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  1. Cameron H.

    Episode 242 - The Boyfriend School

    Hi Pete But Gertz isn’t as assertive as that. She’s always like, “I’m kinda seeing someone. It’s complicated.” We are also meant to believe that Shelly Long is preternaturally attuned to people’s emotions and desires. From the moment they meet, she is able to intuit Gertz isn’t happy in her present relationship, and I believe this is also confirmed later when Gertz explicitly tells her so—although, I could be wrong about that. Regardless, we, the audience, know her boyfriend is a scum bag, so while it isn’t something I’d recommend in real life, in the movie, Shelley Long’s instincts prove correct. Shelly Long also fixates on Gertz is because she truly believes Gus in love with her, and to her there’s nothing greater in the world. Yeah, there are other fish in the sea, but he’s *in love.* Compared to Gertz they’re all a bunch of sad, lumpy blob fish.
  2. Cameron H.

    Episode 242 - The Boyfriend School

    As a point of disambiguation, there are many different sub-genres of romance, and what Paul described reading in the podcast, and what June described as essentially “porn for women,” sounds more like erotica rather than straight romance. It’s the idea that all romance novels are just “dirty books for woman” which has allowed people to perpetuate the idea that romance isn’t a valid literary genre and has been repeatedly used as a means to censor female voices. Erotica is absolutely a popular sub-genre, but people too often conflate it with the entire genre. Many romance novels don’t even involve sex at all. In fact, Long’s character specifically mentions in the movie that her characters cannot be together until the very last page. If I were to classify this movie, I would say it was a BCD (“behind closed doors”) or “sweet” Romance. Which is to say, there is sex, but it is literally off the screen/page.
  3. Cameron H.

    Episode 242 - The Boyfriend School

    While I get a lot of the cynicism leveled at this movie and the character motivations within, it’s pretty faithful to romance novel literary conventions, which I feel is kind of the point. In romance novels, people fall in literal true love at first sight. Most characters in romance novels end with the characters getting married after knowing each other for a week or two. Romance readers don’t wants “realism” in romance. Nobody wants to read a book about a relationship that slowly deepens and develops over a series of dinner dates over the course of a couple of months. Everything needs to be heightened. Everything has to feel urgent. What’s important is that the reader/audience believes that the protagonist’s intentions are pure. In this case, Gus is constantly reaffirming that he is “in love.” In fact, I think the movie almost does this too much as I believe Gute’s acting conveys that pretty well on its own. The thing is, if you don’t believe he is acting in good faith, then the whole thing doesn’t work. And in all honest, I don’t believe the movie ever gives the viewer a reason to not believe that Gus is on the up and up. While far from perfect, you have to look at the entire movie as an adapted romance novel. It hits all the beats. It’s got a star-crossed couple, duoche-y ex, wacky side characters, and a series of escalating misunderstandings all set against a romantic back drop. That’s pretty much the formula across the board, and for the most part, I think the movie nails it.
  4. Cameron H.

    Episode 242 - The Boyfriend School

    Yes, but since Gus and Gertz end up happily together in the end, she is proven right. Based on your analogy, that would be like the last X-Men comic ending with the human race enslaved, and everyone agreeing that was for the best. I would say a better literary analog for Long would be a trickster like Loki, Puck, or Coyote. Mischievous but not necessarily malicious.
  5. Cameron H.

    Episode 242 - The Boyfriend School

    Personally, I wouldn’t classify Long’s character as a villain as she lacks malicious intent. While she may come off as pushy, she’s genuinely trying to help her brother. And not just to hook up, either. She sees that he is “in love” with Gertz and is doing what’s in her power to make that relationship come about—which she 100% does! Yes, she is trying to prove a point to Gertz as well, but there’s never any antagonism. If she didn’t think they’d be good together, she probably would have let the whole thing slide. I also think Gus’ more radical transformation was more to circumvent Gettz’s preconceived opinions than to set up a long con. Long knows that despite how much he’s changed physically, Gertz will never be able to fully see Gus as anything other than the shy, chubby guy with the terrible toupee. She needs to completely erase that image from Gettz’s mind before they can truly have a second chance.
  6. Cameron H.

    Episode 242 - The Boyfriend School

    Paul is correct in that Romance Conventions typically don’t have cosplayers; however, it is relatively common for publishers to hire models as part of their marketing strategy during these events. These people will dress in genre dress for convention goers to take photos with and provide ambiance. So you might have models dressed as Highlanders, Cowboys, Motorcycle Club (of which “Lobo” would have been an example) etc. wondering around throughout the event interacting with attendees. During the scene in question, as the group of “Dolly Partons” pass, you can hear an announcement on the PA for the “Country and Western harlots” to report to the green room, presumably for some kind of exhibition being staged by Loveboree.
  7. Cameron H.

    3rd Annual(?) Howdies

    Paul mentioned this week that they’re prepping for another Howdies (yay!), and he wanted us to come up with some categories. As far as the forums are concerned, I thought I would start this thread to help facilitate this. So if you have any categories or bits you think should be highlighted by the gang, please post them here. I can’t wait to hear some of your ideas. The last Howdies were up to Episode 135–Solar Babies (wow!), so I guess anything from Episode 136–Hell Comes to Frogtown (double wow!) through Episode 235–The Great Wall is fair game. (Also, if @DanEngler or other mod could pin this thread, that would be fantastic ) Current Categories (we can add more): Best Recreation (When a Host/Guest acts out a scene) Best Metaphor (This Movie is Like...) Weirdest Thing Jason is Turned on By  Best Host Theory Best Celeb Impression by a Guest Grossest Sex Talk Best Tangent Best Guest Laugh Best Explanation Hope Best One Liners Best Moment of Realization (Think Rudy from Reindeer Games moment) Best New Word created on the Podcast Best Impression by a Host Best Audience Correction and Omission Best Mini Ep Correction & Omission Best Thing that June is truly Upset by Best New Movie Pitch based on a Movie that we watch (This Movie Should have been, a Sequel pitch or Alt movie) Best Guest One Liner Best Abuse of someone in the Crowd Best Second Opinion Best Second Opinion Theme Best Use of Google Best Jessica St Clair Moment Best “How Did We Get Scheer” (Tales from Paul’s Past) Best June Just Not Having It Best Made-up Hypothetical Spin-off (i.e. Chardonnay Talk, “Fry or Fuck,” the one about Jamie Gertz “Ladies of the Eighties” I think...) Best Paul Intro Line Best Fashion Talk Best Moments of Hosts Attacking a City and/or Country Best Moments of Paul Aggressively Mispronouncing Someone's Name
  8. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 94 Funny Girl

    This will always be my favorite Ben Vareen performance:
  9. Cameron H.

    Episode 241.5 — Prequel to Episode 242

    I haven’t watched Endless Summer in forever!
  10. Cameron H.

    Episode 241.5 — Prequel to Episode 242

    I was thinking Major League! Sandlot’s a really good one too
  11. Cameron H.

    Episode 241.5 — Prequel to Episode 242

    You know, I’ve never seen Dazed and Confused... Midsommar is a solid pick
  12. Cameron H.

    HDTGM All-Stars

    2 Appearances: Mädchen Amick - Sleepwalkers, Don't Tell Her It's Me
  13. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 94 Funny Girl

    Without being too negative, does anyone have a Streisand movie that they do like? (looking at you @tomspanks) I know a couple of you watched her version of A Star is Born, but as I said when we covered the original, I just don't think I like that story, so I doubt I would like her version any better.
  14. Cameron H.

    Episode 241.5 — Prequel to Episode 242

    No, they can be whatever. I just want movies to get me into a summer mood—especially since I’m (mostly) stuck inside for the near future. The Core is the best and the fact HDTGM hasn’t covered it yet is unforgivable!
  15. Cameron H.

    Episode 241.5 — Prequel to Episode 242

    Great picks! I totally forgot about Weekend at Bernie’s.
  16. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 94 Funny Girl

    I get that complaint, but in that case, it didn’t bother me too much. I think it’s really hard to write a character that’s supposed to be “good at writing” because that means that the actual writer has to be just as good, if not better, than the fictional person they’re creating. It’s the same issue as having a Sherlock Holmes-type character, who is supposed to be hyper intelligent, being written by someone with average intelligence. I’m not saying it can’t or doesn’t happen, but I get using some tricks—especially if they’re done well. I wonder, though, since Blinded was “inspired by a true story,” if the fragments of writing we are privy to are real or made up...
  17. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 94 Funny Girl

    Same. “Don’t Rain on my Parade” made me sit up for a moment.
  18. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 94 Funny Girl

    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. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 94 Funny Girl

    Like, one of her big things was this Baby Snooks character, which she kind of did for the press at the very end of the movie. I agree, I don't know a whole lot about her, but being a movie about a comedienne, I guess I expected it to have a lot more humor and a lot less melodrama. I mean, maybe that's not fair. It's not like the movie Chaplin is a laugh riot, or much better as a biopic, but at least it showed a little more of his craft.
  20. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 94 Funny Girl

    I think that’s a good way articulate my issue with the film. It wasn’t a celebration of her life, it was a tabloid account of her marriage.
  21. Cameron H.

    Musical Mondays Week 94 Funny Girl

    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.
  22. (Hope I'm not stepping on anybody's toes here, but I figured there should be a thread for this...) Stories from the Fast & Furious set, Cuban bread, and much more is covered on this week’s mini-sode! Paul goes through Corrections and Omissions for The Fate of the Furious, we hear Blake J. Harris interview Andy Gill, Jack Gill, and Spiro Razatos, the stunt coordinators for the Fast & Furious franchise (hear the whole thing in HDTGM: Origin Stories on Stitcher Premium), and Paul goes through the Mail Bag. Plus, you’ll find out which alien film we’ll be covering next week! This episode is brought to you by Maria Bamford: Old Baby on Netflix and Casper Mattresses (www.casper.com/how). Check out new HDTGM merch over at https://www.teepubli...wdidthisgetmade Where to Find Jason, June & Paul: Paul’s new comedy Drive Share is available on Go90. You can see June and Paul on NTSF:SD:SUV:: on HULU. June stars in Grace and Frankie on Netflix, as well as Lady Dynamite alongside with Jason. Jason can be seen in The Lego Batman Movie, How to Be Single, Sleeping with Other People, and is still indeed in The Dictator.
  23. I put out a message to CakeBug to see if he wanted a pick, but I haven’t heard back. For now, I’m going to swap his and @Cam Bert’s weeks and see how it goes.
  24. Cameron H.

    Episode 241.5 — Prequel to Episode 242

    Thanks @GrahamS.! Although, I’m gonna have to veto both Die Hard and Batman Returns as they are Christmas movies Pee Wee’s Big Adventure definitely has a summer feel, though.
  25. Cameron H.

    Episode 241.5 — Prequel to Episode 242

    I’m trying to come up with a list of “summer” movies, and I wondered if anyone had any suggestions. I’m not really looking for dramas, mostly comedies and action movies. They don’t necessarily have to happen during the summer, but I’d like a summer feel. Some examples: Summer Rental, Summer School, Club Paradise. Like, would Caddy Shack be one? Maybe Point Break? Anyway, any suggestions would be appreciated
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