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DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: The Americans (Season 3 - 2015)
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on June 02, 2018, 05:14:25 am »
The Americans Season 6 Trailer (HD) Final Season
10 Stars out of 5

Gonna post in here even though it's Season 6. So, I may have not done threads for Season 4,5 and 6, but I have stayed with it the entire time. Honestly, The American's is one of the best written series of all time and the acting is top notch. But I don't think a lot of people appreciate just how nuance it all is. In this day and age, it's about instant gratification and everything has to be 'in your face' to get a reaction from someone. The series is just the opposite. It's all about finesse in building up both their characters and the missions. Sure, there are moments where sh*t hits the fan and comes out of nowhere to hit you over the head. But I think it's not about doing that for the sake of doing it, but to get across to the viewer that anything can happen at a moments notice.

But I'm here about the Series Finale and what a Finale it was. Easily one of the greatest Finales ever. I'm very happy in how it all played out. From the very beginning when I started watching the show, there were two things that were in the back of my mind and those two things remained there for each and every season. Actually from each and every epiosde it was all I could think about. The inevitable confrontation between Stan (FBI Agent and Neighbor) and Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings (The Russian Agents, i.e. the "Americans"). Stan a few episodes back in this season started to suspect who the Jennings really are and it finally comes to a head. The showdown was both electric and subtle all at once. It was everything I had hoped it would be and nothing at all like I had envisioned it. Go figure. It needs to be watched again.

The other thing in the back of my mind of course was what would happen and become of both Henry and Paige, more Henry than Paige as the series went onward since Paige found out early about her parents and began training as an Agent. But with Henry, he remained untainted by the families secret, which made the ending all the more tragic when he finally learns the truth about his entire life. The "escape" for Phillip, Elizabeth and Paige was nerve-wracking, especially the train sequence. And just when you think they are in the clear and the train starts rolling again, they drop the biggest bombshell moment of not just the Finale, but quite possibly the entire series is when we see that Paige actually gets off the train. She finally becomes her own person and makes the hardest choice of anyone in the let her parents go. The reaction of both Phillip and Elizabeth was heartbreaking when they realized what just happened.  I will never be able to listen to U2's With or Without You ever again in the same way. Perfect song choice.

Overall, the season was fantastic from start to finish and the series itself always delivered exceptional performances. The Finale gets 10 Stars out of 5. It's THAT good. I'm going to miss the series.
Sports / Re: Nothin' But Net
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on May 30, 2018, 08:17:21 pm »
Longest shots in NBA History

Another great vid. The Magic Johnson shot was the best IMO. Just makes you appreciate his name even more!
Sports / Re: Nothin' But Net
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on May 30, 2018, 08:15:56 pm »
NBA Fans Making Half Court Shots For Money/Cars Compilation

Sheesh! I haven't posted in this thread in 5 f*cking years!
Anyway, this vid is awesome. It will have your grinning ear to ear when you see them making shots that have big monetary rewards for it.
Television / Re: Arrested Development (Season 4 - 2013)
« Last post by Neumatic on May 30, 2018, 10:36:27 am »
I feel like there MIGHT have been some pressure from Netflix to make it more binge-able, but honestly I don't know.  It's a thing that happens quite a bit with streaming services, possibly the confidence in knowing that the audience can watch another episode right off the bat.  But it leads to less fulfilling individual episodes.  It's sort of like how British shows without commercial breaks (or HBO type shows) don't build in cliffhangers to make you stick around during the commercials, they don't need to, and this one level above that.

The show itself they can film out of sequence, based on the actor's schedules and location availability which makes production a bit easier, they can film the whole thing like one big movie.  Which I suppose leads to thinking of the thing as one big movie that can be broken down into chunks.  And I suppose that making those chunks more complex by making them complete is far more work than we suspect.  I dunno.

I am curious how often people re-watch/re-bunge shows of this nature, as opposed to more episodic series.  What brings me back to shows like AD, Star Trek, etc is wanting to see "the episode where so-and-so happens" and then falling into the trap.  Thinking about a show as a 13-episode movie is more daunting, less casual.  It's a commitment, even if it's a light show.
Television / Re: Arrested Development (Season 4 - 2013)
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on May 30, 2018, 07:56:42 am »
Really curious why they have changed the format away from what the original run was on FOX. Does it have to do with the "binge" factor of what Netflix is? I would think they can still shoot and edit the series as it was on FOX regardless of where the show is being played at/on.
Television / Re: Arrested Development (Season 4 - 2013)
« Last post by Neumatic on May 29, 2018, 10:59:33 pm »
So I watched the new season, or half season, or whatever you want to call it, and... I enjoyed it.  The big issue is still that it feels like just one really long episode rather than actual satisfying chunks (especially given the first half of episode one was one long recap), which is a big issue I have with streaming shows.  But on the plus side, the show feels much closer to the original show, there's still some really egregious green screening, they revisit or rebuild a ton of old locales (like the visitation room from prison or the banana stand)... but it still feels too far removed, you know?  I can't imagine myself wanting to revisit this season as background like I do with the original run.

They do benefit from not having to do as many call-backs like season four did, where they brought back every stray thread to satisfy fans.  The quintuplets, Annyong, everything got screen time.  .

Lindsey was an issue that I was curious how they would tackle, I think they found a good out for her.  But her loss, combined with the cast still having few group scenes together, plus the lack of episodes with endings, makes the show feel more sparse than it probably really is.
Music / Re: Fans That Rock!
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on May 25, 2018, 08:20:51 pm »
11 year old Aidan Fisher with Steel Panther

I saw this vid years ago and it's always stuck with me. Steel Panther has made it a habit to get fans up on stage as much as possible.
Music / Re: Fans That Rock!
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on May 25, 2018, 08:16:00 pm »
Fan Challenges Steel Panther's Drummer and Completely Nails Hot For Teacher

Saw this vid last week and it's f*cking awesome.
Music / Re: Fans That Rock!
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on May 25, 2018, 08:12:28 pm »
Foo Fighters cover "Tom Sawyer" by Rush w/ vox by audience member Brian—Aug 12/15 - Edmonton, AB

This vid is the granddaddy of all fan vids. Seriously, this Brian guy f*cking nails it. I've watched this at least 10 times since the vid dropped way back when.
Music / Fans That Rock!
« Last post by Chiprocks1 on May 25, 2018, 08:10:33 pm »
Girl from audience plays on stage with Green Day

I'm a HUGE fan of these kinds of videos. Not sure why I haven't started a thread geared specifically for this niche. Better late than never. This is just a taste of what I will be posting.
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