The handmaid's' tale

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by 8den, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. 8den

    8den No I'm pretty sure that was 8ball...

    Surprised it's not mentioned yet, first three episodes are dodgily available and I have watched the 1st one It's almost too literal to the novella's plot, so curious as to how they'll sustain it with expanding on the world.

    The Handmaid’s Tale: Elisabeth Moss stars in disturbing first full trailer – video

    Cast got blowback at a Tribeca screening when they claimed it's not a "feminist" story.

    Why Won’t the Handmaid’s Tale Cast Call It Feminist?

    Also worth remembering that the lovely Elizabeth Moss is a ghastly scientoligist...(I know)
     
  2. Vintage Paw

    Vintage Paw dead stare and computer glare

    I was following the "it's not a feminist story" fallout as it happened on twitter. I have so many thoughts about that I can't articulate them because I wipe enough cat drool off my monitor as it is and I don't want to be wiping my own rage-induced spittle off it as well.
     
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  3. 8den

    8den No I'm pretty sure that was 8ball...

    I can't remember where but I think it was late at night on ITV when 1st saw the Martin Sheen TV adaption. I may have been 11-12. Right then there utterly Pro Choice since and for the rest of my life.
     
  4. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Regret, transience and disillusioned fortitude..

    I wasn't aware there was a series.
    Will try and catch it.
     
  5. DexterTCN

    DexterTCN Well-Known Member

    Battlefield Earth scientologist or Tropic Thunder one?
     
  6. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

  7. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

  8. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Do you know how many there will be Crispy?
     
  9. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    On Channel 4, later this month (time and date tbc)
    Ten in all, and they won't finish the book with those ten.
    edit: Apparently they will, and will expand the story beyond the book in future seasons

    It really is fantastic. The acting, production design, cinematography, editing, all top notch. Totally gripping.
     
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  10. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    How do you mean they won't finish the book, you think there'll be a second season ?
     
  11. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    Oh - I thought you said we could have it earlier? Steal it?
     
  12. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

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  13. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    Thought the first episode was great - i can see why they've opened up the world of the book a lot, so there's more to explore if it goes into multiple seasons..
     
  14. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

  15. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Actually I think you can also watch it on Amazon Prime if you've got that.

    Don't steal. Stealing is wrong.
     
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  16. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    I think I'll just wait for it to come on the telly tbh :D
     
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  17. mrsfran

    mrsfran Slightly less bulbous

    It is really good. Elizabeth Moss's acting is tremendous.
     
  18. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    I was mistaken - this season will complete the book, with future seasons expanding the story beyond it
     
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  19. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    I don't want to watch this on my own, that's how good and scarily relevant I expect it to be, have asked the mr bimble to procure it from the internets and watch with me.
     
  20. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    People keep talking about this, and I keep getting it confused with the new Chan-wook Park film.
     
  21. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    The review for ep one I read was negative and said it stuck almost too closely to the book, leading me to think 'well I read the book twice and saw the old tv movie- why bother'

    but I've got eps 1&2 on download as I keep seeing people bigging it up
     
  22. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    There's no TV movie, but they did make a film of it in 1990 from a Harold Pinter screenplay. Wish I could remember more about it apart from rather lavish costumery and a lush score from Ryuchi Sakamoto
     
  23. Santino

    Santino lovelier than lovely

    It's really very good.
     
  24. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    you're not wrong. 1st ep sold me on it.
     
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  25. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist specter haunting

    was still thinking on this this morning, thats a sign of quality. Main thought was how the actor who plays ofred is able to convey a lot of emotion from a carefully closed face. You get anger, hatred, despair even sly amusement all from that controlled mask. Couldn't do ep 2 on the same night, its a little intense.
     
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  26. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    It's been years since I read the book, so I'm going to download it and read it whilst I wait for all of season 1 to be out.
     
  27. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    I've got some really mixed feelings about it. Am not as impressed as i expected to be. (I've watched 4 and don't want to do any spoilers).
    Loved the Philip Glass meets Blondie mashup playing over the flashback scene of the regime's violent crushing of the demonstration though that was superb.
     
  28. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    I've been watching it from the start. Read the book as an undergrad, and found it compelling - forgotten much of it, but didn't think it would hold much interest for me 25 years on. How wrong I was. It's brilliant. The updating, so powerful. The violence in the system (and the light it shines on our own system) so chilling.
     
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  29. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    What do you think about the way in which, in this TV series, the crypto-fascist Christian regime is apparently completely race-blind. I find that cowardly and a missed opportunity.
     
  30. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    The commanders and their wives are all white, aren't they? Or have i missed something? It's supposed to be New England, which is pretty whitewashed anyway.
     

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