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11-02-2014, 12:27 PM #2141
I thought it was funny that in the wake of BB ending a lot of people were talking about the end of the golden age of television and then True Detective comes out of nowhere and just starts laying waste to everything. That final sequence was off the rails.
I really think that HBO are tapping into something profound with this auteur approach of having a dedicated director for an entire series. They're effectively being given the opportunity to make an 8 hour movie and even if Fukunaga doesn't come back for the second season I don't doubt that there will be plenty of Hollywood talent lining up to give it a shot.
11-02-2014, 04:42 PM #2142
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I caught the Babylon pilot on account of Danny Boyle. It was entertaining enough, but not being British I think I'm missing a lot of what (apparently) makes it such a topical show.
11-02-2014, 05:03 PM #2143
I enjoyed Babylon, will keep watching it. It's very much a satire of the attitudes and image of British police, I don't know how much would get through to viewers from other countries.
11-02-2014, 05:21 PM #2144
Just started watching The Good Wife - nine episodes in. Finding it pretty good so far.Please feel free to visit my Deviant Art page.
17-02-2014, 10:05 PM #2145
17-02-2014, 11:03 PM #2146JIM HENSON'S CREATURE SHOP CHALLENGE (SERIES PREMIERE)
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"Men shall never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Diderot
18-02-2014, 04:09 AM #2147
Twin Peaks... season 2, episode 12. The hell am I watching? Is this still the same series? The actors look the same but everything else... 10 episodes left to go. Damn it.Immersive Sims on Steam WIP
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18-02-2014, 07:29 AM #2148
18-02-2014, 11:09 AM #2149
I've been enjoying Rick and Morty, co-created by Dan Harmon. It's a basically a lunatic take on Doc Brown and Marty McFly's relationship in Back to the Future. It's funny!
http://video.adultswim.com/rick-and-morty/pilot.htmlOpen-faced sandwiches are upon you whether you would risk it or not.
18-02-2014, 01:45 PM #2150
Just marathoned through Jane Campions 'Top of the Lake' starring Elizabeth Moss & Peter Mullan. Set in rural New Zealand Moss plays a Police Detective who gets co-oped by the local force to help them investigate a child's disappearance whilst on leave to visit her ailing mother. Mullan meanwhile plays the part of the no nonsense local crime lord/big man on campus who also happens to be the father of the missing child.
Beautifully shot, there's a high degree of rawness to the entire series and the monumental landscape regularly dominates scenes to the extent that it seems to trivialise the various travails of the various inhabitants at times. Not by any stretch a conventional thriller, the series does seem to amble at times and as far as protagonists go Moss is surprisingly toothless. That may perhaps be a reaction to the expectation of what a female detective should be, but it makes for frustrating viewing in terms of the investigation.
Overall the acting is decent, however its let down by some truly terrible child performances that couldn't be any more wooden if they didn't come out of Ikea flat pack. I think in large part Campion is a bit of a hands off director in terms of expecting her actors to bring themselves to the part, but unfortunately some actual direction was required with the children who clearly didn't understand what their motivations were and largely went through the motions. Also Holly Hunter failed to convince as the enigmatic spiritual leader of the informal women's commune that sets up base near the Lake at the beginning of the story. She comes across more as rambling bag lady than Lancaster Dodd, which is to their detriment.
Overall worthwhile, but its it does meander and I suspect like most one of the key revelations that emerge down the line is less of a surprise than 'finally' in terms of how overtly it is telegraphed.
19-02-2014, 09:21 AM #2151
It does an incredibly job of purposefully telling the story, with plenty of indication that it knows exactly what it's doing. and maaan are their some brilliant lines in the show.
I.e. When the detectives ask Rust how he was so good at getting confessions from witnesses, and his response is:
Just gotta look a man in his eyes. It's all there. Everybody wears their hunger and their haunt you know? just gotta be honest about what can go on up here. The locked room.
19-02-2014, 09:50 PM #2152
For fans of True Detective: The One Literary Reference You Must Know to appreciate it. It's about The King in Yellow, inspiration for no less than Lovecraft himself, among others.
20-02-2014, 12:31 AM #2153
I've been hearing about that book a few times recently...got to pick it up and maybe start watching True Detective.
Gotten halfway through Season 4 of Farscape and its going a bit slower this time, they have definitly brought a lot of the humour that was missing from Season 3 but I do think the storyline is a bit to sleight. I mean season 3 felt like an epic film that was barrelling along to one conclusion and until the halfway through story this season has been very traditional villian of the week storylines, don't get me wrong they are pretty entertaining but I do kind of miss the epic feel of the last season and do think they are kind of treading old ground with this storyline
That is until they get to SPOILERS Earth, I think this storyline is a jot to the arm of the season and was very intriguing, in fact I kind of wish they would have more episodes since I do think there is still dramatic things they could do but they go again. I will watch to see how it goes.
Also started watching The Good Wife and I am enjoying it, Case of the week laywer drama but its actually pretty damn entertaining and I do think Quietly revolutionary since I think its touching upon quite a few modern issues in a populist way. It also seems to have three dimensional characters, I mean there is a character the young seemingly smary one that you kind of think is going one way but you then have an episode and nope it totally goes against that and actually makes him into a human being and not a stereotype so good on the writers.
20-02-2014, 12:42 AM #2154
20-02-2014, 12:23 PM #2155
From what I remember reading, the early part of season 4 was influenced by interference from the network who thought it had gotten too serialised. The irony being that it was that same increased serialisation and long arcing plots were what made many people such huge fans."Men shall never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." - Diderot
20-02-2014, 12:43 PM #2156
On Farscape: The three-parter at the end of season 4 more than makes up for the season's slow start. It's utterly brilliant - I think it's the pinnacle of the show where its humour, drama, madness and high ante come together perfectly to form pretty much the definitive Farscape.
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20-02-2014, 03:17 PM #2157
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^You should watch True Detective anyway, this show is one of the greatest things ever done in TV.
20-02-2014, 04:05 PM #2158From what I remember reading, the early part of season 4 was influenced by interference from the network who thought it had gotten too serialised.
I did think it was like that, to be honest I kind of got a little bit of that when Crichton went on the new leviathan and everything was a bit different it didn't totally go there probably because the writers argued against it but I did wonder whether it was going to be a soft reboot. To be honest Season 4 has felt a lot like season 1 and bits of season 2 but the writers are better at it then they used to be so it doesn't feel totally bad.
20-02-2014, 09:50 PM #2159
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I just started watching Chuck from season 1 on Netflix and it's actually a lot of fun. Kinda cheesy but in a good way...but I'm a sucker for Bond-esque stuff.
21-02-2014, 04:02 AM #2160
Finished the original Strike Back series and watched the first four episodes of the Cinemax sequel.
It keeps the original's two episodes per plot + overarching conspiracy gimmick. I watch two episodes every night so it's like a full-length feature.
The Cinemax version is a lot more dudebro but it's damn fine action moviemaking. Every episode features shootbangs, tits, plot twists, tough guys and awesome international locales (I think it's mostly filmed in South Africa).
I wish I knew about this earlier. It's a must-watch for every male on Earth.