Fourteen years ago, I took my little niece to see The Incredibles. I loved the story, but she seemed a little bored. Yesterday, I took my two older sons to see The Incredibles 2 in XD. They laughed the whole way through. They loved the actions as well as Jack-Jack. As for the story, The Incredibles 2 is all about feminism and power. Dad stays home to watch the kids while mom goes out to save the world. Mrs. Incredible has it all: the neatness her husband lacked, three fantastic kids, elastic power, and a Kardashian booty.
Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher, a comedian couple, joined force to talk about their upcoming baby, politics, religion, and sexism. Leggero’s segment, in particular, was strong. She was performing while pregnant. Although she doesn’t go into juicy details about women body like Ali Wong, she had some great Trump jokes. Kasher’s segment was a bit weaker. It’s hard to follow his wife. The final segment featured roasting of couples from the audience. Not a bad way to be entertained for an hour and a half.
In her latest Netflix special, Notaro talked about her cat named Fluff, which should have been the title of the show. She fluffed her way through, but with such a unique way of storytelling. She used no punchline and no profanity. The materials took the backseat to the delivery. It’s not what she said, but how she said. I get it, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had expected.
Indian-American comedians are killing it. In his latest Netflix special, Hari Kondabolu offers a unique voice on the Trump supporters and healthcare. Redistribution of organ from the rich to the poor by killing the wealthy is a bit extreme, but he makes a valid point for getting started with healthcare. In addition to race, politics, religion, and gay marriage, Kondabolu has intriguing stories on mangoes. Good materials, Hari.
James’s latest Netflix special covers the familiar territories such as fatherhood, allergies, and food. There aren’t any twist and turn or a unique perspective—just straight up family friendly. Light jokes from heavy James.
Ali Wong is back and pregnant again. She delves into juicy details of being a new mother. From C-section to breastfeed, she pushes further toward the in-your-face territory. On sex, she isn’t shy away from pussy-eating, butthole-licking, and period-fucking jokes. She is also an advocate for maternity leave. Hard Knock Wife is a special Mother’s Day gift from Netflix.
In the encore of his Netflix special, Gervais shared that he and his brother have one rule: “If you think of something funny, you gotta say it. Win, lose, or draw.” This philosophy worked out well for him. He joked about letting kids die, getting raped by satin, rubbing nuts on people with allergy, becoming old, watching his testicles floating, and tweeting back to his haters. Gervais packed so many great contents into one hour. You’ll either laugh or be offended the whole way through. I am the former.
One word to describe Barry Jenkins’s epic film has to be resilience. It takes resilience for a gay black boy who lived with a poor, single, drug-addicted mother to become a tough-yet-sweet young man. It’s an aesthetically delightful watch.
Holy fuck! Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden is a mind-fucking thriller. So violent yet so erotic. So bizarre yet so beautiful. So twisted yet so sensual. I have never seen lesbian sex this vigorous. The film is two and a half hours, yet not a second is wasted.
French-comedian Gad Elmaleh provides his hilarious perspective as an outsider on American’s culture, slang, and grammar. His materials are not too heavy but not too cheesy either. The jokes are just right. He’s good.