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  1. He definitely was. He had to be, because what would he know about volleyball? And it was implied (or maybe obvious) that the team sucked before he showed up. I didn't get that Jim the Vampire really didn't recognize him. I figured he was just playing it cool, for some reason. Sometimes the humor on this show is too understated.
  2. Gosh yes, The Last Time I Saw Paris -- it's not the first (or second or third time) that I've flubbed a movie title here. I haven't seen The Caine Mutiny -- I'd probably appreciate Van Johnson in a non-romantic role. Romantic leads in movies from the 30's until the 60's (generally) were classically handsome. Van Johnson (and yeah, Glenn Ford) were just ordinary, so it's not believable when Liz Taylor and Rita Hayworth fall in love with them -- by the movie standards of that time period. It's shallow, but it's how I was conditioned. Some unconventional-looking movie stars had sex appeal and charisma (Humphrey Bogart) which more than compensated for not being handsome. I don't feel the same way about newer movies. Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Christopher Walken -- they're believable as romantic characters. Yes, watch for Two Seconds. I can't do descriptive justice to that courtroom scene, or to Robinson's monologue, arguing with the judge, or with himself. He might be convincing himself that his execution is justified. It would be understandable.
  3. I rewatched An American in Paris only because I had just read the story on which it was based (it's in the Adaptations book), and was curious about the differences. I wish I liked Van Johnson -- he's in so many movies -- but he just doesn't do it for me, in any capacity. The movie's based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald story and the changes were minor, nonsensical, and unnecessary. The story was more of a character study than a tragic romance and I'd recommend it over the movie. Watched Two Seconds, 1933, Edward G. Robinson. Movie begins with Robinson being escorted to the electric chair. We're told that it takes two seconds to die in the chair, and that two seconds is enough time to relive your life. So we get to see how he ended up being executed. Of course we knew as soon as he met the dance hall girl that she would be his downfall. Still, the movie was well done and interesting, if a bit glib and talky (almost too much slang in some spots), and there was a courtroom scene at the end which was spectacular. Not just Robinson's descent into madness, but a shot of the jurors where their heads looked other-worldly -- like lights, or stars in a night sky. Very avant garde. It had to be intentional and it was very effective. Heck, the movie's worth watching for that scene alone.
  4. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    Thank you, and yes. I expected Clare and her BF to be victims as soon as Edward left. So sad though -- she seemed like a good person, and she had good advice for Edward. Do we know who killed Constantin? That was one tense scene in the car, with Genevieve. Woman's got guts. Martha is the traitor? She must have more of a reason than hatred for Julien. She's gotta be protecting someone.
  5. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    Something happened and the recording but off as Baptiste was on the phone with Stratton, right after Stratton had been attacked. Darn PBS! How much did I miss? Who's the traitor? What did Kim's husband (forgot his name) find in the medicine cabinet?
  6. He's most definitely dead. The elevator car was smeared with red. But that's okay, because the guy was after Nora, and because we saw him kill that woman on the street who tried to stop him. [sarcasm] Not quite situational ethics. Good question, on how that magical icon allowed Nathan to control anything in the real world, let alone make an elevator do what that elevator did. An elevator might move down that fast, but not up. At least I don't think it could.
  7. Like the neighbor in the dog case, the one who counter-sued for harassment, because the process servers kept trying to serve him with the lawsuit. JJ said it was his fault because he didn't give correct info to the process servers -- but we don't know what he said to the server because JJ wouldn't let him talk. Besides, is a process server going to take a person's word for it, when they say "You got the wrong guy"? Not likely. Having said that, I doubt there'd be $5K in damages, but it would have been nice to hear what the guy went through before the server found the right address. Besides, it's not the neighbor's job to give the correct info to the process server. That's where the plaintiff screwed up.
  8. Waves at neighbor! I'm about 80 miles south and was a participant in the band festival in the late 50's. I like Harold Hill's character but doubt the relationship would last. My favorite from the movie is the song at the beginning, in the train.
  9. That's exactly how I fly in my dreams. It's fun for awhile, until I need to escape from whatever's chasing me, or keep from falling into water. I've worked in an office. Colin's curses -- "Working hard or hardly working?" -- really do drain energy. I've heard all those statements, sometimes in the same day. From the same person.
  10. The Silver Cord, a pre-Code movie with Joel McCrea and Irene Dunne, and Laura Hope Crews as the domineering, needy mother of two sons. Boy howdy but I enjoyed this one. I wondered why it was on TCM's pre-Code list. An over-protective mother -- how violent or sexy could it be? Well, it was pretty sexy, and open about the mother's unhealthy feelings toward her sons. Crews was excellent. She had the very best lines, including "I'll never forgive you for making me do something so unthinkable in my own house!" My only complaint was that Joel McCrea gives no hint that he's going to do the right thing at the end. How hard is to do a look of dawning realization, recognizing the truth about his mother? I see it all the time, everywhere, that look. Like when I tell my husband I don't feel like cooking. He knows he's gonna need to go get some take-out -- it shows on his face -- he doesn't need to say anything. Also watched a couple from the SF evening -- Cocoon, which I'd seen years ago but didn't remember, and It Came From Outer Space, also a re-watch. Cocoon was charming if a bit long in spots. It was just as boring as it was 50+ years ago. Yeah, it showed us that aliens might not all be wanting to kill us, but it was still hokey. 2001 is on the DVR -- have only seen snippets of that one.
  11. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    Yes! Usually break-ins don't end so peacefully. I was sure that Mr. Visser had some kind of captive in his basement. I didn't look to see if most of his cameras were in bathrooms. "I'm not a pervert!"
  12. That's it, thank you. There are videos on-line, so yay! I got all excited seeing one advertised as the reaction to the finale of Empire, so I thought it was new. But it was a season finale, not a series finale. The show ended in 2016. Darn it. The Soup came back for a brief run. That's another good way to see the "best" of the reality shows.
  13. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    Oh cool. I knew the actor was in The Missing but I didn't know it was the same character. That's great!
  14. I waited for Seth to ask. Then I got upset when Rosie said she made her son stop going to work because she was worried about him catching the virus. Of course she has the right to do that, but it made me sad for all the 20-year-olds who have no choice, because their family might depend on them. So I stopped listening to Rosie. Not her fault she's privileged. Anyway, that room was a mess. It looked ike a craft room. Seth's eyebrows -- are they just extra light at the ends? Because yeah, they look weird. My daughter has extremely light eyebrow hair. She won't attempt to darken them so she just looks like she has no eyebrows.
  15. I'll be watching. But now I'm trying to remember the name of another show that had several families/couples sitting on their couches and commenting on some reality TV. But I don't remember if they were commenting on a HH-type show or a Real Housewives show or one of the dating shows. It was really funny. Anyone remember that one? It's from at least 5-6 years ago. Maybe it was blind dates.
  16. OT: Did anyone else see JJ's cameo in Duncanville this past Sunday on FOX? Duncanville is an animated series. JJ played herself and was a good sport about her quirks. Re the tools in Wednesday's episode -- I thought plaintiff was accusing Home Depot clerks of allowing defendant to steal tools, take them to checkout and out of the store without scanning. He certainly wouldn't be allowed to return tools that had been used, would he?
  17. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    You mean Baptiste's daughter? Yeah, the languages and accents are confusing. It's hard to know how much of that is related to the story and how much is because of the actors. Seems like Baptiste is French -- is he just visiting Amsterdam? Were he and Celia always together?
  18. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    Herman is the older man who took Matty (his grandson, Natalie's son) out of the hospital. Celia is Baptiste's wife. Neils is the good-looking young man working for the police -- he's the son of the blonde officer (her name is Martha) and now we know Baptiste is his father.
  19. Well, it was a given that Paul wouldn't be able to keep his resolution. Why the anger? Just because his dad isn't a hugger? And for pete's sake, Paul, it's not about you. He'll go see a therapist to help himself but what about Luke? How is he being affected by his dad's belittling him? I do like this show.
  20. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    Yes, Stratton -- thanks. 🙂 Good question, about Herman and the money. Is Thijs important enough that the gang would spare Matty, and Matty's grandpa? And it's not like Herman could even put up a fight. They could have stopped him anywhere along the road and taken the money.
  21. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    I wonder if all the twists have been revealed. Who would have thought that Stoddard would turn out to be such a sympathetic character. Disappointed that Neils is Julien's son -- that stuff's for soaps. Also disappointed that Julien's daughter isn't more understanding about the situation. She IS his daughter, isn't she? Not a stepdaughter? Because I'm wondering how long Baptiste and Celia have been married, and whether Neils' mom was married when she got pregnant with him. Why is Julien just now suspecting that Neils might be his son? Silly of Herman to leave the money in his trunk. Should we have been suspicious of the man who stopped to help him? Or was he just being followed? And if he was being followed, why not stop him and take the money sooner?
  22. Saw my first Miss Marple, Margaret Rutherford in Murder, She Said. I guessed the killer but then second-guessed myself and ended up surprised. I liked it a lot. She's a doughty old gal, independent, smart. I liked the other characters too, especially her special friend, and the crotchety old man who asked her to marry him. He reminded me of Peter Ustinov. I won't pass up any more of these Marples.
  23. You gotta stop doing that. I used to turn it off after A Closer Look, unless I was particularly interested in a guest. Then I learned that there are often some additional comedy bits later in the show. So now I fast-forward just to be sure I'm not missing something awesome with Amber. My gosh but that woman has come a long way. I remember her first appearances, where her nervousness showed. Now it's like she's been on TV forever. Absolutely love her.
  24. I just discovered this show and am on the second episode. I'm only posting in case anyone has questions about earlier seasons/episodes that I might be able to answer as I watch. Easier than going back and re-watching, maybe. ?? Derek Jacobi says more with his eyes than most actors do with their mouths. I just love him. Looking forward to watching Alan and Celia develop their relationship. So far, I like everyone except John. What a twat.
  25. AuntiePam

    Baptiste

    It wasn't explained in the subtitles. At first I thought they were talking about a penile implant. My mind goes there sometimes. So yeah, testicular cancer, and testicle implants so he can appear "normal". They have those for neutered dogs -- they're called neuticles. As for Baptiste warning his wife, I wanted him to try to figure out how Stratton knew that Baptiste had found Natalie. If he'd spent a few minutes pondering that, maybe he'd figure out that his wife was being spied on.
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