On the Lot: Final 15

One word describes how I feel about last night’s episode: ehhhh.

I was disappointed that only five films were shown this week instead of fifteen. It wouldn’t have been a problem, except four out of the five were mediocre or worse. I was also disappointed that results from tonight’s voting won’t be announced until next week. Maybe the producers want to draw out the suspense as long as possible, but saving the best battles for last might backfire. If a show airs but nobody watches it, will the advertisers want their money back?

Of the group, Dough: The Musical by Adam Stein was my favorite — charming, funny and inventive, just like his first short, Dance Man. Unless Vote for the Worst gets involved, Hilary Weisman Graham will certainly get kicked off; her film, The First Time I Met the Finkelsteins, was based on a clic&ecaute;d idea, had extremely unfunny and disgusting dialogue, and felt, as one of the judges noted, “claustrophobic”. Graham’s first film was set on a bus, but the characters in that had more space than the ones in Finkelsteins do, and with the latter you’d want to be as far away from them as possible.

There is one plus to not having a separate results episode — it means less time for Adrianna Costa to talk. Unfortunately, despite the groups of five, contestants are only getting kicked off one at a time, so those who stick with On the Lot are stuck with Costa for a looooong while yet.

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