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I just watched the Pizza episode. A little too meandering but entertaining enough. I love Mark I.’s old Brooklyn personality. And, actually, the show gave me a better feel for David Chang’s as well. Looking forward to watching some more episodes.

But who is looking forward to this???

 

David Chang is back in the media business

On the heels of magazine Lucky Peach’s closure, Momofuku maestro and Netflix star David Chang has announced a new media endeavor, and it’s a big one. Called Majordomo Media (the name of his new Los Angeles restaurant), it will encompass a podcast, television shows, and an “editorial platform.” Chang tapped some big media names, including the former editor-in-chiefs of Wired and Los Angeles magazine, a Conde Nast exec, and a few former Lucky Peach editors. One of his fellow founders says it “will be rollicking, occasionally profound, and frequently profane,” which conjures up Vice-like images. Notably absent from this endeavor is Chang’s longtime friend and usual media partner Peter Meehan.

 

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1. Friday Night Lights. I'm gonna start shilling like crazy for this show. When I first heard they were turning the movie into a TV show, I figured it would end every week with the team hitting the

oh, damn, i didn't know that. now i'm depressed--i really liked that show.

Here you go -   At the time I wrote that the show was being broadcast on WLIW. It appears to be out of the rotation right now but should be available on Netflix.

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Judas (Brandon Victor Dixon from Hamilton) stole the show in "Jesus Christ Superstar."

 

Agreed. This was the first production I've ever seen of that show, so I can't tell whether it's normal for Judas to be a more complex and charismatic character than Jesus. But last night, he was.

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Late night. Looking at something to watch on demand before heading to bed. There was the first Thin Man movie, seen many times, so we could just do 20 minutes.

 

Gripped to the end of course. Spectacular acting by the leads; I hadn't noticed before that one of the impacts comes from the unbridgeable gulf between the acting of Powell and Loy and the lumpen line reading of most other cast members. It shines that light on them.

 

We also recently saw Woman of the Year with Spencer and Tracy, and the cocktail party scene is pure recycling of The Thin Man, thuggish friends and all.

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I just caught Operation Odessa on Showtime. It is a highly entertaining true crime thriller about a Russian mobster, a Miami playboy, and a Cuban spy, who teamed up to sell a nuclear submarine to a Colombian drug cartel. You can't make this shit up. The Russian mobster named Tarzan was a real character.

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Late night. Looking at something to watch on demand before heading to bed. There was the first Thin Man movie, seen many times, so we could just do 20 minutes.

 

Gripped to the end of course. Spectacular acting by the leads; I hadn't noticed before that one of the impacts comes from the unbridgeable gulf between the acting of Powell and Loy and the lumpen line reading of most other cast members. It shines that light on them.

 

We also recently saw Woman of the Year with Spencer and Tracy, and the cocktail party scene is pure recycling of The Thin Man, thuggish friends and all.

 

The Thin Man movies hold up to multiple viewings. Powell and Loy shine so brightly it's hard to notice anybody else although in one of the movies a young Jimmy Stewart makes an appearance and holds his own.

 

Another thing to look for - the suits. Even the 2nd string actors wear beautifully tailored custom made suits.

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Yes, spectaculary dressed from the people to the settings. The first movie has Maureen O'Sullivan, already Tarzan's Jane, breathtakingly beautiful but acting badly; and Cesar Romero, some 40 years before becoming The Joker.

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FilmStruck had a classic French cinema season recently, so I filled in some of my gaps - Touchez Pas Au Grisbi, wow.

 

Also watched the very long documentary recording Tavernier's My Journey Through French Cinema, which offers a practitioner's analysis of the movies from L'Atalante through to some early nouvelle vague, but is a great checklist for what one might have missed.

 

I think my current "update" is: obsessed with Jean Gabin and The Hollies.

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Finished first season of sense8. A lot of it is very comic-bookish, almost too much so, but different from anything I've seen before and so overall we'll definitely watch the next season.

 

Welp, the finale came out on Netflix yesterday, so I've now watched the whole shebang. I was hooked by the first few episodes - the photogenic people! the photogenic locations! the premise that made you smarter just thinking about it! But my hooked-ness subsequently eroded, slowly but steadily, as the story devolved into brief sequences of exposition separated by way-too-long montages of travelogue and fancy fighting and soft-core pornography (which I have nothing against, but I like more plot & characterization with my prurience, so I can feel less ashamed). The wrap-up answered the questions and partnered the partners and generally put a big smiley face on everything. So that's nice. And the final shot was a close-up of a recently-employed strap-on. Which I think is the first time a series has ended that way, so I guess that deserves some kind of...something.

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So Jordan Klepper's "The Opposition" ended this week. Apparently, he'll be back with some sort of man in the street show. His penultimate show had a strange interview with Kim Gordon. She seemed pretty downbeat. She discussed a new Gus Van Sant film she's in along with Jaoquin Phoenix entitled, "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot" about an alcoholic paraplegic (Phoenix). She made the film sound like a bleak experience although reviews have been positive. Then, she mentioned her upcoming album "The Switch" which sounds jazz like although her description was vague. From what I can tell it has 5 tracks. She is definitely not a salesperson. Or maybe she was loaded.

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