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I've been fishing around for a new show to hook me. Two episodes of The Chi and quite good so far. The lives of interconnected residents in inner city Chicago and how an event affects them. I've also been watching The Pact (Pakt) and Halfworlds from HBO Europe and HBO Asia, respectively. The Pact is a Polish thriller about a government conspiracy a journalist is uncovering and Halfworlds is a joint Indonesian and Thai production about the crossing of the parallel worlds of humans and demons from Indonesian mythology. The Pact is a bit formulaic so far, but Halfworlds is fun.

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I saw Downsizing and thought it was...pretty bad.  It had a strange tone where certain parts felt out of place and like it couldn't decide exactly what kind of movie it was. 

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47 minutes ago, Triskele said:

I saw Downsizing and thought it was...pretty bad.  It had a strange tone where certain parts felt out of place and like it couldn't decide exactly what kind of movie it was. 

Yeah, that’s pretty much what I’ve heard. Kind of disappointing since I’ve liked every movie Alexander Payne has done. 

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(Re)started watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, light and lovely and genuinely funny at times. I've seen the first few episodes some years ago, but it is still a good experience starting at the beginning.

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Don't know if this is coming out in 2018, so I'll post it here.

Awesome! I've read this novel and it was the first thing I thought about when Trump was elected.

David Simon Is Adapting Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, About Life Under a Xenophobic, Anti-Semitic President, Into a Miniseries\
 

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Saw The Post last weekend and greatly enjoyed it. It reminded me a bit of Lincoln, not in content, but the way it was put together like a fine machine and hummed along nicely. (was a bit garbled in the start, but quickly picked up) Streep was amazing in this.

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A friend called me and said that I really had to watch the pilot for Knightfall. He said I would understand and boy did I ever :lol: That was almost to painful to watch. Horrific VFX, bad acting, shoddy dialogue, weird editing you name it, this pilot had it all. I'm almost tempted to watch more of it, just to see how ridiculous it will eventually become. 

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On ‎1‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 4:01 PM, dbunting said:

I just started Peaky Blinders today, got three episodes in. Being American (or it's just me) it's tough to understand some of the dialogue with the thick accents. Also, is it just me or are the music bits way louder than the speaking parts? Seems like I keep adjusting my volume.

Adding my previous comment here due to the ridiculousness of it...I had mentioned Taboo in it, regarding the hard to understand accents, then deleted them. I then get to Season 2 of Peaky Blinders and guess who shows up!!!!???? Tom freaking Hardy and an accent! Does anyone know if this performance had any influence on him getting the Taboo role?

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1 hour ago, Veltigar said:

A friend called me and said that I really had to watch the pilot for Knightfall. He said I would understand and boy did I ever :lol: That was almost to painful to watch. Horrific VFX, bad acting, shoddy dialogue, weird editing you name it, this pilot had it all. I'm almost tempted to watch more of it, just to see how ridiculous it will eventually become. 

It really is a special kind of remarkable. I wanted so badly for it to be good. Oh well, hopefully it ends up at least better than The Bastard Executioner. However,

Spoiler

that angry mob scene where that one guy blasts that little kid in the face with the rock had me in tears. The editing seemed so bad, as to almost be an extremely late addition after everything was wrapped. The siege soldiers trying to scale the walls of Acre with ladders was also hilarious since the Templars were all mounted and lined up in full battle formation just waiting to charge them.

 

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I havent had any problems with the accents or music volume during Peaky Blinder episodes, although I did have problems with understanding a few of the lines during Taboo. I enjoy both the series quite a bit, but Taboo dialogue is harder to pickup to my midwestern ear, Peaky Blinders not quite as awkward for me though.

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Just now, DireWolfSpirit said:

I havent had any problems with the accents or music volume during Peaky Blinder episodes, although I did have problems with understanding a few of the lines during Taboo. I enjoy both the series quite a bit, but Taboo dialogue is harder to pickup to my midwestern ear, Peaky Blinders not quite as awkward for me though.

I had some issues with Hardy in particular, but no one else.  And with Hardy, it's not his accent so much as the way he just mumbles all of his fucking lines.  He had some hilarious scenes in the newest season of Peaky, though.

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1 minute ago, DireWolfSpirit said:

I havent had any problems with the accents or music volume during Peaky Blinder episodes, although I did have problems with understanding a few of the lines during Taboo. I enjoy both the series quite a bit, but Taboo dialogue is harder to pickup to my midwestern ear, Peaky Blinders not quite as awkward for me though.

ah, that's the signature Tom Hardy mumble.  There are also a lot of very local references.  E.g. Leadenhall, which refers to the market where Lloyds of London started and still is today (Zilfa's hubby is an insurance man).

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7 hours ago, Veltigar said:

A friend called me and said that I really had to watch the pilot for Knightfall. He said I would understand and boy did I ever :lol: That was almost to painful to watch. Horrific VFX, bad acting, shoddy dialogue, weird editing you name it, this pilot had it all. I'm almost tempted to watch more of it, just to see how ridiculous it will eventually become. 

HBO Go Serbia has Knightfall as part of their offer. I watched full 10 minutes and then I thought "Life is too short to be spent on this" :D

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Rewatching Golden Girls on Hulu. Haven't seen an episode since I was a kid, so a few observations:
1. Those outfits. Next level 80s.
2. Sophia's personality was explained in the pilot as her having a stroke which affected the part of her brain that controlled politeness.
3. I had zero recollection that Blanche had a gay housekeeper in the pilot that Sophia called the "fancy man."
4. Rose is just like I remembered. Betty White never disappoints.
5. Modern TV has made me forget how how formulaic and condensed sitcoms used to be. Two weddings in the first two episodes. And the series finale, Dorothy meets a guy, gets married, and moves out all in two episodes. 
6. I've watched about six episodes and that theme song never gets old. It's gotta be one of the all-time top 10.
7. Bea Arthur is OG, Tha Godmutha, Queen Bea of Savagery. All hail.

On 1/15/2018 at 11:48 PM, Triskele said:

I saw Downsizing and thought it was...pretty bad.  It had a strange tone where certain parts felt out of place and like it couldn't decide exactly what kind of movie it was. 

Yeah, I figured since it pretty much left theaters here immediately. The trailer was great though. I'll still try and catch it on streaming because that premise & cast just seems too good to not watch.

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I have burned through Tin Star ( a Sky original) that stared Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. I really enjoyed it but felt that parts of the story were completely removed from the main theme and can only assume it's to set up something in the second season.

I always enjoy Tim Roth in anything and this is no different even given the short comings of the narrative/pacing.

As a warning it is quite brutal.

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We're really looking forward to S3 of The Path, which starts today... Our other show that we're binging in-between our regular rotation and hockey, is Snatch on Crackle... its kind of fun to watch Rupert Grint as a complete fuck-up whose parents are pornographers .... it's not a great show... but its fun. 

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I just finished Godless on Netflix and I am so conflicted.

It was great, up to the finale, and then it all fell apart for me.  Has anyone seen it?

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2 minutes ago, Jez Bell said:

I just finished Godless on Netflix and I am so conflicted.

It was great, up to the finale, and then it all fell apart for me.  Has anyone seen it?

Watched the first three episodes, but haven't gotten back around to finishing it because I'e heard others make the same complaint. Guess I better get it over with soon though or I'll never finish seeing how Lady Mary handles those American outlaws.

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22 minutes ago, PetyrPunkinhead said:

Watched the first three episodes, but haven't gotten back around to finishing it because I'e heard others make the same complaint. Guess I better get it over with soon though or I'll never finish seeing how Lady Mary handles those American outlaws.

Lady Mary carries her own, as do many of the other ladies in the cast.  Their stories are compelling enough without the extra drama of the revenge-crazed gang of outlaws. 

It's the messaging that confused me.  Was it meant to be a show about women overcoming extreme adversity without men, or that we need to add some men to the story to make it watchable?  They were all useless and unapologetic for their uselessness, yet the women still swooned over them. 

I'm so confused.

:unsure:

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52 minutes ago, Jez Bell said:

I just finished Godless on Netflix and I am so conflicted.

It was great, up to the finale, and then it all fell apart for me.  Has anyone seen it?

I thought it was amazing. Dockery and Brodie-Sangster were truly outstanding. I adore the "Girls from LaBelle" song.

51 minutes ago, PetyrPunkinhead said:

Watched the first three episodes, but haven't gotten back around to finishing it because I'e heard others make the same complaint. Guess I better get it over with soon though or I'll never finish seeing how Lady Mary handles those American outlaws.

Well, she handled them like her grandmother, Minerva McGonagall handled Snape's ass. :D

 

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