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    We finished series 1 of How to get away with murder on Friday night and started series 2 last night.

    It's enough to keep us entertained, and it hasn't developed into too much of a farce yet, but I have read elsewhere that there's no point going past s3.

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      That would be my reco.

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        Started watching a travel show with Ricky Tomlinson and the bloke who played his son in The Royle Family, they're travelling around Northern England in a camper van. The first episode was around Liverpool and Blackpool and was entertaining enough. Last night though, they headed to the Lake district. The two of them looked bored and spent half the episode shouting Brian Blessed impersonations at each other, that's enough for me thanks, I'm out.

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          Originally posted by Simon G View Post
          We finished series 1 of How to get away with murder on Friday night and started series 2 last night.

          It's enough to keep us entertained, and it hasn't developed into too much of a farce yet, but I have read elsewhere that there's no point going past s3.
          The serieses merge for me, but I liked the first so I like all the others.

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            Originally posted by WOM View Post
            We forced the kids to watch a movie with us last night. We agreed on Bumblebee...the Transformers thing. It was brilliant, and we all enjoyed it.
            It’s not bad. Hailee Steinfeld is a decent actor and deserves to be a star insofar as anyone does. But I couldn’t recall her name and had to just look it up.


            I don’t usually like any kind of reality or doc series unless they’re about something inconsequential. I find that “serious” docs often distort reality very easily through editing and their selection of interviews.

            So I liked Prop Culture on Disney. A guy who collects movie props tracks down some props from well-likes Disney films and talks to some people who were involved with their creation or were in the film. *

            The one I liked the best was the one on Mary Poppins. He interviews Richard Sherman as he plays the piano in Walt Disney’s actual office, which has been preserved for posterity. It said that only the Sherman brothers, who wrote lots of Disney music, are allowed to play it and the other one died a few years ago. They also interviewed one of the choreographers who is now in her 80s or 90s and the actress who played Jane.

            That was the only pre-80s film featured in the 8 episodes.

            They got Rick Moranis to talk about Honey, I Shrank the Kids, no doubt connected to the announcement that he is coming out of retirement to do a reboot soon.

            I really liked the one on Tron since that movie was such a big deal for me as a kid.



            *To me, the dream job would be to design sets props or costumes for films. But I don’t think I have the slightest aptitude for it, I’m not keen on moving to LA and I suspect the number of people who make a steady living at it and really love it is very small. The rest struggle with the erratic work schedule and or have to work on a lot of garbage.





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              Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
              *To me, the dream job would be to design sets props or costumes for films. But I don’t think I have the slightest aptitude for it, I’m not keen on moving to LA and I suspect the number of people who make a steady living at it and really love it is very small. The rest struggle with the erratic work schedule and or have to work on a lot of garbage.
              It's steady here in Vancouver (not at the moment obvs, as all productions are shut down.) Once you've got enough hours in to get a union ticket it's pretty lucrative. The toughest thing is the scheduling. Twelve hour days are routine, sometimes longer if you're on location. Actual design of sets and costumes, as opposed to making them, can take longer to get to, and some study is helpful.

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                Charlie Brookers Antiviral Wipe had some glorious gags in it.

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                  Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post

                  *To me, the dream job would be to design sets props or costumes for films. But I don’t think I have the slightest aptitude for it, I’m not keen on moving to LA and I suspect the number of people who make a steady living at it and really love it is very small. The rest struggle with the erratic work schedule and or have to work on a lot of garbage.
                  To me it would be to do voices for animation. I did a little voice-over work at the first tv station I worked - always envied our booth announcer. Chance for second takes, not on camera. Couldn't be a better gig.

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                    Manhunter on Sky Atlantic tonight. A far, far better film than Silence of the Lambs could ever hope to be.

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                      How many remakes are actually better than the original? I'd say Heat but that's a bit unfair as the original was a pilot edited into a TV movie. I saw a bit of it on BBC One a couple of years ago and was mightily confused.

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                        Manhunter is a terrible title, as almost all involved in it admit. But they didn't want to call it Red Dragon in case people thought it was a kung fu film.

                        Tom Noonan as Dollarhyde/The Tooth Fairy stayed in character on set and requested that he not meet any of the actors playing his pursuers, building up a real level of fear and an air of authenticity when William Petersen and the other cops finally find and confront him. I love this sort of on set shenanigans to build up tension among the actors - similar to when Spielberg spared Matt Damon the gruelling army training he put the rest of the cast through, so they came to actually resent him by the time they filmed their first scenes with Private Ryan.

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                          Yeah, I suppose there are some non-Hollywood places with enough work to let professionals live there, but, again, I don't think I have any artistic aptitude - though I haven't really figured out a way to find out for sure. Oh well.


                          The long hours might be a grind too, but it could also be exciting and, if you like the people you're working with, enjoyable. For established people in that kind of work, the trade off of the long hours is balanced by weeks or maybe months of not working much at all. But you'd have to make a lot of money in the jobs you do have - and be very confident that more work is coming - to just take a long break.

                          At least that's how I think it works. Most of what I know about how movies work is based on interviews with established actors and directors and from watching Entourage.

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                            The latest series of Mystery Road is testing my tolerance for lead characters so completely unlikable that you have little or no sympathy for them at all. Same for directores/writers who leave completely ludicrous holes in the plot that make the characters look so stupid they actually deserve to get kidnapped/beaten up/shot.

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                              We’ve got that whole series banked up on the hard drive. We’ll get round to it at some point.

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                                Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
                                The long hours might be a grind too, but it could also be exciting and, if you like the people you're working with, enjoyable. Entourage.
                                I can only imagine how much fun it would be to work in a cool studio prop shop making wood and plaster stuff for Indiana Jones movies. I'd feel like I was robbing them if they paid me.

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                                  In the Episode about the Narnia movie, they talk to the sword-maker guy. I think he’s from New Zealand. New Zealand is now the hub of a lot of this stuff. I suspect, however, that Hollywood doesn’t really need more than a few sword companies.


                                  I finished the latest season of The Last Kingdom. It is compelling even though it bends history a bit. It’s shot in Hungary, apparently. Lots of these kinds of shows seem to shot there or nearby.

                                  So Central Europe has lots of green areas that look like medieval Britain? Or is it just cheaper?

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                                    Probably the latter, also it's difficult to find places in England without some modernity in view for panoramic shots. Ireland's a favourite location too. Game of Thrones and Vikings both shot there.

                                    Medieval England was also way more forested than it has been for the past six or seven hundred years. All the oak forests were cut down to build the navy that ruled the world.

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                                      We started watching (or in my case, re-watching) "Breaking Bad" last night. Even though I've seen it before I was surprised by how much black comedy and slapstick is in it, certainly the first two episodes that we watched.

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                                        Yeah, the first season in particular, and much of season 2 as well, are outright comedy, albeit dark. It wasn't until season 3 that it went full drama (and even then there are some moments of silliness, like Gus's fate).

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                                          Perhaps that's why I've never got past the first few episodes of Breaking Bad.

                                          I'm enjoying Dave. First episode was dreadful, but each episode after has been belly laugh good.

                                          I still like Ranganation, which is on before Dave on BBC2.

                                          I like The Real Marigold Hotel too, great casting in this series.

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                                            I'm a sucker for heist movies and a beaut by Steven Soderbergh snuck out on Netflix recently. Don't know if it ever appeared in theatres but Logan Lucky starring Daniel Craig as a West Virginian safecracker (!) certainly should have had more recognition.

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                                              I saw Logan Lucky in a theater. No idea why it didn’t do better commercially.

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                                                Emergence continues to be an interesting one. As you're watching you're wondering if it's actually any good or not, but it rollicks along nicely and I care what happens. So it's good.

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                                                  A friend recommended Mindhunter to me some time ago, and finally I have got around to check it out. Given the true crime wave of the last few years, every single aspect imaginable, from police work procedures to the psychology of the psychopath murderer seems to have been done to death already and it was difficult for me to see how a series could bring anything new to the table but. This series, however, has been really good from the go. I like the way the 70s is portraied, and how the scientific approach to understanding the rationale behind serial murderers was very much in its infancy back then. It thus feels like we are being taken on a trip of scientific exploration by the main protagonist of the show.

                                                  Four episodes in, and looking forward to the rest of it

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                                                    Both seasons are excellent. They've got the 70s look (cars, furnishings, clothing) down really well.

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