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"On The Lot": Finally Getting It Right

"On The Lot": Finally Getting It Right

"On The Lot" totally heard BuzzSugar's pleas! Not only was Michael Bay, the guest judge in the house to promote Transformers (heard of it? It's a little indie film coming out sometime this summer), surprisingly helpful and critical, but I think they've finally found a format that works!

So, the next three episodes will each feature films from 5 of the final 15 directors. At the beginning of each episode, they will kick off one of the directors from the week before. I was confused at first, but I think this is the best possible way to have it work as a once a week thing with no official elimination show, at least while there are still so many directors in the competition. Does that all make sense? Good.

For some reason Costa tried to make it all suspenseful as to which directors were presenting last night. Why? I do not know, because I'm pretty sure all the directors knew beforehand and only those 5 made movies this week.

  • First up was Sam, who we learned was responsible for briefly popular viral video "Lazy Monday" (a response to SNL's "Lazy Sunday" sketch) which oddly enough starred fellow OTL finalist Adam. Sam's movie was called Broken Pipe Dreams and was about a guy who drops the engagement ring (that is is presumably meant for a girlfriend, but we never get that far) in the toilet and is forced to confront some toilet-based demons. It was alright, Carrie Fisher loved it, Bay thought it needed tighter editing, Garry Marshall rambled something about the bathroom. My favorite part was the dog.
  • Next up was Trevor, whose cuteness Adrianna Costa can't stop talking about. His movie, Teri (Blind Date), was about a blind date. Thrilling stuff. Carrie hated it. At this point I was forced to admit to myself that I kind of appreciated Michael Bay's presence. I never thought I would say that. He didn't much like the story, or the photography. Garry Marshall was, clearly, in another world and rambled something.

To hear about the rest of the movies, and my prediction for who will get the boot just

  • Hilary's movie The First Time I Met the Finkelsteins was crass, but I thought mediocre. Carrie Fisher thought the camera angles were too tight. Michael Bay called it a "groaner" (laughing at her instead of with her)...yikes. Garry Marshall didn't like the camera work either, but appreciated the line about "Kelly straddling a brisket." Of course he did.
  • Next up was Adam, whose movie Dough: The Musical was utterly fabulous. He pulled off a musical, and a funny one at that. Carrie gushed. Micheal Bay liked it but didn't think it was eye-catching enough. I'm not sure Garry Marshall understood it.
  • Last up was Shalini, who made a short documentary called Laughing Out Loud: A Comic Journey about a gay Indian comedian in NYC. Carrie loved it. Michael Bay was surprisingly impressed and thought she had the best directing skills of the bunch. Garry Marshall blathered about not really needing a beginning, middle and end.

I think it's between Hilary and Trevor as to who is getting the boot and my money is on Hilary. Garry Marshall will surely mourn the loss of another of the competition's female filmmakers. Also, Adrianna Costa totally had less face time. Good. So what did you guys think? Any stand-out films? As surprised as I was by Michael Bay's totally cocky but kinda necessary criticisms?

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crispet1 crispet1 10 years
How did I miss this!?
sass40 sass40 10 years
Oh--sorry I just thought of someone--Carrie-Anne from Dancing With Stars....I like her.
sass40 sass40 10 years
Also, is anyone else not annoyed there can't be one woman judge on a reality show (anyone?) that gives good constructive criticism--instead of having to hedge and pad things all the time? Gary Marshall is only moderately better than Carrie. While I like these judges they don't have enough dynamism. Their comments are a little flaccid. I agree with everyone Michael Bay was refreshing. I don't think he was cocky. They should keep him on. In film school I'm sure they have crits that are 10 x more honest and harsh than Bay. This show needs more judge feedback!! Fewer softballs!
sass40 sass40 10 years
I actually do not like this format, and think it's very unfair for the directors. I also thought it was very crass when that uber annoying hostess Adrianna asked the other contestants who they voted for. The first thing they need to do to improve this show is chuck that Arianna woman--she ruins the entire thing for me. Can she be more annoying/fake/totally out of place? I think their marketing strategy needs to be better, too. The posters around town (LA) make the show look really boring...brown background and a directors chair?? I think it's silly the directors get sent home to make their films. They should just be put up in the Oakwood and given and equal budget and local resources. I think the show needs to be more directed in the 'tasks'--equal budget, equal playing ground, more rigid assignment parameters. There are some really good contestants. My screenwriter hubby has a guy-crush on that Zach guy--I love his work, too! I also favored Shalinee tonight, altho I thought the musical was really good (my husband squirmed)--it's very difficult to pull that off. I wished she had had her subject look directly into the camera just once, fleetingly, towards the end, for that audience connection...I think it would have made it just that much better.
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
OMG, lazy monday was great! now things are looking up!
Megg21 Megg21 10 years
I really really disliked the dough musical. I found it completely boring and the characters were just meh for me. I didn't care about them. I loved Shalinee's. It was beautifully shot. Had really vibrant rich imagery (same as her one last week which I also enjoyed) and it told a compelling story and most important of all the comedian she was featuring or portraying was actually funny! That was the problem with Studio 60. Shooting a 'funny' show within a show except the sketches weren't funny. I liked Michael Bay's criticisms and I love Gary Marshall. He does give really interesting criticism sometimes plus he's funny.
CocoChic CocoChic 10 years
Dough: The Musical had me cracking up the whole time! As for Hilary's, I wasn't even laughing at her. It was more of pity. I think that Laughing Out Loud had great cinematography but other than that I didn't really like hers.
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