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by Tafdolphin » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:48 am

more heat than light wrote:Altered Carbon. Someone earlier in the thread said that it looked cheap in places, I don't think you could be any further from the truth.


That was me. My issue was with the cinematography and direction really. It was always clear how much money they'd thrown at it a but the way it was shot (overly saturated colours, uninteresting angles and cuts) was what made it look like a SyFy series.

Compare it to a series like Dark, a German series with a fraction of the budget, and you realise how bad it looks.




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by Oblomov Boblomov » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:30 am

Dark blew 90% of its budget on the water bill.

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by Tafdolphin » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:51 am

And clocks.

Water and clocks. Good alternative title, that.

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by more heat than light » Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:10 am

I mean, I haven't seen Dark yet (someone here mentioned a similarity to Stranger Things which put me off a bit) but based on that trailer I don't see how those two series are comparable at all.

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by Death's Head » Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:03 pm

more heat than light wrote:I mean, I haven't seen Dark yet (someone here mentioned a similarity to Stranger Things which put me off a bit) but based on that trailer I don't see how those two series are comparable at all.
Don't be put off by that comparison, it doesn't really make sense.

I think I preferred Altered Carbon to Dark and it is very clear that Dark is on a much lower budget. But it doesn't have a futuristic setting so a higher budget isn't necessary.

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by Drumstick » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:46 am

The Sopranos S4 – 10/10

This show seems to deliver one faultless season after another. This is the zenith of television.

There was a point in the season where I really, really felt that Ralphy and Tony had patched things up, despite Tony openly bestowing such obvious contempt for the guy. Thankfully, Tony eventually got his hands dirty because I really, really hated Ralphy. :lol:

With every passing episode I get progressively sadder about Gandolfini’s passing as he is genuinely incredible in this. I feel that the few times Tony is shown being genuinely loving and caring toward his family is a window into how Gandolfini was in life away from the screen. His performance this season in particular was stunning… but somehow, he was upstaged.

Edie Falco’s acting this season was absolutely astounding, genuinely some of the best acting I’ve ever seen. The scenes with Carmela and Furio were electric. The scene in the garage in ‘Whitecaps’ where Tony repeatedly rams his fist through the wall is perfect in so many ways but it’s Falco’s performance as Carmela, a housewife finally rebelling against the mob-boss husband that has treated terribly for years, that elevates it to a level unreachable to just about any other show. I haven’t bothered to check it out but I would be nothing short of speechless if she didn’t clear up during awards time for this season, in particular that episode.


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by Tafdolphin » Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:21 pm

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more heat than light wrote:I mean, I haven't seen Dark yet (someone here mentioned a similarity to Stranger Things which put me off a bit) but based on that trailer I don't see how those two series are comparable at all.
Don't be put off by that comparison, it doesn't really make sense.

I think I preferred Altered Carbon to Dark and it is very clear that Dark is on a much lower budget. But it doesn't have a futuristic setting so a higher budget isn't necessary.


If you're talking about my comparing AC to Dark, it wasn't a thematic or narrative comparison. I was simply saying that Dark was better and more creatively shot than AC on a much smaller budget, and that this was a good way to illustrate my assertion that AC looked 'cheap' at times despite being anything but.

If you're talking about my comparison of Dark to Stranger Things (I make a lot of comparisons apparently) this was based around the similar set-up they share (odd things start happening in small 80s town involving kids and a mysterious organisation). Apart from that they're totally different.

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by Hime » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:03 pm

The Sinner

If Bill Pullman as a grizzled cop speaking in a Michael Ironside-esq barely comprehensible voice and Jessica Biel getting sexed don't make a good TV show I don't know what does. Seriously though I thought it was great and it actually had an ending which is a revalation for modern TV shows.

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by Death's Head » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:35 pm

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more heat than light wrote:I mean, I haven't seen Dark yet (someone here mentioned a similarity to Stranger Things which put me off a bit) but based on that trailer I don't see how those two series are comparable at all.
Don't be put off by that comparison, it doesn't really make sense.

I think I preferred Altered Carbon to Dark and it is very clear that Dark is on a much lower budget. But it doesn't have a futuristic setting so a higher budget isn't necessary.


If you're talking about my comparing AC to Dark, it wasn't a thematic or narrative comparison. I was simply saying that Dark was better and more creatively shot than AC on a much smaller budget, and that this was a good way to illustrate my assertion that AC looked 'cheap' at times despite being anything but.

If you're talking about my comparison of Dark to Stranger Things (I make a lot of comparisons apparently) this was based around the similar set-up they share (odd things start happening in small 80s town involving kids and a mysterious organisation). Apart from that they're totally different.


It was ST and Dark. They are very different stories so I wouldn't go into Dark thinking it is similar to ST.

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by Tafdolphin » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:38 pm

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more heat than light wrote:I mean, I haven't seen Dark yet (someone here mentioned a similarity to Stranger Things which put me off a bit) but based on that trailer I don't see how those two series are comparable at all.
Don't be put off by that comparison, it doesn't really make sense.

I think I preferred Altered Carbon to Dark and it is very clear that Dark is on a much lower budget. But it doesn't have a futuristic setting so a higher budget isn't necessary.


If you're talking about my comparing AC to Dark, it wasn't a thematic or narrative comparison. I was simply saying that Dark was better and more creatively shot than AC on a much smaller budget, and that this was a good way to illustrate my assertion that AC looked 'cheap' at times despite being anything but.

If you're talking about my comparison of Dark to Stranger Things (I make a lot of comparisons apparently) this was based around the similar set-up they share (odd things start happening in small 80s town involving kids and a mysterious organisation). Apart from that they're totally different.


It was ST and Dark. They are very different stories so I wouldn't go into Dark thinking it is similar to ST.


Oh no, you're 100% correct there! Sorry if it looked like I was suggesting that!

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by Death's Head » Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:33 pm

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more heat than light wrote:I mean, I haven't seen Dark yet (someone here mentioned a similarity to Stranger Things which put me off a bit) but based on that trailer I don't see how those two series are comparable at all.
Don't be put off by that comparison, it doesn't really make sense.

I think I preferred Altered Carbon to Dark and it is very clear that Dark is on a much lower budget. But it doesn't have a futuristic setting so a higher budget isn't necessary.


If you're talking about my comparing AC to Dark, it wasn't a thematic or narrative comparison. I was simply saying that Dark was better and more creatively shot than AC on a much smaller budget, and that this was a good way to illustrate my assertion that AC looked 'cheap' at times despite being anything but.

If you're talking about my comparison of Dark to Stranger Things (I make a lot of comparisons apparently) this was based around the similar set-up they share (odd things start happening in small 80s town involving kids and a mysterious organisation). Apart from that they're totally different.


It was ST and Dark. They are very different stories so I wouldn't go into Dark thinking it is similar to ST.


Oh no, you're 100% correct there! Sorry if it looked like I was suggesting that!
What a lovely bloke apologising for something that doesn't really need to be apologised for.

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by Tafdolphin » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:01 pm

I've been on something of an antagonistic rampage here recently. Felt right to apologise for possibly misleading people!

Also, more people need to watch Dark. It's not perfect but it's really good.

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by Squinty » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:52 pm

Tafdolphin wrote:I've been on something of an antagonistic rampage here recently. Felt right to apologise for possibly misleading people!

Also, more people need to watch Dark. It's not perfect but it's really good.


I loved it. Beautifully shot, good performances, interesting plot and characters. I can see the comparisons between it and Stranger Things, but Dark definitely turns into its own thing. The last few episodes of it are really quite grim.

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by satriales » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:19 pm

Drumstick wrote:The Sopranos S4 – 10/10

This show seems to deliver one faultless season after another. This is the zenith of television.

There was a point in the season where I really, really felt that Ralphy and Tony had patched things up, despite Tony openly bestowing such obvious contempt for the guy. Thankfully, Tony eventually got his hands dirty because I really, really hated Ralphy. :lol:

With every passing episode I get progressively sadder about Gandolfini’s passing as he is genuinely incredible in this. I feel that the few times Tony is shown being genuinely loving and caring toward his family is a window into how Gandolfini was in life away from the screen. His performance this season in particular was stunning… but somehow, he was upstaged.

Edie Falco’s acting this season was absolutely astounding, genuinely some of the best acting I’ve ever seen. The scenes with Carmela and Furio were electric. The scene in the garage in ‘Whitecaps’ where Tony repeatedly rams his fist through the wall is perfect in so many ways but it’s Falco’s performance as Carmela, a housewife finally rebelling against the mob-boss husband that has treated terribly for years, that elevates it to a level unreachable to just about any other show. I haven’t bothered to check it out but I would be nothing short of speechless if she didn’t clear up during awards time for this season, in particular that episode.


Hoping S5 delivers more of the same.


Glad to see you're enjoying it :mrgreen:
You're right that James Gandolfini and Edie Falco won best actor and actress Emmys for this season, along with hundreds of other awards.

My memory is a bit hazy but I think there is a slight dip coming up, perhaps it's not until the start of S6, however S5 contains my favourite episode in the show.

I need to begin a rewatch, can't believe it's been 11yrs since it ended!!

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by satriales » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:24 pm

Marcella - A whodunnit murder mystery where the hunt for the killer is stretched over 8 episodes with a constant stream of twists and cliffhangers to keep you hooked the whole way. It can be a bit ridiculous in the usual way of everyone looks guilty and has something to hide, but it's great fun. Also caught up with S2 which continues tonight...
9/10

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by Cheeky Devlin » Tue Mar 20, 2018 10:31 am

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Cheeky Devlin wrote:The Genius (Season 1) - 9/10

EDIT: The show's too good to be confined here. I might have to start a thread for it later on. :lol:


Loved that show. I think S2 dipped a little but S3 and S4 were just as good as the first season.
There was talk of a UK version and they even made a hype trailer to try and drum up interest but it seems to have not got anywhere.

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Yeah I managed to get S2/3/4 from a reddit page a week or two ago.

Just watched the Monopoly (No, not that kind of Monopoly) episode in Season 2. That was easily one of the best episodes so far, if not the best. Absolutely brutal in places. :nod:

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by Hime » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:13 pm

satriales wrote:Marcella - A whodunnit murder mystery where the hunt for the killer is stretched over 8 episodes with a constant stream of twists and cliffhangers to keep you hooked the whole way. It can be a bit ridiculous in the usual way of everyone looks guilty and has something to hide, but it's great fun. Also caught up with S2 which continues tonight...
9/10

Is that a 9/10 for series 1? I hated the ending, they left so much answered.

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by satriales » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:16 pm

Hime wrote:
satriales wrote:Marcella - A whodunnit murder mystery where the hunt for the killer is stretched over 8 episodes with a constant stream of twists and cliffhangers to keep you hooked the whole way. It can be a bit ridiculous in the usual way of everyone looks guilty and has something to hide, but it's great fun. Also caught up with S2 which continues tonight...
9/10

Is that a 9/10 for series 1? I hated the ending, they left so much answered.

I didn't mind that, but then I was binging on it over a few days and went straight on to S2, which does fill in some of those answers. Had I had to wait a year, or if there was no S2 then I may have been a bit harsher.

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by satriales » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:33 pm

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Season 1) - I'm not familiar at all with the source material so I've no idea how faithful this is, but I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. It's just so wacky and weird, but it all comes together to makes sense by the end. I was getting Utopia vibes when watching it, and part of that might be the bright colour scheme, but I also found the same person does the music in both shows. Now to start S2...
9/10

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by Frank » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:14 pm

It's not faithful in the slightest :slol: It's less an adaptation and more telling new stories with a slightly similar core concept ("holistic" investigations).

Took me a while to appreciate it as it's own thing rather than an adaptation, but it's fun

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