Yes, the acting in Broadchurch is superb!! And, the cinematography doesn't hurt either.
Ah, The Crown.... I was always intrigued by The Profumo Affair and devoured anything that made reference to it. The movie that was made about it, the name which escapes me now was riveting although, I don't know that I would refer to it as great cinema. It was the sleaze and other content of the oh "so high and mighty do fall" that drew me in.
I will scope out Loudermilk but, as you know, I'm not a big sitcomer.
Well, if the first episode of season two of The Crown is anything to go by, I won't have any trouble staying away from binge activity.
I did feel last season that things dragged at times, but was okay with that. This episode, even as it covered soapish personal life and important political/historical events, somehow managed to be borderline boring. Also, I was distracted by the fact that Claire Foy has stupidly messed with her looks, becoming yet another woman whose lips proceed her into the room. Her "enhancement" is not all that grotesque compared to some, but gives her a bulldog look tragically at odds with her former prettiness. Also -- and I may have ranted about this elsewhere, but so what -- why can't period clothes stay true to the period? We're not trying to recreate the everyday fashion of the Myceans, only the 1950s, a period which many many many many viewers of the show actually lived through. The waist goes at the waistline. That's not so hard, is it? Another quibble -- the hairstyles have leaped forward at least seven years to the fluffier, flippier stage. Too bad there are no photographs of Queen Elizabeth from 1956 for them to copy.
On the positive side, Claire Foy is such a good actress and really inhabits her role. Jeremy Northam's portrayal of Anthony Eden is extremely interesting and compelling, but everyone in the series is good, although I continue to find Matt Smith somewhat under-animated.
I could not agree with you more Bixa. I found my mind wandering at times and had difficulty with staying focused. I made it though 2 and a half episodes. Princess Margaret is the only one livening it up. Hints of the Profumo affair are beginning to emerge.
Bingeable? Nah... I'll end up watching all of it I'm pretty sure but at a leisurely pace unless something really shakes it up.
(I didn't really find the clothes to be out of sync with the period. I'll have to pay closer attention).
Plodding Moving along with my impressions of The Crown, I watched a few( likely 3) more episodes. Still a tad on the slow side but I'm sticking with it. So far, Princess Margaret seems to be the one with the most personality.
I think I mentioned on another thread that old situation comedies I watched long ago, were helping me pass the Trump de Dump year . . .I hope not years. I've loved Becker, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Frasier and have Boston Legal on order. I buy the discs not wanting to stream because my TV chair is more comfortable.
The Jazz post on Homicide quoted above by Kimby is spot on. Barry Levinson had a feel for Baltimore that was evident in the two movies I still enjoy over and over, Tin Men and The Diner. At the time of those movies, my sister's family had a place on the Eastern shore in addition to the Baltimore residence. Last night night during an episode of Homicide featuring watermen, I was in tears watching the magnificent skipjacks on the Bay and the family gathered for a crab boil.
Homicide was likely my favorite TV series of all time. Everything about it, the acting, writing, and how human it was compelled me in a way no other series of that genre ever has before or since. Many of the stories were based on real life events. One in particular was based on a horrific crime that occurred here in NOLA in the 1990's which my husband while working as an EMT was one of the response team on the scene and he was haunted by this for some time. (they also used great music and one local band from here were a favorite and one of the musicians I know told me how much they loved working with their crew up in Baltimore). I do not know to this day why the series was discontinued. The Wire, while just ok to me, did not come close to this series.
(As an aside, I was downtown one day going to get my passport renewed. I took a shortcut through the Riverside Hilton lobby and lo and behold saw Andree Braugher. I would never ever disturb someone of notoriety and distinction be it actor, musician whomever. I did however make eye contact with him and nodded my head at him in a non verbal form of homage. He flashed me that indistinguishable grin and I was like a school girl for the remainder of the day. He was that cool. It turns out he was in town filming a made for TV movie about two high school basketball teams during the days of segregation and a game between an all white vs. all Afro-American team. I did see it and it was stellar.) Sorry for the thread jack good people.
(As an aside, I was downtown one day going to get my passport renewed. I took a shortcut through the Riverside Hilton lobby and lo and behold saw Andree Braugher. I would never ever disturb someone of notoriety and distinction be it actor, musician whomever. I did however make eye contact with him and nodded my head at him in a non verbal form of homage. He flashed me that indistinguishable grin and I was like a school girl for the remainder of the day. He was that cool.
Pangs of jealousy are racking me. As you put it . . . .he was the coolest ever on that series. Nice to know that his cool continues to this day. And Homicide is my all time favorite too.
Maigret with Bruno Kremer Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett Montalbano with Luca Zingaretti Reilly Ace of Spies with Sam Neil Better Call Saul Breaking Bad A French Village BBC Complete Shakespeare Berlin Alexanderplatz Each episode starts with Richard Tauber's version of Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert! The Last Place on Earth about the Scott expedition to the South Pole Traffik the miniseries not the film Jewel in the Crown
It's the British rating system. In the French system, it would get a -12 at most, probably not even that -- although I haven't seen the other episodes yet. Obviously the American rating would just be "R" from what I have seen.
Standing in line at the bank where of course we were all being subjected to the high-mounted tv sets, I fell into conversation with my line neighbor. She pointed out, quite accurately, that there are no quality dramas, police procedurals, etc. on Mexican tv. Because of cable, she was aware of there being such things on US tv. That's a very real comparison.
So here I am reading about the comparisons between American/British/French series while in the midst of watching Homicide: Life on the Street, which is always compared to The Wire. Because I loved The Wire so much, I was keenly aware of "the contest" when I began watching Homicide. In this situation, at least, I think there is no comparison because they're both so excellent in their separate ways.
Guess what I'm trying to say is that good is good and Kerouac is quite right about the grass always seeming greener. Also, to take one particularly good example and hold it up as being typical of a country's television standards isn't very accurate. For every great series we can think of from our respective countries, we can think of something else that makes us cringe.
You are braver than I, Thill. You too, Kerouac. I just didn't think I could deal with Biutiful.
Casimira, I've only watched five (I think) episodes of Homicide so far and am totally, completely hooked. Recently watched the episode Three Men and Adena, which is one of the most remarkable feats of writing and acting I've ever seen, certainly on tv.
At the risk of having a TV Guide hurled at me, I have to say that I think The Wire was better than Homicide: Life on the Street, the show that gave rise to The Wire. Homicide was excellent, but The Wire was less mannered, thus more gripping.
Does anyone here remember a series called "Callan" [I'm looking at Patrick and Mossie here]. 1970s It had Edward Woodward as a MI6 operative and Russell Hunter as "Lonely", a homeless and unwashed informer as Callan's assistant. Anthony Valentine played the part of Toby Mears, another operative, jealous of Callan's status in the secret department.
Filmed in grainy B&W it was a grim reminder that the Cold War was full on. At times MI6 had to eliminate enemy operatives so Callan would arrange 'an accident'
In one series he is captured by KGB agents and subjected to torture and drugs to get him to name other agents. He is exchanged back to UK and becomes the Department leader. Next series shows he is too damaged, so it's back to the field.
With such a good cast and excellent writing, this series would interest this generation as well as it did mine.
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I'd like to watch The Wire but I don't do streaming. The reviews on Amazon.com frequently mention the bad quality of the discs. The reviews for the region 2 discs from Amazon,co.uk don't mention quality problems. Has anyone tried the region 2 discs?
Boston Legal is as wonderful now as it was on the first go round. I'd forgotten the fast pace, the unexplained tidbits, the absurdity.
In all fairness regarding The Wire, I don't think I gave it that much due diligence. I think I may have had difficulty being objective because I started hearing about The Wire not that long after Homicide was cancelled and I was really, really disappointed(more like in the depths of despair). I did give it a go but never really connected to it. Maybe I'll try again at some point.
The Sopranos, nah.
(I am pleased to see that some of the actors from Homicide have moved along in future endeavors. Melissa Leo in particular, a national treasure, recently starred in the movie Novitiate and was brilliant for lack of a better word. I've seen Kyle Secor and Andre Braugher in some productions but not in major roles. Pity. If you liked Leo in Treme Kimby, you will love her in Homicide although, one can see that she really hadn't come into her own quite yet. Confidence and the like are evident. Of course the role and the writing do make a huge difference. (Melissa Leo's role in Treme is based on someone I know (as were several of the main characters) so there were some obstacles in being objective).
I was compelled to watch London Spy through to the end immediately because I absolutely needed to know what was going to happen, particularly after Charlotte Rampling came on the scene. What really impressed me after having seen so many spy dramas with James Bond, Jason Bourne and various others is that this was the very first time that the incredible secret that had to be suppressed was really of incredible importance to the extent that every secret service in the world would need every trace of it to be destroyed, so I must give a big bravo to the writer for coming up with such an idea.
As for the (British) -18 rating, actually it was only the very first episode that could be considered to qualify for that. The action and visuals in the other episodes were really quite tame, except for the intense stress.
Casinira said "If you liked Leo in Treme Kimby, you will love her in Homicide although, one can see that she really hadn't come into her own quite yet. Confidence and the like are evident. Of course the role and the writing do make a huge difference.”
Thanks for the input. Homicide is waiting for pickup at the library today! Two whole seasons! And perfect(ly awful) weather to “waste” time on TV viewing.
Also, I note that Mr. Kimby has added Big Little Lies to his list, so I will get to see the last 3/4 of the last episode after re-watching the first 6 1/4 episodes with him.....in a year or so when we can get it from the library on DVD.