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John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

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John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

20181 h 04 min
Overview

John Mulaney relays stories from his childhood and "SNL," eviscerates the value of college and laments getting older in this electric comedy special.

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Director Alex Timbers
Runtime 1 h 04 min
Release Date 1 May 2018
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Movie Media Other
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Very good
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Starring: John Mulaney

Everyone, all throughout their life, listens to stories. Every culture on Earth is built around social constructs and storytelling is a key part of them all. Now, we have all heard bad stories. Sitting at a bar, hanging out at a friend’s place, or being forced to attend your spouse’s company holiday party are all areas where you are likely to hear a bad story. Even if the content of a story is good, the way it is told makes or breaks it. And this is where John Mulaney excels. He is a masterful storyteller, which played a large part as establishing himself as one of the best modern comedians.

Mulaney has lost none of his thunder from his previous two specials. While this routine did not have me laughing as hard as the first two, it is still solid. Along with the core of the jokes remaining hilarious, Mulaney’s writing and delivery continue to improve. This should not be too surprising for anyone familiar with Mulaney. For those who are not, he was a writer for six years on Saturday Night Live. And it shows. It is also mentioned, as some of his stories reference his time and experiences back on SNL.

A lot of comedians stick to the same general topics. Politics and religion are always hot-button issues that are easy to poke fun at. Family is another one, especially spouses. And of course, themselves. Mulaney hits all these topics and more in this special. Unlike some other comedians, he never comes off as crass. His schtick is very well put together and while he is hilarious, he retains his sense of charm throughout. A large part of that comes from his impeccable timing. Timing is key to any good joke and Mulaney knows how to hit the bullseye every time there.

Some comedians are crude or cringeworthy, but Mulaney is neither of those things. His routine has him up on stage as what he is: a white guy. Mulaney is probably the best modern stand-up example of a white dude. He never outright says that (or even comes close to doing so), but it’s there. Not that Jeff Foxworthy blue-collar humor, but white-collar humor. This is humor for folks who work office jobs and had sort-of-typical but sort-of-weird childhoods. So, guys like me. It makes the humor more relatable and that makes it all the more hilarious.

August 25, 2019

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

More Than One Wears The Mask

20181 h 57 min
Overview

Miles Morales is juggling his life between being a high school student and being Spider-Man. However, when Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk uses a super collider, another Spider-Man from another dimension, Peter Parker, accidentally winds up in Miles' dimension. As Peter trains Miles to become a better Spider-Man, they are soon joined by four other Spider-Men from across the "Spider-Verse". As all these clashing dimensions start to tear Brooklyn apart, Miles must help the others stop Fisk and return everyone to their own dimensions.

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Director Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Runtime 1 h 57 min
Release Date 7 December 2018
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Movie Media Cinema
Movie Status Available
Movie Rating Excellent

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse can be summed up with one word: wow. Go in expecting a good movie and be blown away by a great one. The standout thing about this film is that it just does everything right. Into the Spider-Verse is not a live-action Marvel film; it knows this and does not try to be one. Watching this film feels very much like reading a comic book. From the art style to the story layout, Into the Spider-Verse is very much a comic come to life. While it may be a stretch to call the film perfect, it comes very, very close.

At its core, Into the Spider-Verse is an origin story. Thankfully, it breaks the mold of superhero origin stories in film. Anyone who keeps up with comic movies even marginally knows Peter Parker’s origin story. A radioactive spider bites him, Uncle Ben gets shot, and so on and so forth. This story is centered on Miles Morales, the second Spider-Man originally introduced in Marvel’s Ultimate comic series. Miles’ story is not identical to his comic origin but shares some similarities, making the film both old and new for existing fans.

Focusing on a different Spider-Man is great and part of what makes Miles story so invigorating is that he is not the first Spider-Man. Far from it; there are many other Spider heroes who have come before him. And like him, most of his predecessors started as average people. Peter Parker and Miles both stand out among other heroes by being normal people. They did not start out as world-class scientists, billionaires, or gods. They were just normal kids who suddenly had this power fall in their laps. And despite their hard lives, they never hesitated to do the right thing with their powers.

This is a movie that breaks the mold for what an origin story can be. Miles is not alone, but his journey is still a hard one. With not even a day’s worth of experience under his belt, he is thrown into a high-stakes adventure. Other, more experienced people are there but if he does not rise to the challenge everything could be lost. He learns more quickly than some others that superpowers do not put you above others. You can still get hurt, the people you care about can still get hurt. But despite all that, you have to persist. You have to carry on. Because everyone has the potential to be a hero.

December 30, 2018