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"Perry Mason" on HBO.  This is not your father's Perry Mason.  It's a dark noir about Mason's early sketchy years.  With Matthew Rhys and John Lithgow.  Set in 1931 (I think) with all kinds of great period stuff, including a working Angel's Flight.  At times I am taken with the set decoration and costumes but then the plot gets really engrossing.  And, of course, being HBO you get some sexual situations about every 20 minutes.  Only 1 episode is up, but more are to come.

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We didn’t like it.  As a period piece, it just seemed that the cadence was off.  And a bit too much by the numbers with stereotypes.  It didn’t draw us in at all & I fail to see how “this guy” could ever become “that guy”.

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I am curious to what extent a transformation will occur and why.  Otherwise, I am just taking it as noir.  Because it's in LA I am sort of reminded of Walter Mosley.

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The Sundance Channel started airing the original Perry Mason series a few weeks ago.  On every Monday starting at noon, with the number of episodes varying each week mostly two or three consecutively though next week, there will be five.  There are commercials as there were when the series was originally broadcast. I DVR so I can ff them which, of course, is something we couldn’t do back in the day.  (Note:  Since each episode is independent, it doesn’t matter if you’ve missed the previous ones.)

P.S.  We don’t get HBO, so I won’t be able to see this new Perry Mason.

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It doesn't look much like the Perry Mason I remember. 😂

Mind you, I was just thinking Perry Mason was in a wheelchair, but no, that was Ironside.

 

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Defending Jacob on Apple. Very suspenseful and compelling, if you ignore the contrived stuff (like a dad searching his sleeping son's room without waking him - I do not believe this is possible). And I would watch Cherry Jones in anything.

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So episode 2 of Perry Mason proceeds apace.  The art direction, set decoration and costumes continue to be first rate.  I'm starting to notice lots of talented character actors. As for Perry's arc, it's beginning to look like he is going to have to step in to defend Emily (Gayle Rankin) or someone because E. B. Jonathan (Lithgow) somehow becomes unavailable (did he have too many drinks at the Athletic Club?).  This episode offered an explanation for Perry's WWI issues that made him more humane.  To make things interesting, Paul Drake is a black police officer (Chris Chalk).  Since Della Street (Juliet Rylance, stepdaughter of Mark Rylance) and Perry (Matthew Rhys) are employed by E.B., it would be easy for them to work together.  If Paul's honesty about the facts he uncovered becomes an issue with the LAPD or the DA, then perhaps he has to go private.  As a matter of incidental trivia, Fritz a three-legged dog has a cameo but gets no credit.  And to keep it interesting, you get a brief glimpse of a Pacific Red Car and lots of period vehicles.

Sister Alice (Tatiana Maslany), whose operation is closely modeled on Aimee Semple McPherson and her Foursquare Church, holds forth in the Echo Park structure that used to house Aimee's flock.  I will be curious to see if Alice tracks Aimee in disappearing for a few weeks while having a clandestine affair.  For now, Alice is pious and along with her "mom" Birdy McKeegan (Lili Taylor), in the manner of evangelical preachers since time immemorial, avaricious to a fault.

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History is Made at Night (1937). Jean Arthur and Charles Boyer in what might be a romantic comedy if not for the ice-cold psycho performance by Colin “Frankenstein” Clive as her abusive husband.

I offer it here because Boyer’s character is a supremely skilled restaurant Maitre D’, and the extensive restaurant, bar and club scenes are fascinating. Not that it’s quite Ratatouille, but what is?

Criterion Channel.

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Episode 3 of Perry Mason finds Perry continuing his dalliance with his flying instructor, Lupe Gibbs (Veronica Falcon).  In a manner similar to Chinatown and True Detective, we find him searching for clues in an illegal casino and the local morgue while the corrupt LAPD is shaking down an Asian brothel and trying to beat a confession out of Emily.  Mason also eats briefly at Musso & Frank.  Meanwhile, E.B. appears to have been fired, the DA (Stephen Root) who makes Hamilton Burger seem a choirboy is milking the case in a possible runup to trying to be mayor,  Della gets assertive, Mason gets info from Drake on the DL and "mother" seems to have Sister Alice (who still believes in Emily) addicted to some life-threatening drugs.  Yes, a lot of activity, but where is it headed?

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11 hours ago, Wilfrid said:

History is Made at Night (1937). Jean Arthur and Charles Boyer in what might be a romantic comedy if not for the ice-cold psycho performance by Colin “Frankenstein” Clive as her abusive husband.

I offer it here because Boyer’s character is a supremely skilled restaurant Maitre D’, and the extensive restaurant, bar and club scenes are fascinating. Not that it’s quite Ratatouille, but what is?

Criterion Channel.

Wow - Godlis "stole" the tile of his photography book from this movie! Who knew?

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I'll have to check out the movie.

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I thought maybe the title was a quote from somewhere else. It’s not particularly descriptive of the movie. But it seems to be original.

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