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Evil Genius

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Watched this four episode Netflix documentary about a bank robbery in Erie, PA ... it was disturbing ... this group of lowlife misfits, led by a mentally ill woman, planned a bank robbery which was done by a simpleton pizza delivery guy ... they put a locking collar holding a bomb around the guy's neck ... he told the police a group of black guys had done it do him (because that's what the masterminds told him to say -- he must have been semi-retarded, they didn't explain this fact well).

They show the footage of the bomb going off, which was really nasty ... I wasn't prepared for that. He bled to death, but I can see why they didn't approach him right away after the bomb went off.

Law enforcement does not come across well in this series ... local law enforcement doesn't communicate well with the Feds (FBI, ATF) ... no one seems super competent. It took years and years to solve this thing, when it should have taken a couple of days. Erie's a small city. Sad, tragic stuff, but see it if you're interested in "true crime" shows.

Bosch -- Season Four

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I watched the fourth season of Bosch more or less in a binge. Ten episodes, around an hour a piece. It's good TV, not great TV. It's above average TV. Streaming on Amazon Prime. My screencaps with comments below: 

TV Shows Watched -- Peaky Blinders

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Watched season one and enjoyed it. 

TV Shows Watched -- Shooter

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A Twitterer appreciated my recommendation of "Fauda" and tried to return the favor by recommending that I check out "Shooter." I watched the first episode from the first season and wasn't thrilled for the following reasons:

  • War Porn
  • Fetishizes guns (and I'm a pro-gun guy)
  • Fetishizes violence, including political assassination
  • Token black characters (but don't worry, one is immediately killed off)
  • Weak acting
  • Lame made-for-commercial-TV vibe
  • Dumb story

I won't continue to watch this one and don't recommend it.

Practice Pumpkins (though not filled with red food coloring)

Practice Pumpkins (though not filled with red food coloring)

TV Shows Watched -- Fauda

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Watched season one awhile back and have been meaning to blog about it... this is the best TV show I've seen in a *long* time ... it's from Israel and it's about an Israeli counter-terrorism unit ... old readers know I'm not a fan of War Porn or anything that glorifies the Security State, but this is really well-done drama. 

Most important of all it shows you how absurd the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is. These are people who can't tell each other apart on sight, and they speak one another's language so perfectly that they can't even hear an accent! The root of the problem here can't be competing creation myths, it has to be about resources (land, water, capital, etc.)

Anyway, it's on Netflix and I can't recommend it highly enough. Here are my selected screenshots with comments: 

TV Shows Watched -- Frontier

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Another Netflix original series ... six 45-minute episodes so not too great a time commitment ... and it wasn't terrible. I'm not usually big on "period" pieces, but the fur trade / history of the Hudson's Bay Company does interest me. One episode did have a gay porn vibe with the half-naked hero hung by his bound hands and tortured ... not that I've ever seen gay porn, but that's what I've been told it's like, by a friend, a very distant friend. 

My screencaps with comments below: 

TV Shows Watched -- Gypsy

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Another Netflix Original Series. I love Naomi Watts, always have ... she's another super-talented Aussie actress. She's exactly my age (ok, two years older) and still looks great, usually ... I mean from some angles, in some lighting, she looks her age, but generally she looks good. 

She plays a shrink here ... a bored shrink, with a boring fake sociopath lawyer husband, and troubled elementary-school-aged daughter. They live in Westchester or Rockland county and commute into the City for work. Big house, fancy clothes, "upper middle class white people." Naomi pops anti-anxiety drugs and steals prescription pads from her doctor friends (she's a Ph.D., not an M.D., so not a real drug-dispensing shrink, more of a cognitive therapist). Her husband may or may not be diddling his secretary (he isn't of course, because he's boring).

She gets involved in her patients' lives in weird, inappropriate ways. She's a nutcase in short, you know, this is a "psychological thriller." Anyway, I don't know where this show is going, it's ten episodes long ... again, I would probably instantly drop it if it weren't for Naomi Watts, who is just *so good* (remember Mulholland Drive? Yes, Naomi Watts did that breakdown scene at the end, where you realize it's all a dream, which still sends shivers down my spine just thinking about it).

Look into my eyes.... 

Look into my eyes.... 

In episode two we learn that Naomi drives a Volvo SUV, masturbates, and can't pronounce "Rorschach," which makes me wonder about her psychoanalytic capabilities. She gets closer to the girl who has such power over one of her customers, er, clients. This is some kind of feminine power play thing I'm not terribly interested in... paid attention to the credits this time to learn that the show was "created and written by Lisa Rubin." Uh oh, a C.W. By thing. I'm not sure if I can keep my interest up for this ... I may be too much of a manly man to deal with this bullshit for much longer. 

Red filter, again

Red filter, again

In episode three we learn that they live in Fairfield county, CT, not downstate NY. Naomi pops some pills she stole from one of her Stepford wife (Soulcycle wife?) "friends," and plans a brilliant birthday party for her kid. But she has a blow-up with the same Stepford wife at the party, very embarrassing. Will lead to permanent ostracism, but Naomi sort of wants that. And there's Blythe Danner, playing Naomi's mother ... she's now the go-to actress for evil WASP moms in their 70s.

This show will appeal to women and homosexual men, but not so much straight guys. Beautiful bored Gen-X women, popping pills in posh suburbs, pursuing lesbian relationships with someone half their age, pining for their lost youth or looking for some excitement in middle age ... I'm not sure how interesting this really is. But Naomi Watts *is* very attractive and talented so I will soldier on.

Hubby still fit despite the chins

Hubby still fit despite the chins

On to episode four, I really don't know what's going on. Nice to see a Zippo lighter being given as a gift, and I was wrong about Naomi driving a Volvo; it's an Infiniti QX60. Oddly they obscured the front badge of it, I guess there are no freebies in Product Placement Land. The hot black (light black) secretary is starting to make a move on boring old married-to-Naomi guy... will he crack?  We also learn that Naomi has a degree from Johns Hopkins. Her weird meddling in her patients' lives seems less sinister in this episode ... it's more like unconventional problem solving now. Anyway, will I be able to get through eight or ten of these episodes?? Not sure.

Drawn in then kicked to the curb, but who will be doing the kicking?

Drawn in then kicked to the curb, but who will be doing the kicking?

On to episode five ... ok, this is basically a midlife crisis story, but instead of a middle-aged married man having a fling with a younger model, it's a middle-aged married woman having a fling with a younger model. Naomi sneaks off again and has dinner at this hippie-dippie commune place (where I wondered who's paying for the wine?) ... she decides there and then to go all-in on the young lass from Sussex. Hubby left at home with idiot football buddies and a sad bag of ancient weed. There was a really good shot of the Infiniti QX60's grille with the brand obscured ... nearly looked like a Chinese Chery!

Splitsville ... I mean personality

Splitsville ... I mean personality

Boring hubby tries to rekindle things with Naomi via a night of hot sex in a swank hotel in episode six. All I could think during the sex scene was, "don't pinch your fingers in the door! don't pinch your fingers in the door!" And of course since both these actors are approaching 50 years old, the scene was totally unrealistic.

Boring hubby is going to Texas for two nights (with hot secretary, so maybe he'll crack there), which gives Naomi a chance to plan something big with the lass from Sussex. Oh, I almost forgot, but the episode ends with Naomi having a panic attack. Blurred vision, rapid breathing, fear of death, the whole thing -- not fun. 

Naughty, naughty and twenty plus years her junior

Naughty, naughty and twenty plus years her junior

Episode seven ... I *loved* this episode, great, great stuff, and not least because of the music. Booze, pot, Blue Is The Warmest Color style sex, infidelity ... it just captured the mood and feelings really well, the pacing was great, I thought. Spoiler: Boring hubby did not crack and give in to the offer from his beautiful black secretary, which was truly dumb, er, heroic behavior. As I said, after the hippie dippie dinner, Naomi *knew* she was going to hook up with the lass from Sussex, there was no stopping her, no second thoughts.

Why they had the black secretary coming out of the other lawyer's room at the end of the episode, I don't know, I thought it was unnecessary, it just makes her out as a slut, which she isn't really, or wasn't ... it makes boring hubby's decision look like the obvious one in hindsight, and it shouldn't be ... he should be second guessing himself about that one into the grave.

Naomi should know that the pot the kids smoke today is nothing like the stuff from our youth (Louis CK has a very funny bit about this). 

Poor bastard looks tortured, doesn't he?

Poor bastard looks tortured, doesn't he?

Episode eight ... I waited quite a while after episode seven before watching it, since I didn't want to ruin the high of that episode ... and now I can't remember what happened, other than boring lawyer Dad's name is mud at the firm, everybody thinks he slept with his secretary even though he didn't. Also we learn that Naomi keeps an apartment in the City under her maiden name (Hart) and her alias "Diane." Her husband doesn't know about this place. Naomi lets her druggie girl patient stay there (see below). The druggie girl repays the favor by digging through all of Naomi's locked-up stuff and discovering some of her many secrets.

Good bones but strung out

Good bones but strung out

Episode nine ... The lass from Sussex posted the surreptitiously snapped photo of her kiss with Naomi on Instagram ... this news oddly doesn't freak out Naomi ... she knows Sam has a gun, but apparently isn't that worried that he'll go nuts ... Blythe Danner does a beautiful job playing WASP Mommy Dearest and reveals that it is she who pays for the upper west side apartment, and that Naomi never went to Stanford, while sticking the knife in in multiple other ways during their pleasant family meal. Writer Rubin no doubt sees WASP family life as incredibly tortured and twisted, which it is only some of the time; I can report from experience.

Weird scene with Boring Lawyer Dad and his beautiful secretary (see below)  ... "I care about you but nothing's gonna happen," what's that all about? Naomi is popping pills trying to hold everything together. The school shrink thinks their kid should be put on Ritalin or something (more Mercedes payments for him!), but Naomi, a PhD psychotherapist, isn't so quick to accept the prescription. The lass from Sussex takes the train out to Darien (we've narrowed it down to the town in Fairfield county now) to pout in Naomi's Infiniti QX60 with obscured badge ... a "Mom car." Next episode is the final episode ... no way they can wrap this all up, must have been angling for a multi-season deal from the start.

Not going to fall in love with her, he repeats to himself while beating off in the shower

Not going to fall in love with her, he repeats to himself while beating off in the shower

Episode 10, final episode of the season ... I've decided that Gypsy belongs in the "Slick but Dumb" file ... the production values are great, the acting is decent, wardrobe, make-up, lighting, sets -- all the technical details -- are very good but the story itself is DUMB or worse, BORING. 

Beautiful Naomi may be leading a sort of double life, and messing with her psychotherapy patients in weird ways, but who really cares? Episode seven was good, but one episode does not make a great season, and I certainly won't be watching the next one. 

I felt pretty weepy myself by episode ten, crying for the lost time

I felt pretty weepy myself by episode ten, crying for the lost time

TV Shows Watched -- Sense8

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My buddy Theo recommended this one to me.  A Netflix Original series. Whoever did the opening credit music also did the House of Cards opening credit music, more or less exactly the same song, maybe a two-for-one deal for Netflix.

This is by the Wachowski brothers, you know, the Matrix guys. It's a similarly mend-bending alternate reality, parallel reality, time twister, whatever kind of deal. Features eight! different people on eight different continents (I know, I know) who all share this bond with Darryl Hannah, their "birth mother" of sorts. I love D. Hannah because she's exactly my age (ok, ten years older) and still looks great, though she doesn't have much screen time here.

The show is intriguing enough to watch another episode, though I have a sinking feeling.

Blonde lady from The Ring

Blonde lady from The Ring

OK, the eight guys on eight continents thing is a little overwhelming. Why didn't the Wachomatrix brothers make it six or even four? There's a black character and an Asian character and a transgender character and a gay Latin lover character (talk about Sesame Street), but all the gay sex doesn't grate too badly ... it's the gratuitous violence I can do without. I will soldier on to episode three.

Great package (stuck a sock in it)

Great package (stuck a sock in it)

One of the characters is a Korean woman who is corporate chieftain by day (her Dad's company) and cage fighter by night. Somehow the eight linked characters can zap around the globe taking one another's places. Another character is in Kenya? maybe and the Korean girl takes his place in a fight. Time space flipperoo just when you need it. Not sure how many more of these episodes I can get through, but season one ain't 22 shows long at least! To be continued...

Nice sheen of sweat but she ain't ripped

Nice sheen of sweat but she ain't ripped

TV Shows Watched -- Quantico

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On Netflix. Another form of War Porn ... glorifying the security state and its agents (this time, the FBI). Fomenting fear in the little guy about threats from radical Islamic crazies, which are low probability to nonexistent in reality, but we have a military/security-industrial complex to maintain, and the entertainment-industrial complex is happy to lend a hand.

I probably wouldn't have made it through the first episode, but it stars this stunningly beautiful Indian girl ("subcontinent not Injun," as my friend Carl likes to say) named Priyanka Chopra, and I just like looking at her. She's not good looking from every angle, so they're careful how they shoot her, and she looks kind of dumpy/hippy from behind so they're careful not to get that shot too much, but she has great boobs or wears some kind of shapely push-up bra which makes her chest look outstanding.

The rest of the cast is really white ... there is one token black woman, who is the assistant director of Quantico, but that's it. The story itself is far-fetched and frankly dumb ... it's got mainstream, middle-brow, middle America broadcast TV values, second rate acting, a crummy musical score, all of which grate, but as I said, Chopra is just too gorgeous -- that hair, those eyes, those lips -- *not* to watch. 

It's 42 minutes an episode so clearly "made for commercial TV."  I'll suffer through the second episode and continue my report below. 

Sexy FBI profiler unwittingly screws an unshaven fellow agent in a rental car (why would his car from California be at the airport? One of many sloppy mistakes.)

Sexy FBI profiler unwittingly screws an unshaven fellow agent in a rental car (why would his car from California be at the airport? One of many sloppy mistakes.)

In episode two a token Hispanic agent (female) is introduced as well as a token homosexual analyst, to round out the Sesame Street cast. In episode one we learned that one of the agent recruits is pretending to be gay, and now he has to deal with an actual gay guy around (awkward).

There's some unrealistic violence, a fistfight between Chopra and the Hispanic woman agent (Latina? is that the politically correct term?) -- annoying. Musical score continues to drive me nuts. I'd like to soldier on but season one has 22! episodes ... I really don't know how many I can get through. 

Chopra doesn't look so great in profile, but I may have misjudged her ass in episode one, so I will continue to study it in episode three. She has a great, sexy low voice and is not a native English speaker, fluent of course, just with a lovely non-native accent.  It's nice to see this beautiful foreign woman, speaking accented English, starring in a TV show aimed at middle America. 

All units be on the lookout for a stunningly beautiful Indian girl with amazing hair, full flips, and FBI training

All units be on the lookout for a stunningly beautiful Indian girl with amazing hair, full flips, and FBI training

Quit after finishing episode three. Dumb, improbable story ... second-rate broadcast TV vibe, and I got tired of looking at Chopra ... and the musical cues were driving me nuts! 

Exactly how I felt by the end of the third episode. Time to quit Quantico! 

Exactly how I felt by the end of the third episode. Time to quit Quantico! 

Answers to Lingering Questions from Bloodline

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Answers to these lingering questions posed by Bloodline:

1. Seriously, where was Meg? Or, really, where was Linda Cardellini for most of this season?

SAN FRANCISCO

2. And, if we’re working under the assumption Meg really wanted to disappear from her life, we’re assuming she could not practice the law under an assumed name — so how in the hell did she afford that sweet apartment in L.A.?

INHERITED MONEY AND SAVINGS (AND HOUSEMATES)

3. Who really was that Beth Mackey lady? Did we ever really figure out if she was a Rayburn (secret love child of Robert) or what?

THAT'S THE IMPLICATION

4. Where was Evangeline? I know she was “recording” somewhere but what was the point of her coming into our lives in such a significant way in season 2 only for her to disappear completely?

SHE WAS FLAKEY

5. On that note, after creeping menacingly around for a whole season, why did Ozzy just up and kill himself?

HAUNTED BY DEMONS AFTER HIS HEAD INJURY

6. And, more importantly, was he really getting visions before his death thanks to getting his head kicked in?

YES

7. Did Sally Rayburn and Roy Gilbert have an affair?

YES

8. Why doesn’t Ben Rayburn ever get a chance to have a storyline of his own?

HE'S JUST A KID

9. Will the Inn really be entirely underwater in a few years?

MAYBE, THAT'S WHAT THE BANK APPRAISER THINKS ANYWAY

10. If Meg hates boats so much, how on earth does she know how to expertly pilot that sunfish?

SHE HATES POWERBOATS

11. Why did Kevin think he couldn’t get extradited from Cuba? Why didn’t Belle turn off her GPS?

NO EXTRADITION TREATY. BELLE MESSED UP.

12. Is Chelsea (the consistently wonderful Chloe Sevigny) going to be okay? Because if anyone deserves happiness…

SHE'S GOING TO MAKE BETTER MONEY WITH HER TITS AS A BAR MAID THAN SHE DID AS A NURSE

13. Will Eric O’Bannon (also consistently wonderful Jamie McShane) really serve 30 years for a crime he didn’t do? Or will John do right by him?

HE'S SCREWED

14. What was the deal with Diana repeatedly getting drunk out of the blue? Were there any hints to this behavior before this season?

SAD, LONELY, SEPARATED ... OF COURSE SHE'S DRINKING

15. Who was Janie having sex with?

NO ONE. THAT WAS DIANA'S DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO GET JOHN'S ATTENTION

16. What ever happened to Meg’s hot affair dude, Alec (Steven Pasquele)?

WHO CARES

17. What was the significance of Meg’s big back tattoo?

BREAKING FREE

18. Did we ever really get to the bottom of that seahorse necklace thing?

IT'S WHAT SARAH DROPPED IN THE ROCKS THAT LED TO HER DROWNING

19. Why did the Rayburns suddenly become Catholic in season 3?

COULD HAVE BEEN AN EPISCOPAL PRIEST MAYBE? 

20. Who has Robert’s ukulele?

IT'S STILL ON THE WALL

21. Why couldn’t they get Ben Mendelsohn a better wig?

OR YOUNG BEN MENDELSOHN A BETTER WIG

22. Why couldn’t they get Owen Teague a better wig?

SEE ABOVE

23. Why did the show decide to introduce apparently important figures — John’s BFF, Mike Gallagher, or his new comely partner Detective Carol—right at the end?

MIKE HIRED AWAY THE SHERIFF ... CAROL WAS JUST ANOTHER HOTTIE

24. But did Carol eventually get the job of sheriff?

NO

25. Did Mike really come to town just to court Sheriff Franco away?

YES, AND HIT ON DIANA AGAIN (I HOPE)

26. Why was John not mad that Mike made a pass at his wife?

EVERYONE MAKES A PASS AT JOHN'S WIFE

27. What on earth was Roy Gilbert’s deal anyway? How did he get tangled up with the Rayburns and get them the money for the Inn?

HE KILLED SOMEONE WHILE DRUNK, THE RAYBURNS KEPT HIS SECRET, HE FUNDED THEIR PURCHASE OF THE INN. HE WAS A CROOKED GUY INVOLVED IN LOTS OF SHADY STUFF

28. Where did all his money come from, anyway?

SEE ABOVE

29. Why must Kevin be the only Rayburn to be punished?

BECAUSE HE'S THE STUPIDEST (AND WEAKEST, AS SALLY CRUELLY SNARLED IN THE FINALE)

30. How will Kevin survive wearing closed-toed shoes?

WHO SAYS HE'S GOING TO PRISON?

31. Who will take care of Rocky?

BELLE! SHE ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE

32. Why did Sally really leave the day of Sarah’s death?

FIGHT WITH HUSBAND OVER HER AFFAIR WITH ROY, OR ANY ONE OF HER HUSBAND'S MANY AFFAIRS

33. Why did the Rayburns like taking the bus so much?

UNTRACEABLE ... CAN BUY TICKETS WITH CASH (UNLIKE AIRLINES)

34. Whatever happened to John Rayburn’s dog, Surf?

WHO CARES

35. What happened to Mia Kirshner?

SARAH DIED

36. What really happened after John Rayburn’s deep sea fishing accident?

HE SUFFERED FROM OXYGEN DEPRIVATION, MESSED UP HIS MIND, TEMPORARILY

37. Was that marlin’s brutal attacker ever brought to justice?

THE CUBAN WITH A FOUL MOUTH? (SPANISH SWEAR WORDS ARE THE BEST, BY THE WAY)

38. What does John say to Nolan out on the dock?

YOU DECIDE

39. Does it even matter?

IT DOES. WRITE YOUR OWN ENDING TO THIS TRAGEDY, BECAUSE IT'S STILL A TRAGEDY

Billions -- Season One

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My buddy @StockJockey told me about this TV show, which I otherwise never would have heard of, probably ... it was kind of fun, kind of dumb ... it wasn't bad TV. Anyway, I sent StockJockey a screenshot after every episode I watched along with my comments (probably to his annoyance) ... here is the complete first season: 

Ice Cream Taste Testing and Ginny Sack

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I've been taste testing a number of different brands of ice cream, against the orders of both Dr. Sara and my wife.  This means I have to hide the cartons in the meat freezer in the basement, which makes me feel a bit like Ginny Sacrimoni. (The actress died at age 46 from liver cancer.)

The Honourable Woman -- Season One

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Slick production but I don't know if the story made any sense ... starred Maggie Gyllenhaal who has kind of an awkward presence ... she seems gawky, like an overgrown child, and has a baby face ... she is cute but not in a grown woman way ... she has this posh British accent, not sure how real it is, and her pacing and enunciation is just like all the finishing school girls I know (unfortunately many) ... anyway, her father made a fortune manufacturing arms for the Israelis and now she's trying to make amends by building (fiber optic) bridges to Palestine ... she has a baby-faced brother who screws all her plans up (and he's screwing the housekeeper / PLA mole as well) ... there's a kidnapping, a suicide, er, assassination, mumbling and scheming British MI6 agents of both sexes, political machinations, evil Americans with crew cuts, Israeli terrorists, a drone bombing, it all gets confusing. Not sure I can recommend it. May best fall into the slick but dumb category. 

Bloodline -- Season One

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Enjoyed this one ... thanks to Twitter buddy @chijs for hipping me to it ... discovery is such an interesting thing, if I hadn't caught that tweet I probably wouldn't have found out about this show until three or four years later ... anyway, attractive articulate white people in a beautiful setting (the Florida Keys) who are my age ... proud WASP family with a painful past, a prodigal son, a mean Dad, lies begetting lies, violence begetting violence, lots of elements that appeal to me, that I can semi-identify with ... runs 13 one hour episodes, see it if you get a chance.

Kyle Chandler (b. 1965),  Ben Mendelsohn (b. 1969), Linda Cardellini (b. 1975), Norbert Leo Butz (b. 1967), Jacinda Barrett (b. 1972), Enrique Murciano (b. 1973), Chloë Sevigny (b. 1974)

Ray Donovan -- Season One

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Quit watching this after three or four episodes ... didn't find any of the characters attractive, everyone's a low-life ... story wasn't interesting to me, it's probably a semi-accurate reflection of the life of a Hollywood fixer, but I don't want to watch that. Biggest problem was Liev Schreiber playing a tough Irish Catholic from Boston when he's clearly a nice Jewish boy from Long Island. 

Sarah Silverman -- We Are Miracles

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Watched this HBO special from when? several years ago? ... Sarah talks about, among other things, the happy childhood memory of showering with her Mom, the water sprinkling off her "giant 70s Jew bush" onto young Sarah. I like most of her bits, not all of them, but I can identify with this X'er from New Hampshire -- she definitely doesn't fly in flyover country. 

Luck -- Season One

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Enjoyed this one, very promising, but only one season since some horses died on set and the PETA Nazis had HBO shut it all down. Dustin Hoffman plays a great Jewish mobster. Santa Anita is a beautiful track (as backdrop). Several interesting storylines created by Milch. See the show if you get a chance. My selected screenshots:

The Sarah Silverman Program -- Season One

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Didn't know anything about Sarah Silverman, but really enjoyed the episode she did for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which led me to her TV show. First season is only six episodes ... around 20 minutes each ... very funny, very offensive, nothing is sacred, no one is spared ... she's smart and pretty (in a Jewy way, as she would say), almost exactly my age, and clearly smokes a lot of pot, god bless her.  She probably evokes strong emotions (love or hate) in people. Looking forward to season two.

Banshee -- Season Three

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This show continues to astound me.  Just when I think, how can they top the last outrageous episode, they do. Ultra-violent, lots of soft-core "Skinemax" sex, and snappy dialogue -- not for the squeamish or prudish ... I got a little more insight into their target audience since an entire episode this season was from the perspective one has in a first-person shooter video game.

The casting of this show is really interesting... they're not relying on the usual Hollywood friends of friends and favors called in, they're actually getting talented, interesting people to do the work for a change.

The ideal viewer is a young white male, probably a teenager, who is into the military, "special ops," first-person shooter video games, cage fighting, pornography (obviously), but is not a dummy ... he appreciates well-crafted drama, which Banshee surely is.  I'm looking forward to season four!

Rectify -- Season Two

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Really enjoy this show ... it's talk talk talk, but the respectful treatment of Southern culture and religion something you don't normally see on TV, as well as other serious themes (guilt, redemption, justice, etc.) ... season two sets up season three in a cliffhanger fashion.  Can recommend this to my dozen readers.

My selected screenshots: