Directed by: James Bobin // Written by: Nicholas Stoller & James Bobin // Starring: Ricky Gervais, Tiny Fey, Ty Burrell & The Muppets

Based simply on how much I loved the last Muppets movie, I knew I wouldn’t enjoy this in the same way. I was fairly happy with it though. The plot’s probably more trouble than it’s worth and it doesn’t quite have the same heart to it, but it’s still full of all the nice little jokes and references you’d expect from The Muppets, so there are definitely still laughs there. I mean, is there really anyone who wouldn’t want to see Danny Trejo belting out ‘I Hope I Get It’ in an all male, all prisoner performance of A Chorus Line? No, I didn’t think so. So yeah, it’s not amazing, but I’m still very much on board with The Muppets and what they’re all about.

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Directed by: James Griffiths // Written by: Jon Brown & Nick Frost // Starring: Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, Rashida Jones, Kayvan Novak, Olivia Colman, Ian McShane

It could barely be any more by-the-numbers, but there’s no part of me that wants to moan about that. I watched it with my family and I think everyone enjoyed it a fair bit. It’s just eminently likeable. Simple underdog story, a strong cast, a few nice lines and a good enough soundtrack to make you wonder for half a moment why you’ve never gotten into Latin music. I liked it.

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Well, I can’t quite decide how satisfied I am by the way things played out for me personally, but having watched an alternative route on YouTube, what I can say is that I’m very impressed by the distinct differences made by my choices. I tried to play Bigby as somewhat complicated; doing the “right” thing in some places, failing to contain his Big Bad Wolf self in others. I have a feeling, though, that some of the dialogue in the later stages would have come together a bit better if I’d been a bit more consistent in my choices. Whatever though. I still enjoyed the game a hell of a lot and I can’t wait for more Telltale awesomeness.

So, yeah, I decided to finally get back to watching this show and here are two things:

  • Jason Katims is the undisputed king of making me want to cry. I don’t remember it being true of the first two seasons of FNL, but it’s definitely true of Parenthood and it’s definitely been true of S3. I mean, seriously, all the Jason Street stuff with his baby? Goddamn. Smash getting into college? Tyra struggling to get her shit together and overcome the odds? Matt and his gran? I hope the rest of the show follows suit.
  • I was going to say something similar after watching Mud, but it’s crazy how much small Southern towns in America have become somewhat of a dream vacation for me. It couldn’t happen like this, and I probably wouldn’t even enjoy it, but I imagine sitting in a local diner, getting groceries, going to a high school football game and… well, y’know… going through the whole Doc Hollywood journey of slowly winning over the locals despite their disapproval of my flashy, big city ways. The simple things! Maybe the only practical way to do some of this would be a road trip though. It’s pretty much the only thought ever that makes me wish I could drive.
Alexis Sánchez, eh? This about sums up the mood.

Alexis Sánchez, eh? This about sums up the mood.