Welcome to the first edition of the Funkhouser Media Weekend Forecast. I am you mediaologist, Bradley Morris. In this weekly update, we’ll discuss all things media related that you can sink your ears and eyes into during a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with all the popcorn and soda drinks you can stuff your face with.
Every Friday we’ll look at what to watch for across Netflix, Hulu, Movies in theaters, Major Sporting events, anything and everything of interest. Some of these may not even be new, however what was old is made new again. Speaking of something old being made new again, let us start off with our Netflix selection.
Netflix: Dave Chappelle
Why to watch: If you haven’t seen Dave Chappelle do stand up comedy before, and have only seen episodes of the Chappelle Show, then you haven’t seen the eccentric comedian at his best. Chris Rock and Kevin Hart both say that Dave is the best in the business today. When your peers say that about you, then you must respect the opinion. The first new material from Chappelle in over ten years is fresh, controversial, and just plain funny. Comedians are taught not to laugh at their own material, that it somehow breaks the illusion that they’re doing a job and not just having fun with an audience. Dave breaks this rule and it works for him and his audience. There are two episodes to watch, one filmed in L.A. and the other in Austin, TX. While the L.A. special is the newest, I felt it was almost too scripted. The other episode in Austin was filmed a year ago, and the material you can tell is aged a bit to the time. However it comes across as comedy gold that Dave has made a full return to the business he was born to do. I’m happy he has resumed his standup and can’t wait for more.
Why not to watch: You have no sense of humor. You have your Brandy and cigar in the billiards room after a proper dinner and can’t be bother with this poppycock. Also your funny bone was surgically removed at birth.
Hulu: Preacher Season 1
Why to watch: So many shows to choose from, so little time during the week to watch. I only like to binge watch a series if they are in the sweet spot of 6 to 14 episodes. That way I can spend a day or two on them, get everything watched, and not miss anything. Preacher is right in the sweet spot at 10 episodes. There are three main characters. Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, a small Texas town preacher who is on his own personal mission to find God after a lifetime of sin. Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare, Jesse’s ex girlfriend and still in the lifetime of sinful behavior Jesse is trying to escape. Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, a centuries old vampire who has seemed to found his place in the new world after spending a lifetime in the old world. This series isn’t for everyone I’ll admit. Dark humor, some violent images, and some not very nice people are involved here. But there is also a kindness found in some of the characters as well. Definitely different and worth your time to give it a chance.
Why not to watch: You love cows, hate vampires, don’t like seeing God being made fun of, and think this is a total waste of time. And you don’t like laughing at other people’s misery, which happens quite a bit on Preacher.
TV ABC: Match Game 9:00 pm Sunday Night
Why to watch: Sometimes the old shows are the best shows. And some remakes of those shows bomb spectacularly. That isn’t the case with Match Game. Led by Alec Baldwin, this remake of the classic game show still has B-list stars boozing it up and making fools of themselves, Alec Baldwin, and the players themselves. If you crave old fashion fun, this is right up your alley.
Why not to watch: You are a TV purist. If it was made in the 70’s it should stay in the 70’s. You have no time for that liberal Baldwin fellow. And who really knows anything about that Titus Burgis dude anyway?
Why to watch: Anne Hathaway has had a strange career lately. Since she started out, people loved her bubbly personality and feel good movies. However the last few have bombed at the box office. With Colossal she has the perfect medium to show her talents because this isn’t a huge movie to begin with (pun intended). More of an independent film with a pure heart. Hathaway’s character is some how connected to a huge monster that is destroying a city on the other side of the world. What that connection says about us being to connected to an opposite, hidden side of ourselves is explored through humor and heartbreak.
Why not to watch: Anne Hathaway movies make your skin crawl. Her acting is the equivalent of finger nails on a chalk board. Monsters aren’t real. Monsters scare you. Anne Hathaway dancing scares you.
Sports: The Masters on CBS
Why to watch: It’s the Super Bowl for golf. All of the best players compete for the elusive green jacket. J.B. Holmes is representing UK with huge drives. Hearing Verne Lundquist whisper is a great way to fall asleep on a calm afternoon. And of course, its a tradition unlike any other.
Why not to watch: It’s golf on TV. Equally as bad as NASCAR, Baseball, and Criminal Minds. These events aren’t meant to be watched on TV, you need to be there to experience it for yourself.
That’s it for the weekend forecast from April 7th to 10th. Don’t forget to stock up on plenty of popcorn and drink of your choice for the couch marathons of your choosing. We’ll be back next week for your local and national forecast.