Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie, A Review

Quirky … I guess that seems to be my taste in shows and movies as of late, since I obviously don’t get enough of that  in my life. Okay, people who know me will readily realize that I was being facetious here, but I added the “italics” for those of you who don’t yet know my snark-ish nature.

So … where was I? Oh, yes, “Quirky” and my tastes in entertainment. Like my last review of Letterkenny, my current enjoyment of The Good Place, and my re-watching of Brooklyn Nine-Nine before the new season starts, I’ve lately become engrossed with characters and situations that are a tad peculiar.

Now don’t get me wrong … I like “normal” just like the next guy and gal. AND … there is “quirky” that is not my cup of tea…

“What? Oh, do tell us,” you say?

Okay, well, I draw the line at Napoleon Dynamite … Ugh, yes, I know it’s an endearing movie. I know it got rave reviews. I know. I know. I know … All I’ll say is that I watched it. Appreciated it. Don’t have to watch it again. But, yes, “Pedro for President!”

Shit, now, where was I? Oh, right…

Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie stars Jeff Garlin, as the primary protagonist, Gene Handsome. You may know Garlin from Curb Your Enthusiasm, and, lately he plays the hilariously “overly-weathered” father on The Goldbergs. In Handsome, which he also wrote and directed, he’s a Los Angeles Homicide Detective, who is “overly-weathered” and, well, a bit lonely. He has the sweetest dog in the world, though … but more on that later.

He’s surrounded by a great cast of supporting characters: Amy Sedaris, who plays his lecherous (yes, I know you normally don’t call a woman “lecherous” but it’s the best way here) boss, Lt. Tucker. Natasha Lyonne, his overly-sexed partner, Det. Fleur Scozzari. Steven Weber, an egotistical actor, Talbert Bacorn, who finds a dismembered body on his front lawn. And, of course, to make this menagerie complete, he’s also surrounded by a team of idiot coworkers, an annoying neighbor and his accordion-playing wife (well-played by Leah Remini), a new single neighbor (and possible love-interest) with her weirdo daughter, a neighbor who likes to hula hoop outside, and the cutest and sweetest GreatDane (who, I believe, steals the show as Candy).

The story is what it is in the title: a mystery. Handsome and crew investigate a murder of a young woman, who is found on Bacorn’s front lawn, decapitated and dismembered. I will forewarn you in “a death foretold way” that if you pay attention, “who did it” isn’t the mystery here. Instead, it is the investigation that uncovers the life and, ultimately, the death of someone, who, for better or worse (and her own doing, mind you), found herself in a complicated web of other broken people.

The fun, of course, is watching Handsome navigate through all of these complexities … and quirks.

It is currently playing on Netflix. Give it a view.

Reviews: Letterkenny

I generally don’t write reviews. I know what you’re thinking: “Why the f**k would you have an opinion on anything?”

True enough, I suppose. But anyone who’s read my novels and actually follow the mad ravings I post on social media know that … well … I’m quite opinionated … even though I try not to be too “judgy” if you know what I mean.

“Whoa! Peddle the Breaks now!” you might say, since this is probably the most I’ve ever really written on a blog post, let alone the rampant fart jokes on FB. BUT buckle-up, buttercup! Because this is my first ever review on my blog!

So, after that rather long and lengthy introduction, I’ll dial back about 20% of my anecdotes and delve right into the heart of it: The Review of Letterkenny…

“There are 5,000 people in Letterkenny. These are their problems.”

This is the brief but glorious intro to just about every episode of a series based in a fictional, rural town in Ontario. If you don’t know where Ontario is–God help you–just know that the series is based in Canada, so, just as some of my word choices above have indicated, there are some colloquialisms that you might need to hear a few times before they start to sink in.

The series was created by Jared Keeso and Jordan Beirnes, the former contributed to much of the writing and directing of each episode. It is on CraveTV, which is, unfortunately, inaccessible for subscription to us folks in the USA. Therefore, I watched two of four wonderful seasons on Hulu.

Don’t let Canada’s obvious attempt of “cold-heartedly” sequestering such joy from her, as of late, seemingly mildly-retarded cousin (Sorry, I mean mentally impaired). This show is a gem, as it follows the lives of the “hicks, skids, hockey players and Christians,” each group trying to make their impact in a town that … well … is at least big enough to have a produce stand, a hockey team and a bar (hmm … which I believe might have closed).

The primary protagonist is Wayne, who is a “hick,” is the “toughest person in town,” which is important thing to know, and is played by Jared himself. Other primary characters are his sister Katy, his friend Daryl, who they “affectionately” call Dary, and Dan, who we later discover is “too fat to run.” Then, of course, there are the secondary characters, who are pulled from the before mentioned groups.

Unlike my normal brain fodder that I read, watch and, well, write, there are no gratuitous explosions, gun battles or otherworldly sets (okay, rural Ontario could be considered that). Each episode, instead, treats you to beautiful wordplay as characters often throw barbs at each other … or just sit around and ponder the nature of people and things,  such as ongoing discussions about schneef, fundip and horns. If you, like me prior to watching this show, had no idea what I just said, Letterkenny will broaden not only your Canadian vocabulary but also your mind.

Anyhoo, “tick-tock” you might say, since you obviously have better things to do than keep reading this. So, I’ll wrap this up and “pitter-patter” off to the rest of my day as well. And, besides, I heard about this thing call the “Internet,” which has other seasons of Letterkenny that I can watch without violating the law…

Thank you for the reviews!

Hello! Thank you all for the reads and the great reviews!

So far, I’m editing my next novel for release (5/2/19) and also working on additional projects.

Hope all is well!

The final countdown for Ixion … Acknowledgments and a note from my Publisher:

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

My friends and my family lost loved ones last year. I’m thankful for the people I have in my life, and I’m thankful for having known those who are no longer with us.

To my readers: Thank you. And thank you for allowing me to have a little fun with my writing style.

PUBLISHER’S NOTES

Thank you for giving this book a read. We do apologize for the bawdy language—the author insists that it is necessary for both context and plot. We figure that he’s just doing it because he uses F-bombs for punctuation in his daily life, and believes everyone, for some reason, speaks that way. Also, since we’re an Indie-house … C’est la vie…

Hmm, French … well, that does bring up another topic: Not all of the characters in this book actually speak English. However, instead of writing a good chunk of dialogue in ancient languages as LB wanted to, we decided that it would be easier for the reader if we provided the best English equivalent … unless the story necessitated an ancient or foreign word here or there.

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