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@Vino Bevo posted:

Been blitzing through What We Do in the Shadows on Hulu...

I love this show, but I don't know how many seasons they can sustain. But they're always manage to hit some high points in every episode. For Matt Berry fans there is also "Toast of London" and his frequent appearances on "The IT Crowd."

"Letterkenny" continues to be the funniest , and stupidest, show on television. Also on Hulu, so pitter-patter...

@mneeley490 posted:

Anyone else watching Dispatches From Elsewhere on AMC? It is freaky and confusing, but kind of wonderful in a way. 

This just finished up it's 10 episode run. Amazing doesn't begin to describe it. The final episode takes you someplace you would never have expected to go, and my respect for Jason Segel as a writer/producer has skyrocketed. He's not that guy from Freaks and Geeks or Forgetting Sarah Marshall anymore.

@steve8 posted:

Just started (first two episodes) The Plot Against America. Not bad so far.

After the horrors of The Man in the High Castle I couldn't watch another WWII era alternate reality story. I'm also planning on reading the book. Interesting tidbit, the spy author Len Deighton published in 1979 SS-GB which was a police procedural in Nazi occupied England. It was a good book which was made into a BBC series in 2017. I've not seen and it's supposed to have an open ending leading to a second season which isn't going to happen.

Finished the season six of Bosch and am rewatching the series from the beginning. I thought this was a good season even though I couldn't stand the build-up with the wacko group. Watching actors give it their all while spouting nonsense got very tedious after a number of episodes. It was good to see Richard Brooks, from the original Law and Order, after all these years.

What makes Bosch so interesting is that it exists in a parallel universe. The relationships on the TV show often do not reflect what occurs in the books. And yet both universes are excellent. Seeing him and J. Edgar, have a better relationship on the show than the books, makes for a more engaging show. It's been a joy to watch Madison Lintz grow up (into almost a fashion model) and a good actress whose scenes with Welliver are always interesting. Of course Titus Welliver is Bosch and all the other characters; Crate and Barrel, LT, the always fantastic Lance Reddick as Chief Irving, Mank and Honey/Money Chandler who work and react together in such a natural way.

I also want to mention Ernest Dickerson who started out as a cinematographer on the mostly forgotten, and very good, movie Brother From Another Planet and went on to be an excellent TV show director with credits such as this program and The Wire.

However, it is a little depressing watching a show that was so recently filmed in a world that may not exist again for some time. Bosch is one of those LA TV shows, and also like the books, that revels in its "LAness." Bosch is a guy who hangs in spots like Musso & Franks Grill, Du-Pars and Dan Tanas. The show used the Bradbury Building, Angels Flight, the Capitol Records tower and many other LA landmarks and locations to get the feel of LA. And now I can't even make one of my runs up there to go to Canter for a corned beef sandwich roam the Art District. 

Here's a odd note: Just having finished six and starting season one there's an interesting fashion statement that appears to run through the entire show--the men's neckties all have a large, loose knot. Not sure what it means, but it's something I recently noted.

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Watched 2 episodes last night - good cast, good performance - one must like musicals and not have a problem with characters breaking into song - 

I have no issue with that (some people cannot tolerateit) so liked it and will continue watching - I liked Jane Levy from Suburgatory, and cast includes - Peter Gallagher, Mary Steenburgen, Skylar Austin, Lauren Graham and others 

I never saw Eli Stone


The HBO documentary mini-series about the McDonalds Monopoly scam that took place in the 1990s. For my money, far more interesting and entertaining than Tiger King. The story and the cast of characters are equally bizarre.

We’re half way through the 6 episodes. I keep wondering why all these people - from the FBI agents to the mobster’s wife and brother- would agree to be interviewed on camera and reveal so much. 

We've been working through a few series of various themes (and quality) these last few weeks:

  • What We Do in the Shadows (I mentioned this earlier in the post and like it so much I'll mention it again)
  • Good Omens (good concept - enjoyed)
  • A Discovery of Witches (my sister told my wife about it, and it's too much like Twilight - meh)
  • Upload (intriguing concept but jury is still out)
  • Jack Ryan (I'd seen but but she hadn't so went through it again, and forgot how much I liked season one better than two)
  • Fleabag (outstanding)
  • Damages (never watched when it originally came out and just finished season one - hooked!)


@wine+art posted:

Hmm, now I want to try it. 

I can understand giving up during or after S01E01. She’s shallow and annoying, and the ”breaking the 4th wall” thing is hardly original.

But the series does a slow build over the course of the two seasons. There’s a deliberate arc to the story and character development. It’s not high art, but it’s very well done. Especially Season 2.

On the other hand, I suffered through the first season of her other series, Killing Eve. Didn’t like it at all.

@The Old Man posted:

I think they could have easily cut McMillions in half. Also that supercilious, self-congratulating FBI agent really got tiresome.

I respectfully disagree. The first few episodes were fast paced and shallow. It had a “staring at a traffic accident” feel to it. “Look at all these stupid, freakish people!” But I appreciated that it took a more sober turn in the second half. They took the time to let us get to know some of the participants and how their lives were impacted by their actions.

As for that FBI agent, his more annoying traits got a lot of screen time in the first episode, but he was less of a focus as the story progressed, and when he was on camera, he was often more reserved. He sure did have a toothy grin, though. Reminded me of Ed Grimley (Martin Short’s character).

And the real estate guy was a dead ringer for John Goodman - both his looks and his voice.

Great british menu. 

The full 2019-2020 season is on YouTube as well as 2014. You can find 2018 online too (and of course watch all 15 seasons if you can get bbc iPlayer).

If you enjoy cooking competition shows this one pits mostly 1 and 2 star Michelin chefs against each other to cook one of four courses at a banquet. In no way "American" reality TV, they help each other, clean up, know what the hell they are doing and its the best cooking show on TV. 

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