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Watch, Watched, Watching: Ringing in 2018

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2 hours ago, Risto said:

Yes, of course... Those costumes, for all their inaccuracy, were truly exquisitely made. 

As I understood and I might get wrong is that history of Osmanli court became much bloodier after Suleiman the Magnificent. The problem was that up until then, the brothers were actually half-brothers and mothers hadn't had the problem of maintaining the peace between opposing brothers. On the contrary, they would be all for killing the other claimants. When the birth of more princes by one woman began with Hurrem it also created the problem of the mothers who didn't want to choose ONE to become a sultan. Rather, they would let them live, have the kids of their own until of course, the time came. That is why it get bloodier. They forgot that multiple male children by the same woman wasn't just for the sake of Islam's teachings, it was indeed practical.

The female roles were interesting, but the writing was problematic. It revealed the old "woman was the sinner" ideology. You see, the way things are made in Magnificent Century is that every sin each of the male members of the family made, was actually done by woman "making" them do so. Suleiman killed Mustafa because of Hurrem, Mustafa made mistakes because of his mother, Bayazid killed his brother and his sons because of whats-her-name. Every crime can be traced to a woman. That is what I really hated about it.

In Montenegro, when they started airing "Ezel", a Turkish modern adaptation of Count of Montecristo,  the cities' streets were empty. From 7 pm to 8.30/9 pm, everyone was home. It was borderline spooky. That was the first time I saw how popular these TV shows are at Balkans. 

That's what I understood too -- when Suleiman married Hurrem, it changed everything in a domino effect, because non of the previous Sultans had taken wives, who then, with their sons, expected the right of inheritance of the sultanate by virtue of the previous sultan being the father -- the way so many states operated all around them.

I haven't seen season 2 of MC -- it's not streaming on netflix, dang, at least, not yet.  I have been anxious to see the pasha get his.  Not to mention the season closed on the cliffhanger of Hurrem and the artist eating the poisoned whatever it was -- I forget.

That's how it is in South America and the Spanish speaking Caribbean and Spain too -- when it's the hour the streets are empty.  It's actually pretty cool to know as one travels across Mexico or Cuba, for instance, that at a particular time everything is going to be quiet, and places without a television (of which there are so many, thank the lordessa!), will be almost empty.

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Yesterday we found Myths & Monsters on Netflix and watched the whole thing in one go (six episodes). Mythology and storytelling is my great love so this is right up my street. It was actually really well made though, quite serious in tone with personable academics explaining the stories and context of the myths. I really enjoyed what they did with the art work too, animating pieces of static art work. I recommend it. 

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1 hour ago, Isis said:

Yesterday we found Myths & Monsters on Netflix and watched the whole thing in one go (six episodes). Mythology and storytelling is my great love so this is right up my street. It was actually really well made though, quite serious in tone with personable academics explaining the stories and context of the myths. I really enjoyed what they did with the art work too, animating pieces of static art work. I recommend it. 

I finished this a week or two ago. Completely agree. Very well done series. I would love to see another season or two broadening into other mythologies of the world.

I watched Shot Caller last night. Good film. Nicholaj Coster-Waldau was quite good in it.

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18 hours ago, HelenaExMachina said:

I just watched the first two episodes of Derry Girls. Agreed, it’s hilarious. :D The headteacher/Nun is great with her deadpan monotony. 

I have seen all three episodes by now and it's gets even better wouldn't you agree? The third one you'll definitely like, because the headteacher's reaction to Father Peter was hilarious :D

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Watched the first episode of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Pretty good start. This one will be much different for me than OJ, as I know next to nothing about the case. Penelope Cruz was good in the small amount of screen time she had in the episode. 

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I caught a couple of episodes of Amazon's Philip K. Dick anthology and thought it was solid.  Not great, but solid.  Hoping to catch the rest of them.  

It's opening is a really great little sci-fi homage.  

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5 hours ago, Veltigar said:

I have seen all three episodes by now and it's gets even better wouldn't you agree? The third one you'll definitely like, because the headteacher's reaction to Father Peter was hilarious :D

Haha yes I live for her snarky asides. She is like an embodiement of my bitchy inner voice :lol: 

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I saw the first episode of Britannia. Based on that very small sample, I'd say it looks promising in a thrashy, yet enjoyable kind of way. My main take away so far is that I would definitely like to ask David Morresy how he does it, like does he use certain types of spices or does he have like a special technique, because he's chewing that scenery like a competitive eater at the world championship for hot dog eating.

Although I have to be honest, certain type of things also make me wary. I really, really hope that this series stays on the right side of the magic/no magic divide. I'm really tired of getting 'supposedly' historical settings where magic turns out to be a real thing just so that lazy writers can write themselves out of plot inconviniences just by saying it was all due to magic (I'm looking at you Vikings). I really hope that every supposedly magical incidence in Britannia will boil down to taking dope and using some neat tricks.  

Overall the action was nice. The series has also done a great job with costumes and scenery setting. The writing is of course pretty dumbed down in places (e.g. Morresey's general claiming that none of the Cetls were aware that the Romans were coming, eventhough in real life certainly the people in the south-west definitely had a lot of contact with the continent and should have known something big was coming)., but right now I can give it a pass because it's still interesting. I also really like the actors involved, they really have assembled a strong cast. The young girl was pretty good as well, so at the very least they also managed to cast a good child actress. 

2 hours ago, HelenaExMachina said:

Haha yes I live for her snarky asides. She is like an embodiement of my bitchy inner voice :lol: 

Perhaps you should start your own sitcom ;) do us all a favour by making us laugh.

Spoiler

Peter: Proof at last Peter, proof at last.

Mother: What's wrong with him sister?

Nun: He's a priest like. 

:lmao:

 

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12 hours ago, Isis said:

Yesterday we found Myths & Monsters on Netflix and watched the whole thing in one go (six episodes). Mythology and storytelling is my great love so this is right up my street. It was actually really well made though, quite serious in tone with personable academics explaining the stories and context of the myths. I really enjoyed what they did with the art work too, animating pieces of static art work. I recommend it. 

Interesting. I've added that to my queue and will have to check it out soon.

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I've gone back 4 or 5 pages but I don't see any mention of Counterpart. I just caught the first episode, and I see the second one is scheduled for January 28th. The premiere was first broadcast back on December 10.

It looks like it's going to be really interesting. J.K. Simmons (Law and Order, Spider-Man movies, Whiplash etc etc) plays Howard Silk, a long term employee in a weird government bureau, where he signs in in the morning, changes out of his clothes into a generic suit along with his co-workers, and the they all line up in front of identical doors and walk into tiny rooms with a glass partition, where another generically dressed man walks in on the other side, sits down, and they both open their briefcases and the man pulls out a file folder and reads out a list of comments, answered by Silk. The comments are like something out of a cheap spy novel, statements and counterstatements, like, The weather is nice in the summer, and My mother hates the heat but she lives in the south.

Silk applies for a promotion and the director essentially laughs at him and then tells him the job has been filled. Silk doesn't actually know what they even do in the bureau. The fellow who gets the job is murdered. Then Silk is called into a meeting in a concrete room with the nasty looking Director of Operations. A mystery man who is passing them information is brought in with his head covered in a hood. The hood is pulled off to reveal....Howard Silk.

Sometime early in the cold war an experiment went seriously wrong. But as a result, in the building where Silk works, which appears to be in Germany although all the workers appear to be British or American, there's a door that when you walk through it leads to a parallel universe. Everyone has a double. The worlds were identical until the door was opened and they started exchanging information, then histories started to diverge. And now an assassin has crossed over to start killing people.

Here's a trailer. It covers more than the 1st episode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxbxo_NfvM0

 

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I forgot that Counterpart was starting this month. It looked really interesting and I will definitely be checking it out.

 

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12 hours ago, Veltigar said:

I saw the first episode of Britannia. Based on that very small sample, I'd say it looks promising in a thrashy, yet enjoyable kind of way. My main take away so far is that I would definitely like to ask David Morresy how he does it, like does he use certain types of spices or does he have like a special technique, because he's chewing that scenery like a competitive eater at the world championship for hot dog eating.

Although I have to be honest, certain type of things also make me wary. I really, really hope that this series stays on the right side of the magic/no magic divide. I'm really tired of getting 'supposedly' historical settings where magic turns out to be a real thing just so that lazy writers can write themselves out of plot inconviniences just by saying it was all due to magic (I'm looking at you Vikings). I really hope that every supposedly magical incidence in Britannia will boil down to taking dope and using some neat tricks.  

Overall the action was nice. The series has also done a great job with costumes and scenery setting. The writing is of course pretty dumbed down in places (e.g. Morresey's general claiming that none of the Cetls were aware that the Romans were coming, eventhough in real life certainly the people in the south-west definitely had a lot of contact with the continent and should have known something big was coming)., but right now I can give it a pass because it's still interesting. I also really like the actors involved, they really have assembled a strong cast. The young girl was pretty good as well, so at the very least they also managed to cast a good child actress. 

Perhaps you should start your own sitcom ;) do us all a favour by making us laugh.

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Peter: Proof at last Peter, proof at last.

Mother: What's wrong with him sister?

Nun: He's a priest like. 

:lmao:

 

The list of banned songs in the assembly and the utter disdain for the prefect girl are perfect.

There have been times where my life is such a comedy of errors I’ve almost though I’m in a sitcoms and listened out for a laughtrack :P 

i Don’t know if you watch it, but since it’s another comedy on Channel 4, you ought to try Catastrophe. Totally hilarious and again, episodes aren’t too lengthy. I wish each season was longer though

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Counterpart pilot was solid. I saw it a month ago and forgot about it. I'll definitely watch more.

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15 hours ago, Fragile Bird said:

I've gone back 4 or 5 pages but I don't see any mention of Counterpart. I just caught the first episode, and I see the second one is scheduled for January 28th. The premiere was first broadcast back on December 10.

It does look like it could be an interesting show, unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any sign of a UK broadcaster for it at the moment.

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Watching Counterpart...I liked how they made it a point to mention the tie that Simmons' doppelganger wears.  They pointed it out and so you notice it and it's easy to tell which Simmons is which.  Smart.

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Gonna skip The Alienist for now due to the mixed reviews and instead gonna watch Soderbergh's new HBO mini-series Mosaic.It got a glowing review on AVCLUB.

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6 hours ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

Gonna skip The Alienist for now due to the mixed reviews and instead gonna watch Soderbergh's new HBO mini-series Mosaic.It got a glowing review on AVCLUB.

What's it about? :) 

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4 hours ago, Veltigar said:

What's it about? :) 

All i know is that it's by Soderbergh,stars Sharon Stone and is a murder-mystery with unreliable narrator (s).:)

But here's the official synopsis:

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Mosaic is a mystery thriller that takes place in Park City, Utah. Originally released as an interactive app, Mosaic allows the viewer to experience different portions of the story from the perspective of different characters in a non-linear fashion, providing a complex and unique narrative form. The story itself involves a murder mystery, coverups, conspiracies, high-end art, real estate, and the entangled interests of the wealthy Park City elite.

 

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Castaway is on and Jace needed a break from news while crushing it.

I've actually been wanting to watch it for a couple of weeks, y'know, lamenting that I didn't take the Google account in the divorce :P

Anyways, I haven't seen it in at least a decade and I forgot that he made all kinds of weird Idols in addition to Wilson.

Totally forgot about the dead guy part too. Tom Hanks is a beast.

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I guess I just have to accept that the Blade Runner movies aren't for me. Tried watching both of them multiple times, albeit at night after having a few beers, and fell asleep each time. Oh well, can't win them all. 

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