Post by Ubiquitous
What did you watch?
His Dark Materials (HBO Go) - "The Daemon-Cages" (ep. #1.6). This was a
good episode, in that it was consequential, and stuff actually happened.
Lyra is up s**t creek at Bolvangar, but she immediate begins setting
up a plan to escape Bolvangar, which she enlists Roger's help with.
However, crazy EVOL!!1! Mrs. Coulter shows up, and Lyra enlists the
help of the other captive girls to hide from Coulter. This doesn't last
long though as Lyra is then grabbed because the EVOL!!1! Dr. lady (Lia
Williams) intends to perform the daemon-separation procedure on Lyra as
a demonstration for Coulter. You predict how that goes - Lyra screams
to Coulter who recognizes Lyra just before the procedure is to begin,
and Coulter rescues Lyra. But Lyra immediately turns around and betrays
Coulter, trapping Coulter in her room, as Lyra implements her plan to
have all the children (including those that have previously had their
daemons removed) from Bolvangar. Of course, the Gyptians show up at
just the right time, as does the witch Serafina, and so all of the
children are rescued, nearly all of the staff at Bolvangar are now
dead, Lyra destroys the "daemon-separating machine", and Coulter slinks
off in escape.
With the primary mission now done, the Gyptians plan to head home,
but Lyra and Roger, with Lee Scroseby and Iorek the bear, travel on to
rescue Lyra's father. (In here, there's a conversation between Lee and
Serafina the witch, where it's made clear that Serafina somehow
convinced Lee to take on Lyra as his new "mission"...) Anyway, in Lee's
baloon, they are attacked, and Lyra falls from the balloon from some
height. The end.
Just two more episodes of this to go - I may binge them today, or
save them for later.
soaps: B&B - Ha ha ha ha! Well, now I guess I know why Liam and Steffy
aren't together anymore!! In this epie, Steffy is forced to admit to
Liam that she slept with *his father* on the day of their wedding!!
This is so bad, it's bascially a Brooke Logan-level move! Ha!!
DOOL - Ben Weston acts like a complete and total hypocrite and is
all suspicious of Crazy Claire, just because she's newly out of the
funny farm, despite his own sitch'! Gabi tries to convince a skeptical
and hostile Chad that "Jake" is really Stefan DiMera. Jake and Gwen
bicker, but then Gabi catches them together and declares, "GET YOUR
HANDS OFF MY HUSBAND!!" (Heh.) In what is the opposite of a surprise,
someone is surveilling Lani, but it's just Krazy Kristen (back in the
nun's habit as a "disguise"!!).
Batman Forever (HBO Max) - I hadn't seen this in years. Gone is the
gloomy weirdness of Tim Burton, replaced by the goofy, campy weirdness
of Joel Schumacher, and as I've never cared much for Burton, I strongly
prefer the latter.
I had forgotten that Drew Barrymore was in this (playing "Sugar",
along with Debi Mazar as "Spice"). What was more amazing to me is that
Rebecca Budig! (long-time soap actress) is also in this as the girl
that Chris O'Donnell rescues from the street gang! I barely recognized
Budig (for one thing, I guess she hasn't always been super-skinny!).
Also in this, in basically cameos, are Rene Auberjonois and Jessica
And I don't know why Fred hates this - they friggin' *kill* Ed Begley Jr.!!
Anyway, this is the flick in which Nicole Kidman plays one of those
shrinks/profilers who is clearly *several cards* short of a full deck!
what with her creepy porn star approach to pursuing Batman! (It always
annoyed me how her character is dispensed with in a throwaway like of
dialogue in "Batman & Robin"... :/ )
The villains are a completely over-the-top Jim Carrey as The Riddler
(this performance mostly kind of works, but might actually have gone
better if Carrey had reigned in his performance at least some in
parts). What doesn't work for me at all in this one is Tommy Lee Jones
as Harvey Two-Face - there is no doubt that the one thing that Nolan's
"The Dark Knight" definitely gets right is its much darker, more
serious takes on Joker and Harvey Dent. But Tommy Lee Jones' Two-Face
undermines the movie for me in pretty much every scene he's in.
This is also the flick that gives us the "origin story" of Chris
Val Kilmer is merely servicable in this - I remembered liking his
performance more, but this time I thought it was merely adequate. (I
remember liking George Clooney's performance in "Batman & Robin" quite
a lot, so I'll be curious to see if that still holds true - I'll
probably watch the later today.)
This flick is only 2 hours, but seems longer.
Blindspot (recorded) - "Awl In" (ep. #5.7). This episode sends Zapata
and Rich on a "field" mission together, but then blows it by separating
them after a mere scene together.
Anyway, in this one, the gang destroys Madeline's ZIP factory, but
then Jane and Weller and Zapata and Rich have to go on separate
missions to neutralize Madeline's remaining ZIP stocks and put trackers
on them. Of course, these missions don't go quite according to plan,
especially Zapata's as she gets stuck on a plane with Madeline's
clueless son, and has to convince him that Madeline (his mother!) is
the most EVOL!!1! person on the planet. Zapata basically succeeds, but
Madeline proves her pure EVOLness!!1! by ZIP'ping her own son, and
erasing his memories, once she realizes that he "knows too much".
No Weitz or Afreen in this one, though clearly Madeline was back
after an absence of several episodes.
Next episode: Oh NOES!! The Team's(tm) Bunker is discovered by
Madeline's evil goons!!
Ad Astra (HBO Go) - This is a mixed bag. The EFX are top notch,
especially the whole sequence where Brad Pitt's moon rover gets chased
on the moon by "pirates". (As an aside, I don't think I buy the whole
concept of "moon pirates" - I mean, where could they hide?! How would
they get supplies?! Why aren't they just blasted from orbit?! Etc.)
But the voice-over narration is pretty much a complete "fail" - the
movie would be a lot better if they just eliminated most or all of
Pitt's voice-over narration.
Anyway, in this one, in the time *before* "The Expanse"(!) [wink],
Pitt plays an astronaut who at the movie's beginning is working on a
communications tower that suffers a catasptrohic power surge which
nearly kills him. He is then "drafted" by SPACECOM to send a message to
his father (Tommy Lee Jones again!!) at the fringes of the solar system
when his father's space mission is identified as the cause of the power
surges on Earth.
I was a little disappointed that this story was played at face value
- I was expecting some sort of "twist" with the character of Pitt's
father, but there really isn't one.
Also, while some of the science is good, some of it is not - e.g.
they got "walking" on the moon (and to a lesser extent on Mars) all
wrong: the scene with Pitt and Donald Sutherland in the moon's
"spaceport"(?) was played like they were walking in Earth gravity which
is all wrong.
Anyway, I like the sci-fi "imagery" in this, and some of the
storyline is OK, and I liked that they at least tried to get the "space
travel" aspects of the flick right (though they ignored other things
that "The Expanse" is much better at getting right) but there are
definitely things like the V.O. narration, and the overall story, that
don't quite work in this.
Ultimately, this probably suffers in comparison to "The Expanse".
P.S. Pitt's is not looking so "gorgeous" anymore. :(
Ophelia (should have been Showtime Women, but as that's one of
Showtime's "SD" channels, I pulled it off Showtime Anytime instead!) -
A completely, some might say *ridiculously*, "revisonist" 2018 take on
"Hamlet", in this version told from the Point of View of the character
of Ophelia (played by Daisy Ridley).
The first thing I noted here is that Ridley is actually attractive
as a redhead. As Rey in "Star Wars", Ridney never came off as
"attractive" to me, but she's actually attractive in this.
The other thing to note is that she's actually pretty good in this,
so her "acting skills" (or lack thereof) can't be properly appraised by
"Star Wars"! (no surprise there!!).
Anyway, while I thought parts of this were interesting - for
example, I liked Naomi Watts in the dual role of Queen Gertrude and the
witch (though, as best I can remember, there's no "witch" character in
"Hamlet"!), and telling the tale from Ophelia's POV - the complete
revisionism, esp. re the fate of Ophelia's character, and what happens
in the last act of "Hamlet" (which is substantially changed here),
largely undermine my liking of this.
Still, some good performances from Ridley and Watts (and Daisy Head
has a decent scene playing a rival of Ophelia - another invention for
the film), and I also liked Tom Felton as Laertes in this.
"Who would ever do this to him!?" - HottCiara on DOOL (04-27-2020), asking
who would stab Victor Kirakis... How about ANYONE WHO'S EVER MET HIM??!!