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Postby 17 Seconds » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:58 pm

Sammy Sofa wrote:Mindhunter: looks great....and yet so, so, so, SO very dumb. So I, of course, watched the new season in 2 days.


dumb how?
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Re: TV thread

Postby Sammy Sofa » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:13 pm

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Sammy Sofa wrote:Mindhunter: looks great....and yet so, so, so, SO very dumb. So I, of course, watched the new season in 2 days.


dumb how?


The simple hook works great and keeps me coming back: let's all be creeps and watch character actors put in fantastic performances as infamous serial killers/criminals. Add the bonus of it all being shot by Fincher, or capable journeymen directors like Carl Franklin (seriously, One False Move and Devil in a Blue Dress are some of the best neo-noirs you'll find) doing their best Fincher impressions, and it is super watchable.

It feels like almost everything else, however, is just trope after trope/cliche after cliche straight out of every wannabe prestige drama we've ever seen.

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I love it! But I think it's very, very bad. Very beautiful trash TV.
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Re: TV thread

Postby The Logan » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:04 pm

I just binged Seasons 1&2 of Mindunter. Totally understand what Mojo is saying and I agree with him. It's very paint by numbers crime procedural that leans heavy on a lot of tropes and plot devices and a lot of sequences with actors chewing the scenes but damn am I enthralled by it
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Re: TV thread

Postby Sammy Sofa » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:36 pm

The Logan wrote:I just binged Seasons 1&2 of Mindunter. Totally understand what Mojo is saying and I agree with him. It's very paint by numbers crime procedural that leans heavy on a lot of tropes and plot devices and a lot of sequences with actors chewing the scenes but damn am I enthralled by it


Exactly! I definitely enjoy watching the show, and can't wait for more, and no small part of that is how hilariously cheesy it is a lot of the time, while also looking and "feeling" so classy. It's like the perfect gumbo of prestige and trash TV.
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Re: TV thread

Postby The Logan » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:00 pm

I mean there's reason Law & Order has multiple iterations and has been on for 20+ years. It's cathartic simple formulaic entertainment. Mindhunter just does it with a cinematic mature edge that really is only ever challenged by shows like True Detective so it's just straight-up cinephile porn mixed with a winning formula. But unlike True Detective, this has real-life scenarios to play off of which adds to how compelling it is, IMO.

I'm curious how close to the tapes the criminal interviews are considering it's based on actual casework. The performances from the criminals in these segments are painfully addicting to watch. The actors are really damn good.
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Re: TV thread

Postby JudasIscariotTheBird » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:02 pm

The Logan wrote:I mean there's reason Law & Order has multiple iterations and has been on for 20+ years. It's cathartic simple formulaic entertainment. Mindhunter just does it with a cinematic mature edge that really is only ever challenged by shows like True Detective so it's just straight-up cinephile porn mixed with a winning formula. But unlike True Detective, this has real-life scenarios to play off of which adds to how compelling it is, IMO.

I'm curious how close to the tapes the criminal interviews are considering it's based on actual casework. The performances from the criminals in these segments are painfully addicting to watch. The actors are really damn good.

I've watched some of the tapes that certain scenes in season 1 are based on. Eerily similarly depicted in the show.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDYBmNYc8IA
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Re: TV thread

Postby CyHawk_Cub » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:10 pm

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watched the trailer before season 3 of glow and it came off as some tinfoil hat conspiracy theory [expletive]. too lazy to look up reviews. anyone here seen it?

I plan to watch this while on some long flights this coming week. I've only read a few things about this doc + book. The non-crazy-religious right critiques I've seen mostly complained about the author not fleshing-out the group, conveying them as being single-mindedly political.

I'm 2 eps in. So far of every person they've interviewed, other than the author, are pretty friendly about the Family (or Doug Coe) even if they have some criticsms. Or they have zero criticisms. Definitely hasn't delved too hard into any crazy conspiracy theories at this point.

I finished this last night. I found it to be muddled, as are my thoughts that follow.

--Prosperity gospel, elites are the only ones who matter, etc. .....yep, sounds like the Jesus I was taught as a child growing up Catholic....
--Commit whatever atrocities you desire as long as you have Jesus in your heart!!
--Love the sinner, hate the sin, and whatever you do, don't tell said sinner to go forth and sin no more! You know, just like Jesus would do.
--National Prayer Breakfast is an obvious scam/lobbying mecca

Anyway, the thread throughout of no account for secular misdeeds for those who have been Chosen - Trump declaring himself "the Chosen One" the other day immediately came to mind.
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Re: TV thread

Postby Sammy Sofa » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:53 am

I'm almost through season 4 of Justified, and this show is [expletive] ridiculous. I can't keep track of half of these names, every other character looks like the same eggheaded, balding, doughy white guy with a gray, close-cropped beard instead of a chin, people are being horribly murdered left and right, and the whole feels like it was written by someone who read Elmore Leonard's books and then went on a weekend-long meth bender. Oh, and Patton Oswalt is there, and he keep stabbing people. This horsefeathers is WILD.
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Re: TV thread

Postby snoodmonger » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:44 am

are there specific episodes of "I think you should leave" that I should watch? I watched the first two and wasn't blown away.
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Postby The Logan » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:50 am

snoodmonger wrote:are there specific episodes of "I think you should leave" that I should watch? I watched the first two and wasn't blown away.


I think you should... stop watching then. If Baby of the Year didn't reel you in, nothing will.
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Re: TV thread

Postby Sammy Sofa » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:33 pm

Plus it's only, like, what, 6 15 minute episodes? If a third of the series hasn't grabbed someone, eh, probably just not their thing.
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Re: TV thread

Postby jersey cubs fan » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:49 pm

At least watch the magic show skit from episode 3
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Re: TV thread

Postby squally1313 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:44 pm

jersey cubs fan wrote:At least watch the magic show skit from episode 3

Adding Hot dog car (ep 5), charades (ep 3), and country music studio (ep 5). The Focus group one (ep 3) I think is the most well known, so at least hit that one.

TC Tuggers (ep 4) went from one I didn't like at all to maybe top 5 once I got into his humor in the other ones, so try that one too if those do anything for you.
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Re: TV thread

Postby Sammy Sofa » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:47 pm

My go-to is episode 5, since it has both Hot Dog Car Crash and Recording Studio.
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Re: TV thread

Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:59 pm

The Logan wrote:
snoodmonger wrote:are there specific episodes of "I think you should leave" that I should watch? I watched the first two and wasn't blown away.


I think you should... stop watching then. If Baby of the Year didn't reel you in, nothing will.


Agreed with this, episode 1 was my favorite and Baby of the Year my favorite sketch.
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Postby The Logan » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:37 pm

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Re: TV thread

Postby Banedon » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:48 pm

Special deal between now and Tuesday you can get Disney+ for $4 a month. The catch is 1) It's not the Hulu/ESPN bundle, and 2) you have to pay for 3 years upfront, so it's $140.97.

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Re: TV thread

Postby NonProfitCow » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:05 pm

I don't think there's a single sketch that doesn't elicit an audible laugh from me.
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Re: TV thread

Postby Sammy Sofa » Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:28 pm

snood, have you seen Detroiters?
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Postby snoodmonger » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:24 pm

Transmogrified Tiger wrote:
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snoodmonger wrote:are there specific episodes of "I think you should leave" that I should watch? I watched the first two and wasn't blown away.


I think you should... stop watching then. If Baby of the Year didn't reel you in, nothing will.


Agreed with this, episode 1 was my favorite and Baby of the Year my favorite sketch.


Sketch comedy has never really been my thing, so you guys are probably right. I know, I know, then why the horsefeathers am I asking for episode recommendations. It had gotten such raves that I thought i'd give it a try.

I did enjoy some of it. The opening sketch where the guy pulls the door open was very funny. The TC Tuggers commercial in ep 2 was very funny. There was one other one, too. Baby of the Year didn't really ring my bell to be honest.

I'll still watch eps 3 and 5 though and then come back and be a derwoodian buzkill when I say it's not very funny.
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Re: TV thread

Postby snoodmonger » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:25 pm

Sammy Sofa wrote:snood, have you seen Detroiters?


No
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Re: TV thread

Postby Sammy Sofa » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:34 pm

snoodmonger wrote:
Sammy Sofa wrote:snood, have you seen Detroiters?


No


Oh, man, I would suggest you just skip to that instead. It's bonkers, but reined in a bit and fit into the sitcom format. I think it would be right up your alley. It's really absurd and hilarious, but also manages to have a ton of heart without being cloying or trying too hard. I'm still annoyed it only got two seasons.
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Re: TV thread

Postby Ding Dong Johnson » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:34 pm

I'm not sure I know anyone who has Comedy Central.
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