Hank Hill, Tina Belcher, Larry David.
Louise Belcher, Elaine Benes, Brenda Walsh
Gene Belcher, Artie the producer, Laura the receptionist.
Leslie Knope, Lou Grant, Walter and Perry
Bob Belcher, Larry David, Lucy Ricardo
Lurch, Grady Wilson, Reverend Jim
Jan Brady, Liz Lemon, and Lisa Simpson
Alf, Lindsay Weir, Nana Mary from Roseanne
Khadijah, Brian Krakow, Roz the bailiff
Max Greenfield on working with T-Swift and the New Girl finale
I am looking forward to tonight’s episode but am also sad that there is no fluffy summer alternative to take its place. Does anyone remember laughter? I don’t want to get stuck with Don and The Wall and Chekhov’s Ricin laced cigarette without my fictional pals in 4D. I know, I know. Boo freaking hoo. Bring on the feelings!
Where was Dawn? They drew attention to her absence twice but offered no explanation. Recappers didn’t even notice. Commentary?
nickminichino asked: OH MY GOD WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PROGRAM FOR WEIRDO LONER FILM FESTIVAL
(Sorry for the belated reply Minichino, I am living in the land of the Previously Placid Baby Who Has Turned Into The Up All Night Teething Mad Dog of Doom. I am incredibly sleep deprived and may have missed a few as a result. Send me your suggestions.)
Naked - The regent of weirdo loner movies.
everygreatsongever asked: OK. if there you could adapt any movie from the last ten years into a TV series, which would it be?
It’s funny because the answer of movie to TV adaptation is always, always (Minichino - this is definitely a contender for the Weirdo Loner Film Festival) Jake Kasdan’s The Zero Effect. It’s basically yet another Sherlock Holmes update, the crucial element though is leading man Bill Pullman and his awesome squinty-average-guy-who-is-secretly-crazypants charm. Kasdan apparently wrote it for Pullman, inspired by his well-hidden squirrely personality. How much do I love that he inspired the total freakshow that is Daryl Zero? TOO MUCH.
I have a lot of feelings about Bill Pullman. This is the guy who un-showily acted the hell out of his roles in While You Were Sleeping* and Lost Highway. Also, the area between While You Were Sleeping and Lost Highway is where I like to live, movie-wise. He is on TV right now but sadly, that show is not doing it for him.
This doesn’t answer your question though. Zero Effect was released in 1998. Boo!**
SO, let’s go with Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. I went in there worried I would want to throttle the sunny with a vengeance protagonist Poppy but wound up being charmed and legitimately surprised by her reactions to situations. Reactions that I, as a confirmed hot tempered grump, would never, ever entertain. I’d like to see more of that character.
*Don’t front, that movie rules.
**Ha! Wikipedia tells me that Kasdan tried to sell it as a pilot starring Alan Cumming but it wasn’t picked up. OF COURSE. Again, it’s all about casting. Cumming, that scoundrel, that pixie, just doesn’t work as Zero. Zero has to be a cipher, blandly American, someone you don’t notice until they say the thing that stops you cold.
takethecityandrun asked: What do you think of Jonathan Demme's wide use of the POV shot as a storytelling tool?
It’s been a while since I’ve seen a Demme film and all I can think of are close-ups; Clarice Starling’s startled peepers, Sister Carol singing “Wild Thing” out in the street and Spalding Grey’s ample, slick forehead. My favorite though is those white sneakers approaching slowly, that “Hi! I’ve got a tape I want to play.”, then the slow pan up to David Byrne’s head, moving his head like a chicken pecking away at birdseed.
The only POV shot of his that I can remember is that Buffalo Bill following Clarice around the basement bit. Is this a thing Demme’s known for? Really? Or are you just messing with me Jeremiah?
When I think of Demme, I think of color and music. Remember that scene in Philadelphia where Tom Hank’s character is talking about opera and it is very, very blue? Red? He’s sweating, Denzel Washington’s character is sweating, we’re sweating. Demme is very clean generally but I love these wild moments.
jonathanbogart asked: What TV show makes you laugh the most?
The one about four weirdos living together in loft splendor, playing incomprehensible drinking games that mix lava with politics and being the dumbest of all the dummies in la la land (a place where many scenes from the film Beverly Hills Chihuaha were shot).
I hadn’t expected to fall in love with New Girl. That ad campaign prior to the first season was awful, made me want to screw up my eyes and say no no no no forever. But I gave in, I did, they made me, I love slapstick and idiocy. Especially after a hideous Tuesday full of academic nonsense. I want lighthearted and stupid but also sweet. Practically everything else I watch is all kinds of heavy— heavy dragons, heavy serial killers, heavy espionage, heavy Kiwi scenery and heavy advertising to which I’ll soon add heavy meth dealing. I need some escapism, something goodhearted and funny, beer buzz followed by a bon bon type of treat.