I Didn't Finish This

I Didn’t Finish This

Friday, July 10th

Welcome to I Didn’t Finish This, a semi-regular column where I talk about media that I didn’t finish. I have a very, very short attention span. In fact,

Mannequin (1987 film)

Why did I watch this?

I think I saw bits and pieces of this film as a kid, and I wanted to revisit it. Huge portions of the movie were shot in St. Louis, at this gorgeous (now abandoned) department store. I love weird Art Deco architecture.

Plus I’m bisexual and everyone in this is unbelievably beautiful.

Why didn’t I finish this?

I tried, twice, to finish it. It’s a cute movie! I am sure I will finish watching it someday. But the plot was so predictable that I felt like it wasn’t even worth sticking it out. There’s a lot going on, visually, and the music is a lot of fun.

I got a little too hung up on the fact that Kim Cattrall can apparently time skip at will, without hesitation, but firmly decided she wanted to be in the 1980’s. Girl, what are you doing.

You will enjoy this if

It’s a goofy, joyous film if you can get past the weird lack of constructs or rules in this science fiction universe. I think I made it through 80% of this, but the chases started to feel a little too… campy. Do I get to say something feels too campy? Well, I can and I will.

Dynasty (2017, Netflix series)

Why did I watch this?

It’s Dynasty. Do I need a reason to watch Dynasty? No?

Why didn’t I finish this?

I’m going to finish this. I can’t explain in words how much I want to finish this series. But there is only so much I can take of a literal soap opera before my brain starts to turn into irreconcilable mush.

Elizabeth Gillies is a dream here (yes, I watched Victorious) and the kind of energy I needed for 2020. What I was not expecting was a bizarre and long-form dissection of wealth and class privilege, that sometimes really bombs. Is that a Dynasty thing? This is my first American soap opera I don’t have anything else to compare it to.

You will enjoy this if

Dynasty. It’s Dynasty. Just go for it.

The Liar & His Lover (2017, via Netflix)

Why did I watch this?

Because I love, love, love Korean dramas. Absolutely love them, and this show is about music production and way too romantic in the best way.

Why didn’t I finish this?

I want to be really clear, in this moment: I basically finished this. I watched like 13 hours of this show in the span of 3-4 days. Couldn’t stop watching it. There is a world of mystery encapsulated in this weird, beautiful k-drama. Also I needed to escape from my Actual Life.

That being said, I couldn’t finish it. There’s only an episode and a half left or something. There was this weird, bizarre out of nowhere suicide subplot and now I’m completely checked out. I may force myself to finish it, but I have a feeling I’m not going to get the ending I want and that’s just life.

You will enjoy this if

Do you like amazing Korean pop music? Do you enjoy emotional pain?? What about very attractive guys? There you go.

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