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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:

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 (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

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

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:39 (two years ago) link

it is very judgement-free imo.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:40 (two years ago) link

yes agree

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:42 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

Dan S, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:32 (two years ago) link

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

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 May 2019 01:54 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

Did you start at the beginning or with Barnabas?

Brad C., Tuesday, 28 May 2019 15:03 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

Brad C., Tuesday, 28 May 2019 15:32 (two years 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

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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

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

cute!

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

Yes

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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