Review: Community — Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps

In some ways, when I watched Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps, it reminded me of last week’s Remedial Chaos Theory. Once again, we see seven different mini stories, each Halloween-ish fantasy told through the eyes of the narrator.

This week, the group gathers for a pre-party before the Greendale Halloween dance organized by Britta. She’s gotten the results back of a psychology test she had the group take and as it turns out, one of the seven is a borderline homicidal maniac.

Britta acts quickly, by trying to expose the soon-to-be killer by getting everyone to tell a Halloween story. Enter the seven stories.

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Review – Moneyball

Moneyball is a real-life underdog movie that happens to be about baseball.

The story centers around Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and his assistant GM, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill). The two are charged with putting together a winning baseball team on a third of the budget that behemoths of the sport, such as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, have to spend.

To succeed, they develop a new system for signing valuable players that have been deemed defective by other teams. Their new evaluation system develops a long line of critics, including their own manager, Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Despite this, the A’s go on a 20 game winning streak, win the AL West Division, and head to the playoffs.

There will probably be two distinct groups of people that will see this movie. Those who are casual watchers, who are hearing the story of the 2002 Oakland As for the first time, and then the baseball purists, who not only know that the Oakland As were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, but have also devoured Michael Lewis’ 2003 book of the same name.

It seems logical at this point to write two reviews coming from the perspective of the would-be viewer.

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Review: Chinglish

There couldn’t be two languages more far apart in humanity than Chinese and English. As the world has become more global, and China has become the next great power of the world, it makes sense that a play like David Henry Hwang’s “Chinglish” would explore and fully develop the comedy that ensues when culture clashes hit their apex.

The show centers around Ohio businessman Daniel Cavanaugh (James Waterston) as he heads to the relatively unknown city of Guiyang to sell properly translated signs. What are some of the poorly translated signs that preceded them, you ask?

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Review: Community — Remedial Chaos Theory

Thursday’s Remedial Chaos Theory episode of Community challenges Modern Warfare for the best episode of Community — ever. I know that’s a high standard to compare to, but there were so many good things about Chaos Theory that it’s a fair comparison.

The episode revolves around Troy and Abed welcoming the study group into their apartment for a housewarming party. (“I demand to be housewarmed!” Troy exclaims to Pierce later on.) The group sits down, and when they start to play Yahtzee, the pizza arrives. No one wants to go pick up the pizza from the front, so Jeff flips a die to decide who will go. “You know by doing this you’re creating six different timelines,” Abed says. Actually, seven different timelines are explored in this episode, ranging from scary to thoughtful to downright hilarious.

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