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  1. Film Adaptations

    Well, it's being done with the people who did Edge of 17, which is apparently what got Judy Blume to trust them. And there's 8th Grade, which had 13 playing 13, did pretty well for a micro-budget with movie with an R-rating. I do think you could reasonably make Are You There God? with a PG-13 rating. I can see that getting uncomfortable really quick. As an aside, I follow one of my friends from high school and she's dealing with the bullying her daughter's getting for being a 6 foot tall 12-year old with hips and boobs. It does happen. I'm kind of surprised that Blubber never happened, although I guess no one wanted to watch 10-year olds being absolutely sadistic to each other. Jill isn't much of a hero, Judy Blume did allow adaptions of the Ramona and Fudge books, as well as an indie more modern one for Tiger Eyes. You sure as hell couldn't do Maybe Again, Then I Won't and still have Tony peeping on the next door neighbor with binoculars. Maybe a modern version would be the daughter being 18 and doing some kind of webcam deal? Although even that would still be problematic, although One Tree Hill did get away with that in the early 2000's. Not sure you could do that now. I did like the idea of following how a guy deals with becoming suddenly rich. They'd have to change the invention (it's basically the Clapper, wasn't it?) and the older brother's death from Vietnam would have to be changed. It's Not the End of the World seemed fairly timeless, if I remember it right. So many kids go through divorce.
  2. S08.E06 Return to Murder House

    I guess because Nan went to heaven? After season 6 Buffy, we all learned it's bad form to take someone who's happily in heeavvvvvveeeennnn. In the other 3 cases, they were being rescued from hell. I haven't watched the show since Motel but I don't really feel lost. I guess that's the benefit of an anthology show. I came back purely for Cody Fern.
  3. Halloween (2018)

    This was definitely enjoyable, although I thought it meandered a bit. It's also really interesting to watch this and compare it to H20, because you can really see the difference in what horror movies looked like in the 1990's and what they look like now, especially in the attic scene in this one that's very quiet and kind of felt influenced by the Conjuring. Whereas H20 definitely had some Scream elements going on. The switch Judy Greer did at the end was great. Not quite as awesome as the one Alison Williams did in Get Out, but still pretty awesome.
  4. Film Adaptations

    I read somewhere that Judy Blume wouldn't grant the rights because almost every pitch she got included aging up Margaret. 12 is not a popular movie age, especially if we're talking about 12-year olds having conversations about periods instead of Babysitter's Club type fluffy innocence. I mean, look at the Giver adaption, which turned Jonas from a 12-year old curious about the world into a twentysomething 16-year old hunk.
  5. S03.E04: Vietnam

    I didn't understand how the lottery worked so I figured I'd be safe with a December birthday. Then I found out how it actually worked, and I would have been a 12, and for sure would have been going, although I probably would have just told the I was gay. Still, crazy to think about.
  6. Randall: Sterling K. Brown

    I feel like my intelligence is being insulted by the writers who are trying to sell the idea that Randall can run for council of a city and state Randall isn't even a resident of. Seriously? I guess he's going to pretend he's been living at his apartment building for the past 6 months?
  7. S08.E06 Return to Murder House

    I feel like I've definitely seen much, much worse with 30-ish guys playing teenagers. Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 2. Cody Fern's face doesn't really seem to have deep crow's feet around his eyes yet. I agree he doesn't look 15, but I'd buy him playing college in a heartbeat. In any event, this isn't a teen oriented show so I'm not really expecting "teen" characters to really look like teenagers. Cody Fern is having a ball. Man, I love watching him work. He is so utterly adorable!
  8. S01.E01: Keep on Truckin'

    I also think she dropped about 15-20 pounds. Not surprised. There were more than a few comments about how she looked too heavy to be spawned by David and Darlene. This might actually work. And the scene between Dan and Marcy was great work.
  9. Film Adaptations

    Wow. I honestly thought this would never happen. "Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret" in the works after Judy Blume grants rights I really hope they resist the pressure to age up the girls or have a 16-year old playing 12. "We must, we must, increase our bust!"
  10. The Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers, etc.

    I could see maybe trotting out Daredevil again, especially since that seems to be the best viewed of the Netflix MCU shows.
  11. The Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers, etc.

    I'm honestly kind of curious to see how Marvel is going to treat the Netflix characters/shows right now that Disney is launching its own streaming service. I mean, Danny Rand was kind of lame but I wonder if Marvel might start exercising their rights over that character now that Iron Fist got cancelled.
  12. The DC Extended Universe: To Thanagar and Beyond!

    Same. I feel like he was trying to be Tom Holland, and failed miserably. And I've been rooting for Ezra since his turn in Perks of Being A Wallflower. (His bit part in Trainwreck was HYSTERICAL.)
  13. According to her biography, Cher contracted Eppstein-Barr syndrome in the early 90's which left her unable to sustain a heavy workload. She decided to do her informercials instead, which wrecked her career. To quote Cher, "I mean, I should have just put a gun to my mouth and blown my brains out. It would have been a lot faster." SNL did a wonderful skit about them: https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/focus-on-beauty-ii/n10438 I also think that at some point, her work just got too heavy for her to be cast as regular people in movies. The woman her age that still get lead roles tend to have faces that still somewhat resemble reality. Anyway, back to that skit...Christina Applegate should've had a better career. It's a shame. She just doesn't seem to have a lot of luck, although I loved her turns as the bitchy mom in Bad Moms.
  14. Nostalgia in This Is Us

    Aww. Another Saved by the Bell reference. I was too young when I was watching the show to crush on Zach, but MPG is still quite the attractive fellow. I didn't find Rebecca's outfit to be that off for 1966-ish. I googled 1966 high school and came up with this: This looks pretty similar to Rebecca's look for '66. And Rebecca's backstory is that she comes from a conservative WASP family. I doubt her mom would have let her dress like Twiggy. One thing I thought was interesting about studying yearbooks from the mid/late 1960's (I'm a volunteer at a museum) is that kids stayed pretty conservative even up through 1968. You don't really start seeing the hippie style creeping in until about 1970, and becoming ubiquitous around 1972-1973. And nobody did the mod thing at all. I don't think the schools would have allowed it. The most hip thing I saw in a 1968 yearbook was a guy wearing a nehru jacket.
  15. Jack: Milo Ventimiglia

    Right. It's just kind of sad that Rebecca bought into being with Jack because she thought it'd be more of a partnership than the 1950's housewife deal that her mother had with her dad. And we're apparently supposed to handwave everything because he helped with dishes. Okay.