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Leviathan

I'm fine with movies not aging so well, but the blatant misogyny in this movie was uncomfortable even for me. Some really bad directorial work in places, and odd editing. The creature was cool and puppeteered nicely when it was fully formed. I really enjoyed Peter Weller's and Richard Crenna's acting, but the rest of the cast were awkward.

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DeepStar Six

My feelings about DeepStar Six are colored by childhood nostalgia. It was on a continuous rotation for a couple of months on one of those movie channels, so I watched it probably like a dozen times. Loved it then, and it still stands up well today. Not a lot of substance, but much better than the underwater thriller released the same year - Leviathan, - in terms of character likability.

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The Abyss

The underwater cinematography is one of a kind, even by today's standards. And the scene where Lindsey drowns and is then resuscitated is alone worth sitting though nearly three hours. What a performance by the entire cast! That said, the ending is bad... like very bad. It's cartoon-y and heavy-handed in its message, and feels like a awkward pacifist cheeseball, which Cameron continues in his overblown Avatar. This man has no nuance.

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Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special

Gotta love this poor rich people act. You marry into a blatantly racist, rooted in outdated tradition, highly ceremonial family, and then surprised pikachu face because they act exactly the way they've been acting for hundreds of years. The royal family's upmost concern is with the outward appearances, so no, they will never acknowledge your mental health problems because that would not look good for them. Did they not do the same thing with Diana? Hello? Price Phillip's track record alone should have given you an indication of how your mixed race child will be received. Once you exit the inner circle, yep, you are pretty much dead to them. Do you not know about Edward VIII? Again, Diana? Didn't think you had to curtsy to the Queen behind closed doors? How naive are you? If you wanna be married to a prince, that's the kind of shit baggage you have to put up with. Nobody sent you to this marriage at gunpoint. It ain't right what they did to you and your kid, but did you really expect anything different?

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Bridgerton: 1x08 After the Rain

It's what the French call, spicy garbage?

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Bridgerton: 1x06 Swish

Wait, what? She's seriously being the righteous one right now?

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Bridgerton: 1x05 The Duke and I

I think I got lactose intolerance from so much cheese.

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Bridgerton: 1x03 Art of the Swoon

This show is so full of used up, dusty, laughable romance cliches.

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Bridgerton: 1x01 Diamond of the First Water

Could have sworn the episode would sign off on XOXO, Gossip Girl

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Lupin

If you are willing to suspend your disbelief, you will enjoy this very entertaining show. Except that last episode. That was sloppy.

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The Queen's Gambit

Good show, but I just wasn’t as obsessed as others. Beth’s drug and alcohol bender was just rough to watch, and not in a sympathizing with the character kind of way, but more of a “I’m kinda over it” way. And while I liked Anya Taylor Joy in other stuff, I thought her acting here was too on the nose. At least the setting and the subject matter of chess were wonderful.

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Sex and the City

I had to downgrade my original rating. In my early 20s I loved this film, but now I see some glaring issues that become apparent with maturity. The film is entertaining enough, but feeds on the typical melodramatic stereotypes of shallow romcoms that the original show tried to destroy. Samantha's storyline of choosing to be true to herself is probably the only thread still linking this generic cheese fest to the superior characterization of the small screen. Some things didn't age well. I had to pause for a bit to figure out what was wrong with Sam's tummy - still looking. Carrie accusing Miranda of ruining her marriage was just rich too. Women (Carrie, Miranda, even Louise from St. Louis) who must forgive men who jilt them is the kind of backwards empowerment message I have to scratch my head at. I feel like the show that gave so much power and freedom to women, destroyed all that progress with toxic and immature romance drama of the movie. It's not horrible, but it is disappointing to the fans.

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The Tudors

Definitely history lite, but very entertaining. I loved the series when it first came out. Seasons 1 and 2 are the best; the quality of the last two diminish quite a bit, in my opinion. Once they were done with Anne Boleyn, it seems like they didn’t know how to spruce up the rest of history, and just went with bland retelling of facts and events. Wives 3-6 had little personality or story to tell.

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Fargo: 1x09 A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage

Wow, I’ve never seen such a despicable human being in a show, and I’ve seen some nasty villains.

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RuPaul's Drag Race: 10x11 Evil Twins

I don't know... the challenge is called "evil twin" and the judges are complaining that some costumes are too similar looking. There was nothing twin-like about most of the concepts, except for Kameron's and Eureka's. I get that Kameron's outfits were more Halloween than drag, but I think she nailed the idea. Don't name the challenge "evil twin" if you don't want a good vs evil iteration of the same outfit!

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The X-Files: Season 11

Just like with the rest of the show for me, I really didn’t care for the main conspiracy plot/freaky experiment son bit, but I thoroughly enjoyed the standalone, monster-of-the-week episodes. Season 11 started out rough, but quickly found footing, with some episodes feeling like the classic X-files.

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The X-Files: 11x07 Rm9sbG93ZXJz

This episode is awkward. Like watching old people trying to interact with technology. I guess it was supposed to be funny, but just didn't register at all.

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Canada's Drag Race

I was really looking forward to the Canadian spin-off, but then it was announced that RuPaul wasn't going to be hosting this one. Sorry, but it's just not the same without Ru. Even the UK version got the original panel! I might change my mind one day, but for now, it's a no from me.

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RuPaul's Drag Race: 10x08 The Unauthorized Rusical

Now that this contestant is gone (good riddance), I'd be happy with any of the remaining queens being crowned.

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The X-Files: 11x04 The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat

The best episode in a very long time! Just a goofy, parody of itself, but such a joyful one.

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RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: 3x08 A Jury Of Their Queers

Can’t believe it, Shangela was robbed 100%. Trixie is shady af and I don’t buy the innocent act. She will never have my support.

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RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: 3x07 My Best Squirrelfriend's Dragsmaids Wedding Trip

O.M.G. Shangela was the star of the episode!!

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RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: 3x06 Handmaids to Kitty Girls

I wouldn’t be surprised if producers deemed Dela’s constant winning too predictable, so they just gave her a cash prize to bow out. El scandalo?!

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RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: 3x03 The B*tchelor

I like Milk's style of drag and she was great to watch on Drag Race, but she came off incredibly bratty and entitled in All Stars. She was obviously tanking in the challenge, but was completely delusional about the fact.

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Sunset Boulevard
How to Get Away with Murder: 6x13 What If Sam Wasn't the Bad Guy This Whole Time?

Some of the twists are a bit far-fetched now. Oh, she missed x number of days in school? Must be pregnant! The baby was born in March, must be the one person I know who was also born in March! The killer had brown curly hair? Must be the first person with brown curly hair I meet! Rather ridiculous!

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Mrs. America: 1x08 Houston

Very powerful episode. Not just on this show, but counting everything I've seen this year so far.

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Killing Eve: 3x08 Are You Leading or Am I?

Am I the only one who thinks that Villanelle and Eve have zero chemistry? This is supposed to be a story of fatal attraction, but instead we get Eve wandering around with a shell-shocked look on her face most of the time, and Villanelle doing crazy things for crazy sake. Even when Eve is conflicted about her feelings for her mortal enemy, she doesn't act conflicted, but more like a mad woman raving (ie cake scene, wth was that?). Wasted potential. This whole season was unnecessary and meandering for no reason. Not a single thing that happened propelled the story along. No wonder Niko checked out. I was prepared to take pitchfork to the neck not to suffer anymore too.

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Sailor Moon: 3x36 The Shining Shooting Star: Saturn and the Messiah

I can see why they keep pushing the power of love message so hard, but Sailor Moon makes some really dumb decisions in this one. I swear, she only wins against evil out of sheer stupid luck. Like almost the entire squad (not to mention, the whole world) was nearly wiped out because of her.

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Sailor Moon: 3x35 The Imminent Terror of Darkness: Struggles of the Eight Guardians

Fantastic art in this episode. They gave their final episodes to the best art director, I see.

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