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11 hours ago, Alexcremers said:

The Night Of

 

I just bought this. It's from HBO and written by Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List) and Richard Price (The Wire, The Color Of Money), has 94% on the Tomatometer, so how bad can it be? I hope I haven't seen it already.

 

My wife and I watched it when it aired in 2016, so did @Disco Stu and @publicist

 

My opinion was that it had an AMAZING pilot, one of the all time best, and then slowly got worse and worse with every episode, until it just went out with a whimper, not fulfilling, for me, all the potential it had.  I think Stu and Pubs liked it more than I did.


it's still good and worth watching, I just got so hyped by such a fantastic pilot I was expecting something different than what the show actually is.  Maybe on a re-watch I'd evaluate it differently

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13 minutes ago, Jay said:

 

I think Stu and Pubs liked it more than I did.

 

 

This post by me from then sounds about right.  I was far from glowing, but glad I watched it all.

 

On 8/29/2016 at 8:27 AM, Disco Stu said:

Well, The Night Of finale was last night.  Being able to see the entire arc of the series looking back I'd say my opinion has improved somewhat, but it's still a miniseries that started out amazingly strong and lost steam by the end.

 

That said, it had very clear points it wanted to make about the American criminal justice system and I think it made them reasonably well.

 

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Basically, I don't think it was a waste of time and I'm glad I watched to the end.  It just wasn't the home run I expected it to be back in July.  I've also seen some complaints calling the ending "unsatisfying."  I don't get this.  There's no way for this show to have a satisfying ending that wouldn't undermine the themes at the heart of the show.  I didn't go into this expecting satisfaction.

 

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I was just reading a good review of the finale and came across a sentence I think sums up the show pretty well without spoilers:

 

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This, ultimately, seems to be the message of The Night Of: The criminal justice system will whirl you around and leave you right back where you were — but churned up inside and ready to throw up. You’re the same, but different, and the "different" is usually bad.

http://www.vox.com/2016/8/29/12688534/the-night-of-finale-recap-the-call-of-the-wild-verdict

 

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It could have done with less screentime devoted to Turturro working on his messed up feet.  Soooooooooooo many scenes of that when there was this big mystery we wanted solved!

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1 minute ago, Jay said:

It could have done with less screentime devoted to Turturro working on his messed up feet.  Soooooooooooo many scenes of that when there was this big mystery we wanted solved!

 

Hmm, I was more interested in the Turturro character than you then.  As I remember, by the end I was *more* interested in him and his life as this cog in the system than Riz Ahmed and the mystery of how the girl died.

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I wonder how different his character would have been if Gandolfini had played him as intended

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33 minutes ago, Jay said:

 

My wife and I watched it when it aired in 2016, so did @Disco Stu and @publicist

 

My opinion was that it had an AMAZING pilot, one of the all time best, and then slowly got worse and worse with every episode, until it just went out with a whimper, not fulfilling, for me, all the potential it had.  I think Stu and Pubs liked it more than I did.


it's still good and worth watching, I just got so hyped by such a fantastic pilot I was expecting something different than what the show actually is.  Maybe on a re-watch I'd evaluate it differently

 

I vaguely seem to remember this. That's why I fear I've seen it already or at least the first couple of episodes. 

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It's the show where the guy from Nightcrawler & Rogue One gets arrested for a murder he may or may not have committed in the pilot, and John Turturro becomes his lawyer

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It's not the kind of pilot that like, tells a complete story and then a series later goes on from there, it's a big setup that leaves you wanting more type of thing

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Smiley's People

 

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Alec Guinness's interrogation of Michel Lonsdale (a bumbling Russian trade attaché with a few vices too many) is a highpoint, british superiority (long gone) at its peak.

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2 hours ago, publicist said:

Smiley's People

 

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Alec Guinness's interrogation of Michel Lonsdale (a bumbling Russian trade attaché with a few vices too many) is a highpoint, british superiority (long gone) at its peak.

 

Most of this mini series is just Smiley and another character talking, but its incredibly involving somehow. 

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His Dark Materials

 

This has the distinction of being the first HBO show that I've seen that didn't feature any tits, dicks or swearing. So weird! I wouldn't have minded seeing the evil lady in the nuddy though. Entertaining show, but I'm having some trouble following what all the mythology and religious stuff is all about. Maybe I need a primer on the rules of this universe that Bill Pullman created. I liked the talking polar bear, how'd they do that? I guess it must have been trick photography. I'll have to see the movie version now.

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53 minutes ago, publicist said:

As you should!

 

My theory is the whole pro European "the UK is making a colossal mistake" movement is actually a front for a massive collective fear washing over otherwise nervous member states that the UK might, as they always do, dare to make a success of it. Imagine the embarrassment!

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Just now, Holko said:

Rewatched My Brilliant Friend. Still brilliant. Season 2 please!

 

Never came across that Blu-ray they had announced a long time ago. 

 

 

The Mandalorian Episode 4. 

 

He's a one-man A-Team rescuing the Indians. 

 

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Schitt's Creek 6x01 Smoke Signals

 

A wonderful start to the final season.  Not really liking that they seem to be setting up that it will all take place before Alexis joins Ted in the Galapagos, which would mean no Ted appearances, but we'll see where it goes.  Moira in the closet was pretty funny but the trip to the creek with the indecent exposure was a little odd.  The wedding sequence payoff with the reason why the first Sundays are discounted was hilarious, especially with the pork chops button during the final scene :)

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The Good Place 4x10 You've Changed, Man


Well that was... ehhhhhhh

 

The middle of the season got so good with episodes 7,8,9, and then the month hiatus increased hype and we get... a lot of exposition and philosophical theorycrafting at the expense of comedy and character development.  I guess it was inevitable that the writers would have to have their characters explain some sort of ideal afterlife at some point in the show, but it was frankly a little boring to just have them lay it out while others listened.  Part of the problem was the stakes created, of them having to come up with it in 30 minutes before the judge marbelizes all the Janets and destroys the Earth, just didn't ever feel like an actual danger at all - probably because that deadline started 2 episodes prior!

 

I did enjoy the newly minted charismatic and sure of himself Chidi, and the touching scene between Sean and Michael.  Certainly the most character development Sean's ever gotten!

 

3 episodes left!

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Dracula

 

This new Netflix miniseries was awesome! Just an engaging crash course in modern hammy schlock full of hilarity and depravity. No wonder everyone else hated it on IMDb, it barely conforms to the traditional Stoker lore and runs with its own thing with the showrunners' puhgrethivithm that oddly fits well with Dracula's creepy pervertedness anyway. That said, the bloke playing the title role is likely to rank high on people's favourite Dracula lists, and the chick playing two distant generations of Van Helsing gave me a chuckle with her accent and hysterical lines like "Who gave Dracula ze wyfy pashwerrrd?!" My only disappointment was the David Arnold score – too bland and anonymous.

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Finished The Witcher.

Grimdark mumbo jumbo which is undoubtedly wobbly as heck in its first season, yet I still quite enjoyed it. Sum of its parts and all that, there's just something about this motley crew of hot mages and heart of gold killers that is mystifyingly moreish. That the story and characterisation are sometimes conveyed in a broadly abstract and often downright vague sense lends it just enough of a degree of nutty peculiarity as merit that I can't help but be into it.

 

Seemingly peppered with plot holes throughout (or is it?), this is not a show for the rationally fussy or the literal minded. Certainly not a fantasy series for Jason and Thor, I don't think. The nonlinear structure of the story and the conceptual logic built into the Witcher universe in TV adaptation form would no doubt play havoc with a more nitpicky disposition, perhaps justifiably. You have been warned! Alternatively, chill out and try to go along with it and there is plenty to like here already (the two main leads are excellent) and I reckon the difficult groundwork is laid soundly for the sequel next year. 3 out of 5 from me.

 

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