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  1. Oh yeah, he's pissed! You should definitely watch the Luke / Robert confrontation on the dock when it comes up ... both actors do a good job with it. In other news, I've started the '85 Asian Quarter saga (with much trepidation, as I'm afraid it will be stereotype city): - There's a really nice moment when Anna is saying bye to Robert and goes to give him a friendly handshake and he, instead, gently kisses her on the forehead and gives her a meaningful look ... except she's back in 2-3 days instead of never seeing him again, so his "I'll never forget you!" face is hilar
  2. Is it weird that one of my all time favorite scenes in Godfather I is Sonny just beating the absolute shit out of Connie's husband, and even biting him?? Quite frankly, given what happens later, Sonny should've killed the guy.
  3. I started watching as a kid after school probably around the time Duke and Anna married, so that was late '87 or in '88? And then watched pretty regularly through most of the '90s. With the magic of YT, I have now gone back and seen end of '79 through summer of '85. I've jumped around to see other clips, like the intro of child Robin, but in terms of trying to see the whole '80s saga, that's where I'm at. Luke on the mountain is unintentionally hilarious for 2 reasons: (1) there's a scene where the nice man Luke stays with has a heart attack, and Luke staggers over to try and help
  4. That's pretty much all I knew when I watched -- that Robert and Holly would get together and Luke would return. My knowledge of the show was end of the 80s through the 90s etc., and later I went back to video clips of '79 or so out of curiosity and started watching from there. 1983 is a year it really pays to watch full episodes, because a lot happens, and it's all connected -- and I wouldn't dream of spoiling it for you!! Try not to skip too many scenes, just let the delightful insanity wash over you. There's Luke's story, a mayoral race, the Susan Moore murder (important beca
  5. It does seem odd that none of the ladies made “couple friends” with their spouses along the way, and shouldn’t Charlotte have already collected a bunch of mom friends over the years her kids were growing up? Making friends as you age is hard, but with the money at least Carrie and Charlotte have, they would have a more expanded social circle by now. They could get some mileage from Carrie feeling sad and awkward around the couples she befriended with Big, but it sounds like they rarely talk about the day to day of her married life. The idea of Carrie moving back into her old apartm
  6. Yes, it’s left ambiguous whether Peter is gay and if his college friend is more than a friend. He could fear the friend will be taunted by Phil or he could not want the friend to see Peter being taunted — or he could simply think Phil is generally embarrassing. I think it’s just a friend that Peter bonds with as a fellow intellect and passionate student. But Peter mentions the new friend to his mom in an offhand manner — he’s happy to have a friend, but loneliness doesn’t seem to gnaw at him like it does with the other characters. Peter will hold out for an actual connection based on sh
  7. Holy shit, well that ending certainly surprised me! Honestly, I have been pretty meh on some of Jane Campion's movies in the past (and also the series Top of the Lake), but this one was a slow burn that really paid off for me. I agree with the read on Phil others have had, that he hated Rose because his brother's marriage made Phil even lonelier. Also, note how Phil stops calling George "fatso" -- George's marriage gives him more confidence and a higher social status than Phil (even though the dinner with the Governor went poorly, and Rose looked like a deer in headlights the whole
  8. Here's the episode I still remember, many years later, when Tiffany confronts Sean about his infidelity and then starts to miscarry. Also watch Sean's face just fall at the beginning when he realizes she knows. People didn't take the usually cheerful Tiffany seriously - even Sean - so she was left out of the loop on whatever plan Sean had to help Felicia (this somehow led to him sleeping with the DA named Jessica, I can't remember why!), and when she started going through some serious shit of her own (dead sister, ugly custody battle over her orphaned nephew, drinking problem), she d
  9. Madonna ... as Mary?? Ok, now I'm even more convinced that Sofia was not the main problem, and that the entire character was a cypher. Madonna, Winona Ryder and Sofia Coppola should never have been considered for the exact same part, that's craziness, LOL. Did they just plan to adjust the script around whoever signed up? They struck gold with the little-known Italian actress who played poor, doomed Apolonia in the first movie ... here, they should've done something similar, and focused on auditioning for an actress who had convincing chemistry with Andy Garcia. I think Sofia brought
  10. Ooh, if you're going into the 1983 story blind, hopefully some of the plot twists will surprise you. 1983 was kind of fun for me because I knew so little about it and, even though it is decades old, there were one or two "OMG I did not see that coming!" moments. It's deliriously silly in parts, in that 1980s GH way, but it's one of the better year-long mystery/adventure plots. Luke has his own little side plot while he recovers from the avalanche while living "off the grid", but his stuff eventually feeds back into the main story.
  11. The stuff the show tried to showcase as the main stories in that '92-'93 period -- Tony Geary as Bill and Holly, the beginning of Mac and Felicia and Felicia having amnesia -- actually sucked rocks (YMMV, of course). It was the side plots that shined, giving other, less-hyped characters something interesting to do. Tiffany and the hugely underrated Sharon Wyatt got to do something big and tragic. Dominique (a character that needed to be recast to work at all and still didn't fit anywhere for a while) getting a long arc and a dignified send-off with her cancer death, and unexpected lo
  12. The Chalamet character bothered me a lot, and having thought about it more (too much, because I'm crazy LOL), I'm starting to understand why. At first I thought he annoyed me because he's the obvious Surprisingly Soulful Stoner trope (Keanu Reeves did it way better in Parenthood). But given how obvious the movie is about every facet of US culture, and the character that represents them -- celebrity culture is vacuous (Ariana / the guy who makes the disaster movie but won't take sides), media is cutthroat and revenue-obsessed (Blanchett / Perry / "New York Herald"), politicians are cor
  13. I kind of took the movie that way -- that the tragedy is Dani being so desperate for someone to share and appreciate her feelings and trauma with her that this psychotic death cult ends up sucking her in. I read a review saying this is a twisted but "happy" ending for Dani, but I don't think it is. It's actually horrific: she's now complicit in murdering her boyfriend and may still be in danger herself. Her smile at the end shows how desperate she was to be able to let out all of her grief in a huge, dramatic way, but the cult is just the flip side of the stifling don't-show-your-feelings-y
  14. The show's manipulation of the audience - in regards to Madeline - is gratingly obvious. I admit it worked on me, as I turned on Madeline when she pushed the company to represent Gregory as everyone told her that was going to royally piss off another, long-time client, Pierre (a client they've already had to work hard to keep after Emily accidentally offended the guy multiple times). In any client-centered business, you have to take rivalries with competitors and potential conflicts seriously. Pushing Pierre to quickly get on board with Gregory, who regularly insults and undermines Pierre's
  15. So true! Of course, she's bitter, alcoholic (probably shouldn't be riding a horse drunk all the time, lady!), and consumed with rage, so she's not exactly thinking clearly. But I guess the moral of the story is she can't fix the past and she'll never catch up to her younger self to warn her, anyway, which is why she's screaming in anguish all the time. I really feel sorry for Anne's mother, who's life is ruined by her husband's death and son in law's disastrous mismanagement of the family money ... things really sucked back when women had no financial independence! An episode t
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