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 Post subject: Ray Donovan
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:57 pm 
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This show is getting VERY close to being epic. It can't quite make up its mind on whether wants bo legendary or just great. But, for sure worth a watch.

And, James Woods just joined the cast. Yeah, James Woods.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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It's entertaining but I haven't been really drawn into it completely yet. Actually saw one of the actors in, can't remember his name, but he opened up at the Parlor Live in Bellevue for Tommy Davidson.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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I absolutely love Liev Schreiber, and will be shotgunning this as soon as the season is over.

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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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Thanks for the heads up. I'm putting it on my Netflix watch list. Hopefuly you're not overhyping this like Chris Polk.

I've been watching Boardwalk Empire on your recommendation (at least I think it was you that said it was pretty good?) and have been enjoying that show.

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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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Boardwalk, much like Soprano's will always have moody episodes and seasons. Season two is great.

Donovan's gotta great cast going for it.

It's still Showtime, so the quality is not quite HBO and/or film, but damn near. The first few episodes force things so you understand he's a father and a gangster (yeah, original, huh?). But, it's like if Affleck directed and wrote the Soprano's. It's more thuggish white trash than rich gangster tradition.

Or, in my family, a tad more realistic.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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People...watch this.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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I tuned in for about 3 seconds and it was 100 year old flappy slappy Jon Voight plowing somebody that could be his grandkid. I almost vomited and immediately went back to the Cartoon Network. Promise me it gets better, and maybe I'll watch it. That guy shirtless=no sale. Yuck. It was almost as bad as Kathy Bates in the buff. I almost carved my eyes out.

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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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Ha! Voight plays a pretty good old pervy/creep scumbag. Give it 3 full episodes.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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3 episodes? Man... that 3 seconds may have scarred me for life. I tuned in to watch it, but it started early because boxing ended early I think. I was like "EEEEEK!!!" like a little girl running from a mouse. Nasty. This is the kind of thing that would happen when I was a kid. I'd be watching TV and nothing wrong would be going on. I'd be flipping channels and I'd hit something right as my mom or dad entered the room and they'd ground me or just make me go on a five mile bike ride. We'd never speak of it again. We're good at bottling things up and hiding them like that.

Now it just happens that I AM my parents. Life sucks.

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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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It's Soprano's and The Town/Gone Baby Gone...with a modernized West Coast feel. Unlike Soprano's, it stays true to its genre and goes full gangster at least once an episode.

And, how can I saw this without offending people. Shark, being from "Utah" you may appreciate the religious angle/target of the show. What person from "Utah" doesn't like to poke fun at Catholics? Catholicism's an easy target, yeah, but it works.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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Utah is full of Catholics. That's the predominant religion here. In fact... we only say that we're Mormons to throw everybody off. If they knew we were full of Catholics and as awesome as we are, then everybody would move here. It's sort of like Washington and the lies about all of the rain. It has worked so far, so keep our secret safe please.

And please... I'm not FROM Utah, I just got roped into living here when my parents made a break from Washington and forced me to come along. Then they did the classic "Catholic" trick of guilting me into staying until they passed away. Now my wife is only 9 years from her pension, so we're stuck... grrr....

It sounds like they are following the path of that HBO show about the "Mormons" and all them being polygamists. I've heard it's true! Mormons... what an easy target. Losers. I almost typed lobsters for some reason.

But on a serious note... my brother was doing some genealogy the other day, and found out for the first time that my grandma's great grandfather was a polygamist, and quite a notorious one at that. Up until last week we had never had any connection to polygamy at all that we knew of. My brother found a bunch of marriage certificates though. Haha. I always said my family was smart enough to realize that we aren't even good at having one wife, let alone 2 or more. At least that's the case on the side that has my last name. One wife per customer (at a time at least).

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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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How are people not digging this?

I didn't know Voight could act this well (at least since 70's). Plus, Woods is right out of the Departed.

Oh, and it has my PERFECT woman. Mix of white-trash AND Irish, just like me....

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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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pehawk wrote:
How are people not digging this?

I didn't know Voight could act this well (at least since 70's). Plus, Woods is right out of the Departed.

Oh, and it has my PERFECT woman. Mix of white-trash AND Irish, just like me....

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She's a prettier version of Skyler for me. I'd anger-bang the hell out of them because they're both annoying as hell and gingers.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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I started watching the first two and couldn't get into it. Then after seeing this thread I stsrted again. Its okay but I'm only halfway through. Better than I thought but not in Pe's stratosphere for me yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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Yea,h, it starts slow. They force a lot of the family dynamics into the initial four or five episodes. They set up his dichotomy; a sociopath AND family man. And, the acting gets better as the show goes on. Voight especially.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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Daaaaaaaaaaaamn! Just finished watching it. Love this show. Liev Schreiber does a great job, and Voight does too, but as Pe said, it takes a while. The show itself takes a while to get going, too; 6-7 episodes in, IMO.

I've been waiting a long time for this show to come out. Saw a preview in theaters like a year ago, and have wanted to see it since because I love Liev Schreiber.

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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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RolandDeschain wrote:
Daaaaaaaaaaaamn! Just finished watching it. Love this show. Liev Schreiber does a great job, and Voight does too, but as Pe said, it takes a while. The show itself takes a while to get going, too; 6-7 episodes in, IMO.

I've been waiting a long time for this show to come out. Saw a preview in theaters like a year ago, and have wanted to see it since because I love Liev Schreiber.


I know!

Not only does it start a tad slow to set things up, there's some episodes that are a little "blah". But, when it does work, it reaches rarified air. There's a lot of cool sub-plots and twists going on.

Voight plays is so well, eventually. He really nails that "small time thug" that acts like a mafia don, gimmick.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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Plus the show allowed me to add "Pipe me, b!tch!" to my vernacular. And, as Roland will tell ya, I need a lot of assistance in vocab and English.


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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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You know who else I was impressed with? The actor that plays Bunchy. He gives off that impression of a ruined life from what happened to him as a kid BEAUTIFULLY. You really feel sorry for him. At least, I did.

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 Post subject: Re: Ray Donovan
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I must say...in the beginning I just watched it just to watch it. Halfway in, it really drew me in. At the end, you see why Ray is the way he is, especially towards his father. Very good performances by all the actors


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