The New Perry Mason Series On H B O

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  1. Beth Gallagher

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    Has anyone watched this?? I watched the first 2 episodes but somehow I'm not getting into it. This is not your grandpa's Perry Mason. :D:D

     
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    This is the same thing they did with Batman.

    Now I'm glad I don't get cable...or satellite.
     
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    I have never liked films made in the "noir" style... gloomy, dark, depressing. The only redeeming factor is John Lithgow; I am a huge fan. (His appearance in a season of "Dexter" was unforgettable.) Of course I have only seen 2 episodes so it might possibly get better; it's certainly getting good critical review.

    Here's the synopsis: "Set in 1932 Los Angeles, the series focuses on the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason, based on characters from Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels. Living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage.

    L.A. is booming while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression — but a kidnapping gone very wrong leads to Mason exposing a fractured city as he uncovers the truth of the crime
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    This makes me want to look for Erle Stanley Gardner's books to read. :D
     
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    I used to read a lot. When I was a kid, I read all the Ian Fleming stuff, the Leslie Charteris stuff ("The Saint"), Connon Doyle writings, and a ton of other spy/adventure writers of the day. I have vague memories of reading maybe one Gardner novel, but I never read his stuff extensively.

    Regarding depressing movies: when I quit drinking, I started renting subtitled French movies. I found the depressing real-world endings to be a refreshing change from the unrealistic Disneyesque endings most American movies have. It wasn't a dark thing as much as it was an honesty thing.

    Have you seen "Laura"? That's a pretty good flick.
     
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    I'm a voracious reader; seldom does a film live up to its literary counterpart IMO. If I see a movie being released that is based on a book, I have to read the book before I watch the movie.

    My older brother was a huge fan of The Saint; I hadn't thought about that in years.

    I believe I've seen Laura but it was many years ago. Is that the Gene Tierney movie? I'll have to see if I can find it somewhere.
     
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    I used to hit a row of second hand shops outside of DC before the cancer of the city overtook them. I got to know the owners pretty well, who would call me if they got in something they knew I would be interested in. One of them called me what they got a bunch of sci fi books from an estate. I got somewhere north of 200 for less than a dime each. I read most of them, passing over the science fantasy stuff (meaning I like the dystopian and "real life in the future" genre most.)

    I did a Club Med vacation and read Rising Sun and Jurassic Park that week before seeing them at the theatre. I agree the books are always better, with To Kill A Mockingbird being a possible exception (meaning the book reads as a script.) I've long ago fallen out of the habit of reading. Even while working, I've chewed through a book a week at times, but not at all anymore.

    Regarding Laura: yeh, that's Gene Tierney. Great movie. Incredible song.
     
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    Funny you should say that. Recently I wanted to find "A Streetcar Named Desire" in print and was surprised to find that it was only written as a play. I found an old edition through Amazon marketplace booksellers and reading it is a chore (stage directions and all.)
     
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    My mother insisted on reading and we would go to library and check out E .Stanley and Nero Wolf...all those type books. She had me reading something all summer. I am glad she did expand my reading it has always helped me.
     
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