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  1. Amethyst

    Always Be My Maybe (2019)

    This was really enjoyable. I liked the leads, and now having seen Ali Wong, I look forward to seeing more of her work. Hilarious of Keanu to lampoon himself. You know he hooked up with Marcus' ex back at his apartment. However, the last 30 minutes were pretty rushed and trope-y. Especially the public declaration of love. Can we please do away with that, or at least try a new spin on it? I thought the same thing, tbh. Their argument wasn't just anger, their worlds were really different and relationships can't always survive that. But the fact that Sasha named her restaurant after Marcus' mother and based so much of it off of her memory was a big deal.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    The State Farm "Don't mess with my discount!" ad is terrible. It just makes the woman look like a lunatic over a measly discount. I don't know why Progressive sticks with the annoying Flo and Jamie when the "turning into your parents" ads are so much funnier and more creative.
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    HGTV: Now With a Lot Less "G"

    Man, this network is so boring now. All the shows are under the same genre: house buying, flipping, or decorating. They might be tonally different ("folksy" type shows like Fixer Upper or Home Town vs more urban shows like Flip or Flop Vegas and Property Brothers) but once you've seen one, you've seen them all. And the new ones on the lineup are the exact same thing. But their blandness also makes them ideal for background noise. I've noticed that HGTV is now the default TV station in doctor's offices, hospitals, and gyms. It's no longer daytime TV or the local news.
  4. Amethyst

    Christina on the Coast

    It's not a bad spin-off. Personally, I always cared for the decorative aspects of these shows rather than the home-buying and flipping, so I'm not missing Tarek's role in the series here. As for Christina by herself, she's ok. She doesn't have much personality (which is important for these shows) but again, I'm in it for the fancy finishes and the final results, Christina is just a second. Since Christina is pregnant now, I'm wondering what her house hunt is going to look like in the end. I sympathized with the short guy in the second ep, who wanted a shorter vanity so he could actually use it properly. His partner (who was much taller) whined and eventually relented on the under-mount sink. I know it's manufactured, but it's still stupid. Then again, I'm not a fan of vessel sinks anyway. They look stylish, but I'm messy and I know I would slop water all over the place. I'm all for under-mount or trough sinks.
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    I binged the whole season last week, and I loved it. It's an engrossing show, and I love how they're not afraid to show the negative sides of the characters. With the exception of the father, the season doesn't end on a cliffhanger. I suspect it was because they weren't sure if the show would be renewed, so they didn't leave many loose ends. The bar was a success. Lyn manages to take charge and it ends up working. Emma finds someone she clicks with (Nico. one of the best additions to the show) and that's basically it. I was fine with that, I'm tired of shows ending on some major cliffhanger to keep viewers tuned in. That said, there is no way Lyn would have recovered that quickly after being doused with laundry detergent like that. Her face was totally covered, how did she not inhale or swallow any of the soap? At the very least, it would have taken more than a quick rinse to get the soap out of her eyes. Like I mentioned, Nico and Marcos were great additions to the show. It was nice to see the sisters bonding with people who were part of their new world. I was relieved when Johnny finally admitted that he missed Lyn. Lyn is a walking hurricane, but it was tiring watching Johnny snap at her like she was some lunatic. I hope it's really over so they can both move on for good. The Alderman(?) Lyn was dating was so sweet, and I felt for him. He seemed like he was crazy about Lyn, but she only met him when she needed something. Not her finest hour.
  6. Amethyst

    House Hunters: Buying in the USA

    I actually LOL'd when the Chicago couple spent all that time on the Queen Anne house only to end up with the first nightmare of a house. IA with the consensus; those renovations are going to take years to finish, assuming they even do them all. They'll probably reno the office/attic, kitchen, and "wait and see" on the rest. Tbh, I felt bad for the husband. He said they'd already done two renovations, so who can blame him for wanting something move-in ready? Plus their indecisiveness when it came to making decisions about their home. The new place was basically a gut job, everything needed to be redone. The seller may have lowered the price tag, but that's because there's even more problems than they anticipated, possibly structural issues. Forget that.
  7. Amethyst

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

    I actually thought this was better than Jurassic World. I empathized with the dinosaurs more this time around. The Brontosaurus...I was not ready for that. Poor creature just standing there bellowing for help almost had me crying. I think it was the same one they saw when they arrived. 😞 At least the indoraptor certainly did more than it's predecessor. That smirk when the guy was trying to take it's tooth was hilarious. Didn't care about any of the stock human characters, not nerdy hacker guy, evil businessman, evil military guy, cloned kid, or Owen and Claire's relationship. Did not care. I got a "Planet of the Apes" vibe from the ending as well. Most of the dinosaurs died on the island. As for all the ones that made it out, not all of them will survive in the modern world, anyway. They're bigger and stronger, sure, but they've been living in a protected environment up to this point. Now they'll also be exposed to new dangers, like environmental pollution, lack of proper food and water sources, and other predators that can fight back. The dinosaurs sold at auction are actually a bigger threat, imo. They're travelling farther distances (some out of the US) and were purchased by very wealthy buyers, who now have the prototype to create dinosaurs of their very own. Whose to say each of them won't get their own Dr. Wu to fashion a new beast, to do whatever they want?
  8. Amethyst

    S07.E07: Veep

    Bingo. It was a hollow victory, because she alienated/backstabbed everyone to get there. After Ben’s exit, the team fell like dominos, and she ended up in that office all alone. And she only had herself to blame. Decent funeral, but you could tell it was perfunctory and people weren’t emotionally invested. Poor Gary, holding onto that lipstick for all those years. Dude was a real one. I thought something else was going to happen with the congressman when Tom James confronted Selena? The congressman didn’t look pleased with what he was hearing. Like he was going to pull funding at the last minute. Richard being President was icing on the cake. And a Nobel Prize? Go Richard!
  9. Amethyst

    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    Wow, so much to unpack here. I really enjoyed it, although I thought Infinity War was tighter and made more sense. I know it's pointless trying to logic the time travel stuff, but a few things really stick out: - Steve's ending, for all the reasons stated. He definitely deserves his happy ending with Peggy, but it feels cheap if that means Peggy's happy life was erased because of it. I'm hoping that was an alternate timeline, although I'm not sure how that would happen. - If Steve and Tony took the Tesseract from 1970, how did the events of the first Avengers movie still happen the same way? There wouldn't have been a Tesseract for Thanos or Loki to steal. Otherwise, solid film. That scene with "Avengers Assemble" was just heart stopping. Talk about a culmination of years of work and dedication. It was one for the books. I didn't see Nat or Tony's deaths coming. I feel like Nat got overshadowed by Tony's death, poor girl. We saw a lot more emotion from her this time around. I always liked Tony Stark, and I'm glad that Pepper was with him when he died, and that she told him it was OK to go. Tony's life has led to this several times, with him being afraid of everything falling apart when he could have stopped it. Sad that he won't see Morgan grow up, but he got time with her, and she didn't get erased. RDJ really brought life into this franchise, and him saying "I am Iron Man" really meant his story was ending. That and his mention that Morgan was actually his second chance. Foreshadowing. Thor's weight gain and alcoholism made sense, given that he was finally grieving everything that he lost. Guess it just caught up to him, and him breaking down in front of Bruce was so sad. Not thrilled about his ending though. He's already done the whole "I'd rather not be king" thing before, and the last film made him becoming king finally seem like the natural next step. Him turning over the kingship to Valkyrie was...ok? She's awesome, but it just felt so random. As for their budding romance, that was nowhere to be found, either. Cap picking up Mjolnir was just perfect. I almost yelled "Its about time!" in the theater, lol. Even better that Thor was happy for him.
  10. Amethyst

    What We Do In The Shadows

    I felt the same way, sort of. I thought the movie was fine and ended right before it became silly, but a weekly TV series doesn't work for me. And while it looks like Nandor is supposed to be the Viago, he seems like the odd man out and they focus more on Nadia and Laszlow. Besides the lone female wolf and Nadia sniping at each other, I wasn't impressed with the werewolves. The film versions had more camaraderie, and did a better job of showing why there was a hierarchy. These wolves just seemed scattered. Criticisms aside, I don't think it's a bad show, just not one of my favorites.
  11. Amethyst

    The Favourite (2018)

    I can see why this movie isn't for everyone. The graphic scenes and gratuitous language really did juxtapose from the beauty of the palace and everything around it. I did enjoy it, although I could have done without the puking scenes. Ugh. But the performances are excellent, and the myopic fish-eye lens was creepy. It's hard to say who was the best of the three, but I'm glad Olivia won the Oscar. I would have been happy if she or Glenn Close had won it. Abigail wasn't just the villain because she ingratiated herself with the Queen, it's that she disregards Sarah's political involvement, especially since Anne isn't able to make all those decisions herself. Everyone, even Harley, has some concern with the war and its effects. Abigail only cares for herself, and she's willing to throw Marlborough to the wolves, despite that he helped win the war for them. It's just another example of Abigail's cruelty and selfishness.
  12. Amethyst

    What We Do In The Shadows

    Colin definitely came across better in the second episode. He was more sinister. I cracked up when he was so aroused after the meeting, he couldn't even get up and leave. Guillermo is going to be mad that some random newbie (Jenna) was turned before he was. Lbr, Nandor is probably stringing poor Guillermo along, lol.
  13. Amethyst

    S03.E18: Her

    Decent finale, but they've had better. Rebecca being the famous her wasn't surprising. It's not too far from what happened to Jack. He had a heart condition that ended up contributing to his death, but no one realized. I think Rebecca's accident did more damage than they thought and it might have led to her being where she was in the future. As for Beth and Randall...ok? I do miss how they used to be, but this reunion didn't feel earned. A nice speech and moving to Philadelphia isn't going to solve things, considering they've had these problems for years. I actually thought they were going to move into the apartment building they own but never mention. At any rate, these two need marriage counseling more than anything else, but I think the writers want to get them back at status quo, so here we are. Was Beth upset because there were so many mommy types in her class? Unless she'll only teach aspiring ballerinas, who's to say she won't get that same clientele in Philadelphia? Speaking of speeches, haha, Deja finally got to do hers. She did a good job at it. Still, one Pearson speech per episode is enough. Didn't need to hear Jack's. Too bad for Kevin and Zoe, but neither is right or wrong. They just wouldn't work out. Glad Kate woke up to how bratty she was being (again) because I was not in the mood for that for the millionth time. And yes, some of that is on her own insecurities, not because Rebecca was a great mom. I wonder if Nicky reminds Rebecca of Jack, and that's why they're together in the future, assuming that's the case. If so, poor Miguel.
  14. Amethyst

    What We Do In The Shadows

    I was a little worried that this wouldn't hold up to the film, but it did very well. And that's not easy to do. It's one of the best comedies ever. The scene with Nick trying to escape the vampires always has me in tears. But the new vampires are hilarious. I also like Guillermo as the familiar. I wasn't too thrilled about Colin, though. I think he's there so they can have some of the vampire scenes in the daylight, but he didn't do much for me. I'm guessing the Baron is going to be a pile of dust when we see him next, since the windows weren't properly boarded up in the attic.
  15. Amethyst

    S03.E16: Don't Take My Sunshine Away

    It's not all of a sudden, Randall's stress, anxiety, and impulsive behavior has been part of his character since the beginning. Before, it made sense to see why he was all over the place, but his actions always affect his family. It's just reached a point where it can't be hand-waved anymore. It's not only financial. It's not right for him to make these major decisions without discussing it with his wife. I think the political storyline was where they reached the breaking point. Beth shares some blame in this, too. She should have spoken to Randall a long time ago about feeling unhappy and unfulfilled in her career, instead of going along with whatever interest he had that week. Could she have worked her teaching around her life better? Maybe. But has Randall done that?