Category Archives: Television

Big Up’s for Big Mouth

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Netflix’s new show is dirty, raunchy, but most of all hilarious.

We got another binger from Netflix, so clear out your Saturday because Big Mouth is taking you back to that awkward stage we all had growing up. It’s centered around two teens named Nick (Nick Kroll) and Andrew (John Mulaney) dealing with puberty, girls, and everything we remember from middle school.

Big Mouth came from the beautiful mind of Nick Kroll. The first episode is called “Ejaculation” so you can obviously see what your in for. Once you get used to Nick Kroll’s comedy, the show really brings back a lot of the nostalgia and innocence of growing up. It’s hard for kids out there. I remember the crappy stuff like getting bullied and picked on. But I also remember the good stuff like my first true love and my first kiss. They covered all that in just ten episodes. It had me laughing and remembering the good old days of being a kid. Nick and his pals captured so many moments of growing up and I can’t wait for season 2!

Big Mouth was released on September 29, 2017, so if you haven’t checked it out yet add it to the watch list and remember what it’s like growing up.

 

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Fantastic Boor

By Kevin McLaughlin

Last August Twentieth Century Fox released yet another rendition of Marvel Comics First Family, The Fantastic Four. And just like the previous two FF movies this one was bad.

“This reboot [of the film] manages to actually make the previous two FF movies seem better in hindsight.” -IGN Review of Fantastic Four

Now when I first saw the trailer, I was excited because I could tell that the movie had taken inspiration from the Ultimate Universe. Reed Richards is insanely smart, Sue Storm is equally smart, Johnny Storm is all about having fun and dating girls, and Ben Grimm is just there for the ride.

In the movie, like the comics, Reed is brought to the Baxter Building. Instead of being an apartment building, it’s actually a giant governmental think tank where fellow geniuses work to better the country and world. In the movie they get Reed because he was able to make an inter-dimensional transporter out of junk when he was in grade school. To sum up what the government wants with the transporter…they want to do what the humans in Avatar did, plunder a world for it’s resources to use on your own.

Once the team develops powers, the people that run the Baxter Building want to return to the dimension and make more super power soldiers.  What could go wrong?

The real problem with the movie wasn’t the story line.  The real problems were all of the conflicts that went on behind the scenes.

For instance, the director Josh Trank tweeted that he had a great version of the movie but we’d “probably never see it.” FOX thought that Trank’s version was too violent (yet Deadpool was rated R and used the F work 85 times) and forced the director to make reshoots. Another problem with this movie was that the filmmakers didn’t think it was necessary for the actors to read any of the comics  because the movie was an original story not based on the comics.  WRONG!

I could go on forever on how bad this movie was, but when you pull back all the layers, the only reason this movie was EVER made was so FOX could maintain the rights. If Fox wasn’t able to get this movie out by the end of 2015, Marvel would have gotten the rights back. Fox has been mum about the Fantastic Four’s sequel set for a June 2017 date…let’s just hope it’s better than this box office failure.

 

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The Hairy Issue of Realty TV

I don’t watch a lot of TV these days. I have a big old TV in my house that I use to watch VHS tapes and DVDs and play the occasional video game, but it isn’t hooked up to any kind of cable situation. So the TV I catch is either specifically sought out on the internet a la Netflix, or something I notice playing on a screen in a restaurant/bar. And this weekend, while out with a couple of friends, the venue happened to be playing a television program called “Naked and Afraid.”

This is how the show works: a man and a woman are dropped in some remote location where they must survive. Naked.

I like to imagine a bunch of television people sat down for a meeting somewhere in LA and some man said “hey, we should do another survivor/Bear Gryllis type show,” and one of the other men in the room said “nah, plain ol’ survival shows are lame,” so another guy suggested, “why don’t we make the participants naked?” BINGO!

And interesting it is–for the first few minutes. But both the participants and the viewers get over the nudity factor and, about 5 minutes into any given episode,  it’s no longer a big deal. If anything, it becomes a little bit annoying (OMG. SEX. WE GET IT.) and slightly confusing.

See here’s the thing–I know I should consume all reality television with a grain of salt. Nothing is ever going to be truly “real” with a camera crew following you around and ratings to be considered. But I really can’t get over the fact that, after 21 days, none of these women have hairy armpits. Are the shows producers really that opposed to showing hairy women on the screen as their male counter parts grow grungier and grungier? Do they allow these women to temporarily turn off “survival mode” so they can shave before going back in front of the camera?

One of the producers for Survivor was asked a similar question about hygiene and he claimed to have no idea, chalking it up to pre-show lazer hair removal or something.  And maybe that’s true for some, but all of the women? Really?

I accept the fact that reality TV is anything but real. But maybe it could be cool to see a less-than-perfect looking woman on reality TV. It’s not just hairiness–it’s also a lack of variety in body shape/size, race, gender identity and sexual orientation. Skinny, hairless white women are not the only ones capable of surviving nearly a month in a wild environment.

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