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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by dead_elvis » 10 Mar 2019, 14:55

Vanity Fair (recent Amazon version):

I found the use of songs by Bob Dylan and Kate Bush and such in a period drama to be oddly distracting, but the truly painful anachronism was hearing Borodin's second string quartet (composed 1881) being played as music at a party that is clearly taking place in 1815.

Joking aside, we enjoyed this very much. Though I'm not sure I came to the conclusions I was supposed to... I mean, out of everything "vain" and "not worth having", I have a hard time begrudging Becky, a poor person looked down in a system that offers little prospect of an enjoyable life becoming obsessed with obtaining the things that might offer some independence. Maybe she shouldn't have been such a manipulative lying shit to get it, but being obsessed with obtaining money in that environment seems like a reasonably correct choice. Yeah, money's not worth having, as long as you have some.

It occasionally felt like the moral of the story was "they could have been happy, but they weren't because they didn't know their place".

As a kid my brother (and I to a much lesser extent) played wargames with painted napoleonic miniatures, so the battle scenes were extremely fascinating.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Warren » 10 Mar 2019, 15:02

dead_elvis wrote:
10 Mar 2019, 14:55
Yeah, money's not worth having, as long as you have some.
As great as it is, and as much as I enjoyed it, I did the same wince at the end of Fargo when the cop is driving Steve Buscemi and she asks him something like "Why did you commit all those terrible crimes? For a little bit of money? Don't you know there are more important things than money?" And I think the first time I saw it I actually said out loud "Not if you don't have any".
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by JasonL » 11 Mar 2019, 16:46

Not being a fan of comedies in general, I find my wife's use of Parks and Rec for background comedy pleasant enough. I like the earnestness of it.

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Post by Ellie » 11 Mar 2019, 16:52

It's a really fantastic show. Particularly because they have a character who is so openly libertarian, and they never make him have some stupid revelation about how government is really a good thing after all; and while his libertarianism / hatred of government is often used as the occasion for jokes, it's never the punchline itself (i.e. the joke is never, "This guy thinks government is bad! Lololol what a moron!")

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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Warren » 16 Mar 2019, 22:58

Season 10 premier episode Trading Spaces
70's and Mid Century Modern
sploosh and sploosh
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Kolohe » 20 Mar 2019, 11:05

I saw that one. I was fine with the mid century modern, but the 70s one was too literal. I didn't care for the frisbee wall at all, and the Burt Reynolds thing was visibly poorly crafted.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by lunchstealer » 20 Mar 2019, 11:45

Kolohe wrote:I saw that one. I was fine with the mid century modern, but the 70s one was too literal. I didn't care for the frisbee wall at all, and the Burt Reynolds thing was visibly poorly crafted.
Concur, although the lineswoosh thing was pretty good. Could a stopped there.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Dangerman » 21 Mar 2019, 12:45

Letterkenny is hilarious.

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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by JasonL » 21 Mar 2019, 14:41

Everyone I know is suddenly quoting letterkenny.

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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Highway » 26 Mar 2019, 20:37

After you guys mentioned it (and I subsequently learned that we had a subscription to Hulu), I decided to watch Letterkenny. Finished Season 1 yesterday, and that was pretty darn hilarious. Excellent use of callbacks throughout the season, it built some good stories around some side characters, and just really funny throughout.

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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Jasper » 29 Mar 2019, 13:55

Started watching a few episodes last night, and yeah, it's pretty good.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 01 Apr 2019, 15:10

So, the new Twilight Zone, two episodes in...

Well, the first episode started slow and not in a "slow burn" good sort of way, but it did pick up and the ending, though telegraphed in the last couple of minutes, was okay. A bit heavy handed and, as was the problem in Season 4 of the original series, padded. I'm not sure TZ can be done well as an hour length series, and nothing about either of these first two episodes have led me to reconsider. (Very roughly speaking, this was a reworking of "Printer's Devil" with Tracy Morgan as Burgess Meredith, sort of.)

Second episode was significantly better, though for different reasons the ending -- more a coda than a finale -- was thin. I was really dreading having to sit through yet another iteration of "Terror At X,000 Feet," but it was sufficiently reworked that I actually enjoyed it.

Jordan Peele was okay as the narrator, but he lacks the slightly sardonic expression both Serling and Forest Whitaker brought. Hell, even Whitaker managed to get a bit of a twinkle in one eye! Maybe if Peele at least held a smoldering cigarette....

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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Jennifer » 04 Apr 2019, 12:34

I like that new show "What We Do In The Shadows" (based on a movie of the same name): it's a fake reality show about central European vampires living in modern Staten Island. Only two episodes have aired thus far, but they were very funny.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Kwix » 04 Apr 2019, 17:17

Jennifer wrote:
04 Apr 2019, 12:34
I like that new show "What We Do In The Shadows" (based on a movie of the same name): it's a fake reality show about central European vampires living in modern Staten Island. Only two episodes have aired thus far, but they were very funny.
If you haven't seen the movie, highly recommended. Matt Berry is funny but he's no Jemaine Clement.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Jennifer » 04 Apr 2019, 20:21

Kwix wrote:
04 Apr 2019, 17:17
Jennifer wrote:
04 Apr 2019, 12:34
I like that new show "What We Do In The Shadows" (based on a movie of the same name): it's a fake reality show about central European vampires living in modern Staten Island. Only two episodes have aired thus far, but they were very funny.
If you haven't seen the movie, highly recommended. Matt Berry is funny but he's no Jemaine Clement.
I saw it after watching the TV pilot episode. I like how the show added the "energy vampire," but I hope it also adopts the movie's idea of a vampire played by a young actor "turning" a very elderly woman because that was the woman he loved when she was young (plus various cradle-robber jokes because the young-looking vampire is many times older than the elderly woman).
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by JD » 15 Apr 2019, 23:03

Been watching Blindspot. One of the weird things about it that I've noticed is that there is constant background music. There is literally never a moment when there isn't some music behind people speaking. It actually gets kind of intrusive once you notice it.

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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Kolohe » 16 Apr 2019, 03:34

It's called Blindspot not Deaf Jam?
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