In a throwback to the early days of our podcast, Devin and I caught up on some TV we’ve been watching recently.
The Good Place: 0:00 – 3:00
BoJack Horseman: 3:00 – 8:30
Insecure: 8:30 – 13:30
Forever: 13:30 – 19:45
Succession: 19:45 – 28:15
American Vandal: 28:15 – 33:10
Big Brother: 33-10 – End
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On our latest episode, Devin and I try very hard not to spoil The Good Place (0:00-4:50)…and then they just give up and spoil it, because life’s too short (4:50-End).
After you listen, check out TV critic Alison Herman’s interview about the show with her philosopher father.
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Even before I sat down to watch Bridesmaids, I felt like I’d already seen it. It’s a symptom of the saturated pop culture world in which we live. Not only had I seen the PG-13 clips of the infamous bridal shop scene repeated ad nauseam, but the 2011 film quickly came to stand for a standard of comedy that few movies since have been able to match. (Pitch Perfect might be the exception, but I wouldn’t know – haven’t seen that one either.)
Sitting down to watch Bridesmaids for the first time was an interesting experience. I spent the first thirty minutes anxiously awaiting the arrival of farts and burps, only to discover that that scene, while well-constructed, was far from the movie’s centerpiece, and not even its funniest attempt at body part-related humor (that would be Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph arguing about their “assholes”). Instead, that scene served as a preamble for what turned out to be a moving, surprising comedy that balanced elements of romance, drama and farce with remarkable ease. I finished the movie surprised to find that, in some ways, it had been underhyped. I expected the movie to crescendo during the few scenes that everyone talks about in casual conversation, but instead I was rewarded with a supremely entertaining and well-crafted story surrounding those few scenes.
With that in mind, here are five (okay, six) reasons Bridesmaids is far more than some bad chicken and gastrointestinal malfunctions.