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1  Forum / AV Club / Re: True Detective on: Today at 08:44 am
I always saw it as playing with cliches, McConno was obviously a comical play on the burnt out existential character, absurd and knocked back by Woody H for the shows best bits. Im not sure its outright parody, but certainly its always been a show reveling in silly conventions and genre tropes, playing with ideas. And it doubling down into that is just good news for me.
2  Forum / AV Club / Re: True Detective on: Today at 04:26 am
I think the show has really come into its own, its to noir pastiches what Hannibal is to gothic horror genre. The first season (much like Hannibal) tried to lay its plot down more traditional lines and suffered for that (in both cases). I think this show is at its rocking best when its just people acting the hell out of absurd noir cliche lines to each other, while mysterious noir shit happened in the darkness of our souls.

I for one embrace this move of all tv shows away from coherent plots and grounding in reality.
3  Forum / AV Club / Re: MOTHERFUCKING MAD MAX: FURY ROAD on: July 01, 2015, 10:12 am
Don't read comics, gotcha. Way ahead of that.
4  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: June 24, 2015, 01:38 pm
I went to see Jurassic World yesterday (mostly to kill time before a show) but that was like an unwatchable dull hour of boringness and cliche character types existing for no particular purpose, however the big finale is so insanely hot mess awful it has a kind of perfect beauty. Made me sad they didnt fully commit to the awful absurd monster movie element, but instead seemed to want to force in the "awe" tone from the original and play it straight at points, making it a dumb mess.

The dialogue felt like it was all written in broad "first draft" strokes and then somebody forgot to go fix it. Like theres clear joke beats but no actual joke in several places and they picked a good cast but nobody has anything to do or say. Like it loudly establishes everyone cliche character traits but none of them ever come into play or interact in any way.

Every actor was playing a different movie and it was just horribly directed but I felt like Vincent Donofrio was the only one who picked an appropriate tone (B Movie monster movie villain) and would have worked if anybody else responded to that.

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5  Forum / AV Club / Re: Winter is coming (HBO's Game of Thrones) on: June 15, 2015, 06:49 am
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6  Forum / AV Club / Re: MOTHERFUCKING MAD MAX: FURY ROAD on: May 28, 2015, 05:25 pm
I assumed a derivation of Immortal. In wacky future speak.
7  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: business_trip.png on: May 26, 2015, 03:50 pm
Theres a business trip in France coming up, cant wait for that, to do some francais fucking
8  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: business_trip.png on: May 26, 2015, 03:49 pm
I go on a lot of business trips to London and client sites, its mostly non stop fucking.
9  Forum / Science! and Sports / Re: FOOTIE on: May 25, 2015, 12:17 pm
Kill all canarys.
10  Forum / AV Club / Re: Winter is coming (HBO's Game of Thrones) on: May 18, 2015, 01:44 pm
Lady Olena back being a baller just reminds me we have yet to see my Olena/Arya dream pairing. Make it happen show people.
11  Forum / AV Club / Re: Mad Men on: May 18, 2015, 01:43 pm
Loved the ending, all the character wrap ups were pretty great. Though not sure Peggys needed the love thing thrown in, seemed to cheapen her and Joan starting up the patriarchy busting production company high. Also what the point of Joans boyfriend was, are all retired people super pushy about being retired like its crack in a PSA video.

P.S Pete/Meredith best characters 4 life.
12  Forum / AV Club / Re: MOTHERFUCKING MAD MAX: FURY ROAD on: May 16, 2015, 04:38 pm
It was pretty fantastic, just one non stop action scene. But lots of nice subtle character deveopment through little beats, fun, three great leads. Loved it.

Though my favourite moment was when it was revealed Furiosas birth name was Furiosa, really just asking your kid to become an imperator with that.
13  Forum / Science! and Sports / Re: FOOTIE on: April 30, 2015, 08:34 am
I am really upset the media is ruling out a 20 goal swing in the final day of the championship to allow Boro to get automatic promotion. #BigMediaAgenda
14  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: Roommate thread on: April 30, 2015, 08:23 am
I thought I had a roommate, but then it turned out that he burnt down ten years ago this very night.
15  Forum / Dumbtown / Re: ROOMMATE REDUX: A Tale of Two Ryans on: April 25, 2015, 07:01 pm
Oh boron, you poor poor bastard.
16  Forum / Sanctum Sanctorum / Re: Charts and Graphs thread on: April 25, 2015, 03:43 pm
Im in oil.
17  Forum / AV Club / Re: Winter is coming (HBO's Game of Thrones) on: April 16, 2015, 05:34 am
I always assumed Edmure Tully would do him in.
18  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: April 13, 2015, 09:31 am
I think you mean Foggy Bear.
19  Forum / AV Club / Re: TODAY I WATCHED... on: April 13, 2015, 07:35 am
The Daredevil Tv Show

I heard this was meant to be The Wire of the marvel universe, when its more the 24, like later seasons of 24... for boring cliches and super in love with effective torture as a trope.

The main guy was pretty dull but acceptable. The supporting cast of good guys was pretty charming and I felt with more comic beats something could be done there to make them interesting. And I liked the old grizzled mentor dude who turned up for one episode. But most of the day to day stuff of the show was pretty samey and uninteresting.

The second (barely interacting) story of Kingpins rise and such was very compelling and powerhouse acted by Law And Order Guy, and if that was expanded into its own show with more machinations and rising to power through cunning I assume it would have been a triumph and win all the superhero tv show oscars.
20  Forum / AV Club / Re: Better Call Saul on: April 13, 2015, 07:30 am
So the ending of the show was a bit.... odd. He just sort of flips into Saul from nowhere, when Jimmy was clearly a guy trying to make something of himself and is getting the reward finally but then.... nag.

It seems like the character should have some sort of tragic flaw, that explains why his attempted redemption fails, greed or... I think more appropriately something like laziness, always looking for the quick fix. We have seen hints of that (temptation of corruption, pushing his work onto his brother) but no real establishment that hes anything but a well meaning slightly incompetent lawyer who earned himself a great job with his own forceful personality and wits.

The ending I expected is he takes the fancy job, but hes sitting down and getting all this paperwork and realising he has to actually work through the boring stuff, then the call of the wild, of being greasy mass murdering Saul calls out to him through the window. Like a Shield finale. Instead he just sort of... changes his mind.

Otherwise great show, more Mike being a ridiculous badass stuff please, 5 star.
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