The second you think you have some of the couples figured out, they surprise you.
Ups and downs are a natural part of the process, and Married at First Sight Season 11 Episode 10 was filled with them. Some unlikely couples made progress, and others stalled.
Do you think there is hope for Miles & Karen and Henry & Christina after a rocky start?
Olivia & Brett
Olivia and Brett are an unusual pair because of how they’ve been coasting by in the middle. They have moments when it seems as though they’re getting along well, but their issues are never as glaring as the two most challenging couples, but they aren’t doing as well as the more stable pairs.
If I had to place a bet on whether or not they will decide to stay married by the end of this, I would say it’s a hard no. For one, it never seemed as though they were genuinely attracted to each other physically or personality-wise.
They said they were, but what they said and what we saw and still see never matches up. But it feels as though they’re too poorly-matched to last.
It feels as though we’re watching two new roommates trying to navigate living together instead of an actual married couple, and it carries over to their outings as well.
Olivia going rock climbing with Brett was the first time it felt as though she was willing to do something he was interested in without being prompted or forced into it.
Their date was OK, and they got along well, but there is no real chemistry or heat between these two at all.
And then Olivia dragged Brett out to “Trivia” night with her friends, and they hit another wall. A couple of things have become clear about Brett during this process.
Brett is surprisingly an introverted person, so when he gets pushed out of his comfort zone, he becomes an asshole. We’ve seen it many times before, and he drinks to loosen up as well.
Brett was outside of his comfort zone, and he was bored as hell, and it was not the best combination. Olivia got upset that he didn’t show any interest in her Game Night with her friends, but while he was coming off a bit standoffish and not pretending to be into the games, it was hard to blame him.
In his defense, Olivia said it was trivia night, but that wasn’t exactly true, and none of her friends were participating or seemed into either. Hell, the man hosting it seemed bored.
Brett wasn’t the only one not having a fun time, but it hurt Olivia that Brett wasn’t making more of an effort. But man, it was the second time she took him on a questionable date. The gator boat ride was a snoozefest too.
They will have a tough go of things because of their incompatibility. Olivia had a set idea of what type of man she wanted, and Brett doesn’t fit that.
While he doesn’t even come close, it’s again becoming evident that Olivia isn’t prepared for an actual marriage that involves the merging of two people with their own agency and ideals.
Olivia is happy with Olivia and her lifestyle, her hobbies, and her friends, and I don’t think ANY man will fit into her life if she isn’t prepared to make room for him.
She got annoyed when Brett was helping her make the bed, and she wasn’t used to someone having a different sleeping pattern beside her.
Olivia needs a Traveling/Activities companion with “benefits,” and that’s about it. It’s hard to imagine her handling a long-term husband even if he did make enough money and like ALL the same activities she does.
Amani & Woody
Woody and Amani are one of the top couples to beat, but there have been cracks appearing bit by bit as the season progresses.
They have some fundamental differences that are coming to a head, and Amani has some genuine fears about their future. The different opinions on how to discipline children are one of a few little things that have gotten in their way, but they never worked through. The hair thing was another.
But Amani is worried about how quickly Woody fell for her. He has told her already that he loves her, and she hasn’t been able to say it back.
Woody is a lot to deal with, and he’s so energetic, and Amani has admitted more than once that he’s someone she has to keep up with often.
She expressed a fear that if she didn’t catch up to him fast enough, that by the time she got to where he was, he would lose interest.
It’s a real fear, especially with Woody, who seems so enamored with this process that it’s overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like Woody is saying all the things he feels like he should and doing what he’s supposed to, but it’s hard to tell how real it is.
And Woody has some feelings about Amani not sharing his thoughts and operating at the same speed. He also has some controlling tendencies that seem to get to Amani more and more.
They’re one of the most lovable couples on the series, but they aren’t perfect, and it isn’t smooth-sailing no matter how much they operate as the duo who have it all figured out or as advisors for the others.
Amelia & Bennett
Speaking of trying to get to what’s real, the other lovable duo has a similar issue.
The more time they spend with each other, the better their getting to know each other, and with that comes annoyances.
Bennett likes to keep things tidy, and Amelia is someone who isn’t as concerned about all of that. Amelia went into this process essentially saying that she was wanted a househusband, so it should come as no surprise that she expects Bennett to do all the housework.
Bennett felt it was only fair that they share duties, but when he mixed up a bunch of different tasks and made a game out of them choosing which ones to take on, Amelia conveniently chose all the things that required the least amount of actual work.
It would’ve irritated the hell out of me, but Bennett seemed to roll with it.
Amelia was there to take care of him when he wasn’t feeling well (and looking back, it makes you wonder if Bennett had COVID-19 before it became rampant). And she did make him a cake and all before.
Bennett stepped it up by getting some unusual looing singers to come to the house and sing for Amelia, and he had a nice dinner and all planned for her. It’s adorable how tapped in he is to her, even in such a short period.
Bennett and Amelia even had an adorable double date with Miles and Karen. Bennett and Miles have the best and most underrated friendship of the season, and he made a hell of a wingman helping Miles out with the intimacy issues with Karen.
But Bennett is starting to have some reservations too. Reality is setting in, and Bennett is concerned that Amelia is enamored with him right now, and she’s putting him on a pedestal.
He shared some of the things that she does that annoy him, including more commentary about her lack of housekeeping or half-ass attempt at it (who doesn’t wash the entire dish when doing the dishes?). But Amelia couldn’t think of anything Bennett did that bothered her.
He even gave her a list, and she had nothing to say about it. It seems trivial, but Bennett’s frustration is warranted here. He’s concerned, and he’s been down that road of either putting his spouse on a pedestal or vice versa.
He knows it doesn’t lead anywhere positive. For one, there’s always a chance that little resentments will build up and come out in different ways.
I think Bennett wants to know that their relationship is REAL. They can’t be perfect, compatible, and pleasant all of the time. Amelia didn’t pick up on any of that yet, so it’ll be interesting to see if she ever does and how it’ll affect them.
Christina & Henry
The group date went well, and the other couples saw that Henry and Christina seemed to be getting along better.
Christina even made a joke announcing that she was pregnant, which garnered some fun reactions from the others.
Amani, who seems to have stepped in as the resident couples’ therapist since the experts have been weirdly MIA, pulled Henry aside to talk.
Henry was honest with Amani about his feelings regarding Christina. He shared with her the issues he had with Christina’s impatience and rudeness, and he acknowledged that those were turnoffs and dealbreakers, but Christina has been working on it, and they’re doing much better.
It was unfortunate that Amani went and shared everything Henry said with Christina and Olivia. Assuming Henry was confiding in her, under the guise of them forming a friendship, of sorts, it sucks that she told Christina everything verbatim.
Nevertheless, Christina was livid about Henry telling Amani more than he’s ever told her. These two suck at communicating, but it seems as though they don’t know how to do that with success.
Both of them are more open to the cameras and other individuals than they are each other.
Christina confronting Henry about what he said was a lot, and while on the one hand, she came in hot and came across “impatient” again, on the other hand, it was probably necessary.
She put his feet to the fire, and she didn’t give him much time to respond before firing off more questions, but she waited for some form of an answer and wanted to nail him down to something.
She asserted that she can deal if Henry isn’t interested in her and he doesn’t want to seem like an asshole on TV, but she needs to know where she stands.
It bothered her that he didn’t share that her impatience was a potential dealbreaker (although he did, maybe she wasn’t listening) and that he told Woody that he found her sexy when he hasn’t shared positive affirmations and compliments with her.
Henry says he doesn’t know if their marriage can work yet, and if he had to say if there’s a future between them at that moment, he would say no.
But this is an eight-week process, and these two are just hitting a stride, so it’s a reasonable answer. He’s not saying they couldn’t be something in the future, only that they need to take the rest of their time together to figure that out.
Later on, while they had their one-on-one time, answering each other’s questions, they were cute and endearing. It’s the most intimate and real they’ve been ever.
Karen & Miles
Karen’s intimacy issue has become the biggest wall in her relationship.
After the scheduled sex incident, instead of resolving it or talking through it, she took off and spent the night elsewhere. They had a discussion when she returned, and Miles apologized, but it doesn’t feel like we’ve gotten to the core of their issues.
Miles spent some time talking to Woody about their relationship, and when he talks about it out loud, you feel for him even more.
It keeps feeling as though he’s pouring more into this relationship and doing whatever he can to make Karen comfortable and move at her glacial pace, but he’s feeling neglected in the process.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell what Miles is getting out of the process. They aren’t making any forward movement at all. You got a sense of how difficult this has been for them when Woody was reacting to everything Miles was telling him.
Karen did take him to an intimacy class, and while there, she gave him a massage. It was a way of giving him some of the affection and affirmation that he craves.
It’s insane that the entire time she was massaging him, I was afraid biology would rear its head (pardon the pun), and if Miles had a natural, uncontrollable reaction to her, she would feel uncomfortable or bolt again.
She’s so skittish when it comes to any affection, sex, or intimacy. It’s not so much that she has these issues as it is that she signed up for this accelerated process.
But it also feels like she’s carrying baggage from her previous relationship and holding that against Miles. It’s not fair to him to make him pay for things that happened in the past with someone else.
But she tried to make some efforts, and he appreciated them. Sometimes when she points out the efforts that she’s making, it can feel like the acts themselves aren’t genuine.
But we’ll have to see.
Over to you, MAFS Fanatics! Have Olivia and Brett stalled in their relationship? Are Bennett’s concerns valid? Can Henry and Christina make it after all?
Hit the comments below!
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5 Ways Freddy Krueger Is The Best Slasher (& 5 It’s Ghostface)
When it comes to slasher movies, they don’t really come much bigger or better than Scream or A Nightmare On Elm Street. Both of these franchises have had many incredible movies and several tremendous moments, but it is Freddy Krueger and Ghostface themselves that really carry them.
They are two horror icons and that is due to how scary and entertaining they both are within their movies. Each character has a massive amount of personality and while they both are classic slasher-style villains, they do offer something very different in their delivery, and how they provide their scares. This is why they have so many different fans and why they are two of the very best within the genre.
10 GHOSTFACE: No One Knows What Ghostface Is Thinking
While Ghostface tends to be very talkative, Ghostface doesn’t show any real emotions because of the mask. It’s easy to see what Freddy is thinking and feeling at any given moment due to his facial expressions, but the same cannot be said for Ghostface.
That’s what makes Ghsotface slightly scarier. At times, it’s impossible to know what is running through Ghostface’s mind even if a keen observer examines the killer’s body language. The fear of the unknown is a big thing, and that is something Ghostface has in spades when it comes to the scare factor.
9 FREDDY KRUEGER: He Has More Variety
Freddy Kruger and Ghostface are classic slashers and because of that, their kills are always going to be similar. One uses a knife, the other uses a glove with razors, but they provide a similar outcome: someone get stabbed. But because Freddy can dip into slightly more unrealistic ideas, it allows him to have a little more creativity with his scares and kills.
Having the power of dreams just helps make Freddy more exciting to watch as it really allows for unpredictability. This originality and flavor is key to any horror film’s success, and that’s exactly what Freddy provides.
8 GHOSTFACE: They’re More Realistic
While Freddy Krueger’s world of torment and mind games does create for some fun and wacky situations especially in the later movies, Ghostface is more realistic. It is easier for viewers to relate to someone in a mask running around stabbing people compared to killer boogeyman. While it might not be as wild and adventurous, the former can be scarier.
Audiences instantly put themselves into the shoes of the victims and imagine what it would be like to be in such a life-threatening situation. While the idea of a murderous dream demon is scary on its own, running from a psycho in a deliberately generic Halloween costume is frighteningly more mundane and relatable. That simple fact is that a killer grounded in a little more reality is just scarier.
7 FREDDY KRUEGER: Those One-Liners
While people aren’t necessarily going into a horror movie looking for laughs, throughout history the genre has tended to provide plenty of them. Freddy Krueger is a big example of that, as he often delivers some excellent one-liners throughout his movies that leave audiences in floods of laughter.
Sometimes, this works in a frightening way because his jokes can take the audience to a different mindset. Basically when the kill comes, the attack is even scarier since Freddy’s obviously having a ball. Plus, it just makes Freddy that much more entertaining.
6 GHOSTFACE: They Have Tons Of Personality
While Ghostface might not be pulling out witty one-liners after every kill, that doesn’t mean that Freddy has this horror icon beat in the comedy department. Nope; Ghostface is, in fact, one of the funniest horror characters of all time, mainly because Ghostface is always full of personality.
Before actually killing anyone, Ghostface usually taunts victims with an encyclopedic knowledge of horror movies and their tropes. Once again, it isn’t the laughs that people are watching Scream for, though Ghostface’s dark sense of humor does provide Scream with lighter moments and makes the viewing experience more enjoyable.
5 FREDDY KRUEGER: He Has A Stronger Backstory
Freddy Krueger has one of the best backstories of any major horror icon, which is what makes him such a compelling villain. His past actions (i.e. being a notorious child-killer) are despicable and they set him out as a true villain even before he becomes the burnt boogeyman that everyone thinks about.
Having that detailed backstory really does set the tone for him as a character and instantly makes him out to be someone people should hate. It adds an extra layer to him, which is what makes him a more intriguing human monster. Meanwhile, nothing is consistent about Ghostface since the person under the mask always changes, and so does Ghostfaces’ motives.
4 GHOSTFACE: That Self-Awareness
Sometimes, it can be hard to take horror characters seriously because of the classic tropes they follow and religiously adhere to. However, that is what sets Ghostface and the Scream franchise apart from the rest. Though generally recognized as slasher movies, the Scream franchise and Ghostface are incredibly self-aware.
They openly mock plot holes that a lot of horror films fall into, and that helps set Ghostface apart from the pack. The fact that Ghostface knows how a slasher movie would play out and how their victims would react or otherwise makes them less predictable, and that makes whoever’s under the mask a lot scarier.
3 FREDDY KRUEGER: He’s An Expert At Psychological & Physical Scares
The brilliant aspect of Freddy Krueger is that it isn’t just the slasher killer element that is scary about him; it’s the mental torture he plays on his victims, only killing them in their nightmares when they are sleeping. It makes viewers find everything more relatable, as everyone knows the feeling of trying to desperately stay awake.
The mental burden of forcing one’s self to not fall asleep is amplified to a nightmarish extreme with Freddy, making him scarier than a normal human killer. Sometimes, those moments can be more terrifying than the big kills and attacks themselves, and the psychological terror certainly makes Freddy a more developed character than most.
2 GHOSTFACE: Their Identity Is Always A Mystery
It doesn’t matter what installment of A Nightmare On Elm Street people watch; everyone knows Freddy’s behind it all. This is where Ghostface has a nice advantage over him, and is also why the Scream villain is one of the best horror characters of all time. Basically, Ghostface always has an air of mystery because no one knows who’s under the mask until the very end.
This mystery is something audiences can get sucked into no matter what else is happening in a Scream movie. The idea of trying to determine who will be behind the mask requires attention to detail and closely following every possible lead, which can result in some great surprises along the way.
1 FREDDY KRUEGER: He’s Always The Same Man
While a mystery can be fun, the beauty in Freddy Krueger always being the same man is that it actually makes him scarier. Freddy is an invincible killing machine who continues to come back and ask for more in each movie, which also allows for some continuation of the story and character development — things Ghostface doesn’t really get.
Having him be consistent only makes Freddy even scarier. The fact that audiences know who’s wielding the bladed glove and still come back for more showcases how effective this creative choice is,. This actually forces the writers to create something fresh and unique for Freddy — no matter who’s playing him — in each of his outings.
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Apple Takes on Netflix with First Oscar Slate: Tom Holland’s ‘Cherry,’ Sofia Coppola, and More
Apple has picked up “Cherry” for north of $40 million, and the Russo Brothers are already touting Tom Holland for the Oscars.
With the announcement that Apple Original Films has acquired worldwide rights to Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Cherry” in a deal reportedly worth north of $40 million, the streaming giant continues to build its first Oscar slate. Apple has announced an early 2021 release for “Cherry,” and the Russo Brothers have been touting star Tom Holland as an Oscar contender for much of 2020. Holland stars as an Army medic in Iraq who returns home suffering from PTSD and becomes addicted to opiates and heroin.
“I think it’s an Oscar-worthy performance,” Joe Russo said in April. “I think he is absolutely amazing in it. He gives a gut-wrenching performance. What he does to himself emotionally and physically is unbelievable. We haven’t seen an actor in a role like this in a while. The movie spans a decade, complemented by an epic performance. And one that I certainly hope will be in the Oscar conversation.”
“Cherry” reunites Holland with the Russo Brothers, who directed him as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” For the Russo Brothers, “Cherry” marks their first directorial effort since the record-breaking run of “Endgame” last summer. The script was co-written by Jessica Goldberg (“The Path”) and Angela Russo-Otstot (“The Shield”). Rising actress Ciara Bravo stars opposite Holland as his character’s wife.
Films that aim to be eligible for the 2021 Oscars have to be released by February 28, so expect “Cherry” to launch before that cut-off date. A buzzy premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival ahead of an early February streaming launch could be in the cards.
“Cherry” joins Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks” and the Tom Hanks war thriller “Greyhound” as the narrative features in Apple’s inaugural Oscar slate. Coppola’s new film debuted at the New York Film Festival to positive reviews, but it’s a lighter affair for the Oscar-winning “Lost in Translation” screenwriter. Oscar voters haven’t nominated a Coppola effort since “Marie Antoinette” won Best Costume Design. Bill Murray’s well-reviewed “On the Rocks” performance might appeal more to the Golden Globes than the Oscars, but expect Apple to push the actor and Coppola’s original script for contention. A24 is opening “On the Rocks” in theaters October 2, followed by the Apple TV+ debut October 23.
“Greyhound,” written by Hanks and directed by Aaron Schneider, was released on Apple TV+ over the summer after the streamer picked up the movie from Sony Pictures amid the pandemic. While not expected to be an above-the-line contender, Apple could have success with “Greyhound” in the craft categories depending on how the rest of 2020 shakes out. War films are catnip to the sound branch (see “1917 earlier this year), and there’s a lack of big-scale studio contenders outside of “Tenet” right now. Upcoming tentpoles “No Time to Die,” “Wonder Woman 1984,” and “Dune” are likely to factor into the craft races, but there’s no guarantee these films stay on the release calendar.
Apple’s likeliest contender at the moment is Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine’s “Boys State,” which is in the running for Best Documentary. The film earned rave reviews out of Sundance 2020, where it was picked up in a joint deal by Apple and A24. IndieWire’s Oscar expert Anne Thompson lists “Boys State” as a frontrunner in the Best Documentary race along with Netflix’s “Crip Camp” and Amazon’s “Time.”
Netflix is expected to dominate the Oscars this year with contenders such as Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (confirmed to be a full blown contender), David Fincher’s “Mank,” Ron Howard’s “Hillbilly Elegy,” Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” and George C. Wolfe’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Amazon also has Regina King’s acclaimed feature directorial debut “One Night in Miami,” which already has buzz for its performances and King’s direction.
Does Apple have what it takes to break into the Oscar race against heavyweight rivals such as Netflix and Amazon? The new streamer managed to do just that at the Emmys earlier this month, where Apple original “The Morning Show” picked up five nominations and won the prize for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series thanks to Billy Crudup’s performance. With “Cherry” now under its wings, Apple is getting ready to do the same at the Oscars.
The 8 Most Devastating One Chicago Deaths, Ranked
The One Chicago shows deal with life and death every day, and sometimes, it hits too close to home.
All three shows — Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Med — have lost characters, and some have been more heartbreaking than others. The latest finales weren’t deadly as past ones have been, but they did have us concerned for a couple characters.
Firehouse 51 suffered another injury on the job — though fortunately, Capp (Randy Flagler), was clear to return to duty soon by the end — and Intelligence’s Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) just made enemies with some powerful people in the CPD and Mayor’s office. (But he was right to tell the truth about a cop’s racial profiling causing his own and an innocent man’s deaths.)
While we wait to see what’s next for our favorite first responders over the next three(!) seasons, click through the gallery above to see the One Chicago deaths that still hurt, even years later, ranked from least to most devastating.
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