The John Larroquette Show should probably be rereleased on DVD or whatever format. Very well done. I hear that they 'disneyfy' it after the first season which is a shame. It's fairly gritty for a sitcom. Don't think I watched it as a kid but some of it seems a bit familiar. I think there's a thin line between 'groundbreaking' and 'offensive'; especially when it comes to dealing with racial issues. I think the Laroquette show kind of straddles that line.
I'm only 4 episodes in so I don't know how much the network tried to clean it up after the 1st season. If it was allowed to continue on it's initial course than it could've possibly went down as one of the better sitcoms ever. The bus station set is incredible. The writing is smart and heart felt without being overtly sentimental. Definitely a bit of a revelation. Laroquette said on twitter that there would be a re-release soon but he's since left twitter with no further word on that. So what you have is a bunch of pretty shoddy vhs rips on line.
The Norm Show, Norm MacDonald's late 90s comedy vehicle isn't quite as 'well done' as the aforementioned show but I do find it flat out funnier. Mid way through the 2nd season. Definitely uneven at times but overall I've had some really good belly laughs which is rare for me with a traditional sitcom. You could definitely argue that Norm deserves a really top notch vehicle that's equal to his talents (if you're a fan which I am) and this isn't exactly it but my god there's enough funny here to make it well worth a watch imo.
The pilot had me dying laughing. hadn't laughed that hard at a traditional sitcom probably ever. Couldn't believe it. After that it takes a bit of a dive. I don't know if they just put so much into that pilot or whether the network got their grubby interfering paws on it too much, I don't know. Even with that there's been some really good laughs. Definitely a few duds in there though. I feel like season 2 so far is overall stronger than the first but nothing has really lived up to that pilot. Oh man! hahaha. It should also be said that Laurie Metcalf's a brilliant actor. If that wasn't already apparent.
Manchester by the sea. Sometimes a movie starts off slow and gets better as it progresses. This one put me to sleep after 30 minutes and I switched to the Leafs Bruins game after 1 hour. Not my cup of tea. Maybe I'll give Lala Land a shot, Hacksaw Ridge might be worth a look also. BTW, Leafs are killing the Bruins in the 2nd.
Possibly the worst movie I've seen in the last ten years. What's surprising is that take Drive, there was a lot of twists and turns while here it's pretty straight forward and it's bad and it's pointless and laughable. It's like he wrote the script in 2 minutes about the most non-imaginative way to get himself horny. I realised that while watching the blood shower scene and the corpse screwing scene(it's not even as shocking as it seem, just boring).