The OT: Steve Ballmer, Netflix
I came across a fantastic interview of Steve Ballmer on the Bill Simmons podcast (March 29, Episode 189 – iTunes/YouTube/SoundCloud). He talks about all aspects of owning an NBA team and it should be quite interesting to any sports fan. His voice is a little hard to listen to at first, but hang in there. What he has to say is compelling enough that you forget quickly about it.
I just finished viewing all available episodes of Peaky Blinders. Really well-written and performed, but Season 3 is definitely not feel good, pretty hard stuff. So many of the shows nowadays remind me of Zak Penn and Adam Leff’s Last Action Hero. How much pain and suffering can you possibly put a person through, even if he is just fictional?
Season 3 for Better Call Saul will begin airing on April 10th, coming to Netflix on the 11th (one episode per week, I believe). Netflix is so busy pimping lesser content that they have forgotten to let viewers know that it is fast approaching.
The other day we were talking about Dave Chappelle and if someone had just said he is the guy who goes on about “taking it to the next level” in You’ve Got Mail, I would have placed him immediately. Having never seen anything else that he has done, when his name was mentioned, Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel were the faces that were going through my head. His comedy act was bang on. I’ve heard all about Kevin Hart and recognize him instantly, but thought Mr. Chappelle was “white”. I’m not proud of the fact, but it does kind of prove the point he was making. I wouldn’t have recognized him if he sat at my dinner table. Ah, but if I closed my eyes, I might have placed his voice. His sage dating advice has been used over and over when discussing that topic with the boys. Also, his Netflix Special Episode 1 was very well-written, and he explained the Bill Cosby philanthropist/rapist dilemma in such a way that it must have been therapeutic to many.
As my better half (and I don’t type that casually) is literally on vacation, I have more time to watch these days. I will attempt to judge Iron Fist for myself. Not having read the comics and thus having zero expectations, I don’t mind that the show might be more drama than action. Hopefully, that drama is more cerebral than stupid. UPDATE: I am half way through the second episode. I had to rewind on numerous occasions because I have fallen asleep more times than I can count. If this were Daredevil, I would have watched the whole season already. The show desperately needed different sound/music, much, much tighter writing, and better directing/editing. Only 60 minutes into the series and they have shown his mother blown out the plane 3? 4? times already. Seriously? It is like they are trying to spread two hours of story over 13 episodes. Completely avoidable, utterly epic fail.