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alittlelark

(18,893 posts)
Sat Sep 25, 2021, 06:11 PM Sep 2021

Midnight Mass on Netflix

7 episode mini-series.

It was amazing. I have never seen anything quite like it. It went DEEP on many levels. By the 4th episode I realized that there was a horror genre I generally dislike, but it was still amazing.

I will be contemplating it for some time.

Highly, highly recommended !!

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Midnight Mass on Netflix (Original Post) alittlelark Sep 2021 OP
Started it last night, I'm on episode 3 now. Luciferous Sep 2021 #1
It's on my Watch list. Now it will move up. Bristlecone Sep 2021 #2
Saw 2 episodes last night - pretty creepy but thoughtful, well-done. Ocelot II Sep 2021 #3
Binged it yesterday. Tom Yossarian Joad Sep 2021 #4
Trump was the vampire whose cult followed him without question to their demise JohnSJ Sep 2021 #5
I can't imagine Trump ever feeling bad about it though ColinC Dec 2021 #21
Finished it last night and I thought it was really good. Luciferous Sep 2021 #6
Finished it yesterday - like the OP I usually don't care much for the genre, Ocelot II Sep 2021 #7
Very good. flying rabbit Sep 2021 #8
I like Steven King stories wryter2000 Sep 2021 #10
I'm watching it wryter2000 Sep 2021 #9
I'm on epi 4 and it's engaging but badly written nuxvomica Sep 2021 #11
For some of us those deeply personal revelations are profound. alittlelark Sep 2021 #12
Well I did finish watching and it was a good ending nuxvomica Sep 2021 #13
Some of us see reciprocal emotions as disturbing alittlelark Sep 2021 #14
I have to disagree wryter2000 Nov 2021 #16
And man did they pull it off! ColinC Dec 2021 #20
I just finished this morning, very good program. doc03 Oct 2021 #15
I've finished it now wryter2000 Nov 2021 #17
I finished it last night and it actually woke me up in the middle of the night ColinC Dec 2021 #19
I can't stop rewatching the end scene. ColinC Dec 2021 #18
I hope Linklater is in it wryter2000 Dec 2021 #23
The line of Joes character was amazing alittlelark Dec 2021 #22
I watched three episodes yesterday. bif Jan 2022 #24
Best series ever KT2000 Jan 2022 #25

ColinC

(8,971 posts)
21. I can't imagine Trump ever feeling bad about it though
Sat Dec 4, 2021, 12:44 AM
Dec 2021

...as a vampire let alone as a human. Assuming he's human

He might be more of a "Bev"

Digging a hole in the sand to survive despite knowing it is all over.

Ocelot II

(117,778 posts)
7. Finished it yesterday - like the OP I usually don't care much for the genre,
Mon Sep 27, 2021, 10:25 AM
Sep 2021

but this was very different, thought-provoking, well-acted and with a well-written script. And one of the awfullest characters, "Bev," I've seen in quite awhile.

flying rabbit

(4,691 posts)
8. Very good.
Mon Sep 27, 2021, 09:21 PM
Sep 2021

Like a Stephen King novel with a more thought out ending (I do like SK). Recommend highly. It definitely went deep.

wryter2000

(46,810 posts)
10. I like Steven King stories
Wed Sep 29, 2021, 04:24 PM
Sep 2021

Something about his writing bugs me, although I love his book on writing.

Shawshank Redemption and Green Mile are two of my very favorite movies.

wryter2000

(46,810 posts)
9. I'm watching it
Wed Sep 29, 2021, 04:23 PM
Sep 2021

I'll end up having to rewatch because I have the TV on while I'm doing other things. I like it very much.

nuxvomica

(12,644 posts)
11. I'm on epi 4 and it's engaging but badly written
Wed Sep 29, 2021, 05:53 PM
Sep 2021

There's some really great scenes but I think even the supernatural stuff is more realistic than the long stretches of people whining about their lives. One of the great rules about writing is "show, not tell". These people just run on telling and telling and telling about how they feel. Good writing is not so lazy, instead revealing more about a character's emotional state by the odd choice of a word, the subtle gesture, the pained look, conversations about ordinary things in which you realize both characters are really talking about something else, just like in real life, not this constant parade of couch sessions. It reminds me of similar overly padded series on Netflix, like The Haunting of Hill House, which I watched to its unsatisfying end, and The Haunting of Bly Manor, on which I bailed in the first episode. That said, Hamish Linklater is brilliant as the priest, with some great speeches, while the rest of the cast seems uninspired. But I do intend to keep going because I'm wondering what's really going on. I think as soon as a couch session starts, I can fast forward and miss nothing.

alittlelark

(18,893 posts)
12. For some of us those deeply personal revelations are profound.
Thu Sep 30, 2021, 12:00 AM
Sep 2021

Especially when we exist in a society that values the shallow and flashy - the planned and monetized......


This does not 'fit' into their Mold.

nuxvomica

(12,644 posts)
13. Well I did finish watching and it was a good ending
Thu Sep 30, 2021, 05:17 PM
Sep 2021

But still the long whine sessions were just so inartful and overlong that I used the little 10-seconds-forward to get past them, and missed nothing. I think it's interesting that no one used the "v" word at all. What planet were these people living on? But that's an acceptable choice in storytelling, I guess. I also liked how people did not necessarily lose their humanity, that some personal ties remained. And Leeza's discovery, at the very end, was sadly appropriate and not glossed over. Overall, an engaging story, beautifully filmed, but could have used a lot less monologue, and better aging makeup, though that's also on the lighting crew. I have to hand it to the filmmakers for drawing so many parallels to today's social issues, which is not always easy to do in horror. So thanks for piquing my interest with your post. I might not have watched it otherwise.

alittlelark

(18,893 posts)
14. Some of us see reciprocal emotions as disturbing
Thu Sep 30, 2021, 07:08 PM
Sep 2021

In the times we are living in it is unfortunately 'normal'.

Those that see the value in reciprocity will see the value in the fillms.

wryter2000

(46,810 posts)
16. I have to disagree
Tue Nov 9, 2021, 04:09 PM
Nov 2021

I usually dislike monologues, too. I find them pretentious and self-indulgent. But the very last one, for me, was deeply religious in a good way. (I'm devout agnostic Episcopalian.) Juxtaposed with the music and the character's death in real time and what the townspeople were doing at the time, it was incredibly moving.

In Hill House, the monologue where the male caretaker explains why he and his wife never stay in the house after dark, was also eloquent.

I am a writer, published, and I agree about showing versus telling, but there was plenty of showing in this series. If the writers can pull off that kind of monologue, I say let them do it a few times.

ColinC

(8,971 posts)
20. And man did they pull it off!
Sat Dec 4, 2021, 12:41 AM
Dec 2021

Maybe I haven't been around as much as other people, but I don't think I've seen such impactful, moving and overall incredible writing in probably the entire 36 years I've been around.

wryter2000

(46,810 posts)
17. I've finished it now
Tue Nov 9, 2021, 04:10 PM
Nov 2021

I've never seen anything like that ending. It's haunted me for about a week and a half now. Still processing it.

ColinC

(8,971 posts)
19. I finished it last night and it actually woke me up in the middle of the night
Sat Dec 4, 2021, 12:37 AM
Dec 2021

Kept thinking about for like, 2 hours before I fell asleep. "What happens when you die" monologues will stay with me for life.

ColinC

(8,971 posts)
18. I can't stop rewatching the end scene.
Sat Dec 4, 2021, 12:36 AM
Dec 2021

This overall topic of life and death, dealing with our mortality and impulses, identity. Like man. I wasn't expecting that...

I'm looking forward to the next series The Midnight Club: Which will include a lot of the same cast in a completely different story.

bif

(23,175 posts)
24. I watched three episodes yesterday.
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 10:08 AM
Jan 2022

Very well done. It's just starting to get creepy. It's a slow build, but I can sense it's going to get pretty scary.

KT2000

(20,691 posts)
25. Best series ever
Tue Jan 11, 2022, 10:01 PM
Jan 2022

Have never had a show affect me like this because I have never seen a production that has been so blunt about religion, faith, compulsion, and addiction. The so-called monologues are packed with the mechanism of believing incongruities for the comfort of faith. The horror genre is nothing more than Jim Jones, Trump and so many other cult leaders.
This was a well-studied and likely experienced examination of self will and those who wish to ensnare it.

I was amazed at Linklater's performance so in looking him up, saw he is experienced in Shakespeare.

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