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  1. I always thought it would be hilarious if Randall accidentally gentrifies the apartment building and the surrounding neighborhood. Philadelphia gentrification is a hot-button topic right now, and it seems to be happening in all parts of the city.
  2. Well, in my defense, I was 15 or 16 when I rented Broken Hearts Club and I was too far into the haze of male puberty to really care about what the guys I lusted over were actually saying. I do think Broken Hearts Club lost me when they started playing a Sesame Street tune during a baseball game. Like, wtf? It just kept getting worse from there.
  3. The Casting & Recasting Thread

    Joey Pollari was absolutely amazing in his season of American Crime Story, and it's nice he had a bit part in Love Simon. But my god, it was pushing it two years ago for him to be high school, and it's only gotten worse. I know he's only 23, but my god, he looked really awkward as a high school kid. I think he's hot, and he had very boyish looks at 18/19, but maturation hit him hard and he's not remotely believable as a high school kid now. I really thought he had been a guy who had graduated a year or two ago, not someone actually in school with him. I really hope his agents start pushing him into more adult roles now because I just can't buy him playing 17. On an unrelated note, he just came out. Good for him. Back to the age thing...it is Hollywood standard to cast adults playing teenagers (Nick Robinson is 21 or 22) but most of that cast was pretty believable. Joey kind of stuck out like a sore thumb. I tend to care less about 90210 casting when it's clear most of that cast hadn't seen their teen years in a long time.
  4. I got back from a screening and I loved the movie. However, I didn't read the book. Movie Simon does some great emotional moments, but for the most part, he's even-keeled because he's pretty repressed. I definitely didn't find him flamboyant- Movie Simon and the way they dressed him definitely seemed like they were trying to play him as the All-American straight acting boy. Not to a ridiculous extent (they didn't turn him into a macho jock or anything) but he just dresses up like your average dude who wears hoodies and his mannerisms don't really scream as stereotypical. I actually related a lot to him- I don't read as "straight" or " gay" to anybody, so people don't expect me to be gay, but when I tell them I am, it's not really a surprise. I definitely wish I could have watched something like this in 2003 when I was 17, and the bulk of gay movies/shows I'd seen went with one of these five plots: 1.) Angsty romances that end with a gay-bashing murder or a suicide. 2.) Angsty romances that end with the closetcase not being able to come out, thus ending the relationship. 3.) Angsty romances that end with a terminal illness like AIDS or occasionally, death by diabetes. 4.) Straight boy worship. I mean, come on. I know we've all been there, but geez. 5.) Wacky romantic comedies about hot gym bunnies living in cities who make funny pop culture references...these weren't depressing but I never did relate to the pretty hot gay club people. And let's be honest, with the exception of Trick, most of that subgenre is awful. I cannot tell you how much I haaaaaaaattttttttteeeed Broken Hearts Club, after being so excited because it had Andrew Keegan and Kerr Smith in it. Anyway, it was nice to see something different and more akin to a John Hughes movie, if gay people were actually allowed to exist in his 80's rich preppie world.
  5. S02.E18: The Wedding

    Not to mention poor Bobbi Kristina, who had a very beautiful mother but looked like the spitting image of her father instead. Alexa Ray is honestly very striking, and she's got the kind of look that tends to age very, very well. Billy's face works better on a girl, as seen by her. Same for how Steven Tyler's face works better on a girl with his daughters Liv and Mia. But yeah, it sucks that everyone expected her to be a clone of Christie. I get where they're going with this- Deja was never able to develop a personality or be a kid because she was always worrying about her mother. Her life made her hard, angry, and prone to lashing out. But she just doesn't fit into this show, and I wish they had instead gone with them taking in a variety of different kids from different walks of life and races.
  6. Gender in Movies

    I thought Analeigh Tipton's character was likeable, even though she was trying to hook up with Steve Carell and gave his son nude photos of herself that she originally was going to give to him.
  7. Ooh, Ross Lynch is so dreamy!
  8. S02.E18: The Wedding

    One thing I've noticed about life is that people who try really hard to seem like they're funny and bright and the life of a room tend to have some really deep, dark thoughts. It's pretty much an act. I don't think it's a coincidence that a lot of famous comedians (Robin Williams, Chris Farley, Freddie Prinze Sr., etc etc) had really deep, dark issues. It actually makes a lot of sense for Toby to have hid his depressive episodes from Kate.
  9. This Is Our Spoiler and Speculation Topic

    So, basically, it sounds like Randall and Beth are going to shrug their shoulders and go "Foster kid problems" and go right back into the process of making Deja a Pearson? Okay. Also...they're totally ripping off Titanic for when Rebecca dies, right? One of the speculation theories is that she's dying by the 2030's (which makes sense being that she should be pushing 90 in 20 years) and the family is trying to deal with that. If/when she does go, she's so meeting Jack in heaven. My guess is that instead of a ballroom, it will be a nightclub where she's once again young and gorgeous, and everyone cheers her on as she and dashing young Jack meet and kiss in heaven.
  10. S02.E07: Ascent

    I also thought that, going on the race angle, Andrew really liked David being blond, blue-eyed, white and beautiful. He had the LOOK that Andrew wanted; all that was needed was for David to be molded into a cosmopolitan man.
  11. S02.E03: A Random Killing

    Which is exactly what he did to the caretaker at Fort Mott. It ties back to the title- A Random Killing- and shows us one that is said to be one but clearly isn't, and the actual random killing.
  12. Crime After Crime: Future Season Wishlist

    The early 90's San Diego setting of some of season 2 made me think about the Betty Broderick case. Now THAT would be awesome, especially if Ryan Murphy could get an actor that could match Meredith Baxter's scenery chewing in the 1992 mini-series. I would say Sarah Paulson, but I want someone that could be on the pudgy side.
  13. Roseanne: Domestic Goddess of All Media

    Hmm. I was pretty young when the show aired (2 to 11) so I only really watched the latter seasons in real time. Most of it I watched in reruns on TBS back in the mid/late 90's. It's interesting to learn that.
  14. S01.E16: Pain

    Claire already regretted it the moment she gave it to her. It's the same thing that goes through the mind of every child who has a user parent, at varying degrees. You help even though you know it isn't really helping. When someone says they're bi-polar (which seemed to be what the mother was saying) that pretty much means they're going to go off their meds and have an episode. I've never seen a drama that didn't do that to a bi-polar character. I really liked their story. I loved that their relationship happened AFTER he got paralyzed, and that she never knew him as the Alpha Male that he so clearly was before he got injured. This couple and the surviving conjoined twin are the two cases that are really going to stick with me. This show really does seem to follow the format that at least one person is going to die every episode, I feel like.
  15. Roseanne: Domestic Goddess of All Media

    Wow, she did? I don't remember that part about her calling Darlene and Becky whores. I wonder if that got edited out on subsequent reruns. I do remember that she seemed liked Cathy Moriarty on crack.