Last week, St. Joe Live took on the worst of 2018. Now it’s time to check out some pieces of entertainment that may have fallen under the radar.
While I’ll save the best of music and movies lists for the next two weeks, let’s look at some pieces of pop culture that likely won’t make a Top 10 list but are worth noting.
Biggest Comedy Surprise
In a year that was hurting for original mainstream comedies, this was the remedy. Starring a fantastic grouping of Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams and Kyle Chandler, along with a great supporting cast that includes Jesse Plemons, this was uproariously funny.
Centered around a group of couples who gather for weekly fun evenings, “Game Night” kicks things up when one player decides to do a special game where someone gets kidnapped and the others have to find him.
The editing and camerawork are inventive, the score by Cliff Martinez is surprisingly energetic and the writing and cast are wickedly great.
Biggest Kids Movie Surprise ‘Teen Titans Go! To The Movies’
I have no stake in the “Teen Titans” franchise. I haven’t watched either the serious or comedic animated shows or read the comics. With that said, I really enjoyed this funny, colorful, self-aware take on comic-book movies.
The movie follows DC Comics’ Teen Titans team, consisting of young versions of superheroes like Robin and Cyborg, as they try to create their own movie to prove they’re as legit as their DC cohorts like Batman and Superman. Then they find out they need an arch-nemesis, so they’ll have to get one of those too.
It spoofs on both Marvel and DC films, as well as pop culture in general. The story hits a lot of familiar beats but does it in a sharp, subversive manner.
Biggest surprise TV comeback ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’
If you’re into a show on broadcast TV, it’s easy to feel like you’re watching it alone. Binge watching on streaming services is what’s in, and waiting seven days for new episode is not.
I never knew how many of my friends watched the cop sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” until Fox canceled it in May. We exchanged favorite scenes and quotes from the show and mourned its passing.
Thankfully, NBC picked up the show and it’s coming back on Jan. 10. It’s the second chance that so few shows get.
Biggest surprise TV episode ‘Mac Finds His Pride’ from ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’
“Seinfeld never went on long enough to have a serious episode. In its 13th season, FXX’s “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” a new generation’s hilarious, nihilistic version of “Seinfeld,” finally did a straight-faced episode.
In dealing with the character Mac, a formerly closeted, hyper-masculine guy accepting where he belongs in the gay community, he decides he wants to free himself and tell his dad his inner feelings.
He does this with a dance to Sigur Ros, and it’s shockingly emotional, messy and effective.
— Andrew Gaug | St. Joe Live