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12 hours ago, Dowel Jones said:

Evans did have a memoir movie called The Kid Stays in the Picture.  I saw it once but can't remember if it matches up to this.

The book that the movie is based on is great as well but I highly recommend the audio book version, a rarity for me, because Evans does the narration.

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I love both the book and the documentary The Kid Stays In the Picture, but I loved this even more. Every time they psyched us out with Fred's character, I screamed ("the Roman Polanski...of Italy.") And the fake movies were awesome ("Going Steady" lol) 

The Kid Stays In the Picture is streaming on HBO Go, check it out - Evans is a real character. And oddly inspirational, nothing got him down.

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"When Marlon Brando got the Land O'Lakes butter girl to accept his Oscar for him.." hahahah

I love how many Hader/Mulaney collaborations there were this season. It's good they keep the seasons short too; every episode is just packed with so much detail.

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Mr. Runner Up has got to be the funniest mockumentary to come out since Spinal Tap! (Even if it is a lot shorter in duration)... especially the second part. I haven't lol'ed that hard since watching the very first episode of the series, the Gray Gardens ripoff. I personally liked that one mainly because I have always had such a fondness for both the original and the Emmy award-winning remake starring Lange and Barrymore, but boy, this was even more brilliant than that... and it didn't even play homage to any particular documentary as a whole! So many lines that are quote-worthy that I already can't recall. (Am eight months pregnant so my memory has gone in the crapper lately, but I digress). 

All I can say is well played, guys, well played!

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On Seth Meyers tonight they mentioned that Fred just finished filming a new episode of Documentary Now, so season three is coming!

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Thank God!  There's so little I watch on TV these days (partly because I'm picky and partly because we don't do amazon, hulu, HBO, etc).  Maybe Documentary Now can hold me until Maine Cabinmasters returns.  Sure hope Bill Hader's filming along with Fred.  Those two, in that Grey Gardens spoof and then the episode mocking those murder documentaries, were pure gold (as in, "gold Jerry, pure gold!")  Whenever I see those tall goofy balloon things outside some business, I think of that murder documentary with Fred being interviewed by the detectives.

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Sandy Passage is still my absolute favorite. Hader was outstanding in it. The Sondeim parody looks super promising.

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I watched Batsh*t Crazy, and did NOT care for it at all. Hader and Armisen are so busy this season with other things, they are not in this one at all (unless I missed it). I hope the rest of the shows are funnier. This was too straightforward.

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I thought it was funny, but unfortunately SNL already did a parody of "Wild Wild Country" around the time the real documentary came out, so it seemed like well-trod territory at this point. Also, the SNL sketch got Nasim Pedrad to play the Indian woman from the real documentary, which is a role she was born to play- she looks just like the real woman. The actress in this episode did a good job though. 

I actually don't know if Bill is in this season at all. I don't see him anywhere in that trailer that was posted above. He may have been busy filming "Barry" and "It Part 2" and not had time to participate in this season.

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I didn't see him in the trailer either, it's a shame. He was so brilliant in both seasons, I enjoy this show, but enjoy it less without him.

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Part I was okay but I really enjoyed Part II when Michael Keaton entered the picture and we saw how it all came together.

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I enjoyed it. I do think one of the things that worked against it is that the true story is so absolutely batshit.

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Yes, this episode was back to form. Great performance from Cate, and Fred was back! I think you need his absurdity, I just laugh when he shows up. The ending was ridiculously great! I also thought Izabella's piece with the bucket and what it was supposed to represent was on pointe.

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Another hilarious episode!  I didn't really recognize Cate Blanchet - I kept looking at Izabella and thinking "I KNOW that actress..." but couldn't put my finger on who it was.   And I agree!  Fred was great as usual.  And I totally loved that ending.  

Anybody know what real documentary this was based on?  And what struck me was that even though it was a satire, the real modern art world is just as stupid as depicted in the show.   Jeff Koons, anybody?  

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49 minutes ago, 12catcrazy said:

Anybody know what real documentary this was based on?  And what struck me was that even though it was a satire, the real modern art world is just as stupid as depicted in the show.   Jeff Koons, anybody?  

Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present. 

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It turns out that Bill Hader did have something to do with this season after all- he cowrote this week's episode. It was all right, but given Hader's penchant for going dark with his comedy, I felt like it could've gone even further out into the realm of Fred Armisen's character becoming a creepy, psychotic stalker hell-bent on meeting his idol Gary Larson. I did like how they made his character a complete self-centered dick who was neglecting his wife and newborn child to make his dumb movie. 

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This Gary Larson one was good.  It reminded me of a doc I saw pretty close to 20 years ago done by  some guy (nerdy middle aged guy with a family who looked well-off financially) who goes off in search of a writer who wrote a very literary book the guy fell in love with in the early 70s when he was a teenager.   The author wrote the book, received critical acclaim, and then dropped off the map.   I think the filmmaker did eventually find the guy who wound up working as a mailman or something similar.  

I just remember watching it and thinking the film seemed to be more about the filmmaker than the missing author.  It was a watchable movie and I enjoyed it at the time but there weren't that many kinds of movies like that back then.  

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I wonder if Gary Larson was informed that he would be an offscreen character in this little excursion, or if he tuned in by accident one night, and said "Wait, what?"

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They really back-loaded this season with all the Fred Armisen-centric eps. He was the focus of last week's and of this week's too, which looks like another typical "Fred as a musician" things (he did so many of these types of sketches on SNL). We probably didn't need TWO musical episodes in one season, to be honest.

The season finale with Michael C. Hall and Bobby Moynihan as the bowlers should be fun though.

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On 3/16/2019 at 9:35 PM, Phishbulb said:

It turns out that Bill Hader did have something to do with this season after all- he cowrote this week's episode. It was all right, but given Hader's penchant for going dark with his comedy, I felt like it could've gone even further out into the realm of Fred Armisen's character becoming a creepy, psychotic stalker hell-bent on meeting his idol Gary Larson. I did like how they made his character a complete self-centered dick who was neglecting his wife and newborn child to make his dumb movie. 

According to the AV Club, 'Searching For Mr. Larson' was held over from last season, thus explaining Hader's writing credit during this season. 

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On 3/19/2019 at 2:37 PM, Dowel Jones said:

I wonder if Gary Larson was informed that he would be an offscreen character in this little excursion, or if he tuned in by accident one night, and said "Wait, what?"

I believe he owns the copyright for his strips so they would have had to get permission and pay him for using them in the show.

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