Watch List – February 26 – March 3, 2024:

Television

Survivor Season 46

I was honestly not all that hype for this season. Partly because of the absolute baller of an Australian Survivor (see below) season that I’m also watching right now. And other partly because the US version feels so much meaner, so much less human.

With so many dumb dumb unneccessary twists.

Okay, I have watched the first episode and I have thoughts.

There are a couple people I like, namely Ben and Q and Soda and Jess, for some reason. She may come off whiny to some but I like how simply open she is. I like folks who are that comfortable with themselves.

And well, Jelinsky? Welp, head on over to the pod for my thoughts on that particular fella.

Norm MacDonald Has A Show (Netflix)

This show is comfortable chaos. It’s from 2018, so it’s not new new obviousbly, but somehow I had never watched it. So now I am.

The Great Pottery Throwdown (Max)

It seems like pottery takes so much room. You need a making room, a drying room, gigantic kilns. I do kind of like that I can go to Nadga’s and only get to do the fun stuff. However, I really want to do all of it. I want to pour into the molds and then carefully crack it open and remove it. And then after I clean it up and remove all the seams, I want to learn how to do the kiln part too.

I can confidently take it from there. I do the rest of it already. Unless I do a glaze, then there is another mystery firing I will have to learn.

Also, rewatching this show is making me weirdly confident that I can sculpt a Tracy Morban figurine.

Holy shit, this just gave me a flashback to this terribly ugly statue of our dog, Mickey (stop laughing), that I made in middle school. My dad cherished the fuck outta that thing, but it looked mishappen and hideous. To my eyes, at least. Or, I guess, my brain, since I have no visual memory.

I’ve always liked clay, it seems. Man, I never realized how much getting away from my art teacher in middle school changed my life.

The Americans (Hulu)

I find myself constantly wondering what Phillip and Elizabeth are up to. (we only watch this show during workday lunches.)

Did I say already that I love the sweaters?

This show is a factory for future prestige drama stars. Julia Garner from “Ozark” just waltzed in. Plus Karen Pittman is acting all over my screen now too! (In case you are not obsessed with “The Morning Show” like I am, she plays Mia Jordan. Impeccably, I might add.)

Abbott Elementary (Hulu)

I hope there is more Lance in this episode. Or whatever his character name in this show is. School board member Chalmers? I don’t recall. Let’s see:

No Lance yet, but I love this rotating temp, er, sub bit while Janine is working with the school board.

Oh, poor Jacob. I understand not wanting to talk about home problems at work. The scary ones, at least. For me, I feel like once I open that door the professional relationship is doomed. However, that is another thing I’m learning to unlearn on this whole journey.

It’s wild how having a single supportive client who understands how harmful the traditional capitalistic machine is for humans. But is still able to be an incredible business owner. It makes me sad how so many others can’t find a way out… including my own partner. I know how lucky I am to have found Raven and EngErotics.

Gosh, I love the character of Ava so much. The way she shows her friends love feels kind of familiar to me.

I feel like I should do a “Did I cry?” thing for every episode of this show, like I do for my Maeve Binchy series. Except, the answer would be yes every single time.

Honestly, if given the chance I would prescribe this show like medicine. It’s that good for my soul.

There was no more Lance, though.

The Traitors (Peacock)

The costuming is one of the things that keep me coming back to this show.

And Kate, of course. I am loving the Bravo girls in this show and I don’t even watch Bravo shows!!!

Oh and Alan Cumming who, I repeat, is one of my favorite hosts since Anderson Cooper on “The Mole”.

Man, I was so happy to see Trishelle walk in and I can’t believe I am saying that.

Australian TV

Survivor Season 9: Titans vs. Rebels

The three episode arc this week was astonishing. (Spoilers ahead, so stop reading if you ever plan to watch) (Also, if you want to watch, let me know and I will guide you).

We had a quit AND a very dramatic tie. This season is more focused on revenge than any I’ve seen before. Feras is still giving chaos and I love him for it.

Jaden is really rising in the ranks as one of my favorite players, especially with his last minute switch this week.

Three episodes is just not enough. Listen to our podcast to hear Molls and I gush about this (and the current US Survivor season).

Season 8: Brains vs. Brawn

We are heading into the pointy end of the game and each and every tribal council is more electric than the last. We’ll be finishing this season up this week and I’m sad and happy to see it go. Sad, because one of the best seasons of any brand of ‘Survivor’ is over.

And happy, because we’ll be starting over this one two punch of these seasons with a new friend – Aubrey!!!!! Let me know if you want to get in on this. We’re gonna be doing late night sessions this time, I think – about 10pm EST.

Come play with us!!! (PM me first, so I can give you the whole email spiel, though.)

Movies

Next Goal Wins (Hulu)

We had a lunch to fill and the time was too short to watch “The Iron Claw” and nothing else felt right so we threw on this Taika Waititi soccer flick. It filled the space exactly as it should have. I mean, you pretty much know what you’re getting with a sports movie, right?

There was a lot of heart throughout the entire cast and if you’re looking for warm fuzzies, I say go for it.

Also, I know I don’t rate the movies and tv shows here. I keep all that over on my Letterboxd account, if’n you wanna follow me there, too.

Mean Girls

This was a bop.

My favorite part of it was that the ‘most popular girl in school’ is played by someone with a real body. I wish I (and my child) had more things like that on screen.

Priscilla (Max)

I don’t know quite how to explain it better than this, but this movie was not great, bob. The performances, however, were stellar and outstanding.

This might be my favorite onscreen Elvis.

Not a single Elvis song in the whole movie, though, which I dug. The movies about her, not him!

American Fiction

This one was a rewatch and I’m glad I did, because it solidified a couple of my Oscar picks. I was surprised about both.

First off, I was shocked initially when Sterling K. Brown was even nominated for this movie. After this rewatch, I can happily report that he’s the strongest performance in the Supporting Actor category now. Everything else in the category falls to “career achievement comeback” (RDJ) or “extremely well written role” (DeNiro). Sterling K. Brown just performed. So he’s now my pick for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars.

Now, prior to this rewatch, Jeffrey Wright was my favorite for Best Actor. Now, it’s Cillian Murphy for “Oppenheimer” because here’s what I realized. It was the dialoge that I loved from Jeffrey Wright’s performances. It was the words he is saying, not the way he is saying them. Don’t get me wrong, he is stellar and deserved the nomination, but his isn’t the best performance of the year.

So, I’m doubling down on “American Fiction” winning Best Adapted Screenplay and Cillian Murphy winning Best Actor.

Definitely watch AF, though. It’s one of my favorites of the year.

The Holdovers (Peacock)

This was a rewatch to solidify my Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress picks. My gut was right on both counts… for my brand of acting, at least. You can see what I’m talking about in my Oscar picks.

My gut is also probably right that Dominic Sessa is gonna be a star. He has been killing the red carpet for his film debut, too.

Gymnastics

2022 Nastia Liukin Cup

The Post-Tokyo gymnasts are way more sloppy. I remember this happening in real time a couple years ago and loving it. Their hair isn’t slicked back and they seem much more loose and relaxed.

It has been interesting to watch – because the messy hair has, for the most part, stayed. I love it.

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