Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween Edition - Body Horror

This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves will kill your appetite: Body Horror. I'm mostly nice with the gifs so it's okay if you're reading this while eating breakfast.

1) Starry Eyes

This is about an actress that will do anything to make it big. Even selling her soul to a casting agency for a dangerous price. This was a great little film, but hard to find a non spoilery gif for.

2) Videodrome


This movie..... It was my Blind Spot for the month and it certainly lives up to its reputation as being weird as fuck and pretty gross. It's hard to describe.

3) Raw

This French film about a vegetarian who after getting forced to eat meat during a hazing finds out she's got more than just a little taste for meat. With all the snacking on human flesh that goes on in this flick, I think it qualifies as body horror. 


Honorable Mention: Tusk

Before I saw Raw, Tusk had my 3rd spot. I'm leaving it in as an honorable mention. A film about someone who is literally turned into a walrus deserves that. 

2017 Blind Spot Series: Videodrome



What I knew going in: That it was a popular body horror film. 

Max Renn (James Woods) runs a sleazy TV channel and is always on the look out for new material. He discovers a pirated tape called Videodrome which shows nonstop snuff. Max's girlfriend Nicki (Debbie Harry) wants to audition for it, and soon he's drawn into Videodrome's bigger picture.

Damn, this movie is weird. 

Director David Cronenberg was put on my radar with A History of Violence. Then he made Eastern Promises which is one of my favorite movies of all time. I've been meaning to go backwards in his filmography for a while and Videodrome is the one that gets mentioned the most. I can definitely see where some of his ideas for History of Violence at least came from. 

James Woods is naturally a creepy fucker so his casting is spot on. I really appreciate that Cronenberg didn't show a bunch of sexual violence. So many other horror directors would've taken the opportunity to go over the top with it and he didn't. With it's reputation with body horror, I was expecting a bit more of that, but what was in there did not disappoint.

I'm glad I finally watched this. It was a perfect way to start my October.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "Long live the new flesh." - Max Renn (James Woods)


DVD Review: It Comes At Night

My nightmares have nightmares.

In a secluded cabin in the woods, Paul (Joel Edgerton) his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) and their teenage son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) are isolating themselves from a mysterious illness that has apparently spread over the world. It's never explained, so don't expect answers. One day, a man named Will (Christopher Abbott) tries to break into their home thinking it's abandoned. He also has a wife and son he's trying to protect. They decide it's the right thing to do to live together.

First things first, not a damn thing comes at night. (Except Travis' nightmares..I guess, if we're going to reach for something) The way this film was advertised after seeing the final product is baffling. When I saw the teaser of the door in the hall way and the families talking about who opened it. I thought it was going to be a possession type movie. When I learned about the illness, I wondered if we would get something like 28 Days Later's rage virus. Nope. It's just a suspenseful drama.

It's not bad for what it actually is. It builds tension well and the actors, particularly Harrison Jr who carries the film are very good. It's just not what I wanted it to be. This is even with expectations in place. I knew the title was misleading from other reviews I read. I will give the film extra points for the absolutely brutal ending. It really upped the fucked up factor.

Recommended: Yes if you know it's not going to be a horror movie, no if that's what you want it to be.

Grade: C

Memorable Quote: "That could be how he found us." - Sarah (Carmen Ejogo)

Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween Edition - Dolls

This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is a nightmare....dolls.

My grandmother was a doll maker. She's very good at it, but she's made her fair share of creepy ones. My older sister used to terrorize me with one we swear looked like a brown haired version of Chucky. Speaking of that little bastard, here are three dolls I'd love to avoid:

1) Child's Play 2

My parents let me watch the Child's Play movies when I was a kid because I explained to them that I understood they were fake. They were good about that with some horror movies. Child's Play 2 is my favorite of this ridiculous franchise. 

2) Puppet Master

Now this one, even though I knew it was fake scared the shit out of me for some reason. I could handle Chucky, but these dolls and puppets were too much.

3) May

Poor, lonely May. She just wanted friends. Now she's forced to make one herself..

Review: Blade Runner 2049

You bought yourself a war.

K (Ryan Gosling) is a Blade Runner hunting down old Replicant models. He unearths a mind blowing secret during a job. When his boss (Robin Wright) sends him to investigate further, he realizes he's also connected to it. 

This movie has been quite the hot topic over the weekend. It didn't make nearly what was expected of it at the box office, and that's a shame because this film is really good. I get it, general audiences don't like long movies if they're not from huge franchises. But don't let the hefty run time scare you off. Yes, you'll feel it. That's natural, but every bit of it is interesting. I compare it to something like Blue is the Warmest Color. That's a long film, but I wouldn't cut a thing. I liked taking all of it in. 

I'd say this is Ryan Gosling's show, but it's almost cinematographer Roger Deakins'. This world, while dark and depressing. (almost too dark at times, which is my biggest fault of the film) is stunningly beautiful. He combines practical shots with CGI so effortlessly. He's so overdue for an Oscar it's almost offensive. I hope he gets one for this. 

Gosling is very good. He's a very straightforward guy, he doesn't have a lot of emotional moments but he balances it so well and I felt for him. Sylvia Hoeks, who plays Luv, another Replicant hunting him is another standout. One thing you should not expect going in is a lot of Harrison Ford. He doesn't show up until the two hour mark and he doesn't have many scenes with Gosling. I expected them to be together more, but Ford does not disappoint.

My only critiques is that the film does get too dark at times. It fits the mood but I'd rather be able to see the actors more clearly. The supporting cast left me wanting to see more. Many of these actors we only spend a short amount of time with. 

I haven't seen the original Blade Runner in many years. I remember it well enough but the film is still very enjoyable even if it's not fresh in your memory.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "I knew you were special." - Joi (Ana de Amas)

Thursday Movie Picks: Halloween Edition - Masks

It's one of my favorite times of the year! We're back for a month full of Halloween Editions from Wandering Through The Shelves. This week we're talking about masks. Serial killers love those things so I've got plenty to choose from. The only rule I gave myself was to not use one of "The Greats" ie: Jason Voorhees, Michael Meyers, Leatherface or Ghostface.

1) Hush

This is one of the best horror movies I've seen recently. A man terrorizes a deaf woman in her home. Normally I'm not for home invasion flicks but this one loses a lot of those tropes and does something fresh. This guy actually has the balls to remove his mask early on to go "Welp. Now you've seen me, I'm still killing you."

2) Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

This movie is more hilarious than scary, but serial killer Leslie Vernon gives a documentary film crew a behind the scenes look at some innocent folks he's about to terrorize. Look at that goofy mask. It would be scary if it was coming for you in the dark. 

3) Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask

Like any kid that grew up in the 90's. I loved me some Goosebumps. Of the books that were adapted into films, The Haunted Mask was always my favorite. I loved Carly-Beth and was afraid for her when this mask wouldn't come off. 


Indie Gems: Raw

That's one hell of an allergy.

Justine (Garance Marillier) is a young vegetarian who is attending her first year of vet school. Her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) already studies there as well. During a hazing, she's forced to eat raw rabbit kidneys, and Justine learns the hard way that her appetite for raw meat is not easily satiated.

Man, I could never try to be a part of anything that involves hazing. I would've lasted approximately 30 seconds at this school. The minute someone threw my mattress out a window I would've punched somebody in the dick and left. Justine is more determined than me though, so she sticks it out. What she thinks is a severe allergy to the kidneys she's forced to eat ends up being so much worse.

There's something fun about being grossed out during body horror films. That's not a label I expected to use going in but after the gore seen in this it's very fitting. It's not for you if you have a weak stomach. The part that made me squirm the most didn't even have to do with blood. You'll know when you see it.

Mariellier was perfect as this naive bookworm of a girl with Rumpf being her foil as the outgoing sister. I waited a long time to watch this, and it was worth the wait.

Grade: A

Watched on: Netflix DVD

Memorable quote: "I can't. I'm a vegetarian." - Justine (Garance Marillier) 

DVD Review: All Eyez On Me

California Love

We follow the life of one of the greatest rappers in history, Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.) from when he was a child being raised by his former Black Panter mother, Afeni (Danai Gurira) to moving to California and getting into the rap game. A good film about the life of Pac has been a long time coming.

And it turns out we're still waiting for that.

This movie should not have failed the way it did. Shipp really resembles Tupac. He has the mannerisms down perfectly. Danai Gurira is amazing as Afeni, she gets to show the emotions I wish Scott Gimple would allow her to show more often on The Walking Dead. But the direction of this movie just rained down too much negativity for this cast to salvage it all.

The biggest thing is this movie feels cheap. It's edited like a Lifetime movie. The characters often feel like they're speechifying instead of having actual conversations and while Pac truly witnessed some awful things, it's shot in a way that makes it almost too melodramatic. There's only so many times the camera can linger on him looking defeated while terrible shit happens a few yards away. 

On the supporting side the film does a few things right, like bringing in Jamal Woolard to play Biggie again, like he did in his own bio pic Notorious (which isn't perfect but is far better than this) But that one good thing doesn't erase what they attempted to do with Snoop Dogg (Jarrett Ellis), which is casting an actor that looks nothing like him and having his voice dubbed by the actual Snoop Dogg. Earlier in the film, I noticed that Shipp's lip syncing wasn't very believable, I almost take it back after seeing the disaster that was Snoop. 

I can see now why Joel Singleton walked away from this. I'd like to see him make a Tupac movie. Hell, they can use this same cast (minus Ellis) I have no issue with them. A strong script and a more skilled director would do wonders for this movie. 

Recommended: No

Grade: C-

Memorable Quote: "Use that platform to make a change." - Tupac Skatur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.)

Indie Gems: The Big Sick

2 day rule.

Kumail Nanjiani plays himself in the real life story on how he met his wife, Emily. (here played by Zoe Kazan) Kumail is originally from Pakistan and his parents want him to follow the traditional arranged marriage. While still going to "interviews" with women at his parent's dinner table, he meets grad student Emily and they begin a relationship. When she falls ill and is put into a medically induced coma, Kumail sticks by her side.

My indie theater only had this film for a week so I missed it. Nanjiani is hilarious on Silicon Valley so I love seeing him get more and more roles. Especially this one, which he wrote himself with his wife. It's not exactly how everything went down, but that's not our business. It's a fascinating look on how a 2nd generation immigrant can want something different from the traditional upbringing his parents had. And on top of that, it's got some laugh out loud hysterical moments. 

Because Nanjiani got his start in stand up, there's a lot of that in this film and it works. You can tell he isn't used to carrying emotional moments like some that are required in this film but he has so much heart you can excuse it. The supporting cast of Kazan, Zenobia Shroff, Anupam Kher, Holly Hunter, and Ray Romano are perfect in their roles as well.

Even with the serious subject matter, the film is not short on laughs and even knowing that Kumail and Emily are married in real life, you still root for them along the way and worry when things look like they're not working out. 

Grade: B

Watched on: Netflix DVD

Memorable Quote: "That all happened when I was asleep." - Emily (Zoe Kazan)


Thursday Movie Pick: TV Edition - Families

It's the last Thursday of the month, so that means it's another TV Edition. Wanderer wants it to be all in the family this week. There's plenty of prolific TV families out there. Here are my favorites:

1) Game of Thrones
Families are one of the most important things in Game of Thrones. This is easily one of my favorite shows of all times. Even when they occasionally misstep it doesn't stop me from loving nearly everything they've done with the series.

2) The Brady Bunch

This was a show I loved watching on Nick at Nite. It's corny, but fun. I actually caught the Brady Bunch 90's movies on TV the other day and I never realized just how many of those innuendos went over my head. Obviously the TV show wasn't like that...or was it?

3) The Simpsons

Is there a more popular TV family than the Simpsons? I don't think so. The Simpsons first aired when I was two. I've literally had them as long as I can remember and while I'm not a weekly watcher any more, they're always a go to if nothing else is on. 

2017 Blind Spot Series: Jackie Brown


What I knew going in: I knew the actors in it, but not much of the plot.

Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is a stewardess who smuggles money from Mexico for Ordell Robbie. (Samuel L. Jackson) She's busted one day by two officers. (played by Michael Keaton and Michael Bowen) Ordell sends his bondsman, Max Cherry (Robert Forster) to get Jackie out of jail. Jackie strikes up a deal to get the rest of Robbie's money to the officers to avoid jail time, but she plans on taking it for herself.

This almost felt like Tarantino-lite to me. I was expecting it to be as violent as his other films, so not seeing a ton of blood was surprising. What works the best is the cast. They're all wonderful in their roles, especially Pam Grier who carries this film wonderfully. I loved the chemistry between she and Robert Forester. 

For such a straight forward story it managed to catch me off guard a few times which is always appreciated. One thing I do regret doing is watching this after I had to get up and take a 5:00 am flight. I really felt the run time and I'm sure had I not been so tired I wouldn't have. Since it's on Netflix Instant, I at least know I have the opportunity to watch it again.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "I hope you felt appropriately guilty about it afterwards." - Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson)


Thursday Movie Picks: Not Funny Comedies

Ahhh comedies. Those wonderful films that make us laugh. This week, Wanderer has something else in mind. She wants us to talk about comedies that fail at their job. The ones that just aren't funny. And oh, there are so many. I went with the first three that came to mind.

1) Semi-Pro

I love Will Ferrell. I talk about that often and he was on a roll with comedies in the mid 2000's. Then he stumbled hard with Semi-Pro. It didn't have nearly the flare that his other sports centered comedies Talladega Nights or Blades of Glory did. This had exactly one laugh. Thankfully he rebounded spectacularly the following year when Step Brothers came out. 

2) Freddy Got Fingered

I cannot for the life of me understand the appeal of Tom Green. So many of my classmates loved him. I was watching stupid shit like Jackass and Adam Sandler movies back then and I still never got on the Tom Green bandwagon. Freddy Got Fingered is honestly one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Calling it "stupid and gross" is probably the most polite way I can put it. 

3) Dude Where's My Car

Another stupid comedy from my teen years that had a huge following despite having no laughs and no plot. I still can't believe this 1) Was written as a feature length film 2) Bought by a big studio 3) Given a wide release. 

Review: mother!

Under his eye.

In a large house in the country side, a young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) is living with her older, poet husband. (Javier Bardem) While he struggles with writers block, she has been fixing up the house to make their own little paradise. One day, a man (Ed Harris) shows up unexpectedly, and her husband allows him to stay the night. The next day, his wife (Michelle Pfieffer) arrives. Soon, more and more people inexplicably show up at their house and none of them are listening to what this young woman has to say.

When it comes to the plot, I went into this completely spoiler free, and I'll keep the review this way too. It's better that way. All I had was the hype, some that it lived up to, some that it didn't.

This is an experience. I really liked the story Director Darren Aronofsky was telling. It's heavy on symbolism and metaphors but it works up until a point. The last 20-30 minutes of this film is a clusterfuck of the highest order. It is very disturbing, though not nearly as much as I expected it to be with the way some early watchers described it. It's mostly just a mess of things thrown together until we get to the big moment, which you see the outcome from a mile away. 

The performances are good. I personally didn't find any of them near Oscar caliber. Ed Harris is probably the best because he gets to showcase the most range. Even so, Jennifer Lawrence's character did resonate with me quite a bit. I was frustrated as hell watching the way everyone treats her in this movie. I haven't rooted for mass murder this much since I saw The Hunt. One cameo in particular threw me out of the film though, and that was Kristen Wiig. She felt incongruous here. 

I don't imagine I'll stop thinking about this film for a while. I have so many questions still. It's a hard film to rate. It's so fascinating but so poorly executed. I think the story and intentions are strong enough to carry it ultimately.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "You don't love me, you just love how much I love you." - Mother (Jennifer Lawrence)

2017 Emmy Winners


I'm a bottle of wine in and it's time to discuss the Emmy Winners! This was a huge night for WOMEN! Big Little Lies, Veep, and The Handmaid's Tale won big. Stephen Colbert was a decent enough host. The only skit of his I flat out loved was his Westworld one. Let's get to the winners!

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld
I feel a bit vindicated here. I was saying THT was going to be big tonight but so many people said Stranger Things was a lock to win. I'm happy with this win as the show was wonderful.


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA  SERIES
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
I got this one wrong, I thought they'd go with Spacey but I'm happy for Brown. He makes me want to watch This Is Us. He's just so likable. He even went on talking even after the orchestra cut him off.



OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Robin Wright, House of Cards
You all know I was rooting for my girl Evan, but Elisabeth is truly wonderful in this series. She has to carry so much emotional baggage. 


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
This was a huge surprise (to me anyways) Ann was surprised too, Samira shouted at her after her win. Her speech was so wonderful I couldn't even be mad that Thandie didn't take this.


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
John Lithgow, The Crown
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Oh The Crown, They finally got one. Had The Handmaid's Tale not happened I think they would be sweeping everything. 


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Alison Wright, The Americans
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Ann Dowd, The Leftovers
Laverne Cox, Orange Is The New Black
Shannon Purser, Stranger Things
I really thought Purser would win because of how Barb obsessed everyone is, but I'm glad Alexis took it home. 


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
BD Wong, Mr. Robot
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
Denis O’Hare, This Is Us
Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us
Gerald McRaney, This Is Us
I was pulling for BD Wong. I've never seen an episode of This Is Us.


OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Atlanta
black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep
I love Veep and I never get sick of seeing it win. 


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace & Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie
The queen wins again! This is her 6th Emmy win in a row. If she wins next year, I wonder if that will be a first? An actress winning for every single season a show has been on television (one season wonders don't count)


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Glover, wearing the hell out of that tux won two Emmys tonight. 


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES 
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Judith Light, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
I really thought Anna had a chance here. I expected the SNL ladies to split a lot of votes, but I forgot everything McKinnon did as Hillary was eligible. I should've seen that coming.


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES 
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep
This was probably the easiest pick of the night. Of course Baldwin threw some shade at our dumpster fire of a president by saying he finally got that Emmy. I'm sure some angry tweets will happen later tonight. 


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Wanda Sykes, black-ish
Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe
Becky Ann Baker, Girls
Angela Bassett, Master of None
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
I think we all knew she was winning. 


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Riz Ahmed, Girls
Matthew Rhys, Girls
Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live
Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live
Hugh Laurie, Veep
This surprised me because I thought Chapelle was one of the weaker SNL hosts this year just because my expectations of him were so high. 


OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE
Black Mirror (“San Junipero”)
Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Wizard of Lies
I love Black Mirror. It should be in Limited Series, but fuck it. Go Black Mirror.


OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES 
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
Genius
The Night Of
This show won huge tonight. This was such a stacked category that I would've been happy with anything sans Genius winning. (I didn't watch) 

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
All my vote splitting predictions were wrong. I'm happy Nicole got this. She was up against some huge talent but out of all of them, she was my favorite performance. The orchestra didn't even try to cut her off. She had the longest speech of the night. 



OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE 
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of
FUCK YES! I'm so happy about this win. Riz's sexy self is going to be my new Awards Season banner/gif. 


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE 
Regina King, American Crime
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Better and Joan
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
I thought Shailene Woodley was far better than Laura in BLL, but the funniest part about this win was how pissed Jackie Hoffman was. Just look at her reaction.



OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE 
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan
Bill Camp, The Night Of
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of
Alexander deserved this. This man actually made me not be attracted to him. That's a big deal because come on....10/10 would bang. 


OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES 
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Real Time With Bill Maher
I love this win. Earlier in the show Dave Chapelle thanked DC Public Schools as a joke because he couldn't read his teleprompter, so when John Oliver won for writing he thanked them and told everyone to get them trending, and well...they did. 

Thursday Movie Picks: The Financial World

This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is about a field I would fail miserably in: the financial world. Luckily, they sometimes make really interesting movies and here are three of my favorites

1) Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Kevin recommended this documentary and he's absolutely right in calling it amazing. I had no idea what Enron was and I still found this doc to be very engrossing. 

2) The Wolf of Wall Street

My favorite Leonardo DiCaprio performance because he lets loose. Are they the worst Wall Street stock brokers or the best ones? There was a lot of coke involved. 

3) American Psycho

While the financial part isn't very prominent in the film, Patrick Bateman's day job is very important to him. BRB I have to go return some video tapes. 

Review: It

You'll float too.

Bill's (Jaeden Lieberher) little brother George went missing months before. We know that Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) a demon clown is responsible but Bill doesn't know that yet. Until he and his group of friends, the "Losers" as they call themselves all start seeing Pennywise in random places and realize that something isn't right in the town they leave in.

*book spoilers*

I had really high expectations for this, and it met nearly every one. While the 90's mini series felt campy, this film is having none of that. It presents itself as a coming of age type story, but when it needs to be creepy it dials it to eleven.

All of the child actors here are excellent in that parts, with Leiberher being the strongest. I was worried when I saw the trailers that they were going to forgo Bill's trademark stutter, but its still there and he makes it very believable on top of all the emotional baggage Bill brings around. Sophia Ellis plays Beverly, our lone girl in the group. Her story is easily the most disturbing and she handles that subject matter well. Other standouts are Finn Wolfhard as the trashmouth Ritchie and Jack Dylan Grazer as the ever jittery Eddie.

Following in Tim Curry's footsteps isn't an easy but, but I think Bill Skarsgard one ups him as Pennywise. This clown is downright horrifying and the script stands behind him.

The film isn't perfect. I don't agree with changing the decade to the 80's instead of the 50's like the novel. I felt it was only done so they could have a better musical selection for the soundtrack. Otherwise nothing they did justified the time difference and it's going to make Chapter Two, whenever that comes out even weirder considering it will take place in 2016. It also really diminishes Mike's connection with the group. He's the one that will eventually bring them together again as adults, but of all the foreshadowing that goes on in this movie, there's none for that.

I would complain about Beverly being made into a bit of a damsel - Pennywise kidnaps her and that's what gets all of our Losers together in the sewers, but considering the novel quite literally had her have sex with all of the boys to get them out of the sewers this is a massive upgrade. The way they temporarily defeat Pennywise this time around is quite different from the book.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A-

Memorable Quote: "Now I have to kill this fucking clown." - Ritchie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard)

Thursday Movie Picks: Animated Films Geared Towards Adults

I'm to blame for this week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves. I suggested it. But I'm curious, what animated films out there do you like that are meant for adults? And don't say Grave of the Fireflies...

1) My Life as a Zucchini

I can't rave about this film enough. EVERYONE should watch it. It tackles serious subjects like child abuse, abandonment and depression, but it's so light hearted and lovely as well. 

2) South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

This hilarious film needs no explanation. I laughed so hard I cried during Cartman's new version of "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch." My dad still says taking me to this movie in theaters is his most embarrassing parenting moment. (Though I'd argue that but I digress..)

3) Watership Down

I love watching other people watch this movie. The English Bunny Massacre on the surface makes you think rabbits will be running from some G rated danger but that's not the case. My husband's face when he saw the movie for the first time last year was priceless. 

2017 Emmy Predictions: Who will win, who should win.


With the Emmys coming up on September 17th it's now time for me to make my mostly incorrect predictions! Seriously, the Emmys are weird and Game of Thrones isn't eligible so there goes the easy win. Below are my predictions on who will win, and in some cases, who should win.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld
Who will win: The Handmaid's Tale
Who should win: Westworld
I don't watch House of Cards or This Is Us so I can't speak for those two shows, but I'd be happy for a win for any of the other shows. At the beginning of this year, I would've said The Crown would take it easily, but The Handmaid's Tale has a ton of buzz behind it and I can see it being rewarded.


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA  SERIES
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Anthony Hopkins, Westworld
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Matthew Rhys, The Americans
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us
Who will win: Kevin Spacey
Who should win: Hopkins, Odenkirk, or probably Brown.
With last year's winner not even nominated I see the Emmys playing it safe here. Spacey has never won an Emmy, I can see them changing that this year.



OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Viola Davis, How To Get Away With Murder
Claire Foy, The Crown
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Keri Russell, The Americans
Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Who will win: Elisabeth Moss
Who should win: Evan Rachel Wood or Claire Foy.
Claire Foy already has a Globe and a SAG for her role in The Crown but she wasn't competing against Emmy darling Elisabeth Moss. If my prediction for THT getting a lot of love is right, she'll get it too. Though if I had it my way, Evan would be going home with this.


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is The New Black
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Who will and should win: Thandie Newton
Even with the Handmaid's Tale love, I think Newton will walk away with this. Though the Emmys could want to be a bit edgy and give it to young Millie Bobby Brown.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
John Lithgow, The Crown
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Who will win: John Lithgow
Who should win: Jeffrey Wright
With no Handmaid's Tale in this category, The Crown will likely prevail. I hope Wright wins, he was one of my favorites on Westworld.


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Alison Wright, The Americans
Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder
Ann Dowd, The Leftovers
Laverne Cox, Orange Is The New Black
Shannon Purser, Stranger Things
Who will win: Shannon Purser
Who should win: Alexis Bledel.
Just watch fucking Barb win this. Just watch.  


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
BD Wong, Mr. Robot
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
Denis O’Hare, This Is Us
Brian Tyree Henry, This Is Us
Gerald McRaney, This Is Us
Who will win: Ben Mendelsohn
Who should win: BD Wong
Ben Mendelsohn won an Emmy for this role in the supporting category last year so I suppose he could take it again here. This is Mr. Robot's sole acting nomination and I'd love for it to get a win here.


OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
Atlanta
black-ish
Master of None
Modern Family
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Veep
Who will win: Veep
Who should win: Veep
I'm bias so I always pick Veep. I think if this were the Globes, black-ish or Atlanta would have a good shot, but Emmys are creatures of habit, so Veep will win again.


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Jane Fonda, Grace & Frankie
Allison Janney, Mom
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Lily Tomlin, Grace & Frankie
Who will and should win: Queen Julia Louis-Dreyfus


OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson, black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Zach Galifianakis, Baskets
Donald Glover, Atlanta
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Who will win: Jeffrey Tambor
Who should win: Donald Glover
I'd be shocked if the Emmys changed their mind here. Tambor will take it again.


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES 
Leslie Jones, Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Bayer, Saturday Night Live
Kathryn Hahn, Transparent
Judith Light, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Who will and should win: Anna Chlumsky
Bold prediction here, but all those other votes have to cancel each other out, right? Anna might be in it to win it this year.


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES 
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Alec Baldwin, Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tony Hale, Veep
Matt Walsh, Veep
Who will win: Alec Baldwin
Who should win: Tony Hale
Baldwin's dumpster fire impression is so well received that I think he'll win. (Then said dumpster fire will rage tweet about it at 3:00 am)


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Wanda Sykes, black-ish
Carrie Fisher, Catastrophe
Becky Ann Baker, Girls
Angela Bassett, Master of None
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Who will win: Melissa McCarthy
Who should win: McCarthy or Carrie Fisher
The only thing working against Carrie Fisher is I don't think many people saw Castastrophe. Everyone saw McCarthy on SNL.


OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Riz Ahmed, Girls
Matthew Rhys, Girls
Dave Chappelle, Saturday Night Live
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Saturday Night Live
Tom Hanks, Saturday Night Live
Hugh Laurie, Veep
Who will win: Hugh Laurie
Who should win: Laurie or Ahmed
I'd be happy with either of those two winning, but I think there will be a lot of cancelling each other out here as well.


OUTSTANDING TV MOVIE
Black Mirror (“San Junipero”)
Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Wizard of Lies
Who will and should win: Black Mirror.
This still should not be in this category, but fuck it.  

OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES 
Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
Genius
The Night Of
Who will win: Big Little Lies
Who should win: Any of them except Genius (which I haven't seen) they're all worthy.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Carrie Coon, Fargo
Felicity Huffman, American Crime
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Who will win: Felicity Huffman
Who should win: Any of them.
I think between Feud and BLL there will be some cancelling, though Nicole Kidman feels like she could still happen. While Fargo is the far better show, I think they'll play it safe and go with Huffman



OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE 
Riz Ahmed, The Night Of
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
John Turturro, The Night Of
Who will win: Ewan McGregor
Who should win: Riz Ahmed
Riz should take this but I think too many people will be splitting between he and John. Fargo has to win somewhere.


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE 
Regina King, American Crime
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
Judy Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan
Jackie Hoffman, Feud: Better and Joan
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Who will win: Regina King
Who should win: Shailene Woodley
I think Regina will repeat here, even though Woodley and Hoffman gave really good performances. 


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE 
Alexander Skarsgård, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan
Stanley Tucci, Feud: Bette and Joan
Bill Camp, The Night Of
Michael Kenneth Williams, The Night Of
Who will win: Alexander Skarsgard
Who should win: Any
Feud and Night Of will cancel, so that leaves BLL and Fargo and Alexander is far better than Thewlis. 


OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES 
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Real Time With Bill Maher
Who will and should win: Last Week Tonight: