Bad Moviethon – #39 – You Lucky Dog (1998)

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When dog psychic Jack Morgan treats the inappropriately named pooch Lucky for depression, he has no idea that his treatment will land him in the doghouse. Lucky’s owner dies and leaves all his money to Lucky on the condition that Jack lives with him. Jack’s delighted, but the owner’s family is furious and determined to fight for what they see as their money. Can Jack thwart the evil relations, despite Lucky’s canine capers?

I was reading some of the older Bad Moviethon posts and I couldn’t remember the last outrightly bad movie I watched. So, I went and found one. And what a mess this movie is. A MESS.

You know it’s bad when you’re half an hour in and one of the characters says:

It’s nothing personal, but I think you might be possessed by the devil.

Apparently, this film had a $4 million budget. I can only assume that most of it went on the real therapy required by all involved in this travesty.

The movie begins with newspaper clippings of a teenage dog psychic. We cut to said psychic all grown up and in his dog therapist mode. He’s sleeping in his office while dog owners wait in the waiting room. UNTIL. He meets a dog called Lucky and blammo – his dog psychic connection is back. Lucky’s owner seems to find that endearing instead of creepy as fuck and he has enough time to amend his will – he leaves $65 million to Lucky – on the condition that the dog psychic lives with him. I feel like the premise would be fun and hijinkys enough without the psychic connection, but what do I know? I’m just a humble viewer.

And James Avery is in this. I had to give it a chance.

Anyway, the rich dead guy dies and his family are ENRAGED when they read the will. They start plotting to kill Lucky, because, why not? It’s the villainous thing to do.

Dog psychic movies into the mansion and gets overcited! LIKE REALLY OVEREXCITED! Almost like…he’s a dog. Or, you know, psychically connected to one. There’s a scene where the maids come in while he’s communicating with the dog who wants to go outside. There’s some back and forth and I’ll give Lucky credit, he deserves an Oscar. Unfortunately, Lucky really wants to dig up a bone he buried and somehow Dog Psychic is now…manifesting Lucky? He literally gets on his hands and knees and starts using his face to dig through the ground to find said bone.

I was finding the movie funny so I made the decision to just congratulate myself on making it through thirty minutes and called it a day. I watch bad movies so I can feel irrational annoyance and anger, not laugh at a dog making funny faces. I am going to pretend that Lucky went on to live his best life and that someone gave Dog Psychic a lobotomy,

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.

Cobra Kai: Season 3, Episode 2-10

Cobra Kai: Season 3

I watched this at the start of the year, but never posted this. Figure this is a good a time as anything!

TL;DR – This show can be frustrating at times, but it’s always entertaining!

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Have people always been this rude?

So, I was at work the other day and occasionally some of us talk about football, just making conversation. Usually it’s me and another person. The extent of the conversation is typically me asking ‘what’s the score?’ and them telling me ‘it’s 3-0’. Maybe a few minutes discussing the game and that’s it.

Enter my coworker (imma call them Nosy) who doesn’t like football and will loudly tell you they don’t like it and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, they need attention, blah, blah I don’t care.

Anyway, as I was talking, I could see Nosy just standing in the area looking at us and listening in on the conversation.

In my mind I was like, ‘can we help you?’ but I didn’t say anything. The actual conversation lasted less than a minute and that was that.

… until I was near Nosy and they dropped it into conversation and said, ‘are you finished with the snoozefest?’

At first I was confused and then they helpfully repeated it a few times instead of shutting the fuck up.

Now, I have no issue lighting someone up for what I perceive to be bullshit, but I’ve mellowed in my old age. I prefer to take the high road.

Still, first of fucking all, are you okay, Nosy? You are hardly the most interesting person. Yet I’ve listened to you wax lyrical about what you’re making for dinner at least a hundred times. You’re not really one to talk.

Secondly, nobody was talking to you. You weren’t even invited to the snoozefest. Why are you commenting? WHY ARE YOU HERE IN MY FACE?

I didn’t even feed into it, I was just like, ‘I’m choosing to ignore you‘. I honestly said that right to their face (in hindsight actually ignoring them might have been better). Despite that, Nosy kept going and I finally said, ‘if someone is talking about something you’re not interested in, you walk away. No one is forcing you to listen.’

Go about your business!

I mentioned that half of the time I don’t know what Nosy is talking about and it is what it is. I don’t come in and say, ‘HOW DARE YOU DISCUSS SOMETHING I’M NOT INTERESTED IN AND IN A CONVERSATION I’M NOT A PART OF NO LESS!’

Fo’realz.

This is not the first time, but if Nosy catches me on the wrong day it’s going to be a problem. How starved of attention do you need to be to throw a strop over a two minute conversation? And it’s only because they can’t steamroll all over the conversation like they usually do (heck, maybe I’ll start bringing it up more often!).

Anyway, yeah… I don’t know what’s wrong with people of today.

The rudeness is unreal and I, for one, am not here for the bullshit.

P.S. What’s a polite way to tell someone to shut up?

Why are people like this?

What would even possess a person to bring food INTO the general vicinity of a toilet?

Like, even back in the day when I’d read a book or watch TV shows where that one lonely kid would eat lunch in the bathroom, it was mind blowing to me. No. Nein. Non. Nay. De nada.

I would rather not eat lunch.

Anyway!

… not content with making punch (that looks like Barney threw up) she supposedly hands it out to guests?

This is why I don’t accept food from certain people, y’all. Sometimes the blessing that it needs is not enough. My stomach won’t be able to do it. People are just nasty. Even if this is intended as a joke….

What I’m Watching

… because you asked (not really) and I’m here to deliver.

Anyway, how are we all doing? I feel like I never blog anymore. I don’t really know why. I think the pandemic has just quietened the part of my brain that snarks about things. Or, I’m too busy lamenting the stupidity of real people to complain about fictional characters. I’m definitely not really watching much these days. Is it me or is there just too much to watch? And a lot of it is just juvenile (*looks at The Boys*), repetitive and boring.

Ironically, I’ve turned to superheros in these dark times! I’m a genuine Superman fan now. I take back all the times I called him boring. Sure, a lot of the content is lacking, but Superman is iconic for a reason.

On to the list…

Invincible (Amazon)

I watched the first two episodes of this. It’s not bad at all. It kind of has a The Boys/Watchmen feel to it. The end of the first episode was very graphic. I’m curious to see how it all ends. I’m low-key salty that the knockoff Superman isn’t like the real Superman, though. I have problems, I know.

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