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Finished "The Queen's Gambit" and enjoyed it.  I was actually surprised by the ending, as it was not what I expected.  I thought they'd leave it open for a easy second season.  I've been a fan of Taylor-Joy since I saw "The Witch".   She did a great job in "Gambit" and I expect her to go far.

Started Season 4 of "The Crown" now; enjoyable so far.  The actress who plays Diana is amazing, in my opinion.

The Science of Bubbles

A very good documentary that opened my eyes in many ways.  I'd love to hear some thoughts regarding the segment on Champagne.  I found it fascinating and quite in line with my experience.  Highly recommended.

Would appreciate other opinions on the scientist who narrated and created this film. I like strong, smart and confident women.  This lady checks all the boxes in my world.

PH

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Valley of Tears about the 1973 Yom Kippur War focusing on four small groups of Israeli soldiers, and some civilians, when Israel was caught off guard by attacks by Syria and Egypt. Though sometimes a little too melodramatic it's still riveting, and distressing, viewing. It's a sober reminder that even after the victory of 1967, less than six years later Israel was almost eradicated as a state. On HBO Max.

@bman posted:

Like many of the Netflix series we've watched, it gets better as it goes along.

Agreed all around. As I said elsewhere, if you are up to international Netflix, “Money Heist” (“Casa de Papel”) is worth a watch. It is the most popular non-English scripted show on Netflix worldwide. (Default is to watch it dubbed, but you can also ho yo settings to watch in Spanish with subtitles.)

@bman posted:

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist was back this week for Season Two.  One of the very few truly original shows on network TV with a great cast.

I haven't watched it, but from what I've seen I don't consider it original. Looks like it completely rips off the premise of Jonny Lee Miller's Eli Stone. Which was a great show, btw, and prematurely canceled.

@mneeley490 posted:

I haven't watched it, but from what I've seen I don't consider it original. Looks like it completely rips off the premise of Jonny Lee Miller's Eli Stone. Which was a great show, btw, and prematurely canceled.

Agree that Eli Stone was a great show and prematurely cancelled.  But I wouldn't say that Zoey is a complete rip-off though there are similarities.  For one, the cast of Zoey sing their own versions of the songs and dance as well.  And while Eli was yet another lawyer show, Zoey is set in a tech company.  But Zoey is still a show we like a lot and I think some others would too - especially if they liked Eli Stone!

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@bman posted:

Agree that Eli Stone was a great show and prematurely cancelled.  But I wouldn't say that Zoey is a complete rip-off though there are similarities.  For one, the cast of Zoey since their own versions of the songs and dance as well.  And while Eli was yet another lawyer show, Zoey is set in a tech company.  But Zoey is still a show we like a lot and I think some others would too - especially if they liked Eli Stone!

Never watched Eli Stone - but we like Zoey's as well - Mary Steenburgen pretty much rules (in everything)

@winetarelli posted:

Agreed all around. As I said elsewhere, if you are up to international Netflix, “Money Heist” (“Casa de Papel”) is worth a watch. It is the most popular non-English scripted show on Netflix worldwide. (Default is to watch it dubbed, but you can also ho yo settings to watch in Spanish with subtitles.)

Two episodes left to watch in Part (Season?) 1 and we're enjoying this. Not sure how they made 4 parts out of a story like this.

@bates40 posted:

Flight Attendant: Enjoyed it. Trippy.

I kind of enjoyed it, but didn't love it.  I definitely didn't think it was amazing, yet I watched each episode as soon as they came out.  Agreed that it was very trippy.  

I knocked out the two seasons of After Life on Netflix.  Ricky Gervais show about a suicidal widower that was very funny/dark/emotional.  I really liked it.  

@azwiese posted:

I kind of enjoyed it, but didn't love it.  I definitely didn't think it was amazing, yet I watched each episode as soon as they came out.  Agreed that it was very trippy.  

I knocked out the two seasons of After Life on Netflix.  Ricky Gervais show about a suicidal widower that was very funny/dark/emotional.  I really liked it.  

Couldn't make it past 15 minutes and I'm a Kaley Cuoco fanboy.

@sunnylea57 posted:

Staged

With Michael Sheen and David Tennant. Six 22 minute episodes. Tennant and Sheen play themselves. The premise: they were cast in a play prior to COVID, and the director wants to start rehearsing it over Zoom so they have a head start when things start to open up again.

Sheen and Tennant have great chemistry. A few fantastic cameos, too. Here's a short clip:

https://youtu.be/EpdCVAmt5C8

Looks very good.  These guys obviously get along well as they were in Bad Omens together a short time ago.

And Sheen is apparently in the running to be the next Doctor Who.  I think he'd be wonderful in that role.  But he's terrible in Prodigal Son, as is the whole show.  Gave it up because it just got too silly, if not downright stupid.

@steve8 posted:

I'd never heard of it until you posted that and then I read this review today. However Mangan thinks Killing Eve was/is excellent so there's that.

Give it at least the first couple of episodes before you decide.  And while the first season is good, the second season is even better.  What I liked as much as anything was the TV taboos it broke.  David Kelley usually does a pretty good job with his shows.

Despite mrs bman's general aversion to dubbing and subtitles, we've watched three foreign language police dramas on Netflix recently.  As it happens, each was apparently the first actually initially recorded in its native tongue: 

Valhalla Murders in Icelandic

Hinterland in Welsh

Capitani in Luxembourgeois

We've really enjoyed each of them though we have two episodes of the latter to go. The first and third are dubbed while the second was apparently done originally in both Welsh and English.

The dubbing and the subtitles in Valhalla Murders rarely match and are often quite different from each other, which we found a bit off-putting at first but not a big deal.  The scenery is fantastic.  And there's a cool twist towards the end though we both figured it out earlier.

Hinterland is a series of stand-alone 90 minutes episodes.  We've just watched the first one. 

Capitani is 8 half hour episodes so more manageable time-wise. It did the best job of keeping us guessing as we still don't know who is the murdered.  And who knew southern Luxemburgers considered northern Luxemburgers to be such hicks?

We're hoping they all get a second series.

There's a series on the History Channel that I've been enjoying, The Food That Built America. Standard documentary style of recreations and "experts" giving opinions, it tells of the American food rivalries from the late 1800's until now. Kraft, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Frito's, Coca-Cola, etc. I've learned a few things about the companies and founders that I thought was interesting. So many started out on a shoestring to later became the corporate behemoths that we know now.

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@mneeley490 posted:

There's a series on the History Channel that I've been enjoying, The Food That Built America. Standard documentary style of recreations and "experts" giving opinions, it tells of the American food rivalries from the late 1800's until now. Kraft, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Frito's, Coca-Cola, etc. I've learned a few things about the companies and founders that I thought was interesting. So many started out on a shoestring to later became the corporate behemoths that we know now.

Agree - I’ve seen a few episodes and they were more interesting than I expected.

This is a Robbery: The World's Biggest Art Theft on Netflix.

Also on Netflix Shtisel returns, after a five year break, with season 3. The incredible Shira Haas continues to show why she's one of the best actresses out there. The show itself digs into the complexity of human life that is totally recognizable through the problems consist mainly as living as an ultra-Orthodox Jew.

It's funny about that Bill Maher pro-Israel rant was how prepared it was.  He obviously wanted to come out swinging as the opposite of his entertainment friends, many of  whom are onboard (whether deserved or not) the anti-Israel train that's building up steam. So when a moment came, after guest comment, he went off on his 5 minute rant that seemed very prepared.  Personally I thought it was a so-what moment.

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@bman posted:

We just finished the first season of Line of Duty, another first class British cop show, this one about what is called Internal Affairs divisions in North America, on Netflix.  As usual with British cop dramas, well written complete characters, nuanced plot lines, etc.  Highly recommended.

It has remained strong through all five seasons we’ve watched. We’re about to watch season 6.

We finished the second batch of Lupin. Always entertaining, if not exactly plausible.

And recently we finished the fifth and final season of the French series The Bureau. Wow. Fantastic. The first season was decent. Very low key, and mostly took place in the Paris offices of the DGSE. Subsequent seasons branch out to half a dozen other countries. There’s one main story that evolves over all five seasons. Highly recommended.

Trying to watch Manifest, but it looks like I won't be able to due to the inconsistency of the characters' actions and paint by numbers storylines.

I do not recommend watching Bill Maher's fawning performance interviewing Quintin Tarantino. "I've seen every frame of your movies countless times." It must be remembered that without one man Tarantino may not have become a significant filmmaker, and of course that's Harvey Weinstein. After 30 years working together this is the best Quint could come up with (in 2017), “'I knew enough to do more than I did,' he said, citing several episodes involving prominent actresses. 'There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things.'”

"A couple of these things." I'm sure, at the least.

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