Stream Police: The Rapid-Fire Review Round-up Special

Posted in The Screening Room by - December 09, 2014

We have a very special Stream Police this week, as I’ve gathered a diverse panel of the world’s foremost entertainment experts to help me review four random Netflix offerings.

THE PANEL:

Bark Ruff-alo: Free-spirited Corgi and tennis ball enthusiast

Amenemhat I: Pharaoh of Egypt, entrepreneur

Cliff Lewis: Disembodied spirit, former vaudevillian

Eisig: Snowman and artist from Berlin


BOJACK HORSEMAN

(1 Season, 12 Episodes)

Synopsis: A Netflix original comedy about Bojack Horseman (Will Arnett), a misanthropic horse twenty years after he was a major sitcom star

My take: The show has glimmers of real potential, especially given the incredible voice cast, but I found myself wanting more. Watchable, but ultimately it needs to make major strides in its second season to be worth your time.

Bark Ruff-alo: Arf! Arf!

Amenemhat:

Cliff: Hay may be for horses, but this show’s for the birds! By the end, I was asking myself, “Why the long face?”

Eisig: I quite enjoyed this program. Much like life, it seemed to wander aimlessly and without any purpose.

 

MARON

(1 Season, 10 episodes)

Synopsis: The semi-autobiographical sitcom follows the life of a fictionalized version of comedian and podcaster Marc Maron (WTF with Marc Maron) as he navigates life and relationships.

My take: While certain episodes are stronger than others, Maron strikes a perfect balance between sentiment and comedy while staying true to the Marc’s comedic voice. Reminiscent of a more neurotic Louie, it’s absolutely worth watching.

Bark Ruff-alo: Arf! Arf!

Amenemhat:

Cliff: And I thought I was neurotic! Compared to him I’m a Catholic!

Eisig: I was struck by the realism. I, too, would be depressed in the lifeless sunny hills of California.

 

INDIE GAME

Synopsis: A documentary following independent designers fighting the odds to create a successful video game.

My Take: A heartfelt look into the world of independent video games, the film is a stirring examination of determination, sacrifice and the creative process.

Bark Ruff-alo: (Chases own tail)

Amenemhat:

Cliff: Forget Super Meat Boy, this whole thing was baloney!

Eisig: I cannot support any game or film that supports the notion that anything in life can be won. It is a battle against nature in which we inevitably succumb to our own mortality and melt into nothingness.

 

BLACKFISH

Synopsis: Tracing the life of Tilikum, an Orca responsible for the deaths of multiple trainers, the film is a powerful exploration of the mistreatment of Orcas in captivity.

My take: At times it’s difficult to watch, and makes no effort to present both sides of the issue, but Blackfish is a superb documentary for those who can handle the heavy subject.

Bark Ruff-alo: I liked it. (Rolls over)

Amenemhat: 

Cliff: If I wanted to watch a killer whale for an hour and a half, I’d invite my mother-in-law to dinner.

Eisig: A film that once again reminds us we are all in captivity, and the only true freedom is death. Also, I must admit I find the whales cute. 

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