J Sherman

J Sherman

J Sherman lives in Los Angeles and divides his time between living in a movie theatre and writing mysteries. There might also be some ghostbusting being performed in his spare time.
  • The Muppets: 1.10 Single All the Way Review

    It’s happened: the end of The Muppets….until February 2. Then a new producer will come in and fix everything. Except, if “Single All The Way” is to be taken as evidence, it’s actually doing just fine now. A recurring theme of the last few recaps has been the gelling...
  • The Muppets: 1.9 Going Going Gonzo Review

    Watching this week’s episode of The Muppets cemented the feeling I had watching the last couple of episodes: this is The Muppets. From Joseph Gordon Levitt singing a duet with Piggy (while the backstage crew nearly destroyed the set and the duo) to an innocent scene between Scooter and...
  • The Muppets: 1.8 Too Hot to Handler Review

    This week’s episode of The Muppets, “Too Hot to Handler”, is another solid entry into the series. It looks as if the show has finally found its stride narratively, tonally, and structurally. In short, the show is starting to feel like The Muppets. Add to the mix the exploration...
  • Spotlight Review

    One of the great triumphs of Spotlight is how it manages to sidestep histrionics and grandstanding. Instead, Tom McCarthy gives us a muted, methodical, deeply human, perspective on how the Boston Globe uncovered the Catholic sex abuse scandal of the early 2000’s. At the same time, Spotlight manages to...
  • The Muppets: 1.6 The Ex-Factor Review

    Last night’s “The Ex-Factor” was a solid entry in the ol’ “good main story weak sup-plot” column. Essentially, it’s more of the same from a show that starts off saying, “Time to get things started,” and then you wait, wondering if it will ever start. I’m getting ahead of...
  • The Muppets: 1.5 Walk The Swine Review

    “Walk the Swine”, this week’s The Muppets episode, finally achieves what it’s been aiming for: a good solid story line for Miss Piggy that doesn’t traverse into misogynistic territory.  Unfortunately, the episode lacked any real solid jokes and the subplots ranged from marginal to just plain not funny. One...
  • Beasts of No Nation Review

    “God…are you watching what we are doing?” – Agu   There’s a haunting lyricism to Cary Joji Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation that stays with you long after the film ends.  The way Fukunaga adapts the novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala lends itself to a sort...
  • The Muppets: 1.4 Pig Out Review

    Sometimes a show whiffs an episode.  It happens.  It doesn’t mean anything– it’s just statistics.  This week’s episode, ‘Pig Out’ is a whiff.  It’s not a huge whiff, for that would require them to be swinging for something other than cheap laughs. ‘Pig Out’ is really quite simple.  There’s an...
  • The Muppets: 1.3 Bear Left Then Bear Write Review

    With the third episode of The Muppets, “Bear Left Then Bear Write”, the show still seems on shaky ground.  The main plot was actually the strongest, with two other subplots that, while entertaining, seemed very much like filler.  If the show had focused more on the main plot, it...