Hey, we haven't done one of these in awhile. Not sure if it can quite be considered a summer blockbuster, but I watched Chris Pine doing his best Jason Bateman impression in the new D&D movie. Wasn't bad. What big summer movies were you able to go out and see? What have you been watching in general?
I don't keep up with too many shows, but a month or so ago, three shows I was watching (Succession, Barry, and Ted Lasso) all ended within a couple days of each other. And that was shortly after I finished my first Mad Men go through. It's weird as I don't watch that many shows, let alone have numerous ones end at the same time. Made me a little sad.
If you liked the ending, or even if you didn't, what's a show that left you feeling a little empty once it was over?
As I mentioned in the Cup the other day, I managed to get caught up with and watch the Ted Lasso series finale the day it was released. That's just big for me, since I haven't seen a finale on the day of release in a long time. I was a little ways behind on Game of Thrones and The Good Place, and other than that, we probably have to go back a decade. For some reason, I really wanted to do that with Ted - I think because, at least in my little middle-aged white male bubble, this show really seems to have been so much of an antidote to the current zeitgeist.
It was a show about connection in a time when we were all distanced from each other. A show about people from all over the world coming together when so many are caught up in nationalism. A show about forgiveness when so many are quick to judge and condemn.
I saw a number of headlines/first paragraphs of articles as this season was going that made it clear the trendy thing to do was to be upset with this season. And, admittedly, there were a few problems (namely the bloated episode length - a little bit of editing would have gone a long way). But those problems weren't the main thrust of these articles - they were hating on Ted Lasso because they were Nathan Shelley at the end of Season 2. This show made them feel everything warm and happy, even when bad things were happening, they just felt so spoken to. But Season 3? It didn't start that way. It was messy and followed lots of other people and things weren't so great, and then Zava shows up, and we don't care about that guy at all, and wasn't Ted going to work his magic on Zava, but no, that's not the way it really works. It wasn't what we wanted it to be.
At least, not yet. And maybe it was just hearing that this was the end of the series, but for some reason - even with my little complaints - I trusted the writers. And the criticism really bothered me. Ultimately, I feel like the writers knew what they were doing. Wandering around for a little while really helped those last 3 or 4 episodes nail what Ted had been and could be. I left feeling very satisfied. And I appreciated that they left most characters at a beginning, not an end. Yes, a few things got left on the table (couldn't you just see Ted wishing he had been able to help Rupert? Man, that would be some juicy conflict!). But in the end, I think the writers brought it home.
Trust the writers. Or, rather... believe.
Anything you were happy to see? What's your biggest snub? Or, are you like me and didn't see any of the movies to begin with?
We haven't done one of these for awhile. Discuss your Oscar picks and anything else you've been watching.
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What's a movie or show that you knew little or nothing of before walking in, and it still was nothing like you expected? I recently had this happen with The Cabin In The Woods. I knew it was this cool, little horror movie that everyone seemed to love, but I definitely wasn't expecting that.
What else have you been watching?
I'm start to get to the point where I think I'm going to switch up streaming services. I think Netflix is going to get the ax as there's really not much I want to watch on there anymore. All the shows I liked are gone and I'm not terribly interested in much of the original content.
D+ took over for the kids content, so I'm thinking I'm going to go for their bundled package instead. I hope E+ plays a bunch of random sports late at night.
So, what have you been watching?
Let's put up a movie post!
I recently watched a whole bunch of things, which I'll note at some point in the future. But specifically I wanted to share this little fun clip advertisement I saw for the movie Red Notice. Red Notice was apparently a big Netflix movie, and, like a lot of theirs, felt like it was rushed a bit, maybe needed another rewrite to tighten stuff up, etc. Kind of made up for the lack of writing by just having fun people doing fun things. And in the end it was good enough, because of that.
Anyway, what have y'all thought of Netflix movies (and similar?).
Aaaaaaand... also apparently I can't get the clip in this post. Half baked. I'll try the comments.
What are you watching?
Here's just an amazing thread on the staggering amount of talent (not limited to acting) that guest starred on Miami Vice of all shows:
Al Bundy as a Miami Vice Coke Dealer (1984) pic.twitter.com/Ql6Vrk5UWa
— Daniel Holland🎗🏴 (@DannyDutch) August 4, 2021
What's one performance you remember, TV or movies, where you noted someone special, only to see them subsequently blow up?