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What did you watch?
soaps: B&B - Malarkey from 2012(?) in which Wyatt and Hope get married
on a boat outside of Monaco.
Y&R - A good chesnut from 1994, in which we're reminded that Sharon
was always a gold-digging tramp from Day One. But this was fun, as it
was an episode with the lovely Brenda Epperson as Ashley Abbott, and
also sported Julianne Morris (I think) as Amy, Sharon's friend, and
Diana Barton as Mari Jo Mason. And it was the good old days of Heather
Tom as Victoria Newman, back when she got busted for posing nude!!
His Dark Materials (HBO Go) - "Betrayal" (ep. #1.8). OK, I see the
problem here - not only is this virulently "anti-Catholic"
The books are famously anti-Catholic. But when they made the movie,
they hired Nicole Kidnam, who herself is Catholic. So the movie toned
the anti-religious aspects from the book way down.
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but it's also virulently "anti-parent", as it turns out *both* of Lyra's
parents are straight-up evil.
Anyway, this was a downright unsatisfying "season finale" - there's
an awful development here that I really didn't like, no Lee at all
(which felt like a dropped plot point after the previous episde), and
this ends on an unsatisfying cliffhanger in terms of both Lyra and Will.
I'll probably check out season #2, but I can see why this didn't do
Brimstone (Prime) - OK, I straight up liked this quite a bit. (It helps
that Dakota Fanning was its primary star - I'm a sucker for her - but
second lead Emilia Jones was also quite good.)
Anyway, this is quite dark, very violent (and not in the "fun" way),
and told non-linearly - e.g. Acts 2 and 3 explain what happened in Act
1, with Act 4 serving as the resolution that ties everything together.
But I thought it was effective, even if it doesn't follow my preferred
"revenge flick" tropes.
Recommended for fans of Fanning (or Jones), or for anyone who wants
to see Guy Pearce play straight-up evil, or for fans of "revisionist
Penn and Teller: Fool Us - "Teller vs. Penn" – The first magician
brought out a large box of Styrofoam peanuts. He had Teller sign one
then dropped the peanut in the box. He then mixed it up and dived into
the box to find it. Penn seemed to be implying that he dropped the
peanut into a container but didn’t really challenge him one way or the
other. I'm not sure why Penn didn’t do more of a definitive guess. But
the magician managed to fool them.
The next magician did a card trick. He put some marks on one card then
made those same marks appear on other cards. He had the added affect of
a voice of doubt occasionally mocking him. It was a nice trick, but I
would have been more impressed if he let someone else mark the cards.
The third magician turned a container of water Alison was holding into
tea. He then made a woman appear on stage from behind a curtain. Penn
made a point to say the tea could have been done lots of ways that was
poisonous, but since Alison was allowed to drink the tea the trick was
harder. But then Penn started to talk timing. This had to go to the
judges who ruled not fooled. My guess is the tea was on some sort of
delay, otherwise I have no idea. They didn’t even bother to explain the
woman who materialized.
The final magician swallowed some fishing hooks then regurgitated them
on a thread. I could have sworn Penn said they didn't let those kinds
of acts on the show. Then again, if true that might just be a sign that
he didn’t really swallow the hooks. Teller made it clear he knew how he
swallowed the hooks, and by using the deception several times, I think
it's clear he didn't really swallow the hooks. What seemed to confused
P&T was the thread, but in the end, they weren’t fooled.
For the final trick Penn did a magic trick in an attempt to fool Teller.
He had Teller pull a card from a deck then systematically pull out all
the wrong possible cards until he was left with the right card. Penn
(half) fooled Teller.
Perry Mason - Episode two follows the keystone cops and DA as they take
the path of least resistance by focusing on the father of the kidnapped
child and when that doesn't pan out, they focus on the mother.
2020 BET Awards - This was interesting since it was done with social
distancing. It was very well done. I didn't recognize most of the
people nominated and performing, but I was really impressed by some of
the performances done with the singer and musicians performing in the
same location, but still away from each other. I thought this one with
the singer in the center of a stage while surrounded by an orchestra
being lit as they performed was probably the best staging of the night.
St. Elmo's Fire (TMC) 1985 Joel Schumacher movie. This aired yesterday
and I have no idea if it was put on rotation because of Schumacher's
death, or if it was always scheduled to air. I don't think I've ever
seen this before. If I did, I completely wiped it from my memory. It
stars various 80s young stars including the "Brat Pack" and focuses on
their lives and loves shortly after graduating from college. I really
didn't like this movie. And I can easily see how if I did see it before
why I don't remember it. It's a completely forgettable movie. It just
has a really famous/memorable name.