🎙️ Neue Folge The Magic Circle! In der letzten Folge der Staffel stellen wir unter anderem mal wieder die Frage “Berühmtes Pferd oder Marihuana-Sorte?”
Ganze Folge & Abo-Links hier.
Very rarely can we see an entire system reflected through one person. Lorne Michaels is such a person. Popular culture would look totally different without him. It’s tempting to imagine the same stars, with their same intrinsic talents, still rising to the top in his absence, but this presumes Hollywood operates by natural selection. Michaels is not a neutral arbiter; he is a specific man with specific tastes.
Fantastic article by Seth Simon on Lorne Michaels and SNL.
Watched this because they talked about it on the great Watch With Jen podcast as a movie that deserves a reappraisal. It‘s…fine. I do suspect it would do much better today now that everyone‘s decided that Tom Cruise can do no wrong. But like all Cruise movies containing romance, this requires buying in to the idea that Cruise is capable of having an emotional connection to another human being, which isn’t made easier by the fact that he acts like a complete psychopath for this entire movie. So it didn‘t quite work for me, but if you‘re one of those »Tom Cruise is the savior of cinema« people, give this one a go.
Finished: Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys 📚
Rhys has been a blind-spot in my reading for a long time, always seemed like something I’d be into but never got around to actually reading anything. I can now report it is indeed something I’m into.
Watched on Sunday August 20, 2023.
🎙️ In der neuen Folge von The Magic Circle: Wir erraten weitere Videospiel-, Cartoon- und Serienfiguren, beschrieben von meiner Mutter.
Ganze Folge hier oder überall, wo es Podcasts gibt.
This is fine, but I so wish it was better. It never really commits to JLaw being a dirtbag, nor is the kid a true weirdo, and so basically after 30 minutes they‘re mostly done developing and the movie starts grasping at straws to fill the runtime.
It also largely forgets being funny. Why set up funny side characters like Natalie Morales and her boyfriend and Kyle Mooney‘s male nanny and then don‘t use them for more than a scene or two?
It does make a case for letting JLaw be funny tho so there‘s that. Glad they made this, next time let‘s try a real comedy.
Seems an unpopular opinion but TV shows should stop doing that thing where they stop the regular programming to do an entire episode focused on one side character. Side characters are side characters for a reason & 9 times out of 10 you can accomplish the same thing with, like, a short montage.
Knowing the answer to an Only Connect question none of the teams can answer is a rush matched by few things in life.
📺 Finally watched the first season of The Bear (2022), it is indeed great. Kinda reminds me of a Sorkin show in that it scratches that “watching people come together to get shit done” itch, except written by people who have talked to someone not rich or powerful within the last 15 years.
What this essay presupposes is… maybe TV shows aren’t supposed to be important? Maybe feeling important is contrary to the entire idea of TV. Like friends, we don’t really just see shows casually anymore, we have to take specifically directed steps to seek them out specifically.
Great essay by Vince Mancini: »I Miss Casual TV the Way I Miss Casual Friendships«