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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 24 November 2017 at 10:05am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Ah, yes, of course you are right, Bill.

I take it you mean BLACK MIRROR? Or is there a show called DARK MIRROR? If so, and it's an anthology, I am interested.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 24 November 2017 at 10:34am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Doh,yes i did,i`ve been up since 4.30am all week so my
brain is a bit frazzled!
I was actually just reading that an episode of BLACK
Mirror in the upcoming series is a portmanteau episode
of 3 tales,which neatly links to you Asylum post in the
movies thread!
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Steve Coates
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Posted: 24 November 2017 at 6:09pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

In reply to Paul Gibney's post of October 13, thank you Paul, but I have a copy of the series.

I will not be attending the Emily Expo Holiday Market, so perhaps we could meet at the Expo in April. Or perhaps we already know each other?

I did finish the series (The Champions) and it is clunky to my mature viewpoint, but left lasting impressions on my pre-teen self when I was exposed to it back in 1968.
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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 27 November 2017 at 9:09pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply


Rankin & Bass' THE HOBBIT [1977]

First broadcast on CBS-TV on 11/27/77... nothing else on TV, at the time, looked or sounded quite like this.

For someone like me, who was only 5 years old at the time, it had almost as much impact as STAR WARS, "The Incredible Hulk," "Super Friends," "Space:1999," reruns of "Star Trek," Marvel Comics, and all of the ads and imagery I was seeing on TV for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.

Probably not the greatest adaptation that could be made from the book, but comes comfortably close (with glorious animation throughout), and infinitely more preferable than the headache-inducing, mind-numbing, eye-rolling Peter Jackson trilogy. 





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John Byrne

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Posted: 27 November 2017 at 10:27pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Richard Boone was beyond incredible as Smaug. He captured perfectly the contemptuous ennui of one who believes himself indestructible.
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Michael Penn
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Posted: 28 November 2017 at 3:54pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

So much of the voice-acting in that Rankin-Bass HOBBIT I loved: John Huston, Brother Theodore, Otto Preminger, Cyril Ritchard, Hans Conried, etc.

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Shaun Barry
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Posted: 28 November 2017 at 7:29pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply


(I still can't wrap my mind around the fact that they nabbed John Huston to voice Gandalf!)



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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 29 November 2017 at 9:28am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Rewatching first season of HOME IMPROVEMENT for the first time in years.

An underrated comedy with some fun moments. As good as I remember. 
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James Best
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Posted: 06 December 2017 at 3:44pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Currently juggling three shows in my house at the same time...

I am watching the sixth (and final) season of LONGMIRE on Netflix in the evenings. Just about halfway through right now. I enjoy the show but it has wandered pretty far from its source material.

My wife is binge-watching the first three seasons of BOSCH on Amazon. This is interesting because I have read all of the Michael Connelly novels on which the show is based, but my wife hasn't. And she loves the show so much she told me she is now planning to read them after the current binge is concluded.

And we are both watching the third season of LUCIFER on Amazon in the mornings before work. Makes you wonder how we get any household chores done... :-) 

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John Byrne

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Posted: 07 December 2017 at 9:28pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

An underrated comedy with some fun moments.

42 awards and 64 nominations. By you this is underrated?

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Robbie Parry
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42 awards and 64 nominations. By you this is underrated?

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I didn't know about any of those until I read your post. I do remember the British media being brutal about it.

I'm glad it won awards, anyway. :)
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Brian O'Neill
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Something about Tim Allen in general put me off watching 'Home Improvement' when it was on. (I'd seen a snippet of the 'MORE POWER!' shtick, and made a note to watch 'Frasier', airing opposite it, instead;-0 )
Patricia Richardson's portrayal of Jill seemed rather 'hard' at times...and speaking of Richard Karn, let's not (Karn really irritated me because he did TV commercials selling 'Craftsman' tools for Sears, where he acted like he was an expert in the fild, seemingly because the audience would associate him with 'Al from 'Tool Time'.But the real Karn came off kind of full of himself in the ads, rather than playing that for laughs as he did on the show).

Years later, I finally watched a couple episodes...and found that Jill still bugged me, but perhaps I'd been too harsh on the show overall.
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John Byrne

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COUNTERPART

JK Simmons in a tale of parallel universes.

Intriguing, but difficult to imagine how it could be sustainable.

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Cory Vandernet
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Posted: 10 December 2017 at 11:57pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

THE CANADIAN CONSPIRACY (1985)

I stumbled onto this on Youtube, I hadn't seen it for over 30 years.

A mockumentary about Canadian stars undermining the American government, with some cool archival CBC footage of William Shatner playing Marc Antony and James Doohan on a show called Space Command. Lots of Canadian stars of the day are in this. A half-hour too long, but worth a look if anybody is interested.

Favorite line

"Lorne Greene - Green Card, coincidence?"
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Brian O'Neill
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JB, how did you get hold of 'Counterpart'? I've read a little about the show(not much more than 'JK Simmons') and 'alternate universe', and I see it makes its debut next month.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 11 December 2017 at 5:02am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Surfed into it last night. Some kind of preview?
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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 11 December 2017 at 11:02am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Could have been an extended trailer...I thought maybe you had some sort of 'preview copy' on DVD...or were just randomly time-scanning next month;-)
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John Byrne

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Posted: 11 December 2017 at 11:32am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

An extended trailer that runs an hour and has opening and closing credits?
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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 11 December 2017 at 11:52am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

OK, then, that's just an odd concept of 'series premieres in January'!
Starz is running a 'free preview' of its programming...but I didn't know they were having a 'do over' on the first episode of that show.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 12 December 2017 at 9:29am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

MAGNUM P.I.

The plots are pedestrian and forgettable, I suppose (there are only so many private eye plots one can do!), but Tom Selleck, John Hillerman and others make it compelling.

Plus, the Hawaii scenery is beautiful.
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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 13 December 2017 at 1:18am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

I've been streaming season 1 of MAGNUM through Starz's web site.
Good 'unconventional private eye' show...sorry, Magnum, 'private INVESTIGATOR'. 
Hillerman, along with Zeus and Apollo, was a scene-stealer!
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Robbie Parry
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It's about the characters for me. Like anything. I mean, I didn't watch BAYWATCH NIGHTS for the private eye cases. ;-)

I loved the interaction between Magnum and Higgins over time. Higgins told Magnum off for wearing what he considered to be a stupid gorilla mask in one early episodes; but then, later on, Higgins and others wore gorilla masks for a surprise party for Magnum.

Magnum was always clashing with certain detectives, too.

Good fun.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 13 December 2017 at 10:37am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Finished my umpteenth viewing of I, CLAUDIUS. Has there ever been better television?
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 QUOTE:
I, CLAUDIUS. Has there ever been better television?

Nihil unquam melius erat!


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Robbie Parry
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Watched the first two episodes of THE SAINT tonight, the first time I've seen the black and white seasons.

The first episode ("The Talented Husband") was low-key in a good way. No fisticuffs, no car chases, just Simon Templar and an insurance investigator, played by Shirley Eaton, keeping an eye on a man whose wife is an invalid and whose previous wives died under mysterious circumstances.

"The Latin Touch" saw Templar in Rome, assisting a US governor whose daughter has been kidnapped.

Compelling stuff! 
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