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  1. I finally watched Macbeth, the 2015 version with Fassbender and Cotillard. It was visually stunning and the acting was very good. The sound quality wasn't very good, however. I had to keep playing with the volume depending on whether there was dialogue or music. The dialogue was quiet and the music was loud.
  2. Tom Franklin's Hell at the Breech. Loosely based on the Mitcham War in Clarke County, Alabama in the early 1890s. Only the second novel of Franklin's I've read (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter being the first), but won't be the last. Now onto Twilight by William Gay, another Southern writer I thoroughly enjoy.
  3. I'm not too fond of how they used Mary's death to sideline Laszlo, but he is a little unhinged. Seems Beecham isn't the only one with parental issues. I had been calling Cyrus "Silas". Damn. His scene was just too much of a tease. I was cheering him on. It was great finally "seeing" Beecham in action. Another episode with great tension. The gang searching his apartment was almost as tense as the final scene with Beecham.
  4. I finished the first, and hopefully not last, season of Showtime's The Chi. Very good series that follows a cast of characters in inner-city Chicago. Everything was pulled together nicely in the final two episodes and set up for a second season. Character development was probably the strongest aspect of the show. The pace was a bit slower with slight digressions from the central plot to give each character their own arc, but I only felt maybe two episodes at most had little going on. I'm hoping for at least another season.
  5. That makes sense. I'm usually exercising while watching, so my attention isn't as close as it should be for this show. I'm kind of dwelling on what Marks said about Angel Eyes making it back to the crossing being important. Perhaps I'm placing too much importance on Marks's statement. I'm wondering if their actual mission failed and Angel Eyes was just trying to reach safety. It makes me wonder how the crossing actually works. Does each "crosser" experience his/her own crossing, or is there only one actual crossing? Aldrich and the other guy were actually watching him cross, but could they have been blinded to others crossing in parallel crossings, so to speak? Why only one crossing at a time. I remember one of the characters in an earlier episode mentioning something along the lines of each crosser having to experience the crossing alone. I'm curious as to why. I know, keep watching and find out. I love shows that present all of these questions and possibilities.
  6. Yeah, I initially thought Clare's father could be a plant since they ignored him, but I'm not so sure since he seemed to have no idea wtf was going on. Perhaps he actually did though and was just terrified being in the middle of a shootout. Normal reaction. I'm not sure what all of the controls they were turning on or off and breaking the keys were for exactly, but probably security protocols. I failed to read those controls. The writer, Justin Marks, said it was important for the third operative( I think he called him Angel Eyes or something like that) to make it to the crossing spot which is a free zone and creates a number of diplomatic issues for both sides. It will be interesting to see that play out next episode.
  7. Wow, that was a fine penultimate episode. I'm wondering what the ultimate goal of the three infiltrating operatives is. Peter Quayle is the one character on this show I hate. Great character, but I hate him. And looks like Howard Silk finally got a reality wake up call and knows he has to go back to his actual life.
  8. Not wanting to play bumper cars on the highways on one of the biggest amateur nights of the year, it was a choice between watching Patriot's Day or The Space Between Us yesterday and I chose the latter, which was most assuredly a mistake. I have no idea how good or bad Patriot's Day is, but it can't be worse than The Space Between Us. The only positive spin I can put on it is the premise, Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman and some cool space shots. Boy was the execution terrible. I'm thinking this may have been a YA romance that was adapted to screen? Another take on the quirky, naïve, sick kid finding true love. All I can say in my defense is that fuck all was on tv late last night.
  9. I did not care for the ending of Tomato Red. Interesting story and well-written with great characterization, but that ending left me unsatisfied.
  10. Matthew McBride's A Swollen Red Sun. The usual staples of the country noir genre: rednecks, meth, guns and lots of violence. It wasn't reinventing the wheel,(the violence that occurs when someone's drug money is taken) but was entertaining. Now onto Daniel Woodrell's Tomato Red for more of the genre.
  11. That could be. You're not really missing much. For example, the site has you place a pair of characters to the correct locale thy visited last episode. Then it just tells you the clue they uncovered about Beecham. That's about as interactive as it gets.
  12. I believe that is the character referred to as the "Swede". I'm still uncertain as to why he didn't pursue Laszlo and John after killing their coachman and causing their carriage to crash. I just visited that site and it appears to be working. It seems to just recap info from the episodes though. Nothing is really added.
  13. Of course sasquatch exists. I run into one or two whenever I visit one of the local dives.
  14. Robert Graves's Goodbye to All That. A bit broader than the WW1 memoir I initially thought it was. Interesting to read about the effects of WW1 on the old order, so to speak. Also interesting how close Graves was with other writers of the time, namely Sassoon.
  15. Damn, that was a horrific ending to the episode. I liked the team splitting up to pursue different information on their new suspect.