TV of 2015

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Murdoch
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Re: TV of 2015

#101 Post by Murdoch » Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:35 pm

I fell prey to the fan hype and watched through Ash vs. Evil Dead. As someone who spent his teenage years loving the first two movies, it piqued my interest enough. This is a show definitely made by fans, but fans who have no business putting their ideas to broadcast. It has a few inspired moments, like a possessed toy doll, but so much of it plays like bad fanfiction, but not the ridiculous badness that sometimes dwells in that genre and can inspire awe (see the Harry Potter fanfic Hx30 for that). The cardboard characters I could look past if the dialogue weren't so terrible. It definitely takes its cues largely from the third movie, having the monsters throw one-liner after another at Ash and co. The effects are bad, either on purpose or because of budget limitations. For the most part the decrepit make-up and costumes of the first two are gone and replaced by several scenes of CGI that look like they were made by someone first trying 3D animation.

I actually didn't mind all these faults the first six or so episodes. But there was something in the latest two that opened my eyes to how atrocious this reboot in an era of reboots is. One character, having hunted the protagonists for most of the short season, falls madly in love with Ash. She's not possessed by a confused deadite, but rather the unskilled keyboards of the show's writers. Not that the transformation is all that remarkable. She goes from one-note cop hunting a fugitive to one-note ingenue. It's to be expected from a show that opened with Ash bedding a woman after making up a story about saving a child's life but it took me a while to see the forest for the trees. I don't expect many here were planning on watching this anyway, but if you were I suggest a rewatch of the first movie and then moving along instead.

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Re: Netflix Originals

#102 Post by carmilla mircalla » Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:49 am

dare I say, The Real Rob is actually decent.

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Re: Netflix Originals

#103 Post by domino harvey » Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:57 am

Interesting article on that show's unusual creation and production process

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Re: TV of 2015

#104 Post by DarkImbecile » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:54 pm

warren oates wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2015 12:09 pm
Robert Durst, subject of HBO's documentary series The Jinx, arrested in New Orleans on a warrant from Los Angeles County.
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Quite the satisfying development for those watching the series, which so far has been playing like an inverse of The Thin Blue Line. Up to now, The Jinx has been the disturbing saga of an obviously guilty man who clearly should be in prison for more than one murder. Hopefully this time he'll finally be convicted.
The filmmakers edited the climactic recording of Durst, removing the surrounding sentences and switching the order of the two key phrases — “What the hell did I do?” and “Killed them all, of course.” — that famously ended the miniseries.

This doesn’t change the other evidence implicating him in the murders, but certainly doesn’t help the case against him and seems like a cheap and unnecessary manipulation for dramatic effect.

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