Tag: HBO

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Critic Series #35: Deadwood

 

Just in time for the 4th, here’s an odd celebration of American freedom: I talked to Paul Cantor talk about David Milch’s most famous achievement, Deadwood–the movie and the TV show. A Western, lawless, but orderly vision of America. An America with commerce but without religion, with freedom but without equality–what kind of community and what kind of justice are possible in such a situation? Something piratical, un-Puritan.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I’m Dumping HBO: Here’s Why

 

We have Direct TV bundled through our local phone company. To keep costs down, I call to see what deals are offered and how I can cut our expenses. Right now, we have a very low rate on movie packages for a year, including HBO. They push HBO all the time. However, I’ve noticed that HBO content has been offering more controversial and explicit material. I’ve flipped through channels of the same old tired movies to “documentaries” and other programming that is actively pushing alternative lifestyles, sex, and drugs. I just read a story that has pushed me to cancel HBO.

Here is the story from Fox News that pushed me over the edge, a show called “Euphoria“:

The show is created by Sam Levinson, son of Hollywood uber-director Barry Levinson, the drama series follows a group of high school students “as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media,” per the show’s official logline. But the series has come under harsh criticism by some, who find its content far too graphic and explicit for the teen audience it seeks to attract.” In one episode, per the Hollywood Reporter, “close to 30 penises flash onscreen” and in the premiere one character “commits statutory rape with a 17-year-old trans girl” and the show’s lead, Zendaya, 22, overdoses on drugs.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Fran Lebowitz: Still Upset Fawn Died in Animal House

 

Liberal media, double standards; same song, different verse. We already knew HBO promotes leftist propaganda, whether it’s Vice, Bill Maher, John Oliver, or ensuring its Game of Thrones middle-earth soap opera is diverse enough for their woke overlords. When Vanity Fair Contributing Editor (liberal author) Fran Lebowitz stated to Maher’s barking seal audience that impeachment was not enough for President Trump she added that he “deserves to be handed over to the Saudis” to face the same treatment as the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was brutally killed and dismembered.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF: Prague Spring Edition

 

Friends, this edition of the podcast is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring — on the night of August 20-21, the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact armies invaded Czechoslovakia and put an end to the hopes for reform of the Communist regime. It would take more than a generation for freedom, destroyed by invasion, to come back to Prague. On January 16, 1969, Jan Palach, a 20-year-old student, burned himself in Wenceslas Square in protest against the resurgent tyranny. Agnieszka Holland, the Oscar-nominated director of the Holocaust movie In Darkness (2011), also made Burning Bush (2013), a three-episode mini-series on Jan Palach’s self-immolation and its aftermath, one of the best works of art we have about late totalitarian government. Flagg Taylor and I talk about this movie and about the Prague Spring itself, the Charter 77 movement, and Jan Palach’s legacy up to the return of freedom to Czechoslovakia.

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Just a heads up about a long-running project I came across: http://bandofbrotherswherearetheynow.blogspot.com/ Ross Owen of the Ross Owen Show acts as producer. Haven’t heard of Ross Owen? Neither had I. He has an interview show that features mostly actors, and I should mention he’s Welsh so you’re not surprised by his accent. Ross is also […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Confederacy of Dunces

 

I absolutely despise “alternative history” fiction. The distortion of real history is bad enough.

Enter David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and executives at HBO. Time-Warner’s pay channel has commissioned the creators of “Game of Thrones” to create “Confederate,” an alt-history series where the American Civil War ended in a stalemate and the Confederacy is now a 21st Century nation with institutionalized slavery. This is, as liberals would say, “problematic.”

The biggest hurdle the lead writers (the spousal African-American team of Malcolm and Nichelle Tramble Spellman) will have to overcome is the raison d’etre for slavery in the first place: large agricultural plantations needing vast numbers of cheap laborers to operate. At some point between 1865 and 2017 technology will overtake it. Will they suggest that slavery will be transferred out of the fields and into the factories? Will they be able to plausibly explain why white people will have no jobs in an industrialized South? And what about the rest of the world? Will there have been no world wars? No Great Depression? No Holocaust? Just 152 years of peaceful co-existence between the US and the Confederacy? No uprisings before 2017? It’s absurd.

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On Wednesday, February 15, Hollywood superproducer-slash-director-slash-writer-slash-host of superexclusive fundraisers for Our Former Glorious Sun King Barry I Ryan Murphy announced that the theme of the next season of his popular anthology series American Horror Story would be… the last presidential election. So the show that has seen people terrorized by ghosts, demons, ex-Nazi doctors, aliens, witches, voodoo […]

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Well most of the right has been debating about the morality of the current tax system this weekend, I’ve decided to catch HBO’s new series Westworld. Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name. For those of you who haven’t seen the original 1973 film, Westworld is setup as a amusement park, where […]

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↑ Edited to add the incredible Westworld opening title sequence that HBO has added to YouTube today. This was created by Elastic, the same company that created titles for many series – most especially the iconic opening titles for Game of Thrones. Preview Open

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Ok conservative America. What do you when it comes to hi-tech lynch mobs? What did you do the first time around? What are you doing now? Are you betting Marx was right, it was tragedy at first, but it’s a farce now? Or what? Comments & attempts to walk me off the ledge are welcome! […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Comedian Bill Maher Says He’ll Take Cruz Over Trump, It’s a No-Brainer

 

Maher-CruzWhen given the choice between a President Donald Trump and President Ted Cruz, Comedian Bill Maher says the choice is easy — he would pick Cruz. On the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” he first took a dig at the current Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. He said she is not a sure thing because “You need a fall back between suicide and Canada.”

He told the audience he feels for Republicans who had a field of 17 candidates and are now left with a choice between “Mussolini and Joe McCarthy.” The comedian went on to point out the subtle differences between the two but said in the end better to choose Ted than dead.

“There are actual job requirements. It’s not like Mardi Gras parade king. Do I think President Trump would actually disappear people? No, but I can’t rule it out. With him, I can’t rule anything out. What does he do on day one, send Megyn Kelly to Guantanamo Bay? Or me? He’s already sued me. The president signs off on a kill list every day, and sends out the drones, and I like going outside. So, yes, Ted Cruz will be our worst president, but Donald Trump, might well be our last. Which is why I say better Ted than dead.”

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Sesame Street for the Cyber Generation

 

Sesame_Street_sign.svgSo, I read in the New York Post about HBO’s launch of the new, improved Sesame Street. (Yes, I am a proud Post reader. Where else would I get my celebrity gossip cheesy Anthony Weiner headlines news?)

I was never fond of Sesame Street, even as a kid. Always a fan of snark, I preferred Statler and Waldorf hurling insults on The Muppet Show to Bert and Ernie’s griping. Cookie Monster was grammar-challenged and his cookie-scarfing schtick grew old, fast. Snuffleupagus was a downer. But the worst was Big Bird: whiny, ungainly, and with those disturbing bug-eyes that screamed “undiagnosed anxiety disorder.”

But as an adult with children of my own, I decided to give Sesame Street a second shot. It was a no-go. My kids were no fonder of the program than I was, and I failed to see how featuring a “Letter of the Day” or having The Count count to ten in Spanish qualified as “educational.” We opted, instead, for Sponge Bob: no more “educational” than Sesame Street, but wicked funny and blessedly free of Sonia Sotomayor going full-Voldemort on the dreams of four-year-old girls by telling them they can’t be princesses.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Sesame Street Moving to HBO. A Nail in the Coffin for PBS?

 

Bert_and_ErnieFor the next five seasons, new episodes of Sesame Street will run first on HBO (and its online partners), then on PBS nine months later. As part of the deal, PBS gets the show for free.

So, is this 1) simply a creative funding arrangement for PBS; 2) a nail in the coffin for PBS’ very existence; or 3) best yet — and my personal opinion — yet more proof that PBS does not need federal subsidies to stay alive and stay “public”?

For those of you still scratching your head over this partnership, it makes perfect sense from a business perspective. Though Sesame Street received funding from PBS, that money amounted to less than 10 percent of the funding needed to produce the series. The remaining cash was procured through licensing revenue from DVD and merchandise sales. However, as more and more people turn to streaming and VOD services, fewer and fewer people are purchasing the physical media which used to be Sesame Workshop’s bread and butter. According to The New York Times, approximately two-thirds of children who currently watch Sesame Street do so on demand rather than watching on PBS. Naturally, if we want more Oscar the Grouch in our lives, Sesame Workshop had to find alternate ways of financing his high-rolling, trash-dwelling lifestyle.

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Like many, I desperately want to cut the cord, or in my case, the satellite and the $130 Direct TV monthly bill. I figure there are only about a dozen channels/shows I regularly watch, and it’s all recorded on DVR. Sling TV is an internet based provider of over 20 cable channels for $20 a month, […]

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