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Red Sparrow (2018)
7/10
You really need to pay attention
25 December 2019
The first time I saw this, I didn't have the luxury of subtitles to help me understand the dialog, which is sometimes hard to dissect because of English speaking actors talking with Russian accents. I rated it a 6.

My last viewing was on DVD, and I put on the subtitles so as to keep up with the plot. I upgraded my review to a 7. I would give it a 7.5 if IMDb allowed me to.

This is not an action spy movie. There are no James Bond moments in it. It is a cold war movie deeply relying on a well thought out plot and twists to carry it through to it's climax. You can't miss a word of it, or the name of a character, or you'll be lost in confusion. This is a thinkers movie. Don't sit down to watch it with your kids. They'll hate it, and there are serious sexual undertones as well as a very naked Jennifer Lawrence. The sex is needed here, because Lawrence's character is part of a sexual driven spy program the Russians call: Red Sparrow.

I found this flick to be a welcome relief from the childish drek that Hollywood has been putting out for decades. You'll need an IQ above 80 to really enjoy this piece, and you have to like great stories, and not be an action junkie. If that's you...go watch it, you'll love it.

I only found two minor drawbacks to this movie. 1: It is a bit dreary. The sets, the weather, and the locations are dull. Actually, pretty much like we imagine eastern Europe to be like. 2: I felt no chemistry between Lawrence and Joely Richardson who plays her mother. It was almost like Lawrence and Richardson had an off-set argument, and they dragged it onto the set, and never resolved it for the duration of the flick. Strange, because the driving force behind Lawrence's character is to save her sick mother from losing her place to live, and having the Russian State pay for her medical bills.

Other than those minor drawbacks,this is a very solid spy thriller.
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4/10
Welcome to the last season of Shameless...
11 November 2019
Actually, I just learned it is the second to the last season, as the 11th season will definitely be the series finale. They should have ended it with Emmy's departure. The shameless people now are the producers, who would try any trick for a paycheck rather than getting creative, letting the cast move on, and pursuing a new venture.
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The Affair: Episode #5.11 (2019)
Season 5, Episode 11
9/10
Beautifully written and acted masterpiece
8 November 2019
Dominic West blew me away with the ease he projected the essence and beauty of the writer's dialog from Hollywood heaven. A show that actually had something meaningful to say, and it couldn't have been said better.

This episode should be a mandatory view for all in film schools. Hats off to all involved, from actors to sound track.

Why did I only give it a 9? There was some subject matter I personally found repulsive, however, that's my hangup, and this season finale will be a 10 I'm sure to most.
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Outlander: Dragonfly in Amber (2016)
Season 2, Episode 13
8/10
Strange observations of a good episode
20 October 2019
This will be short, and not too sweet. My first observation is, I think the creators, cast and crew think this is an episode of epic proportions, and is the favorite of many in the production company. I think it was very good as well, but there were a couple of strange goings on I didn't really get.

First: The men in ancient times (including the King of France) didn't have much stamina in bed. I believe three thrusts was his blasting point. Our hero Jim Fraser actually got four accomplished before he sent Claire back through the stones. There must have been a lot of frustrated women in the 1700s. :-)

On a serious note, I must say that the actress playing Brianna (I won't mention her name here, as not to embarrass her), is perhaps the worst actress I've ever seen in this usually flawlessly acted show. It was the first episode I've ever seen her in, and she truly almost made me change the channel. Perhaps she just needs some acting classes, or at worst, a new profession.
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1/10
So bad, your TV will hate you for viewing it
8 October 2019
I loved the first one, and bought the Blu-ray the day it came out. I couldn't wait for the sequel. I kept checking on its release date to be sure and see it as soon as I could.

Then, I noticed a couple of things I didn't like before I even saw it. Two actors I personally don't care to watch perform are in the cast of this sequel. That would be Julianne Moore and Channing Tatum. So, I lost interest and waited until it showed up on cable.

Sequels always make the "exact same mistakes": Throw in names that have no business being in the movie, and try to make it bigger, and better by spending more money in the budget, of which none of these things make a better movie than the original. All the producers have to do is watch the original again, lock on to what made it magic, then give it a new plot, and have at it.

This movie sequel truly is a piece of genuine garbage.
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3/10
This is what happens when...
26 September 2019
This disaster of a potentially decent movie is particularly sad because it's so obviously the result of no oversight from other professionals in the industry.

This is what happens when the writer, producer, editor, and director are all the same person. No one to tap him on the shoulder and say: "No, you can't have the good wife leave the bad wife on the cliff, then have her turn around in her escape, just to come back and find the bad wife has disappeared".

"No you can't have the good wife now "finally free", actually put herself in harms way again by going back to the cabin to finish off the bad wife, when she is totally physically outclassed and barely able to even walk on her own".

Those are just two examples of what a second or third party could have interjected here to save this movie. The entire movie was a series of "terrible choices".

In summary, this flick after 100 errors could still have saved itself if the good wife, after having the bad wife lying next to the cliff medically induced into unconsciousness, had just kicked the bad wife over the side of the cliff, and the movie ended there, we would have had some satisfaction and a logical ending.

However, with no one but Colin Minihan making all the decisions, we end up with a disgrace of a potentially decent flick. I hope he has learned his lesson here, and will hire those professionals in the industry in collaboration in the future. I'm sure his financial reward of $20,746 might have been a clue to him that he isn't quite George Lucas yet.
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8/10
One major error
2 September 2019
We can discuss the fact that Blomkvisk might as as well not even be in the movie, and that's true, however, I don't watch these movies for his character at all.

We can discuss Foy's job as Lisbeth, and in my opinion it was adequate, and certainly didn't detract from the film's quality. However, removing her sexuality by eliminating any nudity, and keeping her sexual activity virtually nonexistent, could have been a grave error.

We can discuss that the movie is absolutely nothing like the book, however, this is a movie, not a book, and the director did a hell a job keeping the pace up, and the action scenes were excellent.

The major issue is that this movie was one of the biggest box office flops of the century, and for me it all came down to one moment in one scene. If I was in the theater watching this movie, I would have walked out after the "bridge scene". Watching it at home, I just got a bit pissed off that I bought the Blu-ray, however, it was good enough everywhere else to warrant my rating in my opinion.

For those of you that might not have been paying attention, that scene was just plain STUPID, and it's hard to understand why the director didn't change or re-shoot that scene after reviewing the daily's or in editing.

The bad guys are killing everyone in the movie, and have tried to kill Lisbeth on numerous occasions, the last incident involved her being injected with a numbing agent during a life or death battle, they kidnap the boy, kill everyone in their wake, and when she finally out maneuvers them on the bridge, instead of killing them and ending it all, she leaves them "alive" in the crashed car, just so when she gets back in her car with the boy, they can simply start shooting automatic weapons at her again.

It was such a rookie mistake, that the director must take the blame for the box office failure, and go into some serious meditation for an indefinite period of time. :-)

If she killed had them, the movie would have been an improvement, because she would be done eliminating the original trio of killers, she then could have looked back and saw her sister standing on the bridge. "There", is where she would make the logical decision to leave the scene, as to not kill her sibling. That makes sense, and the movie would have proceeded with the remaining pack of bad guys the sister had anyway, and we could have gotten some midway movie satisfaction from Lisbeth at least finishing off the original team of murderers.

Fixing that scene, and keeping Lisbeth true to her sexuality, may have saved the box office.
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The Rook: Chapter 8 (2019)
Season 1, Episode 8
3/10
X-men without the X
19 August 2019
Warning: Spoilers
Well, it was the last episode of the season, so you would expect they would try to tie it up and have a bit of action at the same time. They accomplished that. Do I think it has any reason to be renewed? NO. They rapped it up (whatever it was) nicely, and there's no need for more X-men called EVAs.

One positive note: If we are forced to bear another season of this show about nothing, at least we may not need to do it with Olivia Munn, as she, nor her character added anything to this series, and her character being hopefully extinguished permanently in this final chapter, is the only really good news about this last episode.
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The Rook: Chapter 6 (2019)
Season 1, Episode 6
2/10
Rather watch hair grow
5 August 2019
A couple of decent episodes since the opener, but this week was a real barfer. There's 2 left this season that have already been shot. If they're anything like this week's disaster, this show won't have a 9th episode. I see the cast and crew have been voting this show up, because there is no way this episode of an already shaky show gets anywhere near a 7. I don't think the writers nor the directors have successfully taken this unstable concept to viable on going series status.
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Sweetbitter: The Pork Special (2019)
Season 2, Episode 1
1/10
To the Producers...
15 July 2019
We all know that the carnivores that eat our animals, somehow divorce themselves from the reality that the animal had to be butchered, hung, and sliced, so they can enjoy their disgusting eating habits. However, "most" would not want to have seen the animal they are eating actually being killed. I'll put money on it.

Today, IMDb wouldn't leave me alone with advertising this series. They shoved it down my throat at every click. Can't really blame IMDb, because they've got to make a buck, so they sold you the ad space, and I would be drawn to critique this series tonight. Within the first 4 minutes of this show, I was bludgeoned visually, and the image you forced on me of an animal being slaughtered so you could fill your shock value quota for the season, will forever be in my memory banks as one of the most disgraceful atrocities I've ever seen on television.

In summary, I'll never forgive your irresponsibility and I hope your show fades away like the dust from the stool that will dry after the animal eaters s**t out that poor pig.
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The Rook: Chapter 2 (2019)
Season 1, Episode 2
7/10
All there but the writing...
9 July 2019
All there but the writing, and perhaps the directing as well. Too bad they shoot these a season at a time. They are stuck with a season worth of mistakes they may have improved on if they didn't have a schedule to keep.

I've watched both weeks. I like the lead actress, and I liked her in Shameless as well, although I like her Shameless dark hair much better. As long as the camera is on her, or Richardson, it is somewhat captivating, but the rest of the cast in this show is there just to be weird, or for the politically correct mixed racial sexual relations, and dead bodies on slabs being chopped up for autopsies (shock therapy, sickening, been there seen that), and of course when her memory returns we'll discover she is gay, and happily married to Richardson.

In summary, I think they could have had something here, but instead they decided to go with "HBO like" played out formula baloney, instead of paying a competent group of writers to bring that novel to life. I gave it a 7 reluctantly, perhaps with hope the show improves as it goes along, but a story is only as good as it's writer, and I haven't seen anything creative yet except the effort put forth by Greenwell.
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1/10
Slime
17 June 2019
And again Hollywood (Epix) brings the slime of the world into our living room. I actually like all of the actors in this mess, however, when I sit down to relax and watch TV, I like to see interesting situations, but I'm tired of situations that involve the lowest forms of life on the planet. The last place you want these sleaze bags is in your house, especially in HD on a large screen.

When I see s**t like this, I imagine some drugged out writer in a low rent apartment in Hollywood, running down to the corner to buy a nickel bag, or a quarter, and then puke his guts out in an alley on the way back. His creative talents ablaze when he returns, alas his sick life and grungy surroundings spit out the slime that he lives in, and then Epix buys it.... at a discount of course, because they must keep him in his hell hole to write more stories about folks you hope you or your family never meet in real life.

Pass
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1/10
Will never match the previous two
6 May 2019
I watched with an open mind, and hoping it would at least hold a candle to the previous two series: The White Queen, and The White Princess. It didn't. The characters were off beat from the preceding shows. When The White Princess followed the The White Queen, the director, and casting management really did a great job of finding actors that fit the roles of their predecessors. It was done so well, that I didn't even need to hear their name to know who everyone was in most cases.

This latest effort fails terribly in that department, as King Henry is a doofus, and his son is homely, I can't even look at him. The son of Henry should be attractive, as in the prior series the parents were extremely attractive. So, if the idea that the preordained Princess from Spain is semi attractive, and Prince Arthur is homely, is the opening premise for this show, and none of the characters seem to be the same character they were in the previous two series I liked, and the sets are a low budget version of its predecessors, then I will pass on this mess.
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Conan: Conan Without Borders: Italy (2018)
Season 8, Episode 58
10/10
Funniest Conan EVER
29 November 2018
Jordan Schlansky tries his hardest to not bust up, but eventually he can't contain himself, and for the first time (after a few wine tasting glasses) he busts up, and tries to put Conan down. I never laughed so hard at any Conan show. Conan is so on the money, tasteless, classless, and the ultimate "ugly American", and these two guys are such opposites, it is a marriage made in comedy heaven. This is a MUST SEE!
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1/10
Couldn't be worse
31 October 2018
Anyone that could sit through more than 10 minutes of this disgrace deserves an audience award.

Anyone that laughs at even one line of this drek of a screenplay deserves free lifetime audience tickets to Fox News

Paul Middleditch (director), and Chris Matheson (writer) should be escorted out of Hollywood by a heavily armed security force, with a one way ticket to Bollywood.

Anna Kendrick should seek immediate psychiatric aid for accepting this role, which amazingly even she had no chance of saving. (we won't even speak of Craig Robinson, and the lines he was forced to recite). Ever see Anna Kendrick absolutely lost in a role? Watch this mess.

Bottom line here is: Even if Will Ferrell was cast as the Beast (devil), this flick would never have worked. It was too poorly written. (However, he should have been in that part if it had a well written script; it was perfect for him).

I promise you that if you have an IQ over 60, you will absolutely HATE this 'thing' (movie). Perhaps one of the worst written, worst directed, worst acted, pieces of garbage that has ever flashed before my eyes. I was so embarrassed for the cast, I was red faced watching it.

Do I recommend seeing it? LOL
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7/10
Could have been great
12 August 2018
First a few reasons why this movie failed: The director spent way too much time seeing the world through the eyes of a 99% blind woman. That meant that 20% of the film was a blurry colorful mess, because all she could see was light and colorful mush.

The sex was overdone, and felt gratuitous and forced. Foster tried to get Lively to show as much of her naked body as possible, and actually resorted to a body double at one point. We all know that Blake Lively isn't going to get naked for any director, until she is well into her forties when no one will care anyway. So goes the modest Hollywood actress.

Key twist and plot occurrences were under-played and vague, and the editing in general left plenty to be desired. The sad part is, Foster actually had a goldmine on his hands if this movie was done right. The story is very unique: A young blind woman that's never seen her husband, and has never seen what he does when she is unattended, suddenly, through new surgery, regains most of her sight, and eventually gets to "see" the real life she has been living, and the man she trusted as her partner, may not have been the hero she thought he was.

On the bright side, this movie even as badly directed as it was, was beautifully shot, and some of the locations were gorgeous. If you could sit through the boredom of Foster's directing, you would find a real movie, and a great story worthy of a better job. I still am giving it 7 out of 10, because it was such a unique concept, just poorly executed.
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Westworld: The Passenger (2018)
Season 2, Episode 10
1/10
Worst season finale in the history of season finales
25 June 2018
Westworld lovers, Don't vote this garbage episode up because you think you're smart and can keep up with this drug induced, delusional garbage episode that was supposed to pull it all together, and make you feel like you didn't waste your Spring Sunday nights in vein. Because, YOU DID. This episode is as bad as the series finale episode of Dexter on Showtime was, AND YOU KNOW IT. In fact: IT's WORSE! There was such pointless, uninspired Mumbo Jumbo in the dialog, you'd have to be Albert Einstein on meth reincarnated to follow it.

hen the voodoo with Delores coming back as Charlotte Hale, and then the two of them together at the end setting up "all the work" she, it,them has to do, was such stupid and lazy writing, I actually burst out laughing while watching it.

Don't you know when you are being treated like an idiot? The producers are saying to you: "We can have Delores, Ford, or any other character start flying around in a Spider-rman suit, and you'd buy it. You are being abused and used for laughs by the writers, because of your 'ever accepting love' for this series.

Don't lick Nolan's rectum when he doesn't deserve it. Between the INSANE editing, reckless, ridiculous story-line, that only worked in two episodes: "The Riddle of the Sphinx", (TRULY GREAT), and the season finale from last year: "The Bicameral Mind" ...Westworld got lost.

This Westworld season finale disaster, is just that: a DISASTER. PERIOD. Live with it. Wake up! "Don't cease all motor functions".....please!
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Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode #16.20 (2018)
Season 16, Episode 20
1/10
Both interviews were garbage, and rediculous
23 June 2018
Colion Noir. A missed opportunity for Maher to put the NRA "away". Instead he licked Noir's rectum, and acted like an advocate.

One segment in particular was disappointing: Noir wanted to arm all the teachers. Maher's best response was: "No... because they're teachers". Gee, Bill, how about: If there weren't sick, mentally disturbed kids walking into schools with guns so easily obtained in some cases by their equally mentally disturbed friends and family, and killing everyone, we wouldn't need to arm 'anybody'.

The entire interview could have been better served by a sixth grader, because Maher was too busy telling us he "does any drugs he can get his hands on".

We all know Maher is, as he puts it: a "Drug Nut". However, keep it to yourself Bill, (enjoy your drugs) but, gain some respect from those that use your own words to destroy your credibility. Your drug comedy lines are great for your close friends, but for the conservative right that we are trying to pull over to the left a bit, they are much more scary than funny. Do your drugs Bill, just leave them home when you come to work. Trump trumps the drug issues.

The Micheal Pollen interview gave the conservatives additional ammo on why what Maher says "means nothing", because he just can't keep his love for drugs out of the conversations here. How can someone be so smart, and be so ignorant at the same time?

And finally: A semi automatic weapon is not "all weapons that shoot one bullet when the trigger is pulled one time". You were conned by Colion Noir. Your social ineptitude, is only overridden by your bewildering ignorance.

A semi automatic weapon is a pistol, or rifle, that automatically loads a round into the chamber to be fired instantly as fast as you can pull the trigger. This action is caused by the 'opposite, and equal reaction' of the first round fired, by throwing the slide back, and automatically loading a round from the magazine into the chamber, while keeping the hammer back and ready for an instant repeat. Thus the term: "Semi" automatic.

A revolver fires one round every time you pull the trigger, however, it's certainly NOT a semi-automatic weapon. Extreme pressure must be applied to the trigger with a revolver to turn the cylinder into place, so another round may be set in the cylinder to fire. To squeeze the trigger with little resistance, you would have to manually pull back the hammer before each shot. The semi-automatic weapon will fire with almost "zero pressure" on the trigger, and thus fires much more rapidly. Only a "complete moron" wouldn't do his homework before interviewing the NRA gun 'con-artist' you decided to have as your first guest.

Here's a positive thought for Maher. I won't be pestering him with negative reviews any longer, because I am canceling HBO for allowing this nonsense to happen in the first place.
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Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode #16.19 (2018)
Season 16, Episode 19
9/10
This episode took guts
18 June 2018
I'm always cutting Maher's show in these reviews, and in all fairness, I must give it up for a show (mainly Maher's words, his panel was less than interesting) where Maher "told it like it is" in his epilogue of "New Rules". It's not easy to talk about our Police in a direct, factual and honest appraisal.....but he did, and I give him big kudos and renewed respect, for having the kahunas to do it. Way to go Bill...they deserved it...even the good ones, for "not reporting" the slime-ball bad ones they work with.

In my opinion, it's like buying a gun. You want one?, then pass a sanity test to be approved. Same with Cops. You want to be a Police Officer? Then prove you are mentally fit to protect and serve.

Best new rules segment in the history of this show.
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6/10
Wasted effort
9 April 2018
All the actors, except Warren Beatty were excellent in their roles, especially Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, and Mathew Broderick.

Warren's performance was by far the worst Howard Hughes portrayal in the history of actors portraying Howard Hughes. He had no chance to compete with the likes of Tommy Lee Jones, and Leonardo DiCaprio, and he is way to old to play the young Hughes as well as the old Hughes. We ended up with Warren being Warren. Not Warren being Howard Hughes.

Perhaps Warren felt he had made a mistake in the 70s when he turned down the role of Hughes, and it ended up going to Tommy Lee Jones, which made Jones' career. However, he waited too many years for the inspiration to write himself into a Howard Hughes screenplay as Howard Hughes.

Also, (and most importantly) why write a "fictional" story about a man whose real life adventures are so much more interesting and complex then this convoluted drek we are given in this disaster of a screenplay? The entire effort was wasted, and sadly, there are many younger viewers unaware about Howard Hughes' life, that will interpret this nonsense as a biography of the man.

The movie might have worked a little better if the story centered around Collin's and Ehrenreich's characters, and Hughes was just in the background. However, no matter how Beatty wants to market or advertise this mess, make no mistake, it's all about Howard Hughes, and Warren's poor and fictional portrayal of him.
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Worst big budget movie ever made
15 March 2018
I loved the 1st one, so the other day I bought the Blu-ray of this one, because I never saw it.

Simply put: If an 8 year old was told to write this script, and then an adult came along and corrected the grammar and spelling errors, but left everything else the child wrote 'as is', the result would be this script. Now, to add spice to the mix, get a 5 year old to direct it, and a 6 year old to edit it. "This movie would be the result of that plan".

If my name was Linda Woolverton, I would commit suicide, rather than admit my name was Linda Woolverton.

If my name was James Bobin, I would ban myself from Hollywood for eternity, and then commit suicide.

I'm not rating the movie, because there is nothing lower than a 1 I can rate it here. It deserves a minus 10. I fell asleep 4 times while trying to watch this 'thing'. 3 times from boredom, and the 4th time from attempting suicide on myself for having purchased this Blu-ray.
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Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode #16.2 (2018)
Season 16, Episode 2
1/10
Garbage, and I HATE Trump
27 January 2018
Maher is over the top again this week with his ego and being rude to guests. I don't know why he bothers inviting anyone on in the first place, because they can't get a word in.

He reminds me of a blowhard from the 70s on cocaine. You start your sentence, and then he finishes it. "The show should be called "The World According to Bill Maher".

Then poor Zooey Deschanel comes on to talk about food, and he interrupts almost every sentence with his opinion. I haven't seen him be that rude to a back end guest EVER. He really needs to have his producer give him a reality check.

I promised myself I wasn't going to watch the A-hole anymore, after his stint on Episode #15.18 with Ice Cube. I broke my promise last night, and watched this crappola show. NEVER again.
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Siren (III) (2010)
7/10
Now I get it
28 December 2017
I've always found actress Teresa Srbova extremely attractive, so when I found this flick playing on satellite one evening, and saw her in the cast, I had to watch it.

I thought the cinematography was great, but the story was non existent. I was disappointed and gave it a low rating here. Then years later, I found the DVD at a swap meet for $1.00 and thought it would be fun to watch it again.

After the movie was completed, I felt the same way I did the first time until I played the deleted scenes. There is a long deleted scene in special features where Silka (Srbova) is explaining the entire reason for everything happening on the island to the other female lead. I was dumbfounded why that scene was taken out of the flick, because it actually would have saved the movie.

Then interesting enough, I decided to try and reach Andrew Hull (director) to ask him why he removed the most important scene in the movie. It turns out that Andrew Hull was killed in May 2010 in a bicycle accident, and the movie was picked up later by Lionsgate in October 2010. It was messed with, released in March, 2011, and the final edit is nothing like Andrew Hull probably would have finished it.

Who the heck knows who did the final cut of this film. All I can tell you is : if this key scene wasn't removed from this movie by whomever, this film would be sitting here with a much higher rating than it is. Editing tells the story of a film. Too bad for Andrew Hull, that he died before he had the chance to piece his movie together for a final edit that might have told the story he originally had in mind.
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Get Shorty: Blue Pages (2017)
Season 1, Episode 10
2/10
Certainly not the Pilot
8 October 2017
I can't say this episode wasn't done well, however, it doesn't even vaguely resemble the pilot, or any of the episodes since, except last week's episode also directed by Adam Arkin.

Are the writers bi-polar? Did the Epix brass instruct the writers and director to take the series 180 degrees from a dry comedy to a serious gangster show? Did Adam Arkin take it upon himself to eliminate all comedy from the last two episodes, by exchanging laughs for death, and tears of joy for tears of sadness and pools of blood? Or, is no one in charge of this flip flop series, and each director makes his/her own version of Get Shorty when it's their turn?

If the show continues down this serious path next season, I'll leave the reviews for those that love serious gangster shows, and can review this series with enthusiasm. However, considering the obvious comedic structure of the subject matter, I don't see how it can continue to inspire serious gangster fans.

As for myself, I was more than just fine with the tone that was set with the pilot: "The Pitch", that got me hooked on this series in the first place, and I will discontinue viewing this series unless it gets back on the pilot's path.

What these last two episodes have done, is left me not caring "at all" what the next episode is about. Bottom line, it is a terrible season finale, especially if you were expecting the usual Get Shorty laughs.

The name of this series should be: "Pot Luck", because you never know what version you're going to get.
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Get Shorty: Turnaround (2017)
Season 1, Episode 9
3/10
Get Shorty - Gets Serious
5 October 2017
After two well directed shows back to back, the series is handed over to Adam Arkin for two weeks. Obviously, each director this show utilizes to try and complete its first season has a completely different take on what makes this show tick.

I'm not saying that Arkin is a bad director. He directed the segment with no comedy, and some others before him directed their segments with plenty of comedy. It really does come down to the director....not the script. I'm sure all the directors are handed a serious script with implied lightheartedness. It's the directors job to pull it off.

Arkin took the events in the script, and filmed an episode of Scarface. Nice job if Get Shorty was Scarface.

Get Shorty is a comedy. All of the highest rated shows this first season were shot by directors that implemented even the most violent scenes with humor. You can't expect this series to succeed if no one likes the characters. A viewer can't like the lead characters, if they're all cold blooded killers with no redeeming qualities.

This show has only two likable characters: Shorty and her mother. If all of the directors aren't on the same page as to what they are filming, the next season that Epix has already signed on for will be the last.

Comedic violence and some compassion, forgives the fact that Sean Bridgers and Chris O'Dowd are hit men. The show must never take itself as seriously as it did this episode, or it will fail. Ray Romano can only do so much to add levity to this series. The comedic aspect must be the tone set by each director.
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