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  1. 9 points
  2. 7 points
    If nothing else, this episode reminded me to pick up a big bottle of V8 when I was at the store today.
  3. 6 points
    I agree with a lot of what has been said but I will throw on top another thing I had a problem with is I found both of them to be selfish people. I found out after watching that this was based on real people and it made me wonder if it is an accurate representation of the real people. Fanny was forever just doing whatever she wanted without care for the audience, the producers, the directors, her co-workers, and later her husband. I get that she was driven and everything but her raise to success was underplayed for her to be such a selfish character to me. Like mention she claims of being ugly and that hold her back, but we don't really see that. We get a scene a start but ultimately because she gets helped out right away so it doesn't matter and wasn't really a struggle. Everything she does just always works out for her and we don't see any of the struggle, so she just comes across as selfish. It doesn't help that she rarely has any moments where her defenses are down and actually talks to people. It's just a series of snappy comebacks. That's not to say Omar Sharif was any better. Again a man who leads a girl on and then just disappears for a year and a half because he does things on a whim and follows luck and fortune just makes him come off as selfish as well. The only reason she's falling for him is because he's handsome, because personality wise he's selfish and only thinking of his needs. There is no doubt once they spent time together they did fall in love but I found it hard to get invested in their relationship.
  4. 6 points
  5. 5 points
    Okay, sorry for the delay all. So I had a pick and it was one I've been wanting to do for awhile now. Then I read some news this morning on my way into work that changed my mind. It reminded me of another movie that I've always been interested in checking out. However, I can foresee maybe some problems with this pick. It contains a person who has become a controversial figure and some people maybe put off by that and not want to watch. I can respect and understand that. If that is how the majority feels I'm more than willing to go back to my first pick. So with that preamble out of the way my pick is... Screenplay by the late Joel Schumacher. R.I.P. Now I would much rather watch the actual Broadway version of the play. Unfortunately from what little sleuthing I have done I can not find a version that I can get here in Japan or is not region blocked.
  6. 5 points
    After finishing the episode I am amazed that the people the crew compared Gutt's look to was Dee Snyder and Dog the Bounty Hunter, which while are apt, are nowhere near the perfect mullets that belong to Billy Ray Cyrus or Lorenzo Lamas in Renegade.
  7. 5 points
    It started off with the first half being better than I expected, but then once it left the Follies behind, the more bored I became. I was pretty much on my phone for most of the second half of the movie. I can definitely see why Streisand won an Oscar—it’s a show-stopping performance. Unfortunately, everyone else is pretty one-dimensional. It’s actually fairly.amazing that the first half works as well as it does, then the second half is completely flat. I agree, every time she was self-conscious about her looks, I could not tell WTF she was talking about. She was made to look as stunning as can be in every shot. I thought the film might be trying to make some commentary on beauty and fame, but I also thought (based on the rest of the movie) that I might be giving the movie too much credit. It was weird. i actually like War of the Roses and think the second half of this film would have been much more entertaining if they were trying to murder each other/serving mystery-meat pate. At least then we wouldn’t spend an hour and change on Omar Sharif’s gambling problem.
  8. 5 points
    Yea, this. My big question is actually, she seems pretty mediocre, right? I didn't quite get how she succeeded. She had characters and stuff?
  9. 5 points
    I would agree about showing the first marriage. That there WAS a first marriage kind of leaves all her angst about not being pretty kind of toothless. Somebody thought she was pretty enough to marry so her worrying about it (and all her mother's kibitzing) didn't ring true. However I didn't know about the first marriage when I watched this so I bought into it all. Streisand is very good at playing neurotic. I also found out she played this role on Broadway several years before the movie came out. She did a good job in the movie at making each surprise and twist seem new to her.
  10. 5 points
    As I said on Letterboxd, I kind of struggled with this one. It’s not that I couldn’t recognize it for being good, I get it, but I felt like the angle they chose wasn’t all that compelling. It’s a Musical about the first female comedian, but it gets reduced to a pretty generic love story. I would have much preferred to watch her struggles in the industry. Instead, we get one (admittedly awesome) performance, and then boom, she’s famous. From then on, the focus drifts from her career to her marriage. Hell, if that’s the case, then you might as well include her failed first marriage and made a statement as to why Arnstein was so compelling to her (other than “he’s pretty”) and how Showbiz can be detrimental to personal relationships. I mean, I didn’t hate it. It was well done. But it left me pretty cold.
  11. 5 points
    I’m loving all the new people on here! Welcome to all! I don’t really have much to add regarding the movie itself, but as Paul seemed to be struggling to identify the type of tank top that Billy was wearing without referring to the offensive colloquial slang that is often used, I just thought I would contribute that the technical term for those types of tanks is an “A Shirt.” Yeah, maybe a lot of people won’t know what you’re talking about if you refer to it as an A Shirt, but that’s on them. If they’re curious, they can look it up.
  12. 4 points
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  14. 4 points
    The true secrets behind the V8 sex scene, the long lost video game “Bouncer,” and more on this week’s mini-sode! Paul offers advice as he opens up the Paul Help Line, goes through Corrections and Omissions for Ninja III, and opens up the Mail Bag. Also, Blake J. Harris interviews Ninja III director Sam Firstenberg. Plus, find out which movie will be covered next week! Subscribe to Unspooled with Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson here: http://www.earwolf.com/show/unspooled/ Check out The Jane Club over at www.janeclub.com Check out new HDTGM merch over at https://www.teepubli…wdidthisgetmade Where to Find Jason, June & Paul: @PaulScheer on Instagram & Twitter @Junediane on IG and @MsJuneDiane on Twitter Please visit these links: https://www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor https://blacklivesmatter.com/ https://www.joincampaignzero.org/ https://eji.org/ https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/
  15. 4 points
    Definitely, she's a persistent liar and manipulator. The whole first scene I'm wondering why she can't just get off her brother's back about dating . . . he literally just finished cancer treatments and you're hounding him like crazy! Maybe if she stopped talking about how terrible it is that he lives alone he wouldn't be so damn miserable.
  16. 4 points
    What's Up Doc? with her and Ryan O'Neal is a very funny homage to 1930s screwball comedies that I think you can give a shot.
  17. 4 points
    My wife and I have worked in the theatre for 25 years and we both felt that this was a major gap in our musical knowledge. So, seeing this felt like a way of ticking something off the list more than anything. Twice, with 'People' and 'Don't Rain on my Parade', my wife said 'OH! That's from this?!', but without those numbers this thing felt pretty aimless. More than anything, I was amazed that it seemed the composers' primary job was to come up with five or six 'follies'-style numbers that could be performed anywhere, rather than using the music to move the story along.
  18. 4 points
    Yeah, the movie begins with "You'll never make it. You're not pretty enough." And then after one performance at pretty suspect venue, she's suddenly a huge hit. I'm sure this is abbreviated for the movie, but to what end? Why even bother setting it up if you're not going to make it matter? I guess it's to give their love story more room to breathe, but...yawn?
  19. 4 points
    Also, it seems kind of weird to have Barbra Streisand keep talking about how unatttactive she is. She's not as hot as Omar Sharif in this movie but who is? I came away from this movie not actually knowing any more about Fanny Brice than I did going into it. That's about as bad a thing as one can say about a biographical film. I get the feeling it's not even particularly accurate to her personality (but that's pure speculation). Honestly, all that takes a break seat to this just not being my type of movie. I can appreciate this. There were some great little touches like the woman married to a dentist having braces, or Fanny saying "give me six reasons why..." I like hearing the origins of a bunch of songs I didn't know all came from the same musical. But this goes in the "glad I saw it" more than I actually enjoyed it.
  20. 4 points
    Excited to watch some Gertz for next week!
  21. 4 points
    It’s funny, a couple of weeks ago I was listening to old eps for the Howdies, and I had completely forgotten about the Blake J Harris interviews. I was like, “Awww, remember those?” and the very next week they were back! I’m pretty sure I Secret-ed them back into existence (as opposed to “secreted” which is way more messy)
  22. 4 points
    Hey! I worked on that production of Love's Labour's at Stratford, as well as the Hamlet that's coming out this week. I work as video dramaturg for all of the Stratford productions, advising on text cuts.
  23. 4 points
    Did anyone else think her "apartment" was an employee break room when they first showed it? All the stuff like the pay phone and arcade game, being attached to the gym seems much more like a break room than someone's home. I definitely didn't realize until much later that she lived there. Don't start this again!
  24. 4 points
    One crazy item in Chris’ apartment not discussed in the episode was the working pay phone she has on the wall. It’s even odder because there are at least two other normal phones seen in her apartment. How many does she need? The scene where she uses the pay phone is also odd. The phone rings and instead of saying ‘hello’, she immediately says ‘Billy where are you?’. Do her ninja skills include caller ID? Also it’s weird that she’s wondering where he is. He had canceled their date earlier because he told her he had to work late. Why was she still expecting him at her apartment? Are they already living together?
  25. 4 points
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