Now that I think of it, we also watched the first series of the lauded series “Breaking Bad“. The series have a nice joke here and there, but also here the first series did not make me want to watch the second. Many people say that the series develops, but frankly, when you want people to watch your series, the first have to be very good, right? I guess I missed that part.
We usually spend one evening a week watching series. Not on TV though, I am terrible with following things on TV, I just want to watch something when I want to watch it. Also I am no fond of all these 7+ season series and consequentally not of still running series. Also I find little of interest actually.
After the very good series “Intelligence“, we did not have much luck.
We watched a few episodes of “Engrenages“, a French police series with a rather predictable story-line and the obligatory gruesome serial killer elements.
We have tried two series of the lauded series “Game Of Thrones“, but close to nothing in it happens that interests me. Almost never I looked forward to the next episode and even the series endings are not too ‘cliffhanging’.
I think I forget one, but currently we are watching season 1 of “Mad Men“. I heard there are “Twin Peaks” actors in it and that it has “Twin Peaks” elements. Well, not in the first series! Judging IMDb.com, Ray Wise features in 4 episodes in the 4th to 7th series. In any case, however the series has nice humour and I like the 1950′ies atmosphere, there is nothing interesting in the story and I doubt I will want to continue with the next series. Besides, I just find out that it is a 7+ season series and still running…
Since series seem to have become terribly popular, there might a lot be left to check out. I like the stranger series, “Twin Peaks”, “The Prisoner”, “Carnivale”, that sort of stuff, but as you can see with “Intelligence”, a well written ‘normal series’ can be good too. Tips are welcome.
It has been a while since I saw “Enter The Void“. Taking that the DVD would be released by now, I thought I would get myself a copy and watch it again. Well, the DVD is available, but from the average DVD shop downtown… Fortunately there is the internet.
This morning I had an idea. I have used a ‘stars rating’ plugin for a long time, but it does not allow me to filter on rating, so when you read a film rated 3, you cannot easily see other titles rated the same. Then I figured, if I just make categories for that. I have not got categories for 6 ratings, a 3,5 stars became 3, otherwise I would have had to make way too many categories. Now the categories for 2 or 3 stars are not very interesting. They contain the majority of reviews. 4 And 5 are more interesting, 1 and 0 perhaps even more! Only reviews that have a star-rating got assigned the categories, so that are by far not all films. I might start to work backwards some time, but that will be an awfull job. Just have a look if you find this new ‘feature’ usefull.
I was wondering if it would be an idea to make categories for years as well. Are you interesting to be able to easily access all reviews of films made in some year?
The circumstances were thus that we watched “Dexter” four nights in a row, it were the first eight episodes of the second series. “Dexter” started in 2006 and is still running (season 6). Continue reading ‘Four days of Dexter’ »
Because the software that this website runs on will soon release a version which requires newer server software than my host offers in their normal package, I ran ahead getting a new database on another server. The transfer was not easy. The biggest problems were importing a gigantic database dump and the fact that accented characters were replaced during the import. I hope I found all these weird characters replacing my é â ð etc. Should you run into one, or something else that looks funny, please contact me.
Remember “Horizonica” (2007)? The team of “Schat Ik Ga Fietsen” is working on a new full-length “Nederhorror” (“Netherhorror” after the Netherlands) zombie slasher with a plethora of volunteers. Make-up is done by Suzy Terror (who else), Ramon Etman (director of “Horizonica”) has his influence because of the cooperation of “Broet. The title is in Italian “Il Campeggio dei Morti Viventi” and on the Facebook page you can find more information. Also ‘Googling’ the title will bring up Youtube ‘trailers’ and the like. It looks like there will be some zombies in the film that I know, just as in “Horizonica”, hopefully “Il Campeggio…” will be a bit better
As a new series we got ourselves “Dexter“. These series actually have a 9.3 on IMdB (just as Twin Peaks) and a friend of mine says that it is getter better with every episode, even upto the fifth series. I am no fond of still running series, neither of series with too many seasons, but last week we saw the pilot and first (or second) episode. As in “American Psycho” we get the viewpoint of a serial killer. We hear him thinking, the story is with him as focal point. Dexter is an adopted child and has had urges to kill since his youth. His adoptive father, a policeman, knew all about these urges and taught Dexter to use them ‘for good’, hense, kill the people the police cannot catch. In his normal life Dexter is a forensic expert with “blood splatter patterns” as his speciality. The police is not his employer, but he works for them. His (step?)sister followed her father’s footsteps. Dexters jog inspires his other work.
The first two episodes were amusing, but not brilliant. The series have a grim sense of humour and it is funny that a serial killer is the hero of a popular series. I know that I gave all the information already, but I myself wonder how a series of five seasons with 12 episodes each remain interesting when the pilot already gives everything away. I suppose it does not (and so neither did I) or the writers manage to keep coming up with new ideas. Time will tell.
As you probably know, we are watching “Danger Man” (“or “Secret Agent”), the series that came before “The Prisoner”. Suddenly I wondered what McGoohan would have looked like when he was older. I ran into this page informing us that McGoohan died at the age of 80 on 15 January 2009. The link contains two photos. Also I ran into a very nice interview from 1977 which is mostly about “The Prisoner”, also with photo.