After a week of spring break fun with the family, it was back to work for me today. The awakening was rude. A crash landing back to reality.
So, as I ease into the week that is to be, let's take a look back at the week that was, pop culturally speaking.
LAST WEEK TONIGHT
- I caught up with my favorite news parody show over the past week. John Oliver broke down NRA TV and Bitcoin as only he can. Oliver broke out as the replacement anchor of The Daily Show
during Jon Stewart's absence. How Comedy Central let him bolt to HBO still baffles me. After a rocky start, Oliver found his voice by doing a deep dive on a single subject each week. Now, his show is must watch. It's smart, funny and, usually, right on point.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
- I'm on the record as a fan of big dumb action movies. This one was too dumb even for me. Too many characters. Too many cars. Too much too much. The Rock usurping Vin Diesel's place as the lead of the crew is a good thing. The addition of Jason Statham was also good. The ridiculous stunts and "yelling is acting" was just too over the top. This one is only for the true believers.
- the family took this one in on Friday afternoon as a way to just chill out. It wasn't as laugh out loud funny as the trailers made it see, but it was still funny. Jason Bateman continues to refine the nervous smartass he's played for years. Rachel McAdams is a worthy foil for him. Lots of clever twists and turns on the way to a satisfying ending. The movie is rated R, but its a soft R mostly for language and innuendo. You can safely take a teen. Recommended.