11 Weird Things You Notice When Binge Watching ‘Friends’

2 Feb

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By Meredith Lee – Contributing Writer

On New Year’s Day, Friends finally became available on Netflix and fans everywhere rejoiced by not leaving their houses for a few days. They stayed in pajamas, drank pots of coffee and powered through eating unhealthy snacks in order to keep up momentum while binge watching every episode starring six fictional friends that fans know as well as they know their own. From those first moments when Rachel runs into Central Perk in her wedding dress after having left her fiancé at the altar to those final minutes when the gang leaves Monica and Chandler’s empty apartment behind to begin the next stage of their lives, not a second was wasted.

 

Yet through those binge watching moments, you start to pick up things. While you smile at the old-school telephones and VHS tapes, you start to notice plot holes and Matthew Perry’s drastic weight fluctuations. The time lapse between season six and season seven is really only supposed to be about an hour yet he looks about 20 pounds thinner from one episode to the next. Personalities also change drastically over time. People become less intelligent, they like to yell more and it somehow seems like they all become different people with no recollection of things that have happened in their lives.

 I shall now list those things because that is what people do to the things they love: try to ruin them for themselves and others… but in a fun way.

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The 14 Best Sketches (So Far) From ‘SNL’ Season 40

2 Jan

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Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat: SNL’s 40th season started off a little shaky – despite an admirable hosting job by the endlessly entertaining Chris Pratt – and it seemed that the cast, as it stood, was going to take some time to gel. As it turned out, they gelled much faster than anyone anticipated and as the show reached its final episode of 2014 it found its stride in a way that had been missing for quite a few seasons.

SNL’s 40th season, hiccups aside, has had some truly brilliant, fascinating, and insanely funny moments, and I’ve decided to cherry pick my very favorite 14 (in honor of 2014, get it? It’s not arbitrary… I promise) sketches of the season (so far).

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7 Disney Movies Based On Deeply Disturbing, Horrifying Books

3 Dec

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[NOTE: I originally wrote this story for ETonline.com, where it was first published]

 With the live, musical stage production of Peter Pan airing on NBC on Thursday, and the recent release of the trailer for the upcoming adventure drama Pan – a re-imagined live-action version of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale – it seems that America is once again experiencing full-blown Peter Pandemonium.

And why not? It’s fun for the whole family, right? On the surface, Peter Pan is about a young boy leading his friends on the adventure of a lifetime. Like most children’s stories, it’s a cherished morality tale that teaches kids a lesson while keeping them entertained.

And, like most beloved children’s stories, the familiar tale of Peter Pan is based on a book full of horrible murder and deeply traumatizing acts of depravity. Seriously, children’s stories are messed up. To show you what we mean, here are seven beloved (Disney-adapted) tales of fun and adventure that are based on some of the most shocking, horrifying stories imaginable…

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The Totally Crazy Ways Hollywood Uses Fire To Sell Movies

13 Nov

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[NOTE: I originally wrote this story for ETonline.com, where it was first published]

In the newly released poster for Insurgent, we see a brave, stoic Shailene Woodley standing on top of a cube-shaped building which is on fire. It’s also floating in mid-air through the middle of a post-apocalyptic cityscape, but that’s beside the point.

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While admittedly the poster is a bit surreal, what really seems to set the tone is the blazing inferno raging beneath Woodley’s feet, pouring out of the windows.

It’s almost as if the poster designers were worried that the strange image of a warrior woman on a floating building wouldn’t be eye-catching enough. However, like sex and the color red, fire is used all the time by poster designers for a whole multitude of reasons – and with an equally large variety of insane results.

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13 Hilariously Horrible Horror Movies To Watch On Halloween

27 Oct

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[NOTE: I originally wrote this story for ETonline.com, where it was first published]

Halloween is arguably the greatest of all holidays. First off, as an adult, Halloween is the perfect excuse to marathon-watch the scariest, goriest, most pants-soiling horror movies available. Secondly, adults can buy their own candy, and none of it will be an eraser, gum or three dirty pennies.

But what if you don’t like being scared, and would rather watch a violent, gory scream-fest that makes you laugh? Well, you might be a crazy serial killer, in which case, we can’t help you. But if that’s not the case, check out our list of 13 awful horror movies that are so wonderfully terrible you can’t help but love them.

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13 Mind-Blowing Moments From the First ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer

24 Oct

[NOTE: I originally wrote this story for ETonline.com, where it was first published]

In a move that is likely to set a bad precedent, Marvel Studios released their extended teaser/trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron a whole week earlier than planned after a low-res version leaked online early Wednesday.

According to Deadline, acting quickly, and wanting their fans to get a good, solid look at the film’s massive explosions, Marvel released this incredibly exciting sneak peek.

Oh wow, this movie looks amazing. Dark, somewhat bleak and a little nihilistic, but amazing. Check out the trailer above, and then let’s dive in with the 13 best moments!

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Mind-Blowing Hidden Relationships You Never Noticed In Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’!

20 Aug

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On August 27, the Disney classic Mary Poppins turns 50! It’s the story of a magical nanny, two precocious children, a stern father with the capacity for love just beneath the surface, a socially progressive mother, and the most charming chimney sweep/kite salesman/one-man-band in history.

You know you love him.

You know you love him.

The film won 5 Oscars out of an astounding 13 nominations, and was the only Best Picture nomination Walt Disney ever received. Mary Poppins is also one of the rare films to have a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Unlike these movies, which all have less than 100%

Unlike these movies, which all have less than 100%

Basically, it’s a great film and everyone loves it. However, despite all the times you’ve likely watched it, I have a theory that there were a number of hidden connections that you probably didn’t even realize!

Connections like:

1. Mary Poppins was Bert’s nanny!

2. Mr. Dawes Sr. – the Bank Owner – is Bert’s father

3. Uncle Albert is Bert’s Uncle

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