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Cameron H.

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  1. Following the debacle at the chili pepper incinerated puppet theater, Gepetto is desperate to find his creepy wooden moppet but doesn’t know where to begin his search. Leona, ever the rationalist, starts asking him questions to see if they can’t narrow down where his soulless little abomination might have run off to. After some cajoling, Gepetto says that Pinocchio would go somewhere he “feels safe” and concludes that, because he’s made of wood, Pinocchio would probably feel the safest in the forest. I’m sorry, but I don’t follow that line of thinking at all. Just because he’s predominantly composed of wood, doesn’t mean that somehow being surrounded by trees should have some kind of ataractic effect on him. By that line of thinking, since I’m 60% water, if I’m ever running away from transmogrifying puppeteer hellbent on forcing me into the theater arts, my safe space, and the most logical place for my loved ones to start looking for me, is in the middle of the goddamn ocean. It’s just a bizarre conclusion to draw. Also, in the next scene, I found it super weird when Pinocchio arrives in the forest and he comments on the pleasing smell of the pines. It’s strange because we learned earlier in the film that his name, Pinocchio, is derived from the fact that he’s been carved out of pine. I don’t know why, but that feels incredibly icky to me. It would be like walking into a crowded room and getting off on sniffing other people’s musk.
  2. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    We used to get together on rabb.it and watch movies together. Sometimes for MM and sometimes for something we used to call HDTGM Classics. Basically, we would get together once a month and watch a HDTGM movie. It was a lot of fun, but the site we used, rabb.it, shut down. We’ve been trying to find something to replace it ever since. Kast looked promising, but I guess not.
  3. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I probably won’t be able to make it after all. Sorry! Let me know how it goes.
  4. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I won’t be able to stay for the whole thing, but hopefully I can drop in to test it out. Thanks, Cinco!
  5. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    Just curious, has anyone tried Kast yet? I keep meaning to check it out but keep forgetting. I also saw some people say it’s not that good—that the streaming can be laggy.
  6. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I loved the Auditions. Everything felt so claustrophobic and desperate. In regard to Leroy, though, he’s only 14, right? I’m not sure how I feel about the dance teachers lusting after him like that.
  7. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I share your affection for it.
  8. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I have to say, I had a HUGE problem with Bruno’s choice of hot dog toppings. Chili and sweet relish?
  9. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I think this is important to show though. Of course it's terrible, but it happens all the time in real life to decent and likable people. The movie is showing that we can put so much emphasis on success and fame that even the best of us can be exploited by unscrupulous people. I'm not sure if it would have been as effective had it been another character.
  10. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I don't disagree that the teacher is horrible, but I think that's also the point. She has preconceived ideas of who Leroy is but never really bothers to reach out to him and figure out where he's coming from. As for the abortion, I didn't get the impression that he wasn't there because he was some kind of deadbeat, but rather she never told him she was pregnant. She didn't want him making the choice for her. She has plans for her future and she doesn't want *anyone* getting in the way--including a potential baby. I also think all the kids (except for maybe Montgomery) are selfish assholes, not just him. In fact, nobody is particularly likable, but I think they all seem like very real teenagers in that way. It's not that they're bad; they're self-involved. Like you said, even the teachers seem like a bunch of dicks. The English teacher rides Leroy's ass for four years, the dance teachers are snobs, the music teachers are more or less checked out. I would say the only teacher that seemed at all cool was the drama teacher. However, what I think works for the movie is how it does peel back the facades and shows you who these people really are. Ralph is a lying dick, but you realize he has a tough home life and views Freddie Prinze as a blueprint to get out of his shitty situation. Montgomery has an absentee mother. Doris' mother is supportive, but in a way that doesn't allow her daughter to change or take chances. It's these glimpses into their lives outside of school that gives you a greater appreciation for where these people are coming from
  11. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    However, what I loved about that scene--and arguably the point of it--was to show truly selfish those teens actually are. They are so focused on being stars, that they ignore the feelings of those around them. It kind of makes the argument that fame doesn't make a person a selfish asshole, it's the fact they are selfish assholes that makes them famous. It's kind of how I feel about politicians in general. The reason that so many politicians are corrupt is because that kind of power is attractive to people with a certain personality type. For the most part, the people who would do what's best for others aren't the type of people interested in running for office.
  12. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I just listened to "I Sing the Body Electric" and I really do like the message of that song. That their goal is obviously immortality, but there's also a darkness implied. Burning with "the brightness of ten million stars" also implies a chance of shinning brilliantly for a moment, but also impermanently. For many of those students, that graduation ceremony is their peak.
  13. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I think Ralph gets there--whether we want him to or not. He's the kind of person that nobody likes, doesn't really put in that much effort, but you can't deny that he's got that kind of "it" factor that's going to propel him to stardom. I think Bruno is primed for the Eighties and will do well as a Producer. I also agree with you regarding Montgomery. I also think the French dancer will do okay--after her abortion. As for the rest of them, I think they end up doing little things here and there. Maybe local theater and commercials. Doris probably ends up teaching at that school.
  14. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I don't disagree with this. I felt particularly let down with the Leroy resolution. He's clearly illiterate and has been butting heads with his English teacher since day one. We know she's going to kick him out because he doesn't do any of his assigned course work, they have a moment at the hospital, and then...he's in the graduation ceremony? That being said, I almost feel like the graduation ceremony was more metaphorical than literal. It's about the undaunted optimism of youth and going after your dreams even after realizing that maybe they aren't what they're cracked up to be.
  15. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 84 Fame

    I feel like I may be in the minority here, but I really enjoyed this movie. I liked how it followed these characters all the way through from audition to graduation, but left their future in limbo. The fact that we know that most of these characters are not going to succeed beyond their four years at this school, but they can still "Sing the Body Electric"-- turns a future of uncertainty into a moment of triumph.
  16. Cameron H.

    The Wild Bunch

    Came here to do exactly this.
  17. It’s currently on sale on iTunes for 7.99 (2.99 to rent) so I went ahead and bought it. I’ve never seen it, but I have a feeling it’s going to kind of be my jam.
  18. This is the content I live for.
  19. Awesome! I’ve never seen this. I’m looking forward to it
  20. Technically, it was supposed to be EvRobert’s pick, but he hasn’t been a round for a bit so I thought I’d move straight to you. If he comes back, we can fold him back in.
  21. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 83 Yellow Submarine

    I think you already know the answer to that, eh...
  22. We all know that The Beatles were amazing musicians, but did you also know they were a bunch of dorks? We watched:
  23. June answers your questions, Stella and Elle’s romance explained, and more on this week’s mini-sode! Paul opens up the Explanation Hope Line, goes through Corrections and Omissions for Starcrash, and shares deleted scenes from the Starcrash episode. Plus, find out which movie we will be watching next week! This episode is brought to you by Zoro.com (www.zoro.com/bonkers) and Betterhelp (www.betterhelp.com/bonkers). Subscribe to Unspooled with Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson here: http://www.earwolf.com/show/unspooled/ Check out our tour dates over at www.hdtgm.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
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