Mildred Pierce: OAD 3/27 Parts one and two

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  1. efilippi

    efilippi Well-Known Member

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    My wife and I are really enjoying this series, the new HBO miniseries starring Kate Winslet and a host of others. Which prompts my first point: The opening credits didn't 'star' Winslet, nor 'and...' her, but put her name last, in the largest type I think I've ever seen on tv. :p cool.

    The glimpse of life in California in the early 30's is very intriguing, to me. I constantly ask Where'd they get all those old cars? and lonely two-lane empty bits of highway. Wonderful.

    I haven't read the book but find the story interesting and involving. I like the Winslet character a lot (Mildred, of course) and enjoy seeing her becoming an independent woman.

    I have trouble with the pacing. I understand that there are varying amounts of time that have passed between scenes but it seems jarring to me in some cases. I can't put my finger on what's wrong but maybe the problem is that TV shows don't normally span weeks or months during an hour's performance? Not sure.

    Anyway, I am looking forward to part three next week.

    Is/was The Grippe really that bad a disease?
     
  2. IJustLikeTivo

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    I was expecting more based on the critical acclaim. It's not bad just not particularly compelling. I know the story gets more interesting moving forward. The remaining daughter was quite a pill in the Joan Crawford version. Wonder how close they're going to follow that version.
     
  3. efilippi

    efilippi Well-Known Member

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    She's quite a pill already, in this version!
     
  4. sieglinde

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    I will look for the original movie.
     
  5. betts4

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    I love the original movie, but I don't get HBO so I have to wait till it's maybe on netflix or such. Just how much it is the show following the movie? I haven't read the book.
     
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    efilippi

    efilippi Well-Known Member

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    I haven't seen the movie but one significant difference must be that the first two episodes of the HBO version had a running time probably equal to the entire movie. I would guess that HBO must be going into more detail. We are a third of the way through and Mildred's youngest daughter has just died. Where did that happen in the movie?
     
  7. Apr 2, 2011 #7 of 26
    Regina

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    Grippe = Influenza , so yes, can be pretty bad :(

    Looking forward to watching this, DVRed it, haven't had a chance to watch it yet. ;)
     
  8. Apr 4, 2011 #8 of 26
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    I'll continue to watch.

    Not exactly high praise, right?

    I liked it, but it was a little too long and boring in many spots. I kept waiting for SOMETHING to happen and when something finally did (e.g. the girl dying), it felt rushed!
     
  9. Apr 4, 2011 #9 of 26
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    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    I liked it. I'd like to think that the initial episode had a lot more 'set up' than there w/b in the following eps. BTW, I think we're only half-way through, no?

    Every now and then I would actually see a bit of Joan Crawford in Kate's look. I think she's doing a good job. If anything, she is dialing it back a tiny bit too much. I'm not loving the actor who plays Veda. Maybe, as the character grows up, she will get better (or be replaced with another actor. heh). I don't know why - I guess it's just a tough act to follow. I think that Kate, OTOH, is doing a very good job with her character portrayal.
     
  10. IJustLikeTivo

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    Intensely dislike Veda. What a horrid child she is. Why couldn't she have had the grippe? Not a big fan of Monty either.
     
  11. billypritchard

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    My wife and I were cracking up over the credits. Watching, thinking they didn't mention Kate Winslett, that's weird. Then

    KATE WINSLETT

    It was fairly ridiculous.
     
  12. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

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    Especially if they misspelled her name like that...
     
  13. Satchel

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    Yeah, well, that's the premise...Mildred desperately wants Veda's approval, but Veda is only in it for herself.

    I had to look online to see if this was a true story. Veda is a piece of work.
     
  14. john4200

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    Mildred is the real problem. Worst mother EVER. She brings new meaning to the word "spoiling" a child.
     
  15. IJustLikeTivo

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    She's a classic enabler. First her husband, then Veda and then Monty.
     
  16. gossamer88

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    So we decided to watch this based on Ebert Presents At The Movies high recommendation. I am utterly bored. I never saw the Crawford version, but it's gotta be better than this drawn out mess.
     
  17. Steveknj

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    I came in here to see if I should go back and watch this OnDemand. I'm thinking not. Seems like the type of show that might be on Lifetime. Not that I'm totally adverse to a melodrama geared toward women, but from the reviews here and elsewhere, it just sounds REALLY boring.
     
  18. efilippi

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    To each his own, of course, and this is a long and deliberate mini-series, not to everyone's taste. But I found it to be a compelling story, a mom's fight for her daughter, well acted and beautifully filmed.

    In the words of the tv critic at Salon: "This miniseries is a masterpiece."

    I predict many will give it another try after it wins all the awards at next year's Emmys.
     
  19. IJustLikeTivo

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    1. Yet another reason why I distrust critics. Well acted <> interesting.
    2. People who wait for awards to tell them what to watch aren't an audience worth reaching.
     
  20. john4200

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    It may have been well acted, but I found the story far from interesting. There was almost no character development -- the characters at the end seemed to be pretty much where they were at the beginning as far as their flaws and misconceptions.
     

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