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  1. This is something that was confusing me too - in the book she's named Marcy, and her character is also listed in IMDB as Marcy. I could have sworn I heard her addressed by both names in first two episodes, but maybe I'm imagining things. I honestly thought I heard someone call her Marcy at some point, and then suddenly people were calling her Glory (or I actually thought it was Gloria?). Maybe I'm just nuts and not paying close enough attention.
  2. I wish they had lingered on this just a fraction longer, because it was very creepy. The kid sees the discarded pile of clothes and suddenly realizes he might not be all alone in the barn - that an intruder might be hiding upstairs in the (hayloft?) waiting to attack him.
  3. I was thinking about this as I watched as well. I knew what was going on in those scenes, because I read the book, but they were very brief and may have confused non readers. -Terry Maitland died outside the courthouse, but it took them forever to reveal it on the show -One detail for the non-book readers: The scene at the very end of Episode 2 featuring the kid hauling milk jugs in the barn (which was supremely creepy in the book) didn't linger long enough at what he was staring at. It was a pile of clothing
  4. Watched the first 2 episodes tonight - anyone else? They will unspool on a weekly basis from now on. I read the book last year, and I must say I'm pretty impressed with the adaptation so far. They've managed to pack a lot of info into the first two episodes in an economical manner. They've changed a couple of things (locale is now in Georgia rather than Oklahoma, the main character and his wife are grieving a dead son in the show, which wasn't in the novel), but otherwise it's very faithful to the novel. Casting is pretty bang on - I even pictured Jason Bateman in my head as the main suspect when I was reading the book (someone who can play popular and likeable, but also morally slippery). I was surprised by Ben Mendelsohn's casting as Ralph Anderson, as he usually plays skeevy villains, but he's an excellent actor, so he works for me in the role of a detective. Julianne Nicholson is also excellent as Bateman's wife. The only bit of casting that is bothering me is Yul Vasquez as Anderson's partner Sablo. His character in the book was quite jovial and brought some much needed levity to the story but in the show he's far too sombre. I just cannot buy that particular actor in this role, or any role for that matter. He was also in Russian Doll, and I didn't buy him in that either. All I can see when I look at him is his terrible, and very obvious dye job, and I found it distracting. Anyhow, kudos to Bateman on a good directing job with the first two episodes. Curious to see how the rest will go. Very glad to see it's an HBO production, as it definitely seems high quality so far. I was worried that it might wind up on a more cut-rate streaming service when I heard they were doing an adaptation.
  5. Yeah, I'm not loving his character either. I don't find his relationship with Mindy believable at all, and I don't think he brings anything to the show. I'd prefer to just have more Norman and Sandy scenes. Also wishing they had cast someone other than Haley Joel Osment as Norman's grandson. He looks ridiculous in the role. The Scientology goons were great though! I sure hope we get more glimpses of Kathleen turner if there are future seasons - she's always a delight!
  6. I feel the same way about Baumbach, he's very hit or miss for me, but there was a gentleness and lighter tone to this film that made it bearable (or dare I say, enjoyable) to watch even though it was about the dissolution of a marriage. For me, Baumbach's worst was "Margot at the Wedding" - super miserable story, and had no idea what it was even supposed to be about. That was the feeling that I came away with as well - that it did not feel like a marriage that was beyond all hope. They had serious issues, but ones I think could have been worked out with counselling and negotiation. They hadn't descended to that lower plateau of total contempt for one another. And, like others, I'm happy to see Randy Newman is still kicking around and had the opportunity to do create a score for something other than Pixar films. His score for "Ragtime" is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.
  7. I enjoyed this movie overall, but found it a bit overlong. I didn't mind ScarJo at all, and generally I'm not a fan, and as expected, Adam Driver was great. I liked that it showed the emotional turmoil of a family breakup, but the film had a much lighter tone than I expected, which allowed me to stick with it. It was nice to see Julie Haggerty again (she looks great!), and Merit Weaver was fun in her small role as Scarjo's sister. Goodness, the L.A. house they lived in was lovely. All of the lawyers were entertaining. I love Alan Alda, and it was nice to see him again too. I understand the buzz about Laura Dern, but basically she was just doing her Renata character from Big Little Lies. Ray Liotta is perfect as a sharkey attorney. I think one of the points of the film is that lawyers make everything awful, and are the only ones who really win.
  8. I think that's the tricky part for most native English speakers. Two ff's or ll's together make a certain sounds that are tough to guess just by reading, and there are certain sounds in Welsh somewhere in the middle between an 's' 'l' & 'th' sound that are reeally difficult for newbies to replicate without a ton of practice. I definitely liked the consistent nature of the language from the teeny bit I learned: there are no soft 'c' sounds in Welsh, so whenever you see the letter 'c' it will always have a hard 'k' sound. The pretty Welsh name for girls "Cerys" sounds like "Karis". Same thing for the letter 'g' always hard never soft. Easy to remember! Maybe I'll try re-watching Charles's lessons with closed-captioning on just for fun.
  9. I really like the young actor who plays Julian - I had to look him up because I KNOW I've seen him in other things, but couldn't remember what they were. He was in Part One of the latest Stephen King IT reboot. It seems Brendan's dude-bro persona is not really winning people over (his roomie seems to be increasingly giving him the side-eye), but it's not enough of a comeuppance for me. He is such a little jerk, and I have no sympathy for him.
  10. Yes, THIS. This part really bothered me. I was waiting for some kind of surprise twist where she would humiliate him in a devious clever way, and wound up very disappointed - the writing made no sense. I'm saying it loudly so the back of the room can hear: NOBODY LIKES UNSOLICITED DICK PICS. Will continue watching, because I love Kathryn Hahn, and have really enjoyed all of the adaptations made from Tom Perotta's books. And kudos, I guess, to the kid playing her son, because he really does seem like a 100% believable asshole. Hoping he'll get payback at college, but people like that rarely do.
  11. The Queen's private train car looked so cozy and comfortable to me - I wanted to curl up in that nice looking bed and have a nap!
  12. I really think Townsend was a girlish fantasy figure for Margaret. I'd be willing to bet if Margaret & Townsend had been allowed to freely pursue their romance, she would've eventually gotten bored with him and dropped him like a hot potato. Townsend sounded like he had a very steady temperament, and with her constant need for novelty and attention, Margaret would have likely found him stodgy over the long haul. And I don't think she was ever characterized as "nice". She was spoiled from the get-go. Her servants were thrilled when she finally married and left the palace.
  13. The holiday version of Nailed it always cracks me up! Just watched the first two episodes. I'm curious as to whether or not the contestants really are as clueless about baking as they appear to be. Baking is an exact science, and there's always one contestant who assumes they can just totally wing it (hey, I'm looking at YOU, guy who poured half a bottle of almond extract into your cake batter!). I was actually kind of delighted by the seated Santa cakes in Episode 2: they all managed to create a Santa figure with a smile, along with a baby Wes on his knee! Glad I don't have to taste these creations though!
  14. Sadly the UK suffered terribly following WWII. They did not seem to have the huge economic boost from wartime factory production, nor the healthy economy from the post war consumer boom the way the U.S. did. They were still doing rationing well into the 1950's. I always assumed there was an economic uptick during the swinging '60's, but from the sounds of their bailout needs on the show, that didn't happen. I knew the 70's were very bleak economically - all kinds of strike actions, restraint measures, (plus the troubles in Northern Ireland), but I had no idea that they resorted to doing power cuts as depicted in the show!
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