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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Aisle Seat 3-19: March Madness Edition by Andy Dursin
 Posted:   Mar 20, 2024 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Gosh,'ve been BUSY!!!

Thank you for leading off with the mini-series of "The Shining". I remember watching it and loving it much more than Kubrick's take on the tale, but -- as you said in your review -- the mini-series seemed to disappear from the memory of anyone discussing King's work that was adapted for television.

I also appreciate learning of many more films coming out, including "Witness". It has been a long time since I saw hat film, and it holds a special spot in my memories of favorite films.

 Posted:   Mar 20, 2024 - 8:43 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

I really tried to enjoy the TV miniseries version of The Shining, but the pouty kid and bland visuals just kept me at bay. I was never in suspense or fully invested in the characters, but the best thing going with it was Rebecca DeMornay. Steven Weber just didn't have the acting chops to carry this tortured soul, and I never fully felt the family was in peril as did Kubrick's movie did. And the horrible CGI effects of the hedge animals was bad even then. I appreciate the effort to remain truthful to King's book, but for me Kubrick's version, due to his visual aesthetics, use of music and the unbelievable sense of dread, as different it is from the novel, is a true horror film. The miniseries is more like a love note to his fans, of which I am. But it is easily forgettable.

 Posted:   Mar 20, 2024 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

ANYONE BUT YOU Blu-Ray (103 mins., 2023, R; Sony): It’s been a while since something that wasn’t an IP-driven movie, sequel or remake struck it big at the box-office – but folks looking for something, anything, a little different this past holiday season turned Will Gluck’s R-rated and tepidly reviewed “Anyone But You” into an unlikely success. Much of it is due to the chemistry between stars Sydney Sweeney and Glen Powell, he of “Top Gun: Maverick” success, and she parlaying off assorted HBO series roles – together, they convincingly render a would-be couple who break up after a first date, only to end up both traveling to the same Australian “destination wedding.” Gluck, who helmed “Easy A,” is better here at cultivating laughs than romance, but the breezy tone and settings keep the material from growing stale in spite of its cliched elements. Deleted scenes, featurettes, outtakes and bloopers are all included in Sony’s now available Blu-Ray (1.85, 5.1 DTS MA) along with a Digital HD copy.

I saw the film. It was just okay. But the reason I saw it despite the reviews was... well, because my wife asked me to, being a fan of Sweeney from the first season of Euphoria. But the reason I was interested to go is because the film is a loose adaptation of my favorite Shakespeare comedy, Much Ado About Nothing! The main characters are even still named Bea(trice) and Ben(edick)! Ben's friend is a gender-swapped Claudia instead of Claudio! And there are tons of direct Much Ado About Nothing references throughout, many of them not very subtle like the regular title cards that appear with direct quotations from the play (these were usually charming). Sometimes the dialogue is even directly pulled from the original play, though this was less successful for me.

Anyhow it's not as good as it should be (I was hoping it would be at least as solid a Shakespeare update as 10 Things I Hate About You) but it was an inoffensive way to pass a couple hours at the theater.


 Posted:   Mar 20, 2024 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The biggest sign of Heroes' downfall is that BBC2 didn't bother getting Heroes Reborn*.. Here's the one of the show's BBC2 idents with She Whose Surname is Constantly Spelled Incorrectly. (It's Panettiere- not Pannettiere)
*Like another ill-fated NBC spinoff/continuation (Joey), Channel 5 took it. The S2 change in character focus and constant introduction of new characters (is a taste of what Teen Wolf Too scriptwriter Tim Kring had originally intended for the series (i.e. completely changing the lineup each season). Some people shouldn't be showrunners (Looking at you Jason Rothenberg, Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz).

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