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trobrianders Posted - 06/19/2013 : 03:04:59
TV shows and the like. Just started watching The Returned (Les Revenants), a French Twin Peaksy drama series about a bunch of coach crash victims who return from the dead to their Alpine town. Neither the victims nor the townsfolk know why this has happened. The drama is played completely straight, I think that's why it's so gripping. Two episodes in so far. Denis you been watching?



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Stevio10 Posted - 07/25/2021 : 12:56:26
Mr Mercedes. Almost finished season 1, wasn't sure what to expect with it being based on a Stephen King book (thankfully production values are better now than in the 90's - looking at you The Dark Half & Tommyknockers) but enjoying the cat and mousery of it all.

Brendan Gleeson is great as usual and the soundtrack throughout is absolutely brilliant. It isn't without its flaws but makes up for it in entertainment value. Recommended.
pot Posted - 07/25/2021 : 00:53:22
I just watched Rock The Kasbah. Started off OK and I reckoned it was a dead cert seeing as Bill Murray was in it. But it would probably be more fun to just go to Afghanistan and spend a couple of hours actually being shot at by the Taliban. Epic fail.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 07/24/2021 : 21:26:52
I don't know if there is a thread for this sort of thing, but the absolutely terrible Netflix "original" Fear Street 1994 has several references to the Pixies (hottest band of 1994??) and a fairly scene-stealing usage of "Hey"

It is not worth watching to see that though.
Bedbug Posted - 07/24/2021 : 20:00:13
Yeah, I've seen a lot more people calling out Nolan one way or the other lately. Again, I'm not a huge Nolan fan. I'm glad he's out there doing what he's doing. We don't deserve another Hitchcock, so Nolan is kind of a good fit for this generation. When I called his movies a workout I'm thinking in terms of exhaustion. It's a mixed bag, but ultimately I'm glad to have seen his films.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 07/21/2021 : 20:03:45
Really? I've not experienced this trend. I feel like the only one who dislikes his films. At least on my twitter feed it's endless praise and Nolan worship. I find his movies incredibly unappealing. I do think he has some cool ideas, and he generally plays in the genres I like...superhero, scifi, etc...But I just hate his aesthetic, I hate his style as a director. I don't like the dialogue, the performances rarely wow me, even stuff like camera placement, editing, etc...like none of it works for me.

One could sum it all up as "tone"...the feel of his movies puts me off. There's this uptight sexless seriousness to everything (and the comic relief like NEVER works)...It just doesn't speak to me. I could barely stay awake through Tenet, and I kept trying so hard to get into it. I'm friends on twitter with this huge fan of his and I wanted to share in the extreme joy he had about Tenet and I just could not do it.
Bedbug Posted - 07/21/2021 : 09:58:49
I'm not some big Nolan fan, but I think it's become kind of a trend lately to dislike him. Hollywood doesn't give us much these days, and for big budget studio event movies we could do worse than what he's given us, methinks.
pot Posted - 07/20/2021 : 02:01:00
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Originally posted by Bedbug
I hear what you mean. Itís kind of like math class, which isnít boring but can knock one out



I used to live for maths classes. I'd rather sit for 2 hours being taught maths than have to watch another Nolan film.
Bedbug Posted - 07/19/2021 : 16:12:26
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

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Originally posted by Bedbug
Nolan movies are such a workout. You can't relax for a minute.




That's funny, his movies put me to sleep.

I do want to see Dunkirk though. A lack of dialogue would serve a Nolan film well.



I hear what you mean. Itís kind of like math class, which isnít boring but can knock one out
Troubles A Foot Posted - 07/18/2021 : 22:15:06
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Originally posted by Bedbug
Nolan movies are such a workout. You can't relax for a minute.




That's funny, his movies put me to sleep.

I do want to see Dunkirk though. A lack of dialogue would serve a Nolan film well.
Newo Posted - 07/18/2021 : 14:53:25
Dunkirk was a trip in the cinema, the aerial shots of the ocean in 70mm so vertiginous. The Churchill speech at the end was a bummer and totally unnecessary but apart from that, so refreshing to see a movie of that scale with no stars and very little dialogue, just letting the images do their work. Wish more people had the clout that Nolan has.

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Bedbug Posted - 07/17/2021 : 18:04:01
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

Yeah, Love is pretty good. I had a few issues with it but would still recommend it.



I'm ready for Love.

Enjoying Succession, some good twists and turns.

First episode of White Lotus was great!

I finally got around to watching Dunkirk. Enjoyed it very much, but man, Nolan movies are such a workout. You can't relax for a minute. His films are taxing on the psyche. I liked it but I know it didn't get the best reviews.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 07/15/2021 : 14:23:58
Yeah, Love is pretty good. I had a few issues with it but would still recommend it.
pot Posted - 07/13/2021 : 14:13:15
Just watching the new Judd Apatow rom com Netflix series Love - it's like a really long Judd Apatow film and therefore worthy of your time if you're ever partial to a rom com with a bit of an indie feel to it. It's got a good soundtrack as well, and always ends on a banging tune. Like S03E01 which ends with the song Headcahe by Frank Black. So I thought this was as good a time as any to make my recommendation here. Plenty of laughs in there.
Bedbug Posted - 07/09/2021 : 04:18:02
The Towering Inferno is a blast!
pot Posted - 06/21/2021 : 02:33:30
Just finished season 1 of Zoo - an apocalyptic scenario where animals evolve intelligence and start attacking people. While it's a great idea for a series, it is also a reminder that some of the other new TV series I've seen lately really are a cut above the rest. A nice idea for a series ruined by the worst plot development and cringe-worthy scripts. I'd rate it no higher than 6/10
pot Posted - 06/12/2021 : 14:47:52
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Originally posted by Cult_Of_Frank
We're mid Season 2 and definitely enjoying it, we do need subtitles on to keep up with the belter lingo but didn't find season 1 all that painful aside from the first few episodes. Thanks for the rec!


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."



Then I assume you have been acquainted with the charming Camina Drummer. She's top 3 one of the most favourite characters I'd say. Not sure who the other two are though but she is proper bad ass. I haven't watched it in a while. Some revision will probably be required before Season 6 drops.

It gets easier to follow the more you watch it, but there are always things you miss.

I've just rattled my way through to mid season 13 of Always Sunny. Can't believe Danny de Vito is still there! It's just so off the wall this show. Must be fun not ever having to stick to canon when writing new episodes.

The ones where Dee takes the all female plane to California and the aim is to get as shit faced as you can possibly get. Is this a thing in the US? I know folk in the UK like to do this on planes to Benidorm. "Soy boy beta cuck" lmao..

Some of the shit they come up with..
Cult_Of_Frank Posted - 06/10/2021 : 07:33:02
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Originally posted by pot

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Originally posted by Cult_Of_Frank

Hmmm, also considering this before I cancel my Prime membership thanks to your description. Not sure if I could get the wife on board though, we'll see...

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Originally posted by pot

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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

I checked out the first episode of The Expanse and me and my girlfriend hated it so much, we never pursued further. I've wondered if I should have kept going but I've rarely disliked a pilot more in my life.



It's not an easy one to get into. I binned it on my first attempt as well. It's quite complex with loads of characters and stations all over the solar system, it has been described as Game Of Thrones in space. In fact, when Netflix axed it after season 3 there was a massive campaign to bring it back and George RR Martin no less was one of the ones leading it. It's based on a series of Novels by James SA Corey and if you can stick with it (and your into space sci-fi with a bit of steampunk thrown in for good measure) then rewards await you. Lot's of great characters and villains. I didn't like Avasarala at first, but she eventually turned out to be kind of badass in her own way. Also hard to understand what the Belters (or Beltalowda) are talking about because they have their own language, but they are totally badass. A race of human colonials living in the asteroid belt who all look like something out of Mad Max, what's not to like about that?

It's all about politics and war between the Inners, the Belters and the OPA (Outer Planetary Alliance) and the protomolecule that finds it's way from a distant solar system. A futuristic space sci-fi with no aliens, so far in the story anyway.

Often the ones with the bad pilot turn out to be the epics. It was the same when Babylon 5 came out, it sucked so bad I gave up mid way through season 1. But then in Season 2 I gave it another go and it turned out to be probably the most mindblowing space sci-fi series of all time, and possibly my all time favourite.




"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."



I truly hope you love it like I did eventually. It's a slow burner. I reckon you should probably know by a few episodes into season 2 if it's your bag or not. Amazon have kept the show intact following S4 and S5 and it just keeps getting better. I don't believe the rumours that S6 will be the final season because it has so much potential.

One thing to note, the author I quoted James SA Corey is actually a pen name (aren't they all) but the interesting thing is the brains behind it is actually two guys. There are two people writing the novels, which is unique and interesting for me anyway.

Camina Drummer has turned out to be one of the most favourite characters from it (played so well by Cara Gee) but S5 introduced a few more epic characters.

Just like Game Of Thrones it seems convoluted and confusing at first but if you roll with it then you the get the gist of what's going on, and if you are a true fan then there is much more beyond :)



We're mid Season 2 and definitely enjoying it, we do need subtitles on to keep up with the belter lingo but didn't find season 1 all that painful aside from the first few episodes. Thanks for the rec!


"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."
darwin Posted - 06/02/2021 : 19:17:00
Always Sunny in Philadelphia is hilarious, unlike the Young Ones.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 05/30/2021 : 21:58:14
My girlfriend wanted to watch Archer. We're 4 episodes in and I super hate it. There's like a million episodes. Sigh.
pot Posted - 05/15/2021 : 00:11:49
Just binged on another great new TV series courtesy of the Americas. It's like there's a big machine over there churning out box sets.†

StartUp: Set in Miami it's about the internet, cryptocurrencies, big tech companies, gangsters, cartels, governments etc. Really interesting story arc running through the first 3 seasons that also seems to be a reflection of modern times again, and is probably (like with Colony) also part of a psy-op to condition us for the coming NWO autocracy.†

Bitcoin is all the rage these days and I'm getting random folk contacting me on Telegram inviting me to invest in it! I tell them all, my days of gambling ended a few years ago when I lost £100 on one hand on a game of poker in my local casino. Right now Bitcoin will probably fetch you a fair old $ or £ but when the WEF hopefully don't succeed in obsoleting all current forms of monetary exchange, some day in the future we might be trading rare old coins for lots of whatever cyber currency we're using?

Seems like this series has suffered the same fate as Colony, still waiting to hear if it's being renewed for another season. It was initially produced by Crackle but I think it was put on the burner after a hostile takeover or something. Unlike Colony though it kind of felt like it had run it's course by the end of season 3 though, but still worth a poke. I ploughed through it all in 6 days which I think sets a new box set binge record for me. Feast your eyes upon it.
pot Posted - 05/04/2021 : 13:49:29
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Originally posted by Bedbug

Who ever recommended Colony, thank you.



Lucky you Season 3 finally returned to Netflix. I had to resort to stealth tactics in order to satisfy my hunger for further plot development (and in doing so missed the full HD experience somewhat)

Can't wait for Season 4 of Ozark to appear now (Breaking Bad by the lakes) and seriously I've said it before Travelers is a real hidden gem too. Rumours of a comeback are going around, which would be a shame because they rounded the story arc so well at the end of season 3. I'd put that series down as my #1 finale of all time actually, the ending was as near perfection that you could get. I could see this series ultimately spawning many spin offs and films that aren't as good, where everyone sort of considers the first run as somehow separate from subsequent timelines that emerge from it, eg. Terminator and Nightmare on Elm Street

Anyway I'm glad you're getting into some TV shows that are more easily relatable to waking reality
pot Posted - 04/29/2021 : 08:13:41
I've decided It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia is basically the US version of The Young Ones
Bedbug Posted - 04/28/2021 : 10:42:18
Who ever recommended Colony, thank you.
pot Posted - 04/24/2021 : 20:12:12
Plenty of time for that
TarTar Posted - 04/24/2021 : 12:51:54
Rewatching Better Call Saul in anticipation of the final season.

My life is dirt but you seem to make it cleaner... reduce my felony to a misdemeanor
pot Posted - 04/20/2021 : 15:21:24
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

I mean look, I generally agree with you, but I'm not sure this is the best thread to get into all that!



I thought maybe I was being a bit harsh there, too edgy? Then I started watching It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (from the start) I'm in the middle of Season 2 now.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 04/12/2021 : 08:22:30
I mean look, I generally agree with you, but I'm not sure this is the best thread to get into all that!

You're The Worst is really crass (I mean the title, it's about bad asshole people) and a lot of the jokes early on didn't work for me, but it really develops into something kind of profound and complex. It's worth sticking it through! I always enjoy watching an artist find their voice.
pot Posted - 04/12/2021 : 03:33:13
Community was hilarious! Was a bit gutted when they sort of ended it somewhat self referentially ambiguous as to whether we'd be getting any more though.

Will check that out. I agree it's mad the violence and porn the TV & film industry can get away with these days; but woe betide if any of them has a white actor playing the part of any other ethnic group, or they cast a man or a woman to play the part of a trans character.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 04/11/2021 : 21:37:57
Haha yeah we were also confused when it jumped forward. Season 3 definitely left me wanting more, but I found season 1 to be more "woh gotta watch the next episode" addictive.

As for show recommendations, we just finished You're The Worst. A really fascinating show. It starts out as an edgy sitcom about jerks falling in love, lots and lots of sex jokes and crude stuff and dark humor (I'm still amazed what tv shows can get away with nowadays, there are scenes that basically look like porn), but starting around season 2 it gets more ambitious, experimental, and incredibly dramatic. By the final season the jokes got better and the drama got better and even just the filmmaking (beautifully shot show with tons of complex visual ideas, long takes, etc.) The emotions and character psychology gets more complex too. A lot of experimental conceptual episodes, not unlike what Community turned into as well.

I recommend it! I will admit though, a lot of season 1 I did not find funny and was wondering if I made a mistake in checking the show out.
pot Posted - 04/10/2021 : 03:09:40
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

I had heard that Colony season 3 was the best season, one of the reasons I started watching the show, but I don't know...season 1 just felt the most intense and suspenseful to me. Season 2 had a lot of things that didn't make sense to me (if that's the one where they are in the camp in the woods?) and characters acting more irrationally. Season 3 I still liked but I think hearing that it was incredible maybe over-hyped it too much for me. I was still frustrated it got canceled, I think the show had tons of potential to keep exploring and going crazier in that story.



*Potential Spoilers Alert*

There was a lot of stuff going on and it was hard to keep up with the plot and confusing at times, but there was enough there for me to keep on top of the overall plot and some things did get explained later. Such as the outliers, when that idea was introduced it explained a lot of previous scenes. I thought the first half of Season 3 went a bit Walking Dead (but in a good way, as opposed to the same tired old plot kind of way). Then it suddenly jumped forward a few weeks and left me a bit confused because I thought it was a flashback episode at first. It might have helped if they had put something in to explain that and bridge the gap. I had to pause half way through and look into things, and I didn't have to look far on IMDB to find a whole bunch of folk complaining about the same thing - it's like they just missed out a couple of episodes and expected everyone to be up to speed.

I don't really know why they cancelled it but I guess we live in a world where TV execs like returns on their investments and the way the plot was going it looked like things might be heading a bit over budget?
Troubles A Foot Posted - 04/09/2021 : 08:44:22
I had heard that Colony season 3 was the best season, one of the reasons I started watching the show, but I don't know...season 1 just felt the most intense and suspenseful to me. Season 2 had a lot of things that didn't make sense to me (if that's the one where they are in the camp in the woods?) and characters acting more irrationally. Season 3 I still liked but I think hearing that it was incredible maybe over-hyped it too much for me. I was still frustrated it got canceled, I think the show had tons of potential to keep exploring and going crazier in that story.
pot Posted - 04/08/2021 : 23:35:54
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

Yeah, Colony is pretty good. I think I liked season 1 the best though. The only reason I watched it is because it starred Sawyer from LOST and was showran by Carlton Cuse from LOST.



Ah right same producer as Lost then too. I think everyone agrees that show lost the plot a bit towards then end, but it was still good telly. I think Colony held it's end up right to the end of Season 3, if anything it got better.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 04/08/2021 : 20:14:57
Yeah, Colony is pretty good. I think I liked season 1 the best though. The only reason I watched it is because it starred Sawyer from LOST and was showran by Carlton Cuse from LOST.
pot Posted - 04/07/2021 : 13:33:58
Just binged the first 3 seasons of Colony, another great sci fi series! Pretty sure Travelers is still my number 1 of recent years though, and the other great thing about that series is they wrapped it up so well at end - whereas some piss arse TV execs for some reason decided to pull the plug on Colony, just as shit was getting real. That's a real bummer because it was originally intended to run for a 5 season story arc (which was utterly enthralling from the start and throughout)

Great premise for a series (cf. V maybe?) and great characters. I actually watched the whole thing thinking the guy who plays Will Bowman in it was the same guy who played Jamie Lannister in Game Of Thrones (they do look similar). I recognised him at the start but for some reason my brain connected with GOT instead of the more correct character in Lost. It was fucking Sawyer from Lost! Which I never clocked until I googled "Colony Season 4" and found an interview with the actor. Sort of like one of those times when you are convinced for years that two people are the same person, and then one day you realise. Only I knew they were two people. I was like, guy's playing a really convincing part there and his America accent is really convincing..

Kind of unsettling in a way also since the overall plot is very similar to what's happening now! Everyone in lockdown, green zones, cops running around with face muzzles on acting like Nazis. What's that all about, are they (again) trying to condition our minds for something?

If dystopian sci-fi disaster movies is your thing then this ticks all the boxes, and there's plenty of action as well as great character interplay.

The season 3 cliffhanger was bad ass, as you would expect but sadly that's the end unless Amazon takes it on (which I hope) but Josh Holloway just signed up for another new series so..

Peter Jacobson was also epic in it, as was Tory Kittles. And Sarah Wayne Callies has got a cracking pair of legs.
pot Posted - 02/11/2021 : 15:25:14
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Originally posted by Cult_Of_Frank

Hmmm, also considering this before I cancel my Prime membership thanks to your description. Not sure if I could get the wife on board though, we'll see...

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Originally posted by pot

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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

I checked out the first episode of The Expanse and me and my girlfriend hated it so much, we never pursued further. I've wondered if I should have kept going but I've rarely disliked a pilot more in my life.



It's not an easy one to get into. I binned it on my first attempt as well. It's quite complex with loads of characters and stations all over the solar system, it has been described as Game Of Thrones in space. In fact, when Netflix axed it after season 3 there was a massive campaign to bring it back and George RR Martin no less was one of the ones leading it. It's based on a series of Novels by James SA Corey and if you can stick with it (and your into space sci-fi with a bit of steampunk thrown in for good measure) then rewards await you. Lot's of great characters and villains. I didn't like Avasarala at first, but she eventually turned out to be kind of badass in her own way. Also hard to understand what the Belters (or Beltalowda) are talking about because they have their own language, but they are totally badass. A race of human colonials living in the asteroid belt who all look like something out of Mad Max, what's not to like about that?

It's all about politics and war between the Inners, the Belters and the OPA (Outer Planetary Alliance) and the protomolecule that finds it's way from a distant solar system. A futuristic space sci-fi with no aliens, so far in the story anyway.

Often the ones with the bad pilot turn out to be the epics. It was the same when Babylon 5 came out, it sucked so bad I gave up mid way through season 1. But then in Season 2 I gave it another go and it turned out to be probably the most mindblowing space sci-fi series of all time, and possibly my all time favourite.




"If we hit this bullseye, the rest of the dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate."



I truly hope you love it like I did eventually. It's a slow burner. I reckon you should probably know by a few episodes into season 2 if it's your bag or not. Amazon have kept the show intact following S4 and S5 and it just keeps getting better. I don't believe the rumours that S6 will be the final season because it has so much potential.

One thing to note, the author I quoted James SA Corey is actually a pen name (aren't they all) but the interesting thing is the brains behind it is actually two guys. There are two people writing the novels, which is unique and interesting for me anyway.

Camina Drummer has turned out to be one of the most favourite characters from it (played so well by Cara Gee) but S5 introduced a few more epic characters.

Just like Game Of Thrones it seems convoluted and confusing at first but if you roll with it then you the get the gist of what's going on, and if you are a true fan then there is much more beyond :)

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