Bad Moviethon – #38 – Unhinged (2020)

in which I review of a movie deserves its woeful IMDB rating.

[Originally my criteria was a film was considered not good if it had a rating below 50% and I’ll stick to that.]

ETA: I watched this in 2020…or 2021? I just didn’t post it. Luckily for you, I’m trying to blog more!

ETA 2: I wrote the previous ETA on 6th April and I STILL didn’t post it. Third time is the charm.


Unhinged

2020

After a confrontation with an unstable man at an intersection, a woman becomes the target of his rage.


I found the concept of this movie interesting, particular the social commentary it comes with. We open with Russell Crowe arguing with an unseen woman and leaving a house. The house then blows up. So, we know he’s a little loco already. Cool. Next we’re with the Mom (I don’t know her name, and I don’t think it’s important). Mom is going through a divorce. She lives with her brother and his girlfriend, and her young son.

They’re running late for school. Her son is quite sassy about it too, which irked me. Like, she knows she’s late, kid. Chill. Anyway, they get stuck in traffic. Son asks to use her phone and drops a nice bit of foreshadowing.

“No pass code? That’s dangerous!”

Is it, though? We will find out!

Fast forward to a green light and Mom honks aggressively when Russell Crowe doesn’t move. He then drives alongside them and motions for Son to roll down the window. Son obliges. Apparently, no pass code is dangerous. Rolling down the car window for angry man is fine.

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Victorious (Nickelodeon)

I wrote this so long ago that it’s time I set it free. It will also serve as a reminder that when I can’t find anything else to watch, a book will suffice.

Why is Avan Jogia even on this show? HIS CHARACTER DOESN’T DO ANYTHING. Unless being a bad boyfriend counts? And having wonderful hair. I take it back. He served his purpose and he served it well.

This show is…strange. It’s one of the weirdest things I’ve ever watched. I would not show my children this unless I wanted to mentally scar them.

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how much tv is too much tv?

I have no answer. I’m just here to ramble about what I’ve been watching.

Echoes (Netflix)

Someone on Twitter told me that it would all make sense in the end, but all this show did was creep me out. I spent the first four episodes confused.

…and then when things finally started making sense, it went full Lifetime. There was a therapist who married his patient and wrote diaries on how his wife switched regularly with her identical twin sister. EXCUSE ME. Not only did he know, he was okay with it? I feel sorry for his patients.

Also, consent issues, much? The show kind of glosses over it. The only person who reacts appropriately to finding out the twins have been switching every year is their older sister – who was pushed Leni (the bad twin), but she thought it was Gina (the good one). When Gina tells her the truth, Older Sister was mad at her anyway.

Anyway, crazy as it is – everyone is going to get their comeuppance, right?

Wrong.

I won’t spoil the end, but…I don’t recommend this show.

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Superman & Lois (Season 1-2)

Superman & Lois (The CW)

Note: I am angry that I am angry about a CW show with the word ‘Super’ in the year 2022. I THOUGHT I WAS PAST THIS.

Season 1 was SO GOOD. I don’t have much to say. The family moments were cute. Clark and Lois were cute. Superman was cute. Tyler was cute. Everything was on point. It wasn’t perfect, but it was entertaining, engaging and a fun way to embrace the Superman IP.

And then Season 2 entered the chat and crapped all over the place.

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california, here we come

I miss snarking about TV, so, for a limited time only, I have returned!

I’m joking. I never really left.

I just don’t hit ‘publish’. #draftsouttacontrol #arehashtagsstillcool?

The O.C.

Californiaaaa

Californiaaaaaaaaaa

HERE WE COOO-OOOO-MEEEE.

I started listening to the podcast with Summer and Julie Cooper but I don’t care enough about the show. I didn’t make it past the first episode. I did like the OC Dudes podcast (probably not what it’s called).

Anyway, SEASON 1 IS EVERYTHING! I wish they’d stopped there because it was not the same afterwards. Everything was just dramatic for no reason. And then they went and ruined Sandy for no good reason.

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Celebrity Memoir Bookclub

I started listening to this podcast after Will Smith got into one little slap and started making trouble at the Oscars and at first, I really enjoyed it. The Will Smith episode was decent. I listened to another episode based on Yolanda Hadid’s book and that was good too. I assume that’s because they don’t necessarily have any personal feelings towards those people? They were able to be rational and reasonable. And focus on the book!

Anyway, I made it to the Jamie Lynn Spears episode and I must have missed the part where they’re comedians? Oh. Humour is in the ear (or mind) of the beholder. They preface the episode by saying that they used to have a Britney Spears podcast so I knew they would be pro-Britney, but…

It was just beyond mean. They way they spoke about JamieLynn was terrible. To the point where I turned it off and I don’t think I’ll be listening to it again. There were much better ways for them to get their point across. Even if they didn’t agree or they didn’t like the book, their reactions were over the top.

Coming from an outside perspective and as someone who knows the bare minimum about Britney, it was just too much. And I guess it opened up my eyes to how reactionary they are. They present their opinion as fact and I was kind of over it.

And their voices, oh my goodness me. There is no way they sound like that in real life? Imagine the worst valley girl accent and crank it up to a billion. It’s grating on the ears. It is way to high school for me.

I wonder if this is one of those podcasts where you need to cherry pick the episodes… or find another one that does the same thing with less bitchiness?

I know which option I’ll be picking.

Cobra Kai: Season 4

One Line Review: Season 4 starts off well before it devolves into an oddly paced, uneven show with too much focus on the newer characters; there is some pay off in the last two episodes, but they don’t fully make up for what was a disappointing season.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

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Bad Moviethon #37 – He’s All That

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[An influencer who specializes in makeovers bets that she can transform an unpopular classmate into a prom king].

I am back! The world has gone all sorts of crazy in my absence, but I’m not going to talk about that.

I just want to talk about shitty movies right now. Although, I haven’t watched a lot of movies lately. Nothing has appealed to me and I’ve mostly been watching TV sporadically.

Life is exhausting, yo.

Anyway, onto He’s All That.

I’m low-key mad they couldn’t get Freddie Prinze Jr to cameo in this. He was the quintessential Nineties heartthrob!

I remember reading the initial reviews about He’s All That and dismissing it. Mostly because a gender bended version seemed unnecessary, as did a remake in general. Most of the criticism seemed to be aimed at the main lead. I’m not on TikTok and I hear she’s very popular on there so I’m assuming I was fortunate enough not to be familiar with her.

Her acting was nothing to write home about… but was it supposed to be? The movie is about an influencer. Their whole schtick is acting really enthusiastic about shit they’ve been paid to promote. Nobody said the acting has to be good.

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The plot is a cut and paste from the original. After being humiliated, Popular Girl makes a bet with her friend that she can find a loser and turn him into a prom king. If she loses the bet…I can’t remember what was supposed to happen. I didn’t really care to be honest.

The movie is nice background noise. Our loser is played by Tanner Buchanan, and his before is pretty hilarious. Bad hair extensions. A hat. Five o’clock shadow.

He barely puts up a fight when it comes to making him over. That would be my only criticism. If the most popular girl in school is suddenly acknowledging my presence, I’m not going to hop on stage and bail her out when she gets stage fright during karaoke. Nor would I attend a stupid costume themed party that requires me to shave and cut all my hair off.

Wasn’t the point that the bet was supposed to be difficult? Popular girl coasts through the movie until they somehow fall for each other. The loser eventually finds out he’s a bet, he gets mad and then there’s an extended dance sequence because hey, why not? It’s just a Netflix movie everyone will forget about in two hours. Oh and there was one in the original (which was kind of corny then too).

By the time they got together, I wasn’t really paying much attention. I also don’t remember the characters names and I’m too lazy to look them up.

Overall, the plot is tenuous at best. It felt like satire that ended up being what it was satirising. We’re given the message that we don’t need to feel pressured to be someone we’re not, especially on social media…but…Popular Girl takes us an an extended social media adventure at the end of the movie.

There was also a scene that had me scratching my head. Loser tells Popular Girl that she doesn’t need all of the make-up – which, fine. However, he starts removing it from her face and I was so taken aback I had to pause my nice game on my phone. I guess it was supposed to be sweet and pro-you don’t need makeup because beauty is within but yeah. There are procedures to be followed, Loser! You don’t just start wiping off makeup in the middle of your studio (Loser was a photographer with a sad backstory).

This is a terrible recap, but all in all I kind of liked He’s All That. Matthew Lillard was a delight and I support him. It was nice to Rachael Leigh Cook as well.

Rating: 5/10

reading is fun

For the millionth year in a row, my goal is simple. To read 52 books. Although, considering that I’ve only completed two, I might need to revise my goal. Still, I’m enjoying getting back into the habit. Technically, I’m always reading, but I’ve been wanting to make books more of what I read.

I’m good at starting books, acquiring books, writing half a book.

Finishing them, though? Good luck with that. It also doesn’t help that books are now on various devices. It just adds to my laziness.

Anyway, this year I am cheating my own system. I’m going to pad out that 52 book count with easy, easy reads. I’m currently hate-reading an easy read now, just ‘cuz. I’m reading some other books which will take me longer periods and those will be my difficult reads. Some of these books aren’t that difficult, I just find it difficult to read too much at a time. I blame Reddit.

Reading is fun, though.

I always forget how much fun it can be to lose yourself in a good book.

You can learn new words, and if you’re a perpetual aspiring writer like me – you figure out what you’d never do in your book. I like seeing different writing styles, different chaptering systems.

And, in all honesty, I have nothing to watch. I’ve been bored back into reading. I was watching Person of Interest for a while but season 4 was so weird and different that I’m taking a break. I watched Superman & Lois (loved it!) and some BBC shows (six episodes and done, yes please). Everything else doesn’t appeal.

There was an old show I planned to start watching – The Sopranos, maybe? I can’t even remember.

I am contemplating Lost and I never made it past the first season of that show.

It’s hard out here for a bored sista, let me tell ya.

Maybe I’ll finally finish The Wire one of these days.

To conclude, this is my accountability post.

I will complete 52 books this year even if I have to read comic books to get myself to that number.

Total books read so far: 2.

Superman: The Movie (1978)

Note: I watched and wrote this a while ago but never posted it because I’m lazy. Happy New Year!

First of all, Christopher Reeve is Superman and no one else has come close to portraying him that well (live-action at least, Tim Daly comes a close second to me).

I know a lot of people aren’t crazy about his Clark Kent but I think he might be my favourite Clark Kent too (Dean Cain (sigh) is second, Welling is somewhere in between because I liked his younger Clark, but as the character got older, he lost a lot of his charm (for the sake of the character arc, but I digress).

Anyway, I won’t go into an extensive recap: Clark figures out where he’s from, and the loss of his father inspires him to help people. He eventually becomes a reporter and moves to Metropolis and falls in love with Lois Lane. He saves Lois a few times, most notably on the roof of the Daily Planet and she coins the name Superman. Lex Luthor gets wind of this and decides to kill Superman and also blow up California? Superman manages to escape and stop it – but not in time to save Lois Lane (who happened to be there because why not?). He then speeds so fast he turns back time and prevents the whole thing from happening.

As silly as it sounds, there is a clear A to Z plot. The simplicity allows the audience to appreciate Superman for what he is – a hero, and also a man with feelings and emotions like everyone else. The end of the movie directly links to the beginning. He’s still so distraught over the loss of his father that he’s driven to do this crazy thing to bring Lois back. Even Lex Luthor, as crazy as he is in this, has a clear motive.

From what I’ve read, this is still considered the best Superman movie yet. Probably because it doesn’t treat Superman like an alien from Krypton desperate to fit in beyond his high school years. Nor does it do its best to run away from the fact that Superman is in red, yellow and blue Spandex and tights. I saw someone say they like the newer costumes because they muted the colours, but the whole point is that he’s in these bright colours. The cheesy costume with the cape is part of the hero – because it doesn’t matter what he wears. He’s still the most powerful man on the planet. The point is that he could do anything in the world and he’s chosen to save people.

Plus, the original costume is still all sorts of cool.

My favourite part of the movie is the sequence from when he first appears to his first meeting with Lois. Although, I still don’t understand why he allowed Lois to publish the information on how he couldn’t see through lead and specific details about how he came to Earth? It didn’t seem very smart, and it made Lex Luthor’s plan come off slightly…silly. Although, given that Lex was living underground, it wasn’t the most zany thing about the character.

It was interesting watching this after Man of Steel, a movie which never grasps what makes Superman so great. While, he always chooses to help people, he still sees himself as human. He still holds himself to that standard. Whereas in Man of Steel, we have a Superman who’s being told that he doesn’t owe anyone anything, and that it’s okay to let people die if the ends justify the means. It’s not like Superman is Batman, there are so many dark antiheroes out there. I wish they would just keep Superman the way he was intended to be – a ray of hope in a world that often seems devoid of it.

The movie still holds up pretty well. The special effects are dated, but the flying for me is quite special. I know they were on wires and whatnot, but I liked how it looked. The score is wonderful too. I was grinning every time the main theme played. Above all, the film doesn’t take itself too seriously making it a fun, easy watch.

Christopher Reeve is wonderful to watch as well, and I think his Clark to Superman transformation is the best we’ve seen on-screen so far. I loved Margot Kidder as Lois Lane too! Gene Hackman’s Lex was… interesting? The film lingers too much on Lex and his sidekicks and the exposition was excessive, still – some of it did make me laugh, so job done?

Rating 8/10.

I watched the second film too but I can’t remember much of it because I accidentally watched the Donner Cut first and then–anyway. We’ll see if I ever feel like reviewing the other three movies, lol.