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Back from the Toronto International Film Festival.

My Instagram Stories coverage of it is compiled here.

My TIFF 2019 top five:
1. Parasite
2. Jojo Rabbit
3. Uncut Gems
4. La Belle Époque
5. Bad Education

If I'm a pleb for liking Jojo Rabbit, so be it.

We are not talking enough about Netflix's formidable fall film slate. It's like Netflix engineered it to cover every Oscar base, like Ted Sarandos mandated a big five sweep in 2020 after Roma lost Best Picture to Green Book.

Netflix can push five performances for Best Actor and realistically score four nominations.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

37. Tribute song to bring Stephanie home (South Side, S01E08)


Stray Observations

  • Kendall shit the bed (Succession, S02E05)
  • Satanist dance (The Righteous Gemstones, S01E04)
  • "I bet you money that that was his semen load." (The Righteous Gemstones, S01E04)
  • "'ATL was dirty, dirty, for sure-y.'"
    "'ATL' is a film starring T.I. Chad, the fellas, and I were watching the film, and Chad was commenting on how large the breasts of some of the African-American actresses were in the film."
    "Yeah, a lot, a lot, they were huge." (The Righteous Gemstones, S01E04)
  • CES (The Deuce, S03E01)
  • "That name, Maple, is that, uh, I'm assuming that's from the Bible?"
    "No, it's from syrup." (South Side, S01E08)
  • "Hey, guys, they're out of tabbouleh. Are you guys cool with baba ghanoush and, like, some grape leaves?"
    "Man, you know I don't like grapes and leaves together." (South Side, S01E08)
  • "He's also the reason I'm afraid of all white substances."
    "Oh, hold on, flag on the play. Do you want me to cancel the tzatziki then?"
    "No, that, that doesn't count. It has those little green things in it." (South Side, S01E08)
  • Jeff Tweedy (South Side, S01E08)
  • Snowfall Season Grade: B
  • Getting coffee (Top Boy, S03E02)

The New AR™TV World Drama Champion: Succession
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: The Other Two

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

36. Unquotable Eulogy (Succession, S02E04)


Stray Observations

  • "A person can definitely fit through that window. A small person. An attack child." (Succession, S02E04)
  • "Very well. I accept your blackmail." (Succession, S02E04)
  • "We are so grateful for this opportunity to worship and praise His name here in this place that used to be a Sears." (The Righteous Gemstones, S01E03)
  • "We in that Sears and we ain't going nowhere." (The Righteous Gemstones, S01E03)
  • "There's a lot of shit out here that make me mad too. White subtitles. When the characters go outside, you can't even really see it. I mean, they should be yellow. You feel me?" (South Side, S01E07)
  • "It should be looking like ankle foreskin down there." (South Side, S01E07)
  • "It should say 'Ed Lover's Cold Spades Tournament Featuring Wings Prepared by Ed Lover.' That would end all the confusion." (South Side, S01E07)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Snowfall
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: The Other Two

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week


35. This Was the Greatest Date in Bachelor History (Bachelor in Paradise, S06E07)


Honourable Mention

  • Judith (Naked Attraction, S05E02)

Stray Observations

  • "J-O-B. 'Just over broke.' Or 'jerks on board.' You take your pick."
    "'Jester of boss.'" (On Becoming a God in Central Florida, S01E01)
  • "I hate when he air-fucks." (The Righteous Gemstones, S01E02)
  • RT: The Rock reading Elizabeth Warren in the Ballers premiere completes possibly the strangest mutual admiration quid pro quos in cultural history (Ballers, S05E01)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: Snowfall
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: The Other Two

Comets alone shatter the frame

WELCOME TO SUDDEN DEATH is a reboot of the original 1995 SUDDEN DEATH, now presented with a comedic twist. The new film will star comedian Gary Owen and trained martial artist Michael Jai White.

Sudden Death as a comedy.

A household name to black audiences yet completely unknown to white audiences, Gary Owen, a blond, blue-eyed stand-up from Ohio, has a career wholly unlike that of any comedian before him.

Sudden Death as a comedy for black audiences?

Both stars of "Sudden Death 2" also appear in Undercover Brother 2, which is another thing that exists.

Defecating Vultures

Seems like every airport in America has a Smashburger. Manifest destiny.

Idea: A chamber play set in an airport restroom during a tornado.

Every since airlines began allowing use of tablets during takeoff and landing, I've stopped paying attention to pre-flight safety demonstrations. Sometimes I wonder if I'll remember what to do in the event of an emergency.

Has anyone ever given up extra leg room because he or she did not feel comfortable with possibly having to open an emergency exit door?

"Natural flavor with other natural flavor." Ah so…

The three pillars of in-flight magazine advertising:
1. That shirt that needn't be tucked
2. Top surgeons
3. That hat that grows hair