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May 7, 2021 at 4:46 am #1204245671
I got around to watching this show finally and it was pretty disappointing. I echo those who found it entertaining. I too was strangely enthralled by the show. But the writing is so soapy and ludicrous that I just couldn’t take anything seriously.
And, I think I am the only one who found the ending particularly underwhelming. The premise of this show was really excellent but it completely failed in exploring it. They could have done so much better and with so much more nuance. All I saw was Reese Witherspoon shouting and Jennifer Aniston throwing temper tantrums. It was only Gubu Mbatha Raw and Karen Pitman’s acting that stuck with me. This is a high class misfire and could have been a more in in depth analysis of the what goes behind the synthesis of a toxic work environment. Not preachy monologues. The ending scene especially was not at all grounded in reality.
I get that this is soapy entertainment but some of made no sense. Especially Hanna’s suicide?! Was Alex waiting for someone to die to realize the magnanimity of the problem? Her character switched at the very last moment.
There was something about this show that seemed so artificial. I really hope they have some major revision for the next season and bring in some authenticity rather than some foolish histrionics. Again, I love the actors involved and I am really happy for Jen who broke out of her mold but I just couldn’t like this show.May 6, 2021 at 5:55 am #1204244536
I watched Interiors (1978). An underrated masterpiece of Woody Allen. Geraldine Page’s performance is just breathtakingly stunning. The production design is so unique and the decision to have no background score is genius. Never did I doubt that I was watching a movie. It was like witnessing a family on a first hand basis, in a truly aching and real fashion. The comparison to Bergman is striking but I found this movie to be really moving. Diane Keaton and Mary Beth are really good too. Maureen Stapleton is a welcome surprise. The last few minutes are brilliant. Page’s eyes express a whole different dimension of meaning. Highly recommended.May 4, 2021 at 8:46 pm #1204242999
1. “OZYMANDIAS”, Breaking Bad
2. “DYATKOVO” and “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?”, The Americans
3. “International Assassin”, The LeftoversMay 4, 2021 at 8:29 pm #1204242986
Certified is such an underrated episode. I love most of the characters from The Leftovers, but I think Laurie is my favorite.
Yes! I’m here for the Laurie fandom. That episode was devastatingly brilliant and so underrated. It’s my favourite episode from season 3.May 4, 2021 at 7:44 pm #1204242925
This sounds…kinda boring?
Actually the memoir is really interesting and worth a read. This project will hinge on getting the right director and behind the scenes team more than on the actors. In the hands of the right production team, it can turn out to be fascinating. In the hands of the wrong director, it will most probably become boring and bland.May 3, 2021 at 7:27 am #1204240442
Kate Winslet is just splendid as is the show. The HBO “troubled people as detectives” prototype is really working wonders. First they had True Detective, then Sharp Objects and now Mare of Easttown. Each of these shows are similar, at the same time so unique and enthralling. I’m impressed.April 29, 2021 at 9:41 pm #1204235681
Nomadland, The Father and Minari are a gazillion times stronger and more rewatchable than American Hustle and are rightfully going to be more revered in times to come than it. It’s not their fault that a pandemic arrived. People need to stop acting like for a film to be awards worthy it needs to star an A lister lmao.
Your right about the quality of films but the general audience who are generic in their preferences would never have flocked into the theatres to watch Nomadland or Minari. That’s the harsh truth.April 29, 2021 at 9:36 pm #1204235676
who TF will rewatch American Hustle? A forgettable, poorly-acted, self indulgent crap. The Oscars should’ve be ashamed for wasting their 10 nominations to this disgusting film. (Especially for that Razzie-worthy Lawrence). It’s funny that Jenlaw actual razzie performance for American Hustle got praised so highly, and she ends up at the Razzie with mother! instead, a great performance. Blegh!
Well Quentin Tarrantino said so, that people will watch movies like American Hustle in many years to come. I think it’s only in this forum that American Hustle is slammed. I don’t love the movie or Russell, and yes Nomadland and Minari are much better films with awe inspiring work but American Hustle is not THAT bad as some people make it to be.April 28, 2021 at 9:59 pm #1204234372
This is not about awards, this is about production. Viola Davis I think she can win best actress perfectly when she has a character / movie for it.
Frankly, if Viola was the lead instead of Nicole Beharie in Miss Juneteenth, she would have swept. Nicole Beharie gave such an excellent performance and deserved more awards recognition.April 28, 2021 at 5:32 am #1204233148
I think both stand a very good chance especially McDormand who is adored by the Academy. But I want neither of them to win a fourth. Already, Katharine Hepburn’s wins for “Guess who’s coming…” and “On Golden Pond” were highly undeserved and off-putting when those could have gone to other worthy contenders. Don’t get me wrong, Hepburn is one of the greatest actors of all time and a legend in her own right. But she didn’t have to win four Oscars to solidify her legendary status.April 27, 2021 at 5:49 am #1204231138
I am thoroughly disappointed by McDormand’s win. It was a beautiful and reserved performance but nowhere near not win worthy imo. Already I’m not sure if I liked France’s wins for Fargo and 3BB and then they give her a third? Is she really deserving of a third Best Actress Oscar? Emily Watson and Brenda Blethyn gave much complex performances and have never won yet. This seems like a rant but frankly I don’t get the Academy’s obsession with Frances McDormand at all. She seemed to have zero gratitude for winning and didn’t even bring attention to the fellow nominees. It’s not necessary, I get it, but she herself didn’t want to win it this year. Might as well have given it to the other stellar performers who actually valued the award and to whose careers it would have made a difference.April 20, 2021 at 9:41 pm #1204212274
Isn’t anyone going to mention Sally Field’s hilarious “You like me! You really like me” speech? 😂😂April 19, 2021 at 5:55 am #1204208946
I am not sure if people want J.Hud — whom I adore, BTW — of all people to set all these records. If it’s not Viola (or Andra) this year, please let it be Regina King for “Shirley.”
I agree about Regina King over J.Hudson. But, I’m tired of black actors just being nominated for roles in movies that are either stage adaptations or biopics. I mean, where are the interesting roles? Its infuriating why more complex, well written parts aren’t being written for black actors because of which many are stuck to biopics.. Viola herself has spoken on this. Biopics are great but there is a need for more original and stellar scripts like Moonlight.April 17, 2021 at 10:18 am #1204205330
1. Helen Hayes (Airport)– Head scratching choice considering not only her meagre performance but also the fellow nominees. Even Maureen Stapleton in the same movie would have been better.
2. Ingrid Bergman (Murder on the Orient Express)– She has one long take in which she is somewhat okayish. The rest of the movie her character’s role was to stay worried and surprised. A truly unremarkable performance largely due to the character being delegated to the background. Valentina Cortese by and far deserved it.
3. Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain)– Not at all a convincing portrayal. Tries to be deep but ends up being so shallow. Love Renee and it wouldn’t have minded if she even won for Bridget Jones. But This?!! Patricia Clarkson was absolutely ROBBED. Her performance is just brilliant. It made me roll in laughter, sadness, anger, bitterness and happiness.
4. Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) – God her singing is blissful and an achievement of major proportions. But we don’t have the Oscars to reward singing! Her acting was really unconvincing and not good. Cate Blanchett was so excellent in Notes on a Scandal. But I’d say one of the Babel actresses deserved it. I’d go with Adriana Barraza for her moving performance.
5. Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind)– They really LOVED this movie for even Jennifer to win and boy it’s undeserving. Helen Mirren was really good in Gosford Park. In fact any of the other nominees would have been viable alternatives.
6. Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential)- Another BAFFLING choice. When you have Julianne Moore giving the type of performance that she gives in Boogie Nights, how can you look the other way and give it to Kim Basinger? Julianne Moore 100% deserved this.
Other mentions: Mira Sorvino, Judi Dench, Eileen Heckhart, Geena Davis, Margaret Rutherford, Marisa Tomei.