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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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link


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

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

BlackIronPrison, Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:03 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Fleabag appear yet?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:32 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

same here, stalled after 6 episodes of season 1

Dan S, Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:07 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:59 (one year ago) link

The Terror

Οὖτις, Saturday, 18 May 2019 02:02 (one year ago) link

Fleabag s2 is great, go watch that

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

I absolutely love Red Oaks

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 (one year ago) link

all 1,225 episodes of Dark Shadows are free


Brad C., Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:48 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

mh, Saturday, 18 May 2019 15:24 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

Yerac, Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:29 (one year ago) link

oh yes Red Oaks is great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:36 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

sarahell, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:03 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:14 (one year ago) link

They cancelled the Tick. :(

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

Vikings is great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:52 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

All of Joanna Hogg's films are available.

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

tbf you are not easily whelmed

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 May 2019 05:20 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

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

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

I watched the first ep of Hunters & wow this show is def Not For Me™️

Pacino as the headlining Jewish Person while Saul Rubinek is a minor costar feels so fucking wrong on so many levels.
Also kind of surprised that Rubinek would be on board? idk. the tone of this thing was my biggest problem. that and wtf shit like concentration camp human chess

i understand it from Pacino being a huge draw but still i am very O_o about the whole thing

― terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, April 8, 2020 10:23 AM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

I ended up watching about half of this, including the finale, because my gf watched it and I just thought it was horrendous.

COVID and the Gang (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:34 (three months ago) link

watched the first two episodes of ZeroZeroZero and so far it's just OK. very nicely shot but so far I don't give a shit about any of the characters. not sure if I want to carry on with it but I probably will eventually out of sheer boredom.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:46 (three months ago) link

if ppl forgot abt like i did the series finale of transparent, i recommend it; also the lil peep doc

hunters seems vile i would never

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 8 April 2020 19:51 (three months ago) link

I just watched Dragged Across Concrete and need a shower. Zahler makes me feel grubby as all hell. (This will stay with me and I need to pick apart why - for good and ill.)

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 22:01 (three months ago) link

stay with ZeroZeroZero! The characters develop imo but most of what they do is not get in the way of a show about systems. It's very well done I think, and yeah, it looks and sounds great esp. by shit streaming-original standards

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 22:32 (three months ago) link

I just watched Dragged Across Concrete and need a shower. Zahler makes me feel grubby as all hell. (This will stay with me and I need to pick apart why - for good and ill.)

I watched Brawl in Cell Block 99 and washed my hands of that dude for good. He hasn't got the visual or storytelling chops for me to put up with his not-even-really-winking chud politics.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 22:56 (three months ago) link


Nhex, Thursday, 9 April 2020 02:05 (three months ago) link

I like both of those movies a lot :/

I even started a thread about him

the degenerate nu-pulp movies of S. Craig Zahler

brechtian social distancing (Simon H.), Thursday, 9 April 2020 02:06 (three months ago) link

We've been enjoying Tales From The Loop. Have seen first 5 of 8 episodes so far. It's beautifully filmed, interesting storylines, excellent acting, setting is mysterious & not explained (this is good). Pace is slowish & contemplative. Fits really well for the times. We're watching 1 episode per night, not binging.

that's not my post, Thursday, 9 April 2020 03:59 (three months ago) link

Hey Joe Dante fans! Explorers and Eerie, India season 1 both free to stream with Prime atm

Deflatormouse, Thursday, 9 April 2020 04:46 (three months ago) link

I think that's understandable with Zahler but I think he's interesting enough to stick with. I have *thoughts* but I'll have them on Simon's thread.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 9 April 2020 08:43 (three months ago) link

It looks like the Cadfael mysteries are available via Prime without extra subscriptions finally

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 9 April 2020 17:40 (three months ago) link

are they good.

Fizzles, Thursday, 9 April 2020 17:47 (three months ago) link

I haven’t seen them in a long time but I have fond memories of them being “Masterpiece Theater Name of the Rose” so take that as you will.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 9 April 2020 17:49 (three months ago) link

i think i will take that as a yes and now start binge watching.

Fizzles, Thursday, 9 April 2020 19:47 (three months ago) link

thanks milo z. (i have no control over these things - you are entirely responsible if i go on a cadfael-induced rampage in a month’s time.

Fizzles, Thursday, 9 April 2020 19:48 (three months ago) link

I don't know what day it was added but The Lighthouse is up.

herds of unmasked cletuses (WmC), Saturday, 18 April 2020 15:22 (three months ago) link

hell yes, going to wait until it gets dark out and spend some time in THE LIGHTHOUSE

mh, Saturday, 18 April 2020 15:30 (three months ago) link

A bunch of Soviet films from the Ruscico vaults that appear worth a look have just been added to Prime:

Adventures of the Yellow Suitcase (1970)
Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair (1970)
A Captain at Fifteen (1945)
Commissar (1967)
Evdokiya (1961)
Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka (1962)
The Golden Horns (1972)
Happy Go Lucky (1972 )
Holy Moly! (1988)
The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin (1965)
I Am 20 (1964)
Kaschey the Immortal (1944)
Morozko (1965)
Night Witches in the Sky (1981)
Once 20 Years Later (1980)
School Waltz (1978)
Science Fiction Dilogy (1974)
The Secret of the Iron Door (1970)
Through the Thorns to the Stars (1980)

punning display, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 15:27 (three months ago) link

I am asking a Russian friend of mine which of these to see :)

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 15:39 (three months ago) link

One more that I missed: Father of a Soldier (1964)

That and Commisar, which I've long been wanting to see, are the only ones I've heard of before.

Also added to Prime but not Russian: 10 Rillington Place (1970), true crime thriller with Richard Attenborough playing a creep.

punning display, Tuesday, 21 April 2020 16:07 (three months ago) link

ooh thx! i want to see that Christie movie

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 18:00 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Hard to find classic just added to Prime: The Go Between (1971)

The transfer looks good, although the sound could be better.

punning display, Saturday, 16 May 2020 14:12 (two months ago) link

I haven't checked it out yet, but apparently the original theatrical cut of Altman's California Split was added recently: https://theplaylist.net/california-split-robert-altman-amazon-prime-20200512/

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 16 May 2020 14:54 (two months ago) link

Hard to find classic just added to Prime: The Go Between (1971)

The transfer looks good, although the sound could be better.

Great film. Harold Pinter screen play. Quite rightly kept the beautiful opening lines from the novel.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Saturday, 16 May 2020 20:14 (two months ago) link

Gave the Seberg film a look last night. I bailed about 30 minutes into it after the FBI baddies came on. It seemed to be just another dreary biopic-by-numbers with nice clothes, production design. I was a bit surprised I couldn't find any mention of it on ILX. I don't know, maybe Kristen Stewart's acting makes it worth staying with. I couldn't stop thinking she looked more like a depressed Ellen DeGeneres.

punning display, Saturday, 23 May 2020 16:45 (two months ago) link

she's quite a depressing actress, imo.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Saturday, 23 May 2020 19:27 (two months ago) link

anyone seen True History of the Kelly Gang?

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:17 (two months ago) link

tapped out about ten pages into the book, haven't read a Carey since

Bleeqwot (sic), Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:28 (two months ago) link

well, movies are different, and it's apparently a loose adap

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:34 (two months ago) link

fwiw The Kelly Gang film is only viewable for about a $7 fee on Prime and the other usual VOD providers.

punning display, Saturday, 23 May 2020 21:53 (two months ago) link

seberg had terrible reviews when it premiered but people seem to like it more now that it's on streaming services. probably not going to watch it. kristin stewart is a depressing actress or at least she plays depressed people very well (like in Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper).

akm, Saturday, 23 May 2020 23:22 (two months ago) link

I really enjoyed the new film Frances Ferguson on Prime. Dry no-budget absurdist comedy about a bored young substitute teacher in Nebraska who gets caught hooking up with a student. The actress playing Fran is fabulous. Nick Offerman narrates. A Schubert scherzo on synth is the soundtrack.

punning display, Thursday, 4 June 2020 14:31 (two months ago) link

Anyone catch The Vast Of Space yet? Super enjoyable movie about weeeeird goings-on in smalltown America in the late 50s, framed like an episode of The Outer Limits, great actors, dialogue, and lovely roaming steadicam shots from a dog's eye view.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 11:01 (one month ago) link

So good I got the name wrong, 'The Vast Of Night' lol

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 11:01 (one month ago) link

Yes, watched it last week and thought it was excellent. Filmed on a micro budget too but with some amazing cinematography (and that one incredible tracking shot)

groovypanda, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 11:03 (one month ago) link

20 mins in, I was already wishing it was a TV series I was watching.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 11:29 (one month ago) link

I mentioned it on the movies thread, possibly another thread as well. It's really well done, like a great student film prequel to "Close Encounters."

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 11:55 (one month ago) link

The Vast of Night is remarkably good

Brad C., Wednesday, 10 June 2020 14:30 (one month ago) link

So talky! I understand they were going for a radio play feel, but it was exhausting. For people who feel like Mrs Maisel doesn't have enough dialogue.

DJI, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 15:47 (one month ago) link

I turned the subtitles on after a few minutes thinking I was in for a bit of a Sorkin-esque time but the dialogue slowed down and the snappiness ceased as the uncertainty ramped upwards.

Maresn3st, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:55 (one month ago) link

Hm, ok. Maybe I'll give it another shot.

DJI, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 17:56 (one month ago) link

I mean, it's not exactly His Girl Friday speed. If anything I imagine many people will find too slow.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 18:03 (one month ago) link

Yeah it was only the first 10 minutes or so doing the Sorkin walk and talk thing xp

groovypanda, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 18:04 (one month ago) link

some of the dialogue was hard to hear, I had to crank the volume

Brad C., Wednesday, 10 June 2020 18:06 (one month ago) link

Knives Out and Knife + Heart just added to Prime. I really liked both movies..

Could be a theme? Next up Knife in the Water and Knife in the Head? Sling Blade?

Or not.

But did I mention Cutter's Way is on Prime?

punning display, Monday, 15 June 2020 23:36 (one month ago) link

I had a terrible time hearing a lot of the dialog in Midsommar on prime, and it sounds like I'm not the only one. Not sure if there's any kind of settings change I can make to help.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 00:07 (one month ago) link

I've noticed poor syncing of sound with picture on some older movies on Prime that otherwise seemed to be good quality transfers. Just off by a split second, not enough to make them unwatchable for me.

I didn't have any sound problems watching Midsommar.

punning display, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 00:22 (one month ago) link

Oh hell yeah, I love Knife + Heart. Just in time for Pride, lol.

Nhex, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 01:15 (one month ago) link

i have problems with dialogue in almost everything, I think it's because things don't downmix to stereo very well (all of these things are default surround now).

akm, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 02:50 (one month ago) link

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