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

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

  1. bopdd

    bopdd Forum Resident

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    The Wire.
     
  2. NickCarraway

    NickCarraway Forum Resident

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    Boardwalk Empire

    Here's a non-exhaustive list of 35 death scenes:

    Boardwalk Empire's 35 Greatest Death Scenes
     
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  3. marcb

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    Boardwalk Empire

    Virtually every main character died.
     
  4. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    So,
    was that supposed to be Abby, at the very end there, walking towards the camera, just talking away on the phone?
     
  5. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Yes (the subtitles said so).
     
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  6. vudicus

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    Very moving ending to a great series.
     
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  7. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    I DID see "...but, I'm dead." coming .
    I laughed because I said it like a millisecond before he did!
     
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  8. marcb

    marcb Senior Member

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    Yes. She became a lawyer - and it sounded to me like one of the corporate variety.

    Interesting ending. Not sure if I liked it or not.
     
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  9. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    I was kind of reminded of that last Anthony Bourdain show, when he was talking to Lydia Lunch, and he (as usual) get all romantic about the good old days, and Lydia tells him, basically, to get a life!
     
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  10. bopdd

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    I thought the final season was a little too all-over-the-place for my liking. Barring the immediate shock of that one scene, I'm not sure I really connected with any of the segments or characters. By the closing shots, I was more apathetic (and occasionally frustrated) than anything else. As opposed to "The Wire," Simon and company failed to drive home their points in a meaningful way (in my opinion). What's more, I can't help but feel that they pulled a ton of punches in their depiction of mobsters and sex workers alike. Last but not least, I just wasn't buying Franco as an old man.
     
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  11. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Somebody on another board said it much better than I could - "they took out the ****ing and turned it into an art film".
     
  12. Chazro

    Chazro Forum Resident

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    I enjoyed the finale and the series, nowhere near as much as I have David Simon's past projects but, as I've said, it had it's moments. One common thread Simon manages to pull off regardless of everything else happening, is his uncanny ability to somehow make the locations of his tales come alive. Doesn't matter if it's the docks and ghettos of Baltimore, or the backstreets of New Orleans. He always manages to bring an extreme authenticity, and regardless of how good or bad the Deuce may have been, he positively nailed NYC. The last scene, with Vince walking down Memory lane, was such a stark visual difference in the portrayal of Times Square between the than and now, it was jarring. And when there was nothing left to be said, the camera stays on the street, and for a moment all you hear is that unmistakable roar of Manhattan's streets. I ain't gonna lie, I had a lump in my throat. Of course, if yr not from NY, my post probably makes no sense but if you are.....
     
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  13. jjhunsecker

    jjhunsecker Forum Resident

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    Born and raised in NYC....so I totally understand. I was around for "The Deuce" era, and while it was pretty crazy, I still kinda miss it
     
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  14. James Slattery

    James Slattery Forum Resident

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    The "youths" from Brooklyn rampaging through the streets and robbing people in Manhattan. Not really the good old days.
     

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