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Old 12-04-2013, 07:48 AM   #1
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Mob City on TNT - premieres tonight

I'm recording this. Sounds like it will be a "blast from the past" so to speak. Film noir is always interesting.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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Very good review in the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/ar...elevision&_r=0

It has the pedigree: Shawshank, Green Mile and Walking Dead.

I love me some film noir and 1940's Los Angeles is almost the legally required setting for it.
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Old 12-04-2013, 09:51 AM   #3
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Very good review in the NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/04/ar...elevision&_r=0

It has the pedigree: Shawshank, Green Mile and Walking Dead.

I love me some film noir and 1940's Los Angeles is almost the legally required setting for it.
I saw that review. I usually don't read reviews for whether the "critic" is saying it's good, but rather if their description of the show tells me it's something I'll like. In this case, I think it will be.
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Thanks for the heads-up. 1-click SP sent via TiVo.com.

I'll give it a go.
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Old 12-04-2013, 11:15 AM   #5
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I'm rather looking forward to this one. IIRC, it's just a 6-episode miniseries, or something like that. I probably wouldn't normally tune into a mob-type program (NTTAWWT), but I'm tuning in because of the actors.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #6
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I thought the pilot was excellent. A definite season pass. The film company must have rented every 1940's car in California.
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We watched last night. It was actually back-to-back episodes. I'm on the fence so I'll watch the next few. But the film noir music makes it feel sooo clichéd.

I do like the intros of the young gangsters. But Ed Burns as Bugsy is not doing it for me.
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:33 AM   #8
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We turned it off after the first hour. The dialog was just putting us to sleep.
Maybe I made a mistake but it just felt like it yelling hey I look like Boardwalk/Mad Men/...

Perhaps the disconnect in the opening scene and the subsequent scenes were too much.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:25 AM   #9
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I thought it was very good. My only problem is remembering who the bad guys are other than Mickey Cohen. The music was great. A Night In Tunisia and You Don't Know What Love Is. Those are some great songs.

Who was the lady in Teague's picture that he burned?
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Jasmine Fontaine?

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I thought the pilot was excellent. A definite season pass.
I thought it was just a 3 week mini-series type deal.
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I thought the pilot was excellent. A definite season pass. The film company must have rented every 1940's car in California.
However I noticed a gaffe in the 2nd hour, when they showed the shot of the Pacific Electric car and panned up it had a modern day pantograph, in the 40's it would have had a standard single pole (yes, I'm weird that I know this, but damn I know my noir)

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Who was the lady in Teague's picture that he burned?
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Dead right on the spoiler, that's who the picture was of, and in retrospect their conversations in the show still fit knowing that.

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I thought it was just a 3 week mini-series type deal.
It was filmed as 6 individual episodes, but TNT is running it as 3 2hr blocks, I'm ok with that
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I liked it. I thought it was true to film noir, and the twists were fun. Not predictable but not out of left field either. Very well done and I'm in for the duration.

I know that the plan for this was a mini-series, but I'm already hearing rumblings that if the ratings warrant it, they'll do a series. When I hear stuff like that, the writers always ruin the story by making an ending that makes no sense, or change things around in order to allow for another season. I'm hoping that this is self contained and if they decide to bring back a part two, it's completely self contained as well.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:59 AM   #13
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Well, this one is in the can, so if they decide to go to series, they'll have to go from the existing conclusion of the miniseries. There's no changing the ending to open it up at this point.
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I thought the pilot was excellent. A definite season pass. The film company must have rented every 1940's car in California.
Yeah. What models are those? I dig that they look like the cars in cartoons and what Superman #1 was lifting. The long body with streamlines fenders?

I watched it on VoD and set a SP?

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Yeah. What models are those? I dig that they look like the cars in cartoons and what Superman #1 was lifting. The long body with streamlines fenders?

I watched it on VoD and set a SP?

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I'll leave to the car experts to identify the exact models. Here's a series of photos of many of the cars on location:

http://specialcarstore.com/content/l...-cars-location
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I expect to see Jessica Rabbit when I look at those cars.
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I'll leave to the car experts to identify the exact models. Here's a series of photos of many of the cars on location:

http://specialcarstore.com/content/l...-cars-location
Not good shot of it but what is this one?



A Pontiac?



A Cord or a Lincoln.

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It's very close, but not exact, to a 1941 Pontiac Streamliner Torpedo Eight.




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It's very close, but not exact, to a 1941 Pontiac Streamliner Torpedo Eight.
Don't think so. What I'm intrigued by are the sweeping front fenders. Those have squared off front fenders.

I know a Cord has those, but a Cord was a very rare and expensive car.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:24 AM   #20
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I've watched all four episodes so far and I really like this show.
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Don't think so. What I'm intrigued by are the sweeping front fenders. Those have squared off front fenders.

I know a Cord has those, but a Cord was a very rare and expensive car.
Here you go. The 1947 Cadillac Series 62. I think this could be the model used in the show.






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I couldn't tell if the plates on the cars had round corners which I think they did in that era.
I am old enough to remember the orange plates with the black letters.
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I couldn't tell if the plates on the cars had round corners which I think they did in that era.
I am old enough to remember the orange plates with the black letters.
California license plates:

http://www.oldpl8s.com/sale-auto.htm
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I really liked this miniseries. I hope it becomes a regular series
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I really liked this miniseries. I hope it becomes a regular series
I did too. But if they do a series, I hope it comes back in the same format this did. 6 Episodes is just about right to tell the story without stretching it out too much. I'd love to see other networks do the same. And there's no reason you couldn't do 6 episodes in the Fall, another 6 in the spring with a new story line in each set of 6.
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I did too. But if they do a series, I hope it comes back in the same format this did. 6 Episodes is just about right to tell the story without stretching it out too much. I'd love to see other networks do the same. And there's no reason you couldn't do 6 episodes in the Fall, another 6 in the spring with a new story line in each set of 6.
Of course, where does it end? Next thing you know, they're doing eight six-episode stories a year.

And everybody's screaming bloody murder about the drop in quality.

Plus whining the four weeks when they don't have new episodes.
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Of course, where does it end? Next thing you know, they're doing eight six-episode stories a year.

And everybody's screaming bloody murder about the drop in quality.

Plus whining the four weeks when they don't have new episodes.
Of course There's always someone not satisfied

I like these short seasons a lot. Two of them per calender year is just about right. Isn't that the British model?
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The car I had in mind was the Lincoln Continental.

They'll only be able to do 6 episodes a season because they could only round up like 8 cars.

BTW, Joe is in The Wolf of Wall Street, shirtless, ladies.
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