What are you watching?

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Shows?

I'm always looking for recommendations. Here's what I've seen...

THE GOOD

The Old Man. This one is tough to explain why I like it so much. Synopsis says "A former CIA officer, who's living off the grid, finds himself on the run from people who want to kill him." and it's literally that. What we've all seen a million times. But the greatness is in the details. The performances are excellent, the shots are excellent, the dialogue is excellent. Highly recommended.

The Offer. About the making of The Godfather. All the performances are brilliant. I love Juno Temple and Giovanni Ribisi in this one. And Dan Fogler as coppola is excellent! Burn Gorman. Ah! And Justin Chambers as Brando is chilling! I don't care that much for The Godfather but just going through how tough the making of the movie was is insane. Nobody wanted this movie to happen. Can't recommend enough.

Pam & Tommy. It's about their sex tape scandal. This was recommended to me and I was skeptical since I don't really care. But damn, everything was great in this show and kept me guessing how things would turn out. You quickly forget that it's not actually Anderson and Lee on the screen. Performances, top notch.

THE BAD

Billy the Kid. They had material for one episode and stretched it to eight. Every scene takes 8x the amount of time it needs to. Everybody is very one note.

Outer Range. Got the same problem as Billy the Kid. Too. Damn. Slow.

The Bear. I could only bear watching half of an episode and then skipping around. It's just a lot of shouting, which is not the same as drama. Overall just bad vibes and boring characters.

Stranger Things season 4. Ugghhh... you know, season 1 was alright. I rather enjoyed it. But this one? They've got nothing. It's just scene after scene boring, uninspired garbage that does nothing surprising or fun. And the jail garbage just killed me. I can't believe people still watch this let alone enjoy it. Haha.

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THE BAD CONT.

The Rookie season 5. You know, season 1 or Rookie was brilliant. My favorite show at the time. Now it's just a boring pile of garbage. It's fascinating how quickly they can ruin a good thing.

THE ???

Severance. It's like somebody put Mr. Robot and Maniac and these shows into a box and had a machine learning algorithm spit out a script that's just different enough for them to get away with it. It just doesn't have any of the creativity of Mr. Robot, it's full of pointless scenes, it's supposed to be a mystery, but they don't even give you crumbs. There's nothing to figure out here. I bet you they don't even know. But the actors are good and the tone is fun, so... ??? it is.

Orville season 3. This is a weird one. I really liked the first two seasons, but it seems they like half care about the newest one. It's still interesting stuff now and then, but other times it seems like they barely care. I'm gonna keep watching tho. It's like Star Trek but with more human characters, so sign me up.

THE OLD
(stuff that I just now got into)

Downton Abbey. Finally saw this one and watched through everything and the movies. Love the Brittish countryside and the historical setting is fascinating. Also, damn, that's some pretty castle!

Cobra Kai. Like everyone, I don't give a damn about Karate Kid, but this was great! The later seasons get ridiculous, but I still watched them. But it's always in season 1.

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We watched all but the most recent episode of The Old Man. My wife and I both enjoyed it. I don't watch a lot of shows so it was good to find something we both enjoyed.

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@tcelliott I think you guys might like The Offer. It's got a ton of fun characters. 😀

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Thanks for the recommendations. Can’t tell you how many times we’ve watched Downton Abbey. Lol! It’s on repeat, if not just to relax for 10 minutes at a time.

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I'm watching the X Files. I saw a bunch of it when it was originally on, but I only remember occasional episodes. Just finished season 5 over the weekend, so I'm up to the first movie - I hear it gets a bit more uneven after this, but I'm curious to experience it for myself.

Also since I'm in Chris Carter's head, I figured I'd give Millennium a go too. Never saw this at the time. So far I'm not enjoying it very much, it's so exhaustingly grim. But I hear season 2 is a lot different, so I'm sticking with it for a bit longer.

Other than that I mostly just watch movies.

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@donna

'The Old Man' sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the heads-up.

Enjoyed 'Downton Abbey' a while ago, but the actress who plays the mother of the girls really got on my nerves. The only facial expression she seems to have is a simpering one.

I recently watched 'Ozark'. Pretty dark stuff, but captivating in the way you might be riveted, watching a horrible slow-motion and about-to-happen train crash. Brilliant acting and dialogue. Memorable characters. Very much anticipating the next season.

'Stranger Things': Just finished the Season 4 second and last episode. I admit to enjoying the series, but that episode wore out its welcome after about an hour. Still, I'll no doubt be curious to watch Season 5 when it emerges (likely next year).

I've become a huge fan of 'Snowpiercer'. Eagerly awaiting new episodes there as well.

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Really enjoyed the new show called Lazarus! just also finished second season of Orville, that was very cool. I am sure there are more when they come back to me.

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@ianuarius We adored Severance. Fantastic concept and a brilliant tone, and I loved the way the story developed by making you ask yourself what you didn't know about the scenario (for the second half of the series, mostly: what are all their outies doing?!)

Currently watching The Boys, which is...less subtle.

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Watching: Snowpiercer, Upload, Stranger Things, The Umbrella Academy.
Catching up on old seasons: Agents of Shield.
Finished and enjoyed: Slow Horses, Suspicion.
Why did I bother: The Essex Serpent.

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We’ve been watching First Kill which is frankly amazing because teenage lesbian vampires. Next up on the list are the new seasons of Stranger Things and The Boys.

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Yotsuya kaidan and Shinshaku Yotsuya kaidan: kôhen (kinoshita)
a nous la liberte (clair)
the lovers (malle)
Oyuki the Virgin (Mizoguchi)
lancelot du lac (bresson)
cries and whispers (bergman)
poison (haynes)
manji (masamura)
wings (wellman)

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Loved "The Offer" - thought the casting and the story was perfect!
Picard, Discovery, and Strange New Worlds - Old school Trekkie here
Book of Fett, Kenobi both very good - I especially like the casting in Kenobi - little Luke and Leia - perfect!

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@donna Haha, the mother in Downton is pretty pointless. But the characters I really ended up hating after season one were Anna and Bates. I just skipped the scenes whenever they were on screen, because they set up something in episode one of the season, like Bates goes to jail, then all they had was "resolve in last episode of the season" and every episode in-between is some pointless "have you found anything? no? don't lose hope" just on and on and on. But that's minor, because the rest of the characters are excellent.

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I am loving Ms Marvel, quite possibly even more so than Moon Knight, which was outstanding. Kumala's dad sneaking out to buy a Hostess Fruit Pie in last week's show had me howling with laughter (If you read Marvel comics in the 60s or 70s, you'll know why). I also just discovered Only Murders In The Building on Disney+ and I'm hooked.

I dumped Amazon after those deaths in Illionois last December. I haven't missed it (not even for season 2 of Picard, as it was not been received well by friends of mine who saw it). I still have Netflix though, and Umbrella Academy is on my list; I am so behind in viewing things, though. I can't bring myself to watch the final season of Lucifer because I know after I've watched that, there won't be any more. However I am eagerly awaiting the new Sandman series, which is where that particular version of Lucifer Morningstar originated...

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@ianuarius Lol! We skip a lot, too. Anna and Bates, no doubt! But sprinkled throughout each season are some of the best lines ever. The plot often makes no sense but most characters are just so good!

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@yam655

These days I tend to mostly just watch anime. I'm a big fan of the slice-of-life genre, as well as isekai, but as an animist I'm always down to watch anything with personifications of stuff.

If Netflix or Disney considered slice-of-life a genre, it would be easier to find stuff to watch on those sites.

The slice-of-life stuff is just so relaxing when you compare it to action/adventure scifi/fantasy where there's always some sort of horrible world-ending disaster. Like, literally, you can have fun, imaginative worlds without major disasters.

I really like the isekai slice-of-life stuff where the person shows up to a new world and they're just totally cheat-level overpowered. As an action/adventure show it could be seen as flawed, but it isn't really action/adventure, it's slice-of-life. You're not supposed to have any doubt about who will win. It's supposed to be relaxing, not thrilling.

I would mention specific series, but when an anime series has episodes <24 minutes and only 12 episodes total, you can watch them all in under 6 hours. I've watched a lot, even just since February.

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Watching The Terminal List right now. This one is great. Chris Pratt is such a likeable actor and he's just pulling off a relatable performance one after another. Even when he's required to be dead serious. Excellent thriller.

EDIT: This show perfectly gets what so many others like it miss. The characters are interesting and have a bit of energy. There are ones who laugh and smile in the middle of all the grim seriousness, and 9 out of 10 shows just don't have the balls to do that. Everything's gotta be serious. Gotta be safe. Gotta be boring.

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@tjeff

We are also enjoying The Old Man - big fans of Bridges and Lithgow. We got a free year of Apple TV with our phone plan so checking out the content there. We are enjoying For All Mankind a bunch. It's an alternative history series about the space race between US & USSR. Also Tehran (sort of a 24-like spy show) made by Israeli public TV. As a fan of location filming in beautiful locales, also enjoyed 2 HBO Max shows - The Tourist (Danielle McDonald is a gem in this, as well as the beautiful Australian scenery) and Tokyo Vice.

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I just finished watching "We Are Lady Parts" — a British sitcom about a #punk band composed entirely of Muslim women. It's shorter than I'd like (only 6 episodes), I'm hoping they'll come back for a season 2.

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@gubna

Ms. Marvel I'm liking.

Last night I watched Hell Comes To Frogtown and for the first ten minutes kept expecting to hear bad porn music. Not enough of Roddy Piper body slamming the frog people though.

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@robynmackenzie thank you for reminding me of First Kill. I want to see that.

Watching Ms. Marvel right now. I think it's a little cheesy, but I'm still watching, so there you go. Just finished Stranger Things last night. I liked it. Really enjoyed Kenobi, which I watched religiously each week. Vader on the screen again. I love it. Next to watch is First Kill, Umbrella Academy, and The Boys.

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today i saw the 1946 drama I Have Always Loved You, directed by Frank Borzage. If you dont like Rachmaninoff, skip it..otherwise, this does for classical music what The Red Shoes did for ballet. I loved it.

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@candle

Anime. Yeah, I'm a bit of a Anime lover. I blame Captain Harlock…

Speaking of, I just finished watching The Galaxy Railways. Enjoyed the series, though (like with many instances of the Leijiverse) there were some continuity issues that stood out. Nothing that detracted from the episodes or the over-reaching stroy arc, but little things that just didn't jive with the rest of the Leijiverse. But then, that's an SOP for the Leijiverse, unfortunately. I still love them all, tho. Galaxy Railways was a cool series, a cool departure from Galazy Express 999 that expands the Galaxy Railways concept even further from that classic series. Just wish there was a Harlock or Emeraldas (or even Mætel) cameo somewhere along the line. Hell, I would have even taken a 999 Conductor cameo… Oh well. I understand there's a sequal from 2006. Gonna have to find that & watch it next.

I am also watching Legend Of The Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These & am quite enjoying this series (one that is currently still in production). An amazing Anime Space Opera with lots of political & tactical twists & turns. Can't wait for S03E13… 😀

See You In The Shadows…

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@phlex

Irma Vep is pretty good.
Everything Everywhere all at Once was pretty great!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxN1T1uxQ2g
A24 can do no wrong!

I have started watching The Boys (skipped the first 2 seasons) - it's so dumb it's easy to watch.

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@yam655

@candle I saw an episode or two of Captain Harlock, but mostly because the thing that got my buying the Crunchyroll subscription originally was the abundance of scifi and fantasy shows. Technically I think it is still on my list, but it's not really a priority.

Lately, I've been rewatching the released seasons of Overlord before I start in on Overlord season 4. It's isekai with an overpowered MC, and I head-cannon the MC as ace, so lots of things I enjoy. (It is easy to believe the MC is ace with how he behaves.)

Earlier this year (but after FAWM) I very much enjoyed "Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle" (a fearless princess just wants a good rest), "By the Grace of the Gods" (isekai with a super peaceful world), and "Kimono Michi: Rise Up" (about a professional wrestler that wants to retire and open a pet store but he's summoned to another world). All three of these are relaxing slice-of-life shows which I highly recommend.

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@candle

@yam655, I've watched a few isekai, but I tend more toward the sci-fi end of Anime. Especially a lot of the classics (Cowboy Bebop, Akira, Ghost In The Shell, Bubblegum Crisis, &c…). But there's some pretty sweet new sci-fi anime as well (Legend Of The Galactic Heroes is awesome). Kimonon Michi sounds quite entertaining. I might just have to check that one out. Thanks for the suggestion!

See You In The Shadows…

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Got into watching the HBO's Rome from 2005. You can really see it being a precursor to Game of Thrones. It's got all the explicit sex, abundance of violence, gorgeous sets, and everybody talking real edgy-like. But I do enjoy the historical setting. Like I never knew where "crossing the rubicon" came from. Interestingly, one of the creators is John Milius.

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@gubna Hell Comes To Frogtown is an astonishingly crazy piece of work. One of my all time favourite bad movies. Especially the scene where the hero falls from a height and the crash mats bounce up into shot at the bottom of the screen. And the frog king dude with his three dancing...appendages, obs.

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Some good stuff here - will be looking into some of the anime mentioned, as that's been my go-to. Just finished up all of Gintama except the movies and I'm very sad its all over.
Oh, @yam655 i have a rec for slice-of-life if you haven't already seen it (you prob have, tho) - Laid-Back Camp. Its simply a bunch of students in a camping club and they...go camping. Its the most chill, relaxing, wholesome, and just laid back anime I've ever seen lol
There was a time just a few years ago when I thought I'd never be one to get into anime. But here I am loving it...go fig.
Currently watching Konosuba which is pretty funny and very ridiculous but I'm enjoying it lol
Loved Stranger Things! They really went epic.
Also watching Ms Marvel and the Obi series and enjoying both.

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@yam655

@splittybooms Yeah, Laid-Back Camp is definitely a good one. Let's Make a Mug, Too is about a pottery club. The relaxed nature of a lot of the high school club anime has led to me even watching stuff I never thought I'd watch: high school sports anime.

Akebi's Sailor Uniform was very enjoyable, and is about a girl going to school wearing the school uniform she'd always dreamed about -- which they officially got rid of a few years back.

What can I say? I really enjoy the genre and it doesn't really exist in Western media... outside of the tiny overlap that is the sitcom. (And a sitcom's forced laughter pales in comparison to a good slice-of-life comedy.)

I recently finished watching "Banished from the Heros Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside," and it was very enjoyable. Since slice-of-life is considered an actual genre instead of just "characterization" it can be blended and mixed in ways we only see with romance in Western material.

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@toms

This season of Stranger Things almost made me sick of Kate Bush, which is NOT GOOD because Kate Bush is awesome. I didn't mind the guitar solo but then again I don't think I have ever heard a Metallica song all the way through. 😬 (That was Metallica, right?)

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I am re-watching Stranger Things from the beginning, and also Killing Eve except I can't get access to the 4th season so have to wait for the DVDs to get less extortionately expensive. I love Villanelle, she's the best likeable baddy since Tony Soprano. I might make her my alter-ego (I'm reading the Alter-ego effect - the power of secret identities to transform your life by Todd Herman) to give me more confidence (except I won't kill loads of people of course)

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doesnt anyone watch movies anymore? has the era of netflix soap operas rendered them obsolete?

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@donna

Just finished watching Season 2 of 'Capitani'. A pretty good Netflix crime thriller out of Luxembourg.

@billwhite51, movies are my first love. 😊 Saw a lovely film called 'Compartment No. 6' a few months ago. A joint Russian-Finnish movie about two unlikely but very sympathetic characters who share a compartment on a long train journey up to the Arctic Circle.

Soon afterwards I saw the strange but intriguing Icelandic folk-horror movie 'Lamb', featuring Noomi Rapace.

Saw 'Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore' a few weeks ago. That movie series is magical. 😊

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@donna

Back to good old Netflix again. 😉 Gotta say, I'm increasingly impressed by the calibre of the movies or series coming out of South Korea. I'm currently in the process of watching the much-touted 'Squid Game'. A harrowing perspective on human behaviour and morality in horrific conditions. It's as dark as night for sure, but what a story, with an excellent script and acting. Episode 6 had me in tears.

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@yam655

@billwhite51 Movies went obsolete when they realized there was more money in the international market if they increased the action and decreased the dialogue.

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@yam655 that was discovered long ago in india, where there were 00s of dialects but no official language for most of the country, so most people were functionally illiterate. the bollywood movies were constructed in such a way that it did not matter if you were iliterate. they were like an evening of teleivion..vairiety shows, action drama, sexy soap opera, musicals..all rolled into a 4 hour package of entertainment which you could follow without knowing the language.

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I'm bingeing Stranger Things - I had watched just the first episode before and wasn't that interested in continuing just from that, but all the trailers I've seen lately made me think I should give it a second chance. Coincidentally, I hit the Fourth of July episodes right around the actual Fourth of July.

Here is where I would make a list of all the other shows I'm working my way through a little more slowly, but I'm actually paused in the middle of a Drawfee episode right now and I don't want to leave the YouTube app on my TV and have to manually re-find the video and where I left off in it.

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@pearlmanhattan Oh, is Strange New Worlds out? I'm sort of an absent-minded Trekkie - I almost always have one or another Star Trek series on my list of shows I'm watching (right now I'm actually in the middle of the original series, Next Gen, AND DS9 - and The Orville, that counts right?), but I don't pay that much attention to release dates.

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@yam655 I loved season 1 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. If I ever figure out my Crunchyroll password I'm definitely watching season 2. I was also in the middle of The Ancient Magus' Bride and a couple episodes in to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, which so far is not what I expected.

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@phlex

Better Call Saul is back! Also 3rd season of Solar Opposites just started!

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@complexissimple The Orville does indeed count as it's not exactly canon but more of a tribute by Seth MacFarlane - but I don't know anyone who doesn't include it in the Star Trek universe.

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@yam655

@complexissimple "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime" is a load of fun, as is "The Slime Diaries" which takes place during the main series, but is more episodic and relaxed. (Exactly like you'd expect if folks loved the world and characters and wanted to stay there a little longer without making a new big bad.)

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@gubna

Kate Bush is the only Queen of England as far as I'm concerned. I have seen Stranger Things season 1 and maybe some of season 2. I've got seasons 1-3 on disc but haven't wanted to sit and watch them yet.

I just finished Ms. Marvel - that is by far my favorite of all the Marvel comics series shows. I think I've seen them all except some of the later seasons of the netflix ones (jessica jones, daredevil, punisher) and almost none of Shield.

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I watched a season of Solar Opposites, which is so close to Rick and Morty that it's sort of disturbing. It's like if Futurama followed a family of five with an alcoholic dad working in a nuclear power plant. But it also lacks a lot of the rules and structure that RnM has. And while the plots in RnM weren't a big selling point in the first place, here they are the most basic episodic tv writing you ever saw serving as a base to do crazy shit. You can really feel Dan Harmon missing. At times I was expecting something to happen, but those expectations got subverted, because they went with an even more basic and boring choice. I still laughed every now and then, so it's a pretty funny show.

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By the way, I got into thinking Severance one day...

How does this exactly work for the outies in the show? The main character is supposed to be in this program so that he can take some time off or something. But that's not how it works according to the show. You lost your girlfriend, so now you're all sad. So, what do you do?

You go into this building. You leave your stuff in a locker. You walk into an elevator. The elevator doors close. Then, a second later, the elevator doors open. You get your stuff from the locker and walk out.

How's that taking time off? You're just shortening your days by eight hours. And I guess that's fair enough. "I feel so painful inside, I just want to live less. Not kill myself, but not be alive for 24 hours a day." But I don't know how that's supposed to help you get over it or something.

I guess then their premise must be that human beings don't need to consciously work on their grief but it's a subconscious process that takes place whether you're sleeping in a box or crying in a shink's office.

But yea, the only thing I was invested in the show were the innies, which surprisingly I don't think was their intent, because of all the loooong outside scenes. But it's like that Black Mirror episode where your consciousness is duplicated and the second part is forced to be your slave. Fascinating stuff, like how can they break out?

Human beings have an innate sense of being prisoned and they want to break out. That's the best kinda drama you'll get. But the outside is always depicted as an even worse place than inside. Hmmmm... curious!

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Just about worked my way through the box set of 90s British comedy "Keeping up Appearances" about 5 episodes to go and then I'm moving on to the box set of AbFab! :) An episode or 2 a day makes up all the viewing I do, except for the days when I watch America's Got Talent of So You Think You Can Dance from on demand.. Really bummed that there seems to be no more of the British XFactor, please happily correct me if I"m wrong here, it never returned after Covid right? And I kinda wish American Idol had 2 or 3 seasons a year to take up the slack. When I'm not chuckling at the fast pace of "nothing ever really matters" sitcoms, I like to watch singing and dancing and 2 minute novelty acts. I used to be about the most passionate film buff possible but my short term memory issues make a feature length traditional narrative with mounting information just about impossible to enjoy (follow) any more. Sad. Happily art movies, real art movies, rely more on sense memory and abstract tangents, you can watch a great one backwards and still "understand". So if it's a such a movie I'm much more able to assimilate and be intellectually provoked and moved. . Those films becomes a cumulative fractured "experience" of ideas/feelings rather than a chore of retaining who knows what about who to some tragic conclusion, which all looks rather pointless and overwrought if you didn't collect the requisite "baggage" along the way.

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@wolfkier Aaa! I love Keeping up Appearances!

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“What We Do in the Shadows”

Good. Vampires in present times with a documentary crew filming à la “The Office.”

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“What We Do in the Shadows”

Good. Vampires in present times with a documentary crew filming à la “The Office.”

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@wolfkier Keeping up Appearances and AbFab. Ha! Great shows enjoy.

@neverquitjeff That vampire show sounds like something I should check out.

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watched a fellini double feature. nights of cabiria and ginger and fred....then a double feature of sternberg silents, underworld and the last command...

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@gubna

Tonight, a film called JAZZ LOFT about a loft in NYC in the 50s and photographer Eugene Smith - known for Life Magazine. Lots of cool jazz. He made all these tape recordings, 4000 hours!

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I am really enjoying Strange New Worlds. It really does have a TOS vibe to it with each show being a stand alone story. It still has an overlying arc to the series though, so it will be fun to see how it plays out.

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Atlanta is some of the best written television I’ve seen in a long time. The series has a very loose story arch, and can get really surreal at times so so it might not be for everyone, but there isn’t an episode that I don’t feel something afterward.

Just wrapping up season 3 and will jump into 4 as soon as I can.

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@phlex

Nathan Fielder's The Rehearsal on HBO is pretty out there! Loved the first episode - typically, the first episode of his will be the tame intro - and the final episode will be the most outrageous. Can't wait to get to the end!

Atlanta is great!

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@donna

Watching 'The Umbrella Academy' at the moment. Different from what I'd expected, which is why it took me a while to finally give it a shot. Glad I did! And what a great soundtrack in every episode. Worth watching even if just for the songs. Some fantastic singer-songwriter pieces among the fully produced songs.

Last week, I watched 'Resident Evil'. Waiting impatiently now for the next season.

Been watching 'Better Call Saul' as well. Good stuff. It's being widely (and deeply) reviewed, and touted by critics as being even better than 'Breaking Bad'. Not sure I agree. To me, 'Breaking Bad' and 'The Wire' are the two best series (of their kind) ever made. But 'Saul' is certainly not lagging far behind.

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@mctown

The Offer is very cool.

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two masterpieces by Kon Ichikawa The Outcast (1962) and 365 Nights (1949).

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This is one of those threads I follow for a while before posting. It's actually kind of the way I approach what I watch, too - I'm often waiting months or even years before starting shows.
I did finish Stranger Things, mentioned often here, but didn't start it until last year. I watched Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul this year, too. And recently finished Ozark.
Down for the past week with Covid (but quarantine lifted officially today!) I watched and really enjoyed Inventing Anna. And because that show referenced it, I watched the fascinating doc about the disastrous Fyre Festival.
Last night, I wanted to start something new. Umbrella Academy has been calling to me, but instead I went with another one that's been around for years - Riverdale. And I got hooked.
Guilty pleasure - Just about every Friday night, my wife and I watch an episode of the 70s/80s show Love Boat on Paramount Plus. We were watching Fantasy Island (the old ones) until Tubi stopped showing it.
And as for something I didn't particularly care for (but recently watched both seasons anyway) - Flaked with Will Arnett.

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@fuzzy

Gosh, @chipwithrow, I had no idea you could still see The Love Boat anywhere!!
(and now I have an earworm for the rest of the day; "Loooove! Exciting and new! Come aboard, we're expecting you!!!")

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I'm giving The Walking Dead another go. I got to season 4 when it first aired and just kinda lost interest. At the end of season 2 while watching it with my wife this time around, it's better than I remember so far.

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re watching as many andy milligan films as i can find while reading the excellent book on him, ghetto auteur. saw nightbirds last night. tonights it is fleshpots on 42nd Street. this guy is mad raving brilliant.

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I'm two episodes in to The Sandman on Netflix. It's superb. And visually, it's a feast for the eyes. All the more so if you're familiar with the source material; some scenes replicate frames (and dialogue!) from Neil Gaiman's graphic novels exactly.

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@fuzzy

I was really really skeptical of The Sandman, @headfirstonly, but if you like it then maybe I'll give it a try.

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i finally

i finally saw Holy Emy, the first feature from Aracelli Lemos, which has been winning major awards at several international film festivals. it is a masterpiece. Everybody should see it for so many reasons.

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@fuzzy They're basically doing "Preludes and Nocturnes" with one episode devoted to each chapter. Lovely to see old stagers like Bill Patterson and Charles Dance cropping up, too.

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@jamkar

Just finished watching Fisherman’s Friend. If you like Shanties, this is a true story about the group from Cornwall.

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Another one here watching "The Sandman" - it's a very enjoyable watch (I've never read Gaiman's original). Of the episodes I've watched (and without wishing to post a spoiler) I particularly liked the depiction of Death.

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@jamkar

@vomvorton That Mark Snow soundtrack is enough to get me back to X-Files.

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@jamkar one of the great theme tunes! I'm on a little break from the X Files now, I got as far as the first movie and it seemed like a good place to take a little breather.

Checking out Millennium as I'm curious about the shared creative team / crossover between the two shows, it's pretty hard work though. Verrrrrrrrry bleak.

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@oddbod

I thought Slow Horses on Apple TV was really gripping stuff and Gary Oldman is just in his element as the lead character, Jackson Lamb.

I'm also really enjoying Bosch (just about to move onto series 4). It's nothing ground breaking in terms of format but the scripts and stories are excellent and the characters have real depth.

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I'm watching One Piece with my teenager and going to start The Sandman this evening!

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@donna

Began watching The Sandman night before last. It's brilliant on so many levels. And full of little surprises. @katestantonsings, I think you'll especially enjoy Morpheus's visit to the Realm of Hell in one of the later episodes. 😄

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When.Gangland.Strikes (1956)

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@jeff9

Hey there, @oddbod. I'm envious that you have Apple TV+ and catching Slow Horses. I'm a big Oldman fan, but an even bigger one of Mick Herron's book series about Slough House and Jackson Lamb, who has to be one of the most entertainingly Falstaffian characters in literature since Ignatius J Reilly. And in a setting of spooks and intrigue and British politics, no less. Herron is a masterful dialogue writer and if you haven't checked out those books, you're in for a treat.

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@oddbod

@jeff9 yes I read the first three books which is why I was so keen to watch the TV series.
Series 1 is a fairly faithful adaptation of the first book Slow Horses. It’s not often you say the film/TV is better than the book but it might just be true in this case!