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The Netflix thread is like 10k deep and amazon has enough original content now to warrant its own thread. Use this to recommend or speak on anything Amazon Prime Video streaming related.

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Friday, 17 May 2019 23:40 (four months ago) link

i just started Patriot and it seems really fun and weird, I'm three eps in. has anyone stuck with it for all three seasons? should i continue on?

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Friday, 17 May 2019 23:43 (four months ago) link

Homecoming!

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Friday, 17 May 2019 23:44 (four months ago) link

i need to try that. is it a one season thing?

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Friday, 17 May 2019 23:45 (four months ago) link

I thought the Patriot was a lot of fun. Stick with it.

BlackIronPrison, Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:03 (four months ago) link

i actually kind of like how i have no idea what's going on. find myself laughing at quite a bit of it too

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:05 (four months ago) link

Fleabag appear yet?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:32 (four months ago) link

I really need to finish Homecoming. I think I have had 3 episodes left for forever. I figure my imagination might be better than the end.

Yerac, Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:59 (four months ago) link

same here, stalled after 6 episodes of season 1

Dan S, Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:07 (four months ago) link

Tokyo Girl 東京女子医大 is a better than average Japanese drama tracking the life of a girl from Akita who comes to work in Tokyo. It’s a pretty realistic portrayal of how shittily Japan treats career oriented women and it’s well worth as watch.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:20 (four months ago) link

big night and bully, 2 of my fav movies, are on there iirc

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:59 (four months ago) link

The Terror

Οὖτις, Saturday, 18 May 2019 02:02 (four months ago) link

Fleabag s2 is great, go watch that

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 18 May 2019 04:23 (four months ago) link

I like The Tick and Man In The High Castle — way behind on both but I am enjoying them

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 04:38 (four months ago) link

I’ll tell you what ISNT good on amazon prime video, it’s when you watch an old movie on there only to find that they’ve uploaded some kind of “tv cut” that’s been cut to shit instead of the full movie

Happened to me more than once and it’s v annoying

milkshake chuk (wins), Saturday, 18 May 2019 05:34 (four months ago) link

yes i hate that!

also they aren’t adding as many recent movie releases any more. :(

but they still have a reliably good library of Masterpiece Theater stuff & English detective/police procedurals

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 05:43 (four months ago) link

i really liked the patriot as well. it's not a prime original but recently, i've been watching baywatch with some friends. it's fascinating.

dynamicinterface, Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:15 (four months ago) link

I absolutely love Red Oaks

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 18 May 2019 12:42 (four months ago) link

Let The Corpses Tan, the latest film from Bruno & Helene (best known for The Strange Colour of your Body's Tears), is somewhat inexplicably free. There's also a giant trove of music docs, some of which (like the Pentagram or Stooges or Mudhoney ones) had actual proper releases and some of us (well, me) paid hard cash for.

I've found the way to discover the stuff you want to watch is to use the store and not the app.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:27 (four months ago) link

all 1,225 episodes of Dark Shadows are free

https://darkshadowseveryday.com/episode-guide/

Brad C., Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:48 (four months ago) link

Thanks for the tip - I was thinking about buying Let The Corpses Tan on Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber, but I doubt I'd watch it twice, so I'll just check it out on Prime.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:49 (four months ago) link

Oh yeah Red Oaks was really good. I stopped High Man at the end of the first season because it just made me mad.

Yerac, Saturday, 18 May 2019 14:01 (four months ago) link

Gortimer Gibbons is excellent if you're looking for something to watch with your kids.

Vikings and Black Sails are both trashy but fun.

And Halt & Catch Fire is superb.

groovypanda, Saturday, 18 May 2019 14:43 (four months ago) link

I watched all of Fleabag this week and it was excellent!

mh, Saturday, 18 May 2019 15:24 (four months ago) link

fleabag is good.

i have a bunch of music docs bookmarked. there’s one on freestyle i’m saving for a rainy day. also chappelle’s block party is on there

maura, Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:11 (four months ago) link

The two seasons of Fleabag are perfect, one of my favorite of all time.

Yerac, Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:29 (four months ago) link

oh yes Red Oaks is great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:36 (four months ago) link

Bosch is their comfort food show and it’s a pretty basic program but it’s pretty dope as an L.A. cop show with a veneer of The Wire-style politicking and careerism. Superb cast, Welliver owns but really good work from Jamie Hector, Paul Calderón, Lance Reddick, etc. there are some not-good guest turns but it’s a cop show, there’s always gonna be some corniness. S1 is mostly just “pretty good” but it really gets going from there.

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:24 (four months ago) link

Yah Bosch is great (also has its own thread)

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:50 (four months ago) link

Gotta check out red oaks

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:50 (four months ago) link

I can't get into Bosch, but I've always enjoyed the books

Sneaky Pete is far from perfect but a lot of fun, and has a bunch of great performances. There's a third season just out with a new showrunner instead of Graham Yost, which is a bummer, as the Justified-y vibe was part of the appeal.

HACF is an all-time great show, loved it so much, would watch again.

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:55 (four months ago) link

I only made it 2 1/2 episodes into Sneaky Pete season 3, and I didn't realize they'd changed showrunners, but that may explain why I hated it. And it bums me out not to watch this one, given that it includes Ricky Jay's final performance, but it was really bad when I bailed out. They introduced a new character that's clearly intended to be a sexy and charming femme fatale, and I just wanted Pete to shove her into traffic.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 18 May 2019 18:57 (four months ago) link

I love watching Jamie Hector in Bosch -- he must like golf in real life

sarahell, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:03 (four months ago) link

oh and the most recent season has Opie from Sons of Anarchy in it ... and his character dresses like Bobby from Sons of Anarchy ...

sarahell, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:04 (four months ago) link

Ha yeah pretty cool character

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:06 (four months ago) link

i see "Bobby" at my local TJ's all the damn time. he dresses like...himself on Sons of Anarchy.

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:13 (four months ago) link

Jamie Hector is great on Bosch, and so likable. basically the anti-Marlo Stanfield.

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:14 (four months ago) link

They cancelled the Tick. :(

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:42 (four months ago) link

Vikings is great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:52 (four months ago) link

Didn’t even realize the tick returned til I saw the cancellation news—love that dam show and looking forward to whenever they inevitably give it another go

i think ur a controp (voodoo chili), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:50 (four months ago) link

they cancelled it? it just got a ton of press about returning. too bad, never actually watched it

akm, Sunday, 19 May 2019 00:49 (four months ago) link

thanks for the music docs tip - had never struck me to look before, but I am now spending a pleasant Sunday evening with TAD.

woof, Sunday, 19 May 2019 21:59 (four months ago) link

All of Joanna Hogg's films are available.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 19 May 2019 22:06 (four months ago) link

I can't get into Bosch, but I've always enjoyed the books

I've read the first handful of books (reaction: these are not great but they are v efficient & I will probably read most of them) and watched the first episode, was underwhelmed

ppl said it got really good later so I watched the last few of S3

was underwhelmed

blokes you can't rust (sic), Monday, 20 May 2019 05:13 (four months ago) link

tbf you are not easily whelmed

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 May 2019 05:20 (four months ago) link

The efficiency is kind of the key to their greatness, plus the way the books are stacked with these little procedural mini-mysteries that get described and then solved every few pages. The series’ lack of mystery focus - it seems more like an ensemble cop show from the few episodes I’ve seen - probably contributes to my lack of whelm (plus I don’t like the lead, in this role anyway).

Gonna try again for the angels flight series though, as that’s my favourite of the books.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 20 May 2019 06:46 (four months ago) link

Sneaky Pete season 3 is pretty skipable, unfortunately

Bosch is usually best mid-season? I may be off in my remembering but the general formula is that each season has a more action-based plot in parallel with a slow-burn or multi-season plot element and the more active case gets the majority of the time mid-season followed by a wrap-up and return to the slow-burn element to tie up both threads in the last few.

mh, Monday, 20 May 2019 15:29 (four months ago) link

i've only watched the first 3 seasons but i thought it was pretty interesting insofar as the mysteries weren't explained very easily and there were at least four of them happening at once (with a couple converging into one). And I always like a good Arnold Vosloo role.

omar little, Monday, 20 May 2019 16:39 (four months ago) link

It's not clear whether this thread is for movies or just original series/TV. There really needs to be a place to share movie discoveries, because Prime has so damn many (something like 5x Netflix), with so much variety, yet the browsing interface is terrible. If Amazon had applied the same techniques to enabling people to find products they could order online, Bezos would still be aspiring to put boutique bookstores out of business.

Anyhow, thanks for 'Let The Corpses Tan'. A little gorier than I usually like, but all the more riveting for it. Startled to recognize a no longer alabaster Elina Lowensohn, 25 years after 'Amateur'.

Some 2018 movies I've recently come across. Haven't watched them all yet:

Ghostbox Cowboy
Wobble Palace
Milford Graves Full Mantis
Never Goin' Back
Guys Reading Poems

punning display, Monday, 27 May 2019 22:25 (four months ago) link

Films of note from 18/19 on US Prime; sorry if some of these are repeats:

Hereditary
Zama
The Road Movie
Eighth Grade
Leave No Trace
The Death of Stalin
Border
A Quiet Place
First Reformed
You Were Never Really Here
Generation Wealth
Unsane
The Great Buddha+
A Prayer Before Dawn
Lots of Kids, A Monkey and A Castle
Western
John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection
Let the Corpses Tan
Madeline’s Madeline
Cold War
Loveless
A Fantastic Woman
Suspiria

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 27 May 2019 22:42 (four months ago) link

^Good list. Also of note, Lean on Pete. However, it looks like Border, Death of Stalin and Loveless are only viewable on Prime for an extra charge.

punning display, Monday, 27 May 2019 23:10 (four months ago) link

"Ghostbox Cowboy"

this was made by friends of mine! well written and directed by my friend's husband who I don't know as well as her (she is a producer on it). .... still haven't watched it shamefully

akm, Monday, 27 May 2019 23:29 (four months ago) link

Anyone seen 'Leave No Trace'? As someone who lived off the grid for a while and found it immensely satisfying if terrifyingly difficult, I'm wondering whether I'll like it or want to kill it.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Monday, 27 May 2019 23:34 (four months ago) link

it’s really really good. *highly* recommend.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:39 (four months ago) link

it is very judgement-free imo.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:40 (four months ago) link

yes agree

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:42 (four months ago) link

For a PG movie it's beautiful and very very subtle and sophisticated for a film you can watch with your (slightly older) kid.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:18 (four months ago) link

Border, Death of Stalin and Loveless WERE on there! Go figure.

Leave No Trace is excellent; one of the best films of last year imo.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:26 (four months ago) link

I really loved the way Madeline’s Madeline was filmed, with all of the subjective points of view and blurred displaced images, and the ending was so unexpectedly strange and euphoric

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:28 (four months ago) link

it looks like Loveless is also available on Hulu. It is a great film

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:32 (four months ago) link

Am I actually the only person that watched the Terror cuz if so waht

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:54 (four months ago) link

"I really loved the way Madeline’s Madeline was filmed"

I couldn't make it more than 10 minutes into this movie; one of the rare things I absolutely had to turn off.

akm, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:02 (four months ago) link

xpost I am in the process of watching it, only a couple of eps to go. I love everything about it.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 02:52 (four months ago) link

Leave No Trace is in my top handful of 2018.

tfw you are not easily whelmed (sic), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 03:00 (four months ago) link

Leave No Trace is a good recent example (along with The Rider) of a satisfying film that could have easily become an award season sensation with the right push and no one would have batted an eye.

Chris L, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 04:09 (four months ago) link

God I wish The Rider were available anywhere except on the Starz streaming network; that film was a stunner.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 04:13 (four months ago) link

xpost It's kind of amazing that it didn't, given it was the director's first fiction film since Winter's Bone, which got nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, and that Leave No Trace was (like Paddington 2?) one of the few films to have 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, fwiw. It's really perplexing, honestly, that Leave No Trace got literally no nominations (esp. considering what was nominated, let alone won best picture), or even much traction in small awards circles.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 12:27 (four months ago) link

Having no box office, a smaller distributor, and I assume little or no industry campaigning behind it was the more important factor.

Chris L, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 13:23 (four months ago) link

Glad to see all the love for Leave No Trace. Also one of my favorites from last year. I'm with Josh; shockingly overlooked considering it was the same team that did Winter's Bone and having a similar feel and level of filmmaking. Again, the young actress is a real discovery and standout!

Nhex, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 13:32 (four months ago) link

All of Dark Shadows is on Prime! I'm about 450 eps in.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 14:44 (four months ago) link

Have you got to the Meghan Draper eps yet?

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 14:54 (four months ago) link

Did you start at the beginning or with Barnabas?

Brad C., Tuesday, 28 May 2019 15:03 (four months ago) link

I started at the beginning, so 120 or so before barnabus.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 15:25 (four months ago) link

I watched episodes 210 to 370 and need to get back to it

Brad C., Tuesday, 28 May 2019 15:32 (four months ago) link

watched a few episodes of baywatch and i've gotta be honest the remaster is great - the show looks exceptionally crisp

it's otherwise terrible obv

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 15:37 (four months ago) link

Am I actually the only person that watched the Terror cuz if so waht

― Οὖτις, Monday, May 27, 2019 6:54 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

its not on amazon prime nor was it created by amazon. but i am currently watching it by other means and it's great.

It's not clear whether this thread is for movies or just original series/TV. There really needs to be a place to share movie discoveries, because Prime has so damn many (something like 5x Netflix), with so much variety, yet the browsing interface is terrible. If Amazon had applied the same techniques to enabling people to find products they could order online, Bezos would still be aspiring to put boutique bookstores out of business.

My initial idea for this thread was mostly for recommendations of content created by Amazon (Amazon Originals) but it's fine to recommend other movies/shows available within the platform.

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:00 (four months ago) link

an older show, but my wife and i kind of love scott & bailey — manchester murder investigation stuff, but really well acted / written (it's a sally wainwright show).

tylerw, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:02 (four months ago) link

I did a deep dive down the "viewers who liked x may like y" hole and discovered Amazon has a zillion B-westerns, I assume in public domain and usually in terrible condition -- Roy Rogers, Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard, Tex Ritter, that crowd. I watched a couple and they're in the "so bad they're kind of entertaining" category.

WmC, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:19 (four months ago) link

its not on amazon prime nor was it created by amazon. but i am currently watching it by other means and it's great.

huh weird right I guess it was AMC? For some reason Amazon was where I got it. my bad.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:24 (four months ago) link

In regards to this and the Netflix thread, I would absolutely like to know about good films or TV shows that are on the platform regardless of whether they are original content or not. There are lots of great movies on both that you'll only ever find if you do a lot of digging.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:25 (four months ago) link

If you put any stock in IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes ratings, one of the tools at justwatch.com lets you only show films with at least ___ IMDB score or ___% on RT. It's a starting point anyway.

WmC, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:32 (four months ago) link

xp it's compounded by the fact we're an international community, or at least continually remind each other of that fact, and the licensing across services means it's total guesswork as to what is available on each service unless it's content that service originated

I'd be good with a general purpose "now streaming" movies thread with the caveat that streaming might just mean "available for home release"

mh, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:52 (four months ago) link

Has this been posted yet? It allows you to search Prime Movies & TV by new or popular or random etc.

https://instantwatcher.com/a

brownie, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:30 (four months ago) link

its not on amazon prime nor was it created by amazon. but i am currently watching it by other means and it's great.

huh weird right I guess it was AMC? For some reason Amazon was where I got it. my bad.

― Οὖτις, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 10:24 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

no prob. it may have been available at some point on there. which is kinda the problem with talking itt about content merely hosted by amazon, it may come and go.

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:34 (four months ago) link

I love the idea of a general 'movies/tv now streaming on...' recommendations thread.

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 18:34 (four months ago) link

Terror is on Hulu i believe.

I do this for my "now available" hunting; allows you to sort by service which is a great help:
https://www.justwatch.com/us/new

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:45 (four months ago) link

Brownie, I first learned about instantwatcher several years ago somewhere on ilx. I use both it and justwatch, which covers virtually all streaming services. IW to keep up with newly added titles and JW to find out what service, if any, carries a particular movie. They're both great for filtered searches.

It really is a problem keeping track of what comes and goes from Prime and Netflix. Especially on Prime, movies can disappear for a few weeks then come back again. And often a bunch of movies will leave one service and immediately show up on the other, or on Hulu, Starz, etc. Apparently, due to licensing deals changing hands.

punning display, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:30 (four months ago) link

I will now be watching The Terror, having learned Jared Harris is in it. Still one of the 4 shows available on Amazon Prime in Australia.

Four more 2018 films of note on Prime not mentioned above:

Thunder Road
Colette
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
Beautiful Boy

I watched the first two last night. Thunder Road is not to be missed. Feels at times like humiliating comedy monologues stitched onto a melodrama, but there's more to it. Colette was a lot better than I expected. Keira Knightley is fantastic, and the story never hardly lapses into self-congratulatory plays for relevance. It probably helps that I didn't know anything about Colette's early life.

I'm hesitant to get to the other two yet.

punning display, Friday, 31 May 2019 14:46 (four months ago) link

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot isn't spectacular, but it's a nice story and jonah hill is excellent, like truly really great.

Jeff the grown man (voodoo chili), Friday, 31 May 2019 15:09 (four months ago) link

yea i really enjoyed that 1 also, to my surprise

johnny crunch, Friday, 31 May 2019 18:44 (four months ago) link

beautiful boy is watchable but not v good imo

johnny crunch, Friday, 31 May 2019 18:46 (four months ago) link

I made it about 5 minutes into Historical Roasts or whatever before I cringed out.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Friday, 31 May 2019 19:00 (four months ago) link

Agree that Colette was pretty good. None of the others really interest me.

Terror has indeed just shown up on US Hulu. I watched the first episode last night but may wait a couple of weeks to resume - I can only take about one hour a week of Jared Harris, and Chernobyl's still going.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 31 May 2019 19:13 (four months ago) link

I made it about 5 minutes into Historical Roasts or whatever before I cringed out.

― Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Friday, May 31, 2019 12:00 PM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

for the netflix thread?

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Friday, 31 May 2019 21:34 (four months ago) link

Oh, sorry! Got mixed up.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Friday, 31 May 2019 21:41 (four months ago) link

Yes, I already own the DVD, but I'm still excited to see Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise on here.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 2 June 2019 02:48 (four months ago) link

Just added: Connie Plank – The Potential of Noise. Documentary about the krautrock producer made by his son. It's good, for the most part.

punning display, Sunday, 2 June 2019 12:36 (four months ago) link

I noticed there's a load of the usually pretty good Classic Albums documentaries on Prime. Not sure if they're all there but there's lots

nate woolls, Sunday, 2 June 2019 21:46 (four months ago) link

i watched a documentary the other night about the banana and American imperialism in Latin America. Pretty decent intro, though I'd really like to see something more in depth that isn't some smug Michael Moore or whoever-type expose.

sarahell, Sunday, 2 June 2019 21:53 (four months ago) link

Watched the first episode of GOOD OMENS tonight and holy fuck was it bad. My tolerance for whimsy is low at the best of times, and this was about as Not For Me as it's possible for a thing to be, and that was before Queen showed up on the soundtrack. I don't really blame Neil Gaiman, though, 'cause I liked American Gods (book, not show), and while I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett, the Wikipedia plot summary of one of his novels (the first in a 40-book series, for fuck's sake) made me want to tear my eyes out.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Sunday, 2 June 2019 23:28 (four months ago) link

The trailer and even just the thumbnail looked so bad I couldn’t even bother giving the pilot a few minutes

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Monday, 3 June 2019 00:11 (four months ago) link

i quite like it

but the special effects are so unforgivably terrible ... ie vfx in s1 eccelstone new-Who level crappy — and whatever the fuck they did to Tennant’s lizardy demon eyes (contacts or digital i cant quite tell ) looks hideous.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 June 2019 00:26 (four months ago) link

It's contacts in every shot, even when he's wearing sunglasses, but enhanced with cgi in the scenes where it looks aggressively stupid

that was before Queen showed up on the soundtrack

This is a reference to a very good running joke in the book, that has been left out of the series altogether.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Monday, 3 June 2019 01:43 (four months ago) link

oh man this is making me sad as I was super looking forward to this, although i think the book is way overrated.

akm, Monday, 3 June 2019 01:48 (four months ago) link

sic what did you think of it? overall?

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 3 June 2019 02:10 (four months ago) link

Watched the first episode of GOOD OMENS tonight and holy fuck was it bad. My tolerance for whimsy is low at the best of times, and this was about as Not For Me as it's possible for a thing to be, and that was before Queen showed up on the soundtrack. I don't really blame Neil Gaiman, though, 'cause I liked American Gods (book, not show), and while I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett, the Wikipedia plot summary of one of his novels (the first in a 40-book series, for fuck's sake) made me want to tear my eyes out.

Your objections make sense in that, as I understand it, due to Pratchett's passing they wanted to incorporate as many of the elements that he brought to the novel as possible.

Simon H., Monday, 3 June 2019 02:27 (four months ago) link

(I haven't watched it and probably won't tbh)

Simon H., Monday, 3 June 2019 02:27 (four months ago) link

A someone who read the book as a teenager I didn’t dislike it but it wasn’t great either. It’s a bit heavy handed and too faithful as the book to the extent that Frances McDermont/God is explaining jokes that only really work written down. They also don’t really do much to build the characters of the ‘Them’. The book portrays them as a sort of a just William/Famous Five gang of kids living in an sentimental old world England that was already long gone in 1990, but conjoined up by Damian’s imagination field by these books . They almost seem incidental to the story. By contrast a lot of the rest of the series could do with some heavy editing. Too faithful to the book.

I don’t think we’ve talked about the Marvelous Mrs Maisel which is good fun.

(This Sunday in Melbourne was great weather for binge watching TV)

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 3 June 2019 04:31 (four months ago) link

Maisel talk moved to the Maisel thread in January 2018

sic what did you think of it? overall?

it's not good but it's watchable. definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone who hasn't read the book. I liked the 3rd episode best, which was almost entirely new material, and with Sheen and Tennant throughout.

Adam and his pals (who are 100% William and the Outlaws, with the serial numbers faintly liquid-papered over, in the book) are so minimal a presence in the series that I wondered if they got cut down drastically because the boys or just Adam turned out to be such bad / not grasping the (very had to grasp) tone of the production. Weren't they basically the second group of protagonists in the prose version?

Everyone who isn't Crowley and Aziraphale gets short shrift tbf - not only have Newt and Anathema only met each other about 40 seconds before they bone, we've not had much longer to get to know either of them. McKean has lost his ability at British accents since Spinal Tap, even with a Scottish director, and is startlingly uncompelling as the second-most-seen character so soon after he pinned your eyes and emotions in Better Call Saul. Miranda Richardson is kinda wasted, but also doesn't have any of the earthiness of the book's character: it feels like she is very relievedly slipping into chastity at the end, rather than diverting Shadwell into appreciating pleasures of the flesh.

Frances McDormand's narration is so flat that one imagines they'd proudly announced the casting before she recorded, and couldn't go back. It's not just that she's reading or elucidating stuff from the book, it's that either she doesn't seem to get the jokes enough to play them deadpan, or the visuals are so frenetically busy underneath her that it undermines her casual delivery from what might otherwise play as deadpan.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Monday, 3 June 2019 08:27 (four months ago) link

Similar objections to sic esp re: Frances McDormand's narration. Pacing was all over the place - it felt like they were just rushing through the plot points of the book.

I did like the kids though - thought the parts where Adam comes into his powers were better here than they were in the book. It's been a while since I read it but iirc Adam just weirds his friends out a bit before he comes round. Here he actually gets to be a bit more terrifying.

Sheen and Tennant were great, everyone else was underutilised/miscast. And as with all things Gaiman, the whole thing was all just entirely too pleased with itself.

Roz, Monday, 3 June 2019 09:13 (four months ago) link

Young teen me is surprised no one has green-lit that Piers Anthony immortality series yet.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 June 2019 11:33 (four months ago) link

I watched the first ep, and it was much better than I expected. Will watch the rest.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Monday, 3 June 2019 12:26 (four months ago) link

while I've never read anything by Terry Pratchett, the Wikipedia plot summary of one of his novels (the first in a 40-book series, for fuck's sake) made me want to tear my eyes out.

lol this is pretty much my experience except swap out Wikipedia summary for having someone describe the novel to me at length while I nod politely and desperately look for an exit (this has happened to me multiple times in my life with different people, so apparently pratchett fans are the type of people who do this) (I did try to read something by him once, it was bad)

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Monday, 3 June 2019 12:52 (four months ago) link

Yeah the trailer is terrible and it definitely looks awful and cheap !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 3 June 2019 13:06 (four months ago) link

It was okay. Tennant was great, Sheen was good (I probably would have thought he was great if his portrayal had matched the mental image I had from the book, which was a significantly older character), I kind of liked the Horsemen.

Jon Hamm was also pretty funny but that's not a surprise.

Arugula Raccoon (DJP), Monday, 3 June 2019 13:19 (four months ago) link

Yeah I thought it was ok. Tennant, Sheen and Hamm were all good. Whitehall ok. Any others with big parts pretty poor esp McKean who was dreadful.

The first episode, or even just the opening sequences were nearly enough to put me off totally - the stench of cod Douglas Adams was overwhelming and threatened to come back every time the Frances McDormand v/o struck up.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Monday, 3 June 2019 13:28 (four months ago) link

Has anyone watched "Higher Power"? Looks like a b-grade alt-superhuman movie, very vaguely like "Rupture", in that putting someone through stress unlocks latent ability. Not having Amazon Prime, if someone rates it average or better, I'd track it down elsewhere. Am thinking Google Play for "Forest of Lost Souls", so would look for "Higher Power" there, also.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 3 June 2019 13:34 (four months ago) link

^"Forest of Lost Souls" is great. It's on both Prime and Hulu.

Searching at justwatch.com, I see that "Higher Power" is on Hulu but would cost $4.99 for members to watch on Prime. Not my thing anyway.

Hulu would be your best deal to see both films. The $5.99/month plan works great for watching just movies. That's less than Google Play for just the two, and Hulu's ads only interrupt their TV shows/series.

punning display, Monday, 3 June 2019 14:03 (four months ago) link

Thanks for the input! Been planning on dropping HBO, which - aside from GoT, John Oliver, and the periodic special or movie - hasn't been an excellent value for the money.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 3 June 2019 14:07 (four months ago) link

So could replace it with Hulu, meant to say.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 3 June 2019 14:08 (four months ago) link

I've been watching Long Strange Trip, the Amazon original Dead documentary. It's definitely a cut above the standard issue streaming doc-in-a-box and is done in a style that suits is subject matter very well.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 3 June 2019 14:36 (four months ago) link

Any others with big parts pretty poor esp McKean who was dreadful.

About a minute into his first appearance, I said to myself "McKean was cast and directed to give this ridiculous performance because Shadwell is not supposed to come across as a credible human being" and then he stopped bothering me.

Arugula Raccoon (DJP), Monday, 3 June 2019 14:43 (four months ago) link

xp to alpaca: the main story element of 'this week tonight' is on their youtube channel every week fwiw

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 3 June 2019 15:27 (four months ago) link

Good Omens is not as bad as I expected but I feel like actors other than Sheen and Tennant would have made it better.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 03:09 (four months ago) link

It just occurred to me that the Queen gag was the one thing from the book that they DIDN'T signpost and repeat three times to make sure everyone watching got it

Arugula Raccoon (DJP), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 16:47 (four months ago) link

thanks for the post about the 'classic albums' series being on here. got those queued up for background viewing during work .

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 17:09 (four months ago) link

Here are links to specific threads for some Amazon Originals shows:

— Bosch: "If you can smoke and drink while doing it, it's not a sport" - a thread for BOSCH
— Sneaky Pete: Sneaky Pete on Amazon Prime
— Homecoming: Homecoming, a good show on Amazon Prime
— The Man in the High Castle: Search is Broken so I Don't Know if there's already a Man in the High Castle TV show thread
— The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
— Transparent: Transparent - Jill Solloway television series on Amazon
— The Expanse: (Amazon picked this up for season 4 and beyond): Is anybody else watching The Expanse?

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 17:28 (four months ago) link

One of the episodes of Good Omens has the intro 25 minutes in. That's just not on.

Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 17:47 (four months ago) link

Watched The Posse yesterday. It's a western from 1975 starring and directed by Kirk Douglas. Bruce Dern is in it as well. Not a typical western - kind of weird little film tbh.

brownie, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 17:53 (four months ago) link

I guess it's just called Posse.

brownie, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 17:54 (four months ago) link

thanks, Spottie!

mh, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 20:15 (four months ago) link

Watched this https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannie_Caulder cuz the cast is amazeballs (well, except for Culp). Unfortunately it sucked.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 05:20 (four months ago) link

An area that I don't think has been mentioned where Amazon Prime is pretty strong is Italian genre films of the 60s, 70s & 80s. Spaghetti Westerns, Euro-crime, Giallo, etc. Unless you go searching for it and follow links to related titles, directors or actors, you might never know it's there. Amazon's website is the best way to explore, as opposed to the Prime Video app. A few examples:

Search for Spaghetti Western. Just a fraction of what Amazon suggests:

Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!
Django, Prepare A Coffin
Django Meets Sartana!
(The original Django film is no longer available for some reason. None of the sequels come close, but these three are the best of the 10 or so on Prime.)
I am Sartana...Your Angel Of Death
If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death
Sartana's Here, Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin
$100,000 For A Killing
A Fistful of Dollars
God Made Them, I Kill Them
God Said to Cain
A Man Called Blade
Day of Anger
Companeros
Dead Men Don't Count
Man, Pride & Vengeance

Sure, they ain't all classics. Many don't belong in a discussion of "what's good", but just seeing the lurid cover art by the dozen should make your pulse race. A search for Euro Crime leads to, for starters:

The Italian Connection
Caliber 9
The Boss
Blood & Diamonds
Execution Squad
Hired Gun
Killer Cop
How to Kill a Judge
Property Is No Longer a Theft
Shoot First, Die Later

Search for Giallo. Some of what shows up:

Seven Deaths In The Cat's Eye
Eye In The Labyrinth
Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key
Weekend Murders
The Black Belly of the Tarantula
The Bloodstained Butterfly
The Blood Spattered Bride
Blood and Black Lace
Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion
Don't Torture a Duckling
The Black Cat
City of the Living Dead
Short Night of Glass Dolls
Death Laid an Egg
The Cat O' Nine Tails
The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Killer Is On The Phone
Opera
Deep Red
Phenomena

Beware that many versions have terrible dubbed English and no option for Italian with subtitles. I'm no expert, but I think that's what comes with the territory. It's more tolerable with the better movies. With the crappier ones, it can add to the charm. Or not.

Whenever you find an old movie on Prime from before about 1990, from anywhere, not just Italy, you should proceed with caution. I've gotten excited to find old classics that turn out to be unwatchable, shoddy transfers. As a rule, when the cover thumbnail is a generic dark box the video quality is shit.

punning display, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 15:09 (four months ago) link

oh damn, i didn't realize so much of that giallo put out in recent times by Arrow was on Prime in the US. Awesome! i wanna watch all of that.

Nhex, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 15:16 (four months ago) link

yes! i have been filling my watchlist with all this stuff and absolutely going to town.

it is also a goldmine for the works of folks like joseph merhi, richard pepin, and the like.

andrew m., Wednesday, 5 June 2019 15:50 (four months ago) link

the church is missing from that giallo list, it's on prime and it's spectacular

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 15:57 (four months ago) link

Whenever I stumble upon a cache of stuff I like that I didn't know was there I add it to my watchlist. But then I end up with 300+ things in my watchlist, which is so many that I can't tell when something vanishes. Until I look for it, and it turns out to be the one thing I want to see and it's not there.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 16:36 (four months ago) link

A bunch of the movies being listed lately (like Hannie Caulder) are available on Prime and Hulu both, for people without one or the other.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 16:41 (four months ago) link

thank you, punning display! I have several of those giallo already in my watchlist but had no clue about how to search for them

I haven't had Prime very long, but my impression is that stuff like this cycles in and out of free status without much predictability

Brad C., Wednesday, 5 June 2019 16:46 (four months ago) link

Whenever I stumble upon a cache of stuff I like that I didn't know was there I add it to my watchlist. But then I end up with 300+ things in my watchlist, which is so many that I can't tell when something vanishes. Until I look for it, and it turns out to be the one thing I want to see and it's not there.

― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 12:36 PM

Or it's still there but now it's $3.99 to watch, not free with Prime anymore. Hate that.

The easiest way I've found to keep tabs on that is to periodically open my watchlist on my computer and scroll down, looking for videos where the diagonal Prime stripe on the upper left corner is gone. Then as you click 'Remove', loudly curse "Fuck Amazon!" or your swear word of choice. When you mouse over, it will sometimes give the date when a title will be leaving Prime soon, but this is completely unreliable.

It sucks that Amazon doesn't support multiple watchlists, or changing the order of videos in your watchlist, or even viewing it as text only. One method I've tried for keeping a list of movies I don't want to forget about but I don't want bloating my watchlist: I save a browser bookmark of the video's Prime page (first deleting the "Amazon.com: Watch" text before each title). Then, I can freely organize the bookmarks into folders as I please. However, there are no thumbnails and no indication whether a title has been dropped, so it's usefulness is limited.

I'd watch more movies if it didn't cut into the time I could spend farting around with lists.

punning display, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 18:06 (four months ago) link

Good Omens is outrageously clumsy but I’m enjoying watching it. The voiceover is the pits though, yes.

I wish Tennant had waited a decade to do Who. He’s a lot more interesting to watch now.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 23:46 (four months ago) link

Whenever you find an old movie on Prime from before about 1990, from anywhere, not just Italy, you should proceed with caution. I've gotten excited to find old classics that turn out to be unwatchable, shoddy transfers.

Yeah, Prime has some really terrible transfers, particularly of horror movies. Shudder is really good for that stuff though, and is pretty cheap for a year's sub. They don't seem to be trawling the transfer bargain bin (can such a thing exist? It seems like it does) like Amazon is.

Position Position, Wednesday, 5 June 2019 23:53 (four months ago) link

I think that was where I saw a version of "City Lights" that didn't even have Chaplin's score

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 5 June 2019 23:56 (four months ago) link

I wish Tennant had waited a decade to do Who. He’s a lot more interesting to watch now.

He's in my bottom three Doctors, but I don't think there would have been a show a decade later if he hadn't done it.

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 6 June 2019 00:20 (four months ago) link

If you have a watchlist on IMDb, you can drill down to see a list of those that are streaming on Amazon Prime. Only problem is: the title matching is rudimentary, so quite often you're disappointed to find it's actually another film with the same name. It's a nice feature though: shame they don't do it with Netflix.

Alba, Thursday, 6 June 2019 06:42 (four months ago) link

They do it with Prime because they're owned by Amazon

There's a streaming service they've crammed into a weird niche called "Freedive" that I believe is US-only with television shows and movies interrupted by commercials. It's accessible in a not-clear way through most of the Amazon streaming apps, sometimes via a separate row of content. I think I've only watched episodes of Fringe that way, but it's not easy to search for content on it unless you come from the website.

mh, Thursday, 6 June 2019 13:32 (four months ago) link

Patriot's really good! Surprised that I hadn't heard anything about it. Maybe the title puts people off?? Riyl barry

just sayin, Thursday, 6 June 2019 21:59 (four months ago) link

yeah the name doesnt really work at all.

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 6 June 2019 22:05 (four months ago) link

Fleabag has a thread too!
Fleabag

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Thursday, 6 June 2019 22:35 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

There's a separate thread for it but is anyone else watching Nicolas Winding Refn's Too Old To Die Young?

I'm five (very long) episodes in now and whilst it looks beautiful, the incredibly drawn out scenes are getting all a bit tedious now in a way that those of Twin Peaks didn't. They all just feel a bit too much deliberately stylized in this, so much so that it often breaks your suspension of disbelief.

groovypanda, Friday, 21 June 2019 09:13 (three months ago) link

ozploitation options are strong. have so far enjoyed: wake in fright, long weekend, turkey shoot, and frog dreaming.

will say that rarely has a movie made me as queasy and uneasy as wake in fright. and if i ever watch it again i will be ffw-ing through the infamous roo hunt.

have a few more lined up in the queue: night of fear, mad dog morgan, patrick, nightmares.

have read that dead end drive-in and razorback are worthy. not on prime atm though.

andrew m., Thursday, 27 June 2019 18:46 (three months ago) link

oh, and body melt is in the queue as well.

andrew m., Thursday, 27 June 2019 18:46 (three months ago) link

Body Melt is wild

The Man From Hong Kong is a $2 rental & well worth it

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 27 June 2019 18:58 (three months ago) link

There's a separate thread for it but is anyone else watching Nicolas Winding Refn's Too Old To Die Young?

I'm five (very long) episodes in now and whilst it looks beautiful, the incredibly drawn out scenes are getting all a bit tedious now in a way that those of Twin Peaks didn't. They all just feel a bit too much deliberately stylized in this, so much so that it often breaks your suspension of disbelief.

― groovypanda, Friday, June 21, 2019 2:13 AM (six days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm five episodes in now and I think it's really strong. the manner in which the five leads are all operating in vv different ways on paths of revenge for those who have been wronged is pretty interesting and the whole series being specifically from the very first scene about the violent effects of broken and/or evil men is pretty timely to say the least.

I saw someone online refer to episode 2 as basically Tarkovsky doing "Narcos" and that seems pretty otm, i mean obv not Tarkovsky-level but miles better than any of the bullshit in Narcos. Points to the show for clearly being super contemptuous of the police dept -- i love the Wolf of Wall Street style of Hart Bochner's homicide squad.

William Baldwin is insane in this. and James Urbaniak's villain in episode 5 was one of the most despicable creations I've seen in a long time. Miles Teller makes for a better blank slate than Ryan Gosling.

omar little, Thursday, 27 June 2019 19:05 (three months ago) link

basically Tarkovsky doing "Narcos"


narcovsky, obv

big beautiful wario (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 27 June 2019 19:10 (three months ago) link

Wake In Fright is SO good, one of my faves; but the roo hunt def makes it a tough watch, no question.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 28 June 2019 02:12 (three months ago) link

belladonna of sadness added

johnny crunch, Friday, 28 June 2019 14:42 (three months ago) link

Another thumbs-up for Wake in Fright, which perfectly balances between terrifying and hilarious, capturing that queasy fear you get when you're just waiting for the goons you've been partying with to decide you think you're better than them and kick the shit out of you, but it also perfectly captures the kind of asshole behavior of someone who thinks he's smarter than his goon friends. It's one of the most lacerating movies I've ever seen.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 28 June 2019 14:49 (three months ago) link

wake in fright is genuinely one of the most unsettling, nightmarish movies i've ever seen

big beautiful wario (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 28 June 2019 14:50 (three months ago) link

sweaty, threatening Donald Pleasance is so great in that film

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Friday, 28 June 2019 15:03 (three months ago) link

otm

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 28 June 2019 16:34 (three months ago) link

I'd somehow never seen Wake in Fright before. I think I always confused it with something else, a movie about someone hallucinating in the outback or being hunted in the outback? (Both descriptions not entirely off!) Anyway, what a nuts movie this is. It would make a great sweaty triple bill with, I dunno, Straw Dogs and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 28 June 2019 18:38 (three months ago) link

Saw it at the cinema a few years ago and loved it, it has that wicker man feel where you’re simultaneously against the uptight prick who won’t go with the flow, revelling in his downfall, and yet totally with him in his descent to hell surrounded by these grotesques

The scariest thing was that ruined steak and egg and the piss that Australians call beer tho

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Friday, 28 June 2019 18:46 (three months ago) link

Yeah, I don't know if it's scary so much as unsettling.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 28 June 2019 18:49 (three months ago) link

call

It’s not 1971 anymore

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 28 June 2019 18:55 (three months ago) link

also some grotesque real-life animal cruelty captured on film, lovely

then ted kotcheff went off to make first blood and weekend at bernie’s

what a career

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 28 June 2019 18:56 (three months ago) link

Good stuff in this interview:

https://www.dreadcentral.com/news/38309/exclusive-ted-kotcheff-looks-back-at-forty-years-with-wake-in-fright/

Dread Central: One of the more unsettling moments of Wake in Fright had to be the kangaroo hunting sequence; it’s a tough watch. Was that one of the bigger challenges you faced when you made this movie- pulling off that scene?

Ted Kotcheff: You know, at the beginning I really didn’t know how I was going to do that sequence; I wasn’t sure how to make it look real because I would never condone killing animals just for a movie. That’s immoral. But then one night, one of the Australians on the film crew said, “You know, they kill hundreds of kangaroos every night in the outback professionally? “They have these refrigerated trucks where hunters go out in pairs on them. They shoot the kangaroos and they bring them back, put them in a refrigerator, go out and then kill some more of them. So why don’t you put your camera in the back and go out with these hunters; they’re killing hundreds anyway and sending the meat out for pet food.”

So, it was kind of gross, knowing that pet food back then was made out of kangaroos too but I was not going to kill one kangaroo for my film either. So I went out with the hunters and shot some footage which was quite an experience. It was so incredibly grueling to watch them shooting the animals but I just photographed exactly what they did and made no judgments on their actions.

There was this spotlight at the top of their truck and a reversible windshield so when they lifted their guns on the dashboard, the light would hypnotize the kangaroos so they were able to shoot them without any problem. To me, I think the most horrific thing in the film was the way the kangaroos’ eyes were red as they stood there waiting for death. It haunted me. But I know we had that warning at the end of the movie about the animals but that’s something I wished we had put in at the beginning, just so audiences would know that we wouldn’t mercilessly kill animals just to make a movie.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 28 June 2019 19:03 (three months ago) link

yeah i may never be able to watch wake in fright

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 28 June 2019 19:05 (three months ago) link

the roo scene can probably be skipped past without harm to the vibe or the story but yeah if you’re in any doubt i’d probably give it a miss tbh

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 28 June 2019 19:09 (three months ago) link

I think the kangaroo stuff is essential, actually. Or at least, it's essential to the uncomfortable anything-goes violent psychopath general batshit vibe of the whole thing.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 28 June 2019 19:29 (three months ago) link

It’s not 1971 anymore


The scary thing is that in the movie... it is

shhh / let peaceful like things (wins), Friday, 28 June 2019 19:29 (three months ago) link

Brad you can cover your eyes or go and make a cup of tea during that bit, so you get the vibe without fully watching

it was kind of gross, knowing that pet food back then was made out of kangaroos too

Now it's in midscale restaurants and supermarkets for humans

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 28 June 2019 19:34 (three months ago) link

There was kangaroo on the menu the first time I was ever in Sydney. It was at an upscale Indian place.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 28 June 2019 19:41 (three months ago) link

i had a couple of cans of beer while i watched, as i often do, and watching them sweatily, very sweatily, guzzle so much beer and liquor day and night was ... something. definitely affected my enjoyment of my two cans and ramps of the quease factor.

andrew m., Friday, 28 June 2019 19:48 (three months ago) link

I think the kangaroo stuff is essential, actually. Or at least, it's essential to the uncomfortable anything-goes violent psychopath general batshit vibe of the whole thing.

I agree. It's deeply disturbing to watch, but so is everything else in the movie.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 28 June 2019 19:48 (three months ago) link

Whenever you find an old movie on Prime from before about 1990, from anywhere, not just Italy, you should proceed with caution.

re: shoddy transfers, was stoked to watch china 9, liberty 37, and i did, but it was really rough going. def the worst i've come across of all the old crazy genre stuff i've watched thus far. like, handycam set on a table with a book under it aimed at a goldstar vhs/tv combo bad.

andrew m., Monday, 8 July 2019 19:10 (three months ago) link

^^Isn't that one kinda-sorta Public Domain? Always tread w/caution regarding those unless you can tell it's provided to the service by a reputable distributor.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 8 July 2019 19:17 (three months ago) link

just started on Red Oaks, really like it in a flashback, John Hughes way. THis is a convincingly 80's looking cast too. Seems like this show didn't get very much attention while it was running; I don't know a single person who watched it or ever talked about it.

akm, Monday, 8 July 2019 19:55 (three months ago) link

provided to the service by a reputable distributor

sometimes they'll have two different free versions of the same movie, and a third one that costs $3.99 to rent, and the thumbnail on the third one will be a cropped b&w screencap with the title overlaid in blue Times New Roman

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Monday, 8 July 2019 20:21 (three months ago) link

just started on Red Oaks, really like it in a flashback, John Hughes way. THis is a convincingly 80's looking cast too. Seems like this show didn't get very much attention while it was running; I don't know a single person who watched it or ever talked about it.

You know, I watched one episode of this, liked it, then forgot about it. I think the current information economy makes it really hard to keep watching a show nobody else cares about, it's like swimming against a slow but consistent current

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 8 July 2019 21:48 (three months ago) link

Not sure if it was mentioned elsewhere but Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard's Forever is great if you looove Maya Rudolph and, er, don't mind Fred Armisen. Hoping to see Noah Robbins go on to bigger things off the back of it also.

nashwan, Monday, 8 July 2019 21:57 (three months ago) link

Red Oaks is absolutely wonderful, love that show and those characters so much

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 15:35 (three months ago) link

i've been watching bosch, it's so stupid and hackneyed and i love it

na (NA), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 15:36 (three months ago) link

currently on season four, i.e. the season where the most conservative show ever regarding giving police the freedom to do whatever they need to do to solve cases tries to reckon with police brutality/torture. it's a trip and someone should write a doctoral thesis on it.

na (NA), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 15:39 (three months ago) link

I oddly enough watched Red Oaks because John Podhoretz loved it so much.

Yerac, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 15:43 (three months ago) link

I watched the first season of Red Oaks because my friend's son played one of the supporting car-parking nitwits. It was fine, especially Paul Reiser playing a shit.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:14 (three months ago) link

the most conservative show ever regarding giving police the freedom to do whatever they need to do to solve cases

uh, have you ever seen Blue Bloods? ... like calling Bosch a conservative cop show compared to that ... impressive collection of Republican Americana ... idk

sarahell, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:16 (three months ago) link

Bosch is like Hunter crossed with The Wire and it largely owns.

omar little, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:17 (three months ago) link

i have very conflicting feelings about it

na (NA), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:27 (three months ago) link

I guess what I'm trying to say, is that most cop shows are "pro-cop, anti-bureaucracy" ... Bosch isn't all that extreme an example imo

sarahell, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:31 (three months ago) link

i've only seen the first 3 seasons, they've become progressively better. It's this combination of old-school TV corn (including some of the acting and plotting) and nu-school atmospheric realism and some much better acting by a few of the key players. only thru S3, but 3>2>>1.

omar little, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:33 (three months ago) link

worst thing i've seen on this show was the disgusting PDA displays by one of the S3 military bad guys and his gf.

omar little, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:34 (three months ago) link

an interesting essay topic would be the portrayal of Irving in the tv series vs. the books -- the series has changed the character significantly and Reddick makes him much more sympathetic than the way that character is written in Connelly's books

sarahell, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:35 (three months ago) link

i was being hyperbolic about "most conservative ever..." etc. i guess i just meant compared to the wire, which is clearly what bosch is aspiring to.

the seasons do gradually get better, i agree. the action scenes are usually exciting which makes it weird they only have like two-three action scenes per season.

i also like the weird choice to set up the koreatown killer plot in season three, continue it into season four, and then have it end completely anticlimactically as a C-plot (though i haven't finished s4 yet so maybe there's more to come).

na (NA), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:46 (three months ago) link

haven't read the books but assume Irving is more a gray area type character? it probably is a good essay topic for a lot of TV/film portrayals of book characters, where they take a more nuanced and complex part and push it either towards more of a "good guy" or more of a villain. i feel like i was thinking of a different character in regards to this kind of recently, now i'm blanking.

omar little, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:50 (three months ago) link

this show and the Refn series make extremely good use of Los Angeles, w/Bosch being primarily Hollywood and the surrounding area and TOTDY being heavily in the San Fernando Valley.

omar little, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:51 (three months ago) link

all cop shows are reactionary and conservative by nature; the cop as protagonist means every other character falls into one of two categories: victim or criminal (bcz this is how cops see the world, naturally)

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:53 (three months ago) link

i guess i just meant compared to the wire, which is clearly what bosch is aspiring to.

I don't see that aspiration at all, unless you are thinking that by casting Reddick and Marlo the show is signalling that? Bosch strikes me as a more "personal narrative" centered show, whereas the Wire was about oppressive and/or dysfunctional systems and how it is near impossible through human agency to dismantle or change those systems.

sarahell, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:57 (three months ago) link

haven't read the books but assume Irving is more a gray area type character? it probably is a good essay topic for a lot of TV/film portrayals of book characters, where they take a more nuanced and complex part and push it either towards more of a "good guy" or more of a villain.

Actually, in the books he is more of a villain and the show makes him more of a gray area type character.

sarahell, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 16:58 (three months ago) link

casting Reddick probably makes the character even more likable i guess, plus he's got an underrated gift for comic underplaying. some of the better moments involve his side eyes at Bosch.

omar little, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 17:06 (three months ago) link

I've watched the first episode of the Refn show and need to keep rolling

after finishing the first, I was thinking that his style really made the episode seem longer than it was, but it really was 90 minutes! it's not necessarily intimidating, but I had to acknowledge it's a series where I'm going to have to actually make a commitment to one episode at a time. episode length seems to taper off after the first few

untuned mass damper (mh), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 17:07 (three months ago) link

last episode is 30 min. i haven't gotten there yet, just finished up episode 7.

omar little, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 17:10 (three months ago) link

I'm not sure they do taper off. Last one is 30 minutes yeah, but four clock in at 90 minutes and another four around the 75 minute mark.

I've finished it now - was generally very good but I've no idea how many people are going to stay the whole course.

groovypanda, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 06:57 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Anyone watch The Boys yet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcrNsIaQkb4

DJI, Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:29 (two months ago) link

i sorta read the first thirty issues of the comic it's based on and I can tell you that it's based on vile subject matter

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:55 (two months ago) link

Based on the trailers and the Wikipedia page for the original series it looks like real chud bait.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 26 July 2019 00:02 (two months ago) link

the comic redeems itself a bit by the midpoint but anyone who claims to be a big fan is probably a sociopath

it’s Garth Ennis going into the red on cynicism about superheroes and any show is going to either cut things back entirely, or cut back in ways that obscure the obvious vileness of the enterprise, making it apologetic imo

untuned mass damper (mh), Friday, 26 July 2019 02:27 (two months ago) link

Under the Silver Lake (by dude who did It Follows) got panned and sunk into oblivion, but... I kinda liked it? It’s messy and shaggy dog, not sure what it all amounts to, but it sinks you into its world. Surreal LA noir thing, easy to see the Lynch fiber, but kinda brought to mind Inherent Vice (the book) maybe moreso than the PTA movie.

circa1916, Friday, 26 July 2019 04:37 (two months ago) link

It got planned at Cannes but it's already got quite a cult following. I saw it on the big screen and had so much fun with it.

Alba, Friday, 26 July 2019 11:43 (two months ago) link

I was not aware! Yeah, I had kinda forgotten about it until I saw it on Prime. Intended to just check out the first 15 minutes or so before bed to see what kinda vibe it had and ended up watching the whole thing.

circa1916, Friday, 26 July 2019 14:02 (two months ago) link

Halfway through The Boys and it might actually be... ok?

It's dialled down in the same way as the Preacher TV series was, probably even more so and has simplified the plot hugely so it can largely avoid the Ennis-isms.

Ready to have to reverse this opinion after the second half.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Friday, 26 July 2019 19:08 (two months ago) link

I watched the first episode and enjoyed it. mh's point is a good one, but I never read the comics, so... *shrug*

DJI, Friday, 26 July 2019 19:17 (two months ago) link

From a writeup:

Like Starlight, Quaid’s Hughie finds himself entering into a new reality where he learns the truth about the Seven. His journey starts with an awful loss when speedster A-Train runs through his girlfriend Robin and liquefies her right in front of his eyes. Kripke says he always viewed that scene as vital to the Boys’ ethos, something he doubled down on after talking to Darick Roberston. “When we were having really early conversations, I asked, ‘What’s important to you?’ And he said ‘Please, the most important thing is that A-Train runs through Robin.’ And I was like, ‘Well, that’s really important to me, too, and we’re definitely going to do it.’ Just because, to me, that really sets the tone of what this show is going to be.”

I guess the tone is “me never, ever watching this”

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 26 July 2019 23:35 (two months ago) link

I think that’s indicative of the comic

‘Main character has spiteful sexual encounters” is kind of a different realm in the story from “central main character has his life ruined by unthinking superhero who doesn’t care about normal people”

untuned mass damper (mh), Saturday, 27 July 2019 03:49 (two months ago) link

xp - good god

Ennis had a short series called Rover Red Charlie about dogs after the end of the world that was great until a scene where a giant pitbull keeps a human slave and there's a half page drawing of the human being forced to eat doggy butt.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Saturday, 27 July 2019 04:05 (two months ago) link

*good not great, overstating because the initial premise was right up my alley until it got all Ennis-y

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Saturday, 27 July 2019 04:06 (two months ago) link

I regret to mention The Boys also includes dog-on-human sexual acts

untuned mass damper (mh), Saturday, 27 July 2019 04:40 (two months ago) link

christ. Ennis is truly the pits and always has been since his early days of ruining Hellblazer. I'll give this "edgy" shit a pass.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Saturday, 27 July 2019 05:36 (two months ago) link

Ive been watching the show and its had nothing that bad thus far, aside from one rather rapey scene where a woman sits on a poor shmucks face and basically grinds on him til his head gets pulverised.

The main thing weirding me out is what the hell accent is Carl Urban doing? Sometimes it sounds like spot on australian then it veers into comedy cockney.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Saturday, 27 July 2019 23:54 (two months ago) link

a woman sits on a poor shmucks face and basically grinds on him til his head gets pulverised.

oh well in that case then

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 27 July 2019 23:58 (two months ago) link

so, suicide by....

oh god, never mind

untuned mass damper (mh), Sunday, 28 July 2019 06:20 (two months ago) link

Dark edgy parodies of superheroes are somehow even worse than actual superheroes

2019OK plus bennu (wins), Sunday, 28 July 2019 10:08 (two months ago) link

Forever isn't getting a S2. That's fine. I think they told enough of the story and maybe this will free Rudolph up to do something where I don't have to temper my pure enjoyment of her with tolerating Fred Armisen.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 28 July 2019 13:10 (two months ago) link

I've liked the first couple of episodes of The Boys ok so far. Don't know anything about the comic, if that's the source, but it's very Watchmen meets RoboCop (the movie) meets ... that James Gunn movie Super? So far said edgy superheroes seem to be in service of a broader satire of corporations and marketing/branding.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 03:39 (two months ago) link

can't believe they went disney with a live action megamind

triple-washed (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 05:10 (two months ago) link

Amazon seem to be promoting the shit out of The Boys (similar to Good Omens) whereas Too Old To Die Young got absolutely zero coverage

groovypanda, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 07:46 (two months ago) link

Forever isn't getting a S2. That's fine. I think they told enough of the story

Yeah I'm OK with that - unless maybe they wanted to do something in the same universe and same rules with different characters that'd work for me.

nashwan, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:30 (two months ago) link

the best episode of forever was the standalone one imo. i don't think it "works' as a piece of television without a second season, though on the other hand i don't think a second season would have necessarily have been great. i also dislike fred armisen

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 20:47 (two months ago) link

I'm on episode 4 or 5 of "The Boys," and man, it gets pretty dark. Sometimes funny, often OTT, sometimes smart. I also think the soundtrack so far (everything from the Damned to Bill Withers) is pretty sharp, and the cast is strong across the board, Urban's accent aside. fwiw, the most "all-American" of the characters is played by another Kiwi.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 August 2019 22:37 (two months ago) link

having read an issue of the comic - which was just absolutely hateful - i can never watch that.

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 1 August 2019 22:38 (two months ago) link

i see that's been covered numerous times

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 1 August 2019 22:39 (two months ago) link

Yeah, I haven't read the cover, but I don't feel I've come across anything hateful yet. Ugly, yeah, but the scenario it introduces seems relatively plausible to me.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 August 2019 22:52 (two months ago) link

Read the comic, I meant.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 August 2019 22:56 (two months ago) link

I get the impression in that case the show is nothing like the comic if that helps because ILX is the only place canning it (and most people doing so haven't seen the show just read the books), it is getting good reviews everywhere I've read and I really quite enjoyed it. Aside from the bit I mentioned earlier there is nothing else really disgusting. Theyre all horrible awful people sure but thats the point of the story. I suspect it was verrrrrry Ennis-sanitised if that alleviates anyone's wary disgust on it.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Friday, 2 August 2019 00:42 (two months ago) link

do they keep the bit where hughie beats the fuck out of one of the heroes and then finds a gerbil wrapped in duct tape shoved up his ass and then befriends it as a mascot?
i'm just wondering what horrible shit they kept and what horrible shit they tossed and "woman grinds man's head to pulp between her legs" as a warning label sounds like it's got the level of fidelity i expected.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 2 August 2019 02:57 (two months ago) link

...that is getting both versions of the homophobic gerbil meme wrong at the same damn time

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 2 August 2019 02:59 (two months ago) link

SFW, so for reference:
http://i.imgur.com/ULe8xcP.png

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 2 August 2019 03:01 (two months ago) link

guilty lol at “the poor wee man”

untuned mass damper (mh), Friday, 2 August 2019 03:12 (two months ago) link

There's some dark, gruesome stuff in it, but it handles it pretty well, in that it rarely seems ... I dunno, mean-spirited, if that makes any sense. The tone of the violence is very RoboCop, and the targets of the satire so far seem to be primarily celebrity worship, corporations and religious fundamentalists. If it takes an infant chopping a person in two with laser eyes to get there ... Anyway, again, I think the cast and acting are pretty solid, which is key to its success.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 2 August 2019 03:34 (two months ago) link

maybe I'm just noticing this more because I've been writing more actively than usual but holy cow is the Boys pilot just stunningly lazy and lame throughout, like Hughie and Annie having a meet-cute because....they share a bench? that was the best they could come up with?

Simon H., Friday, 2 August 2019 20:00 (two months ago) link

Forever didn't seem like it could even have a second season, I'd assumed it was a one and done thing. I really liked it.

akm, Friday, 2 August 2019 20:01 (two months ago) link

a lot of things were left unexplained which i don't think the show would have ultimately done. there would have been some justification for why the afterlife was like it was, and why the two of them ended up together while everyone else was there alone etc.

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 2 August 2019 20:05 (two months ago) link

I didn't want that kind of resolution from it myself, thought it was great overall. I don't really like Armisen but it made the best use of his limited range. I do love Maya Rudolph tho.

Οὖτις, Friday, 2 August 2019 20:07 (two months ago) link

eh, sometimes it's good to have mystery and not beat shit into the ground

akm, Friday, 2 August 2019 20:07 (two months ago) link

urrrrgh.

ilxors in being obtuse shocker.

alan yang wanted a second season/wasn't done with the show. i don't need to google "alan yang forever season 2" to find that out but now having done that it's corroborated.

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 2 August 2019 20:17 (two months ago) link

this wasn't a show being mysterious for no reason, it was not an oblique show, it was a show that hadn't gotten to the stage of explaining things.

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Friday, 2 August 2019 20:18 (two months ago) link

huh, weird! cuz it worked p well as the latter imo

Οὖτις, Friday, 2 August 2019 20:19 (two months ago) link

er as an oblique show

Οὖτις, Friday, 2 August 2019 20:19 (two months ago) link

I finished Too Old To Die Young, which for all its promotion may as well have not even existed. I’m still marinating a bit on its themes but as a show that is at least partially devoted to the fascism of the police and features one character whose purpose seems to be visiting unholy vengeance upon men who hurt women, i appreciated it. It was extremely slow in a way that might try the patience of some (I do think the pace was a legitimate artistic choice and it didn’t bother me) and it almost literally lost the plot at the end but it had some incredible moments and I’m amazed that Amazon went anywhere near it. It was very on the nose but also just refreshing in that sense, and another legitimate choice.

omar little, Friday, 2 August 2019 20:30 (two months ago) link

I watched the first 4 eps of that on the train and I do actually want to finish it if only to see how often it does things like having a roomful of detectives chant "f-a-s-c-ism!"

Simon H., Friday, 2 August 2019 20:40 (two months ago) link

SFW, so for reference:

ugh, how on earth did a comic with such disgusting gradients and hideous lettering/balloons manage to run for 80 issues or w/e

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 2 August 2019 20:42 (two months ago) link

i found the boys entertaining but trashy - it barely resembles the storyline from the comic (tho shares similar characters and the general idea of an anti-superhero group disciplining poorly behaved superheroes is shared) and i think in plotting department it is significantly better. still gratuitously titillating tho.

Mordy, Friday, 2 August 2019 20:47 (two months ago) link

xps I wonder if there's a story that will come to light in future about TOTDY as Amazon's zero promotion stance seems odd seeing as how it reviewed well at Cannes and was like, 13 hours long and looked stunning so must have cost a fair whack. When it was released it didn't show up anywhere on the numerous categories they have on the home page and you had to manually search for it. Think the only trailer for it was self released by NWR too.

groovypanda, Friday, 2 August 2019 21:03 (two months ago) link

you'd imagine it would work well as a bit of prestige for Amazon, too. I recognize that any show being touted as "groundbreaking" needs to prove it, and yet i think it really did some interesting shit. i'm not really a Refn apologist per se but this was the type of programming i would like to see more of on streaming, which should have more room for such experimentation.

I suspect the content was too much for the corporate suits. I mean the extreme anti-cop stuff and the sexual content, i can see some cowards in the board room insisting that they completely ignore its existence. I'm sure they were perfectly cool w/the violence.

omar little, Friday, 2 August 2019 22:40 (two months ago) link

The Chuck Schuldiner bio Death By Metal is on Amazon and it's excellent.

BlackIronPrison, Friday, 2 August 2019 22:43 (two months ago) link

Punk documentary DOA is on Prime

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Saturday, 3 August 2019 04:19 (two months ago) link

I wonder if there's a story that will come to light in future about TOTDY as Amazon's zero promotion stance seems odd seeing as how it reviewed well at Cannes and was like, 13 hours long and looked stunning so must have cost a fair whack.

this is Amazon we're talking about. for them, 50 million dollars or whatever is a drop in the ocean.

Simon H., Saturday, 3 August 2019 04:42 (two months ago) link

They have a seven billion dollar production budget.

Simon H., Saturday, 3 August 2019 04:45 (two months ago) link

The Chuck Schuldiner bio Death By Metal is on Amazon and it's excellent.

― BlackIronPrison, Friday, August 2, 2019 3:43 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

goddammit i meant to watch this before i canceled prime

fuck amazon btw

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 3 August 2019 12:07 (two months ago) link

Read that as Chuck Schumer at first, really need to detoxify my politics brain

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Saturday, 3 August 2019 16:15 (two months ago) link

Just finished The Boys last night, really enjoyed it, read the Wikipedia summaries to see how far it deviated from the comic book, reaffirmed that I will never, ever, ever, EVER read a Garth Ennis book

I was just reading some of the plot threads and going "... but WHY"

The show at least attempted to use most of the hideous violence to support the story rather than to just be gross. Robin's death is legitimately shocking and horrifying but felt arbitrary due to the callousness of the world rather than the callousness of the storytelling, if that makes sense. The cast is also fantastic.

brigadier pudding (DJP), Tuesday, 6 August 2019 19:28 (two months ago) link

The bit with them cutting up people with baby eye-lasers was hilarious. Very Lazer-Cats.

DJI, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 19:32 (two months ago) link

this is Amazon we're talking about. for them, 50 million dollars or whatever is a drop in the ocean.

― Simon H., 3. august 2019 06:42 (three days ago) bookmarkflaglink

If it cost this much it would be a lot more per hour than Refns latest films. He gets a lot out of a little. Which just underlines your point :)

Frederik B, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 19:46 (two months ago) link

i think episodes 5 & 8 were very much peak Refn. i *almost* want to call 5 a masterpiece. it really goes some places.

omar little, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 20:29 (two months ago) link

Just finished "The Boys," and again, just to get it out of the way, don't know anything about the comic or Garth Ennis or whatever. But I thought the show was excellent and full of good ideas and performances, wouldn't change a thing. Glad it's getting a second season. And honestly think (name excised just in case) is one of the scarier crazy TV villains I've seen in a while, someone regular folks and other superheroes might legit fear.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 11 August 2019 19:50 (two months ago) link

If it cost this much it would be a lot more per hour than Refns latest films. He gets a lot out of a little.

Yeah, the budget for the whole thing was probably closer to 10-15 or less I suppose. Not too many actors and only a couple of recognizable ones, no huge setpieces, etc

Simon H., Sunday, 11 August 2019 19:56 (two months ago) link

I took the particular song playing during the final scene in The Boys as a bit of a spoiler of the "cliffhanger."

Manfred Hemming-Hawing (WmC), Sunday, 11 August 2019 20:13 (two months ago) link

I didn't even notice, but I loved most of the song choices.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 11 August 2019 20:34 (two months ago) link

Oh, "Sleepwalk"? I dunno. I do love that they used iirc the Rachid Taha version of Rock the Casbah.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 11 August 2019 20:37 (two months ago) link

i've been binging Patriot, and i can see why other people might find it annoying or shallow, but simultaneously i love it so much. i think it made me laugh harder than anything else i've watched this past year. i'm early in season 2 now and i can't tell if it's not quite as good or maybe i just overdid it with the pace i watched s1.

na (NA), Monday, 12 August 2019 20:13 (two months ago) link

i finished the 2nd season a couple weeks back. it's hilarious but oh so weird. "cool"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iPf_T7OYdo

big city slam (Spottie), Monday, 12 August 2019 20:20 (two months ago) link

"it IS cool"

na (NA), Monday, 12 August 2019 20:28 (two months ago) link

basically i lose it anytime anyone on the show spouts a long stream of technical gibberish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwTGl9fqvP0

na (NA), Monday, 12 August 2019 20:31 (two months ago) link

if that were the content of the whole show for like an hour, i would reup that amazon prime now

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 12 August 2019 20:34 (two months ago) link

I was just reading an AVClub feature Jimmi Simpson couldn't stop talking about The Patriot (which he's on?).

9. Who is the most underrated person in your industry right now?

JS: Underrated is a little too specific. I would say underexposed is Steven Conrad. He’s a writer-director-creator. He’s been writing for years and years very successfully—Pursuit Of Happyness was him—a bunch of cool movies. He did Walter Mitty. But he started creating television recently, and he created a show for Amazon called Patriot, which I’d literally never heard of until I read the script for Perpetual Grace, which is his show that I’m on now. So I read the script for Perpetual Grace—was floored. One of the best scripts I’ve ever read. And I couldn’t wait to meet the man, the men: Bruce Terris and Steve Conrad both wrote Perpetual Grace. They said to watch Patriot first. I’m like, “The Mel Gibson movie?” And then I find out, no, it’s a series on Amazon.

And I watch it, and I’m just floored. It’s visionary. Not just the writing, the execution. It’s like your favorite directors of all time, like Kubrick, and Paul Thomas Anderson, and Michel Gondry, who have these innate abilities to communicate their style so completely, but somehow it feels effortless. You don’t feel like you’re being pushed to just absorb something. It feels like you’re watching a piece of art. And it connects to each person differently.

And so you can’t ask a critic about him who’s not over the moon about Steve Conrad, calling him the next phase in television creators. But, in general, most folks—the public—don’t know about him as much as they should. Luckily, I’ve become very close friends with him, and creative partners to a degree, and so I’m going to keep doing whatever I can to keep showing people how amazing Steven Conrad is. He’s more amazing than I’ll ever be, so just being next to a genius like that is good for me. And I feel lucky. And I think other people should feel as lucky as I do, just by getting to see his stuff.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 August 2019 20:42 (two months ago) link

Oh, wait, the show was just canceled?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 12 August 2019 20:44 (two months ago) link

he's on a new show from the creator of Patriot

na (NA), Monday, 12 August 2019 20:51 (two months ago) link

oh damn that sucks it got cancelled.

big city slam (Spottie), Monday, 12 August 2019 21:02 (two months ago) link

the technical talk in patriot is amazing. that scene where he has to bluff his way through that speech? and i didnt like season 2 as much as season 1, but still, it was good.

just sayin, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 00:37 (two months ago) link

yeah s2 of prime is a downer after s1. still pretty good but doesn't hit the highs of the first season. and they clearly were expecting to have another season based on how s2 ended.

na (NA), Friday, 16 August 2019 16:47 (two months ago) link

There's a new stand-up special by Jim Gaffigan that's pretty funny if you like him (I do). Somewhere in the middle he does 10 straight minutes of jokes about horses, and by the end of it he's actively ridiculing the audience for being annoyed by all the horse jokes.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 16 August 2019 18:42 (two months ago) link

it's a soap but I really love Made In Heaven

Dan S, Thursday, 22 August 2019 04:17 (one month ago) link

vegemitegrrl recs have *never* let me down. just finished red oaks and jfc that show. the writing in general overall, but the way Nash puts his part over was SO effing wonderful. and Paul Reiser as asshole with a heart was really well played

one charm and one antiup quark (outdoor_miner), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:07 (one month ago) link

isn’t it great!?

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:26 (one month ago) link

yay! another Red Oaks fan! wonderful from beginning to end and love how they let characters develop

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:26 (one month ago) link

Josh Meyers is a great example he could have just stayed a douche but he really loved her and was sweet in his way

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 3 September 2019 00:27 (one month ago) link

Red Oaks is one of my favorite shows ever. The character arcs are beautiful. And some really great endings to episodes - the series ending in particular.

SA, Thursday, 5 September 2019 16:45 (one month ago) link

look at this unbelievable horseshit

New trailer for Jon Krasinski in Amazon’s ‘Jack Ryan’ series. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/r5lvmHjLXW

— Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) September 5, 2019

Simon H., Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:07 (one month ago) link

Tom Clancy's ghost is smiling.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:12 (one month ago) link

Ugh. I actually liked the first season in a mindless sort of way, but that's bad news.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:13 (one month ago) link

"I can't go to Yemen - I'm an analyst!"

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Thursday, 5 September 2019 17:53 (one month ago) link

lolll thats really bad.

big city slam (Spottie), Thursday, 5 September 2019 18:16 (one month ago) link

Jim Goes to Yemen
Jim Goes to Venezuela

this show is suuuuuuuper dumb but I will prob still watch it

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 6 September 2019 04:03 (one month ago) link

Same.

DJI, Friday, 6 September 2019 16:00 (one month ago) link

nuclear... venezuela

don’t bore us, get to the aeon of horus (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 6 September 2019 16:01 (one month ago) link

jim has really been carrying the can for some vile politics over the last few years, huh

don’t bore us, get to the aeon of horus (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 6 September 2019 16:02 (one month ago) link

Jon Chudinski

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Friday, 6 September 2019 16:04 (one month ago) link

but man, Patriot! was bored working from home last week and watched the entire first season bc of this thread. loved it. sad to hear it was cancelled.

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Friday, 6 September 2019 16:06 (one month ago) link

this show is suuuuuuuper dumb but I will prob still watch it
otm.

tylerw, Friday, 6 September 2019 16:09 (one month ago) link

Is anyone else watching Carnival Row? For a show about faeries, it is relentlessly gray and grim. I think Ornaldo Bloomps was badly miscast. The scene where the wizened store owner jerks him off was pretty good though. Is it worth watch the last few eps?

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 9 September 2019 12:49 (one month ago) link

Saw one ep. Felt like Peaky Blinders with fary wings/steampunk, does it get beyond that?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 10:44 (one month ago) link

Not really

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 12:02 (one month ago) link

Undone from BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg debuts today and looks great

groovypanda, Friday, 13 September 2019 07:43 (one month ago) link

The Jawbreaker doc isn't what I expected, feels more like an overview for people who haven't heard of them.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Sunday, 15 September 2019 06:53 (one month ago) link

been watching good omens and halfway-enjoying it out of residual affection for the book--but it's bad. i can't imagine watching this show without having read the book. the kids can't act, neither can the witch. tennant looks bored (by design, but still) and it manages to waste jon hamm, of all people. but michael sheen is delightful, makes the whole thing almost worth it.

Mommy...can I go out and VAPE tonight? (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 22:29 (four weeks ago) link

the visuals are so frenetically busy underneath her that it undermines her casual delivery from what might otherwise play as deadpan.

this is it. i understand the need for a narrator in adapting this book (it always reminded me of hitchhiker's guide in that regard), but they shoulda just gotten jim dale!

Mommy...can I go out and VAPE tonight? (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 22:32 (four weeks ago) link

watched the first 10 mins of a Charlie Chaplin documentary on there just now. it was not good.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 22:34 (four weeks ago) link

went back up to check the Good Omens talk and

One of the episodes of Good Omens has the intro 25 minutes in. That's just not on.

― Leaghaidh am brón an t-anam bochd (dowd), Wednesday, June 5, 2019 3:47 AM (three months ago)

nobody tell dowd about Monty Python ok

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 22:44 (four weeks ago) link

Undone from BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg debuts today and looks great

― groovypanda, Friday, September 13, 2019 12:43 AM (five days ago) bookmarkflaglink

i unsubscribed from amazon bc fuck em (no judgment) but i desperately need people to tell me if this show is good

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 18 September 2019 23:03 (four weeks ago) link

yeah it's pretty good.

akm, Thursday, 19 September 2019 01:45 (three weeks ago) link

Carnival Row looks abominable.

akm, Thursday, 19 September 2019 01:46 (three weeks ago) link

Haha, I forgot I still had a few episodes left of that. It's not very good.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 19 September 2019 02:25 (three weeks ago) link

xps Finished Undone and thought it was excellent. It's only eight 22 minute episodes so not a huge commitment and well worth tracking down

groovypanda, Thursday, 19 September 2019 08:35 (three weeks ago) link

it's cool to see/hear Odenkirk insomething again given the interminable delay before the next Better Call Saul season

akm, Thursday, 19 September 2019 14:32 (three weeks ago) link

Agreed, but he’s stayed busy - was in Long Shot, is in the Alexander / Karazewski Dolemite biopic that’s out in two weeks, and though I haven’t seen it & probably never will, is on the US remake of No Activity.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Thursday, 19 September 2019 17:04 (three weeks ago) link

Undone from BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg debuts today and looks great

― groovypanda, Friday, September 13, 2019 12:43 AM (five days ago) bookmarkflaglink

i unsubscribed from amazon bc fuck em (no judgment) but i desperately need people to tell me if this show is good

― american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:03 PM (four days ago) bookmarkflaglink

i have only watched one episode and its v good and also it takes place in my city and thats kinda cool 4 me

i'm not a garbageman i am garbage, man. let me handle my garbage, damn (m bison), Monday, 23 September 2019 00:40 (three weeks ago) link

I watched Serenity last night to see if it was really as bad and batshit as the reviews I read said it was and it was actually worse if you can imagine. In a just world it would end the careers of everyone involved.

akm, Monday, 23 September 2019 00:42 (three weeks ago) link

Saw the Death doc. Was pretty generic, but a good overview of death metal's origins and evolution.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 23 September 2019 00:42 (three weeks ago) link

xpost I heard the How Did This Get Made ep, and ... woof.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 23 September 2019 00:43 (three weeks ago) link

I’m kind of enjoying Swamp Thing - though the ‘baddie’ is boring.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Friday, 4 October 2019 21:20 (one week ago) link

(And the baddie is one of those old people who look like a young person in ‘old’ makeup)

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Friday, 4 October 2019 21:22 (one week ago) link

Goliath s3 is out, I guess? Will check it out

mh, Friday, 4 October 2019 21:59 (one week ago) link

Hope it doesn't go off the rails like season 2 did.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:22 (one week ago) link

Goliath is easily the worst show I enjoy

Simon H., Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:26 (one week ago) link

...and yet the s3 premiere is so dumb already I might have to jump ship right here and now

Simon H., Saturday, 5 October 2019 03:10 (one week ago) link

Yeah, that was baaaaad.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 5 October 2019 10:10 (one week ago) link

I'm so in the tank for that show, i can't imagine not seeing this

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 5 October 2019 10:52 (one week ago) link

I'm not quite sure what they're trying to go for vibe-wise, but we've got some Blue Velvet homage scenes, magical attack crows, and weird appropriative shamanic trances facilitated by drugs. Also, a water crisis exacerbated by almond farmers for the A-plot

mh, Saturday, 5 October 2019 16:29 (one week ago) link

I'm not quite sure these episodes are written as much as generated by a plot generation program that was fed a handful of other scripts

mh, Saturday, 5 October 2019 16:30 (one week ago) link

I want to support it cause Billy Bob is one of the few remaining genuine Hollywood eccentrics, and Nina Arianda is awesome, but my God I couldn't even finish that episode

Simon H., Saturday, 5 October 2019 16:33 (one week ago) link

still glad I watched it and hate that it didn’t get renewed but the drop off in quality between the first and second season of Patriot is kind of a bummer

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Chooglin (will), Saturday, 5 October 2019 16:37 (one week ago) link

I'm enjoying S3 of Goliath more than I thought I would, but I'm only halfway through, so they still have a chance to mess it up. The episode-long flashback (E4) is...not funny-funny, but uncomfortable-funny.

WmC, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 20:42 (one week ago) link


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