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Weekly Recap: Poop Happens

Summer is winding down.  This week, we attended a few back-to-school related meetings.  Most kids will be back in the classroom sometime next month.  That means the last death rattles of the summer movie season.  Hollywood studios have already released all of their surefire hits.  Now they are dumping movies they think might be able to turn a quick buck in the couple of weeks remaining or they are counter-programming with adult-skewing films like Dunkirk.  This week, Sony gifted the world with the critically reviled Emoji Movie.  Despite terrible reviews, the animated turd is threatening to take the top spot at the box office.  But it’s facing stiff competition from Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed war picture.

It’s the last Sunday in July, so let’s recap all the poop that happened here at Le Blog this week.

Last summer, when Jestak took over the birthday articles, I fully expected to have to pitch in from time to time.  I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to post daily updates for an entire year.  But as it stands now, we’re just a little over a week away from that remarkable accomplishment.  Here’s a breakdown of this week’s headliners:

Given the phenomenal success of Dunkirk, I assume director Christopher Nolan is enjoying an extra special birthday today.

This week’s birthdays included a Handmaid who used to work with Mad Men, Jenny From the Block, the most mysterious inhabitant of the spaceship Serenity, a Friend who doesn’t share food, one of the most acclaimed directors in film, a winner of the Triple Crown of Acting, a vampire in skin-tight leather, Keyser Söze, Miss Congeniality, the creator of All in the Family (as well as several other influential TV shows) and a member of the Bunker clan, a Showgirl, and the Thin Man.

As always, if you dig into the individual articles, you never know what you might find.  They are just jam packed with goodies.

If you enjoy the Movieline archives, this week included more goodies than usual.  I tend to try to keep to 2-3 articles a week to space them out throughout the month.  But as July wound to a close, I had quite a few articles left so I burned them off this week.

The July 1997 issue included a profile on former Northern Exposure star Janine Turner as she returned to Hollywood following a hiatus.  Joe Queenan took a look at the way dentists have been portrayed in cinema.  This article sparked some conversation at Le Blog’s Facebook page when readers accepted my challenge to name a movie in which dentists have been portrayed in a positive light.  The general consensus was that The Whole Nine Yards is the most flattering portrayal – a sentiment that was echoed in the comments section here.

The second Queenan article of the week was a look at terrible movies about bad priests from the July 1992 issue.  That issue also included a profile on film producer Brian Grazer and a look at the highly paid actors of the early 90’s and whether or not they earned their salaries.

The latter inspired Jeffthewildman to ask why movie stars are no longer the box office draw they appeared to be over twenty years ago.

Daffy Stardust was back to work building his movie puzzle with a look at one of the best sequels of all times, The Bride of Frankenstein.  I’m reasonably certain Johnny Weissmuller wasn’t in this one (oops).  While Daffy appreciated the strengths of the classic monster movie, he had some reservations as a modern viewer.

I followed up on Daffy’s review of the mobile freemium game, Magic Kingdoms.  The game has now seen a dozen updates which have definitely included some improvements.  But it’s still going to be a disappointment if your goal is to create your own customized Disney theme park.

And of course, I also recapped the latest episode of the best show only Daffy and I are watching, Twin Peaks.

Before I wrap up this recap, please join me in sending some positive thoughts to gluserty who lost his mom this week.  He’s dealing with a lot, so please keep him in your thoughts.

Next week: The last full week of birthdays before Jestak hits one year of daily updates, a Movieline cover story with a bracket game winner, Kevthewriter asks “Why’d it Hit?”, more Twin Peaks and maybe another Disney mobile game.  I’m also working on the next WTHH article which will hopefully come out within the next couple of weeks.

 

 

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Posted on July 30, 2017, in Weekly Recap. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the acknowledgement of my mother; it means everything to me at this moment. Actually, in this moment right now I’m kinda okay (still don’t really want to eat anything, just enough to keep my strength up), but I’m probably still capable of a crying fit. I know this: over the last two & 1/2 months (with the exception of maybe three times) we haven’t been receiving the local Pennysaver that is supposed to arrive on the weekend, and if I believed its arrival was guaranteed (none this week or last week), I likely would’ve asked the funeral director to place a notice in it, like what we did for my father in 2006. I say her acknowledgement here is just as well, and just as close to me heart (okay, getting emotional again).
    What I will say about the summer ending: when I was in school (out here and in Tonawanda), sometimes our summer vacation didn’t begin until like June 23rd, and we went back to school after Labor Day. I understand they got more with the times around here (especially having a winter & spring break that is similar to a college schedule), so I think that’s cool.

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    • I’m glad the acknowledgement was welcome. I debated whether or not to include it because… well you just never know. I was pretty sure you wouldn’t mind a few words within our little community. I am glad to hear you’re doing reasonably well at the moment.

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      • It was very welcome, I was THRILLED to see the acknowledgement, and reinforces that it was the right thing for me to comment about on Thursday. I know what you mean about “You Never Know” and I thought about that when I was reading the recap myself, but then I know certain events and well wishes have been sent out to other people in the community, so I thought there was a chance. She really was a fantastic lady (I would’ve liked to have known her even if she wasn’t my mother), and I know something like that would make her day, and it will help me get through the night:-)

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        • That’s good to hear. I started blogging to pass the time. But over the years a few people have reached out and said the site helped them in some small way. I like to think we’re doing some good even if it’s just providing a few moments of levity from time to time.

          Have a good night. I hope you can get some slerp. You have friends on the internet pulling for you.

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        • When I’ve been angry, disgusted, or in a general bad mood, this site has really lifted my spirits in the past. My situation now is a little different (in the midst of another crying fit as I type), but it’s still here, doing what it can. What I always loved about this site was the ability to just let it all hang out and just be myself (I try to be that way anyway, but here its just comes so natural that it feels good). I’m not kidding, this site has made me a better person.
          Sleep & I have a love/hate relationship as the moment, and every time I wake up it’s like I’m waking up with an emotional hangover. I feel asleep at at little after 1:30AM (interestingly enough with “Last Man Standing”, a Christmas episode), but woke up at 2:45AM (“Rizzoli & Isles” was ending; that’s a show my mother watched at times, but lately she watched HGTV, Game Show Network, & ESPN. She especially liked that Gaines couple from that “Fixer Upper” show, and “Property Brothers” as well) with an emotional hangover, which is what’s been happening.
          The fact that you guys are pulling for me is really everything to me though, so matter my swings of emotion.

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  2. What RUINED Sony Pictures Animation?

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    • On July 28th 2017, “The Emoji Movie” opened to the public, with an incredible 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes after the first batch of reviews were in.

      But there was a time when Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye was lined up to be made instead. Why didn’t it?

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