‘Adam Sandler 100% Fresh’ Stand-up Special Review

Grade: B+

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh (2018)

I have never done a full review of a stand-up comedy special, but there is something about ‘Adam Sandler 100% Fresh’ that is extremely noteworthy. “Special” is more than a word to describe it. In fact, this may be the best thing Adam Sandler has done comedy-wise in recent years. While he can be a great dramatic actor with films like ‘Punch-Drunk Love’, ‘Reign Over Me’, and ‘Men, Women, and Children’, his comedic efforts as of late have been nothing but juvenile and forced. Despite his brand of risqué toilet humor being portrayed here, it actually works to full effect. Never has something so dirty been so entertaining to watch and listen to.

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How Anime Reviews & Recommendations Work – 2017 Revision

Hello Folks!

This is an updated version of how my anime reviews and recommendations work. You can see the old one here as it is still relevant for all reviews from 2015 to mid 2017. Lately, as you may have noticed, I have moved away from a score format (something out of ten). The purpose of this document is to explain the new format and why I moved away from the old system.

The Old System

Under the old system, I provided a score out of ten and an additional recommendation. The score was an “at-a-glance” rating for people to look at to avoid spoilers, set a base line with my opinions, etc… However, my scores are a bit flexible and were never meant to be taken on their own. They were always meant to be coupled with a recommendation (pass, try, buy, and seal of excellence).

For awhile, this made sense and I did that. As time moved on, however, I found this format to be tedious. I was having to alter my writing to work in a score and recommendation that ended up feeling redundant. Additionally, I have dramatically changed how I write about anime now, so this outdated system isn’t really working as intended any way.

Scores are Gone

So what’s changing? Not a lot actually. Firstly, I’ll be removing scores. If you’d like my at-a-glance opinion, feel free to check my My Anime List account for a (mostly) comprehensive record of everything I’ve watched. Note that these scores may not perfectly match what I have on the site here.

I’ll briefly explain my MAL scores here as they are organized in a particular way for real life categorization and organization. There is a bit more going on than this, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Scores aren’t really that important, it’s more my actual thoughts.

  1. I see no reason why this needed to be made. Could even be competent for all extents and purposes. Waste of resources, talent, and time. A rare score for me.
  2. Garbage with no redeemable qualities. Rare score.
  3. Has some competency but was crippled by a glaring flaw or flaws. Generally boring and not something that interests me.
  4. I was bored more than half the time I viewed this show. Has some stuff going for it, generally competent visually or musically. Maybe enjoyed an arc or two at most.
  5. The bare minimum of what I consider to be a decent show. Has flaws or lacks enough purpose but had at least one aspect that kept me engaged for most of the runtime. Competent anime, but still generally flawed. Would recommend, but only to people I know really well that have specific tastes.
  6. Eh, it was ok. These are shows I might recommend to folks I know pretty well with niche tastes. They may have some historical or cultural importance as well. Generally, shows that I know are flawed but still had a good time with any way.
  7. My personal average. This anime hits most of the boxes I look for in a show (regarding the specific genre). Again, still flawed but I had a pretty good time watching. Would safely recommend these titles to people, but not super enthusiastically.
  8. I really enjoyed these anime. I thought about them for awhile and would gladly recommend these titles to most people. There are some minor issues present in the anime for me, but some other aspect(s) made up for them.
  9. Excellent shows that I consider to be near-perfect. I thought about these shows a lot and would enthusiastically recommend most of these titles. These anime usually resonated with me emotionally or intellectually. In some cases, I found these titles to be so entertaining that flaws were largely ignored. However, there was at least one thing that nagged me about any of these shows that prevented a 10.
  10. The weirdest score. These could either be:  shows I think are fantastic and must watches or shows I would recommend to just about everybody despite my actual opinions. It is usually pretty obvious which is which. For example, Clannad falls into the latter category while Penguindrum falls into first.

The New System

Beyond removing scores, I will no longer be adding a specific recommendation at the end. These used to be try, buy, etc… Instead, the article on the whole should be more than enough to go on. I will still provide a concluding paragraph where my general feelings can be quickly surmised.

These changes are made to more accurately reflect my opinions and writing style. Additionally, I was forgetting to use the old system fairly regularly anyway. This change is just a natural progression as a result. If you have any questions/concerns, feel free to voice them by posting a comment or emailing me at:  jonspencerreviews@gmail.com

‘Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special’ Review

Grade: C+

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I’m pretty sure that Netflix came out with only two holiday specials starring a major name. The last I saw being ‘A Very Murray Christmas’ with Bill Murray, that was dull, depressing, and only succeeded in spreading misery during the holiday season. What ‘Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special’ tends to do is not just satirize all the celebrity holiday specials that have come out in the past, but does so in such a way to feel more like ‘Saturday Night Live’ hosted by Michael Bolton in February. Guaranteed there are some laughs and clever jokes to be seen in these skits, but not all of them add up to anything and serve as a way for Bolton to bust out his singing voice, and maybe have some fun along the way.

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‘Stranger Things’ TV Review.

Grade: B+

Stranger Things Movie Poster

The way ‘Stranger Things’ feels to me is like a breath of fresh air; a lot of Netflix shows these days are so modern and like to fill our hearts with joy (‘Orange is the New Black’, ‘BoJack Horseman’, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’). Then all of a sudden, a show like this one comes along and takes you back to when phones felt like walkie-talkies, silverware was neatly placed in drawers, and homes looked fresh and new. It was the era of the 80’s; and although I wasn’t born in that decade, I could tell that it was a great one.

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‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again’ TV Review.

Grade: B+

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Oh my God! I can’t believe what I just saw! This may be a remake of the classic ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’, but a good remake with additions to improve upon its beloved predecessor? That is very unlikely to happen! You have basically the same movie, but much like each play that gets told on stage time and time again, this is a much different production, and it is all left to the director’s interpretation; the director being Kenny Ortega (‘Hocus Pocus’).

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‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ Film Review.

Grade: B

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Movie Poster

Tim Burton -after directing the Margaret Keane biopic, ‘Big Eyes’ starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz -is now back in the director’s seat to show us his vision of Ransom Riggs’ (obvious) best-selling novel ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’, which stars a very pretty Eva Green as the title character, Asa Butterfield (from the horrible ‘Ender’s Game’) and a cast of young actors as the children kept away from the outside world due to their “peculiarity”. There’s the bee-breathing Hugh (Milo Parker); Emma, (Ella Purnell) the posh blue-dressed child who has the power to breath a gust of wind, and float when not wearing her lead shoes; the masked ballerina twins, (Thomas and Joseph Odwell) who have a secret peculiarity that serves a purpose during the films major fight; Fiona, (Georgia Pemberton) who can make plant life grow to an unusually large size; Brownwyn, (Pixie Davis) who is extremely strong; Claire, (Raffiella Chapman) who has a Computer-generated monster mouth in the back of her head (that leads to comical results); Horace, (Hayden Keeler-Stone) who can literally project his dreams and show them to the other children during something Miss Peregrine calls “Movie Night”; Enoch, (Finlay MacMillian) who uses real live organs to bring dead, or non-living things to life; Olive, (Lauren McCrostie) who can heat up anything she touches, and also has the power to conjure up fire (like Elsa from ‘Frozen’ if she were the complete opposite, or Diablo from ‘Suicide Squad’); and the invisible Millard (Cameron King). 

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Plans For The Week 9/27/15-10/4/15

Week 2 Already?!?

I can’t believe it’s already been over a week since I started! I got some more followers, both here and on Facebook. Thanks to Script Anime, and everyone else, for the support! I hope that everybody had a good week. Be sure to answer the poll at the bottom of the post; I want to know what you all think.

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