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Well if the forum worked properly, you’d see the date when I started this thread. Not sure when it was, but it was long enough ago that I don’t remember starting it. 

Rereading the posts in this thread, I think this was meant as a joke. When I started it, I think the subject line originally had intentional typos in it. but honestly I don’t recall. 

Carry on TOM. 

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I do prefer series more than movies, cause there is more time to build complex characters and stories. I'd suggest you Outlander (it's available on Netflix, but maybe free streaming sites also offer this show). It's about a nurse who goes 200 years back in time by accident and is separated from her husband and has to live a life in 1700. Folks, it's one of the best series I've ever seen.

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Oh, you should watch Space Force. It's definitely very much worth watching. It is built up heavily on inside jokes and characterization. There is a lot of military humor and the acting is brilliant. BTW, it indeed is available on free streaming sites like Airy TV (https://www.firesticktricks.com/airy-tv.html), for example. So, keep watching it. My recommendation. I enjoyed it.

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@Rhow posted:

I do prefer series more than movies, cause there is more time to build complex characters and stories. I'd suggest you Outlander (it's available on Netflix, but maybe free streaming sites also offer this show). It's about a nurse who goes 200 years back in time by accident and is separated from her husband and has to live a life in 1700. Folks, it's one of the best series I've ever seen.

I too enjoyed "Outlander".  The scenery in Scotland is amazing, and the characters are great, especially the leads.  It can be quite violent, and can be disturbing at times.

Bosch

5/8ths of the way through season 7. Like the previous six seasons, it’s a solid, entertaining, well-made police procedural. We’ve enjoyed the entire run of the series, but it’s nothing revelatory. It feels like a bit of a throwback to something the big 3 networks might have produced 20 years ago. Stylistically, it’s very well shot and edited, but fairly generic. And it’s all plot: the characters, including Bosch, aren’t fully realized and don't have a lot of emotional resonance.

But the same is true of Connelly’s books. I’ve read them all, and they’re very entertaining, fast-paced, and all plot. You don’t ever get deeply invested in the characters.

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@sunnylea57 posted:

Bosch

5/8ths of the way through season 7. Like the previous six seasons, it’s a solid, entertaining, well-made police procedural. We’ve enjoyed the entire run of the series, but it’s nothing revelatory. It feels like a bit of a throwback to something the big 3 networks might have produced 20 years ago. Stylistically, it’s very well shot and edited, but fairly generic. And it’s all plot: the characters, including Bosch, aren’t fully realized and don't have a lot of emotional resonance.

But the same is true of Connelly’s books. I’ve read them all, and they’re very entertaining, fast-paced, and all plot. You don’t ever get deeply invested in the characters.

Perfect summary Sunnylea. I do enjoy Bosch's home and his audio collection. Serious stuff.

@sunnylea57 posted:

Bosch

5/8ths of the way through season 7. Like the previous six seasons, it’s a solid, entertaining, well-made police procedural. We’ve enjoyed the entire run of the series, but it’s nothing revelatory. It feels like a bit of a throwback to something the big 3 networks might have produced 20 years ago.

Well I guess I have to step in. Bosch is in no way related to earlier police procedurals. There is actual filmmaking going on in these episodes; each episode is directed and particularly shot with great skill and care. I place it #2 behind that perhaps never to be surpassed The Wire.

"You don’t ever get deeply invested in the characters."

Well that may be you. But I think that Titus Welliver simply inhabits the role. We know him, we know how he thinks. And there's so many other great characters who we've seen fully developed over the years including J. Edgar, Maddie, LT, the Chief. Note, as I've pointed out before, that the character arcs almost never follow what is in the books.

Trivia, for the observant: Did you see Michael Connelly sitting in the background in the last episode at Musso and Frank Grill? Pretty much what he and Welliver did was give this classic LA restaurant a needed boost as the pandemic lessens.

No, I won't be debating this because what's the point? Happy to say I've booked my first tour group since the pandemic who want to go see Bosch locations and the great architecture of LA.

I'm into the second season of The Family Man on Amazon. Interesting take on the spy theme, as it is an Indian TV production. The main character (sort of an Indian Jack Ryan) works for a secret section of the Indian National Intelligence Service, where they track and access terrorist threats. It's an important, but terribly low paying job, and the protagonist is constantly trying to juggle his job and family responsibilities.  They almost always speak a mixture of Hindi and English. Season 1 was dubbed into English, though it's sometimes difficult to catch it all through the thick accents. Season 2 is not dubbed, but there are subtitles available.

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@mneeley490 posted:

I'm into the second season of The Family Man on Amazon. Interesting take on the spy theme, as it is an Indian TV production. The main character (sort of an Indian Jack Ryan) works for a secret section of the Indian National Intelligence Service, where they track and access terrorist threats. It's an important, but terribly low paying job, and the protagonist is constantly trying to juggle his job and family responsibilities.  They almost always speak a mixture of Hindi and English. Season 1 was dubbed into English, though it's sometimes difficult to catch it all through the thick accents. Season 2 is not dubbed, but there are subtitles available.

If you haven't already watched it, I bet you'd like "The Bureau", a French series about the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), the equivalent of the CIA or MI6.

The were five seasons and it just gets better and better each season. It's one, long evolving story over the five seasons.

The first season is very slow, and takes place almost exclusively in their Paris offices. But be patient. The pace picks up after that, and it branches out to Syria, Iran, Lebanon, North Africa, the Ukraine, Moscow...

One of the best series I've seen in quite some time.

Watched "VAL" on Amazon Prime. Val Kilmer was never my favorite actor, but he struck some real sympathetic notes in me with this self-made documentary about his life. Narrated by his teenage son, and showing a lot of his homemade videos over the course of his career, that he started filming as soon as home video cameras became available. From his childhood with his two brothers, to his struggle with throat cancer, it is what documentaries should be: Funny, sad, and poignant.  You come away with a different opinion after traveling a mile in his shoes. I would recommend it.

really digging the new Sandman series from Netflix.  Very true to the themes of the original graphic novel.  It could have been 2 episodes shorter though with some needless dialogue that dragged on the story arc that you already knew.  That and the strength of the acting cast appeared to have dropped off after the initial 2 episodes.

Not quite as well developed like Gaiman's other series Good Omens but still worthwhile watching.

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Mindhunter is such a fine drama. Just pure dialogue and excellent acting. Minimal focus on gore, no flashy visuals, no overbearing music or mind bending twists etc. Not that any of these things are bad but it's sometimes just good to see a TV show nail the most important basics: writing & acting.
Planning on watching Eastbound & Down and Righteous Gemstones at some point. I'm a big mcbride fan and ry enjoyed Vice Principals with him and Walton Goggins

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