Wiendish Fitch

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  1. Same here. In Legends of the Fall, I was like, "you can keep that flaky man-whore Tristan, give me Alfred! That's a man!" I love Aidan Quinn, if only for his deep, deep voice, and those deep, deep, deep blue eyes... Sorry, what were we talking about? :)
  2. Every time men's rights activists are pissed off, a basket of kittens and puppies are born at the end of a rainbow. :)
  3. Christopher Cross is far and away my least favorite singer ever. I unfortunately work in grocery stores, so there's always a chance that his lazy, narcissistic, drawling, castrated whine of a voice will infect my work day.
  4. The author, Jo Nesbo, and and the character are Norwegian, so "Hole" is pronounced differently than it is in English. Still, don't think the unintentional humor was lost on me. :) Seriously, I read the first 2 books in the series, and they manage to be simultaneously dull and smutty. I don't expect my lead characters to be perfect, but I do expect a certain degree of humor, or warmth, or charm, or something I can latch onto emotionally or otherwise. Hell, I like Becky Sharp from Vanity Fair, and she's almost pure evil, but at least she's fun and her actions are framed in a snarky light. Harry Hole is such a boring, cliched cardboard cutout that I just can't get invested.
  5. Though I loved The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulane, I find Kate DiCamillo, for the most part, insufferable as a writer. She's obnoxiously twee in her prose, and strikes me as very up her own ass. I shake my head at her pile of Newbery Awards. The appeal of the Harry Hole novels eludes me. He's such an uninteresting, cliched character. Broody loner? Check! Loose cannon on the force? Check! Smoker? Check! Drinking problem? Check! Women near and dear to him are either raped or killed, because women in these kinds of books exist solely to have awful things happen to them to motivate the hero for any reason? CHEEE-YECK!
  6. I second this. Gus is so good at presenting a kindly, professional, caring facade, even I bought it... even though I watched every single episode of Breaking Bad, and knew what he was capable of. Always remember: this is the man who calmly threatened the life of Walt's baby daughter, and you know he would do it, and you know he'd lose little to no sleep over it. Gus has become one of my favorite TV villains ever. Giancarlo Esposito has a special gift of playing various despicable characters (Buggin' Out in Do the Right Thing comes to mind).
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy did absolutely nothing for me. Sorry. Similarly, I wish someone could explain in writing what's so wonderful about Chris Pratt.
  8. It's been a while since I've expressed this oldie but goodie: I hated Terra on Teen Titans, and I didn't have one iota of sympathy for her. She was a treacherous, ungrateful hellspawn who stabbed the only people who were ever kind to her in the backs, and had the unmitigated balls to resent them turning against. Terra got exactly what she deserved in the end, and good riddance.
  9. I don't think Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie was a "goody-goody", and I'm so bored with the whole "Nellie Olson was way more fun" argument. First off, goody-goody? Laura Ingalls? Laura, energetic little scrapper who was always getting into trouble, fights, learning a valuable lesson from her numerous mistakes, and who wasn't above exacting revenge on those who deserved it? Being on the side of good does not make one a "goody-goody". Frankly, I think that label belongs to prim, prissy, boring (until she was blinded) Mary. And you know what? I love Alison Arngrim (I highly recommend her memoir Confessions of a Prairie Bitch), but Nellie Olson was a loser! Seriously, how many times did she get her sorry ass handed to her by Laura? And anyone in the double digits who still plays Ring-Around-the-Rosey and has that hair is no one to be admired!
  10. "You sound happy, Sidney. Why should you be happy when I am not?" JJ Hunsecker, one of cinema's most quotable villains. :)
  11. I maintain the Stephanie Plum books would have made a better TV series than movie. I was thinking about the 2011 movie Like Crazy, which starred a then unknown (or barely known) Felicity Jones, the late Anton Yelchin (sniff), and super-recent Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence. While Jones was more established (she has been acting since 13), some critics griped about how this "nobody" was billed above bright, shiny newcomer Lawrence. Then Lawrence was in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook, and she shot to the top of the A-List, while Jones just played big parts in small movies, or small parts in big movies. Skip ahead to now, poor J-Law is suffering a bit of backlash due to overexposure and Passengers (looking back, I agree she was terribly overhyped, but I refuse to blame her for that or Passengers), while Jones not only got a well-deserved Oscar nod for The Theory of Everything, but starred in a certain, beloved franchise that easily leaves The Hunger Games in the dust. My point is, you never know what the trajectory of someone's career will be, and sometimes it's foolish to try to predict.
  12. I'll be just fine with Elle King sticking around. I'm so glad she didn't inherit her dad's lack of charm and talent!
  13. Agreed. Aaron Paul was convincing as mid-20s Jesse in the first season of Breaking Bad, despite pushing 30, but towards the end, his actual age became more obvious (to be fair, dealing with any of these people would age someone before their time). Paul's now almost 40 (damn, time flies), and he would just look like an idiot trying to pass himself off as young Jesse. I'd suggest getting a young stunt double, filming him from behind, and have Paul do a voiceover, but most people hate that stunt, so I got nothin'. Damn, I would just love to lock Chuck in a narrow little closet filled with old school boomboxes and active vibrators, wouldn't you?
  14. My favorite westerns are technically anti-westerns: The Big Country, High Noon, and the 2010 True Grit. I also like them because they have interesting female characters.
  15. Right? And why curse poor Chip and the dog?! What did they do to deserve it?! Dammit, by expanding her reasons for cursing them, you make her seem worse, not better! I can't believe the writers thought they could "improve" Belle and make her stronger; they not only fail at that, all they do is make her weaker and less interesting. So they made Belle the inventor. Does it play into the plot in any other significant way than that one unremarkable scene? Is it a Chekhov's gun that comes up later? Or maybe she further wins the Beast's heart by inventing something that helps him or the palace inhabitants out? Nope! It's completely, utterly pointless! Also, in the climactic scene where she and her father are escaping from the prison wagon, does she cunningly plan the escape in such an astonishingly clever way that Steve McQueen would weep with envy? Nope! She just hands her dad a damn hairpin to pick the lock! Belle's usefulness is officially on the same level as Golden Age Lois Lane or Sweet Polly Purebred from the old Underdog show! Belle finds out that her mom died from plague, does this inform or shape her character in any way, shape or form? NEEE-YOPE! It's just there! Cause, I guess, it bothers people that we don't know why Belle's mom's dead (show of hands: how many of you guys actually care?). Funny, when I first watched the original as a kid, I just figured, "eh, mom probably died in childbirth or something. Ah, well."