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The Specials: New in Town, The Comeback Kid, and Kid Gorgeous (in that order)
Where You Can Stream Them: Netflix
The Pitch: John Mulaney is a former writer at Saturday Night Live, co-creator of Bill Hader’s beloved recurring character Stefon, consulting producer and co-star of Big Mouth, and executive producer, writer, and occasional star of Documentary Now! on IFC. Those are all great works of comedy, but when John Mulaney is at his absolute best, it’s on stage by himself with a microphone in his hand doing some of the best stand-up comedy you’ve ever heard.
Why They’re Essential Viewing: John Mulaney’s view on life is one that is full of quirks in the best way possible, but not in such a way that he feels like a walking Portland coffee shop or some kind of alternative comedian really trying to mess with the formula of stand-up comedy. Like the best stand-up comedians from over the years, it’s his unique perspective on life and relationships, observations on pop culture and society at large, and reflections on his childhood that make him stand out.
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How does this even happen? How does a movie from an Academy Award-nominated director (John Madden, of Shakespeare in Love), starring a slew of incredibly talented actors (Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane, Thomas Jane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson), based on a book by Elmore Leonard (Get Shorty, 3:10 to Yuma, Rum Punch aka Jackie Brown), spend over three years in post-production development hell, only to be dumped to DVD after a measly 5-theater run? Surely, the only way this kind of treatment would be warranted is if the finished product somehow ended up being a colossal failure. Or so you’d think. But according to the minimal response the film has received thus far, Killshot’s biggest flaw is the obvious way it’s been torn apart by the meddling studios over the past few years, resulting in an uneven/messy narrative that remains engaging most of the way through but doesn’t quite satisfy on the whole. If you’re like me though, the curiosity factor alone is enough of a draw to justify a rental.
Notable Extras: None.
|Amazon – $14.99
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