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B-Rich    231

Been watching (on MeTV) reruns of the old 1974-75 show Kolchak:The Night Stalker.   I watched that show religiously on Friday nights when I was a 9-10 year old monster fan. It was reportedly the inspiration for Chris Carter's The X-Files.

 

It's funny to go back and watch it now. For one thing, Kolchak (played by Darren McGavin, best known for playing the dad in A Christmas Story) always had THE SAME THING ON EVERY EPISODE-- seersucker suit, blue shirt, dark knit tie, straw hat.  It's like he either never changed clothes, or he had a closet full of the same thing.

 

Secondly, the show was set in Chicago, but other than a few stock aerial shots and such, it was clearly filmed in L.A., (Mediterranean landscape hills, etc.). 

 

Finally, now that I'm in my fifties and not barely 10 years old, it's amazing to see how BAD the show is.  The special effects and costumes were TERRIBLE; and the dialogue is very hokey and unrealistic.

 

But I still love it. The whole premise of reporter Kolchak always finding these monsters and supernatural things, then defeating them with no proof (and no story) EVERY WEEK is hokey and absurd, but endearing.  In that regard, it's almost like Gilligan's island-- absurd yet entertaining.

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infrared41    3,724
3 hours ago, B-Rich said:

Been watching (on MeTV) reruns of the old 1974-75 show Kolchak:The Night Stalker.   I watched that show religiously on Friday nights when I was a 9-10 year old monster fan. It was reportedly the inspiration for Chris Carter's The X-Files.

 

It's funny to go back and watch it now. For one thing, Kolchak (played by Darren McGavin, best known for playing the dad in A Christmas Story) always had THE SAME THING ON EVERY EPISODE-- seersucker suit, blue shirt, dark knit tie, straw hat.  It's like he either never changed clothes, or he had a closet full of the same thing.

 

That was probably so they could use stock footage when needed. Bonanza did the same thing. The characters always wore the same clothes so the production crew could reuse footage of them riding horses, etc. Saves a ton of money in production costs. 

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MadmanLA    83

I was always a fan of the original "Dallas", and I'm just about done streaming the minseries + season 1.  I use to watch the reruns when the old SoapNet use to regularly air them (I was too young to care about the original airings on CBS), before the channel gave way to Disney Junior several years ago.  Just one night last week, bored and with nothing really worthwhile on live TV, I got on YouTube, just started watching Dallas 1.0 clips one after another...my only gripe, though, that I wish the original series was on Netflix on Hulu, instead of having to buy episodes/seasons on Amazon.  In terms of TV heels, J.R. Ewing basically wrote the book on being heelish on primetime TV.  On the other end, the show certainly lost something when Jim Davis (Jock Ewing) died during season 4, and the dream season (season 8), and Victoria Principal's departure the year after "the dream" kinda killed the rest of the series for me.  The series finale in the original, where J.R. was thought to had committed suicide but just shot his bedroom mirror instead, was a good ending, but they muffed that up by revealing the actual end result in the first reunion movie.

 

I liked the revival series, although I thought the acting with the four main leads (Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, and Julie Gonzalo) were pretty wooden.  Larry Hagman was really the real saving grace of the revival, but once he passed away, I knew that show's days were numbered.  If there was anything about Dallas 2.0 that should have been different, John Ross and Christopher should have swapped roles--John Ross being more like his uncle Bobby, while Christopher is somehow influenced by J.R.'s way of dealing.

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wildwing64    1,192

Currently rewatching Gundam Reconguista in G. Or rather, I'm half rewatching it. Got up to around the midpoint during its original run and lost track of what was going on. There were other shows that were keeping my interest more at the time so I ended up dropping this and never got around to finishing it. Now I've gone back and started again, and I'm enjoying it a lot more the second time around so far.

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goalieboy82    408
6 hours ago, B-Rich said:

Been watching (on MeTV) reruns of the old 1974-75 show Kolchak:The Night Stalker.   I watched that show religiously on Friday nights when I was a 9-10 year old monster fan. It was reportedly the inspiration for Chris Carter's The X-Files.

 

It's funny to go back and watch it now. For one thing, Kolchak (played by Darren McGavin, best known for playing the dad in A Christmas Story) always had THE SAME THING ON EVERY EPISODE-- seersucker suit, blue shirt, dark knit tie, straw hat.  It's like he either never changed clothes, or he had a closet full of the same thing.

 

Secondly, the show was set in Chicago, but other than a few stock aerial shots and such, it was clearly filmed in L.A., (Mediterranean landscape hills, etc.). 

 

Finally, now that I'm in my fifties and not barely 10 years old, it's amazing to see how BAD the show is.  The special effects and costumes were TERRIBLE; and the dialogue is very hokey and unrealistic.

 

But I still love it. The whole premise of reporter Kolchak always finding these monsters and supernatural things, then defeating them with no proof (and no story) EVERY WEEK is hokey and absurd, but endearing.  In that regard, it's almost like Gilligan's island-- absurd yet entertaining.

kolchak.jpg.15b4078dcfcf30d76749b63cd1646d1f.jpg

its was better then the remake a decade ago:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Stalker_(TV_series)

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Cosmic    2,556

Two episodes in, the new season of House of Cards is off to a good start.

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goalieboy82    408
16 minutes ago, Cosmic said:

Two episodes in, the new season of House of Cards is off to a good start.

tell you how it ends,

Spoiler

the Butler did it.  

 

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Shumway    746

Alf is on every weeknight at 9:30 on some random channel here. My brief obsession with the show (I bought the DVDs) over 12 years ago gave me my screen name on here, and I'm really enjoying re-watching the episodes (until I get to season 4).

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MadmanLA    83
1 hour ago, Shumway said:

Alf is on every weeknight at 9:30 on some random channel here. My brief obsession with the show (I bought the DVDs) over 12 years ago gave me my screen name on here, and I'm really enjoying re-watching the episodes (until I get to season 4).

 Me-TV...they just added it on Monday, along with a couple other classic shows.  I liked Alf as a kid...hell, even the Saturday morning cartoon series that came with it. 

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Zeus89725    998

Just now saw Manchester by the Sea. All I have to say is holy :censored:.

 

The cinematography, story, acting, dialogue, and everything about it was sad, and incredible. I loved it.

 

Spoiler

The scene where Lee attempted suicide in the police station really spoke to me. When I saw house burning and him watching, it was just immensely powerful. What got me when he took the cop's gun and tried to shoot himself was him screaming "Please" during the scramble. This movie was just sad and I loved it.

 

 

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CS85    5,400
17 hours ago, Zeus89725 said:

Just now saw Manchester by the Sea. All I have to say is holy :censored:.

 

The cinematography, story, acting, dialogue, and everything about it was sad, and incredible. I loved it.

 

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The scene where Lee attempted suicide in the police station really spoke to me. When I saw house burning and him watching, it was just immensely powerful. What got me when he took the cop's gun and tried to shoot himself was him screaming "Please" during the scramble. This movie was just sad and I loved it.

 

 

 

It was very good, but I feel like Casey Affleck's career will never be better than The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.  Casey's only real talent is playing an internally conflicted, broken up person who can't quite shake his demons, and his role in Manchester totally fits the bill.  I liked his performance a lot.  The scene in question was incredibly shocking/moving, but I personally enjoyed

 

when he ran into his wife toward the end and they have one more final talk about it.  You can tell his wife is begging him for forgiveness and needs the hole in her life filled again, but he doesn't have it in him yet.  The nice thing about the finale is that his character doesn't get completely redeemed, but he's on the path toward something better, even if we don't see it come to fruition.  It feels more realistic that way, even if it's at the expense of a happier ending.

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DNAsports    540

I've been watching The Ranch on Netflix and I realized that they're essentially doing a That 70s Show reunion.

 

Ashton Kutcher as Colt Bennett

Danny Masterson as Rooster Bennett

Wilmer Valderrama as Umberto, a farm hand

Deborah Jo Rupp as Abby's Mother

 

I'm only one episode into Part 3 (season 3) but I can't help to think we'll eventually see Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon, Kurtwood Smith and maybe Don Stark in the future. Grace (War Machine) and Prepon (Orange is the New Black) are familiar with Netflix. I hope if Smith ever appears on the show he drops a "foot in your ass" line.

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MadmanLA    83
On ‎6‎/‎18‎/‎2017 at 10:18 AM, DNAsports said:

I've been watching The Ranch on Netflix and I realized that they're essentially doing a That 70s Show reunion.

 

Ashton Kutcher as Colt Bennett

Danny Masterson as Rooster Bennett

Wilmer Valderrama as Umberto, a farm hand

Deborah Jo Rupp as Abby's Mother

 

I'm only one episode into Part 3 (season 3) but I can't help to think we'll eventually see Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Laura Prepon, Kurtwood Smith and maybe Don Stark in the future. Grace (War Machine) and Prepon (Orange is the New Black) are familiar with Netflix. I hope if Smith ever appears on the show he drops a "foot in your ass" line.

 

I gotta get back into that show...I left off with the middle of part two.  Kutcher and Masterson certainly haven't missed a beat with the on-screen chemistry, plus being best buds in real life helps also.  Sam Elliott's character isn't the hardass that Red Forman was, but it's pretty close IMO.

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habsfan1    1,348
On 6/21/2017 at 5:29 PM, infrared41 said:

Anyone watching Better Call Saul? 

 

Haven't seen it yet. But it's become really good, according to most reviews I've heard. Renewed for season 4 and there's a chance it might have a longer run than Breaking Bad did. I didn't think the spinoff would last this long.

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infrared41    3,724
1 hour ago, habsfan1 said:

 

Haven't seen it yet. But it's become really good, according to most reviews I've heard. Renewed for season 4 and there's a chance it might have a longer run than Breaking Bad did. I didn't think the spinoff would last this long.

 

I think in some ways it's better than Breaking Bad. 

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habsfan1    1,348

I watched "The Player" recently. It's an action series with Wesley Snipes & a cast composed of unknown names. Nothing groundbreaking, but every episode is a fun watch, lots of gambling lingo, shot in Vegas Casino resort, good action, okay story. They don't take themselves seriously.

 

The series was cut short. Produced 13 eps. axed down to 9. I can almost tell that for the last 4 minutes of the series, producers had to purchase an extra hour or two of shooting time to tie the loose ends and wrap it up early, to avoid leaving plot lines unresolved. It was still enjoyable, imo, for what it was.

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GeauxColonels    477

The wife and I are doing a complete series watch of How I met Your Mother and are really enjoying it. We never saw the show when it was airing and decided to make this our summer binge. We've just made it to season 7 now (I believe). I'm also doing a rewatch of Entourage because it had been a while since I had watched the show.

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