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  • Sits
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    Because of Big Little Lies, or something else?

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Laura Dern terrifies me.

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  • Sits
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    Finished S3 of The Crown which overall I really enjoyed. I did think the last episode jumped around time-wise between 1973 and 1977 without necessarily making this clear. It doesn’t need to be 100% linear, but:

    **CROWN SPOILER**
    Margaret’s romance with Roddy Llewellyn appeared to last a couple of weeks whereas from their meeting until the Jubilee (end of the episode) was five years;
    Harold Wilson appeared to become PM (1974) and resign almost immediately 1976).

    Actually can there be spoilers when it’s based on fact? Still think they should have done Anne’s kidnapping. Erin Doherty has been one of the stars of S3 and would have done a great job with this.

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  • ursus arctos
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    https://twitter.com/Slate/status/1203323224077078533

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  • WOM
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    Just finished the marvelous mini-series The Loudest Voice about Roger Ailes and the creation of Fox News. Russell Crowe plays Ailes, Sienna Miller plays his wife Beth, and Naomi Watts plays Gretchen Carlson. It's done over 7 episodes, each focusing on a pivotal year in the station's history, and concludes with Ailes dismissal due to sexual assault allegations. It's really well done, and Crowe (who I typically don't like) is fantastic as the repugnant repub Ailes. We PVR'd it, so I'm not sure where to direct you to find it. But it's worth the time.

    Oh, and Seth MacFarlane is in it in a dramatic role. What's his deal anyway? He looks and acts like a smarmy cartoon villain, but apparently is a decent lefty.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Noah Baumbach’s new film Marriage Story. It’s very good. It’s about divorce so it is kind of a downer, of course, but Scarlett Johannsen and Adam Driver are excellent.

    It may be a bit hard to relate to because it’s about a New York playwright and a Hollywood actress. I suppose it may be loosely based on Baumbach’s divorce from Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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  • Sits
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    Originally posted by Lang Spoon View Post

    The ending is M Night Shalyman (sp obvs) bad but.
    Talking of whom, Apple TV are advertising something by him called Servant. I think that’s what it was. The poster is a baby.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Originally posted by Ginger Yellow View Post
    And The Expanse just around the corner. A good month to sub to Amazon Prime if you're not already.
    Yeah. I'm not sure I would carry on with Amazon if it weren't for that.

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  • Lang Spoon
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    Originally posted by danielmak View Post
    Picking up an earlier discussion about Dublin Murders. For me, it's become pretty good. There have been some interesting twists. Starz in the US has only shown 4 episodes, but I'm digging it. Because I'm about travel a bit, I'll likely see the fifth episode and then a couple weeks off.
    The ending is M Night Shalyman (sp obvs) bad but.
    Last edited by Lang Spoon; 06-12-2019, 19:10.

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  • Ginger Yellow
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    And The Expanse just around the corner. A good month to sub to Amazon Prime if you're not already.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    New season of Mrs Maisel

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  • danielmak
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    Picking up an earlier discussion about Dublin Murders. For me, it's become pretty good. There have been some interesting twists. Starz in the US has only shown 4 episodes, but I'm digging it. Because I'm about travel a bit, I'll likely see the fifth episode and then a couple weeks off.

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  • Nocturnal Submission
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    Originally posted by hobbes View Post
    Did they succumb to the common cold?

    On the assumption that this relates to WofW rather than anything to do with the Spanish Civil War, well, no. Not really. The drama was a such a muddle we weren't even left knowing whether they had indeed succumbed or if others were on their way. The Martians landed, started feeling a bit icky and then we shot forward 10 years or so to a cloudy, barren land which didn't appear to have any aliens but was disease-ridden and hungry. Then they figured out that rotting flesh + germs helped kill the red weed and produced a rather limited batch of weedkiller from a little boy's blood. Then a new, green shoot grew (think WALL-E without the litter) and the sun broke through the clouds a bit. And that was it.

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  • Tactical Genius
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    Can I just say the Godfather of Harlem is my favourite TV show.
    If you are not watching it, it is a lesson in early 1960's civil rights (particularly in Harlem) as well as the relationship between various black community leaders as they jump in an out of bed with each other for personal gain.

    Forrest Whittiker and Giancarlo Esposito are brilliant (as one would expect) and the guy playing Malcolm X is fantastic. The last episode was amazing, dealing with the murder of JFK and Malcolm's silencing by the Honourable Elijah Muhammed. The guys who play the Itallians (uncle Pauli from Goodfellas), Bonnano and the other fella.
    This should clear the deck come Emmy's, it probably won't, but it would.
    Also the social issues faced then and covered by this show are still in effect today.

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  • hobbes
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    Did they succumb to the common cold?

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  • Felicity, I guess so
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    The new Madrid council, inc Vox fascists, removed plaques last week listing names of those shot against the walls of a particular cemetery. Not that the PP have ever needed encouragement to perpetuate the “2 Spains”

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Originally posted by Diable Rouge View Post
    The Storyville documentary on Franco's victims is harrowing, yet compelling - amazing to think there are still streets and squares in Madrid named after him and his accomplices.
    That is upsetting

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  • Diable Rouge
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    The Storyville documentary on Franco's victims is harrowing, yet compelling - amazing to think there are still streets and squares in Madrid named after him and his accomplices.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
    We saw A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. I loved it. Not sure it would resonate with people who didn’t watch Mr. Rogers as a small child or have children who watched him. I can vividly remember watching Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers and Electric Company back to back to back on channel 3 every day in the mid 70s.
    The more I think and read about it, the more I feel the need to promote this film. Here's Tom Junod's piece on it in the Atlantic. The film is based on the friendship he formed with Fred Rogers, but they changed the name and some of the details of his character for the film.

    It's about forgiveness - the Junod character is struggling to forgive his father for not being a great father and I think the way the film resolves that might come off as a bit too neat and tidy. But Mr. Rogers' real lesson for adults is that being a decent person takes some effort. Religion or spirituality or a guiding philosophy or whatever it is that allows you to get up in the morning is not really about what you *believe* but what you choose to *practice.*

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...ers-do/600772/


    *As such, our pastor mentioned this film in his sermon yesterday. He said he'd never recommended a film from the pulpit before, but he was so moved by this film that he shoehorned it into a sermon about "making all things new" and the "beating swords into ploughshares" business in Isaiah.

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  • Nocturnal Submission
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    Originally posted by pebblethefish View Post
    I was so 50/50 as to whether to watch WOTW last night. I was ready to fall asleep, and last week's had been pretty dire, but it was the last episode, and it's very rare for me to watch even a three part series, so I should for completeness sake, and it might get better...

    I decided not to. Reading the above, it seems I made the right decision for once.

    Very wise. I can sum up what happened in the full one hour programme in two sentences for you if you'd like me to.

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  • pebblethefish
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    I was so 50/50 as to whether to watch WOTW last night. I was ready to fall asleep, and last week's had been pretty dire, but it was the last episode, and it's very rare for me to watch even a three part series, so I should for completeness sake, and it might get better...

    I decided not to. Reading the above, it seems I made the right decision for once.

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  • Ginger Yellow
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    I'm struggling to think of one I've watched recently that does that. Fleabag does almost the opposite, hiding the truth behind the setup until the very end of season 1 (which I assume is the end of the play). I suppose Killing Eve does, in the name, though not in the narrative itself.

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  • Arturo
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    Originally posted by tracteurgarçon View Post

    Yep, me too. I couldn't care less about the protagonists and I'm really starting to hate TV shows that basically tell you the ending and then we're supposed to be excited about seeing how we get there. Can we just have one series where we're shown the story in a linear narrative without jumping forwards and backwards in time?
    A large amount of dramas I've seen in the last year have done this. Glad I'm not the only one getting annoyed about it.

    Might give WOTW a miss based on the reviews here. I've watched enough crap lately without being subjected to more.

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  • tuckwat
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    Originally posted by Uncle Ethan View Post
    With NS on War of the Worlds. Really odd to go with the excellent idea of being almost faithful to the original in terms of setting and time, but then bring in all sorts of weird and pointless distractions, none of which add anything whatsoever to the plot. I gave up halfway through the second episode.
    Someone just adapt Jeff Wayne's version,though not as a musical but leave "Forever Autumn" in.


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  • Amor de Cosmos
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    Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
    That episode about the DoW’s death in season 3 was a bit surprising given that they already had an episode in season 2 about how he was pro-nazi. I think they tried to reform his as a sympathetic character simply because that set up scenes with Charles and Elizabeth arguing how the family ruined the Duke’s life because he just wanted to be with the woman he loves, which is, obviously foreshadowing.
    Yes, I'd forgotten that. Derek Jacoby was maybe an unfortunate piece of of casting as he always seems to carry a sympathetic aura.

    Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
    But I still don’t think The Crown is flattering for the royal family. Charles comes of as an entitled doofus. Elizabeth appears to be out of her depth. Margaret is a hot mess who can’t get out her own way. Mountbatten is a pompous dickhead. It’s probably most flattering to Philip.
    Not flattering but not close to accurate either. These are people who are remote from the everyday, so unworldly in every aspect of their lives — except possibly sex, sickness and childbirth — that the constraints, pleasures and anxieties of other people's lives are inconceivable to them. That's the series I'd like to see.

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