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That one has nothing to do with the CW, but it might as well have come out of the same production company.

 

Apparently Doom Patrol has quite a lot of fans, so if I ever were to watch one of them, it'd be that one (plus the Superman one out of morbid curiosity).

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Currently watching Life, the 2009 BBC documentary series narrated by David Attenborough. I'd picked it up on Blu-ray years ago, but for some reason never made it past the first two episodes or so.

 

Here's a brilliantly edited segment, with a perfectly spotted score by George Fenton:

 

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Wow! Episode 1 of Black Summer S2 felt like the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan but then with rabies infected zombies. Intense! 

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Just a Z nation rehash shoot-em up. I let David watch and I left the room.

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:huh:

 

Eh, Black Summer couldn't be more the opposite of Z Nation, which is suppose to be a funny, yet dumb and idiotic zombie show.  It's like you just write things without really knowing what you are talking about, Joe. 

 

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The finale of Black Summer Season 2 was, again, intense, and it certainly contains the best action scene I've seen in a long time (Yes, screw Zack Snyder and his Army Of The Dead!). Apparently, the people who weren't much into S1 are finding this season heaps better. Some even say it's how HBO's upcoming The Last Of Us should be. So yeah, season 3 is quite inevitable. No, it's not perfect but the show does get a lot of things right. One thing that is pretty unusual is that it's totally not a show about people or characters (you don't have to listen to boring stories of characters telling you their life story). It's a gritty survival show about a post-apocalyptic world filled with 'infected' (al la 28 Days Later). So no 'recreational' zombie slaying here. 

 

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Alias Grace (TV Mini Series 2017) - IMDb

 

Alias Grace

 

Meh!  I was hoping this'd be another great Netflix miniseries after Queen's Gambit and Godless, but it really wasn't.  It started out promising enough; The plot involves an Irish woman living in Canda in the 1840s/50s who is in jail for murder; As a doctor interviews her, we get flashbacks to her immigration and various jobs that lead up to the murder, and you don't know what is real and what she may be making up....

 

... but unfortunately after 5 episodes of setup building and building, I found all the final reveals and explanations in episode 6 to be slow, laborious, and just not very interesting, which kind of made the whole affair a bit pointless in retrospect.

 

Sarah Gadon was completely fantastic as the main character, and I had JUST seen her shine in Black Bear shortly before watching this so count me a new fan of hers; I honestly never would have even realized it was the same actor in both projects, she is so completely different between them.  She's got range!

 

Anna Paquin, David Cronenberg, and Zachary Levi were all pretty good too, but the guy interviewing her in every episode was a total dud.

 

It's free on Netflix

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On 6/23/2021 at 1:15 PM, Jay said:

Godless | Netflix Official Site

 

Godless

 

Wow!  I've been meaning to watch this miniseries since it came out in 2017 and this spring we finally did so.  I was hooked right away and loved it to the end.  This is slow pacing done right!  Every character is so well developed, every story has a nice beginning, middle, and end with interesting developments along the way.  All the acting is exceptionally good (in particular Michelle Dockery, Scoot McNairy, Merritt Wever, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Sam Waterston, and Jeff Daniels), the cinematography, directing, and production design are all top notch as well.

 

One of the things that is so good about is even though you know its building up to this inevitable giant action shootout in the town, by the time you get there in the last episode you truly care about everyone involved: Some you hope live, some you hope die, etc: But everyone involved has had meaningful character moments that stick with you, you know everyone's story.


This is exceptionally good television.

 

I was not surprised to learn after it was over that the guy who wrote and directed every episode - Scott Frank - also wrote and directed every episode of The Queen's Gambit.  This guy found a great niche for himself, as both those miniseries are great!

 

I completely agree with you about both miniseries, and both scores by Carlos Rafael Rivera. I'm not sure which of the two I like better, to be honest -- they're so different. By the way Jay if you have time to listen to a podcast, please check out this in-depth conversation The Goldsmith Odyssey had with Carlos -- about half of it is on The Queen's Gambit but we discuss Godless for a decent chunk too:
https://goldsmithodyssey.buzzsprout.com/159614/6049561-odyssey-interviews-carlos-rafael-rivera

 

Lots of major insights into his music.

 

Yavar

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Lovecraft Country will not return for a second season on HBO:

 

https://deadline.com/2021/07/lovecraft-country-cancelled-misha-green-reaction-season-2-tease-hbo-1234785945/

 

I watched all 10 episodes and I didn't care for the show. The first episode was good, but then it was downhill after that, with a boring plot involving witches, wizards, magic books, time travel and other fantasy shenanigans.

 

I kept waiting for the moment the series would justify its name and introduce Cthulhu, Yog Sothoth etc :eh:

 

If anyone wants to know what season 2 would've been about:

 

Spoiler

 

 

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Never watched the show, but the score was pretty ambitious and interesting.

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Westworld, s2e3. Is it really so difficult to tell your story in a way that makes sense and allows the viewer to watch one episode a week without getting utterly confused?

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They could have gone that way, but chose this way in purpose its not that they couldn't make a straightforward narrative, it's that they didn't want to.

 

It all makes sense by the final episode. 

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I loved Westworld's first two seasons, warts and all. The third, however, starts decently but then it gets messier and worst. The finale is simply horrible.

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Its Shark Week so people are on the menu.

 

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On 7/5/2021 at 11:00 AM, Edmilson said:

I loved Westworld's first two seasons, warts and all. The third, however, starts decently but then it gets messier and worst. The finale is simply horrible.

 

We finished S3 this weekend. 

 

I don't think there needs to be a Season 4. The hot mess that was S3 needs nothing more added.

 

The show jumped the shark when they retconned the oldest Hemsworth brother to be a host since Day One.

 

I think I was supposed to have feels when Bernard pretended to comfort the lady from Firefly as Arnold. Nothing.

 

This should be S4: The hosts escape Earth and become Cyclons. There, the end. 

 

Can we get a show where Vincent Cassel (the French mastermind villain in S3) and Giancarlo Esposito just try to outfox each other with their hot exotic accents? Please! 

 

Can I just say that Ben Barnes is a beautiful man that I've got a man crush on? I wish he hadn't been such a douche canoe in this show. Gimme more Shadow and Bone now. Should I watch Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, or just listen to the Iron Maiden? 

 

OMG, that was Marshawn Lynch? He was just there so he wouldn't get fired. 

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Was gonna post this in my own thread but figured I’d venture into one of these massive unreadable What’s the Last threads so more of you will see it.  I Think You Should Leave Season 2 is now on Netflix and it’s real good.  Ok, bye!

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Watched 1 and a half episode but it's not for me. I'm probably the only one in the world who isn't a fan of that sombre Nordic atmosphere.

 

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So I switched to this DC tale instead. Not bad. Let's see what episode 2 will bring. 

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Mare of Easttown' House: Kate Winslet's Pennsylvania Traditional – DIRT

 

Mare of Easttown

 

A big surprise here!  This turned out to be an extremely well made slow burn thriller.  It's ostensibly about Kate Winslet trying to solve a murder in small town Pennslyvania, but the burn is so slow the entire first episode is just introducing you to all the various characters, with the victim not even being dead until literally the final 10 seconds or so of it.

 

Kate Winslet is exceptionally good as the weary small town detective with many burdens from past events, Jean Smart is her usually terrific self as her mother, Angourie Rice (Ned's girlfriend from Far From Home) is also very good as her daughter with her own burdens.  Guy Pearce weaves in and out as a love interest, Evan Peters shows up as a county detective assigned to help the investigation, and even Roy from The Office turns out to be a fantastic dramatic actor as Mare's ex-husband.  There's lots of other characters too who are all well defined and memorable.

 

The investigation is always interesting, full of both twists and turns you kind of see coming and ones you really don't, which is always nice.  The details in the set and costume design as well as the accents really bring western Pennslyvania alive, which was really cool.

 

One of the best miniseries in recent years.  Every episode was directed by Craig Zobel, who directed two of the best movies of the 2010s (Compliance and The Hunt), so he's one to continue to follow for me.

 

I just hope HBO doesn't try to turn this into an ongoing series.

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I currently have a one month Amazon Prime test subscription, so I've been catching up with some exclusives that seem unlikely to get a Blu release.

 

First I watched Carnival Row, which I liked a lot. Good atmosphere, a nice cast - Bloom may a bit heavy on nervous overacting, but its nice to see him successfully play a brooding character. Jared Harris is always a bonus of course. The faerie/cyberpunk setting filmed in the Czech Republic works well for me because all the official/more pompous buildings could be straight out of 19th century Vienna and help to ground the whole thing. And the overall concept is a good example of how fantasy can serve as a natural vehicle for issues like class and race conflicts. The season finale goes a bit over the top by trying to cram to much into an exciting finish - a bit heavy on payoff porn after a whole season of buildup. That's more to do with the pacing and splitting into episodes than with the story, though, and I'm looking forward to S2.

 

Afterwards I watched S1 of The Terror, which I finished yesterday. Mostly excellent, except… I don't really see the point of the monster (not-so-)subplot. IN other words, the whole thing would have worked just as well without the monster, with no more than minor tweaks to the story, and it would still have been excellent, or even more so without the supernatural horror element. It just seemed out of place for me. I loved the rest though - very good atmosphere and a brilliant cast. I wasn't aware that Jared Harris was in this as well, but it ended up being probably the best role I've seen him in yet.

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On 7/3/2021 at 5:50 PM, Edmilson said:

Lovecraft Country will not return for a second season on HBO:

 

https://deadline.com/2021/07/lovecraft-country-cancelled-misha-green-reaction-season-2-tease-hbo-1234785945/

 

I watched all 10 episodes and I didn't care for the show. The first episode was good, but then it was downhill after that, with a boring plot involving witches, wizards, magic books, time travel and other fantasy shenanigans.


Yup, I also wasn’t smitten by Lovecraft Country.

 

17 minutes ago, Marian Schedenig said:

Afterwards I watched S1 of The Terror, which I finished yesterday. Mostly excellent, except… I don't really see the point of the monster (not-so-)subplot. IN other words, the whole thing would have worked just as well without the monster, with no more than minor tweaks to the story, and it would still have been excellent, or even more so without the supernatural horror element. It just seemed out of place for me. I loved the rest though - very good atmosphere and a brilliant cast. I wasn't aware that Jared Harris was in this as well, but it ended up being probably the best role I've seen him in yet.


I read the book and it was good. The series is good too, but I understand your criticism about the monster. It’s better done in the book. It’s written as a kind of alternate history about what “really” happened on that lost expedition.

 

The expedition met with disaster after both ships and their crews, a total of 129 officers and men, became icebound in Victoria Strait near King William Island, in what is today the Canadian territory of Nunavut. /—-/ The survivors, now led by Franklin's second-in-command, Francis Crozier and Erebus' captain James Fitzjames, set out for the Canadian mainland and disappeared.

 

Wikipedia: Franklin’s lost expedition 1845

 

Just like the show it’s a slow burner, but it makes more sense in its literal form.

 

Best enjoyed with a dram and a smoke, naturally.

 

 

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57 minutes ago, Marian Schedenig said:

Afterwards I watched S1 of The Terror, which I finished yesterday. Mostly excellent, except… I don't really see the point of the monster (not-so-)subplot. IN other words, the whole thing would have worked just as well without the monster, with no more than minor tweaks to the story, and it would still have been excellent, or even more so without the supernatural horror element. It just seemed out of place for me. I loved the rest though - very good atmosphere and a brilliant cast. I wasn't aware that Jared Harris was in this as well, but it ended up being probably the best role I've seen him in yet.

 

Completely agree with everything you said here, Marian. The idea of a possible monster lurking somewhere was good but they should have kept it vague and mysterious. But yes, Jared Harris' best role so far. And I agree with Ridley Scott, the diving scene (in the first episode) was particularly impressive. 

 

Also, Jared Harris vs Cirian Hinds ... does it get any better?!

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I was surprised when Hinds died so early into the series and Harris became the main character.

 

I'm interested in the book. My issue with the monster comes primarily from my feeling that aside from that particularly story strain, everything else seems very "authentic", and most of the real drama and character motivations are derived from that anyway. But yes, I would much more easily have accepted a vague superstitious threat of a "monster" that never becomes more than could credibly be viewed as simply the superstitious overimagination of a terrified crew.

 

I don't know anything about S2 and have no particular interest in it, but I'd love to see that show's take on the Dyatlov Pass incident.

21 minutes ago, rough cut said:

Best enjoyed with a dram and a smoke, naturally.

 

Wouldn't a whiskey be better suited for Crozier's story?

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3 hours ago, Marian Schedenig said:

Wouldn't a whiskey be better suited for Crozier's story?


Well spotted! It would for sure. The whisky on the pic makes no sense in context to the story.

 

I do do that from time to time - match the dram with the media, that is - for example my first listen of the expanded Far And Away...

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3 hours ago, Koray Savas said:

Over the past couple months I finished Silicon Valley.

 

Overall a fun and enjoyable show, but the first two seasons are by far the best, in my opinion. 

 

I think that's everyone's opinion

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I didn't like Sweet Tooth after all. It's a kids show. First episode is okay but things get too familiar when the journey starts. 

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Binged The Kingdom. Well made Korean zombie series set in the late 14th century.

Similar in one respect to the vampire series the Strain.

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3 hours ago, OneBuckFilms said:

I've been watching the entire Star Trek saga in in-universe chronological order, and am in season 6 of Voyager so far.

 

An excellent series with a lot of fantastic characters and some cool stories.

How bout that Tuvix

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He deserved to die and did not deserve to exist. Had he continued the show was doomed.

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Breaking Bad, nearly done with season 2. Then YouTube spoils the season 4 finale for good measure. That is the second time YouTube suggests stuff for no good reason (meaning I don't understand how it knows things about me).

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Watch an Exclusive Clip of Anna Kendrick's Quibi Show Dummy | POPSUGAR  Entertainment

 

Dummy

 

This is one of the Quibi shows now available for free on the Roku channel.  It's 10 episodes around 7-8 minutes each or so; I recommend watching two episodes at a time as most little plots seem to take about that long before resetting for another location for the next mini-plot.

 

The story involves Anna Kendrick as a Hollywood screenwriting living with Dan Harmon (the Community guy, here played by Donal Logue) who discovers his sex doll, then imagines it to have its own personality and goes on wacky adventures with it while learning things about herself and her relationship.

 

It's a must-see for any Anna Kendrick fan, and just a generally pretty funny short little show.  The whole thing is less than the length of a comedy film, and sort of feels like one chopped into 10 pieces... or maybe more like 5 sitcom episodes chopped into 10 with their C plots removed.

 

  Worth a watch.

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Woke on Hulu on Twitter: "POV: You're Keef in the first episode and one of  these voices has to go. 👀… "

 

Woke Season 1

 

Decent new show about a San Diego-based cartoonist who has a mental breakdown on the verge of success and begins to imagine every day objects personified in the style of his cartoons, and talking to him everywhere he goes (voiced by the likes of JB Smoove, Nicole Byer, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Jack McBrayer, Keith David, Cedric The Entertainer and more).


It started out pretty interesting and funny for a few episodes, then started to kind of meander around and not go anywhere interesting.  His two roommates and a New Zealand love interest ended up being more interesting than the main character.  But it got renewed for season 2, so maybe that will be better

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The White Lotus' review: hotel guests from hell in a dream telly vacation

 

The White Lotus Season 1

 

One of the best shows I've seen in a while, and easy the best season of TV so far in 2021.  The show is set almost entirely in a fancy Hawaiian resort hotel named The White Lotus (actually the Four Seasons in Maui), and follows 3 different groups of vacationers: A mega rich family (Steve Zahn & Connie Britton as the parents, Sydney Sweeney as the college-aged daugther and Brittany O'Grady as her friend, and Fred Hechinger as the high-school aged son), newlyweds Alexandria Daddario and rich husband Jake Lacy, and also wealthy Jennifer Coolidge; and also follows some of the staff, especially hotel manager Murray Bartlett, who I was unfamiliar with but steals many scenes throughout the show!


Each group of characters has all kinds of different storylines going on and themes touched on, and many points about wealth and privilege are touched on, often with both sides of various issues being presented by different characters in the scene.  But on top of all the different storylines, great acting, and gorgeous scenery, the show is also damn FUNNY, from broad silliness to darkly comedic depending on the scene.


The original score by Cristobal Tapia de Veer is amazing and refreshing, completely unique compared to any score I've ever heard before, and made each episode even more exciting to watch than it would have been otherwise.


It's 6 easy to watch hours, and it's free on HBO Max.  A second season has been commisioned that will follow completely different characters at another White Lotus hotel.

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Indeed. The White Lotus has been surprisingly great. I started the first episode to kill some time off while doing other stuff, thinking it was a run-of-the-mill family dramedy but it turned out to be so much more than that. It's over-the-top in parts, but always delightfully uncomfortable and entertaining with its dynamic interaction between characters. A real hoot. 

 

I also tried watching Ash Vs. Evil Dead on Netflix. I'm finding it a real slog and don't think I'll continue any further. The campy gorefest format works best as a short movie, but dragging out over 3 seasons... Apart from a few great practical effects splatter scenes, this show is pretty terrible. 

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Chaplewaite.  It is the adaptation of Jerusalem's Lot which is the precursor to 'Salem's Lot. 

So far it has a slow burn. I love the cast.

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