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Running Netflix/Amazon Video thread

Discussion in 'Off topic' started by Midas Mulligan, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. mgarbowski

    mgarbowski Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Seconded. Fantastic movie.
    The short story collection Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang from which it is derived is also well worthwhile.
     
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    Seth Active Member Elite Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Totally agree with this (both movie and stories). I actually bought this movie, and I pretty much *never* buy movies.
     
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    Trust (FX)

    Not on Netflix or Amazon but this show is not the same old same old.

    You’ll notice some filming production twists and well above average music production.

    Billionaire John Paul Getty’s grandson gets kidnapped and held for ransom.

    8 out of 10
     
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    Mario Regular Member Seasoned Supporter

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    fuck clay jensen
     
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    Anyone watch "The Terror" (AMC)? On episode 8 now. I like it. Heart of Darkness-y.

    Only complaint is the "bear" thing. Its kinda like Lost - would seem more authentic if they just never show it and only show what it does. When Lost put a giant smoke thing on screen it seriously damaged my ability to suspend disbelief. Similar issue here.
     
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    adam Senior Member Elite Donor Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    I watched the whole thing. Still not sure what I thought of it. Had to struggle through the last 3-4 episodes. Ok now I’m tbjngjng about it more.

    i feel the mutineers can off as too evil. It descended into panto at some point. I think they lost the script towards the end of each individual’s need for survival, and it became more rebellion vs society rather than man v nature. And that’s why it began to feel as you say “heart of darkness-y”
     
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  7. Midas Mulligan

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    I wonder if all if you are still sleeping on Detectorists.

    I shit you not that it is one of the funniest tv shows available. And incredibly smart.

    Seriously. If you like The Office, if you like Monty Python, if you can handle early Arrested Development style humor but turned to 11, subtlely, if you like to laugh at jokes without a laugh track, watch it. I implore you.

    Dude who played Gareth is a comedic genius.

    Eta: also, I’m sure I’ve posted before, but what a brilliant theme song. Worth repeating.

     
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    Seth Active Member Elite Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    Just got turned on to Scott & Bailey by a writer I follow on Twitter. It's a British cop show set in Manchester, really interesting right from the start. On Amazon.

     
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    nice song, the guitar picking sounds like the theme music for carcassonne, which holds the distinction of being the only app I've ever paid for in 10 years, not because its particularly amazing, but i played it enough on a jail broken phone I figured I'd toss the creators a bone.
     
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    I just binge re-watched the first season of Rome, on HBO GO this week. The season begins as the Gallic Wars are ending, leading to Caesar returning, civil war, his gaining power, and assassination. Great cast. The creators made an inspired choice to add two common legionnaires -- Vorenus and Pullo -- to the players. They end up at the center of everything, in ways that are both ridiculous and believable.
    In the first episode Caesar sends them off to retrieve his stolen standard. Politically he doesn't care if they succeed because he figures he can use it to his advantage. But he has to make a show of trying to get it back so he sends Vorenus, who is expendable but essentially his most well respected infantryman. They not only succeed but also rescue someone Caesar didn't even know needed rescuing, and so it begins. My favorite episode is where Pullo
    secretly ends up fathering Caesarion with Cleopatra.
    They don’t overdo those characters and the main action is carried by Caesar, Pompey, Mark Antony, Brutus etc.
     
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  11. Midas Mulligan

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    Somebody Feed Phil is awesome.

    Phil Rosenthal is just so damn likeable.
     
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    I remember liking it but thinking it declined as time went. Found it to be sort of a Ancient world companion to Deadwood which never properly finished.
     
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    When David Milch pitched the show that became Deadwood to HBO, he planned to set it in ancient Rome. They told him they already had a show set in Rome under development, so he switched over to Deadwood in the Dakota gold rush. His main desire was to portray a community where the residents and law enforcers maintain social cohesion and order in the absence of a functioning government. I have read both that his Rome show would have been set at the founding of the city, and also during Nero's time when I guess things broke down. Rome and Deadwood were both cancelled after short runs. Both were very expensive to shoot, with large casts and big sets in open air on location away from studios.

    As for the decline of Rome the series, the last 2 episodes of the first season do suffer a bit after the civil war ends and the assassination plot takes shape. Even the Vorenus and Pullo story lines get bogged down in too much realism. But the episodes leading to that are great and you need to see out the Julius Caesar plot. It has been years since I watched S2. It covers most of the civil wars that end up with Octavian Augustus in power. I can't remember where it breaks off in that story line.
     
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    This sounds interesting.

    I just finished a 3-part series of historical fiction set around the life of Cicero, which includes the time around the Civil War between Caesar and Pompey along with some time before and after. Written by Robert Harris. Really well done. Novels are Imperium, Conspirata and Dictator. Link to review.

    If you haven't read any Robert Harris, you should. Works really well with historical fiction - able to take actual events and spin a really gripping yarn. Other books I've read include Enigma, about breaking the German code in WWII; Pompeii, set in the ancient city at the time of the eruption of Vesuvius; and Fatherland, which imagines a history where the Nazis win WWII.

    Anyway, for those interested in ancient Rome, the trilogy is a must read.
     
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    You nerds.

    Kim’s Convenience is pretty funny. Low budget sitcom out of Canada, set in Toronto. You can guess what it’s about from the name.

    This makes two shows from Canada I enjoy. This is two more than the number of Canadians I associate with.
     
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    A Very Secret Service on Netflix. The second season is out.

    Very French. Very Funny.
     
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    What's the other?
     
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    Schitt’s Creek. That is a must watch. Hilarious.
     
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    Just plowed through 7 seasons of Sons of Anarchy in the last month. Holy hell, that was a good series!

    Some of it was a bit over the top and predictable, and the casting for the 5yo Abel was creepy as hell with his eyes and speech level of a 2yo - but fitting for the kid of a junkie.

    Crazy to think Charlie Hunnam went from star of this series to the forgettable Pacific Rim.
     
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    started watching handmaids tale, its not gay at all, actually quite good
     

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