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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by sliderule on October 31, 2020, 09:12:06 PM »
Ready to settle in and watch The Mandalorian season 2.
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https://carolbaldwinblog.blogspot.com/2020/10/little-thief-chota-chor-picture-book.html

starting a separate thread for review and giveaway of my picture book on carol's blog. she made a darling video too:
:heart:
leave a comment on her blog before the end of the month for a chance to win. so grateful she's promoting my book while i'm out of commission. 
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by PJ Post on October 26, 2020, 03:41:44 AM »


Season 1...

Was all around entertaining.

 :tup3b

Season 2...yeah, dumpster fire about covers it. I bailed on episode 2 or 3. My main issue was with the MC's personality change - he was just so unlikeable. This happens a lot with television. In order to facilitate a cinematic moment, they compromise story and character and emotional arcs and, well, pretty much everything. Film today is increasing a series of these cinematic moments all strung together at the expense of logic and consistency. As a result, nothing is earned and they just fall flat.

I think season 1 of True Detective was as good as it was because it leaned so much into character, and then character merged with story. Every moment was earned, which gave them emotional weight.

It's like Hollywood has learned nothing from Marvel - cinematic moments are driven by earned character arcs not CGI stunts. This subject always reminds me of Han Solo's death. It should have been epic, but ended up as a meh. What a waste.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 26, 2020, 03:22:30 AM »
Watching The Halcyon on Prime. Posh hotel in London, WWII. If they left out the drippy stuff and just showed the Spitfires I'd be much more interested.

I don't mind drippy stuff except when everything is just so predictable.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Anarchist on October 26, 2020, 03:11:11 AM »


Season 1...

Interesting, mostly due to worldbuilding. If you enjoy the cyberpunk genre, you'll like this from a bird's-eye view.

Acting: A couple actors do solid work. Most do forgettable work. A few do consistently cringe-worthy work.

Writing: Uneven. Some good episodes and some bad episodes.

Directing: Solid. A few great sequences surrounded by really good ones. Poor choices here and there, but that's to be expected when you're relying on a stable of directors (unlike, for example, season 1 of True Detective).

Visuals: great. Big budget put to good use.

Overall: 7


Season 2...

A dumpster fire.

Acting: with the exception of one character, sh*tty.

Writing: terrible. Bad enough to make you curse the writers.

Directing: also terrible. Storytelling sacrificed for cool-looking scenes (which aren't nearly as cool-looking as the directors probably imagined).

Visuals: ho-hum. Lower budget than season 1. But rather than leaning into the storytelling, they tried to dazzle and totally missed the landing.

Overall: 2 (only saving grace was one particular character's arc).

I've just started watching Season 1, having decided I need Netflix in my life (I really don't, but I'll tell myself that). I'm finding it interesting to compare it to the book - read a long, long time ago. A lot of the elements are there and some of the side-stories / side-characters are really well done (I love the hotel AI). Sounds like I might need a distraction to get me through season 2, though!

If by "distraction" you mean hallucinogenic drugs, they can only help with season 2. ;)

Reminds me of Wayward Pines. The first season followed Crouch's trilogy fairly well. Good source material. And the show boasted a good cast, including Matt Dillon. The writing was good. The directing was pretty good. Solid season overall.

Season 2 of Wayward Pines sh*t the bed. Not even Jason Patric could save it.
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by VanessaC on October 26, 2020, 01:11:16 AM »


Season 1...

Interesting, mostly due to worldbuilding. If you enjoy the cyberpunk genre, you'll like this from a bird's-eye view.

Acting: A couple actors do solid work. Most do forgettable work. A few do consistently cringe-worthy work.

Writing: Uneven. Some good episodes and some bad episodes.

Directing: Solid. A few great sequences surrounded by really good ones. Poor choices here and there, but that's to be expected when you're relying on a stable of directors (unlike, for example, season 1 of True Detective).

Visuals: great. Big budget put to good use.

Overall: 7


Season 2...

A dumpster fire.

Acting: with the exception of one character, sh*tty.

Writing: terrible. Bad enough to make you curse the writers.

Directing: also terrible. Storytelling sacrificed for cool-looking scenes (which aren't nearly as cool-looking as the directors probably imagined).

Visuals: ho-hum. Lower budget than season 1. But rather than leaning into the storytelling, they tried to dazzle and totally missed the landing.

Overall: 2 (only saving grace was one particular character's arc).

I've just started watching Season 1, having decided I need Netflix in my life (I really don't, but I'll tell myself that). I'm finding it interesting to compare it to the book - read a long, long time ago. A lot of the elements are there and some of the side-stories / side-characters are really well done (I love the hotel AI). Sounds like I might need a distraction to get me through season 2, though!
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TV/Movie Talk [Public] / Re: What TV series are you watching right now?
« Last post by Anarchist on October 25, 2020, 10:10:55 AM »


Season 1...

Interesting, mostly due to worldbuilding. If you enjoy the cyberpunk genre, you'll like this from a bird's-eye view.

Acting: A couple actors do solid work. Most do forgettable work. A few do consistently cringe-worthy work.

Writing: Uneven. Some good episodes and some bad episodes.

Directing: Solid. A few great sequences surrounded by really good ones. Poor choices here and there, but that's to be expected when you're relying on a stable of directors (unlike, for example, season 1 of True Detective).

Visuals: great. Big budget put to good use.

Overall: 7


Season 2...

A dumpster fire.

Acting: with the exception of one character, sh*tty.

Writing: terrible. Bad enough to make you curse the writers.

Directing: also terrible. Storytelling sacrificed for cool-looking scenes (which aren't nearly as cool-looking as the directors probably imagined).

Visuals: ho-hum. Lower budget than season 1. But rather than leaning into the storytelling, they tried to dazzle and totally missed the landing.

Overall: 2 (only saving grace was one particular character's arc).





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Book Promotion Board [Public] / [Simon Haynes] An Enigma in Silver preorder
« Last post by Simon Haynes on October 23, 2020, 05:58:43 PM »



West Wickham, England, 1871

A quiet country village is rocked by murder. Police have no leads and no clues, apart from the grisly state of the victim's body.

Evidence points to a supernatural killer, but Professor Twickham is curiously reluctant to lend his assistance.

Roberta, his daughter, has no such qualms, and she involves me in the case as well... only to turn around and abandon me for a sick friend.

Now I must unmask the vicious killer on my own, but had I only known the truth, I'd never have got involved...


Available for preorder now





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