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post #7561 of 7853
Logan,
Well here goes my "man-card".
Can you believe that one could be in this much need of some household good will >>> that I actually took my wife to the cinema to see this one.....

I think there were about 100 patrons in there, and I was one of only 3 guys.
Yeah there were a few scenes for everyone, but despite few funny moments; I thought the story was a downer.
post #7562 of 7853
Watched Robot and Frank (2012)
3/5 (amazon 4/5 (heavy positive), imdb 7.1/10, rotten tomatoes 87%)
Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. Frank is in the latter stage of his life when his memory fails him at times. Living alone has become a challenge and one day Frank's son buys him a robot who can be a do-it-all butler for Frank. Then a strange thing happens: after initially resisting the robot as much as possible, Frank discovers he actually likes the robot's help and, even more important, its companionship. The movie is a strange mix of a bitter-sweet family drama, character study, buddy movie, and comedy (of course not all at the same time), but the movie finds its own pace and somehow it all works.
Starring an ensemble cast led by Academy Award nominee Frank Lengella (2008, Best Actor, Frost/Nixon), Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon (1995, Best Actress, Dead Man Walking), Liv Tyler and James Marsden.
post #7563 of 7853
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despite few funny moments; I thought the story was a downer.

Agreed.

Cuz- if you went under duress, it's OK. NO man-card penalty.
post #7564 of 7853
Chasing Mavericks- Based on a true story that wasn't quite interesting enough to make a movie about. The writing and acting was sub par too. Not a bad movie, but not worth buying or putting at the top of your rental list. It was safe for kids, and I think mine enjoyed it. smile.gif It is nice for them to finally be at the age that they can watch a few more "adult" movies with Mom and Dad.
post #7565 of 7853
I wanted to rent Intouchables, Mrs RTROSE wanted to rent Playing for Keeps, so guess which one we rented. Playing for Keeps is your standard chick flick drama that pretty much rehashes the same old story line. Guy meets girl, guy and girl fall in love, guy screws it up, girl leaves, guy comes back to find girl has gone on with her life, guy works hard to win girl back and does because SURPRISE she never stopped loving him to begin with. Nothing remarkable about this film at all. At best it's a meh, type of experience. If there is no other chick flick/drama available then go a head and get this one, but don't go out of your way for it. 2.5/5

Should have rented Intouchables. Mrs RTROSE would NEVER EVER NEVER in a million years admit it but she is HORRENDOUS at picking rental movies. Shuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush though, it will be our little secret. tongue.gif

Regards,

RTROSE
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I wanted to rent Intouchables, Mrs RTROSE wanted to rent Playing for Keeps, so guess which one we rented. Playing for Keeps is your standard chick flick drama that pretty much rehashes the same old story line. Guy meets girl, guy and girl fall in love, guy screws it up, girl leaves, guy comes back to find girl has gone on with her life, guy works hard to win girl back and does because SURPRISE she never stopped loving him to begin with. Nothing remarkable about this film at all. At best it's a meh, type of experience. If there is no other chick flick/drama available then go a head and get this one, but don't go out of your way for it. 2.5/5

Should have rented Intouchables. Mrs RTROSE would NEVER EVER NEVER in a million years admit it but she is HORRENDOUS at picking rental movies. Shuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush though, it will be our little secret. tongue.gif

Regards,

RTROSE

We watched The Intouchables last weekend. It's FANTASTIC. My wife loved it.

This weekend we pulled out Micheal Mann's Collateral. Great pacing, very deliberate in it's path with no wasted scenes. One of my favorite Tom Cruise roles.
post #7567 of 7853
Wanderlust - 3.5/5 on the "much better than I expected" scale. It's rated R for nudity, but we both thought it was pretty good. Of course you will not see any more of Jenifer Aniston than you've ever seen before, but I guess you can't have everything (where would you put it?). What is she, the new Annette Funicello? Still some funny moments.
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Watched Duel at Silver Creek (1952)
2.5/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 6.2/10)
Audie Murphy.
Western.
A young man is appointed deputy and asked to help capture the killers who murdered his family, but he first must make his way past the marshal who is bewitched by the gang's beautiful leader.
We're not talking classic here but this is a good example of the solid little B westerns the studios were churning out in the fifties. Good bit of action crammed into the modest 77 minute running time.

Watched War Arrow (1953)
2.7/5 (amazon 3.8/5, imdb 5.6/10)
Western
The strength in the narrative comes from Army Major Howell Brady's coercing of the peaceful Seminole Indians to fight alongside the white man against the rampaging Kiowa. Having had to flee their Florida homes, the Seminole are willing to be trained by Brady and his crew on the promise of land and supplies from the government. With Brady meeting resistance from stuffy Colonel Meade, these promises are on shaky ground, but the training sequences are most interesting for their tactical value and the Seminole are nicely drawn as a race of people. The latter of which, unsurprisingly, is not afforded the Kiowa who are rank and file blood thirsty marauders, but the balance is right, and with the Henry Repeating Rifle the weapon of choice, the action and stunt work, particularly for the siege on the fort finale, is acceptably exciting. Into the mix is a romantic triangle with Maureen O'Hara, which isn't overplayed and creates a number of jealousies from both male and female characters.
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Parental Guidance 3.25 / 5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1047540/
We enjoyed this movie in spite of a few scenes that leave you saying “people don’t really act like that” Billy Crystal brings the laughs and I guarantee you will want to reach through the screen to spank the youngest child at some point of the movie. All in all it is a funny movie with some heartwarming scenes.
post #7570 of 7853
Just watched The Increadible Burt Wonderstone: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0790628/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

IMDB gives it a 6/10 and I would agree. Not the best for either Carell or Carrey, but still funny and watchable. Carrey plays the new age "hurt me" magician, while Carell plays the old school television magician. I think this movie would have been 10 times better without Carrel, he doesnt play a good ladies man and it shows.

TLDR: worth the watch.
post #7571 of 7853
wadepoe:
The magician movie I'm looking forward to is: "Now you see me"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNfiXZzmhjw
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In the last 2 weeks, we've watched several of the highly nominated films of last year.

Lincoln - The second half saved it for me, but there was a point about midway where my wife and I both looked at each other disappointed. It's very slow and doesn't cover much of anything other than lobbying for the 13th amendment. I would have preferred it cover more ground. DDL did bring Lincoln to life and the film gave me a "personality" to go with the figure. I understand the best actor nod, but none of the other nominations.

Argo - - Again, there just wasn't that much to this one. What could have been a 45 minute short film was drawn out and at times lost my interest. Would not watch this again.

Zero Dark Thirty - There's a theme to this years big titles....not enough story for the length of the films. This one spent way too much time on the interogation scenes, but what choice did they have? The raid on OBL was exciting, but just not enough to carry the overly long movie. Jessica Chastain was very, very good and quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

Taken 2 If all you expect is a fun 2 hours of chasing and shooting, you'll have as much or more fun with this one than the first. It's not logical how this guy continues to have family members kidnapped, but it's so much fun! Me man....me like to see boom. smile.gif What can I say? biggrin.gif
post #7573 of 7853
Watched Atlas Shrugged Part 1 (2011)
4.2/5 (amazon 4.1/5, imdb 5.5/10, rotten tomatoes 72%, assorted critics 11%)
This of course is the first of the trilogy of movies from Ayn Rand's book of the same name.
I'm a businessman, and I loved it.
In a Sheldon [Big Bang Theory] moment I loved the train, and the bridge.
The story plays like an outlandish parable. The protagonists, Taggart and Rearden, remain paragons of incorruptibility while the antagonists, basically the government as a whole, remain committed to absurd political policies that nobody in reality is actually suggesting, or that even seem like a plausible extrapolation of current regulatory policy.
Many of the professional movie critics seem to think that having a specific real world evil to rally against should be the moral of a film, and having a rediculous one makes the film itself rediculous.
But that's not what the film is about, and the viewer should feel free to substitute any idiological policy that a government can come up with for the ones used in film.
One could even try Tea Party vs Occupy (99% movement), if one were so inclined.
I also enjoyed the overcoming of the stupid things that got in her way -- although of course knowing roughly where the book is headed I know it won't last -- if society doesn't wreck what she's built she'll wreck what little is left of it herself.
It is perhaps fair to say that it's a bloated, contrived trilogy in which heroic capitalists fight against a completely implausible left-wing dystopia, which the critics mocked with vigor.
I haven't read the book, although I've read other Ayn Rand books.

Of course that wasn't the only criticism.
"The first installment of Atlas Shrugged made headlines last year, and not for its supposedly incendiary subject matter. Instead, it was just because it was very, very bad. The film was so poorly made on every conceivable level that, regardless of your thoughts on Ayn Rand or her philosophies, it seemed impossible to consider the film itself any kind of success. Bland performances, shoddy visual storytelling and a tragic tendency to explain its argument rather than actually convey it through a compelling narrative resulted in a laughably absurd motion picture that wound up tying the Adam Sandler atrocity Jack & Jill for “The Worst Film of the 2011” "
-- http://www.craveonline.com/film/reviews/197977-review-atlas-shrugged-part-2

This is certainly more of what the film is about,
"Hymn To Money"
http://www.silverbearcafe.com/private/aynrand.html
and the "John Galt Speech"
http://amberandchaos.com/?page_id=106



Watched Atlas Shrugged Part 2 (2012)
3.2/5 (amazon 3.8/5, imdb 5.3/10, rotten tomatoes 76%, assorted critics 5%)
Not as good. Didn't really have enough plot for a drama to grip upon.
For starters they replaced all the cast with different actors. (here)
Low budget again, but this time it showed more.
Seeing Patricia Tallman was neat.
Teller was jaw dropping -- he spoke, a rarity for this usually silent actor. Turns out he's done it before.
Sean Hannity I thought did a great job playing Sean Hannity of Fox. Very believable.
Having read The Fountainhead, I'm used to Ayn Rand's bizarely short courtroom scenes.
Some of the deleted scenes were worth watching, particularly the one with the train passenger



Old Prediction
"Atlas Shrugged Part 1 opened at 299 locations vs. Atlas Shrugged Part 2‘s 1,012 venues. As a result, Atlas Shrugged Part 1‘s first-weekend per-theater average was a not unimpressive (for a little known small movie) $5,640 per site. Atlas Shrugged Part 2‘s $1,731 per-theater average, on the other hand, leaves the film no room for any further expansions, unless multiplex owners are looking forward to screening the movie to mostly empty seats."
-- http://www.altfg.com/blog/movie/atlas-shrugged-part-2-box-office-samantha-mathis/

New prediction: Part 3 will be out in 2014.
"And before anybody accuses us of being partisan here -- if someone made a bloated, contrived trilogy in which heroic liberals fight against a completely implausible right-wing dystopia, we [critics] would mock that with equal vigor. In fact, I hope George Soros bankrolls such a trilogy, because I'm dying to see it."
-- http://io9.com/the-market-has-spoken-atlas-shrugged-part-3-comes-out-461814062



Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
But when you see that in order to produce it, you need to obtain permission from those who produce nothing...
You will know that your society is doomed.
-- Ayn Rand

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Rise of the Guardians - 4/5

This movie was a lot of fun. It kind of reminds me of Avengers, except animated and starring all your favorite holiday characters. It fell just short of a 5 for me because of a few awkward moments in the movie that felt forced. Ill be watching this one again!

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Thanks J_P_A for that. I looked at ROTG and thought it looked hokey, but I'll be putting it in my queue.

My 4 year old nephew spent the night with us last night and his momma was nice enough to rent Rise of the Guardians on Blu. What a great little movie. I'm right there with you and I would rate it a solid 4/5 for sure. Dreamworks is coming right along and is starting to give Pixar some honest competition IMHO. The visuals and audio on ROTG was top notch. While there was not any over the top LFE moments the LFE was used in the appropriate places and times. I did think that this film is one of the better ones in recent memory for the surround sound mixing especially the scenes with Pitch and his voice coming from all the surrounds. Very nicely done. Well worth a rent and at some time I'll probably buy.

Regards,

RTROSE
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Okay...I'm going out to get ROTG for tonight...
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Okay...I'm going out to get ROTG for tonight...

Tony,

I'll be interested in your take of the movie. You and I seem (if memory serves) to rate things pretty close. Enjoy, it's an enjoyable film.

Regards,

RTROSE
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My 4 year old nephew spent the night with us last night and his momma was nice enough to rent Rise of the Guardians on Blu. What a great little movie. I'm right there with you and I would rate it a solid 4/5 for sure. Dreamworks is coming right along and is starting to give Pixar some honest competition IMHO. The visuals and audio on ROTG was top notch. While there was not any over the top LFE moments the LFE was used in the appropriate places and times. I did think that this film is one of the better ones in recent memory for the surround sound mixing especially the scenes with Pitch and his voice coming from all the surrounds. Very nicely done. Well worth a rent and at some time I'll probably buy.

Regards,

RTROSE

ROTG is very good, my son thought he would hate it based on the trailers, but ended up really enjoying it. I thought the sound and visuals were outstanding, but the plot was pretty thin.

/sorryrant

Pixar peaked with Ratatouille. Up and Wall E had some brilliant moments that saved them from being average, but the three movies since then, Brave, Toy Story 3, and Cars 2, have been a bit underwhelming, Cars 2 was completely forgettable. Brave should not have won an Oscar. Anyway. the target has been lowered for Dreamworks.

The best Animated films of the past few years haven't come from either. Nickolodeon and Laika have released Rango, The Adventures of Tintin, Coraline, and Paranorman. All of these are better than anything Dreamworks or Pixar has released in the same time period.
Edited by robnix - 4/6/13 at 9:47pm
post #7578 of 7853
Anna Karenina - Keira Knightly was born to play tragic women in costume dramas, Joe Wright was destined to direct them. That said, this is the weakest of the genre for each. The first 2/3 of the film start out strong, but the pacing fails during act 3. Act 3 was time spent waiting to see how the threads would close out. It's a STUNNING film, rich and vibrant when it wants to be, dark and dreary at times. The use of a theater stage as a transition point between locations, and at times as a substitute location is interesting and adds a distinct visual flair.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1781769/?ref_=sr_2

Lincoln - Daniel Day Lewis is the greatest actor of our generation. The rest of the movie was pretty good too. wink.gif

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443272/?ref_=sr_1

[REC] [REC²][REC:Genesis] - You may have seen Quarrantine, a remake of the first film in this Spanish Horror series. Had a little Horror marathon so we plowed through all three. All three are good scary fun and highly recommended.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038988/?ref_=sr_4
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1245112/?ref_=sr_2
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1649444/?ref_=sr_6

Taken 2 - Watched this on the plane movie device thingy. Should have napped. Glad the company lets me expense that movie device thingy.
Chasing Mavericks - On the plane I try to watch movies that I would most likely never rent or buy. Sometimes I'm nicely suprised, this wasn't one of those times. I spent two hours cursing that last cup of coffee.
post #7579 of 7853
It was Action Weekend in MY theater....

30 Minutes or Less - 2/5 - It is what it is...an action comedy that you either like or you don't. It was worth the rent and gave the sub a workout in a couple of spots. I found the plot plausible right up to the end, and then not so much.

The Expendables 2 - 3/5 - It's great ride, IF you can buy in to the whole "Bad guys can't hit the broad side of a barn with an AK47." Another sub workout.
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Should have rented Intouchables. Mrs RTROSE would NEVER EVER NEVER in a million years admit it but she is HORRENDOUS at picking rental movies. Shuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush though, it will be our little secret. tongue.gif

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Sure, as long as you're sure she doesn't surf AVS when you're not looking.biggrin.gif
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End of Watch - Netflix DVD - Heard a lot of people talking about this one, but did not know a whole lot about it going in. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised and I really liked this movie. It is one of the better movies I have watched lately. It is an in your face, gritty, dirty, graphic, intense, gory and profane laced cop docudrama. I know some will be irritated by the "COPS" style filming style but for this it really works and lends credibility to the story. I have said before that I don't like profanity laced movies (or profanity laced anything for that matter) and according to Pluggedinonline there are 325 "F" words along with copious amounts of other swear words. While I understand the content and the situation there just was no need for that many swear words. Over all though I think this is an excellent movie, having said that though I realized this one is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. Some of the scenes and police officer/public interaction seems to me to be over the top and unrealistic, however I don't live in the roughest parts of L.A. either. I only had time to watch on the PC, but even at that this one rates an easy 4/5 for me and will likely score higher when I finally purchase and watch in the theater. I'll be watching this one again, just like I break out Black Hawk Down from time to time.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #7582 of 7853
Watched Les Misérables (2012)
2.4/5 (amazon 4.2/5, imdb 7.8/10, rotten tomatoes 70%, Decent Films: A-)
Beautiful sets. Good score. Good acting. Good book, with plot and characters.
Not great singing. Perhaps because the singing was done live, I've heard much better versions of this afore.
I didn't like Hugh Jackman in this.
I didn't like Russel Crowe in this (the worst signer of the bunch).
I didn't like Anne Hathaway in this, including her I Dream The Dream.
I don't like anything Helena Bonham Carter has ever done (admittedly she's playing someone you're supposed to dislike).
Samantha Barks was cute -- I've never seen her before, and by several accounts practically stole the movie.


Watched Premium Rush (2012)
2.8/5 (amazon 3.6/5, imdb 6.5/10, rotten toamtoes 76%)
When a New York City bicycle messenger picks up an envelope at Columbia University, a desperate bad guy chases the messenger throughout the city for it.
Nice simple action film. Good maintained tension.
The plot isn't deep, and there is no character development at all.
Character's motivations are revealed in lots of clear flashbacks with timestamps, but still works.
Michael Shannon, a desperate cop in Boardwalk Empire, plays as a desperate cop in Premium Rush.
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Tony,

I'll be interested in your take of the movie. You and I seem (if memory serves) to rate things pretty close. Enjoy, it's an enjoyable film.

Regards,

RTROSE

I'm kicking myself... we ordered the pizza, all sat in our favorite chairs, started the movie (Rise of the Guardians)...and I was sleeping in 15 minutes! Thought I might see it the next morning, but never did. The 15 minutes I saw looked promising. smile.gif
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Watched Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
2.9/5 (amazon 4.8/5, imdb 7.1/10)
If you're going to watch Tarzan movies, the ones with Johnny Weissmuller are the classics.
The film itself has some poor pacing and pointless dialog in spots, as well as some obvious camera trickery to intermix characters with stock footage,
but it makes up for it (just barely) with multiple spectacular animal-vs-tarzan fights, wild animal scenes, extended vine&tree aerobatics, and some exceptional acting by Maureen O'Sullivan portraying exceptional concern for her fate when completely in the control of an uncivilized kidnapping Tarzan who has a concerning curiosity about the tearing strength of the cloth she's wearing, huge apes just outside who would barely notice if they accidentally (or on purpose) ripped her limbs off, and assorted kitty cats below (male and female lions, cheetas, leopards, tigers, oh my).
Seeing a young and thin Neil Hamilton, who 34 years later in 1966 would play Commissioner Gordon on the campy 1966 television show Batman -- he was completely unrecognizable visually, but that voice identifies him starkly.
The mono sound track is of course no big surprise for the time.
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This movie made me feel like a young boy, craving excitement and adventure. This first installment in the MGM Tarzan movies delivers big time. Yes, the special effects and interweaving of the stock footage looks a bit dated, but remember that this film was only made three years after the first "talkie" (i.e. a sound picture, not a silent movie). There are certain techniques that obviously stem from the silent movie days. But to me, this just adds to the charm.

The animal footage is excellent. For the first time in a long time, I was actually on the edge of my seat during a movie. The CGI effects today are amazing, but they're so overdone (most of the time). The thrills and suspense in "Tarzan" are heightened, because you know everything you see is physically tangible, not an actor reacting to a green screen.

I still don't know how they did some of those scenes without anyone getting hurt. Swinging from the treetops, wrestling with lions, wrestling with leopards, being chased by wild animals--all of these things make for great entertainment and adventure.

I should also mention that the relationship between Tarzan and Jane is one of the most captivating I've ever seen in a movie. It's very understated, yet very sexy. Today, they would ruin the story by making the couple have sex after five minutes. But because the sexual chemistry is only hinted at, the entire relationship is one of Jane flirting and Tarzan pursuing. It just builds and builds. This romance actually has excitement to it. Definitely one of the best screen romances of all time.

Tarzan Yell
Sustain, followed by ululation, followed by sustain but at a higher frequency, followed by ululation, followed by sustain at the starting frequency.
It's actually the same forwards and backwards. Played backwards, it's identical.
It's a kind of simian palindrome.
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post #7585 of 7853
Chronicle - Liked it. The dark side of super powers.

Rock of Ages - OK, it is what it is. Originally a Broadway show based on the lyrics of 80s Rock Songs, much like Mamma Mia!. Thin plot, but a GREAT soundtrack. Although Julianne Hough needs to stick to country. Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise in VERY different roles for them. It appears as though they wanted Johnny Depp for the Tom Cruise role. Russel Brand as, well....Russel Brand. Paul Giamatti playing another version of Pig Virus. BUT he plays that so well. IF you're looking for a music heavy speaker workout, this is pretty good.


B-Bob-

Is Tarzan of the Apes the one where they take a swim and Jane, has, what today would be called a "major wardrobe malfunction" on the way in?
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Russel Brand as, well....Russel Brand

i.e. annoying and unfunny
post #7587 of 7853
Life of Pi - For me, this is the kind of movie that reassures me of why I love watching movies. Because every once in awhile, you're taken by surprise and a movie resonates. I would love to discuss this one in detail and will likely find a thread to do that on. But, I really don't want to say much on this thread. The trailer led me to believe this was a movie about a boy and his friendship with a Tiger. I'm sure that the marketing campaign was intentional in what information it gave out. This movie is far more than I expected. I'm sure to be pondering its themes for years to come.
post #7588 of 7853
Our rental choice Sat nite, was either Life of Pi, or Hitchcock.

Realized 1/2 way thru that we picked the wrong one. Hitchcock was just OK - at least the part I stayed awake for :-)

Tony - thanks for holding back on the spoilers. LOP will be viewed next weekend!
post #7589 of 7853
I just finished the complete Deadwood boxed set.

Truly amazing in its grit, dirt, and dialogue.

They really need more shows like Deadwood. A shame that HBO chose to cancel it after three seasons.
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I just finished the complete Deadwood boxed set.

Truly amazing in its grit, dirt, and dialogue.

They really need more shows like Deadwood. A shame that HBO chose to cancel it after three seasons.

Zombie,

Couldn't agree more; at least for mature audiences. They certainly left us hangin !
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