FWeekly: Friends Make the Worst Enemies

These last two weeks we’ve said excited see you soon’s to many tv shows, and a tearful, slightly irritated farewell to a show they say defined a generation, How I Met Your Mother. On that subject, I’m halfway between disbelief and understanding, but whichever side you’re on, you can expect an alternative ending to be released on DVD

There was also the Suits finale (interesting, but hopefully will pick up its charm in the next season), the Shameless finale (astoundingly good show that hasn’t got the recognition it deserves for unexplainable reasons), and the Brooklyn Nine-Nine finale (funniest show on air, come back soon please).


— spoilers ahead —
For me this was also the week I finished watching the second season of House of Cards. Just when I thought the show couldn’t get more shocking, Frank has a threesome. Yeah that’s right. Then he becomes president, and tops it off with a chilling double-tap on the Oval Office’s desk – which made it my favourite season finale so far.
— it’s safe again —
It got me thinking about Kevin Spacey – that’s when I stumbled upon a surprising article in The Hollywood Reporter: he talks about the show, his passion for tennis, not accepting small roles, letters from Katherine Hepburn, and his upcoming role as Winston Churchill. Here’s a direct quote: I’m not interested in elevating someone’s crap movie
Still with six episodes left is Hannibal. I don’t know how many times I can praise this show without getting boring, it’s just that it is so. damn. good. Mads Mikkelsen gives a little season finale tease for the Huffington Post: Without saying too much, I can say we all had to take some long, hot physical showers to wash all the blood away. What happens to who I will not reveal, but it’s going to be a mess.

In other news, Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of the Late Show, next year. There are now hundreds of articles praising the Colbert Report, remembering its finest moments so far, and rooting for Colbert’s success as a late night show host. I’m sad to see his brilliantly hilarious onscreen persona go, but I’m glad things are working out. And I’ll never skip the intro again. Also, Robert Downey Jr. joined twitter.

Talk to me, Twitter. pic.twitter.com/7skFm6Ffhn
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) April 11, 2014

There’s a movie I’ve been wanting to see for a long time, especially since finding Bobby Darin, and this week I seized the opportunity to do just so – it was Beyond the Sea, a 2006 biopic of Darin, starred and directed by Kevin Spacey. The film itself is okay, but the Spacey’s performance… beautiful. Forget the acting, the man does all the singing, sounding unbelievably close to Darin himself. It’s a wonderful tribute that any fan should see.
Another great discovery was What Maisie Knew – as soon as I saw the first few minutes, I was hooked. Lastly, I saw Captain America: Winter Soldier. I wasn’t blown away by it, but it was very entertaining. Be sure to catch our next podcast episode to know all about it! 
As soon as I finish Revolutionary Road (heated arguments never sounded so good), Lolita (why is it taking me so long…), and Before the Fact (starting tomorrow), I’ll dive into Gone Girl. Here’s the sneak peak, and the trailer of the new Philip Seymour Hoffman movie, A Most Wanted Man.
new upcoming events
– I’ve got a new web event on my schedule, and that is A Fistfull of Film‘s God is in the Movies blogathon. I wanted to contribute with the series The Bible, since it stars a portuguese actor as Jesus, but I’m not sure I can finish watching it by Thursday.
– This is the month of Aronofsky on French Toast Sunday – be sure to participate!
– April is also Hitchcock Month on Film Flare: I’ll be dedicating numerous articles to the director’s work, and finish watching his most important films.
– Another event on the blog is the beginning of Mad Men‘s final season, tomorrow. TOMORROW. There will be recaps, rewatches, and overall gushing about the greatest show every made about nothing. Just kidding, we all now what that show is about. I found a Mad Men college course (this is real), and will go through the recommended reading until the show ends, seven weeks from now… next year. 
the best from the web
Game of Thrones is back, and if you’re a fan give yourself a treat and head on to Sati’s blog.
– And if you’re having trouble putting the awesomeness that The X-Files was behind you, Sheila shared an hilarious interview with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson that will not help you with that. 
– Check out this video on some of the best cinematography of the 21st Century. 
– And this article on how Mickey and Ian are the most important gay couple on television

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  1. April 13, 2014 / 3:05 AM

    That Mad Men course seems awesome! I’m not really looking forward for the alternative ending of How I Met Your Mother – I highly doubt there’s much changes from the one that they aired.

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:41 AM

      Well, the writers didn’t give any details, but they did say that the ending was very different. Does that mean they’ll cut that last scene with Robin? I don’t know. :/

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:35 PM

      The alternative ending was made in the montage room, which doesn’t leave many options: they cut Robin out and/or let Tracy live is the most likely option. I personally, having literally fallen into depression for a week after the finale, really hope they have something bigger up their sleeve, but that’s not likely.

    • April 13, 2014 / 11:30 PM

      haha yeah, I read that too. I didn’t care all that much about HIMYM, but I would feel the same way if they ruined, say… Mad Men. I’d be a mess. Please don’t.

  2. April 13, 2014 / 10:29 AM

    I didn’t know there’s a last film with Philip Seymour! And wow, it looks great!
    Personally, I really liked the HIMYM finale but I can see why some people didn’t. If there’s an alternative ending that would be cool though.

    • April 13, 2014 / 10:53 AM

      There’s more than one actually! There’s this one, and God’s Pocket. I’m not sure if he got to film the last two Hunger Games movies, but we’ll see.

      I wasn’t super mad at how it ended, but I did feel like the whole Robin affair came out of the blue, I wasn’t expecting it at all. Either way, I know people boil it down to who Ted ends up with, but I was more interested in seeing how their friendship would evolve, what they would do with their lives…(because again, I thought it was a given that he’d end up with the mother!!) and I think that part was very well done – they didn’t sugarcoat anything, so it felt realistic.

      An alternative ending will soothe many fans, I’m sure. I’ll check it out, but I mean… the show is over, the ending has aired, anything they do from here feels… unofficial.

  3. Nell C
    April 13, 2014 / 1:12 PM

    I had no idea there was a teaser trailer for Gone Girl – so excited, especially after hearing they had changed the ending..! Love these weekly roundups, always my favourite thing to peruse through on a lazy Sunday.

    I must really get back into watching Suits!

    Nell at And Nell Writes

    • April 13, 2014 / 1:57 PM

      Aww I’m glad! You should, Litt and Donna are great this season. 😀

  4. April 13, 2014 / 6:10 PM

    Thank you for the link! I’m so happy the show is back on. I gave up on Mad Men after they whored out Joan which I found awful and a true character assassination.

    • April 13, 2014 / 9:41 PM

      Oh yeah, I remember you talking about that, it was really a defining moment. I felt… sort of the same way then, but I don’t know how much of that scene was “making a point” on the whole female subjugation issue. Either way, she was never the same after that. I don’t think it is necessarily a bad thing, but I get where you’re coming from.

      Still, the show is so much more than that Sati, you should pick it up again sometime!

  5. Mettel Ray
    April 13, 2014 / 10:12 PM

    Such a nice recap of stuff.. I’m almost caught up with Hannibal myself though I shouldn’t because thesis but.. I’m never good at focusing on just one thing..
    PS: Also starting Gone Girl (actually already kind of started) tomorrow.. whilst again, should be studying instead!

    Thanks for the link!

    • April 13, 2014 / 11:21 PM

      I suffer from the same illness – I’ve gotten myself into a million projects precisely when I should be studying for finals! I get bored if I do just one thing.

      Oh great — you’re probably gonna finish it before I do, so let me know how it goes! I hope it is as good as everyone says.

  6. April 13, 2014 / 10:39 PM

    I’m only halfway through season 1 of Shameless but damn, I’m glad to hear Ian finds someone else. House of Cards shocked me, too. The threeway was f–king genius! And the ending was so powerful. I can’t wait for next year and season 3! Spacey is such a cool (and scary) person, too, that was a great thing to say!

    • April 13, 2014 / 11:26 PM

      He does, you’re going to LOVE his relationship with Mickey. Great times ahead for you Elina, Shameless gets better and better with each season.

      Yay another House of Cards fan! I was SHOCKED. It was such a bold move, but genius, yes. The ending was absolutely thrilling, I can’t wait for the next season either.

      Spacey sounds a bit crazy at times but I like him, he’s cool yeah. And his acting is always so good, it’s insane. Someone please offer him a huge role in a decent film, please.

  7. April 15, 2014 / 3:42 PM

    Thanks for spreading the word about Aprilofsky !

    I just bookmarked that Kevin Spacey/THR artcle – can’t wait to give it a read.

    • April 15, 2014 / 3:47 PM

      you’re welcome! It’s a very interesting read… I guess I didn’t expect him to be so straightforward about certain things.

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