The casting of Schwarzenegger as the puninator Mr. Freeze, is the stuff of bad movie gold. The man is so committed to the role and seems to be having a blast dropping one pun after another, that as embarrassingly hammy as he is, he's the only one that seems to fit into this misguided mess of a world. For a quick moment Schwarzenegger drops the puns and gives a world dominating monologue that channels Bella Legosi in Plan 9 From Outer Space.
Uma Thurman, whose quick foray into big budget studio filmmaking began with this turkey and promptly ended a year later with another Warner Bros disaster - the ill fated The Avengers - is difficult to watch, she's so awful here.
Alicia Silverstone, like almost everything in this film, is atrocious. She adds nothing but clutter to this overstuffed mess.
Batman & Robin has a running time that is punishing in its bloated length and how this made it through the studio and test screening process without being chopped down to 80 minutes, is a missed opportunity to have mercy on audiences. Widely considered one of the worst films in the history of the medium, that's a bit harsh on a harmless bit of stupid confection - but it is a showcase of truly bad filmmaking, a screenplay worth less than a used Kleenex and acting that sucks away all dignity and goodwill.
The second episode Fifteen Million Merits is perhaps the best of the series, about a society that peddles stationary bikes to generate power and the individual earns points to purchase products or a chance to appear on a contestant show. The idea is thoughtfully explored, there's a quick budding romance that's wonderfully done and the episode goes into some dark places. This is a great piece of science fiction. 9/10
The third episode The Entire History of You explores the trivial bits of nonsense we obsess about, when everyone has recorders implanted in the back of our heads and you have the ability to record and playback any time, anywhere. What begins with our lead going through his job interview and replaying one phrase that could be interpreted in any way, over and over - leads to an obsession about the possibility of his wife having an affair. The segment is well acted and the use of the technology feels entirely believable. 7/10
The second season didn't engage me - sometimes at all. The first episode Be Right Back, felt too cold and distant and felt empty and pointless by the end. 5/10
The second episode White Bear hinged on a twist gimmick that was both a strength and a weakness. The twist works as an idea, but sours everything before it and both the twist and the preceding events felt half baked. Didn't deliver. 4/10
The third episode The Waldo Moment, about a depressed comedian voicing a crude animated character that ends up being used as a political puppet to disrupt an election is successful enough. But like all the episodes this season, the sharp wit and beautifully thought out visuals are missing. 6/10
The White Christmas special plays up the anthology format for the first time, as two men in a mysterious outpost kill time on Christmas by telling their stories that led them to this point in their life at this outpost. The three stories are all engaging and the use of the technology feels remarkably real and the results are haunting and twisted in its humor and drama. A great return to form. 7/10