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That guy - 2019-10-15


SNL is sliding by on production values here, and most everywhere

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2019-10-15

And there it is. People have been complaining about SNL since 1977, when Chevy Chase left for the movies. I can distinctly remember where and when I first decided that it had become a cliche. Portland Maine, 1982.

Once again, SNL is like baseball. You're going to see more strikeouts than homeruns, but the home runs are thrilling. Over the years, there have been good teams and bad teams, good seasons and bad seasons. But even back in the golden age, when SNL was the 1925 Yankees or whatever, it was always more strikouts than home runs.

This looks like a pretty good season so far. We're only three games in,

Sketch comedy is a single scene, based on a single idea. "OSCAR" is a pretty good idea, and the production values work because they are in service of the idea. They really recreated the gritty, hi-def look of the Joker trailer. That's more than production values, it's execution. It's attention to detail.

There was also a sketch about a wacky spin class that was not good

That guy - 2019-10-15

Tell me more about sketch comedy.

SolRo - 2019-10-15

That guy is edgier than all the DC universe movies combined!

That guy - 2019-10-15

solro hurry up and drink yourself to death

SolRo - 2019-10-15

(Crawling in My Skin starts playing in background)

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2019-10-15

I know I sound pedantic, but someone actually complained in here once about a comedy sketch only having one basic joke-premise,. and referring to it over and over for every joke. In other words, he was complaining that the comedy sketch was too... comedy sketchy.

That guy - 2019-10-15

for fuck's sake JHM, so let me get this straight...

You're here to apologize for SNL, and to define sketch comedy as "only having one basic joke-premise".

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2019-10-15

Also to chew bubble gum... but I'm all out of gum.

betamaxed - 2019-10-17

"I miss Joe Piscopo"

three txt stars ***

IrishWhiskey - 2019-10-15

The best satire is barely distinguishable from reality.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2019-10-15

Okay, so am I to understand they made a joker movie WITHOUT BATMAN?

Pillager - 2019-10-15

IMO, the current Joker movie is Taxi Driver 2019.

SolRo - 2019-10-15

I wonder if “billionaire trust fund rich boy playing vigilante” is starting to lose its appeal to general audiences in the current political and economic climate.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2019-10-16

I'd like to see a Lex Luthor movie... starring Not Jesse Eisenberg.

SolRo - 2019-10-16

Lex has the lamest origin story though.

With how he ends up a super rich asshole I can only see some libertarian idiot trying to make him sympathetic.

Scrimmjob - 2019-10-16

Pillager, I felt like there was some The King of Comedy thrown in there for good measure.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2019-10-16

Seeing that Robert DeNiro is playing a talk show host makes me think that an homage to King of Comedy is intentional. NOW I want to see it!

cognitivedissonance - 2019-10-16

Wait’ll you hear there’s six seasons of prestige television with the same concept.

ashtar. - 2019-10-17


Two Jar Slave - 2019-10-17

Lex Luthor has been written before as, if not quite 'sympathetic', certainly understandable.

It basically breaks down like this: Lex is ridiculously smart in that renaissance man sort of way, as well as rich, ruthless, and interested in making his mark on history. In a world without Superman, Lex would have been the man of the century, probably by developing tech that pushes humanity into some new configuration. His name would have been synonymous with the era. Chances are, he wouldn't have even been a "bad guy." And the thing about Lex is that he knows all this about himself, that he had this massive potential, that he should have been the name on everyone's lips, and that instead some dipshit farmboy gets to be the man of the century because he can fly and lift buses. The greatest man can't compete with a god, even a simpleton god. So of course Lex feels undercut by Superman, and the small tragedy of his character is that he wastes all of his abilities on stupid revenge plots instead of just getting on with making history.

I think that version of Lex Luthor comes mostly from Grant Morrison in the '90s, and it's the one I like best. He's got a cool motivation that isn't really about money or power, and he's got a bit of a tragic flaw in the way he wastes all his potential trying to spite Superman. And he does get to be a villain, even if he considers himself to be on the side of the humans. That's good, dynamic shit!

But I don't think it would work in a movie. Actually, some of Jesse Eisenberg's monologues hinted at this type of Lex, if you could stop wincing long enough to catch any of it. But it was all a muddled bog.

SolRo - 2019-10-17

Honestly he sounds like a techbro actively externalizing his insecurities.

Two Jar Slave - 2019-10-17


cognitivedissonance - 2019-10-17

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John Holmes Motherfucker - 2019-10-19

The joke about Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor may be that Rosenberg also played Mark Zuckerberg. That would be a pretty good joke, actually.

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