7 items from 2015
This is a repost of our review from the 2014 Toronto Film Festival [Tiff 2014].
Thank you, David Robert Mitchell, because I now have a way of avoiding that awkward “Birds and the Bees” chat when the time comes for my bewildered offspring, as I’ll just pop on It Follows and let your sinisterly sexual horror flick work its magic!
We’ve all seen our fair share of high school slashers where hormone-ravaged teens can’t keep it in their pants long enough to evade the clutches of Jason, Freddy, Michael, or any of the usual suspects, but Mitchell’s hanky-panky fueled genre-bender creates a new game that turns premarital sex into an orgasmic death sentence. Being a slow-burn cat-and-mouse thriller in the simplest sense, It Follows trounces the vilest of STDs by creating a post-sex monster who hunts down the unluckiest of fornicators. There are rules to Mitchell’s scenario, rules »
- Matt Donato
Fresh Off the Boat premiered Wednesday with 7-plus million viewers and a positive response from audiences and critics alike. However, for a juggernaut like ABC, that's still a lot of eyeballs missing from a show that just may be the best new comedy of 2015. Based off restauranteur Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name, the show is your classic fresh-out-of-water comedy. The series opens with the Huangs moving from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Florida, so that patriarch Louis (Randall Park) can fulfill his dream of opening a steak restaurant. As he goes all-in in his embrace of the American Dream, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Based on his memoir, "Fresh Off The Boat" is Eddie Huang's story. It's certainly not my story. I've never been an 11-year-old son of Taiwanese immigrants moving from Chinatown in Washington, DC to the suburbs of Orlando. "Fresh Off The Boat" can't be my story. But I hope Eddie Huang would forgive my feeling that, at least to some degree, "Fresh Off The Boat" is absolutely my story. In the early '90s, I was a 13-year-old son of Canadian immigrants living in Mississippi, going to a middle school in which I was one of a dozen white kids and the only Jewish kid. I didn't have to explain stinky tofu to my colleagues at lunch, but I assure you that my bagels were plenty confusing. I spent a lot of time being called Bud Bundy, because at the time, all of my classmates were watching a lot of Fox »
- Daniel Fienberg
Midway through the press tour panel for ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat," actress Constance Wu argued, "Progress arises out of conflict, not out of pretending everything's hunky-dory." "Fresh Off the Boat" — the first network sitcom with a predominantly Asian-American cast in 20 years, since ABC's "All-American Girl" with Margaret Cho — is a clear sign of progress, as well as one of the funnier comedies debuting over the next few months. (Its first two episodes air on Wednesday, February 4, before moving to Tuesdays at 8 on February 10.) It's also a show with a fair amount of conflict. Yesterday, New York Magazine published a first-person essay by Eddie Huang, who wrote the memoir on which the show is based, and serves as both a producer and the adult narrator of the '90s adventures of young Eddie (Hudson Yang). The essay goes on at length about his discomfort with the attempt to homogenize his »
- Alan Sepinwall
Carrie Underwood likes to keep her beauty regime ''simple''. The 31-year-old star is the face Almay cosmetics' new Simply American campaign - which is set to launch next week - and believes the make-up range is perfect for those who like a more ''natural'' look. She told People magazine: ''Simply American beauty, for me, is about keeping things simple and feeling good about yourself. It doesn't have to be complicated, it's that natural beauty that we all possess.'' The 'Something in the Water' singer - who is expecting her first child, a baby boy, with husband Mike Fisher - embodies the ''All-American Girl'' theme in the campaign images by donning a stars-and-stripes printed vest while relaxing on a gingham blanket and swing-chair with her adorable puppy Ace. The blonde beauty - who is a spokesperson for Almay - recently confessed that she prefers to do her own »
Comedian Margaret Cho has responded to critics who deemed her North Korea-skewering Golden Globes appearance racist – ironically enough, in an evening filled with achievements for diverse voices and cries of “Je Suis Charlie” in the name of freedom of expression.
“I’m of mixed North/South Korean descent – you imprison, starve and brainwash my people you get made fun of by me #hatersgonhate #FreeSpeech,” she Tweeted Monday morning.
I'm of mixed North/South Korean descent – you imprison, starve and brainwash my people you get made fun of by me #hatersgonhate #FreeSpeech
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) January 12, 2015
Cho showed up in a running gag throughout the Globes show as “Cho Young-ja,” a humorless North Korean general-slash-hfpa member who criticized the Globes show (“You no have thousand baby playing guitar at the same time. You no have people holding up many card to make one big picture. You no have Dennis Rodman”) and »
- Jen Yamato
Every year, TV networks trot out a raft of new offerings to compete for viewers’ eyeballs — an increasingly difficult task, given the ever-growing number of options available to the public. But even in what some have dubbed the new Golden Age of Television, there are bound to be some shows that are less deserving of your time than others.
In 2015, the viewing public will be faced with choices that include, not one, but two new shows from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan; an update on iconic sitcom “The Odd Couple;” and a comedy starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte »
- Wrap TV Team
7 items from 2015
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