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  1. Florinaldo

    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    How many times have we seen this, A cheapskate litigant who was expecting 5-star results at a 3-star rate? And then wanted the contractor to reimburse her not only what she paid him but also for what another contractor did to bring it up to her high but skinflint standards. What a greedy grubby no-chin creature she was (she reminded me of the monstrous villain Shadow King in the TV series Legion). Were the two shows in competition for the most lazy and disgusting litigant of the day? I think that in this contest TPC wins by a hair (no doubt a dirty and greasy one).
  2. Florinaldo

    The People's Court

    Did I hear correctly? That monstrous useless disgusting slob of a daughter is studying to become a massage therapist? I would not let her touch me even if both of us were wearing AZMAT suits. I would have let the landlord keep more, if not all, of the rent.
  3. Florinaldo

    The People's Court

    Most of the landlord litigants on these shows do not do even a small fraction of the necessary homework you put in, which explains why they land in court. Although in the case of that lady, the usual checks could have been skipped because her attitude was a clear sign that things would go bad and that the answer should be a clear and immediate rejection (unless of course she can temporarily dial back the attitude for the interview, which appears doubtful; judging from her demeanour, this is how she behaves every minute of every day).
  4. Florinaldo

    Tales Of The City

    That it the scene when I first got a little choked up. I hate this show; after all, I have my reputation of crusty cynicism to protect! As most series with several sub-plots weaved together and a large cast of characters, it is uneven, but I found it satisfying on the whole. The good outweighs the bad. The old characters still work well, despite cast changes and the problems with chronology. Mary-Ann is still a bundle of earnest contradictions; it was amusing if a bit heavy-handed to have her lug her carry-on around as she did in the very first episode of the first series. I think she may have lost a wheel that time also. Mouse, Anna, DeeDee, Brian also still carry their own contradictions, which helps flesh them out as characters. I am glad they at least mentioned Mona and what happened to her; useful for people like me who stopped reading the series before that event transpired. The newer people are hit and miss for me. The twins are probably mostly meant as a satire of Web influencers and the people who follow these generally shallow creatures, but it makes them caricatures, not true characters. Of the young couple, the trans male is the most interesting, while the girl is rather bland; I can't understand what DeeDee sees in her. The doc director is thoroughly off-putting, while Samuel is intriguing and probably a red herring (I am up to the first half of episode 5). As for Shawna, I agree she is mostly the typical sullen affectless youngster, Ellen Page's specialty. At least she does laundry at one point which partly redeems her, especially if she threw in her smelly old cap. I just watched it again and Ben is indeed the first one to bring up the notion of privilege. That was one of my favourite scenes so far. It nicely presented the issue and the divide, as well as the ironic fact that this notion of privilege, on top of being a quick and easy way to shut down the other person's right to speak, is usually wielded by people who are unaware of their own privilege, that of superior self-righteousness coupled with an arrogant conviction of their innate infallibility. Ben was a perfect incarnation of that very prevalent attitude. That scene was also a call-back to a similar dinner party in the first series, during which a discussion over terminology also took place, regarding the word "twink". It was also cast with openly gay actors (like Ian McKellen and Paul Bartel) just as this new one was. Why does everyone keep saying that AM is "selling Barbary Lane"? Does she own the whole street now? There are other houses on the lane; we got a glimpse into a few other courtyards as Mary-Ann first made her way towards the house when she responds to Anna's classified after first arriving in SF. On the real lane which inspired Maupin there are indeed several other doorways and it exits at both ends (although not with that particular staircase as I recall and the building itself does not exist I believe). Script-writing laziness or a dialogue shortcut to help put across how dramatic this plot point is supposed to be? They could easily have said that she is selling "the house" or "the building".
  5. Florinaldo

    The People's Court

    Well, the son was the most reasonable person in this encounter since he tried to prevent his mother from further escalating a situation already gone very bad. Not provoking further that big lug of a brute was a wise course of action in my view. If acting wisely is equivalent to namby-pambiness, then I am all for the latter! The two main litigants were both unrepentant in their foolish behaviour and seemed even proud of it. It's too bad JM could not deem it mutual road rage and call it a draw.
  6. Florinaldo

    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    He gave it a good fight, as litigants are no doubt encouraged to do so by the production team; I think it is very probable that the show tells them to play up the surprise if the decision goes against them to make a good show for the camera. They can also exaggerate to each of the litigants the probability of their case winning, under the guise of giving them "useful advice". He may also have thought that the confused testimony by that long and lanky airhead of a plaintiff would not be taken seriously by JJ. In the end, he opted to be gracious in defeat, something few litigants manage to do.
  7. Florinaldo

    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    Who the hell gets into a physical fight over a 3 $ wine bottle, Now, it it had been a 200 $ Barolo or a 300 $ Burgundy, then I might have had a little sympathy for those two alleycats. 😉 Plaintiff's demeanor was disquieting, but he was certainly owed his deposit. Of course, the dumb defendant was still arguing in the hallterview that he should not have to reimburse, despite the fact that he was shown to be in the wrong for changing the terms of their agreement without the other party's consent. I think the plaintiff is also lucky not to have moved in with that dickhead. I do not know if I would have had the patience to stick around after showing up with a moving van and not being able to enter, since that would bave been an ill omen for future behaviour on the part of the landlord. The plaintiff was the poster boy for unreliable witnesses all over: he could not remember the date, was not sure of the time of day and was a bit confused about the details of the accident. The biggest twist of the case came during the hallterview: the defendant said the ruling was fair because he was unsinsured. And then he did not go into the usual litany of "I was not able to present my case fully", " she did not let me show her my evidence", "they are all liars", "Proxima Centauri was in retrograde which is why things did not turn out well for me", etc. Rather refreshing attitude on the part of someone who just lost.
  8. Florinaldo

    The People's Court

    I was leaning towards that also. The owner had made provisions for certain amounts of her revenue/expenses in a certain way and had not planned for that particular disbursement, which was caused solely by the precipitous actions from the bad faith defendant. On the other hand, it is risky to live so close to the financial edge when you are in business; you should always have some sort of cushion, because you never know what kind of unexpected obligations you might suddenly have to face. Of course, this seems to be a very small scale operation, with not much cash flow to speak of. At least she has learned a few lessons from this (JM was very generous with her advice) and should now tighten her procedures. She is another one in a long line of litigants who somehow manage to think that once they ensconced in an appartment, they are now due lodgings permanently, from the landlord or from the state. Whether they have a month-to-month or yearly lease, it alway seems to come as an utter shock to them that they now have to move because their tenancy is not renewed. We know they do not make any financial plan for such an event since they expected to live there forever or at least until they decide unilaterally it's time to leave. And of course, someone has to compensate them for the tragic inconvenience and for their moving expenses, something the rest of us manage to pay out of our own pockets, thank you very much Miss Smirkson.
  9. Florinaldo

    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    In today's fence dispute case, at one point JJ said she was not there to assess personnality; and then later she said to defendant "I have a feeling you are a nasty guy". I am not expecting true consistency from her, but she could at least have told the plaintiff that she is a nasty old biddy; but that would probably have gotten her in front of the discipline committee of their shared Secret Sisterhood. As for the car case, the defendant was another example of that sub-species of deadbeat leeches who will screw anyone they can since they believe all other persons were placed on this planet solely to make life easy for them and to take care of their every need so that they can shirk their responsibilities. Considering what I just posted, of course I fully agree.
  10. Florinaldo

    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    However, the property owner did not really seem to care much about safety but more about protecting his sacred "private property". Even his signage was crappy and not installed at the places that would have been the best and most efficient for viewing by drivers.
  11. Florinaldo

    Hot Bench

    What a horrible family fighting over a headstone removal on todays's show, None of them were less than despicable, but I could not help wonder about the absent mother. Could she be stirring the pot between the siblings? From the testimony, she might very well have been encouraging both sides to come up with a headstone, only to sit back and enjoy the resulting kerfuffle. He would probably give him points for using the correct seasoning and not overcooking.
  12. Florinaldo

    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    I initially pegged the defendant as a territorial asshole considering the number of times he mentioned "private property". That assessment was sealed when the used the "I am a God-fearing man" line as a testimonial to his honesty and credibility. If I went into a hissiy fit each time a Canada Post or FedEx delivery truck enters my property, I would have died of an apoplectic fit a long time ago. Too bad JJ did not decide to award the delivery guys more money because the private signage for the private blockage was privately deficient. The rest of him was not small either.
  13. Florinaldo

    The People's Court

    I think she should team up with the plaintiff in today's mice infestation case who lived under allegedly unbearable conditions for many months and wanted reimbursement for rent she willingly paid. Her testimony was nothing else than lies from a lying precious liar snowflake who lies. Together they might constitute an amusing team of scammers, although I doubt their combined intelligence would be enough to ensure the success of their schemes.
  14. Florinaldo

    Glee

    Her performance of "I Cain't Say No" during the broadcast was excellent; I do not remember her being as impressive while on The Glee Project and in her one-off episode of Glee, but of course she has had a few years to mature and train her voice.
  15. I don't see it as so obvious from what I recall of the story in other productions, but I will give it a read to refresh my memory. The info posted in this thread does not make regret we passed on this. It is the one single part of the production that would make me recommend it, for those who are interested by a demonstration of technical virtuosity; it is more expressive than the atrocious combination of man in a suit/eletromechanical effects of the 70s movie version, but not as expressive as stop-motion Kong from the 30s. I found the rest of the production forgettable, sacrificed in service to the spectacle of the beast. Each year during the "In Memoriam" montage I am astonished that I missed at least half of those deaths during the past year.
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