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post Oct 13 2010, 07:13 AM
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A recent HBO show… just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on it.


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post Oct 13 2010, 08:09 AM
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Starts showing here in a few weeks. Any good? Seems nice enough from the teasers...


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post Oct 13 2010, 12:01 PM
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I don't have HBO so I haven't seen it. I would have been working on it but I went back to school like Rodney Dangerfield. I heard it's really good. Some people seem to have a problem with Buscemi playing the lead because he doesn't "look" like a gangster, but all that means in my book is that for once the creators are not playing up to some stereotype of what a gangster is. They did a lot of research into this Nuck Thompson guy and apparently he was a really likable educated and popular person who did a lot of good things for a lot of people, he just also happened to be a criminal. I heard things get pretty hard-core intense later on in the series, but I think it's a cool idea to do a story about a time period that virtually nobody has done a show about, with a lead character that isn't the guido-goombah stereotype we're used to seeing (the stereotype which ironically Scorsese helped to popularize and David Chase solidified with the Sopranos).
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post Oct 13 2010, 12:56 PM
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QUOTE(hartsmar @ Oct 13 2010, 01:09 AM) *

Any good?


Yes.

Not that a show featuring Gretchen Mol as a burlesque queen could really be all bad.

And Steve Buscemi does a pretty creditable turn as a gangster/public servant.


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post Oct 13 2010, 01:45 PM
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Buscemi is good in the role, makes me wonder if his short stint on the Sopranos helped him get the lead. Now if they would only bring back Deadwood & Rome…


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post Oct 13 2010, 01:56 PM
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Never gonna happen.

They made'em, showed'em and will sell'em into syndication.
Never a new to be made.


Next series, please.


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post Oct 13 2010, 03:20 PM
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There's a bit of hope for Rome in the form of a movie.


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post Oct 13 2010, 03:21 PM
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HBO renewed Boardwalk Empire for a second season after the first episode.


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post Oct 13 2010, 05:21 PM
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QUOTE
While I admit my remark regarding socialism was a non sequitur, it only popped up in my mind because we have Congressional elections coming up here, and we have all these lunatics shrieking about how awful socialism is and how Democrats are socialists and Obama is a Socialist and a Communist and a radical Christian Muslim Imam, etcetera
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When Darko posted that yesterday, I almost followed up by asking if he had seen "Boardwalk".

I've seen all (four?) shows so far, some of them twice. I will watch anything with Mister Pink in it. I know his name, but he will always be Mr. Pink to me. There have been hardcore intense scenes from the first show, but none involving Buscemi personally. His character is much like the intelligent, nerdy Robert Crumb clone from Ghost World (though better dressed and more worldly) and almost nothing like the ruthless killer from Reservoir Dogs. I actually thought he was playing the part of a fictional character in Boardwalk, although famous criminals such as Al Capone have been in the plot from the getgo. He's the elected treasurer of Atlantic City, or maybe the whole county or even the state, I'm not clear on that. He wields power from behind the curtain, and is a trader in illegal liquor and at the same time a speaker against the sins of the flesh much admired by the ladies temperance league. All of the violence thus far has been perpetrated by Capone and other members of various organized crime cliques, who are in fluid and ever-shifting alliances with each other and with the treasurer, or by the treasurer's goons, including his brother the sheriff and a young protege recently returned from WWI who is just as cold-blooded as the young Capone and almost as hot-headed.

Anyway, in the most recent show there was a scene with the treasurer and some senators and congressmen, and the treasurer is cursing about the Democrats, and one of the other politicians (Republicans and Democrats are both represented in the room) reminds him to put party aside and stay focused on what's important - keeping all their pockets lined with cash.


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post Oct 13 2010, 06:31 PM
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That reminds my of Altman's film Kansas City.

Altman exposes the corruption from the Governor to the rounding up drunks on election day.


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post Oct 13 2010, 06:55 PM
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QUOTE(Donnie Darko @ Oct 13 2010, 02:01 PM) *

They did a lot of research into this Nuck Thompson guy and apparently he was a really likable educated and popular person who did a lot of good things for a lot of people, he just also happened to be a criminal.

And this sounds a lot like a book I just read, "Oklahoma Tough, My Father, King of the Tulsa Bootleggers" by Ron Padgett. Wayne Padgett, subject of the biography/memoir, sounds like he was ready to do whatever he could to help any of his friends, acquaintances or neighbors at the drop of a hat. He was handsome, charismatic and a hell-of-guy to know and have on your side, who happened to also be a criminal. Even the judge that finally sentenced him to jail really couldn't say much against him as person independent of the crimes he committed.


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post Oct 13 2010, 10:55 PM
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I avoided reading anything about Boardwalk until today and I now see it compared to The Sopranos for better or worse. I don't have that frame of reference, as I never watched the latter, but I suspect that anything praised so highly is vastly overrated.

I did watch Trueblood until the mass quantities of blood on the floor and other unpleasantries overwhelmed the quirky humor and over the top situations (it's about vampires in redneck Louisiana). It's worth checking out and available on Netflix if you don't have HBO. The different songs chosen for the end of each episode are almost worth the price of admission by themselves.


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post Oct 13 2010, 11:41 PM
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QUOTE(Artemis @ Oct 13 2010, 06:55 PM) *
The different songs chosen for the end of each episode are almost worth the price of admission by themselves.

Yes! The redheaded vampire isn't hard to look at either.
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post Oct 13 2010, 11:53 PM
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The 'vintage' HBO promotional posters were done by the same artist that designed the Tempus Fugit Girl, The Duplais poster, the Gran Classico Bitter label and poster, and Tales of the Cocktail posters from 2009 - 2010: Robert Rodriguez
He's done a few US stamps, too…


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post Oct 14 2010, 12:23 AM
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Yeah, but did he do the redheaded vampire?


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