But Is It on Netflix? - Streaming Video Service Thread: Hulu, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Disney+, Peacock, YouTube TV, AT+T Watch, Philo, Playstation Vue, HBO Max, HBO Now, Facebook Live and many more

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A thread to discuss the ongoing balkanization of streaming, cord-cutting, new options, lament and laud the coming and going of new competitors and so on.

Sound off with your obsessive subscriptions!

I'm using Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Mubi, Criterion, HBO Max, Showtime; might very well find myself doing Apple+ if I upgrade my phone/ipad at some point but can't imagine getting Disney.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:29 (three years ago) link

thanking u for having a long enough subcription list to make my own look reasonable

mh, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:30 (three years ago) link

subscription, yikes

mh, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:31 (three years ago) link

Here's the projected pile of noteworthy streaming channels purported to have unique programming to choose from in 2020... surely this will need to contract at some point in the near future?

Amazon Prime
Apple TV+
NBC Peacock
YouTube TV
AT+T Watch
Facebook Live
CBS Interactive
DC Universe
AMC Premiere

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:35 (three years ago) link

I have netflix. That is all.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:36 (three years ago) link

Plus a space to talk about delivery services! Roku, Playstation Vue and the like.

Give thanks and praise to PLEX, which is free, has virtually no ads and mostly just magically works.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:38 (three years ago) link

We use a Roku and currently pay for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and we have HBO Go since we currently have it in our cable package. We've been considering ditching cable completely, but when we talk to our provider (Xfinity) they want so much $$ for our internet service alone without a bundle that it still doesn't make sense. Since my wife works from home as a consultant and does a lot of video editing, we need a dependable connection. They really still push the bundles so dropping the cable alone doesn't seem to be the cost savings we hope for.

I know for sure we'll add Disney+ and I'm pushing for the Criterion one too, unsuccessfully thus far.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:46 (three years ago) link

I am curious, how much of a difference is it just for internet, vs internet+cable where you are?

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:49 (three years ago) link

i cord cut earlier this year with the Hulu/No Ads cable package and i have not missed cable at all. I think it's $60 for that package and another $65 for high speed internet.
Supplementing occasionally with tt0rre3ntz helps keep FOMO at bay.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:50 (three years ago) link

I have Hulu and Amazon Prime. I had a Showtime add-on through Hulu while Billions was airing, but dropped it after that; I had HBO for a while through Amazon to watch Insecure and Big Little Lies, but dropped that too.

If a show is on a particular streaming platform, it'll often be available for rent/purchase through Amazon, so if it looks really good I'll do that sometimes. I barely ever watch movies anymore - maybe one a month, so none of the movie-oriented services are at all appealing. And since there are no kids in my house, I don't have to worry about Disney, Marvel, etc.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:51 (three years ago) link

xp I'd be curious to hear more about Plex's video features, I have a server installed but only use it for music.

Currently we've got Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Shudder ... at some point I want to shut down my Uverse TV service and switch to Hulu or YouTube or some other way to stream live sports and Turner Classic Movies.

Brad C., Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:51 (three years ago) link

I'm not sure offhand, my wife is the biggest push for cutting the cord in our house and she's been the one talking to them directly. Iirc, we pay around $140 for both right now, but I think she said they'd still want nearly $100 for just internet.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:52 (three years ago) link

i pay for netflix (though i should really stop, i watch almost nothing on it), hulu (through spotify which is practically like not paying for it), shudder (the greatest), and criterion. i've never had cable as an adult

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:52 (three years ago) link

Hulu's live TV option is ridiculously expensive, to me.

I should add that I also have a digital antenna that pulls in network TV and some other channels like ION (lots of cop-show reruns) and Grit (old Western shows).

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:53 (three years ago) link

yeah, I haven't had cable for a very, very long time (15 years?) and I was wondering how much of a difference it is these days to not have them bundled.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:53 (three years ago) link

I recently saw a meme about how all these subscription services with unique programming is basically reinventing into a more tedious cable tv.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:55 (three years ago) link

Yep. Thanks capitalism for taking an legitimately game-changing technology and just turning it back into the old overpriced thing we all hated 20 years ago.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:04 (three years ago) link

Remember back in the 1990s when they kept promising truly ala carte cable packages? "Only pay for the channels you actually watch!". Well it's here now, finally, except you have to pay $9.99 to $12.99 for each of the channels.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:05 (three years ago) link

2019 US pricing chart for now and future reference:

Netflix (standard plan, 2 HD screens) - $13 monthly
Hulu - $6 a month
Hulu/No Ads - $12 a month
Hulu/No Ads/Cable/enhanced cloud DVR - $61 a month <- recommend this for cord cutters as it is pretty solid for sports
Amazon Prime - $13 a month, $120 a year; comes with amazon's other stuff
Apple TV+ - $5 a month; free with purchase of new apple hardware
Disney+ - $7 a month or $70 a year; pre-order starts today
NBC Peacock - As yet unannounced
YouTube TV - $50 a month cable package
YouTube Premium - $12 a month
AT+T Watch - $15 a month cable package, free if you're on their network
HBO Max -Currently reported at $15 a month, presumably will offer a package deal with HBO Now
HBO Now - $15 a month
Showtime - $11 a month
Starz - $9 a month
Facebook Watch - Free at the moment
CBS Interactive - $6 a month
Discovery/BBC - As yet unanounced
Criterion - $11 per month, $99 per year
Mubi - $11 pre month
Fandor - $10 per month, $99 per year
Shudder - $5 per month, $48 per year
Acorn - $6 per month, $60 per year
Crunchyroll - Free option or $7 per moth with hi-def and better programming
DC Universe - $8 a month or $75 per year
AMC Premiere - $5 a month
Pluto - Currently Free
Crackle - Currently Free
Kanopy - Currently Free

On the sports tip:
NFL Sunday Ticket is $74 a month or $294 a year
NBA League Pass is $120 a year for one team or $200 to $250 a year for all teams
NHL Season Pass is $140 a year
MLB Season pass is $25 a month via Amazon, $90 a year for one team or $120 for all teams

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:13 (three years ago) link

We currently pay for Netflix (incl. dvds!), get Hulu through a friend's account, and HBO Go through a family account that was supposedly canceled but still magically works! All through PS4. Have never rented/bought a digital show or movie a la carte.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:14 (three years ago) link

if you were to buy all the above with hulu as a basic cable delivery option, that plus hi-speed internet would run you around $275 a month for television.

I highly recommend just downloading PLEX as it's free. Basically, if you have any kind of smart tv option, you can stream whatever you download directly to your television.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:28 (three years ago) link

That netflix standard plan for me is $8usd a month but it's another country's pay structure I guess.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:37 (three years ago) link

yeah there's a "standard definition" single screen plan for $8

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:37 (three years ago) link

No, this is for 2 screens HD.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:39 (three years ago) link

I just looked up the basic one screen it's about 6.50 USD.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:41 (three years ago) link

torrent everything, $0

van dyke parks generator (anagram), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:41 (three years ago) link

a given.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:44 (three years ago) link

well ya gotta pay for internet and hard drives! plus not everybody is ethically down with / has the technical expertise / willingness to take the time to learn how to join better groups / etc

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:44 (three years ago) link

although do people really torrent tv shows and movies that much anymore when you can find a free stream of almost anything?

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:46 (three years ago) link

for me it's most helpful when the tv show in question just isn't commercially available in my region

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:46 (three years ago) link

Worth noting that YouTube Premium also includes YouTube Music (and formerly Google Play Music).

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:54 (three years ago) link

a recent streaming experience with hulu, trying to start an episode in the middle:

click episode, cannot seek to middle, 90 seconds of commercials
seek to middle, 90 seconds of commercials
accidentally clicked on another episode while trying to close the app on my fone, 90 seconds of commercials starts
click original episode again, 90 seconds of commercials
close hulu, torrent entire season of show, cancel hulu

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 16:58 (three years ago) link

i won't front: all video streaming services are flawed in a dozen ways that piracy frankly is not.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:01 (three years ago) link

My friends who are subletting my place have like 6 subscriptions and when I stay there I have to leave the room when they are trying to find something to watch (which always ends up taking a minimum of 20 minutes). A lot of the user interfaces are completely horrid.

Yerac, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:04 (three years ago) link

wish the cinema was cheaper

imago, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:05 (three years ago) link

xp -- ha - i have netflix, amazon, hbo (through amazon), britbox, acorn (which i should cancel because it's pretty much the same as britbox -- i had acorn first), and MhZ --

omg the user interfaces -- yeah some are really bad -- some are not awful, but are crap when it comes to subtitle options

i watch stuff via roku -- my roku is about 6 yrs old at this point and seems to be "dying" -- is this just standard planned obsolescence?

sarahell, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:11 (three years ago) link

among the most frustrating things is that depending on your device, the interface and remote controls are totally different! You can't even play Criterion on an Amazon Fire and you can't play Mubi on a Playstation. Prime is easy to explore on a Fire but nearly impossible on a Roku. Everything's fucked!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:15 (three years ago) link

I do Netflix and will do Disney+. More often than not, if I want to see a movie badly enough I buy a physical copy or, if that isn't an option, just watch that shit on YouTube or whatever. I watched a shitty, washed-out '30s movie on Internet Archive this weekend because it appears to have never been released via any legit home video format. Does that count as a streaming service?

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:28 (three years ago) link

youtube and archive.org certainly remain the people's netflix if netflix isn't already the people's netflix

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 17:32 (three years ago) link

I still pay for cable (and the Criterion Channel) but need to talk to people who get TCM through other services.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 19:54 (three years ago) link

i'm dumping cable as soon as we get fiber internet installed at the end of the month, and signed up for Hulu Live. This looks like it'll save me about $80 a month for basically the same channels and faster internet than the shitty Comcast service I have. Still have netflix, amazon prime, and hbo through hulu. I'll pick up disney as well.

akm, Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:45 (three years ago) link

oh yeah, and we use the latest generation Apple TVs. I had a Roku that was a few years old and yes, it crapped out. The apps developed by the providers become too resource intensive for the devices.

akm, Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:46 (three years ago) link

"That netflix standard plan for me is $8usd a month but it's another country's pay structure I guess." how is this possible?

akm, Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:01 (three years ago) link

i use vrv sometimes for anime and amazon until my last ill-advised prime resub runs out next year, and that's it.

ciderpress, Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:12 (three years ago) link

Moving to the Los Angeles area with its video stores and cinemas means not having to really care about any of this shit and it rocks.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:16 (three years ago) link

We cut the cable 2-3 years ago and had Vue for about a year until a price hike, then Sling. The current fight between Fox and Dish/Sling has cramped my baseball watching, so I'm going to drop all channel-package delivery in the next few weeks and not worry about it until the next season of Better Call Saul starts. Dropping Sling and not renewing MLB.tv next season will free up more than enough $$ for Disney, which my wife wants to get. Otherwise, we have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, CBS (for my wife) and Criterion (for me). Our donation to our PBS affiliate is just big enough to give us access to everything on the PBS channel.

When Filmstruck shut down, Fandor offered subscribers a special deal -- I think it was $25 for a year? Anyway, I got that but probably won't renew it.

WmC, Thursday, 3 October 2019 02:20 (three years ago) link

Netflix & Prime, but in Australia we can also access iView and SBS On Demand, which are half-decent public broadcaster options.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 3 October 2019 06:21 (three years ago) link

I signed up for Youtube TV so I could talk my mom into ditching her cable bill (you can share accounts with 2-3 people) and it's been the best cable replacement I've experienced. No buffering, standard TV Guide style menu, good enough channel selection. I'm so used to going straight to Netflix or Prime I rarely think of opening the app unless I want to watch sports, though.

Netflix and mlb.tv are free w/ my cell phone, I keep forgetting to cancel HBO Now, keep Prime out of habit, pay for the Criterion Channel so I can feel guilty when I'm too numb at the end of the day to watch something with subtitles and just turn on a CW sci-fi show on Netflix instead.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 3 October 2019 07:04 (three years ago) link

I have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime. I watch all of these via roku as well as a fair amount of free YouTube and Twitch. I also use roku to play music via Spotify, as the TV plugs straight into my stereo.

The quality of film selections on Netflix seems to have really plummeted lately. Amazon has the best selections of those three.

I'm strongly considering Disney+ because I'm a sucker and want to watch the Star Wars shows.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 3 October 2019 11:36 (three years ago) link

akm xpost. I set up my netflix in Chile so the fees are 4,990; 5,990; and 8,990clp for the 3 tiers. There is currency fluctuation of course but it's been in the $8 range at least for the last year (I just checked) regardless if I am using it in the US or Europe.

Yerac, Thursday, 3 October 2019 12:25 (three years ago) link

Paul T. Goldman, wow what a finale.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 23 January 2023 05:27 (one week ago) link

I caught 30 seconds of Night Court and it had the most shockingly bad overdubbing of dialogue since a fourth tier Godzilla vs. movie.

papal hotwife (milo z), Monday, 23 January 2023 05:35 (one week ago) link

I feel like the industry has "forgotten" how to do multi-camera sitcoms, or something... like the institutional knowledge is gone

Vexatious litigant (morrisp), Monday, 23 January 2023 05:41 (one week ago) link

The Conners is 9x better than Roseanne, but it’s not like there were ever more than two really good American multicams running at one time ever

more crankable (sic), Monday, 23 January 2023 09:01 (one week ago) link

This place is so great at highlighting shows like Paul T. Goldman - only on episode 1 but it's already the best.

tangenttangent, Monday, 23 January 2023 21:59 (one week ago) link

If it were on Netflix it would be all over social media

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 23 January 2023 22:44 (one week ago) link

it’s not like there were ever more than two really good American multicams running at one time ever

Hmm… maybe no more than two per night!

Vexatious litigant (morrisp), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 03:32 (one week ago) link

yeah Paul T Goldman was something else. first off I can't believe Woliner made this over 10 years; that wasn't really clear to me until like the 4th or 5th episode. I was pretty convinced Paul himself was a put on for the first several episodes and then finally realized oh shit, this guy is actually real. Finally, I think the show managed to avoid doing the thing that lots of people criticized the Rehearsal for: it doesn't really treat the central subject with disdain, even when he sometimes deserves it.

I? not I! He! He! HIM! (akm), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 03:55 (one week ago) link

i'm at episode four and it seems like they're treating him with near constant silent disdain? Lots of cutaway shots to that effect. I think i hate this? Need to finish to be sure.

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 January 2023 05:22 (one week ago) link

Tulsa King is perfect.

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 04:26 (one week ago) link

Except Bred2Buck should have been a cowboy gay bar.

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 04:29 (one week ago) link

finished Goldman and yeah i think i hate it. feels like unnecessary platforming of a damaged and frankly horrendous guy designed to manipulate and string along the viewer. the "truth" of the character is beside the point and its triumphant closure of "hey i grew as a person along the way because TELEVISION" is cynically false. lampooning this paltroon is fish in a barrel.

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 06:17 (one week ago) link

it's like the anti-Rehearsal to me.

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 06:18 (one week ago) link

We've watched three episodes. We like it (so far) and, no joke, literally just talked about it as the reverse "Rehearsal" last night. It's definitely ... unique. We didn't think he could be real, either, but looked on Amazon and indeed, there's his book, with reviews as far back as 2011. Then again, I am the proud owner of this book:


Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 25 January 2023 13:06 (one week ago) link

Everyone should proudly own that book.

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 25 January 2023 14:15 (one week ago) link

Syfy is wildly overestimating how much FROM THE MIND OF DEAN DEVLIN makes me want to tune in to The Ark

papal hotwife (milo z), Thursday, 26 January 2023 00:41 (one week ago) link

JFC, I'm going to go the distance on Tulsa King. Lilyhammer + Sons Of Anarchy is some mobius strip equation that somehow is compellingly dumb.

OTOH, French micro-budget sci-fi Missions is solidly dumb. It's about the first spaceflight to Mars and 20 minutes into episode one you have: 1. a mystery set-up about a tragic event in the early space program, 2. A race between the privateer mission and NASA's, 3. A complex diagram on who in the crew is sleeping with whom, 4. Who on the crew is depressed, existential, voyeuristic, and/or psychotic, and finally 5. kill off the Captain and strand everyone on the Martian surface without any fuel.

The show is a*l*m*o*st there in making the most out of it's limited resources - some of the cgi looks legit great, but goddamn this is the most unpleasant and shrill crew to hang out since Sunshine. It may get the boot.

Swedish crime series Snabba Cash is on deck.

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 26 January 2023 04:58 (one week ago) link

I tried with Missions but it got steadily dumber. None of these people would have made the first cut on whatever space program they’re working with on that show. I think I bailed on like E05

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 26 January 2023 08:02 (one week ago) link

Doom Patrol (and Titans) latest to be axed by WB but both current seasons have "definitive" conclusions apparently.

groovypanda, Thursday, 26 January 2023 08:53 (one week ago) link

Snabba Cash is really good. I started out watching it as a study aid, and while it wasn't that helpful in that regard, it's a solid striver-turns-to-crime-and-gets-corrupted story.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 26 January 2023 10:05 (one week ago) link

1st 3 episodes of Electric Dreams (Amazon Prime) have been pretty solid, I have all the PKD short stories but didn't specifically recall these, total blurring of reality shit like prime PKD, well done from my viewpoint

sleeve, Thursday, 26 January 2023 20:43 (one week ago) link

Think those were on Ch4 a few years ago, liked them but possibly I lost interest by the last few. Might revisit.

kinder, Thursday, 26 January 2023 20:58 (one week ago) link

I revived the Kidding thread (Michel Gondry, Jim Carrey, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella) but that's been great, I don't know what we're going to watch after that.

It's annoying that HBO Max has some shows we like that have new seasons that finished airing months ago in the UK, but apparently have no imminent plans to post them in the US (like Ghosts). Something weird is going on with Miracle Workers too, where it was supposed to air a few weeks ago, the first episode went up outside of the US, but then got pulled and delayed.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 26 January 2023 21:07 (one week ago) link

i started a thread for Poker Face so plz come & enjoy w me over there

cant link bc phone but it’s called Truth Truth Bullshit: Thread for Poker Face etc

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 27 January 2023 06:34 (one week ago) link

Exhibit A for why it's worth watching all manner of stuff: Extraordinary is shockingly, surprisingly good!
Well written, well acted, good high concept. Basically Wild Cards: The Comedy. Weirdly touching and well considered.

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 28 January 2023 08:01 (one week ago) link

Man, "Paul T. Goldman." There's a lot going on with this show, and a lot of meta facets. But in the end one big takeaway I made was contextualizing QAnon nuts, and how some of these deluded dead-enders get driven down their respective rabbit holes.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 January 2023 20:07 (one week ago) link

xp I watched the first ep. of Extraordinary and thought it was cute and kind of clever - but didn’t think the jokes were actually funny, either in content (a lot of them took the form of, “this is a type of joke that you will recognize”) or timing/delivery. It also seemed to lean into a particular “cringe/frankness” comedy trend that feels played out(?) Maybe I’ll give it a second go; the ending was nice.

knock-knock-knockin' on kevin's door (morrisp), Monday, 30 January 2023 05:52 (six days ago) link

Yeah, please do! I just finished the series and I found it to be a real gem. Lots of easter eggs hidden in the shots, lots of clever dialogue, lots of well executed twists. Minimal bullshit and time wasting. I'm a fan. It's of a piece with Single Drunk Female and Dead Pixels: cleverer than they need to be high concept sitcoms told from a woman's perspective.

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Monday, 30 January 2023 06:36 (six days ago) link

Joe Cornish's new show, Lockwood & Co, has a fun pilot. Haven't seen the rest yet.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 30 January 2023 14:37 (six days ago) link

Didn't realise Joe Cornish was behind it. It's been getting good reviews so will probably give it a whirl at some point.

groovypanda, Monday, 30 January 2023 15:39 (six days ago) link

Lockwood & Co is breezy and fun (if you're a goth)

Jaime Pressly and America (f. hazel), Tuesday, 31 January 2023 14:57 (five days ago) link

This is a useful counterweight to my previous position of "fuck that show" based on ads coming on for it on twich every fifteen minutes.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 31 January 2023 16:58 (five days ago) link

I was under the impression that it was just a British detective show with a goth soundtrack, YA-adjacent magick was a surprise but the first episode wasn't bad at all.

Cunk on Earth ep 1 might have worked better as a series of 5-8 minute Youtube videos but I'm down for the rest.

papal hotwife (milo z), Wednesday, 1 February 2023 06:45 (four days ago) link

Cunk on Earth is one of the rare generally well-regarded programmes that I specifically detest. It might even be a relationship breaker if a partner insisted on watching it.

Luna Schlosser, Wednesday, 1 February 2023 10:12 (four days ago) link

I love her and love the idea but the execution is v poor imo

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 1 February 2023 10:21 (four days ago) link

i did hold off on watching this series thinking it'd be bad but was pleasantly surprised. the presenterly bits are well written and funny and the interviews, which are the cringey bit imo, had a couple of times where she ad-libbed with some skill.

koogs, Wednesday, 1 February 2023 12:36 (four days ago) link

Missions' Jean Michel Jarre alike theme tune bangs

Bully King and Chips (Bananaman Begins), Wednesday, 1 February 2023 14:28 (four days ago) link

Finished Paul T. Goldman. It felt like a really heavy and messy conclusion that Woliner tried to squeeze into a slightly neater package because he couldn't believe how many cans of worms had been opened in the process of filming. The final episode felt like a guilt-ridden, but absolutely necessary start to a long-needed process of disillusionment.

tangenttangent, Wednesday, 1 February 2023 19:11 (four days ago) link

finished S1 of Slow Horses -- really good stuff, with a very welcome dose of humor somehow not feeling out of place in the midst of the very dark storyline. the brutal tying-up of a loose end was succinct and callous, kind of deserved for that particular character i suppose. the twist at the end is probably one of those "more than meets the eye" things and felt arrived at honestly. i immediately compared it in my mind to the twist that popped up towards the end of S1 of the inferior Irish crime series Bloodlands, which was pretty eye-rolling. Looking forward to Slow Horses S2. it's got a great cast obv, Oldman is great, the horses themselves are all likably flawed, and Kristin Scott Thomas is probably the best possible actor to inhabit the Diana Taverner role.

also have been watching The Bear -- i'm liking it well enough. i understand it's obv not meant to represent your avg chicago beef joint, so in that context i like it. i'm not necessarily a fan of the slight undercurrent of slumming high end chefs coming in and showing the working class stiffs how it's done, the latter group being outwardly resistant but they're all secretly impressed by the former's skills, and the former being impressed when the latter successfully execute what they're being taught vs showing that perhaps their working class skills are worthy of the place after all. HOWEVER, it's a pretty breezy show and there are plenty of great performances. Ebon-Moss Bachrach at the top of the list there. makes me want to consume italian beef 24/7.

omar little, Thursday, 2 February 2023 18:32 (three days ago) link

xpost Fascinatingly, it sounds like Woliner went into the project with a completely open mind, and purposely didn't try to independently verify anything outside of the regular course of filming until the very end; the final episode was reportedly completed just two weeks before it aired, based on new information that had come in.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 2 February 2023 19:20 (three days ago) link

rewatching s1 of Bear again & that rant/announcement Eben gives to the ballbreaker nerds waiting outside is so good, i never get tired of it

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 2 February 2023 19:21 (three days ago) link

Mackie stars as John Doe, a smart-ass milkman who talks as fast as he drives. With no memory of his past, John gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make his wish of finding community come true, but only if he can survive an onslaught of savage vehicular combat.

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 2 February 2023 20:38 (three days ago) link

savage vehicular combat

Dude, I loved their first album.

forbidden fruit salad (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 2 February 2023 20:57 (three days ago) link


blatherskite, Thursday, 2 February 2023 20:59 (three days ago) link

lol I thought they were casting John Doe in the lead role for some savage mosh pit combat

that's not my post, Thursday, 2 February 2023 21:55 (three days ago) link

the bear is exceptional. i love how short the episodes are. i’m actually watching most of them twice (??!) and there is really nothing wasted in them (like a good kitchen!) i love sidney so much

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 2 February 2023 22:06 (three days ago) link

I actually am into the bear, other than some off notes (for me) it’s totes vv good.

omar little, Thursday, 2 February 2023 22:10 (three days ago) link

Midway through season 1 of Korean horror Hellbound and am surprised at all turns. Legit o_O moments

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 3 February 2023 03:49 (two days ago) link

...and binged all six of Hellbound. Genuinely upsetting in some places, but dark nihilism hits way harder than splattercore. Super-compelling to watch though - I liked it even though it ends on an obvious set-up for season 2.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 4 February 2023 04:27 (yesterday) link

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