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  1. Risto

    Rank your 2019 TV shows throughout the year

    Chernobyl Stranger Things Season 3 Big Little Lies Season 2 The Handmaid's Tale Season 3 Killing Eve Season 2 The Good Fight Season 3 Cukur (The Pit) Seasons 1 and 2 Grey's Anatomy Season 15 (special emphasis on "Silent All These Years") Game of Thrones Season 8 The Big Bang Theory Season 12 This one had issues, missteps and plot holes, but still it is gripping. The last episode concluded some storyarcs rather successfully and I am eager to find out what is in store for June.
  2. So, I have spent many an hour debating this in Serbian, so I will just sum up my impressions. Simply, I am in "OK, that's somewhat good casting" pack. I think the issue of this latent racism needs to be addressed. Not by Amazon or WoT production but by industry itself. Art can be color blind. Shakespeare or Chekhov are being adapted in theaters all over the world, often not "respecting" the characters' skin color. So, yes, having a black Romeo or IDK, Asian Hamlet is not actually beyond belief. Furthermore, in opera and ballet, you have numerous examples. Ballet is still considered Russian/European/white form of art, but you have someone like Misty Copeland who played everything there is, from Giselle to Nutcracker. That said, trust me, that doesn't mean there is no racism in ballet, because there is and Bolshoi directors and choreographers had been known to discriminate few black dancers that have found their way to the most prestigious ballet school in the world. So, why is there so much fuss when WoT casting is in question? The first thing, and I understand @Ran here is that it seems that worldbuilding has been thrown out. For all of us who had to endure eight seasons of ASOIAF worldbuilding and plots being ignored by D&D and GoT, it is almost hauntingly familiar when the first news of WoT casting go against what we, as readers, have perceived them to be. And, what, if we are all to be fair, author himself intended them to be. But, then again, we all have to remember what is the essence of these characters. Skin color most certainly isn't. This isn't "Selma", or "Lee Daniels' The Butler". Yes, visually, it may be different to us, but I suppose that is OK. I am not really bothered by it and I am far more concerned what will get thrown or ignored when it comes to many other aspects of WoT. As I said to someone, I would have preferred having Lupita N'yongo playing my favorite ASOIAF character, Sansa Stark and do Martin's Sansa justice then having beautiful white red-haired girl who was directed into becoming "Cersei 2.0" I haven't fallen in love with red-hair or white skin. I have fallen in love with "ivory, porcelain, steel skin of Northern she-wolf" So, let's just hope some important things will be remembered and honored by Amazon's team.
  3. I finally made time to watch this and I liked it. A LOT. It is like rewatching all those family drama shows and understanding how f**ked up people can be. Streep and Kidman were absolutely amazing and Dern was hilarious. When she started smashing things, I was all "Go get him, girl" IDK whether there is going to be a season 3, not sure whether they can milk any more of "Monterrey Five" but I would continue watching the show if it goes in another direction.
  4. Risto

    Rank your 2019 TV shows throughout the year

    Chernobyl Stranger Things Season 3 Big Little Lies Season 2 Killing Eve Season 2 The Good Fight Season 3 Cukur (The Pit) Seasons 1 and 2 Grey's Anatomy Season 15 (special emphasis on "Silent All These Years") Game of Thrones Season 8 The Big Bang Theory Season 12 In many ways, ST lost its ability to be properly spooky. But, then again, it didn't loose any of its charm plus the shorter season did wonders in terms of pacing and plot's conciseness. I have enjoyed it watching and the emotional ending Regarding that ending... UPDATE: Big Little Lies Season 2 Watching Meryl Streep in this season of "Big Little Lies" was absolute pleasure. It wasn't perfect but the performances were enough for this to be one of the best things I have seen this year (SO FAR!)
  5. Honestly, this is the worst kind of laziness. I mean, Turner, Christie? As was said above, Headey did nothing. Not to mention Harington being nominated... And simultaneously having Richard Madden snubbed. The Supporting Actress in Drama is a joke. Honestly, I can give you 20 names by heart who gave a better job this season than half of that category.
  6. So, the nominations for 2019 Primetime Emmys are here... Outstanding Comedy Series Barry Fleabag The Good Place The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Russian Doll Schitt’s Creek Veep Outstanding Drama Series Better Call Saul Bodyguard Game of Thrones Killing Eve Ozark Pose Succession This Is Us Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Mahershala Ali, True Detective Benicio Del Toro, Escape at Dannemora Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal Jared Harris, Chernobyl Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Amy Adams, Sharp Objects Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora Aunjanue Ellis, When They See us Joey King, The Act Niecy Nash, When They See Us Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal Stellan Skarsgard, Chernobyl Paul Dano, Escape at Dannemora John Leguizamo, When They See Us Michael K. Williams, When They See Us Asante Blackk, When They See Us Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Emily Watson, Chernobyl Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects Patricia Arquette, The Act Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us Vera Farmiga, When They See Us Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Anthony Anderson, Black-ish Don Cheadle, Black Monday Ted Danson, The Good Place Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method Bill Hader, Barry Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Christina Applegate, Dead To Me Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Stephen Root, Barry Henry Winkler, Barry Anthony Carrigan, Barry Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Tony Hale, Veep Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Sarah Goldberg, Barry Sian Clifford, Fleabag Olivia Colman, Fleabag Betty Gilpin, GLOW Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Anna Chlumsky, Veep Lead Actor in a Drama Series Jason Bateman, Ozark Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us Kit Harington, Game of Thrones Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul Billy Porter, Pose Milo Ventimiglia, This Is Us Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Jodie Comer, Killing Eve Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder Laura Linney, Ozark Mandy Moore, This Is Us Sandra Oh, Killing Eve Robin Wright, House of Cards Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul Alfie Allen, Game of Thrones Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Michael Kelly, House of Cards Chris Sullivan, This Is Us Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones Lena Headey, Game of Thrones Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve Julia Garner, Ozark Outstanding Reality Competition Series Amazing Race American Ninja Warrior Nailed It RuPaul’s Drag Race Top Chef The Voice Outstanding Variety Talk Series The Daily Show Full Frontal Jimmy Kimmel Live! Last Week Tonight With John Oliver The Late Late Show With James Corden The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Outstanding Variety Sketch Series At Home With Amy Sedaris Documentary Now! Drunk History I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman Saturday Night Live Who Is America? Outstanding Television Movie Bandersnatch Brexit Deadwood King Lear My Dinner with Hervé Outstanding Limited Series Chernobyl Escape at Dannemora Fosse/Verdon Sharp Objects When They See Us
  7. I think the producers are thinking that way. Or at least in some part. We know the first season will focus more on Moiraine, I also think Judkins said somewhere that Logain will have a bigger role than in the books. I think that fleshing out Logain with his madness shown would actually give us much clearer idea of why would people be afraid of savior figure Rand is supposed to become.
  8. That is true. Egwene played the Tower so many times, manipulated them into giving her unlimited power to the point that it became absurd. I will never remember reading how she manipulated the Sitters to give her power to "deal with Kings and Queens", actively forgetting that well, Rand, is a King of Illian and that way, Egwene is the only one to negotiate with him.
  9. I wouldn't put it that way. We had many chapters of Egwene's imprisonment and we have seen how she has been working her way. She made sure to communicate with all Ajah Heads as well as Sitters and convince them to unite. Her heroism during the Seanchan invasion was a last straw. We even had Ajah Heads (5 of them, save Blue and Red) having discussed the plans before Egwene came with Salidar Aes Sedai to finally claim the Tower. That said, I have enjoyed that storyline. Egwene under Elaida, her conversations with Aes Sedai... She proved to be a leader. On the hardest possible way.
  10. Jesus... I totally forgot about 90 million benchmark. I remember now reading your article about it. I thought it was still on 60 million or something like that. Amen.
  11. Risto

    The Witcher on Netflix 2

    I was also impressed at how good he looks in the role. Yeah, I have read those comments I hope this works for Cavill. He has been "the unluckiest Hollywood actor" for far too long. The man deserves a break
  12. Risto

    The Witcher on Netflix 2

  13. I know that. The fanbase in Serbia has been one of the most loyal I have ever known. When the publisher had issues with translations, they organized and translated the books. There is a translation of "The New Spring" online. WoT fans are rather loyal to Jordan and his creations. Well, there was a theory about Purple Ajah, wasn't there? Yeah, his hair was only messy in Movie 4. I also had issue with Hermione, which was considerably more beautiful (Miss Watson is a beautiful woman) than book version is.
  14. Risto

    Why are big name actors doing TV?

    I would agree. I think it is because Americans have clearer image of what "movie star" is. In UK, Australia and Europe, the actors do the work regardless of the media. There are no clear lines between "movie", "TV" and "theater" actors. All of them do everything. Look at the likes of Maggie Smith or Patrick Stewart. Or even much younger - like the cast of "Game of Thrones" - Harington, Madden and Clarke all did work on all mediums.
  15. I doubt it. Individually, yes, as a series, not. The last info was that ASOIAF is on 60 million, and that WOT is on 100.