Open chat: what are you excited about?

Some great news out in the universe for once: word on the street says ABC is considering a Happy Endings reboot! In case you’re not familiar with this show, it was only the best comedy in the history of television. There are so many jokes, references, and sight gags that I noticed things for the first time on my 20th, 30th, etc., watches.

So what are you excited about this week?


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7 Responses to Open chat: what are you excited about?

  1. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I stood up in my dad’s wedding this weekend, and it was a lot of fun! There was a bachelorette party Thursday, a rehearsal dinner Friday, the wedding on Saturday, and a quick brunch on Sunday, so this was probably the busiest weekend I have had in a very long time! I was nervous because I had never stood up in a wedding before, but the happy couple were so laid back about everything. They had a variety of pies instead of cake, the weather was perfect, and I was told my toast went well.

    I have sisters now, which is awesome, and my new stepmom is lovely. I’m really happy for my dad.

  2. hotspur says:

    LOL “the abandoned gas station circuit.” Last year I actually saw an abandoned gas station I wanted to buy and turn into some sort of arts venue, but like all of my great ideas it didn’t get past ideation because I have no money. Someone needs to give me a billion dollars. I’d be so excited.

    Speaking of money, I’m not buying that maybe-cheap house I mentioned. This weekend is the auction, so by Monday I will know if I missed an awesome deal or can feel reassured that my do-nothingness is correct.

    Last night I watched two free movies. Stalag 17, which is a classic and has therefore been on the to-do list. Here is my review: Some parts are easy to text during. The comedy is irritating, the crappiest unreal vaudeville dropped into a war movie. But by the end I liked the noncomedy quite a bit. The ending really has some juice because SPOILER ALERT the main guy never “grows.” He rides out giving all his fellow Americans who doubted him a big middle finger. Real!

    Then I watched As Good As It Gets, which I haven’t seen since it was in theaters. The first half hour is well done and affecting. The middle gets shaky, there’s a road trip that feels like a script problem they stressed over, but it stays compelling. One thing I did not notice in 1997 is that Helen Hunt’s character is also full of personality red flags that would make her hard to be around; Young Me, a dope, thought she was just Honest and Good. Anyway everyone won an Oscar, maybe even Greg Kinnear. So somehow this is a classic too. I’ve been meaning to rewatch it.

    I tried to watch Seven Psychopaths third, but something went wrong with my TV connection.

    • hotspur says:

      Apparently I am excited about free movies. (I am procrastinating on projects.) Last night I watched three more: Seven Psychopaths (nonessential), Reservoir Dogs (haven’t watched it in 20 years; loved it so much in the 90s; shockingly primitive now; what a time capsule!), and Machete.

      Machete is super. This was my first view. (I bought the DVD ages ago in a bargain bin, but it was scratched and wouldn’t play.) Truly weird to notice that in 2010 it would have been satire and exaggeration, and now is the straight news every single day. Except for the part where one ICE agent is a decent person. That came across as wild-eyed.

      (Do you think if we just got red-state lunatics to watch Machete, they would laugh and have fun, and in the end sigh and say, “Okay fine, let in more Mexicans, they’re fun as hell”?)

      Then I started Red Sparrow because it is finally free! I’ve been waiting for years to not pay for this. Unfortunately I forced myself to quit 10 minutes in, because of Day Job / 2 AM. I am, however, happy to report it was a shaky 10 minutes. So I’ll be back.

      • Tracey says:

        OK I watched the first maybe 20 min of Red Sparrow and I noped the fuck out of there. I’ll be interested to hear how it unfolds. I think it was just brutally violent or something?

    • Tracey says:

      Ooh, I remember the As Good As It Gets era. That movie had a lot of hype but I don’t remember anything about the actual plot, just that quote about “Go sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.”

      • hotspur says:

        Hah, it WAS an era! Remember how weird the Nineties were? The first half was amazing, just revolutionary in pop culture. You had Nirvana, Pulp Fiction, X-Files, Twin Peaks. But by 1996 things were reverting to normal — except with the added burden of everyone knowing it could be cooler but not sure how to pull it off. “Hey, let’s go see… American Beauty?”

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