Reese and Nicole and Laura and Audrey and Elvis: Thread for BIG LITTLE LIES on HBO

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also, when laura dern is one of the leads and she's not the first person you think of in terms of standout performances (and she was so good! god, that part where she throws the phone in the pool and then raises her hand up to signal to her partner that she's ok...she can do no wrong), you know you are in the presence of a ridiculously good ensemble

Karl Malone, Monday, 5 February 2018 17:28 (one year ago) link

the therapy scenes (especially the first session in episode 3) were so good that i said "this is some of the best television i have ever seen" out loud as i was watching it

otm this scene was absolutely extraordinary

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 5 February 2018 17:29 (one year ago) link

i may be a total weirdo but if the entire show was just 7 hours straight of those therapy scenes i'd still be happy. i'm not sure if anyone's mentioned how good the therapist is but she goes toe-to-toe with kidman, which is saying a hell of a lot.

https://www.thecut.com/2017/03/real-life-therapists-love-the-big-little-lies-therapist.html

Karl Malone, Monday, 5 February 2018 17:33 (one year ago) link

I think the fact that this wasn't all just about rich people problems helped alleviate a lot of the issues I might've otherwise had with the setting. It's mostly a very human story that could've been dropped into a different setting without losing a whole lot.

How does boy sound like? (Old Lunch), Monday, 5 February 2018 17:40 (one year ago) link

i'll stop serially posting, but it's interesting that those counseling scenes weren't in the book the show is based off of - http://www.vulture.com/2017/03/big-little-lies-robin-weigert-therapy.html

Karl Malone, Monday, 5 February 2018 17:41 (one year ago) link

Oh, that's so strange. But, yes, Robin Weigart is truly great (as anyone who's seen Deadwood can attest).

How does boy sound like? (Old Lunch), Monday, 5 February 2018 17:43 (one year ago) link

yeah the actress that played the therapist was fantastic. just saw her in a sorta shitty movie last week in a very small role

flappy bird, Monday, 5 February 2018 17:53 (one year ago) link

i may be a total weirdo but if the entire show was just 7 hours straight of those therapy scenes i'd still be happy

did you ever watch In Treatment?

rob, Monday, 5 February 2018 19:29 (one year ago) link

In Treatment was so fucking creepy and not in a good way.

Right column Leftist (sunny successor), Thursday, 8 February 2018 14:11 (one year ago) link

my mom loved that show but i could never imagine watching it, i get enough out of my own therapy

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 February 2018 17:46 (one year ago) link

yeah I only watched the first season and it was years ago...I had actually forgotten about the plot which I think you're referring to as creepy.
It's too bad though, as BLL shows, it's an interesting dramatic situation that so often rings totally false when I see it dramatized.

rob, Thursday, 8 February 2018 18:25 (one year ago) link

Dr Melfi obviously the prime example of how it should be done.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Thursday, 8 February 2018 19:03 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

A friend I wouldn't expect to said he watched this, so I picked up a bootleg on the weekend. Of course the thing that caught my attention in the first episode was Babe Ruth. I'd never heard Babe Ruth in my life, but as the tiny image of the album cover flashed by on the daughter's cell phone, I did a double-take--"Is that actually what I think it is?" (I was familiar with the album cover)--and backed up. At which point I guessed correctly that that was also what I was hearing. Bizarre. A little far-fetched, maybe, but interesting.

clemenza, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 22:34 (one year ago) link

Couple of episodes to go--fascinating, especially (what else) the music. I just read the second season will be directed by Andrea Arnold...excellent. And Meryl Streep will be added...not sure what to say there--could be good.

clemenza, Sunday, 1 April 2018 23:31 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

So, season 2...?

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Saturday, 15 June 2019 16:32 (four months ago) link

First ep was fine, pretty much in line with what came before. Streep bringin' some quality pass agg into the mix.

Morrie Antoilette (Old Lunch), Saturday, 15 June 2019 19:32 (four months ago) link

I enjoyed the first one a lot - cast were amazing - but I sort of file it with bloodline, stranger things, that recent one that was a bit like this and had a title almost as bad as big little lies: decent shows that really, intensely do not need a sequel. I sort of feel like if tv really is where it’s meant to be at we can be as sceptical of these things having second series as we would be of like phantom thread 2 or 2nd reformed

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Saturday, 15 June 2019 19:46 (four months ago) link

(sort of)

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Saturday, 15 June 2019 19:46 (four months ago) link

hard agree

killing eve kinda in this category for me too, can't believe how little i care about watching it after having loved S1

Lil' Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 15 June 2019 20:01 (four months ago) link

2nd reformed lol

Jeff Bathos (symsymsym), Saturday, 15 June 2019 20:32 (four months ago) link

Sequel title jokes are the lamest played-out shit and anyone who makes or enjoys them should be ashamed except when I do it: boogaloo’s gold

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Saturday, 15 June 2019 20:39 (four months ago) link

I don't mind the continuation of these types of shows if there's some intention informing the decision, either a long game arc planned out in advance or some specific idea of why there should be another season beyond 'because that's what's expected'. I think shows like this (ie those which are more focused on character/relationship development than on weaving some intricate, high-concept plot) can more easily get away with perpetuation sans some lofty notion of where things are heading. In this case, I'd personally be more concerned about their reach ultimately exceeding their grasp (see: the evolution of Big Love from small-scale character piece to showcase for bugfuck psycho cult shenanigans).

Morrie Antoilette (Old Lunch), Saturday, 15 June 2019 21:19 (four months ago) link

The show I was trying to think of was dead to me, which isn’t as bad a title as big little lies obv but still seems pretty determined to communicate “you can skip this”

They all work so well as self-contained stories and the follow-ups come so soon after that it doesn’t feel as if any thought has gone into whether they should continue it, never mind how they can. Getting back on topic the only interesting avenue for further exploration in BLL I can think of is Adam Scott being kind of a creep, felt like that might be going somewhere, but even there I think the suggestion was enough

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Saturday, 15 June 2019 22:11 (four months ago) link

I'm pretending the second season of Killing Eve doesn't exist, but I'm enjoying BLL season 2 so far. Streep vs. Witherspoon is fucking hilarious.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 15 June 2019 23:26 (four months ago) link

hard agree

killing eve kinda in this category for me too, can't believe how little i care about watching it after having loved S1


Agreed. Episode 1 of second season of killing eve left me cold.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Sunday, 16 June 2019 20:35 (four months ago) link

Re BLL on the other hand, bring it on. Unperson otm

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Sunday, 16 June 2019 20:37 (four months ago) link

I was dubious, mainly because the first season was based on a novel, and I wasn't sure how they'd extend this beyond the novel; of course HBO did exactly that with the Leftovers and it arguably improved upon itself season over season (at least in my opinion). But so far I think there's enough there to keep exploring. Not sure it would need to go beyond this one, but the aftermath of those events is worth looking at. Also Adam Scott's character shaping up to be one of the only non creeps on the show.

akm, Monday, 17 June 2019 13:44 (three months ago) link

I was so goddamned mad at their little daughter!

akm, Monday, 17 June 2019 13:45 (three months ago) link

Wow. Lotta explosions this week, and it's only episode 2.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 17 June 2019 13:54 (three months ago) link

Yeah, I have no problem with the way they're continuing the story, particularly since Kelley & co. clearly have no intention to softpedal the potential ramifications of what came before.

Morrie Antoilette (Old Lunch), Monday, 17 June 2019 23:48 (three months ago) link

I have really liked it so far

Dan S, Monday, 17 June 2019 23:59 (three months ago) link

Ugh this season is kind of Broadchurching and the dialogue isn’t just too on the nose, it’s *only* on the nose, even the nice therapist is behaving weirdly

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:38 (three months ago) link

Careful, now. 'Broadchuching' is quite a strong pejorative, to be used in only the most egregious instances of contempt for an audience.

I think they're doing a fine job of continuing the narrative. And this might be the role Streep was born to play (inasmuch as her performances rarely elicit much interest for me while this show has me all OMG SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU LADY every time she's onscreen and talking).

Sly Bradbury's The Marion Cobretti-cles (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 25 June 2019 21:55 (three months ago) link

It’s Broadchurching in the sense that it’s boringly re-litigating the first season’s narrative, when I’d rather watch the same set of characters in some Wacky New Adventure. And the dialogue... everyone’s lost their mystery and talks too much.

Streep is great but her WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU-ness is bending the other characters out of wack. Hard to believe Kidman or Woodley would be so sanguine about herder so long.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 25 June 2019 23:15 (three months ago) link

ok, 'm supposed to believe that a schoolteacher is teaching Scott's Marmion to seven-year-olds.

Shite New Answers (jed_), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:06 (three months ago) link

Also, the writers in this have never attended a therapy session because that's not how therapists do their job. They mostly don't say anything.

Shite New Answers (jed_), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:10 (three months ago) link

I’ve had very chatty therapists. But the bluntness is very offTM.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:36 (three months ago) link

Streep's character is so fucking awful I hope this ends with them throwing her down the stairs

the scene with Dern and the principal this past week was *maybe* the best scene of either series.

akm, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 13:09 (three months ago) link

Dern in the hospital was great, too. I appreciate that one of the greatest actresses alive is willing to play second fiddle on this show, but I'm definitely glad she's getting more to do this season.

Sly Bradbury's The Marion Cobretti-cles (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 13:15 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

ah, now this season makes sense

'Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Turmoil: Inside Andrea Arnold’s Loss of Creative Control

HBO and David E. Kelley took the show away from Arnold, as executive producer Jean-Mac Vallée tried to return it to his S1 style.

https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/big-little-lies-season-2-andrea-arnold-lost-creative-control-jean-marc-vallee-1202156884/

Number None, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 14:37 (three months ago) link

loved the first season, but i quit after the 4th episode this time

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 15:46 (three months ago) link

dont' really feel like this season is as big a mess as some people think.

akm, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 15:52 (three months ago) link

No, although the behind-the-scenes bullshit is bullshit, for sure.

I'll double down and say this is probably Streep's best role ever. I can't recall the last time I felt such visceral dislike for a character.

Logy Psycho (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 15:55 (three months ago) link

I'm enjoying this season and Laura Dern is absolutely killing it.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 15:57 (three months ago) link

Of course. Every scene where her character unloads on her husband has been magical.

Would like to see all of the female executive producers on this show give Kelley & Vallee a metaphorical push down the stairs if there's gonna be a season 3.

Logy Psycho (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 16:00 (three months ago) link

She gets all the best scenes. Scene in the car this week was amazing! It was obvious hubby was fucking the hot young french nanny the second she appeared.

IMO the season has gotten better as it progressed; possibly Arnold was actually problematic or just not a good fit.

akm, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 16:02 (three months ago) link

This season is also the first time I've realized that Zoe Kravitz has some actual chops (I think I'd only ever seen her in genre stuff before this show). Everybody's tearing it up (except for Shailene Woodley, who's been okay but generally continues to elicit a big ol' 'IDGI' from me).

Logy Psycho (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 16:06 (three months ago) link

I like her a lot but mainly from her work in the Spectacular Now and the Descendants and not this. She had a decent scene with Streep this week.

Every week I hope they toss Streep out a window or something but doesn't look like that's going to happen.

akm, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 16:12 (three months ago) link

I can see Bonnie smothering her mother just to get caught and take the punishment.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 16:14 (three months ago) link

Streep's character is one of those people who makes me all like HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT YOU'VE BEHAVED LIKE THIS INTO YOUR DOTAGE WITHOUT PEOPLE BEATING THE EVERLOVING SHIT OUT OF YOU ON A REGULAR BASIS?!?

Logy Psycho (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 16:16 (three months ago) link


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