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  1. Cakebug Tranch

    Musical Mondays Week 59 Passing Strange

    Taylor Anne's going to be so mad that you brought up baked beans
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    Musical Mondays Week 59 Passing Strange

    Me too! And while I'm a bit sad that this pick didn't generate all that much discussion (I dipped out for a week, accidentally), I'm very happy that everyone liked it! I think we can all agree that this was my second best ever MM pick!
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    Musical Mondays Week 59 Passing Strange

    Tom, how was the experience of the live performance? I imagine with a half-full audience it wasn't as riotous as the filmed version. What do you recall?
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    Musical Mondays Week 59 Passing Strange

    I agree, I had no real idea what I was picking, but I had this film highly praised and recommended by a playwright I respect, who said without hesitation that it was his favorite musical ever. That's a big claim to make, so I think I had the expectation of that ringing in my ears as we went, and was glad I did this instead of Sharpay's Big Adventure... Also, a few days ago, I was doing basement karaoke with my kids on my daughter's karaoke machine, and while waiting for my song to begin I wrapped the cord around my neck and started doing Mr Venus. So now my kids sit at dinner and every time there is a lull in conversation, they whisper 'vat's inside is yust a lie'. 10/10 parenting right there.
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    Musical Mondays Week 59 Passing Strange

    vatsinsideisjustalie
  6. You mean "in addition to Across the Universe, you're really burnishing your reputation"?
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    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    Taking advantage of all those sweet sweet Euros from all the Christensen-heads in Lithuania. Smart.
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    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    So Paul and Jason mention that in the outtakes for this movie, Hayden Christensen and Emma Roberts are never seen having fun or goofing around, so that must mean that they didn't get along on set. However, it seems like they really DID get on, off-set... https://www.teenvogue.com/story/emma-roberts-blamed-hayden-christensen-rachel-bilsons-breakup https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4964194/Did-Emma-Roberts-come-Christensen-Bilson.html https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/11/blame-emma-roberts-for-rachel-bilsons-split-from-hayden-christensen-reports-say/
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    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    The obliteration of Toronto 100% has to do with the producers feeling as though if people say 'Canada' or, worse, 'Toronto', that will turn off American viewers (and maybe overseas markets, I don't know), but honestly, if you've paid ten bucks to sit through this pile of shit, do you think it's going to be a reference to Toronto that's going to make you stand up and say 'what the hell? This isn't New York? I'm out!'? Add to that Lei-O's heavy-handed Toronto Blue Jays jacket with 'TORONTO' in giant letters on the back, and the establishing shots of the CN Tower, I don't think not mentioning Toronto unTorontofies this script. I fully agree with you that TO should have had more love in this, but I'd suggest that it almost certainly was more of a Toronto story in the first draft. It's kind of like in 'Episodes', where 'Lyman's Boys' in England becomes 'Pucks!' in the US. Executives have a lot to answer for! I think your version of the film is much better.
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    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    Don't forget the happy bear, monster beaver, stuffed eagle and super subtle T that makes our coat of arms all the crazier... At least it's an upgrade on our old coat of arms which featured jolly native Canadian, Mera from Aquaman, attack beaver and surprisingly cocky old slogan...
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    Musical Mondays Week 58 The Last Five Years

    I don't know, when I was an actor I used to always hear about people bad-mouthing summer stock theatre as lesser than 'real' professional work, but in auditioning for those things (and then later when I was a dramaturg, sitting watching people audition), people are cut-throat and hardcore about the opportunity. I, for one, never got a summer stock gig, and not for lack of trying. They're tough to get. It's not as though there are theatres crying out for actors: if you're working summer stock, you may not be on Broadway, but at least you're working. There are literally countless actors who would kill to have that gig in Ohio, and she's making the best of it. The fact that she's back in Ohio is almost certainly because in casting it's easiest to bring back people who you know can do the job, so most summer stock companies are at least half returners. In the Shakespeare company I worked at for years we used to only have 3-4 new cast members each year, and we'd bring veterans back provided they didn't have a better gig to go to. So, I see Ohio as Cathy's 'in' to showbiz, where she would have had an opportunity to play roles she couldn't get otherwise (she plays Maria in Sound of Music, seemingly, and definitely Anita in West Side Story: not sure what she'd do in Porgy and Bess though!), and she's gone back because there were no better offers. This is, sadly, the life of an actor, and it is completely meaningless about how hard you try.
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    Musical Mondays Week 58 The Last Five Years

    100% here for the Jathy portmanteau. #fuckyouteamCamie
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    Musical Mondays Week 58 The Last Five Years

    I'm inexplicably furious. You're unfriended.
  14. Cakebug Tranch

    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    I heard it somewhere. Was it in the episode? I swear I didn't make it up.
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    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    When I first saw him cycling around in this jacket, I thought that there was no way that that could be licensed Blue Jays apparel, but some costume person had stuck the logo and the road jersey font on the back, but thanks to @IRONicmerMAN for the screengrab, which makes it clear that this is a real thing, evidenced by the Starter logo on the left wrist. Canadians love to lean into the stereotypes, including lumberjack plaid and the Canadian tuxedo denim, so I wouldn't be surprised if this terrible jacket is something that you can still buy at the SkyDome Jays Shop. Even with the awesome new Blue Jay logo, this thing looks awful.
  16. I wasn't here, so in my mind, it didn't happen...
  17. You've got red on you
  18. Sweet! I'm off the hook! Sort your fuckin selves out!
  19. Cakebug Tranch

    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    That's Danny Aiello's IMDb picture, as noted above in the thread! So, his grandfather! https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000732/
  20. Hi folks! Sorry about the delay, I was driving down to Oswego this morning and just got in. Re: CaleBug: the pair of pants I just failed to fit into might agree that switching from Cale to Cake might be the way to go. Okay! This week's pick! I had a lot of thoughts, and very nearly made you all watch the Sharpay movie, just so we could go back to HSM, or 'Descendants', because why should I be the only one to have suffered, but I know there's also a really good chance that everyone would just take a pass on contributing this week. My last three picks were Across the Universe (arguably the best pick yet, still), Guys and Dolls (meh) and La La Land (the film that killed Fister). This time, I thought I'd go a bit off the beaten path with a film I haven't yet seen myself but which comes highly recommended by a playwright I greatly respect, who without question calls this his favorite musical of all time. So, no pressure. I have a DVD copy that that playwright sent to me, so I might be able to do some rabb.it screenings, or it's available for rent on Amazon and Apple. So what is it? Not sure yet! Folks, let's watch our first musical Spike Lee joint! Let's watch... Are there still spoiler tags?
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    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    Bars around that region are a pretty reliable place to go watch games for the World Cup: every four years the area is packed with idiots in jerseys (usually Azzuri shirts) and a lot of the promotions include world flags to cover a lot of the teams in the tournament. In that sense, foreign flags in bars are not unfamiliar. In a broader sense, though, Canadians are generally incredibly patriotic about the maple leaf, so the national flag is everywhere, on everything. There is a general antipathy against the US, being our bigger, louder neighbour (yes, that has a U in it) so the anti-US sentiment is common, although that's seemingly lessened over the years with a general sense of quiet smug superiority, but in general, yes, it would be a little weird to see American flags so prominently displayed here. Not impossible, but a little unusual.
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    Musical Mondays Week 58 The Last Five Years

    Great stuff Cinco! Sounds like it was a great addition to the process, and so happy that you got a different perspective on this show. The film really doesn't do it much justice. I really like the dramaturgical choices for the lobby and the continuity of the dress from Schmuel to the audition. That's nice.
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    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    The thing that bugged me most about this film was its lack of trust in its source material. I feel as though it started out as a love letter to Toronto's Little Italy, with a feud between families over duelling pizza restaurants and love between their kids. Somewhere in development it seems to have become something else: the bloated mess that we wound up with, mostly messed up with the heavy emphasis on Italian culture to bash us over the head with the fact that there is an Italian theme here. Egregious references: - The many Rocky references, which for some weird reason associates Lei-O and Nikki with Rocky and Adrian, who had almost no impediment to their relationship aside from Paulie, and sets up Lei-O as some kind of underdog fighting for his honor. But it's doesn't take into account that Rocky was a two-bit thug working for a moneylender who lost his locker at Mickey's gym and then lucked into being a punching bag for Apollo Creed, only to show his guts and fight by going the distance. What does this have to do with Lei-O and Nikki aside from the fact that Lei-O wears that terrible 'Save a Stallion, Ride an Italian' t-shirt? There is no scene in Rocky where Rocky has to run to make a declaration of love to Adrian at the end of the movie, yet that's the reference that Luigi makes when Lei-O runs to the airport. - The Godfather references are also incredibly on the nose: as another poster has noted, having "Mr Puzo" appear in several scenes as a close friend of one of the duelling fathers, but also wearing a nametag that says he's called 'Mario' seems like a particularly groanworthy addition. Worse, however, comes later when Alyssa Milano brings a plate of cannoli in to her husband during the backyard barbecue scene. She enters, saying "I almost forgot the nice cannolis" and kisses him. He grimaces at her terrible breath and hands her a pack of gum, saying "here! Take the gum. Leave the cannoli." Of course, this is another Godfather reference: What makes this so lame is that the original line in The Godfather was improvised, while in this one it's so heavily telegraphed that you can see it coming from a mile away. Worse still, she doesn't respond to his line with a reaction that he's made a joke, it flies right over her head, meaning that this touchstone Italian-American movie is somehow not familiar to them? He's not making a pun intentionally, it's designed to be a funny easter egg for the audience. That, accompanied with the not-commented-on presence of Mario Puzo: does this suggest that in this universe, The Godfather doesn't exist? Why would they do that? And if they're really going for it, why not use lines like "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" or "just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in"? That would have been great for Nikki to toss off at the airport... But no. It's so haphazard. It's very clear that the producers of this film saw the success of another Toronto-based ethnic comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and sold it to investors saying that Little Italy would be Greek Wedding but for Little Italy. That means ramping up the puns, ethnic gags, leaning on the accents, making sure that everything is as Italian as it's possible to be. My Big Fat Greek Wedding leaned on all the same ethnic puns (a thousand uses of Opa! and lines like "It's all Greek to me!"), which at the time were kind of charming, but only because they were based around a major event (a Greek wedding). In this movie, they have two major events they head towards: the wedding of the grandparents (which seems almost completely devoid of cultural Italian elements) and the Taste of Little Italy event where the pizza contest happens. This film's lack of identity lies in its inability to anchor us in cultural things that we are unfamiliar with or are interested in, and trades of tired stereotypes and old-timey Italian tropes. I will say, however, that the house that the old man lives at, where the kids blow up vegetables that he's grown on his front lawn? That's about as authentic as this movie gets, because there are houses like that all over Little Italy, featuring ancient first-generation immigrants and their vegetable garden front lawns. As maybe the only piece of the movie ACTUALLY filmed in Little Italy, aside from Luigi's bar. In fact, the location set up is as head-spinning to any Torontonian as Cellular is to Angelenos - as you can see on the map below, the only thing that occurs inside Little Italy (which is the square) is Luigi's bar. Everything else is well outside, including an EIGHTEEN MINUTE WALK from Luigi's bar to the park where the soccer game happens. Good luck moving the entire bar that far in that rain! Finally, Pearson Toronto International Airport is at least an hour's drive from the Distillery District, where the final cookoff happened. Why couldn't Lei-O just phone Nikki's cell to tell her that he loves her? Why chase her an hour in hellish traffic?
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    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    Yes! I was all for the dads pranking each other, but the timing of the release of this movie seems particularly unfortunate. This movie was released on August 24, 2018, but marijuana was legalized in Canada on October 17, 2018, which means that there's a seven week window after this film's release where the presence of marijuana would have required a police presence. This movie immediately dates itself by making marijuana illegal in this world, where it's now legal in Toronto. Granted, distributing that amount in public would likely draw some attention, but the use of a substance that would NOT cause the desired effect and would NOT be illegal not long after the film was released seems short-sighted. At least the prank gave us a glimpse at Geri Hall, the handsy cop, who is a well known member of the Canadian comedy scene, including things like The Royal Canadian Air Farce and other such comedy troupes.
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    Episode 206 - Little Italy

    I agree. I felt at the beginning that the sight gag of this Luigi, who we assumed would be Italian, despite one of the grandfathers dismissing him as 'not Neapolitano', being Chinese-Canadian, would be the extent of it. It felt a bit cheap, but then the number of cultures who coexist in Toronto might explain that away. Then, the revelation that he came out to his Chinese father who kicked him out for being gay added a layer that might have been interesting. However, Luigi looks about the same age as Lei-o and whatshername. If he's saying he came out to his father, say, as a teenager, and then was disowned and kicked to the streets, then first of all, that's a matter for Child Protective Services. He says he walked the streets for days until he met the original Luigi who took him in. That can't have been any more than a decade ago. In that ten years, Luigi has dropped his entire culture and identity, and then somehow inherited the bar (was old Luigi on the brink of death?), took over, and has ingratiated himself seamlessly into this culture without so much as a glance from anyone. This man is successfully running a popular business while assuming a new identity in what Gigi reminded us is a notoriously homophobic new culture. For a side character, he might have the most needless backstory ever. And then, the tired trope of a character coming out and then immediately turning into a gay stereotype, including grabbing Anakin's ass only a minute after coming out to him, essentially cheapening a nice bro moment. Luigi is a puzzle.
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