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#796 StephanieL

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Posted 14 September 2017 - 07:23 PM

I liked the pilot of The Deuce, except for the college student subplot.  Looking forward to the rest of the season. 

 

It does make me glad that my memories of the old 42nd Street are small and largely confined to seeing the array of porno theaters as the school bus came out of the Lincoln Tunnel on our way to museum field trips.


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 01:16 AM

On Filmstruck, the very recently restored Pagnol Marseille trilogy. I saw them on video years ago, and the quality was abysmal: some scenes so dark it was hard to see who was talking.

They glow now. The story is somewhat melodramatic, but absorbing, and simply could not have been told within Hollywood's infantile constraints. The acting: well Raimu is not over-rated, and when Fresnay can finally act his age in the last movie, he's incredible.

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 04:55 PM

Last night's Black-ish was excellent, especially the riff on Schoolhouse Rock.


Then that happened.


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Posted 04 October 2017 - 11:42 PM

Oh, spouse told me new season hadn't started. Demerit.

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 11:43 PM

Speaking of spouse, wandering through when I happen to be watching Bardot's bare bum, I'm sorry but it's Moravia and Godard, therefore artistic bum.

And I never paused it.

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 06:59 AM

Oh, spouse told me new season hadn't started. Demerit.

It's interesting that Black-ish had this Schoolhouse Rock takeoff and Speechless just had a funny take on Brandy (You're a Fine Girl).  I'm thinking Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has inspired others.


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:54 AM

Rumor has it that Smokey Robinson will be guest starring in an upcoming episode or two of Speechless.


Then that happened.


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 01:10 PM

Last night's Black-ish was excellent, especially the riff on Schoolhouse Rock.

Musical numbers aside, I thought the episode was pretty weak. The Afterschool Special stuff only works if there's also an actual story, with actual comedy.



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Posted 08 October 2017 - 04:50 PM

Speaking of spouse, wandering through when I happen to be watching Bardot's bare bum, I'm sorry but it's Moravia and Godard, therefore artistic bum.

And I never paused it.

 

I saw that at an outdoor screening in Greenpoint over the summer.  It was very frustrating that the sun hadn't quite gone down when they started the movie, so that scene wasn't clearly visible.


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:22 PM

 

Last night's Black-ish was excellent, especially the riff on Schoolhouse Rock.

Musical numbers aside, I thought the episode was pretty weak. The Afterschool Special stuff only works if there's also an actual story, with actual comedy.

 

I think the showrunners are going for more than comedy.


Then that happened.


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:48 PM

 

 

Last night's Black-ish was excellent, especially the riff on Schoolhouse Rock.

Musical numbers aside, I thought the episode was pretty weak. The Afterschool Special stuff only works if there's also an actual story, with actual comedy.

 

I think the showrunners are going for more than comedy.

 

 

I agree, and I applaud the attempt. But black-ish has done this sort of thing much more successfully in other episodes, particularly the one about Black Lives Matter (Hope), which I found riveting. This season's premiere reminded me of what Designing Women became in its last days: an excuse for Julia Sugarbaker to work herself up into a righteous froth and very! articulately! take! down! the wrong! and the bad! harrumph!



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Posted 09 October 2017 - 02:54 PM

Let's see how it goes.  Norman Lear (at 95!) knows how to do it.  The Bloodworth-Thomasons not so much.


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Posted 09 October 2017 - 04:49 PM

Norman Lear (at 95!) knows how to do it.  The Bloodworth-Thomasons not so much.

 

No argument here. Although I did like when Designing Women addressed Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearings. I was obsessed with that circus.



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Posted 10 October 2017 - 03:14 PM

Rumor has it that Smokey Robinson will be guest starring in an upcoming episode or two of Speechless.

Smokey opted out.  It's gonna be Keith David http://www.imdb.com/...ref_=fn_al_nm_1


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Posted 10 October 2017 - 04:13 PM

 

Rumor has it that Smokey Robinson will be guest starring in an upcoming episode or two of Speechless.

Smokey opted out.  It's gonna be Keith David http://www.imdb.com/...ref_=fn_al_nm_1

 

Keith David is a better actor and he can also sing. I think there will be a lot more singing this season. I was sad that Daveed Diggs wasn't in the Juneteenth episode. I saw Derek Watkins listed in the credits of the show. Some of us will remember him from his stint as maître d'  at 11 Madison Park before he became known for carrying Diddy's umbrella.


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