In Television on August 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm
I haven’t heard much about “BoJack Horseman”. None of my friends watched it or recommended it to me and the only way I really found out about it was through Netflix and Twitter. I gave it a shot a few weeks ago and just finished it. It. Was. Excellent.
“BoJack Horsman” is a Netflix original animated show created by Raphael Bobs Waksberg and starring Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul, and Alison Brie. Patton Oswalt, Kim Jeong, Chris Parnell, and Stephen Colbert are a few of the many who have lend their voice to this outrageous hilarious and still poignant show. “BoJack Horseman” tells the story of Bojack who is voiced by Will Arnett as his struggles with the Hollywood life after starring in his hit television show, Horsing Around., while also utilizing Diane, voiced by Allison Brie, who is a ghost writer, writing BoJack’s memoirs. Now, just a quick note, animals, within this universe, can speak, they wear human clothing, and they often walk upright. It is an animated show, after all. Despite getting over the initial hump of how weird this universe is, the show is hilarious. While containing a continuous and linear story line, the show doesn’t balk at makings quips about what it means to live in Hollywood, or any big city now a days. For instance, in one episode, BoJack and Todd, voiced by Aaron Paul who is BoJack’s parasitic like roommate go to a story in which they can pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to by wooden materials that appear to have been dragged in from the street. In another episode, BoJack’s on screen daughter, Sarah Lynn, voiced by Kristen Schaal, depicts the struggles of growing up as a female child star in an increasingly sexualized Hollywood in the appropriately titled episode Prickly Muffin. In another episode Todd must court two rival gang members in a scene reminiscent of Mrs. Doubtfire. The amount of pop culture references within this show, from Orange is the New Black, to Beast Buy, are just fantastic and kept me tuned in because I was afraid I was going to miss them.
The show takes itself seriously without taking itself too seriously. There are often quick cuts and scenes in which the animals actually act like animals. There is also a drug-trip scene that is equally hilarious and horrifying. The show recently got renewed for a second season and I expect many people will begin talking and raving about it because of how good and funny it is. Have you watched “BoJack Horseman”? If so, what did you think? And if you haven’t. Check it out!
In Movies on July 19, 2014 at 2:07 pm
Last Thursday, I had the awesome privilege of seeing “Wish I Was Here” the infamous Kickstarter Zach Braff film that I have followed since its fruition. Many people have viewed Braff’s use of Kickstarter as smart while others have viewed it as overreaching. After seeing this film, I think what Braff did was smart because if he left “the final say” up to anyone else, I don’t believe that the movie would have been nearly as good or as beautiful as it was.
“Wish I was Here” stars Zach Braff as an out of work actor struggling to fulfill his dream while sustaining his marriage wish Sarah, played by Kate Hudson, and being a decent father to Tucker, played by Pierce Gagnon and Grace, played by Joey King. Braff, as Aidan, struggles with his job, his life, and his father, played by Mandy Patinkin, who is equal parts awful and broken. “Wish I was Here” takes place at a point in Adien’s life when a change is necessary, he must rise to the occasion to help deal with his father’s illness while also coming to terms with his children growing up and that his dream of being a star actor may not be obtainable. Hudson, Braff, and Patinkin are excellent in this film and I truly believe Patinkin was the star of this film. His facial expressions and his phrasing made me believe that he truly was the struggling grandfather while Hudson displays sides of her acting strength that I haven’t witnessed in quite some time. Braff is an excellent director/actor/producer within this film. You can feel how much he wanted to make it and how much he loved it, from the perfect song choices to camera angles, to the poem that is read throughout. This movie is tear-jerking and beautiful and I will own it once it comes out on DVD.
See this movie in theaters, support this great film, and go an witness something special for 2 hours.
In Uncategorized on May 22, 2014 at 6:39 pm
This past week, I had the pleasure and privelige of being able to attend a screening of “Orange is the New Black” Season 2, Episode 1. For those of you who don’t have Netflix, “OITNB” tells the story of Piper Chapman, played by Taylor Schilling, who has recently been incarcerated at an all-female state penitentiary. “OINTB” is based up the true life story of Piper Kerman who wrote the book Orange is the New Black. The book and show are incredibly different and I would say that the show is arguably the better of the two, but that is neither here nor there. The show displays Piper has she struggles with her new confinement and away from her boyfriend, Larry, played by Jason Biggs, and amongst several females, one of which is her ex-girlfriend Alex Vause, played by Laura Prepon, who is doing time for the same bid. Amongst these cast of characters there are several worth mentioning such as Taystee, played by Danielle Brookes, Red, played by Kate , and Officer Healy, played by Michael Harney. I cannot express how little of this show I have touched upon but I highly recommend you watch it, because, well, it is a fantastic show.
But, I am here to discuss the season 2 premiere and will do so without spoilers!
Let me start off by saying this episode is quite dark and mainly focuses on Piper. Schilling has several moments throughout this episode where her abilities come shining forth, most notably a monologue in which the camera is about 10 inches away from her face. This episode also depicts the confusing bureaucracy that is the penal system, nobody knows what they are doing or why they are doing it, rather some superior told them to do so, and they shall do it. Also, a bit of back story is filled in regarding Piper’s life and what has been occurring within the time period between the two seasons. This episode was probably one of the better episodes I’ve seen, especially for Piper, because she appears to have come to terms with some aspects of herself she may have not known existed. I also have to say that the ending of the episode was perfect, in that it left me pressing the imaginary remote to continue watching the next episode.
So, when June 6th rolls around you should be ready to have this season consume your life.