I have listened to Nas’s Illmatic many times, but never with a National Symphony Orchestra backing him up until a few days ago. I came across the video on Amazon Prime and dropped everything to watch it. The marriage between hip-hop and classical is quite intriguing, especially with the hook like, “Life’s a bitch and then you die, that’s why we get high / ’Cause you never know when you’re gonna go.” The recording released in February 2018 and I only discovered it recently.
Everything Everywhere All at Once
I finally had a chance to watch this weird-ass film. The plot is both confusing and captivativing. The cast is just incredible. They definitely deserved the recognition. I’ll watch this one again in the near future.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
I just wanted to watch some Chinese martial arts on Netflix; therefore, I chose this one. Sword of Destiny lacks the depth of Ang Lee’s masterpiece. The English dialogue turned me off. The only reason I tuned in is to see Ngô Thanh Vân.
Tom Segura: Sledgehammer
In his latest Netflix Special, Tom Segura continues with his dark sense of humor. He makes jokes out of shameful, cringeful materials. It is not easy to make uncomfortable content funny and Segura pulls it off with ease. He is so good at telling stories that I have a feeling that he is perfecting the art of storytelling than believing in his own stories.
Amy Schumer: Emergency Contact
Here’s a memorable line from Amy Schumer’s latest Netflix special: “Marriage is finding someone who can fucking stand you.” She talks about her pregnancy, appearance, and husband. The jokes were OK. She hits Hilaria the hardest. Anyway, she looks great in the pink dress.
Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer
In her latest Netflix special, Wanda Sykes jokes about her French wife, their twins, racism, politics, covid, and, surprisingly, a whole lot of dicks. Sykes is indeed an entertainer and she is doing an excellent job at it. She landed a punchline on Florida and its governor: “If you want to protect the kids, ban assault weapons. That’s what killing the kids, not the books.” If you want a good laugh, stream it on Netflix.
Sheng Wang: Sweet and Juicy
Sheng Wang has a laid-back style. I can’t recall if he used any curse word at all in his first Netflix Special. His jokes were mostly sarcastic. He began with an expected line, but landed on somewhere else. I can definitely relate to him on the Costco jokes. This is a special I can watch with my kids if they understand satire.
Hannah Gadsby: Something Special
In their latest Netflix Special, Hannah Gadsby shared their relationship with Jenno. The jokes were lighthearted, except for skinning the rabbit story. Gadsby promised a happy stand-up special and they delivered. I still preferred her darker materials on Nanette.
John Mulaney: Baby J
In his latest Netflix Special, John Mulaney talked about his drug addict and his rehab journey for an hour and 20 minutes. Although he was engaging and entertaining, the show should have ended at the Rolex story. The GQ interview was just a bit of a drag on. Nevertheless, Mulaney proves to be at the top of his craft even when he’s sobered.
Celeste Barber: Fine, Thanks
This was the first time I was introduced to Celeste Barber. I didn’t what to expect. Her materials were light with a few punchlines here and there. She revealed her relationship with her husband. They have been married for 19 years. She also disclosed that she was diagnosed with ADHD and showed her fat stomach to prove that she was confidence with her body. I listened to half of the special while driving to work. I might have missed some of her visual performance. I found her jokes silly at first, but I grew into her honesty and wittiness.