Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Couch Potato: TWD's 2ndA ep, Good Behavior, True Memoirs of an International Assassin

Lots of fun show to chat about!

Good Behavior

I started watching Good Behavior because it stars Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary of Downton Abbey). By mid-way through the first episode I was hooked. In Good Behavior, Dockery is Letty, a junkie parolee who is desperately trying to stay straight so she can eventually find a way back to being with her son. She lost parental rights and the little boy is being taken care of by her mom, who wants nothing to do with her.

Some minor spoilers:

She starts out at a menial job but that doesn't work out, and she turns to stealing. This causes her to cross paths with hitman Javier (Juan Diego Botto) and she finds herself in a moral dilemma - does she try to save the intended target's life or not. Things get very intense and suspenseful, and there's a lot of action. I find the show really fascinating so far and I recommend it. (Word of warning, if you are recording it, add an extra minute - I don't know if it's just my setup but it seems to start and end late.)

Good Behavior is rated TV-MA. There is alcoholism, drug use, some bad language, at least one sex scene per episode, and violence. That said, none of these appear to be gratuitous, and serve the story well. If you don't have access to TNT, Good Behavior is available to stream on Amazon.

The Walking Dead 7.4 - Service

Ok, so fun is not exactly how would describe this season of The Walking Dead. In fact I've been hearing from a lot of viewers who say they've given up on it after the very traumatic first episode.

This episode was not that violent, although still rather grim. Still it is interesting that it points out exactly how important it is to keep your guns when a tyrant takes over. But I think we are all rather tired of seeing Rick so beat down. Are you still watching The Walking Dead? What do you hope to see happen?

Episode 7.4 (Service) of The Walking Dead is available to stream on Amazon.

True Memoirs of an International Assassin

Now this made-for-Netflix movie is just pure fun! Kevin James (Paul Blart in the Mall Cop movies) plays Sam Larson, a regular office guy working on his first novel, titled Memoirs of an International Assassin. For research he gets suggestions from his pool-playing buddy, an old retired CIA analyst.

He submits his manuscript to a bunch of publishers, and gets rejected. Then he gets a call from an internet publisher, who has him sign, sign, sign, presto, you're published! Only to find out that the publisher has stuck the word "True" in front of his title and listed it as non-fiction. Hijinks ensue.

True Memoirs of an International Assassin is a funny action comedy that is rated TV-14. It is available on Netflix.

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