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    Episode 163 - The Running Man

    Opera singer here, and regarding Dynamo's intro...I HAVE SOME THOUGHTS Dynamo is introduced singing the end of "Hai gia vinta la causa...Vedro mentr'io sospiro", Conte Almaviva's (The Count's) aria from Act 3 of Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart. He sings "quest'anima consola, e giubilar mi fa" which translates to "...consoles this soul and makes me rejoice". For context, the Count has just overheard his two servants plotting against him. He cannot believe the transgression, tries to figure out their plan, won't accept that servants will get the better of him, and ends with his own plans of revenge. Based on this, I cannot for the life of me figure out why they chose this piece. This is a famous aria within the opera world, and a sort of rite of passage for baritones, but to have this be your theme song on a Hungy Games-style future reality show? Mozart was experiencing a surge in popularity in the 80s following the success of 1984's Amadeus, so maybe that's why? But he could have sung any number of more famous Mozart arias, perhaps Non piu andrai, which would have had some context since Ben had military connections. ALSO the movie transposed the music up a whole tone (Sacrilege!). NO IDEA WHY To make matters worse they keep the melody the same but change the chords underneath so the whole middle part sounds wrong. The actor Erland Van Lidth had operatic training and made appearances with the small scale Amato Opera in NYC. He is listed as a bass-baritone who transitioned to a heldenbaritone, which means that at zero times in his life would this aria have been right for him to sing based on his fach. It also means that transposing the song higher would have made it more difficult for the singer. None of this makes any goddamn sense. Also, since we are introduced to Dynamo in the end of his singing, are we to assume that he performed the whole 5 1/2 minute aria, complete with recitative? The show looked like it needed a lot of padding to fill out those 3 hours, but would that bloodthirsty audience of predominantly old white people have sat and enjoyed that much opera?
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    Sidekicks (1992)

    Came on here to suggest this movie and here was a thread! Rewatched it a few years ago and it DOES NOT HOLD UP. I would also suggest that Jason, Paul, and June do Surf Ninjas, and 3 Ninjas (which had 3 sequels!).
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    Episode 131 - The Covenant

    That's it! Thanks so much, because I can't make gifs.
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    Episode 131 - The Covenant

    Definite Omission: Guys. GUYS. How has no one talked about the moment right at the end of the last scene at the mansion before everyone leaves to go to the dance where grown-up Draco Malfoy bumps into the stuffed cheetah as he tries to leave? It's around 1h16min into the (fucking terrible) movie. We have a closeup on the mother, and in the background Draco tries to turn, hits the cheetah, looks startled, turns to see what he hit, rearranges it, looks back at Caleb and the blonde girl who are no longer there, rearranges the cheetah again, and then, finally, exits! My wife and I watched that scene over and over and over, and expected Paul and Jason and Alison to talk about nothing else for the entire episode...maybe that was the best take they got...
  5. Thinking of how weird it was that the turtles are attracted to human ladies, I found this... "Do you sometimes wish April were a turtle?" - Oprah Winfrey. Oprah. Winfrey. On Television.
  6. It's raping time.
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