Homeland In the Media: Press Briefings
Posted Sep 24, 2012 @ 11:18 AM
Here is the thread for all Homeland media stuff, whether it's magazine covers, TV interviews or TV reviews.
Posted Sep 27, 2012 @ 7:52 AM
I’ll keep it vague, because if there is any show one should come to unspoiled, it’s “Homeland,” but in the second episode there are two major coincidences, one of which seemed wholly unnecessary to me. “Homeland” is about a conspiracy, but hopefully it does not succumb to being a conspiracy, relying on Dickensian plot turns when less dramatic ones would do.
Posted Sep 28, 2012 @ 4:54 PM
To stay creative, “Homeland” has to pry even deeper into its entwined and deeply damaged main characters without burning out their mystery. To hold momentum — and postpone a denouement for a dozen episodes (and into future seasons) — the narrative has to take ever more preposterous turns and plump up implausible villains. Not as much as “24,” perhaps, but at least half as much: “12.” Success lies in finessing the extremes. Luckily, the first few episodes do just that.
Posted Sep 29, 2012 @ 12:06 PM
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Posted Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:31 AM
Admit It — You Want Homeland’s Carrie and Brody to Get Together
Posted Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:34 AM
Still, it made me wonder what Homeland would have looked like if Affleck had directed. He's pretty darned good, in my opinion, so I have no fear that they dodged a bullet. I was just wondering what might have looked different.
Edited by stillshimpy, Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:35 AM.
Posted Oct 31, 2012 @ 5:50 PM
Posted Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:32 PM
but they're also derivative, shallow and lack imagination
I can see what you mean about The Town and even arguably Argo (which I enjoyed a lot) but I'm not sure what you mean when it comes to Gone Baby, Gone. However, I think Affleck was being considered solely for director so the story in the pilot wouldn't have changed. I can't think of a couple of shots I doubt Affleck would have done the same way, but whereas the story was particularly strong for Homeland's pilot, I didn't think the directing necessarily was.
I like Homeland a great deal, but I don't think it's a particularly stirring or inventive (or even particularly imaginative) when it comes to directing. Although having said that, generally speaking the lighting is fantastic. I might be spoiled by Breaking Bad though, which can occasionally overuse gimmicks but seems a little more daring when it comes to cinematography.
Yeah, Case Study, whereas I can see your point about a lot of Affleck's work thus far I thought the existing pilot was pretty much what he likely would have churned out anyway. The only exception I can think of is actually the credits.
Is there something in particular you were thinking of with the pilot that you think is beyond Affleck's abilities?
Edited by stillshimpy, Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:35 PM.
Posted Nov 1, 2012 @ 12:22 AM
I think the pilot is the third best directed episode after "Marine One" and "Beirut is Back". I really loved the scene where Carrie is breaking down in her closet after Saul finds out about the surveillance. Breaking Bad is definitely the most visually ambitious show in TV, though sometimes I think its flares undermine the narrative.
Edited by CaseStudy, Nov 1, 2012 @ 12:23 AM.
Posted Nov 1, 2012 @ 7:13 AM
Breaking Bad is definitely the most visually ambitious show in TV, though sometimes I think its flares undermine the narrative.
Hehe, yeah, you've got to be talking about stuff like Roomba-cam and the shovel's-eye-view. I think they primarily work (shovel-eye-view to a much lesser degree) because they are almost always used in the most darkly comedic scenes.
I think the pilot is the third best directed episode after "Marine One" and "Beirut is Back". I really loved the scene where Carrie is breaking down in her closet after Saul finds out about the surveillance.
There's one scene specifically that I doubt Affleck would have done the same way. That scene of Carrie in the bathroom that's downright difficult to watch, but reveals a lot about the character without any dialogue. I did end up wondering if it was simply something in the script. Regardless, I think Affleck likely would have done an interesting job as a director, but I think he's actually pretty darned good and I don't think there's anything in particular in Homeland that was beyond him.
Still, I'm happy with the pilot we got though, so mostly I was just amused that Ben Affleck had the good grace to show a sense of humor about the entire thing, while also managing to compliment the show. I don't think he's a genius as a director, but I do think he's got good instincts. Besides, I just wish the guy well. He seems a decent human being.
It's always fun to contemplate the might-have-beens for any project though. Like Matthew Broderick being approached for Walter White. That's an instance where I'm glad things changed, although I like Broderick, Breaking Bad would have been a vastly different experience with Broderick vs. Cranston. The thing with Affleck and Homeland intrigues me because aside from a couple of scenes, I can't pinpoint much that I think he would have done differently.
Posted Nov 1, 2012 @ 10:05 AM
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Posted Nov 11, 2012 @ 4:41 AM
Edited by CaseStudy, Nov 11, 2012 @ 11:38 AM.
Posted Nov 11, 2012 @ 10:40 AM
Posted Nov 11, 2012 @ 4:00 PM
ETA...I found it by doing a Google search for 'Clare Danes" and finding a link to an LA Times review of the skit.
Edited by rogaine2233, Nov 11, 2012 @ 4:13 PM.