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The second season of Netflix’s animated dark comedy BoJack Horseman will debut on July 17th with twelve new episodes. 

The show is set in an L.A. where humans and anthropomorphic animal-people coexist, and centers on a washed-up actor—who happens to be a horse and is voiced by Will Arnett—who peaked too early and must figure out what to do next.

The rest of the main cast includes Aaron Paul, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie and Paul F. Tompkins.

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The Second City has released a great video from 1992 featuring “The Trifecta” (Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, and Paul Dinello) showing off their famous tumbling skills in a sketch called “The Tumbleweeds.”

#14: They Came Together (2014)


IMDB plot summary:
A small business owner is about to lose her shop to a major corporate development.

Is this an accurate plot summary: Technically, yes? But also…not at all.

I resisted watching They Came Together for awhile. I have a deep and abiding love of all things David Wain and have seen all of his movies, most of them on opening weekend, but I was still afraid that this one might be a little too harsh on romantic comedies. After all, I love them. The last thing I want to do is watch Not Another Romantic Comedy.

Of course, duh, my fears were unfounded. They Came Together is the perfect movie for anyone obsessed with romcoms (so…me and you) because it points out every single thing that we love to roll our eyes at. Those “romantic comedy cliches” lists that I compile for every movie? This movie had them all. New York city as a character. A leading lady who’s a klutz. A group of dudefriends who perfectly represent every single level of male commitment.

Basically, this was like an episode of Community, but about something I actually care about instead of The Godfather.

There’s not a ton for me to say about They Came Together, because the movie really says it all itself. It opens with Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler explaining how they met to their dinner companions, Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper. “It’s kind of a corny, romantic comedy kind of story,” they say, and of course, it is. That’s the point. Because this is a romantic comedy and it’s making fun of romantic comedies. But in a very loving way!

Amy Poehler runs a small candy shop, and Paul Rudd works for a giant candy corporation. Obviously, he’s trying to You’ve Got Mail her business, and obviously, they’re going to fall in love. From there, it hits every romantic comedy beat: the almost-kiss, the long conversation, the connection over a shared interest (”You like fiction books? I’ve never met anyone who loves fiction!”), the overly supportive best friend, the slacker little brother, the ex-girlfriend who complicates everything…it’s all there. Even, delightfully, this romcom convention:

Character A: Hey.

Character B, turning around: Yeah?

Character A: Thanks.

One thing I’ve discovered while doing this project is that there’s a lack of serious reflection, commentary, or scholarship on romantic comedies. In trying to find books to read about the genre, I’ve mostly just found dry academic papers, not the types of interesting film books you see for horror and scifi and Serious Dramas. Where is our Ephron on Ephron? They Came Together fills a real void in cinema. It celebrates romantic comedy conventions as it satirizes them. It criticizes them as it plays into them. It points out how ridiculous they are while also saying, “But isn’t this totally great?”

Even when a montage is sort of making fun of falling-in-love montages, it’s still a falling-in-love montage. And those are the best kind of montages (second only to makeover/trying on clothes montages, one of which is also present).

The reviews of this movie were almost uniformly bad. I don’t mean that the reviewers hated the movie, although some of them did. What I mean is that the reviewers really didn’t get the concept of the movie, any more than they got the concept of Wet Hot American Summer or The Ten or Wanderlust. Even RogerEbert.com, typically the only source I trust for movie reviews, didn’t get it (then again, Roger Ebert famously hated Wet Hot American Summer, so perhaps the site is just preserving his legacy).

Either you like David Wain’s brand of silly humor or you don’t, and while I think the world would be a better place if we all did, the truth is that some people will just never like this kind of comedy. If you don’t think Amy Poehler referring to Barnes and Noble as Brans and Nerbles is funny, this might not be the movie for you (personally, I had to pause the movie because I was laughing so hard).

This is the perfect movie to watch after you’ve watched a lot of romantic comedies. Whether you love or hate romantic comedies (if you hate them, why are you here?), you’ll enjoy this movie immensely if you’re familiar with the cliches. It’s silly and joyful and celebratory and it feels like a giant in-joke for those of us who care just a little too much about romcoms.  

Stray Thoughts:

-This post is a little bit shorter and less detailed than my typical posts. That’s because They Came Together is a real comedy (not a romantic movie that’s sort of a little bit funny), and there’s nothing more boring or lifeless than dissecting why something is funny. And I don’t want to ruin every joke for you.

-They Came Together has a cast that you’ll be familiar with if you’re into comedy. Also, Max Greenfield (who’s so wonderful on New Girl) is really fantastic and funny in a small role!

-Sometimes I read the Goofs section of IMDB. I don’t know why. Who honestly cares about continuity errors? Anyway, They Came Together’s Goofs section includes the line, “This is, in fact, not at all how the Pokemon card game works.”

Romantic comedy cliches: I stopped keeping track because, seriously, ALL OF THEM are included, but: New York City as a character, a klutzy female character, a commitment-phobic man, a cold ex-girlfriend, a slacker little brother, an ultra-supportive best friend with no life of her own, a costume party, You’ve Got Mail, dudes who hash out issues during a basketball game, and seriously every cliche you can think of, played out and made fun of and sometimes turned around.

Is this a good movie? YES!

Did I like this movie? I love this movie like I love Paul Rudd: unconditionally.

Would I watch this movie again? Yes, mostly because I missed several parts during bouts of laughter.

Did this movie make me believe in love? No, but that’s okay. It wasn’t really supposed to. It made me believe in laughter and the power of Amy Poehler and also Paul Rudd’s ability to somehow never age and also be shockingly charming.

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Nothing says “Yuletide” like a disillusioned Bill Murray shrug. Netflix has acquired A Very Murray Christmas, a holiday special – and “homage to the classic variety show” – which stars the iconic actor, as himself, worrying that his TV show will be ruined by a terrible New York City snowstorm. But Netflix promises a happy ending in their brief plot summary: “Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.”

A Very Murray Christmas was directed by Sofia Coppola, co-written by Coppola, Murray and Mitch Glazer and executive produced by Coppola, Glazer, Roman Coppola and Tony Hernandez. The high-profile cast includes George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Paul Shaffer, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Jason Schwartzman, Jenny Lewis, Phoenix, Michael Cera, Maya Rudolph, Rashida Jones, David Johansen, Frederic Moulin, Julie White, Dimitri Dimitrov and more. (x)

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Exit 57 - “Salmon” - Stephen Colbert/Amy Sedaris/Paul Dinello

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Firm, pink comedy!

“The initial guest list is pretty impressive: George Clooney; Paul Shaffer; Amy Poehler; Julie White; Dimitri Dimitrov; Michael Cera; Chris Rock; David Johansen; Maya Rudolph; Jason Schwartzman; Jenny Lewis; Phoenix’s Thomas Croquet, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Mazzalai; Frederic Moulin; Rashida Jones; Miley Cyrus, and more.” src

De ces liens qui nous rattachent aux autres (1)

Petite expérience d’écriture faite avec mon ami Paul. Nous avons chacun de notre côté essayé de retranscrire l’idée des connexions qui peuvent exister entre les personnes, cette sorte de lien magique qui fait que l’on rencontre cette personne en particulier, qu’on se lie avec cette personne et pas avec une autre. Voici son texte, le mien suit !


Vous m'avez oublié ? on s'est rencontré il y a quelques années déjà.
On avait vécu de bons moments ensemble et puis le temps, les
obligations, les circonstances nous ont séparés de nouveau. Et vous me
croisez là. Je suis à la terrasse d'un café de bon matin. J'étais en
avance pour un rendez-vous et vous, vous avez choisi de changer de
chemin pour votre route matinal vers votre bureau. On échange quelques
bon mots sur nos souvenirs communs, notre devenir, et puis on se promet
de garder contact, après tout nous sommes proches l'un de l'autre et
nous l'avons été.

Quel Mysticisme se cache derrière cette rencontre fortuite ? Qu'est-ce qui nous lie les uns aux autres ? J'aurais pu ne plus jamais vous
voir, ou bien passer ma vie a vos côtés. Il est un inconvénient
d'avoir des obligations qui nous sépare l'un de l'autre, nous avions
vécu de si bons moments et nous ne savions pourtant plus de quoi parler
ensemble. J'ai beau ne plus savoir quoi vous dire pour faire durer
cette conversation, j'ai envie qu'elle dure, à jamais. J'aimerais vous
dire : “prend donc toi aussi un café, et nous resterons dans ce troquet
jusqu'à la fin des temps à parler de tout et de rien, à écrire, à nous
créer un univers commun fait de passants parisiens”. Bien sûr je ne peux
pas, j'ai pourtant ce sentiment si intense que nous avons d'autres
choses a faire ensemble.

Quel sentiment ? l'amour ? l'amitié ? la peur ? En finissant mon café
je me souviens de cette femme, une fille a l'époque, j'étais jeune,
très jeune et pourtant je me sentais lié à elle. Je voulais absolument
être près d'elle. Me voilà à regarder si elle existe sur Facebook. Je
trouve son profil et lui envois un message. Après une petite
discussion on se rend compte que nous allons travailler ensemble sur
un projet professionnel commun. Pourquoi tant de hasard dans ses
rencontres. Peut-être vais-je passer des années à ses côtés.

Quelques temps ont passé depuis ce fameux café, j'ai perdu de vu ces
deux amis que j'avais pourtant retrouvé. La tornade, on s'est connu,
on s'est reconnu, on s'est perdu de vue, on s'est r'perdu de vue… je
continue pourtant de me demander si l'univers ne se joue pas de nous.
J'imagine une femme croiser les lignes de vie de chacun pour que les
rencontres s'entremêlent les unes aux autres. Chaque rencontre rend mon
chemin plus complexe et sinueux. Tantôt mes rencontres éclairent mon
chemin comme jamais, tantôt elles m'enfoncent dans le noir.

Je regarde cet homme en face de moi dans le métro, il a un tee shirt
de geek. Il me plaît, on pourrait certainement bien s'entendre, et
pourtant il ne fera certainement jamais partie de ma vie. Je découvre
qu'une vieille connaissance connaît un de mes artistes préférés, un
petit artiste peu connu de la scène slam. Rien ne peux prédire cette
connexion.

J'aime alors imaginer un énorme ordinateur qui calculerait tous nos
faits et gestes, qui pourrait facilement savoir qui nous allons croiser et
surtout quand. Il aurait su que tu allais changer de chemin, et moi
arriver en avance et prendre ce café. Il pourrait comprendre nos
connexions, prédire la suivante, sa nature, amicale, haineuse, amoureuse
ou professionnelle, hasardeuse certainement. Et si nous pouvions
savoir qui sera la prochaine rencontre fortuite qui nous apportera le
malheur, le bonheur ou la mort, voudrions-nous vraiment ? Ne
laisserions nous pas ça au hasard de l'univers ?


Paul J.

laurabogart asked:

What is your favorite new movie?

I haven’t seen any new movies recently! I did enjoy They Came Together with Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd (more like Paul STUD amirite?).

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“BoJack Horseman” Season 2 Will Premiere in July | ᶠᶸᶜᵏᵧₒᵤ #Socialflyte 

BoJack Horseman is making its return to Netflix this summer. The animated series, voiced by Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris and Paul F. Tompkins, will see a second season premiering on July 17th

Like the first, the new season includes 12 episodes lasting 25 minutes each, and will all hit the platform at 12:01am PST.Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s show was renewed just one week after its release last August, with the new season facing more challenges for BoJack and his hope of a comeback

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“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Paul Weller and Amy Winehouse

Paul Weller Wednesday

Live on Jools Holland

See, Paul Weller is one of those guys who gets to play with everyone in England and in every setting. Sometimes he’s on stage with Roger Daltry, Ron Wood, and Phil Collins while other times he’s doing duets with the “newer” stars like Noel Gallagher, Amy Winehouse, and Adele.

In America…well…