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    Midnight Mass

    Anyone else watching this?

    We watched the first 3 episodes last night. Really, really good.
    "All right, that's too hot. Anything we can do about that heat?"

    "Rick...it's a flamethrower."

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    No one else watching this yet?

    We're on the second-to-last episode. This is great stuff.
    "All right, that's too hot. Anything we can do about that heat?"

    "Rick...it's a flamethrower."

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    This feels like Archenemy all over again.

    Why am I the only one watching this?!?
    "All right, that's too hot. Anything we can do about that heat?"

    "Rick...it's a flamethrower."

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    Flanagan is a little too self indulgent with a few monologues across the series (with one at the very end that is borderline painful), but overall this show was fantastic.

    Thought provoking meditations on faith, God, and the harm that religion does to both individuals and communities of people, especially when the intentions are good.

    Hamish Linklater is a revelation (LOL!) as the town's new priest.

    I love that Henry Thomas has found consistent, great work with Flanagan.
    "All right, that's too hot. Anything we can do about that heat?"

    "Rick...it's a flamethrower."

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    Yeh it's good. Should be called Monologues: the Series though.

    Main character is a miscast as well.
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    Which did you think was miscast?

    And I LOL'd about Monologues: The Series.
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    "Rick...it's a flamethrower."

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    Zach Gilford. He's the Ryan Gosling of emotion.
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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    Zach Gilford. He's the Ryan Gosling of emotion.
    Oh yes, he's not the best.

    But Linklater is freaking magnetic.
    "All right, that's too hot. Anything we can do about that heat?"

    "Rick...it's a flamethrower."

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    Linklater is the MVP.
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    I still have Absentia and Before I Wake of his non-obscure works left to see, but I find this the best thing Flanagan has done to date. It turns out "original work + heavily literary-influenced" is the ideal middle point of this director, so his preoccupied philosophical/religious ideas don't feel as grafted on as sometimes happen in his adaptations (like the last episode of Hill House), and the influence helps stressed the emotional/thematic resonance further than his more purely formal genre exercises (like Hush or Oculus).

    The complexity here feels very much Stephen King-influenced (agreed with some comments of "best King novel that he has never written"), but being original work means Flanagan starts off with pure atmosphere and characterization of his own creation, which is why I don't find the pacing and monologues of early episodes to be too much like others do. They feel like carefully crafted momentums that deepen this rich world and cast of characters to parallel the horror-tinged mysteries taking place alongside them.

    In fact, the only time they truly feel their length is when the other shoe drops a full reveal at the series' midpoint in Episode 4, because as good as its "after death" discussion and others are, they now feel in the way of a clear forward narrative now gaining steam proper. This problem persists a bit into Episode 5, but the devastating ending finally has the characters caught up with the audience, leading into the last two episodes that are the best landing in either of Flanagan's films or series. Horrific, supremely crafted, and surprisingly tender, the ending of series sees Flanagan has the characters confront their past traumas and current beliefs (whether firm or wavering) alongside the horror taking place, and the way he clearly grapples and ponders along with his own characters onscreen during the final stretch is the most moving filmmaking this director has ever done.
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    Yeh the Storm of the Century, Salem's Lot, Mist, vibes are strong with this one.
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