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Penny Dreadful (and, I humbly suggest, Dickensian and The Frankenstein Chronicles) both work by mashing-up familiar characters and/or authors and seeing what happens when they come together.  Carnival Row doesn't have any literary source it could build upon. . .instead, it deals with feuding families, political assassinations, bastard sons everywhere you look, witchcraft and wizardry, and even an incestuous power couple--all stuff that works well in the quasi-medieval settings of GoT but seems clunky and weird in this faux Victorian world, which is the natural realm of steampunk.  But all this is just my opinion.

Vox clamantis in deserto

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Anybody been watching Ken Burns' new documentary on the history of Country Music?
I caught part of the first episode about  Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.

But PBS took me by surprise, I assumed there'd be a new episode on every Sunday night, like a normal show ... instead they've already broadcast most of the miniseries over the last week and I missed it!

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Another post on how good SPOOKS was  ajb007/martini  such high standards, the scripts are fantastic.
I've found myself sitting down to watch just an episode or two, .... then end up watching the
entire series  ajb007/biggrin   I'm coming to the end of series 7 at the moment .

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

Another post on how good SPOOKS was  ajb007/martini  such high standards, the scripts are fantastic.
I've found myself sitting down to watch just an episode or two, .... then end up watching the
entire series  ajb007/biggrin   I'm coming to the end of series 7 at the moment .

One of the best series I've seen.

Out of interest TP, did you enjoy the Spooks movie?

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It wasn't as good as the series but I did enjoy it. I've been collecting all 10 series of
Spooks on download and dvd ( Yes some of us still use DVDs )  ajb007/lol  as they can be
bought for only a few pounds these days.

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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Hardyboy wrote:

Penny Dreadful (and, I humbly suggest, Dickensian and The Frankenstein Chronicles) both work by mashing-up familiar characters and/or authors and seeing what happens when they come together.  Carnival Row doesn't have any literary source it could build upon. . .instead, it deals with feuding families, political assassinations, bastard sons everywhere you look, witchcraft and wizardry, and even an incestuous power couple--all stuff that works well in the quasi-medieval settings of GoT but seems clunky and weird in this faux Victorian world, which is the natural realm of steampunk.  But all this is just my opinion.

There is truth in what you say, Sir Professor  ajb007/biggrin , but I liked it anyway!

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Jack Ryan season 2 on Amazon, Brilliant thriller series  ajb007/martini

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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The Man in the High Castle ( season 4 ),
I love these type of " What If ?"  shows. I binge watched this today all 10 episodes  ajb007/biggrin

The Expanse,
Just started watching this sci-fi series and really enjoy it, It's believable sci-fi with all the
equipment, space suits etc, all battered and scratched as if it's used everyday.

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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Just finished watching on Netflix (U.S.) Living with Yourself, which stars Paul Rudd as a guy who gets cloned.  It's funny in a Coen Brothers/Spike Jonze kind of way, while asking serious questions of the self, relationships, and credenzas.  And there's also Aisling Bea in all her take-no-guff Irishness as the wife of him/them.  Good show!

Vox clamantis in deserto

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Has anyone watched 'Succession'?

I absolutely loved it.Not one likeable character but compelling viewing. Not one bad character and absolutely hilarious at times.

Between Succession and Chernobyl, 2019 has been an excellent year for me TV wise. Chernobyl left a very strong impression on me.

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I haven't seen it  sorry, but Nice to see you back again Lady Rose  ajb007/martini

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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Nice to see you back in AJB, Lady Rose  ajb007/bond

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I'm enjoying " The War of the Worlds" on BBC 1 Sunday evenings.
The first time the story has been filmed in the original time period it
was set in.

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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Thunderpussy wrote:

I haven't seen it  sorry, but Nice to see you back again Lady Rose  ajb007/martini

Number24 wrote:

Nice to see you back in AJB, Lady Rose  ajb007/bond

Thanks guys.

Nice to be missed.  ajb007/embarrassed

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Thunderpussy wrote:

I'm enjoying " The War of the Worlds" on BBC 1 Sunday evenings.
The first time the story has been filmed in the original time period it
was set in.

So annoyed I missed it.

Always loved the story. Not so much the Tom Cruise version but was looking forward to it then forgot to record it! Thank goodness for catch up.

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Hanna

I'm about halfway through Season One. Very enjoyable, and very similar to Stephen King's "Firestarter".

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I watched all episodes exept the last one (I visited someone with a streaming service …) of HBO's Chernobyl. Highly recomended. Excelent! David Dencik plays Gorbatchow.

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I'm not a sports fan, but watching some of the football
Matches on Amazon prime in 4k  they look amazing !

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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Death in Paradise back on bbc 1 Thursday night  ajb007/martini
On of my all time favourite  shows!

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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James May, Our man in Japan.  ( Amazon  prime )
A great, fun and very interesting  travelogue  around
Japan. Seeing the sights and meeting  many of its
Wonderful  people.

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.

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22. July

This is a mini-series made by Norwegian public broadcasting (NRK) about the terror attack in 2011. Instead of any focus on the terrorist Breivik it focuses on the people who's life was affected by the Utøya attack: because of their jobs: a Somali hospital porter, a teacher, a policeman, a journalist, a doctor, a priest and so on. The characters are fictional, but the events they experience really happend. The scriptwriters worked closely with the survivors and others who where in the situations in the series. This mini-series is sometimes painful to watch, but also important in my opinion. It's very well made and I recomend it if you're interested in the topic and feel ready for it.

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Around the world in 80 days (1989) Mini-series in three parts


This mini-series stars Pierce Brosnan in a version of Jules Verne's classic adventure story. I guess this is part of my project to watch more non-Bond work by the Bond actors. I watched it on Youtube, this time on a less than HD video. Brosnan's co-stars are Eric Idle as Passepartou, Pater Ustinov as Detective Fix and Julia Nickson as princess Daouda. Bond veterans Christopher Lee, Patrick Macnee and Jill St. John have smaller roles. The production values are pretty high and features exotic locations and colourful characters. Pierce Brosnan seems to have fun in the role as a British gentleman who loves both a strict routine ("For him a perfect day is exactly like the day before") and adventure. At 36 he looks much younger than Connery was when he made DN at 32 and Brosnan was probably too young-looking for Bond at the time. It struck me that playing Phileas Fogg would be perfect casting for Roger Moore sometime in the 1970's.

PS:

1) The BBC is making a new TV series of "Around the world in 80 days" starring David Tennant as we speak.
2) The fencing scene in DAD was shot in the Reform Club in London, the location of the begining and the end of the book 'Around the World in 80 Days'"

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is this the correct thread to discuss old shows watched on dvd?
the title suggest traditional broadcast television, but even if its not on dvd I think a lotta you are watching new-ish shows on nettflixx etc, not cable?
otherwise, where should discussion of shows watched on dvd be going?

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I just watched season 1 of True Detective, as part of my prerequisites for viewing Bond25.

Swell stuff, always enjoy those two lead actors, and McConaughey in particular acted up a storm.
And all the Louisiana landscapes! swamp, bayous, canals, big weird trees, even ugly stuff like the giant refinery(?) that dwarved the police station ... such a sense of place.
Lots of weird occult imagery to appeal to us fans of David Lynch and Alan Moore.
and Kevin Dunn from Veep was their boss!

also, Harrelson is wearing a Division Bell era Pink Floyd concert t-shirt for his undercover scenes! Bonus points for making a character a Floyd fan and remembering the band had just recently toured at the time of the story.


What here can we hope to see applied to Bond25?
All those long travelling shots of Louisiana, so vast, so beautiful, so much detail, making the landscape itself a character in itself that overwhelmed the puny humans.
Please give us similar shots establishing the locations in Bond25, I always complain the modern Bond films don't do enough with the exotic locations.

All the weird art direction for the ritual killing scenes, the abandoned school, the bad hillbilly's home and tunnel system, and even McConaughey's notebook and locker interior. This was reminiscent of David Lynch, and I'd love to see Bond having to enter such a world.
I think the shots we've already seen of the Malik character, with his broken mask, promise a bit of a creepy nightmare vibe.
But imagine if we really did get a Garden of Death set, done with the aesthetics of True Detectives creepier setpieces?

and if they want to reveal CraigBond is also a Pink Floyd fan, that'd be fine by me.


some stuff I don't want to see in Bond25:
All that mumbling, poor enunciation, characters talking with their back to the camera, overlapping seemingly random dialog. That stuff works for Altman ensemble pieces, but not for detective shows where we're trying to hear what the clues are and follow along at home with the train of logic.
I really had to crank the volume, especially to hear what McConaughey  was saying, and had to rewind several key moments three or four times to catch the info delivered.

Of the eight hours, at least half of it was about the two detectives' personal lives. I am amongst the many who feel the modern Bond films already are too much about Bond's background and feelings. If I understand, Bond25 will begin with Bond's relationship with Swann already in the past, then they are forced to reunite. Craig's already a bit of an embittered brawler, I could easily see transposing Harrelson's personal storyline from True Detective to CraigBond in Bond25, and I really hope they don't waste so much time with such material.


The six minute tracking shot, which everybody always mentions, was indeed a technical tour de force. But I'm afraid that type of trickery takes me right out of the story. In this case, the story had already radically changed tone in the leadup to that sequence, then suddenly we're several minutes into this very tense complicated scene and all I'm thinking is "waitaminnit how the heck did they film this?". Good filmmaking shouldn't be pulling me out of the story to worry about the mechanics of its artifice.


What are other folks's thoughts, either about the series in its own right, or aspects relevant to Bond25?

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Watching "Picard" on Amazon and honestly don't know how to take it.
The first episode looked good and moved at quite a pace, the second
was a bit of a snore fest. Also Patrick Stewart looks really, really old !
I mean he looks frail at times. Perhaps there's an argument for stopping
a character, to leave the fans with good memories of a fit and healthy hero ?
rather than see his declining years ?
I'll stay with it for a few more episodes.

“I remember the last thing my Nan said to me before she died.
‘What are you doing here with that hammer?’”..... Lee Mack.