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Milo and POTUS
Sep 3, 2017


Nah it's not.

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Nichael
Mar 30, 2011

Nellie has blown them all away.



Sharks Eat Bear posted:

this is an insane statement

It's really not. These were two very strong episodes.

Milo and POTUS
Sep 3, 2017


I wouldn't quite say stronger than ever but it's true to form. Seasons good, suck on it haters.

Sharks Eat Bear
Dec 25, 2004

"Hot dog, I love Pittsburgh! No more Steve Simmons, he was the wurst!"


They've been average episodes that have tried to cram too much in with too tenuous a thread running through them. If it doesn't get better this will be the worst season. But yeah, the worst season of curb is still pretty, pretty good

Carlosologist
Oct 13, 2013

Impossible's just another Tuesday in Central City


The subtleties of the horn

Salman Rushdie is positively offended that he was being played by Jason Alexander

Carlosologist fucked around with this message at Oct 16, 2017 around 02:17

El Jeffe
Dec 24, 2009

Not to worry, everything's fine.


The Fatwa Boys

Ein cooler Typ
Nov 26, 2013
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didn't like this episode until Salman Rushdie showed up and saved it

Octy
Apr 1, 2010



First two episodes were decent but this one was just as good as anything from the old seasons.

sportsgenius86
Jun 17, 2008

THE STREAK IS OVER


This was loving amazing. The waiter's answers, the Banks lie to the cop, the courtroom scene.

Best of the season so far.

Escobarbarian
Jun 18, 2004

"Why is it blue?"
"It's always blue."


Now THAT was a fuckin good episode

General Dog
Apr 26, 2008

For the argument is indeed trivial, but not so the separate wills thereby made manifest.


These have been pretty lame so far- weak premises, and a lot of leaning pretty hard on callbacks.

explosivo
May 23, 2004

Fueled by Satan

Cromulent posted:

There were funny moments, but it mostly came off as people doing an impression of an episode of Curb or something.

This episode made me laugh more than the others this season but I can't help thinking this every week. Like it doesn't feel nearly as natural anymore and the convoluted setups rarely work out as well as they used to in previous seasons. This episode was called "Disturbance in the Kitchen" but I thought that whole plot line/setup had such a weak payoff in the end. I'm surprised they didn't call this one "The Fatwa Boys" or something.

That said.. bad Curb is still Curb so I'll take it.

DuhSal
Aug 16, 2004

I will, brother. I promise.

Ein cooler Typ posted:

didn't like this episode until Salman Rushdie showed up and saved it

I agree with this. Wasn't feeling it until Salman and then it got so much better. Elizabeth Banks was great too. Especially loved her conversation/spat with Susie.

Sharks Eat Bear
Dec 25, 2004

"Hot dog, I love Pittsburgh! No more Steve Simmons, he was the wurst!"


This is total speculation but it feels like it's actually less improv than previous seasons? Like there are way more camera cuts between individuals with a lot more little snippets of dialogue that have clearly been fully scripted? Anyone know if that can be substantiated?

Anyway, agree that last ep was the best of the season so far, but still had too much going on. The restaurant manager, the honk at the cop, the yoohoo at the judge, the subtlety of a new car horn, the Fatwa boys, the front vs. back of mind, dangerous Larry -- all pretty funny ideas but too much for one episode. Feels like they have to rush through them just to try to squeeze them all in.

Some of the best parts of old Curb are Larry and Jeff (or Leon, or Funkman, etc.) just bullshitting about stuff that's not necessarily A Joke, which feels like has been cut in order to squeeze in more Jokes.

SeANMcBAY
Jun 28, 2006

Look on the bright side.

Yeah it does feel a bit less improvy which is hurting it a bit. This episode was pretty pretty good though and better than the last two. I think itíll pick up. I still love when Larry refers to some annoyance or foible he wrote into Seinfeld episodes.

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Dumb Lowtax
Jul 9, 2005

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Plaster Town Cop

Just saw this season's first episode and all the characters are shouting THE WHOLE TIME. By the end of the episode that's not even an exaggeration at all, everyone is doing this unnatural shouting thing about each bad situation that's unfolding. It's like they all were told beforehand to turn up the volume and make sure there is no subtlety in the show, leaving it a bad parody of previous seasons. A tonal change definitely happened -- sad to see any unhelpful change to something great. I'll probably stick to exploring the old seasons instead of this new one.

The episode had two long drawn-out shower scenes of naked Larry David, a 70 year old near-billionaire who didn't have to do it, and the jokes they ended with didn't contribute much. So many scenes forgot to bring jokes; near the beginning I noticed it all felt like set up scenes with some minor rear end in a top hat behavior we're maybe supposed to laugh at, but a long pause between funny moments is not what I'm used to from this show.

Not saying anyone above is wrong about how much they liked it, just saying that to the others who felt like something was "off" this time you're not alone.

Dumb Lowtax fucked around with this message at Oct 17, 2017 around 16:47

Sharks Eat Bear
Dec 25, 2004

"Hot dog, I love Pittsburgh! No more Steve Simmons, he was the wurst!"


Dumb Lowtax posted:

Just saw this season's first episode and all the characters are shouting THE WHOLE TIME. By the end of the episode that's not even an exaggeration at all, everyone is doing this unnatural shouting thing about each bad situation that's unfolding. It's like they all were told beforehand to turn up the volume and make sure there is no subtlety in the show, leaving it a bad parody of previous seasons. A tonal change definitely happened -- sad to see any unhelpful change to something great. I'll probably stick to exploring the old seasons instead of this new one.

yeah totally agree, this is what I was thinking of when saying how there aren't (m)any scenes that are just the characters bullshitting, having a casual conversation. seems like every scene has to have A Situation that Larry can make An Unpopular Observation about, which ends up in everyone yelling and coming across as extremely scripted. this type of scene has always been a part of Curb and can be really funny, but it has to be balanced by some more subdued and mundane moments, which can be just as funny, but seem to be (mostly) absent so far in S9

Leon Einstein
Feb 6, 2012
I must win every thread in GBS. I don't care how much banal semantic quibbling and shitty posts it takes.

The first episode this season was just OK, but the last two have been great.

"Elvid" is a hilariously terrible nickname.

bring back old gbs
Feb 28, 2007

why donald duck never wears pants but he puts a towel on his waist after the shower?

- Jerry Seinfeld

Lost my poo poo when she started calling him Elvid while getting the hat off the roof.

Henchman of Santa
Aug 21, 2010


I got irrationally mad at the nickname "T." Ted is already a one syllable nickname!

Dumb Lowtax
Jul 9, 2005

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Plaster Town Cop

Other things I noticed from episode 1:

- Dramatic pause and camera zoom then a really drawn out obligatory "pretty pretty prettay good" to prove to viewers that they're really watching Curb Your Enthusiasm, just without jokes this time

-Was something different about the production quality this season? I tried to check if they turned up the framerate to 60fps but no, it was something else. Everything seemed... brighter. I can imagine you'd get exactly the sort of different reactions from actors (strained faces, yelling, stressed out) that we saw if there was an extremely bright stage light pointed in their faces the whole time, for example. A big on set distraction would kill on the fly creativity.

Astro7x
Aug 4, 2004
Thinks It's All Real

In interviews I have read that a lot of care goes into the show to light it but make it feel like it is not actually lit with lights, so I don't think they'd just shine a spotlight on the people.

mobby_6kl
Aug 9, 2009

"You are the best poster... do not let anyone say otherwise."


The light really doesn't feel very natural to me at all, not sure what's up with that. Some scenes just look like they're from a cheap porno. Also I think they got a drone for some establishing shots. Overall it's pretty good so far but definitely feels more forced than before, kind of like Top Gear was becoming before the incident.

Sinteres
Mar 26, 2004
Please don't be rude, it upsets me when I'm trying to be smug

I just watched all three episodes, and this feels like Curb to me. I think people who don't like it might be idealizing the past. It's no season 8, but any season without Cheryl to be a wet blanket on everything all the time is good to me.

Stare-Out
Mar 11, 2010

not all who wander are lost


There's a documentary on Netflix called "Long Shot" that's a 40-minute thing about how a guy charged with murder got cleared partly because of a Curb episode.

Eat This Glob
Jan 14, 2008

hurry up with my damn croissants


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Stare-Out posted:

There's a documentary on Netflix called "Long Shot" that's a 40-minute thing about how a guy charged with murder got cleared partly because of a Curb episode.

I remember reading about that ages ago. The story, not the Netfllix special. It was the hooker-to-use-car-pool-lane episode, right? And the guy was in the crowd at the Dodgers game? Spoiled in case someone wants to watch the Netflix thing but doesn't know the story. No idea if Curb's involvement is in anyway a twist. That's awesome that that story was put on film. I'll have to watch it at some point.

Stare-Out
Mar 11, 2010

not all who wander are lost


Eat This Glob posted:

I remember reading about that ages ago. The story, not the Netfllix special. It was the hooker-to-use-car-pool-lane episode, right? And the guy was in the crowd at the Dodgers game? Spoiled in case someone wants to watch the Netflix thing but doesn't know the story. No idea if Curb's involvement is in anyway a twist. That's awesome that that story was put on film. I'll have to watch it at some point.

Yeah, that's the one. It's presented in a very straightforward way so it's not bad but pretty much gives you what it says on the tin and nothing else. Still, a pretty interesting watch for a Curb fan.

El Jeffe
Dec 24, 2009

Not to worry, everything's fine.


I'm loving the fatwa as a season arc.

Henchman of Santa
Aug 21, 2010


Larry is 70 years old and he still hasn't figured out that over the fence is the superior way to pee

Sinteres
Mar 26, 2004
Please don't be rude, it upsets me when I'm trying to be smug

It's really unfair to everyone else how good Bryan Cranston is at both comedy and drama.

ChesterJT
Dec 28, 2003

Crescent Fresh


When you get the penis, do they throw in the balls?

SeANMcBAY
Jun 28, 2006

Look on the bright side.

That episode felt more like old Curb. Very good. Both Larry and Jeff are pretty loving monstrous in this episode.

Itís nice seeing Bryan Cranston on the show but I feel like heís too famous to not be playing himself.

SeANMcBAY fucked around with this message at Oct 23, 2017 around 04:36

Henchman of Santa
Aug 21, 2010


SeANMcBAY posted:

That episode felt more like old Curb. Very good. Both Larry and Jeff are pretty loving monstrous in this episode.

It’s nice seeing Bryan Cranston on the show but I feel like he’s too famous to not be playing himself.

Especially because Seinfeld exists in this show's universe

LesterGroans
Jun 9, 2009

It's funny...

You were so scary at night.


Sinteres posted:

It's really unfair to everyone else how good Bryan Cranston is at both comedy and drama.

He's Jon Hamm-levels annoying when it comes to being handsome & a great dramatic actor & a great comedic actor.

Ein cooler Typ
Nov 26, 2013
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ChesterJT posted:

When you get the penis, do they throw in the balls?


I can't believe HBO thought this transphobic joke was acceptable in tyool 2017

but I guess they've always been the "edgy" comedy channel

Ein cooler Typ
Nov 26, 2013
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the big greeting / small acknowledgment at a funeral joke reminds me of a bit from Seinfeld

do you think Larry David has watched Seinfeld

Otterspace
Jul 13, 2006

This is not a good idea.


So did Suzie know what was going on between Jeff and the real estate agent? And how did she know? Feels like they just let that dangle at the end there. I kept waiting for her to find something of Jeff's under the covers of the bed for example.

Ein cooler Typ
Nov 26, 2013
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she didn't know for sure but she just assumed it

females always assume men are cheating

GobiasIndustries
Dec 14, 2007

I'm very highly educated. I know words, I have the best words...but there's no better word than stupid.



Lipstick Apathy

Otterspace posted:

So did Suzie know what was going on between Jeff and the real estate agent? And how did she know? Feels like they just let that dangle at the end there. I kept waiting for her to find something of Jeff's under the covers of the bed for example.

she knows he's cheap and a sleezeball. She doesn't need anything beyond a hot real estate agent to know what's up.

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ChesterJT
Dec 28, 2003

Crescent Fresh


Ein cooler Typ posted:

I can't believe HBO thought this transphobic joke was acceptable in tyool 2017

Your post is the joke right?

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