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

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

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

Sneaky Pete season 3 is pretty skipable, unfortunately

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Ghostbox Cowboy"

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

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

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

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

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

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

it is very judgement-free imo.

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

yes agree

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leave No Trace is in my top handful of 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have you got to the Meghan Draper eps yet?

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

Did you start at the beginning or with Barnabas?

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

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

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

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

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

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

it's otherwise terrible obv

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://instantwatcher.com/a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Terror is on Hulu i believe.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

yea i really enjoyed that 1 also, to my surprise

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

beautiful boy is watchable but not v good imo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

for the netflix thread?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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