Chelsea: Let’s Go On My Tinder – Survival and Millennial Sex (Review)

Chelsea Handler on Netflix

Chelsea’s guests wereJoel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad and Edge of Winter), Sean Rad (CEO of Tinder and fellow talkshow host Eric André. Chelsea opened the show talking about how Millennials have less sex than any generation ever.  Later she and Fortune Feimster, along with Dan, her assistant, went to a survival school run by Dan Baird.

One audience member stated that he had not had sex in years. Chelsea guessed that he could well be asexual. She also mentioned the gay men “have a thing” against “full penetration.” “I don’t blame you,” she said.

Kinnaman was the first guest and spoke many about “inadvertently” smuggling opium into Malaysia when he was younger. The conversation was mostly about drugs and the harsh penalties for smuggling them in Asia. The actor did give a small plug for his newest film, Edge of Winter.  He also talked very briefly about working out and maintaining his physique; Mexican supplements.

Next up was Chelsea, Fortune and Dan’s experience in Survival School. It clearly did not impress the host or her friends.  Baird showed them how to make a fire, what wild food to eat, how to make a small shelter and, incredibly, camouflage.

Dan clearly becomes hypothermic and Baird is clearly not concerned. Chelsea is not the least impressed. It is obvious that she has not connection with the other Dan. At one point he goes to shake her hand and Chelsea ignores his outstretched hand.

(During this pre-recoded segment, Chelsea gets the funniest line of the episode. Baird holds up some wild oats.  Handler mentions gluten, which Baird “poo-poos.”  She retorts that  if you have a severe allergy it matters.

“A lot of people in California  have been tricked into believing  they do [have an allergy to gluten].”  Very funny and typical Chelsea.

Next up was Sean Rad who gave some great tips for those who use Tinder. He helped Chelsea set up her profile.  Rad’s biggest tip? Be yourself. Which is, perhaps, the best advice of all.

Chelsea’s last guest was talkshow host Eric André who is definitely an acquired taste.  Has an “alternate” talk show on Adult Swim and it is odd to say the least. As is his humor.  Rad and Chelsea both found him funny although his humor is, at best, eclectic and crass.

There was some talk of sleeping with guests, Eric – two, Chelsea -two. The show finished with Chelsea giving a grammar lesson, which was,  as usual,  introduced by Kelsey Grammer.

Joel Kinnaman was a hard interview. Clearly his use of Mexican supplements has affected his Q&A skills. André came over as an attention starved kid and out of all three, Sean Rad was the most informative.

Check out his advice below:

Chelsea is on Netflix three times a week – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Stop by and check her “outside the box” talkshow out

RoboCop (2014) Decent Remake Sans the Quirky Humor

Poster for RoboCop
Perhaps the most noticeable thing missing in the RoboCop 2014 remake, directed by José Padilha (Elite Squad, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within) are the quirky commercials, “I’d buy that for a dollar,” and the sunscreen that gives the user skin cancer are just a few of the adverts that made the first 1987 version, the Peter Weller starring Paul Verhoeven directed tongue in cheek thriller so beloved by its fans, that little bit special.

RoboCop the remake had a good amount of big names attached to it. Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, who would go on to give a brilliant performance in the oscar winning film Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) in the same year. The original did not rely so much on names to sell the film and Weller was shot to prominence as a result of his portrayal of Alex P. Murphy.

In RoboCop, Keaton plays the Ronnie Cox character and Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman is the Peter Weller in this updating of the cult classic film. In this telling of the man/robot crime fighter the female partner, played by Nancy Allen in the original, has been replaced by Michael Kenneth Williams and Murphy’s wife and child play a huge part in the film, too much so.

Added to the mix are Patrick Garrow as Kurtwood Smith’s replacement, and what a shallow replacement he turned out to be, and Jackie Earle Haley as a new, and totally arsehole-ish character not in the 1987 film. While the film entertains, it lack the humor and the pathos of the first one. Murphy feels different and does not have the same impact that Weller’s RoboCop had.

Having said that, the film is good. One still feels sorry for Kinnaman’s Murphy but from the very beginning when he wakes up as the “tin-man” this Alex is much more aware. In the first film, Murphy is in shock for a long time and it is only his former partner’s persistence that enables him to regain his humanity.

I personally missed the over-the-top villainy of Kurtwood Smith’s character. Clarence J. Boddicker is an icon as perhaps the most despicable bad guy in cinema history. Smith, who later went on to become the beloved Red in That ’70s Show, would most assuredly been a hard act to follow so it makes a certain amount of sense that the filmmakers did not even bother to try.

Gone too is the outright hostility and mistrust by the other Detroit police officers. Still, despite the differences, I enjoyed the film and found Samuel L. Jackson’s Pat Novak amusing. The overall storyline was satisfying enough and the only real complaint, apart from the missing “I’d buy that for a dollar,” was the arcade feel to the shoot outs.

RoboCop 2014 is available on US Netflix right now and definitely worth a look. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Points lost for lack of quirky humor and no Nancy Allen or Peter Weller cameos…

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