Wiendish Fitch

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  1. I don't find John Barrowman the least bit attractive. It's the flat hair and purple lips...
  2. Literally!! (rimshot) or That's why it helps to have a ghost writer! (rimshot) Sorry, I'll stop.
  3. I love the current lineup on SNL, I think it's the best it's been in years, and I don't care how unpopular that might be. That said, I hope the recent revelations of the foul behavior of men in Hollywood prompt the SNL writers to eliminate the roundtable sketches with Kate McKinnon's character Debrette Goldry. Even before all that, I loathed these these sketches, because the basic tenor is, "suck it up, ladies, things in Hollywood were much, much worse for women in the olden days, so quit your bitching already".
  4. A UO that only classic movie fans (such as myself) will give a crap about: I find it annoying how Nelson Eddy, to this day, is dismissed as "stiff" and "boring", but Joel McCrea, who I find genuinely stiff and boring, is lauded and praised. Am I missing something? At least Eddy could sing!
  5. Hopkins was at her best when William Wyler (These Three, The Heiress) or Ernst Lubitsch (Trouble in Paradise, Design for Living) was at the helm; otherwise, she had a tendency to be shrill and histrionic.
  6. I thought the "U.S. Acres" segments were the best; the antics of Roy and Wade always cracked me up, and those episodes have stuck with me the longest.
  7. Covering Dolly Parton is always risky, but I really love Sierra Boggess's cover of "Wildflowers". Here she is performing with her dad and Ramin Karimloo (the ideal version is on her "Awakening" album).
  8. Well, to be honest, I haven't watched Suspicion in years, because I despise the ending so much, so I am very biased in that sense. Maybe one day I'll give it another chance... maybe.
  9. A Damsel in Distress does have its moments (Burns and Allen and a Gershwin score?! Sweet!), but, hoo boy, Joan Fontaine is a big ol' fly in the ointment; bland, forgettable, can't dance, and has absolutely no chemistry with Astaire. I kept waiting for her to be revealed the wrong choice first woman, but alas, she's our main love interest. Frankly, I can count on one hand the number of times I've truly liked Fontaine in a role (Rebecca and Letter from an Unknown Woman); I thought she was too whiny as an ingenue (her scenes in The Women are an utter chore), and she later came off as haughty, stiff, and disingenuous. Sorry, but I'll take Olivia de Havilland any day.
  10. Already saw it! Good stuff. :) I never miss Todd.
  11. Nor I. Here's a weird UO that definitely shows my age: I didn't like Jewel as a singer until years after she was popular and relevant. Sorry, but Jewel in her heyday was insufferable to me; her lyrics were pretentious and callow, her songs were overplayed, and I hated her singing style, especially on "Who Will Save Your Soul", where she sounded like Kermit the Frog (I'm not being mean, I'm paraphrasing Jewel herself). After 0304 sort of drove the final nail into the coffin of Jewel's popularity (though "Intuition" remains a guilty pleasure of mine), I was surprised by how much I liked Goodbye Alice in Wonderland; her singing had greatly improved, the songs were light and catchy, and it was overall pretty darn consistent and solid.
  12. Damn skippy. No one here is saying that characters shouldn't have flaws; what we are saying is that those flaws should be addressed, and that there should be goddamned consequences. Showing my age and going back to Babylon 5, I adored the witty bon vivant Londo Mollari, but he had more than his share of flaws; he was ruthless, calculating, ambitious, impulsive, short-sighted, and he made horrible choices with devastating consequences for everyone, himself most of all. Trust me, I get no self-righteous glee in stating that Londo, much as I loved him, charming as he was, brought his downfall on himself. The show wisely framed him as sympathetic, but ultimately responsible for his actions. That's good writing, IMO. I think even the most beloved characters should suffer consequences, big or small, if they fuck up. For God's sake, Walter White suffered the consequences for his actions, there's no reason Xander shouldn't. And I hope no one is going to use Angel as a comparison; Angel was re-souled by the gypsies, doomed to live with the crushing guilt of centuries of misery he inflicted as Angelus. If that isn't the ultimate punishment, I don't know what is. Xander deserved an Old Testament-worthy verbal rending from all the women who suffered under the spell and a kick in the balls by Cordelia, not a lighthearted happy ending that might as well have involved everyone saying, "Oh, Xander!" (*freeze frame, cut to end theme music*). Xander did not make things right the aforementioned episode, Giles and Amy did. If Xander had been guilt-stricken, gone on an arduous quest to find a way to break the spell, succeeded after a trial or two, and sincerely begged everyone's forgiveness (especially Cordelia), that would support your argument, but that's not what happened. Xander is a useless load from beginning to end. One more thing before I get off my soapbox: There is nothing-ABSOLUTELY NOTHING-noble or heroic about NOT taking advantage of someone, especially someone who is not in their right mind. That is the barest minimum of human decency; you don't deserve a gold star or a cookie, much less a girlfriend or boyfriend.
  13. Well, that would mean Xander would suffer a lasting consequence, wouldn't it? We can't have that! Noooooo, he needs to be rewarded with having his girlfriend get back together with him and his crime neatly swept under the rug!
  14. A sunset at the Grand Canyon isn't as magnificent as the above statement, Spartan Girl.
  15. Thanks, Spartan Girl. Lord knows Cordelia was no peach; she had more than her share of shitty moments, took her sweet time gaining introspection on her Queen Bee ways, and she brought plenty of crap on herself. That said, that does not in any way, shape, or form justify the utterly petty and detestable way Xander treated her before they dated and after they broke up. Maybe Cordy was just as guilty of being bitchy and nasty about the whole mess, but Xander could give as good as he got, and he could have easily taken the high road, but he didn't. And you know what? For all of her flaws, at least Cordelia showed some genuine character development on Angel (though the less said about the final season or two, the better). Xander started out an insecure, immature, overcompensating pissant, and he ended up an insecure, immature, overcompensating pissant with an eyepatch. Screw that guy.