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Old 03-27-20, 02:56 PM
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The Stand miniseries (1994) -- 6/10

I had to rewatch it because we're in the coronavirus panic-demic.

It held up as well and poorly as I'd remembered from watching it on TV in 1994.

I suppose they had to soften it a bit for TV, so it lacked some of the bite of the novel. There were some good gruesome and tense moments along the way. Good cast and generally good acting and production values.

But I still find Stephen King's reliance on formulaic tropes annoying. There's always the white guy working class reluctant hero; his female companion throw into his arms by calamity whose gratuitous inclusion mostly serves to highlight his reluctant heroism; the generic gaggle of followers who go along with whatever the reluctant hero says; the character(s) haunted by demons and compelled to misbehave to make things difficult for the hero and his groupies; the mindless rabble who follow the possessed/tormented evil antagonist; the religious zealot; the plucky disabled person who seems like useless heart-warming comic relief, until a critical turn of events makes him/her the co-hero; the admirably brave, charmingly cynical and ultimately ineffectual old person. And those damned pointless pop music references. And catch-phrases: "Put paid"; "$h!tt3rs!" Mayhap those are mostly annoying.

I could have overlooked most of those flaws but the final scene with Mother Abigail floating over the nursery was gag inducing.

As Super Cooties Apocalypse movies go, I'll take George Romero's zombie series any day, especially Day of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead. There's a certain integrity in his cynicism about humanity.
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I think the only Stephen King miniseries I ever watched was Storm of the Century. Back then I liked it. Not sure what I'd think now.
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
I think the only Stephen King miniseries I ever watched was Storm of the Century. Back then I liked it. Not sure what I'd think now.
Storm of the Century has held up better. It was much harder edged, more like King's novels, and with a better cast and directing.

I'd like to see a remake of The Stand. It could be done better and would be relevant again. Although King should consider revising and updating the story.

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Old 04-02-20, 09:01 AM
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Does Tiger King count?

Compelling stuff --- dumb people making poor decisions
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Old 04-02-20, 11:30 AM
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The original Narcos series and then the Narcos: Mexico series, both on NetFlix.

Was fairly impressed. Very violent, of course, some of it. But mostly a dramatization of the behind-the-scenes politicking and gamesmanship in the drug business from Escobar's through the early Sinaloans' time in the business. Nasty bunch, those guys. It's interesting to see the current state of affairs in Mexico, Central America and northern South America, given what initial building-blocks were put into place back in the '70s and '80s.
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Old 04-02-20, 01:11 PM
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The Good Place. Some of the finest writing, casting and comedic acting going imo. Ted Danson and Kristen Bell are brilliant.
Makes philosophy relevant and we sure need a little of that.
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Old 04-03-20, 11:15 AM
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Better Call Saul, 4 seasons on Netflix. Breaking Bad was a wonderful surprise because I put off watching it for years. BCS does not disappoint, and in some cases might actually be better than BB. Now I have to wait for season 5 to finish up and drop to Netflix .
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Old 04-24-20, 05:46 PM
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"Why women kill"
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Old 06-29-20, 03:23 AM
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Fargo tv show...
10 out of freaking 10!!!!
I like it just as much as breaking bad maybe even more!
Highly recommended!
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Old 06-29-20, 08:07 AM
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We've been watching the new Perry Mason show on HBO. Two episodes in and it has been really good so far.
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Queen of the South. Think this one was/is on the USA Network.

Totally off my radar in that I had scrolled past it a million times in Netflix. One of my work buddies asked me if I watched and highly recommended it. Been watching it two episodes at a time...I would like to binge it, lol.
Caught me right from the beginning. Lots going on with a neat spin on main seeing herself from the future with reassurances and instinctive advice type thing. I am not through the first season yet. It is 'funny' in some aspects that the motives and intelligence of the characters seem to be so high at times and then other details are almost to a point of silly as to not be thought of. Sort of typical TV fare for this manner of show.
I really like the current boss lady, Carmella or some such. Neat show and so far fun to watch.
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Old 07-03-20, 08:23 AM
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Atlanta Season 1. I've been enjoying the show. Subtle humour, good character development, subtle discussion about race politics, good views of Atlanta. I'd give it 9 / 10.
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Old 07-03-20, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Storm of the Century has held up better. It was much harder edged, more like King's novels, and with a better cast and directing.

I'd like to see a remake of The Stand. It could be done better and would be relevant again. Although King should consider revising and updating the story.
I think Storm of the Century is one of the the better adaptations.

There is a new miniseries version of the Stand coming out sometime this year. I believe King did rewrite the ending for it also.
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Old 07-07-20, 05:38 AM
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After someone asked about my avatar, I was inspired to rewatch the whole 7 seasons of the Venture Brothers. Still great.
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Old 07-07-20, 08:12 AM
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bikecrate I just discovered Venture Brothers. Love it. Very much reminds me of Johnny Quest from when I was a kid.
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Old 07-08-20, 12:33 PM
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bikecrate I just discovered Venture Brothers. Love it. Very much reminds me of Johnny Quest from when I was a kid.
That is kind of the idea. What happened if Johnny Quest (Rusty - Dr. Venture) grew up. Of course, there is more to it than that. I love to catch the cultural references in it that we grew up with as kids.
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Old 07-13-20, 02:43 AM
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For All Mankind - loved this. Interesting alt history plot with accurate facts about the space race. Good sci-fi.
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Old 07-14-20, 08:50 PM
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I've recently stumbled across Not Going Out, written by British comedian Lee Mack.

Quite enjoyable and funny.
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Old 07-22-20, 05:09 AM
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The Young Offenders (IRE).

Brilliant. Hilarious.

9/10
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I can't believe I'm writing it here, but over the course of a couple weeks I watched the entire single short season of The Tick.

I'm a Patrick Warburton fan and he plays a good idiot as The Tick. The show, mostly Warburton, made me smile and laugh out loud, but the show as a whole is rather lame in hindsight. Still, I've seen much, much worse television than The Tick.

I can't really rate it properly, so I won't.
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Old 07-27-20, 06:31 AM
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Ozark, really good. 9.5/10
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What We Do In Shadows. 10/10. Great humour, nice storyline, good actors.
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Yellowstone on Paramount Network. I may have mentioned it again but this is IMO the best series on TV right now, certainly my favorite. Good actors, good storyline, bad guys that keep getting better, fun side stories and characters you can love, hate, appreciate. 10/10.

I am going to have to revisit my review of Queen of the South. The characters are both genius and idiot at the same time. HUGE holes in the plot line, story line. Things like how the hell did that just "happen", etc. The lead "bad woman" character has this hugely overinflated opinion of herself and her ability and is constantly putting herself in situations to lose and still manages against all sense to come out on the good side. It's ridiculous. It's further development seems to be ******** in the way a daytime soap opera is. It's just a rag that keeps on getting used up. I am so involved as this point that I can't stop watching either. I swear it's like "Days of our Lives" got me....so bad, and I can't stop. Send help.
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Old 08-01-20, 09:16 AM
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Brassic (UK), absolutely loved it, powered through season 2 (6 eps) in one sitting.

Reminded me a bit if This Is England as it has one of the same actors - Joe Gilgun, very underrated.
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Old 08-04-20, 11:28 AM
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I'm rewatching the old British series I, Claudius.
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