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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 (two years ago) link

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

BlackIronPrison, Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:03 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

Fleabag appear yet?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 18 May 2019 00:32 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

same here, stalled after 6 episodes of season 1

Dan S, Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:07 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

johnny crunch, Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:59 (two years ago) link

The Terror

Οὖτις, Saturday, 18 May 2019 02:02 (two years ago) link

Fleabag s2 is great, go watch that

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

I absolutely love Red Oaks

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

all 1,225 episodes of Dark Shadows are free


Brad C., Saturday, 18 May 2019 13:48 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

mh, Saturday, 18 May 2019 15:24 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

Yerac, Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:29 (two years ago) link

oh yes Red Oaks is great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 16:36 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

sarahell, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:03 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

omar little, Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:14 (two years ago) link

They cancelled the Tick. :(

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

Vikings is great

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:52 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

All of Joanna Hogg's films are available.

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

tbf you are not easily whelmed

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 20 May 2019 05:20 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

Invincible, based on a revisionist superhero comic by the writer of zombie comic The Walking Dead.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 19:36 (one month ago) link

ah ok, thanks.

Cocteau Twinks (jed_), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 19:38 (one month ago) link

(afaik it's not "by the Walking Dead people" in any other way, but the comic writer also worked on both adaptations)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 20:40 (one month ago) link

I worry that they'll have to shoehorn a bunch of awful gore every episode

There's at least a little in every ep so far.

I'm enjoying the pulpy worldbuilding more than the A-plot. weirdly overqualified voice cast for each and every single little part, but that's amazon for you

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 20:49 (one month ago) link

isnt this an animated series? animated gore is turning people off? how explicit is it?

akm, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 20:54 (one month ago) link

lots of viscera

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:22 (one month ago) link

The presentation/tone is the real issue I suspect ppl are having, but to say more would be spoilery

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:23 (one month ago) link

Did not dig the comic so would need to hear it deviates considerably as incentive to check out

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:38 (one month ago) link

Given that it's by the Walking Dead people, I worry that they'll have to shoehorn a bunch of awful gore every episode. If that is not the case, I'd love to know, since I was getting into it until that scene.

― DJI, Wednesday, April 21, 2021

5 eps in there are a couple of winces here and there but only one other scene like the one you're thinking of, and again in that one a certain kind of point is being made. it's ugly but not gratuitous.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Thursday, 22 April 2021 02:01 (one month ago) link

They've uploaded all 75 episodes of Jim Nabors' late '70s talk show and IT'S A VIBE...

blue whales on ambient (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 01:03 (one month ago) link

Good news

Twitter: Announce Season 2, you cowards
InvincibleHQ: How about Seasons 2 AND 3?!?!?!? pic.twitter.com/lWCSGbNTka

— INVINCIBLE (@InvincibleHQ) April 29, 2021

groovypanda, Friday, 30 April 2021 09:02 (one month ago) link

people who take issue with the violence will uh not be happy with that finale

I do like the show but it kind of grew off me over the course of the season, mostly small writing problems adding up

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Friday, 30 April 2021 12:15 (one month ago) link

chief among them:

I definitely see the appeal of a psychologically somewhat "realistic" superhero show where a big ol' chunk of the point is that in any sort of "real world" scenario, having godlike powers while being surrounded by fragile meatsacks called "people" would actually be a horrifying responsibility. that's a fine starting point to work from. so to then have our protagonist bounce back (physically and at least to some extent psychologically) within a couple weeks after his own father beats him nearly to death and murders "incalculable" numbers of people, including literally using Invincible's body as a battering ram to turn an entire subway car of people into gore, kind of makes it seem like Kirkman and co. have the same level of respect for human life that Omni-Man does.

but yeah I mostly came away from it wishing it was actually a new season of venture bros, which actually pulled off the "psychological quasi realism in a comic-book/cartoon/pulp world" without all the casual genocide

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Friday, 30 April 2021 12:35 (one month ago) link

Consequence-free violence for bloodlusting fans is the Kirkman motif. That and bad dialog

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 30 April 2021 18:35 (one month ago) link

yeah it's just jarring because it does feel like some people involved are trying to pull it in a less hateful direction and it ends up in a weird tonal place

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Friday, 30 April 2021 19:43 (one month ago) link

I watched the new Dave Grohl van touring documentary 'What Drives Us' this morning on Prime.

It's not really about van touring, most of that is just glossed over. It's mostly famous rock stars (some of whom have never toured in a van!) talking about themselves and how much they enjoy playing live. They did interview some younger bands (Starcrawler, Radkey), but they get very little screen time. Dave Grohl made himself the star of the documentary, so there is plenty of Foo Fighters content. I enjoyed it, but if you're looking for a van-touring documentary, the one that was recently posted in the youtube documentary thread is a much better one.

braised cod, Saturday, 1 May 2021 10:54 (one month ago) link

Vannist critique

flagpost fucking (darraghmac), Saturday, 1 May 2021 11:23 (one month ago) link

Simon OTM - I haven’t watched the finale yet but initial pleasure has dwindled

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Saturday, 1 May 2021 14:55 (one month ago) link

I'm wondering - is Prime's original content (not counting stuff actually intended for families/children) deliberately, notably edgier than Netflix's? (Disney+ is a foregone conclusion.) I thought it was just the Rogen/Goldberg joints but reading about the lowlights of Them has made me wonder if it's not a deliberate strategy.

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Monday, 3 May 2021 16:05 (one month ago) link

The most violent Netflix original I can recall was Daredevil and it seems tame compared to the most gruesome stuff in these series.

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Monday, 3 May 2021 16:07 (one month ago) link

I haven't thought about that before, but it does make sense

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Monday, 3 May 2021 16:08 (one month ago) link

The Boys is ott for sure.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 May 2021 16:32 (one month ago) link

Though it's animated, parts of Invincible are actually worse.

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Monday, 3 May 2021 16:33 (one month ago) link

Meanwhile Netflix's most popular(?) original superhero thing, Umbrella Academy, is family fare by comparison. (Based on s1, anyway.)

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Monday, 3 May 2021 16:36 (one month ago) link

Invincible spoilers:

I did not read the finale as "welp everything's okay now" in any way, shape, or form. I read it as Mark is still deeply wounded by his father's betrayal and is rededicating himself to humanity as a result. I also read it as him seeing the galactic coalition as an opportunity to stop intergalactic Viltrumite expansion once and for all, so others won't go through the same trauma he and Debbie went through. A lot of the epilogue to that fight was explicit rejection of his father and his father's values; it doesn't make sense to me to read it as if Mark has "bounced back" or to parse the events as creator contempt for humanity. If anything, the entire series was about how traditional superhero stories are casualty-riddled bullshit and Atom Eve is the only person whose heroic endeavors seem to make any sort of lasting positive impact.

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Monday, 3 May 2021 16:42 (one month ago) link

I know they were going for that but (imo) the writing and characterization doesn't back it up credibly.

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Monday, 3 May 2021 17:05 (one month ago) link

I mostly enjoyed the "baddie of the week" elements - I liked the way they went for heavy serialization while remembering to tell discrete stories. So many series do nothing to take advantage of the episode as a discrete storytelling unit.

intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Monday, 3 May 2021 17:12 (one month ago) link

sometimes when I watch shows on streaming that were on network/basic cable, I think that commercials in a way were a nice way of forcing writers to make each episode have a good 3/4 "chapter" structure

that's generous. half the time it feels like they use the commercial break to expositionally recap what you just watched

Nhex, Monday, 3 May 2021 19:29 (one month ago) link

I only just managed to get to the end of the first episode of Them, with no intention of going back, and we all know what my standards are like for watching things that aren't any good.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Monday, 3 May 2021 19:50 (one month ago) link

Didn't realize Invincible was being released weekly so only discovered tonight that episode 6 wasn't the finale.

groovypanda, Monday, 3 May 2021 21:34 (one month ago) link

Still awaiting Undone Season two... apparently it's coming, but nobody seems to know when.

Andy the Grasshopper, Monday, 3 May 2021 21:44 (one month ago) link

Oh yeah! That was good.

DJI, Monday, 3 May 2021 23:03 (one month ago) link

odenkirk brought it up in some of the press for nobody, he seems hyped about it

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 06:59 (one month ago) link

I am also hyped though the first season seemed like it ended at a natural conclusion

Vinnie, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 08:58 (one month ago) link

rember when the tick and invincible had a crossover and they fought red jelly people just so they could do a gory invincible fight pic.twitter.com/HLaqm3wftS

— Tredlocity (@tredlocity) May 6, 2021

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 6 May 2021 22:52 (one month ago) link


intern at pepe le pew research (Simon H.), Thursday, 6 May 2021 22:54 (one month ago) link

ha! had no idea that happened

Nhex, Friday, 7 May 2021 02:07 (one month ago) link

Just mentioned this on the other streaming thread...

Watched Michael B. Jordan's Tom Clancy's John Kelly Clark Is...Without Remorse on Amazon Prime. It's pretty good, but there are some absurd aspects. In the opening scene, Jordan and his top secret Navy SEAL kill squad emerge in full scuba gear from a swimming pool in the middle of a building in downtown Bombed-Out Middle East-burg, kill a bunch of anono-goons and then as they're walking toward the next stage of their journey, not only is all the scuba gear gone but they're not even wet! Also, how did they get into the pool in the first place? After that, though, it's pretty solid. Jodie Turner-Smith from Queen & Slim is Jordan's running partner throughout, and she's excellent in both the dramatic and the ass-kicking scenes. The actor playing the villain is...a surprising choice, at least he was to me.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 7 May 2021 02:10 (one month ago) link

It’s a Taylor Sheridan-written, Stefano Sollima-directed venture, much like the Sicario sequel. I think it works better than that movie, and is infinitely more coherent than the second season of Amazon’s Jack Ryan show. It’s just kind of blah.

mh, Friday, 7 May 2021 15:42 (one month ago) link

I still can't understand why ZeroZeroZero isn't more popular

The first episode didn't really grip me; should I keep going?

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 7 May 2021 23:14 (one month ago) link


i was too much listening to your accent (Spottie), Saturday, 8 May 2021 00:39 (one month ago) link

So many shows about drug kingpins and dead girls.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 8 May 2021 00:50 (one month ago) link

the gleeson bros comedy is just the right amount of un-engaging to be a comfortable doing-chores-while-not-really-watching show.
what other shows are like that?

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 8 May 2021 05:57 (one month ago) link

The first episode didn't really grip me; should I keep going?

Probably not then as imo it went downhill after the first few episodes

groovypanda, Saturday, 8 May 2021 09:09 (one month ago) link

1st episode's glamorous violence and sadism didn't do anything for me tbh

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 8 May 2021 17:19 (one month ago) link

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