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  1. This week's Nightly.Net movie of the week is His Girl Friday (1940) starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. The movie was directed by Howard Hawks. The Internet tells me that "it is a screwball comedy about a newspaper editor using every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter ex-wife from remarrying." Okay! His Girl Friday (1940) is a black'n'white movie. No need to adjust your television set! The colours are absent by design and deliberate intention! Not unfortunate error! It is widely considered a classic and was selected in 1993 for preservation in the United S
  2. Even though this has been anticipatable for the past nineteen months or so, nevertheless, actually hearing this news was still like being told of the death of a mountain or an ocean. An impossible loss.
  3. One of the kids who play the Among Us game said something in chat that just endlessly amuses me : "blue dead. rest in spaghetti never forgetti". I gather that it's a meme, it's a thing the Twitch streamers say, but I still find it very funny nonetheless.
  4. I'm kind of slow on the uptake but I just put it together that if the weather's real bad on Election Day this could actually be a landslide. absolute best case scenario : terrible weather all across the United States delivers Biden an absolute landslide in the electoral college, 413-125 Biden win Texas, Florida, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Iowa and Maine. no, no, absolute best possible case scenario : 462 - 76. The President wins Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, an
  5. A small thing about Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2020) that kind of blows my mind. Almost always when it is Borat speaking his native tongue Sacha Baron Cohen is saying something in slow but fluent modern Hebrew that's usually roughly approximate to what gets subtitled into English. I assume that Maria Bakalova's fake Kazakhastani is actually Bulgarian or a language spoken in Bulgaria (Turkish???). I don't think either of them understands the other's language, like, I don't think this Bulgarian
  6. Saw it again. I like all of Edgar Wright's stuff, been a huge fan since Spaced (1999-2001), I feel like The World's End (2013) is the best of the Cornetto trilogy and may actually be his best movie period, good to see A New Leaf (1971) and Deep Cover (1992) and Frailty (2001) make the top 1000 list, but just about every encyclopaedic-level cineaste kind of hates his breathing guts. I'm not a mindreader but I think they find him cutesy, glib, a sort of chameleon who has no substantial aesthetic and just assembles his screenplays with smarmy incessantly repeated half-jokes. (They also might
  7. Oh! Me! I do! I'm going to reply privately because I don't want to deliberately post in that specific thread! Sorry! (Oops. Scratch that plan.) I have read Patrick J. Deneen's book, did not like it, and don't think it'll help give you particularly concrete answers as to why a smart person you like would disagree with you. Matt Taibbi was a good writer, very accessible style, sharp, but I think the last couple of years have sort of ... broken? him. As it has done for us all, certainly. I'm guessing he might be more able to offer up something close to what y
  8. This is another favourite! Rewatching it now will be, like, even more depressing than the last one because it's literally just scene after scene of where I live abuzz with people and excitement. Great! Great to see!
  9. I have been repeatedly and relentlessly pushed out the airlock by groups of what are almost certainly literal children all for nothing more than the crime of 'faking task'. As near as I can tell 'faking task' means : doing a task too fast doing a task too slow doing a task at any speed but the green bar in the upper left corner of the screen doesn't change going into a room and then leaving a room running away from someone I assume is the Impostor looking at the map in the Administration room I am not faking task! I would never fak
  10. I fell asleep a little over an hour in. Maybe rewatching Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) during a viral pandemic while playing Among Us on my tablet had a certain soporific quality and/or maybe I just didn't feel up to seeing absolutely everything come crashing down on these folks. There's still hope they'll turn things around at this point, they don't know Spock's an alien, they're calling in the authorities, as far as they're concerned normal life could very well be once again right around the corner. But it's not!
  11. I figured I would give it a try and now I can't stop playing this dumb game. I keep going, again and again, hoping to be an Impostor. But I feel like I am never the Impostor! I should have a 1-in-5 chance of being the Impostor but I suspect the system is rigged to incentivize players to ... watch more ads? pay for the deluxe version? I don't know. I know for sure it is possible to cheat/hack because one time someone managed to pull a little ventriloquist trick on me where my account was saying things in chat that I didn't type. I guess what I'm saying is I rate the game ★★★★☆ and
  12. My faltering brain registered the phrase 'limited series' in the thread title as an implicit criticism of how the show itself didn't have a great deal of range and struggled after its first few seasons to either expand beyond or deepen its own formulaic structure UNTIL memory of what those words are kicked in and then my brain was like : "Oh, right. A limited series. It's going to come back but only for a few episodes." This ALSO made my brain misfire! Could've sworn it'd only been closer to something like five years. Maybe I only caught up on the finale towards the tail
  13. This is one of my all time favourites. I think I've seen it six or seven times. Might be a few days 'til I get to it — I don't know what's wrong w/my brain nowadays that I'd rather watch something semi-newish instead of something familiar or something completely new (often it's punkt farkert) but that's where my head is for the moment.
  14. I curse via Roger Rabbit rules, generally speaking. (Although, even while I was typing this my ancient laptop froze up for a moment and I let out a 'fuuuuuuuuuuuuu-' followed immediately by me saying 'Excuse my language.' Who am I asking to do that? God, I guess.) This word in conjunction with the topic at hand reminded me of my favourite story anyone's ever told here @ Nightly.net. About how their toddler would pronounce the word 'fudgsicle' as '****sickle' and that ever since they started correcting them on it anytime THEY would say the word 'fudgsicle' the kid would re
  15. Haven't seen the show yet. I hear it's real good! 'Lazy' is one of those negative adjectives where half the time I just have to guess what the person means. Others include : 'weird', 'creepy', 'ugly', 'toxic'. I don't think a lot of stuff that gets described as 'lazy writing' is really that. Certainly for any kind of collaborative medium involving full-time pay it's almost always an imprecise way to describe what went wrong in the process. Everyone involved worked really hard for an end product that failed to sufficiently entertain, inform, and inspire. No
  16. What? I'm not. I only watched the one episode she's in this year. Haven't seen any of them but that one. Not going to watch any of the upcoming ones neither. Thought that was clear! Sorry!
  17. I've never read the book or the play or seen this before. I was pretty sure the cat was the murderer at one point. Didn't recognize nobody from it, neither, so either my memory's failing me or my moderate-to-severe prosopagnosia is worsening. Maybe both! Best bits : * First line of dialogue comes, like, five minutes into it w/"What a quiet place.' Classic! * "Don't you believe in medicine, Doctor?" "Do you believe in justice, Judge?" * Keyhole shots! Binocular shots! * Look, a movie where someone says the word 'murder' and
  18. R.CAllen


    Haven't seen it! Probably not going to neither. I hate to be that guy but I guess I am that guy — the British original (2013-2014) is incredible, well worth watching, one of the most unsettling pieces of television I've ever seen. It's tough to imagine another adaptation could do anything other than ape it or abandon its particular stylistic choices, either way, not for me.
  19. I enjoyed the movie for children! I hope they do another one, too. Watched it in two halves, lots of great comic turns from Burn Gorman, Fiona Shaw, Susan Wokoma, Adeel Akhtar, it's fun! The idea of a younger version of Holmes innately and automatically possessing the interiority and sense of self he will only gain after long association w/Watson is strong. Mycroft should've been Sherringford or whoever instead. Cavill doesn't much resemble the description of Holmes in the canon or the original Sidney Paget drawings but does look a bit like Paget himself. I'm okay/w/it, as Helena Bonham Carter
  20. You know who the 144th President of the United States is going to be? I don't see how that's possible but I believe you! If you say so! But, then again, perhaps you are wrong : as the Holy Texts proclaim, "we se many philosphers say or believe many things no one is sure about anything".
  21. I'm sorry but those two paragraphs are more coherent and far more genuine than the entire collected works of, like, Jacques Lacan. So much of it is so true! There are some many doubts we face in our daily lives! If you are a student you often do have a doubt when you chose your major your career! We dont know who will be the net President of the United States! I don't know about you guys but I certainly do feel like I live in dubdt and uncertainty all the time! Even the claim about the sun 'revlolves' around the sun isn't entirely inaccurate! I am on Team This Guy/Girl!
  22. I saw the episode in which Elisabeth Shue returns to the show. I thought it was ... kinda terrible? Over an hour long, bloated, no jokes (I mean, there's the occasional moment of black comedy interspersed throughout the dullness but it's not nearly enough), the plot was like some sort of badly executed Valentine's Day special; I think this might be why I never really got into the show through the first season - it's not good! It's less good than the sincere CW garbage shows and I don't even watch those! There's a kind of arch smugness to the dialogue that I just bounce off of hard, I don'
  23. I remember really liking this movie when I saw it but as I recall my reaction to it was mostly on this level rather than coming out of any particular measure of quality had by the movie itself.
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