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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by linus » Tue Feb 01, 2011 22:32

'how tv ruined your life' (bbc2, tuesdays at 10pm) is, however, splendid stuff

well, I like it

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by photojonny » Wed Feb 02, 2011 08:40

I really like it too. Brooker really needs to leave that poor Doritos advert alone now know, ITS BEEN YEARS CHARLIE!
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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by PhoeniXPhiL » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:59

hey, linus! wrote:'how tv ruined your life' (bbc2, tuesdays at 10pm) is, however, splendid stuff

well, I like it
Yes it's a lot better but it's kinda like "A Beginners Guide To Brooker" - a lot of the ideas have previously been explored albeit scattered around in Screenwipe / Newswipe STILL atleast he is finding new ways to propell his views...

...his rant about how adverts portary dads as bumbling fools had me larfing to the supreme.

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by mkgleeds » Tue Feb 08, 2011 22:33

Looking forward to the first series of "The Underling"

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by linus » Tue Feb 08, 2011 22:47

it was certainly good to see roger sloman getting some work

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by graysonscolumn » Wed Feb 09, 2011 17:44

hey, linus! wrote: it was certainly good to see roger sloman getting some work
Ah, neither that nor Nuts in May will ever top 1:27 to 2:06 of the following;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si8Gttno3SY

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by linus » Sun Apr 17, 2011 15:54

I do like 'So Wrong It's Right', the Radio 4 sort of panel ramble thing that Brooker presents

I know people who are diametrically opposed to anything that resembles 'normality' find radio 4 panel shows cosy and safe but then that's like complaining getting pissed involves a lot of lifting of drinking receptacles and taking on of liquids... a good radio 4 panel show should be, presumably unless you live in bizarro world, funny and 'So Wrong It's Right' manages to be, depending on guests- sometimes it's amusing, sometimes it's hilarious, it's more like people chatting in front of an audience, the quiz/competition element is barely there, which is a good thing, the final episode with Lee Mack, Sarah Millican and Graham Linehan was particularly good (in my admittedly shit and worthless opinion)

You can find that here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... Episode_6/

Episode 5 with Frank Skinner, Josie Long and Dan Maier is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... Episode_5/

I dunno, a bit like Chris Morris unless Brooker's doing something that people who aren't that subversive themselves but insist their heroes are at all times find 'edgy' and 'dark' he'll probably get accused of 'selling out' or 'playing safe' or something...

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by Postures » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:30

I do too.
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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by Dan Pop-o-matic » Mon Dec 12, 2011 20:49

So, Black Mirror was a bit on the relentlessly bleak and harrowing side last night wasn't it? I was nearly in bits by the end.

It was amazing stuff though, I thought...

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by tonieee » Mon Dec 12, 2011 23:04

Yes, very bleak but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A brilliant piece of telly.

It's very much of its time though and will probably seen horribly dated in a couple of years time.

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by crystalball » Tue Dec 13, 2011 05:43

tonieee wrote: It's very much of its time though and will probably seen horribly dated in a couple of years time.
I was thinking that too. But then it's meant to be actuality television, right?

Darkness though. Utter darkness.

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by tonieee » Tue Dec 13, 2011 08:26

crystalball wrote:
tonieee wrote: It's very much of its time though and will probably seen horribly dated in a couple of years time.
I was thinking that too. But then it's meant to be actuality television, right?
I wasn't complaining. Doing it this way gives it a sense of nowness and probably helps get its message across better.

The things that I think will date incredibly quickly are:
- smart phone style interfaces on the walls
- X Factor style talent show, especially the judges

The things that won't date are:
- the pervasiveness of advertising
- the increasing control of corporations over the entertainment we are allowed to consume
- the possibility of a golden carrot for a few to keep the majority in line
- the ridicule of those in society who are seen as not worthy

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by crystalball » Tue Dec 13, 2011 08:38

Yes!

What I have really liked about the two episodes so far is that, despite the caricature-like characters and the extreme situations, it is all quite subtle and doesn't try to hammer the points home.

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by Trev » Tue Dec 13, 2011 08:53

I only saw the 2nd one, which I switched off before the end. It was all a bit obvious for me. Could do a lot better, I think.

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Dec 13, 2011 09:01

The first one was about shagging a pig, Trev. You chose the wrong one.

I found the second one a bit slow. There's wasn't enough sow tupping in it for me.

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by carney » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:23

The first Black Mirror was a nice examination of the fear of technology and/or the internet, but the second one was pretty obvious. Was it supposed to be some kind of self-critique though? Is Brooker the main character, being angry on demand for the camera/newspaper column/radio?

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by annie » Thu Dec 15, 2011 13:12

carney wrote:Was it supposed to be some kind of self-critique though? Is Brooker the main character, being angry on demand for the camera/newspaper column/radio?
... and he fell in love with someone who worked on the x factor. he co-wrote this episode with konnie huq. i thought it was very moving (and sad), when you take the obvious connection to their own lives into account. also much more disturbing than the first episode, despite having to leave the room during parts of that one (i have an extremely low cringe threshold).

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by linus » Tue Feb 12, 2013 13:11

I really enjoyed last night's 'black mirror', I didn't see any of the previous series so will address that soon but last night's episode was alright by me, I found it quite profound in a soppy sort of a way

the other thing he's doing at the moment- 'the weekly wipe'- is ok/could be better- he really doesn't need the two person interview film review thing, that doesn't work very well, but I did enjoy bob mortimer last week

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Feb 12, 2013 14:30

I thought last night's was brilliant too. I don't want to say too much in case anyone hasn't seen it, but there was something heartbreaking in her realisation that it was really the 'flaws' that made him who he was. The best thing about this, and the previous series, is that Brooker somehow makes these stories not seem at all far-fetched.

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Re: I want to marry Charlie Brooker

Post by crystalball » Tue Feb 12, 2013 15:26

I liked it, although it may have ruined my psyche forever.

His future is a very, very lonely place, isn't it?

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