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Title: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on May 06, 2017, 04:03:18 PM
Here's a thread for TV posts that might not call for their own thread.

To begin:

Watched the first episode of The Handmaid's Tale. Everything about this is great. Except for one thing — the music is absolutely catastrophically overbearing. You are not allowed to feel a single feeling without its assistance, and it just DOES NOT STOP. I was really trying to let myself get captured by the show, but the score was actively distracting. It's too bad, because some the performances are incredible. I will probably try another episode and see if it gets better.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: polkablues on May 06, 2017, 05:31:15 PM
I'm waiting for the whole season to be out so I can binge it.

I mentioned this one in the shoutbox a bit ago, but for posterity's sake I'm going to re-recommend the Amazon series "Patriot." Imagine a cross between the Coen Brothers and Martin McDonagh making an extremely odd, tone-jumping version of a LeCarre novel. It's also lowkey one of the deepest and strongest portrayals of clinical depression onscreen that I've ever seen.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on May 07, 2017, 01:12:35 AM
They must have blown their music budget on the premiere, because it's sparse and tasteful in episode 2. Complaint withdrawn.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Robyn on May 07, 2017, 03:19:02 AM
I've watched four seasons of prison break in the past couple of weeks. It sucks of course and i love it. 
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Garam on May 07, 2017, 12:54:10 PM
Feud. Pulpy kitschy trash. Loved it.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: wilder on May 07, 2017, 06:15:52 PM
Recently burned through season 2 of "Big Jay Oakerson's What's Your Fucking Deal?!". The first episode is up on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g_mlaAXJ8M) for free
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Drenk on May 07, 2017, 07:46:38 PM
I'm not a big fan of the voice over in Handmaid's Tale, it often feels lazy. But it's hard to imagine that show without voice over. I didn't notice the music but I saw the awful Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 recently and its soundtrack made me crazy, so everything else is subtle. I noticed, though, that it tried too hard to make a situation that is already dramatic feels heavier. The tone isn't right yet.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Sleepless on May 08, 2017, 08:58:45 AM
I've watched four seasons of prison break in the past couple of weeks. It sucks of course and i love it.

Recently binged the first season of Legends of Tomorrow which is relevant because it also stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, as well as being pulpy kitschy trash and a lot of fun. S2 is up on Netflix now too but haven't started on it yet as there's quite a bit else on right now. I don't think I'd get into the other CW/DC shows as they seem quite a bit soapy. LOT crosses over with them occasionally, but it's its own fun thing.

Currently binging via  Netflix: The Royle Family. I only watched it rarely back when it was on TV, but it's an easy and amusing watch, and among the humor there are some Terrence Davies-esque moments where the family stop where they're doing and sing. Or music plays over the banal everyday.

Watching week-by-week: Doctor Who, Better Call Saul.

Looking forward to starting soon: Bloodline S3, Twin Peaks.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: RegularKarate on May 08, 2017, 10:51:44 AM
I'm currently the most caught up with current television I have been in probably six or seven years. Binge-watching kind of ruins the fun of television these days.

Watching:

Veep: This season kinda sucks. I know they switch show-runners, but last season didn't feel as bad as this season. It feels like they're trying to go extra mean to make up for the drop in joke-quality and lack of direction.

Silicon Valley: Still funny and fun, but I hope they can bring everyone together soon. It's pretty aimless and the show works best when everyone is on a team.

Handmaid's Tale: This is pretty damn good. I really hope the fighting back happens soon though because boy, it is rough watching such misery.

Better Call Saul, Fargo, and Leftovers: These all have threads.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on May 08, 2017, 11:10:52 AM
Uh oh. I watched iZombie and really liked it. (And I might have fallen for Rose McIver.)

Wish it weren't a police procedural, though. That's pretty lazy.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Fernando on June 26, 2017, 12:52:30 PM
Did anyone watch The Handmaiden's Tale? no? See it and thank me later.

I'm five episodes in and it's really good and brutal, Elizabeth Moss is as usual incredible.

Also cannot help to think some republicans would LOVE to live in that dystopian society.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: RegularKarate on June 27, 2017, 05:09:45 PM
Did anyone watch The Handmaiden's Tale? no? See it and thank me later.

I'm five episodes in and it's really good and brutal, Elizabeth Moss is as usual incredible.

Also cannot help to think some republicans would LOVE to live in that dystopian society.

You made the same mistake that my girlfriend and I make every single time we mention this show. The show is "The Handmaid's Tale" and then there's the movie "The Handmaiden". It's a real "Pretty Little Liars"/"Big Little Lies" situation.

I'm curious what you'll think after watching the entire thing. I loved most of it, but found my enthusiasm fizzled.

Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: diggler on June 28, 2017, 09:00:33 AM
I really enjoyed The Handmaid's Tale. Luke's flashback had a real Children of Men vibe, which the show works as a great companion piece to. Every show should end with Elizabeth Moss walking towards the camera in slow motion.

Currently bingeing GLOW, it's very funny. Marc Maron is perfect casting.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on December 06, 2017, 01:15:13 AM
Watching "Godless" on Netflix. (Just started episode 3.) It's a very solid western with some excellent performances by Jeff Bridges and Scoot McNairy. It's written and directed by Scott Frank, who wrote Logan, Minority Report, and Out of Sight.

A surprise highlight: Merritt Wever (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0923266/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cl_t4), who was weird on The Walking Dead but has a perfect and fully realized role here.


Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Fernando on February 08, 2018, 11:59:41 AM
Currently watching:

Happy!



Cast: Christopher Meloni, Ritchie Coster, Lili Mirojnick, Patton Oswalt.

Premise: Nick Sax is an alcoholic ex-cop turned hitman who lives his days with drugs and cynicism. After he is shot and left for dead, he is revived while in the care of paramedics and can now see a small, blue, goofy cartoonish winged horse named Happy.


I'm two episodes in and loving it so far, Meloni is pretty good and Patton is perfect as Happy.

It's really violent and over the top, second season has already been ordered.
Patton (understandably) was hyping up the series on his twitter and apparently episode 6 or 7 is insane, sorry but I don't want to look it up to not spoil anything for myself.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 19, 2018, 10:54:33 PM
The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale... on Netflix. Which I believe is one of their first weekly shows.

It's basically identical to The Soup, but slightly better. I bet it has most of the same writers, too. I'm on board.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 20, 2018, 12:11:01 AM
Also checked out Altered Carbon. It's actually a really solid sci-fi show with a very high-budget feel. Joel Cinnamon is quite good. First episode is directed by our buddy Miguel Sapochnik and is basically an hour of effortless worldbuilding.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: polkablues on February 20, 2018, 12:48:37 AM
Altered Carbon is a fun show, but man, does Sapochnik establish a level of filmmaking in that first episode that the series has no intention of living up to.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Sleepless on February 20, 2018, 08:48:43 AM
Been getting into Red Oaks on Amazon. 8 episodes into S1. There've been a couple of duds, but the last two have been really great feel-good eps that just leave you wanting more.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on February 20, 2018, 10:52:31 AM
Is John Hodgman in any of the Red Oaks episodes you've seen?

Altered Carbon is a fun show, but man, does Sapochnik establish a level of filmmaking in that first episode that the series has no intention of living up to.

Dang. I've only seen the first one.  :yabbse-sad:
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Sleepless on February 20, 2018, 12:22:20 PM
Is John Hodgman in any of the Red Oaks episodes you've seen?

No, looks like he shows up in S2
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Robyn on February 22, 2018, 03:02:43 PM
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

apparently there is a 8 episode in season 2 that are the same episode in different angles. looking forward to be bored.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Sleepless on March 08, 2018, 01:24:04 PM
Is John Hodgman in any of the Red Oaks episodes you've seen?

No, looks like he shows up in S2

Finished S2. He's alright in it. Not quite as jarring as John Oliver in Community or Steve Coogan in Curb, but still hard not to see him as the guy from the Apple ads. So he took me out of the show, something that no-one else does. Guys, you should all be watching this show. It's exec produced by David Gordon Green and Steven Soderberg, eps in this past season include DGG, Amy Heckerling, and Gregg Araki as directors. It's by turns warm-fuzzy-feelgood and then heartachingly sad and true to life. S1 is set up like a summer job fun show, but then it goes off in a completely different direction in S2, building on what went before and making it so much more. I have no idea what's going to happen in S3 but I'm already disappointed I only have 10 eps left. Loving it.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on March 30, 2018, 12:07:13 AM
This is required viewing:

https://www.netflix.com/watch/80227437?trackId=200257858

Just watch the Japan segment starting at 17:10 (about 3 min).
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on May 18, 2018, 03:07:30 PM
House is on Amazon Prime now, apparently. Prime Video seems a bit lacking to me, but this is a good acquisition. Although the price is going up by $20/year...
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: polkablues on May 18, 2018, 04:42:52 PM
Watch Patriot, damn it.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Sleepless on May 21, 2018, 09:08:13 AM
I'm trying to watch more movies than TV, but it's easier sometimes to throw on an episode or two of a show in the evenings. Ditched Netflix several months ago because it's gone to shit, so we're just left with whatever's on Prime now. Downton Abbey was surprisingly good, a period soap opera, but enjoyable. Rewatched Father Ted, which I recommend anyone who hasn't seen checks out - the first season is a little spotty, but it's a great cultural insight for Americans that other people don't take themselves too seriously and are plenty capable of laughing at central aspects of their life. Rovers was a surprisingly emotional 6-ep comedy in the vein of The Royle Family. Red Oaks, I've already mentioned - first ep or two are a little on the raunchy side, but it quickly become more John Hughes-esque and turns into a very sweet coming-of-age type story, going far beyond the confines of the country club setup of S1. The Grant Tour is a fun Friday night with some beers show when is on, but there's 2 seasons there if you haven't watched already. We're almost done watching Orphan Black, which is a great show, and Tatiana Maslany is incredibly playing 5+ characters each episode. One of them in particular, I constantly need to remind myself it's actually her and not a different actress portraying. She's that good. I'd like to check out Fortitude with Dennis Quaid next, it looks interesting. I think they have all of Doctor Who on there too, which is good. Lots of their flagship shows, I'll admit, don't look great. There's a few I've sampled and had to just give up that they are not for me at all. Hopefully things are going to get better, according to the trades there's been some shifts at the top, so they're going to move from more niche stuff (presumably Transparent, etc.) and into more broader stuff (such as the possibly Peter Jackson's LORT TV series). Hopefully that'll be a good thing. Honestly, though, with everything else you get with Prime - music streaming, photo storage, free shipping - it's worth the investment.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Fernando on July 24, 2018, 03:32:25 PM
The Looming Tower.

Synopsis: A look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan.

Cast:  Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Sarsgaard.


Finished episode 8, without 'spoiling' if that even can be done about this show, it's very interest to see the dynamics between the US intelligent agencies and eventually they royally fucked up. It's inspired by the events, I don't know how accurate they are but anyone who watches will get mad by how the poor decisions of a few players had consequences that not only changed the US but the world.

And speaking about royally fucking up, the same kind of show or movie will be done eventually about the Russian hacking of the US election, and you'll get madder.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: polkablues on July 26, 2018, 05:41:37 PM
Just finished watching season one of The Sinner, on the basis that Carrie Coon is playing a major part in season two, so it must be a worthwhile show. And... it is! Pretty familiar modern psychological crime thriller plotting, but the story holds together well, it stays compelling all the way through, and it's given me a newfound respect for the acting talents of both Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman (no small feat on the latter). It's a great example of a show in which character and plotting are inextricably woven into each other, which I consider a hallmark of good writing.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: eward on July 27, 2018, 12:08:21 PM
The Looming Tower.

Synopsis: A look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Afghanistan.

Cast:  Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Sarsgaard.


Finished episode 8, without 'spoiling' if that even can be done about this show, it's very interest to see the dynamics between the US intelligent agencies and eventually they royally fucked up. It's inspired by the events, I don't know how accurate they are but anyone who watches will get mad by how the poor decisions of a few players had consequences that not only changed the US but the world.

And speaking about royally fucking up, the same kind of show or movie will be done eventually about the Russian hacking of the US election, and you'll get madder.

I couldn't get past the first episode.

MILD SPOILERS

I think once his mistress grabbed his cock and said, "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?" and he replied, "You know I don't wear my gun to the office" or something like that, I felt I couldn't justifiably devote any more time to it. I'm getting old.

Am I being picky? I love to be convinced.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Fernando on August 05, 2018, 06:11:46 PM
I couldn't get past the first episode.

MILD SPOILERS

I think once his mistress grabbed his cock and said, "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?" and he replied, "You know I don't where my gun to the office" or something like that, I felt I couldn't justifiably devote any more time to it. I'm getting old.

Am I being picky? I love to be convinced.

ha I really don't remember that bad line.

The show as it progresses gets more interesting but it has a few scenes here and there of the private life of Jeff Daniels' character, but I think is worth it, if you try again and by the 3rd episode you're not hooked then it's not for you.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: wilberfan on August 19, 2018, 04:15:50 PM
Just finished watching season one of The Sinner, on the basis that Carrie Coon is playing a major part in season two, so it must be a worthwhile show. And... it is! Pretty familiar modern psychological crime thriller plotting, but the story holds together well, it stays compelling all the way through, and it's given me a newfound respect for the acting talents of both Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman (no small feat on the latter). It's a great example of a show in which character and plotting are inextricably woven into each other, which I consider a hallmark of good writing.


Watching (and for the most part enjoying) this show due to this post.  Loved Carrie in "The Leftovers", so had to check it out.  Thanks for the recommendation!
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: polkablues on October 10, 2018, 09:43:07 PM
I mentioned this one in the shoutbox a bit ago, but for posterity's sake I'm going to re-recommend the Amazon series "Patriot." Imagine a cross between the Coen Brothers and Martin McDonagh making an extremely odd, tone-jumping version of a LeCarre novel. It's also lowkey one of the deepest and strongest portrayals of clinical depression onscreen that I've ever seen.

You're all going to be so pissed when you finally watch this show and realize how great it is and how long you ignored it.

Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 10, 2018, 10:37:42 PM
I won't be watching any Mel Gibson TV show thank you very much.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Sleepless on November 21, 2018, 11:06:26 AM
Norsemen. Indiewire described it as “Vikings” meets “The Office” and that's fairly accurate. Wickedly dry Scandinavian wit.

Here's a taster:


Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: polkablues on December 10, 2018, 03:38:47 AM
I mentioned this one in the shoutbox a bit ago, but for posterity's sake I'm going to re-recommend the Amazon series "Patriot." Imagine a cross between the Coen Brothers and Martin McDonagh making an extremely odd, tone-jumping version of a LeCarre novel. It's also lowkey one of the deepest and strongest portrayals of clinical depression onscreen that I've ever seen.

You're all going to be so pissed when you finally watch this show and realize how great it is and how long you ignored it.



Finished season two, and every word of this remains true, with the addition that I'm developing very potent grudges against each and every one of you for not watching this show.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: ©brad on December 10, 2018, 11:52:04 AM
FINE I'LL WATCH IT.

(but seriously thanks for the reco. I keep striking out on new shows but I'm excited about this one now)
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: wilberfan on December 10, 2018, 11:09:52 PM
Escape at Dannemora

An amazing cast (including an almost unrecognizable Patricia Arquette), and very impressive directing by Ben Stiller (of all people).  One of the highlights of my TV week. 



https://youtu.be/RVbOjP1Ziec
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on December 24, 2018, 02:32:24 AM
TRAVELERS (on Netflix). So, so good. A very fun and highly addictive sci-fi show. There is a splash of cheese for sure, but production values are pretty high, and some performances are magnificent. Excellent blend of human drama and complex science fiction. Becomes wildly unpredictable in seasons 2 and 3, which do not disappoint.

If you can get into it (you'll know after the first episode), you might find that Travelers is surprisingly fresh.


Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: wilberfan on December 31, 2018, 01:07:35 AM
Escape at Dannemora

An amazing cast (including an almost unrecognizable Patricia Arquette), and very impressive directing by Ben Stiller (of all people).  One of the highlights of my TV week. 




Just finished the finale.   This might be my favorite production I've seen this year--on any sized screen.  Absolutely impeccable.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: polkablues on December 31, 2018, 01:22:47 AM
I'm hyped for it, but I don't have a Showtime subscription, so I either have to wait for a blu-ray release, hope it eventually gets put onto one of the streaming services I already pay money for, or just break down and pirate the bastard.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Fernando on January 29, 2019, 03:32:12 PM
Just finished watching season one of The Sinner, on the basis that Carrie Coon is playing a major part in season two, so it must be a worthwhile show. And... it is! Pretty familiar modern psychological crime thriller plotting, but the story holds together well, it stays compelling all the way through, and it's given me a newfound respect for the acting talents of both Jessica Biel and Bill Pullman (no small feat on the latter). It's a great example of a show in which character and plotting are inextricably woven into each other, which I consider a hallmark of good writing.


So I fucked up and started watching season 2, I blame netflix since they sent me directly to S2 instead of 1, and when Carrie Coon appeared I remembered reading this post, so, is it mandatory to watch S1 first?
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: polkablues on January 29, 2019, 04:34:09 PM
I haven't seen season two yet, but as far as I know they're fully separate stories, with just Bill Pullman's character as the common thread between them.

edit: Your post got my hopes up, so I went and looked, but season two still isn't on US Netflix yet.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Sleepless on February 18, 2019, 02:09:22 PM


I'm not familiar with the novel or previous adaptation(s) so went into this completely fresh and unknowing. It was good. A very modern period piece and plenty of questions left unanswered. Would recommend.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: wilberfan on February 19, 2019, 11:58:34 PM


Presented by world-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough (Blue Planet II, Planet Earth II) and executive produced by Emmy®-winner Mike Gunton (Planet Earth II), Dynasties follows five of the world’s most celebrated but endangered animals, as they do whatever it takes to survive and protect the next generation.

Dynasties will focus in never-seen-before detail on one particular family from each species per episode, as they play politics, fight battles, make alliances, launch take-overs, battle rivals, and win family feuds:

Emperor penguins in the frozen wastes of Antarctica
Chimpanzees on the edge of the Sahara in Senegal, West Africa
Lions on the savannahs of Kenya’s Masai Mara
Painted wolves on the floodplains of the Zambezi river in Zimbabwe
Tigers in the jungles of Bandhavgarh, India
Dynasties will tell the unique and emotional stories of some of the greatest families in nature, as they face unforeseen challenges not only from their rivals, but from changes to their environment, and the impact humanity has had on our fragile ecosystem that will ricochet throughout generations.

After just one episode, I'm astonished by the camera work and editing--and Shakespearean storytelling.  And David Attenborough is practically a World Heritage Site all by himself, isn't he?
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: wilberfan on March 07, 2019, 07:47:25 PM
DOCUMENTARY NOW!



Each episode is a beautifully and lovingly made parody of specific landmark documentaries (Grey Gardens, Nanook of the North, Wild Wild Country, etc) or genres.  The production values are amazing and the results are deliciously silly--but probably only if you're familiar with the film(s) in question.  A real gem, and one of the highlights of my TV week.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Fernando on March 22, 2019, 04:11:36 PM
I haven't seen season two yet, but as far as I know they're fully separate stories, with just Bill Pullman's character as the common thread between them.

edit: Your post got my hopes up, so I went and looked, but season two still isn't on US Netflix yet.

Finished the 1st season, Biel's best work for sure, not that I've seen everything she's done, ended up liking her season more than Carrie's but still both are good.


TRAVELERS (on Netflix). So, so good. A very fun and highly addictive sci-fi show. There is a splash of cheese for sure, but production values are pretty high, and some performances are magnificent. Excellent blend of human drama and complex science fiction. Becomes wildly unpredictable in seasons 2 and 3, which do not disappoint.

If you can get into it (you'll know after the first episode), you might find that Travelers is surprisingly fresh.

I have seen 8 episodes of S1 and it's really good, I feel like shit is about to get real.

I'm hooked.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Drenk on March 22, 2019, 07:47:49 PM
The Good Fight is a glorious, glorious show.

You know how everyone wants "their" show to be the next The Wire? In the sense that it will be considered cult in a few years. Well, The Good Fight is my Wire.

(I'm not that big fan of The Wire; I prefer The Good Fight.)
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: WorldForgot on March 22, 2019, 09:39:02 PM
The Good Fight is a glorious, glorious show.

You know how everyone wants "their" show to be the next The Wire? In the sense that it will be considered cult in a few years. Well, The Good Fight is my Wire.

(I'm not that big fan of The Wire; I prefer The Good Fight.)

The Good Fight iz what happens when a parallel BEST UNIVERSE getz into a weekly brawl with our own PRIME UNIVERSE.
I love its rebellious tone and characters so much.
Thank you for the JoCo Mr & Mrs King
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on March 22, 2019, 11:41:43 PM
TRAVELERS (on Netflix). So, so good. A very fun and highly addictive sci-fi show. There is a splash of cheese for sure, but production values are pretty high, and some performances are magnificent. Excellent blend of human drama and complex science fiction. Becomes wildly unpredictable in seasons 2 and 3, which do not disappoint.

If you can get into it (you'll know after the first episode), you might find that Travelers is surprisingly fresh.

I have seen 8 episodes of S1 and it's really good, I feel like shit is about to get real.

I'm hooked.

Excellent! I can confirm that Season 2 is better, and Season 3 is better still. Definitely stick with it. Too bad it's been canceled by Netflix, but Season 3 does have a worthy finish.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: csage97 on March 23, 2019, 09:37:10 PM
Hmm, I will have to give The Good Fight a shot, then.

Love, Death, & Robots was excellent. On the level of looking at pure animation ... I've never seen anything like it.

I'll be watching season two of The OA. I found episodes in season one interesting and unique enough to want to know what was going to happen next, and so I want to know what will happen in season two.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: polkablues on March 27, 2019, 03:01:56 PM
Escape at Dannemora

An amazing cast (including an almost unrecognizable Patricia Arquette), and very impressive directing by Ben Stiller (of all people).  One of the highlights of my TV week. 




Just finished the finale.   This might be my favorite production I've seen this year--on any sized screen.  Absolutely impeccable.

Three episodes in and I’m in total agreement. Ridiculously good. Every actor is perfect. I’ve always liked Ben Stiller as a filmmaker, but there’s been absolutely nothing in his directorial career that suggested he was capable of something like this.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Sleepless on April 01, 2019, 01:33:50 PM
Polkablues is right, guys. Patriot is an overlooked piece of genius. Half-way through S1, and every episode just leaves me amazed with the intricate attention to details of plotting and character in this sprawling story (told on a relatively small scale) where everything is connected. On one hand I'm pissed it took me this long, on the other hand I'm chuffed there's a second season already waiting for me when I'm done with this one. I just can't understand how critics aren't universally raving about this one, does Amazon not send out screeners or what?
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: polkablues on April 01, 2019, 01:41:09 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/hOp2WRc.gif)
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Sleepless on April 01, 2019, 02:47:44 PM
We both like Reese's peanut butter cups.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Fernando on April 03, 2019, 04:12:50 PM
Excellent! I can confirm that Season 2 is better, and Season 3 is better still. Definitely stick with it. Too bad it's been canceled by Netflix, but Season 3 does have a worthy finish.

If this wasn't on Netflix it would be good show to talk about on a weekly basis, it's interesting and fun.

Thanks JB for the recomendation, I don't think I would ever tried it on my own, it's a bummer it was cancelled.



After this, I might give a second chance to Patriot.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 24, 2019, 03:47:56 PM
I've watched the first few episodes of Patriot. No surprise, it's very good. Some scenes and moments are so idiosyncratic and intensely delightful. For example, I love love love every scene involving Stephen and/or his accompanying therapist.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: wilberfan on May 03, 2019, 09:07:55 PM



Ramy Hassan is a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood. RAMY will bring a new perspective to the screen as it explores the challenges of what it’s like being caught between a Muslim community that thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences.

A much better show than I would have predicted.  Episode 7 was especially well done, with a wonderful performance from Hiam Abbass.   And quite a debut from young Madison Hine in episode 8 that really made an impression.
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Drenk on May 11, 2019, 01:50:48 AM
Insane.

https://t.co/17dGoxLyPX

(Watch The Good Fight!)
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Post by: polkablues on May 11, 2019, 01:07:48 PM
If I tried to watch The Good Wife and couldn't get into it, would it still be worth attempting to get into this one?
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Post by: Drenk on May 11, 2019, 03:11:00 PM
Yes, definitely. I loved/liked The Good Wife, but The Good Fight is way better. It becomes its true self in season 2 but season 1 is very solid.
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Post by: WorldForgot on May 12, 2019, 12:09:01 AM
Seriously. Well earned character moments, parallel political conundrums. So well shot and paced, and you'll get a hearty dose of character actor cameoz. Such a dope show.
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Post by: polkablues on May 20, 2019, 07:25:02 PM
A couple Netflix originals that just came out that are worth everybody's time:

BLACK SUMMER


There are a lot of reasons to be skeptical of this one. It's yet another zombie thing. It's a ostensible prequel to Z Nation, the show that was seemingly based on the pitch, "The Walking Dead, but intentionally bad." It's produced by The Asylum, the company behind such masterpieces as the Sharknado hexalogy and the Pacific Rim ripoff titled... *deep sigh*... "Atlantic Rim." There's no reason to expect this to be good.

EXCEPT IT IS. It eschews the bloat and soap opera melodrama of The Walking Dead in favor of a sparse, starkly minimalist, intensely focused narrative. There's a single story being told here: people are trying to get to a place and there are obstacles making it hard for them to do so. Characters drop in and out of the story organically, characters die abruptly and typically with little fanfare, and notably -- unlike The Walking Dead, where the human characters almost always seem to outmatch the zombies and are only in danger when they really fuck up somehow -- the stakes feel truly life and death at almost any given moment. Dialogue is scarce, and there are long sections where we're just following a character or characters, the tension building the whole time, and when that tension breaks it goes off like a pipe bomb. There are only a few points across eight episodes where it feels like it goes too over the top and you're reminded of the show's provenance, but it does so much right that it was easy for me to forgive those moments.

THE SOCIETY


It suffers from some shaky writing, especially at the beginning, but the ideas it's grappling with, and the weight with which it treats them, is really the selling point. I'm about two-thirds of the way through the season, and while I'm questioning whether it will be able to pull off the more fantastical elements of the premise, the grounded elements are dead on. How is power allocated outside an established order? What's the human cost of exerting that power, and the psychological cost on those who have been thrust into position to make impossible choices for the greater good?

Also, Kathryn Newton, who was so good in the last season of Halt and Catch Fire, so good in the movie Blockers, and so good in Big Little Lies, is SO GOOD in this. When she's winning Oscars in the next few years, know that I called it here first. 
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Post by: wilberfan on May 21, 2019, 12:50:58 AM


On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and the sacrifices made to save Europe from the unimaginable disaster.

Really well done, with an excellent cast.  There's a fascinating "official" podcast episode for each episode in which host Peter Sagal talks with the creator/writer.  A disturbingly high percentage of what we see in each episode is historically accurate. 
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Post by: Jeremy Blackman on May 22, 2019, 11:34:38 AM
I also endorse Chernobyl. The storytelling is just really engaging and well-done. Skillfully gives you the right information and the right amount of time for things to sink in. While somehow not being sensationalist at all. Great job, HBO.
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Post by: Jeremy Blackman on May 23, 2019, 03:44:45 PM
Oh my. Episode 3 goes places. This is now a must-watch in my opinion.
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Post by: wilberfan on May 23, 2019, 06:53:59 PM
Are you combining it with the official podcast?  Highly recommended...
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Post by: wilberfan on May 26, 2019, 11:15:45 PM


Based 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.
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Post by: polkablues on May 27, 2019, 01:45:40 AM
As someone who loves the Nichols film with every ounce of his being, I'm skeptical but open to this new version.
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Post by: WorldForgot on May 27, 2019, 07:59:41 AM
It's great. This production gets the novel'z tone perfectly. Also, wilberfan, Christopher Abbott nailz it in Martha Marcy May Marlene (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERREgOobLOs) (a cult cult film) as well as HBO's Girls  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp8pxLWo5Yc)(he's only in about three seasons), if you're looking to catch more of his naturalist fuego.

Excuse the cat. I just adore this scene/song:
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Post by: csage97 on May 27, 2019, 01:02:01 PM
Based 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.

The book is excellent! Really one of my favourites. The humour in the novel is fantastically ridiculous but really indicative of how ridiculous parts of war can be. I'd like to think that Jerry Seinfeld ripped off Catch-22 ....
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Post by: wilberfan on June 04, 2019, 12:03:34 AM
I want to circle back and sing the final praises of Chernobyl.   The final episode is 73 of the finest minutes of filmed drama I've seen in a very long time.  The entire cast is brilliant--but let's give Jared Harris special notice for his work in this.   The epilogue at the end is absolutely devastating.   This is the best thing I've seen since last year's "Escape at Dannemora". 
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Post by: jonas on June 04, 2019, 12:52:33 PM
Yea, the finale of Chernobyl was really great. The show was great at explaining the scientific aspects of the situation with simple clarity, that courtroom explanation of the explosion in ep. 5 is the best example.

The fact that they were able to create so much tension when recreating the explosion (something that we know happens) was fantastic, it made you hope their was some kind of different ending. I never knew about the potential of a large explosion after the initial one, to know eastern Europe was THAT close to disaster is almost unreal. The fact that they don't know how many were truly affected shows the horror of the whole situation.

I thought everything from the acting, cinematography and music were top notch.

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Post by: polkablues on June 04, 2019, 01:03:25 PM
The 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.
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Post by: Robyn on June 04, 2019, 01:12:57 PM
The 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.

Omg, you're not kidding!

It's the fucking creator of Superhero Movie??
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Post by: wilberfan on June 04, 2019, 01:16:58 PM
I wasn't familiar with Craig's work at all, so this is a very pleasant surprise.   It was mentioned at the end of the Chernobyl Podcast (which I still highly recommend) that Craig has his own podcast: Scriptnotes (http://scriptnotes.net/).
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Post by: wilberfan on June 23, 2019, 04:21:49 PM
The 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.

No one is more surprised by ‘Chernobyl’s’ success than creator Craig Mazin (https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-et-st-chernobyl-craig-mazin-conversation-20190619-story.html)
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Post by: wilberfan on June 24, 2019, 09:39:33 PM


A 10-episode series, which follows James (Jimmi Simpson), a young grifter, as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown (Sir Ben Kingsley), who turns out to be far more dangerous than he suspects. The pastor and his wife Lillian (Jacki Weaver)—known to their parishioners as Pa and Ma—have used religion to bilk hundreds of innocent people out of their life savings.

Sort of a Coen Brothers meet David Lynch thing going on here, with an amazing cast.  (Ben Kingsley, Luis Guzman...)
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Post by: Jeremy Blackman on June 26, 2019, 03:36:49 PM
A couple Netflix originals that just came out that are worth everybody's time:

BLACK SUMMER


There are a lot of reasons to be skeptical of this one. It's yet another zombie thing. It's a ostensible prequel to Z Nation, the show that was seemingly based on the pitch, "The Walking Dead, but intentionally bad." It's produced by The Asylum, the company behind such masterpieces as the Sharknado hexalogy and the Pacific Rim ripoff titled... *deep sigh*... "Atlantic Rim." There's no reason to expect this to be good.

EXCEPT IT IS. It eschews the bloat and soap opera melodrama of The Walking Dead in favor of a sparse, starkly minimalist, intensely focused narrative. There's a single story being told here: people are trying to get to a place and there are obstacles making it hard for them to do so. Characters drop in and out of the story organically, characters die abruptly and typically with little fanfare, and notably -- unlike The Walking Dead, where the human characters almost always seem to outmatch the zombies and are only in danger when they really fuck up somehow -- the stakes feel truly life and death at almost any given moment. Dialogue is scarce, and there are long sections where we're just following a character or characters, the tension building the whole time, and when that tension breaks it goes off like a pipe bomb. There are only a few points across eight episodes where it feels like it goes too over the top and you're reminded of the show's provenance, but it does so much right that it was easy for me to forgive those moments.


Wow, so, Black Summer is actually VERY GOOD. One of the best zombie things I've seen. And probably one of the most underrated Netflix originals.

Polka's review is spot-on. People don't really know how to survive yet, and these are fast zombies, so there's just no time for soap opera or thematic bloat. It's all business. The stakes are real — any character could die at any time. (And you do really care about some of them.) My favorite scenes involve zombies wreaking havoc among survivors, and it's hard to differentiate them, because everyone is running. Terrifying and surprisingly realistic.

There are a couple sketchy performances and line deliveries, but those moments are brief and forgivable.

The best sequences play out like Gus Van Sant directing a zombie chase. Some of the set pieces are truly breathtaking, seriously. Did not expect that level of craftsmanship from this thing! Definitely feels like someone's passion project.
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Post by: polkablues on June 26, 2019, 11:31:55 PM
Low-key relieved I wasn’t just deluding myself.
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Post by: wilberfan on July 12, 2019, 10:05:41 PM
Just started watching episode 1.  Fun that the very first talking head is Studio City's Favorite Son. 


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Post by: jenkins on August 18, 2019, 11:47:46 PM
tonight i'm starting The Righteous Gemstones with my roommate. we're hanging out again because of tv again. it premiered today, i hear it's an hour, Danny McBride writer/director, next week David Gordon Green takes over director
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Post by: polkablues on August 21, 2019, 04:20:13 PM


This is really good, for what it's worth. Created by the guy who made Assassination Nation, and in many ways it feels like an evolution of that movie (a handful of scenes feel almost like direct remakes of scenes from the film). If you liked Assassination Nation, you should love this show, and if you didn't like Assassination Nation, you're wrong, but also you should give the show a shot anyway.

Zendaya, it should be stated, is amazing in this. She's by far the best actor to ever come out of the Disney Channel factory.
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Post by: WorldForgot on August 21, 2019, 04:22:11 PM
^Beautiful show. The De Palma nodz are plentiful, including an episode that ends its Blow-Out inspired celebration-cum-mayhem with Pino Donaggio's score from Roeg's DONT LOOK NOW. Also, the way it handles transworld contradictions iz more than necessary, a humanist genre-approach that you can only do when stylized as this show iz
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Post by: jenkins on August 21, 2019, 04:40:22 PM
i barely watch tv and i know it's the second best series this year, after Fleabag. it's created by the writer/director of Assassination Nation yeah, Sam Levinson, who is the son of Barry. he's just got the good fight in him from what i can tell

im going to keep watching  The Righteous Gemstones in order to hang out with my roommate, but it's not a best series this year. it's just so familiar you know. oh Southern shit sucks but no wait look at this. you know
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Post by: jenkins on August 22, 2019, 08:15:56 PM
i didn’t know what he’d do at 3min. if you guessed it you have impressive foresight. this feels very videogame to me and im positively fascinated. its believability comes from its verisimilitude. feeling real. not a lot of feelings, except about what’s real. and there’s a lot that’s real in life if you look around. i like it

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Post by: jenkins on August 26, 2019, 01:41:22 AM
The Righteous Gemstones is up to antics. this first episode by Halloween director DGG had a knockdown hotel fight following a dreadful interpretation of events precipitated by throwing a woman down a hill for dead. there was a nailbiting surprise twist at the end of the episode
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Post by: WorldForgot on August 28, 2019, 04:12:19 PM
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Post by: polkablues on August 28, 2019, 05:10:01 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/IOGtotO.gif)
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Post by: Drenk on August 28, 2019, 05:59:07 PM
(https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/how_do_you_do_fellow_kids.jpg)
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Post by: Drenk on September 03, 2019, 06:23:20 PM
Succession!  :bravo:
Pristine writing, tragic and hilarious. And one of the best casts I've ever seen.

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Post by: eward on September 03, 2019, 07:02:21 PM
I would expect no less from one of the creators of Peep Show.
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Post by: Drenk on September 03, 2019, 07:17:51 PM
These two are gold.

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Post by: Fernando on September 06, 2019, 10:58:14 AM
Yes, Succession is amazing, it seemed a little odd or at least I didn't know exactly what the show wanted to be, then it took off and I'm glad I stuck with it because season 2 has started real strong, even better than one imo.

Jeremy Strong is so good, you can see that Kendall is so uncomfortable in his own skin and Matthew Macfadyen's character is like the complete opposite of Mr. Darcy, he wants to have it all but underneath is a cowardly bully.
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Post by: wilberfan on September 19, 2019, 08:00:19 PM
Show of hands:  Who's up-to-date with the first 8 (!) of the 16 (!!) hours of COUNTRY MUSIC, A FILM BY KEN BURNS?

 :waving:

Never followed country music to any extent, but I usually learn (more than I need to?) from these epics.  Glad for the break till Sunday to clear the ol' synapses. 
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Post by: Fernando on November 07, 2019, 07:42:02 PM
As far as I know there's no thread for The Affair, the series just ended (lasted five seasons) but I'm still catching up on the last one.

Anyway, the whole series is really good and if you like good drama this is it, so in the last season Anna Paquin got a part and she is just incredible, all around there's good acting from all the cast but somehow I forgot how good Anna is and I just wanted to gush about her with you guys.
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Post by: wilberfan on February 04, 2020, 05:10:23 PM
THE NAKED DIRECTOR (Netflix)

I've watched two episodes of this so far, and I'm enjoying it.  It kind of feels like a Japanese version of THE DEUCE crossed with MRS MAISEL.   The performances are a little broad sometimes, but it's flashy and slick and based on a true story, so I'm gonna see where it ends up.


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Post by: Fernando on February 10, 2020, 11:54:08 AM
Is anyone watching The Outsider?

Six episodes in and so far loving it, looks like the best is yet to come.

This teaser is a bit spoilery but not so much, do not watch the trailers that followed.

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Post by: Sleepless on March 05, 2020, 09:56:49 AM
Okay so hear me out... Wife and I are 6/10 eps deep in Mindy Kaling's take on Four Weddings & a Funeral and I've got to say it's one of the most enjoyable things I've seen in a while. It's fun and addicting, and while I would almost stoop to calling it a guilty pleasure, it's actually better than that. Where that line is for you may vary, of course. But it is good. Most critically, it has what so many big screen rom-coms lacked: comedy. Take a gander, you might be pleasantly surprised. I was.

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Post by: WorldForgot on March 05, 2020, 11:57:17 AM
Wanna second that this limited series iz delightful^
I've rewatched it nearly three times...

Great ensemble cast, and HUGE fanservice for Richard Curtis fanz.
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Post by: polkablues on March 07, 2020, 12:53:14 PM
Is anyone watching The Outsider?

Six episodes in and so far loving it, looks like the best is yet to come.

This teaser is a bit spoilery but not so much, do not watch the trailers that followed.



I just got caught up in time for the finale tomorrow. Great ensemble, and a rare example of a Stephen King adaptation that’s true to the material but doesn’t feel like ~{A Stephen King Adaptation}~. It’s got the vibe of a prestige cable crime drama, which makes the fantastical elements that much more effective. A big theme of the story is our inability to process information that doesn’t conform to our understanding of reality, and the sober, realistic tone of the show really brings that home. Ben Mendelsohn is fantastic, as always. Paddy Considine’s southern American accent verges on cartoonish at times, but he’s great, so I can look past it.
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Post by: wilberfan on March 07, 2020, 06:05:31 PM



I generally don't do "slow & weird", but I'm hooked on this one after two episodes. Fingers-crossed that it stays on course. 
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Post by: polkablues on March 09, 2020, 04:12:58 PM



I generally don't do "slow & weird", but I'm hooked on this one after two episodes. Fingers-crossed that it stays on course.

Yep. Hold all my calls, I’m gonna be completely fucking obsessed with this show for the next little while.
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Post by: WorldForgot on March 09, 2020, 06:30:42 PM
Friendz, the show iz great sci-fi intrigue.
I made an Alex Garland thread  (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=14332.0)so we can discuss his motifs and thematic lattices along with each episode ~
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Post by: wilberfan on March 25, 2020, 10:15:43 PM
I've not actually watched any episodes (Episode 01 is queued up as we speak), but certain corners of the Interwebs seem to be quite agog over this one.



[edit]  Two episodes in.  Holy crap.  And I have a feeling this is only going to get weirder and weirder
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Post by: Sleepless on March 26, 2020, 08:10:14 AM
I've not actually watched any episodes (Episode 01 is queued up as we speak), but certain corners of the Interwebs seem to be quite agog over this one.



[edit]  Two episodes in.  Holy crap.  And I have a feeling this is only going to get weirder and weirder.

^ Thematically related, you might also want to check out the new podcast Cat People (https://longreads.com/catpeople/), from some of the people who brought you Bundyville.
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Post by: wilberfan on April 02, 2020, 10:01:58 PM
Only two episodes in so far, but an absolutely stunning lead performance from Shira Haas. 

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Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 03, 2020, 12:47:54 AM
I watched the first two episodes of Tiger King, and my brain is already broken. Go in knowing as little as possible.
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Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 04, 2020, 01:36:39 AM
Finished Tiger King. The best thing about this doc is the way it dishes out its reveals — they are done in a way that's very chaotic but strangely organic to the story. It's almost too brilliant for me to accurately describe.

If there's a weakness, it's that the series is a bit front-loaded. After four episodes of total madness, I was not as surprised by the final three, even though the twists do continue.

Spoiler: ShowHide
I am 90% convinced that Carol killed her husband and 100% convinced that Joe burned down the studio. I'm honestly not sure what to think of the murder-for-hire plot.
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Post by: jenkins on April 04, 2020, 01:40:09 AM
it’s definitely the first true crime show i feel like i’m missing out on from an entertaining perspective
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Post by: putneyswipe on April 04, 2020, 08:09:17 AM
Is there any reason for all these netflix docs to be stretched out to 5+ hours? what happened to the 90-minute doc?
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Post by: polkablues on April 09, 2020, 03:28:11 AM
Spoiler: ShowHide
I am 90% convinced that Carol killed her husband and 100% convinced that Joe burned down the studio. I'm honestly not sure what to think of the murder-for-hire plot.


I think the biggest weakness of the show was the way it treated every story with the same level of credulity, regardless of actual plausibility. I know that's basically the set formula for this type of documentary, but it felt especially artless in this one. The
Spoiler: ShowHide
Carol killed her husband
theory is mind-numbingly absurd, and the filmmakers obviously know it, but they still treat the whole thing with a wink and a nudge and a "we're just asking the question" attitude. The show was entertaining, but I'm terrified of the idea that people are taking it as any sort of journalistic enterprise and forming opinions based on that notion.

That said, I'm amazed at how the other dude running the R. Kelly-style sex slave cult out of his tiger zoo has practically gone unmentioned in every article and discussion about the show.
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Post by: wilberfan on May 22, 2020, 10:15:47 PM
My favorite find of May, 2020 is this sweet, goofy little show ("The Dress Up Gang"):



Kind of a modern, thirtysomething "Leave It to Beaver", it takes the silliest, slightest premise and then plays it (UNDER-plays it!) to such a degree that it becomes sweet and hysterical.  A real treat.
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Post by: wilder on May 23, 2020, 01:58:14 AM
I want to see it. Found out it's free streaming on the TBS website (https://www.tbs.com/thedressupgang). Cool.
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Post by: polkablues on May 26, 2020, 02:33:54 AM
I had never heard of them, but I'm going down a Youtube rabbit-hole. This is my favorite so far:

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Post by: wilberfan on May 28, 2020, 12:02:40 AM
Is there any reason for all these netflix docs to be stretched out to 5+ hours? what happened to the 90-minute doc?

As I continue to wade thru all of the multi-episode docs coming online during these Pandemic Days (and enjoying them for the most part), this comment has really stayed with me.  "God dammit, he's right!", I find myself repeating over and over.   I didn't notice it before, but now that's it's been pointed out, I can't unsee it.  (I'm two episodes in to the Jeffrey Epstein doc at the moment.)

How does a multi-part program work to Netflix's benefit vs a 2 hour one-er?
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Post by: WorldForgot on May 28, 2020, 10:52:00 AM
Just from the habits I've noticed of people I live with --- it seemz more likely someone will agree to 40 minutes, and get hooked for the next two or three 40-minute/50-minute eps after, than they'd tune in to a film that reads approx.120minutes runtime.
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Post by: wilberfan on May 28, 2020, 11:00:28 AM
I must say that echoes my experience with Epstein last night (so to speak):  I stayed up very late to finish all four episodes in one go.  Horrifying, but compelling stuff--but I think it would have been the same at half the length.