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    Quote Originally Posted by calikid View Post
    Defiance S02E01
    "The Opposite of Hallelujah"

    Nolan searches for Irisa.
    New character, Mayor Pottinger, is introduced.
    Well, well, well... Hulu opened up Defiance episode one of the new season for viewing where it is not required to log into a pay-TV provider. Good season opener. Writing is good, giving production crew, director and actors solid material.

  2. #832
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    Falling Skies
    Season premiere
    Sunday 10pm on TNT
    Also, new show The Last Ship with Adam Baldwin at 9pm TNT same day, Sunday June 22.

  3. #833
    Just re-watched Cloud Atlas, blue ray. Part of the ten for five dollars deal over father's day weekend. Special features places the story into a better perspective. Amazing, actors were playing six different roles. Sometimes as a man, then a woman, sometimes one race then another race. One role as evil, another as good. Glad that I bought it. Good to have in a collection. I won't watch it again in the near future - however - In a year or two, or with company visiting it is one of those decent ones to pop into the player.


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    If you haven't seen "the edge of tomorrow"...Highly recommend it. It's got a pretty crazy plot...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CasperParks View Post
    Just re-watched Cloud Atlas, blue ray. Part of the ten for five dollars deal over father's day weekend. Special features places the story into a better perspective. Amazing, actors were playing six different roles. Sometimes as a man, then a woman, sometimes one race then another race. One role as evil, another as good. Glad that I bought it. Good to have in a collection. I won't watch it again in the near future - however - In a year or two, or with company visiting it is one of those decent ones to pop into the player.

    Funny story.
    Went to d/L Cloud Atlas, but got Atlas Shrugged by mistake.
    Ann Raynd story, turned out to be good enough I went back & rented part2.

    Of yeah. Got the right movie too.
    Like Tom Hanks. Love Halle Berrie.
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    The Last Ship went to Hell last night after a good pilot last week. I knew that Navy was lousy at close quarters combat but the crew in the show last night were ridiculous. Nervous sailor shoots at nothing. No guard on the door or watching their back with squad unprotected inside. Oh, well, there's hope. The guys and girls in Falling Skies learned to do it better and I know it is only a story. Anyone watching with even the briefest military training must have been laughing or crying at how miserable they were at moving in a dangerous area. Armed to the teeth and lacking a clue.

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    Penny Dreadful is on Showtime and just wrapped up its first season. It will return next year. There will be reruns of this season for those who have missed it. A "penny dreadful" was a pulp fiction serial magazine type that featured sensational and lurid stories and was popular in the 1800s, for only a penny an issue. This show, Penny Dreadful is something else entirely. The creators have taken the classic horror characters from Frankenstein, Dracula, Dorian Gray and others and show them interacting in London of the 1890s. It could have been cartoonish and silly like Scooby Doo or like Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein but it is not silly at all. Instead it is a disturbing and sometimes shocking re-envisioning of stories we all know at least something about. (From here on in I promise NO spoilers.)

    Showtime describes the show like this:

    "Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. PENNY DREADFUL is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama."

    Add to this some very good and better actors, very good writing and direction and you have something worth watching but not for the faint of heart. Eva Green, of Casino Royale and The Golden Compass plays troubled Vanessa Ives, a friend of Mina Harker (Murray) from Dracula. Timothy Dalton, who everybody but me hated as James Bond is the missing Mina's father and a central character. Josh Hartnett is Ethan Chandler an American adventurer and gunslinger. Billie Piper, beloved of Dr. Who fans as the companion Rose, is also here.


    The story is easy to get into. The characters that you already know do about what you'd guess they'd do if you put them together. There are secrets, enigmatic motivations and suspense. Easy to get into but sometimes hard to take. It is a horror series, done with the modern bits of some sex and nudity but not too much. The show is best approached knowing what you are getting into. If you want to see Eva Green show the skills you thought she might have, this is it. Eva can peel the paint from the walls with emotion. If you want to know what Timothy Dalton has always been doing well and can get past the bum rap he got for James Bond, you'll see it here. He is rock-solid and convincing. You'll see that Josh Hartnett from Blackhawk Down is leading man material. Billie Piper continues to show that she isn't just The Companion from Dr. Who or "the hooker with the heart of credit-card plastic". Everyone else is good, some are outstanding. If you crave the old stories made new and done well, this is it.

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    Under The Dome
    Season 2 has started.
    Two episodes so far.
    Good cast, but IMO the scripts are confusing and mediocre.
    Let's hope Steven King (yes, THAT author) can up his game on future episodes/scripts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    Penny Dreadful is on Showtime and just wrapped up its first season. It will return next year. There will be reruns of this season for those who have missed it. A "penny dreadful" was a pulp fiction serial magazine type that featured sensational and lurid stories and was popular in the 1800s, for only a penny an issue. <snip>
    Sounds good Doc, think I will give it a look.
    Saw a few minutes of first episode, appears to be 4x3 format (not widescreen).
    Just the copy I got?
    Or was that your experience too?
    Not a deal breaker, but unexpected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calikid View Post
    Under The Dome
    Season 2 has started.
    Two episodes so far.
    Good cast, but IMO the scripts are confusing and mediocre.
    Let's hope Steven King (yes, THAT author) can up his game on future episodes/scripts.
    King made a guest appearance right near the end...

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