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I thought, after ten years, I'd take a swipe at trying to fix the original thread's title: "Reccomendations for TV Show's Thread." Besides the misspelling, the redundancy of "thread" always irked me.

Anyways Bosch is back and I'm so excited I'm actually holding back on watching so I can savor the moment of its opening credits in a day or two.

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I've written about the great Brit Marling many times before. After a number of very interesting independent movies she created the Netflix series, The OA. This month the second part was released after more than two years. As always with her work there's intelligent thought given to the world she, and her writing partner, create. However the ending of this series is perhaps one of the most audacious, and I think successful, ever attempted on a serial television show.

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We're half way through Bosch S5 and I'd rate it slightly below the previous few seasons. Still extremely well done, though. Of all the seasons, this one most closely sticks to the plot from a single novel - although there have been some significant changes, particularly with the character of Honey Chandler. In the book the lawyer is Mickey Haller, not Chandler. But I suppose Matthew McConaughey wasn't available to play the part. 😂

There's a discussion on another thread where I think someone made a false equivalence between the actions of the US and of Russia (and other "bad" countries.) The US has done many wrong and underhanded things during its existence, but at least we mostly own up to them and they wind up in history books.

The new, HBO series Chernobyl shows how Russia dealt with the worst nuclear disaster in history. Though it is too fictionalized in its human drama stories, it displays all of Russia's techniques of bad government including; lying to the affected public, lying to the world, buck-passing, inefficient methods of decision-making and attempts to control media.

Highly recommended.

The Old Man posted:

There's a discussion on another thread where I think someone made a false equivalence between the actions of the US and of Russia (and other "bad" countries.) The US has done many wrong and underhanded things during its existence, but at least we mostly own up to them and they wind up in history books.

The new, HBO series Chernobyl shows how Russia dealt with the worst nuclear disaster in history. Though it is too fictionalized in its human drama stories, it displays all of Russia's techniques of bad government including; lying to the affected public, lying to the world, buck-passing, inefficient methods of decision-making and attempts to control media.

Highly recommended.

One thing that I noticed in the Amazon Prime series, Hanna, is that it was very Eurocentric in keeping with the movie. And the bad guys? They were the Americans. 

mneeley490 posted:
The Old Man posted:

There's a discussion on another thread where I think someone made a false equivalence between the actions of the US and of Russia (and other "bad" countries.) The US has done many wrong and underhanded things during its existence, but at least we mostly own up to them and they wind up in history books.

The new, HBO series Chernobyl shows how Russia dealt with the worst nuclear disaster in history. Though it is too fictionalized in its human drama stories, it displays all of Russia's techniques of bad government including; lying to the affected public, lying to the world, buck-passing, inefficient methods of decision-making and attempts to control media.

Highly recommended.

One thing that I noticed in the Amazon Prime series, Hanna, is that it was very Eurocentric in keeping with movie. And the bad guys? They were the Americans. 

And there's no doubt we sometimes are. The best "fictional" source are in a number of John Le Carre's stories. And yet we remain the shinning beacon for the rest of the world--let's hope we'll survive this demagogue.

sunnylea57 posted:
bomba503 posted:

Watched first five episodes of Billions on my flight home. Hope it stays as good over the rest of the series

It does. If anything, it gets better in seasons 2 and 3. Currently watching season 4 and it's still excellent but lagging a little behind the previous 2 seasons.

Thx, looking forward to it

bomba503 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
bomba503 posted:

Watched first five episodes of Billions on my flight home. Hope it stays as good over the rest of the series

It does. If anything, it gets better in seasons 2 and 3. Currently watching season 4 and it's still excellent but lagging a little behind the previous 2 seasons.

Thx, looking forward to it

Caught up. Time for a new episode

bomba503 posted:
bomba503 posted:
sunnylea57 posted:
bomba503 posted:

Watched first five episodes of Billions on my flight home. Hope it stays as good over the rest of the series

It does. If anything, it gets better in seasons 2 and 3. Currently watching season 4 and it's still excellent but lagging a little behind the previous 2 seasons.

Thx, looking forward to it

Caught up. Time for a new episode

😮 now that’s what I call serious binging. 

winetarelli posted:
jcocktosten posted:

Did anyone watch Good Omens?

Yes. Loved it. The best I can describe it is “high-brow mindless fun”.  Highly recommend in that unusual viewing genre space. 

Done - that is more than a good enough recommendation for me.  Will likely watch it later this summer when FKG is out of town and I am on my own

The Old Man posted:

Sad that Netflix cancelled The OA. You will never find a more audacious TV season ending than what occurred in its second season.

No tears here. OK the ending was a surprise, but not worth the cringing done during the scenes with the "movements". The concept was OK and it started out well. One season would have been enough.

steve8 posted:
The Old Man posted:

Sad that Netflix cancelled The OA. You will never find a more audacious TV season ending than what occurred in its second season.

No tears here. OK the ending was a surprise, but not worth the cringing done during the scenes with the "movements". The concept was OK and it started out well. One season would have been enough.

I  do recommend Brit Marling's movies, particularly The Sound of My Voice. Like the TV show none of them are perfect, but they are always interesting. Also no matter what you think of the movements--SPOILER ALERT--the weirdness certainly might stop a gunman for a moment or two which could be just enough time for someone to take action.

Also read her bio about a good looking blond who discovered that "Hollywood" was going to type-cast her as arm candy for the male leads. She instead decided to write and star in her unique science fiction tinged movies. Very brave.

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purplehaze posted:

Chernobyl.  Holy smokes.

Powerful, depressing and uplifting at the same time and well worth a watch.

I avoided this for months, just because it seemed like a morbid subject.  It is.  

Recommended, but not for the squeamish or faint of heart.

PH

The bio-robot sequence, in the 4th episode, is some of the most riveting television I've ever seen. It's amazing how they took a clip of the real event, and instead of simply replicating it, they place you in it.

The Old Man posted:

The bio-robot sequence, in the 4th episode, is some of the most riveting television I've ever seen. It's amazing how they took a clip of the real event, and instead of simply replicating it, they place you in it.

It was very intense. Glad to see Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård get Emmy nominations.  I thought they were both very good.  Skarsgård's transition from ignorant apparatchik to something resembling a human being was fun to watch.

PH

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purplehaze posted:
The Old Man posted:

The bio-robot sequence, in the 4th episode, is some of the most riveting television I've ever seen. It's amazing how they took a clip of the real event, and instead of simply replicating it, they place you in it.

It was very intense. Glad to see Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård get Emmy nominations.  I thought they were both very good.  Skarsgård's transition from ignorant apparatchik to something resembling a human being was fun to watch.

PH

Always liked Harris since the great, pretty unknown, I Shot Andy Warhol.

sunnylea57 posted:

Finished "The Loudest Voice". I thought it was well done with a solid performance by Crowe, but any story about Roger Ailes is also a story about the rise of Fox News... and seven hour of that story is really effing depressing.

Just couldn't bring myself to watch it in the same way I didn't watch the movie about the great satan, Vice.

Sticks and Stones

Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special; premiered yesterday.

Oh. My. G-d.  

Only one person alive could tell those jokes and not need to go into the witness relocation program.  I may have cringed once or thrice, but most of it was so, so funny.  And even if I cringed a couple of times, the irreverence was a much needed huge breath of fresh air.

Let the credits run to 00:00 and then there is a 20+ minute epilogue. 

(You should probably skip this whole thing if you are easily offended.  Duh.)

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A big +1 on the new Chappelle.  If you don't wince, the comedian isn't pushing the edge.  Dave pushes the edge like no one else in modern comedy.  Brilliant.

One of my favorite lines:

No matter what they say or how they make you feel, remember, this is your country, too,  It is incumbent upon us to save our country. And you know what we have to do. Every able-bodied African-American must register,,, for a legal firearm. That’s the only way they’ll change the law.

PH

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Finished Escape at Dannemora (yes, we're kinda slow). All four principal actors gave fantastic performances (Patricia Arquette, Paul Dano, Benicio Del Toro and David Morse), the story was compelling, and Ben Stiller's direction was solid and cinematic.

Arquette deserves whatever awards she wins (and has already won).

I see the necessity for the penultimate episode ("if you were rooting for these guys, here's why you shouldn't") and I understand the reason for inserting where they did, but it did disrupt the flow of the story.

A show I'd like to watch but can't is The First about go people to Mars. It's has Natascha McElhone, who was so great in Californication but for me I go straight to the 2002 remake of Solaris. The problem is the lead is Sean Penn and I just can't stand the guy. I don't think I feel that way about any other actor.

On other other hand I started watching Killing Eve and all I can say is--wow. Also it's obvious, after only three episodes, why  Jody Comer won an Emmy award in an unfortunate match up with the great Sandra Oh. It's so over the top, yet Comer's psycho killer can cause a chill with just the look in her eyes.

Californication was almost certainly loosely based on the life of my college best friend and roomate. He became friends with an actress who ended up dating David Duchovny. She told him all about our friend and that he should do a show about him. Years later she bumped into DD and when she asked him his response was, stop talking to me, I cant talk to you about that, you'll sue me. If you knew my friend the parallels are uncanny outside of the drug/alcohol addictions which he did not have

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purplehaze posted:

Just started in on Season 3 of Goliath.  I'm three episodes and and frankly don't know what to think.  It's definitely a lot weirder and whimsical than previous seasons.  

PH

I haven't started it yet. But I loved much of the first two seasons, but it sounds like it's problem of over the top bad guys (last season the bad guy was worse than the Joker) it continuing. It would be much better if it took the Bosch approach with more realism.

doubled posted:
purplehaze posted:

El Camino.  Netflix.  You will probably have problems accessing it.  A wee bit of high demand.  Do not be deterred.  A must watch, if you're a Breaking Bad fan.  If not... never mind.

PH

Just watched it.  I agree.  I do miss Bryan Cranston’s character though.  

Agree... but he's dead!  I appreciated Aaron Paul's characterization of Jesse Pinkman even more after watching this.  

PH

doubled posted:

Just started Season 3 of Glitch.  I think I know what you mean TOM.  I’m losing sight of the plot lines.

If you are going to suspend disbelief, then I’d wish they’d spend more time exploring the premise of getting a second chance.   

It's what happened to the at first interesting Mr Robot. When the second season started all I could think is, what the hell is going on?

Francis123 posted:

So many posts abou Bosch that I decided to watch it. Thanks for sharing! After The Big Bang Theory finished, I can't find a good TV seriaes to watch. I hope Bosch will be also enjoyable.

Well... It's not a laugh riot, but it's excellent.

For silly English comedy in the Fawlty Towers vein look at the IT Crowd, which is probably closest to the Big Bang Theory, Toast of London - - totally insane. Also the American series What We Do  the Shadows. And perfect for Halloween the series Ash versus the Evil Dead. Even better if you're familiar with the three Evil Dead movies. All hail Bruce Campbell. No one does an evil spirit possessed hand better than him.

Season 2 of Jack Ryan released today.  Fun stuff so far.  For Clancy "purists," please be advised that this series bears very little resemblance to the books.  Other than having a lead character named Jack Ryan a CIA analyst turned into field operative, and Wendell Pierce doing a really good job again as senior CIA James Greer, there is little that overlaps.  I enjoyed Season 1 a good bit, and Season 2 looks likely not to disappoint.  Recommended.

PH

I like Bill Maher. There are a few things about him I don't like. One is his anti-science, anti-modern medicine views. Today, in his opening interview, he outed himself as an anti-vaxxer. If anyone has children in high school or college who'd like to do a report on logical fallacies, his comments could fill pages. You'd could fill a couple of pages just on his numerous straw-man arguments.

Now I'm clutching my pearls at the horror of it.

The Old Man posted:

I like Bill Maher. There are a few things about him I don't like. One is his anti-science, anti-modern medicine views. Today, in his opening interview, he outed himself as an anti-vaxxer. If anyone has children in high school or college who'd like to do a report on logical fallacies, his comments could fill pages. You'd could fill a couple of pages just on his numerous straw-man arguments.

Now I'm clutching my pearls at the horror of it.

I’m in the same boat. I agree with him on the strong majority of things. And that’s probably because he is usually interested in using knowable facts and objective logic. That makes his few anti-science stances that much more baffling. Some are fairly benign, but some are really dangerous; his anti-medical science stances chief among them. 

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winetarelli posted:
The Old Man posted:

I like Bill Maher. There are a few things about him I don't like. One is his anti-science, anti-modern medicine views. Today, in his opening interview, he outed himself as an anti-vaxxer. If anyone has children in high school or college who'd like to do a report on logical fallacies, his comments could fill pages. You'd could fill a couple of pages just on his numerous straw-man arguments.

Now I'm clutching my pearls at the horror of it.

I’m in the same boat. I agree with him on the strong majority of things. And that’s probably because he is usually interested in using knowable facts and objective logic. That makes his few anti-science stances that much more baffling. Some are fairly benign, but some are really dangerous; his anti-medical science stances chief among them. 

I just tried to watch the opening interview on Maher’s show. I had to fast forward through a bit I was so enraged.  “We don’t know 100% about the human body so we should discount the things 99.8% of medical scientists say we do know.” Wow.

As a complete aside, I’m on the spectrum; though, obviously on the milder end of it.  I’ve struggled with it in my life, but I definitely prefer it to having polio.*

And as a further aside, given that we already know that psychiatric and learning disabilities are genetic and largely hereditary; what doctor looks at seven kids from the same family, four of whom have autism, and concludes that vaccines are the problem?  

*I acknowledge that my learning disabilities and emotional disorders do not compare to some more afflicted. Something I do feel the need to point out. 

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In addition, study after study shows no link between autism and vaccines.

FWIW one of the big logical fallacies for Maher's rant is the use of "The Argument from Ignorance (also, Argumentum ad Ignorantiam): The fallacy that since we don’t know (or can never know, or cannot prove) whether a claim is true or false, it must be false, or it must be true."

Yep. As an aside, one my most loathed fallacies is, “because we don’t know / can’t know 100%, therefore we cannot know anything at all.”  It is like the climate change deniers who claim that since we cannot predict the weather perfectly on the daily, we therefore cannot know that climate change is real. It is the logical recourse of people set in their dogmas who have decided to be impervious to advances in knowledge. And they couch their dogmatic thinking as open-mindedness. 

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The Old Man posted:

I like Bill Maher. There are a few things about him I don't like. One is his anti-science, anti-modern medicine views. Today, in his opening interview, he outed himself as an anti-vaxxer. If anyone has children in high school or college who'd like to do a report on logical fallacies, his comments could fill pages. You'd could fill a couple of pages just on his numerous straw-man arguments.

Now I'm clutching my pearls at the horror of it.

I have to admit that I have very mixed feelings about this. I'm not an anti-vaxxer. I believe in science, and the scientific method. I get my flu shot every year. But back in 1993, I watched my baby son go from seemingly normal, healthy behavior, to exhibiting symptoms of autism, within days of getting his scheduled round of vaccinations. This was when the vaccines were heavily laced with a mercury preservative, thimerosal, and autism was a word I wasn't even familiar with. I don't think even most of the medical profession was familiar with it back then, either. They first told us that his sudden lack of interpersonal skills probably meant that he was deaf. When he finally was correctly diagnosed (it took nearly a year), they told us that he would probably never learn to speak or write, and that we should consider institutionalizing him. A three year-old. 

We pushed hard for him to be in regular school classes, even once having to hire a lawyer and threaten to sue the school district, because they weren't even fulfilling their state-mandated requirements for disabled children. Now he is 28, speaks and reads just fine, and plays all kinds of complicated video games on the internet that I don't understand. He doesn't have the ability to hold down a full day job, and is awkward in social situations, but other than that, he has come out of it very well.

I know all the studies that say that thimerosal wasn't the cause. They've since discontinued it. But it certainly depends on how much you trust Big Pharma, and who bankrolled those studies.

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MNEELEY490, I'm sorry for what happened to your son. There just is no evidence that autism is caused by vaccination, even with any of the now removed additives. Does this mean that vaccinations are 100% safe? Absolutely not. Any medical treatment has its side effects and some of them can be devastating. However, you can look all those up and weigh the statistics and data for yourself. But you will not find any mention of autism. This is the most recent study out of many:

Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination and Autism: A Nationwide Cohort Study

The Old Man posted:
doubled posted:

Just started Season 3 of Glitch.  I think I know what you mean TOM.  I’m losing sight of the plot lines.

If you are going to suspend disbelief, then I’d wish they’d spend more time exploring the premise of getting a second chance.   

It's what happened to the at first interesting Mr Robot. When the second season started all I could think is, what the hell is going on?

But they ended the second season of Mr Robot pretty strongly, don't you think?

Cantaloop posted:
The Old Man posted:
doubled posted:

Just started Season 3 of Glitch.  I think I know what you mean TOM.  I’m losing sight of the plot lines.

If you are going to suspend disbelief, then I’d wish they’d spend more time exploring the premise of getting a second chance.   

It's what happened to the at first interesting Mr Robot. When the second season started all I could think is, what the hell is going on?

But they ended the second season of Mr Robot pretty strongly, don't you think?

I don't know if this was to me, but I couldn't make it. Some of these new-fangled programs are a little to much for me to keep up with.

The greatest show on televisions (as Squirrely Dan might say), and certainly the most juvenile, is from Canada. No, not the beloved Shitt's Creek, but the demented Letterkenny. Meth heads, hockey jocks, hick farmers who never farm, and Natives all speaking this strange vernacular which requires, at least for this American, subtitles on.

The Old Man posted:

I like Bill Maher. There are a few things about him I don't like. One is his anti-science, anti-modern medicine views. Today, in his opening interview, he outed himself as an anti-vaxxer. If anyone has children in high school or college who'd like to do a report on logical fallacies, his comments could fill pages. You'd could fill a couple of pages just on his numerous straw-man arguments.

Now I'm clutching my pearls at the horror of it.

I love Bill Maher...extremely funny.

The Old Man posted:

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

I might have to give it a look. Just watching the previews have made me cringe.

We recently finished watching Mad Men and liked it a lot. Now we started Peaky Blinders which is also excellent. Great soundtrack although it's probably going to ruin Red Right Hand for me.

steve8 posted:
The Old Man posted:

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

I might have to give it a look. Just watching the previews have made me cringe.

We recently finished watching Mad Men and liked it a lot. Now we started Peaky Blinders which is also excellent. Great soundtrack although it's probably going to ruin Red Right Hand for me.

I could not get through Peaky. Remember Letterkenny is also the stupidest show on television. Recommend Shitt's Creek perhaps first. (Break in gently into today's Canadian humor.)

The Old Man posted:

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

Letterkenny is really funny. 

spo posted:
The Old Man posted:

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

Letterkenny is really funny. 

Hard yes. Ah, another person with a twisted sense of humor. 

The Old Man posted:
spo posted:
The Old Man posted:

Currently the greatest show on TV is from Canada. No, not the sublime Schitt's Creek, but Letterkenny. My friend put it best, "It's simultaneously the stupidest thing I have ever seen and the most brilliant show I've seen in a long time." That's a "hard yes."

I think even if you're from Canada it requires subtitles to be on.

Letterkenny is really funny. 

Hard yes. Ah, another person with a twisted sense of humor. 

So our friends who own a local restaurant are big fans of the show.  It turned out the lead singer from the Arkells was eating with his girlfriend the other day and talk turned to the show as one of them posed as a character from it on the restaurant's social media - the guy says he is really good friends with Jared from the show and shows pics on his camera of them together.  Apparently after leaving, he came back to get my friend's phone number - the next day Jared from the show calls to thank them for being such fans of the show.  The husband doubted it was true and eventually, Jared went into character and started performing.  Anyway, apparently he is extremely nice.  How Canadian

LoraMoser posted:

TV-shows are not my favorite entertainment. I don't like them very much. But I've seen some through the years so I have a shortlist of those that I do like:

Married with children

X-files

The Twilight Zone

Seinfeld

The lost room

Black mirror

IT-crowd (UK)

Misfits

Mad men

Breaking Bad

Well, if we are going all-time:

Comedies (in descending order):

Seinfeld

Curb  (since the divorce)

Arrested Development (first 3 seasons)

Get Smart

 

Dramas (too many to list but what really sticks with me, in rough descending order, excluding GOT, which is its own thing):

The first season of Homeland

The Americans

The first 7 episodes of the first season of True Detective

The first 3 seasons of The Sopranos

The first 3 seasons of The West Wing

Dexter season 4 (Trinity Killer)

Three Days of the Condor, what a piece of shit. Redford does some interesting early films of which Three Days is the best. Other overlooked gems include include the wry The Candidate with its great ending line and the well made Downhill Racer (directed by Michael Ritchie of all people.) 

For extra credit, without looking it up, answer this question. Who was his character in his only Twilight Zone appearance, in the episode Nothing in the Dark?

PBS's NOVA "Polar Extremes" 2/5/20 release. 

I wouldn't normally recommend a single episode in this thread, but this 2 hr show kept me thoroughly engaged as it went through geologic time with the earth's climate and its drivers.  Made very good comparisons to times when CO2 levels were higher. We are currently over 400 ppm, well above the 180-300 ppm range that has existed for thousands of years during this time of inactive volcanic activity. You'll come away with a much better understanding of climate change.

The Old Man posted:

Three Days of the Condor, what a piece of shit. Redford does some interesting early films of which Three Days is the best. Other overlooked gems include include the wry The Candidate with its great ending line and the well made Downhill Racer (directed by Michael Ritchie of all people.) 

For extra credit, without looking it up, answer this question. Who was his character in his only Twilight Zone appearance, in the episode Nothing in the Dark?

Wounded Cop/Angel of Death   One of my favorites.

mneeley490 posted:
The Old Man posted:

Three Days of the Condor, what a piece of shit. Redford does some interesting early films of which Three Days is the best. Other overlooked gems include include the wry The Candidate with its great ending line and the well made Downhill Racer (directed by Michael Ritchie of all people.) 

For extra credit, without looking it up, answer this question. Who was his character in his only Twilight Zone appearance, in the episode Nothing in the Dark?

Wounded Cop/Angel of Death   One of my favorites.

Bingo bingo. And don't forget the wonderful older actress Gladys Cooper.

winetarelli posted:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Already brilliant, so far this season is the funniest sitcom season I've seen in decades.  

I'm afraid I'm going to have to really disagree. I think there was an odd scene at the beginning of the first episode that shows the problem. No spoilers; so I'll just say it concerned a selfie stick. Many parts of this season are like that scene. It's often very forced and takes Larry's misanthropic behavior to new heights that are unbelievable even for him.

I do like that they shot more than one scene at Lunetta by Day.

I hope I did not rain on your parade.

 

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wineart 2 posted:
winetarelli posted:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Already brilliant, so far this season is the funniest sitcom season I've seen in decades.  

I too think this is the finest season thus far in many years. 

The MAGA hat theme and the Jeff/ Weinstein storyline are hilarious imo. 

I loved the first episode, but wasn't fond of eps 2 and 3. Still haven't watched last week's yet.

sunnylea57 posted:
wineart 2 posted:
winetarelli posted:

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Already brilliant, so far this season is the funniest sitcom season I've seen in decades.  

I too think this is the finest season thus far in many years. 

The MAGA hat theme and the Jeff/ Weinstein storyline are hilarious imo. 

I loved the first episode, but wasn't fond of eps 2 and 3. Still haven't watched last week's yet.

Huh?  Sunny, you didn’t like the scone episode?  I thought it was hilarious. 

sunnylea57 posted:

Yeah, I'm not usually one to agree with TOM, but eps 2 and 3 felt forced. Part of the fun of the show is how Larry takes a handful of disconnected plot threads and links them all together by the end of the episode. Eps 2 and 3 just felt a bit obvious to me. I'm also tired of Susie's character.

I liked ep 4, though.

The problem is he has to come up with more and more outrageous behaviors. He's really gone too far and is often out of character.

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doubled posted:

Good to hear about Homeland Sunny.  Saving the episodes for binge watching.

Watched Counterpart again (Seasons 1 and 2) which is now available on Amazon Prime.  Great cast.  Great series.  However There will not be a Season 3 if I remember correctly.

Best place to check for that kind of info: epguides.com

http://epguides.com/Counterpart/

You'll see at the top of the page that it's cancelled/ended.

Speaking of things I like, I'm really digging Agatha's Christie's Poirot originally from the BBC. I originally watch the first couple seasons of this when they were shown on PBS in the early 90s. However, I just couldn't get into them and dropped out. Now upon watching them again I see they are just little gems with great characterizations, locations and attention to detail. They also do something that's hard to pull off: they go far from the words of the books and yet more than keep the spirit.

David Suchot pulled off the incredible feat of performing as Hercule Poirot in adaptions of all 70 Christie short stories and novels. The includes the final Poirot book that published during her life. The book Curtain, however had actually been written 30 years earlier. She originally planned to have it published posthumously as her detective's swansong. She changed her mind and released it a year before she died.

Another reason this show is so good is the budget was always kept at a solid level and that they are only making on average only six episodes a year. A reason why Columbo is so good compared to so much episodic television is it began as a rotation show on NBC's Mystery Movie. Unlike equivalent shows of the time like I Spy and Mission Impossible which cranked out at least 26 one-hour shows a season, Columbo only averaged six 90-minutes shows.

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Finished The Outsider, produced by Jason Bateman who also acts in it and directed some episodes. It's funny my daughter's boyfriend mentioned it went a little off track in starting in episode four. This is because it's when the Stephen King's (It's adapted from his book) influence rears its banal head. However it's perhaps some the best acting I've seen in a mini-series in some time. A really fantastic cast make this worth finishing. 

Side technical note: I've have never seen a TV show, or movie, shot with such constantly shallow depth of field. It has a purpose, and it sometimes too much, but it is interesting.

Recommended.

Portrait Artist of the Year

A friend told me about this Brit SkyArts series. We’ve watched both the 2018 and 2019 editions.

The current season can be found on YouTube (search for “Portrait Artist of the year 2020”) where someone is posting each episode the morning after it airs in the UK. Two episodes to go in the current season.

Simple premise: in each episode 9 artists - some pros, some amateur - have 4 hours to paint a portrait of a celebrity sitter. Three judges then pick one artist to go on to the semi-finals. The ninth episode is the semi-final (with 8 artists), followed by the finals (with 3 artists). The winner receives a £10,000 commission to paint a celebrity portrait (the process of which is shown in episode 11). This season it will be Nile Rogers, and the portrait will hang in the Royal Albert Hall.

its a simple premise but it’s hugely compelling to see all the different approaches to portrait painting.

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Started Hunters on Amazon Prime.  It’s been great so far.  I was skeptical of Pacino, but he’s done a good job.  Nice to see Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother).  Some fresh faces like Jerrika Hinton and others.

Finished Season 1.  I thought it was great except for the conclusion.   

I just finished Hunters.  I agree completely with you Dom.  The conclusion was meh. But I enjoyed it up till then.  

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Started Hunters on Amazon Prime.  It’s been great so far.  I was skeptical of Pacino, but he’s done a good job.  Nice to see Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother).  Some fresh faces like Jerrika Hinton and others.

Finished Season 1.  I thought it was great except for the conclusion.   

I just finished Hunters.  I agree completely with you Dom.  The conclusion was meh. But I enjoyed it up till then.  

Great minds...

I just finished and agree about the conclusion. I also thought the intertwining of exploration-style filmmaking and the Holocaust sometimes didn’t work because all of the Holocaust stories were quite realistic as to what actually happened so there is a sense of almost downplaying that I felt, though obviously that was completely unintentional. That said, it was quite well acted. I thought Pacino was great. 

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Started Hunters on Amazon Prime.  It’s been great so far.  I was skeptical of Pacino, but he’s done a good job.  Nice to see Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother).  Some fresh faces like Jerrika Hinton and others.

Finished Season 1.  I thought it was great except for the conclusion.   

I just finished Hunters.  I agree completely with you Dom.  The conclusion was meh. But I enjoyed it up till then.  

Great minds...

I just finished and agree about the conclusion. I also thought the intertwining of exploration-style filmmaking and the Holocaust sometimes didn’t work because all of the Holocaust stories were quite realistic as to what actually happened so there is a sense of almost downplaying that I felt, though obviously that was completely unintentional. That said, it was quite well acted. I thought Pacino was great. 

Except for the made up chess game. The creator's excuse is laughable.

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Great minds...

I just finished and agree about the conclusion. I also thought the intertwining of exploration-style filmmaking and the Holocaust sometimes didn’t work because all of the Holocaust stories were quite realistic as to what actually happened so there is a sense of almost downplaying that I felt, though obviously that was completely unintentional. That said, it was quite well acted. I thought Pacino was great. 

Except for the made up chess game. The creator's excuse is laughable.

I often wondered which of the atrocities or portrayals of the Nazi concentration camps were true and which weren't.  It's too bad they had to make one up.  

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Looking forward to season 3 of Fauda on Netflix.

 

I loved the first two seasons of this series.  Very happy to know that season 3 is coming soon. As someone who is a friend of several Israelis and Palestinians,  I can recommend the first 2 seasons without hesitation.  Reasonably balanced, and very well done.  Hope season 3 is equally balanced and entertaining.

PH

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