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  1. I didn't hate the slightly silly overly jokey Wynonna of the last two episodes...only because one, I think these two episodes have been particular fanservice-y (hence the sex scene) as a sort of the gift to the fans for basically getting this season even made and whether true or not, Wynonna quips are seen as being something the like; and two and I think Wynonna does legitimately use humor as a coping mechanism. So, given that I imagine she was especially stressed out and her other coping mechanisms of drinking and sleeping with inappropriate men weren't available, I can see her being especially quippy. That being said, I do hope we return to a slightly more serious with the rest of the season. Both because I agree I don't really love it when we start to slip into the almost silly territory with Wynonna, and because I think Scrofano is really good when Wynonna is serious. Her performances in the scenes where she found out she was pregnant and the scene last year when she told Waverly she was not let Waverly sacrifice herself, made me tear up a little. So, I'm down for more serious Wynonna. I'm also down for exploring what the time jump means to her. She now has an almost two year old daughter. She is already aware that she missed a good percentage of her child's life and now there's even more time gone. I'd really like her to reflect on that at some point. Jeremy isn't my favorite. Though I actually like him better when he's with Wynonna than when he's with Waverly or Doc. He is actually also much better when he's being serious rather than silly. And I'm also hoping that Robin will return this season (I imagine the actor may of had other commitments), because I actually kind of liked them together. I thought the sex scene was well done. Probably in large part because interviews seem to indicate that the actresses were heavily involved in the blocking of the scene. And while it was hugely fanservice-y, I do think it served an actual purpose of showing the love and intimacy of Nicole and Waverly.
  2. I still don't remember the nickname from either the book or movie but it's been at least 20 years since I read the book and I haven't seen the movie in a number of years either. Though I would assume given the time period it's set in, Doc as a nickname for a kid, is a reference to Bugs Bunny (What's up Doc?). Though if it wasn't a significant part of either the book or movie for me to remember, then I don't think it was a super great thing to base the name of the sequel on...
  3. I quite enjoyed the the season four premier. I don't think that season 3 was the strongest season (I don't hate it as much as other people but it's not my favorite), and I didn't much care for the season 3 opener with the vampires at all, so here's hoping season four will be an improvement overall. I did really like shaking up the typical pairings. I especially enjoyed Wynonna and Nedly. It's really fun to see how their relationship has changed. And I know it's been quite a while since we've learned this about Nedly, but that you just assume he's going to be this unhelpful, misogynistic, borderline alcoholic, small minded sheriff when you first meet him. And then you learn he's this really loving guy, who takes care of his employees cats, only goes to bars to hear gossip, and is actually really competent at his job, still tickles me to no end. I like when expectations about characters get subverted. It was brief but I also really like Nicole and Kate together. They seem to play well off of each other. And hopefully we see more of Doc and Waverly together, because I don't think it's a dynamic that get's explored enough. I'm also always down with Nicole and Wynonna because those two are a hoot together, though I actually enjoy it more when they bicker less and work together more. Hopefully we'll get more of them as well. I'm also really hoping that whatever winds up happening in The Garden winds up curing Doc of his vampirism, because I'm kind of over that story line. I don't mind Kate sticking around, but that's the max on regular blood sucking characters I want on the show. I also still say that making Doc immortal derails his entire character arch. He was a man so scared of death he made a deal with a witch and got screwed over by it. His growth to accept his own mortality seems to be where his character is heading and becoming a vampire seems to be a weird detour. I also liked that they mentioned Dolls. So many shows kill off a character (especially if it was because the actor wanted to leave) and then pretend like they never existed. The fact that Dolls is still a presences, even if he is dead is kind of refreshing. That being said, while I liked the opener, I'm hoping that The Garden stuff get's resolved relatively quickly. I might be in the minority, but I kind of liked season one's slightly more episodic format. I would like an over arching plot, sure, but I wouldn't mind some more creature of the week stuff back this season as well.
  4. I just binged this because it's absolutely insane! I actually do remember the clip of Joe on John Oliver's show, and I remember thinking how bizarre it was, but the whole story is so much more strange. I think the only decent person might have been Joe's "Campaign Manager" (I always find my political consultants in the ammo section of Walmart). I feel bad that he has to live with seeing a guy, high out of his gord, accidentally shoot himself. I suppose it's lucky Travis didn't shoot him. Even Rick Kirkland's hand's aren't clean, but at least he admit's it. Even the other employees at the zoo, aren't completely absolved of the sins of what was done to those animals...but I also can't completely blame them since Joe prayed on them as much as the animals. While I think Carol's goals are certainly more laudable than Joe's, I actually think they're two sides of the same coin. I think Carol enjoys being the center of attention just as much as Joe and that's a huge part of why she does what she does. I agree with her, that big cats shouldn't be bred in captivity (at least not privately by gun toting rednecks), but I don't think she's actually a good person. Also as Joe pointed out, I don't think the conditions she keeps her animals seem any better than anyone else featured. Though they at least don't get exploited to pick up chicks or shot when they get too old. And as crazy as it sounds...I really do think that she might have had something to do with her first husband's death. I mean how hard would it be to get a bunch of big cats to make a body completely disappear... I'm not shedding any tears about Joe being in prison. Though as far as the charge of conspiracy to kill Carol, I agree that it seems like he was set up and it makes no sense that the man hired to do actually do the murder and the other conspirators (Jeff) aren't in prison. I hope everyone get's theirs eventually. Especially Jeff and Antle, since they are more frightening because they're smarter than Joe. Also did anyone else find Joe's music kind of catchy...I might find myself humming I saw a Tiger later...
  5. Yes Depp is essentially stomping around the kitchen slamming things and eventually (what sounds like) throwing a glass and then grabbing her phone. This might be a YMMV sort of thing, but I wouldn't cal it a "mild" tantrum. Like I said,, I have never in my adult life ever behaved like that. I certainly wouldn't respond in that manner to my partner asking what was wrong. I would say that Depp's behavior certainly reveals how toxic their relationship was and definitely is toeing the line of emotionally and verbally abusive even if he's not physically abusive in that clip.
  6. Well domestic violence doesn't have to always be physical. Depp's behavior in that clip seems fairly abusive to me. To be fair, I've never been married, but in my life I've never argued with any partner, friend or family member in that way and I have a pretty good temper. There's absolutely no reason to slam things, throw things (you can hear a glass breaking) or grab things (even if he did think he was being recorded). That's abusive behavior. And I would hope it's not how typical married couples argue. I'm not saying she's an angel, but Depp's behavior in that video is wildly inappropriate. This! It's entirely possible for both people in a relationship to be abusive towards each other. I think we like to believe that there's always one victim and one perpetrator, but that's not always the case.
  7. It's funny, I would actually like to go my local art house theater more, but I find it to be a far worse experience than at my local multiplex. People show up late, the sit right and front of you (and unlike the mall the floor is pretty flat) and talk. And I've also frequently had people react really strangely to movies. I saw the Whedon version of Much Ado about Nothing there and a couple was laughing at the scene where Leonato yells at Hero and wishes that she was dead...I know it's a comedy but that scene isn't supposed to be funny. It's not the only time I've had people react strangely to movies there, but it is the one that stands out the most. I'm always baffled because you would think people who go to that kind of theater would be film buffs....I'm fairly lucky that most even indie arty movies I wan't to see wind up in the bigger local theaters where I generally have a pretty good experience.
  8. Proclone

    Cats (2019)

    Well I would have lost money on that bet...I went to see this because the reviews were hilarious and I have Regal unlimited and it didn't cost me any extra money. It is both somehow so much worse and so much better than I could have ever imagined. I said the quote above never ever in a million years thinking they would have tap-dancing cockroaches in a mainstream big budget movie. My jaw just about hit the floor when I saw them. In fact I figured despite the horrific CGI that the movie would retool Cats in a pretty significant way, tone down the weirdness of the musical and give it an actual plot and probably make it pretty boring. Well they certainly did none of those things. I mean it doesn't make it a good movie, but it makes it an experience for sure. I agree with Lindsey Ellis that the Old Grumby Cat sequence was one of the most disturbing things from the start. First of all there were several lingering shots of Rebel Wilson's crotch...Why? I have no idea. Then come the mice, which weren't super horrifying until you realize they're played by children and Jenny threatens to eat them...That's right folks, Rebel Wilson threatens to eat small children. The the travesty continues with the tap dancing cockroaches...which she does eat (though mercifully they are played by adults). It's got to be one the most trippy, weird, off-putting sequences ever put to film. I will give them the CGI is slightly less disturbing then it was in the trailer. I mean it's not good, but it's no longer the stuff of nightmares. And I will give everyone who wasn't a big name star props for going full cat. I mean they look like theater students who's instructor made them do animal exercises, but they did commit. Everyone who was a big name star seemed to forget they were in a movie where they were playing a cat...Except perhaps Sir Ian. Judy Dench certainly did. Jennifer Hudson (who did sing the hell out of Memory), seems to have no idea that's she's supposed to be playing a cat, she even looks slightly confused when Dench goes to touch heads with her at the end. I think they forgot to tell her she was actually in Cats, and just asked her if she could swing by and sing a couple songs. Rebel Wilson and James Cordon, simply appear to be in the SNL skit version of Cats. And the less said about Idris Elba the better. I've loved him since he was Stringer Bell in the Wire, but he was bad in this, really really bad. And not really in a fun way. I agree that Taylor Swift did the best musical number (and of the big names looked most like a cat). Though it seemed and odd choice to make her sing in a British accent, which you only hear on certain words anyway. I get it was set in London, but why ask her if you're going to make her do something so out of her wheelhouse. I didn't hear an accent with Derulo. I will also give major props to Francesca Hayward who not only danced her butt off, but has a beautiful singing voice. I hope this gets her work in an actually good musical. This is not a good movie, I repeat this is a very bad movie, but it is fun. And if you have the money to waste (or a rewards card or the like) you should see it in theaters, just to say you did.
  9. While it looses something on the page, the way Regina King says, "Motherfucker," tickles me immensely.
  10. I just got back from seeing this. I thought the acting was good, and I enjoyed the bits that focused on the family and their bickering, but overall I'm slightly disappointed. I thought the middle of the movie dragged quite a bit. And I hate to be that person, but as a nurse I can say the plot actually made no freaking sense. Spoiled in case you haven't seen it yet, or don't care to have your suspension of disbelief ruined. Also it's long and ranty. I usually let medical errors go in TV and movies, but when the entire plot hinges on one and they get it so completely wrong, well it hampered my enjoyment to put it mildly.
  11. I'm pretty sure it's Tom Mison under the mask so, either he's just another "Mr. Phillips," albeit one with more...self awareness, or some reflection of Manhattan. It certainly would be interesting if the clones all looked like Jon did before the accident that made him Manhattan.
  12. It seems appropriate that Guy Pearce is in Blood Shot, since it seems like it's Memento....but as a shitty action flick.
  13. That scene will haunt me too. And for some reason it being the little boy who was in Room makes just a little bit more disturbing...I'm not sure why. I think that scene was necessary though to show just how evil those things were. I mean up until that point, other than the scene with the little girl in the beginning, it's rather easily to like Rosie and her whole vaguely evil discount Stevie Nicks vibe she had going on. But that scene really showed what those things were, brutal, evil, something that had to be stopped. I quite like the movie. Though I admit for not caring much for the title either. Nor have I read the book it's based on (I have read The Shinning though). I don't recall Danny being called "Doc" by either his parents or Dick in the movie or the book The Shinning though. Either way, I thought the performances were really strong. McGregor is really good, and I thought him and the girl that played Aba had good chemistry. Rebecca Ferguson was delightfully creepy throughout. I thought they did a good job at making this it's own thing as well. Obviously being back at The Overlook brought you back to The Shinning, but unlike a lot of reboots/sequels of late it didn't seem to be coasting on just nostalgia to get you invested. It wasn't screaming, "Remember that thing you liked, look we got it!" Overall I really enjoyed it.
  14. I agree the the baboon attack had a WTF quality. It also didn't really work with Pitt's rant about it being filled with rage and how he understood that rage. They were animals, it wasn't rage it was fear. I more fitting action set piece that would have worked better with the themes of the movie would have been a crew member of that ship who flipped (maybe after the stress in being in space so long) and killed the rest of the crew and then the captain of Roy's ship. Then Roy's rant about recognizing that rage in himself and his father would have made a heck of a lot more sense. And the death of the crew was pretty pointless, they were going to do the exact same thing Roy was going to do, blow up his father's ship. Him sneaking on board and getting them killed in no way changed the end result and it was apparently his intention at this point to blow up the ship so why did he care who did it? Why did we spend so much time with them if they were going to die in such an anticlimactic way to begin with? Like I said in my other post there was obviously a set up to something between Roy and the Co-Pilot, but it's never paid off. And the staging of that entire sequence was odd.
  15. I agree, and I'm not a huge fan of Interstellar, but this was just dreadful. It was a really hard sit to be honest. I just got back from seeing it, the cast was good, and I'm a sucker for a drama set in space, so I thought it would be a decent matinee. Boy was I wrong. This was boring, preachy and pretentious. It think's it's being super deep, but isn't really and unlike Interstellar (which I could also argue is preachy and pretentious) it didn't at least have cohesive message. Interstellar was trying to tell a story about love and sacrifice. This jumped all over the place, humans are the problem (that's sure groundbreaking)...the sins of the father are visited on the son...don't close yourself off to your emotions...Jesus movie, pick a message and a theme and go with it, stop jumping around. And despite having good visuals, it had serious pacing issues and there fundamental problems with plotting and payoff. For example you have McBride take control of the ship when landing on Mars because the captain freezes. He then says that he won't tell command about the incident. One would assume that would payoff in someway. The captain helps later to return the favor, or something, but that character just really anticlimactically dies later. It was filled with really unnatural stilted dialogue. And the narration...don't get me started on the narration. I was this close to screaming, "Shut the fuck up," at the screen after the 47th episode of unnecessary narration. I'm honestly not someone who is bothered by narration (I know some people are). But this was excessive to the nth degree. Dear film makers, this a visual medium, you really need to live by the axiom "show don't tell." Especially don't tell what felt like the character's every fleeting thought. At one point McBride says, "he's scared," in reference to the co-pilot of the ship he's on. You don't need a voice over for that! Tell the actor he's supposed to be scared and let him act it. That is what you paid him for. I felt more like I was listening to an audio book (and not in a good way) then watching a movie.
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