Black) makes an appearance.

What the heck is a Minton?

This show keeps up its humor and enjoyability, getting a 9 out of 10.

Master of None #Season2

Master of None is back for another whirlwind season, as Aziz Ansari’s Dev continues his pasta making in Italy.

The season starts with Dev getting a birthday text from his ex, Rachel, sending him off into another tailspin and world traveling adventure.

The show touching on everything, from religion and dating to Clash of the Cupcakes and pork.
But it’s Aziz’s humor and supporting cast (and cameos) that keep this show a step above some of the other ones.

I’m a kid, I don’t watch Netflix. -Mario

Alessandra Mastronardi stars as Francesca, Eric Wareheim is back as the ‘big to his little’ Arnold.
Meanwhile, John Legend shows up for a musical performance, and Bobby Cannavale has a recurring role as the loud Chef Jeff.
And of course, the underrated stars of Season 1, his actual parents, make their return, this time with more tech issues for him to solve, and make him feel a little guilty for living his life.

Aren’t you two grown a** men? – Denise
Yeah, but we’re scared of our parents! – Dev

My favorite episode actually doesn’t star any of our main characters and is entitled New York, I Love You. The episode cycles through the lives of a few New Yorkers and highlights the ups and downs of working the needed jobs of NYC, from a doorman to a deaf grocery clerk to a taxi driver.

The show was thoroughly enjoyable and holds up its 8.5 out of 10.

Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On #Netflix #Review

Two years ago Rashida Jones put out the documentary Hot Girls Wanted, and it didn’t pack the punch it could’ve.

Now Netflix has turned it into a “show”, which in reality is six short extensions of the original. Each episode features a completely different topic, which will actually allow people to only watch the ones they are interested in.

The problem if you start with Episode 1 is that you are going to turn it off before you get to the most interesting episode (Episode 6), or the most powerful episode (Episode 5).

So instead of making you watch through all of them, and suffer, here they are ranked from “best” to “worst”. Remember that the show was rated a 4 out of 10, and this is mostly similar.

  • Episode 6 – The world today is a constant live stream, but when Marina Lonina streamed her friends’ sexual assault via Periscope, she got charged with “accomplice to assault, rape and kidnapping”. This episode explores her case, through the verdict.

    I should have just said no.

  • Episode 5 – They talk to a (married) cam girl about how sometimes a relationship is formed with their clients, and we see an American girl and an Australian guy get close, almost like therapists for each other. But when she finally goes to visit him, she realizes that hiding behind a screen doesn’t always play out the same in person.

    We sacrifice things we might not be comfortable with, to make other people happy.

  • Episode 2 – Former Big Brother contestant James Rhine is now a Tinder expert, going out each night with a different girl, and seemingly living the life. But when you breeze thru a date, and throw away each girl for the next one, without caring who you hurt along the way, how can you live a happy life?
  • Episode 1 – Female directors, a rarity in the industry, show their visions, including legendary photographer Suze Randall.
  • Episode 4 – They talk to a veteran male performer, as well as fresh talent, all while focusing on their talent agent, discussing how the industry is changing. But at the end of the day, with the consumers craving it, someone is going to do the job.
  • Episode 3 – Professional model Bailey Rayne show what it’s like to be self-employed in the industry, and together with agent John Steven they show what it’s like to help others break into the industry, and keep their head above water.

Sandy Wexler #Review

Sandy Wexler is the most unique guy you’d ever met, who was a tiny shot that no one could forget.

In the mid-1990s Sandy was a business manager for the stars, and in a story told by many modern days celebrities about how he was able to get deals and sign contracts….or just be a housesitter for an Iranian, living in a cabana next to the pool, and being a compulsive liar.

This movie is so “Adam Sandler”y that it’s over the top, but Jennifer Hudson is the nice balance and may be the talent that finally can put him on the map with her great singing skills?

Very different from some of the other Netflix Sandler movies (Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over) and is one of the best so far….but it’s much too long, and needs to cut out 30+ minutes for it to be watchable on a “binge-level” of Netflix.

Gets a 7.5 out of 10.

Dave Chappelle Shines On Netflix

The Age of Spin is the first of two Dave Chappelle Netflix specials recently posted, and while I stayed away from it for a while (because I’ve never really experienced before) and thought I wouldn’t enjoy it, I sure am glad I changed my mind.

Standing next to OJ was his soon-to-be-slain wife.

Sharon, with all due respect, that murderer ran for over 11,000 yards.

I have always been a fan of comedy, loving the jokes from Robin Williams and George Carlin, whilst staying away from the styles of Jerry Seinfeld, due to his repetitive nature of jokes.

I have never been to the Oscars [before 2016], you’ve seen the movies I make.

But once I started this special, I couldn’t wait to hear the whole thing.
Dave is funny and fresh, and a welcome relief (and counterbalance) to Netflix’ usual humor of Adam Sandler comedies.

What’s up Kanye, why the long face?….’Oh, you’ll hear, I’ve got two mothers-in-law now.’

From Flint, Michigan to Nike, and from gays to blacks, no topic is off-limits for Dave, and unlike Amy Schumer’s recent horrendous effort, he delivers them all well, and they come across funny and not at all distasteful.

That’s why I don’t have a sneaker deal. If you say something they don’t like, they take your shoes away.

Chappelle currently has two specials up (and yes, I plan on watching the second one as soon as I have the time (or need that comedic pick-me-up)), and another one on the way.

You ever played the ‘Who suffered more?’ game with a Jewish person? It’s a tough game.

The first episode of the Special gets a nice 8 out of 10.

Bill Cosby is the Steph Curry of rape. The man is putting up real numbers.

Book Sharing

I recently have been exploring the idea of some sort of book sharing program.

I bought two books, had them delivered to a couple of people, and the plan was to have them pass it on to the next reader when they were done with it.

There were/are a few problems with my plan…the first was I didn’t have a proper delivery method to get it from person A to B…but more importantly, I didn’t actually have a list of people to pass things on to!

The obvious answer to problem #1 is USPS flat rate shipping…but funny enough, with Amazon’s cheap book prices, and free shipping seven days a week, it’s actually simpler to buy a new book for each person (obviously this depends on the book).

The first two books I’ve sent out were polar opposites: Scrappy Little Nobody, Anna Kendricks’ autobiography; and 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, recently turned into a Netflix show.

If you are interested in getting involved or want one of those first two books, feel free to reach out (you know…twitter, email, comment below) and join in on the reading fun!