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What was the last TV show you watched?

Doctor Strange

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Well, as I'm always telling people when showing them my film photos, "Black and white is abstract by its very nature: it doesn't make images that reflect reality anything like our vision sees it."

So in that sense, you're right that Scott's current age is less apparent AND less important - here he's a timeless noir guy. And even without having watched it yet, yeah, that's a reasonable approach for this character/story.

I watched the first episode of Mary & George, but as much of a fan as I am of Julianne Moore (and an English history geek too)... I'm not sure I'm gonna stick with it. Pretty squicky premise, whoring her son off to the king...
 

Edward

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Well, as I'm always telling people when showing them my film photos, "Black and white is abstract by its very nature: it doesn't make images that reflect reality anything like our vision sees it."

So in that sense, you're right that Scott's current age is less apparent AND less important - here he's a timeless noir guy. And even without having watched it yet, yeah, that's a reasonable approach for this character/story.

I watched the first episode of Mary & George, but as much of a fan as I am of Julianne Moore (and an English history geek too)... I'm not sure I'm gonna stick with it. Pretty squicky premise, whoring her son off to the king...

you'll probably want to avoid Scoop on Netflix, then! ;) Though it's actually a very good representation of the reality of the contemporary broadcast newsroom and how an event-interview like that can come about.
 
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Guy Ritchie’s Netflix series The Gentlemen. Only three episodes in and I find it to be quite entertaining. I have yet to have seen the movie of the same name but most likely will at some point. As with Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, it has entertaining characters, snappy dialogue, plenty of action/energy, as well as humor. :D
 

Worf

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"Fallout" - About 2 years ago I was casting about for a new "first person shooter" to play as I was done with "Far Cry". I read many good and bad things about the "Fallout" series of games. I played Fallout 3 several times then went on to "Fallout New Vegas", in my opinion, the BEST game of the series. It was with great trepidation that I dipped my toes into the new Amazon series.

Personally I found it "enjoyable" but limiting. In the Fallout games YOU make the choices it's a shooter AND a Role Playing Game". you decide who lives, who dies and which way the story goes. I constantly kept second guessing the characters choices and decisions. It didn't help that two of the main characters wandered this wide and dangerous world with all of the awareness of chimps fresh from the zoo. They also took 2 great liberties with the "lore" established in the game that left me burnt. I won't go all nerdy on that topic but needless to say a sizeable fraction of the fanbase are lighting torches and sharpening their pitchforks.

All in all I think the show is good. They don't hit you over the head with "fan service" and the acting is outstanding. Even if you're not familiar with the game or the world it's set in you could do much worse.

Worf
 

Edward

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Guy Ritchie’s Netflix series The Gentlemen. Only three episodes in and I find it to be quite entertaining. I have yet to have seen the movie of the same name but most likely will at some point. As with Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, it has entertaining characters, snappy dialogue, plenty of action/energy, as well as humor. :D

His earlier work really did not appeal to me. I did however pick up on the film version of The Gentlemen hen it his my streamers, as much as anything for the cast: Charlie Hunnam is always good value. Though the star turn was Hugh Grant as exactly the sort of low rent, sleazy tabloid journo against whom he has spent the last few years railing against over intrusions into his personal life. It's a caricature performance, on a par with his campy turn as a villain in Paddington 2, and it really is wonderful. Capitvating and funny - far from the bumbling posho twit he's normally hired to play as a persona. I must check out the TV version for comparison, but the film is well worth your seeking it out.

"Fallout" - About 2 years ago I was casting about for a new "first person shooter" to play as I was done with "Far Cry". I read many good and bad things about the "Fallout" series of games. I played Fallout 3 several times then went on to "Fallout New Vegas", in my opinion, the BEST game of the series. It was with great trepidation that I dipped my toes into the new Amazon series.

Personally I found it "enjoyable" but limiting. In the Fallout games YOU make the choices it's a shooter AND a Role Playing Game". you decide who lives, who dies and which way the story goes. I constantly kept second guessing the characters choices and decisions. It didn't help that two of the main characters wandered this wide and dangerous world with all of the awareness of chimps fresh from the zoo. They also took 2 great liberties with the "lore" established in the game that left me burnt. I won't go all nerdy on that topic but needless to say a sizeable fraction of the fanbase are lighting torches and sharpening their pitchforks.

All in all I think the show is good. They don't hit you over the head with "fan service" and the acting is outstanding. Even if you're not familiar with the game or the world it's set in you could do much worse.

Worf


Interesting to read the opinion of aa gamer familiar with the source material. I enjoyed it very much, but I have no more awareness of the game than that it has a bunch of people living in a retro-futurist, post-apocalyptic America. It's interesting how you discuss the viewer experience; I think in all honesty one of the reasons I've never becmoe a gamer is because I do seek the passsive experience from my entertainment these days - I don't want to interact with it.

I do remember trying some of the early FPSs in the 90s, and ot being able to getthe hang ofthem because I couldn't figure out how to cope with controlling a character I couldn't see. Different evolution in games, I suppose.
 

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