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  • Originally posted by DrJay View Post
    We watched Burns' hour-long Brooklyn Bridge documentary last night. His first work and worthy, but gets a B- when compared to his A+ for the Civil War, Country Music, etc. Interesting to see how much he improved after that first effort. We watched it via Amazon Prime and learned one can subscribe to PBS documentaries for only $3.99/mo, with access to all of Burns' work, NOVA, American Experience, and more. I think they just created that offering this summer. And, in looking at the site offering that, I learned a new word, oeuvre, as in "Ken Burns' oeuvre", defined as "the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively".
    I, too, am now targetted to be a solid Burns-watcher. Agree on your B- for Brooklyn Bridge, but just having Peter Coyote as narrator would have bumped the grade.

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    • Originally posted by Conor Dary View Post
      It could be women have more sense.....

      Martin Gardner in one of his Dr. Matrix books wrote ....chess is the greatest waste of talent outside of an advertising agency...
      Chess takes time, and thinking about this makes me lament having life responsibilities (like work). I learned to play chess at age 10 in 1972, along with some neighborhood friends. We played a lot that summer and followed the Fischer-Spassky match in the newspapers. What a luxury, being able to just play chess for a few hours with no pressing tasks at hand for the duration of the summer.

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      • Originally posted by DrJay View Post
        What a luxury, being able to just play chess for a few hours with no pressing tasks at hand for the duration of the summer.
        When I was re-introduced to chess in college, I discovered that I was so enamored with my own brilliant strategy, five moves out, that I rarely paid any attention to what the other player was doing.
        I quickly lost interest.

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        • Originally posted by DrJay View Post

          Chess takes time, and thinking about this makes me lament having life responsibilities (like work). I learned to play chess at age 10 in 1972, along with some neighborhood friends. We played a lot that summer and followed the Fischer-Spassky match in the newspapers. What a luxury, being able to just play chess for a few hours with no pressing tasks at hand for the duration of the summer.
          Brings back memories of Shelby Lyman with his cardboard "telestrator" that me and my buddy were glued to the TV like we were watching the Super Bowl.

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          • Originally posted by Bruce Kritzler View Post
            Anybody watch "Peaky Blinders", English crime family, post WWI with lots of blood and grime. 4 seasons so far, with Tom Hardy and Adrien Brody guesting. Recurring themes include class warfare, Soviet meddling, IRA, ethnic profiling.
            I just started..... great stuff!

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            • Originally posted by DrJay View Post
              We have the first episode of The Civil War on tap for this weekend. But my wife thought that might be a bit depressing so wanted also to start something else. So we watched the first episode of Queen's Gambit last night.
              I started Civil War last night and realized that I never watched the whole thing when it originally ran. The initial episode was completely new to me. I was struck by how much better than Brooklyn Bridge it was, but noting that Country Music is that much better (in terms of moviemaking) than Civil War. He really grew in his craft. And was it really 30 years ago it came out?! I'm still stunned at the list of talent he had to do the voiceovers.

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              • "The Crown" on Netflix tonight. Hello Princess Di!

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                • Originally posted by gh View Post

                  I started Civil War last night and realized that I never watched the whole thing when it originally ran. The initial episode was completely new to me. I was struck by how much better than Brooklyn Bridge it was...

                  Best thing about The Civil War is Shelby Foote

                  There are no strings on me

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                  • Peaky Blinders...

                    Originally posted by gh View Post

                    I just started..... great stuff!
                    I like it. My wife loves it.

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                    • Originally posted by gh View Post

                      I just started..... great stuff!
                      Can't wait for the next season.

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                      • Originally posted by KDFINE View Post

                        Can't wait for the next season.
                        I'm afraid it might be a long wait as I don't think they've filmed it yet and Covid has massively reduced filming of TV drama in the UK this year.

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                        • Originally posted by guru View Post


                          Best thing about The Civil War is Shelby Foote
                          by far! I keep wondering why he is tagged as "writer" rather than "historian"; his grasp of facts is astonishing.

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                          • Watched the 4-part Hugh Laurie political vehicle Roadkill and he and the plot weren't bad, though it wasn't executed very well. I thought women characters were treated pretty bad, which was kind of surprising for Masterpiece theater (including a massive truck hit/run). But Laurie is just very good so I stuck with it.

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                            • Originally posted by Adam$ View Post
                              Watched the 4-part Hugh Laurie political vehicle Roadkill and he and the plot weren't bad, though it wasn't executed very well. I thought women characters were treated pretty bad, which was kind of surprising for Masterpiece theater (including a massive truck hit/run). But Laurie is just very good so I stuck with it.
                              Yes! A lesser Masterpiece to be sure. The two Hughs (Laurie and Grant) always have that glint in their eye. That Dawn French (...Maggie Cole) fiasco that precedes it (here in SW Florida) is awful.

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                              • Originally posted by gh View Post

                                by far! I keep wondering why he is tagged as "writer" rather than "historian"; his grasp of facts is astonishing.
                                in googling for an answer to this I found a site that doesn't treate Foote terribly kindly.

                                http://cwmemory.com/2015/08/31/the-s...the-civil-war/

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