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  • Riley
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    FX has an incredible track record with dramas.  They have broadcast fifteen to date and only one (Dirt) has premiered to “mixed or average reviews” on Metacritic and nothing has been below that.  Their sixteenth will be Fargo in the spring and they have just confirmed that their seventeenth will be The Strain in July.  Who is to say that it will not be great?

    The story is that Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Oscar nominee for Pan’s Labyrinth)
    wanted to make a vampire television show, but could not get financial
    backing, so he wrote a trilogy of novels with Chuck Hogan (author of Prince of Thieves, which was adapted into The Town). 
    FX ordered the pilot, which was scripted by the pair and directed by
    del Toro.  FX has promised that the series, for which Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, Emmy winner for Lost)
    is serving as showrunner, will run no fewer than three seasons and no
    more than five, as the third book may be split into three seasons. 
    Toronto is standing in for New York City.  Gary Ungar (Modigliani, Gothika) also executive produces, Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, two-time Emmy nominee) does the music and Dennis Berardi (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Emmy nominee for Vikings) supervises visual effects.

    The cast includes Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris, Critics’ Choice nominee for House of Cards), Mia Maestro (Breaking Dawn, Teen Choice nominee for Alias), Sean Astin (Oscar nominee for Kangaroo Court, SAG ensemble winner for The Return of the King), Kevin Durand (Fruitvale Station, Saturn Award nominee for Lost), Jonathan Hyde (Jumanji, SAG ensemble nominee for Titanic).  Guest starring are John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, two-time Oscar nominee), Roger Cross (Continuum, SAG ensemble nominee for 24), Francis Capra (Veronica Mars, A Bronx Tale) and Leslie Hope (Revolution, SAG ensemble nominee for 24).

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    ETPhoneHome
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    #305943

    Glad to see Corey Stoll again, he was one of the best parts of House of Cards, and I was shocked that he didn’t get an Emmy nomination for it.

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    Atypical
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    #305944

    Gawker calls this “The Walking Dead with vampires.” Nexxxxxt.

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    Cobalt Blue
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    #305945

    I was momentarily excited about a series spearheaded by Del Toro about a killer virus..    then, vampires??   Oh.   It’s FX’s Walking Dead. 

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    Icky
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    #305946

    Who knows? It could be the good version of ‘Walking Dead’.

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    jay eff kay
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    I don’t care much for vampires but since this is being made by Guillermo Del Toro, I’m sold.

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    Denis
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    Never understood all the love for Pan’s labyrinth, it was just, at its best, a fine movie. Still prefer The Devil’s Backbone. Nevertheless, I’m in for it, Corey Fucking Stoll is why.

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    Icky
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    Pan’s Labyrinth was one of the top ten movies of the last decade. GIT (get it together)

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    Renaton
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    Pan’s Labyrinth is phenomenal.

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    FrozenBarbie
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    I really liked Pan’s Labyrinth, too… but now I really want to see The Devil’s Backbone. Adding it to my Netflix queue. Thanks for the suggestion, Denis.

    The Strain sounds like it’s at least worth a try. I’m cool with vampires (loved the Swedish film, “Let the Right One In”), but oddly enough, I couldn’t take “True Blood” after the first few episodes, and gave up on the Walking Dead after the first season, so I’m hoping it’s a lot better than either one of those.

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    Denis
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    Pan’s Labyrinth was one of the top ten movies of the last decade. GIT (get it together)

    sure, someone else here make him a list of at least 20 better movies for him, cuz I’m just lazy enough to do it .

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    Denis
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    Pan’s Labyrinth was one of the top ten movies of the last decade. GIT (get it together)

    sure, someone else here make him a list of at least 20 better movies, cuz I’m just lazy enough to do it .

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    Icky
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    #305954

    Not only is it in the top ten. It’s in the top five movies of 2000-2009

    1. Mulholland Dr
    2. Almost Famous
    3. Y Tu Mama Tambien 
    4. Pan’s Labyrinth
    5. City of God (the Brazilian film)
    6. Lost in Translation
    7. Ghost World
    8. Before Sunset
    9. WALL-E 
    10. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly/The Squid and the Whale

    And though it’s a strong peice in its own right I can think of at least fifty movies from that period of time that are in-my-not-so-humble-opinion better than The Devil’s Backbone.

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    Denis
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    Never said The Devil’s Backbone is amongst the best movies or not even near it, I just said I prefer this particular Del Toro’s movie instead of Pan’s, I’m sorry, but you quote some ridiculous movies on a list and try to sell it as everyone’s favorite movies, c’mon. 

    You do have my sympathy for listing the best brazilian movie ever. Even though  Meirelles went batshit crazy after this.

    Edit: btw this is my last post about this on that thread, considering I’m always bothering people that are doing off topic on threads and I’m doing it now.

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    Icky
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    They aren’t everyone’s favorite. They’re just some of the best. Just sayin’. And PL is at the top heap of movies post ’99. You’re the one that threw the initial shade at a great movie. And it’s one of just a few modern movies I’m willing to defend to the hilt. 

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