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I could have stood a little less advance hype about that Band of Brothers dealie on HBO last night, but that was pretty impressive stuff. For the most part this easily matched the scope of a major motion picture, and considering it's an ongoing mini-series, I imagine the whole thing must have cost at least a gazillion dollars. I think I'm most impressed with its willingness to deal with the aspects of war that are impossible to paint in a heroic light, so that it's not just the "good guys versus the bad guys." As someone who once questioned why HBO was so determined to create original programming, I have to say, they have gotten to the point where almost everything they air is significantly better than almost everything on traditional network television.

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Band of Brothers
Sep 10, 2001, 09:01
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I watched about 30 minutes of it before heading off to bed. Am I the only person that couldn't get past Ross (David Schwimmer) trying to play the hard ass? That was a real stretch for him. I kept waiting to see Joey and Chandler on the plane with him. I'm hoping he won't have a recurring role. Other than his performance it did seem to be worth watching.



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Re: Band of Brothers
Sep 10, 2001, 09:11
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Am I the only person that couldn't get past Ross (David Schwimmer) trying to play the hard ass?...

I thought that as soon as he appeared on screen, but got over it quickly (though I have to admit to never having watched more than a few minutes of that Friends show in my life).

Also, I won't spoil anything, but I will say that as it went on you saw more of what his character was about than just a hard-ass, and his casting made more sense.

The other thing that struck me about this bit of casting was that I bet Tom Hanks has a soft spot for actors typecast as goofy sitcom comic types after needing to overcome his own Bosom Buddies past, and was therefore more inclined to see his potential in the role.


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Steven Ambrose
Sep 10, 2001, 09:34
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I read on www.dayofdefeatmod.com that Steven Ambrose wrote a book based on E-company, does anyone know the name of the book?

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Re: Band of Brothers
Sep 10, 2001, 09:36
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Sep 10, 2001, 09:36
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I agree. HBO always produces the best television going. The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and now A Band of Brothers. If I had to choose one pay channel, it would be HBO. No question about it.
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No subject
Sep 10, 2001, 09:49
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It's really too bad I can't get HBO without buying a package that includes the others...Showtime has really gone down-hill in the past couple of years.

I will say that during the second show, after about 45 minutes of watching the fighting, I looked at the clock, and was surprised to see that only 45 minutes had passed. I clearly felt that they'd been fighting for nearly a day -- the translation of the stress related to that event was heard loud and clear.

I started watching this series to see Ron Livingston (I grew up with him), but now I'm going to keep watching for the amazing cinema.

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Re: Steven Ambrose
Sep 10, 2001, 10:19
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Re: Steven Ambrose Sep 10, 2001, 10:19
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read on www.dayofdefeatmod.com that Steven Ambrose wrote a book based on E-company, does anyone know the name of the book?

it's called Band Of Brothers and it's what this hbo show is based on .. u can find it on amazon
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Urethra Fish
Sep 10, 2001, 10:22
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Urethra Fish Sep 10, 2001, 10:22
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So you wouldn't post that ripped-off testicles story, but you will post a story on a fish swimming up a urethra???
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Re: Urethra Fish
Sep 10, 2001, 10:39
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Sep 10, 2001, 10:39
 
So you wouldn't post that ripped-off testicles story, but you will post a story on a fish swimming up a urethra???

Ah life and its paradoxes! If you view this as an inconsistancy, I can only say it's a mystery! It's a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma!

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Cost
Sep 10, 2001, 10:39
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Cost Sep 10, 2001, 10:39
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BOB, cost 120 million to make. For that price, it should look like a movie!
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Re: Urethra Fish
Sep 10, 2001, 10:53
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It's a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma!

or

It's a mystery wrapped in a riddle, inside a urethra, with chinese dipping sauce.



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Re: Band of Brothers
Sep 10, 2001, 11:32
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I had more trouble accepting the guy from "Office Space" in such a serious role than I did seeing Ross act like an ass. On Friends it seems that Ross always wants to act like an ass, he just can't get up the balls to do it.
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Re: Steven Ambrose
Sep 10, 2001, 11:46
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Steven Ambrose's book was called, I believe, Band of Brothers.

BTW - Tom Hanks said on some TV show the other day that the mini-series cost (he and Spielberg were exective producers) $120,000,000. It ain't chump change.

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HBO
Sep 10, 2001, 12:21
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HBO Sep 10, 2001, 12:21
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It's only worth getting for Arli$$. Period.
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BoB
Sep 10, 2001, 12:37
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I too, was very impressed and greatly enjoyed HBO's Band of Brothers premier last night. I watched it with my wife and we both laughed at first when Schwimmer made his first appearance, but I think it was later during the training field exercises that we both agreed that his performance was actaully quite good.

I particularly liked the beginning of the second episode and many of the "first-person" shots (dangling from parachute, free-falling, etc.) It would make for a great game. . . (Isn't Medal of Honor doing something like this?)

Anycase, BoB makes for another compelling reason to watch TV on Sunday nights. But perhaps my favorite section of the premier was the raid against the four gun stations, all the more exciting b/c it turns out to have really happened, but certainly the filming of this sequence was awsome.
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Re: HBO
Sep 10, 2001, 12:41
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i hate that show.. it's the worst show on HBO.. but it's still better than just about every network TV sitcom.

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Re: HBO
Sep 10, 2001, 15:22
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Re: HBO Sep 10, 2001, 15:22
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You really hated it zig? Not just "didn't care for it", but flat out hated it? What could have possibly made you feel that way for it? It has quality acting and well thought out and developed plot. There's a lot of good acting from some "no-name" actors. Did you watch the whole thing, or just parts of it?
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Almost Right
Sep 10, 2001, 15:45
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>>I have to say, they have gotten to the point where almost everything they air is significantly better than almost everything on traditional network television.<<

And that's almost saying something!

Cable is the same empty wasteland broadcast is, just with tits. Notice the best you could say was "significantly better" - you can only make relative judgements about television, because it's all crap. Just some crap isn't as crappy as other crap. You can't say things like "excellent", "significant" (by itself), or even just "real good" - because none of it is. About all you can really say about any TV show is "it doesn't suck as much as 'Punky Brewster'".

The medium that brought us "Hello Larry!", "The Mothers-In-Law", and that awful Ken Burns "Baseball" thing can never be taken seriously, or even forgiven.

Kill your television!

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Re: Urethra Fish
Sep 10, 2001, 15:48
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Are you sure it isn't two mockeries of a sham?

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Re: HBO
Sep 10, 2001, 15:50
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Sep 10, 2001, 15:50
 
I believe zig is talking about arliss.

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Re: Band of Brothers
Sep 10, 2001, 15:58
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I really enjoyed BoB, although I could've done with out the emotional "this is an important show" music in the beginning of each episode. It had a lot of great little touches, including the German from Eugene, OR and the flaming bodies falling out the planes hit by ack-ack fire. The battles were well done with hand-cam scenes giving a "you are there" feel. You had the Lt. dropping a grenade he had just pulled the pin on, improvising a means to destroy one of the artillery pieces and a bastard CO making the company run a 3-mile hill after eating a bunch of spagetti.

(a later scene with Cpt Sobel in the Colonel's office reminded me of the end of "Good Morning, Vietnam". I was waiting for the Col. to tell Sobel "I've covered for you alot of times because I thought you were a little crazy. But you're not crazy, you're just mean".)

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