Greetings from JIHAD CENTRAL (and yes, I know it was two year old info- but I had never seen it before and it was on my fb timeline today). At any rate, dvr’d Gracepoint to give it a shot, and it turns out I have already seen it. It was called Broadchurch in England, which was awesome. I like these ten episode miniseries because unlike 22 episode monsters on most networks, the writers don’t run out of ideas and get all cheesy, so I was disappointed to see that it is just an imitation.
Watched an episode of Stalker on CBS, and it is creepy and cliched and stupid. I should have just finished watching On the Run with JayZ and Beyonce, but I didn’t want something that stimulating, so I need to watch that tomorrow. Right now I am giving How To Get Away With Murder, if for no other reason so I can understand commenter LamH’s facebook timeline.
Can’t sleep. ISIL-infected Ebola agents will eat me.
Watch “Happy Valley” on Netflix. You won’t be sorry you did.
Pardon us Southern Californians; we are in mourning. We had dreams of a Freeway World Series and then the Angels lost the first 2 to the Royals and the best pitcher of our generation gives up 8 earned in the Dodgers game. Crazy shit today. Next thing you’ll tell me is the leader of North Korea may have been deposed; yeah, right, like THAT could happen.
I recommend The Bridge on F/X. Season 2 just wrapped up. Its based on a Nordic TV series set on the Sweden – Denmark border (technically, a bridge connecting the 2 countries). Moved to the US-Mexico border at El Paso / Jaurez. Stars Mexican actor Demian Bechir (he was the Mayor of Tijauana in Weeds) and German actress Diane Kruger. Ted Levine is also in it – looking far more an echo of Buffalo Bill than when he was on Monk.
Real good pot-boiler thriller.
@The Dangerman: My day didn’t go to well either(actually somewhat painful), but there’s tomorrow. Bruins v. the Ute’s.
Also depending on your dork tolerance levels, Marvel’s Agent of SHIELD started Season 2 and its off to a pretty good start.
I think the last spread I saw was the Bruins by 13.5; if the Utes pull the upset, I’m drinking heavily….
…but I fear the P12 is going to beat up on each other a little bit and we will end up with 2 SEC teams, FSU, and Notre Dame in the Final Four.
ETA: Yes, I figure Oklahoma gets hosed somehow, but they neighbor Missouri and, well, fuck em after what the Missouri teams have done so far in the Division Series.
So I have been working on this bad boy, and I put it up to be bisqued tonight. Trying to decide how to glaze it. Suggestions welcome.
Nothing more fun than getting ready to climb into bed and discovering that one of the cats (*cough*Keaton*cough*) deposited a nice, juicy hairball right in the middle of the bed. I still can’t decide if it was good or bad that the bed was unmade — at least we only had to change the bottom sheet and mop up the mattress protector. (Which is of course waterproof, because Keaton.)
@The Dangerman: Well, the dream of a Beltway Series is still alive, though looking shakier than we had hoped. Baltimore’s doing great, but the Nats (which was the game I was at) couldn’t pull it out against the Giants.
Strange how being down (in this case by 3) and then coming back not quite enough to win it feels better than being ahead and then having the opposing team go ahead by one. I guess it’s because while the end result is the same, all the good feelings are the most recent.
Oh. My. That’s quite a spout. Inspired by Georgia O’Keefe? ;-)
@Mnemosyne: Hah. Actually inspired by Eva Zeisel. It’s a bit less suggestive-looking in real life.
@srv: Hmm. Did he warn against withdrawing troops too early before or after he signed the agreement that set the date when all troops would be withdrawn?
Asshole has never taken responsibility for anything in his life.
Anyone heard from Violet? And I have an interviewer gig tomorrow. My first big sorta on camera thingy. Very exciting. I may shave my legs and wear a dress. Ha! I kill me.
I would stay away from flesh tones, for one. I am unimaginative, so I’m picturing it with that Arts & Crafts light green crackle glaze. Though a really dark midnight blue would be nice, too.
If you wear opaque tights, no one knows if you shaved or not. Just sayin’.
ETA: And you probably already knew this, but no patterned shirts. Solid colors only. Even small pinstripes can end up looking weird on camera.
@Mnemosyne: I got ya beat on that. How about going to bed and discovering that the dog barfed on the bed hours earlier. Cocker Spaniel barf smells gross.
BTW: I got rear ended on Los Feliz today on my way to Costco & Best Buy. :( Yes, I’m ok and so is my tank of a car.
I had dinner with a serious baseball fan tonight (she went to the Orioles game earlier today) and asked her about a Beltway World Series. She thinks the Orioles have the juice to get there, but not the Nats.
Her husband is a rabid baseball fan who is part of some group of people who share season tickets for both the Orioles and the Nationals. Allegedly he agrees with her.
@Mnemosyne: I was thinking light green, actually. Not a crackle, but there’s one that has a nice speckle texture to it. Hmmm.
@Suzanne: Green, go with avacado, 70’s retro!
Yikes! It’s a cliche, but if your neck starts to hurt, take yourself to urgent care or the ER right away. Whiplash hurts like a mofo and you’ll need a muscle relaxant to get the muscles to stop clenching up. My neck/back is still messed up on the right side from when I was rear-ended back in 1999.
ETA: When G got rear-ended a few years ago, it was that same general area, but on San Fernando.
Hope you don’t get a delayed-onset stiff neck.
@Mnemosyne: @Steeplejack: I walked about 4 miles this evening, my neck seems ok. Tomorrow may be different. I got hit between San Fernando and the underpass for the train tracks.
Loved, loved, loved Broadchurch, for that very reason will not go near the imitation, much as I love David Tennant. I like Viola Davis a lot and want to like her new show, but I can’t get past the absolutely horrible title so haven’t watched it yet. However, Person of Interest is still the smartest and most interesting show on TV right now.
@srv: I thought the goal was an Iraqi State that wasn’t a threat to its neighbors? You can say what you want about its instability, but no one finds it threatening.
@Suffern ACE: Iran is one of Iraq’s best friends now.
I had dinner tonight at Bangkok 54 in Arlington (very good) and then went to a “live” show of the Found Footage Festival at the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Both funny and horrifying. Sample: “How to Have Cybersex on the Internet” (circa 1997).
Note: Web site sucks balls on my computer. Works okay on tablet or phone.
@Steeplejack: Your friends are right. Birds could go all the way – not a slam dunk, but Dan Duquette has been putting together a sneaky good team over the last several years. As much as he was always falling short when he was GM of the Red Sox, would be nice to see the Duke. finally get some kudos that he has long deserved. My guess is it will be 7 game drag out fight between the O’s and the Royals for the ALCS. Sorry Detroit, you came so close last year and this year its going to be more of the same. Your window may have closed.
Nats are going to get flushed by the Giants. They aren’t even playing the same game. Know idea who will emerge on top between Cards and Dodgers. Hoping for an all-California NLCS as it would be incredibly sweet to watch a NorCal-SoCal fight to the finish.
@Redshift: Rich people never do. Especially rich people born to rich people. There’s a reason we invented the estate tax in the first place.
Thoughts on Person of Interest from this morning.
I agree with you about Broadchurch and Gracepoint. In fact, I’m a little surprised to learn that (apparently) BBC America is so obscure and non-mainstream that a straight-up remake of Broadchurch will fly.
@Suzanne: For some reason when I saw the shape I thought of this color.
@John Revolta: My car post accident:
@BillinGlendaleCA: Don’t make ’em like that anymore, eh old timer?
@John Revolta: It’s a 1986, got after grad school. It’s had a large branch and a tree fall on it.
Oh, where’s my walker?
@Steeplejack: The BBC is obscure to many. I mentioned to my mom, and I know she gets BBC America, and she seems to think it is this foreign thing. I will openly admit I can’t get British humor, but my gosh they have some good dramas.
That is beautiful. Sadly I do not have an artistic or crafty bone in my body. But I love to appreciate others talent.
@ruemara: Good Luck!
@Redshift: Apparently my nerdiness extends to roadways: If Birds/Nats happens it won’t be a Beltway Series, it will be a Parkway Series. Baltimore and Washington each have a Beltway, but it’s not as if it’s one road.
And have some faith, please for the Nationals. Losing 1 close game is not losing a 7 game series.
@Kris Collins: How did you watch it? I’m asking because I usually try to record it OTA. (sometimes my DVD-R doesn’t catch usually because of copy protection). Then I have to go online so I’m using the CBS App on my tablet. Grr. I had to wait a week to watch the premier!
@Suzanne: @Suzanne: why did I think lobster soup first?
I think a deep golden yellow glaze would show the shadows well.
The Strain. (FX, Sundays, 9pm)
Guillermo del Toro’s first (afaik) foray into television.
He likes his monsters, so plan accordingly.
Have you watched Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister? Both these shows are not new but are droll and witty.
Everyone, watch HAPPY VALLEY on Netflix. It’s on original 6-part series. Fantastic stuff. Also good: Ray Donovan on Showtime. H*ly shit the second season was fun.
Notre Dame loses today.
@Lymie: hmmm….do you think it would look too much like Fiestaware?
I’m actually interested in comparing Gracepoint to Broadchurch to see how they differ using the same script and star. It is an interesting side by side of how Americans and the British do drama.
Gracepoint was very upfront about being based upon Broadchurch. As far as not watching the former because it’s just a remake of the latter, that line of reasoning borders on the moronic. It’s like not going to a movie because it’s based upon a book you read even though the movie isn’t the same.
My favorite example of how remakes can be satisfying is the two John Wayne flicks Rio Lobo, and Eldorado. Eldorado is a remake, and essentially the same flick, but I enjoy both, and part of the fun is arguing which combo you liked better Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson, or Robert Mitchum and James Caan. (Later on in his career Caan payed homage to his character in Eldorado during an episode of his TV series Las Vegas. It was one of his aliases on a fake passport)
Not giving a show a chance because of something as arbitrary as “it’s a remake” is silly. Give it an honest chance, and see if you like the direction it goes.
For an excellent show on Netflix, check out “Derek” with Ricky Gervais. It is a bit odd, but if you give it a few episodes it really grows on you. It’s not really a comedy, but it is humorous, and has a ton of heart.
Another reason to watch Gracepoint: they’ve changed the ending. I’ll be very interested to see if it still “works” with another killer, esp. since the identification of the killer in Broadchurch forged such a powerful connection between Hardy and Ellie.
I wouldn’t count out the Nationals just yet. They were the better team over 162 games. Anything can happen in a short series, obviously, but the regular season has shown us that the Nationals are the better team. They hit better, and they pitch better.
@goblue72: Two thumbs up on “The Bridge” It’s very good.
Broadchurch was excellent, albeit drawn out…seriously it could have been done as a 4-hour 2-parter. Gracepoint is another pointless US remake of a BBC series…hell it even has David Tennant in it replaying his “Broadchurch” role. Like “Viva Laughlin” and “Coupling” before it, I hope it dies a swift, merciful death.
TeeVee this season so far seems pretty barren of decent shows. I’ve seen just two episodes of “How to get away with Murder” and am already at the 1-800-Kill-Hope stage of watching: “Press 3 if you want them all to die!”.
Just waiting for “Elementary” to start, and next spring to come along for the new season of “Motive”.
Sorry, Dangerman, that my Cardinals smoked your Dodgers last night. Our best pitcher stank last night, too. Here in Missouri we’re dreaming of an I-70 rematch with a different outcome this time.
Gracepoint will also be two hours longer than Broadchurch, so hopefully they’ll beef up the middle of the series instead of just dragging it out. (I thought the middle of Broadchurch was slow, but boy howdy how the last half of episode 7 and the entirety of episode 8 flew by.)
M.C. Simon Milligan
@moderateindy: Apparently Wayne wanted to play the drunk sheriff in El Dorado but the studio wouldn’t let him.
Mississippi: “He was limping when he left.”
Cole: “He was limping when he got here!”
Mitchum and Caan. All the way. And Michele Carey’s magnificent mane. Woof.
Okay, no one else corrected you, so now I have to: it was Rio Bravo that El Dorado was a remake of, not Rio Lobo. Rio Lobo is a different John Wayne/Howard Hawks movie from 1970.
@Mnemosyne: @M.C. Simon Milligan:
Thanks Mnemosyne, I always confuse those two.
Michele Carey was sexy as hell, for some reason, I use to think Joey was played by Ann Margaret, until I was corrected by IMDB.
Although, in Rio Bravo’s case there was Angie Dickinson, which is never a bad thing. Also, I’ll take Stumpy over Bull, and the singing by Martin and Nelson is priceless.
Still, I’ll take El Dorado as well