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Pyrrho wrote: Thu Oct 20, 2022 3:13 pm Now watching Juvenile Justice on Netflix. I should learn Korean.
Stopped watching that one. It was tedious.

Watched part of one episode of "Law School" or something like that. Even more tedious.

I will now watch nothing.
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Re-watching The Fringe series.

One of the nice things about getting old and forgetting everything is that you get to enjoy something you once enjoyed all over again. I completely forgot about 50% of the series. I feel like it aged pretty well. Better than me.
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Bruce wrote: Wed Oct 26, 2022 2:30 am Re-watching The Fringe series.

One of the nice things about getting old and forgetting everything is that you get to enjoy something you once enjoyed all over again. I completely forgot about 50% of the series. I feel like it aged pretty well. Better than me.
Yeah. I thought John Noble was excellent in that. Not so much the dweeby guy partner. I particularly enjoyed solving some of the puzzles given in the commercial breaks.

Got a bit silly in the end though.
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Hotarubi wrote: Wed Oct 26, 2022 11:17 am Got a bit silly in the end though.
I was under the impression that one day the writers decided to stop writing about LSD and actually sampled it.

Its the only explanation for the last episode of Season 2.
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That video is private.
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Well . . . it was there. It was a live stream.

'twas this guy:



doing a live-stream of Halloween'd favorites from those bands the K00l k1dz like.

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Now watching Miss Granny. Better than the trope-laden reading-the-cue-cards type of thing.

Also better than Rings of Power, which I am like "Cut to the chase already."
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Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities, a horror anthology series on Netflix, a good mix of different types of horror, if that's your cup of tea.
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Doctor X wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 7:14 am The Offer.

As recommended by former caporegime, now Sometimes Irritating Christian, Michael Franzese on the making of The Godfather.

Very well cast.

They nail Robin Evans. At first I was not sure, but after a few scenes I thought I was listening to The Kid Stays in the Picture.

They also cast Fat Men to play Puzzo and Coppola.

– J.D.
I really enjoyed this series. Very slick and tried hard to be believable set in the early 70's.

Matthew Goode as Evans stole every scene. I think Paramount+ could successfully do another series, The Kid about Robert Evans' tenure at Paramount and it would be just as good if not better. It's such a fun period to mine for stories.
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Some complained about it, but I think they did not like NOT seeing recreation of scenes. Sure, we would like to see that as much as watching "Daniel-san" and "Johnny Lawrence" have yet another fight. But when we actually see it, we would compare it to the Japanese Originals.

I thought other touches like the Brando actor recreating how Brando pitched being "the Don," worked better. Young Pacino was Young Pacino. And so forth.

But Evans. You can put on the documentary of his book The Kid Stays in the Picture, and it is like it is him. The actor is From the American Colonies, so his rendition of the way Evans spoke is all the more impressive.

As for a show about Evans at Paramount, I would watch it, but there is still the documentary. His book goes into more detail, of course, as how an infamous hired gun investigator completely destroyed Steve McQueen. The egotistical cunt – and he was one, perhaps the most overrated actor not named Troy McClure – tried to take custody of Evan's son. In the book, Evans claims he has no idea "what," exactly, said investigator dug up on "Beats Ali Like She Should be Beaten," but during a meeting with him, and the lawyers, the investigator asked to speak with McQueen privately, which led to McQueen storming out in a profanity-laden tantrum that ended all legal action he had.

It did capture the problem Evans sort of confesses: he neglected Ali, but he had to in order to do his job.

The funny thing is with Bludorn – played by venerable That Guy Burn Gorman – Game of Thrones, Turn, The Man in the High Castle, YOUR MOM Does Des Moines, et cetera – the only time I heard him "speak" was Evans' imitation of him which is, to be fair, an Old Jewish Man. So I was surprised to learn he was actually Austrian . . . had an unknown past . . . looked 60 but died young.

There is also a subtle "dig." "The Suits" wanted a shorter film. Evans boasts/complains that Coppola delivered a version that contained nothing of the movie, and he took Coppola aside and screamed and ranted to restore it. As the series shows, and Coppola claims, he did that to convince "the Suits" to use the longer cuts. The truth? I do not know, even Evans conceded that everyone has a different version of it. They probably both believe they are responsible.

You probably have not noticed that I enjoyed it.

Finally, I like how they tossed in references to The Godfather without implying a genesis. So Bludorn grabs "Warton" – That Guy from Band of Brothers and Son of the Star of Bosom Buddies – and throws him against the wall of the elevator to give an angry rendition of "you never reveal your mind to anyone outside of the family."

– J.D.
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The show about Evans now could be more have far more detail from more sources. As people pass, less of them get to be offended or family members let go of anecdotes.

Earlier this year Francis Ford Coppola thanked Evans, for the first time, at the Academy Awards. Yet as TMZ reported at the time, there was Telegram exchanges for pure vitriol from Coppola toward Evans. And he even indicates the contract for Godfather II excluded Evans for such reasons. Many more such stories from films at Paramount can be told. A series can pick and chose and play with the timelines a bit for a fun narrative. Maybe I'll just re-watch the documentary.
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The Devil's Hour on Amazon Prime

Despite the title, it's not devil worship or culty stuff, and it's not horror either.

Just one season so far, six episodes. The first 5 episodes were a slow burn, and they made you kinda feel like you had things figured out, but be sure to grab some popcorn and put down you phone for episode six. They did an awesome job of explaining everything, including the loose ends. 👏

Now we get to wait and see. If they plan out the future seasons and close it nicely, this could potentially be a great series.

Or, they could go the route of Netflix and kill the series before ever making the next season. Or they could go the route of countless other series and go nowhere until people stop watching.

Don't be that guy, Amazon Prime.
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The Devil's Hour on Amazon Prime

Despite the title, it's not devil worship or culty stuff, and it's not horror either.

Just one season so far, six episodes. The first 5 episodes were a slow burn, and they made you kinda feel like you had things figured out, but be sure to grab some popcorn and put down you phone for episode six. They did an awesome job of explaining everything, including the loose ends. 👏

Now we get to wait and see. If they plan out the future seasons and close it nicely, this could potentially be a great series.

Or, they could go the route of Netflix and kill the series before ever making the next season. Or they could go the route of countless other series and go nowhere until people stop watching.

Don't be that guy, Amazon Prime.
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So good you watched it twice?
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Rerun
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Been watching lots of dreck.

Red Notice with The Rock ... like every other one ever. You can mouth the lines.

Dead Like Me ... newest season is a downer and horrid

The Shooter Series ... another one that should have been a 6 episode thingie. On and on etc.

The mind wobbles with horridness
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ed wrote: Tue Nov 22, 2022 12:53 pm Been watching lots of dreck.

Red Notice with The Rock ... like every other one ever. You can mouth the lines.

Dead Like Me ... newest season is a downer and horrid

The Shooter Series ... another one that should have been a 6 episode thingie. On and on etc.

The mind wobbles with horridness
I would try the Devil's hour as Bruce mentions. It's good.
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Will do. Thanks
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I will second grammy's endorsement of Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities. The first one was good, and I'm not all that in to horror stories.

I agree though, ed. The production of mindless dreck is drowning out the precious few gems.
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Watching "Dead to Me". Amusing. Kind of funny.
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Watched Wednesday.

Woke crap here and there and a rather shocking scene that is suggestive of a young girl fellating a boy at a dance. WTF were they thinking?
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No, the real shock is she shot the dance scene while she was sick with COVID-19

Child porn isn’t anything to get upset about and it’s also not happening and if you think either of those you’re racist
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This is a serious observation/question.

I have noted recently that there are a number of series that seem to have fallen off the deep end in terms of quality/writing. There are things that I enjoyed but when I came to the most recent/last season they turned to shit (shite for our brit friends).

I am curious if others have seen this ...

For all of these I have found the last /current season unwatchable or massively stupid.

1- Peaky Blinders. It seems incoherent. I can't even pick out a specific to complain about. Watched 1 episode.

2- Russia Doll. First season was cute and diverting. Newest is like odd ... lasted for 1 episode

3- Bloodline. Last season made no sense. Really bad.

4- Dead to Me. I have no idea what is going on.


More will come to me, I just wanted to start a thread. There are some series that went south for clear reasons. I enjoyed Monarch of the Glen but the lead guy was touted as the "Scottish Tom Cruise" and got full of himself and left. The writers made a heroic effort to cope but failed, unsurprisingly. The series above fell off the rails (IMO) for not discernable reason.
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Now watching "After Life", the Ricky Gervais thing.
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Pyrrho wrote: Fri Dec 23, 2022 12:11 pm Now watching "After Life", the Ricky Gervais thing.
Hope you’re in for a good cry 😭. I found it cathartic, funny and deeply moving. I’d be interested in your thoughts, if you’re so inclined?
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DJ wrote: Fri Dec 23, 2022 3:32 pm
Pyrrho wrote: Fri Dec 23, 2022 12:11 pm Now watching "After Life", the Ricky Gervais thing.
Hope you’re in for a good cry 😭. I found it cathartic, funny and deeply moving. I’d be interested in your thoughts, if you’re so inclined?
Heartfelt and poignant. I can relate to the bleak humor, and to the crushing depression.
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Would be better without the malpracticing psychologist.
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DJ wrote: Fri Dec 23, 2022 3:32 pm
Pyrrho wrote: Fri Dec 23, 2022 12:11 pm Now watching "After Life", the Ricky Gervais thing.
Hope you’re in for a good cry 😭. I found it cathartic, funny and deeply moving. I’d be interested in your thoughts, if you’re so inclined?
Just finished season 3.

Wow. Perfection.
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Pyrrho wrote: Fri Dec 09, 2022 3:55 pm Watching "Dead to Me". Amusing. Kind of funny.
This past season is the one that sucks. I enjoyed the earlier ones.
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Mayor of Kingston Excellent.
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Bernie Madoff on Netflix. Wow.
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Watched the first episode of "Derek". Not sure how they can sustain that. I think I understand what they were trying to portray but I dunno.
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Grammatron wrote: Mon Nov 07, 2022 11:32 pm
Doctor X wrote: Tue May 10, 2022 7:14 am The Offer.

As recommended by former caporegime, now Sometimes Irritating Christian, Michael Franzese on the making of The Godfather.

Very well cast.

They nail Robin Evans. At first I was not sure, but after a few scenes I thought I was listening to The Kid Stays in the Picture.

They also cast Fat Men to play Puzzo and Coppola.

– J.D.
I really enjoyed this series. Very slick and tried hard to be believable set in the early 70's.

Matthew Goode as Evans stole every scene. I think Paramount+ could successfully do another series, The Kid about Robert Evans' tenure at Paramount and it would be just as good if not better. It's such a fun period to mine for stories.
Watching it now. Excellent.
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Watching "Crash Landing on You", Korean comedy romance about a South Korean rich business woman who gets tossed into North Korea by a tornado and is getting involved with an army captain. Probably a remake of a Kurosawa epic.
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Doctor X wrote: Tue Nov 08, 2022 6:56 am ...
Finally, I like how they tossed in references to The Godfather without implying a genesis. So Bludorn grabs "Warton" – That Guy from Band of Brothers and Son of the Star of Bosom Buddies – and throws him against the wall of the elevator to give an angry rendition of "you never reveal your mind to anyone outside of the family."

– J.D.
I caught a couple, cannoli's figure in a couple of scenes, more will come to me.
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Yeah but ed, would you leave the gun?
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The main character is talking to the casting chick who goes on about "this being the life we have chosen" that is right out of the godfather.

When the guy shoots Crazy Joe he says before he leaves "Joe Colombo says hello". Also the scene of crazy joe getting shot looks a lot like Sonny at the toll booths

No, I'd take the cannoli's.
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Jay and Silent Bob - Reboot.

I'm late to the party, but I really enjoyed this movie. Considering that one of the stars nearly died from a heart attack and the other nearly died from a heroine overdose, its great that it was made at all.
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Grammatron wrote: Wed Nov 02, 2022 9:58 pm Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities, a horror anthology series on Netflix, a good mix of different types of horror, if that's your cup of tea.
Also, Pinocchio (Guillermo del Toro's version) was quite good.