The Unbreakable ABCs of Kimmy Schmidt’s Death 2

The ABCs of Death 2 and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are currently available on instant Netflix.

The ABCs of Death 2


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


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.

Muppets Most Wanted

Yay! After some rather dismal movie trips (“a bad day at the movies is still better than a good day at work” – K.S.), I got to take my wife and granddaughter to Muppets Most Wanted.

Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted (2014) – Rated PG

Flush with their revival’s success, Kermit the Frog and his friends are approached by Dominic Badguy to go on a world tour. Unknown to them, this is all part of the sinister plan of Constantine, the world’s most evil frog, to become the greatest thief of all time. After making sure that Kermit is jailed as himself, Constantine impersonates him to use the Muppets’ tour as cover for his scheme. While Sam the Eagle and Inspector Jean Pierre Napoleon investigate, the Muppets find their boss seems strangely changed even as Kermit desperately attempts to escape to stop the impostor.

One Line Review: More fun than good but isn’t fun what you are looking for?

Huge credit needs to be given to Jason Segel for reviving this franchise. The Muppets was not perfect but was highly humorous, full of heart, and was the first to feature a human character that mattered. It was the best Muppet movie since the original, The Muppet Movie. After The Muppet Movie, subsequent Muppet outings were increasingly dependent on gimmickry and had less heart.

Obviously a successful relaunch begets a sequel and thus Muppets Most Wanted was born. I hesitate to call Muppets Most Wanted a good movie but it is certainly an enjoyable one, particularly if you have a little one with you.

James Bobin, who directed The Muppets, returns as director as well as co-writing Muppets Most Wanted with Nicholas Stoller (who was also a writer on The Muppets). They clearly have a love for The Muppets. There are nods to earlier Muppet films and several nods to the original television series.

Comedians Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, and Tina Fey are the main non-Muppet actors and they handle the comedy well, delivering good lines and pratfalls without taking too much from the Muppets themselves. There are a slew of hilarious cameos with my favorite being Danny Trejo. Look for Tony Bennett, Sean Combs, Ray Liotta, Salma Hayek, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, and a host of others.

Besides focusing on Kermit and Miss Piggy, the script finds ample time to highlight Sam the Eagle, Animal, The Great Gonzo and Walter. Fozzie seemed a little shortchanged.

Muppets Most Wanted is not as good as The Lego Movie but it is a lot of fun. If you go, don’t forget to submit your ticket stubs for Disney Movie Rewards points.

Best part: The Seventh Seal joke

Worst part: The preview scene where Danny Trejo says “wokka-wokka” wasn’t in the movie (unless I missed it when I took the four-year-old to the bathroom).