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Offline Draško

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #720 on: July 16, 2017, 03:20:17 AM »
 
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #721 on: July 16, 2017, 06:13:53 AM »
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #722 on: July 16, 2017, 07:35:40 AM »


I don't laugh all that often, but I do laugh at that.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #723 on: July 16, 2017, 08:01:52 AM »
I don't laugh all that often, but I do laugh at that.

Yeah, it's pretty, pretty, pretty good.  $:)
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #724 on: July 16, 2017, 02:53:47 PM »
Poldark.
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #725 on: July 18, 2017, 06:04:19 AM »



Netflix has devoted a ton of money to comedy specials, and I've tried several of them, but I usually make it about ten or fifteen minutes before turning them off because I'm not laughing, which indicates failure for a comedy special.  Louis CK's newest one is excellent, though, starting off with a long segment about abortion, and some bits are wonderfully dark.  But maybe not dark enough.  I hope Netflix airs new specials from Anthony Jeselnik and Doug Stanhope.  In the meantime, this one is solid.
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #726 on: July 18, 2017, 07:19:59 AM »
I hope Netflix airs new specials from Anthony Jeselnik and Doug Stanhope.  In the meantime, this one is solid.

Although I thought his last special was at least a step down (maybe two) from his prior work, I'd love to get more from Jeselnik. What has he been up to anyway?
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #727 on: July 18, 2017, 07:24:17 AM »
Jeselnik. What has he been up to anyway?


Probably touring.
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
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« Reply #729 on: July 25, 2017, 03:51:56 PM »


and half way through the sixth season of Homeland, which is shaping up to be the weakest season so far and completely unfocused. A pity after season five, which I thought the strongest.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #730 on: July 25, 2017, 04:42:41 PM »

and half way through the sixth season of Homeland, which is shaping up to be the weakest season so far and completely unfocused. A pity after season five, which I thought the strongest.



Completely on target!  We stopped watching after about Episode 3 or so.  It just was not compelling any more: Carrie working for a tax-exempt foundation as a bureaucrat...and it isn't a cover job?  Yawn!

Right now one of the greatest comedies ever...which of course was canceled after Season I !

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #731 on: July 25, 2017, 05:17:42 PM »
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« Reply #732 on: July 31, 2017, 05:42:22 AM »



Ozark.  Part Breaking Bad, part Justified, and part original while still influenced by other ideas and reliant on stereotypes, Ozark is a curiously satisfying drama.  Almost entirely laugh free, the very dark show follows Jason Bateman as his money laundering ways end up putting his family in mortal danger.  The show starts in Chicago but moves immediately to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, and it turns out there's a lot of danger and smart-ish and mean rednecks there.  (It also turns out that there are some critical differences between rednecks and hillbillies.)  The show is filled with bad guys and danger.  Sometimes it seems a bit too overstuffed with storylines, the last two episodes twist and turn too much, and there's one early, pretty heavy-duty throwaway line that may or may not serve as fodder for more backstory or even current timeline development in a future season.  (It smacks of AHS season one is all I will write.)  Jason Bateman sheds his comic persona completely here, but maintains his sharp, manipulative traits, and he proves to be a solid dramatic actor.  Laura Linney is in her element as a not entirely innocent wife.  (The flashback episode sheds more light on both characters.)  Esai Morales does splendid work as one of the main heavies, never overacting and always adding an element of menace.  Julia Garner, who has a small but important role in The Americans, gets a lot of screen time and takes advantage of it.  The show is equivalent to a hard-R movie, so people averse to profanity, violence and its gruesome aftermath, and gratuitous (though plot-driven) nudity may not be so keen on it.  The show is shot in what appears to a be a 2:1 ratio and is generally very cinematic visually, and this appears to be a Bateman passion project as he also executive produces the show and directs four episodes.  Unexpectedly, my wife liked the show even more than I did, and she tends to dislike dark shows. 
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #733 on: July 31, 2017, 05:56:06 AM »
Well, and only 50-ish years late, Star Trek.

Watched “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” & “Court-Martial” last night, and dadgummit, I’ve become a fan.
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #734 on: July 31, 2017, 08:29:28 AM »
Well, and only 50-ish years late, Star Trek.

Watched “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” & “Court-Martial” last night, and dadgummit, I’ve become a fan.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #735 on: July 31, 2017, 08:36:46 AM »
Ozark.  Part Breaking Bad, part Justified, and part original while still influenced by other ideas and reliant on stereotypes, Ozark is a curiously satisfying drama.  Almost entirely laugh free, the very dark show follows Jason Bateman as his money laundering ways end up putting his family in mortal danger.

I got 15 minutes into the first episode before deciding it's not for me (despite being a big "breaking bad" fan). I've grown fatigued of the "middle class family life is a thin veneer covering desperation" genre. Decided to devote limited time to listening to Hindemith instead.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #736 on: July 31, 2017, 08:46:30 AM »
Well, and only 50-ish years late, Star Trek.

Watched “Tomorrow Is Yesterday” & “Court-Martial” last night, and dadgummit, I’ve become a fan.

I must admit that the only original ST episode  I have watched as an adult* in its entirety was the "Trouble with Tribbles".


*as opposed to those I saw when they originally aired, when I was a 7-9 year old kid whose favorite set of pajamas was a Star Trek outfit.  Yes, kiddies, they had cross-merchandising back then.  But I have no actual memory of those shows now.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #737 on: July 31, 2017, 09:11:52 AM »
I got 15 minutes into the first episode before deciding it's not for me (despite being a big "breaking bad" fan).


Without giving much away, the show takes a significant turn in the first episode, and fifteen minutes may not be far enough in to get to that point, and then the flashback episode (eight) reveals more of the true nature of the two main characters.  It's not as good as the first four seasons of Breaking Bad, but it's better than the last two seasons.
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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #738 on: July 31, 2017, 03:44:51 PM »
Rick and Morty season three. So far the episodes have been more connected together, which is off-putting to me. I tend to find it difficult to engage with series-long story arcs.

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Re: What TV series are you currently watching?
« Reply #739 on: July 31, 2017, 05:18:33 PM »
Rick and Morty season three. So far the episodes have been more connected together, which is off-putting to me. I tend to find it difficult to engage with series-long story arcs.

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