Wow. The Season 2 finale of Suburgatory was exactly like the title of their theme song — it was a very much a “Pleasant Nightmare.” Yes we laughed and smiled at the jokes that only those in Chatswin call pull off, but in the end the show ended on a much darker note than you would expect from a 30-minute comedy.
We’re about to discuss and gush about all the Suburgatory shockers from the finale, so if you have not seen it, please leave now because Spoiler Alert: THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.
After a season of watching their love blossom into the real deal, it was particularly heartbreaking to watch George and Dallas end their relationship with tears and harsh words inside of Dallas’ leather dream house (Barbie pun, fully intended). Both of the characters made valid points but I think we as an audience could completely understand where Dallas was coming from. No one wants to be with a person who has to learn to love you — you’re not a Brussels sprout. Although we absolutely adore these two together, it was nice to see Dallas stand up for herself and realize that she deserves the best kind of love, even if that means pushing the man of her dreams out of her life.
And speaking of hunky men, how insanely hot was the scene between Ryan and Tessa in the bathroom?! When he slowly walked up to her and backed her against the wall without saying anything — we pretty much passed out from chemistry overload. Like Dallas and George, Tessa and Ryan are is officially over, but at least they ended their relationship with some sweet and intimate love-making — Bonus Points for the fact that it all went down while the Purity Ball was taking place!
It was heartbreaking to see Tessa trying so hard to find absolutely anyone to crash with, and kudos to the Suburgatory Gods for her minor stint in the handicapped bathroom. Thankfully, Tessa’s mom — played by lovely Malin Ackerman — was ready to be there when her daughter needed her the most. Tessa’s relationship with Alex has always been an strained and almost forced fit, but this was one of the best mother/daughter moments we’ve seen in quite some time. We mean this in the nicest way, but we kind of hope Ackerman’s pilot doesn’t get picked up in the fall, because we’d absolutely love to see more of their relationship next season.
There’s not much to say about the intense girl fight between Dalia and Tessa other than the fact that it was the best five minutes of our entire lives. This scene transformed a regular catfight into a full-fledged movie-worthy battle that left your jaw on the floor and fear in your hearts. Note-to-Self: Never ever ever piss off Dalia Royce or Tessa Altman — just become besties with Lisa Shay and you can meow your problems away.
Although Dalia can be a cold-hearted, life-ruining, bleached-blonde brat, we do feel that her connection to George is sweet and understandable — who wouldn’t want to be close to that face? When she said that she needed a song to go to sleep, we’ll totally admit that we rolled our eyes at the spoiled princess. But when we realized that George was strumming one of our all time favorite tunes, suddenly everything was right in the world.
The final moments of the Suburgatory finale can be perfectly described as bittersweet. While George is softly singing “Pleasant Nightmare,” we see a montage of scenes of Tessa embracing a new life with Alex. They picked out a place together, laughed while eating Chinese food on the living room floor, and enjoyed quiet yet content moments on the couch together. Tessa is seen finally getting time to bond with her mother and George is left alone in a rustic leather-living roomed house with a dog and his guitar. Fingers crossed we’ll get to see the chaos of Chatswin return next year for Season 3 — but until then please excuse us while we rewatch Wednesday’s finale because it was truly a perfect hour of television.
What did you think of Suburgatory’s season finale? Do you think Dallas was right to break up with George? Are you happy to see Tessa start a new chapter in Chatswin with Alex? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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It's award season time, and it isn't an awards season without those little indies that could getting in on the action. Today marked the announcement of the 2013 Independent Spirit Award nominees, and many of the buzzy films from the past year made it into the race.
Topping off the nominations with five apiece are Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom, both of whom garnered nods for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, among others for the actors. One actor making multiple cut-ins is Matthew McConaughey, whose work in Magic Mike and Killer Joe nabbed him nominations for Best Supporting Male and Best Male Lead, respectively.
It's not all smooth-sailing, though: the announcement of Silver Linings Playbook in the pool caused a bit of controversy, as the film's budget was reportedly over the $20 million cut-off point set by the governing body of the awards, but it seems as though the Weinsteins handled that little issue to keep it as a contender. This year's Spirit Awards are scheduled to air at 10PM on Saturday, February 23, 2013 on IFC—only one day before the Academy Awards. The full list of nominees is below.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Keep the Lights On
Silver Linings Playbook
Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom)
Julia Loktev (The Loneliest Planet)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On)
Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Fill the Void
Gimme the Loot
Safety Not Guaranteed
Sound of My Voice
Perks of Being a Wallflower
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Breakfast With Curtis (Laura Colella)
Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay)
Mosquita y Mari (Aurora Guerrero)
Starlet (Sean Baker)
The Color Wheel (Alex Ross Perry)
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks)
Martin McDonagh (Seven Psychopaths)
David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias (Keep the Lights On)
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Rama Burshtein (Fill the Void)
Derek Connolly (Saftey Not Guaranteed)
Nicholas Jarecki (Arbitrage)
Rashida Jones & Will McCormack (Celeste and Jesse Forever)
Jonathan Lisecki (Gayby)
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Linda Cardellini (Return)
Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed)
BEST MALE LEAD
Jack Black (Bernie)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Thure Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On)
Matthew McConaughey (Killer Joe)
Wendell Pierce (Four)
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Rosemarie DeWitt (Your Sister’s Sister)
Ann Dowd (Compliance)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice)
Lorraine Toussaint (Middle of Nowhere)
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)
David Oyelowo (Middle of Nowhere)
Michael Pena (End of Watch)
Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
Bruce Willis (Moonrise Kingdom)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
End of Watch
Valley of Saints
The Central Park Five
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
The Waiting Room
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Rust and Bone
ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD
Alicia Van Couvering (Nobody Walks)
Mynette Louie (Stones in the Sun)
Derrick Tseng (Prince Avalanche)
SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
David Fenster (Pincus)
Adam Leon (Gimme the Loot)
Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children)
TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel)
Only the Young (Jasonyyee Tippet and Elizabeth Mimms)
The Waiting Room (Peter Nicks)
What do you think of the nominees? Surprised by any? Disappointed by this missing? Let us know in the comments!
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Wizan died of natural causes after a long illness on Monday (21Mar11) in Westlake Village, California.
He began his career at top talent agency William Morris and helped to guide the careers of actor/director Sydney Pollack and moviemaker Robert Altman, before moving into film production.
His movie credits include 1970s pictures Junior Bonner with Steve McQueen, Jeremiah Johnson with Robert Redford, and Robert Wise thriller Audrey Rose.
Wizan also worked on 1984's Romancing the Stone and 1992 action comedy Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot!, as well as the film adaptations of James Patterson's Alex Cross book Kiss the Girls (1997) and its 2001 sequel Along Came a Spider - the producer's final shoot.
He is survived by his wife Melanie, a son and a daughter, and two step-sons.
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