The last thing you saw on TV (along with your thoughts)
January 25, 2012 at 5:00 pm #23181
A lot of boards have topic dedicated were people just say what was the last movie they saw, which is fine. I just think that sometime it just become a listing of what people saw and skip an opportunity to discuss them.
So here I decided that along with telling people what you just saw you would give as much observations
Currently watching the Simpsons episode called “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment” (The one were Homer steal the cable)
-Kinda amusing how lisa opposition to stealing the cable stem from a sunday school class, considering she converts to buddhism, but oblivously in both case we can see that
-Marge eating raisin and Lisa asking that she pays for it, raise an interesting theological issue considering the opposition stems from a religion rule. The clerk forgives Marge for eating those raisin, yet she is not considered “clean” up until she properly pay for them. The concept of simple forgiveness and making ammend often being a contentious point between the various Christian domination.
-The arguments used to justify pirating cable are essentially the same as justifying pirating music/movie (compagnies make millions and we don’t feel like paying for stuff that are crappy) and like the internet they are used for porns
-Did you know back in the day Reverand Lovejoy considered cable to be sinful technology (ok to be fair it was after she said it was stolen)
-Interesting chronological observation. In the last act, we see that Homers stole loads of stuff from Moe and the office, I can’t help but think that despiste learning his lesson at the end of the episode. Homer would keep “borrowing” stuff from Flanders (and no one really ever minding)January 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm #23185
So does it end up being in favor of the theft, say it’s akin to borrowing? I want to believe The Simpsons would be controversial like that.
It feels kinda strange to have Lisa be so worried and conservative about it, her character now seems more politically anti-authoritarian I guess even though she’s a teachers pet and worries about grades. Like if the show dealt with the issue now, maybe they have, of online piracy I think Lisa would be in favor of it- or at least an open internet.January 25, 2012 at 10:06 pm #23187
I don’t they ever were a simpsons episode that deal with online piracy, being quinsentially 90’s an interesting thing is that while some episode show the family do own a computer a computer was never integreted in the home, so it constantly shift around the house.
Watching Touch, I long for the day i’ll see autistic people with very average ability.
Hey they actually have an explanation for why broke people can afford gigantic appartement!
Amusingly enough Kiefer Sutherland talks about how his son was able to predict his son ability to detect numbers right infront of the social worker who question his parenting abilities (and his wife died on 9/11, those terrorist won’t leave him alone and phone are very important)
kinda funny I’m pretty sure the kids say they 7 billions people but the subtitle say 6 billions, I think they adjust the text at some point,.
Touch feel like a better knowing….not sure that’s an endorsement, but it is funJanuary 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm #23189
Yeah I remember seeing a computer on The Simpsons always felt weird, except maybe in the one where Homer gains weight to work from home. Even in the most recent episode that’s all about computers and social networking it feels strange even before it gets all Invasion of the Bodysnatchersy. And there’s also a notable lack of religious ethics, there’s a scene where everyone’s in church looking at phones and eventually Rev. Lovejoy says “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” and pulls out his phone and goes online. I guess they didn’t want to take the “thou shall not worship false idols” track on the episode.
With the autistic thing, how do you feel about Ralph’s portrayal? He’s not average ability or savant, he’s in the non-sequitur punchline mold a lot, which in a commentary a writer mentioned they try not have him be just a walking punchline.January 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm #23291
Okay, I’m going to totally kill this one and say the State of the Union address.
Yeah, I’m that person.
And I thought it was pretty clever in how the president took a lot of his opponents’ talking points and spun them in his own way. And I loved the pun.
But policy-wise? Not too excited.January 28, 2012 at 10:36 am #23302
I finally started watching Portlandia. I would’ve been watching it a LOT sooner if I’d realized it was sketch comedy. Sigh. Now I want nothing more than to spend the entire afternoon with my boyfriend’s Kids in the Hall collection. Is sketch comedy making a comeback? I heard something on the radio about a new Comedy Central show that sounds intriguing…
Anyway, I just watched ep 5 of Portlandia on Netflix, and I seriously don’t want to watch ep 6, because who knows when the new season that just started will be easily accessible online?! I hate when good things end… or make me wait…February 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm #23736
Watching: Sherlock (BBC)
Very interesting visual style – for those who haven’t watched it, the pilot episode makes great use of text messaging, and whenever a character receives a text, the text floats above their head for the audience to view.
It reminds me a bit of the way Veronica Mars tends to play with the timing of a scene: i.e., one character moves past in slow-mo while the rest of the scene plays out on real time, etc. Or of how Fringe will have physical letters spelling out a location, rather than just using subtitles.
I wonder if this is indicative of a new visual trend in TV, or just a handful of coincidences. Like, is there a trend toward making TV cinematography less realistic and more stylistic, or is this just a coincidence born of better technology and more editors playing around with effects that weren’t available a decade ago or more?February 15, 2012 at 9:31 am #23780
I really enjoy the aesthetic, too. The texting thing continues into the next season, so I’m pretty sure it will remain for however many more seasons this show lasts. I actually don’t think that’s the norm- I’ve seen shows that start out looking rather artsy and stuff in the first few episodes, but by the middle of the first season, even, they get more traditional. Sorry, I can’t think of any off the top of my head, but I am almost certain this has happened before.
Which leads me to believe it’s probably not an overall trend. And if it is, it’ll be really annoying.
Take The Matrix and that uber slow-mo style that movie made popular. Nowadays, you can’t watch an action movie without some long, drawn-out slow motion sequence. And while they’re still sometimes done well, the usual result is something less than stellar. (And there are films where one time it’s rather badass, and the next time, it’s pretty friggin’ dumb-looking. Ex: The Patriot when Heath Ledger gets tossed the musket looks pretty awesome and badass. But later in the movie, other musket-shooting looks really corny because it’s so slow.) I think that’s probably why doing the fancy stuff in a show usually doesn’t last a whole season- it would get really old really fast if it’s the same characters and scenery every bloody week, and the odds of it being done right every time would decrease with each episode.
But why does it work for Sherlock? is the logical next question. Well, I think because of the nature of the show itself. Each episode is kind of its own movie, almost. And this is also a style choice that is well-executed. And it adds a little flair. I see it almost like a camera choice as opposed to an overarching method of representation.
Oddly, I relate it to Signs. Hear me out. During a very, very important scene, rather than showing the events from an entirely third-person perspective, at one part in the scene, the camera focuses on a television in the room. So you’re watching things happen from the reflection on a TV. Some more stuff happens, and then the camera goes to first person. So then you get this dramatic ending to it that’s chock-full of symbolism. However bad anyone thinks that movie is (and I don’t), those camera choices made what could have been a rather corny scene much more suspenseful and emotional.
So the overhead texting doesn’t necessarily make it more suspenseful, but it’s much more entertaining and character-driven to see it this way than what happens in other movies or shows with texting: Usually, the person’s face and reaction are shown, the camera cuts to the text, then the camera cuts back to the person. And if there is a reply involved, there is more cutting to the phone/device. The style in Sherlock allows the camera to remain on whomever is using their phone, keeping their body language and reactions in real-time instead of broken up by shots of the device. It makes for a smoother scene overall, but again, you can pay more attention to what the characters are doing that way.February 17, 2012 at 1:16 am #23842
That’s an interesting thought, Gab. I guess a show with a short run like Sherlock (6 episodes over two seasons) can pull off stylistic tricks like that without getting old more easily than a show with a more traditional US run of 22-26 episodes per season.
Oddly, I find the use of text on Sherlock far less distracting/irritating than in some other shows that use less invasive stylistic quirks. For example, in Fringe, rather than using subtitles to establish where a scene takes place, they’ll show actual, physical letters integrated with the landscape (so, if a scene takes place in Boston, it will be preceded with a panning establishing shot, with the words “Boston” sitting on the countryside, a la the Hollywood sign.) This is obviously a minor feature of the show, as there aren’t that many establishing shots, but I always found that conceit took me out of a scene far more quickly than the floaty text messages in Sherlock.May 7, 2012 at 3:11 pm #24948
I just watched Bob’s Burgers, and this was an unusually dark episode for this show, where Bob end’s up taking a food critic hostage in his own home, so he can make the guy taste his burger again and take back a bad review. Awesome as usual, but the tone of this one was a little different from most other episodes.
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