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Funny Girl (1968) - 55

It's a tough life for somebody who only wants to watch stuff in its original aspect ratio on a plane. Not that this movie was in its original aspect ratio, it just didn't warn me about it (for some reason?).

I liked the first third of this movie, but then it becomes all about the romance between Streisand and Boring James Bond, and I lost interest.
Oct 21, 2017 4:45 AM
Clueless (1995) - 60

Hold up, Josh watches CNN in his spare time? Dude, fuck Josh.
Oct 16, 2017 2:37 AM
Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey.?

DAE remember the 90s?!? "If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins the most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong, though. It's Hambone." "The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face." "It takes a big man to cry, but it takes an even bigger man to laugh at that man."

Oh, man. That's some good proto-tweeting.
Oct 11, 2017 4:37 AM
DetrimentalI bet if those cartoon animals started fighting each other you would have to bump it up to an 85. Amirite jean?

What the hell.
Oct 11, 2017 4:28 AM
BoJack Horseman - Season 1 + Special (2014) - 65

The show did improve from painfully unfunny to only intermittently funny-ish throughout the course of the season, but there's more of a draw here than just the laughs, otherwise I wouldn't be watching the second season right now. I don't know what it is that is so inherently watchable about the slow implosion of self-destructive characters, but whatever it is, this show has it in spades. I guess the cute animals and jokey exterior are the chaser to this show's distilled, high concentration tragedy.?

Mmmmm, 20-minute animated chunks of pure sadness.
Oct 11, 2017 1:54 AM
wirthling
Jeanit's pretty much the best thing in my life right now.

Low bar, said wirthling.

*dies*
Oct 10, 2017 10:28 PM
It's called Los Feliz: The Podcast, hosted by comedy writers Morgan Murphy and Robin Shorr, and it's pretty much the best thing in my life right now.
Oct 10, 2017 10:02 PM
It (2017) - 70

Clunky in spots but on the whole, pretty effective. Just like the book, some of the haunts work, some don't, but the direction and acting carries the film when it threatens to collapse. Looking forward to Chapter Two.?
Oct 8, 2017 7:01 PM
If I added up all the hours I've spent wasting time on the internet, it would easily be 20,000+. I spend a large chunk of time at work on the internet and consequently fall behind on deadlines and then have to play catchup. 99% of my social life is now internet related (not you guys, but still).

So, I'm thinking about taking a break. Have any of you done that, and if so, what did you learn from it?
Oct 8, 2017 5:10 PM
NimChimpskySide note, been meaning to read Annihilation forever now, but just saw the movie trailer, and it was...not what I thought. In an interesting way.

Yeah, I was going to start that trilogy but my local book store is sold out, so I'll probably just read The Stand, which has been sitting on my shelf for a while now.
Oct 7, 2017 7:32 PM
Infinitus Corsair
JeanI finally finished It. Really, really dug it, but the Fonz was on the motorcycle and he was revving the engines at the end there. I'd be interested in reading a defense of THAT scene that they wisely excised from the movie if anyone wants to offer one. It was jarring and unnecessary from my perspective.

Also, the Turtle was... uh. Underwhelming. King does a really good job of developing the lore of Derry, but when he starts trying to build a cosmology for his universe, things get a bit dicey.?

No one defends that scene. King will if you ask him, so google some interviews if you want to see him flail about. One of the key elements of horror is the idea of "that which should not be"--from slasher films (people in expressionless masks don't just walk down your quiet neighborhood street like a thresher) to cosmological Lovecraftian beings. Something that overturns the reader and protagonists notion of the predictable orderliness of their lives and view of the universe. So over-explaining things in a horror story is especially problematic. It renders them mundane or silly or prosaic. I was really drawn into the first part of It when I read it (as a teenager) but the more layers King peeled back, the duller it became. The two best scenes, by far, are the first in each time period (George and his boat, Stan and his bath). Because there's nothing there but the terror of confronting something that should not be.

A lot of the fun in setting up big mysteries is peeling back the layers. One of my favorite scenes in the book is Ben's first encounter with It as an adult because It actually engages him in a conversation, which sort of breaks the rules that have been established and upsets the equilibrium, making you wonder what else is right around the corner.

There's definitely a balance between preserving an abstract, visceral reaction to some unknown entity and offering up the creature naked and undisguised, like King eventually does, and the book hits a lot of that good middle ground. It just goes a bit too far too fast.
Oct 7, 2017 6:10 PM
Wait, the Fonz doesn't jump over a shark tank in a motorcycle. I'm not sure why I was so confident those where the specifics of the event that phrase referred to.
Oct 7, 2017 5:53 PM
I finally finished It. Really, really dug it, but the Fonz was on the motorcycle and he was revving the engines at the end there. I'd be interested in reading a defense of THAT scene that they wisely excised from the movie if anyone wants to offer one. It was jarring and unnecessary from my perspective.

Also, the Turtle was... uh. Underwhelming. King does a really good job of developing the lore of Derry, but when he starts trying to build a cosmology for his universe, things get a bit dicey.?
Oct 7, 2017 5:32 PM
Community - Season 5 (2014) - 85

This season is a bit uneven, but I'll be goddamned if it doesn't have some of the funniest moments of the whole show. Pierce's bequeathal, Abed's Nicolas Cage, the dean's Payday rap, Chang being haunted by theater-goers: all top tier Community.?

I'm kind of bummed that I only have one season of this show left :(.

Oct 7, 2017 5:20 PM
Rick and Morty - Season 3 (2017) - 95

Still the best show on TV.
Oct 5, 2017 3:40 AM
I need an adult.
Oct 4, 2017 2:45 PM
theVictorian
Dyne
theVictorianI haven't seen the latest one, but I really, really didn't like the psychologist at the end of Pickle Rick. I loved that whole episode, but that was the most preachy-screenwriter expositional self-insertion I've ever seen.

How was that preachy? The theme of this season has largely been about Rick's neurosis, and how that effects his family. The whole function of the psychologist character was to provide a frank and sober explanation of Rick's pathology, both to show his vulnerability and as the punchline of an episode that was about a man-turned-pickle in a bio-mechanic suit made from rat body parts fighting an eastern European assassin, the exact sort of bleak humor that makes the show great. It would be preachy if the psychologist was talking social inequality or modern politics, and I am not sure how her monologue is self-insertion, unless you think Harmon and Roiland have very strong opinions on the very thing they had her character say. She was a psychologist addressing a conflicted and self destructive megalomaniac based on the assessment of his character, as a psychologist would.

It felt as though someone in the writers' room was trying to have a one-up on Rick. The show is extremely nihilist, and the psychologist represented a voice of reason that could not possibly have any effect on Rick based on what we know of him. It just rang false to me. I wouldn't have minded someone having the same effect on Rick with a throwaway line - even the psychologist - but Rick being cowed by a speech... nah.

I don't think we're meant to believe the speech did have any effect on Rick. That's the problem. Even if he believes everything Dr. Wong said was true, he's clearly unwilling to change. Dr. Wong is essentially blue/orange morality injected into the completely fucked ethos of Rick's world, which is what made it so pitch perfect.
Oct 3, 2017 3:45 AM
Alright, Det. Shit just got real. The double episode was horribly executed but it still got me all worked up.
Oct 1, 2017 6:01 AM
DetrimentalJean i'm going to need you to respond to this thread and tell me your thoughts on the latest One Piece arc.

It's good broh. It kinda feels like a remake of the Enies Lobby arc, which was kinda a remake of the Nami arc, but whatever. The Sanji stuff is cool.
Sep 30, 2017 3:57 PM
Who's next?
Sep 28, 2017 5:26 PM