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  1. Crimson

    Disney Plus The Mandalorian

    I liked THE MANDALORIAN a lot and I'm looking forward to season two. The show was inconsequential compared to a lot of what passes for "prestige TV" these days, but thoroughly enjoyable; IMO, the best thing in the STAR WARS franchise since the first two movies. I liked that it was both...
  2. Crimson

    How big part of your salary goes to rent?

    Funny you would ask; I spent much of yesterday doing a deep dive into my budget and spending habits. I should probably flip those percentages for Savings and Mad Money -- but, well, I get awfully mad.
  3. Crimson

    Netflix Ratched

    Stylish sure, but I disagree that stylish is the same as artificial and certainly not the same as hollow. Are there melodramas from the 40s and 50s that were artificial and hollow? Sure -- there are bad instances of everything. In which case, I guess I just consider RATCHED to be a bad...
  4. Crimson

    Am I ACTUALLY trying to kill myself??

    That is indeed harder. I have recently concluded that I am the world's worst grocery shopper. Not because I buy junk, but because I spend entirely too much. According to this food budget calculator, a generous budget for a single person should be about $270 per month. My allocated budget is...
  5. Crimson

    Netflix Ratched

    It's taken me two days to watch the second episode and I'm still only halfway through; I keep pausing and walking away. I think it's time to admit I'm just not into it and move along. There are flashes of interest and humor, but it's all smothered in that ice cold style that I find distracting...
  6. Crimson

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dead at 87

    Hypocritical sure, but are we saying that if the situation had been reversed -- a Republican lame duck President about to install a Supreme Court Justice -- that the Left would have just rolled over for it? If so, we may have pinpointed why the Left always ends up looking like a pack of...
  7. Crimson

    Mary Tyler Moore Show and Its Spin-Offs

    I don't think I've ever seen PHYLLIS, other than maybe a few clips on Youtube. I loved the character on MARY, but I'm inclined to think she worked better in small doses; even on that show, I wouldn't have wanted to see her in every episode. It's hard for me to imagine a series built around her...
  8. Crimson

    Mama's Family

    I've heard the the story of Carol's phone call to Vicki and it struck me also as a passive-aggressive trap for Vicki to walk into. Carol didn't have the rights to make a "Family" show after the divorce, and it seems unlikely she wouldn't have known that. Carol may or may not have been...
  9. Crimson

    Recycling Services

    Some years ago, I lived in an apartment building and had a large entertainment center I needed to get rid of. I didn't feel like trying to haul it down steps, so in the middle of the night I just dragged in into the hallway ... and left it there. Someone dealt with it eventually, but that...
  10. Crimson

    Netflix Ratched

    I watched the first episode and thought it was ... okay. Certainly not as bad as THE POLITICIAN or some of those wretched seasons of AHS; if nothing else, it's more consistent and focused, This should be right up my alley -- a noir-ish 1940s melodrama -- but it all feels so artificial and...
  11. Crimson

    Mama's Family

    I'm a huge fan of the "Family" sketches from THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW. While almost all the other sketches had a kind of meandering nuttiness that sputtered out, the "Family" sketches are sharp and surprisingly bitter. I like the first incarnation of MAMA'S FAMILY; those first two seasons did...
  12. Crimson

    Mary Tyler Moore Show and Its Spin-Offs

    Well there you go; final answer from the definitive source.
  13. Crimson

    Mary Tyler Moore Show and Its Spin-Offs

    Conversationally the need for "THE ... SHOW" is understandable, if only to differentiate from the actress; in print, the use of italics/bold/capitalization should cover that. But, yes, I'm inclined to think what was on the show's title screen was its official name.
  14. Crimson

    Netflix Ratched

    That's how I feel about an awful lot of shows these days, not just Ryan Murphy's. They often seem a bit under-baked; Netflix shows, in particular, tend to be just "good enough" but without quite being great. I suspect there's such a relentless need for new material, these shows are fast...
  15. Crimson

    Gilligan's Island

    I've read more than a few pros in the industry say that sitcoms are 90% casting and 10% writing, and I think there are plenty of shows to prove that correct. GILLIGAN did have an abnormally strong ensemble cast that seemed to click together quite well.
  16. Crimson

    Filthy Rich

    "Cautiously optimistic" sounds about right. I'm increasingly convinced soaps are the hardest TV genre to get right; they're either lousy or start well and fall apart or just get cancelled. The trailer looks promising, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
  17. Crimson

    Netflix Ratched

    I hate to dogpile on a show I haven't seen and which could prove me wrong, but the visuals do look oddly incongruous for the subject. The basic look here -- bold colors, odd angles, tracking shots -- seems to have become a kind of visual short hand for "quality, quirky" television that's used...
  18. Crimson

    Netflix Ratched

    Darth Vader; Hannibal Lechter; Maleficent; Dracula; Norman Bates -- I don't think any of their retro-fitted back stories added to the characters and in some cases, made them less interesting. Here's a quote from RATCHED's producer: "Louise Fletcher's performance is such a stunner. Part of...
  19. Crimson

    Gilligan's Island

    My opinions on BEWITCHED have shifted considerably through the years. For a long time, I would have said I favor the color Dick York years; somewhere along the line, I preferred the B&W seasons. Now -- well, so many of these classic sitcoms that I once loved now look stale and formulaic. I...
  20. Crimson

    Netflix Ratched

    This; definitely, this. Putting aside the "why?" question about the show's premise -- and I think these back stories for great villains usually end up lessening them and removing their mystique -- I think Murphy's shows are more miss than hit. When they're good they're very good, but...
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