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  1. Everytime I see Danielle's daughters I'm reminded of a thought I had sometime in season 2: "Danielle's kids will be the only kids in the NJ franchise to graduate from college AND graduate school." Super special unicorn Albie seemed to be lauded despite his obvious mediocrity. Whereas Christine and Jillian were always described as doing what was expected of them. Danielle was clearly proud of them, but she never seemed to point a neon arrow on their non-modeling achievements. As always, read the fucking Great Gatsby reality tv people. There is nothing celebratory about the story. It is a tragedy. You want to have a Roaring 20s party, have a Roaring 20s party. The Great Gatsby isn't a Roaring 20s Party.
  2. The Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers, etc.

    The best action directors have come from Hong Kong or started as stunt people, stunt coordinators, or choreographers (dance or stunts). Also people who have directed boxing films and sports and dance documentaries tend to be very good at catching action. There are people who are known for directing action, who are actually quite shit at it (Michael Bay and Zack Snyder). Michael Bay uses far too many cuts so you can barely tell what's happening or where the action is taking place though you can be certain that it will be too loud, have a ton of explosions, and a random turn down an alley will transport you to downtown Detroit regardless of where the movie is set. Zack Snyder is known for his use of slow motion. Luckily for him, his style was so new that no one came after him over the use of it in 300 where it's kind of a mess. I don't think it's terrible in Man of Steel, but it's actually bad in BvS. Snyder falls so in love with certain frames that he will happily muddle whole action scenes in service of those slow mo shots. In contrast to these prior directors who got started in commercials, I feel like the Scott brothers are very good action directors who got their starts in commercials. I don't know if it's because Ridley loves to storyboard every last second of what he shoots. Tony and Ridley have largely avoided stylistic excesses. Lexi Alexander is fantastic; she got her start as a mixed martial artist and stunt performer. Kevin Tancharoen is very very good too; he started as a dance choreographer for Britney Spears and Madonna. What happens on many films is that the stunt coordinator or choreographer directs the action scenes maybe with some supervision by the second unit director. The reasons you wouldn't want a director who only excels at action scenes to direct the whole film is because some directors (Louis Leterrier and John Woo) can barely put together a meaningful scene when there is no punching. An action film is like a dance film or a singing film--the performance or action is supposed to illustrate the personal story, which is primarily not fighting, dancing, or singing. Regardless of the dance portions of Flashdance, the personal journey is the most important part of the film. The dance illustrates that. The fighting in Civil War illustrates the personal and professional schism between Steve and Tony. Additionally James Cameron is known for his sci fi and action films and the action directing is good in them, but he's actually very good at getting solid performances out of people like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, and Eliza Dushku who are not great actors. Iron Fist was not good; although the second season was an improvement. Luke Cage has its good points; it was in the process of breaking stories for season 3 when it was canceled. However, the real reasons that Disney wants access to those characters regardless of how well the shows turned out is: 1. they are Marvel characters and Marvel wants to be able to use the characters if they can; 2. some of their existing film MCU characters have notable relationships with the Netflix characters in the comics; 3. Ragnarok and Infinity War have demonstrated that Doctor Strange is better when paired with other characters; and 4. the films can't keep getting bigger; they have to go smaller and the Netflix characters provide an opportunity for that.
  3. The Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers, etc.

    What a terribly drafted clause. There should be a fault aspect to it because if Disney canceled the shows, Disney should be penalized for maliciously canceling in order to profit by fully bringing the characters into the MCU. However, Netflix is canceling the shows knowing that Disney is building their competition and they want to hurt Disney. Typically, there would be fault contingencies.
  4. S06.E11: Let Them Eat Chicken!

    But that's a ridiculously reductive argument on their part. Food trends fall in and out of fashion and true masters can make the humblest ingredients sing. Adrian isn't a true master, but a complaint about the execution is more appropriate. The dish might have been tasty, but they can express that they were hoping for something a little bit more adventurous. Earlier in the thread, I posted a link to some of el Bulli's most famous dishes; one of which is their chicken curry. I've had chicken curry that was from the lowest low to some pretty darn spectacular versions, but I sure as shit have never tried Ferran Adria's version. http://www.elbulli.com/catalogo/catalogo/anyo.php?lang=en&anyo=1995&id=298 Or taking a snobby and pedantic view of the ingredients rice and fish means that you can't make a distinction between grocery store sushi and Sukiyabashi Jiro or Red Lobster and Le Bernadin. So going "Ugh, chicken" tells me everything I need to know about these people with more money than sense. Lobster and truffles used to be considered agricultural feed, lobster as little as 100 years ago and truffles as recently as 10 or 15 years ago in China. Chinese truffles are genetically identical to French ones. No one is quite sure if it's the different soil or harvesting them too early that results in a taste difference. But sitting around being dumb snobs about ingredients tells me they don't know anything about food. People created foods like prosciutto, pancetta, and lardo not because they were wealthy and indulgent, but because it was the only way to preserve as much as they possibly could of an animal. Foie Gras was discovered by accident. Roasted marrow bones were considered the poorest of the poor food as recently as a decade ago. Whereas aspics and gelees were considered very elegant and high class foods. Pickling, jams, jellies, and confits were techniques to preserve food that couldn't be had year round. So yeah, I'm not breaking my fucking neck to excuse idiots too dumb to understand how shit worked.
  5. S06.E11: Let Them Eat Chicken!

    How hard is it to say that the dish was good, but you were hoping to have your palate expanded and wowed a little bit more than you had been with the chicken dish. People understand that. Instead they had to make complete fucking fools of themselves.
  6. S06.E11: Let Them Eat Chicken!

    I think he regrets it every season. In season 1, he had them running fire drills because he didn't trust them and thought that they'd cluelessly let the boat sink or burn down to the water line in 90 seconds. In season 2, they gave him Andrew Sturby who flat out lied about having any experience. Season 3 saddled Lee with Leon, Rocky, Don, Dane, the kitchen fire, and Eddie being a dumbass by fucking Rocky and gaslighting her. Season 4 is Trevor the hair model, Kelley as a bosun, Nico running a shadow campaign to undermine Kelley, and the first mate coming dangerously close to seriously injuring or killing 2 guests. Season 5 is the season of actual true incompetence. It features a depressed and distracted Nico as the lead bosun/deckhand, a deckcrew so unskilled that they can't leave the dock and had to have the chef run out to help with docking, a temporary bosun who Nico undermined constantly, a deckhand who had to plan meals for the chef to cook because the chef's inspiration began and ended at chain restaurant salads, and an incompetent interior staff that forced Lee to hire temps when they were docked. Bruno actually gets a pretty serious rope burn. In a lot of ways, this crew isn't that bad. Chandler was a bad bosun, but he was probably an ok deck hand. It seemed pretty obvious that Ross should have had the job all along. Rhylee is a combative loud mouth, but she's a hard worker when she isn't unprofessionally mouthing back to her supervisors. Caroline is a paranoid histrionic complainer, but it seems like she was doing the job about as well as Laura is doing. Caroline also never had the temerity to do a shitty job, relate it to Kate's diminished standards, and engage in a whisper campaign about how Kate isn't performing duties up to standards. Laura really reminds me of Trevor the hair model. Trevor talked shit about how bad the rest of the crew was at their jobs, he'd drunkenly make fun of their tattoos and life choices, and just generally be an ass. And when Kelley refused to let Trevor back on the ship after Trevor nearly provoked 2 drunken fights in one night, Trevor claimed it was because the crew was jealous that he was a hair model. There are a whole host of issues that have never made it to air including the sinking of the production boat and at least two anchor snafus: one where the anchor nearly cut an underwater power line and blacked out an island and another where they had to assist raising an anchor by hand because it was dragging on something. Of course there is Sandy's season 2 twisted anchor debacle when she put 2 anchors down instead of 3 and the two twisted around each other, which forced Wes to slowly unwind the anchors for hours so that they could avoid cutting the anchor chain and ending the charter season early.
  7. S06.E11: Let Them Eat Chicken!

    I agree with you. These cast members were already captains when they came on the show: Aleks for luxury motor yachts Eddie for tugboats Bryan from BD: Med for luxury motor yachts Chandler Colin for ferries Rhylee for fishing boats I think Sam may have also had her license because see worked on her father's catamaran charter business. These are the people who are now captains after the show: Kelley Bobby Tiffany Malia Wes (maybe) Joao I remember reading that someone else really mystifying also got their captain's license, but I can't recall who.
  8. S04.E09: Elseworlds Part III (2018.12.11)

    In one of the weirder bits of quasi-continuity, Jeremy Davies played a different character, Ritchie Simpson, in Constantine and Justice League Dark. Justice League Dark was originally supposed to be in continuity with Constantine and a sequel to the show. It didn't quite end up that way. However in Justice League Dark, Ritchie Simpson used a magical talisman to turn himself into Doctor Destiny. So Jeremy Davies plays two different characters, one of which is sort of in the Arrowverse via Constantine, that end up as the same villain.
  9. S07.E02: Hope and Pride

    James' real problem is fame and cameras. The alcohol doesn't help things, but he starts ratcheting up his bad behavior when he knows that it might reasonably make it into the show. As everyone says about the rap diss, James had been nice to Brittany for like 10 straight months. Then right as they were about to start filming again, James pulls this shit.
  10. S06.E11: Let Them Eat Chicken!

    A reminder that Rhylee continues to be the worst https://mobile.twitter.com/rhylee_gerber/status/1072685848590774273 Yes, this is indeed something she tweeted tonight like a fucking asshole.
  11. S06.E11: Let Them Eat Chicken!

    Someone needs to inform the Michelin guide because I don't think that they know this rule. It turns out that some restaurants with 1, 2, and 3 Michelin stars have served chicken in the past and continue to serve chicken today. Gasp! In fact, el Bulli, which is considered one of the greatest and most innovative restaurants of the modern age had chicken and popcorn on its menu. http://www.elbulli.info/gallery.htm It's stupid complaints like "chicken is for poor people" that always reveals that the guests are a bunch of low class cashed up boors. One hundred years ago lobster was considered garbage food only suitable for feeding prisoners, fishing bait, and fertilizer. What a colossal bunch of dumb fucks. I'm not saying that Adrian made anything that was remotely Michelin worthy (he didn't), but that's an entirely different critique than claiming certain ingredients are only for "teh poors." Given how quickly the accident with Ashton went down, Rhylee's need to constantly question orders is even more obnoxious. He's there trying to provide her with info that could save her life. In the Beach Club when they continued their argument, Rhylee made the point that Ross' directions weren't completely clear. They weren't. I would have sided with Rhylee had her initial response to Ross' directive not been "Hold on." Laura is truly obnoxious. She did a shit turn down and used Ashton's accident as opportunity to bitch and talk shit. "There are a lot of cut corners around here." Thank god. Brent was promptly fired. I'm kidding, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was. If they have camera crew with boat skills, it's absolutely to protect the film crew and not the cast. Remember they've sunk a crew ship.
  12. S01.E03: Remember It Was Me

    I guess, but how often does that truly happen? In my experience when people are turning over a new leaf, they often communicate that with their romantic partners, their friends and family. That story of repentance and reform often becomes part of the couple's love and relationship narrative. You'll hear the person who has become better talk about how the other person "taught them what love is," "taught them to love themselves," "made them want to be a better person," or "represented someone actually worth changing for." I'm not saying that they are successful in actually becoming a better person, but when they are at least a little bit sincere they tend to communicate that sentiment. The fact that Tonia was clueless about his past, hadn't met his friends prior to the wedding, and clearly hadn't met his family should have been a sign to Tonia and John's garbage friends that something wasn't on the up and up. And that's not saying that couples are completely candid about their pasts, but the fact Tonia was completely clueless about his protracted period pulling scams and when the topic seemed to be steering in that direction, John would redirect it with a complete falsehood. That should have really given those friends some pause. But maybe his friends calling him Dirty John during the toast and on the wedding video was their attempt to out John's past dirty deeds because they didn't know Tonia well enough to just come out and say it. It might have been a very WASPy way to deal with the predicament.
  13. Kathryn Dennis: On Her Own!

    Thanks @biakbiak.
  14. Kathryn Dennis: On Her Own!

    This sort of answers all of that speculation about Saint's alleged "health issues." Saint looks like Kathryn's brother. https://people.com/tv/kathryn-dennis-kids-ring-bearer-flower-girl/
  15. S03.E16: Party Fouls

    @raiderred1 you're right on all counts. Kam and D'Andra are SMU grads. Stephanie is an Oklahoma State University grad. Cary went to Baylor for undergrad and UCLA for her Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant degree.