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(ABC 27)   Amazon strikes a deal with HBO in order to air classic shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire." In other news those two shows are considered classics now   (abc27.com) divider line 176
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2014-04-23 05:50:10 PM  

Hyjamon: just watched The Wire myself a few months back and the second season threw me for a bit since it seems to introduce the idea that it will be a new 'big bad' every season and all new characters (similar to the earlier seasons of True Blood).  Was very happy to see the start of season three get back into the drug gang politics.  I think you could skip season 2 and not lose that much.


i agree that season 2 feels like a bit of a letdown at first... but i found it an oddly fascinating peek into the world of ports and union politics. my favorite seasons, however, were the school season and the press season.
 
2014-04-23 05:55:12 PM  

mechgreg: yequalsy: I wants me some Larry Sanders Show.  My kids are growing out of them but Crashbox, Little Curious, and Harold and the Purple Crayon would be nice. You can't even get the first two on DVD.

I think Larry Sanders show is on Crackle.com, for free even.


I've never heard of that site. I'll check it t. Thanks!
 
2014-04-23 06:18:45 PM  

Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.


Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW
 
2014-04-23 06:30:22 PM  

Cyno01: Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.

Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW


So many classic scenes in that show I can't even remember which one is my favorite. However the plural of pussy scene is up there with one of the best drunk moments.
 
2014-04-23 06:30:22 PM  

Cyno01: Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.

Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW


Of course, another classic. But I love me some Omar.

/platonically
 
2014-04-23 06:36:24 PM  

marcre3363: I bought the entire box set of "The Wire" last year. Finally got around to starting it yesterday.

I'm on episode 3 right now. So far, pretty solid.


The Wire can be a hard show to first get into because there are so many character to keep track of but you're right at the point where you better make sure you have at least 5 hours to kill when you start an episode.
Because you're going to end up having to watch the next episode to find out what happens next.

IMO The Wire is the best show to ever be on TV.
 
2014-04-23 06:39:33 PM  

roflmaonow: Cyno01: Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.

Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW

So many classic scenes in that show I can't even remember which one is my favorite. However the plural of pussy scene is up there with one of the best drunk moments.


The scene between Omar and Brother Mouzone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3T_2RTDcVo
 
2014-04-23 06:46:52 PM  

Wasabi and Soy Sauce: I just started watching the Sopranos... and it's pretty bad.  James Gandolfini and the mob business is fine, but when his wife or kids start drama it's just terrible.    And so far it's a pretty even split between potentially good mob stuff and terrible family drama.

Does it get better?


It does, but the focus of the show is on his family.  A lot of people don't get that, which is (one of the reasons) everyone hated the ending.

Cyno01: S1 is pretty weak, but stick with it, it sets up everything for the next three seasons of awesome. S5 isnt terrible, but they got renewed for it after wrapping everything up so they didnt know wtf they were doing with it. The CGI is really cheesy and outdated at this point though.


This.  Just suffer through S1 and focus on 2-4.  You won't regret it.

/hated Wire S2 too.
 
2014-04-23 07:03:13 PM  

Hebalo: roflmaonow: I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution.

It's a piece of garbage at any resolution.


The Master is challenging, but not garbage. Garbage has to do with absence of a lot of thought and energy put into a film. No one can accuse PTA of being thoughtless about his work: he's very methodical... Writing and directing movies takes a lot of work...
 
2014-04-23 07:06:49 PM  

Bawdy George: Cyno01: Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.

Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW

Of course, another classic. But I love me some Omar.

/platonically


Omar doesn't see it that way...
 
2014-04-23 07:31:18 PM  
For those hating on season 2 of The Wire you're missing the point that season 2 focuses on the money angle.
You need to follow the money and it shows that the influence of the inner city drug trade reaches far beyond the inner city.
 
2014-04-23 07:32:37 PM  

zepher: For those hating on season 2 of The Wire you're missing the point that season 2 focuses on the money angle.
You need to follow the money and it shows that the influence of the inner city drug trade reaches far beyond the inner city.


exactly.
 
2014-04-23 07:33:03 PM  

yequalsy: mechgreg: yequalsy: I wants me some Larry Sanders Show.  My kids are growing out of them but Crashbox, Little Curious, and Harold and the Purple Crayon would be nice. You can't even get the first two on DVD.

I think Larry Sanders show is on Crackle.com, for free even.

I've never heard of that site. I'll check it t. Thanks!


There is an app for it on Xbox Live if you are in to that sort fo thing.
 
2014-04-23 07:36:51 PM  
I've always wanted this image on a shirt.

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Google drunk McNulty.  Man I need to watch that show again.
 
2014-04-23 07:48:24 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: roflmaonow: Cyno01: Bawdy George: The Wire season 2 also had arguably the best scene of the entire series: Omar in the courtroom. Another mild spoiler.

Nope. Best scene of the series right here.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lElf7D-An8 NSFW

So many classic scenes in that show I can't even remember which one is my favorite. However the plural of pussy scene is up there with one of the best drunk moments.

The scene between Omar and Brother Mouzone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3T_2RTDcVo


McNuggets
Drunk Bunk

/both NSFW
 
2014-04-23 09:59:37 PM  

ryant123: The Sopranos showed people that TV writing could be as good as good movie writing.


Even more, Hollywood seems to think movies anytime but Christmas (Oscar bait) should be PG-13 action spectacles and serious drama belongs on cable. And moreover, network TV should be "reality" game shows, and serious drama belongs on cable.
 
2014-04-23 11:20:28 PM  

Nem Wan: ryant123: The Sopranos showed people that TV writing could be as good as good movie writing.

Even more, Hollywood seems to think movies anytime but Christmas (Oscar bait) should be PG-13 action spectacles and serious drama belongs on cable. And moreover, network TV should be "reality" game shows, and serious drama belongs on cable.


Which is why were seeing A-list movie stars doing TV now, the stigma is gone. Spacey on House of Cards, Thornton on Fargo... Rumor is Brad Pitt is going to be on the next season of True Detective.
 
2014-04-24 12:17:13 AM  

ryant123: Xythero: I've never seen the Sopranos, but it's usually mentioned as one of the shows kicking off the "Golden Age of Television."  I suppose that would make it a classic, or at least historically important.

Yeah, basically television was (relatively speaking) completely awful before the Sopranos. What were the best shows on TV in  the decade before the Sopranos? Law & Order? E.R.? Different flavors of Star Trek or various David E. Kelly shows? Come on.


You need to watch more television..

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/oz, x-files, american gothic, twin peaks, night heat, a touch of frost, cracker, babylon 5, kids in the hall, futurama
//oh however did we endure the wasteland of before those jersey guys?
 
2014-04-24 12:19:42 AM  

redmid17: RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.

Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.


Download Dolphin browser, go to amazon and try to watch a video, it'll try to get you to use silverlight, say use flash, then you can either use flash, or if you're on a newer version of android without flash support dolphin will direct you to a hacked up version of flash that will even run on 4.2.2. This is how I watch Prime on my Nexus 7 if the kids have the Kindle tied up =)
 
2014-04-24 12:40:05 AM  

OOBE Juan Kenobi: Hebalo: roflmaonow: I think it was the Master that was shot on 60mm film which was unconventional and they said it natively translated to upwards of 8k resolution.

It's a piece of garbage at any resolution.

The Master is challenging, but not garbage. Garbage has to do with absence of a lot of thought and energy put into a film. No one can accuse PTA of being thoughtless about his work: he's very methodical... Writing and directing movies takes a lot of work...


Okay, it's devoid of any interesting scenes, moves at a snails pace, and I didn't care about any of the characters.
 
2014-04-24 02:02:41 AM  

robodog: redmid17: RoyBatty: So 3 year old or older HBO is good, but the streaming service is still essentially worthless for my needs until Amazon comes out with an Android client. Yeah, we know, you want to push Kindles.

Yeah that was kind of annoying. My kindle was stolen a few weeks ago, and I went to install an android client on my phone and "new tablet" (old Evo 4g) only to find that they were "incompatible." I understand I can watch it on my laptop, but Amazon prime video to my chromecast would be pretty sweet to have, especially on work trips.

Download Dolphin browser, go to amazon and try to watch a video, it'll try to get you to use silverlight, say use flash, then you can either use flash, or if you're on a newer version of android without flash support dolphin will direct you to a hacked up version of flash that will even run on 4.2.2. This is how I watch Prime on my Nexus 7 if the kids have the Kindle tied up =)


Thanks. It seems to work much better now than I remember. Also a Nexus 10 and not an HP Touchpad....
 
2014-04-24 07:24:46 AM  

Nem Wan: Even more, Hollywood seems to think movies anytime but Christmas (Oscar bait) should be PG-13 action spectacles and serious drama belongs on cable. And moreover, network TV should be "reality" game shows, and serious drama belongs on cable.


I was actually reading a book about that. It talked about how in the last 15 years or so Hollywood has really decided to go after the 200 million plus budget action spectacular (or animated kids movie). With all the money being spent on those movies, theatrical releases have basically boiled down to either those huge blockbusters or really low budget indie movies. There isn't really the mid budget R rated dramas with well known talented actors coming out anymore. So all of those actors and writers moved to TV.
 
2014-04-24 07:29:55 AM  

Saiga410: Starhawk: Babylon 5.

Is it sad that I have been wanting B5 to be offered on one of the streaming services so I can rewatch  them even though I have all 5 seasons on DVD?


Heh. Same here. I've got an entire shelf of B5 discs, yet they are so low and would require bending. Last week I even watched "Top Secret" on Amazon Prime rather than look for the DVD.

I should probably get an award for laziness, but ... you know.
 
2014-04-24 07:30:29 AM  

zepher: For those hating on season 2 of The Wire you're missing the point that season 2 focuses on the money angle.
You need to follow the money and it shows that the influence of the inner city drug trade reaches far beyond the inner city.


Plus Season 2 gives us Frank Sobotka, who is probably one of the most selfless characters ever to appear on the show. I mean everything he does is for the good of his friends/family/co-workers. He is not smuggling stuff in to get rich. And is also probably one of the most tragic (at least of the adult characters) because by doing what he does it ends up making him the target of the cops (because of a petty grudge) and it ultimately gets him killed.
 
2014-04-24 11:31:43 AM  

mechgreg: zepher: For those hating on season 2 of The Wire you're missing the point that season 2 focuses on the money angle.
You need to follow the money and it shows that the influence of the inner city drug trade reaches far beyond the inner city.

Plus Season 2 gives us Frank Sobotka, who is probably one of the most selfless characters ever to appear on the show. I mean everything he does is for the good of his friends/family/co-workers. He is not smuggling stuff in to get rich. And is also probably one of the most tragic (at least of the adult characters) because by doing what he does it ends up making him the target of the cops (because of a petty grudge) and it ultimately gets him killed.


Yup, it's outside influences that get him killed.
Season 2 shows that the inner city drug trade's influence goes all the way from the hopper on the corner slinging the dope all the way to City Hall.
 
2014-04-24 03:54:41 PM  
theflatline:
That is a part of it, but HBO is running test groups with cable companies, where for 15 dollars a month, you get hbo and local channels, plus the use of HBO2g0 on all their devices, it is being marketed towards the cable cutters.

This is the endgame I am looking for right here.

The whole current structure WILL be changing/collapsing in the next decade. I have a cable box and pay 135.00 a month for a total of maybe ten channels I actually watch.
 
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