Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

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Friday! Hopefully, most of you got yesterday and today off, but for those of you who didn’t: TGIF! I had a lovely Thanksgiving, which started with a successful five-mile turkey trot in Prospect Park. It was my first race and my goal was to run it in 47:30 (9:30 mile pace), which was somewhat ambitious since I could barely run 2 11-minute miles a few months ago. And guess what my time was? 47:30 on the dot! I guess I’ll probably be scouted for the Olympics now, which is cool. I always wanted to see Rio!

What else? Oh, I know. I need some movie recommendations. There’s like NOTHING on TV right now that I’m interested in, with the exception of the current season of “America Horror Story,” and every night Drew and I sit down after getting Jackson to bed and we can’t find anything to watch and it’s just depressing. We scroll through the Netflix selection and EH. Last night after getting home from Drew’s Dad’s, we settled in for a movie and somehow started watching something about a killer whale at SeaWorld who ate a trainer. Clearly, we need some better recommendations. I’ve got one for you! “Frances, Ha.” Watch it, thank me. You’re turn.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray November 29, 2013, 4:24 pm

    I have two very different recommendations for movies out in theaters: Dallas Buyers Club (AIDS, 1985 Texas, based on true story, Matthew McWhatshisname was brilliant), and Frozen, my new favorite Disney movie!!!

    But someone pipe in with TV recommendations because I need something to watch too.

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    • iwannatalktosampson

      iwannatalktosampson December 1, 2013, 5:19 pm

      I am loving the following shows: good wife, parenthood, game of thrones, scandal, and revenge.

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed December 1, 2013, 6:19 pm

        Yes to Parenthood a million times over!

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      • Lyra

        Lyra December 1, 2013, 8:54 pm

        I love Revenge! Aiden is so flipping hot.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray December 1, 2013, 9:06 pm

        more more more!

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  • Copa

    Copa November 29, 2013, 4:33 pm

    I saw Enough Said in theaters and liked it when I wasn’t expecting to. I have no TV or Netflix recommendations, though… 🙁

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray November 29, 2013, 6:21 pm

      Oh I saw that too and thought it was very sweet, and very real – a unique rom com!

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    TECH November 29, 2013, 4:58 pm

    My favorite shows on TV right now are the Mindy Project and Trophy Wife. Trophy Wife is surprisingly cute and funny — much better than most of the junk on network television right now.

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      Callifax November 29, 2013, 6:21 pm

      I am watching Trophy Wife RIGHT NOW! And I really like it! It doesn’t hurt that all of the kids on the show are ridiculously adorable.

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    MissDre November 29, 2013, 5:32 pm

    The Wire is my favourite show ever!

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  • Lindsay

    Lindsay November 29, 2013, 6:05 pm

    I just watched “Frances Ha” and liked it, but she drove me crazy! One I’d recommend is “It’s a Disaster.” It’s on Netflix, and it’s about some couples who find out about a huge disaster while they’re at brunch and get trapped there.

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  • mandalee

    mandalee November 30, 2013, 10:09 am

    Masters of Sex is my new favorite show this season. It has so many good plot lines intertwined and the character development is great, even minor characters have layers of issues/emotions going on with them.

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      rachel November 30, 2013, 12:54 pm

      Agreed, it’s so good!

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  • CatsMeow

    CatsMeow December 1, 2013, 11:59 am

    The only movie I can think of that I watched semi-recently and enjoyed is John Dies at the End. It’s on Netflix now. For TV shows, I recommend Sherlock, Luther, Call the Midwife, Supernatural (sorry, I have to), and The Following if you haven’t already seen it.

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    • dabbler

      dabbler December 1, 2013, 1:34 pm

      Oooh, I second Sherlock and Supernatural (cheesy, but I love that show – I like most things supernatural.)
      Also, Dr. Who, Revenge, and at some point I want to start on Castle. My dad loves that show, I’ve seen bits and pieces at his house, and it looks funny. And lie to me! So sad that one didn’t have a longer run.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray December 1, 2013, 1:04 pm

    IT IS OFFICIAL. I AM NEVER EATING OR DRINKING AGAIN. I HAVE SPOKEN. THIS IS FOR REAL. NO MORE FOOD OR DRINK EVER AGAIN. YOU CAN TELL I AM SERIOUS BY THE ALL-CAPS.

    Thank you and goodbye.

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray December 1, 2013, 9:07 pm

      Wait, there is a half open bottle of wine so I’m just going to finish that so I’m not wasteful and then IT IS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG – NO MORE FOOD OR BOOZE FOR ME, EVER AGAIN, THIS WEEK HAS BEEN INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE. SO MUCH FOOD. I ATE EVERYTHING. The way I figure it, based on how much I ate this week I can’t eat anything again until February.

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    Ammie December 1, 2013, 1:08 pm

    American Horror Story is so badass this season. It’s rare that I’m so into every character that I don’t get bored with any section of a show, but they’re all fascinating this year.

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    Meghan December 3, 2013, 10:14 am

    “Beauty is Embarrassing: The Wayne White Story” was AMAZING, if you’re up for a fun & funky documentary. I know you can stream it on Netflix. Here’s the description, via Amazon: “For more than 30 years, Wayne White has made an indelible mark on the creative world. As a designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor and musician, White created images and ideas that are an integral yet sometimes subconscious part of the pop-culture lexicon.

    Part biography, part live performance, BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING tells the irreverent and inspiring story of this one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film traces White s career from his stint as an underground cartoonist in New York s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer and voice-over actor on Pee-wee s Playhouse (for which he won three Emmys®), as well as his work animating music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins ( Tonight, Tonight ) and Peter Gabriel ( Big Time ).

    At its core, BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING shows what it takes for one uniquely talented, profanely hilarious and utterly uncompromising artist to make it in America. “

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    Banana December 3, 2013, 10:21 am

    Banano and I are working our way through Freaks and Geeks right now, and it’s funny and surprisingly heartwarming.

    Also love Game of Thrones.

    Hm, other good shows to binge-watch (that are available on Netflix)…Parks & Rec, Psych (one of my favorite shows!), Mythbusters (my favorite background noise show while cleaning house), Sherlock.

    Oooh, and a great documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop.

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