Bummer is a good word for much of what I’ve seen so far from The Muppets. The series is lacks the joyfulness, optimism and offbeat feel that made “The Muppet Show,” the early films, and even Jason Segel’s 2011 The Muppets film such a delight. That joy is largely absent here.
While the cast does a decent enough job with their parts, the material just isn’t there. Like The Walking Dead, Fear is either uninterested or unable to build three-dimensional characters, and fails to bring any emotional resonance to its scripts.
2012 wasn’t a great year for Tig Notaro. In short order, the up-and-coming standup comedian was diagnosed with C. diff. (a rare digestive disorder), her mother died, she went through a breakup, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a bilateral mastectomy. Not exactly fertile ground for comedy.
Revisiting beloved films and series is always risky. Fortunately, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp succeeds, by remaining faithful to the film without excessively retreading old jokes.
On the surface, Difficult People might look like another showbiz insider sitcom full of shrill, self-absorbed jerks, but it succeeds thanks to whip-smart writing and a fast pace that flows as smoothly as the invective spewing from the characters’ mouths.
At a brisk 45 minutes, 7 Days in Hell feels more like a Saturday Night Live sketch than an actual film. However, that brevity is the project’s saving grace.
The Fantastic Four just can’t seem to pull it off on the big screen. This latest installment, directed by Josh Trank, is the fourth film and third reboot from Fox Studios in its ongoing effort to build a franchise around these characters. Unfortunately, the film falls far short of capturing the thrills, humor, and sense of adventure that has been the hallmark of Marvel’s First Family for more than 50 years.
A couple weeks back, I talked about my quest to find a summer TV fling. As you’ll recall, I was discouraged. The Whispers was too dumb to be enjoyable. Wayward Pines, while sufficiently ridiculous, failed to do anything interesting with all its weirdness. And the less said about this season of True Detective the better. Then I found Mr. Robot, an unexpected delight from the USA network of all places.