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I love Tom Waits. I'm going to have to see this one. Still debating whether I'll ever see The Old Man & the Gun. He's in it, too, but it doesn't seem all that interesting to me otherwise.

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I love Tom Waits. I'm going to have to see this one. Still debating whether I'll ever see The Old Man & the Gun. He's in it, too, but it doesn't seem all that interesting to me otherwise.

He gets one extended and somewhat poetic soliloquy in The Old Man & the Gun.

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Bodyguard, a UK Netflix series. A policeman is put on detail covering the Home Secretary. He is a war veteran with PTSD, she's pro surveillance & worse. Hilarity ensues. No actually, it is supposed to be about politics but as a non UK person what is much more striking is the class aspect. If politicians in the UK are accurately reflected in this show then the incompetence that brought us Brexit must have been pretty much inevitable. The first episode is simply very good TV. 

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Bodyguard, a UK Netflix series. A policeman is put on detail covering the Home Secretary. He is a war veteran with PTSD, she's pro surveillance & worse. Hilarity ensues. No actually, it is supposed to be about politics but as a non UK person what is much more striking is the class aspect. If politicians in the UK are accurately reflected in this show then the incompetence that brought us Brexit must have been pretty much inevitable. The first episode is simply very good TV. 

 

It was very good until the very end. I was shocked at the choice they made, like they ran out of ideas and took a facile, ugly, way out. 

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The Deuce. FINALLY someone has gotten around to making a show about 1970's NYC and the start of the porn industry. 

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The Deuce. FINALLY someone has gotten around to making a show about 1970's NYC and the start of the porn industry. 

 

Are you still on Season 1?  Season 2 was pretty damn good too.  I'm looking forward already to the final season, which will move forward to 1984-85.

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If you stick with it, yes.  It's often violent at times, but there's more emphasis on sex, and I think it made a lot of good points about the exploitation of women, the sex industry, the role of the Mob in all of this (as well as in gay nightlife), etc., etc.

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Bodyguard, a UK Netflix series. A policeman is put on detail covering the Home Secretary. He is a war veteran with PTSD, she's pro surveillance & worse. Hilarity ensues. No actually, it is supposed to be about politics but as a non UK person what is much more striking is the class aspect. If politicians in the UK are accurately reflected in this show then the incompetence that brought us Brexit must have been pretty much inevitable. The first episode is simply very good TV. 

 

It was very good until the very end. I was shocked at the choice they made, like they ran out of ideas and took a facile, ugly, way out. 

 

 

yeah, I know what you mean. Although, in a way it also made a point...

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If you stick with it, yes.  It's often violent at times, but there's more emphasis on sex, and I think it made a lot of good points about the exploitation of women, the sex industry, the role of the Mob in all of this (as well as in gay nightlife), etc., etc.

 

OK that sounds more interesting. Will stick with it. 

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It’s all very well telling me shows often take mid-season breaks, but there are four people stuck in Janet’s shrinking quiet space, and their immortal souls are at stake.

 

(Good Place withdrawals.)

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It’s all very well telling me shows often take mid-season breaks, but there are four people stuck in Janet’s shrinking quiet space, and their immortal souls are at stake.

 

(Good Place withdrawals.)

So did Danson switch out his hair pieces white for brown?

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Bandersnatch, the interactive Black Mirror episode, on Netflix. It wasn't that interesting once I acclimated to the mild excitement of deciding between two possible directions for the story, some of which lead to dead ends that loop you back so that you can make the "right" choice. The meta-ness - characters muse that they aren't in control of their own lives - wore thin pretty quickly, and I wasn't very invested in the narrative or the characters. I did like the 1984 soundtrack, and there's a brief, amusing meditation on Pac-man. But I just don't care for this hybrid form: either show me a good story, or let me play a game I can win or lose.

 

I have a vague recollection that a "choose your own adventure" movie once screened in theaters, and viewers voted with hand-held devices. Anyone remember this? I'm pretty sure I walked past the line for it at Loew's 19th many years ago.

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1. Friday Night Lights. I'm gonna start shilling like crazy for this show.

When I first heard they were turning the movie into a TV show, I figured it would end every week with the team hitting the field for tension-filled weekly game. Instead, it has turned into a character-driven drama with dead-on authentic casting, excellent production and genuine depth of feeling (without being mawkish). This show exposes every gimmick-driven drama (Lost, Heroes, 24) and fusty crime/medical show (CSI, House) as ridiculous unrealistic Hollywood creations. The last 3 FNL episodes haven't even shown any action on the field, instead focussing on the dilemmas of the well-drawn out ensemble characters. Even the supporting roles (Buddy Gerritson, the rehab roommate, Tim Riggins's brother, etc) are crisp and vivid.

Please watch this show before it gets cancelled.

 

2. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Frigging hilarious comedy showing out in the hinterlands of FX. Currently on hiatus after a short 2nd season, but I fear it might already have been axed. About 4 friends who own a dive bar, desperation for ratings brought Danny DeVito on for the second season as the extraneous father figure. Humor sensibility is akin to the late favorite, Arrested Development.

 

3. Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman. This show has no chance. Too inside Hollywood, too cynical, too raunchy and dark. But the writing is fierce. Laura Kightlinger should be a bigger star and would be if she were a man. But all those nasty things coming out of woman's mouth will keep her on the fringe. And who the fuck watches the IFC channel? Nobody but losers and film geeks. (Sadly, I'm not a film geek).

 

 

It sucks cuz I hate most TV. Unfortunately, I've reconciled that the few shows I do like will probably get cancelled, so I'm trying not to get emotionally invested. But damn, don't FNL got a chance? It's SO red state!

These shows all seem to have a chance.

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