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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1665 on: June 16, 2020, 09:18:56 AM »
amazon prime has a series of good lectures on the Black Death until the end of June.  The first two offer an overview of the structure of society and economics in the 14th century as well as a detailed epidemiological discussion of the various forms of the plague, its various presentations and conjecture on where it came from, the agents that were most likely responsible and critical perspectives on the most likely vectors of transmission.

This is part of the Great Lectures series.  A spare production with a professor standing in a well appointed office alternating with occasional screen shots of archival records and images from representational paintings.

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« Reply #1666 on: June 17, 2020, 02:39:29 AM »
Barkskins.  this is a series based in the hinterlands of Quebec in the late 18th c.  Indentured servants and lots of local superstition.  The Hudson Bay Co vs the rep s of King Louis XIV in a protracted territorial dispute.  The droning music is distracting from the drama of people trying to make their way in an alien territory.  There are people who end up there not necessarily out of choice.  The wilderness, the strange new beasts and the drive to subdue nature in order to extract profit are in a kind of tension.  The indigenous peoples, in this case, the Iroquois, get the short end of the stick.  We get to see annoyingly pragmatic French man whacking a porcupine.  Poor little guy. He didn't even get a chance to throw some quills.
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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1667 on: June 24, 2020, 10:20:54 PM »
What we do in the shadows has already been renewed for season 3.

Honestly, they don't even really need to come up with in depth plots, just the vampires stumbling through modern life is fantastic.

Nadja's disdain for the SUV was fantastic.

Oh my god, I went looking for a transcript to find out what she actually said about the "electric carriage shitbox" and got derailed by the fact they go to an... essential oils store.

Actually, pretty much everything Nadja says is great, "Professor pig richard" was a good one too.
Yes.  Absolutely yes.  I'm in love with all theee of them and I love the show.  I've yet to watch the movie, I'm saving it, as I do.
"What we do in the shadows"  best show evar!
Also, did you know that's jonah hill's sister?  The one nadja changes.

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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1668 on: July 06, 2020, 01:51:35 AM »
Perry Mason.  Matthew Rhys has been run through the Dashiell Hammett school of hard boiled dicks.  Whatever happened to the clean cut attorney?  I never read the Earl Stanley Gardner books.  So it's hard to tell if this show is a complete aberration, or if it is actually more faithful.  After Raymond Burr's starched white shirt and clean cut look, Rhys is kind of a mess.  Also, for the 1950's people swear a great deal more than would have been acceptable, so that's kind of anachronistic in the dialogue. 
EDIT:  Nope, this show diverges from the books, in which Perry Mason is a lawyer who works to insure justice for those who might have trouble getting it otherwise.  Gardner was just such an attorney before he switched to novel writing.  Apparently, he cranked out 80 Perry Mason books.  There were even more tv shows, so they had to get creative after a while.  Apparently, Robert Downey, Jr. was going to play the title role until he developed a scheduling conflict, which is why Rhys stepped in.

This Perry Mason seems to have skipped law school and just comes back from the War to become divorced, sad, living on an inherited farm with 2 cows and an airport in the middle.  He drinks a good deal, smokes, and seems like a mess except for his forensic skills.  The whole thing is shot in bleak o vision. 

Not sure if I want to keep this up, but the atrocious Billions appears to have been stopped in its tracks by the pandemic, as several shows, that have suspended filming in the interests of keeping their insurance companies happy and their cast among the living.
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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1669 on: July 09, 2020, 12:43:17 AM »
My husband wants to watch Perry Mason, so now I have no tv to watch alone at night.  Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Re: What's your favourite TV program of the moment?
« Reply #1670 on: Yesterday at 04:17:23 PM »
I'm quite enjoying Animal Kingdom although it's a bit of a challenge trying to accept Ellen Barkin's role, probably because I was never really a fan of hers.