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Other Media / Re: misc book thread
« Last post by Robyn on February 18, 2019, 05:41:16 PM »
Wait, what is this thread about? I was trying to found a book thread. I have written about 30 pages in my notebook tonight. Bolano inspires me.
Other Media / Re: misc book thread
« Last post by Robyn on February 18, 2019, 05:37:52 PM »
I am reading two different books by Roberto Bolano atm. Whores who kill (don't know the english title`?) and The Unknown University. I have cried several times during the last couple of days, he's my new favorite author, like he reminds me so much of other authors I enjoy, I have seen several things straight out lifted from this,  it's crazy that I haven't discovered this until now... i have read The Savage Detectives before btw.
Paul Thomas Anderson / Re: Quirky delights in Punch-Drunk Love... discuss them here
« Last post by wilberfan on February 18, 2019, 03:27:52 PM »
Have we paid any notice to the "Punch-Drunk Love as a Retelling of the Superman origin story" notions?   A twitter thread I became aware of today:


[edit]  A fan theory that's apparently at least 5 years old:   https://www.reddit.com/r/FanTheories/comments/1ws7g6/pt_andersons_punch_drunk_love_is_about_superman/

[edit]  I guess the original expression of this fan theory was about 7 years ago: 
The Small Screen / Re: What shows are you watching?
« Last post by Sleepless on February 18, 2019, 02:09:22 PM »

I'm not familiar with the novel or previous adaptation(s) so went into this completely fresh and unknowing. It was good. A very modern period piece and plenty of questions left unanswered. Would recommend.
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: any ryan adams fans?
« Last post by Reelist on February 18, 2019, 12:53:44 PM »
Mandy Moore is on WTF today, where she talks about her marriage to Ryan Adams
Real-Life Soundtracks / Re: Now Playing
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on February 17, 2019, 04:30:33 PM »

This is definitely one of my favorite múm songs. From a massively underrated album (Sing Along To Songs You Don't Know).
The Small Screen / Re: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
« Last post by wilberfan on February 17, 2019, 03:58:46 PM »
I have to say I enjoy the show enough to have watched both seasons in their entirety, but I find it interesting that Mrs. Maisel's standup material is by far the weakest part of each episode.  There's also an underlying vibe that the show thinks it's funnier than it actually is.   That being said, I agree the characters are more interesting in the second season. 
The Small Screen / Re: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
« Last post by WorldForgot on February 17, 2019, 03:54:12 PM »
Really good comfort-watch, despite its one-track mind. Agree that the show's characters aren't given proper texture until Season 2. By then, if you're still watching, you're already down the rabbit hole. With each work she develops, Amy Sherman-Palladino evolves her brand of hypnosis. Alex Borstein has sorta been typecast her entire career, and here she's been given a three-dimensional variation of that same archetype.
The Small Screen / Re: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
« Last post by polkablues on February 17, 2019, 03:08:32 PM »
I was surprised by how much I liked this show, given how much I hated what I've seen of Gilmore Girls. But it really is great. Rachel Brosnahan is a star, Tony Shalhoub continues to be the best thing about everything he's ever been in, and the show is just immensely likable overall. And hey, while people have Amazon Prime open to watch this show, maybe give Patriot a try?
The Small Screen / Re: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
« Last post by ono on February 17, 2019, 02:01:51 PM »
Great show no one (here) is talking about.  Just finished season 2 this afternoon.  My one criticism of it is that it could be a half hour show focusing only on Midge's trials as an up-and-coming stand up comedienne, but if that were the case, it would be a different show.  Sometimes I find myself not caring about the ancillary characters, and just want to see more of Midge's machinations.  However, deep into season 2, the use of these other characters come to light, as they color everything she does.  It wouldn't be as effective, perhaps, without them.  There are a few scenes in the Catskills that are breathtaking, and really elevate this show for me.  The dance comes to mind.

Shahloub is great as Abe, and it took me a minute to recognize him, but I was amused seeing by Zachari Levi (Chuck) as Ben.  Definitely a different character than his previous roles.  Jane Lynch is a hoot as Sophie, too.

The final sequences of the S2 finale are another.  If you're familiar with Amy Sherman-Palladino, familiar themes will emerge.  As it is, I can't wait for the next go-round.