10/15/2015

The Jim Gaffigan Show

THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW
Another good stand-up comic suffers another painful, watered down sitcom interpretation of his material, as this clich├ęd and mostly unfunny montage of tropes and stereotypes (the bitchy gay friend! The horny misanthrope pal! The shrill, haranguing wife!) serves only to send one back to (still hilarious) SEINFELD reruns.

American Sniper

AMERICAN SNIPER
Never in all my years of consuming pop culture have I been so fearful that a movie was going to leap off of the screen and punch me in the face. At times as racist as any WWII propaganda, this chunk of one-sided jingoism’s critical accolades are a conundrum.

Hannibal, Season 3

HANNIBAL Season 3
My once-favorite show loses much of its balance, starting with an overly hallucinogenic and credibility straining cap to Seasons 1 and 2, segueing into a surprisingly uninspired adaptation of RED DRAGON. The last two episodes regained the greatness of the series, but alas, its demise may have been timely.