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Post by JasonL » 03 Oct 2019, 11:58

I couldn't get into Preacher. It felt like there really wasn't a point other than shocking the conservative minded people who weren't watching it.

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Post by Painboy » 03 Oct 2019, 12:50

JasonL wrote:
03 Oct 2019, 11:58
I couldn't get into Preacher. It felt like there really wasn't a point other than shocking the conservative minded people who weren't watching it.
From my reading this is basically how most of Garth Ennis's stuff can be summarized.

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Post by Eric the .5b » 03 Oct 2019, 16:21

I mean, that's pretty much an integral part of Garth Ennis' work, but there's more to it in everything by him I've read.
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Post by Warren » 03 Oct 2019, 18:31

I only gave it three and a half minutes.
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Post by Warren » 04 Oct 2019, 17:14

Bosch was a bust. Quit watching half way through ep 3. Honestly, "I've got too much testosterone to play by the rules" detective is so not my thing.

OTOH there's a seam of PBS American Experience I've been mining. Leopold and Loeb was highly educational.
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Post by Kolohe » 06 Oct 2019, 15:27

Been watching some of the new network TV fare this season. I'm lukewarm on the Unicorn, despite liking Walton Goggins (and the rest of the sorta bigish names in the cast). Though this as far as I know the first straight up comedy he's ever done.

I like Carol's Second Act with Patricia Heaton (of Everyone Loves Raymond & The Middle fame - I don't think I ever saw an episode of the latter)

I also like All Rise, the ensemble cast of mostly unknowns (except the CSI woman) works pretty well together.
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Post by Warren » 07 Oct 2019, 19:04

Ladies in Black was delightful for a Brit. period chick flick.
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Post by Warren » 10 Oct 2019, 23:07

First ep of Carnival Row and I'm all in. Fantasy Steampunk. It looks amazeballz and the characters live.
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Post by Andrew » 20 Oct 2019, 07:57

When I last looked a few years ago, the only options to watch The Prisoner were buying the out-of-print blu-ray set or paying Amazon to stream it (on top of the usual Prime monthly fee). Now it appears to be available for free through both the internet archive and Shout Factory:

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https://archive.org/details/The_Prisoner
(the archive also allows downloads of the series in mpeg4 or ogg)

http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/series/the-prisoner
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Post by dbcooper » 20 Oct 2019, 09:23

Andrew wrote:
20 Oct 2019, 07:57
When I last looked a few years ago, the only options to watch The Prisoner were buying the out-of-print blu-ray set or paying Amazon to stream it (on top of the usual Prime monthly fee). Now it appears to be available for free through both the internet archive and Shout Factory:

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https://archive.org/details/The_Prisoner
(the archive also allows downloads of the series in mpeg4 or ogg)

http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/series/the-prisoner
Nice, the Shout Factory link streams in 1080p.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 21 Oct 2019, 10:26

I watched it on disc from Netflix, but those streaming options are nice to know about.
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Post by JasonL » 21 Oct 2019, 10:29

How buffer and error prone do you guys find video streaming services to be? I'm slinging through an old appletv box (v2) and I've been using my sister's hulu account but it is buggy af. Prime streams pretty cleanly through the same box.

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Post by Hugh Akston » 21 Oct 2019, 10:33

I stream through my PS4 on a not-great wifi connection, and I never experience lag on the Netflix or Prime apps, thought they do very occasionally fail catastrophically. The MLB app is buffery and down-ressy af, but they suck at building their services.
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Post by Warren » 21 Oct 2019, 11:24

I don't often stream, but when I do I stream Dos Equis... I mean Prime. It streams fine through DSL wifi.
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Post by JD » 21 Oct 2019, 11:47

JasonL wrote:
21 Oct 2019, 10:29
How buffer and error prone do you guys find video streaming services to be? I'm slinging through an old appletv box (v2) and I've been using my sister's hulu account but it is buggy af. Prime streams pretty cleanly through the same box.
Mostly they've been pretty good, now that we got our cable internet situation worked out. Occasionally there is a small amount of lagging or stuttering or blockiness, but not much. Prime and Netflix definitely seem better than Hulu.
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Post by Warren » 21 Oct 2019, 19:19

Half way through the one and only season of HBO's star studded Luck, created by Deadwood's David Milch. Odd that it didn't get a second season given the love for it.
The criticism I find online centers mostly on what a slow burn it is, so does much of the praise. Oddly no one mentions the thing that jumps right out at me, almost the entire script is exposition. Odder still is that I like it.
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Post by Andrew » 21 Oct 2019, 22:52

Warren wrote:
21 Oct 2019, 19:19
Half way through the one and only season of HBO's star studded Luck, created by Deadwood's David Milch. Odd that it didn't get a second season given the love for it.
The criticism I find online centers mostly on what a slow burn it is, so does much of the praise. Oddly no one mentions the thing that jumps right out at me, almost the entire script is exposition. Odder still is that I like it.
I think the thing that prevented a second season was the death rate of horses involved in filming.
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Post by Warren » 22 Oct 2019, 10:46

Andrew wrote:
21 Oct 2019, 22:52
Warren wrote:
21 Oct 2019, 19:19
Half way through the one and only season of HBO's star studded Luck, created by Deadwood's David Milch. Odd that it didn't get a second season given the love for it.
The criticism I find online centers mostly on what a slow burn it is, so does much of the praise. Oddly no one mentions the thing that jumps right out at me, almost the entire script is exposition. Odder still is that I like it.
I think the thing that prevented a second season was the death rate of horses involved in filming.
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Post by Ellie » 17 Nov 2019, 01:55

After hanging in there for five episodes, I am here to report that Season 2 of Jack Ryan is very not good.
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Post by Number 6 » 17 Nov 2019, 09:06

Ellie wrote:
17 Nov 2019, 01:55
After hanging in there for five episodes, I am here to report that Season 2 of Jack Ryan is very not good.
Don't worry, it gets worse. Way worse.
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Post by Hugh Akston » 17 Nov 2019, 12:12

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the only good Jack Ryan anything was the Hunt for Red October, and that only because you forget it's a Jack Ryan movie because Connery is playing the Russian guy. Even the Harrison Ford Jack Ryan moves were so bogged down with Ivy League Washington elite glad-handing that their already-tepid action plots are rendered totally inert.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 17 Nov 2019, 14:13

Basically, all Tom Clancy novels are even more puerile than Ian Fleming novels but with the added attraction of Army Field Manuals reprinted verbatim for filler.

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Post by Ellie » 17 Nov 2019, 15:35

Yeah, this season is bad for a Jack Ryan story.. So.
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Post by Ellie » 17 Nov 2019, 18:47

It also manages to be set in Venezuela, with the whole plot hinging around corruption and poverty and mismanagement of resources, and never mention socialism, let alone ponder whether that might be a contributing factor. But that's a pretty standard fault of Hollywood in general, and not specific to this crappy show.
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Post by JD » 18 Nov 2019, 12:16

Started watching Watchmen the other day. I like it in some ways, but they're definitely going this route of "Here's some mysterious stuff. Dig into it and start explaining? Nah, let's just pile more mysterious stuff on top of it!" Four episodes in and the show is already at risk of exceeding its "gimme threshhold".

(I think I've referred to this concept before, but: every writer of fiction asks the consumer for certain "gimmes", like "Grant that in this world superheroes exist" or "Grant that in this world Germany won WWII" or whatever. That's fine, that's the basis for the fiction. But when the author starts assuming what seem like arbitrary gimmes, that don't seem to follow from anything, then it gets to be a problem, like if you read 400 pages into a novel about a world where the US broke up but the USSR lasted, when suddenly you learn that also dogs can talk in this world.)

"In this world, superheroes exist."
OK, cool, let's go with that!
"And a terrorist organization killed almost the cops in Tulsa and the response was to let cops wear masks."
OK, seems kind of weird, especially since we know that the state police and FBI are also a thing in this world, and apparently they didn't do dick about it, but sure.
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Not sure how that ties in with anything, and nobody else in the world seems to have technology like what he seems to be able to do with basically no support structure, but...
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