#SetTheVCR for Sunday, March 31 to Saturday, April 6, 2019

Behold all the seasons and shows I’ve missed for various nonsensical reasons giving me another opportunity via another season. It remains to be “seen” if I’ll watch. That’s the nice thing about tv…you often get a second chance even if you don’t deserve it.

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Trial By Trailer: Including….Godzilla: King Of The Monsters

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.

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My Heritage Minute Shame

Just had the most Toronto experience: got off at Bathurst Station where instantly that warm beef patty smell hits me (one of the best smells in the city!) but…I can’t have any.

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109 | Iris Kim & Tiana Chin (The Night The Kids Found Out)

My Summer Lair Chapter #109: What Happened The Night The Kids Found Out?

The premise according to the media release:
“In the small town of Faybridge, a star high school athlete disappears without a trace. Nico, an outcast just trying to get through senior year, catches onto a trail that leads her and her friends, Al and Riley, into a tangled mystery surrounding their biology teacher, Mr. Montgomery. With her future and friendships on the line, Nico devotes herself to discovering who’s behind the disappearance and saving her classmate, all before senior prom.”

And there it is right there! Teens, a mystery, a creepy high school…prom: yo as a child of the 80s those are all the hallmarks of a solid teen movie. I’m In!

Iris is the director and lead editor while Tiana is the creative lead for The Night the Kids Found Out. In this My Summer Lair episode, you can hear how much of a challenge it was to execute the vision for this story, and for the story they want to share with viewers. It’s infectious fun…I remember that happiness: we made this. And it’s good.

As you get older the best artists are the ones who close the gap between what they see in their head and what they put out into the world. I assume for somebody like Stephen King that gap is incredibly small. For these talented ladies relatively starting out, the gap is a bit wider but they’re clearly determined to work and make it smaller. They have stories to tell; experiences they want to communicate and it starts with The Night the Kids Found Out.

I suppose in a way that’s what they found out. For the rest of us…I wonder what happened to the high school athlete who disappeared. There will be a public screening on Monday, March 25 and then we’ll all find out. I cannot wait.

The trailer:


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The Night The Kids Found Out @ WT F

Photography by Sammy Younan

Recorded: Sunday March 17, 2019 at 2pm at WeWork

Netflix Is 45 Not

How much credit should we give Netflix or rather their machine learning algorithm?

The widely anticipated Stranger Things 3 trailer dropped on March 20 which instantly opens with Mötley Crüe’s Home Sweet Home.

And then their Crüe biopic The Dirt followed on March 22. Boom!

A meta commercial within a trailer or just a coincidence?

The result: “Motley Crue’s “The Dirt” Soundtrack Earns #1 On US iTunes Sales Chart”

Netflix probably had the Mötley Crüe music rights cleared since they hadda clear the rights for The Dirt: so may as well double dip for Stranger Things knowing EVERYBODY would watch the Stranger Things trailer.

I point this out because many people have been overlooking how Netflix is operating.

It’s pretty impressive: HBO is in big trouble.

Netflix is still considered to be a “new HBO” but that’s not correct. This is a different sport: like when Michael Jordan retired from The Bulls to play baseball. 45 is not 23.

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Netflix Is 45 Not 23

How much credit should we give Netflix or rather their machine learning algorithm?

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Getting Dirty With The Dirt

As the Saints of Los Angeles Mötley Crüe warrants a documentary however for now The Dirt their biopic on Netflix is Straight Outta Compton for White People. (I haven’t see Bohemian Rhapsody…haven’t been on airplane for a bit…maybe when it’s on Netflix?)

The Dirt (while a deeply flawed movie…it’s not even good in parts) is a disheartening symbol of how sanitized and sterilized our pop culture has become. And is becoming! Remember when rock n roll (and comedy!!) were dangerous? Those were good times. Sigh.

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#SetTheVCR for Sunday, March 24 to Saturday, March 30

This is one of those weeks where “we’re in the golden era of television” is a hard sell. Still undaunted I’ve found some television worthy of your VCR.

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Trial by Trailer: Including…John Wick: Chapter 3

Is this good?
Will this be good?
Every movie trailer answers or challenges those 2 questions. The ham-fisted rebuttal comes swiftly, however: no you don’t need to always see a movie to know it’s tank.

Do you really need to sit through a Michael Bay Transformers movie to know for sure? Tank is Tank. And Fresh…well Fresh is always Fresh. I’m down like I’m Brown for that.

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We Need A Word For….#3

There needs to be a word for that devastating moment when you’re out with your girl maybe it’s Friday night; maybe at a party and a song comes on…THAT song comes on and you use your most upbeat sky punching tone to telegram “yes! oh this song yes!”

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