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    This one takes high concept to new meth lab, bolivian marching powder levels. Imagine a mashup of 28 DAYS LATER, DEATH RACE 2000 and THE PURGE and you begin to understand the lunacy behind this trash. I would love to have been a fly on the wall for the pitch meeting for this. I am a Spectrum customer so I watched this for free (aside from the highway robbery rates) and, honestly, after the first WHAT THE FUCK episode I enjoyed it in a trashy, what's going to happen next way. I will shower and never feel the need to see it again but it's fast, fairly gory and surprisingly fun.


    I'm referring to CURFEW btw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    I don't think I've ever been so shook and frazzled by an episode of television like the last episode of YELLOWSTONE did to me. I honestly thought I might be having a heart attack. Jesus fucking Christ. I now feel bad about sending my mom the dvd set for season 1 last week. She likes dark stuff too but it went to places I never thought it would. I could not fall asleep last night. I'm going to have to warn her about Season 2. Which will probably have the reverse effect and she'll really want to watch it now!

    I know it's being tauted as "Cable TV's #1 show" but it is the off season and there isn't much competition. That being said I don't know anyone else who watches this, besides Matt H., of course. And I'm used to that, given the weird and strange stuff we all tend to watch here. And rarely do I tell people to check out the things I like (I'm referring to friends and co-workers). And with so much tv being incredibly good now I don't really know how to get people to watch a melodrama about a rich family living on a ranch in Montana. It's not based on superheroes, it's not high concept and doesn't involve any meta-commentary. On the surface it sounds incredibly dry. Boring-ass Kevin Costner is the patriarch of a ranch and his kids are a bunch of spoiled brats. Local politics and whatnot are encroaching on their way of life and they push back against the powers that be. It's not part of a hokey franchise or adapted from a stale book. It isn't a remake of an old movie or tv show. There's no CGI or pop songs in it.

    The best way I can describe it is by saying if you like Taylor Sheridan's other work (HELL OR HIGH WATER, SICARIO, WIND RIVER), then you will absolutely love this. It's cut from a similar cloth. Every scene feels like the best scene you'd see in other shows. It never lets up. There's never a weak episode or superfluous padding. Just lots of great acting, great writing and some of the best real scenery you can see and wonderful cinematography to capture it all.

    If you're tired of geek culture tributes and also-ran concepts and actors who don't emote, then do give this series a shot. I think you'd be surprised how much you'll like it.

    Now if you'll excuse me I have more Barstool pizza reviews to watch....

    I watched the first episode of YELLOWSTONE based on your terrific recommendation (and the fact that I didn't know the mind behind SICARIO was involved), you were dead on. This is an instantly addictive, smart, fabulously cast show. Already some pretty shocking developments in just one extra long episode. Loved seeing some familiar folks from stuff like P2 and TRUE DETECTIVE. I'm in for the long haul now, thanks for taking the time to push this. I'm also in shock that Paramount Network actually pulled a good show out of their asses, I was under the impression they were pretty much pure garbage.
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    I'm glad you liked it, Andrew!
    Paramount is really throwing a lot of money behind it and it shows. It's a first class production and not something I'd expect from them. It's cliche to say these days but it feels like watching a movie not a tv show. I should probably start a separate thread for it.
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    Started Yellowstone with my wife the other night, and damn, what a show! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott View Post
    I'm glad you liked it, Andrew!
    Paramount is really throwing a lot of money behind it and it shows. It's a first class production and not something I'd expect from them. It's cliche to say these days but it feels like watching a movie not a tv show. I should probably start a separate thread for it.
    It really is much more like an extended film for sure, Scott. The production design and overall class locations really give it a high quality. I'm 4 episodes in now and it just keeps getting better and better. The emotional punch the show has is unique, as is the overall sense of sadness and regret. It's kinda trite and simplistic but one of the critic's quotes I saw referred to this as THE GODFATHER in the west and that does sort of sum up the complex family relationships and shady doings (not the bus stop, take him to the train station). It's getting harder and harder to not just keep binging, haha.
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    I'm happy to oblige you gents! The Godfather is a good comparison, the major setup and players are very similar. I think I watched the first season in 2 or 3 days. I couldn't help myself. 9 episodes goes by fast. Season 2 has 10.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Monroe View Post
    (not the bus stop, take him to the train station).
    Oh, that was awesome. In fact, I think that's one of the best episodes of TV I've seen in a long time. The scene in the redneck bar was so intense!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt H. View Post
    Oh, that was awesome. In fact, I think that's one of the best episodes of TV I've seen in a long time. The scene in the redneck bar was so intense!
    Absolutely, Matt. Another cool thing about this is that amid all the intense stuff it blends in scenes of the new cowhand saving the little calf and getting his ass kicked yet being part of the family because of the brand. And Costner and his grandkid and the river....damn.
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    Yeah, it really hits all the spots. There's a scene that happens in Season 2 that filled me with tearful joy. Amid all the sadness and regret there's also heaps of hope. I can't stop gushing about this damn show. I'm so glad you guys like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Monroe View Post
    And Costner and his grandkid and the river....damn.
    I must say that I'm really impressed with the young actor who plays Tate. What a discovery!
    Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome? Why did you watch it, Max?

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