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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:21 pm

Peaky Blinders is my next port of call after Vikings as I like the look of it. Also, I award you severalteen internet points for using the term 'series' rather than 'season' Smoke
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English innit Smoke

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Post by MagFinnPie » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:40 am

Rammy, so Peaky Blinders was good??
never mind what S Smoke lmao

any of the ones i listed up your ally ?
need to download something to watch for non-wifi time, wouldnt want to waste it by something i dont like..

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Post by MagFinnPie » Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:20 pm

Nevermind, watched first "series" aleeady, hooked , i think i have to look another one for the holidays, only 3s *6e lmao
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Post by Ramdawg » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:31 pm

MagFinnPie wrote:Rammy, so Peaky Blinders was good??
never mind what S Smoke lmao

any of the ones i listed up your ally?
Can't say I've seen any. Don't watch loads. Breaking Bad, GOT, Blacklist, Homeland and Dexter (well about half of it), are the only American box sets I've really got into.

Peaky Blinders is class like. 6 episodes per series is just the BBC way, as it was with their great comedies, Fawlty Towers, The Office, I'm Alan Partridge and The League of Gentlemen. On that note, I doubt there will be anything better on TV over the whole festive period than the League of Gentlemen mini-series. 2 episodes so far have been brilliant, although only if you watched it previously and know the characters. Booked tickets for the upcoming live tour on the back of it. :banana-linedance:

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Post by ScottR » Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:17 pm

Ramdawg wrote: Peaky Blinders is class like. 6 episodes per series is just the BBC way, as it was with their great comedies, Fawlty Towers, The Office, I'm Alan Partridge and The League of Gentlemen.
But that's also why Dave is so repetitive Smoke

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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:46 pm

Cheers for the Vikings recommndation Scott. Just finished the fourth and I upgrade my rating from canny to very good. I generally like the acting, the casting is brilliant, the scripts are really well written and above all who knew Son of Ken Barlow was such a good actor? lmao He's excellent in this.

Not so much a fan of Peaky Blinders so won't be pursuing that. I'll go back to watch Vikings five when it's all done and try something else in the meantime.
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Post by Dean Learner » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:16 pm

Vikings five is awful so far lmao lmao
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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:35 pm

Fucking spoilers :naughty:

Others say the opposite. I'll see for myself in due course. Will try one of Scott's other suggestions next, maybe The Last Kingdom.
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Post by MagFinnPie » Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:33 am

Just started last kingdom, seems good
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Post by ScottR » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:39 pm

groundhogdaze wrote:Try Son's Of Anarchy if you haven't seen it steer. It's about hells angel's in the states. If you can ignore the bad Irish accents and a couple of crap episodes in the 2nd series it's worth a look.
Sons of Anarchy is pure American cheese but I enjoyed it. Made by the same bloke who did "The Shield" which is also mint.

Charlie Hunnam (the main actor and star of that fucking terrible Guy Ritchie King Arthur abortion of a film if you're not sure) was born in Newcastle too as I recently found out. Plus Ron Perlman is always worth watching.

That said Steers, Last Kingdom is a good next choice. I was very sceptical at their choice for lead actor (often the way when book characters are brought to the screen) but he's done a cracking job.

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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:11 am

Could have swore I put another post in here :think: Must have been editing while pissed again and fucked up :whistle:

I've had another go at Game of Thrones. Warming to it now (even Sean Bean), just about to finish the first series.

Seeing accomplished, stalwart actors like James Cosmo and Peter Vaughan is a nice surprise. I first saw Cosmo in The Sweeney early '70s playing a hard-nosed Glaswegian copper, and I've seen the wonderful Peter Vaughan in any amount of things. I keep having to rewind though as there's so many fucking things going on I forget what's what, who's who and where's where. Nothing at all to do with the alcohol I drink while watching either :whistle: Smoke

I watched The Last Kingdom 1 & 2. Enjoyed it and will keep watching but on the whole I like Vikings 1-4 better. The lead in TLK is competent I suppose, but fairly flat and nowhere near as engaging as Vikings' Travis Fimmel, who plays Ragnar with a dash of charisma and, equally importantly, a sense of humour. I doubt Fimmel is a 'great' actor but he's well-directed, Ragnar fits him nicely and he does it very well. Vikings also has jester / fool Floki and the seer, both stand-out characters and brilliantly done by their actors. I think Hirst handles both very well, making fool and seer both useful dramatic devices and, at least in Floki's case, fully fleshed-out character at the same time (same goes for Athelstan in a way actually). And Skarsgard is a right scene-stealer at times lmao Above all I think the main difference is in characterisation. Vikings main characters are more interesting and better rounded than those in TLK. I neither know nor care which of the two shows is the more authentic historically Smoke
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Post by MagFinnPie » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:46 pm

Steeronymus Gerkin wrote:I neither know nor care which of the two shows is the more authentic historically Smoke
So you were pissed back then too ? Or Dementia affecting?



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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:53 pm

Assuming I could have wielded an axe proficiently, I'd have enjoyed the Viking lifestyle - I'd have managed the hard-drinking and pillaging bit no bother, and paganism seems a much more attractive illusion than Christianity Smoke
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Steeronymus Gerkin wrote: Above all I think the main difference is in characterisation. Vikings main characters are more interesting and better rounded than those in TLK. I neither know nor care which of the two shows is the more authentic historically Smoke
The mistake in TLK is trying to condense two or three books into one season, that knocks the pacing off a bit.

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Post by Dean Learner » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:38 am

Floki is raker.

Vikings 5 is horrendous. Just about got through the ten episodes.
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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:29 am

Not watched 5 yet but I was thinking after the fourth another long series might be stretching it a bit. Hirst's writing was very impressive across the first three and I think up to that point the use of a single (talented) writer was a real positive. It always feels consistent, purposeful and evenly-paced. Hirst was in total control of his material and he has the lucky facility of being a fine phrasemaker (something often overlooked when people talk about writing).

Fourth series was still great but I thought the strain of doing so much to a tight schedule was starting to show at times. Then when the abysmal Heahmund turned up towards the end my first thought was this might be going to turn to shit. He looks like a 21st century hipster time-warped in and the actor is an appalling try-hard 'look-at-me' twat. Just all wrong in every way. Five also has to carry the loss of the shows central focus plus Ecbert's gone, Helga's gone, they seem to have lost their way with Bjorn and Rollo went awol ages ago. Doesn't augur well and leaves them a lot to do.
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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:15 pm

Pleased I took on board the general consensus on Game of Thrones. Just started the third now and am thoroughly enjoying it, great entertainment. It helps when you've got the likes of Patrick Malahide and Charles Dance kicking around, and I have a hunch the involvement of actors of their calibre raises the standard generally. The dwarf is obviously great as well (despite his slightly odd accent) and so are plenty others - I especially like both actors playing the depraved twins. Anyway, well-recommended forum Smoke
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Post by 1 Malooga 4 Lugas » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:50 am

The Dwarf is mint, but there are so many great characters throughout, you'll love some as much as you hate Joffrey Smoke
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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:11 pm

Aye it seems full of interesting people, an array of freaks, deviants, schemers, magicians, megalomaniacs and mavericks. It's great on that score, and I like the way the main characters are developing. I'm enjoying the story as well now I've gotten to grips with all the various strands.

You've got to have a Joffrey - all these good dramas have a hate figure. He is so absolutely despicable and you just know when he shows up there's a cunt's trick just around the corner. He's also very well cast, as the actor has one of the most punchable faces I've ever seen lmao
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Dean Learner wrote:Winter is coming, Steers.
I like winter. I have something approaching a fetish for snow.

Born in '62, one of the severest UK winters of the 20th century and Newcastle was covered in snow for long periods 62-63. Wonder if that's why :think:
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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:20 am

Iwan Rheon is fantastic as Ramsay Bolton but I'm absolutely convinced he's borrowed heavily from Malcolm Macdowell's unforgettable Alex in A Clockwork Orange. Not a criticism at all by the way, as all good actors are shameless thieves.

Just started 7. Cracking show and I'll probably rewatch the whole thing quite soon.
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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:01 pm

Anything else in the realm of marathon boxset-type telly shows unmentioned here worth picking up chaps? (Relatively recent obviously, I know all the old ones - in fact I'd recommend some but I find younger people don't watch older shows generally so I'll not waste my time lmao )

Liked / like: Game of Thrones, Vikings, The Last Kingdom

Did not like: Peaky Blinders, Black Sails

Meanwhile I'll try Sons of Anarchy, as I did think The Shield was a canny watch.
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Post by ScottR » Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:51 pm

Started watching Ray Donovan recently. Quality :greetings-clapyellow:

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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:55 pm

That looks like it might be up my street aye. On Prime as well, handy :dance:
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Post by Dean Learner » Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:35 pm

Altered Carbon is decent. The Wire if you haven't seen it, Steers.

Sons of Anarchy I've never bothered with but the consensus is it goes downhill after a number of seasons and just goes on and on...
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Post by 1 Malooga 4 Lugas » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:37 am

I liked SOA, gave up on The Wire after about 2 episodes as couldn't understand what the fuck they were talking about, innit.

Band of Brothers is good, not sure if we've mentioned that.
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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:04 pm

I was exactly the same with The Wire, managed three or four episodes. Authentic street language is all very well but fuck me, I found it incomprehensible at times. Might give it another go one day like as it's so highly regarded.

Band of Brothers is absolute quality, in its way one of the best tv shows I've seen. I didn't think The Pacific was even half as good which was a shame, but hopefully The Mighty 8th will see them back on form. Looking forward to that.

Will have a gander at Altered Carbon at some point. I was looking round last night for something to start though and found I couldn't be arsed. Think I'm boxsetted-out for now so will give it a rest and maybe try to find a computer game I can waste a few weeks on instead.
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I've tried The Wire more thane once too, it was digitally remastered & I started watching it again, gave up at the same point as it was hurting my head, like Arsenal TV but not funny, blud.

Have always loved WW1 & WW2 related programmes, drama or otherwise Smoke
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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:35 pm

Me too. I've spent countless hours watching old mainly British but also some American war films. Most of them are, as you'd expect, very much made from the allied point of view (some conscious propaganda). Don't care, still love loads of them Smoke

Off the top of my head The Desert Rats is a favourite, just a cracking action film with some great acting. Stalag 17 is another, top notch film it is. Actually, there's not many from the '40s to the '60s I don't own on dvd lmao On this subject, I recently re-watched The World at War with Olivier narrating, well worth watching if you've not seen it.
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Post by Dean Learner » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:46 pm

Put the subtitles on?
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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:31 pm

I don't like watching anything with subtitles. I rarely watch foreign language films partly because of this. I find them too distracting - no problem if they pop up occasionally to translate something obviously, irritating if they're always on. I suppose I could listen to more hip hop music and shit to familiarise myself with that sort of language, but I'd rather stab myself in the eyes Smoke

Meh, might go back to it another time.
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Steeronymus Gerkin wrote:Me too. I've spent countless hours watching old mainly British but also some American war films. Most of them are, as you'd expect, very much made from the allied point of view (some conscious propaganda). Don't care, still love loads of them Smoke

Off the top of my head The Desert Rats is a favourite, just a cracking action film with some great acting. Stalag 17 is another, top notch film it is. Actually, there's not many from the '40s to the '60s I don't own on dvd lmao On this subject, I recently re-watched The World at War with Olivier narrating, well worth watching if you've not seen it.
One of my earliest memories is watching Monday (might have been Friday, or even just Matinee) Matinee on TV as a kid with my Dad which must have been before I started school, only ones I can ever remember were war related ones and I used to absolutely love them. Along with football as a kid, war was my other real interest, I had shit loads of toy soldiers that I used to play with for hours on end Smoke

Fuck The Wire, I haven't even watched the Sopranos yet.
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Post by Steeronymus Gerkin » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:58 pm

Watching an old afternoon film on telly was a staple of my childhood and likewise, I liked war films best. My dad preferred westerns like, daft old cunt Smoke I'll leave a few slightly lesser-known old war films I like here, in case of any use.

The Desert Rats, The Desert Fox, Malta story, Five Graves to Cairo, Operation Amsterdam, School for Secrets, Seven Thunders. All typical old matinee fayre and all a canny way to pass an idle hour or two.
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