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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015)
"Kimmy" Is No Bull Schmidt
"Kimmy" is no bull Schmidt.
Let me be honest: This show had me at Ellie Kemper (actor). Women may appreciate the quirkiness of her character, but there's something inexplicably and untraditionally sexy about her goofball innocence. She's like the best female friend who keeps you in the friend zone because she has zero idea you're attracted to her; and even worse, you yourself can't decide if you should even try to date her because she's so sweet despite your not-so- secret desire to hook up with her. Anyone who's ever seen her charming persona on The Office (U.S. TV series) will recognize it, but this show emphasizes her fish out of water mystique--and it works, playing perfectly to her adorably cute character's strengths. One can simply mute the show and find endless amusement in her ever-changing bemused and confused facial expressions. The supporting actors transcend their smartly-written characters, so that breakout Tituss Burgess is not just "The Black Guy," veteran Carol Kane is not just "The Kooky Neighbor," and the always-reliable Jane Krakowski not just "The Self-Absorbed Antagonist." The writers are commenting even on sitcom conventions themselves by simultaneously incorporating and then subtly playing against them. Sitcom stereotypes, conflicts, revelations and more are parodied throughout the entirety of the show. The bit players and guest stars are all excellent as well in this crazy alternate heightened-reality. Because you root for Kimmy, you root for all of them. She's the light at the end of our collective dark tunnel.
This is not a laugh out loud show, but one in which you're in a constant state of lighthearted chuckling, knowing smirks, and smiling glee. Each episode leaves you with a satisfied thoughtful reflection of how silly our world is, and a refreshing hope that there does exist real Kimmy Schmidts out there somewhere who can not merely survive but thrive in it. The witty repartee and banter between characters is fast-paced and punches you relentlessly with funny observations in an almost neo-Moonlighting intelligently-designed chaotic sort of way. This makes the show fun because it's true to life in only an intentionally-absurdist design. It exists in the same alternate reality as the talented Tina Fey (actor, comedian)'s previous show, 30 Rock (TV series). So it's great to escape into its silliness. But it's smart and snappy, often creatively brilliantrather than purely ridiculous for its own sake. Hidden in plain sight between each gag is pointed satire and biting social commentary that is swallowed easily because the show is simply funny. Its observations are a welcomed and refreshing skewering of modern life: religion, political correctness, cultural differences, pop culture, human nature, self-perception and deception, dating, celebrity, fame, money worship, ego, social media, mobile culture, youth and aging, beauty, education, sexual and gender politics, race relations, economic disparity, censorship, keeping up with the Joneses, white privilege, etc. You name it. If I could die and go to heaven, I'd surely enter the gates as a writer for this show and have the best time of my eternal life.
The characters begin the journey as types on a page, and then begin to develop into deeper and more complex versions beneath the surface. In a silly manner and tone, this is perhaps the defining theme of the show, that despite whatever cultural noise that surrounds and shapes us into stereotypical connected drones, we're disconnected from what matters the most. It speaks volumes in seconds, but achieves this so cleverly that it never feels heavy-handed; it's subtly obvious only because you are constantly amused and immediately relate to being in on the joke. Watching ourselves through the eyes of Kimmy Schmidt outside of the bunker reminds us how much we've lost our own naivety, innocence and even humanity in this technological capitalistic age. So it's with great pleasure that we follow this character as she struggles to be free and independent in a modern world that no longer embraces, celebrates, or encourages remaining yourself--thereby ironically revealing that we at least need as much rebooting in this brave new world as she does.
Thankfully, Season 2 has been confirmed to return to Netflix Watch Instantly in March 2016.
Ring of Fire (2012)
I can't believe the earth quakes during an earthquake!
Ignore all the idiotic trolls complaining about shaky cams; they're apparently unaware that in disaster action movies, the ground occasionally, uhm, shakes. And those talking about "The Agenda" of this movie as it relates to environmental concerns are the same subculture conspiracists on YouTube discussing the Illuminati, 9/11 cover-up, and other elaborate government plots. In this movie--as in all such disaster movies--the environmental concerns are only used as a thin plot device to kinda-sorta-maybe support the silliness of the movie premise. It's not at all presented in a heavy-handed way like some of the religion- themed movies on here--some quite good. It's just a plot device; I would tell you if it were "one of those" films. It's not.
Finally, the last bit of cuckoo in many of these reviews is that the science of the movie used to explain the potential end of the world is not sound or based on reality. Really? Are you trying to tell me that I shouldn't fear a mass volcanic reaction that could threaten everything globally? Whew! Thanks for clearing that up. Now all I have to worry about are sharks and tornados somehow uniting. You get the point. This is not NOVA on PBS. It's the same science and logic used to describe how Indiana Jones and John McClane can survive all those stunts, how the world can be covered completely in ice in 2012, and how gigantic robots from outer space can transform into cars. The pseudoscience in this movie works as well as it does in EVERY OTHER ACTION/DISASTER MOVIE. It's easy to suspend your belief with the science in this movie--it's 'sciency" enough.
As you should know by now, most reviewers cannot AT ALL be relied on to accurately review a movie, and of course, tastes are so subjective. Their comments ruin movies that I skip based on them only to discover later they were completely wrong. Find a movie you enjoy like, say, "TiMer," and then read the reviews and comments. The idiots who hate movies you like take far more time to write reviews than those left satisfied; and so negative comments from those groups disproportionately rise to the top. So take mine review worth a grain of salt; but I hope you at least find it Helpful enough to mark it as such.
Now onto the movie itself. Many will make fun of this B-movie. But it has a considerable amount of A-movie emotion, and far better than expected special effects, sound effects, and background music. As a straight masculine male who recognized some of the cheesiness of this movie, I have to admit that I inexplicably teared-up at *several* moments towards the ending of this movie. No spoilers. Simply, though this movie is not worthy of any best picture industry awards, it's one of those rare Netflix gems that perfectly succeeds as an entertaining mindless diversionrather than just the standard subpar nonsense that litters the service.
I really appreciated that all talents involved didn't wing it; everyone tried, from the director and film crew to the producer. There is real acting in this movie above and beyond the limits of the improbable script, with recognizable and attractive new faces keeping the standard fare fun and fresh. The leads are excellent considering the material and the supporting actors carry their load. Ultimately, that's all that really matters at the end of the day: You'll be surprised to find that you like the characters...a lot, and even more surprised that--in what essentially is a silly disposable movie--you end up actually caring about what happens to them.
I personally departed the movie feeling satisfied, even to a point of wanting to see a little more in an ongoing series because the characters grow on you. No, it's not a top-notch movie, but it goes nowhere near the bottom of movies like Snakes on a Plane. So if you keep your expectations low, you'll end on a high. Enjoy!