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02:12 pm - My Zinc Bed
My Zinc Bed is a play by David Hare which was adapted for TV, on BBC2 last night. It starred Paddy Considine, Jonathan Pryce and Uma Thurman. I generally hate these bloody things. And this was no exception.

No - it had some good ideas. When Jonathan Pryce was expounding on capitalism I thought it was shrewd enough. But the dialogue was stilted and unbelievable as human speech. And why does every single play by a 'serious' playwright on British telly have to be about a sinister hyper-rich entrepreneur, his victim/wife, and their exploitative mutual relationship with some damaged creative weakling, who is blatantly a Mary-Sue of the playwright.

TV Scoop: "When it suits me, I can really enjoy pretentious rubbish, however, this tripe was expensive offal tarted up and so unbearably needy that it felt like three monologues rather than the interplay of three characters immersing themselves in each other."

Guardian: "The heightened language of My Zinc Bed - unashamedly writerly writing - felt like an affectation and distraction.. the whole thing felt rushed, sterile and disconnected. People ran from intellectual arguments to fibrillating passion and despair as if they were competing for gold in the emotional Olympics. With no time to breathe, empathise or sympathise with the dysfunctional trio, we were left only with a long hour in the company of three maddeningly needy people whose problems were of interest only to them."

And I bloody hate dialogue like this

'I sometimes wonder why...'
'Why what?'
'Why... it's important.'
'Is it important?'
'Is what important?'

Get a bloody grip you insufferable wankers.

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From:emeraldsedai
Date:August 28th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
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The Guardian review is, to say the least, a little ironic, don't you find? To put "heightened language felt like a distraction" into the same paragraph with "fibrillating passion and despair" is actually kind of funny.

Get a bloody grip you insufferable wankers.

Hee! I'll take your word for it and give this a miss.
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From:communicator
Date:August 28th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Ah, Guardian, how I love/hate thee.

There's something about serious plays on TV that rubs me up the wrong way. How unfair, but that's what I'm like. I watched a murder mystery on ITV3 the same evening and judged the acting and writing by much lower standards because exciting things happened.
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From:emeraldsedai
Date:August 28th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Well, personally, I'll overlook quite a bit if Robson Green is in the picture.

And ain't nothin' wrong with being drawn by exciting things. At least, I hope there ain't, 'cuase I'm frequently distractec by them to the detriment of my intellect, my taste, and my good sense.
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From:communicator
Date:August 28th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
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If you like Robson Green you should check out Wire in the Blood - but it's the most gory and gruesome program ever, so be warned
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From:katlinel
Date:August 28th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
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I found the title offputting although I don't know why. After your trenchant review, this doesn't sound like something I'm particularly bothered to see.
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From:communicator
Date:August 28th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
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I am a miserable swine when it comes to these things. David Hare, Stephen Poliakoff, I scorn them all.

(ETA - but I watch them still - perhaps in order to madden myself into a frenzy :-)

Edited at 2008-08-28 03:57 pm (UTC)
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From:pennski
Date:August 28th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Now you see, that's where you're going wrong. If you see Poliakoff, run away fast! There's so much good stuff out there (by which I mean enjoyable) that we really don't need to watch the "worthy but dull" stuff any more.

And besides, Alison Graham warned us what it would be like in the Radiotimes.
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From:communicator
Date:August 28th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Compared to The Wire or Deadwood it's - dead wood
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From:several_bees
Date:August 28th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Yes, wasn't it awful? We mostly spent it sniggering at the "hey, if I write this down three different ways maybe one of the sentences will work?" writing.

"I slept under the stars. The stars were above me."

"I like drinking. Drinking is something I like."

And the score! Ominous strings over shots of alcohol!
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From:communicator
Date:August 28th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
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And the least convincing on-screen romance ever. Perhaps it was cut too much.

Glad I wasn't the only one cringing away.
From:egretplume
Date:August 28th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
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This does sound awful. But Paddy Considine can come and be pretentious to me any time he likes.
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From:communicator
Date:August 28th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
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Hee, well he had zero chemistry with Uma Thurman, but that was probably because she was stone cold

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