Murder Mystery- Killed Me

Nutshell: Netflix.  Jen Aniston.  Adam Sandler. Rachel Green. Billy Madison.  Murder Mystery.  Dark Comedy.  Light and Hilarious.  Good for everyone.  1 hour and 37 minutes.

CB Rating: 8.2

Murder Mystery killed me, get it (I’m hilarious).  Netflix has taken out the big guns.  They pulled in the late 90’s rom-com dream team, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler and brought us a ridiculous play on the classic murder mystery.  

I had already seen these two together in Just Go With It, (which for those who haven’t seen it- low key hilarious) so I knew what they were capable of.  The storyline had me feeling a little iffy about it:

“On a long-awaited trip to Europe, a New York City cop and his hairdresser wife scramble to solve a baffling murder aboard a billionaire’s yacht”

Right? It sounds a little cliche, and a little been there done that.  I mean even Saved By the Bell had a murder mystery episode.   What it leaves out is how hard they go into the genre. It’s like they took the game Clue, multiplied it to the point of absurdity- and it really works.  The characters are stereotypical and ludicrous. The story keeps moving and Jen {I can call her that} and Sandler just hit it out of the park.

It’s a great one to put on when you want to unwind and laugh for an hour and a half.  

Watch it on Netflix

Starring: Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler

Written By: James Vanderbilt

Trailer: Click HERE

A Million Little Things

Nutshell: Worth Watching.  1 hour. Cable Drama.  Solid cast. Semi-predictable.  Still enjoyable.  Mystery.

My original prediction from the newsletter when it first aired:

A Million Little Things: The life of a group of friends post one of their friends taking his life.  It’s just as sad as it sounds.  I feel like it’s ABC’s answer to This is Us only with an even more depressing plot if possible.  Look people liked this one, and there is something that happens in the Pilot that kind of traps you into the next one.  This show will either surprise everyone and be incredible or be the absolute biggest piece of shit ever. #tbd #stillgoingtowatch (ABC and Hulu)

I really thought this show was going to be the biggest turd.  How could ABC successfully pull off an almost tit for tat of This Is Us? They did it.  Something about Ron Livingston that I love to hate.  Is it that he broke up with Carrie on a post-it? Definitely.

Here Ron plays a guy named Jonathan Dixon, who has just taken his life.  The show centers around his widow, family and group of friends as they deal with the impossible.   Sounds completely and utterly predictable.  There are moments that are.  However the cast is great, and the stories kind of grab you.  It’s in the same category as The Parenthood and This Is Us.

The show got such good traction and reviews, ABC even gave it a better day and time slot as it will air on Thursdays, 9 PM starting in September.  Catch up on Hulu.

Cast: Ron Livingston (Office Space, Sex and the City [eyeroll]), Romany Malco (40 Year Old Virgin, Weeds), Stephanie Szostack (Devil Wears Prada), and more unfamiliar but lovable faces

Trailer: Click HERE

What If (Netflix) The Plot Twist From Hell

Nutshell: Netlfix.  1 Hour Episodes.  Drama.  Holy Renee Zellweger.  Don’t recommend to all or most.

This show had all the right parts.  A frozen faced Renee Wellger, a hot dude, a likable main actress and a seemingly sexy plot.  For those who didn’t catch the preview that Netflix was literally shoving down your throat, it’s about a rich powerful woman, Anne (Renee), offering an ungodly amount of money for one night with Lisa’s husband, Sean (token hot guy).

If it all sounds familiar, it’s because it does.  We have all seen how this plays out, because we all saw Indecent Proposal.  However there was an unexpected twist- that honestly flopped.  It’s not worth watching the entire season to get to it.  However if you’re like me, you will anyway.  It has that right amount of drama and trashy intrigue that is hard to resist.  You were warned.

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Jane Levy, Blake Jenner

Trailer: Click HERE

 

Friends From College

Nutshell: Good time killer.  Great cast.  BingeableAF. A little drama but hilarious.  Fred Savage is the man.  Under 30 minute episodes.  2 Seasons.  Good for everyone. Cancelled by Netflix (unfortunate)

This show took me totally by surprise.  It’s hard for me to explain why because with Keegan-Michael Key and Cobie Smulders as two of the the leads, I should have expected it to be funny.  I guess what I didn’t expect was how much I would die for Fred Savage.  That guy stole the show and helped keep it light through (for lack of a better word) a pretty fucked up friend situation.

The second season premiered in January 2019, and was apparently cancelled by Netflix shortly after in February.  I just found that out as I was writing this article, and I have to say it’s disappointing.  It leaves you hanging.  Uncool.  However the journey is still worth taking.  The ensemble of the characters are enough to carry you through the drama.

The first two seasons are a great binge when you’re looking for something light.  These days with Game of Thrones and The Handmaid’s Tale- we can all agree that light can be good.

Happy binging!

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 Finale Rant

This article does contain spoilers

Season 2 of Handmaid’s Tale was grueling. I cried, I cheered, I yelled at the TV, and when June did not get on that truck at the end I literally threw my remote.  For a solid two days I was angry about it.  At one point I  vowed to not watch the next season, because this was bull shit.

Then in a rare move, I calmed down.  I started to come around to the idea of her staying in Gillead.  I started to understand how it would be impossible for any mother to leave a child behind in these circumstances.  But what I finally understood is that maybe June saw hope.  Hear me out.

At the beginning of the season, June is pregnant and living in a Gillead where there is not even a sliver of hope for change.  Getting out is the only way.  She hasn’t seen Hannah in years, and the chances of finding Hannah and getting out of there are slim to none.  But slowly over the course of the season things start to shift.

The revolution is beginning.  There’s an explosion taking out several Generals and Commanders.  Serena, with June’s help, begins writing laws and giving out orders while Commander Waterford is in the hospital.  The wives of the Commanders come together to petition for girls to be able to read.  June is seeing all of these pieces come together over the course of her pregnancy.  So when she arrives at the truck and sees that Emily is also there, and she was escorted by Commander Lawrence, the architect and leader behind Gillead – she knows the tide has turned.  If Lawrence is on their side…  If Serena is on their side…  If the Martha’s can orchestrate such an elaborate “Underground Railroad” escape…  If Nick can stand up to the commander….  Then maybe there IS a way for her to save Hannah and everyone else who is oppressed and imprisoned in Gillead.

I think it’s bad ass.  She could have gotten on the truck and never looked back.  But she’s a mother.  She’s a warrior.  She’s going to light this place on fire. PRAISE BE BITCHES!