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User Info: Steiner

Steiner
1 month ago#11
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User Info: SeabassDebeste

SeabassDebeste
1 month ago#12
Movie 29. Misery (1990)

I think a lot of people might like this more than I did, but this just made me deeply uncomfortable. I didn't even know it was based off a Stephen King novel until afterward, but I could kind of tell - the protagonist (and older James Caan) is a writer confined to bed by rabid fangirl Annie, played by Kathy Bates.

It's possible that these psychological thrillers are just not really my thing. It's kind of obvious that the protagonist can't escape until the end. I enjoy a bit of predictability, but it's no fun for me to watch the only likable character - the sheriff - get killed in frustrating fashion, or to watch the protagonist fail to escape repeatedly, or to watch the torture porn as Annie breaks Caan's legs.

I will say that the movie was extremely tense, so there's that.
yet all azuarc of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable - they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness

User Info: Pokalicious

Pokalicious
1 month ago#13
Bumpo
ph33r teh masta~!
Currently playing - Pokemon GO

User Info: SeabassDebeste

SeabassDebeste
1 month ago#14
thanks poka

Series 36. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Season 1, 2018, 13 episodes)

She-Ra is one of those shows we picked up and watched fairly quickly but never got sucked into. It's an animated fantasy/sci-fi show that blends some classic fantasy magic powers and somewhat futuristic weaponry. The protagonist, a teenage girl in a military academy, winds up inheriting the power of She-Ra, a dormant warrior demigod, and realizes that perhaps the nation that keeps trying to colonize the people of the forest is bad.

I think the principles of She-Ra are pretty great. There's flame-forged friendship, battle, superpowers, betrayals, anti-war sentiment, and politicking. The technologies that they use are pretty creative - one of the Princesses of Power designs new ones all the time and winds up becoming the driving force of the bad guys' armies. But it is also kind of clearly a show made for seven-year-old girls, and practically everything about the execution is off-putting or overly simplified for my taste.

For example - and I suppose this qualifies as a spoiler, though the plot is so barebones I'm not sure it'll matter too much - there's a very cool, near-climactic sequence where Adora and the rest of the Princesses all storm the military fortress. They wind up abandoning Entrapta there as they flee. This winds up with Entrapta flipping over to the bad guys. This has all the makings of a cool character arc as you consider sacrifices, the costs of war, the feelings of betrayal. But it's all executed in a painfully simplistic manner, and one that doesn't even make a lot of sense. (It's been a while, but it seems like the princess gang thinks Entrapta is dead - but she's insanely competent up til this point, so it's a bizarre assumption.)

Or take Shadow Weaver. She's a pretty classic archetype of an abusive parental figure with something to hide. But her lines, appearance, and voice are so hammy that it's cringeworthy more than dramatic any time she's on screen.

Or even the theme song. I love a good theme song, and often a theme song that I watch many times can grow on me. Over the course of thirteen episodes... that did not happen here.

I only got one season into a five-season show, and it did show a lot of storyline promise. I actually wasn't a huge fan of the vast majority of S1 of Avatar, either, and it became perhaps my favorite western cartoon of all time. But it's a little hard to subject myself (and a fairly unwilling watching partner) to more for now. Maybe someday we can revisit.
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User Info: Pokalicious

Pokalicious
4 weeks ago#15
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ph33r teh masta~!
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User Info: SeabassDebeste

SeabassDebeste
3 weeks ago#16
Series 35. The Mindy Project (Seasons 4-6, 50 episodes, 2015-2017)

I watched the first three seasons of Mindy Kaling's show shortly after they aired. It's a silly take on romantic comedy tropes and features a bunch of guest stars you'll recognize if you watched a lot of mid-00s and early '10s network TV comedies. Mindy Kaling plays Mindy Lahiri, an OBGYN who loves romance and eating. It was canceled on FOX after three seasons, but Hulu resuscitated it. I got Hulu during the pandemic and eventually got around to wrapping up the series, five years later.

It wasn't that terrible. I did laugh several times per episode. But I feel like the increasing politicization of the world makes this a bit cringier. Mindy is a woman of color, but every love interest of a straight female character (and there are a lot of love interests) is a white man. The show is also remarkably eager to introduce and have us sympathize with a new character, a lecherous, older southern white dude who says tons of casually racist things. He's portrayed as a love interest a few times. The show's primary love interest from the earlier seasons, a portrait of toxic masculinity, also leaves the show. Now they were already too serious for a "romcom" format to work for three seasons, so it's kind of understandable - but the void isn't particularly well filled. (When that character does make his occasional returns, it definitely amps up the chemistry of the show again, but also is jarring in how he's also frequently casually racist.)

The Mindy Project has a network-sitcom-staple wacky supporting cast, but the remnants here are worse than in many others. Morgan is the default pathologically stupid and loyal henchman nurse, but he feels way too annoying and unrealistic and creepy most of the time. Tamra, the most prominent other female character, is a nurse who winds up being Morgan's love interest. This is of course absolutely preposterous. The show also goes out of its way to let us know that Mindy, despite being rotund, is incredibly attractive to men. That isn't so bad on its own, but combined with her choice of love interests and her declaring (but never showing) how good of a mother she is, it feels like a sad sort of power fantasy. And I guess it's not my type of fantasy.

After a while, the ridiculousness of the things our racist friend Jody says and the repeated effeminate mumblings of British lead doctor Jeremy do lead to laughs. But the big picture, and especially the way the show takes the romantic plots in the end, doesn't really land for the conclusion of The Mindy Project.
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User Info: SeabassDebeste

SeabassDebeste
2 weeks ago#17
Movie 28. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

What a bizarre movie. Amy Adams plays an icy, successful career woman married to Armie Hammer. They're an attractive pair with nothing wrong with them, but she seems unsatisfied in her relationship. Then, her ex sends her a novel, and we start mostly following the novel and a few flashbacks to the protagonist's relationship with her ex.

The novel begins with the lead character being held at gunpoint as his wife and daughter are kidnapped and eventually raped and murdered off screen. It then turns into a slog of a trek as, along with a cop, the protagonist extracts a bloody revenge. In Amy Adams's mind, her the lead of the novel is portrayed by her ex, Jake Gyllenhaal.

There isn't much of a plot to the movie. It's a series of unsettling scenes and closeups of Amy Adams's eyes as she reads the book. The movie also begins with a series of naked women dancing. It's dark and bizarre and uncomfortable and really just not my thing as thrillers go, though it does have a way of lingering in my mind afterward, which may be a sign of its success.
yet all azuarc of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable - they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness

User Info: SeabassDebeste

SeabassDebeste
2 weeks ago#18
Series 34. Property Brothers (random episodes, around 10+ or so? 2011-present)

This is the only HGTV show I've put here, though I guess I also came across some random episodes of Love It Or List It, Chip and Joanna, and others.

Property Brothers is probably a mid-range, maybe slightly above-average HGTV show. The format is that the Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew, help a couple to tour and buy a home, but they can't afford to buy the exact home they want. They wind up buying something a little below their price range and then allocating tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to renovating it, a responsibility that the Property Brothers take on. The Property Brothers are tall, good-looking twins who seem relatively affable.

I actually really like the principle of Property Brothers and don't hate real estate porn TV as a rule. The brothers' clientele tend to shop a little more expensive than many other shows' - in general budgets are in the 800K to 1MM range, which can be pretty dispiriting as a prospective homebuyer myself. There are house-shopping and fixer-upper shows, but PB manages to combine the two in a pretty unique way, since they are entirely serving clients, and they usually throw in a few extra details to round out the house.

Everything you expect is here - slightly cheesy editing, reaction shots, unrealistic expectations, "water damage," chemistry issues, the like. Depending on the amount of dramatic roadblocks hit, the show may pad out episodes with banter and scenes where they just play a sport or whatever. Usually PB is pretty positive in tone, despite issues, which is nice.

The show's most awkward part is probably that the PB themselves just aren't that likable - there's something just a little off-putting about how much eye contact they're always making. And maybe it's the enforced nature of the series where the leads need to banter - the episode always ends with the two brothers taking a random potshot at each other, and it makes it just feel really bizarre.
yet all azuarc of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable - they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness

User Info: CoolCly

CoolCly
2 weeks ago#19
She-Ra:

I watched a bunch of season 1 of this because I'd heard great things, including from people here. But yeah, all of your comments are all spot on. It just keeps everything too basic. Everyone always mentions Avatar but I think other shows like Young Justice and, as memey as it is, My Little Pony have showed us that these shows can take its characters and stories a bit more seriously despite being "for kids."

If I actually had kids this show would be fine enough to watch with them and they might love it, so it's a good recommendation for parents, but certainly not good enough to watch just as a fan of animated shows.
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User Info: PerfectChaosZ

PerfectChaosZ
2 weeks ago#20
I think most western animation includes that base level of kid-friendly cringe, I know The Last Airbender certainly does. I loved She-Ra and I think it's one of the greats especially later.
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