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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 Complaint withdrawn.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.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMUiRYoc76A
Title: Re: What shows are you watching?
Post by: Fernando on February 08, 2018, 11:59:41 AM
Currently watching:

Happy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7OYkSgmM-w

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08w9DxR7DHs
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.