SNL Season 40 Premiere: Chris Pratt / Ariana Grande

SNL_Chris_Pratt_752x423Welcome back! This is Season 40 of Saturday Night Live!

Let’s get down to business.

Sure, rumor had it that Bill Murray was to host, but, fuck it, they went with Chris Pratt. You remember Chris…star of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie. Since his image has been everywhere this summer, it makes sense he would be host. Also, he seems comfortable in his own skin, and a little self-deprecation is necessary to be a good SNL host.

Overall, I was kind of amazed at how good this episode was. There were some big changes: Continue reading

SNL Season Finale: Andy Samberg / St.Vincent

andy-2Well, we made it through another year. We stuck with it and finally, finally, we got rid of Seth Meyers! Congratulations, America!

Let’s move on.

For the season finale, as with the season premiere, SNL usually brings out the big guns — some famous or infamous movie star or huge talent — OR they bring back a former cast member. This year, it was the latter with Andy Samberg at the helm, fresh off a Golden Globe win for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Samberg came to reprise his role as the strange adorkable guy best remembered for Digital Shorts.

There were not many sketches that hit me in the funny bone. Despite the plethora of “surprise” celebrity guests like Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Bill Hadar, Seth Meyers, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd and (I assuming the real) Two Chains, many of the sketches fell flat. I have said it once, but I will say it again…bringing in old blood from glorious SNL seasons past only shows the lack of talent SNL has now.

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SNL: Jamie Foxx / Ne-Yo

SNLOkay. I am just going to say what we are all thinking. This episode os Saturday Night Live is kind of racist.

Since I am hiding behind a blog and a pseudonym, readers may not know that I am Caucasian. My race makes it harder to explore race and even harder to enjoy humor that plays on racial stereotypes.

With that said, Jamie Foxx seems to think the only way he can be funny is to poke fun at those same stereotypes. From the very beginning his monologue is built around the tagline, “how black is that?” And it is all black from here on.

Enough about my white guilt, onward, to the review! Continue reading

SNL: Jeremy Renner / Maroon 5

thumbOh, Saturday Night Live, here we go again.

Jeremy Renner has a face like an old leather sack. It is that grizzled look that makes him perfect for all those hard-worn, deeply-troubled action roles. Like in The Hurt Locker. And The Town. And The Bourne Legacy. And Mission Impossible. You get the idea — he is a badass.  Then why is he on the longest-running television comedy show? Because SNL is an amazing, magical place where dreams come true, and even leather sacks can be funny.

ONWARD — to the review of the show! Continue reading

BTYM Podcast: Episode 77 – Now Hep C Free

logo 2This episode of the BTYM podcast is brought to you by infections diseases, knife skills, and garam masala. Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 8 – Mid-Season Finale

TWD_GP_308_0807_0276Hey, it’s Tyrese everyone! He’s like totally an important character for most of the prison story in the graphic novels, so it’s great to see him show up, but who are these other survivors? Zombie food, here’s hoping. Amiright? Apparently they have names. Without seeing the ending yet, we all knew Oscar would die, right? The cardinal rule of The Walking Dead is of course: 1 Black Guy = Enough, 2 Black Guys = Too Many. On to the questions! Continue reading

Glee: Season 4, Episode 9 – Marley Ruined Everything (AKA Something Stupid)

swan-songHere we go again, world, another episode of Glee. Strap yourself in for the 42 minute follow-up of last week’s “cliff hanger” Did New Directions win Sectionals? Will we ever get to see Sue’s retarded baby? Also, is Marley alive?

These questions and better ones will be answered tonight as we sit down with one of Glee‘s writers.

Spoiler Alert: New Directions lost Sectionals. What does this mean, because after a few minutes of explanation and four years of watching this show, I still don’t really know how this works. Continue reading

BTYTM Podcast: Episode 76 – Trap Her Keeper

logo 2Sorry we’re so late on this one. On the other hand…this is free? This is free.

Well the wait was definitely worth it, ladies and gentlepersons, because this podcast is a doozy! We’re talking full-on ridiculous klassy stuff here.

No need to ruin the surprise in the story, so stop reading this and go listen. Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 7

TWD_BT_307_0719_0208SPOILER ALERT: This episode of The Walking Dead is full of zombies! And I have questions for them!

I realize this would have been super boring, but wasn’t it possible for Merle to simply ask Glenn where his brother was? And then Glenn would have just calmly taken him. But seriously I really liked the torture teaser. The tor-teaser? (“No, my son, not everything can be combined into a combination word.” “You, you…you shut up and you die.” GUNSHOTS] It not only mirrored the graphic novel version — the tortured captives (which did include Glenn) are in cells right next to each other and can hear what’s happening — but it was also unusually light on the gore. See, you don’t have to show dismemberment to build suspense.  Continue reading

Glee: Season 4, Episode 8 – Thanksgiving

Glee-Homeward-Bound-Home-MP3-ListenJust when I thought I had seen it all…and by “it,” I mean all the previously graduated cast members, I remember that baby mama Quinn Fabray had not yet been back to Lima, Ohio. It seems that a decade of nightly drinking may have damaged my short term memory more than I had hoped. Oh well, onward and forward, to this Thanksgiving reunion episode of Glee.

Tonight, we opened with not just one song, but a mash-up of “Home” and “Homeward Bound.”  The singers were all previous Glee members who appear to have been hopelessly haunting the halls of their high school. Some state they are “in college” or “going to ballet school” or “happy,” but since I never see it, I cannot believe it. Do you ever want to show the spin offs of these characters as you did with Kurt and Rachel?

Woh, what’s with the softball question? I thought surely you’d ask why this Thanksgiving episode had literally nothing to do with the holiday, but OK. Continue reading

BTYM Podcast: Episode 75 – Flaky Friends

logo 2Digging super deep into the BTYM coffers we’ve dug out this hairy little nugget. It’s a podcast about flakes. You know, those friends who say one thing but mean another. Or say they’ll do something but then flake out.

Yep, we sound like tools. But for your enjoyment!

Also, we recorded this like 6 months ago and don’t remember any of the complaints. Plus, no one listens anyway. Enjoy! Continue reading

American Horror Story: Asylum, Episode 4 – I Am Anne Frank, Part 1

MJ: American Horror Story: Asylum really has a thing for needles, close-up shots of cutting, and obviously blood in general. Look, I wasn’t expecting to get out gore-free, but can we loosen up on stabbing people in the eye with a syringe? No? OK I guess not.

BS: Yeah, I draw the line at needles in the eye. This season is much more about the gore than last season, don’t you think? Or, have I just blocked it from my mind? Also, the end of the episode when Anne opens the door and you see Chloe Sevigny in her current state…truly disturbing. Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 6

We’ve waited so long for The Walking Dead to come back, and now I feel like I can’t get away from it. We’re only half-way through the season, and yet there are still so, so many questions.

How great was Michonne’s “Biter-Gram?” Why exactly did the Governor send out Merle and crew to find her? It’s not like she was going to come back to town. Are they hunting her? Is she hunting them? It just seemed like an excuse to have gory conflict in the teaser, which is sad given the last few very excellent openers. How does Michonne get so easily out-sworded by Merle by the way? And why does Merle so dislike the idea of following her into the “red zone” (the as yet unexplained dangerous area) that he shoots his fellow citizen (“the other one”) in the face…and then straight up follows Michonne anyway? To the shopping center where Glenn and Maggie just happen to be? Continue reading

Glee: Season 4, Episode 7 – Dynamic Duets

Since Superstorm Sandy did not kill Ryan Murphy, it appears that Glee is still on the air. After this week’s episode “Dynamic Duets,” we here at By That You Mean had the opportunity to sit down once more with one of the producers to answer some of our most burning questions.

As always, thanks for taking time out of your day to speak with us. First, I must say that the theme this week was 50 shades of awful. I could not decide if it was lazy cosplay or an ill-timed Halloween episode. Can you explain how the holy hell you came up with this idea? Continue reading

American Horror Story: Asylum, Episode 3 – Nor’easter’

MJ: OK in all seriousness, the Adam Levine cameo on this week’s American Horror Story: Asylum lasted way longer than I thought it would or could. He just kept coming back. Die already! Incidentally this is how I feel about Maroon 5. (Side note: Did you catch Mark Conseulos’ cameo?)

BS: Yes, sometimes they come back…again. Mark Consuelos is actually on the credits, which leads me to believe that his role will get bigger. I for one am excited about that!

BS: What do you make of the Scream-esque change-up that they pulled with Bloody Face/the Bloody Face masked teenagers who killed Adam Levine? (Bloody Face Masked Teenagers Who Killed Adam Levine is also the name of my punk band. Our hits include “Moves Like Dagger” and “She will be Shoved.”) Continue reading

BTYM Podcast: Episode 74 – Coonthe Hotels

OK so the title requires a little explanation. This isn’t a podcast really about hotels, although they do play a role. It’s more about how Chelsea and Michael differ on what constitutes a good value. Sort of. It’s easier to just listen than to explain.

Also no one reads this part. I DEFY someone reading this to make it known that they do in fact read it! Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 5

want to question why the Governor is allowing himself to be so unprotected from his zombie daughter. I really do. But it’s just such a ridiculous opener, what with the ripped scalp and straight-jacket and Michonne watching from outside. I can’t really complain. The Walking Dead is just batshit crazy these days.

I ended last week’s recap with this question, and it deserves to be brought up again: How are they going to take care of this baby? Babies don’t eat food. They drink nutrient-dense breast milk and/or formula. Oh, but no problem…let’s just go out into the world in search of formula! How long exactly does formula keep? Is it months? Gah, don’t get pregnant, idiots! Continue reading

American Horror Story: Asylum, Episode 2 – Tricks and Treats

We’re just now catching up on American Horror Story: Asylum episodes here at  BTYM headquarters. Just to refresh everyone on the process: two fans of the show go back and forth questioning and trying to answer. We are by no means experts on the horror genre (although one of us is “All But Dissertation,” and the other is, um, also technically not yet in possession of a dissertation), but we watch carefully, examine, and discuss the nuances, so that you don’t have to.

MJ: Finally, Adam Levine is no more. It took two episodes but felt like five hundred.

BS: I’m shocked that he didn’t ask for one less inappropriately-timed bj. Continue reading

The Amalfi Hotel – Chicago

I’m trying to think of a legitimate reason why we wouldn’t return to Chicago’s Amalfi Hotel (in the Near North Side neighborhood).  It wouldn’t be for the service, location, dependability, cleanliness, accommodations, or perks.  Check-in and -out was a breeze. The room was more than ample-sized for a Chicago hotel.  There’s a deluxe breakfast spread every morning on each hotel floor—free.  There’s a drinks and appetizer reception on the 6th floor every night—again, free.  Newspaper—free.  Water at check-in—free. In 10 minutes after our call, a hotel engineer appeared to fix our minor toilet leak.  The only reason, expressed by my son, is that the boutiqueness doesn’t extend beyond the lobby.

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SNL: Anne Hathaway / Rihanna

I cannot believe this is the 3rd time Anne Hathaway has hosted Saturday Night Live.  I am not sure from whence my confusion comes, but I think it starts with me being unable to think of a single memorable sketch that involved Anne Hathaway.  On that note, do you think this episode gives us some ground-breaking performances by the host Hathaway? And do you hope that the monologue is not some sad Les Miserables send-up?

Not to spoil the surprise, but the answer to both questions is no.

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Glee: Season 4, Episode 6 – Grease

Glee is still on the air! That means it is time for us to once again sit down with an anonymous producer for the show to get some inside information. Where is the show going? Who are all these people? How many overweight black females are there really? Onward for answers!!

Thanks for sitting down with me today. Tell me, how amazing it is to work with Kate Hudson? Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 4 – Killer Within

Was this the hardest ever episode of The Walking Dead to watch? Obviously with the death of so many key characters, it can’t not be. As has been a trend, it’s interesting to see how the graphic novels differ so much from the show, and yet both are distantly linked.

Random side note before the real questions: The deer reminded me of something practical. Now that everyone knows they are already infected, I wonder if anyone considered it was now safe to eat tainted animal meat. Or would that still spread dangerous secondary infections and hasten death? Continue reading

BTYM Podcast: Episode 73 – Accidental Hate Crime

We don’t really want to spoil this little gem with too much introduction, because part of the fun of this podcast was in the explanation.

We will give you one clue, though:


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RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race: Episode 3 – Queens Behaving Badly

Only three episodes into RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race, and already a few things are undeniably true: 1) The season is too short, and yet 2) The All Stars format doesn’t perfectly translate to the Drag Race pedigree. Sure, it’s been great seeing these ladies again, but I’m not finding each episode quite as thrilling as before.

Some self-awareness is obviously absolutely necessary for a drag performer, but there’s something more going on this season. It’s more than just awareness of being on camera. Is it maybe that they all want to continue to be in the good graces of Ru herself or else risk losing a place? Drag queens will always be drag queens, but anecdotally it feels like we’re seeing them more in more in print, TV, and online. Is RuPaul to blame/congratulate? But I digress. Let’s rate episode 3… Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 3 – Walk With Me

Don’t get me wrong, I love Michonne’s zombie donkeys. Zonkeys? But what’s her top speed with them in tow? It’s gotta max out at zombie amble, which seems to be 4-5 miles per hour. Maybe she entices them to walk faster, somehow. Does she dangle brains on a stick? Oh…Zonkeys, we hardly knew ye (as was the case in the graphic novels). More questions for The Walking Dead after the break! Continue reading

SNL: Louis CK / fun

Another week and another episode of Saturday Night Live. I have not been this excited about a host in a long time. I am a shameless fan of Louis CK. He is smart, honest and makes the audience uncomfortable. In this venue (live sketch comedy) I was curious to see how he would perform — he writes, directs, produces and acts for his own show, so anyone with that much knowledge and control could have a hard time excelling in this struggling show. I was very pleasantly surprised. Louis CK did a great job. Sure, part of my enjoyment came from that fact that his monologue was not a song.

Enough about how much I love Louis CK, let’s talk about the episode. Continue reading

BTYM Podcast: Episode 72 – House Cunters

It’s a big day for Chelsea, and no, not for the reason you’re thinking of. She totally is still full of crabs. Those you just can’t get rid of, like herpes. Which incidentally she also has. Everywhere.

Wait, what were we talking about? Oh yes: big day.

Chelsea’s buying a house! Well, sort of.

Listen in as we talk about the many ups and downs of being a first-time home owner, in what can only be described as the best/most offensive podcast title in recent memory.

Yes, we’re even including “Sandy Vagina” in that one.

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Glee: Season 4, Episode 5 – Something About Grease Or Whatever

As the episodes of Glee plod forward, sometimes I forget that it was once an original and highly entertaining show. Now, with Ryan Murphy balls-deep into American Horror Story, the show has been slipping away and leaving a lot of questions in its wake. We had the opportunity to sit down with a writer/producer from the show to provide the important answers.

We opened this week on the auditions for Grease. Other than the mirrored high school drama, what was it about this musical that spoke to the writers? Continue reading

Project Runway: Season 10, Finale

Surprise, all four contestants get to compete in [insert corporate sponsor here] fashion week on the Project Runway finale! Double surprise, they have another whole day to go to Mood and make more fashion! Other than the first season, I can’t recall a time when this didn’t happen. Otherwise, what would we be watching before the final runway? And yet always it’s such a huge shock to the contestants. I can take only so much styling and product placement as it is. Oh gosh, but there is SO MUCH STYLING even still.

Before we move on to the final runway looks, we can’t finish out BTYM’s coverage of Project Runway’s 10th season without pointing our loyal readers towards the fabulous Fashion It So single-topic Tumblr. It is a wonderful way to detox after PR. Go read it. Continue reading

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Episode 2 – Gaff-In

The celebrity impersonation episodes on RuPaul’s Drag Race each season are probably my favorite because we get to see the girls pull hilarious shit out of their pockets. I’m so happy it’s making its way to the shortened All Stars season. It’s with great sadness, then, that I have to say that this episode felt a little tired. Yikes it was kind of bad! Still, it remains watchable simply based on the presence of these lively characters, not to mention Ru. Yet the pacing and humor were noticeably off this week, and you’ll see this reflected below in the patented Drag-o-Meter ratings. Continue reading

BTYM Podcast, Episode 71 – Sandy Vagina

EMERGENCY UPDATE: No, By That You Mean didn’t fall into a K-hole, but we were affected by Aunt Sandy.

We’ve banded together a bunch of dead hobos into a makeshift raft and are currently floating back to land, slowly.

We’ll have more posts later this week, and next week’s podcast will go up on schedule as usual.

Today, though, let’s talk about the storm. And obviously also about vaginas.

When would we not? Continue reading

American Horror Story: Asylum – Premiere

American Horror Story has returned for a second season, err, mini-series. And of course BTYM’s here to discuss the ins and outs. Just a reminder of how we do this: Two fans go back and forth making observations, asking questions, and chastising Ryan Murphy. It’s free-form and meant to be fun. We do really love it, after all. Oh, and the bold text is one writer, while non-bold is the other.

P.S. Sorry for the lack of content this week; BTYM was affected by the storm, and we’ll be coming back online next week. Which is to say, this is free. Continue reading

BTYM Podcast: Episode 70 – LuYonce’

This one’s an oldie but a goodie. We’re dipping way way deep into the BTYM coffers for this old story. So deep. So, so deep.

Wait what? Oh yes. Stories!

Well, this is a delightful if meandering tale about a guy, a girl, and a pizza place. Continue reading

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Premiere

RuPaul is back, and we couldn’t be happier here at BTYM. Her eponymous Drag Race is by no stretch of hyperbole the most consistently engaging source of camp goodness in reality television history. What better type of person to star/compete in the reality format than the ever self-aware drag queen? The confluence of identity formation, fakeness, and attitude is a swirling tropical storm of faggotry that we will never tire of.

So it is with great earnestness that we bring back the patented Drag-o-Meter for this, the first “All Stars” spin-off season, which by the way we are in full support of. It’s not like they won’t be making another normal season, and these aren’t humdrum normal random people trying to be famous. They are PERFORMERS trying to entertain. This week there was surprising contrast in the good, the bad, and the what the fuckery. To the results!

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Let’s start with a bit of history via Wikipedia:

On the day the hostages were seized, six American diplomats evaded capture and remained in hiding at the Swedish and Canadian embassies. In 1979, the Canadian Parliament held a secret session for the first time since World War II in order to pass special legislation allowing Canadian passports to be issued to some American citizens so that they could escape. In cooperation with the Central Intelligence Agency who used the cover story of a film project, the six American diplomats boarded a flight to ZürichSwitzerland, on January 28, 1980. Their escape and rescue from Iran by Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor has come to be known as the “Canadian Caper“.The subject of the six escapees and what went into the planning and execution was also covered in the 2012 film Argo, directed by Ben Affleck.

I liked two aspects of this movie—a lot! Continue reading

SNL: Bruno Mars

It’s another Saturday night! Time to sit down with a bottle of wine and a check of Saturday Night Live hosted by Bruno Mars.

Who? Oh, Bruno Mars. I vaguely know him as the young soul-filled singer who is on the radio right before I switch it, so I was surprised to see him pulling double-duty this week as both host and musical guest. While not unheard of (see full list here), it is usually for super famous people (Sting, Dolly Parton, Justin Timberlake, Mick Jagger) — people who are up the challenge of double duty.

I am going to shut up now and just say that, holy shit, Bruno Mars was awesome. Not sure if this is because of my lowered expectations, or because he was truly exceptional. Who cares, at this point, I will take it.

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The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 2 – Sick

The opening scene was all kinds of confusing. First of all, was there always just one zombie on the other side of the door? I think they can handle one zombie. Yet, a big deal is made about keeping the door sealed. Then, hilariously enough, there is nary an introduction to the strangers staring back at our survivors from the new room inside the prison. There is lots of gun-pointing, sure. And granted, Hershel’s leg was just chopped off, but it was mostly a ball of confusion.

A great place to start the questions! Continue reading

BTYM Podcast: Episode 69 – Trivia (SNL / DS9)

It’s our 69th podcast, and we have nothing to show for it. Seriously, we didn’t plan this well. And rape is not funny, dude. That’s not cool. But seriously, it’s time for more trivia.

This time we’ll have Chelsea answering Saturday Night Live questions and Michael taking up the rear of the podcast with Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

What happened to the first 8 deep spaces? I don’t know, and I don’t want to know.

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — But Not Close Enough

In Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, we follow a young boy’s searchings. We see his father’s (Tom Hanks’) tutelage and inspiration, which sends his son, Oskar Schell (played by Thomas Horn), on many a journey through the boroughs of New York City.  Before he dies on 9/11 in one of the towers, Thomas Schell  introduces his son to the “reconnaissance” mission of discovering the missing sixth borough.  But his death, and the six answering machine messages that he leaves prior to the tower’s collapse, detours his son to search for the lock that matches a key found in a blue vase hidden at the top of his father’s closet. Was that convoluted enough?  Through the five boroughs, Oskar visits everyone whose last name is “Black”—the single word written on the envelope containing the mysterious key.  OK, it did get more convoluted. Continue reading

SNL: Christina Applegate/Passion Pit

Oh, holy, sweet baby zombie Jesus, this is what I am talking about. Forget about overworked political numbers, gone are the stupid voices of yesterday. Welcome the smart, provocative, and hilarious Saturday Night Live you remember from your childhood.

Of course, I am assuming that you just fast-forward through “Weekend Update” because, seriously, that is minutes of your life you will never get back.

Let’s do this. Continue reading

The Walking Dead: Season 3, Premiere

In the interim between the end of The Walking Dead‘s last season and the premiere tonight, I had a chance to read all of the graphic novels to date. I mention this not to introduce spoilers but rather to point out how divergent the television experience is from the text on which it’s based. Actually, shockingly so. Shane is such a fleeting character in the graphic novels, yet we all endured two full seasons of him on TV. Several characters exist only in the graphic novel and/or die fairly early on vs. the television versions (notably, Dale), and vice-versa. It’s fascinating to witness the changes the show’s creators deemed necessary for broadcast, and I’m more than a little optimistic about the narrative prospects.

Needless to say, I have a lot of questions for The Walking Dead.

The show itself, not the, um zombies. Continue reading

BTYM Podcast: Episode 68 – Murder Face

It’s no secret that we here at By That You Mean have been on a sort of, shall we say dark streak? We continue that this week with a tale of one very creepy element at an otherwise fabulous high school reunion. Continue reading

SNL: Daniel Craig/Muse

Oh no, it’s a British Invasion!! Actually, I would welcome some smart, elegant British humour on nights like tonight…you know, when the longest running comedy show in the history of America is so awful you want to smash your TV with a cat.

So here we are, another long episode of Saturday Night Live, this time featuring 007 Daniel Craig and prog-rock band Muse. Craig highlights the badassitutde of the characters he has portrayed by presenting an In Memoriam complete with fog. It was unpleasant. On that note, let’s just get right down to the best and worst of the show. Continue reading

Glee Interviews: Season 4, Episode 4 – The Breakup

After sitting down with my bowl of popcorn and big glass of wine, I was excited to see the title of this week’s Glee episode: “The Break-Up.” Finally, the sickly-sweet high school romances would go the way of the Dodo. No more Blurt, Fachel, Emill or Santittany. Before the first musical number, I could tell that this was going to be a good one.

I had the chance to sit down with a production insider and ask the burning questions I had about this episode of Glee.

As always, thank you for taking the time to speak to me! How does it feel to ruin so many relationships in one hour? Continue reading

Project Runway: Season 10, Episode 11 – It’s Fashion Baby

There’s not much we can say about an episode of Project Runway where the designers make clothes for babies. Not clothes inspired by babies. Not clothes made out of babies. Clothes for babies. OK, so also clothes for their moms at the last second. No real mention was made as to exactly why two winners out of such a small group would be announced, other than I am assuming because Heidi needed both a boy and a girl look for her clothing line?

Oh right, Heidi has a Kids ‘R Us clothing line. Because babies and Heidi’s style mesh so well.

With only another episode to go until the finale, it was a little strange to have this episode jammed in, but maybe they couldn’t find more than six willing parents. Or maybe it was just better to cleanse the viewers’ palates with a totally saccharine challenge before next week’s big Top 3 judging. Who knows?

Let’s discuss what we loved and what we hated… Continue reading

The Master

The Master, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.  The two male leads dazzled me with their full-bodied performance. Whether it was Hoffman’s face, which combined humor and sinisterness (ala Jack Nicholson) or Phoenix’s posture and gait, of which he constantly struggled to gain control of, both deserve to win best actor awards, as they did at the Venice Film Festival.

This is a movie that you must watch more than once to speak intelligently about it.  I have seen it only once.

That leaves me with questions for my second viewing: Continue reading

BTYM Podcast: Episode 67 – Kill Yourself

Following on the heals of last week’s contentious podcast, this week we’re back to speak more generally about who should kill themselves and why.

No, seriously. Kill yourself. We’re not joking.

No but more seriously everyone donate to suicide prevention or something.

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A/Too Dangerous Method

Directed by David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method attempts two agendas—to show us how the genesis of Sigmund Freud’s genius (psychotherapy) inspires and alienates Carl Jung and how Jung’s affair with a patient unravels his life. Starring Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen, the movie adequately portrays each agenda but fails to correlate them seamlessly. That seems to be my job here. Continue reading