Trial by Trailer: Including…The Rise of Skywalker

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.

For the week of October 21-25, 2019 I cover:
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction
Silicon Valley: Season 6
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby
QT8: The First Eight
Netflix vs. the World
The Bronx, USA

Shall we begin?

Bloodshot (October 21)
Yeah, I dunno. This looks like every 80s action movie…ever. Universal Soldier…Bourne movies. I guess I need to see more. For now, this looks like they took the laziest approach. The thing with Vin Diesel is he’s struggled to create a new franchise. Will he succeed?!

Sammy Verdict: I’m kinda in…but I need to see more; tone will make or break this movie.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (October 22)
The Rise of Skywalker is a Star Wars movie. By now you’re either in or you’re out.

All the new characters have failed to capture my attention; I ain’t investing in any of them since the ROI is so low. I’m Out. Decent visuals though.

Sammy Verdict: Unless you “force” me to watch this…I am fully Out.

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction (October 22)
Letterman returns to Netflix on October 25. And though his show is called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction it ah…won’t be true for many American viewers with guest Shah Rukh Khan. Not an amazing guest (I muddled through the Lewis Hamilton episode…eh sure) but I’m happy to have Letterman back, yes!!

Sammy Verdict: It’s Letterman! 100% In!

Silicon Valley: Season 6 (October 23)
While Season 5 suffered from T.J. Miller’s exit?his Erlich Bachman character is just extraordinary armed with the right balance of hubris and vision to make things happen?here we are: 7 episodes left. Enjoy them slowly. I know I will this show is wildly funny and I am sad to see it go!

Sammy Verdict: In To The End…

Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby (October 23)
It’s clear: unless Chris Rock or Louis C.K. release a special before December 31; 2019 stand up comedy was easily, handily, completely, wholly won by Dave Chappelle (Sticks & Stones) and surprisingly by Bill Burr (Paper Tiger). Not the biggest Bill Burr fan but was comedy gold in that special: just wow…so sharp.

Still it’s comedy so…I’ll attempt it on November 5 on Netflix.

Sammy Verdict: It’s a comedy special so I’ll give it 20 minutes. Not a Meyers fan though; don’t watch his show.

QT8: The First Eight (October 24)
Nobody is dangerous anymore! We’re hurtling towards Orwellian consensus: the bland fruit of homogeneity from fearful fools speaking out loud which makes creators like Quentin Tarantino so valuable.

This documentary should be fascinating.

Sammy Verdict: So IN!!

Netflix vs. the World (October 25)
Netflix vs The World documents Netflix’s origin story.

Why didn’t Blockbuster give us Netflix?

Why didn’t Yellow Pages make Google?

Whatever you fail to pay attention to; will doom you!

Your focus is your fate.

Sammy Verdict: IN!! Bonus? I’m currently reading That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea by Marc Randolph (who is in this trailer!).

The Bronx, USA (October 25)
The Bronx, USA is a love letter from George Shapiro (yes you know who that is…he’s the Seinfeld sitcom producer. Google him he’s a giant and a legend!) to one of the hardest NYC boroughs.

Don’t let Brooklyn hog all the Big Apple Glory. October 30, 9pm on HBO.

Sammy Verdict: Yeah I dunno about this…maybe on my Christmas Break?


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