Series Review: Sneaky Pete – Season 2 (2018)

In early 2017 we saw the premiere of “Sneaky Pete”, a new Amazon series. I watched it, and I gave it a very positive review. So now season 2 has been out for a few days and I’ve watched it all. So let’s talk about it and see if it’s any good.

Ladies and gents… “Sneaky Pete”.

When we last saw Marius (Giovanni Ribisi), he found himself in a bit of a pickle. Two intimidating enforcers (Desmond Harrington & Joseph Lyle Taylor) thinking he was another man asked where “his” mother was. Why would they care about someone’s mother? Because she had gotten hold of eleven million dollars that their boss wanted. So we follow Marius as he tries to find this woman and her supposed eleven million. But we also follow the family that he’s snuck his way into as their lives start spiraling out of control as well. So now we have our plot. And while I think the first season had a somewhat more engaging plot, I still think that this season has a really interesting, suspenseful, and fun plot. It has a lot of twists and turns, and they all work quite well for the plot, keeping it all fun, fresh, and fairly unpredictable.

The characters in this are all quite colorful, unique, and interesting. Giovanni Ribisi is back as Marius/Pete, the con man posing as his former cellmate to get in with the cellmate’s estranged family. He’s an incredibly clever, quick-thinking, man who always tries to be one step ahead of everyone. In season 1 he was more of a no-good shyster who was only out for himself, but here in season 2 we see that he’s evolved a bit, like he actually cares for this family. He’s quite an engaging character, and he has a really solid arc this season. And Ribisi is great in the role. Marin Ireland plays Julia, the “cousin” of our main character. She works in a bail bonds office, and has (much due to Marius) gotten herself into some shit. And it’s interesting to see her go through that stuff and see what she does about it. Ireland is damn good in the role. Then we have Margo Martindale as Audrey, the “grandmother” of our main character, and the matriarch of the Bernhardt family. She’s tough, but she’s also a nice old grandmother. And she has one of the most interesting character arcs this season. And Martindale is of course fantastic in the role. Then we have Peter Gerety, Libe Barer, and Shane McRae as three more members of the family. They’ve all great characters with good arcs, but I’m lumping them together because I don’t wanna make this part too long. But I can at least say that they’re all great in the role. We also get a lot more of Ethan Embry as the real Pete this season, and he’s a fun and interesting character to follow. And yeah, Embry is really good in the role. Then you get supporting performances from people like Jacob Pitts, Jay O. Sanders, Justine Cotsonas, Alison Wright, Jennifer Ferrin, Jospeh Lyle Taylor, Desmond Harrington, Jasmine Carmichael, Jane Adams, and many more. And they’re all great.

The score for the show was composed by Nathan Barr, and I think he did a good job. His score isn’t the most standout thing ever, but it gets the job done. It helps create tension, it adds a little extra emotion, and it’s just overall well composed. There are also a whole bunch of licensed tracks used throughout the season, and thye work very well within their respective scenes. And I just wanna add that the show’s theme song, “Harder Out Here” by The Bight Light Social Hour, is such an awesome song.

The show was created by David Shore & Bryan Cranston, but Graham Yost stands as the showrunner. And it was written/directed by a whole bunch of different people. And this is a very well directed show. The direction here is fast-paced and fun, but never to the point of losing and seriousness/tension, because when a scene has to be serious and suspenseful, it fucking nails it. And at times it also has some fun humor in it. It’s not a comedy, but it does implement humor at various points throughout, and it works quite well.

This season/show has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 83% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 72/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,3/10.

While I still prefer the first season, season 2 of “Sneaky Pete” is still a great season of crime television. It has a great plot, great characters, great performances, really good music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for season 2 of “Sneaky Pete” is a 9,75/10. So it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Sneaky Pete” season 2 is now completed.

Trust in me…

Movie Review: Good Will Hunting (1997)

*Insert clever intro that somehow relates to this movie here*.

Ladies and gents… “Good Will Hunting”.

Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is a young and very intelligent man that unfortunately doesn’t live up to his full potential. Instead of using his amazing math skills to become the next Einstein, he works as a janitor while also getting into a lot of trouble during his free time. However when he meets therapist Sean Maguire (Robin William, R.I.P) they soon form a bond and Will’s life starts changing. While the overall arc of the story is fairly predictable, it’s still pretty fucking great. The plot is quite inspiring and does make you think about your life and what can/could be. It’s also very well paced and quite emotional… even made me tear up at one point. So yeah, this movie has a great plot.

The characters in this movie are all very interesting, entertaining, and believable. Matt Damon is great as Will, perfectly portraying this young man that doesn’t really believe in himself despite everyone telling him that he’s a fucking genius. Robin Williams (may he rest in peace) is fantastic as Sean Maguire, perfectly playing this kind man that wants to help this troubled young man. And the bond/chemistry between the two is very believable and makes for some pretty great scenes. Ben Affleck plays Chuckie, Will’s best friend, and he is great in this movie. Minnie Driver plays Skylar, a young woman that Will meets and starts a relationship with and she was great in the role. Stellan Skarsgård plays an MIT professor in the movie and he’s great. Casey Affleck also shows up in the movie as another friend of Will’s and he’s really good in the role. So yeah, there’s a bunch of great performances in this movie!

The score for the movie was composed by the great Danny Elfman and I think he did a really good job. His score for the movie is dramatic and emotional yet somehow still has a fairly light-hearted tone that makes it quite easy to listen to. There was one or two licensed tracks used in the movie too and those were used very well in their respective scenes.

This movie was directed by Gus Van Sant and I think he did a pretty great job. The shots look great and they never longer too long or too briefly on any moment, all the shots are at a perfect length. What’s also fun to note is that this movie was written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, which is quite fun because it is very well written. Not only because of the previously mentioned emotional bits, but also because of this movie having a sense of humor. But it’s not just humor for the sake of comic relief, the comedy that’s in this movie feels very natural and it’s overall really funny.

This movie has been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 97% positive rating (100% if you go by “Top critics” only) and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 70/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,3/10 and is ranked #108 on the “Top 250” list. The movie won 2 Oscars in the categories of Best supporting actor (Williams) and Best original screenplay. It was also nominated for an additional 7 Oscars in the categories of Best picture, Best actor (Damon), Best supporting actress (Driver), Best director, Best film editing, Best original song, and Best original score.

“Good Will Hunting” is a great movie that tugs at the heartstrings. It has a great plot, really good characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Good Will Hunting” is a 9,88/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Good Wil Hunting” is now completed.

Took me fucking forever to finally watch and review “Good Will Hunting”… HOW’D YOU LIKE THEM APPLES!?

Movie Review: Rudderless (2014)

Grief. Something we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. Whether it’s for something as small as a great TV show ending or something as big as someone you love passing away. There’s no avoiding it, we all experience it at some point. And we all deal with it in different ways.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Rudderless”.

While going through a downward spiral, grieving father Sam (Billy Crudup) finds a box of songs that his son had recorded before his death. So with the help of these songs and a young man named Quentin (Anton Yelchin, R.I.P), Sam starts a band to try perhaps find some catharsis in his life. And from this we a plot that really got to me. While one of the central themes of this movie is grief, it doesn’t have a somber and depressing feel. It moves between the heavier and the lighter moments very well, never lingering too long on one or the other. There are ups and there are downs, just like in real life. And I think that this plot was overall very well handled.

The characters in this movie are interesting, entertaining, and feel very real. Billy Crudup is great as Sam. He’s a very damaged individual who’s starting to maybe find a purpose in life again, and Crudup plays that so fucking well! Anton Yelchin (may he rest in peace) plays the young man that Sam befriends early on in the movie, and he is great in the role. Laurence Fishburne plays the owner of a music store and he is really good in the role. Felicity Huffman plays Sam’s ex-wife, Emily, and she’s great. We also get Selena Gomez popping up at a few points in the movie and she actually did a really good job. All actors were really solid in this movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Eef Barzelay and it was really good. However, while the score he composed (the background music to be more precise) is really good, I want to talk about the music that’s sung/performed in the movie. The songs overall are fucking great! What’s even cooler is that they were actually performed by the cast. When you see Billy Crudup on stage with a microphone and a guitar, he is actually performing it. And you can tell that with every person performing a song in the movie. And it all sounds great. So yeah… this movie has some great fucking music!

This movie was directed by William H. Macy, And for a first time director, he did a really good job. The shots look really good and the scenes in the movie flow really well. Macy really had a lot of energy in his directing. Not energy like when you direct a snappy and cool action movie, but energy as in the movie never grinding to a halt or getting boring. He really did a solid job!

This movie has gotten some slightly mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 62% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 52/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,5/10.

“Rudderless” perfectly balances the line between drama and comedy, making for a pretty great movie. It has a great plot, really good characters, great performances, fantastic music, and really good directing. Time for my final score. *Sing along*. My final score for “Rudderless” is a 9,67/10. So it of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Rudderless” is now completed.

Billy Crudup can play music and William H. Macy can direct a movie… The world’s full of surprises.