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Title: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 13, 2017, 06:59:31 am
I like Netflix but sometimes it's hard to find good stuff on  there.  I'm posting this thread to recommend a few things I liked in case you're out of options.  These are for Netflix Canada.  If you recommend, please indicate if you're talking about Netflix USA or elsewhere.

Drama
American Crime
- Quality network TV show that dedicates 1 season to the police investigation of a crime with a sociological lens.  Focusses on the reaction of the community around the crime.  Also, they use the same actors in different roles for each season.

Bloodline
-  A successful Florida Keys family reunites when the black sheep returns.  The black sheep is a criminal and the oldest son is a local cop. The first two seasons represent a Master Class of acting.  Ben Mendelsohn is unbelievable as Danny Rayburn, the black sheep.  Be warned though: each of the first two seasons starts out VERY slowly for the first half or so then the plot speeds up and builds.  Season 3 was a disappointment but they did end it, albeit in a very unsatisfactory way.

The Bridge
- Like Bloodline, it's better in the first two seasons than the third but if you get hooked you'll want to watch Season 3.  It's a Swedish-Danish buddy-cop movie wherein the mismatched lead investigators inspect a supervillain a la "Seven".  Subtitles.

Palo Alto
- Screwed up entitled kids in the suburbs.  Realistically done, and validates anyone's suspicions of the decline of society.

Dark Drama (Strong Stuff - Dark & Cringy)

The Salvation
- Mads Mikkelsen in a brutal Western.  It's about a Swedish immigrant coming to the Old West with his family.  I think it's even a Swedish production so it's an odd but satisfying blend of American western (including the stunning landscapes) and dour Swedish filmmaking style.  If you can take it, this is excellent.

The Hunt
- Mads Mikkelsen again.  This guy is so amazing.  My wife got to work with him on an episode of Hannibal and I was so jealous she got to meet him.  In this, he's a teacher falsely accused of molesting an elementary school child and the community comes down on him and slowly dissembles his life.  Brutal.

Donald Cried
- If you're from a small town, there's a thing that happens when you go back and you run into people that you don't want to run into.  They know you, and though you have changed they haven't.  This is maybe the cringiest film ever made as the protagonist returns from New York to tend to his deceased grandmother's affairs and has to depend on his old high-school friend Donald.  Donald's life has been a wash-out and he pleads and tricks the protagonist into hanging around so they can 'party'.

Stand-Up Comedy

-John Mulaney - Comeback Kid

-Hannibal Buress

-LouisCK 2017 (or any Louis CK)

-Jim Gaffigan Mr. Universe (kind of like a greatest hits.  Mostly clean comedy, which I like.

-Norm MacDonald - Hitler's Dog (he's one of the greats)

Weird & Surreal (My Favourite Genre)

Black Mirror
- British series, kind of like a Twilight Zone type thing.  Very well done anthologies.

Futurama
- This is some of the craziest, loopiest writing ever. See this:
http://nerdist.com/11-essential-futurama-episodes-you-should-revisit/

The Lobster
- Surreal future society where it's illegal to be single.  Darkly funny.

Comedy
Why Him?
- They take the lamest premise (father doesn't like new potential son-in-law) and play it to the hilt with great jokes and great actors.

What We Do in the Shadows
- Fake documentary of how vampires live.  It includes some of the Flight of the Conchords guys.  Very funny.

I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore
- Screwball caper, with Elijah Wood proving he will have an acting career post-Lord of the Rings

This is the End
- Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill and a lot of cameos playing a version of themselves living through a Hollywood Party where the biblical apocalpyse happesn.

Butter
- Unfair skewering of Republican midwesterners covers a Butter sculpting showdown between a Laura Bush type lady and a 10-year old black foster child girl.  Alternately mean, playful and overly sweet.  The critics didn't like it but I thought it was fun.

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on September 13, 2017, 07:59:15 pm
I would highly recommend Wentworth (TV series).  It's a female prison drama, but not a comedy like Orange Is The New Black.   It's an Australian production so there's no marketing/promo for it over here but it's so good.  Rated 8.7/10 on IMDB.com

 I'm really picky with TV shows, I get really bored with shows that are too much filler.  I find there's a lot of TV drama shows these days that drag out a story that should take 3-4 episodes to tell and drag it out over a full season.  There's so much filler.  A season of 12 episodes is around 10-12 hours long, you can tell a ton of story with that, that's 6 full movies worth of story. I found Homeland very draggy like that, and House of Cards has become like that.  I don't like having my time wasted, to sit & watch a show for 12 hours that's hardly going anywhere showing me sub-plots about annoying supporting characters I don't give a **** about.  Game of Thrones is really well-paced, hard to get bored.  Well Wentworth is like this too, the story is always moving, keeps my attention but also explores characters.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on September 13, 2017, 08:44:11 pm
I enjoyed the Broadway production of Newsies. Those fellows can really dance.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 14, 2017, 06:09:23 am
Wentworth was too dour for me.

House of Cards is just a dumb show.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on September 14, 2017, 07:19:07 am
House of Cards jumped the shark when a crazy reality TV star became president.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 14, 2017, 07:37:02 am
House of Cards jumped the shark when a crazy reality TV star became president.

It's just badly written.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 16, 2017, 04:12:21 pm
Ok.  Somebody in my comedy troupe recommended Comedy Bang Bang.  3 episodes in & hooked ...
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: bcsapper on September 16, 2017, 08:49:44 pm
Ok.  Somebody in my comedy troupe recommended Comedy Bang Bang.  3 episodes in & hooked ...

You have a comedy troupe?

You're the straight man, right?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 17, 2017, 08:07:24 am
You have a comedy troupe?

You're the straight man, right?

No, I'm the closer.  Funny enough, this came up on another web forum I was on years ago and somebody wrote a looong post stating why I could not possibly be in comedy.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on September 19, 2017, 06:26:11 pm
No, I'm the closer.  Funny enough, this came up on another web forum I was on years ago and somebody wrote a looong post stating why I could not possibly be in comedy.

 :D
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 19, 2017, 08:15:31 pm
Nextflix's Jerry Seinfeld... just "ok"... no new material.  For fans only.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 19, 2017, 08:16:12 pm
C'mon... I crack good jokes... anybody ?    ???
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: guest4 on September 19, 2017, 08:43:21 pm
C'mon... I crack good jokes... anybody ?    ???

You've made me laugh.  I assume you meant to.  .:)
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 20, 2017, 06:08:01 am
Ok - not a Netflix recommendation but Episodes is a kind of sitcom starring Matt LeBlanc as a fictionalized version of himself working on a lame Hollywood sitcom with a British man/woman couple who are writers.

We are on season 4, even though we don't really love the show.  It's just a nice gap-filler in between other shows.  Funny enough.

There is also an actor named Kathleen Rose Perkins (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1137659/) who I have developed a strange attraction to.  It's strange because she's not my type (kind of a skinny, Entertainment Tonight host type lady, waspy) and because I don't get on screen crushes.  But her smile (http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Kathleen+Rose+Perkins/UCLA+Jonsson+Cancer+Center+Foundation+2011/75Nd-0h9gHj) just melts me.  And now... she's in a lesbian storyline this season... which I'm sorry to say is stoking my curiosity.  Now I'm going to watch this interview (http://issuemagazine.com/kathleen-rose-perkins/#/) with her next.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 20, 2017, 07:16:11 am
Ok I still adore her.  I watched the first interview and wasn't even put off by the bubble-headed giddiness or the Michigan accent.  The second interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9O9yo4aZDQ) I watched had her in costume and much less of an accent.  Ok.  This is getting unhealthy now....  :D
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: poochy on September 20, 2017, 04:01:35 pm
Ozarks was ok, violent in parts, maybe a bit too predictable but I suppose at this point most things are.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on September 22, 2017, 01:26:24 am
I'd recommend Stranger Things and Jessica Jones, but they're not set in an office building and I know how you feel about things like that.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on September 22, 2017, 01:38:39 am
There is also an actor named Kathleen Rose Perkins (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1137659/) who I have developed a strange attraction to.  interview (http://issuemagazine.com/kathleen-rose-perkins/#/) with her next.

she seems nice




 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 22, 2017, 05:57:30 am
she seems nice
 -k

She's kind of a gem as a comedic actor but I am biased by my weird crush.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 28, 2017, 04:33:45 am
Ok - back to Netflix:

https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/80184834

Ryan Hamilton.  Never heard of him, but he's a phenomenal observational comic.  If you like Seinfeld, I'd like to hear your thoughts on this one.  It seems to me he's even more precise with his words, and also clean as a whistle.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on September 28, 2017, 04:34:49 am
Wait until you hear the deal the Liberals struck with Netflix......
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 28, 2017, 04:37:05 am
Just heard something on that.  1/2 a $B ?  What ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 28, 2017, 05:04:29 am
Ok, my thoughts on this Netflix announcement.  It's a great thing for Canadian 'content', on the face of it.  It could be exactly what we have needed for a long time: a producer with money, who knows how to make great product and find talent.

There's a wealth of great Canadian content out there, which CBC and CTV and film Canada have no idea how to cultivate.  There are amazing stand-up comedians, sketch troupes and drama companies that are either shepherded into mediocrity, or leave the business in their twenties.

Here's hoping.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 28, 2017, 05:40:37 am
Ok - back to Netflix:

https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/80184834

Ryan Hamilton.  Never heard of him, but he's a phenomenal observational comic.  If you like Seinfeld, I'd like to hear your thoughts on this one.  It seems to me he's even more precise with his words, and also clean as a whistle.

Revising this.  I *listened* to this special in bed, didn't watch it.  It sounds a lot better than it looks.  He's young and his delivery is a little awkward. 
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: bcsapper on September 28, 2017, 08:06:10 pm
Ok, my thoughts on this Netflix announcement.  It's a great thing for Canadian 'content', on the face of it.  It could be exactly what we have needed for a long time: a producer with money, who knows how to make great product and find talent.

There's a wealth of great Canadian content out there, which CBC and CTV and film Canada have no idea how to cultivate.  There are amazing stand-up comedians, sketch troupes and drama companies that are either shepherded into mediocrity, or leave the business in their twenties.

Here's hoping.

Are you sure there are good Candian Comedians?  It's one of the most obvious dearths I noticed since emigrating back in '84.

Not counting your troupe, of course...
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on September 28, 2017, 09:33:33 pm
Ok, my thoughts on this Netflix announcement.  It's a great thing for Canadian 'content', on the face of it.  It could be exactly what we have needed for a long time: a producer with money, who knows how to make great product and find talent.

I think it's a fine deal.  It addresses this "Canadian content" dilemna without imposing a tax on we the consumer, which I'm all in favor of.  There's a fundamental issue of fairness-- Canadian entities like Bell and Shaw are required to spend money to produce Canadian content... now that this agreement is in place, Netflix will be doing the same.

I turned on my radio this morning and the first thing I heard was some professor on CBC pouting that $100 million a year is actually chump change because Netflix spends several billion dollars a year creating content.  Well screw that guy. $100 million per year is not chump change regardless of who's spending it.

I wouldn't take Netflix' involvement as any guarantee of quality. Some of it will be good and some of it won't.   "Letterkenny" turned out to be CraveTV's biggest hit; I expect that Netflix will manage to find a similar gem, and hopefully several.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 29, 2017, 05:58:39 am
Are you sure there are good Candian Comedians?  It's one of the most obvious dearths I noticed since emigrating back in '84.

Not counting your troupe, of course...

Yes, Canada has a core of amazing stand-ups.  You not being aware of that is part of the problem of Canadian culture not being cultivated properly.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 29, 2017, 06:05:15 am


1. I turned on my radio this morning and the first thing I heard was some professor on CBC pouting that $100 million a year is actually chump change because Netflix spends several billion dollars a year creating content.  Well screw that guy. $100 million per year is not chump change regardless of who's spending it.

2. I wouldn't take Netflix' involvement as any guarantee of quality. Some of it will be good and some of it won't.   "Letterkenny" turned out to be CraveTV's biggest hit; I expect that Netflix will manage to find a similar gem, and hopefully several.

 -k

1. Yes, I have been reading that since I posted this.  I didn't realize it was $100M a year, I thought it was $500M.  Still, it depends on what they do with that money.

2. There have been a handful of 'hits' over the past decade.  They have come off either by accident, or because somebody kicked the door in and got themselves into the Cable landscape.  Netflix will be better than, say, the CBC has been over the past 40 years. 

 
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on September 29, 2017, 07:21:01 am
They own the rights to Trailer Park Boys. I wonder if this money is in addition to what they already produce.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 29, 2017, 07:41:05 am
They own the rights to Trailer Park Boys. I wonder if this money is in addition to what they already produce.

I doubt it.  But you have hit on maybe the biggest hit of the past 20 years - one that the CBC PASSED on btw. 

Did I ever tell you the story of running into the kid who liked TPB, on my way to Burning Man ?  I was renting a bike from him for the week, beside the windswept desert highway 447 in the middle of nowhere Nevada.  After we concluded our transaction he said: "Do you guys watch Trailer Park Boys ?".  I told him we did, and he said "You guys talk like them."  Probably had no idea what Canada was but he knew that show.

Also a Burner that I met from England told me that he saw them LIVE in the U.K. somewhere.

This Canadian culture thing has economic potential, eh.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on October 09, 2017, 02:27:04 pm
'It Follows' is a very creepy psychological horror movie, which comes with a NEW kind of ghoul.  A kind of cross between a ghost and a zombie is out to get our teens.  It also comes with a nice and thoughtful sociological comment that I'll leave for you to discover.

IT FOLLOWS !
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on October 19, 2017, 05:38:01 am
Not Netflix, but HBO & Crave are doing it up for me right now:

- Broad City (latest season)
- Episodes (final season)
- Curb your Enthusiasm
- The Deuce
- Mike Judge presents Tales from the Tour Bus

I like/love all of these shows !
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on October 20, 2017, 01:55:56 pm
You really do need to go back to work.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on October 20, 2017, 02:15:11 pm
You said it.  I'm not sure if I will be able to function for awhile.  It will be very strange being in an office.

Only thing I have going for me is I was in the same boat last year and in a much worse situation, ie. over my head, and it worked out fine.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: TimG on October 20, 2017, 04:27:39 pm
It addresses this "Canadian content" dilemna without imposing a tax on we the consumer, which I'm all in favor of.
Technically the tax is due. Every Netflix subscriber in Canada is required to calculate the GST and submit to the government. So if the government got Netflix to collect GST would not be a new tax on consumers. I would be just stopping all of those tax cheats.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/08/10/netflix-subscribers-might-be-committing-tax-evasion.html

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on October 21, 2017, 08:30:05 am
Mindhunter !!!

Just found this last night.  I don't really like the 'true crime', or 'fictionalized true crime' genres.  I have come to hate exploitation of murder and extreme cruelty for entertainment purposes, especially for non-artful depiction.

This is about the development of criminal behavioural studies at the FBI, but so far (at least) they have emphasized the very basic human mechanics of the agents trying to figure out what the emerging field should be - in the 1970s.  This while the psychology and motivations... sexuality... parental issues in their lives hang around all of them like an invisible fog.

I know a show is good when I get sucked in, and I don't really know what I am watching but I want to know the end of it.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on October 21, 2017, 01:25:27 pm
I have gained an addiction to Mindhunter unlike anything in a long while.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on October 25, 2017, 09:38:30 am
https://jalopnik.com/netflixs-mindhunter-is-full-of-truly-great-cars-1819814519

And... Mind Hunter has great cars.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on October 28, 2017, 10:52:25 am
I'm always impressed by the work that goes into creating authentic settings for programs set in the recent past.   With things set far back in history, there's not nearly as much work, because there's simply not as much stuff to consider and because few in the audience would know the difference anyway. Nobody's going to be saying "This show is supposed to be set in the 10th century but these swords have the full-length fuller that Vikings weren't using until the 11th century. This is such a joke!"

Things set in the recent past, on the other hand, are full of stuff that many of the viewers will remember, sometimes fondly and sometimes with annoyance.  The potential for screw-ups, and for distracting the viewer with an incorrect detail, is enormous.  "That car was really expensive at the time. How could a struggling single mom afford it?"  and so on.

Jalopnik did a similar breakdown for the cars of Stranger Things:

https://jalopnik.com/the-cars-of-stranger-things-are-as-perfect-as-the-show-1784727336

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on November 02, 2017, 06:38:04 am
Can we merge with new TV season ?

Maybe 'TV Recommendations' ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: BC_cheque on January 23, 2018, 04:12:45 pm
I watched the movie Carol the other day, I've been meaning to since I saw Cate Blanchette promoting it a few years ago.  It's a lesbian love story which left me in tears several times throughout the movie.  It's set in 1950's New York and captures trials and tribulations of forbidden same sex relationships at the time.  The cinematography and costumes are stunning and the screenplay is based on Patricia Highsmith's novel.  The character of Carol is based on several women in Highsmith's own life and she herself is Therese.  I would recommend it. 

On a completely different spectrum of genre, we've been binge-watching the seven seasons of Shameless and it's quite entertaining.  Some of the story lines are way too unrealistic but the casting is tremendous and the writing is pretty good.  We drink beer and sometimes start fighting and yelling just to relate to the characters.  Just kidding.  I think.

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 08, 2018, 06:51:22 am
The Last Man on Earth...

Addicted even though I don't love it.  Anyone else watching ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: JMT on February 08, 2018, 08:27:12 am
I've been watching The Good Wife.  I didn't watch it while it was on TV.  I think I'm in love.  I just adore legal dramas.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on February 12, 2018, 03:13:10 pm
The Last Man on Earth...

Addicted even though I don't love it.  Anyone else watching ?

I’m 3 episodes in....   I think it’s hilarious.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on February 12, 2018, 03:43:47 pm
"Manhunter: Unabomber" - was very good, was recommended to me by some friends, show kept me hooked, and I find it rare to find really good shows but this was one. Unabomber was a complex character, very interesting guy, a mad genius.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 12, 2018, 04:41:29 pm
I’m 3 episodes in....   I think it’s hilarious.

No spoilers: there are lots and lots of twists and some fun surprises.  Update me here on where you are with it !
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Goddess on February 12, 2018, 05:14:01 pm
The Last Man on Earth...

Addicted even though I don't love it.  Anyone else watching ?

I watched the series when I was living in the States.  I bought the DVD First Season last year and we watched it on a snow day.  I think it's hilarious.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on February 12, 2018, 08:25:57 pm
Here I am just watching Bob’s Burgers as much as I can.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on February 12, 2018, 09:21:16 pm
Here I am just watching Bob’s Burgers as much as I can.

I can’t watch that....    I can’t get past Archer’s voice coming from Bob’s mouth....
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Boges on February 13, 2018, 01:29:25 pm
The Crown is Amazing. You should all watch it.

The Cloverfield Paradox is weird but it's got a great cast.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 13, 2018, 01:40:26 pm
Watching HBO and Google Play shows:

Baskets S3
Crashing S2
Divorce S2
High Maintenance S3
Counterpart S1

I think the last one is something a lot of people might like - cold war feel to it, but there's a twist.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: BC_cheque on March 31, 2018, 05:18:04 pm
Against my better judgment I decided to watch Fifty Shades of Grey.  I expected it to be about an innocent woman who meets a sexy billionaire into kink and she ends up enjoying the hidden pleasures of the lifestyle. 

But no, that would at least give it some originality.  It was Beauty and the Beast meets Twillight meets 9 1/2 Weeks. 

Gag-worthy but it sucked me in like an election night where you're on the losing team but you keep watching hoping for some miracle to turn things around.  In the end, I lost anyway.

The worst part is that it ends with a cliff-hanger and now I hate myself for wanting to know what happens next. 

This is a Netflix un-Recommendation.  If there is a hint of curiosity, DO NOT act on it. 

It's not as bad as you expect it to be, it's worse!  Way, way worse.

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on April 01, 2018, 10:08:02 am
   I expected it to be about an innocent woman who meets a sexy billionaire into kink and she ends up enjoying the hidden pleasures of the lifestyle. 

It's not ?   ???

Quote
Gag-worthy but it sucked me in like an election night where you're on the losing team but you keep watching hoping for some miracle to turn things around.  In the end, I lost anyway.

The worst part is that it ends with a cliff-hanger and now I hate myself for wanting to know what happens next. 
 

Well... maybe you can encapsulate it.  Ahhh... maybe I"ll just wiki the plot then.

And.... it sounds exactly like someone who gets lured into the lifestyle.  I don't see the appeal.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: BC_cheque on April 01, 2018, 02:26:44 pm
It's not ?   ???

Well... maybe you can encapsulate it.  Ahhh... maybe I"ll just wiki the plot then.

And.... it sounds exactly like someone who gets lured into the lifestyle.  I don't see the appeal.

No she doesn't like it.  He's had a hard life and needs saving even though he wants to hurt her.  Gag.

My favourite genre is movies based on real life.  Then drama and psychological thrillers for fiction.  I don't like horror, chick flicks or action.

But this stupid movie has left me wanting to know what happens because it didn't really end.  I so hate myself right now.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: BC_cheque on April 01, 2018, 09:15:23 pm
I watched the second one.  FML. 
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on April 01, 2018, 09:18:05 pm
The sex scenes. Are they any good?

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: BC_cheque on April 01, 2018, 09:30:07 pm
Yes. Yes. Yes.

Um, I mean they're ok.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on April 01, 2018, 09:52:49 pm
I heard the movie was total dog-****, but I was still quite curious about how the d/s stuff would turn out on screen.

I think a lot of people are at least a little interested in that sort of thing...

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bg9NklkBnT4/?utm_source=ig_embed

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: BC_cheque on April 01, 2018, 10:05:41 pm
I heard the movie was total dog-****, but I was still quite curious about how the d/s stuff would turn out on screen.

I think a lot of people are at least a little interested in that sort of thing...

 -k


The plot suck balls, no doubt about it.  There's actually not a whole lot of heavy BDSM in it though because she's not into it. 

The second movie is a lot like **** movies in the way it's pretty much all sex scenes with a really stupid plot line and bad acting in between.

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Boges on April 02, 2018, 11:03:07 am
Ugly Delicious is a really good series if you like cooking and food culture.

The Toys That Made Us is a good historic look at classic toys. You'll be totally nostalgic if you grew up in the 80's.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 22, 2018, 09:59:44 am
Evil Genius....

This is almost the perfect true-crime documentary series IMO.  Some have said it's a little long at 4 episodes but I disagree.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on May 23, 2018, 04:00:14 am
Netflix recommendation:  "Read the Bible instead."

http://www.newsweek.com/boycott-netflix-michelle-barack-obama-deal-content-new-show-939417

Netflix has signed some sort of development deal with the Obamas, which has enraged conservatives. Dozens and dozens of them will be boycotting Netflix as a result.

lololololol!

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 23, 2018, 05:12:21 am
Of course it has...
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on July 17, 2018, 07:51:49 pm
Who is America ?

Sasha Baron Cohen but not Netflix.  Seems to be pretty diverse reaction to whether it's actually funny.  I had my jaw drop a few times that's for sure.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on July 19, 2018, 12:08:04 pm
Remember when Netflix actually had a good algorithm for recommending movies and TV shows? It's utter trash now.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on July 19, 2018, 05:11:44 pm
How can you even tell ?

I for one never understood it. 

You liked "Breaking Bad" so here's a cooking show.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: ?Impact on July 19, 2018, 05:29:54 pm
You liked "Breaking Bad" so here's a cooking show.

Walter was "cooking" in that RV.

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on July 19, 2018, 07:28:30 pm
How can you even tell ?

I for one never understood it. 

You liked "Breaking Bad" so here's a cooking show.
You used to do a survey and rate movies on a five point scale: hate it, dont’t like it, indifferent, like it, love it. After going through several movies and shows, it got pretty good at making recommendations for stuff you would like. Now it’s just thumbs up or thumbs down. It’s useless.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on July 19, 2018, 08:11:37 pm
You used to do a survey and rate movies on a five point scale: hate it, dont’t like it, indifferent, like it, love it. After going through several movies and shows, it got pretty good at making recommendations for stuff you would like. Now it’s just thumbs up or thumbs down. It’s useless.

I can't even recommend movies for me, though.  But I like the idea of playing with a rating engine. But not enough to do the work.  But maybe if someone had told me about it I might have tried it.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on July 20, 2018, 05:54:54 pm
Detectorists

Quirky British comedy.  Loved it. 
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on July 27, 2018, 06:47:10 am
Dave Chapelle - Equanimity and the Bird Revelation

Dave implicitly makes the most compelling and difficult argument for free speech with this one.  Unlike many who offend liberals, he is articulate, engaging, and even HUMANIST as he insults people.  In the end, he makes his case that there is no apologizing for being honest and human.

That said, he says offensive things about transgender folks and it's not for every taste.  It's a rare thing to be offended and to laugh your ass off. 

Writing this now it seems I have distilled it to this:
Yes, he is offensive
No, he is not trying to foment hate
Yes, he is laughing AT something
No, he has no desire to make people feel bad
Yes, it is offensive

Yes, I want to watch it.  I see his position as unenlightened but admittedly so.  He can't stop from laughing at something even if it's sad for others.  It seems that these types of people are more likely to provide a bridge to dialogue than either bigots or demagogues.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on August 13, 2018, 08:28:02 pm
Anyone watching WHO IS AMERICA ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: guest4 on August 13, 2018, 09:00:53 pm
Anyone watching WHO IS AMERICA ?

Seen a couple, thanks for the reminder.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on August 14, 2018, 06:50:36 am
Seen a couple, thanks for the reminder.

It's getting harder and harder to believe SBC can continually pull this off.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: guest4 on August 14, 2018, 09:16:53 am
It's getting harder and harder to believe SBC can continually pull this off.

I know, but people believe what suits them, I guess, and when they meet someone who seems to share those views they become very trustimg.   I have read reaearch showing that people are hard-wired to trust other humans, too - including those who seem to be from.the same ideological "tribe" I guess.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on August 17, 2018, 10:45:12 pm
Mother !

This was an extended surrealistic nightmare of Motherhood, bad guests, uncaring husbands, random d-bags and REALLY BAD GUESTS !

Although I kind of loved it, it wasn't really 'scary' or affecting at all.  It was just strange.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Goddess on August 20, 2018, 11:43:37 am
Mother !

This was an extended surrealistic nightmare of Motherhood, bad guests, uncaring husbands, random d-bags and REALLY BAD GUESTS !

Although I kind of loved it, it wasn't really 'scary' or affecting at all.  It was just strange.

Darren Aronofsky's movies often have gnostic undertones.  Mother did.  So did Noah.

Snowpiercer and Cloud Atlas - also gnostic leanings.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on August 20, 2018, 12:19:54 pm
Odd that 3/4 sucked and one was amazing...
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on August 24, 2018, 07:28:53 am
Anybody else watch Orange is the New Black here ?  ;)
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on August 25, 2018, 11:20:17 am
Anybody else watch Orange is the New Black here ? 

Was this directed at me?

;)

Why are you looking at me like that??

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on August 25, 2018, 04:20:01 pm
No but I was wondering if you like it.  For no particular reason ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on August 26, 2018, 06:34:26 pm
I was considering starting a new topic called “Amazon Prime” recommendations, but i figured it’s not too much thread-drift for the Netflix topic.

The Man in the High Castle.  It’s a dystopian series about what the USA would look like if the Reich had won WWII.   Takes place in the 60’s.  USA has been divided up between the Nazis and the Japanese Empire.  Produced by Ridley Scott and based on a novel by Phillip K. Dick.

Interesting stuff.  Not a happy place to be.  20 years on from the war and a generation has never known freedom.  The Nazis and Japanese have pacified the population to a large extent, but there’s a resistance fighting back of course.  Worth a watch.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on August 27, 2018, 09:42:46 am
No but I was wondering if you like it.  For no particular reason ?

At first it seemed like an innocent question, but when you put the winky-face after it, it seemed like you were making a nudge nudge wink wink joke and I assumed it was directed at me, because of reasons.

While a tv show about women having sex with each other in prison does sound pretty interesting, I actually haven't watched it.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on August 27, 2018, 11:51:58 am
Weirdly, the hot ladysex is minimal.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 03, 2018, 09:08:39 pm
AAAnnnd DONE.  Season 6 happy endings, mostly ! :D
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on September 04, 2018, 07:10:14 am
AAAnnnd DONE.  Season 6 happy endings, mostly ! :D
Happy endings, like the massage parlour euphemism?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 04, 2018, 11:22:55 am
Why so dirty ?
My answer is 'no'.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on September 04, 2018, 11:57:15 am
Because you're a dirty fool!

I mean that as endearingly as possible.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: JMT on September 04, 2018, 12:57:58 pm
Season 2 of Ozark is out.  I loved season 1.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on September 04, 2018, 01:29:21 pm
Can I just call you Mr. Taylor?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: JMT on September 04, 2018, 02:48:10 pm
Can I just call you Mr. Taylor?

If it suits you.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on September 04, 2018, 04:37:52 pm
Very well then, Mr. Taylor.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 04, 2018, 05:19:52 pm
What's with the name change and IS IT ON NETFLIX ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: guest4 on November 12, 2018, 08:25:00 pm
Bodyguard, a BBC drama.  Pretty intense 6 hours, good for bingeing over a long weekend.  It was the most watched drama in a decade in the UK, and the finale was the most watched program since they began keeping records.   

https://g.co/kgs/QdG7fw
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on November 12, 2018, 08:55:39 pm
Bodyguard, a BBC drama.  Pretty intense 6 hours, good for bingeing over a long weekend.  It was the most watched drama in a decade in the UK, and the finale was the most watched program since they began keeping records.   

https://g.co/kgs/QdG7fw

Sounds good, might check that out
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on November 12, 2018, 09:03:36 pm
Interested in seeing what The Outlaw King is like. Hopefully they did a better job of The Bruce than was done with Wallace in Braveheart.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on November 12, 2018, 11:19:58 pm
Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime) is better than expected.  Worth a watch.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on November 13, 2018, 02:13:43 am
Bodyguard, a BBC drama.  Pretty intense 6 hours, good for bingeing over a long weekend.  It was the most watched drama in a decade in the UK, and the finale was the most watched program since they began keeping records.   

https://g.co/kgs/QdG7fw

One of the DJs on my radio station was raving about this last week.  I'm going to check it out.   He mentioned it stars the guy who played Robb Stark on Game of Thrones.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on November 24, 2018, 03:20:18 am
A BBC/Netflix adaptation of Watership Down is on the way. It's going to be released on Christmas Day this year.

I read the book when I was quite young, and I saw an animated movie once upon a time which I remember being pretty great.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on November 24, 2018, 10:29:27 am
The animated movie was crappy 70s-style with limited colours, but they made great artwork by using those limitations to help create the bleak atmosphere.

You can also watch Plague Dogs based on another book from the same author.  Bleak.  So bleak.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on January 24, 2019, 05:24:33 am
https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/81035279

Doc about the FYRE festival... yes you can watch the rich douchebags go down in flames before your eyes :D
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow on January 24, 2019, 11:56:23 am
Not sure if I posted this before but there's a good Netflix original, in french (with subtitles) called "A Very Secret Service" (original title is "Au Service de la France". Two seasons, though the second I think is funnier.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on March 23, 2019, 05:57:22 am
Derry Girls...

Acidic writing and the good Irish Catholic kind.   A girls' school in Londonderry Northern Ireland in the 90s is the scene of many awful hijinx.  They do such a good job of making those girls awful that I wasn't attracted to them in the least :D
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on March 23, 2019, 01:32:22 pm
I was at a bar last night after work and they had a movie playing on the big screen with no audio. For 10 minutes I thought it was Spinal Tap, because of the dudes with ridiculous hair and guitars. Gradually occurred to me that Spinal Tap didn't have gratuitous nudity or people injecting heroin.

Waitress: "Is this a porno?"

Bartender: "Motley Crue documentary on Netflix!"

Manager: "I'm not sure we should be playing this. It's six o'clock, families might still come in."

Bartender: "This is a great family movie!"

Waitress: "That guy puked on a stripper."

Bartender: "That's a great teachable moment for your kids."

So, uh, there's a lot of debauchery. It appears to be mostly about drugs and strippers.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on March 23, 2019, 02:24:04 pm
I was at a bar last night after work and they had a movie playing on the big screen with no audio. For 10 minutes I thought it was Spinal Tap, because of the dudes with ridiculous hair and guitars. Gradually occurred to me that Spinal Tap didn't have gratuitous nudity or people injecting heroin.

Waitress: "Is this a porno?"

Bartender: "Motley Crue documentary on Netflix!"

Manager: "I'm not sure we should be playing this. It's six o'clock, families might still come in."

Bartender: "This is a great family movie!"

Waitress: "That guy puked on a stripper."

Bartender: "That's a great teachable moment for your kids."

So, uh, there's a lot of debauchery. It appears to be mostly about drugs and strippers.

 -k

And 30 years later.... Trump
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on March 23, 2019, 03:04:53 pm
And 30 years later.... Trump

Sex, maybe drugs, no rock n roll.  The holy trinity not achieved.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: TimG on March 23, 2019, 10:29:24 pm
Love, Death and Robots.

A series of short stories only connected by theme.
A bit like Black Mirror but with a different theme.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on March 24, 2019, 05:45:30 am
Love, Death and Robots.

A series of short stories only connected by theme.
A bit like Black Mirror but with a different theme.

Yeah I barely got through episode 1.  Bailing.

Too clicked and too negative for me.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on March 24, 2019, 11:01:16 pm
Sounds interesting, will have a look. 

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on March 25, 2019, 04:44:48 am
Sounds interesting, will have a look. 

 -k

Derry Girls - recommended arch humour.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow on May 06, 2019, 08:23:48 am
Derry Girls - recommended arch humour.

I can't wait for Season 2 to come out. I was told they have it in the UK already.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 06, 2019, 03:45:57 pm
I am almost out of shows again.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow on May 06, 2019, 09:39:07 pm
Good heavens, how many hours do you spend watching Netflix?  :)
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Pinus or Vid or...????? on May 06, 2019, 11:24:32 pm
I just finished watching "The Dirt" on Netflix, a movie about the rock band Motley Crue. It was pretty good.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 07, 2019, 07:55:37 am
Good heavens, how many hours do you spend watching Netflix?  :)

Hardly any 😀 Why do you ask?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow on May 07, 2019, 09:35:38 am
You said you had "run out of shows". I've barely scratched the surface, and I'm unemployed, lol.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 07, 2019, 12:24:10 pm
Give me some recommendations then ! 😁
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow on May 07, 2019, 09:14:13 pm
Give me some recommendations then !

Let's see....(this is US Netflix btw)

If you're a star trek fan they have all of the series so far. But not Discovery. A bunch of the Bond movies. Roman Empire, a three series docudrama, each portraying a different period in the history of Rome. Monty Pythons flying circus, as well as the holy grail and life of Brian movies. In fact, they even have the 2 German episodes.

I highly recommend "a very secret service"; it's in French but subtitled. It's about the French Secret Service in the early 60s. The 2nd season is funnier than the first, imho. The Tudors, The Borgias, The Crown, the Windsors, Designated Survivor is good too...

That's all I can think of off the top of my head! Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: TimG on May 07, 2019, 09:51:26 pm
Give me some recommendations then ! 😁
If you are looking for something unusual:

In this Corner of the World: https://www.netflix.com/title/80192244
WW2 story told from the perspective of a Japanese civilian living outside of Hiroshima.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: ?Impact on May 08, 2019, 04:15:27 pm
I highly recommend "a very secret service"; it's in French but subtitled. It's about the French Secret Service in the early 60s.

I'm an old Prisoner fan, it the first set of DVDs I ever bought (back in the days when they were only a single season in a box, and cost your first born) as I had only ever seen it on broadcast television and a few bootleg VHS. I have only seen a couple of Secret Agent episodes, but I might try and get the series. Never heard of "a very secret service", although it sounds like it was from the same era.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 08, 2019, 04:17:12 pm
Impact, there was a reboot or sequel ten years ago or so.

Forgettable.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow on May 08, 2019, 05:42:08 pm
The French title is "Au Service de la France". Here it is on the IMDB. (Careful of spoilers, naturally...)

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4367560/?ref_=nv_sr_2?ref_=nv_sr_2
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: ?Impact on May 09, 2019, 03:37:30 pm
Au Service de la France

I see, I misunderstood: It is a new series about the 60's, I thought it was made in the 60's. I just checked the Montreal public library system and the BAnQ (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec), but neither carry a copy.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow on May 09, 2019, 06:14:52 pm
I see, I misunderstood: It is a new series about the 60's, I thought it was made in the 60's. I just checked the Montreal public library system and the BAnQ (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec), but neither carry a copy.

Ahh, sorry to hear. It came up on my Netflix (USA) a few years back because I watched "Archer", which is also a spy show. (Archer isn't on Netflix anymore tho.)
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on July 09, 2019, 01:09:19 am
I am currently watching American Gods, which is not on Netflix but is on Amazon Prime Video, which I was delighted to discover comes free with my Amazon Prime membership.

The American Gods show is based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, which I read many years ago. The book and the show explore our relationship with religion, faith, culture, superstition, folklore, and our collective zeitgeist-- the mood and the moment that we create as a community.  The book talks about both old gods and new. Characters include old gods (including "Mr Wednesday"-- Odin, and Shadow Moon -- who may or may not be Baldur the Norse sun god) as well as the new gods like Media, Techno Boy, and Mr World. Other mythological figures appearing include a 6'4 leprechaun, a genie, Anubis, Jesus, and Vulcan.

As with the book, the TV show steps away from the main characters with little vignettes ("Coming to America")  depicting how old-world myths and superstitions were brought to America by immigrants throughout the ages.   A key vignette from the book and recreated in the TV show captures the major theme of the show. Thousands of years ago, a small tribe crossed the land bridge from Asia to North America, bringing with them the god they worshipped-- a mammoth skull totem.  The tribe struggled, they were starving, and their priestess sacrificed herself to a different god-- a great Bison-- to save her tribe. Her tribe was absorbed by a larger tribe, the Bison tribe, and they left their mammoth skull totem behind. Their mammoth totem god was forgotten-- and it died.  Mr Wednesday tells Shadow early on that the one thing, the only thing, that he fears is to be forgotten.  And with the rise of the new gods, that is exactly what he sees happening all around him. He, and the other old gods, are becoming weaker by the day.  Shadow doesn't actually realize he's anything more than a hapless convict just out of prison and thrust into an astounding world of strange events and people that he can't believe even exist.

Vulcan, the god of the forge, appears in one episode. He is one of the old gods, but he seems to have the new world figured out. His modern day forge is a factory making bullets. He puts god-like power in the hands of his followers, and their passion for gun culture is the worship that he needs to survive. Is American gun culture a faith or religion in its own right?   What about pro sports? If it was, which old-world god would pro sports venerate?

Ian McShane stars as Mr Wednesday, and I think his uncanny presence is what really makes the show.  Ricky Whittle co-stars as Shadow, and Emily Browning is Shadow's dead wife Laura. Even though she's dead, Laura is a much more prominent character in the TV show than she was in the book, which is nice.   Gillian Anderson appears as Media, embodied as Lucille Ball in one episode and Marilyn Monroe in another-- she's enchanting in her very limited screen time.

I am really enjoying this.  While it doesn't have the richness of detail that the book does, it captures the broad strokes and has great performances, especially from Ian McShane and Emily Browning.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow on August 23, 2019, 05:24:19 am
Season three of the Crown is coming. I forget who's playing E.R. but I remember reading that the creator didn't want to make Claire Foy get too old looking (you can only make someone look so old, who isn't.) Helen Mirren might be the Queen in her elder years in future seasons.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 10, 2019, 06:13:30 am
Mindhunter Season 2.

Questions:

Are you watching it ?  (Somebody is)
Do you like it ? (I think you do)
Why ?  (There are right and wrong answers to this)
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 13, 2019, 05:17:18 am
OMG this was so good I am sorry it hand to end.

Season 2, Episode 5 - Charles Manson.  Incredibly real.  Check it out.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: waldo on September 13, 2019, 06:11:15 am
OMG this was so good I am sorry it hand to end.

Season 2, Episode 5 - Charles Manson.  Incredibly real.  Check it out.

then buckle-up... cause the last 4 episodes will raise the stakes even further... and leave you waiting/wanting for Season 3 (? next summer/fall release) - by the by, just how {lesbo}hot is Dr. Wendy Carr - the waldo abides!
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 13, 2019, 06:21:32 am
Sorry, I should have stated that I watched to the end.

The four or five new serial killers (assuming Williams is innocent) were sooooooo well played (including a Canadian who was on Being Erica btw) and for Williams and Manson were spot-on imitations to boot.

Hot lesbian ?  Well, sure.  I was always attracted to lesbians as a youth and had crushes but I dunno if 'hot' is the descriptor there.  I just liked them.  Dr. Carr is a cold fish but to each their own ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: waldo on September 13, 2019, 07:15:05 am
Sorry, I should have stated that I watched to the end.

The four or five new serial killers (assuming Williams is innocent) were sooooooo well played (including a Canadian who was on Being Erica btw) and for Williams and Manson were spot-on imitations to boot.

Hot lesbian ?  Well, sure.  I was always attracted to lesbians as a youth and had crushes but I dunno if 'hot' is the descriptor there.  I just liked them.  Dr. Carr is a cold fish but to each their own ?

so much to say about the series and depth of each of the main characters - but... avoiding spoilers! Was I superfluous in mentioning her sexual preference - I think not as I can't seem to separate it from how I see her interacting with others - while even using it as an interview ploy (while still not being publicly out)... hotness? Well, she's most definitely intellectually hot... notwithstanding her looks/clothing choices... uhhh... etc.! I expect next season will see her realize her field-agent aspirations - the academic becomes G-{Wo}Man!
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 13, 2019, 08:17:23 am
Ah you like the smart ones?

Is there a Mrs Waldo?  What was her GPA?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on September 13, 2019, 11:35:56 am
The Mrs and I only watch the most mind-numbingly banal **** on Netflix.

I highly recommend REA(L)OVE to scratch that itch. It's a Japanese reality show, where 10 guys and 7 girls try to find a love match. The catch? They all have some "horrible" secret that they're forced to reveal throughout the season. Good times.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 13, 2019, 02:44:23 pm
Like ... what ?  It might be fun but ...  ???
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Goddess on September 13, 2019, 03:07:27 pm
I like scary stuff.  :)
This looks good:

https://www.narcity.com/entertainment/ca/marianne-netflix-canada-series-will-get-you-ready-for-halloween?fbclid=IwAR1dFhMEMf7YvXDtSdEc3ddMlJuBSyWLEjdz_aUVYfYKait3fU8H86HFUYE
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 13, 2019, 05:37:05 pm
Like ... what ?  It might be fun but ...  ???

cyber - I like the idea but what kinda secrets ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma 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.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 19, 2019, 09:17:55 am
I don't want spoilers...

Maybe a CW
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma 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.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy 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.


 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow 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.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow on October 29, 2019, 11:04:30 pm
Neato docudrama called The Last Czars. Anyone seen it?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy 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.
 (...)

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.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHHzubV3zxA



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TUNSzbEypA

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH 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.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH 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.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Boges on December 13, 2019, 09:58:02 am
The Crown is the best thing on Netflix.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy 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.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow 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.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH 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.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on April 23, 2020, 01:46:54 pm
Neato docudrama called The Last Czars. Anyone seen it?

Yup. Good.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on April 23, 2020, 02:01:22 pm
Manhunt: Unabomber is an awesome miniseries.  Fascinating true story, and doesn't drag.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on April 23, 2020, 02:01:58 pm
Anyone watched Shetland?

Great whodunnit done in the Shetlands, Scotland and a side trip to Norway. First three seasons are on Netflix. The first season has one case every two episodes, the next two seasons are a about a single case each season. Excellent cast, great scenery and the plots are pretty involved. I think it is in season six in the UK, hopefully Netflix picks up some more. Keep the close caption on unless you have a really good ear for the Scottish dialect.

Also, The Last Kingdom.
Based on Bernard Cornwell's Warrior Chronicals series of books. Historical fiction based on Alfred the Great and the period after when England was united into one kingdom. The first two seasons were done by the BBC and Netflix took over production for series three. Season four has been filmed and is supposed to air sometime this year.

For aviation buffs. Spitfire, the aircraft that saved the world. A documentary about the development and history of the aircraft with the few people left alive who flew it in the Battle of Britain and Malta.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on April 24, 2020, 12:14:07 am
Watched the miniseries “Waco” about the crazy religious nuts that got burnt up (with their children) by the FBI.  It was very good.

The actor that plays David Koresh is from Kelowna, BC!
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Dia on April 24, 2020, 12:51:21 am
"Unorthodox", story of a Hasidic Jewish girl escaping and based on a real story, although dressed up for TV.  Still had some interesting insights to this religious culture.

"Ozarks" still a pretty wild ride; people are changing allies and a major player loses her job.

My partner recommends the Ottoman Empire, factual interesting, action-packed.

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on April 24, 2020, 07:00:54 am
I've been working my way through the complete works of Laurel and Hardy on youtube. I'm done the silent era and am binging the talkies now.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on April 24, 2020, 02:08:41 pm
"Unorthodox", story of a Hasidic Jewish girl escaping and based on a real story, although dressed up for TV.  Still had some interesting insights to this religious culture.

"Ozarks" still a pretty wild ride; people are changing allies and a major player loses her job.

My partner recommends the Ottoman Empire, factual interesting, action-packed.

I watched The Ottomans. All about the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Very good.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Dia on April 25, 2020, 01:03:11 pm
I watched The Ottomans. All about the fall of Constantinople in 1453. Very good.

Last night we watched third season of Roman Empire, all about Caligula.  It was interesting, and provided a different perspective of Caligula's craziness.  We're going to watch Seasons two and one, probably in that order cause why not?  :)
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Dia on April 25, 2020, 01:05:05 pm
Don't know if "Messiah" has been mentioned on this thread, but it was really interesting. 
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on April 25, 2020, 03:15:29 pm
Last night we watched third season of Roman Empire, all about Caligula.  It was interesting, and provided a different perspective of Caligula's craziness.  We're going to watch Seasons two and one, probably in that order cause why not?  :)

Not NETFLX but good reads are, I Claudius and Claudius the God. Claudius was the emperor who succeeded Caligula. His life spanned the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius and Caligula. It is believed he was finally poisoned by Nero's mother so Nero could take over. He was unimposing physically, had a stutter and drooled a bit. No one took him very seriously but when he was put in place after Caligula was killed, he ended up having a long reign and was the best of that family other than Augustus himself. BBC made a miniseries of the books with Derek Jacobi as Claudius and John Hurt as Caligula. Don't know if it is available anywhere.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Claudius_(TV_series)
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on June 17, 2020, 01:43:15 pm
Hasan Minhaj. Patriot Act.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on June 17, 2020, 09:51:23 pm
I watched "Bodyguard" on Netflix recently.  No, not the old movie with Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Bodyguard is a 5-episode miniseries from England, starring Richard Madden (who won a Golden Globe award for the role).

Madden portrays British police sergeant David Budd. After courageously stopping a terror incident on a train, Budd is appointed to a high profile position: principle protection officer for the Home Secretary, Julia Montague.  She is a powerful, ambitious, controversial, charismatic politician who has a lot of enemies, and Budd finds himself embroiled in things that are far more complicated than they seem at first. 

Budd too is more complicated than he seems at first. He is a veteran who bears mental and physical scars from his time in Afghanistan. He is suffering from PTSD, but is afraid to seek medical help for it because he believes it will end his career. His family is falling apart. David's mental health is unravelling even without his stressful new assignment with the Home Secretary.

Madden is best known to billions as Robb Stark from Game Of Thrones, and like GoT, "Bodyguard" has a lot of intrigue, with chess-masters and pawns everywhere. Everybody is potentially a villain here, and Budd doesn't know who he can trust.  The show is tensely paced and has a claustrophobic atmosphere that fits Budd's mental state.   I really liked this.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on June 17, 2020, 10:01:25 pm
I watched it about a year ago and--maybe it's because I'm old---it was one of those things I have practically no recollection of. But at least I remember I watched it 
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on June 17, 2020, 10:27:04 pm
When are they going to put **** pornography on netflix?  Would bump subscriptions 800%
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on June 18, 2020, 08:47:49 am
When are they going to put **** pornography on netflix?  Would bump subscriptions 800%

I double dog dare you to start a Pr0N culture thread...  :D
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Dia on September 01, 2020, 05:38:57 pm
Love on the Spectrum.  I really enjoyed meeting these people, so many quirky personalities, the matter-of-fact honesty so many displayed, the pure joy when they found someone with whom they connected. 
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Dia on September 12, 2020, 01:05:14 pm
Watched two Netflix Documentaries this morning, found both very interesting.

Social Dilemma - how social media is impacting society and the forces behind it.  Features people who've worked at FB, Google and other similar companies. 

Capital in the Twenty-First Century.  Traces the history and impact of wealth, power and inequality for the last 300 years, where we are now and where we could go in the future.  Based on a book by Thomas Piketty, a French economist.

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on September 12, 2020, 03:07:49 pm
I like the idea of those documentaries but I have a feeling I wouldn't learn anything.

Just finished "I'm thinking of ending things..." which is a Charlie Kaufman product.  If you like his brand of surrealism then it's must-see.  If you like ANY surrealism, then I guess it's must-see because not enough of that stuff gets made but maybe more than in the past.

It was... 'ok'.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on September 12, 2020, 11:36:43 pm
Most documentaries these days are op-ed pieces in video form, but don't include links to make it easy to factcheck.

As soon as a documentary starts trying to convince me of some point I turn it off.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: waldo on September 13, 2020, 06:12:58 am
hey member squiggy - quit playing the azzhole with your dumbTaggin'
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on September 13, 2020, 04:26:32 pm
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.

Season 2 of "The Boys" is now on Amazon Prime. I haven't started watching it yet, but the final minutes of season 1 were stunning and I can hardly wait to see what's next.


Season 3 of American Gods is supposed to be out sometime this year.  Disenchantment is supposed to be back on Netflix before the end of 2020 as well.  The Mandalorian season 2 is supposed to arrive in October. Looking forward to all of those.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on September 24, 2020, 11:03:06 pm
Watched an interesting doc on CBC Gem tonight. "Assholes" A theory. Covers all types of assholes, assholery and **** cultures including fraternities, the RCMP, Wall Street, Silicon Valley and political assholes.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on September 24, 2020, 11:41:50 pm
Watched an interesting doc on CBC Gem tonight. "Assholes" A theory. Covers all types of assholes, assholery and **** cultures including fraternities, the RCMP, Wall Street, Silicon Valley and political assholes.

Anything about Waldo in the doc?  I kid, I kid...
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: waldo on September 25, 2020, 12:24:24 am
(https://i.imgur.com/wXCoYsZ.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/KpQQcRC.jpg)
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on September 25, 2020, 12:08:07 pm
(https://i.imgur.com/wXCoYsZ.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/KpQQcRC.jpg)

It's worth watching, the Gem app is free if you are willing to put up with adds.

You decide. I think our inner **** surfaces occasionally in all of us but for some it is a full time occupation.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on September 25, 2020, 12:10:04 pm
Weird, this program censors the word ahole singular but any variation like the plural assholes, seems to be OK.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on October 09, 2020, 08:25:32 am
https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/81254224

I haven't been interested in the topic of technological threats to our social fabric.  I guess because I'm IN it so much, I don't think it would be interesting.  But I heard an interview with the guy who made this - The Social Dilemma - and he articulates it in a much broader, meta-type way that I found interesting.  It kind of hung the current climate together with the evolution of communication in general.  ( The interview was with Sam Harris btw)

Anybody seen it ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on October 15, 2020, 11:54:27 pm
Not Netflix.  Apple+

Greyhound with Tom Hanks.  99% of the movie takes place on the bridge of a ship during WWII.  I liked it.  Intense.   It was like watching Das Boot but from the Allies’ perspective.  ****/5

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Dia on October 16, 2020, 10:24:43 am
https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/81254224

I haven't been interested in the topic of technological threats to our social fabric.  I guess because I'm IN it so much, I don't think it would be interesting.  But I heard an interview with the guy who made this - The Social Dilemma - and he articulates it in a much broader, meta-type way that I found interesting.  It kind of hung the current climate together with the evolution of communication in general.  ( The interview was with Sam Harris btw)

Anybody seen it ?

Saw it, liked it, recommended it here on September 12.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on November 19, 2020, 02:10:48 pm
Another interesting short doc I ran across on the Guardian site

About a young writer who takes a 92 year old woman to the concentration camp where her brother died. They were both in the French resistance as children. He was caught and sent to a slave labour camp where they were building V2 rockets. He died three weeks before the camp was liberated. She had vowed never to go to Germany but this young woman changed her mind and it turned out to be a journey for both of them. It's only 25 minutes and if you are interested in that part of history, well worth a look. She really was one of the Greatest Generation.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2020/nov/18/colette-a-former-french-resistance-member-confronts-a-family-tragedy-75-years-later
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on November 19, 2020, 07:47:22 pm
Another interesting short doc I ran across on the Guardian site

About a young writer who takes a 92 year old woman to the concentration camp where her brother died. They were both in the French resistance as children. He was caught and sent to a slave labour camp where they were building V2 rockets. He died three weeks before the camp was liberated. She had vowed never to go to Germany but this young woman changed her mind and it turned out to be a journey for both of them. It's only 25 minutes and if you are interested in that part of history, well worth a look. She really was one of the Greatest Generation.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2020/nov/18/colette-a-former-french-resistance-member-confronts-a-family-tragedy-75-years-later

Oof.  Sounds tough.  I may check it out.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on November 19, 2020, 10:05:04 pm
Oof.  Sounds tough.  I may check it out.

We visited a camp when we were in Poland. This had my wife in tears.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on November 20, 2020, 08:38:08 am
We visited a camp when we were in Poland. This had my wife in tears.

I read Viktor Frankel's book about his experiences in the camps.  I have seen a few films and documentaries. 

Living through current times it's easy to see how it could happen.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on November 20, 2020, 09:16:35 am
I read Viktor Frankel's book about his experiences in the camps.  I have seen a few films and documentaries. 

Living through current times it's easy to see how it could happen.

I agree. What we see going on in the US and things like Brexit are disturbingly similar to the 1930’s.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on November 20, 2020, 12:36:59 pm
I agree. What we see going on in the US and things like Brexit are disturbingly similar to the 1930’s.

I agree to a degree...  there are many, many people that would actually love a fascist to take charge and get those pesky “enemies of the state”, or whatever they would call them. 

But there are certainly more protections in place in the USA and GB to avoid the tyranny from completely subverting democracy in the way it happened in 1930s Europe.  Even when a tyrannical-wannabee wins, they are limited in the damage they can do.   
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on November 20, 2020, 01:10:12 pm
I agree to a degree...  there are many, many people that would actually love a fascist to take charge and get those pesky “enemies of the state”, or whatever they would call them. 

But there are certainly more protections in place in the USA and GB to avoid the tyranny from completely subverting democracy in the way it happened in 1930s Europe.  Even when a tyrannical-wannabee wins, they are limited in the damage they can do.   

We still don't know how much damage Trump will do before he leaves or how much damage Trumpism will do in future. Right now the US democratic system is badly compromised. A system that was supposed to have so many checks and balances such a thing would be impossible.

Right now our system seems more resilient that the US but that's maybe because it evolved over the 700+ years since Magna Carta instead of being made up by a bunch of guys over beers in the late 18th century. Even so, the populism that brought about  Brexit and is endangering the Union itself should be a warning that we can't feel too complacent.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on November 21, 2020, 06:43:42 pm
Even so, the populism that brought about  Brexit and is endangering the Union itself should be a warning that we can't feel too complacent.

What is destroying Europe is opinions such as these.  "Endangering the Union itself" LOL.  Do you understand exactly what the EU is and what it does, how it functions, and what it makes people in EU countries accept?  Equating Brexit to Nazism... ???   That's like equating universal healthcare to Communism.

I suppose there is no reasonable alternative between leftism and Thatcherism?  Any populism (non-globalism, non-elitism) is therefore Nazism?

Germany was being hard done by and then the depression happened.  The problem is they blamed the wrong people and elected racist genocidal warmongering totalitarian maniacs to solve the problem.  Trump is a racist totalitarian maniac, luckily for Americans he wasn't genocidal or warmongering.  Some Brexiters are racist, but hardly any of them are genocidal, warmongering, totalitarian, or maniacs.  Get rid of the racists and you have yourself some good policy.  Call them all racists and you have what we have now.

What I agree with you on is that those Polish death camps are lessons to be learned.  One of them is that if you rub people's face in the mud enough they'll start to resent, hate, and rage.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on November 21, 2020, 07:01:30 pm
What is destroying Europe is opinions such as these.  "Endangering the Union itself" LOL.  Do you understand exactly what the EU is and what it does, how it functions, and what it makes people in EU countries accept?  Equating Brexit to Nazism... ???   That's like equating universal healthcare to Communism.

I suppose there is no reasonable alternative between leftism and Thatcherism?  Any populism (non-globalism, non-elitism) is therefore Nazism?

Germany was being hard done by and then the depression happened.  The problem is they blamed the wrong people and elected racist genocidal warmongering totalitarian maniacs to solve the problem.  Trump is a racist totalitarian maniac, luckily for Americans he wasn't genocidal or warmongering.  Some Brexiters are racist, but hardly any of them are genocidal, warmongering, totalitarian, or maniacs.  Get rid of the racists and you have yourself some good policy.  Call them all racists and you have what we have now.

What I agree with you on is that those Polish death camps are lessons to be learned.  One of them is that if you rub people's face in the mud enough they'll start to resent, hate, and rage.

I was referring to the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The EU will be fine without the UK.

The EU is a response to Nazism, Make the countries of Europe so interdependent that such a thing can't happen again.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on November 21, 2020, 07:42:53 pm
I was referring to the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The EU will be fine without the UK.

The EU is a response to Nazism, Make the countries of Europe so interdependent that such a thing can't happen again.

People yearn to the be free and have self-determination instead of being controlled by a central or foreign power of "outsiders".  Scots, Northern Ireland and IRA, Quebec and FLQ, al-Qaeda and ISIS, Pakastanis/Sikhs/Hindus/Bangladeshi, Shiites/Sunnis/Kurds, Jews, Palestinians, Hutu and Tutsi, and 1930's Germans and Italians.

The EU was designed to increase corporate profits.  It's largely a neoliberal project, not a security pact.  The US colonies and also Canadian provinces formed a country as a security pact.  NATO was too busy fighting the USSR/commies to worry about each other.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on November 21, 2020, 07:55:49 pm
People yearn to the be free and have self-determination instead of being controlled by a central or foreign power of "outsiders".  Scots, Northern Ireland and IRA, Quebec and FLQ, al-Qaeda and ISIS, Pakastanis/Sikhs/Hindus/Bangladeshi, Shiites/Sunnis/Kurds, Jews, Palestinians, Hutu and Tutsi, and 1930's Germans and Italians.

The EU was designed to increase corporate profits.  It's largely a neoliberal project, not a security pact.  The US colonies and also Canadian provinces formed a country as a security pact.  NATO was too busy fighting the USSR/commies to worry about each other.

The EU is security pact in that its intention is to prevent conflicts between its members. The 75 years since WW2 is the longest period in history without a conflict between European countries. It has NATO for outside aggressors.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Montgomery on November 22, 2020, 03:13:58 pm
People yearn to the be free and have self-determination instead of being controlled by a central or foreign power of "outsiders".

Your often repeated ideology is a conflicting interest to China's brilliantly devised method of providing for the hundreds of millions or the world's growing number of billions!

The 21st. century only has room for one political ideology in the near future.

A scale of wealth will have to be confined to perhaps no more than ten or so times that of the bottom compared to that of the top. and looking further into the future, maybe even less!

Not the US scale of hundreds or thousands of times different.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on December 10, 2020, 06:31:54 pm
Death of Stalin

Very funny.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on January 01, 2021, 12:36:59 am
Not Neflix.

Apple+ - Bruce Springsteen’s “A Letter to You”.   Absolutely brilliant.  A documentary of the making of his latest album.  The man is a once in a generation talent.  An American treasure. 

Poetic and poignant...   this is a brilliant behind the scenes look at a great rock ‘n’ roll and singer/song-writer talent.

Filmed in black & white, the cinematography is great, but more importantly the mixing/production of this documentary is amazing.  Play it on a good sound system.  You’ll love it.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: SuperColinBlow on January 04, 2021, 02:12:04 am
Don't remember if I posted this before but on the US Netflix is a docudrama series called "The Last Czars" about, you guessed it, Tsar Nicholas II and his downfall and death.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on January 04, 2021, 07:51:29 pm
Don't remember if I posted this before but on the US Netflix is a docudrama series called "The Last Czars" about, you guessed it, Tsar Nicholas II and his downfall and death.

I enjoyed it'

On Prime

The Great.

 A comedy drama on the rise of Catherine the Great. Funny, bloody, raunchy and as it says, sometimes factual.
Dakota Fanning's younger sister Elle is amazing as young Catherine.

Looking forward to season two, whenever they can get it done.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on January 04, 2021, 08:21:49 pm
I enjoyed it'

On Prime

The Great.

 A comedy drama on the rise of Catherine the Great. Funny, bloody, raunchy and as it says, sometimes factual.
Dakota Fanning's younger sister Elle is amazing as young Catherine.

Looking forward to season two, whenever they can get it done.

There were some great things in that show.  One of my favourites of the year for sure.

Netflix has "Death to 2020" which made me laugh.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on January 12, 2021, 01:51:51 pm
Not Netflix.

Anyone watch Letterkenny on Crave? Weird, but addictive.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on January 12, 2021, 02:01:20 pm
Not Netflix.

Anyone watch Letterkenny on Crave? Weird, but addictive.

Just the first 7 seasons :)
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on January 12, 2021, 04:20:17 pm
Howareyanow? Yawannaknowwhat?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on January 25, 2021, 10:41:10 pm
Season 3 of Disenchantment is out!


After the shocking events at the end of season 2,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TUNSzbEypA

fascism has arrived in Dreamland. In season 3 we find out how fragile democracy really is, although Dreamland was never actually a democracy to start with.  Nonetheless, tyranny has arrived and it falls on Bean and her allies to set things right. Lots of laughs.  And of course some favorite characters from previous seasons appear as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU7TEdwzEkg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mFMkCMeVa8


 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on January 26, 2021, 07:29:43 am
We finished Season 1 in the maternity ward as Joan's pain set in.  I'm not going to suggest watching this again unless she does first...
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on January 26, 2021, 09:06:12 am
Most documentaries these days are op-ed pieces in video form, but don't include links to make it easy to factcheck.

As soon as a documentary starts trying to convince me of some point I turn it off.
Documentaries have always been this.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on February 16, 2021, 08:01:11 pm
I got Disney Plus just so I can watch Hamilton over and over and over...
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on February 17, 2021, 11:31:20 am
I got Disney Plus just so I can watch Hamilton over and over and over...

Is that a thing?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on February 17, 2021, 01:00:06 pm
Hamilton or Disney Plus? I believe they are both things.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on February 17, 2021, 01:37:38 pm
Hamilton or Disney Plus? I believe they are both things.

Watching Hamilton over and over...
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 17, 2021, 06:31:01 pm
Question for normies:
Why do you want to see Hamilton?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on February 17, 2021, 06:53:01 pm
Question for normies:
Why do you want to see Hamilton?

Normies?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 18, 2021, 04:58:59 am
Normal people, ex. Did not go to theatre school.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on February 18, 2021, 07:42:37 am
Question for normies:
Why do you want to see Hamilton?
It's the greatest work of art so far in the 21st century.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 18, 2021, 12:43:11 pm
It's the greatest work of art so far in the 21st century.

Why do you think that ?  Did you see it ?  Did you think that before you saw it ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on February 18, 2021, 02:30:40 pm
I really have watched it over and over. It has the discipline of Shakespeare's iambic pentameter in that every word fits, both rhythmically and in rhyme. It has brilliant rhymes and melodies and themes for each character. I could go on.

"Through all the bleeding and fighting, I've been reading and writing..."
"What are the odds the gods would put us all in one spot? A bunch of revolutionary manumission abolitionists, give me a position, show me where the ammunition is."
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 18, 2021, 02:37:23 pm
I really have watched it over and over. It has the discipline of Shakespeare's iambic pentameter in that every word fits, both rhythmically and in rhyme. It has brilliant rhymes and melodies and themes for each character. I could go on.

"Through all the bleeding and fighting, I've been reading and writing..."
"What are the odds the gods would put us all in one spot? A bunch of revolutionary manumission abolitionists, give me a position, show me where the ammunition is."

If you like Shakespeare then we are brothers.

What made you want to see it ?

I'm a little intrigued now.  I don't generally like musicals but the ones that move me are at the top of my list of faves.  The Les Miserables that came out awhile back with Crowe, Hathaway and Jackman did it for me.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on February 18, 2021, 02:56:46 pm
My “secret musical that I will never admit that I like” was Chicago with Geere, Zellweger and Zeta-Jones. 
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 18, 2021, 02:59:06 pm
My “secret musical that I will never admit that I like” was Chicago with Geere, Zellweger and Zeta-Jones.

I really hated that one but I have a vague memory of hot women in hit.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on February 18, 2021, 05:04:10 pm
Documentaries have always been this.

Well there's dry documentaries that just report facts, like a WWII documentary.  But now more of them seem to be op-eds rather than just reporting information.  The Michael Moore Effect.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on February 18, 2021, 09:34:34 pm
Question for normies:
Why do you want to see Hamilton?

Seriously, why would anybody want to see a show that isn't even set in an office building??

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on February 18, 2021, 09:53:18 pm
We saw "Enola Holmes" during the holidays.  It stars Millie Bobby Brown as Enola, and Henry Cavill as Enola's older brother Sherlock.   Helena Bonham Carter also appears, as their unconventional and mysterious mother Eudoria.   When Eudoria disappears unexpectedly, eldest brother Mycroft determines that it is time to send Enola off to finishing school to become a proper young lady.  She escapes and sets out to find her mother. Along the way she becomes embroiled in another mystery involving a young Viscount who is supposed to be taking his father's seat in the House of Lords.

It was enjoyable, though a bit twee. It is as though Netflix felt like two of their biggest stars needed something to do while waiting for new seasons of Stranger Things and The Witcher to arrive.  Millie Bobby Brown is delightful and it was interesting to see Henry Cavill in a role where he doesn't kill anything or beat anyone up. One had the sense that his biceps might tear through the fabric of his period-appropriate Chesterfield overcoat at any moment, but aside from that he was fine in the role.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 19, 2021, 04:16:21 am
Seriously, why would anybody want to see a show that isn't even set in an office building??

 -k

Seriously though.  Why do people think big theatre productions are so amazing?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on February 19, 2021, 09:08:31 am
Seriously though.  Why do people think big theatre productions are so amazing?
I think it depends on the big theatre production. Some are more amazing than others.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 19, 2021, 09:16:48 am
I think it depends on the big theatre production. Some are more amazing than others.

Well you sound like someone who makes up their opinions with some thought.  Therefore probably not my target audience.

Starting with Phantom of the Opera in the 1980s, a type of tourist who was not interested in theatre in the least .... all of a sudden became very interested in theatre.  Now... Phantom was designed as a kind of spectacle and I understand that... but since then there have been a parade of shows that seem to appeal and some of them really make me scratch my head.

For example: a RAP musical about a rather obscure American history figure.

Why do they like this ?

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on February 19, 2021, 10:22:11 am

For example: a RAP musical about a rather obscure American history figure.

Why do they like this ?
I hate Andrew Lloyd Webber's work from what I've seen, so I never bothered to see Phantom.
Whether people like it all depends on whether there is pure genius involved in the production. A musical about a founding father that incorporates elements of hip-hop and modern vernacular would be absolutely terrible in most people's hands. But Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius. You have to see it to get it, and it's so good that the more times you watch, the more you get.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 19, 2021, 10:24:05 am
I hate Andrew Lloyd Webber's work from what I've seen, so I never bothered to see Phantom.
Whether people like it all depends on whether there is pure genius involved in the production. A musical about a founding father that incorporates elements of hip-hop and modern vernacular would be absolutely terrible in most people's hands. But Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius. You have to see it to get it, and it's so good that the more times you watch, the more you get.

You keep speaking like an intelligent person, considering the value of the artistic product on offer.

You are not a lemming, clearly.  I'm wondering about the lemmings and neither you nor I can help with that.

But since we're here... did YOU like Les Miserables with Hathaway et al ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Bubbermiley on February 19, 2021, 03:25:08 pm
I had a hard time getting past Russell Crowe's singing so I never made it through, but I thought Anne Hathaway deserved the Oscar for her performance in "I Had a Dream." Not bad for one take.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on February 19, 2021, 06:09:25 pm
I had a hard time getting past Russell Crowe's singing so I never made it through, but I thought Anne Hathaway deserved the Oscar for her performance in "I Had a Dream." Not bad for one take.

Yeah I just loved it and I don't know why.

I watched this today and bawled.  I think I need a friend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhA_AniwbRQ

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Black Dog on March 03, 2021, 03:21:13 pm
I'm sorry a what word party

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Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on April 05, 2021, 07:48:49 pm
Ok.  The Crown. 

I hate that I like it but I do.

 ???

Anyone else ?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on April 05, 2021, 08:06:15 pm
It's well done as long as you don't take it too seriously.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on April 05, 2021, 08:07:33 pm
It's well done as long as you don't take it too seriously.

I like that.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: BC_cheque on April 05, 2021, 09:28:01 pm
I watch Netflix on the treadmill and The Crown had me looking forward to putting on my runners for all four seasons.  Great show. 
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on April 05, 2021, 11:05:36 pm
Godless

Great mini-series in the Western genre.  I enjoyed it a lot.  Acting was great, particularly Jeff Daniels.  Very strong cast of women who play a much larger role than traditional westerns without seeming like it was forced, if you know what I mean.

(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTY0NzkxNDcxNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTI5ODM5MzI@._V1_.jpg)
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Gorgeous Graham on April 05, 2021, 11:30:06 pm
Watched it, was pretty good.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on April 06, 2021, 08:39:16 am
I think we watched a few episodes but maybe it was too brutal for the mood we were in ....
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on April 06, 2021, 12:20:06 pm
I watch Netflix on the treadmill and The Crown had me looking forward to putting on my runners for all four seasons.  Great show.

I watched a documentary on Phillip the other day. Very interesting character. Family tragedies and other incidents in his youth which made him very guarded about expressing personal feelings. Over achiever, had to be the best at everything he tried. First in his class at the naval academy, sterling war record, given command of a frigate at 29. The guy was a serious sailor and his world was crushed when he had to give up his navy career. Early on he made himself unpopular with staff at the palace when he tried to bring it into the 20th century by maintaining things like sending footmen from room to room with messages wasn't the most efficient way of doing things in the age of the telephone. Environmentalist before it became fashionable, he was the first president of the British WWF in 1961 (ten years before Greenpeace was founded) and held the post for 21 years, founded or supported many other causes and charities. The guy was a doer. One thing that did ring true from The Crown was his identifying with Diana as being an outsider, her correspondence has shown that he tried very hard to keep her and Charles together, thinking it would work out for them like it had for him and Elizabeth.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Black Dog on April 06, 2021, 03:21:29 pm
My favourite part of the Crown was the astronaut episode. You know, the one where Lord Mountbatten became the first member of the Royal family to go to space.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on April 10, 2021, 10:14:22 pm
Didn't know whether to pu this here or the Auto Racing thread. Season 3 of Formula 1 is on Netflix. Watched the first episode last night and it covered the Racing Point controversy and testing ending with Covid resulting in the cancellation of the Australian GP. Episode 2 tonight.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Dia on May 12, 2021, 09:24:05 pm
Currently watching Stephen King's Mr Mercedes (Amazon Prime).  There's three seasons, we're only on season 1.  It's pretty good, although the Bill Hodges character is a bit annoying.  But Harry Treadaway is great as Brady Hartsfield, really captures his daily transitioning between weird-but-harmless geek and thoroughly **** up homicidal maniac with a sexual love-hate relationship with his momma.  Anyone else watch this show?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: cybercoma on May 14, 2021, 06:36:52 am
The wife and I missed out on Sons of Anarchy so we're going back and watching that. We're halfway through Season 4 and I've got to say, it's decent but not the same caliber as Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones. Maybe it's all the time I spend on the internet but television series don't do anything for me anymore. A show has to be really good to grab my attention and keep it. The last one that did that for me was The Good Place. Oh well.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 14, 2021, 08:08:34 am
The wife and I missed out on Sons of Anarchy so we're going back and watching that. We're halfway through Season 4 and I've got to say, it's decent but not the same caliber as Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones. Maybe it's all the time I spend on the internet but television series don't do anything for me anymore. A show has to be really good to grab my attention and keep it. The last one that did that for me was The Good Place. Oh well.

My top shows:

The Leftovers
Mad Men
Sopranos
Breaking Bad
Louie (FX Series)

BUT... if you want a fun monster-mystery-Vatican thriller

Thirty Coins is a joyous battle of ghouls with imagination and verve... Spanish with Subtitles (HBO / Crave)

I highly recommend all six shows.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on May 14, 2021, 10:13:00 am
Netflix  Traitors

Female civil servant is recruited by a rogue OSS operative to find a Soviet mole in new British Labour cabinet 1945. Collaboration between Channel 4 and Netflix. No word on second season but I hope there is one.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Dia on May 14, 2021, 10:33:39 am
Didn't know whether to pu this here or the Auto Racing thread. Season 3 of Formula 1 is on Netflix. Watched the first episode last night and it covered the Racing Point controversy and testing ending with Covid resulting in the cancellation of the Australian GP. Episode 2 tonight.

My partner has been watching that series, got him so interested in F1, he got a subscription to their TV app so he can watch all the races live, even from inside the cars. 
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on May 26, 2021, 01:38:06 am
Zach Snyder's "Army Of The Dead" !!! ~~~!!!!

It's two of your favorite genres in one! It's a zombie apocalypse movie! It's a casino heist movie! It's a casino heist movie set during a zombie apocalypse! This is so great. If you don't love this, you should probably contact your doctor right now.

Zach Snyder is having a bit of a moment.  The recent release of "The Snyder Cut" of the Justice League movie had many people feeling that the movie Snyder envisioned was way better than the steaming load of turd Joss Whedon ultimately laid on the public's doorstep. Snyder had filled much of the Justice League movie, but his daughter committed suicide part way through, which caused Snyder to withdraw, and the project was put in the hands of Joss Whedon. The result that Whedon brought to fruition was total dogshit, and as we now know Whedon himself is also total dogshit. Actors Ray Fisher and Gal Gadot have talked about what a toxic load of crap Whedon is as a person.

As far as I know, nobody has ever said a bad thing about Zach Snyder as a person. Lots of people have said bad things about Snyder's abilities as a film-maker, but I don't know that anybody has ever said a bad thing about him as a human being.

Zach Snyder has some definite strengths, as well as some weaknesses, as a creator.  Once of my favorite pieces of cinema, ever, in any genre, is the opening credits of Snyder's 2009 treatment of the legendary "Watchmen" graphic novel.  In the space of about 3 minutes, Snyder is able to convey 50 years of backstory, as well as the thematic and emotional nuances that go along with it. The nostalgia. The loss of innocence. The evolution from a simple black and white world to a complex shades-of-grey world. The opening credits of The Watchmen capture this brilliantly, in the space of about 3 minutes set to "The Times, They Are A' Changing" by Bob Dylan. Truly brilliant.

The opening credits of "Army Of The Dead", reminded me of Watchmen a bit. To the tune of "Viva Las Vegas", we see the back-story. The fall of Las Vegas to a zombie apocalypse. Accompanied by so many of Snyder's trademark visual cues.  I think that honestly the opening credits alone are worth the price of admission, which if you're a Netflix subscriber, is free.  Yes, you get to watch a great piece of film-making on your own television for the price of fucken FREE, which is okay by me.


I enjoyed this a lot.  This is one of those things I have talked about before where you have to evaluate the product by the promise the film-maker has made to you the viewer.   If you watch this and your thoughts are "This would have been better if it had been set in an office building and didn't have zombies" then you obviously watched the wrong movie and I have no sympathy for you.  This movie promises the viewer action and adventure in a zombie apocalypse setting, and delivers in spades. This isn't a movie for people who'd like to see chain smoking French actors debate the ideas of Sartre on a couch in a shitty Parisian apartment. This is a movie for people who want to see zombies, gore, thrills, chills, and adventure.


If you're on board with the premise, this movie is the titz.  It brings everything you could want and way more.

It stars Dave Bautista, and he's exactly what you'd want to build a movie like this around. He's best known as "Drax" from the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies, but he showed he could do more in the opening scene of "Blade Runner 2049" during the confrontation with Ryan Gosling's main character. Bautista is a lot like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the sense of being a charismatic action performer, but I think Bautista is a more genuine, more human, more relatable actor. If you can look past his absurdly powerful physique, he has this soft, gentle, humane quality to him.  He's at the center of some terrific action scenes, but he's also at the heart of these sensitive, vulnerable scenes with several of his co-stars.  In "Army of the Dead" we see Bautista in scenes involving crushing dozens of zombies, but we also see him in these scenes with his estranged daughter and his estranged friends from before the fall of Vegas, and he carries it all very well. I genuinely think Bautista is a talented actor trapped inside the body of a pro-wrestler and action movie star.

Aside from Dave Bautista, the movie has good ensemble cast with lots of likeable characters. Like a zombie version of Ocean's Eleven, our protagonists are a crew of experts assembled to get a job done. Dieter, a young German safecracker. Vanderohe, a philosopher who destroys zombies with a rescue saw. Mikey Guzman, a Youtube celebrity famous for videos where he splatters zombies using trick shots.  Peters the depressed, embittered helicopter pilot is a scene stealer. She's played by standup comedienne Tig Notaro. She never met the rest of the cast-- all her scenes were filmed in front of a green screen with acting partners. She was edited into the movie after filming had been finished, after the actor she replaced had become involved in a sexual assault scandal.  Snyder joked that he spent millions to get Notaro into Army of the Dead; he wasn't talking about her salary, he was referring to the cost of doing the digital editing to replace the prior actor.

Anyway.  This was a hell of a lot of fun.  If you're not the sort who only watches movies set in office buildings, this is great.

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: wilber on May 26, 2021, 12:19:45 pm
Godless

Great mini-series in the Western genre.  I enjoyed it a lot.  Acting was great, particularly Jeff Daniels.  Very strong cast of women who play a much larger role than traditional westerns without seeming like it was forced, if you know what I mean.

(https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BMTY0NzkxNDcxNF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTI5ODM5MzI@._V1_.jpg)

Lady Mary in a Duster. Sounds interesting.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 26, 2021, 12:40:46 pm
Yeah, we gave it up.  Too brutal.

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on May 27, 2021, 01:05:53 am
Yeah, we gave it up.  Too brutal.

The zombies, or the western?

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 27, 2021, 04:48:39 am
The zombies, or the western?

 -k

The western.

Zombies... I liked Romero's first two.  So we gave Walking Dead a chance.  I dropped it as they killed off my favourite characters.

Eventually Joan would watch as I surfed the 'net.

Finally I couldn't stand hearing the zombie snot sounds, and she got bored.

No more zombies.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Dia on May 27, 2021, 12:58:59 pm

No more zombies.

I've only watched a very few zombie shows, years ago, and never understood the appeal - the ones I saw were brain-dead, slow moving and extremely breakable, so keeping up a brisk walk, wearing denim/leather and carrying a big stick would have seemed very adequate defense, yet somehow the zombies always seemed to outsmart the live humans till the last minute when the live humans would suddenly prevail.  Perhaps zombies evolved and have become smarter, faster and less fragile since I paid attention. 

But, just in case those early exposures have misled me about the danger of zombies, I have prepared as per the CDC Guidelines for a Zombie Apocalypse, adding the aluminum baseball bat as per the first comment on the article.  https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/

Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: the_squid on May 27, 2021, 01:06:52 pm
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Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 27, 2021, 01:14:55 pm
I've only watched a very few zombie shows, years ago, and never understood the appeal - the ones I saw were brain-dead, slow moving and extremely breakable, so keeping up a brisk walk, wearing denim/leather and carrying a big stick would have seemed very adequate defense, yet somehow the zombies always seemed to outsmart the live humans till the last minute when the live humans would suddenly prevail.  Perhaps zombies evolved and have become smarter, faster and less fragile since I paid attention. 

But, just in case those early exposures have misled me about the danger of zombies, I have prepared as per the CDC Guidelines for a Zombie Apocalypse, adding the aluminum baseball bat as per the first comment on the article.  https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/

Har.

The Romero movies were social critiques, and horror art.  28 Days later I & II are great action films (the zombies are fast) and Zombieland is a funny comedy as are Shaun of the Dead and Army of Darkness.

The gurgling slow-movie diseased zombies of Walking Dead are gross to listen to and watch
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: kimmy on May 28, 2021, 12:52:18 am
I've only watched a very few zombie shows, years ago, and never understood the appeal - the ones I saw were brain-dead, slow moving and extremely breakable, so keeping up a brisk walk, wearing denim/leather and carrying a big stick would have seemed very adequate defense, yet somehow the zombies always seemed to outsmart the live humans till the last minute when the live humans would suddenly prevail.  Perhaps zombies evolved and have become smarter, faster and less fragile since I paid attention. 

But, just in case those early exposures have misled me about the danger of zombies, I have prepared as per the CDC Guidelines for a Zombie Apocalypse, adding the aluminum baseball bat as per the first comment on the article.  https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zombie-apocalypse/

I think a big part of the appeal of the zombie genre is the guilt-free violence.  You never need to think "that guy might have had a family" or "he was just doing his job" or "their country is being invaded, of course they're trying to fight back."  The zombies don't have a family, they don't have jobs, and they're always in the wrong. Killing them is probably an act of mercy.



People talk about slow zombies and fast zombies... but have you considered friendly zombies?

The iZombie TV series is avaliable on Netflix, and the main character is a zombie.  Liv Moore (get it? huh? huh?) is a medical resident who becomes infected by a zombie virus during a zombie attack at a party. She discovers that she can continue to be herself... as long as she keeps eating brains.  She leaves the hospital to take a new job at the city police morgue, to get access to the brains she needs.  When she eats a brain, she takes on some of the personality of its previous owner, and she also sometimes gains flashbacks-- visions-- of the circumstances leading up to their deaths.

She's found out by her supervisor Ravi, a brilliant doctor fired from the CDC for his eccentric theory that zombies actually exist. He convinces her that she should use her visions to solve murders, to get justice for the victims who keep her fed.  She partners with a homicide detective, Clive, who she manages to convince that she's a genuine psychic.  Solving these murders becomes one of the few things that gives her new unlife a sense of meaning.  And, the experience and perspective she gains from each different brain she eats also gives her new insight into her situation.

Each episode has a mystery of the week but the show also builds season-long story arcs. Ravi studying her condition to find a cure, her relationship with her previous life and loved ones, the personal cost of keeping her secret, and efforts to keep the zombie virus from spreading.  Which is a challenge because Liv isn't the only zombie. The show's chief antagonist is another zombie named Blaine, a charismatic slimeball who has no morals and sometimes infects people with the zombie virus to further his agenda.

It's also hilarious. Rose McIver is completely delightful as each episode Liv becomes almost a new character as the influence of a new brain takes over. The main characters are all lovable and have terrific chemistry together.  Recently finished the fifth and final season, and really enjoyed it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQhzQDW4L84

 -k
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on May 28, 2021, 04:46:12 am
I never thought about the guilt free aspect of zombie fare.

Well that show sounds clever.

I may add it to the list.

Is it Netflix?

Does anyone have any good Netflix movies to recommend?
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Dia on May 28, 2021, 05:37:23 pm
Thanks for the recommendation Kimmy, I will check it out.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: Black Dog on June 02, 2021, 11:26:08 am
Started watching "High on the Hog" on Netflix thinking it would be a straightforward food show like Chef's Table or Ugly Delicious, but it's so much more.

"Based on the foundational book of the same name by food historian Jessica B. Harris, the four-part series travels to Benin, West Africa, as well as around the United States, from South Carolina to Texas, Philadelphia and New York. In doing so, the show reveals stories behind the food of the African American table and its relationship to Black history."

In the first episode, the host (food writer, chef and sommelier Stephen Satterfield) and Harris visit Benin to learn about the links between American food and the slave trade. It's a powerful experience and definitely worth a watch.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on July 20, 2021, 10:09:19 am
I think you should leave.... Season 2

It's "goof comedy" along the lines of Jerry Lewis, Jim Carey but more intelligent.  Maybe like Chris Elliot or Sarah Silverman (from her sitcom).  Tim Robinson is just... funny.   But don't expect full characters here, it's basically the same premise every sketch: an idiot shows up and goofs and pisses off normal people.
Title: Re: Netflix Recommendations
Post by: MH on July 26, 2021, 09:20:49 am
Katla - DOUR Icelandic sci-fi/mystery... gripping.

Subtitles.