This month was a lighter month, if not in volume, definitely in tone. I went back to find some amazing comedies and animated shows that didn’t hit me in the moment, and clean up some well regarded films from a few years ago that I never got to. Here’s a breakdown of what I watched
Highlights of the Month
Gravity Falls is one of the best animated shows I’ve ever watched. The art and animation is fantastic, the storylines are mostly clever, the voice work and casting is fantastic, and it oozes attention to detail. I could (and would have) finished the series in a few days had I not known it was only two seasons long and my desire to stretch out the joy taken over.
My exposure to Gravity Falls had been minimal before watching the show, and limited to a few gifs that I used frequently and unusually high viewer ratings. Boy, am I disappointed I didn’t hear more about this show earlier. I imagine the fandom would have been amazing to be a part of, especially as each episode has a clue or cypher for a big ARG sewn throughout the seasons. I’ll be paying attention to whatever Alex Hirsch does next, and I can’t wait to see what comes out of his deal with Fox.
Catastrophe was a show that peaked my interest when I heard Pop Culture Happy Hour’s Linda Holmes mention it as a smarter You’re The Worst. I’ve only watched the first season so far, but I can’t agree more. I enjoyed You’re The Worst but there’s something refreshing about seeing people who are a little bit older make the best of a situation. Some of the characters are hilarious, and I’ll never forget the dinner party blueberry line because I couldn’t stop laughing about for days. For a show as solid as this, I can’t quite understand why Amazon hasn’t pushed this one more.
I missed the hype of The Office when it was in its prime. I tried watching a few episodes and I just couldn’t stand Michael Scott. I’m not sure what compelled me, but I tried once more to push through the first season and about half way through, I was converted. The changes they made to Michael Scott along the way were perfect, and I’ve blown through it this month because of them. Pranks on Dwight will never get old, and I can’t wait to see how the show wraps up.
- The Office
- Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown
- Downton Abbey
- Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- The Walking Dead
- Gravity Falls
- Peaky Blinders
- True Detective
- The Amazing Spiderman 2 (2014)
- That Awkward Moment (2014)
- Godzilla (2014)
- Neighbours (2014)
- Oblivion (2013)
I was a bit nostalgic this month for the 90s and Felicity seemed like it would hit the spot. It didn’t hurt that it had some great names attached, namely J.J Abrams, Matt Reeves, and Ron Howard. The biggest thing I took away from watching the first season was how transparent its target audience was. The drama that was drummed up (academic dishonesty, registering for classes, dealing with a crush, etc) are things that students never take half as seriously as the characters do, and would only seem interesting to an audience that hasn’t yet been through it. I’m interested to see where it goes though, so I’ll probably keep watching, even though I doubt it will get better.