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Rachel (Kristen Bell) is a very busy woman, so much so that her phone is always on hand, even during her wedding ceremony to Owen (Jon Foster), which proves to be too much for him, and they split up at the alter.

The next day she gets black-out drunk while reconnecting with her long unseen father Harry (Kelsey Grammer), and before she knows it she’s waking up on her honeymoon cruise with him.

On board, while trying to stay away from her father, who suddenly seems to care and be overbearing, she meets Jeff (Seth Rogen), a single guy who’s getting over a divorce.

She also spends some quality time getting to know her dad, from honeymoon questions to hanging out at a watering hole, and singing karaoke to hearing endless stories about someone named Gabe.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, which is why we call it the present.

Other great cast members include her boss (Brett Gelman, Love), and the other couples on board, and help make this movie fun, funny, and enjoyable, as it gets an 8.5 out of 10.

We all know I love my Marvel shows, and I’ll watch almost all of them, and it’s not just the ones that are exclusive to Netflix.

I’ve given shows like Legion (on FX — couldn’t make it out of Season 1) and Inhumans (ABC — which turned into a pretty “Meh” mini-series) a shot, and have been hooked onto the movie-like episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Earlier this year Hulu rolled out The Runaways, and last night Freeform/ABC Family wrapped up Season 1 of Cloak & Dagger, with an announcement already happening of a Season 2.

Cloak & Dagger follows the stories of Ty (Aubrey Joseph) and Tandy (Olivia Holt), who both suffered the deaths of family members on the same night, triggered by an explosion at sea, which ties their lives together in strange ways.

As they grow older, the two discover they have powers, in the form of a cloak and dagger, and when they use them, they are tied together in ways they don’t always like.

This show is super underrated and insanely good. The story is strong and intriguing, and a really fun watch, and if someone has any interest in Marvel, they would love this show.

The second of the two art museums and fourth of the Springfield Museums is the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
This follows the Science Museum, Springfield History Museum, and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

This museum focuses on fine arts and ceramics, featuring beautiful drawings, ceramics, and busts.

Galleries at this museum include the “Dutch and Flemish Gallery”, “19th Century French Gallery”, and the “Blake Court” (seen below) that features front and center “one of the country’s most celebrated works in American art, The Historical Monument of the American Republic by Erastus Salisbury Field”.

There is also a “Modern and Contemporary Gallery” to help round things out.

In typical Jenji Kohan fashion (See: Weeds) the Season 6 storyline has gone straight up, much better than last season. Now don’t get me wrong, the past few seasons have had fantastic stories, but I think this year has pushed it to a new level, with a wide range of stories, a smaller amount of flashbacks (albeit very solid ones), and a lot of timely and relevant plotlines, without getting super political.

After the siege and hostage situation of Season 5, resulting in a riot and the killing of a guard, the inmates have been moved to Max, although not all to the same location, and with this comes new guards and inmates to get a feel of.
And while a large portion of our crew has moved into the same prison, they are in different cell blocks and different colors, as they are slowly getting questioned by the FBI for their roles in the incidents, and while some are okay with their plea deals, others are going to fight it tooth and nail.

I remember dandelion, but things have changed. I don’t have to trust people anymore. And even though I still love you, I will not let you kill me to take my spot.

It’s not just the prisoners who need to get over what happened, as the guards are slowly going back to work too, all with different emotions and some with PTSD. The guards also have a little side bet going on, in the form of “fantasy inmates”, with a draft and all.

Some things are not forgivable.

Among the new inmates are a bunch of new and exciting characters. I’ve heard some hate on Badison (Amanda Fuller), but I enjoy her attitude and spunk to try and be a good sidekick. But it’s Carol (Henny Russell) and Barb (Mackenzie Phillips) that take the cake…they are sisters and mortal enemies, split into two different cell blocks, each leading theirs against the other, but ultimately just out for a vendetta against Frieda (Dale Soules).

Hey rabbi. It’s your girl Tova. You know, the big black girl from prison.

Doggett (Taryn Manning) is on an outing with her guard boyfriend, and Crazy Eyes (Uzo Aduba) has fully evolved into her character, as her chemicals remain unbalanced.

It’s what the Jews call a shiver…so you don’t get cold.

But it’s our main character, stepping back from trying to do too much, that has one of the funnier scenes of the year as Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and Alex (Laura Prepon) are reunited.

Yet through it all, it’s one of the more enjoyable characters that has moved into the spotlight, as Nicky (Natasha Lyonne) has extended her role to a Piper level, and it’s really entertaining…especially when they go back to her Bat Mitzvah, to help see what formed her into who she is today.

Previous years have all gotten a 9 (Season 3, Season 4, Season 5), but this one I feel is just a step ahead and gets a 9.5 out of 10.

The first of two art museums that I’ll look at in the Springfield Museums, is the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.
If you missed the first two, check out the Science and History Museums!

This museum houses the collection of George Walter Vincent Smith and his wife Belle were large collectors of art and items, and the exhibits here show their vast collection.
The family offered the collection to Springfield, on condition that they build a house for it, and it has been opened since 1895.

Some exhibits include:

  • Italian sculptures, Tiffany stained glass windows, American paintings salon
  • Japenese Arms & Armor – They had a large collection of arms from around the world, but their Japenese collection is the largest.
  • Art of the Islamic World – Some really great rugs with nomadic weaves are on display here
  • Kids Design Glass – This exhibit is really cool. It lets kids, under the age of 12, visiting in the summer months draw their own designs, and the winners’ designs get turned into glass sculptures!

I’ve seen the movies you’ve made. You never had any pride. Why start now?

Before it even starts, the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis gives him a kick straight where it counts. And while most of it is about making fun of his age, which is an old joke…they never won’t be funny.

Comedy Central always does a great job with these, and this one is no different, as Bruce Willis is a ready and willing target and most of the dais is funny. Here’s a rundown of the night’s cast:

  • Roastmaster Joseph Gordon Levitt – He hit the mark on some, but missed on others, doing well as the host — B+
  • Nikki Glaser – The Comedy Central Radio host kicks things off with her typical comedic style, which can be an acquired taste — B
  • Kevin Pollak – The longtime funnyman pulls out his Christopher Walken impression, mixed into his great one-liners — A-
  • Cybill Shepherd – She is one of the great understatements of this roast — B+
  • Lil Rel – One of two “brothers” on the list, and the first to mention Yippee Ki Yay, he couldn’t wait to Get Out on stage — B
  • Edward Norton – Maybe the greatest actor on stage, in the longest set of the night, breaks down Bruce’s career in the best ways possible — A
  • Martha Stewart – Comedy legend, and a woman toughened by her time in jail, she gets better each time in front of a podium — B+
  • Dom Irrera – An actual legendary comedian, Dom makes his presence felt, with laughter from start to finish — A
  • Dennis Rodman – The worm has managed to get onto the stage, and that may have been the biggest mistake of the night, as his humor is just flat — C+
  • Demi Moore – The ex makes an appearance, ribbing on his failures — B
  • Jeff Ross – The Roastmaster General, and the one thing holding these roasts together (because he thinks a roast is a type of food), but he’s always funny — A-
  • Bruce Willis – When the man of the hour gets on stage, he doesn’t let down, topping the night off right — A

Here are some of the lines I enjoyed more from it:

“Let’s see Bruce Willis in action, because no one wants to see him in comedy.” – Joseph Gordon Levitt

“Bruce was at Ashton’s wedding, with Demi. His gift was a toaster and 90 million dollars.” – Joseph Gordon Levitt

“It’s odd to see Dennis Rodman here. If you know Bruce…he’s not fond of the blacks.” – Kevin Pollak

“I had the honor of playing Martha Stewart in two different movies. But the only one to truly capture Martha, was the FBI.” – Cybill Shepherd

“I just look at our marriage like the Sixth Sense. You were dead the whole time.” – Demi Moore

“You look like Sir Patrick Stewart…if he operated a ferris wheel.” – Jeff Ross

“Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. It’s a Bruce Willis movie.” – Bruce Willis

Song of the Day. The most popular segment on this site, as voted on by the writers…aka: Me.


Solo by Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato

I declared this song the “Song of the Summer” before I even heard it, just based on it being Clean Bandit, who has made numerous appearances here with Rockabye (with Anne-Marie) and Symphony (Zara Larsson), as well as Song of the Year in 2014 with Rather Be, and they were teaming up with Demi Lovato.
But initial listens didn’t impress me, but like most good songs, it has grown on me over time!

I wanna f-woop, woop woop, but I’m broken hearted
Cr-cr-cry but I like to party
T-t-touch but I got nobody
Here on my own
I wanna f-woop, woop woop, but I’m broken hearted
Cr-cr-cry since the day we parted
T-t-touch but I got nobody
So I do it solo


Back To You by Selena Gomez

I love the sounds in this song, which I know is usually said for something like a rock song, but it really does have a nice ring to it.

We never got it right
Playing and replaying old conversations
Overthinking every word and I hate it
‘Cause it’s not me
And what’s the point in hiding?
Everybody knows we got unfinished business
And I’ll regret it if I didn’t say
This isn’t what it could be


Sit Next To Me by Foster The People

Foster the People was the first ever song of the day, back on April 15th, 2013, with Pumped Up Kicks, and it’s taken until now for them to get back into the mix.

Come over here and sit next to me
We can see where things go naturally
Just say the word and I’ll part the sea
Just come over here and sit next to me
And I’ll take you high


Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha feat. Florida Georgia Line

I don’t mean to be so uptight, but my heart’s been hurt a couple times
By a couple guys that didn’t treat me right
I ain’t gon’ lie, ain’t gonna lie
‘Cause I’m tired of the fake love, show me what you’re made of
Boy, make me believe
But hold up, girl, don’t you know you’re beautiful?
And it’s easy to see

Iliza Shlesinger and her dog are hitting the stage on a ship for this Netflix special, and right out of the gate she addressed what’s changed since her last special: Her engagement.

Born in 1983, Iliza is just inside the cutoff, declaring herself an Elder Millenial, but that old hag troll act gets tired in the first minutes of the special.

She covers topics like dating and biological clock, to Ted Talks and peacocks…but it wasn’t until 75% of the way thru that I started laughing when she talks about pudge little legs that kids have.

If a guy likes you, he’ll do anything……When a guy likes you, carrying your purse isn’t an issue. He’ll carry your bags if they are heavy. They’ll put gas in the car if you don’t want to deal. They’ll check under the hood for the…thing.

I really expected this special to be great, and it was a very big letdown, and the fact that they kept putting hashtags on the bottom of the screen, to try and be hip and relatable, made it worse.
If this was a Prime Time TV Show, the hashtags will at least have a shot at trending, but this is Netflix, and it’s not going to gain enough steam to make a dent.

Maybe it’s because this is supposed to be a “Women’s comedy show” and not meant for me as an audience? Although I did see enough guys in the crowd there, and they were awkwardly clapping when the women were going all out.
But being “for women” has never stopped me in the past, and this show just doesn’t do it for me, getting a 4 out of 10.

The Springfield History Museum, or what’s formally known as the “Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History”, is the second of the five museums in Springfield that I’m going to focus on, the first being the Springfield Science Museum.

This museum focuses on the history of Springfield, and all the things that gave the town flavor over the years, with its exhibits including:

  • Automobile Gallery – Some of the earliest cars were test driven on the streets of Springfield, some of which are on display here
  • Indian Motorcycle Collection – The Indian Manufacturing Company made Springfield home for the first half of the 1900s and holds some ‘cycles that had been in the Indian Motorcycle Museum, formerly of Springfield
  • Smith & Wesson Gallery of Firearms History – S&W sponsor this gallery, showing guns throughout time, from wars to sports, and history of guns in America including some of the more famous ones
  • Granville Brothers Aircraft – Two planes hang in a two-story room right past the entrance, showing some of the fastest racing planes ever built
  • Downtown Retail Gallery – Some of the early stores of Springfield are on display here, including Steiger’s and Friendly’s Ice Cream
  • Made in the Valley: The Industrial Revolution was huge in Massachusetts and some really famous companies made their way thru here, including Milton Bradley, Breck Shampoo, and Merriam-Webster!
    • Hasbro GameLand – A full gaming area, with coordination tests, imagination stations, and a memory game, all showing off some history from Milton Bradley

The Australian comedian Jim Jefferies, who is always most popular after a school shooting, has a brand new Netflix special entitled This Is Me Now.

He is a super dirty funnyman and had me laughing from start to finish, with a wide range of topics.

From being poor and famous vs rich and famous, and everyone getting in trouble starting with Kevin Spacey and the President (and the infamous grabbing phrase that got him in trouble).

Women are a sensitive bunch. Moody if you will.

This special is filmed in the UK, and he doesn’t hold back from discussing Brexit, and other countries immigration problems, like the sneaky Mexicans.

Some of his funnier moments are when he talks about when the deaf come to his shows and keeping an eye on the sign language to see how his curse words translate.

All you gotta do is outlive your depression.

Lastly, he focuses on a party he did for Mariah Carey and getting hit on by Al Pacino.

He’s funny and can keep a crowds attention for the full hour, and gets an 8 out of 10.

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