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Thursday
Mar122015

Six Reasons to Love (And Hate) 'House of Cards' Commander-in-Chief Frank Underwood

 

Frank Underwood: Always up to no good. (Credit: Netflix)

 

BY MIKE VIGLIETTA (REVIEWniverse Guest Contributor)

For those who don’t watch House of Cards on Netflix, I want you to do something: Watch the damn show.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to talking about my boy, Francis James Underwood (Kevin Spacey). Surely, if you like the series, you’ve either finished the newly released season three or you’re in the middle of it. Either way, President Underwood will have your mind in a pretzel. I don’t know whether to love this guy or hate him, so let’s break out the yellow legal pad and write down the pros and cons.

PROS:
1.  He's An Animal
No, Frank isn’t the golden retriever puppy you’d always hoped for when you were a kid. Frank is the Great White that will sneak up and rip you apart from sea to shining sea. He shows a drive that no other politician in the show, and maybe in real life, seems to have, and he 150 percent knows what he wants. America loves a leader who knows what they want.

2. Freddy Seems to Like Him, Right?
Freddy! The former rib-shack owner might be my second-favorite character. Freddy Hayes (Reg E. Cathey) comes off as the kind of guy who can read anyone like an open book. Whether it be the President of the United States or his mailman, he knows what’s up. Freddy seems to have knocked down Underwood’s walls, making him one of the more important characters in the show right now. Vote for Freddy 2016.

3. Frank Likes to Look Into Our Souls (the Camera) and Lie To Us 
Don’t lie to me. Look me in the eyes and tell me that when Frank looks into the camera and drops some Southern boy knowledge on you, you don’t become Frank Underwood for a split second or maybe even the rest of the day. And when Frank does his signature double knock on the desk in the Oval Office at the end of season two, you definitely had a charge of adrenaline course through your veins.

CONS:
1.  He's An Animal
"Wait, you already put this as a pro," you're saying. Yeah, dude, I know, but with being the Great White comes Great Ruthlessness. Frank has killed people, or hired others to kill people, just to move up the ranks. Remember Zoe (Kate Rooney Mara)? We loved her! Next thing you know, she steps in Frank's way and Frank promptly copies and pastes her onto the front of an oncoming train. How about Rep. Peter Russo (Corey Stoll)? The comeback kid! One wrong move with Frank and all of a sudden our friend Pete is riding shotgun all the way to his fake suicide. I’m sure Frank’s list will grow by season four, and we can only hope that Freddy won’t be on it.

2. Doug Stamper
What else do I have to say about this? All I have to do is type his name and a wave of anger comes crashing over me and I’m washed away by the smell of cheap whiskey and a decaying Rachel Posner (Rachel Brosnahan). I thought we had our moment in season two when ol’ Dougie (Michael Kelly), Frank's chief of staff, seemed to have been riding in Death’s taxi on the highway to Hell. But one way or another, Doug convinced Death to turn the car around, and here we are with this creepy bastard on my TV screen, and I don’t think I can handle another season of this guy.

3. Frank's Kind of Got a Chub for Petrov. Everyone Sees That, Right? 
Now, this isn’t a reference to Frank and Edward Meacham (Frank's bodyguard) getting down together in season two. Although it was surprising, that pales in comparison to my point here. Frank envies Russian President Viktor Petrov’s (Lars Mikkelsen) lifestyle. Petrov, House of Cards' Vladimir Putin, lives a life where he isn’t questioned about anything he does. There are no consequences for him. Petrov is a God in his country. Frank lives a life where everything is under a microscope. He’s got reporters, members of Congress and his own wife breathing down his neck 24/7/365. Frank has a presidential style and personality that is eerily familiar of the totalitarian we all know and love in Mother Russia.
 
Overall Assessment: It hurts to say this, Frank, but from the bottom of my heart: Fuck you.

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Thursday
Mar122015

10 Things 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Gets Right About NYC

 

 

Yes, Kimmy, this is what New York City is all about. (Credit: Netflix)

BY RACHAEL FUNK (REVIEWniverse Guest Contributor)

The first season of Tina Fey’s latest triumph, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (and here's the catchy theme song), was released on Netflix this month. It begins with a group of ladies, the “mole women” (as they are referred to in the Kimmy-Schmidt-media), getting rescued from the subterranean bunker where their underground apocalypse cult kept them hidden. The women realize the world has not ended, as they were told, but continued above them without detection for 15 years.

Immediately after their rescue, the mole women are featured on Today before they're allowed to go home and resume their lives in Indiana. During a moment of euphoric empowerment, Kimmy decides to stay in New York instead of following the group home.

 

The events that follow cut close to the bone if you are a 20-something female out in the world just trying your best, much like our girls at the Fey-BFF Amy Poehler-produced Broad City, which I raved about in a recent post

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an endearing look at New York through the eyes of a charmingly naive newcomer. Ellie Kemper, who we loved in...well, everything she's ever done (The Office et al), has now entered that hallowed hall of female comedy leads like Lucy, Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Marlo Thomas, Fey and Poehler. From the pristine joke setups to the guest stars, this show is a solid hit and so easy to love.

As a transplant to New York myself, I get Kimmy Schmidt because in many ways I AM Kimmy Schmidt. The following is a list of 10 things the show gets 100 percent right about living in New York for the first time.

1.  You Don’t Have to Say You’re New (Everyone Can Tell)
First of all, get that shit-eating grin off your face. The only people who are constantly beaming like that are either about to wreck something or they’ve got their hand down their pants. It’s unnerving. You have an aura of freshness which hasn’t yet been dampened by the airborne dirt in the city, and it’s pissing everyone off. You get no points for moving here, so please stop bragging about it. New Yorkers KNOW they have the greatest city, so your best bet is to keep your head down and zip your lip. At least that way, fewer people will try to mug you out of spite.

2.  At Some Point, Something of Yours is Gonna Get Took
As noted above, you stick out. Especially if you’re wearing a damn backpack in a club, you asshole. Unless you’re going to wear that bag backwards, Moonbump style, there’s a good chance a grimy hand is going to find its way in there.

3.  Everyone is Batshit Insane
Most people have a good reason, though, so get out of the way. We all have places to be, and the fact that you’re taking your half of the sidewalk out of the middle is going to get you tackled.

4.  Unless You Know Someone, That First Apartment is Going to be a Doozy
Are you cool with living with a stranger, paying more than your half of the rent, and living in a closet? Good.

5.  “That is Definitely Not Miss Piggy”
If you’re not sure what you’re looking at, yes forward, keep moving. It’s better not to know.

6.  You Can Handle Anything for 10 Seconds at a Time
That goes for dealing with your friend’s eighth-floor walk-up, power outages on the subway and those special city nights when there’s nowhere to pee. Count it out, don’t panic. You’ll eventually find your way to Penn Station, where you can pee just about anywhere.

7.  Bringing Friends Back Home is Going to be Weird
But that’s true no matter where you move. Just fake it until you make it. Your old friends will warm up to the new ones.You'll have early morning madness! You'll have magic in the making! Yes, everything will be as if you never said, "Troll the respawn, Jeremy."   

8. You Might Develop “Very Distinct Scream Lines”

Always say no to the plastic surgery. Better to have scream lines than Dr. Framph’s face. I mean Dr. Grant.

Dr. Framph/Grant can cure your ills. The brllliant Martin Short, folks. (Credit: Netflix)

9. The Babysitters Club Series of Chock-Full-of-Wisdom-and-Information You Can Use Daily 
I always thought of myself as a Dawn, but follow your bliss, baby!

10.  New York Very Much is a Magical Wonderland
New York is like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory: You’re surrounded by orange people and you need to be really careful about what you put in your mouth. Use good judgment, and eventually you’ll be fine. Probably.

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Tuesday
Feb242015

Breaking News: Super-Hot Netflix Reveals New Pee-Wee Herman Flick Info  

 


"I know you are, but what am I?" (Credit: HBO)

BY ROBBIE WOLIVER

You love this news so much, why don't you just marry it?

Well apparently Netflix loves Pee-Wee Herman so much they are marrying him. It's been known for a while that Netfix, which is on a hot streak, is producing the new Pee-Wee Herman film.

The name of the movie and more details, which we've all been waiting for, were finally announced today by Netflix. The Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman)/Judd Apatow collaboration will be called Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. It's the highly anticpated, loooong-awaited sequel to Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Big Top Pee-Wee.

Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, according to Netflix, is about “a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny.”

Reubens wrote the screenplay with Arrested Development and Comedy Bang! Bang! scribe Paul Rust, and John Lee (Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City) will direct. It's film idea has been in the works for four years.

From Pee-Wee's lipsticked lips: "Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then— Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that. The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black.”

While it was announced filming would start in three weeks, no release date has been mentioned. So for now, we'll just have to be satisfied waiting for Paul Ruebens to show up on favorite shows like The Blacklist, where he and his wig just kill as Mr. Vargas.

You do not want to get on the bad side of Mr. Vargas. (Credit: ABC)

While we greatly appreciate this fantastic update about Pee-Wee, now where's Mike Myers' news about the next Austin Powers?! 

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