REVIEW: DOLLFACE – SEASON 1

 

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Starring

Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls)
Brenda Song (New Girl)
Shay Mitchell (You)
Esther Povitsky (Alone Together)

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Recurring/ Notable Guest Cast

Shelley Hennig (Ouija)
Beth Grant (Speed 2)
Danielle Pinnock (Young Sheldon)
Connor Hines (Angie Tribeca)
Goran Visnjic (Beginners)
Macaulay Culkin.(Saved)
Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds)
Dave Coulier (Full House)
Malin Akerman (Watchmen)
Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey)
Tia Carrere (True Lies)
Brianne Howey (Batwoman
Ben Lawson (13 Reasons Why)
Camilla Belle (When A Stranger Calls)
Vella Lovell (She-Ra and the Princesses of Power)

Kat Dennings and Shay Mitchell in Dollface (2019)

Some shows you just have to give yourself over to. You just can’t fight what it’s trying to do. Hulu’s new series Dollface asks for your cooperation almost immediately. After being summarily dumped by her boyfriend Jeremy (Connor Hines), a devastated Jules (Kat Dennings) boards a bus driven by a literal cat lady (Beth Grant). The bus is filled with other brokenhearted women and makes stops in places like “Rebound Town.”Kat Dennings in Dollface (2019)From the start, you have to decide whether you’re going to be in or out on the comedy’s frequent flights of fancy. In the third episode, Jules (a homebody), gets pulled into a game of “Should She Go Out,” hosted by the cat lady (naturally) where behind one door is the “baby shower of the former co-worker’s second kid.” That joke speaks to my very core because I’ve been there, and if you are a woman in these pivotal years, you’ve probably been there too. I easily decided to go all-in on the series, because Dollface—created by 26-year-old Jordan Weiss—does a fantastic job of balancing the show’s fever-dream segments with real human pathos.Kat Dennings and Shay Mitchell in Dollface (2019)We learn that Jules and Jeremy were together for five years, and during that time Jules (who Jeremy called “Dollface”) made the mistake of letting her female friendships slip away. “Your personal relationships have all expired,” she’s told at the bus’s final stop. That means her two former best friends Stella (Shay Mitchell) and Madison (Brenda Song) are very resentful about being ignored. It also means she has no friends at work, and when she tries to have lunch with a group of Allisons, their lunch table keeps moving farther and farther away from her.Kat Dennings in Dollface (2019)The series plays out like Sex and the City for the millennial generation, but with less sex and more emphasis on friendships. There’s Izzy (Esther Povitsky) who is so desperate for friends that she morphs into whatever she thinks people want her to be. To play my Sex and the City analogy out, she’s the Charlotte of the group. Madison, the high achieving publicist whose current task is to launch a cookbook called “The Vegan Monologues,” is clearly the Miranda. Stella who has tales of sexual escapades and knows random celebrities (including both Uncle Joey and Joey Lawrence) is the Samantha, leaving Jules as the more grounded Carrie.Brenda Song, Kat Dennings, and Shay Mitchell in Dollface (2019)Dollface is full of pop culture references. Jules and Jeremy share cats named “Johnny Drama” and “Turtle.” Stella wants to hit the new bar owned by Armie Hammer and Niall from One Direction. Izzy orders a whiskey neat, which she declares to taste like “Don Draper and gasoline.” And Malin Ackerman is a hoot as the CEO of Womb, the company where Jules works—she wants Jules to be able to do things like upload the scent of a new spray into the computer. The guest stars are also fun. Goran Visnjic shows up in the fifth episode as the older man Madison is dating. She wants to impress him by inviting him to a dinner party with her friends, where acceptable topics for conversation range from the absence of the middle class to the TV show Frasier. Macaulay Culkin guests in the sixth episode as a man Stella met on a ski trip who she thinks is great, but Madison thinks may be a psychopath.Kat Dennings in Dollface (2019)Ultimately, the series really works because of the strong performances. Mitchell, who is perhaps best known for her seven seasons on Pretty Little Liars, brings a real sense of sadness to Stella’s perpetual party style. “There’s a version of settled-down me I’m interested in meeting,” she tells Jules. Song, who began her career on the Disney Channel, goes beyond the stereotype of a high-achiever. None of these actresses let their characters become a cliché. Anyone who has watched Kat Dennings (who, by the way, guested in Sex and the City as a spoiled 13-year-old planning her bat mitzvah) knows she deserves a TV hit. Her talents far exceeded the six seasons she spent on 2 Broke Girls. Dollface leans into Dennings’ innate charms. She’s a great everywoman trying to navigate the tricky landscape of female friendships in your twenties. She wants to rekindle those friendships, she just doesn’t know how. This is the journey that Dollface wants to take you on, so long as you are willing to give yourself over to it. And you should—bus-driving cat lady and all.

 

HALLOWEEN OF HORROR REVIEW: FULL HOUSE – THE HALLOWEEN EPISODES

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MAIN CAST

Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother)
John Stamos (Party Monster)
Dave Coulier (The Real Ghostbusters)
Candace Cameron (The View)
Jodie Sweetin (Wait Before Mickey)
Mary-Kate Olsen (Beastly)
Ashley Olsen (Two of a Kind)
Lori Loughlin (When Calls the Heart)
Andrea Barber (Days of Our Lives)

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IT’S NOT MY JOB

Jesse has made his first sale of an advertising jingle. As a result, Jesse tells his father, Nick Katsopolis, that he wants to leave the pest exterminator business that is run by Nick, and Nick is severely disappointed by this – so disappointed, that Nick loses his temper with Jesse and says that he is out of the family. Jesse and his mother Irene manage to talk some sense into Nick, who realizes that Jesse has a dream about making it in the music business, and Nick and Jesse work things out. Meanwhile, Stephanie is afraid to go to the dentist to get a tooth filled, and she is even more nervous when she is actually sitting in the examination chair. Joey helps her beat her fear.

DIVORCE COURT

Family discord is not usually in high supply within the Tanner household, but trouble begins when D.J. and Stephanie-who haven’t been getting along too well recently-duke it out over privacy issues in their shared bedroom. Frustrated that her big sister doesn’t appreciate her, Stephanie impulsively moves in with little Michelle, a decision she soon regrets. Of course, the kids aren’t the only ones at odds with each other; Danny, Jesse, and Joey go on live air with Wake Up, San Francisco, challenge one another to a footrace, and set out to prove who is the most physically strong. After the race the boys attempt to play court to mediate the situation between Stephanie and D.J.

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These episode may not be fully Halloween as the Halloween theme is mostly a wrap round for the shows but they are still good fun episodes and bring back that nostalgic theme that we all fondly remember from Full House.

REVIEW: HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER – SEASON 8

Starring

Josh Radnor (The Hunt)
Jason Segel (Sex Tape)
Cobie Smulders (Avengers: Endgame)
Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl)
Alyson Hannigan (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer)
Bob Saget (Full House)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Becki Newton (Ugly Betty)
Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica)
Thomas Lennon (Santa Clarita Diet)
Ashley Williams (A Most Violent Year)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Bill Fagerbakke (spngebob Squarepants)
Suzie Plakson (Red Eye)
Jane Carr (Legends of Tomorrow)
Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass)
David Henrie (Paul Blart Mall Cop 2)
Joe Manganiello (Justice League)
Joe Lo Truglio (Superbad)
David Burtka (Neil’s Puppet Dreams)
Chelan Simmons (Good Luck Chuck)
Seth Green (Family Guy)
Peter Gallagher (New Girl)
Alexis Denisof (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Marshall Manesh (Will & Grace)
Rachel Bilson (Jumper)
Ray Wise (Agent Carter)
Ashley Benson (Pixels)
Abby Elliott (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
James Van Der Beek (Varsity Blues)
Jason Priestley (Tru Calling)
Alan Thicke (Growing Pains)
Dave Thomas (Rat Race)
Dave Coulier (Full House)
Mike Tyson (The Hangover)
Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks)
Laura Bell Bundy (Anger Management)
Jayma Mays (Heroes)
Joe Nieves (Stuck In The Middle)
Lou Ferrigno Jr. (S.W.A.T.)
Mircea Monroe (The Change-Up)
Frances Conroy (Catwoman)
Ralph Macchio (Ugly Betty)
William Zabka (The Karate Kid)
Keegan-Michael Key (The Predator)
Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Alyson Hannigan and Jason Segel in How I Met Your Mother (2005)Ted visits Robin on the day of her wedding to Barney, causing him to remember how he and Victoria ran away from her wedding to be together. The summer is spent with Ted, Barney and Robin enjoying their current relationships however all subsequently break up with their partners. Victoria splits up with Ted over his friendship with Robin, Barney and Quinn break up due to their inability to trust each other and Robin breaks up with Nick realizing his immaturity. Robin and Barney kiss but decide not to get together, despite Barney’s wishes. Barney then begins dating Robin’s hated co-worker Patrice (Ellen D. Williams), a relationship later exposed as a ruse to make Robin realize her true feelings for him. In a culminating scene Barney proposes to Robin, who says yes.Ashley Williams and Josh Radnor in How I Met Your Mother (2005)Marshall and Lily attempt to get used to being parents, which causes a brief estrangement from the gang as Baby Marvin takes up the majority of their time. Lily’s father Mickey becomes Marvin’s nanny, freeing the two up to spend more time with their friends. The Captain, ex-husband of Ted’s old girlfriend Zoey, offers Lily a job as an art consultant due to her identifying a painting that made a huge profit for him. Lily accepts, happy to finally achieve her dream of having a job in the art industry while Marshall decides to apply to become a judge. The Captain offers Lily a year’s work in Rome, which she accepts with Marshall’s blessing. However, just before Barney and Robin’s wedding, Marshall is informed that his application to become a judge has been granted, a development that would require them to stay in the US.Ted briefly dates Jeanette (Abby Elliott), a girl who stalked him after he appeared on the cover of New York Magazine due to his design of GNB headquarters. He quickly realizes he’s made a mistake and breaks up with her. Ted’s feelings of loneliness grow, especially as he is now the only single member of the group, and he decides he is truly ready to settle down. He argues with Lily over hiring a DJ or a band for Barney and Robin’s wedding, but is forced to provide a band at short notice when Lily concedes the argument. During a chance meeting on the subway, Cindy offers the services of her roommate’s wedding band; said roommate is Ted’s future wife.Neil Patrick Harris in How I Met Your Mother (2005)As the week of the wedding approaches, Robin has doubts about marrying Barney and shares an emotional moment with Ted. Guilty, Ted realizes he can’t be around Barney and Robin after they’re married and decides to move to Chicago the day after the wedding. The season concludes with everyone travelling to Barney and Robin’s wedding, including the mother of Ted’s children (revealed on screen for the first time and portrayed by Cristin Milioti), who is seen buying a train ticket to the venue and holding her yellow umbrella.Neil Patrick Harris in How I Met Your Mother (2005)The Second to last season brings us closer to the endgame and the big reveal of the Mother is the biggest of all the revelations.

REVIEW: THE ZETA PROJECT

MAIN CAST
Diedrich Bader (Batman: TBATB)
Julie Nathanson (Sofia The First)
Kurtwood Smith (That 70s Show)
Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville)
Lauren Tom (Futurama)
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST~
Miguel Sandoval (Medium)
Ethan Embry (Eagle Eye)
Tara Strong (Batman: TAS)
Earl Boen (The Terminator)
Eli Marienthal (American Pie)
Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy)
Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men)
Frank Welker (Transformers)
Clancy Brown (Highlander)
Will Friedle (Batman Beyond)
Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Adam Baldwin (Chuck)
Tom Kenney (Super Hero Squad)
Chad Lowe (Floating)
Keith Szarabajka (Angel)
Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad)
Michael Dorn (Ted 2)
Dave Coulier (Full House)
Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show)
Kate Jackson (Charlie’s Angel)
Phil LaMarr (Free Enterprise)
Robert Costanzo (Batman: TAS)
Richard Moll (Scary Movie 2)
Steven Weber (13 Reasons Why)
Joey Lawrence (Melissa & Joey)
Chris Demetral (Lois & Clark)
Lukas Haas (Inception)
Mae Whitman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2012)
Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap)
Wil Wheaton (The Big Bang Theory)
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In this Batman Beyond spinoff, Zeta, an assassination & infiltrator robot, rebels against its programming. The authorities think it has been reprogrammed by their enemies, and tries to bring Zeta in for reprogramming. Zeta goes on the run, trying to find his creators and assisted by an orphan girl, Ro.
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As a spin off for a character introduced in Batman Beyond, this cartoon series went beyond the scope of adventure. Zeta was an experimental infiltration robot equipped with weaponry and a holographic self-projector that allows it to assume any identity. However, negating his own programming, he refused to kill. He fled his employers merely attempting to find his creator to prove that he is acting on his own free will. The government doesn’t know that, and hunt him down as they think he is rogue. Along the way Zeta hooks up with Ro, a teenage girl, and they assist each other in their treks.
165770_fullDiedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show) lends his voice to the peaceful, naive and near-human robot, sounding the least bit threatening and true to Zeta’s nature. The friendship between the child-like Zeta and Ro is genuinely portrayed. The supporting characters who chase him are great, including the government agents, and a young genius whom at one point reprogrammed Zeta. The Zeta Project is indeed a combination of Short Circuit and The Fugitive, balanced out by fantastic action, excellent characterization, and plenty of comedic moments.  In one episode, Batman Beyond even makes a cool guest appearance. Sadly, KidsWB canceled this exceptional show after 2 seasons, leaving Ro and Zeta’s quest hanging.

REVIEW: FULLER HOUSE – SEASON 1

MAIN CAST
Candace Cameron Blue (Puppy Love)
Jodie Sweetin (Farce of The Penguins)
Andrea Barber (Days of Our Lives)
Michael Campion  (Finding Eden)
Elias Harper (Riviera)
Soni Bringas (Beautiful & Twisted)
Dashiel and Fox Messitt
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST STARS
John Stamos (ER)
Bob Saget (How I Met Your Mother)
Dave Coulier (The Real Ghostbusters)
Lori Loughlin (Birds of Prey)
Juan Pablo Di Pace (Mamma Mia)
John Brotherton (The Conjuring)
Ashley Liao (Bad Teacher TV)
Isaak Presley (A History of Radness)
Scott Weinger (The Family Man)
Eva LaRue (Robocop 3)
Ryan McPartlin (Chuck)
Steve Talley (American Pie: The Naked Mile)
Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day)
Macy Gray (Domino)
Sasha Jackson (Blue Crush 2)
Patrick Gallagher (Sideways)

Before I started watching Fuller House, I read a bunch of reviews and was so disappointed that it was getting ripped to shreds that I almost didn’t give it a chance, but curiosity got the best of me and I started watching. To echo some of the other reviewers, yes, the first episode is incredibly cheesy and feels more like an homage to the old cast than an introduction to a new show, but after just the main cast of Fuller House is left, I found it actually quite fantastic.  Some say that it’s just rehashing the original show and in a lot of ways, they have taken an extremely similar storyline, but beyond that it is totally its own. But what I absolutely love about it is that it feels like a 90s sitcom. I grew up watching Full House, Fuller House can stand on its own two legs without their Full House background and I have been very pleasantly surprised.

Nowadays there really isn’t much family friendly material on TV; there are very few shows that aren’t filled with innuendo, language, sex, and so on. But Fuller House stays true to the Full House values and while it may be cheesy at times, each episode has a moral to the story where someone learned something and is better for having learned it. It teaches the audience what’s really important in life and how much families really matter. If you’re looking for a Modern Family type of show, you will not find that in Fuller House, but if you’re missing the sitcoms of the 90s that you could comfortably watch with your whole family, you will love Fuller House.