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His characters largely sound the same, talk the same way. That's a huge thing to get "wrong." ("Wrong" because sometimes it can work, but in dramas it's less effective when all/most characters have the gift of one-liners.) He's a very good writer, but not masterful.
Toy Story is seriously my favorite thing he's ever done because (1) it wasn't all him. He got balanced out. I don't think he's the best at pacing and the Pixar crew is. (2) He's incredibly good at writing comedy. He should do that more...
rkcrawf said:Entirely speculation on my part, but if you have to make a bet on a show, which would you choose? Consider the network, the stars, the writing, and the release format. HBO > Netflix in quality. Amy Adams > the guy playing Holden. Author of Gone Girl > no idea. Weekly release > Binge.
I like Mindhunter a lot. I think the premise is interesting, and tho Holden leaves something to be desired (a trend with this character name), his co-stars are all compelling. But once Mindhunter hit the stream, it was already out in the wild. The people most interested in that genre probably consumed it relatively quickly and moved on.
I also have a medium amount of faith that the quality of Netflix shows won't decline after S1. While that happens a lot with TV in general, it seems to be a particular trend with Netflix (exceptions I know of are maybe Stranger Things and Narcos). With Sharp Objects, as said in the cast, it's essentially a one (or 8) night stand. No strings attached.
That being said, I can see why it's difficult for Jim and Aron to cover it especially considering the binge model.
I'm surprised how much hate joss whedon is getting here. He may not be the most visually interesting director, but he is a master of writing strong, likable characters and that's something that is sorely lacking in HBO's current lineup. I like HBO's prestige dramas as much as the next person, but they are all such self-serious, dark, humorless affairs. I think HBO needs him much more than he needs HBO
A great podcast spoiler special from the Empire Podcast with an interview with Jonah and Lisa Nolan where Jonah Nolan says he’s been reading Yuval Hari’s Sapiens, the book that A. Ron has been talking about all season. https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/westworld-season-2-empire-podcast-spoiler-special-lisa-joy-jonathan-nolan/
I saw it at a normal screening at the Regal in Union square where I couldn't see anything for the first half hour and then again at the Dolby theater at AMC Empire in Time Square. The difference was night and day. Bradford Young is supposed to be the next big thing in cinematography and it really shows in this movie if you get to see it correctly. See it at a Dolby theater if you can.