The M&M Report: “Trainwreck”

This week on The M&M Report, Devin Mitchell and I sorted through our slightly disappointed feelings about Trainwreck, the new comedy film from director Judd Apatow and star/screenwriter Amy Schumer.

I also reviewed the movie for the blog. For further reading, check out thoughtful analysis from Dana Stevens, Alyssa Rosenberg and Wesley Morris.

Peruse the M&M Report category page for previous episodes of the podcast. Thanks for listening!

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“Catastrophe”: Not

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The last scene of the first season of Catastrophe seems to undermine much of what came before it. The six-episode series follows the courtship-in-reverse of Rob Norris (Rob Delaney) and Sharon Morris (Sharon Horgan) as they hook up in London, discover later that Sharon is pregnant, and prepare to spend the rest of their lives together despite barely knowing each other. As the season comes to a close, the impact of Rob and Sharon’s hasty decisions and the accelerated timeline of their relationship dawns on them. What was funny and charming turns caustic and contentious.

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“Trainwreck”: Bumpy Ride to Stardom

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Judd Apatow’s filmmaking style is either generous or lazy, depending on your vantage point. To a one, his movies run too long, with individual scenes stretching past their comedy expiration time, zany supporting players and celebrity cameos filling out (or overstuffing) the ensemble, ideas and themes and conventions and subversions jockeying for space. You leave one of his movies feeling sated – sometimes satisfyingly so, but other times like the feeling you get when you eat a little too much, a little too fast.

This comedy of excess makes for an awkward fit with the simultaneous goal of launching a young up-and-comer’s career as a movie star. The rise of Amy Schumer – as an actress, a character, a persona and a brand – is one of the big stories of Trainwreck, Apatow’s fifth directorial feature.

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“Orange is the New Black” Season 3: Running Diary

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Just like last year, I’ll be writing up some reactions to each episode of the third season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. It’s likely my reactions will vary in length, depending on my energy level at the time that they write them.

Episode One: “Mother’s Day”
Episode Two: “Bed Bugs and Beyond”
Episode Three: “Empathy is a Boner Killer”
Episode Four: “Finger in the Dyke”
Episode Five: “Fake It Till You Fake It Some More”
Episode Six: “Ching Chang Chong”
Episode Seven: “Tongue Tied”
Episode Eight: “Fear, and Other Smells”
Episode Nine: “Where My Dreidel At”
Episode Ten: “A Tittin’ and a Hairin'”
Episode Eleven: “We Can Be Heroes”
Episode Twelve: “Don’t Make Me Come Back There”
Episode Thirteen: “Trust No Bitch”

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Emmy Nominations 2015: A List with Good and Bad Qualities

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It’s impossible to have a unified “take” (hot or otherwise) on the Emmy nominations. Anyone who says differently is lying or deluded. This year’s nominations are not only good or only bad, only surprising or only disappointing. Some of the biggest “disappointments” can be read as disappointments only if you expected the Academy would radically alter its modus operandi this year. Some of the biggest pleasant surprises are probably more accidental than intentional. As with every year, the Emmy nominations are a list to be plundered, commented upon, regarded from a safe distance and with a reasonable proportion of salt grains.

With that perspective in mind, here’s a list of my thoughts on the Emmy nominations, in no particular order and with varying degrees of sophistication and seriousness. (And here’s my list from yesterday of wish-list nominees. A few made it to the actual list!)

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Emmy Nominations 2015: Forget Me Not

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Here’s an admittedly incomplete, scattered list of shows and performances I’d love to hear on Emmy nomination morning, tomorrow at 11:30am Eastern. If it’s not on here, I either haven’t seen it, don’t like it, or like it but think it’s so likely to get a nomination that writing about it now is just superfluous.

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