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If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/19/18

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Phoebe’s Choice

One of the breakout late summer shows for me last year was Get Shorty. And the last two weeks, they’ve come back strong. After we found out in the premiere that the director’s cut of the film they were all trying to profit off of, The Admiral’s Mistress, was absolute shite, Miles was left to edit the film. He went on a 40 hour Adderall-fueled editing frenzy. April had switched studios, so she was off this film. Louis, limited by his Mormon religion, proposed marriage to Gladys so they could include sex in dating. She agreed eventually but on the condition that they keep it secret. Amara was feeling the pressure from the L.A. cartel at the same time she was trying to find out how there was a bug planted in her home.

Meanwhile, Yago plotted a big robbery to help pay off Amara’s debts. He coordinated a break-in that got into a sealed safe filled with old movie costumes and props. The best line of the episode may have been: “What’s a Maltese Falcon? Has anyone ever heard of this shit?” He then broke the falcon, thinking it no big deal. Miles’s wife finally gave him the long-awaited divorce papers, but they came with a surprise. She was seeking full custody of their daughter Emma. Amara finally pinned the housekeeper as the culprit that let in the electrician who bugged her house. She has her guys “take care of her.”

Late in the edit process, April showed up to help Miles on her off time. They finally got a watchable cut complete. Then the two totally bumped uglies. And I had been waiting for that since halfway through season one, so yay! While he couldn’t stand to watch it, at the screening of Miles’s cut, Ricky assured him he took a 1 and turned it to a solid 5. The film was marketable now. Miles then lost his chance to produce the new film he was trying to make because he was ID’d as the guy who publicly strong-armed a member of that particular studio the previous episode. He then went and git drunk and sped down an empty road. Until he crashed the car and wrecked it. He awoke a few minutes later though and decided to walk it off.

This iteration of Get Shorty is both hilarious and action packed. It is only loosely similar to the movie/book it was based on, and it manages to create its own definitive feel. #StrongRecommend

On tonight’s episode, “Selenite,” Miles finds himself off the grid at a strange motel; Rick and Amara attend the premiere for “The Admiral’s Mistress,” while Louis, Ed and Yago keep an eye on the movie’s star actor.

I’ll also be tuning into see what Spence and the guys are up to on Ballers, what silliness is afoot on The Venture Bros, & Who Is America?.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/8/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Phoebe’s Choice

Tonight on Epix, season one of Get Shorty comes to a close. If you haven’t seen it yet, start the binge now, I say! Diverging greatly from the movie and book, this adaptation has created a funny, moving, visceral world in its own right. Last week left things looking bad for Miles and his attempts to make his movie, but a silver lining of hope was hinted at. We started with a flashback to Miles and Katie discussing the options when Katie first found out she was pregnant with Emma. Should the stripper and bouncer go dutch on an abobo or have the baby?? Fast forward to the 2017, and Miles has to explain to his boss and investor Amara that while the movie is temporarily shut down, everything is fine and he’ll get it right back on track.

Rick, terrified of Amara now that he knows her mafia connections, fled to his father’s cabin in the mountains. Amara was trying to track down both Rick & Miles. She tasked Yago with taking out Miles, while she would personally kill Rick. She conferred with her lawyer, who suggested that there would be no way for her to recoup the four million dollars she tried to launder through the film “The Admiral’s Mistress.” Over at Gravity pictures, Brandon told April she would be headed to Hawaii to work on another film there because “The Admiral’s Mistress” had been fully shut down. April started to suspect that there was something shady behind the circumstances of this shut down.

Rick tried to call the FBI, and they said they’d send someone to him. April told Louis and Miles that Gravity was dropping the film, but she’d help them shop it to other studios. In the meeting with the new studio head, they discovered that if they went with another company that Amara’s money would indeed be lost. April decided to investigate the insurance claim but was shut out of her own film’s paperwork by the people in accounting. Yago finally got a lead on Miles and had his gunmen wait outside the MGM offices to ice him once and for all. He then went to tell Amara about the impending hit, but she just reamed him out for selling cocaine in Mexico without her knowledge. Their higher-up mob bosses in Mexico did not give them permission to sell there. He denied it but was clearly scared.

While leaving the studio, Miles and Louis got ambushed and everyone got shot. Louis got it the worst though, taking one to the chest. Miles rushed to get him to the hospital, and on the way he came up with the new ending their film needed. Miles then went to Katie’s house to treat his own wound. She came to help him, and they agreed that she and Emma needed to skip town till this drama all quieted down. Rick’s dad wound up giving Amara his location. The last scene showed Miles going to April’s house. She informed him that she thinks Gravity Pictures studio head Brandon committed insurance fraud on “The Admiral’s Mistress” to fund another movie. He then fell over on her floor. She noticed he was bleeding.

That’s a bloody good cliffhanger leading us into tonight’s exciting conclusion. Can’t wait for this and for what will unfold next year on Get Shorty!

On tonight’s episode, “Blue Pages,” Miles faces a final reckoning with his family and must face his past, present and future head on as the film and those associated with it begin to unravel.

To see how the season ends, tune in to Epix at 10/9c.

I’ll also be watching Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and Ghosted.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/3/17

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Phoebe’s Choice

I don’t know if you noticed, but there’s been a slew of movies converted down to the small screen the last few years, many of which didn’t seem called for a TV adaptation. For example: Fargo, From Dusk till Dawn, 12 Monkeys, or Minority Report. Adding to that list now is the surprisingly well-done Get Shorty, which has been airing on Epix on Sunday nights. I’ve been watching from the jump, but today I’ll plug you in from last week and maybe my exposition will be enough for you to watch tonight. I know I’ll be fixated.

Last week, the fourth episode of ten started like a Tarantino flick might: a confusing scene that we’ll be headed toward the next hour. Unlike the book and movie versions of this title, the television iteration of Get Shorty follows an enforcer for mobster in Nevada not Miami, and his name is Miles Daly not Chili Palmer. And poor Miles is destined to get tied to a chair in a warehouse in this episode as the first scene showed. He was held at the mercy of his Mexican Mafia boss Amara and her head henchman Yago.

Flashback to that morning, and we found Amara calling Miles to check on the progress of the film she was laundering millions of dollars through. She was also dealing with a war escalating with another local mafia in Nevada. In L.A. where Miles was working as Amara’s proxy, they now had a series of offices set up for their production company to work out of. He and his partner, B-movie director Rick Moreweather, had a sit down with April Quinn, a rep from the studio who couldn’t stand either of them. She informed them that Gravity Pictures was buying out Amara at a profit. Miles decided to keep this information from Amara, reasoning that he got to stay in L.A. as long as she thought he had her money tied up in the movie.

Next a skateboarding drug dealer working under Yago got killed by Amara’s rivals. Rick wanted to ask Amara to invest in a second movie, but Miles obviously didn’t want that and he discouraged him. April & Rick started asking for changes in the screenplay from Louis, who was pretending to have written it. Meanwhile the guy they killed and took the screenplay from, Owen? His ex-girlfriend called the office to ask where he was. She knew they had his screenplay. Rick went behind Miles’s back and called Amara anyway, to see if she’d produce other movies. He inadvertently spilled the beans about the buyout, without realizing the consequences.

Miles told Louis he was being fired as writer, but he was ambivalent about it. Amara called Miles to see if he’d tell her that she was being bought out as producer on The Admiral’s Mistress. Following that, Rick took Miles to a swanky afternoon party to bump elbows with Hollywood bigwigs. They saw April, who had been demoted off her project Lethal Limit 4, relegated now to help them with their weird period piece movie. She was pissed. Miles met a kooky old man by the cliffs behind the party.

Back in Nevada, Miles’s estranged wife Katie dealt with a breakdown from her new boyfriend, Jeff. He told her how the other day, Yago mouth-raped him with the handle of one of his golf clubs. She immediately called Miles to suggest separation is not enough, that maybe they should get divorced. So Miles sent Louis to deal with Owen’s ex-girlfriend while he headed back toward Nevada to mend things with Katie. Once back in Nevada, he was spotted by one of Amara’s thugs. Louis tried to spin a lie to Owen’s ex, but in the end he found shooting her dead was the easiest solution.

Miles talked to Katie and gave her brochure information on acting classes for their daughter, trying to lure them out to California. They were on better terms when he went back to his apartment. Later that night he was abducted from there by Yago, and now we’re right back at the start. Amara had her lawyer there, who verified that Miles had the power to stop the buy-out, as producer. She was about to have him killed when he revealed that he got her the signed picture of John Stamos she’d told him to get. She spared him for now.

The next morning Rick’s secretary told him that a famous director was interested in reading the script. She had to harangue him into calling him back, but it just might work – the director was the crazy old guy Miles met on the cliffs at the party!

On tonight’s episode, “A Man of Letters,” Rick struggles with the casting process as a watchful Amara considers future film investment opportunities; meanwhile, Katie and Emma visit Miles in Los Angeles.

Check it out tonight on Epix at 10/9c.

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