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Post by Lara Lara Laughs on Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:38 pm

I logged in to make sure Danny was aware of the new Poirot starting in half an hour.

It does overlap with this hyped new French zombie thing on C4 though.
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Post by Brass Monkey on Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:19 pm

Lara Lara Laughs wrote:I logged in to make sure Danny was aware of the new Poirot starting in half an hour.

It does overlap with this hyped new French zombie thing on C4 though.

Hell yeah! I'm watching it now. Cheers for the heads up
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Post by LeFromage on Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:53 pm

Lara Lara Laughs wrote:I logged in to make sure Danny was aware of the new Poirot starting in half an hour.

It does overlap with this hyped new French zombie thing on C4 though.

C4+1 anyone?

4seven later in the week?

Catch up TV?

PVR?

Sky+?

The modern world allows you have your Poirot and eat your French zombies.
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Post by LeFromage on Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:11 am

Here it is, Laz.

If you can be arsed to go through it all...
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Post by JGK on Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:47 pm

Does anyone watch The Newsroom?

I am seriously in love with Emily Mortimer's character.

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Post by LeFromage on Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:46 pm

True Detective just started on HBO this week. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Saw the first episode. Not bad. Promising.
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Post by The One on Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:42 pm

damn. those 2 are fantastic actors. going to have a watch

mcconaughey seems to be in an absolute golden period. killer joe, mud, dallas buyer's club. thank god he gave up those rom-coms

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Post by LeFromage on Wed Jan 15, 2014 5:53 pm

All of a sudden he's become an actor, after a career of coasting along as a by-the-numbers love interest.

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Post by taipan on Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:07 pm

And what happened to Sasha.
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Post by Anthony_Gonzales on Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:23 am

Dello wrote:True Detective just started on HBO this week. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.

Saw the first episode. Not bad. Promising.

Watched the first two episodes. Very good. Dialogues are well written too.

McConaughey has become an actor.

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Post by LeFromage on Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:01 am

Third episode down (it's not back for two weeks now due to some American thing - four hours of adverts interspersed with brief snippets of wrong rugby) and I'm sold on this.

Slow moving, dialogue heavy, achingly cinematic - it's No Country For Old Men in TV form.
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Post by Anthony_Gonzales on Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:32 am

It is just a 8 episode season though. Next season, the major cast will be different.

Yes, that is a good analogy.

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Post by skully on Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:25 am

Anyone given the Spacey version of House of Cards a look? Quality TV.
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Post by taipan on Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:38 am

Think I mentioned it some months back.
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Post by skully on Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:39 am

S2 starts in the States on Feb 14.
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Post by LeFromage on Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:58 am

Anthony_Gonzales wrote:It is just a 8 episode season though. Next season, the major cast will be different.

Yes, that is a good analogy.

It's an interesting approach, a new cast every season to tell a different story, under the "True Detective" banner. I wonder if there'll be some overlap, here and there, with Rust or Marty making an appearance in whoever's investigating the next chapter.

But eight episodes - basically four movies' worth of time - seems a good fit for the kind of character study the show's going for. Not sure Rust could keep up his bleak, world weary, nihilistic persona for five seasons without sucking on the end of a revolver.

I was confident it was going to be decent as soon as the opening theme tune kicked in.
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Post by LeFromage on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:01 am

skully wrote:Anyone given the Spacey version of House of Cards a look? Quality TV.

Adapted from a British miniseries. I've considered it.
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Post by skully on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:07 am

Dello wrote:
skully wrote:Anyone given the Spacey version of House of Cards a look? Quality TV.

Adapted from a British miniseries.  

Aye, hence my qualification. Worth a squiz IMHO. Meanders a bit in the later eps of S1, but eminently watchable.
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Post by Big Dog on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:08 am

skully wrote:
Dello wrote:
skully wrote:Anyone given the Spacey version of House of Cards a look? Quality TV.

Adapted from a British miniseries.  

Aye, hence my qualification. Worth a squiz IMHO.

I hav'nt seen the American version but i hear Spacey is excellent.
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Post by skully on Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:13 am

Aye, top shelf actor who pulls off the influential southern pollie role brilliantly.
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Post by Anthony_Gonzales on Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:39 pm

Dello wrote:
Anthony_Gonzales wrote:It is just a 8 episode season though. Next season, the major cast will be different.

Yes, that is a good analogy.

It's an interesting approach, a new cast every season to tell a different story, under the "True Detective" banner. I wonder if there'll be some overlap, here and there, with Rust or Marty making an appearance in whoever's investigating the next chapter.

But eight episodes - basically four movies' worth of time - seems a good fit for the kind of character study the show's going for. Not sure Rust could keep up his bleak, world weary, nihilistic persona for five seasons without sucking on the end of a revolver.

I was confident it was going to be decent as soon as the opening theme tune kicked in.

Yes, precisely. Since it is not purely a whodunit kind of thing and as much if not more of a character study of Rust, they can't possibly keep going it that long. Quality over quantity. Plus I don't think someone like Harrelson would ever do a long running tv show, season after season, without devaluing himself big time.

Alexandra Daddario isn't bad to look at Smile

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Post by Anthony_Gonzales on Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:41 pm

Spacey - I think he is fine enough actor, and I like him. But he mostly does similar kind of roles - smartass, with a mean streak, with a certain facial expression, etc etc.

He does not have the range of truly great actors like Daniel Day Lewis or Meryl Streep or DeNiro back when he used to do movies for more than just cash.

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Post by PeterCS on Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:57 pm

But that's the nub of it. Pretty much every actor has to keep the pot boiling with more weak roles (schematically delivered from the travelling bag of tricks) than challenging star roles (perfect for demonstrating range, flair and excellence).

The puffed-up but always interesting reviewer Mark Kermode said of Spacey that when he's good, he's very, very good, but when he's bad, he stinks the place out.

There are - by economic necessity as much as anything - few actors who entirely escape that problem.

As De Niro once simply remarked (with a shrug) when challenged why he too often took undemanding parts: "I got bills to pay."
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Post by taipan on Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:55 pm

Anthony_Gonzales wrote:
Dello wrote:
Anthony_Gonzales wrote:It is just a 8 episode season though. Next season, the major cast will be different.

Yes, that is a good analogy.

It's an interesting approach, a new cast every season to tell a different story, under the "True Detective" banner. I wonder if there'll be some overlap, here and there, with Rust or Marty making an appearance in whoever's investigating the next chapter.

But eight episodes - basically four movies' worth of time - seems a good fit for the kind of character study the show's going for. Not sure Rust could keep up his bleak, world weary, nihilistic persona for five seasons without sucking on the end of a revolver.

I was confident it was going to be decent as soon as the opening theme tune kicked in.

Yes, precisely. Since it is not purely a whodunit kind of thing and as much if not more of a character study of Rust, they can't possibly keep going it that long. Quality over quantity. Plus I don't think someone like Harrelson would ever do a long running tv show, season after season, without devaluing himself big time.

Alexandra Daddario isn't bad to look at Smile

Harrelson?

Yeah right. He only did 8 years in Cheers.
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Post by Anthony_Gonzales on Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:29 pm

I didn't know that, but I looked up and that was from 85-93. He wasn't much of name in movies for most of those years.

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