Started by Jeremy Blackman, May 06, 2017, 04:03:18 PM
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Quote from: wilberfan on May 26, 2019, 11:15:45 PMBased on Joseph Heller's seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he'll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.Never read the book and thought the Nichols feature film rather bad (back in the day and especially during a recent attempt at a rewatch)--but found this version quite engaging and compelling. At least a couple of episodes directed by George Clooney (who Exec Produced and has a small role). Not sure I've seen the lead anywhere before, but really liked his performance. Didn't expect to like this much, so was very pleasantly surprised.
Quote from: polkablues on June 04, 2019, 01:03:25 PMThe incredible thing is to look at Craig Mazin's prior filmography, and then see what he accomplished with this series. You never in a million years would have guessed he was capable of this.