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Re: Netflix Recommendations
« Reply #135 on: September 13, 2019, 05:37:05 pm »
Like ... what ?  It might be fun but ...  ???

cyber - I like the idea but what kinda secrets ?

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« Reply #136 on: September 19, 2019, 08:21:07 am »
cyber - I like the idea but what kinda secrets ?
It makes the show a hell of a lot less interesting if you know their secrets ahead of time. lol

It's good to go into it and be able to reflect on your own culture and how you were socialized in comparison to Japanese culture. It's interesting how we all learn to recoil at different things depending on where we were raised.

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« Reply #137 on: September 19, 2019, 09:17:55 am »
I don't want spoilers...

Maybe a CW

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« Reply #138 on: September 19, 2019, 10:54:08 am »
CW?

It's just secrets about their personal histories that are taboo in some way or make them unable to hold long-term relationships in Japanese culture. Things that perhaps they've told past boyfriends/girlfriends which caused them to lose those relationships or things they revealed to people that made them not want to be in relationships with them.
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« Reply #139 on: September 20, 2019, 01:42:34 am »
We've finished watching the first two seasons of American Gods-- loved it-- and tonight started on another Amazon series we've been looking forward to: "The Boys".

This show centers around a world where superheroes exist, but it's a dark and cynical look at the premise, much closer to "The Watchmen" than the Marvel movies.

In this setting, superheroes are real and immensely popular. And they're managed by an incredibly lucrative and powerful "talent agency" called Vought International.   Vought has a roster of over 200 superheroes, and leases them to cities to battle crime-- at exorbitant rates.  Vought also makes money from movies, merchandising, and other activities that leverage the popularity of Vought's heroes.  People love the warm, safe feeling of knowing the "supes" are out there protecting them, one of the characters explains.  The biggest stars in Vought's stable are The Seven, a group of powerful and iconic heroes who we meet in the opening scene as they foil a robbery and save a couple of boys from a careening armored car.  Children saved, bad guys captured, robbery stopped. Everybody cheers.

But it turns out that once the cameras stop rolling, most of these heroes... aren't all that heroic.  Like star athletes or celebrities, they have an aura of entitlement, the knowledge they can do whatever they want, the sense that they're just better than everybody else.  Most of them are pretty awful, it turns out.  And that's where our story takes off.

The main character is Hughie, a regular shmoe whose girlfriend is-- rather horrifically-- killed right before his eyes, accidentally, by one of The Seven.  And he's crushed, not just that she's gone, but that nobody even seems to care about Robin's death. There's regrets and condolences offered, there's an inaccurate explanation of what happened on the news, and that's it. Vought's corporate handlers deal with the situation, smooth everything over... Hughie is offered some money if he'll just sign a non-disclosure agreement. No justice.

Hughie is contacted by a shady character-- Billy Butcher, played by Karl Urban.  Butcher explains that what happened to Robin happens to hundreds of people every year-- the superheroes actually cause a lot of collateral damage. And Vought International makes sure that none of it ever comes to light.   Butcher offers Hughie the chance to help him get justice for Robin, and for others like her.

Another storyline follows Annie, a young and idealistic heroine known as Starlight, as she is recruited to join The Seven, and discovers that her new coworkers are scum.  While Robin's death was probably the most startling moment of the first episode, Annie's private encounter with one of her new team-mates is incredibly difficult to watch, one of the most unsettling things I've seen on TV in quite a while. 

The first episode was brilliant and I can hardly wait to see what happens going forward.


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Re: Netflix Recommendations
« Reply #140 on: September 21, 2019, 06:53:05 pm »
Season three of the Crown is going to be released in November! Different actors play Q&P.
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« Reply #141 on: October 29, 2019, 11:04:30 pm »
Neato docudrama called The Last Czars. Anyone seen it?
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« Reply #142 on: December 13, 2019, 02:41:36 am »
We've finished watching the first two seasons of American Gods-- loved it-- and tonight started on another Amazon series we've been looking forward to: "The Boys".

This show centers around a world where superheroes exist, but it's a dark and cynical look at the premise, much closer to "The Watchmen" than the Marvel movies.
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The first episode was brilliant and I can hardly wait to see what happens going forward.

We finished watching this a while back. The conclusion was as startling as the opening, and it was a wild trip.  They recently finished filming season 2,  and I'll be there when it arrives.



Currently watching Disenchantment on Netflix.  It's a half-hour cartoon comedy from the makers of The Simpsons and Futurama.   It's a fantasy show set in the magical kingdom of Dreamland, chronicling the adventures of Princess Tiabeanie as she contends with wizards, elves, mighty warriors, fearsome ogres, and more.  As fairy-tale kingdoms go, Dreamland is pretty run down and crappy, and as fairy-tale princesses go, "Bean" is a buck-toothed alcoholic. She's a failure at pretty much everything, but she does excel at one thing: swashbuckling. She's the most swashbuckling princess that ever buckled a swash.  She's accompanied on her adventures by Elfo the Elf, and by her personal demon, Luci. Everybody thinks Luci is a talking cat, but he's actually a demon sent freed from the depths of hell to lead Bean into temptation, but since she's more or less already there they are pretty chill and spend a lot of time getting drunk and going on adventures.  It's delightfully silly and I enjoy it a lot.


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« Reply #143 on: December 13, 2019, 05:28:14 am »
We watched that in the maternity ward... it got better as it went just as Futurama did.

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« Reply #144 on: December 13, 2019, 05:29:53 am »
There are too many shows and channels now.  Way too many.

With Apple TV online we are in a glut.  I had lunch with a friend of mine recently and he told me he's starring in an animated Netflix show coming out, that I have never heard of.

Another sign that Marxism is nigh, ie. there's no work to do so we'll all soon be starring in shows for each other.

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« Reply #145 on: December 13, 2019, 09:58:02 am »
The Crown is the best thing on Netflix.
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« Reply #146 on: December 28, 2019, 05:32:59 pm »
Just started watching "The Witcher".  It's a blast. We've already watched 5 episodes in 2 days, and we usually don't binge on series. T

It's based on books I haven't read, and video games I haven't played, so I didn't have any particular expectations of what it's supposed to be.    The implicit promise made to the viewer is: action, adventure, and scares in a fantasy setting. It delivers exactly that. 

Some time ago I talked with Michael about how "Pacific Rim" makes an implicit promise of "fantastical action as giant robots fight giant alien creatures" and succeeds because they provide the viewer exactly what they promised. Somebody who didn't like Pacific Rim because "giant robots fighting giant alien creatures is a stupid idea" can only blame themselves, because they clearly watched the wrong movie.  The Witcher is much the same.  If you're interested in a fantasy adventure series with action and scares, this show is great. And if that premise isn't interesting to you, you shouldn't watch it.

Not much thinking required, but lots of fun.

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« Reply #147 on: December 28, 2019, 11:32:41 pm »
The Crown is the best thing on Netflix.

I've read an article that smears specifically the third season of the Crown as taking more than a few liberties with the truth. But I love it! Maybe the palace influenced the article I read because there's stuff in it that they would rather not have had come to light? Dunno. But I'm keeping an open mind just the same.
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« Reply #148 on: April 18, 2020, 03:07:51 pm »
OK late to the party but...

Silver Linings Playbook... just wow.  Nobody say I'm not mainstream.  I loved that thing.

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« Reply #149 on: April 23, 2020, 01:46:54 pm »
Neato docudrama called The Last Czars. Anyone seen it?

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