Day: November 29, 2017

Review: Jack Whitehall, “At Large” on Netflix

You haven’t been seeing double on your Netflix menus this autumn. Jack Whitehall does have two different, yet related projects on the streaming platform. One is a semi-scripted travelogue spoof, Travels With My Father, and if you watch that first, it might help you laugh at Whitehall’s stand-up jokes about his dad even more, or┬ádecide whether you want to watch his solo work at all. For my taste, the 29-year-old comes across more often than not as one of those millennials who think they’re experiencing or discovering something we hadn’t well figured out already. As I wrote in my...

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Review: Patton Oswalt, “Annihilation” on Netflix

Patton Oswalt personal and professional lives have seen their highest highs and lowest lows over the past year and a half. Oswalt lost his wife suddenly and unexpectedly, and received a Grammy nomination the next day (which he’d later win, as well as an Emmy for the same special). He and his young daughter had to relearn their way through the world. He found love again, and recently remarried. And through it all, the world itself has been through, and still undergoing major upheaval. So his 2017 Netflix stand-up special, Annihilation, covers the complete destruction of our lives and...

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