Super Short Movie and TV Reviews #2: Comrade Detective, Space Dandy, The Dark Valley, & GLOW

Comrade Detective, Ep. 1 The Invisible Hand

Do you like making fun of Americans? Or if you are an American, do you like being made fun of? If yes, then this is the show for you. Channing Tatum, Nick Offerman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt dub a Romanian crime show form the Cold War era and tap into the darkness of my nightmares: A killer in a Ronnie Reagan mask… and capitalism. Mainly the Ronald Reagan mask, though. Shit, that’s creepy…



Story: B+ (Funny and great but more novelty than instant classic)
Visuals and Sound: A (see Visuals and Sound for Glow)

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Space Dandy

“Space Dandy is a dandy in space.” From the director of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo comes a space opera about every D and D character I’ve ever played traveling through space trying to collect rare aliens with the help of a vacuum cleaner robot and cat-alien.

And he loves butts. Like really, really loves them.

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Story: A- (It will make you laugh, cry, and question yourself as to why you are watching this)
Visuals and Sound: A- (Music and animation: よくやったね!)

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Dark Valley (Das finstere Tal*)

Unforgiven meets The Sound of Music, except they’ve replaced all the music with straight-up murdering people.


Story: A (If you’re into revenge films, this will be right up your alley. If not, then maybe let’s call this a B+)
Visuals and Sound: A

Where to Watch:

DVD and Blu-ray available on

*Austrian-German with English subtitles


Laughs, leotards, and liberation: Women in the ’80s search for empowerment and equality… with the help of wrestling, spandex costumes, and two men.



Story: A (Binged watched in one day)
Visuals and Sound: A (for Aesthetics)

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