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.
After a second season that felt like a bit of a slog, Orange is the New Black has delivered a third that reaffirms everything I love about this series. It was funny, smart, poignant, and, at times, gut wrenching — often all within the same episode.
Visually, Sense8 is a stunner. Spanning the globe as it follows its scattered cast, it takes the opportunity to present some truly gorgeous backdrops. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot happening beneath the surface.
Marvel kicked off its multi-series deal with Netflix last week with the premier of Daredevil. Without hyperbole, this is the best thing Marvel has ever done.
After the long, depressing slog that was my House of Cards binge, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, was a much-needed palate cleanser. The new Netflix sitcom is the first new project from the “30 Rock” creative team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and it’s a charming, clever delight.
House of Cards spends so much time trying to prove its importance that it forgets to actually do the work. For all its moody cinematography and (executive producer) David Fincher sheen, it’s just a campy soap opera whose sum falls far short of its pretty, pretty parts.