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I can't believe they cast a Russian spy as Perry Mason

 

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The first look at the new Perry Mason is out. Debuting in 2020 on HBO, the limited series is set in 1931 Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, the City of Angels has oil, the Olympic Games, talking pictures, evangelical fervor, and a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong.

Based on characters created by author Erle Stanley Gardner, the series follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

 

 

Perry Mason stars Matthew Rhys, John Lithgow, Tatiana Maslany, Chris Chalk, Juliet Rylance, Shea Whigham, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcon, Andrew Howard, Jefferson Mays, Robert Patrick, Stephen Root, Gayle Rankin, Lili Taylor, and Justin Kirk

 

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The original Perry Mason was much different from the Raymond Burr TV version. He was a shyster as crooked as the day was long. If this is going back to that version, it could be pretty good.

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Premier was ok. Pretty dark. Beautiful production design and acting, as to be expected from hbo. Both sex scenes were funny. 

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Liked it, like the premise. The old Perry Mason movies from the 30's painted Mason as a dirty lawyer for good people. This is an interesting backstory.

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I want to know more about Mason Dairy and the Mexican woman. That has to be an interesting tale.

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The two reviews I read also indicated it was mediocre (maybe misguided?) but I went ahead and watched it and loved it. Most of the blurbs in the new previews talk about the look, and it is a beautiful production. I look forward to the rest of the season, and wonder how the transition will be made from private dick to attorney (if that’s even in the plans). 

Couldn’t be further from Burr’s Perry Mason character and TV show. 

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I enjoyed how it looked and the time period and location it's in. Rhys is a really good actor. It's summer and there's not much else new so definitely in. 

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If you're really interested in Perry Mason's background check out the old Warren William films from the 30's. He made 4 of them.

The 50's TV version with Raymond Burr was a much different character.

Edited by RPM

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1 hour ago, DDD Dad said:

This was prominently on display during a season of Bosch, IIRC.

It's in the Bosch intro, too. That was the first time I heard the name. I'd seen it before in old movies but thought it was in San Francisco. 

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Ol’ Raymond Burr would have indeed loved the shot of Chubby, racing down the street, cock flapping in the cool late December night.

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Never saw the tv version.  Loved the first episode.  I'm a sucker for Noir (does this count?) though, so I'll love most things set in this era.  Very L.A. Confidential feel.

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15 minutes ago, Biff Tannen said:

Never saw the tv version.  Loved the first episode.  I'm a sucker for Noir (does this count?) though, so I'll love most things set in this era.  Very L.A. Confidential feel.

You really should watch a few episodes. Raymond Burr was iconic and the scripts were well written. For a version closer to the HBO show, watch the Warren William Perry Mason films. He's already a defense lawyer and he's shady as they come. Just the guy you want to hire.

 

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I thought the first episode was good. The 2nd was alright but got boring in the middle. I will give it one more. 

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This is an excellent series. True, it got a little strung out in Ep 2, but a lot of shit happened they had to explain. That takes a few pages to do.

I'm really interested in the way they recast the roles (or did they? I haven't read the books) with Perry as a P.I., Paul Drake as a black cop, Della is not Perry's secretary and

Spoiler

apparently Perry was discharged for a homosexual encounter in the Army. 

 

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I watched the first and about 5 minutes of the second episode last night. 

I like it so far, I loved Rhys in The Americans so that might help. 

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Like most HBO shows, this one is shot very dark. The cinematography is beautiful, but unless you are watching in 4K the lighting is distracting.

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Really diggin this show.  Never saw one episode of the TV series, so no frame of reference.

It's got a True Detective type vibe to it.

 

Oh and Chubby Carmichael was packin.  No Homo.

 

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How much money does HBO have? That WWI flashback scene couldn't have been cheap. 

Also the girl from Orphan Black is finer than frog hair. I hope she "disrobes".

Edited by billfromlaketravis

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I haven't watched yet, but if you pair up 1/2 of The Americans with 1/2 of Orphan Black, this show should kill.

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I haven't watched yet, but if you pair up 1/2 of The Americans with 14 characters from Orphan Black, this show should kill.


FIFY

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i'm picking up too much of a comedy vibe to compare it to true detective.  doesn't have the suspense or creepiness that show has.   was the restaurant really called ptomaine tommy's?  

was disappointed he got steamrolled so badly by the movie exec.  seems like a seasoned detective would have had a better plan than that.  if he wants to be our hero and protagonist he's going to have to show more street smarts than that.

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1 hour ago, thrillhammer said:

i'm picking up too much of a comedy vibe to compare it to true detective.  doesn't have the suspense or creepiness that show has.   was the restaurant really called ptomaine tommy's?  

was disappointed he got steamrolled so badly by the movie exec.  seems like a seasoned detective would have had a better plan than that.  if he wants to be our hero and protagonist he's going to have to show more street smarts than that.

 

Yeah, he has good instincts just needs to work on his follow through. Either a character flaw or something that will evolve. Through two episodes he doesn't seem to have very good people skills.  

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Pretty good detective show so far. Curious to see how high the corruption goes. Not sure what Sister Alice’s plan is after that last episode

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On 6/29/2020 at 11:23 AM, RPM said:

Like most HBO shows, this one is shot very dark. The cinematography is beautiful, but unless you are watching in 4K the lighting is distracting.

It's 2020. Who doesn't have 4k?

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37 minutes ago, Bobby Light said:

Not sure what Sister Alice’s plan is after that last episode

someone needs to spank her 

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this story line is boring. 7 several new cases over the season would have been much more interesting 

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I'm loving this. Something about the time frame, how it's shot, and Mason's character flaws are really great. It's similar to how I felt watching LA Confidential. 

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1 hour ago, mdmost said:

I'm loving this. Something about the time frame, how it's shot, and Mason's character flaws are really great. It's similar to how I felt watching LA Confidential. 

I agree but this story line is dragging  

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2 hours ago, tx 3 putt said:

I agree but this story line is dragging  

You want a 3 Ep season? This is like a rich stew. First, you make a roux...

Edited by RPM

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21 hours ago, RPM said:

You want a 3 Ep season? This is like a rich stew. First, you make a roux...

Agreed. 

 

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You want a 3 Ep season? This is like a rich stew. First, you make a roux...

character development takes time.

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52 minutes ago, Gatorubet said:


character development takes time.

 

Yep, I just hope they don't burn the roux.....

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