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  •  Another mystery series suggestion: (2+ / 0-)
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    "Broadchurch", a very positively reviewed and received BBC mystery mini-series starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman that was originally shown on BBC America in the summer of 2013. David Tennant is one of the best young British actors around with roles ranging from Dr. Who (the best in my opinion after the wonderfully eccentric Tom Baker) to Hamlet (a remarkable production set in a dystopian police state full of security cameras and broken mirrors with Patrick Stewart as Claudius). But the best part is that "Broadchurch" is just wonderfully written with fully developed believable characters you really care about that are all so well acted by the entire cast--just a fantastic British production. So "Broadchurch" is another series that I suggest you look into if you haven't seen it already.

    Here is info about the series from the BBC, as well as other Internet resources like Wikipedia. In the above BBC link, it lists where you can see it--but it's mostly for-pay viewing from the likes of iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc. I don't know of any place to view it now for free, but that doesn't mind there isn't one. It would sure be nice if BBC America would repeat a showing of this fine mini-series. Also as a heads-up, David Tennant is preparing to reprise his role in an American production of "Broadchurch" (with an American accent no less), so like "House of Cards" I might suggest seeing the British version first so you can compare it to the American version. I might give this American remake a look when it comes out--I haven't seen David Tennant in anything where he didn't give an interesting performance.

    But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

    by dewtx on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 02:13:18 PM PST

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    •  We watched True detective tonight. (1+ / 0-)
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      The first two episodes. And you were right, it is quite compelling. That back country scattered with trailer parks and broken lives is quite the ripe scenery to back up the relationship between Rust and Marty. Both actors are excellent, and yes, McMonaughey IS haunting, particularly in the scenes from the present interviews, about as hollow of a man as you'll ever see.

      Again, thanks for the tip. It's been a long cold winter and it's not over yet. Another great story brilliantly acted is very welcome on all these nights you just want to be home in front of a fire.  

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 10:30:31 PM PST

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      •  As a fellow binge watcher (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm going to assume you've already been down the road of Breaking Bad?

        Also, if you have access to HBO GO, try the three seasons of In Treatment.  Its a good series that relies 100% on acting and dialog. It all takes place in therapy sessions.  Gabriel Byrne is great as Dr. Paul Weston and the show was a daily episode for the first two seasons to align with his appointments.  Every Monday would be one patient, every Tuesday show another and so forth.  The Friday episodes were when he went to meet with his own therapist.

        LOTS of episodes, but they are only about 24 minutes each on HBO GO.  Very easily consumable over a few weeks.

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:37:30 AM PST

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        •  Thank you for the suggestion. (1+ / 0-)
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          A pal of mine long ago told me to watch In Treatment. And I forgot all about it. I assume it's On Demand? I will definitely check it out now! As soon as we binge our way through HOC and now True Detective....which of course, being bingers, won't take all that long.

          My husband started watching Breaking Bad w/out me and got too far into it for me to catch up, but I will watch it someday. Feel like I missed the big IT with that one.

          "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

          by StellaRay on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:55:24 AM PST

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          •  Yeah, you should catch up to your husband (3+ / 0-)

            It's worth the hype (and we all know there has been a ridicukous amount of hype).

            Hell, even Sir Anthony Hopkins, the protege of Laurence Olivier himself, binge watched all 6 seasons and was so moved he was compelled to write a personal email to Brian Cranston saying:

            I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!

            Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen - ever.

            Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

            by Wisper on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 07:31:20 AM PST

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