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Styles Bilinski
post Jan 25 2017, 03:29 PM
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Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Alexander Skarsgård, Zoë Kravitz - what a fab cast! And directed by Jean-Marc Vallée ("Dallas Buyers Club", "Wild")

Seven episode miniseries starting on HBO on February 19th, based on a novel from 2014. Will definitely be giving this a shot with all those names involved.

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post Mar 15 2017, 06:35 PM
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I'm 4 episodes in and this is incredible. The best roles many of this amazing cast have played in a very long time.

Reese, Nicole and Laura are the standouts and Alexander is incredibly frightening. The child actors are absolutely superb too. The whole thing's really amazing.
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post Mar 16 2017, 06:18 PM
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This is indeed incredible. I can't wait for the next one.
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post Mar 16 2017, 07:17 PM
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The first episode really didn't do anything for me, but I'm going to stick with it for the time been, from what I gather by the opening episode, someone gets clogged off, hence the police involvement.
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post Mar 16 2017, 10:49 PM
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It's SO good wub.gif I read the book a couple of years back so unfortunately I know everything which is coming sad.gif

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post Mar 23 2017, 03:57 PM
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QUOTE(jase. @ Mar 16 2017, 10:49 PM) *
It's SO good wub.gif I read the book a couple of years back so unfortunately I know everything which is coming sad.gif



Trying so hard not to look it up. It feels like there's a lot to tie up in the last 2 episodes. Who the rapist is, who dies, who kills them, who's biting Laura Dern's daughter, and then the whole investigation segment.

I feel like the show wants you to think it's all Skarsgaurd who's the killer but that's too obvious? I think it might be Reese's?
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post Mar 24 2017, 02:01 AM
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I read the book too so I know what's coming but I'm loving seeing it come to life onscreen. Reese just gives me life, I'm in awe.

I think it will be the last episode that we find out the answer to the majority of your questions Joe, that's if they follow the routing of the books (which they have thus far).

Knowing who dies and who kills them, I kinda thought they would have padded out Bonnie a little more just to make her more relevant to the story for the viewer.
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post Mar 25 2017, 01:09 AM
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This is the closest thing we've ever got to Desperate Housewives. It's such a shame that it's not going to be continuing sad.gif
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post Mar 25 2017, 02:54 PM
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QUOTE(jase. @ Mar 25 2017, 01:09 AM) *
This is the closest thing we've ever got to Desperate Housewives. It's such a shame that it's not going to be continuing sad.gif


No, no. That was Devious Maids. It was essentially the same show.
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post Mar 25 2017, 03:10 PM
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I agree, Devious Maids was definitely more Desperate Housewives than this. I can't really see the comparison to this?
There's nothing soapy about it. Desperate Housewives was outrageously camp and soapy.
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post Mar 25 2017, 03:39 PM
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Yeah I don't think they're similar either, in look or tone. There is humour in this, but it's not because funny stuff happens, it's the delivery of the lines. But there's a really serious undertone to this. Alexander makes me feel alarmingly uncomfortable when he's on screen. Actually proper on edge and worried for Nicole. He plays it so well, it's frightening.
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post Mar 25 2017, 08:59 PM
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We must have been watching totally different shows - Devious Maids was outrageously camp and soapy, DH really wasn't laugh.gif They were only similar because of the female leads and similar castings.

Like BLL, DH was often amusing but at the same time it often dealt with some pretty harrowing issues unsure.gif


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post Mar 25 2017, 09:47 PM
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Don't Corrie and Eastenders deal with harrowing issues at times? Desperate Housewives was as camp as they come where American TV is concerned.

I need to catch up on this, only seen the first episode but I read a MAJOR spoiler about the end on another site, posted by some inconsiderate ass who didn't think.
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Sorry but we're absolutely going to have to agree to disagree when it comes to DH being "camp" laugh.gif It had its moments but in general? Absolutely not.

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post Mar 25 2017, 10:17 PM
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How can anyone not think DH was camp? laugh.gif use your eyes. Even the darker stuff was done in such a waythat it was OTT and campy.

Anyway, this looks pretty decent. It always amazes me that Nicole can still give such emotional performances even though she's literally a human waxwork now.
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post Mar 25 2017, 11:04 PM
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Brb, re-using my eyes. Lynette's cancer was very OTT. Gabby coping with the grief of her dead baby was side-splittingly campy. Bree struggling with her sons sexuality had me rolling on the floor laughing!!!

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post Mar 26 2017, 12:23 AM
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It's the over-expressiveness, the melodrama, it's the situations, it's the soundtrack.. even the creator calls it camp. The actors know it's camp! It has its moments of depth and heart but it's a soap opera at the end of the day.

The only thing that Big Little Lies has in common with Desperate Housewives is that it is a predominately female-led cast.

I have such a hard time coming to terms with the fact that we only have 2 episodes left sad.gif
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post Mar 26 2017, 12:37 PM
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Yeah DH did deal with some serious issues, but honestly it's one of the campest, most over the top shows I've ever seen, and Devious Maids was basically the same show with different characters.

Tonally it couldn't be any further away from Big Little Lies, which is at times very sinister and dark.
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post Mar 27 2017, 12:41 PM
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Sorry Jase - No disrespect, but even though Desperate Housewives dealt with some very serious issues but it was very camp, melodramatic, tacky and often satirical. But it knew it was, and that was part of its charm. It doesn't mean you can't still find emotion in the sadder moments, because it did have some powerhouse performances.

I do see the comparisons to Desperate Housewives simply from its "rich(mostly) women involved in gossip and scandal" themes, but it's as if someone put that show in an HBO lamination and gave it a lot more gloss and grit. It's a lot darker and has a totally different pace.


Who's getting Emmy Nominations for this? I'm thinking...Nicole, Reese and Laura will get nominations and Shailene might miss out.
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post Mar 27 2017, 06:53 PM
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I think you're probably right but I'm actually really impressed with Shailene in this. I've never rated her but she's good. Very natural and the scenes with her son are really great.
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