1) Thanks to the free HBO week, I was able to finish seeing Elizabeth I with Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons and Hugh Dancy. I was curious about how that project was developed because it seemed like they wanted to apply Shakespeare to her monarchy, which makes a good bit of sense. It was certainly quite the mix of personal and political problems, usually with the first becoming the second. It was also a rare case of an affair between an older woman and young man on TV.
2) The Casual Vacancy was also on the list. ( Read more... )
3) We also watched Westworld. In fact, I'd started watching it on my own but Mike got so interested in the bits he caught that we rewatched the episodes I'd already seen so he could catch up.( Read more... )
4) As one could say this about more shows than not, the L.A. Weekly had a really interesting (if disturbing) story about the history of portraying sexual assault
in film and TV and how poorly it's been approached for the sake of actors and crew.
"Still, that a director would brag about raping his co-star to publicize a film is mind-boggling. That critics don't seem to care is worse."
5) HT to Petzi for this link about TV cliffhangers
. To this I would argue that TV programming is not movies -- it is by definition open ended, serialized. Even when hardly any shows had seriality there was still a certain continuity to it in terms of characters, certain past events, the premise. There was always the sense that something was not the end. ( Read more... )