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"Final 4 (August 7)"

Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 07:41 PM
So, who among Adam, Sam, Zach, Jason and Will get sent packing off the lot this week? Zach had better be worried after last week's repeat.

The logline for tonight is "A guy wakes up in a dress..." Oh, boy, this is dangerous territory that could spell a funny script or a complete disaster.

And please, don't ever let me be caught wearing Adrianna's dress the next morning.

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"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by Sunny_Bunny on 08-07-07 at 07:55 PM
LAST EDITED ON 08-07-07 AT 07:57 PM (EST)

Hey Ebert, could you possibly go first again tomorrow? I have some school stuff I have to do in the morning.

edited to lose the sig pic

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 07:58 PM
LAST EDITED ON 08-07-07 AT 08:15 PM (EST)

Can do, Siskel!

School stuff? Yikes, it's that time of year again, isn't it?

(etr. sig.)

"And going home..."
Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 07:56 PM
(*sigh*) Zach gets sent packing, leaving us with a hand-blown kiss on the way out. I think he's got a future, probably best suited as an SFX director.

"RE: And going home..."
Posted by Cathy the Canadian on 08-07-07 at 10:52 PM
I haven't watched it yet, but I had to sneak a peak at who went. I can't believe it's wondurkin Zach! I was sure it was going to be him and Will in the final 2. What a shocker!

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 07:59 PM
Corporate boss is more convincing than Donald Trump with "You're fired"! Including a full boardroom of men in dresses. Alas, Adrianna was not one of those in the boardroom.

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by mattben on 08-08-07 at 07:30 PM
Adrianna was most likely in the bedroom, again.

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 08:08 PM
Yet one more boss in dress after Will's opener, this time by Sam with a darker flavor to it.

BlueLies called it in an earlier thread: "I told you NOT to go to work today."

"Lame questions"
Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 08:18 PM
LAST EDITED ON 08-07-07 AT 08:25 PM (EST)

Halfway decent answers by the final four, with even lamer, rushed final comments to each by Adrianna, like she cares.

"How are you feeling with the pressure (to Will)? Did you think you'd ever make it to the final four (to Sam)? Who is your biggest competitor? (to Jason, who says Adam) Why do you deserve the million dollar prize (to Adam)?"

"RE: Lame questions"
Posted by Sunny_Bunny on 08-07-07 at 08:20 PM
let me guess, one of her questions was "Jason, you DO know where my trailer is, right?"

"RE: Lame questions"
Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 08:28 PM

Her pick up line: "Dress me!"

"RE: Lame questions"
Posted by Sunny_Bunny on 08-07-07 at 08:35 PM

I wont see the show for a while yet. Is her hemline/neckline up or down this evening?

"RE: Lame questions"
Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 08:38 PM
Hemline way down almost to the floor (maybe she's got a hickey down there). Neckline as usual with display of ample boobage.

Ah, hah, I forgot you're PST. And a lot closer to the Hollywood action!

"RE: Lame questions"
Posted by Sunny_Bunny on 08-07-07 at 08:40 PM
Yeah, if only I could parlay that closeness to a job. lol

"RE: Lame questions"
Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 08:42 PM
Well, we could start a production company. I'll offer my services as a scriptwriter!

(Now, time to jump to BB.)

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 08:40 PM
LAST EDITED ON 08-07-07 AT 08:45 PM (EST)

Adam feminizes GI Joe, and Barbie still proposes to him. Hmmm.

And Jason wraps it up with "Oh, boy."

Now that's funny. In my original post, I said "Oh, boy, this is dangerous territory..."

And now I wish we got a chance to see Zach's entry for this week.

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by Sunny_Bunny on 08-07-07 at 08:43 PM
horrible, isn't it. I told you that eventually it would just be you and me watching this show. lol

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by cahaya on 08-07-07 at 08:50 PM
LAST EDITED ON 08-07-07 AT 08:59 PM (EST)

Yup, it's awful. This week's ratings are sure to be weak. Instead of excitement, it's more like let's get this over with. It will be before long. Still, I enjoy writing the critic summaries.

Ah, now there's another idea. An Ebert-Siskel style reality show called something like 'Critic's Critique'.

(eta) Oh, wait. The Power of 10 premiered tonight. I think you're right. There went the herd. We are the only ones watching.

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by Sunny_Bunny on 08-07-07 at 09:01 PM
Oooooooo, I like that idea!

Oh, and it is just you and I watching now. Ra retired to the kitchen about 1/2 way through the show. Where is your movie date? lol

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by BlueLies on 08-08-07 at 00:10 AM
Zach leaving was a surprise. I feel for the guy.

They should all journalize their experiences and turn them into a s _ _ _ _ t.

Adam was a definite first time stand out for me this week. He was direct, honest, humble, pushed himself... can I say.. refreshing? There, I said it, refreshing.

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by mistyrose52 on 08-08-07 at 11:02 AM
HEY, I'M still watching!! Between checking emails in the other room, but still watching, so watch it there, would ya? Watch it?

I thought Adam did a good-reasonable job. Nothing short of Toy Story style, and yet the judges had to borrow hankies to dab the slobber off their chins! They are trying so hard to make this work. I mean there IS a million dollars on the line here, people!! That's a big deal!!

They started with a HUGE concept, expected it to be gangbusters, and it just wasn't. I do enjoy it, think these guys are amazing, given the genres they've been given. Not every director tries to stick his feet in EVERY genre out there!

Will and Josh never cease to entertain, if only by default (those cute little dimples and puppy dog eyes!). But I do have to say, hands down, this time, it was Adam. Now, the guy (see I can't remember sometimes, either) that did the shock therapy on the man who was harrassing his co-workers-that guy will definitely be going home.

That's the ONE thing about this show we have been able to take to the bank. There has been no upsets or suprises in the votings. Wouldn't it be interesting to be the person who gets the count these days? Let's see........152 for Adam, 55 for Will, 73 for Josh, 15 for the other guy. Too bad he didn't have a larger family........

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by cahaya on 08-08-07 at 09:40 PM
Well, by golly, there are at least six of us watching the show. I think we could easily skew the vote just between us!

Definitely agree the shock-treatment should be given shock treatment of its own. Off the lot.

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"This week's films..."
Posted by Cathy the Canadian on 08-08-07 at 09:23 PM
The final Canadian is gone *sigh*. I still can't believe we won't be seeing Zach in the final. I hope all the final five have at least gotten their foot in the door in Hollywood now. I can't imagine Zach won't be offered a job out of this.

Anyway... This week...

Adam - Army Guy
Jason - Oh Boy
Sam - Dressed for Success
Will - The Yes Men

I LOVED LOVED LOVED Adam's! Especially when you consider the time constraints he was under - just great!

Will is a close second. Very clever. It wasn't really clear why the boss put the dress on, or why he didn't remember putting it on... but it really didn't matter in the end, because it was so enjoyable.

Jason - I've never been a Jason fan. I hate the way he wears his stupid hat. I think his films are average. And I hope he goes home next week!!

Sam. Poor Sam. The only one gutted by the judges. This is where the unfairness of expecting the directors to also write really shows. Hey Burnett and company - A TALENTED DIRECTOR ISN'T NECESSARILY A TALENTED WRITER! I hope he gets to stick around.

Finally, kudos to the final four - not one film centered on a guy waking up from a night of drinking! Bravo!!

"RE: This week's films..."
Posted by cahaya on 08-08-07 at 11:31 PM

Yeah, that's something we discussed in another thread recently. These guys are doing a lot more than just directing.

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"This week's Ebert-ian review"
Posted by cahaya on 08-08-07 at 09:26 PM
LAST EDITED ON 08-08-07 AT 11:28 PM (EST)

Well, I'm bummed. Zach went out this week, but it's his own fault for trying to follow up a flop with another flop, one of the greatest sins a director can commit. He probably got noticed and if someone picks him up, I think he'll do well with a career in film-making, probably as a special-effects director/editor.

Anyway, that leaves us with four aspiring directors who have to produce a clip based on the tagline about a man who wakes up in a dress but can't remember why. That's probably a question Adrianna Costa asks herself every morning, too. And what was with the long dress she wore tonight? It hid her legs, but still left nothing to the imagination with the display of ample boobage. It is even possible to imagine her simply in jeans and a t-shirt?

Gary Marshall is back (whew, his sister is nutso! but in a nice way) and we get still one more Gary as a guest director, Gary Gray (it was Gary Ross last week). I think we're on to something here. If your first name isn't Steven (or your name name doesn't end with -'berg' or '-stein'), it has to be Gary, or you don't have a chance in a million to be a Hollywood director.

Ok, on with the show...

Yes Men by Will: The Boss wakes up in a dress in his own office. And Boss he is! Regardless of his appearance, when he shouts, people move. His "You're fired!" is scary stuff. Donald Trump really should think about hiring him instead of Rosie. Totally unfazed by his own appearance in the midst of executive office hallways and boardrooms, he commands the show. An odd moment occurs when he and his secretary notice they're wearing the same dress. The first meeting with the yes-men see him wearing the dress and the men dressed in suit and tie. Along the way, the Boss compliments a cross-dressed male employee with the comment, "That's the attitude I'm talking about!". The second board meeting sees the Boss in coat and tie and the yes-men in dresses, all doomed to be fired. This was a crisp, straight-up, fast-paced clip, full of character, action and humor. (***)

Dress for Success by Sam: A boss wakes up in some office room in dress in what appears to be an office room in the basement. On closer inspection, the boss finds himself cuffed, shackled, and chained. After he asks "Where am I?" a voice taunts him through a speaker horn on the wall. Flashback. Rewind and replay to discover that this boss is a total chauvinistic ass in the office and the women are majorly pissed at him. Fast forward back to the office torture chamber. Compared to the Yes Men's Boss, this boss is a Wimp. Through a loudspeaker, the disguised voices of the women who the Wimp abused in the office taunt him. After an electrical shock, they command him to make coffee, run the treadmill, type away on the typewriter, and bend over to take slaps on the butt by some still yet unpatented butt-slapping machine. The whole thing looks hokey. The Wimp is left twitching on the floor to fall into unconsciousness. Fast forward to the next day or next week. Presumably, the Wimp has been freed and now he reports to the office. There is suspicion, then fear on his face as he looks at the women in the office standing next to him. Suddenly he's a nice guy, completely subservient to them. To end the clip, he tastelessly smacks a office gopher guy's (instead of a woman's) butt. This clip was a bad idea with bad execution. The premise that a chauvinistic boss will eventually get what's coming to him comes off as stereotypic overkill. Any ray of hope for humor in this clip is overshadowed by the Pavlov's dog treatment of the subject, with radical feminist sadomasochism overtones leading to male subservience to the office doms. This clip is better titled Dressed for Failure or Dressed to Depress. (*1/2)

Army Guy by Adam: An army guy wakes up in a dress slipped over his army fatigues, with a bimbo next to him who almost immediately asks him if he wants to marry her. No, he doesn't want to marry her. Instead, he wants to know where his mortal enemy is, who then steps through the bedroom door, knife in hand. The army guy's gun doesn't work and the Army Guy rushes at the villain. The baddie mysteriously escapes, as the Army guy can't find him even after running through the house. The house turns out to be populated with other bimbos. We know something is up when he tries to drink fruit punch offered to him, but it's fake, like a red-colored plastic plug in a plastic glass. A dark shadow passes over the house, but a glance out the window shows a static cloudy haze. Finally, the showdown with the bad guy happens and the bad guy looks like he's got Army Guy once and for all as he stabs him - with a rubbery plastic knife that doesn't do squat. Now we realize this is all staged. Then a huge human hand reaches in the front door into the living room and grabs Army Guy and pulls him outside. Now we realize why it's all staged. The house is a Barbie dollhouse, and the Army Guy and all the others are nothing but characters in some kind of Toy Story. He becomes a bone of contention with little brats brother and sister fighting over him, each pulling on him. Brat brother gets the dress off and brat sister manages to grab him away from brat brother. She tosses Army Guy into a toy chest, where he lands in the midst of a bunch of other dolls. The doll next to Army Guy asks him if he wants to marry her. The Army Guy, now in standard GI Joe fatigues looks down and groans. (Now obviously, being a kid's toy, there's nothing down there. Wait until he discovers that the same happens to be true for Barbie.) Not a bad clip, although hard to follow at first. The ending gives a nice resolution to it all, explaining everything that happened before. I felt confused after the first viewing up until the ending, but everything clicks into place thinking back on it, especially after a second viewing. Imaginative story, with fairly good action. Minus for the initial confusion, but plus for the story as a whole. (***)

"Oh, Boy" by Jason: Ok, it's official. Jason is hung up on boyz. Anyway, a guy wakes up in a dress and finds himself on a lawn with a bomb strapped around his waste. Through a walkie-talkie, a voice (from the distant past, we'll discover) taunts him to do certain things or get blown up. While following orders to prance around, the guy almost gets hit by an SUV. Then the guy is ordered to go knock on his neighbor's door. The neighbor answers the door and, as ordered, guy gives him a huge smacker of a kiss. Needless to say, the neighbor is offended and punches the guy halfway across the yard. The walkie-talkie malfunctions as it lands in a birdbath. Then the protagonist behind the cell phone voice appears, being a small guy with glasses who happens to have had an ancient grudge with this guy dating back to their school days, when the guy was the bully instead. After the guy tells the mad bomber that he's got the wrong guy (he was never on the baseball team), the mad bomber goes under the guy's dress to deactivate the bomb. An elderly couple just happen to pass by to witness what they think is a highly unsavory scene. The bomb defusing job works, but as the the guy and mad bomber hug in gladness that it's over, the activation button is accidentally pressed. They both get blown up, but like in a Road Runner cartoon, both guys are just scorched in smoke and soot, otherwise unhurt. This was an ok clip, but I didn't really get the idea or point of it. The story line and effects seemed rather staged without a clear theme or plot, or even good characterization. All in all, a rather weak clip that failed to score. Oh, boy, I'd rather watch something else. (**)

In summary, two hits and two misses. Will's Yes Men was highly entertaining and Adam's Army Guy was imaginative if initially confusing. Jason needs to get over the oh, boyz thing. Sam's clip was not only weak, but left a really bad taste in Pavlov's mouth. Sam should go home, but if he somehow survives the vote, then Jason. Will and Adam look like the two top contenders to win this now that Zach is out.

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"RE: This week's Ebert-ian review"
Posted by michel on 08-09-07 at 12:57 PM
Nice review Cahaya. I agree that Adam and Will had the best short stories.
With the proviso that I've only watched the last 4 weeks:

- Adam's "Army guy" was the best short story I've seen. If we had seen more like this, the show could've kept its original audience.

- Will has always delivered and the enjoyable "Yes Men" is my favorite of his.

- Jason had my two favorites up to now, his "Oh Boy" was the first one that was weak.

- Sam still hasn't impressed me.

- Unfortunately, I only saw Zach's flops.

"RE: This week's Ebert-ian review"
Posted by Sunny_Bunny on 08-11-07 at 11:05 PM
Great Job, Ebert.

I've just been to swamped this week to do my review. Please forgive me.

"RE: This week's Ebert-ian review"
Posted by cahaya on 08-13-07 at 00:31 AM
Well, we've been swapping reviews, so it's your turn next week!

It's alright, you sound like you've got a lot to do. I just read your post, and thanks for your compliment!

"RE: This week's Ebert-ian review"
Posted by lynkfri13 on 08-13-07 at 08:57 PM

>- Adam's "Army guy" was the
>best short story I've seen.
>If we had seen more
>like this, the show could've
>kept its original audience.

I agree completely. I'd like to give Adam the prize right now, for being the first to really bring something totally enjoyable to the show.

(BTW, I admit to making GI Joe play along with my Barbie dolls. Ken was such a wimp )

"RE: Final 4 (August 7)"
Posted by Loree on 08-11-07 at 06:37 PM
After hearing Zach was dumped I was in no hurry to watch this week's show. I was just disappointed Zach was gone.

But I have now watched the ep.

I liked Adam's the best. It was really very good and better than I expected from him.

I also enjoyed Will's. I thought it was going to be my fave till I saw Adam's.

I didn't really care for Sam's. Too bad. I like Sam. But it seemed like a rip off.

And I have never liked Jason. I have been waiting for him to go home for weeks. But he seems to have a large family (uh... voting base) so he will probably win the thing. Pity. I don't think he is that good. I have seen several of his that I just didn't like and found boring.

Will the fans keep voting right down to the end? Or do the judges get to pick the winner of the finalists at the end?