The ABCs of Death 2 and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are currently available on instant Netflix.
The ABCs of Death 2 (2014) – Not Rated
“This comic horror anthology includes tales of a hitman’s botched plan, a boy whose grandfather sleeps under his bed and a jury comprised of zombies.”
The ABCs of Death 2 is simple. If you liked The ABCs of Death, then you will like this. If you didn’t, then you won’t. Each director is given just a few minutes to tell their story, based on an assigned letter of the alphabet. As with the original, the stories vary wildly in quality. None are abominably bad but neither are any of them gems you will want to own.
The ABCs of Death 2 ends up being a passable waste of two hours if you don’t mind horror shorts.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015) – Rated TV-14
“From “30 Rock” executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comes this hilarious comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (“The Office,” “Bridesmaids”) as a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for a socialite (Jane Krakowski from “30 Rock”) in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple of past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.”
Well, being sick over the holiday weekend allowed Jenny and I to binge a bit on Netflix. Jenny loves a good sitcom, especially a good-natured one. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt sure fits the bill. It is not surprising that this is from 30 Rock veterans, Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, as the tone, but not the content, is similar.
Ellie Kemper (The Office) is excessively likeable as our resident Pollyanna, the titular Kimmy Schmidt. While she anchors the series, she is more than ably supported by Tituss Burgess as Kimmy’s roommate, Titus Andromedon. 30 Rock veteran Jane Krakowski plays Kimmy’s rich boss. Finally, a radiant Carol Kane plays Kimmy’s landlord. All are quite funny and play to their strengths.
While not a laugh riot, Kimmy Schmidt is very enjoyable and I look forward to a second season. Sadly, at a baker’s dozen of sub-half-hour episodes, the binge was over all too soon.