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Friends Season 1 – **(*)

Posted: February 6, 2018 in 1994, Comedy, TV series, USA, XX1/2

Several articles in online newspapers made me re-watch Friends. The show is apparently outdated, racist, sexist, homophobic.. .you name it. Well, not sure what this new generation of Friends watchers expect, but this show was made in the nineties and it’s as tame as can be. Sure, there are moments where you think the political correctness of today wouldn’t accept certain jokes that were made back then. But offensive? No! Maybe they are lame. And in the case of Ross and Rachel, they just show what kind of uninteresting people they are. Happy Endings was a more inclusive sitcom about six friends (with one gay and one black character), but it stopped after three seasons. Unfortunately.

For those who watched Friends when it aired in 1994 (me), it’s a fun nostalgic trip to better times, when you’re in college and sit together with your friends every week to watch another episode of those other friends from across the pond. Those were fun moments. “I’ll Be There For You” was a big sing-a-long hit in student bars and at parties. And almost everyone talked about the adventures of the silly six as if they were mutual acquaintances, imitating the some of their famous one-liners.

Season 1 was fun to re-watch. The characters you liked back then are still fun to watch. The characters you couldn’t stand back then are still annoying. Some episodes are classics, others are totally forgettable. But there’s enough humor to keep you watching.  You smile in the beginning, but by the end of the season you laugh. Out loud.

+: Chandler! This guy still cracks me up. Almost every single time. Monica: under-appreciated character. She’s a riot in almost all of her scenes. Janice: OMG!

+/- Joey: surprisingly funnier now than back then – Phoebe: surprisingly less funny now than back then. Susan should have gotten more airtime.

– : Ross is one conservative loser and Rachel is a high-maintenance bitch. All criticism should be focused on how they behave and talk. They deserve each other. Are they racist, sexist, and homophobic? Probably not. But I totally get why people don’t like their behavior. Marcel: totally redundant.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108778/

 

 

 

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Classic: Pulp Fiction – ***(*)

Posted: December 14, 2016 in 1994, Action, Comedy, USA, XXX1/2

Twenty-two years ago, a movie was released that was so cool that everyone went to see it at least three times to make sure they’d know every single fucking detail by heart to impress others by mimicking the incredibly innovating dialogue scenes. It was called Pulp Fiction, the instant cult classic of Quentin Tarantino.

I’m not sure why it took me so long to watch it again – the dvd has been on my shelf since it was first released in that format -, but the time was right and it was a great experience. Pulp Fiction doesn’t feel and look dated at all. It’s timeless. Even the most memorable scenes look fresh. The dialogue is excellent. The acting – apart from the cameo of Tarantino himself – is flawless. The surprise and wit are a gift. The camera shots are inventive. Almost everything works perfect in this movie.

It’s too bad Tarantino fucks it up by giving himself and Harvey Keitel a minor acting part. That whole scene at the Jimmy’s house is so bad, it makes you wish the movie had also won a Razzie Award for worst scene ever. Luckily, the movie has won multiple best scene awards as well. At least in my book, as there are no such awards. Alas. Difficult to pick a favorite. The only other reason why this isn’t a **** movie is that it should have lasted even longer.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/