Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Viewing: Unknown. Maybe 4th
Director: Gene Kelly
Monday, November 9, 2020
Format: Amazon Watch Party
Director: John Carpenter
Sunday, November 8, 2020
I can't remember any version of Jeopardy! that didn't feature Alex Trebek. I know that by 1987-ish and the time I was in 6th grade, we all had our Alex Trebek impersonations, or at least knew how to imitate his cadence when delivering an answer/ clue.
While I was a Wheel Watcher and had an odd affinity for "Sale of the Century", Jeopardy! was clearly the thinking-person's gameshow - because it was one of the last surviving quiz shows on TV. And, it was hosted by the thinking-person's gameshow host. Trebek ran a tight ship - foolishness was not creeping into the world of Jeopardy!. Demographic-pleasing plebes were not going to find their way onto the contestant's stand - he needed people who could answer a medley of trivia questions, and not lose their cool.
Trebek grounded the show with a cool, dry, breeziness that was polite, maybe a tad formal, and was unimpressed with credentials even when touting those of his guests. He was far more impressed if you made a run on the board. And, his giddiness (which amounted to a small smile at the best of times) shown through during returning champions weeks where he could count on a battle royale instead of watching middle school librarians fall by the wayside early in the game.
Most game show hosts you kind of just shrug at - goofy entertainers with a gift for hucksterism. But Trebek outsurvived almost all of them (Sajak is still doing his thing, along with Vanna). And he did it with a certain poise and sincerity about the show that gave gravitas to 30 minutes daily of people being asked random-ass questions for money. That could have been dumb, y'all.
Jeopardy! existed before Trebek, and it will exist after Trebek. But it will not be the same without him. Nor will the television landscape as I've known it my entire life. And, yes, I will be quietly very judgey of whomever tries to fill Trebek's podium.
Here's to a well deserved rest and may he never have to hear a response in the form of a question ever again.
Friday, November 6, 2020
It's round three for film adaptations of Spider-Man, and this time they made Aunt May a stone cold fox. After Disney and Sony sorted out their differences, Spidey finally became part of the MCU and - despite not following origin movie rules - manages to turn in a fun movie with a weirdly sympathetic super-villain (it's BATMAN).
Sooooooo... I had two weeks worth of plans, maybe three, for our Friday viewings. But someone pulled their catalog off of Amazon Prime as near as I can tell. So, no Pump Up the Volume or Short Circuit for us. I'm in a bit of a panic, so I'm reaching for a personal favorite since it was pointed out it was on here by Jenifer.
- Day: 11/06/2020
- Time: 8:30 Central
- Where: Amazon Prime Watch Party
It's a post-apocalyptic future of 1997, and America is perpetually at war. New York has been turned into one big penal colony, and Air Force 1 just went down nearby. The President's escape pod has fallen into the middle of NYC, containing the President and a recording which will bring an end to conflict.
The Feds happen to have just laid their hands on one of the toughest criminals to ever walk on American soil: Kurt Russell with an eyepatch.
Now, Kurt Russell with an eyepatch needs to enter NYC, retrieve the package, and make it back out before the bomb in his neck explodes. And he's gonna need Harry Dean Stanton and Adrienne Barbeau (which I think we can all say).
Written by John Carpenter! Directed by Carpenter! Music by Carpenter!