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 Posted:   Sep 4, 2019 - 12:01 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Great british Bake Off. It's pretty good. No clear favourite after two episodes. Sandi and Noel and good co-presenters.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2019 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Elite S2

The sophomore season of this impeccably trashy melodrama from Spain picks up where last year's murder mystery left off and proceeds to raise the (ludicrous) levels of teen angst and intrigue ever higher.

It's shallow, non-sensical entertainment of the first order. Plus los chicos estan muy calientes (albiet on the short side).

Euphoria S1

American made, deep-dive, navel gazing melodrama that fetishizes "teen" alienation and disfunction for salaciousness sake. Jacob Elordi is awfully nice to look at, though.

Succession S1E1

Schematic satire that unfolds more like a canned procedural than a black comedy. Apparently it's highly regarded in some circles. I didn't laugh once.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2019 - 9:07 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

THE TEXAN

Rory Calhoun as Gary Cooper in 60s Western
Better than average.

 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2019 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

The Terror: Infamy

I really loved the previous season of The Terror, as it had a near theatrical quality too it, with superb acting and production values. While the monster effects weren't entirely on the nose, overall the series as well done.

So apparently it was well received enough to the point that they felt a season 2 was warranted and came up with an original story set in WW II during the out break of America's entry after Pearl Harbor. It focuses entirely on Japanese Americans and their families during their interments at the camps. While commendable in having an entire cast of Asian Americans and others, and focusing on a truly dark moment of time and behavior by the American gov't, the horror aspect of this season is severely lacking to the point of even asking, why? The history of the internments is serious enough and would provide plenty of dramatic material to make multiple movies. But here the horror element of some sort of vengeful ghost following and possessing various characters to basically make them kill themselves in various manners is not nearly as disturbing or scary as much as the gov't willingness to create their concentration camps as it where.

The production values here are good and so is the cast, including George Takei, who does a great job here. But if you are looking for a scary miniseries this ain't it. The only reason I will continue to watch is as I want to see where our characters end up. Otherwise, meh.
5 of 10


 
 
 Posted:   Sep 8, 2019 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Finished Escape at Dannemora. I really enjoyed it. Very well acted.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2019 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Kingdom S1 (S. Korea, 2019)

Zombies running amok in medieval Korea? Who could resist, right?

Well, I really don’t want to shit all over this because 1) it is a very handsome (read: expensive) production and 2) the visceral thrills that kick things off are superbly realized. But neither the writer, director nor the editor are up to the task of juggling a glacial period costume drama performed by figurative zombies and an action-packed, horror thriller infested with literal zombies.

Given the fantastic setup, you’d think the writing and the performances for the courtly intrigue and politicking would be more fun, more playful. But, no. It's played for maximum sphincter clenching.

The direction and editing of courtly affairs would indicate limited experience in how to shape and structure a talky character drama or extract more than mannequin performances from the pool of talent—which regrettably includes a lead as uncharismatic as Ji-Hoon Ju.

It very much struggles to resonate beyond the early setup and the immediate zombie threat, so that by the 5th episode the marauding undead have lost much of their novelty, particularly because the series begins taking great liberties in relating the passage of time, and the relationship between geography and distance travelled (GoT shared the same failing).

And major points off for the generic Drones+Drums® score.

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2019 - 2:25 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

MAN WITH A CAMERA

Late 50s tv show with Charles Bronson playing his true life ethnicity- Polish!

God, I love this 30 minute b and a dramas from the late 59s early 60s!


Oh boy!
Season two totally changed tones. Bronson basically turned into PETER GUNN complete with obligatory stunt man fight scene at the end.

Watch s.1, skip s. 2

 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2019 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

THE DEUCE s.3 ep. one

The sleaze is amped up this year. AIDS< rampant crime in the subways...etc. Non - stop smoking>

I think I'm done with this show.
Bye bye.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2019 - 12:14 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Good Omens

I just don't think I like Neil Gaiman's writing. Barely made it through one episode. Terrible voice over ladeled over everything. David Tennant acting like a young Bill Nighy. Humour falls flat. Very slow pacing.

Music seemed pretty good.



Patriot
Guy gets a job with a company to help cover his government agency work trying to pay off some Iranian guy to fiddle Iranizn politics. Or something. Writing was very fudgy. Lead actor quite bland. There's a folk music element to his character I hated too.
Won't bother with episode.

 
 Posted:   Sep 20, 2019 - 6:03 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

For a while ive been watching Der Pass - a rather creepy german austrian serial killer in the woods thriller, with the same premise as The Tunnel and The Bridge - cops from 2 countries working together. Der Pass has been pretty good, but i noticed it had rather unsettling music, particularly an eerie, extended, one-note motif whenever anything especially grim or ominous was looming. Sparse but very effective. It says music by Jacob Shea, but music produced by Hans zimmer and Russell emanuel.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2019 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

Just finished the limited series Unbelievable on Netflix. Stunningly good. Low key without being pretentious and stuffy. Given the subject matter ( the victim of a serial rapist is manipulated by the police into "confessing" to making it up ) it would be so easy to just beat a mournful drum and be IMPORTANT, but the writing is nuanced, and the performances are top notch. Not just Toni Collette and Kaitlyn Dever, but I'd never heard of Merritt Wever before and she is sublime, magnetic here. I'll now watch her in anything. Highly recommend this.


On the flip side, I've watched a few episodes of Rectify which ran a few seasons ( 2013-2016 ) on the Sundance Channel, now on Netflix, and found it incredibly smug and DEEP and MEANINGFUL. Every moment felt like the creators were going for awards season. But I found it laughably full of crap big grin

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2019 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

RECTIFY is definitely a.mixed bag. But, the first season was very good imo.

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2019 - 1:32 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

STACCATO
John Cassavetes as a jazz playing private dick.
Much better than PETER GUNN.
Music by Elmer with guest appearances by Johnny Williams at. Al

 
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