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Re: Now watching
« Reply #40 on: January 14, 2008, 02:12:46 PM »
We all have our "comfort TV" shows, I guess, at least those of us of the age that grew up sitting in front of the TV constantly.

For me, it's Perry Mason, Gilligan's Island, MASH, The Flintstones, maybe Happy Days.  Some of those shows don't stand up too well, these days.  I still love Perry Mason, though.  It's sort of the corny whodunnit show for people who aren't old enough to watch Murder She Wrote.   
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #41 on: January 14, 2008, 02:28:16 PM »
I have all 11 seasons of MASH on dvd.  Before that I had every episode taped off of tv on a ton of vhs tapes (in fact - I had two different sets because a station was runing better syndicated versions than I previously had taped.)

MASH still holds up.

Mike- there's a big Perry Mason 50th anniversary dvd coming out this spring... check on http://www.tvshowsondvd.com for notes on it.  It was news within the last week or two.

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Re: Now watching
« Reply #42 on: January 14, 2008, 02:36:22 PM »
MASH is still good, and Perry Mason is great in a cheesy sort of way, but most of the TV shows I've enjoyed prior to adulthood are pretty much impossible to sit through, now.  Happy Days and Gilligan's Island, for example!
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« Reply #43 on: January 14, 2008, 03:22:59 PM »
Gilligan's Island... it's amazing the same plot worked for three seasons.  :)

I've bought a few dvd sets of show that I loved as a kid ... Scooby Doo for example, the first set is great... but don't bother with the "3rd season" which is later 70's and has disco music underneath... I remember them, but it's just not the classic first 2 seasons!

Bob Newhart Show is a nice one - I didn't really watch that much as a kid (in reruns, obviously) - but I like it now.
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #44 on: January 14, 2008, 03:28:55 PM »
Not TOO long ago, I was persuaded to buy the DVD box set of Charlie's Angels, Season 1, by a former girlfriend.  That show, which seemed so compelling to a 12 year old boy (or whatever I was then), seemed unbelievably lame from the perspective of an older guy.
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #45 on: January 14, 2008, 03:42:57 PM »
I'm working my way through The Odd Couple, Season 2. But what I'm really looking forward to is the release of the second season of Barney Miller, finally. One of my favorite shows and it's been like five years since the release of season 1.

I'm also a big fan of Andy Griffith. Thankfully it's always on TVLand so there's no need to buy the DVDs. I think Don Knotts was one of the finest comedic actors ever.
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #46 on: January 17, 2008, 12:34:51 PM »
Firefly!   Highly recommended -it's a shame that got dropped before it had a chance to really come into it's own.  Very rich universe they built very quickly - great characters.   


Seems fox did not know how to pitch it, no fixed point in the schedule, putting sporst on instead and only showed 11 of 14 episodes. I thought there was some really clever and engaging character writing. 8)

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Re: Now watching
« Reply #47 on: January 17, 2008, 01:02:05 PM »
I'm working my way through The Odd Couple, Season 2. But what I'm really looking forward to is the release of the second season of Barney Miller, finally. One of my favorite shows and it's been like five years since the release of season 1.

I'm also a big fan of Andy Griffith. Thankfully it's always on TVLand so there's no need to buy the DVDs. I think Don Knotts was one of the finest comedic actors ever.

Odd Couple season 3 is out later this month.

The TVLand versions of Andy Griffith are really close to 'uncut' - not quite - but very close.    I remember the old WGN and TBS syndicated versions were missing 4-5 minutes from each episode to make room for commercials (similar issue with MASH and pretty much any pre-1980 tv show).   

It's very fun to see the dvd versions of these shows - I saw colors in MASH I'd never seen before since the syndicated copies had become so faded and washed out.  And of course - fun to see those extra few minutes!

We've watched a few Dick Van Dyke episodes the last couple of nights - along with a disc of Odd Couple season 2 (coincidence!)...
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #48 on: January 21, 2008, 05:01:09 AM »

Allan Melvin passed away...  we'll be doing a little marathon...  best known as "Sam the butcher" on Brady Bunch, but he was in just about everything.  We have him in a number of Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke episodes.   He was also on Sgt. Bilko (which we don't have on dvd).

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/19/obit.melvin.ap/index.html?eref=rss_showbiz

Suzanne Pleshette also passed away - so we tossed in the Bob Newhart show last night. 

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/TV/01/20/pleshette.obit.ap/index.html?iref=newssearch
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« Reply #49 on: January 23, 2008, 11:52:26 AM »
I guess I'll have to get Barney Miller online as no one locally has it. But, I did pick up the third season of The Odd Couple, which was just released. One of the funniest seasons, including the episode where the boys are on the game show Password and where they switch roles at the behest of a counselor. Some funny lines from this season:

Oscar: "I'm exhausted. Make me a sandwich, will ya?" Felix: "My daughter hates me. I'm thinking of jumping out the window." Oscar: "Leave the sandwich on the ledge."

A barber, styling Oscar's hair: Barber: "We could, eh...we could, eh, pull it forward, or brush it back, or we could, eh, fluff it up on the sides." Felix: "What do you recommend?" Barber: "A hat."

Felix: "You mean some of these are professional gamblers? Oh, no! Oh, no! How could you do this to me? Professional gamblers know how to win. I want people to lose, like you."

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Re: Now watching
« Reply #50 on: January 23, 2008, 11:54:20 AM »
Picked up Odd Couple 3 yesterday!  Watched one episode before falling asleep last night.

Now watching...  MASH - "5 O'Clock Charlie".   :)
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #51 on: January 23, 2008, 01:45:42 PM »
Lots of recently-watched stuff I haven't posted here, which I'll recap briefly without the usual review-age.

Eureka - been enjoying season 1 of this fun, relatively lightweight Sci-Fi Channel series.  I've seen it described as "X-Files meets Northern Exposure" and I'd say that's about right.

District B13 - a French-made near-future action/suspense flick that felt a lot like the "Past Tense" episodes of Star Trek Deep Space 9.  I'd thought this was going to be more futuristic and post-apocalyptic, which it really wasn't.  Pretty good, though.  The parkour-influenced chase & fight scenes were pretty cool.

Sunshine - an overlooked sci-fi "avoid the end of the world" adventure/exploration tale from last year.  Visually really impressive, with a quiet and thoughtful tone for the most part, overall I thought this was really good.  It had some implausible bits, like "why is the whole crew of this important mission in their twenties?" and also "if this is so dangerous/urgent, why couldn't the mission be done by computer controlled equipment?" but I was willing to overlook that stuff.  I enjoyed this quite a bit and would recommend this.
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« Reply #52 on: January 23, 2008, 04:03:28 PM »
Mike,

Interesting about Sunshine as I had the same questions you did after watching it but found the plot holes too big to overlook and thus I didn't like the film. I also thought it was odd that the crew was so young, but I also thought "Well, the risk of this being a suicide mission is pretty high so why not ask for volunteers who KNEW they probably wouldn't come back?" a la Armagedon and Deep Impact? Also, the whole bunch of actors were so whiny, petulant and came across as unlikable as those three idiots from Blair Witch. Finally, the whole notion that a member from the first misison was still alive (after 6 months!!!) and had gone not just batshit insane but was somehow now superhuman just threw me over the edge. Frankly, I found Event Horizon (which this reminded me somewhat of) a better film, and that's saying something! Visually it was interesting but the internal logic was so far-fetched. I wanted to like it, but man, what a "park your brain here" movie!  ;D

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Re: Now watching
« Reply #53 on: January 23, 2008, 04:06:08 PM »
I imagine we all have certain genres (such as, for me, science fiction) or styles (such as, for me, very visually impressive films) that get us to be extra-lenient about forgiving plot shortcomings.  I can admit it!
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« Reply #54 on: January 25, 2008, 09:49:06 AM »
That's abslutely true.   I forget how an old co-worker of mine put it exactly - but looking at IMDB ratings...

* if it's over 8.0 regardless of genre, it's probably a good bet
* if it's over 6.5 or 7.0 and you like that genre - then you'll probably like it

So a 7.0 sci-fi or anime title - there's a good change I'll like it.  On the other hand - a 7.0 western... eh, maybe not.

I've found his rating system to be fairly accurate - not always, but most of the time.

 

   
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« Reply #55 on: January 27, 2008, 06:37:28 AM »
My wife and I went out and was There Will Be Blood last night.  Magnolia is one of my all time favorites, and Paul Thomas Anderson has done another film that qualifies as a masterwork.  There Will Be Blood is one of those movies that a half hour or so into it, I said "this is great".  The construction of the time period on film was flawless.  The music was unbelievable, no... perfect, no kidding.  Kind of like very early Tangerine Dream meets Ligeti.  I will be getting the soundtrack CD today.  I heard it was compared to the music of Planet of the Apes.  In the light that Jerry Goldsmith in POTA made a orchestrated music sound electronic, so did this one.  But the performance of Daniel Day Lewis is nothing less than spectacular.  I don't want to critisize anyone else here, but he makes every other actor look like an amature.  The ending of the movie borders on surreal.  Don't miss this one.  I'll admit, I tend to over exagurate on movie quality at times, but this one is a true work of art.

Of the other three best picture nominees, I haven't seen Juno, Michael Clayton or Atonement yet.  My predictions so far are...Juno is the indie that will win a screenplay award, Atonement wasn't nominated for best director and the only movie to ever get best picture with out a best direcetor nomination was Driving Miss Daisy, I need to see Michael Clayton before I say no, and Tilda Swinton is a babe, but I think it will be either No Country for Old Men or There Will Be Blood.  They both left me speechless.  The only sure things between the two is that No Country for Old Men had better editing and There Will Be Blood had a better soundtrack.  Javier Barden gets my best supporting actor nod, while Daniel Day Lewis gets the best actor.   

I aslo saw the trailer for Peresopolis on my night out.  Looks like an incredibly creative animation work, but I don't know if I could sit through the entire film.  Any one who has seen this one, please comment.
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #56 on: January 29, 2008, 04:15:43 PM »
Watching a few episodes of The Avengers - mainly the b/w Emma Peel episodes.  :)   Can't beat the campy fun and the banter between Steed and Peel...



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Re: Now watching
« Reply #57 on: January 29, 2008, 04:18:22 PM »
Speaking of campy fun and banter, that reminds me... a week or two ago we watched the original The Thin Man film and it was fantastic, definitely a classic with good reason!  I hope to move on through the rest of the Thin Man series box-set soon.
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Re: Now watching
« Reply #58 on: January 29, 2008, 04:44:01 PM »
Hey Mike, my wife and I are huge Thin Man fans, there is just something in old films that still surpasses many modern films of today.

Speaking of old films, Philadelphia Story is still one of my all time favorites!

As for now watching I am on Season 11 of Frasier and when that series is done, I will probably go back and start MASH all over from the beginning.

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« Reply #59 on: January 29, 2008, 05:31:34 PM »
New House episode starts this evening ... we've been missing it.
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