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« Reply #5730 on: August 10, 2017, 09:55:11 PM »

Samantha Bee on the NYT

Seriously, you have to check this! It's Sam Bee without the bleeps. They say  for crying out loud!

I'm not surprised at Sam Bee. I am surprised that the NYT would let this run! That's a family newspaper! Has the world gone that mad that this is considered (You tell me the word, you're so smuckin' fart!) family fare?

Or has the NYT not looked at what they are posting?

True Story: There was a review for a Broadway play (could have been Hedgwick and The Angry Inch (probably pre Barney)) (still no answer on that double parenthesis question) The photo with it was the rocker singing and a girl looking up at him. And right above her eye level his belt buckle. And it said FUCK. I emailed them. They changed it and sent me their thanks.

Have we changed that much?
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« Reply #5731 on: August 10, 2017, 09:55:57 PM »

HA! Relevance in the TV forum! (They said it couldn't be done!)
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« Reply #5732 on: August 10, 2017, 09:59:14 PM »

Not to mention. She shows where the idea of the Alt Right/ Tech takeover comes from the publication of "Devil's Bargain"

Meanwhile! WOW! She hits this out of the block beyond the ball field! And she explains the Bannon Brigade phenomenon succinctly!

1. Why are we getting our news from "Fake News" shows like, The Daily Show, Colbert, Seth Meyers (He's stiff and he has clinkers. But he usually makes a valid point) Sam Bee and John Oliver (not so much, Bill Maher... )

2. Why ARE we GETTING our news from "Fake News" shows? Why not the "Real News" shows? (Thing is that the Real news shows still call the tune. They still inform what the story is going to be about. What stories we are going to hear about. The Late Night Shows have become the editorial, and the Celebrity Section and the Comics pages. See? The newspaper hasn't died. TeeVee isn't going the way of the newspaper...)

Absolutely worth your time.
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« Reply #5733 on: August 18, 2017, 08:44:44 PM »

Away from the dvr into a super basic cable situation.

Couple of points. I caught part of CBS Evening News the Tuesday the world stood still with it's jaw hanging slack. I was quite impressed, and now I can't quite tell you why. But it seemed that they were devoting themselves to presenting the issue semi completely. And they had a parade of well spoken folks who supported Trump, didn't much care about this particular kerfuffle (Which, in the large scheme of things it is likely to turn out to be). They didn't come off as idjit yokels. They came off well (wrong1 but still, well)

It was a very good broadcast.

I'm watching the Roku(while I still can. I do believe that the FCC is going to kill Net Neutrality, and those streamers are not going to fare well.) and there is a Reuters news feed that is interesting. You tell it how long you want to watch, 10, 15 or 30 minutes and then it will give you a newscast to fill that slot. Or you can pick a topic and watch 10 15 30 mins on it. A fairly wide selection of interests are represented. I can't say it is the most up to date news cast I've ever run into. There is usually a commercial or so in the cast. I'm ok with that. Otherwise it is free.
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« Reply #5734 on: August 19, 2017, 10:21:05 AM »

One episode of "Ozark" to go, and it's been a great season of fine acting. Already been renewed for another season.

On to "Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce".
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« Reply #5735 on: August 29, 2017, 09:55:19 AM »

I'm watching Ozark.

I enjoy Jason Bateman, he is this project.

The story is moderate from my POV, yeah yeah yeah he runs into trouble, everybody is into their own thing. I'm not particularly afraid that he is going to get killed, and that has to do with the suspension of disbelief. That's missing here.

Last night I visited my old home town. Now, this is the town where they filmed The Fugitive Kind which was a story set in rural Mississippi. But they couldn't find a town dumpy enough so they found my town as said, "Now THIS is depressing!"

Now there is a resort spa in town and the main street (all 12 buildings of it) now includes a frou frou pan global cuisine restaurant and chee chee bakery and 200 year old buildings have been restored, new side walks a smooth paved roadway. They tore down a corner bar (it was just a cinderblock shack, architecturally significant only in it's complete lack of any redeeming value.

But they replaced it with a sculpture of a hill!

Point is, I can't look at it now and not think that this is the result of a massive money laundering operation. The results are amazing and gorgeous, and WHY? The car dealership in town could hold about 5 new dodge vehicles at a time. Then came the car dealership purge. Small and medium car dealers were disenfranchised across the nation and no less so than in the Hudson Valley. But Young's Motors

Must have had an Angel Investor pour $$$ in!

So the show is effective at being affective. Whole numbers 1 to 5 I give it 3.
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« Reply #5736 on: August 29, 2017, 10:06:46 AM »

I'm watching Ozark.

I enjoy Jason Bateman, he is this project.

The story is moderate from my POV, yeah yeah yeah he runs into trouble, everybody is into their own thing. I'm not particularly afraid that he is going to get killed, and that has to do with the suspension of disbelief. That's missing here.

Last night I visited my old home town. Now, this is the town where they filmed The Fugitive Kind which was a story set in rural Mississippi. But they couldn't find a town dumpy enough so they found my town as said, "Now THIS is depressing!"

Now there is a resort spa in town and the main street (all 12 buildings of it) now includes a frou frou pan global cuisine restaurant and chee chee bakery and 200 year old buildings have been restored, new side walks a smooth paved roadway. They tore down a corner bar (it was just a cinderblock shack, architecturally significant only in it's complete lack of any redeeming value.

But they replaced it with a sculpture of a hill!

Point is, I can't look at it now and not think that this is the result of a massive money laundering operation. The results are amazing and gorgeous, and WHY? The car dealership in town could hold about 5 new dodge vehicles at a time. Then came the car dealership purge. Small and medium car dealers were disenfranchised across the nation and no less so than in the Hudson Valley. But Young's Motors

Must have had an Angel Investor pour $$$ in!

So the show is effective at being affective. Whole numbers 1 to 5 I give it 3.

You haven't watched enough.
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« Reply #5737 on: September 08, 2017, 11:00:07 AM »

I watched all of Ozark.

It tied everything up well enough so that if there weren't a second season, viewers could get on.

If there isn't another season, I won't give a shit.

****Spoilers for OZARK****

It starts out weak in that Bruce (the partner that was ripping the cartel off) had flipped to the FBI. So why didn't he try to use that info to broker a deal for himself with Del Rio? Enemies closer and whatnot?  It's not as if Bruce was a very forward thinker, but he was a good salesman. They made a point of pointing that out as he convinced the couple to "sign right now!"

Second problem is that Del Rio has no real beef with Marty. Marty didn't rip him off. Marty was the guy he wanted in the first place. So why whip his ass like he's a rented mule? Anything you get out of him is bonus! More to the point is that you still have the same problem with laundering $ and now one of your laundries has been washed out. The one that was shipping money by the ton. You have bigger issues than the guy who was laundering your money continuing to launder money.

Three is the church. You mean to tell me that on a lake with more coast line than the state of California, the only spot to find a distribution point is a boat chapel with a dozen boats?

Four, It took that time to for Marty to say, cool, I'll buy your output!? Del Rio is already distributing Horse and already has a supply chain kink. Marty should have seen that as the solution when the guy first said "You're interrupting my distribution channel!"   

Five, The first four were enough.

Six, Was there any point at which we thought that Marty was going to get killed? Or that the daughter was going to drown (I admit I was falling asleep when she was drowning, it may have had a different significance. But then so might have the tourist boy.) There was no real drama to the show. No suspense. It was lamp as three day old toast in the Ozark humidity.

Seven/Eight, So let me understand, the capo of the drug distribution network for the Uppa U S central division goes to have a meet with an opium supplier. He brings protection. He makes the deal and then out in the middle of the kitchen Mrs Psychopath pulls up a shot gun and says, "What did you say?" as she draws a bead.

The bodyguard just stands there until after and then some as grandpa psychopath draws his sidearm and shoots him where he stands. How did these guys not get killed a hundred times each, before?

Happy ending. I'm happy it ended.
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« Reply #5738 on: September 08, 2017, 11:11:49 AM »

People of Earth (aged spoilers)

Still good if not getting better.

The cast is starting to run, as opposed to carefully walking through the parts. There is a slow boil as the characters tend to bounce off each other in clown car chaos style.

So Ozzie is at least mostly dead, and he has been placed into the Snow White Casket. The one that Kurt was in.

The one Kurt was in when Jeff kissed him.

The kiss that brought Kurt back to life.

The kiss that Jeff is going to have to be forced to tell that he did.

Then maybe Jonathan kisses Ozzie but that doesn't work because Jonathan isn't Ozzie's one true love (which means that Kurt is hot for Jeff too!)

On another point. The Merger. The only confirmation we have of the merger is Eric's word, and Daft Punk's allegiance. Seems to me they ought to be able to look it up in whatever the space newspapers are, there ought to have been an announcement.

Of course, Jeff didn't even read that his species had been extinctified so, apparently, he's not in the habit.

Those absent clues lead me to believe that at some point the world is saved by the discovery that Eric is an intergalactic hack of the system by, probably some fat guy in his parents' basement out in the far flung galaxy.

If you're not watching People of Earth, you're missing out on good fun. If it's your humor.
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« Reply #5739 on: September 10, 2017, 10:17:24 PM »

"Orville" - so Seth McFarlane has written a whimsy-filled love letter to Star Trek.  I think Trek fans will enjoy the jokes (fans of Scalzi's "Redshirts," will feel on familiar territory) and there's some lowbrow stuff thrown in there (pilot has a pee joke) for McFarlane's Family Guy fans.  I would hesitate, however, to define "Orville" as "the sixth Trek series."
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« Reply #5740 on: September 12, 2017, 12:24:12 PM »

I put this here because long ago I gushed about watching the world go round while sitting on the ISS.

I have to say that the graphic on the NYT for these hurricanes has been extraordinary! I particularly enjoyed watching the cloud seem to erupt out of Cuba and other land masses, like they were hot spots in a pot of boiling water.

Also the David Overbye's Cassini report is terrific. (I'm not usually a fan of his reports, too hyped too short.)
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« Reply #5741 on: September 12, 2017, 12:43:49 PM »

THE SINNER

Congratulations to Ms Timberlake - the star and exec producer - on the nice work - and the bod.
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« Reply #5742 on: September 13, 2017, 10:25:34 AM »

The wife started that on the recommendation of a friend who wants someone to talk about it with.

I saw what I guess was the pilot of Orville it's no Mr. Ed.

But I do appreciate the effort. The GCI does make the making of such a TV show within a lower budget. I kept hearing the music from Galaxy Quest, and the reference to the "Take her out Tommy" scene.

The set up with the Ex Wife is clever. Not new but clever in the way that it demonstrates "Girl Power." The kind I was expressing to my wife and daughter the other day. The one that doesn't get involved in the male dominated industry of public demonstration (with exclamation point exceptions like the million woman march in January.)  They power women have is the behind the scenes maneuvering that men pretty much never even know is happening.

There was a stand up comic one time that made the case for using the crosstown bus, and how women could make public transportation mass transportation viable today if they would just figure that they would rather fuck the guy who rode the bus versus the guy who shows up in a Trans Am. (Funny because it's true).

Seth whatever is doing a good job of driving his career. You can't help but admire his chutzpah. I can't help but think he's responsible for all those "Family Guy porno" clips on the internet too.

I find myself not being jealous of him, but happy for him in his success (not my default).

I watched The Good Place, now on Netflix through again.

I am awed by the performances! I am awed by the inclusion of various schools of thought in the dialog. I am very happy with the twist at the end of the season.

The actor playing Jason is so seamless that you tend to forget that he is neither the monk nor the wannabee DJ. You forget that it's a guy pretending to be a guy who is pretending to be another guy.

And Chidi! His reaction shots rival the queen of double takes, The Dowager Countess of Grantham (if that's the title) Dame Maggie Smith. His work is laugh out loud funny. It was funnier the third time I saw it than it was the first, and the first was pretty funny. He's a great straight man.

Of course Ted Danson is great in his role, even though the role seems overwrought sometimes. And Eleanor... well Eleanor has gotten better as well. But she carries the show and it is a lot to carry.

NBC has a trove of "cult classics" (2 my mind) including Community, Raising Hope and The Good Place.

Apparently you have until September 20 to binge the first season Be careful on that site, it spoilers the whole first season in the clip featuring Kristen Bell.

I highly recommend it.
 
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« Reply #5743 on: September 19, 2017, 12:48:51 PM »

VietNam?

Missed ep1, saw parts of Ep 2. Ep 2 talks about the Buddhists and their protests against Diem and Nhu. It makes a point, as well to emphasize the expectation that we weren't going to win, but we couldn't lose, at least not until after the election... ('64, then '68 and '72 too) Because Vietnam was the defacto front in the war against Russia.

Random question... Why couldn't/can't we get puppets to fight our wars for us the way the Soviets seem/ed to be able to do day in and day out?

I hadn't really thought of VietNam as Buddhist. Even though I do remember the self immolations. They seemed to be a small minority (hey, I was a kid!). It was impressive to see those monks sit there, stock still while they were on fire! That is self control.

I'm watching, but I suspect that it is something that will be better as a binge.
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« Reply #5744 on: Today at 11:43:11 AM »

Just an opinion/observation...

Jimmy Kimmel is emerging as a central distraction in the Health Care Saga.

I think it is organic and original. But I also think it is a twist brought to late night by the addition of Colbert to the mix. Colbert trouncing Trump is what a weary nation looks towards so it can sleep.

And now, Heeeeeeeeerrrrrsss Jimmy (Kimmel)

And then there's that other Jimmy. Who serves a purpose, I guess, as the guy you go to when you just don't want to hear about it anymore.

NBC is in real danger of losing the franchise. I said months ago that NBC had to be looking for solutions. I certainly hope they are (much as I do prefer Colbert).

I think they might put Seth Myers on. Maybe they'll co-host. "Week night update" style. Maybe Myers will do the "Closer Look" to compete with Colbert's monolog, and then Fallon takes over the interviewing portion of the show.

Jimmy Fallon still has some good bits. And he fits a key niche. But he's losing to Colbert, and now with the health care issue, Kimmel is getting LOTS of attention.
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