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Grim
A recent HBO show… just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on it.
hartsmar
Starts showing here in a few weeks. Any good? Seems nice enough from the teasers...
Donnie Darko
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).
Absomphe
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.
Stroller
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…
G&C
Never gonna happen.

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


Next series, please.
Stroller
There's a bit of hope for Rome in the form of a movie.
Stroller
HBO renewed Boardwalk Empire for a second season after the first episode.
Artemis
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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.
Jaded Prole
That reminds my of Altman's film Kansas City.

Altman exposes the corruption from the Governor to the rounding up drunks on election day.
Tibro
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.
Artemis
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.
Shabba53
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.
pierreverte
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…
G&C
Yeah, but did he do the redheaded vampire?
Amber von Doom
I never watched The Sopranos but I am all up in Boardwalk Empire's bidness. It took about 3 episodes for me to decide to keep watching which is very typical for me. It takes me that long to get into the characters.

I love Buscemi - and he is always Mr. Pink to me, too.


I'm still horribly amused by TrueBlood. That king that tore out the anchorman's heart holds a special place in MY heart.
Donnie Darko
QUOTE(Artemis @ Oct 13 2010, 06:55 PM) *

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.


That's from Alan Ball, the same guy who did Six Feet Under and wrote American Beauty, right? Six Feet Under is still in my book the second best series I've seen on television, so I'll have to Netflix Trueblood. As for the Sopranos, the first few seasons were actually a blast to watch (and had some goosebump inducing musical choices), but then they became more interested in prolonging the series and indulging in yet another who's-gonna-get-whacked-next cliché. I quit watching after season 4, lost interest.

I can say without even the slightest hesitation that the best show I have ever seen on television, will continue to watch religiously, and I doubt can ever be topped, is Breaking Bad. It's better than most movies I've seen. A brief plot synopsis that gives nothing away is: A genius high school chemistry teacher finds out he has terminal lung cancer, and no money for treatment or to leave his family, so he decides to spend the last 12-18 months of his life he has left cooking the best meth anyone has ever encountered so that he can leave his pregnant wife and son with cerebral palsy a little nest egg. Obviously things don't go as planned.

Everyone owes it to themselves to start watching Breaking Bad from the beginning and get caught up. It's the only TV show I've literally lost sleep over and suffered anxiety from, and that is as addictive and harrowing as the crystal meth it's about. I've never seen better acting, cinematography, writing or directing on the small screen. It has a real Coen Brothers sensibility to it. I particularly think you'd like the show Artemis. It takes a little time to get where it's going, but that's just because it actually thinks the viewer is intelligent and has an attention span longer than 2 seconds. Sorry to so ridiculously over-hype something, but I don't think it's possible to over-hype this show. Breaking Bad is just THAT good.

Artemis
I've seen the promotional spots for Breaking Bad - I was turned off by the whole crystal meth thing. I know it's only TV but some subjects make my skin crawl. I've only recently had access to HBO, when my daughter got it so she could catch up on True Blood (I ran that together erroneously before) by viewing on demand instead of waiting on the discs from Netflix. Some of the other things that turned me off about True Blood when watching four episodes a day to catch up, were the gratuitous and completely unerotic (to my taste) sex, some dog fighting scenes (again, some things are unfit for use in any form of entertainment to my taste), and some characters that really grate on my nerves, such as that obnoxious black girl (although gap-tooth Sookie has worn thin as well). Even with all that, it's still one of the most creative things I've seen on TV, and quite funny at times.
Donnie Darko
Meth should make everyone's skin crawl. The good thing is there aren't too many scenes in Breaking Bad with scabby junkies. The show is way more about doing the wrong things for the right reasons and good people doing bad things than it is about meth. But then again, there are some scenes involving meth that gave me the heebie jeebies, and I can't say it isn't a big part of the show. I knew somebody who did that shit years ago, never seen anybody disintegrate so rapidly and permanently, not even from heroin.

It sounds like I'd like Trueblood's sense of humor, seems to be quite aware that it's being gratuitous.
Grim
You'd probably love Breaking Bad, Artemis.
Donnie Darko
So far I have yet to meet a single person who has watched that show who doesn't. Usually popular opinion is a barometer of what I won't like, but Breaking Bad is special. I've never seen them chock so many unforgettable and compelling characters into one show. I could talk about that show all day long, but I don't want to ruin anything for anybody.
Grim
I hadn't bothered to watch a single episode… a few weeks before the season three finale, I ended up going after all three seasons (Breaking Bad).
Donnie Darko
Spoken like a true addict. I'd sell my last pair of shoes to get the latest episode…
Grim
Just getting better…
Grim
Premiere night for Breaking Bad Season 4… is it just me, or does "Walt" look eerily like Le Gimp (in person)?



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Patlow
An oldie but a goodie. Is this South America or Italy?

Nothing like this sing along!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBbyc3t-Ctc
Grim
You drunk motherfucker. Were you meaning to post in "What are you listening to?"

I love you, Patlow, you silly sum-bitch.
Patlow
Whoopsie daisies!
Absomphe
Bill the Butcher, is that you?
Artemis
Game of Thrones was for me the best thing on TV while it was running. Run just ended. The shows are on demand at HBO for a while.
Jack Batemaster
QUOTE(Donnie Darko @ Oct 14 2010, 04:39 PM) *

…I'd sell my last pair of shoes to get the latest episode…

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Grim
QUOTE(Grim @ Jul 17 2011, 04:09 PM) *

Premiere night for Breaking Bad

Unfortunately, I just realized five minutes before Season 5 that Dish decided to drop AMC… grrrrrrrr.

I'm a mad motherfucker.
Jack Batemaster
Je l'ai regardé
Donnie Darko
QUOTE(Grim @ Jul 15 2012, 10:42 PM) *

QUOTE(Grim @ Jul 17 2011, 04:09 PM) *

Premiere night for Breaking Bad

Unfortunately, I just realized five minutes before Season 5 that Dish decided to drop AMC… grrrrrrrr.

I'm a mad motherfucker.


AMC is streaming the premier on their website now.
Haven't got a chance to watch the episode yet, but I worship the show.

Incidentally, two weeks ago I sat next to Krysten Ritter (who played Jesse's junkie girlfriend Jane) on the L train, she lives off the Lorimer stop. I melted.
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