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Re: TV of 2019

#76 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:24 am

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Anybody a fan of Cobra Kai? I am almost positive I haven't seen any of the Karate Kid movies with any sort of interest since I was in single-digits, but the premise was extremely intriguing to me. And finishing the first season I was more than surprised at how it came off in it's execution. The positive side of rebooting something is seeing characters that might have been one-dimensional or uninteresting to the viewer, blossom into something more complex on the other side of how many years has gone between. William Zabka arguably created an archetype of teen movies that went beyond just the 80's, and to see Johnny as a broken-down man, rebuilding himself to what he thinks is a former glory but is really a deeper understanding of himself, is great to watch.
The 2nd season is even better, and gradually ups the stakes, but I fear going into the third season it could paint itself into a corner. That said, it's become a show I'm more invested in that I thought I'd be for certain.

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Re: TV of 2019

#77 Post by therewillbeblus » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:52 pm

It appears the Netflix thread is gone, so I’m not sure where to put this, but David Fincher and Robert Towne are working on a Chinatown prequel series for Netflix

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Re: TV of 2019

#78 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:53 pm

This is the right place! Also: gimme


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Re: TV of 2019

#80 Post by therewillbeblus » Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:19 pm

I'm pretty hot and cold on The Crown, and thought that overall this last season was its worst yet. However episode 7, Moondust, was not only the best of the entire series but one of the best episodes of television I've ever seen. The way they combined the moon landing with the trapped feelings of one man, and placed measurable action alongside faith as contrasting determinations of meaningfulness, was intricately and intelligently conceived. The projecting of dreams onto others only to be shattered, as is inevitable, turns into a mirror that reflects light so bright it dissolves the duke's already fragmented self and the final surrender brought tears to my eyes. Combining existentialism and faith so seamlessly is no easy feat, but the successes are so good they are among my favorite films. This is the best attempt made in this area since The Leftovers, though you need to sit through the whole series for the episode to hold the power it does.


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Re: TV of 2019

#82 Post by domino harvey » Fri Dec 13, 2019 8:04 pm

Well, my week's shot: I just discovered Discovery is streaming the entire series of their fascinating It Takes a Thief reality program from the mid-00s for free! This show was the best: hosted by two former thieves, one would break into a house and rob it with abandon while the owners watched on video. The thieves would then give the owners advice on how to protect their home from the break-in they received. They'd then show up unannounced to try to break in again and see if the home owners' took their advice/altered their bad habits

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Re: TV of 2019

#83 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:52 am

RE: Chernobyl
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This hearkens back to a very special window of time when HBO original movies and miniseries were leveraging genuine masters like John Frankenheimer and craftsmen like Joseph Sargent, Roger Spottiswoode, and Chris Gerolmo to make damn good movies.
That's really an excellent comparison. I remember stuff like And The Band Played On, and lots of other really good films that stood apart from just being what was expected of TV movies at the time. HBO has been reclaiming their ground on this with films like O.G. and The Tale.

But getting back to And The Band Played On, this is comparable in terms of how humanely told this tragedy unfolded. Nothing is aggressively played for shock value, the horror is shown completely for what it is and there's no overt sense of the otherness of Russia in relation to how it feels as an American. The fact everybody speaks English and there are no attempts at Russian accents at all actually works to it's favor in terms of this being able to happen to anywhere else in the world.

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Re: TV of 2019

#84 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:59 pm

I loved Patriot on Amazon, for it's mix of dark, dry humor and it's own twisted view of the spy genre. But Perpetual Grace, LTD., also from Steven Conrad, didn't work for me. Some of it did, mostly seeing Ben Kingsley channeling a bit of what made Don Logan such a visceral affecting performance. It goes into a little more goofier territory (like hearing him sing "When Doves Cry" in one episode). Jimmie Simpson is a fabulous supporting actor but I'm not quite sure he's enigmatic enough to be the center of the storm like he is in this show.

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Re: TV of 2019

#85 Post by Murdoch » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:14 pm

thirtyframesasecond wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:59 am
Anyone been watching Succession - the 'not about the Murdochs' King Lear-esque saga with Brian Cox as the ailing patriarch of a media empire and his horrible kids jockeying for power? Ferrell and McKay are involved but don't leave just yet because it's written by Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, The Thick of It) and has some other great UK writers - Lucy Prebble, Tony Roche. Two episodes in and it's gripping but everyone is just awful.
I've been catching up with it and while it has its moments, it feels like Arrested Development with the humor largely drained from it (which the Netflix version of the show already did, thank you very much). It's hard not to look at each character from Succession as some doppelganger of the Bluths, except instead of caricatures running through ridiculous plotlines, you get grounded versions of Michael and company backstabbing each other to take control of their Fox/Disney-esque empire. Watching some combination of the Trumps and Murdochs (no relation) scheming to undermine local news and cover-up criminal negligence is rather exhausting after a few episodes, especially when there's no moral center to lean on. This is by no means me saying it's not worth your time, but I just can't get much satisfaction from a show of terrible rich people succeeding when I see enough of it on the 24 hour news cycle.

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Re: TV of 2019

#86 Post by jazzo » Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:15 pm

Just picked up a copy of Russell T. Davies mini speculative fiction epic, Years and Years, and am sorry to report that HBO's Region 1 DVD set is a MoD burn, not pressed, which is disappointing because it's also priced as an import, at least here in Canada.

Interested parties should probably just stick with the digital versions from Google Play and Apple, which are priced at a couple of dollars an episode.

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