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(NBC Washington)   Yo Tiger King, I'm really happy for you, Imma let you finish, but The Queen's Gambit is now Netflix's most viewed show of all time...OF ALL TIME   (nbcwashington.com) divider line
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2020-11-24 9:41:12 AM  
Gambit, you say?

Ex-Men: Gambit
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/can't get enough of these videos
 
2020-11-24 10:09:43 AM  
I watched about half of it, interesting stuff, but just too much drama for my taste.
 
2020-11-24 10:20:34 AM  
Haven't seen it yet, but this pleases me.

I'd much rather something a little bit cerebral be the most watched rather than constantly reward society's dregs.

/adjusts monocle
 
2020-11-24 10:20:52 AM  
When it first came out I had to struggle a tiny bit to explain that it's about chess, but not really.

Now anyone I suggest it to just says they've seen it.

If you haven't, the first episode is tough. Like, really tough
 
2020-11-24 10:42:47 AM  
Thank God. Maybe our long national nightmare of these people being socially pertinent is over.

/I won't hold my breath
 
2020-11-24 10:43:37 AM  
We literally have nothing else to do.
 
2020-11-24 10:50:19 AM  
I can't watch it, that woman is absolutely annoying. I can't believe they tapped her to do the Furiosa movie.
 
2020-11-24 10:53:26 AM  
And we'll release zero data to prove it. Sounds good.

/FOAD stuffy british royals ephemera
 
2020-11-24 11:07:35 AM  
Good. The Queen's Gambit was much better.

My only complaints are that they could've trimmed it down an episode and given Jolene more to do.
 
2020-11-24 11:09:52 AM  
A show with everything but Yul Brenner. So you better go back to your bars, your temples, your massage parlours.
 
2020-11-24 11:15:19 AM  

DecemberNitro: And we'll release zero data to prove it. Sounds good.

/FOAD stuffy british royals ephemera


Umm....
 
2020-11-24 11:32:54 AM  
I watched it once for the plot.
I watched it again for the acting.
I am watching a third time for the set design/lighting/photography.

As a collective effort, it is terrific as far as I am concerned.
And I'm Susan Collins-level concerned.
 
2020-11-24 11:38:57 AM  

Gubbo: When it first came out I had to struggle a tiny bit to explain that it's about chess, but not really.


Isn't that like every movie about a sport or game?  All sports movies (with the exception of maybe Moneyball) are always football/baseball/basketball....but not really.  They're a background intended to focus on some interpersonal story, not the game.  At most, some part of the game is used as a device or allegory.

Searching For Bobby Fischer wasn't about chess either.
 
2020-11-24 11:40:50 AM  

Khellendros: Gubbo: When it first came out I had to struggle a tiny bit to explain that it's about chess, but not really.

Isn't that like every movie about a sport or game?  All sports movies (with the exception of maybe Moneyball) are always football/baseball/basketball....but not really.  They're a background intended to focus on some interpersonal story, not the game.  At most, some part of the game is used as a device or allegory.

Searching For Bobby Fischer wasn't about chess either.


That's what I told people. The sport doesn't matter, it's just how they are telling a good story.

But it kind of works well when you have actors that can get across the tension without any dialog.
 
2020-11-24 11:43:58 AM  
Gee, I wonder why?

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2020-11-24 11:45:37 AM  
One of the few cases I've ever seen where the movie is better than the book.
 
2020-11-24 11:47:27 AM  
I sat through the first three episodes with my wife but I just couldn't get into it.   It all feels really familiar for some reason.
 
2020-11-24 11:49:55 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: Gee, I wonder why?

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They don't play up the fact that she is incredibly attractive until at least half way through the series. So that isn't it.
 
2020-11-24 11:51:56 AM  
I've got 2 episodes to go but I'm rapidly losing interest. Its so stylish and the acting is so good that it tricks you into thinking there is something deeper there, but I'm starting to think there just isn't.
 
2020-11-24 11:54:26 AM  

Magnanimous_J: I've got 2 episodes to go but I'm rapidly losing interest. Its so stylish and the acting is so good that it tricks you into thinking there is something deeper there, but I'm starting to think there just isn't.


Everything about it is just so good that I don't like it is certainly a take.
 
2020-11-24 11:54:27 AM  
Fun show, doesnt need a sequel or anything. One of those nice endings in which you can imagine what happens next and that will probably be better than anything that is made.
 
2020-11-24 11:55:43 AM  

Gubbo: Magnanimous_J: I've got 2 episodes to go but I'm rapidly losing interest. Its so stylish and the acting is so good that it tricks you into thinking there is something deeper there, but I'm starting to think there just isn't.

Everything about it is just so good that I don't like it is certainly a take.


Too much frosting. Not enough cake.
 
2020-11-24 12:07:47 PM  

Magnanimous_J: Gubbo: Magnanimous_J: I've got 2 episodes to go but I'm rapidly losing interest. Its so stylish and the acting is so good that it tricks you into thinking there is something deeper there, but I'm starting to think there just isn't.

Everything about it is just so good that I don't like it is certainly a take.

Too much frosting. Not enough cake.


So, acts like it's got some substance, and has all the surface indications of a work that does, but in fact has none, with the result that it comes off like someone with a lame, easy PhD, who's not even in academia or research, but signs all their letters and emails as "dr. so-and-so"?

Or, to use the common term, it's a Nolan?
 
2020-11-24 12:39:32 PM  
Loved the Classical Gas bit.
 
2020-11-24 12:48:27 PM  
As it should be, she's dangerous, addicted and has a great smile.

Tiger Joe's smile? Not so much.
 
2020-11-24 1:03:14 PM  
Trump's totally going to pardon the tiger king guy.

And you know why?

Because he had great ratings.
 
2020-11-24 1:24:28 PM  

davynelson: I watched it once for the plot.
I watched it again for the acting.
I am watching a third time for the set design/lighting/photography.

As a collective effort, it is terrific as far as I am concerned.
And I'm Susan Collins-level concerned.


sounds like it needs more explosions
 
2020-11-24 1:32:45 PM  
I watched both, Queens Gambit was much better and I didn't feel as if I needed a shower after watching it.
 
2020-11-24 1:32:49 PM  
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ladies, get your coins ready
 
2020-11-24 1:33:26 PM  

davynelson: I watched it once for the plot.
I watched it again for the acting.
I am watching a third time for the set design/lighting/photography.

As a collective effort, it is terrific as far as I am concerned.
And I'm Susan Collins-level concerned.


Watch it a fourth time for Kasparov's obbsessive attention to detail. As a consultant on the show, he has recreated actual games to produce the piece placements shown. Whereas every other chess/sports movie would just cut away and come back to the scanerio the script calls for. ("So after three touchdowns, Murray High has erased a 42 point deficit.")
 
2020-11-24 1:52:43 PM  

No Line For Beer: davynelson: I watched it once for the plot.
I watched it again for the acting.
I am watching a third time for the set design/lighting/photography.

As a collective effort, it is terrific as far as I am concerned.
And I'm Susan Collins-level concerned.

Watch it a fourth time for Kasparov's obbsessive attention to detail. As a consultant on the show, he has recreated actual games to produce the piece placements shown. Whereas every other chess/sports movie would just cut away and come back to the scanerio the script calls for. ("So after three touchdowns, Murray High has erased a 42 point deficit.")


Its always nice when you can have the best ever as a consultant.  Would be like getting Kareem for a basketball movie.
 
2020-11-24 1:58:00 PM  
It's high on my list but I haven't watched it yet. Sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving weekend situation.
 
2020-11-24 3:49:40 PM  

darkhorse23: I can't watch it, that woman is absolutely annoying. I can't believe they tapped her to do the Furiosa movie.


I'm not surprised; lots want to tap that
 
2020-11-24 3:52:39 PM  

No Line For Beer: davynelson: I watched it once for the plot.
I watched it again for the acting.
I am watching a third time for the set design/lighting/photography.

As a collective effort, it is terrific as far as I am concerned.
And I'm Susan Collins-level concerned.

Watch it a fourth time for Kasparov's obbsessive attention to detail. As a consultant on the show, he has recreated actual games to produce the piece placements shown. Whereas every other chess/sports movie would just cut away and come back to the scanerio the script calls for. ("So after three touchdowns, Murray High has erased a 42 point deficit.")


It actually did omit chunks of the games, but not so much that people couldn't piece together what the actual games were.

/and in the case of the last game, where it diverged from the historical game
//love that they snuck the Operahouse game into the series
///possibly a nerd
 
2020-11-24 3:54:04 PM  

NathanAllen: As it should be, she's dangerous, addicted and has a great smile.

Tiger Joe's smile? Not so much.


He has a better smile than his husband did.
 
2020-11-24 4:25:47 PM  

FLMountainMan: I sat through the first three episodes with my wife but I just couldn't get into it.   It all feels really familiar for some reason.


Because it's a movie you've seen about a thousand times before, and a miniseries you've seen about six hundred times before.

I mean, I get why you might not enjoy another round of "secret genius versus the arrogant young masters version 3607", but in fairness it never really tried to hook you on the grounds of its astonishing novelty and rootless originality.  It's the same story you've seen a thousand times, but well-made and featuring actors you haven't seen before doing the lines around a central gimmick that you've only seen in about 350 of those thousand fundamentally identical movies.

This... isn't particularly unusual for Netflix-funded productions, it's not like their take on The Witcher was some sort of groundbreaking piece of high art stressing the unfamiliar and creative parts of the source material: they made it into "what if Legend of the Seeker had a production budget higher than ten bucks per episode and a cast that wasn't borrowed from a community theater production of Cats?" and it was great.
 
2020-11-24 4:33:36 PM  
I'm enjoying the sexy chess show. For me, it's perfect holiday season fare. Compelling but not-too-dark drama, plus amazing wardrobe and set design. I sort of gasp-laughed with joy over that longish tracking shot that seemingly served no other purpose that to linger over the decor of her house.
 
2020-11-24 5:46:40 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Gee, I wonder why?

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2020-11-24 8:21:29 PM  

whither_apophis: OtherLittleGuy: Gee, I wonder why?

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Well, my pawn just became a bishop...
 
2020-11-24 10:26:40 PM  

Optimus Primate: It's high on my list but I haven't watched it yet. Sounds like a perfect Thanksgiving weekend situation.


That sounds like a fine plan.

I may suggest adding some mind altering substances, nothing wild, but whatever is legal there.

Entertaining show, very strong actor.
 
2020-11-24 11:23:04 PM  

millia: One of the few cases I've ever seen where the movie is better than the book.


I enjoyed the series enough to be curious about the book.  I have a couple of others to finish but might pick it up for the Christmas break.  Never read Tevis before.
 
2020-11-25 12:44:20 AM  

snoopy2zero: Fun show, doesnt need a sequel or anything. One of those nice endings in which you can imagine what happens next and that will probably be better than anything that is made.


Kind of like the next to last episode of Supernatural.
 
2020-11-25 3:55:11 AM  

frestcrallen: millia: One of the few cases I've ever seen where the movie is better than the book.

I enjoyed the series enough to be curious about the book.  I have a couple of others to finish but might pick it up for the Christmas break.  Never read Tevis before.


He wrote The Hustler, which was adapted to a great movie, and the Color of Money, which was radically changed into a very good movie.

Overall, this series fits in his literary universe. I could see Beth having an estranged uncle Eddie Felson.
 
2020-11-25 6:37:05 AM  

Cokezeroinacan: No Line For Beer: davynelson: I watched it once for the plot.
I watched it again for the acting.
I am watching a third time for the set design/lighting/photography.

As a collective effort, it is terrific as far as I am concerned.
And I'm Susan Collins-level concerned.

Watch it a fourth time for Kasparov's obbsessive attention to detail. As a consultant on the show, he has recreated actual games to produce the piece placements shown. Whereas every other chess/sports movie would just cut away and come back to the scanerio the script calls for. ("So after three touchdowns, Murray High has erased a 42 point deficit.")

Its always nice when you can have the best ever as a consultant.  Would be like getting Kareem for a basketball movie.


Kareem, one of the best ever?

Hell, he didn't work hard on defense and really only tried during the playoffs according to my Dad.
 
2020-11-25 5:07:12 PM  

Mad Bowl Hoo: Cokezeroinacan: No Line For Beer: davynelson: I watched it once for the plot.
I watched it again for the acting.
I am watching a third time for the set design/lighting/photography.

As a collective effort, it is terrific as far as I am concerned.
And I'm Susan Collins-level concerned.

Watch it a fourth time for Kasparov's obbsessive attention to detail. As a consultant on the show, he has recreated actual games to produce the piece placements shown. Whereas every other chess/sports movie would just cut away and come back to the scanerio the script calls for. ("So after three touchdowns, Murray High has erased a 42 point deficit.")

Its always nice when you can have the best ever as a consultant.  Would be like getting Kareem for a basketball movie.

Kareem, one of the best ever?

Hell, he didn't work hard on defense and really only tried during the playoffs according to my Dad.


Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.
 
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