What are you watching? (television thread)

Walter

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I've been catching up on The Sopranos for the past few months, watching an episode or two when I have time. I'd seen the vast majority of the series, but never in sequence. I watched it off and on as it was airing, but would end up skipping episodes because I didn't have HBO (watching at a friend's house). So I completely missed a few key things. For example, I never saw what happened with Adriana, and that was probably the most brutal thing in that show—at least for me. Season 5 has been a real trip. I think it's connected with me more than the other seasons. What a bunch of assholes.
 
If you’re interested in a series of a similar caliber to the Sopranos and the Wire, then I’d recommend Mad Men. Stylistically, it’s more similar to the Sopranos than the Wire, which isn’t surprising considering the creator of Mad Men—Mathew Weiner—previously worked on the Sopranos. It differs, however, from the Sopranos and the Wire in its subject matter not being crime related.
In particular, what appeals to me about Mad Men is the intricacy and self-contained feel of most episodes; similar to what the episode “College” was for the Sopranos. Also, unlike the Sopranos, most of the characters in Mad Men are more relatable, since they are all ordinary working-people as opposed to the sociopaths who make up a considerable portion of the Sopranos’ characters (I can’t stand Christopher!).
However, I only watched Mad Men up-to season 4 as the series started to seriously lose momentum in the early episodes of season 5, which I took as bad omen of things to come. So, all in all, I would highly recommend Mad Men—particularly the early seasons.
 

Walter

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I saw Mad Men as it was airing. It’s alright. Definitely lost my attention somewhere around the Hilton stuff.
 
I saw Mad Men as it was airing. It’s alright. Definitely lost my attention somewhere around the Hilton stuff.
Yeah, I must admit it can be very boring at times. The whole backstory of Don Draper is also quite silly.
I didn’t phrase my last post very well: I certainly don’t think Mad Men is as good as the Sopranos. Everything in the Sopranos: the writing, the characters, the photography, the use of music in the show, the end credits music, etc—all were sublime.
The episode that ends with Tony and Junior sitting on the couch watching the nature documentary never fails to give me chills—the subtlety and dexterity of Gandolfini and Chianese’s acting—and then the transition from Junior’s “there’s the Coyote” to the nature documentary’s music taking over to accompany the end credits …
 
I've been catching up on The Sopranos for the past few months, watching an episode or two when I have time. I'd seen the vast majority of the series, but never in sequence. I watched it off and on as it was airing, but would end up skipping episodes because I didn't have HBO (watching at a friend's house). So I completely missed a few key things. For example, I never saw what happened with Adriana, and that was probably the most brutal thing in that show—at least for me. Season 5 has been a real trip. I think it's connected with me more than the other seasons. What a bunch of assholes.
Been rewatching it lately, so many little jokes to catch between the characters interactions. It's such a funny show lol. Favorite character might be Silvio
 

Walter

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Favorite character might be Silvio
Silvio and Paulie for me! I love everything they bring to their scenes (The way Paulie always points with his finger and pinkie, without fail). I didn't even think twice about Silvio my first time through the show. He just seems like a mobster charicature. But he's grown on me quite a bit. He's the misguided "moral center" of the group, if you can even call it that...
 
Silvio and Paulie for me! I love everything they bring to their scenes (The way Paulie always points with his finger and pinkie, without fail). I didn't even think twice about Silvio my first time through the show. He just seems like a mobster charicature. But he's grown on me quite a bit. He's the misguided "moral center" of the group, if you can even call it that...
Silvio and paulie make me smile whenever they are on screen. Not sure if you have seen the episode pine barrens yet but it is a highlight for paulie as a character. Silvio is by far the most reliable person Tony has in his crew and the most level headed. Paulie is loyal to Tony too but is also very greedy and can be petty.
 

Dar_Klink

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I'm actually watching the Sopranos for the first time myself right now, just watched the second to last episode of the first season.

Not too much interesting to say so far but liking it of course. I think College is one of the episodes that's highly regarded and I agree it was really good.
 
I'm actually watching the Sopranos for the first time myself right now, just watched the second to last episode of the first season.

Not too much interesting to say so far but liking it of course. I think College is one of the episodes that's highly regarded and I agree it was really good.
The ending of College is perfect. That genius slip by Gandolfini as he pleads with Carm, and then the end credits music: Golden Leaves for GK Chesterton by Michael Hope—just sublime.

“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.”​

 

Dar_Klink

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I just watched ep12 of season 2 and goddamn...
I got spoiled on Richie's death because youtube recommended me a video on my front page called "Tony tells Carm that Richie is no longer alive" and it was obvious it was gonna happen but I legit got to the part where Richie smacked Janice and thought "Fuck she should be the one to kill him lol" and then she did :troll: Glad it was able to surprise me despite knowing what was going to happen.
 
I am currently watching Midnight Mass, I have just one episode left before I finish it. And I really hope the ending is good. It's one of most enjoyable shows I've seen in a while, it deals with religious fanaticism which I have a keen interest in, it's why the conviction arc is my favourite arc in Berserk. I love this show so far and I implore you guys to give it a watch. I think berserk fans will like it. It's from the creator of the "Haunting of" series which are pretty hit or miss in my opinion, they are fine but I think this is his best work by far. Great acting and actors too, by the way I like to be vague when recommending things because even small things I deem to be spoilery. I hope it doesn't shit the bed in the last episode though, I'm sure it won't.

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I quite enjoyed Midnight Mass too, and it fit in perfect for horror October.

Marketing or whoever is in charge of creating those thumbnails/ movie posters for Netflix should change the preview image for this one, it gives away A LOT unfortunately.
 
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