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June 24, 2019 at 4:57 am #1202949450
A really great film and quells any suspicion that a fourth film in this franchise was merely a money grab. While “Toy Story 3” feels like the true conclusion to these films, “Toy Story 4” almost acts as the poignant epilogue. There is a reason for this film to exist and it requires a little more effort to discover why that is. This is one of the more psychologically significant Pixar films of the past decade, but what it has to say about growing up and finding your purpose is very interesting. It is poignant and assured, yet also extremely funny and heartfelt. It is a great accomplishment considering how wary everyone seemed to be about another film after the perfect ending of “Toy Story 3.” Tom Hanks and Annie Potts gave really great voice performances here. The animation was just gorgeous, as per usual with Pixar. The screenplay is sharp and has a lot to say, but does not necessarily spell it all out using its characters. It’s equally entertaining but also requires the viewer to pay attention and really think about what is happening beyond surface level story. I’d really like to see it again and soak in the underlying message of the film.June 21, 2019 at 6:11 am #1202946583
I used the “visibility” argument for “This Is Us” getting into Writing and Directing last year for the Super Bowl episode and that blew up in my face, so I don’t know if that argument holds up.June 19, 2019 at 1:52 pm #1202944626
I watched this with my roommate and he said halfway through the episode that he would finish it out but wasn’t watching the rest of the season. I, on the other hand, only needed to get through the first seventeen minutes before deciding I was in for the rest of the season.
I think that’s the story of the show. You’re either out on it or all in. I realized early on that there was no need to try and figure out every detail of what was going on, because the show was not interested in that. By the end of the first episode, there are some plotlines being set up for the season, but not a ton. What the episode succeeded with was setting the tone and the pace for the season. You cannot mistake what this show is after the first hour. The cinematography and direction were amazing, and the writing was at least different. I’d rather watch something like this that is trying to be something off the beaten path than a retread of the same old thing.
I have a hard time thinking this show is going to be an awards contender anywhere. I’m seeing it more as a popular watercooler show for the demographic being depicted onscreen and maybe people in their mid to late 20s. All in all, I was energized to discuss the show with anyone else who watched, and that’s just as good for HBO’s sake of having a show people want to talk about, even if it means no awards success. Regardless, I’m in for the season and I really cannot wait to see where this goes.June 19, 2019 at 10:58 am #1202944411
I’ve been telling y’all the idea of Killing Eve s2 being hated was massively exaggerated. Not untrue, but exaggerated. It’s not missing a nom at the Emmys. No Oh is interesting tho.
I am predicting it at the Emmys, but mainly as a reward for the first two seasons since they didn’t nominate it in Drama Series last year. But TCAs have their finger on the pulse a little more than the Television Academy and they have no problem dropping shows clearly.June 19, 2019 at 9:28 am #1202944282
I’m kind of surprised “Killing Eve” made it back into Drama when it was generally agreed upon that there was a sophomore slump, especially when you consider shows like “Bodyguard” were left out. As far as Madden not making Individual, at least that is a strong lineup across the board with obvious critical favorite performances, but “Killing Eve” sticks out in a weird way considering the subpar response.
I’m also surprised to see Arquette only nominated for “Dannemora” and not pulling a Carrie Coon double nomination. Have people seen “The Act?” She may still get the supporting nomination at the Emmys because of her name, but it makes me question my faith in the show in Limited and Joey King in Lead. On the flip side, maybe “Fosse/Verdon” is stronger than I thought with those two nominations. Williams is definitely in, but I haven’t had much faith in the miniseries getting into Limited. I thought the love for “Haunting of Hill House” would garner a nomination here. It appears even critics forgot about it.
But again, these are critics and not industry awards. So when I see shows like “Schitt’s Creek,” “The Good Fight,” “Fleabag,” “Pose” and “Russian Doll” claiming multiple nominations, I have to remind myself that doesn’t mean all of them are going to make an Emmys impact. It certainly assists with the buzz needed during nomination voting.June 19, 2019 at 9:05 am #1202944207
Nominations are here: https://tvline.com/2019/06/19/tca-awards-nominations-2019-pose/
The miniseries dominance shows what a strong year it is in the limited categories and not so much for dramas. I wish “Haunting of Hill House” had got a slice of that love. I think Program of the Year will go to either “Chernobyl” or “When They See Us.” Love the love for “Fleabag,” “Russian Doll,” “Schitt’s Creek,” “Making It,” “The Other Two,” “Dead to Me,” “Succession” and “The Good Fight.”June 15, 2019 at 10:05 am #1202939189
I saw this last weekend and it is a really great crowd-pleasing film. Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson are quite the dynamic duo and their chemistry is off the charts. This was maybe the best Kaling has ever been on camera. Thompson was great and made what could be a distinguishably unlikable character someone to root for. The supporting cast is all great too. I wish we’d gotten more time with Amy Ryan and John Lithgow, but the fact that those great actors came onto a film for a few scenes apiece says something about the film. Kaling’s script was sharp and witty, but still plays by the rules and gives us something that is overall just extremely enjoyable. Could the film have gone a little deeper and darker? Absolutely. But I don’t think that is the end product Kaling was going for here, and that is okay. I’m not sure a snarkier or more realistic version of this film is the better version. Kaling instead gives us a really fun workplace comedy that is extremely rewatchable and leaves you giddy.June 10, 2019 at 11:39 am #1202931384
“Veep” and “Barry” only submitting one episode and “Maisel” submitting two means we’ll at least get two other nominees in this category that aren’t one of those three shows, which is a pleasant surprise, as I had surmised those might be the only nominated shows if they each had multiple submissions. If I had to guess, these shows stand the best chance: “American Vandal,” “Better Things,” “Catastrophe,” “Fleabag,” “The Good Place,” and “Russian Doll.” I would almost be surprised if the remaining nominees didn’t come from that list. “AV” landed a writing nod in Limited last year, so its plausible though not likely. Adlon could get some love here. “Catastrophe” has been nominated here before. “Fleabag” is an obvious writing contender on the rise. “The Good Place” has good buzz and only two submissions, whereas “Russian Doll” also has buzz but three submissions. Also, those “Maisel” writing submissions are…not what I would’ve guessed.June 9, 2019 at 4:24 pm #1202929854
Jharrel Jerome and Niecy Nash are sooooo good in part four. Korey’s story is devastating. If Nash was campaigned supporting, I would be predicting her immediately.June 5, 2019 at 5:28 am #1202924201
POP sent out an Emmy screener – yay! But the episodes they chose to put within it are bizarre – surely Meet the Parents should have been top of the list.
“The Crowening” is a series highlight for Catherine O’Hara, and “The Hike” was a big episode (and likely the writing contender) for Dan Levy. I think those episode choices make sense.May 28, 2019 at 5:58 am #1202913232
It was…exactly okay. There were some good parts (Naomi Scott, the bright visuals, some of the humor), there were some bad parts (Mena Massoud’s singing and dramatic moments, that sped-up cinematography, some terrible CGI moments), but overall it was fine. It works best as a kid’s movie for a new generation, but does nothing to improve upon or aid the original. Mena Masoud was fine and actually aced his comedic moments, but the singing was not there and he didn’t do much with the more serious moments of the film. That being said, I still thought he was charming and sold me on Aladdin and Jasmine’s chemistry. Naomi Scott is great and the best part of the film, which I think has been the general consensus. Gorgeous voice and a real presence on the screen. Will Smith’s Genie is…okay. He doesn’t go as over the top as needed and thus loses a lot of the good will I’d have had if he was big and flashy, but not batting perfectly. He plays it a little more subdued and cool, and that doesn’t work for this character, or at the very least, it adds nothing to the film. The colors made the film pop, but the set also felt extremely small. It honestly looked extremely cheap, especially with how contained some pivotal scenes are (mostly in the third act). The cinematography was also at points chopped up like “Mad Max: Fury Road,” in one of the more confounding cinematic choices of 2019. And the less said about DJ Khaled remixing “Friend Like Me” in the end credits, the better, yeah? Overall, it’s fine but I could’ve easily just waited for this to be on Disney+ by the end of the year.May 22, 2019 at 5:41 am #1202904232
I saw this at an advanced screening earlier this month and it is EVERYTHING. I feel like “Lady Bird” meets “Superbad” is a just comparison, but this is a bold film so it goes beyond calling it the “next” of those films. Truly, there are some massive swings for the fences here and the movie mostly comes out on top. The script is tight, delightful, poignant, witty and full of heart. Olivia Wilde’s direction is extremely impressive and she sets the tone of the film very early on. This ensemble is bonkers. Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever are absolutely fantastic and you immediately buy into their friendship. The rest of the ensemble gets to shine in small moments throughout the entire film, and in particular, I loved Skyler Gisondo, Billie Lourd, Noah Galvin, Jessica Williams, Molly Gordon and Mason Gooding. It was just so much fun and also told a really nice (although admittedly not necessarily original) story, and it is instantly rewatchable. I really hope to catch it again once it opens this weekend and it is among the best of the year so far for me.May 17, 2019 at 8:37 pm #1202898209
An immaculate season of television. Phoebe Walker-Bridge really did all of fucking that, huh?! The show just scaled to new heights this season but made the return worthwhile while sending Fleabag and the cast of characters around here out on the right note. PWB was hilarious and heartbreaking and shocking and sincere and captivating and…well, you get it. I did not really know the general plot going into the season, so needless to say, I was not expecting Andrew Scott to come in and completely knock me out as well. PWB and Scott’s chemistry was off the charts, but every beat of their story felt earned and deserved and just right, even if it’s not what you (as the viewer) wanted. I could watch a million more episodes of the two of them just walking and talking. It’s a testament to their brilliant performances and PWB’s writing. The rest of the ensemble was really great as well, especially Sian Clifford and Olivia Colman (you just look at her now, post-Oscars/“The Favourite” and just kinda marvel, huh?). Sincerely loved this season, cannot wait to watch it again, and just genuinely thrilled to see the next move PWB makes.May 16, 2019 at 7:35 am #1202896328
I’m kind of stumped with Supporting Actor. Right now I have Dinklage, Coster-Waldau, Banks, Cannavale, Culkin and Macfadyen. The first three are probably in. I’m not predicting a strong showing for Cannavale’s show, but the Emmys like him. I don’t know if I see two “Succession” actors making it, though maybe that’ll be part of the show’s over-performance (but I’m not predicting any other actors from the show, so that nips that theory in the bud). I just don’t know who else to slot in there. I know Mullan is the popular choice because of the expected love for “Ozark,” but I’m not fully convinced. Kelly could make it in, but I can’t ignore that people loathed that final season and the buzz is kind of squarely centered on Robin Wright. Hartley would be very worthy, but if he didn’t break in last year, it’s not happening now. Whigham is unlikely because if I’m nervous predicting two “Succession” actors (+ Series), I would be even less confident in predicting two “Homecoming” actors, since that show is not in my Series lineup. Esposito is a former nominee, but where’s the buzz? I don’t watch the show so I can’t say if he’s worthy, but why is he in the conversation this year but not for last season when he was first (re)introduced? And then everyone in the prediction center beyond that has 100/1 odds and likely doesn’t stand a chance (although there are some deserving names). I would love to see a pleasant surprise, but not many of the names I’ve listed above excite me too much. What’s everyone else got?