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June 15, 2019 at 11:59 am #1202939432
Taron Egerton was indeed remarkable here and made me a true believer! The film itself hit just about every VH-1 “Behind the Music” cliche that it could possibly hit, which is what it is, I guess. That’s probably the tip of the iceberg with Elton John’s actual life, but points for not sugar-coating the drug excesses, whitewashing his homosexuality like a certain scummy and shitty film about Freddie Mercury just did, and showcasing the MUSIC in the way a musical biopic properly should. Those musical numbers! I can’t believe this is the same director that attempted to rehab “Bohemian Rhapsody,” or maybe we couldn’t see his true artistic sensibilities there. They were vital and fully realized, and Taron’s singing voice is surprisingly strong and engaging. I did want to hear Elton’s voice though, since these songs are so iconic and such, but lip-syncing was clearly not the goal in a film like this. The melding of songs, tempos, nonlinear storytelling and history, perspective, fantasy, etc. It was quite the viewing experience as a whole. I know that the representation controversy is swirling with everyone in this being straight, but they seemed to give these roles 100%, so that should be worth something too. Wish Jamie Bell had a bit more to do as such an essential component in Elton’s music. I always wondered why Bernie’s lyrics matched up so much to Elton’s life and demons without Elton writing a single word. Bryce Dallas Howard, hmmmm. Fun for what one-note she was given to play, but not much else. Gemma Jones was better in an even more limited supporting role. Richard Madden turned into the moustache-twirling villain way too fast, but that’s more a problem with the screenplay. I’d hope that Edgerton is a legitimate Oscar contenter, but for all we know, this film could be completely forgotten next year. He’s gonna suffer from the proximity of Rami Malek’s win in the same manner that Joaquin Phoenix was with Jamie Foxx. Sad, but completely true. Kudos to the effort all the same!June 13, 2019 at 10:49 pm #1202937056
Congratulations, Sebastian! I think he had the most refined collection of the three, and sometimes that’s what wins out over the more avant-garde collections. Nina Garcia made the salient point that he tows the line between “art and commerce” beautifully and the best, which is the exact moment I knew he was winning. Meaning, his clothes have the best chance of actually selling to “real women.” It’s the same argument Nina and Michael Kors famously made for the infamous Gretchen over Mondo, though that’s not the only time. Hester’s collection might have been too extreme for its own good, but it was an energetic and lively runway show. I thought her first Marie Antoinette look was positively inspired. I did see the point that the transition from first to second look was jarring, and “real women” would never wear these clothes. I hope Hester has a bright career though, and maybe Diane von Fürstenberg really will give her a job or mentorship, since she seemed so taken with Hester and looked disappointed that she lost. Garo missed the boat big time with a dated collection that relied too heavily on shiny fabrics and corsets over cohesion or the one sanctioned look from the judges! I dubbed this “Futuristic Dynasty” lol. Too much 80s realness for me. I could have overlooked the wonky zippers on the corsets (that full-figured model picked a fine time to lose some weight!), but the tired aesthetics really did him in.
Very strong reboot season with a diverse field of talented designers! Bravo more than put its money where its mouth was, and it showed. From the venues, challenge budgets, guest stars, sew rooms, and winner’s prize package, this is more than Lifetime ever would have spent. Sebastian will make a strong addition to the franchise. I did think that poster child for the reboot would be Hester, who’s far better as a spokesperson and brand storyteller than Sebastian will ever be. But the immigrant to winner narrative was too powerful to ignore. So impressed with Elaine all season long for her presence and spark! Make her host! Brandon grew on me. All hail Queen Nina Garcia! Marni’s great. Karlie, sorry. You’re no Heidi Klum and never will be. Mixed bag on Christian Siriano as mentor. After being spoiled with Tim Gunn for so long, my expectations of “mentor” were raised, and he didn’t reach them. He felt more like a bratty kid brother at times than their mentor, and he’s my all-time favorite winner of “Project Runway.” Major loss of opportunity in not having Christian bring an eliminated designer back. It would have given him much more to do too. Looks like another cycle this fall? Some eager and super-rich folks at Bravo, huh? Don’t run this into the ground with two cycles per year! This shouldn’t reair until 2020 at the least. At least it’s in two different Emmy cycles. Until next time…June 13, 2019 at 3:58 pm #1202936602
Episode Title: “The Final Runway”
Synopsis: The three remaining designers have fought for the chance to show their collections to the New York fashion elite and to the world. They will grapple with all aspects of putting together an amazing runway, from model casting to hair and makeup to deciding what outfits will give them the best chance for the win. Pressure is at an all-time high when they find out the guest judge is legendary designer Diane von Fürstenberg. The winner is revealed. Season Finale.
Discuss.June 11, 2019 at 11:42 pm #1202934062
“Pose” gets political! I dig it. Explosive season premiere!June 11, 2019 at 10:07 pm #1202933979
BUMPJune 11, 2019 at 9:33 pm #1202933938
Lange dropped out of The River to do Country so Sissy Spacek took over. (They were not happy with her for doing this apparently because if you watch The River you’ll notice the family farm cow that is sick at the beginning is rather disrespectfully named Jessica.)
I like Field too. She just got bad spin because of the “you like me” speech.
I saw Places on the Heart on the big screen last year and it really is a good movie and I’d say she’s the best of the five nominees. I like Turner in Stone though too so it would have been a hard choice for me.
The cow anecdote is kinda amazing lol.
Never really liked “Places in the Heart,” but of the five nominees, Field would be the default winner, I guess. Turner would have been an interesting choice, but such an unlikely one, as it’s like nothing the Academy had awarded to that point or since.June 11, 2019 at 9:21 pm #1202933921
Kelsea’s amazing and picked the best song out of the three finalists. It’s the true class of the lineup, as well as the representation statement of the songwriter of a popular country artist is a young black guy from Philly. And finally Ryan has a win in his corner lol. Shane could have easily taken this round given their prior relationship and country industry connections. It also helped that the winner clearly idolized Tedder, which, um, choices lol. We can’t help who we idolize, I guess. This series has really won me over! Jonas Bros. next week!June 11, 2019 at 9:12 pm #1202933901
This was an incredible finale. The one thing I wanted to see more than anything was a return to the Chuck/Axe feuding, and this time with Taylor in the middle of that is nothing short of brilliant. I’m seeing an end game vision here, so if season 5 is it (you never know which shows get the Showtimeitis treatment like “Weeds” and “Nurse Jackie,” and then shows that end far before their time like “Masters of Sex” and “Huff”), so be it. Kind of a roundabout way for Chuck to gain his revenge against his enemies, but I kinda liked that? Doing the well-worn trick of retconning past episodes for the “idiot” scheme reveal usually would make my eyes roll to the back of my head, but it was used to great effect. Poor Connerty lol. I’m glad Wendy got her medical license back. Did I sense some sexual tension at the end between Axe and Wendy? That might be the crux of next season and really drive Chuck over the edge with Axe. Paul Giamatti was fantastic in this episode. It took me awhile to get onboard with Axe’s actions, which were just horrid to Rebecca. I desperately wanted Nina Arianda to become a series regular, but I see that’s not meant to be. Damian Lewis was doing much more slow-burn type work than he usually does. Thrilling season from start to finish. I’m done thinking that the Emmys will ever notice, but nods for Lewis, Giamatti, Siff, Dillon, Arianda, and DeMunn would all be warranted. Writing and directing nods for the superb “Overton Window” episode. Already can’t wait for season five!June 11, 2019 at 5:07 pm #1202933614
Kelsea Ballerini is the featured artist tonight.June 11, 2019 at 5:15 am #1202932539
It’s finally time!
Episode Title: “Acting Up”
Synopsis: Convinced Madonna’s “Vogue” will lead to mainstream acceptance, Blanca encourages the House of Evangelista to follow their dreams despite putting her own on the backburner; Pray Tell joins an activist organization fighting for the rights of HIV positive people.
Season 2 trailer:
Discuss.June 10, 2019 at 1:49 pm #1202931679
Brian effin’ Cox! So ready for this new season!June 9, 2019 at 10:01 pm #1202930360
It’s back to the way I always wanted itttt!!!
Unbelievable.June 9, 2019 at 9:44 am #1202929389
Episode Title: “Extreme Sandbox”
Synopsis: Axe makes a big decision. Connerty gets closer to the truth. Tensions rise, and dynamics shift. Season Finale.
Discuss.June 8, 2019 at 12:32 pm #1202928442
In a year where When They See Us & Chernobyl aired and is seen as the most important retelling of historic events, I strongly doubt Sharp Objects is at #1. It’s #6 at best.
They’re my rankings. And “Sharp Objects” is not sixth place or anywhere near that.June 7, 2019 at 7:05 pm #1202927727
Limited Series will be killer this year. It’s stronger than Drama Series.
Dumping “Fosse/Verdon.” Bringing back in “A Very English Scandal.”
1. “Sharp Objects”
3. “Escape at Dannemora”
4. “When They See Us”
5. “A Very English Scandal”
6. “The Hot Zone”