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Giancarlo (Giancarlo)
Username: Giancarlo

Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 2.199.11.220
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 08:04 am:   

They are not broadcasting those TV serial movies in Italy, the 1st and 2nd Seasons are on sale, however, in video shops. Due to their expensiveness, I'm double minded about buying any of them. I've read conflicting reviews about the stories, so what's the general opinion about their worthiness in this Forum, so I can be aided in deciding? No responsibility, of course, on anyone expressing their thoughts. Thanks a lot!
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.126.164.88
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 08:11 am:   

Giancarlo, I'd say, buy Season 2I thought it truly the best of the three Seasons. Then, depending on how much you like that one, you can sample the other two. They're all completely independent stories: there's not even a hint of a link between them, so don't worry about seeing them in any kind of order (the only thing they reuse, are certain actors for various roles). Season 2 just blew my mind, and it's quite a wild ride... imho, well worth the money!
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Seanmcd (Seanmcd)
Username: Seanmcd

Registered: 03-2009
Posted From: 86.173.29.237
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 08:09 pm:   

I second that. Season 2 is just phenomenal genre entertainment.I would pick Season 1 next. Season 3 is by no means bad, it just had a lot to live up to after 'Asylum'.
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David Lees (David_lees)
Username: David_lees

Registered: 12-2011
Posted From: 176.253.75.25
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 10:43 pm:   

Thirdeded. Season 2 has been the strongest so far.
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John Llewellyn Probert (John_l_probert)
Username: John_l_probert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 76.238.191.82
Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2014 - 12:01 am:   

I wasn't that impressed with Season 1, but Season 2 was pretty good fun - I'd certainly recommend that one.
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Giancarlo (Giancarlo)
Username: Giancarlo

Registered: 11-2008
Posted From: 217.202.83.153
Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2014 - 07:43 am:   

All right, thank you all! I'll buy the Asylum Season and possibly the other two Seasons at due intervals so as to make the expense less traumatic.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 109.155.222.136
Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015 - 12:20 pm:   

Oh, I couldn't get on with any of it. I did try, but i couldn't connect to a single character, and none of it scared me, and the atmosphere felt fake. There were no boxes ticked, in short. :-(
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.153.254.41
Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015 - 06:02 am:   

The show hasn't really been very good since S2. S4 was frankly pretty bad. I'm not even watching S5 anymore....

However, Tony... if you get a chance, and can see it, tune into "Scream Queens"; same guys who made AHS, but this one's quite different. At first, I detested it... I thought: WTF is this?! But it took a couple episodes for me to get it - it's pure comedy, complete satire, a send-up of all things horror and pop culture. I now think the show brilliant, one of the best to hit TV this season. I hope it gets the attention it deserves, and returns.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.150.191.3
Posted on Monday, November 16, 2015 - 02:12 pm:   

We have Scream Queens here....I haven't watched it yet, though. We quite enjoyed Fargo and LOVED Breaking Bad. Not many other things have gripped me though. I was watching Orange is the New Black but went off it when the christian people were all presented as bad-toothed evil scruffs. It was so rounded in other areas, too.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.153.254.41
Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 03:17 am:   

Oh yes, "Breaking Bad" IS the best! Out here, when it ran towards the end especially, it became a sleeper cultural event; by now, everyone's seen it. I actually have a theory, that all these shows everyone's getting all into and whatnot - "Walking Dead," "Game of Thrones," etc. - I think people are trying to replicate the experience of BB as it ran before. It was a return of the "water cooler" TV show, a shared deeply-affecting cultural/emotional experience in dramatic form, which had disappeared, in our fractured world of personal entertainment consumption: nothing of that caliber had come along, and little else has since. Like so much cultural bulk is a mass of mere copies of the rarest best, so I think is so much TV fare copying BB, or trying to; people wanting that BB rush again. I myself think back to when BB ran, with oddly wistful nostalgia, like one's memories of youth... but I have another theory: BB will return. Oh yes, it will return. Bank on it. Maybe not next year, or the next... but it will. But will it be as good? I've not seen the spin-off, "Better Call Saul," but I hear it's quite good, too... if not as good as BB.

"Scream Queens" gets its stupid little digs in, to what it perceives as the "Right," Fox News and such. It's just infantile. Luckily, it's the merest of accents, and it doesn't damage the whole. It's outrageous TV, but outrageously well done. Sadly, only one episode in to the re-boot of The Evil Dead in TV form, with "Ash vs. Evil" - oh, the potential! But as outrageous and nutty as this is... it so far hasn't impressed me, in fact, disappointed. I will give it two more eps to make a clearer decision. But for one, I abhor CGI gore, and most CGI f/x too. At least "American Horror Story"/"Scream Queens" NEVER went in for the CGI, thank goodness! It just reduces things to a video game... if I wanted to watch a video game, I'd play one, and I don't play video games.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.185.26.10
Posted on Friday, November 20, 2015 - 01:44 pm:   

I LOVED Breaking Bad. So affecting. It just crawled inside your life like a glimpse into another's. I loved almost every character, even the bad ones - a good sign, I think. I think if you actually hate a character fully there's a flaw in the writing. But it does puzzle me how most people hated Walter at the end - I loved him, think he strove as much as he could to make amends. It was incredibly inspiring. A kind of Scrooge story, in many ways.
You might be talking about these old tv shows like Rich Man, Poor Man and Roots, shows that EVERYBODY watched. Walking Dead is acheiving it a bit, but for me i think the show is often hamstrung by style of late. Stunning but often leaden. A coffee table show. But I still like it.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.164.193.85
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 12:45 am:   

Tried watching American Horror Story Asylum but got too upset by the electric shock therapy scene and had to switch off.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.164.193.85
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 12:47 am:   

Orange is the New Black has grown on me. It's excellent.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.153.254.41
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 09:10 pm:   

That's too bad, Tony - AHS: Asylum was by far the best season I'd seen. Do give it a chance again when you can....

I've been meaning to see Orange, btw.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.164.193.85
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:42 pm:   

I looked up the series on wiki to see how horrible it would get, so was able to watch another episode! I now see it as a bowl of sweets, or Brian Eno's Ambient albums, and have enjoyed a bit more.
Orange makes you want to scream, and pray the hoped-for storm DOES hit your beleaguered country soon... Dr, if you want it to.
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.164.193.85
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2016 - 12:42 am:   

I looked up the series on wiki to see how horrible it would get, so was able to watch another episode! I now see it as a bowl of sweets, or Brian Eno's Ambient albums, and have enjoyed a bit more.
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Hubert (Hubert)
Username: Hubert

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 178.117.197.80
Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 12:27 pm:   

Anybody seen Stranger Things? I liked the first season (eight episodes) very much, even if there !sn't a single bit of originality in it.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.153.254.41
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 07:20 am:   

I've not seen Stranger Things yet, Hubert, but I've heard of it, someone recommended it to me. I can say, I'm enjoying Fox's new "The Exorcist" series - three in, and yeah, it's lurid, but I'm hooked. Well-done slick horror pap.

Third season of "Penny Dreadful" just didn't measure up to the too-short 1st season or masterful 2nd season. By the end, I felt, things fizzled out; the best elements weren't exploited well enough. Bit off more than it could chew, and really went in for the maudlin. Best recent horror in TV remains S2 of "AHS" - and S1 of "Scream Queens": try it when you get a chance, Tony. Same creators as "AHS," it's the comedic turn at horror: 100% satire of the genre and contemporary culture, by turns. Brilliant. S2 is now three episodes in, have them DVR-ed, and crossing my fingers they're as good as S1....
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 86.164.193.85
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 02:43 pm:   

We watched two episodes of Penny Dreadful but never got excited about it, even though we liked it. Stranger Things - boy did I hate that fanboy box-ticking first episode, but then boy again did I come to love it...then Boy 3 did that last episode underwhelm me. But yes, I did kind of come to love that girl, and YES... (continued on another thread!)
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Tony (Tony)
Username: Tony

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 109.147.136.205
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:41 pm:   

I just tracked down The Exorcist series, Craig - it's not bad at all, in fact it's mostly great. My only quibble is the erratic quality - for the most part it's naturalistic and warm and funny, but then feeling shoehorned into it are these almost Freddy Krueger moments, vomiting huge centipedes, mass murder etc. They jar with subtler moments such as the Jenga tower and people mouthing silent things across the street. It's a mix that is about as tonally even as channel-hopping. And yet...I'll be sticking with it - the good far outweighs the bad.
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Craig (Craig)
Username: Craig

Registered: 03-2008
Posted From: 99.153.254.41
Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 08:06 pm:   

That's a great apt assessment of Exorcist, Tony, it's just what I'm thinking. But enough of it is quite good and mysterious enough to keep me going. I guess now this pollution of horror with what passes for "shock" moments nowadays is obligatory. And I hate CGI gruesomeness - so much more disturbing and haunting seems old-school Karo syrup and mammocked dummies, the kind of sfx that would flood Italian horror movies of yore. Today's audiences are being cheated out of REAL horror in all sorts of ways....

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