"The Deuce" - HBO Series with James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Tone, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. medium Rob

    medium Rob Forum Resident

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    Yeah, I didn't realize the Sobatka character was their brother-in-law... hah
     
  2. agentalbert

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    I'm with you. Once the episode has aired, discussion is fair game. If someone were to get ahold of an early copy, like a leaked online version, then a spoiler tag is warranted. Or better, they could just wait until the episode airs. But once its officially aired, I don't see any reason we should be expected to wrap every post in a spoiler tag. As Chazro said above, if you want to avoide spoilers and haven't watched the latest episode, don't open the thread. That's just common sense.
     
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  3. beccabear67

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    I'm just at episode two but I care about most of the characters, or at least interested to know what happens to them. Even so, spoilers don't bother me at all, I might know the end of Moby Dick but can still enjoy getting there.
     
  4. Splungeworthy

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    The menacing way Larry looked at Darlene and Abby talking, as if he disapproves of Darlene trying to better herself in any way, was chilling. Darlene is easily the most sympathetic character on this show right now. Also, I barely recognized David Krumholtz-he's...changed. There's a lot going on with this show.
     
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  5. Splungeworthy

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    One word: Secretary. Your welcome.
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  6. marcb

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    Almost none of the "non-projects" characters in The Wire sounded like they were from Baltimore. Particularly Dominic West. I like the show, but that always annoyed me.
     
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  7. marcb

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    Are you kidding? It wasn't that long ago that I would have to air out my clothes after a night out. I can remember workplaces in the 80s where the office was thick with smoke. Restaurants, airplanes, you name it.
     
    Mike from NYC and trumpet sounds like this.
  8. marcb

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    I think it was your broadcast signal. It sounded fine for mine (well, no different than most stuff these days) - and I've noticed no difference in sound between the episodes.
     
  9. Probably because he's British.
     
  10. Mazzy

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    Yeah New York in the 70s. Smokers everywhere. In fact in every city and bar during those times. It would look fake without it. . New York took about ten years after California to ban smoking in bars and offices.
     
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  11. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    That's Bernard from "The Santa Clause", right?
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  12. bopdd

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    David Simon addressed the sound issues on his Twitter feed. It had something to do with the mix, but only viewers with certain audio set ups would have noticed the drop in quality.
     
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  13. rednoise

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    Interesting - I suspected something like that. It was kind of an "OOPS" effect - the center channel containing the main dialog was suppressed, and the side channels containing the music and sound effects were exaggerated, and the whole thing was mono-ish. I wondered if it was my particular setup or if it was Comcast's HBO feed. I haven't watched the third episode yet, but I hope it was corrected there.
     
  14. marcb

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    Probably because he was doing some sort of quasi-Phila/NJ/NY accent instead of a Baltimore accent. If the show had been set in Philly or Jersey, it would have been in the ballpark.

    He would have been better off using his plain ol' American accent from The Affair; it may not have sounded like a blue-collar accent but no one from Baltimore remotely has the accent he used in The Wire. I singled him out because his accent was just the most blatantly wrong of the main characters.
     
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  15. marcb

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    I was using my Magnepan surround set-up BUT I forgot that my amp I use for the center channel is on the fritz, so I'm running 4.1. Maybe that's why I didn't notice anything.

    I did notice that the scene in the call center office in Ep3 sounded incredibly realistic and I had to rewind it to make sure it wasn't my cell phone ringing in the other room...
     
  16. Brenald79

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    Whoa barely recognized James Spader from the blacklist with hair!
     
  17. beccabear67

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    I didn't recognize Ralph Macchio but saw his name in the credits of episode 2. A long way from The Outsiders and The Karate Kid!
     
  18. Scotian

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    I'm still undecided on this one. I've found James Franco to be ok in some things but I don't think he was a good choice for this. A different actor & not have him have a twin brother might work better for me. They put a lot of faith in him starring in and directing. Opinion is subject to change of course.
     
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  19. jjhunsecker

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    I suspect it may have been a problem on HBO's end, since I had the same problem with Spectrum in NYC. And I was just listening through my TV speakers and not through my home theater set-up
     
  20. jjhunsecker

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    If you watched "The Wire" on DVD like I did, there's an extra where they interview many of the actors about what other roles they auditioned for on the show (for example- the guy who played Sgt.Carver said he first auditioned for Stringer). And a lot of the actors's natural voices sounded nothing like their characters !
     
  21. jjhunsecker

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    The actor playing CC the main pimp is also English ! Probably his best known role before this was on "Downton Abbey" (I believe he played an American on that show as well)
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  22. gary191265

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    I started work in 1981 in the computer department of a major construction company in the UK. I was shown to my desk and the first things I was given (before a pen/pad/stapler/whatever) was a coffee cup and an ashtray!
     
    Mike from NYC and trumpet sounds like this.
  23. marcb

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    I believe that. I also believe if they were trying to do a non-ghetto Baltimore accent, they did a really bad job of it.
     
  24. Brenald79

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    The pimps on this show are some disturbed people. That speech one of them gave to his girl about how lonely it is being a pimp was hilarious.
     
  25. knob twirler

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    I don't have a horse in the race, but a show about any positive aspects of life for actresses in the porn industry would immediately be shouted down as misogony (sic?)

    Something like that wouldn't make it to the third episode before the network pulled it to stop the angry think pieces in the NYT, and overall Twitter hysteria.

    That's whether or not there ever really were any positivies to the sex industry from which to draw.
     

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