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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

TV 20-10

Was inspired to do this after aftergrog was whingeing about 20-1, which I never watch, but I did hear Debbi Enker roast on 774 (such dumbed-down shows are cheap oz-content filler apparently). So this post of loose ends is likewise ez-oz blog-content filler.

20. Graham Kennedy biopic, The King. Well crafted, expert reproduction, but lacking a sense of authenticity evident, say, in any home movie of the period. The gaucheness therein. These suave doppelgängers are actually 21st century aliens stranded in a sovereign hill of decor.

19. Is that the dilemma of all biopics? The faithfully-enacted chronicle where everyone knows the ending? Do the best narrow the focus to a key incident or relationship? Famous Person and the case of the Close Shave?.

18.Love My Way series one: contains some of the best television drama I've seen. Series two was very good. Series 3 - overall, didn't do it for me. I lost sympathy with most of the characters whose drive seemed directionless and victim of soap stasis.

17. But I did see this in the new style - by the box-set load, which can skew both appreciation and tolerance.

16. Often though in later series of TV shows, the stories move away from the smaller everyday moments of revelation, and the world and characters arc up (in order to jump the shark I guess)

15. ditto Kath n Kim. Despite the exotic locations and product placement courtesy C7, the best scenes still often happen around the kitchen. Though I did love the very visual moment when the big rainwater tank rolled off the car.

14. Despite the corn, I enjoyed Rain Shadow. I liked the slower pace and the novel relationship of the two female colleagues. I enjoyed seeing the younger woman's quietly assertive negotiation of bullying boss. Time slot was a killer, no one wants to deal with drought-despair on a Sunday night, even though the story proved to be redemptive.

13. The Abbey was OK. A call to gardening for me as I feel guilty about my lack of horticultural attendance.

12. Summer Heights High deserved the hype- mainly for Jonah and friends.
Good blend of fiction and real-life, on location and in location.

11. My favourite show at the moment is Grand Designs, or castle-building for cashed-up couples.

11. The cricket is too early.

10. And too much.
 

12 comments:

Ann O'Dyne said...

Biopics are for those who missed The Life In Question the first time round.
So I have ignored The King and Walk The Line, and Jim morrison whatever it was called, etc etc.

Summer Heights was excruciatingly brilliant, a bravura performance.
All those Ja-May girls were SO ACCURATELY PORTRAYED. SCARY.

Kath n Kim has jumped the shark, but hey, the girls have the cash and that's their prize.
It was genius when it was a running part of Big Girl's Blouse.

The editions I have seen of Grand Designs always make me think, at the end when everybody is standing around smiling at the gorgeous house on the lake .... right, so now what?
I notice the ceiling areas too high to ever be cleared of the inevitable spider webs, the white rafters which will look really bad really soon when all the construction-dust settles.
It's no fun being a Virgo.

It's no fun living in a rain shadow either.
My friend at Rokewood 3330 is in one. When it is pouring in nearby Colac, her washing is dry.
and her 3 mcleods daughters have never ever been simultaneously saddled-up and akubra'd.
They all do facilely-glamourous things in the city.

Not a lot on FTA-TV attracts me ever.
Boston Legal used to be 'appointment TV' until friends gave me the DVD set.
Commercial breaks are excruciating.
I endure them for 'Life' to feed the crush I got on old-Etonian Damien Lewis when he played Soames in Forsyte.
What idiot in LA decided to create an off-the-wall character played american by a pom ? What other idiot bought the (3-word*) pitch?

*let's replicate House. and I played right into their hands by watching it. *sigh*

boynton said...

Thanks for the comments, A O'D.
I was thinking of adding them into the post to take the count down to
3.

Even when you've missed the life completely, there's always something a bit faux in the mimicry though to take it too seriously.

The Ja-May gang were pretty and scary.

When K&K was on BGB it was closer to the original mark - a take-off of Weddings? I miss the voice-overs for one.

I love the archi-talk, but it can be unsettling to see palaces built for two with no social critique. A place for Modest Designs?

Ah yes, Soames.
I hate commercial breaks.
All written by 14 year old boys?
The ads during the cricket (the couple of overs I accidentally caught) were the most crass I've seen.
Another reason why I no longer love Test cricket.

Francis Xavier Holden said...

If you get inspired by aftergrog whingeing you are lucky.

You'll have a bloody lot of inspired content to come.

boynton said...

Mal content

Lad Litter said...

20-1 would be far more interesting without the blathering celebrities.

I'm a sucker for a rock-TV-film biopic. I like the idea of a life and career reduced to a formulaic narrative. Especially when there's an interesting point of view. There's been some pretty good ones since the Buddy Holly Story set the pattern. Check out Stoned, a movie about the death of Rolling Stone Brian Jones that isn't too bad.

boynton said...

True, LL but I fear that the blather is why they bother. (Big Blather?)
Especially those young celebs who recall public events that occurred when they were 3, or even -3, with special celebrity authority.

I'll check out Stoned. I remember seeing Backbeat and thinking it was ok.
Still an uneasy relationship with real/reel life though.
And not quite as compelling as a docu - eg in this case, the Anthology?

Lad Litter said...

You see right throught the Nine network.

Stoned was directed by the producer of Backbeat. The closest the Stones came to the excellence of Anthology was in their 1988 25 x5.

Martin Scorsese is supposed to be doing to them what he did to Dylan. With No Direction Home. Hope it's true.

boynton said...

Yep - hope that's true indeed.

peacay said...

These suave doppelgängers are actually 21st century aliens stranded in a sovereign hill of decor.
That's a very nice sentence and quite apt. I saw bits and bobs and I had that 'distraction by disauthenticity' ennui that dragged me off around the dial. To be fair, my take was that it was too soon for it. Not enough distance yet. Dude in lead role was v.good though.

Agree about Grand Designs - although I think wotshisname is a bit of a wanker (but who wouldn't come across as such with so much airtime gabbing on'n'on). The costings are so far removed from my reality that they wash over me without any pangs of identification. I'm always intrigued by how difficult everything ends up being.
Me slop down handfulls of bogslush, call it home.

boynton said...

tks pk.
Dude was indeed (and other dudes - eg. Gary McDonald) It's the genre one queries... Time/distance is interesting. But narrative angle?
This one was the crow de coeur, or was that the narrative faaaark?
I was going to blog about this at the time of screening, but post got bogged down. Might revive it, as there's a nice pic that goes with it.

I like wotshisname and further research (Mr Google) suggests that he's very green these days.
But it's the scale (in size and price) that is weird. in the way of real estate glossies in BoomTown BoomTime. Hence the name I spose.
But there is a sameness in the storylines, true. Boldness, delays, wrong windows, madness, moving in before completion...revelation, vindication in palace.

Ann O'Dyne said...

"When K&K was on BGB it was closer to the original mark - a take-off of Weddings"?

God that show was Appointment TV.

It's Absolute Moment was the scene of bridesmaids waiting on the nature strip for the limo to take them to the church - each one with a tinny in one hand and a ciggie in the other.

boynton said...

Alas, I didn't see much of it.
Sounds like that scene could out-kimmy Kim, though.