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  1. S04.E06: I See You

    I came here to say the same thing. He's clearly happy living there, she's clearly happy having him around, and they're probably both saving money. Everyone else needs to get off his back.
  2. S01.E05 Other Women

    I agree that everything is happening too fast. The girls are too powerful already (at least when they do spells together; their powers kind of suck separately), we've already met the elders, we've already had the "Mom comes back from the dead (but not really)" storyline, we've already had one of the girls tragically sacrifice a relationship... and none of it feels earned. It's so rushed, but at the same time it all feels low stakes somehow. I don't really buy their opponents as world-ending foes. I like the show, but I was expecting more humor and more perfect gut-punch moments like Jane the Virgin has, and so far it's not delivering.
  3. S04.E05: I'm So Happy for You

    I love that "Other Rebecca" says something different at the end of the theme song every week. I hope after the season ends, someone makes them all into a video. I cracked up at this ep's crazy-eyed, "Don't look. I'm behind you."
  4. "Pretty Little Liars" Spinoff "The Perfectionists" Has Started Production ‘Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’: Noah Gray-Cabey & Evan Bittencourt To Recur On Freeform Spinoff Janel Parrish Opens Up About 'The Perfectionists'! (Exclusive)
  5. PLL Spinoff: The Perfectionists

    I could no longer deny that this show is happening, so now we have a forum. I hope you'll all join me over there! Feel free to start some topics.
  6. Here's an article about the cancellation. I can't say I'm too upset, but I liked the show okay and would have watched another season. I hope Shahi's next project is better!
  7. S03.E06: The Ballad of Donkey Doug

    They haven't confirmed Eleanor's bisexuality on the show by having her outright state it (although it's pretty heavily implied!), but here's an article about it.
  8. S01.E02 Let This Mother Out

    At least in my view, mansplaining is when a man condescendingly explains a subject to a woman when she demonstrably already knows just as much about the subject as he does (or more). Harry knows much more about magic than the girls. He is a little condescending, though, I agree. It was too early to do an evil mom story, I think. It would have had more impact if they'd been missing her for a while or if there was a big mystery they needed her help to solve. They also got over destroying a facsimile of their dead mom awfully fast! The show is fun enough, but very slight. It feels low stakes. I just finished The Haunting of Hill House, though, so it's probably unfair of me to compare any supernatural show to that right now (I didn't love the finale, but the series in general was creepy and sad and great).
  9. S01.E01 Pilot

    I watched the original Charmed, but I never had the same attachment to it as I did to, say, BTVS, so I didn't mind that they were remaking it. It's also been so long since I watched it live that I don't remember that much about it. I'm just viewing this show as its own thing, and I liked the pilot! I wasn't sure I would after the first couple of scenes, as the dialogue between the girls and their mom seemed clunky and they were all overacting a bit, but everything got smoother as the episode went on. There were some funny lines, the special effects were much better than I usually expect from a CW show (that purple smoke filling the lab was especially cool), and the sisters have good natural chemistry. I didn't care for the Trump crack so much (I'm not a fan of his, to put it mildly, but I prefer for my shows to not reference real-life politics), but I didn't find the feminist comments annoying at all. Sure, the first villain was a little on the nose, but this was a pilot, and pilots (especially supernatural show pilots) have to do so much... introduce the characters, give them their powers if they don't already have them, explain at least a bit about the universe, and give us a little taste of the formula of the show (demon of the week or whatever)... so I can understand simplifying the first mystery. I'm in, and I look forward to seeing what other stories the writers come up with.
  10. Episode Discussion: Some Demented Fairy Tale

    I still watch "Let's Be Bad" from time to time. I don't know how Derek could watch that performance and think anyone else could play Marilyn.
  11. A Star is Born (2018)

    She also didn't win the Oscar for A Star is Born even though everyone was sure she was a lock. It may have been a situation where everyone thought everyone else would vote for her and so threw their vote to Grace Kelly, or maybe people didn't actually want her to win. I haven't seen Kelly's performance so I can't say whether or not I think Garland was robbed, but she was excellent in the film. As for this version, I think the backup dancers thing threw me. Ally didn't seem to want them, and they're a feature of that kind of dance pop! Blonde and red were also the hair color choices she was presented with, and she went with red; I read it as her picking the better of two bad options. I can see it both ways, really, but while watching I got the impression that dance pop music wasn't really "her," at least not at first. I appreciated that the movie treated the audience as intelligent and didn't spell everything out, but I would have liked a little more of her defending her new look and sound or explaining that Jackson shouldn't try to push his style onto her, I think.
  12. A Star is Born (2018)

    I did actually notice the body through the window, but yeah, it was shot from far enough off and was hard enough to see that it didn't feel gratuitous. In the 1976 version, the body was in the foreground with Esther holding it and crying -- not at all subtle! I think Ally is the reason the 1954 version edges this one out for me. Judy Garland's Esther had a lot of personality. She knew exactly what she wanted, and she was quite clever and witty; she and Norman had a number of fun banter-y exchanges. Their proposal scene is an example. The famous scene where she explains how Norman's drinking affects her was also very well done. I liked Ally, but I felt like I knew more about her hobbies and her home life than about her. I can't even be sure whether she actually wanted to make the style of music she performed on SNL or whether it was pushed on her. I know it would have made the movie about three hours long (which was a problem with the 1954 version; many of the cut/later restored scenes could easily have stayed cut -- although that proposal scene I linked above was cut, and that was a travesty), but I wish we could have seen the writing/performing of some of the other songs on the soundtrack. "Look What I Found," which she wrote before "Heal Me," bridges Ally's two styles well, I think (we saw her figuring out the beginning of it on the road trip, but we didn't get to hear the full song). On the other side, "Before I Cry," which comes after "Why Did You Do That" (and the similar "Hair Body Face") is a transition away from the latter songs' style while remaining pop. "Diggin' My Grave" and "I Don't Know What Love Is" are just legitimately excellent songs, as is the sweet "Is That Alright?" It's a solid soundtrack! The music in this version is definitely the best of all of them.
  13. A Star is Born (2018)

    I watched the 1937, 1954, and 1976 versions last week and saw this one tonight. The 1954 version was my favorite; I thought Garland had just the right amount of wit and grit, and I loved her voice. Janet Gaynor was a little too wide-eyed innocent for me and Streisand was too much of a boss straight off the bat (I did like her, but she played meeting a rock star and getting swept up in his world way too cool). 2018's version is almost tied with 1954's for me, but I can't put it in first place because I feel like it was more Jackson's story than Ally's story and that we didn't get quite enough from her perspective. I thought Gaga did an excellent job, though, with very naturalistic acting. I liked Cooper's version of Maine the best by far, with James Mason second (he was charming and more sad than cruel), Fredric March third (he was a bit of a cad, but hey, 1937), and Kristofferson dead last (he was a narcissistic ass and was the only one where I was actively rooting for his death). I didn't like the 1976 version adding infidelity to the story line; it felt out of place as we'd never gotten any indication that Maine was even looking at other women, and this was just some random woman who happened to be hanging out in his pool. I'm glad they didn't do that this time. I also felt like the 1976 version had too many "look at my ACTING" scenes, the most egregious of which was Esther clutching Norman's dead body while crying and telling him how scared she was -- again, they didn't do here, which I appreciated. The sad dog lying in front of the garage and the police lights flashing made the scene more powerful than seeing his body would have, I think. The 1976 version also butchered some of the great exchanges from the previous films (the scene in the 1954 version where Norman tries to explain how Esther's singing made him feel by comparing it to skilled fishing and boxing was lovely; the 1976 version chopped this exchange down to only talking about fishing). The 2018 version had the lowest number of callbacks to the others, but that was okay, as a lot of lines would feel dated now. It did have the best version of the "I just wanted to take another look at you" exchange; it felt really natural here but more stilted in the other films. The music was, of course, great. I love "Shallow" (and could see it winning Best Song) and I thought Cooper did a great job with all his songs. The pop songs Ally did were perfectly terrible. Overall, I thought this was really well done. There were some beautiful shots, the music was all good and believable as popular music, the relationship felt real, and the dialogue -- with everyone talking over each other and screwing up and correcting themselves -- felt extra real. This was definitely a worthy remake.
  14. Runaways In The Media: Missing Posters

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