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    The Favourite (2018)

    I just got back from seeing this, and thought it was very good but weird. The acting was utterly top-notch, of course. Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz were blow-the-doors-off amazing; I found Emma Stone good, but not as good to the other two (though that may be partially because Abigail just wasn't as interesting a character). I felt quite badly for Sarah at the end, and wish more of the movie had been about her, as imo she emerged as the most interesting character, with the most depth/layers of anyone on-screen. When she was walking back through the secret passage after she saw Anne and Abigail sleeping together? OUCH. In some ways I also think Sarah loved Anne more than Anne loved her (not as it appears on the surface), which makes it all doubly tragic. I would totally watch a prequel about Anne and Sarah (really Sarah) running the country...or a sequel where Sarah does something else cool and seethes in bitterness. Did anyone else crack up at her attempts at letter writing? I know I did. But I also love that we don't know what the actual letter said. Olivia Colman's EYES during the party scene. Sometimes the (odd) soundtrack worked for me, and sometimes it didn't. The fish-eye view was effective the first 500 times it was used, but by the end I was kind of over it. The costumes and scenery were BEAUTIFUL, though--I do hope it wins one of the technical Oscars for which it's been nominated (especially Costume Design or Production Design), because it was just a visual feast on all levels. Agreed, I loved that, and I loved Weisz' deadpan delivery of "No, but I do have a standing job offer" when Godolphin finds her in the brothel and asked if she'd been raped. Something about it was both so controlled and wry and nonchalant in the way that Sarah was throughout the movie, and yet hinted that she was about to TOTALLY lose her shit.
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    NFL Thread

    I don’t believe for a second that Gurley isn’t injured. McVay is too smart to pull a Malcolm Butler the year after Belichick probably pissed away the Super Bowl by doing it. I think they just haven’t wanted to admit how banged-up Gurley is.
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    Super Bowl LIII: The Live Chat Topic

    Yeah, tonight was a win for the officiating for sure. No big blown calls and they let the players play and only really flagged the big stuff, which I like.
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    Super Bowl LIII: The Live Chat Topic

    YES!!!! That is NOT how I thought this game would go, but for a Pats win I will happily take it. Though for the sake of my blood pressure, they need to stop shooting themselves in the foot in the first quarter/half, jfc. They should definitely have been up more at halftime. And they have got to do something about Gostowski...he’s developing a bad case of the playoff yips. This game didn’t have the drama of some others but I found it tense and didn’t think it was boring. At a certain point you started waiting for the one big play that would turn the tide. There was some truly excellent defense. So pumped for the McCourty twins. Gronk is SO retiring. You can’t script a better ending.
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    NFL Thread

    I have a feeling I know the answer to this, but did Goodell say anything about the Saints-Rams officiating?
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    S01.E13: Cleared for Approach

    I think you're getting the "who will die" stuff mixed up. I'm pretty sure the original poster was referring to the Angel of Death episode. He was a passenger, was getting Callings, and was convinced that because he told a few people at the bar about the Callings and they promptly dropped dead of (truly very questionable) non-natural causes, that he had killed them. (So he jumped off a building instead of just, you know, not telling anyone else). The idea was that whatever power/force gave them the Callings didn't want knowledge of the Callings spread widely, and was killing the people told. Michaela, and by extension Ben, started--I don't want to say believing the AoD guy, but they got spooked enough by the whole thing that they decided they couldn't risk telling anyone in case it was true. iirc Michaela was more on the believing it side, while Ben just thought it was a risk he couldn't take, but that's neither here nor there. Anyway, as I recall it was only somewhat disproven when Michaela told Jared and he didn't die in the shootout that killed Vance--though I still hope the show comes back to the idea that Michaela asking the Callings to save Jared worked, but there will be a price to be paid, because I love the idea of them being able to bargain with the Callings.
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    S01.E12: Vanishing Point

    Yeah, I think that's the core problem--how they have portrayed Ben/Grace COULD make sense if we are supposed to see them as a doomed couple that can't communicate. But whether that is actually how we are supposed to see them seems to vary from episode to episode (maybe even scene to scene within individual episodes).
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    S01.E12: Vanishing Point

    Though I have to ask: when you have a very sick child, what does “tilting at windmills” even LOOK like? Wouldn’t most parents desperately research and try everything they can to make their child better? Is Grace seriously resenting Ben going balls to the wall to save their child? I mean, that might be par for the course for her based on what we’ve seen, but is she really THAT awful a person? The writers aren’t very good but I also think this is the kind of thing that makes it obvious they want this to be a genre show and NBC is forcing them to add more family drama (to be just like This Is Us). The writers just so clearly don’t care about truly fleshing out anything related to 6 years ago or Ben and Grace’s marriage. I don’t think the Grace actress is strong but they are giving her shit to work with.
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    S01.E12: Vanishing Point

    Ha! Yes, maybe that is what Flight 828 did: it transported them to an alternate universe...a hell universe. I do like Olive though. She's really not so bad imo.
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    S01.E12: Vanishing Point

    This was kinda a meh episode. Lots of running around, but very little actually happened. I did like Olive and Grandpa getting in on the mystery, but can someone just put a GPS chip in Cal already? Kid wanders off more than a stray cat. We all know that they’re not going to kill or permanently lose Cal so there’s just no tension in find Cal episodes. Frankly I kinda wish he’d stay lost. We can bring back the suspicious female detective though. She has more screen presence in like 5 minutes than many of the regulars do in 5 episodes. Omg, Grace is the actual worst. Trying to retcon away her “I don’t want to hear any of it! Shut up about your crazy powers and theories about your powers!” just makes her look worse, writers, not better. Ben didn’t tell her anything because he tried and SHE TOLD HIM NOT TO. Also when Grace was all “Do you think I WANT to be separated?!” it made me actually lol and I’m glad Ben just about laughed in her face too when he said “YOU kicked ME out.” I also don’t get why they keep talking about investigating the mystery as “sacrificing for other people.” It’s...not? Cal is feeling the effects of the powers more than anyone else, has almost died because of it, and is of interest to shady people because of it—and as we’ve been told ad nauseaum Ben is only in it FOR CAL—so actually he is doing this all for his family? I don’t understand the writers here. It’s either like different people are writing different scripts and never talking OR they are just trying to fit a round peg into a square hole...of their own making. And why isn’t Ben allowed to say any of this to Grace? It would be nice if their conversation at the end of the episode means that the writers will find another line for Grace than “you are not paying enough attention to your family!” but I’m not holding my breath. Not interested in Zeke the second time traveler. You can see the love quadrangle coming from a mile away and I am already bored. Dude’s real superhero power is recovering from hypothermia in like 5 seconds! That said, the previews for next week look much more interesting than this week’s ep. yay Saanvi and yay the idea that 828 cracked something open that hasn’t been closed—I dig that idea very much.
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    S01.E11: Contrails

    Grace’s view of things would be more understandable if *she* made any effort to understand that Ben has been through a huge traumatic event that he didn’t ask for, and at least *try* to have a little empathy for him and see things through his eyes. Instead she has mostly treated him like his “resurrection” has been a huge burden/inconvenience on her, without spending one second trying to understand things from his POV—while imo he has been, if anything, overly understanding toward her. A better actress might be able to invest Grace with layers of nuance that would help us connect with her better, but the core problem is the writing. (Witness also every time she talks about 828, all she ever talks about is thinking her son died, with nary a mention of Ben ever.) Whats baffling to me is that the show didn’t have to protray Grace as so unlikable. Since it looks like she’ll begin to see the light next week, a better route would have been to have her not act like Ben is a raving lunatic/inconvenience, but still be unable to re-ignite her feelings for him. That would have been a more compelling situation where you genuinely felt for everyone involved in the triangle, instead of feeling like Grace is at BEST a huge narcissist we are somehow expected to sympathize with even when she’s treating Ben and, to a lesser extent, Danny poorly.
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    S01.E11: Contrails

    especially since Michaela was SO protective of Ben earlier in the season when she realized Grace had someone she was seeing when the plane returned. But I’m chalking her reaction to Grace this ep up to guilt over her tryst with Jared last week, but in a different way—she wants the married couple (Ben and Grace/Jared and Lourdes) to stay together, despite the fact that one party is clearly in love with someone else, so that she doesn’t feel guilty for breaking up the marriage.
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    S01.E11: Contrails

    I am going to be SO disappointed if the pilot and Fiona DON’T come back from the future! Oh look, Cal is in danger because Grace refuses to buy a clue about what’s going on. That wasn’t totally predictable at all or anything.... And Grace loves Ben? Could have fooled me. That conversation with Michaela was unbearably awkward. Not looking forward to instance #8493972 of find/save Cal. Why can solving the mystery of the disappearance not be enough motivation??? And why do people act like Ben is crazy for wanting to figure out what happened when that seems to me like it’d be the normal reaction? I’m still pulling for a Michaela/Jared/Lourdes OT3! But Jared, man, you need to have a plan. Ben and Michaela play well off each other when they are actually allowed to be in the same space. you can tell even the actors don’t believe what they are saying when their lines are like “being gone for five years ruined my life!”—the show treats it like they just left on a jaunt to get pizza that took an unexpected 20 extra minutes!
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    Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

    I saw the movie today and thought it was very, very charming. I barely remember the first one and so have no great attachment to it, but from what I remember, this movie was both more emotional than the original and did a nice job of paying homage and hitting familiar beats while still being its own thing. Emily Blunt was great as Mary Poppins, and I too thought she hit the right mix of snark and tartness while still obviously caring quite a bit for the Banks family—just not where they could see! This seems odd in a movie named for her but I wanted a little more Mary; it felt like she really dropped out for stretches. Lin-Manuel Miranda was predictably quite charismatic and engaging as well—he is just the living embodiment of puppies and rainbows wrapped up in a flannel blanket! For me the song that stood out was the one Mary sang in the nursery about grief—things being gone but not forgotten, and in the place where lost things go. I lost my dad a few years back and really choked up at that one. It hit hard. I was really rooting for Jack and Jane, and thought Jane was VASTLY more interesting than Michael—I kept waiting for the movie to do more with her. I was disappointed with Ben Whishaw; I thought he was fine at the start but he still came off as weak even at the end, when I wanted him to seem stronger. I also am surprised that he never picked up his artistic career on-screen again, since putting all his artistic supplies away at the start was symbolic of his general malaise. Though it may be that Whishaw just has a more limited range than I initially thought. I laughed hard when Colin Firth’s balloon wouldn’t rise. I also am happy the good bank lawyer got in on the fun at the end! The animation in the bowl was so, so cool.
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    The Fantastic Beasts Series

    I saw the movie for a second time last night with friends who hadn't seen it, and I do think the movie is better on rewatch--I was able to appreciate how many moving parts the script had, how much pipe it laid for later events early on, and how relatively deftly all the parts came together at/by the end (though it strengthened my conviction that it also had way too many parts that weren't necessary). Some of the side or minor conversations make much more sense in context when you know what's coming. I was also able to appreciate the performances, especially Kravitz and Redmayne and Law's, more. I also got some laughs at Alison Sudol's Queenie even knowing what lines were coming--props to Sudol, she just sells the humor inherent in the Queenie character. "She's working on a...CASE" while lifting her bag was comedy gold, as was "I can't tell if you're joking or just...French." Heh. However, how crazily sidelined Tina and underserved Queenie were also really came out on rewatch. Tina, who is supposed to be a badass Auror, gets easily tricked by Kama and pretty much runs around after Newt after that; we don't ever see her reaction to Queenie joining Grindelwald. And Queenie still comes off as impossibly naive for someone who was around for the events of the first FB movie. I really, really hope the next movie does much better by the female characters. Production really shot themselves in the foot by casting Colin Farrell in the last movie, because his presence and charisma are just so much more in line with what I imagine for Grindelwald than what Johnny Depp brings. I just don't buy Depp's Grindelwald as the type of charismatic force-of-nature Grindy is supposed to be.
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