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What did you watch?
Cursed (Netlfix) - "Cursed" (ep. #2). They finally explain why the
villagers all thought Katherine Langford's Nimue was a freaky weirdo...
but the explanation is still unsatisfactory.
Nimue is still being chased by the Red Monks(?), but manages to sneak
back into the port city (at the expense of a tooth!) - there she hacks
of the hand of the thug she conned in the pilot, and then Arthur escapes
with her. Meanwhile, Floki-Merlin escapes from the King's castle, and
later meets up with the mysterious Widow(?), and admits that Excalibur
has stolen his magic - the Widow tells him to go find it (which means
finding Nimue) anyway.
Next episode: Arthur takes off (with Excalibur!) on Nimue! This
freaky weirdo can't keep a man either!!
I need to get to this soon.
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soaps: B&B - Sally didn't get her pleaded-for forgiveness from Wyatt (or
even, really from, Flo... the bitch!), and it's still not clear what is
going to happen to Sally, or Dr. Penny. (I'm shocked no one in here
stated the obvious - that Sally is crazy, and should be
institutionalized, at least temporarily...) Meanwhile, Steffy is still
in pain from the accident. (Zzzzzz.)
DOOL - HottCiara, Crazy Claire, Shawn and Hope head to New York to
try to track Eve down, but discover that Eve has abandoned her
appartment. Eve and her henchman (a student of Dr. Rolf!!) being their
plan to "brainwash" Ben Weston into murdering HottCiara. (I'm going to
barf if this works after all of one day!!) Meanwhile, Sami still
"doesn't get it" about her interfering with stupid Allie (who wasn't in
this episode). And Will & Sonny are told that Allie never signed the
GH - Whoa! GH is back with new episodes, and I was *not* expecting to
see Dominic Zamprogna back as Dante - they managed to keep that little
nugget a secret! Meanwhile, in a total shock I did not see coming,
NuNina *totally sandbags* EVOL!!1! Nelle at the custody hearing, so
Nelle is all but certain to lose her custody case (and is now going to
swear revenge on her real Mommy, Nina!!). Valentin reveals to Brook Lynn
(Amanda Setton!!) that he took her shares in ELQ, and tries to make
Brook Lynn "an offer she can't refuse" to stay quiet.
The Witcher (Netflix) - "Four Marks" (ep. #1.2). I must say, I didn't
care for this episode nearly as much as the pilot - they introduce a
host of new characters, which gives short shrift to the "originals",
especially Princess Cirilla.
Expect this to be an ongoing problem. Especially as they jump around in
time. At least you have the benefit of knowing they are jumping around.
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That said, I did like the new character of the cynical Bard (Joey
Batey) who follows Geralt and gets caught up with Geralt's latest
adventure (which involves getting held captive by exiled elves).
But I'm not seeing the point of the whole subplot of the sorceress
played by MyAnna Buring and the hunchback apprentice she takes on.
Finally, Cirilla hooks up with, first "Rat Boy" (hey! it's Wilson
Radjou-Pujalte from Nickelodeon's "Hunter Street"!!), and then with
refuges of her own people... But it's not long before the bad guys show
up to slaughter them all. Cirilla barely escapes.
The Nice Guys (HBO Zone) - OK, I liked this - it was generally amusing.
I thought Angourie Rice as Ryan Gossling's teen daughter was especially
good... That said, I thought the plot (and ultimate "revelation") didn't
make a lick of sense, but ultimately that was all just a MacGuffin to
let these couple of losers find each other, work "a case", and provide
Sidenote: There are a lot of interesting people in supporting or bit
parts in this - for example, I guess Yvonne Zima can now say she's acted
a scene with Russell Crowe!
I know I saw this before, but I don't remember if I liked it or not.
The Wrong Stepmother (LMN) – Another Vivica A. Fox production. A woman,
who could have *easily* been the same character and actress as The Wrong
Wedding Planner, worms her way into a man's (Corin Nemec) heart. His
teenage daughter (Calli Taylor) doesn't trust her, but the youngest
daughter likes her. As Taylor starts to look into the wrong
stepmother's past, the bodies start to pile up to keep those secrets
hidden from the daughter. No one seemed to even notice when the evil
would be stepmother murdered dad's best friend. They might as well have
just hired the Wedding Planner actress and called this a sequel.
Towards the end Vivica A. Fox, who plays the high school principal,
looked right at the camera (or near enough) and said, "You are the Wrong
Stepmother!" It was a LOL moment. I'm pretty sure she did the exact
same thing in "The Wrong Wedding Planner."
Game of Death (blu-ray) - Bruce Lee's last movie. He originally wrote
it and was directing it, then he stopped filming half way through so he
could go make "Enter the Dragon." Lee died before he could return to
finish Game of Death, so the studio wrote an entirely new story as a
framing device for the footage they already had in the can. The new
story is about an actor who gets mixed up with the mob. The mob thinks
they killed him (real footage of Bruce Lee's death and his body in the
coffin was used). But the character faked his death. His final
confrontation at the end reuses edited versions of Lee's original
footage. By far the best parts of the movie are the parts that use the
original Lee footage at the end where he's wearing the now iconic yellow
suit and fights Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
I watched this with the commentary. It was very useful in pointing out
what was original footage and all the various script and behind the
scenes issues. The guy on the commentary said they only used about 11
minutes of the original footage when there was a *lot* more they
ignored. I haven't gotten around to watching it yet, but just produced
this year, is a remastered version of the original footage on the
blu-ray. I think it's basically going to be 35 minutes of the final
fight, the way it was originally meant to be seen. So I have that to
look forward to.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us – "P&T in 3D...Glasses"
The first magician was an illusionist. He started off with an escape.
Hen he balanced himself on a sharp needle. Since I assumed he had a
plate on his back, I was not impressed. When he was impaled I still
wasn’t impressed since I was expecting that. Although I didn’t expect
him to come back on stage still impaled with the sword and his hands
covered in blood. Not fooled.
The next magician drew a picture and had Alyson do the same. They each
put the picture in a paper folder and held it. Then they touched
fingers and when they pulled the pictures out they had swapped. I have
*no* idea how he did it. Not fooled. When Penn was talking, he said
"Gene Anderson." I looked the name up on YouTube and saw another
magician doing the exact same trick. I still don’t know how he did it.
The third magician did a card trick. He let Alyson and a guy from the
audience pick some cards talked a bit then did his big reveal that he
knew what cards they were going to pick. Not fooled. After Penn gave
his explanation I probably should have gone back and watched the trick
again. But I had already replayed the start of the trick twice and both
time it made my eyes glaze so I just didn't care enough to watch it
again and see if I could figure out what he did.
The fourth magician had Alyson put on a helmet and the audience wear 3D
glasses. The audience then all correctly shouted out a card Alyson was
holding. The magician then put the helmet on Teller and Alyson wore the
glasses and correctly read teller's mind to reveal what was on a piece
of paper Teller was wearing. Penn said, "We saw the light" whatever
that means. Not fooled.
Penn & Teller’s trick was a little similar to the third magician's
trick. P&T handed out 52 cards to the audience. He had someone call a
friend on their cell phone. The friend picked a card. The person in
the audience stood to reveal that card. Then everyone else in the
audience revealed their cards were never an option. I didn't really
care at the time I watched, but in hindsight, my guess is the audience
person was a plant. This episode just didn't really work for me. Maybe
because none of the magicians fooled them.