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Girls Recap: Season 3, Episode 11, “I Saw You”

“I Saw You” reminds us that everyone in the Girls universe is still uncomfortable in their skin, per usual.

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“I Saw You” reminds us that everyone in the Girls universe is still uncomfortable in their skin, per usual. The big news is that Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Adam (Adam Driver) haven’t actually broken up as “Role-Play” had implied. Adam is crashing at Ray’s (Alex Karpovsky) place, but he and Hannah are still dating and enjoying the occasional conjugal visit, though he insists on sleeping apart while he finds his Broadway character’s headspace. Hannah’s understandably threatened by this separation, and her more-pronounced-than-usual uncertainty is the thread that ties the episode’s vignettes together.

It’s Adam’s role in Major Barbara, for example, that clearly spurs Hannah to deliberately sabotage her position at GQ. In recent weeks, it appeared that Hannah had made peace with compromising her writing in such a cravenly commercial fashion, which is why her mean-spirited outburst at an office meeting comes as such a surprise. Everything that Hannah said to her co-workers was correct (she basically called them delusional sell-outs), but your sympathies probably extended to them because, as a viewer, you’re ready for Hannah to move beyond her “great American writer” obsession, which seems to be every bit as delusional as any of her co-workers’ aspirations. What Hannah fails to grasp, what perhaps is a bit too painful to grasp, is that her personal writing isn’t compromised by the copy she produces for GQ. Hannah once wrote self-absorbed pieces driven by an obsessive attachment to various pop-cultural minutiae, and that’s exactly what she did for GQ for a paycheck. (Hannah’s also, infuriatingly, unable to understand that most great writers would’ve killed for this job while struggling to get their work read.)

But Hannah doesn’t want to settle from her ideal as a principled writer, and maybe the disillusioning GQ experience will enrich her work; it’s long past due for Girls to wrestle with the mystery of whether or not we’re supposed to think Hannah’s a good writer anyway. The notion of settling is provided a more poignantly grounded context with the appearance of aging photographer Beadie (Louise Lasser), who memorably speaks of aging as growing to feel as if you’re a shell of yourself. Affirming this fear of personal resignation yet again is Patti LuPone, in a bit that’s broader and less amusing than her initial cameo a few weeks ago, who inadvertently confirms Hannah’s fears of becoming known as little more than Adam’s less-talented lover.

“I Saw You” is as repetitious as it sounds. We’ve been here already. The refresh button has been clicked on Hannah so as to keep Girls from moving too far away from the awkward millennial shtick it’s often transcended this season, and this sense of repetition is heightened by the episode’s disappointing reliance on the kind of pat humiliation scenes that Girls has otherwise outgrown. Hannah has drinks with Adam and his theater colleagues, and she blurts out that she got fired, only to be met with just the sort of pretentiously inhuman reactions you’d expect from theater stereotypes. After working on her voice with Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) the last several weeks, Marnie (Allison Williams) finally performs a set that’s promising, but her blossoming confidence is quickly dashed by Desi’s predictably smug girlfriend, Clementine (Natalie Morales). Marnie returns to Ray for a hook-up, but that, too, has to be tampered by humiliation, as Hannah obnoxiously insists on investigating the obviously coital sounds coming from Ray’s room, rather than receiving compensatory head from Adam in the next room over. “I Saw You” isn’t bad, just mediocre, and it’s still worth watching for Lasser, but it’s a marked step down from the recent high-water marks of the series. Let’s hope that this was just a bit of inelegant bookkeeping that had to be resolved so as to properly pave the way for next week’s finale.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

Welcome to fucking Deadwood!

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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