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    Well last night I watched St Louis Blues with Eartha Kitt, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and more, about WC Handy, “ father of the blues” . Wonderful B and W film. It was on Netflix. I forgot to note the date, but I can look it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by profloater View Post
    Well last night I watched St Louis Blues with Eartha Kitt, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and more, about WC Handy, “ father of the blues” . Wonderful B and W film. It was on Netflix. I forgot to note the date, but I can look it up.
    Relying purely on memory, does the unforgettable Nat King Cole play W.C Handy in this film?

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    Lupin. Two episodes only so far but it has my interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Relying purely on memory, does the unforgettable Nat King Cole play W.C Handy in this film?
    Yes he does, I don’t know if Handy could sing his own songs like that! Maybe he could! I presume it is true that he was recognised by the performance at Carnegie Hall. So many of those blues artists only got fame much later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I seem to have gotten stuck watching British mystery shows on PBS. Last night was the premier episode of Vera and I recorded the third episode of Unforgotten. I also watched half an episode of Midsomer Murders during the week. The internet says it was a single episode but it got truncated with "to be continued". Wasn't that good. It was centered on archaeology and someone had been watching too much Time Team. Which I'm still watching on YouTube.
    Caught the second half of the Midsomer one last night. Still terrible, don't know why I bothered. This was season 17 or some such; was it better earlier on?
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    I watched "The Story of Menstruation," a Disney short from the '40s, for this afternoon's column.
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    I watched the second season of Love, Death and Robots on Netflix. Again, this is an anthology show with short, mostly animated stories, with very different animation styles, some very realistic, others not. They are very short, on the order of fifteen minutes, so not a lot of time to develop a story. They are more of a quick glimpse of something happening in another world, rather than a developed story. Some are pretty violent or have disturbing implications, though I was actually surprised when a couple I thought would turn out badly had a good outcome.

    I think I liked the first season better, though I found watching the various bits interesting at least. I won’t rave about it but I didn’t feel my time was wasted either.

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    We have just finished our first week of watching this years Giro d'Italia. As usual lots of interesting scenery and good racing. It hasn't been on 'free to air' TV for the last 4 years but happily it is back this year. The time zones work out very nicely for us here. The race starts about 7PM (my local time) and usually finishes just after 11PM so we can normally see it all live.

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    Oh! I should look for it on our TV!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Oh! I should look for it on our TV!
    I see mention of it being available in the US on GCN+ - whatever that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    I see mention of it being available in the US on GCN+ - whatever that is.
    I looked it up (I had never heard of it). It is a streaming service called the “Global Cycling Network Plus” and is focused on IOS and Android apps (so might be harder to watch on a TV). Sounds incredibly specialized, but if you’re interested in that, might be worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I looked it up (I had never heard of it). It is a streaming service called the “Global Cycling Network Plus” and is focused on IOS and Android apps (so might be harder to watch on a TV). Sounds incredibly specialized, but if you’re interested in that, might be worth it.
    Aah - I just assumed that it was one of the plethora of alphabet soup named TV networks that seem to exist.

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    And this crash in the Giro today gives you an idea of why they get paid high wages. Definitely better him than me in this case.

    https://www.eurosport.com/cycling/gi...71/video.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    This is more a case of what Iím not watching: Netflix has a show called ďJupiterís Legacy.Ē Itís another superhero show, but with characters Iíve never heard of. More important, after I finished the first episode, I was deeply confused and wondering what the heck I had just watched. Basically, youíre thrown into a world without context being provided. I watched a couple more episodes hoping it would get better, but it didnít really help. They split time between current day in their world and in the 1920s without explaining why. Eventually it starts becoming clear that the 1920s involve their origins, in what was then pretty much our world. I think it would have been better to start the show with origins and world background so viewers could get a handle on the story and not keep flipping back and forth like they did. Anyway, I was too confused to be able to get interested in the story and gave up on it.
    I kind of like it, but then the whole deconstructed/dark superhero thing is something I find interesting, if it explores ideas.

    Mainstream comic/movie superheroes work on what's called a "sliding timescale", preventing them from aging more than a few years unless they're out of print for long periods. At one point members of the Fantastic Four were World War II veterans. Now they started their careers "fifteen years ago", whenever the year is now. Using original characters means they can explore the related concepts more deeply than a series which fits an existing continuity.
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    I started re-reading a Vera Stanhope novel yesterday because the associated TV episode was to be on in the evening. There's a character named "Mantel". When I first read the novel I mentally pronounced it as "Man-TELL". On TV they pronounced "Mantle"; you know, the shelf over the fireplace. That kind of bugged me. As did how greatly the TV changed the story.
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    I'm watching The Watch. One of the many screen interpretations of Discworld, this one includes some "magical" modern-looking technology inspired by "Roundworld", giving the series a very different feel than the steampunk-meets-Renaissance Faire setting usually portrayed. Yet it's a curious patchwork; there's electric thaumic guitars and streetlights, manual typewriters, the cameras are still imps in a box, crossbows replace guns, and there's still high magic.

    Their interpretations of Vimes and Lady Ramkin and their general casting choices are interesting, to say the least. In fact Carrot is the only character they played completely straight, which seems appropriate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    I kind of like it, but then the whole deconstructed/dark superhero thing is something I find interesting, if it explores ideas.

    Mainstream comic/movie superheroes work on what's called a "sliding timescale", preventing them from aging more than a few years unless they're out of print for long periods. At one point members of the Fantastic Four were World War II veterans. Now they started their careers "fifteen years ago", whenever the year is now. Using original characters means they can explore the related concepts more deeply than a series which fits an existing continuity.
    I didn’t mind the extended lifetime issue (after all, they have powers, so why not?), but I would have liked more explanation and setup to start the story out. To me, it felt like I was being thrown into their world without enough information to understand what was going on, and without being given reason to care about these characters. As for the hero never kills debate, I always thought that was specifically done for kids comics and shows, but couldn’t possibly work in a “real world” situation where powers actually existed. So that argument just seemed ridiculous to me. They had a kill or be killed situation, when an innocent had already been killed. There is no realistic debate on what needed to be done there. Killing as a last resort, sure, but this was the last resort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I didn’t mind the extended lifetime issue (after all, they have powers, so why not?), but I would have liked more explanation and setup to start the story out. To me, it felt like I was being thrown into their world without enough information to understand what was going on, and without being given reason to care about these characters. As for the hero never kills debate, I always thought that was specifically done for kids comics and shows, but couldn’t possibly work in a “real world” situation where powers actually existed. So that argument just seemed ridiculous to me. They had a kill or be killed situation, when an innocent had already been killed. There is no realistic debate on what needed to be done there. Killing as a last resort, sure, but this was the last resort.
    The point was the unrealism. The parents set impossible standards to live up to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    The point was the unrealism. The parents set impossible standards to live up to.
    Well yes, as I said, it was a ridiculous argument. Or are you claiming there was something more subtle to this, like putting comic book arguments in a more realistic setting and showing how they can’t work? If it was supposed to be some kind of subtle commentary, it went right by me. As I said, I had enough trouble trying to make sense out of the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    Well yes, as I said, it was a ridiculous argument. Or are you claiming there was something more subtle to this, like putting comic book arguments in a more realistic setting and showing how they can’t work? If it was supposed to be some kind of subtle commentary, it went right by me. As I said, I had enough trouble trying to make sense out of the show.
    It's not for everyone, granted. It's about taking apart the conventions of a genre, and if you aren't familiar with those conventions then the deconstruction is meaningless to you. It's busting a myth you've never heard of before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    It's not for everyone, granted. It's about taking apart the conventions of a genre, and if you aren't familiar with those conventions then the deconstruction is meaningless to you. It's busting a myth you've never heard of before.
    Iím very familiar with the ďheroes donít killĒ trope in shows and stories and Iím familiar with shows and stories that donít do that, or make a point about it. Heck, Amazon Prime has two shows that touch on that right now. The way this show handled it was ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    I’m very familiar with the “heroes don’t kill” trope in shows and stories and I’m familiar with shows and stories that don’t do that, or make a point about it. Heck, Amazon Prime has two shows that touch on that right now. The way this show handled it was ridiculous.
    I kind of like it... I'm not in love with it, but it entertains me so far.
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