Yeah more TV & open chat

I was gonna talk about some highbrow stuff this week (I typed that with a straight face) but there’s yet more TV to discuss. Did you watch Modern Love on Amazon? It’s based on the New York Times column. I was very much looking forward to making fun of it, but the first installment starring Cristin Millioti (the Mother in How I Met Your Mother whoops spoiler alert sorry) was perfection. I sobbed my face off. The second episode with Dev Patel was also great. I didn’t love the Anne Hathway one, the Tina Fey one was okay, and then I ran out of steam during the awkward fifth episode.

I watched the first episode of the Jessica Biel public radio mystery Facebook show Limetown. Eh. The series premiere of HBO’s Watchmen was as good as it is confusing! (i.e. very). Regina King was like a female John Wick and I loved that. No idea what’s going on though. In any case, 2019 might just be the year of bad ass female TV leads.

Also I’ve become obsessed with the idea of carving a pumpkin, I’m sure nothing can or will go wrong there. What are you guys up to?

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17 Responses to Yeah more TV & open chat

  1. hotspur says:

    I have not watched Modern Love, despite seeing its billboards on my commute. So — it seems it is like The Romanovs, in terms of each episode being a totally freestanding short movie with a unique cast? I was enjoying that show and intend to get back to it. But anything with “Love” in the title feels (to me) like it is trying hard to stress it is bad. So that might be hard for me to get past.

    I have failed to watch all the Spooktober movies I’d like to watch, but here are some recents:

    They Live (1988) — This holds up remarkably well. I can’t stop thinking about it, and I wish I had bought it ($6.99) instead of renting ($3.99). Amazon really needs to give us a “buy it for the difference” option after we rent something. What assholes.

    Candyman (1991) — Not terrifying like it was when it came out (last time I saw it), but worth a look. Original and ambitious for its time, and the villain is memorable. Jordan Peele is making a sequel. In 1991 I thought Virginia Madsen was very pretty for a much older lady (she was 29).

    Juon (2004) — Someone told me they could never shake its imagery and so I went in with the bar set too high. The structure is original, though. I wish I had been told it sucked. I would be here defending it.

    Last House on the Left (1973) — Not great, Bob! Basically an hour of a nice girl being brutalized by a gang, while comic-relief slapstick cops repeatedly fail to save the day, followed by half an hour of unrealistic revenge. The closing shot has some weird genius to it, but film schools should show this movie as a great example of how not to whipsaw tone. Also as a great example of how characters have to make sense, they can’t just do things because that was the plot you thought of. I watched the 2009 remake not long ago and that plays as if someone said “Huh, this could have been LESS worse with just a couple of simple fixes,” and then did those to find out if it was true. (It was partly true.)

    • hotspur says:

      FOLLOWUP: I opened a chat window with Amazon and they refunded the rental price of the movie so I could purchase it. So it is possible to win through the magic of a hassle.

      • Tracey says:

        Wow that’s really cool that they made your “buy it for the difference” happen! You’ve got moxie.

      • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

        My mom asks for a senior discount EVERYWHERE, and she ends up getting deals in places I would not expect. Never hurts to ask!

  2. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    I have been watching Living with Yourself on Netflix, and I love it! Not only does it star Paul Rudd AND Paul Rudd, but I like the way the story unfolds. Some episodes repeat a few things you know, but from a different character’s perspective, and that fills in some blanks and gives the story more depth. I haven’t finished the season yet, but I’m really looking forward to where the story goes.

    I don’t know anything about Watchmen in general, but I saw the terrible Watchmen movie that came out years ago. I keep seeing a promotional shot of a cool looking character, Trent Reznor composed the score, and I like Regina King. BUT, then I saw that the creator is the same guy who made The Leftovers and Lost, and I don’t know. I never saw Lost – I heard it started out great, but then went off the rails. The Leftovers was fine, but a bit too artsy for me – I do remember liking how it ended though. So I don’t know if I will ever watch the show. I might wait until the season is over in case I want to binge it.

    • Sergeant Tibbs says:

      Oh this is the second time I’ve heard about this Paul Rudd show! Now I’m going to watch it (no billboard ads needed, I guess).

      I finally got around to the second season of Fleabag and absolutely loved it. Watched it a second time immediately after. I was surprised though, I didn’t completely love the first season like most people so I disregarded the rave reviews and awards for the second season. My mistake!

      I’ve been rewatching the Mindy Project on Hulu because I never finished the last season. I’m a Mindy Kaling fan, but I find her work so uneven. Some episodes hit such a high bar of weird humor and others are like the writers just joined the show and don’t quite know the characters. I felt her new movie, Late Night, had the same unevenness issue. I liked a lot of elements but felt a bunch were shoehorned in.

      • Tracey says:

        I agree on Mindy Project! Like some of the jokes were so funny, but the character was all over the place. She was such a messy selfish person but also really accomplished? I enjoyed Late Night but agree is was uneven.

      • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

        I don’t have Amazon Prime right now, but I would definitely like to watch season 2 of Fleabag. I enjoyed season 1, and heard good things about the new episodes.

        I would probably watch Modern Love too if I had Amazon. One of these days, I’m going to get it for a month or two and just binge a bunch of stuff before I cancel it again. I am being cheap, but between Netflix, Hulu, and the HBO add on I have, I just don’t want to spend any more money on streaming.

    • Tracey says:

      You’ve convinced me to check out the Paul Rudd show as well!

  3. Tracey says:

    I just bought a ticket to Buenos Aires for Thanksgiving week! I have 24 hours to cancel it but that’s not likely unless I can’t find good accommodations. My boss took a week to reply to my vacation request and in that time… the flight dropped $200! So he actually did me a favor but I’ll never tell him that. Round trip LAX to BA nonstop flights for less than I paid to go New York for a funeral last year. Air travel continues to mystify me.

    • Sergeant Tibbs says:

      That sounds amazing (and I’m jealous of your fare deals. My work keeps holding off on approving my request and my fare keeps climbing steadily…). Any plans in Buenos Aires or winging it? How do you pick your destinations? I love how google flights lets you look all over the map for fares. I’m considering places I wouldn’t have otherwise.

      • Tracey says:

        I definitely start with Google Flights and look at the map to see what places are affordable at different times of the year. I also use the calendar search for specific places to identify what departure and return dates will get the lowest price when my dates are flexible.

        Last year, I saw that the cheapest flights to Japan had stops in Beijing, so I called American Airlines and worked with an agent on the phone to find the cheapest way to spend a couple of days there before going on to Tokyo. It cost me I think $40 to book on the phone, but the guy saved me a lot by finding the best combination of flights.

        I just found out yesterday that if the fare drops within 24 hours of purchasing a ticket, American will refund the difference! So I got $50 back on my ticket.

        • Sergeant Tibbs says:

          Whoa sometimes I try to do a 24 hour stopover but I rarely do several days. I’m going to reframe my next trip plan to do this!

          I was so excited when I moved to Alaska bc I thought it would make flying to Asia cheaper and more accessible (my dream is to see South Korea and Japan). But what actually happened is it became more expensive bc everything has to route through LA or Seattle. Back in the day, Alaska was the connection point for long haul flights so clearly I just missed my opportunity by 3 decades.

          Also tourism for weirdos alert, I flew into Las Vegas during the long weekend, stopped long enough to try In n Out, and then drove to the desert to stay in a tiny house. It was amazing! So many built-ins! If I can remember how to post pics, I will.

    • welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

      How exciting! I love that you travel so much!

      I also need to get some information from you on Iceland. I don’t plan to go anytime soon, but I want to start researching how much money I need to save.

      • Tracey says:

        Iceland is one of my favorite subjects! It also has one of the best trip preparation subreddits: http://reddit.com/r/visitingiceland/

        I searched people’s itineraries and trip reports to find out about the best places to stop. The search function there is a gold mine for over planners like me.

        I’m glad I went in the summer because I was able to stay out all night doing stuff and didn’t have weather issues. In the winter you can see the Northern lights but you also have to drive in bad conditions and can’t run around outside all day. The best money-saving tip is to get food at groceries stores. Restaurants are insanely expensive. Visiting Iceland is basically a road trip. You rent a car and drive around the main road. Everywhere I stayed had kitchens but I mostly ate PB&J.

      • Tracey says:

        Also I have super intense Google docs for tourist stuff in Iceland and Tokyo if anyone ever wants to see them.

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