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  1. TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Darn. On the bright side, I forgot to DVR it--and now I haven't missed anything! :)
  2. That comma after "stable" does create some unintentional misdirection. But I don't think the sentence is wrong, per se. It would be wrong if the article "a" was inserted before "working-class"--"I grew up in a stable, a working-class home in Hull..." (Unless the writer really were born in a stable.) As written, however, it's simply a pair of adjectives which don't need to be separated by a comma but which can just about permissibly be separated by a comma. (Much like the following: "I grew up in a large, ungainly house...") The writer should have looked at the effect that comma created--even if technically not wrong--and then not done that.
  3. S03.E04: The Snowplow

    The trolley has gone off the rails a bit. Every show has a moment or two that makes me laugh (this time, it was Tahani's $18K remark), but that feeling of continual surprise and delight that somehow miraculously survived through Season 2 is just not there anymore for me. A big story about the show in the Sunday New York Times magazine probably meant the writing was on the wall. Almost by definition, when The Times catches on to a cultural trend, it's over. The show has not yet crossed over into "not worth watching anymore" territory, so there's that.
  4. S04.E10: Winner

    You think they're gonna have personal time together?
  5. Maybe it was a clever ploy to echo the destruction of the hurricane with a destruction of the English language.
  6. TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    Watched (for the first time in a while) You'll Never Get Rich. That movie is funny!! How many other movie musicals actually are? The batting average is not stellar. Of course Benchley is one reason but not the only one. The dialogue crackles with wit, and the direction is perfect. And Frieda Inescort as Benchley's wife is a hoot. Just for starters. So often we have to settle for movie musicals that merely contain transcendent musical numbers. :) How much nicer when you can say, "I'd watch this movie even if it were a straight comedy."
  7. S04.E10: Winner

    It seemed imprudent of Jimmy to be yelling "I sure pulled the wool over those sucker's eyes!" when any one of them could have walked right by at any moment. But there I go (there I went) feeling nervous for Jimmy despite knowing he's a lying scumbag!
  8. Season Two Talk: Parking's Baby

    I loved this season, I loved this season finale, and I love Epix for bringing it to me. (There, I said it.) If they don't renew it, I might have to ask Miles Daly to have a little talk with them.
  9. S02.E02: There’s an Art to This

    Me too. Last season I felt lots of the characters were in jeopardy, which kept me involved. This year, the only character I'm worried about so far is Paul.
  10. Not only is our informal definition made just for us--it's the complete opposite of correct!
  11. TCM: The Greatest Movie Channel

    I have never seen any of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, but it has a song I love, "The Age of Not Believing," performed wonderfully by Angela Lansbury. I am not a fan of the Sherman Brothers (sacrilege, I know), but this one song, which makes me verklempt every time, makes up for every dumb thing they ever wrote. (OK, I don't hate their songs for Mary Poppins, but I don't put them in the top rank among all songs, either. This song, I could make a case for. I'll be interested to see how it fits into the story.) I share your regard for the anthology (live action/cartoon) Disney films of the forties. I think I have them all on DVD.
  12. S03.E03: The Brainy Bunch

    I'm not so sure Scott's performance was exactly what it should be. Trevor clearly annoyed the shirt out of everybody, and that was his job. But Adam Scott also annoyed the shirt out of me, to the point of making the episode unpleasant for me to watch. A perfectly gauged performance would have allowed me to delight in the annoyance felt by the team instead of personally putting me through annoyance-hell. That's a tall order for an actor, and I have no suggestions for Scott as to what he should have done differently, but it seems to me I've seen it done.
  13. S03.E03: The Brainy Bunch

    I'm just not feelin' it this year. I hope I will.
  14. S04.E09: Wiedersehen

    I may be one of Saul's marks, but I buy the sincerity of his emotional need for Kim.
  15. S04.E09: Wiedersehen

    That was useful to read. My reaction to the outcome when I watched was to feel awful for Jimmy--to share his reaction that an injustice had been done, I guess because I'm so invested in the character. But reading those criteria, I realize the committee made exactly the right choice, and made it not out of prejudice, but out of an uncommonly perceptive evaluation of the man. Much as I hated them at the time, kudos to them.