Movie Review: The Wrong Missy

The reviews for the new David Spade Netflix film, β€œThe Wrong Missy”, are even less than awful. That being established, I really liked this movie! It is what it is and if you have low expectations going into it, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. It will not win any awards and it’s pretty straightforward from a plot perspective, but I laughed throughout. If you want to be entertained and are not easily offended, I think you will enjoy the trip. 🌟🌟🌟

Movie Review: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

I happened to be watching something earlier today about The Smiths where they mentioned this movie. The main character gets fixated on their song β€œAsleep” which is merely a background story and mood setter for this coming of age film. This song may be my favorite song by The Smiths, so I thought I might have to find the movie and check it out. As luck (or some crazy search algorithm) would have it, this movie was in the picks for me on Netflix this evening so Melinda and I watched it. Suffice it to say, it was a really good movie and the music throughout was tremendous. Both of us highly recommend this one.🌟🌟🌟🌟

Fiona Apple: Fetch The Bolt Cutters

Disclaimer: Fiona Apple’s music is not for everyone.

I make that disclaimer mainly because she is a true artist, musician and songwriter who does things on her terms and her terms don’t include radio-friendly ramblings. Fiona recorded her fifth album at her home in Venice Beach, CA and the unique sounds it permits her to make carry this record from start to finish. Since Tidal was released in 1996, Fiona has seen three, six, seven and now eight years pass between recordings. I sure hope we don’t have to wait nine years for the next one. This record begins with β€œI Want You To Love Me”, a quirky piano ballad with a strolling melody which feels like a walk in the park with the one you love. Not Top 40 for sure, but an indication of things to come.

Again, Fiona Apple is not for everyone. However, if you are a music lover who enjoys a kaleidoscope of lyrical sophistication and refined musicianship as much as a you fancy a paint-by-numbers radio tune, you owe it to yourself to listen to this album. I mean really listen to it. If you are new to her music, I encourage you to start with Tidal and listen to each of her albums and see what it’s like to stroll on the long and winding road to greatness. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Netflix Review: Tiger King Episode 4

This one made me laugh a few times. This story is crazy and I am not sure who is the craziest of the bunch. Carole does not seem like a nice person and Joe is no saint himself. I can see how this will not end well. I am not sure who is most to blame in all of this. Again, not a waste of my time to watch this, but people like this actually exist and others are crazy enough to help them make a living running a homemade zoo.

Movie Review: The Social Network

Facebook is an icon of society and finding out about how it all began was very interesting. I had always wanted to watch this and had forgotten all about it until Melinda was scanning Netflix for something we could watch. The insights into a socially awkward genius as fun to watch. This film is worthy of the three Academy Awards it garnered when it was released.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Strokes: The New Abnormal

The Strokes are back!!! The New Abnormal is a welcome return from the NY group after the 2013 release of Comedown Machine. This record runs the full gamut of their powers and prowess. Drawing from their past success while exploring new territories, the group makes this 45 minutes well spent and worth repeated listens. Almost makes this crazy quarantine totally bearable. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Music Review: Niall Horan – Heartbreak Weather

I must admit I was not a One Direction fan, mainly due to the fact I like my music played and sung by musicians, not simply singers. When my oldest son, Kolin, had me listen to Niall Horan’s debut album Flicker a few years ago, I liked it and gladly accepted his buying it for me. This time around, I bought the album myself. There is not a bad song on this record, though I gravitate to the more moody tracks. Taking nothing away from the danceable grooves on the record, Niall has a way with mining the heart for strings of gold. Bend The Rules, Put A Little Love On Me and Dear Patience are my favorites, but again I like all the songs and can listen to this record repeatedly. Check it out.🌟🌟🌟🌟

Netflix Review: Tiger King Episode 3

Truth be told, I fell asleep for part of this episode. I think this had as much to do with my limited rest habits as it did with the slow pace of this series. They are drawing this story out more than necessary. We finally started to see another side of Carole, though nothing earth shattering. The disappearance of her rich husband stinks as much as the chicken I accidentally left in my trunk a couple weeks ago. Still hanging on for the punchline, but may end up wishing I had rewatched the Sally Field movie instead. 🌟🌟🌟

Netflix Review: Tiger King Episode 2

Things got a bit more interesting to say the least in the episode. Still no cliff hanger making me want to keep watching, but like any good train wreck, I’ll be back for episode 3. The distaste Joe has for Carole is becoming more apparent and he is not the only one. A few more interesting characters were on display. Makes me want to open my own park. Seems like fun. Not so much. The multiple husbands, wives and girlfriends would make Hugh Hefner proud. 🌟🌟

Netflix Review: Tiger King Episode 1

I am not sure what the fuss is all about, but this episode seemed a bit unnecessary other than to introduce the cast of characters. Boy, is it quite a cast. Joe Exotic may well have the least restrictive employment criteria of any company ever. I also use the word company loosely. Ex-convicts need apply, I guess. Well, at least Joe’s heart is in the right place in this regard. Carole Baskin has done nothing to endear herself to me. Seems conniving underneath her fake tears when someone pays her a complement. The episode did not have a cliff hanger, but it was interesting enough that I will watch episode two.🌟🌟