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An ongoing work to help me keep up with these recommendations and touchstones I never got around to. Stuff will be added as I realize and remember it, and removed when I finally get around to it.
- •The Last Temptation of Christ
- •The Conversation
- •Synecdoche, NY
I watched and rewatched every stand-up comedy special that came out this year so you don't have to. Here is my definitive list of every comedian's 2015 feature presentation release that is worth your time, rated, complete with my thoughts on them and reasons for placement. Enjoy! (Please share if you do.)
- 19.Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional (Netflix)This one-man show is a comedic look into what makes this country OUR country, built on the back of the Constitution - "our most important document" - based on the premise that none of us have actually read it. "It's four pages. But nobody in this room has that kind of time," opens Quinn. I love this one because not only is it historically informative, it's hopeful and forward-thinking. His crescendo towards the end when he suggests where this country goes from here is worth your time alone.
- 18.Paul F. Tompkins: Crying and Driving (Comedy Central)It breaks my heart to put PFT this low on the list, especially since I frequently refer to his previous special (Laboring Under Delusions) as one of my favorites of all time. But this is the danger of having an edited-for-TV special. I wish the full version were out for me to comment on, but that's months away. I can imagine 30 more minutes of context and material turning this into pure, personal, PFT magic, but unfortunately this is all we'll get this year. Which is so much better than nothing.
- 17.Brian Regan Live From Radio City Music Hall (Comedy Central)Regan is a master joke-writer and physical performer. He always keeps it clean and inoffensive, and this one shows that he might be on the verge of having something to say. There's great commentary here on subjects such as the insanity of rewards card programs, as well as his expected silliness on the absurdity of dancing and many other observational subjects. This one was ballsy for any performer - he had one shot to record this, as it aired live from NYC to Comedy Central. And he crushed it.
all imho based on my feelings atm of writing this.
- 1."The End." S06E17-18. Series finale. Good defeats evil, faith triumphs over fear, and clarity defines the importance of the journey. The nearly-dialogue-free final 8 minutes is perfectly orchestrated character resolution left open to interpretation. Catharsis achieved.
- 2."There's No Place Like Home." S04E12-14. The 4th season finale is one of the most intensely structured series of action sequences and total surprises, peppered with character moments we've been waiting seasons for in just enough places.
- 3."Exodus." S01E23-25. First season finale. - the climax of the original idea of LOST as a project, before knowing whether or not they'd ever get a season 2. The whole episode is completely exciting, and Jack & Locke have a conversation in the final minutes that could stand on its own as the show's thesis.
2015. Vague best to worst order based on my feelings atm.
- •The Leftovers
- •South Park
- •Rick & Morty
- •Wondering wtf this app is good for
- •Holding my dick