What are you watching right now?

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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Kaharz » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:08 am

Eh, we like what we like. I don't know why. And I don't think she is a particularly good actress or anything like that.
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Liriodendron_fagotti » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:59 pm

I get it. She's got a similar vibe to Winona Ryder.
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby steady » Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:12 pm

right now I'm watching agents od the shield
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Kaharz » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:50 am

Finally started watching the Man in the High Castle. I'm going to have to reread it now, so much Dick from the 60s just blends together.* From what I've been told and the little I've seen it probably doesn't follow the book all that closely. But it so far seems like a good show.

*I think I have read just about everything available except the VALIS trilogy. There is even. A bunch of his early short stories on published in defunct sci-fi magazines that is public domain. I have pretty mixed feelings and much prefer his later work, so I should probably read VALIS.
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Felstaff » Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:42 am

Ooh, I've watched the first episode of series 2, but am going to wait to finish out the series, as a.) so much time has passed since the first series, I couldn't remember why so-and-so was on a boat, and who'd died etc., and b.) I have to finish Westworld first (one more episode to go).

For what it's worth, tMitHC stays very loyal to the book at its core. It's just that in the book... not much really happens. Or at least, not enough to fill 10 hours of streaming content. Sure, the majority of the book is philosophising on the nature of oppression; how the delicate threads of any society still hold together under competing jackboots; how culture can never truly be destroyed, only hidden behind doors. The TV show, obviously, doesn't just film the characters thinking this internally, so it does a lot of showing, rather than telling, which is what good TV does. It also focuses on the cat-and-mouse action of evading the established order with impressive dystopian Americana mise-en-scène, which is standard for Hollywood-budget TV fare nowadays. Also the chap who plays Childan is famous in the UK for advertising the now-defunct Orange Wednesdays, and he's dead good as the pompous obsequious antiques dealer.

It deals with The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, the fictional 'what if?' account of the allies winning the war, by translating it from a book to a series of newsreels, which is much better suited to television than characters reading short passages from books. I worry they might write themselves into a corner with this angle, LOST-style, as the newsreels start to show more than just Churchill raising two fingers, but it's enthralling enough TV to keep me watching.
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Kaharz » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:35 pm

I wouldn't fault anyone for taking considerable liberties when trying to adapt a PKD book as long as they stick to the central theme and ideas. A lot of his actual writing is problematic in various ways, especially his novels. Once he got some experience and stopped taking fistfuls of drugs his writing became considerably more coherent.
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Apocalyptus » Thu Mar 02, 2017 10:59 am

Yes, one thing I always noticed about PKD's books is he kept on giving his 20s to middle aged male protagonists teenaged female love interests.
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Astrogirl » Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:21 pm

Giving his 20s?
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Edminster » Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:35 pm

"he kept on giving his 20s to middle aged male protagonists teenaged female love interests."

can alternately be stated

Philip K Dick's main characters were often men between the ages of 20 and 50, and he wrote teenage girls as love interests for them.
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Astrogirl » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:48 pm

Ah!
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Apocalyptus » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:39 am

Edminster wrote:"he kept on giving his 20s to middle aged male protagonists teenaged female love interests."

can alternately be stated

Philip K Dick's main characters were often men between the ages of 20 and 50, and he wrote teenage girls as love interests for them.

Yes, that does make more sense than my rambling sentence. Thanks, Edie!
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby DavidGreen » Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:49 pm

Maybe I'm a little behind, but I just started to look at the Game of Thrones. And before that I thought that it was a sloppy series and everyone who watched it - losers)))
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Apocalyptus » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:52 am

Ok
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Re: What are you watching right now?

Postby Lethal Interjection » Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:57 am

If you haven't watched Ozark, do so. I haven't been as impressed with a show in at least 5 years.
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