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Though it has this weird problem: it does this thing when a character is about to say something important sometimes right before the end of an episode, where the music builds up and then does an epic drop right after they say it, as though it doesn't expect the audience to get how important it is supposed to be without prompting. It's like the kind of "epic moments" editing you get in trailers and it's really disconcerting.

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9 hours ago, ZOK said:

There’s a cracking documentary on Netflix called Circus of Books, about a straight Jewish couple who ended up running the titular bookstore which was a centre of gay culture in Hollywood for several decades, and became the largest distributor of gay porn in the country.

 

This is an amazingly moving doc for a number of reasons. Interestingly Ryan Murphy seems to be exec producer, is he doing everything on Netflix these days?


I watched this some time ago and it’s brilliant. There have been a few shows, movies and documentaries over the past 5-10 years which have served as important cultural documents on gay history and the gay experience and this is absolutely one of them. 

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4 hours ago, Benny said:

Just watched the first episode of that new Barbarians series. Actually quite good!

 

Yeah just watched the first episode and enjoyed it very much.

 

Could do without the tense, gentle, dramatic music playing prompts on the subtitles, but otherwise excellent.

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Late to the party, but I started watching Staged this week. Funny shit. Think 'The Trip' with David Tennant and Michael Sheen, a bickering buddy comedy set in lockdown. Superb writing.

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1 hour ago, Waggo said:

 

Yeah just watched the first episode and enjoyed it very much.

 

Could do without the tense, gentle, dramatic music playing prompts on the subtitles, but otherwise excellent.

 

I didn't see any of that on the subtitles. Maybe you have closed caption ones on or something.

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A nice interview on CBS Sunday Morning with Ben Mankiewicz (grandson of Herman), discussing the upcoming Mank film (about Herman writing the screenplay for Orson Welles' Citizen Kane) with director David Fincher and some of the stars.

 

 

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Just watched Over the Moon with the family. I was wary at first that this was the kind of cheap imported garbage that Netflix seems to pad out its animation library with, but it's actually really good. The director has worked at Disney, and while it's not up there with their best, the influence is clear in the animation style and songs. My daughter already wants to watch it again.

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On 23/10/2020 at 18:46, chris on the moon said:

I don't like Rebecca. It's one that makes me want to read the book again, because it feels as though either I've misremembered it, or that the film has really not captured the spirit of the book at all.

 

No it's dull, dull, dull. Book spirit totally absent.

 

Also, why does ducky-looking Lily James get so much work? She's incredibly dull and is the same in everything.

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Didn't really enjoy Rebecca.  It looked and sounded beautiful, performances were fine, but storywise...  It was just 'young woman has an ace life'.  Who cares?

Spoiler

 

She meets a rich bloke and falls in love, he marries her and takes her to his big house.

The fella's ex-wife was a hard act to live up to, so he's a bit moody for a bit.

The housekeeper is a bit of a nutter, who's obsessed with the ex-wife, and is a bit mean. 

One time she tricks her into wearing a dress that upsets her husband for a bit.

Then her husband has a bit of trouble with the law, but it turns out it was a misunderstanding and is all sorted.

The mad housekeeper burns down her husband's big old house, but nobody is hurt.

She goes off travelling the world having loads of sex and a generally ace time in foreign countries.

 

 

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23 hours ago, Festoon said:

 

This was fantastic.

Started this last night and got to the end of the second episode. 

 

Really enjoying it. That lady is excellent in it so far. 

 

Looking forward to watching more. 

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Watched new animated show Blood of Zeus today. Went in not expecting much, but actually quite enjoyed it.

 

And if it's your thing, the episode end credits feature loads of storyboards, animatics, design drawings and the like.

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I know everyone has probably already seen it but The Good Place is excellent. I watched the first series years ago when it was out and whilst I enjoyed it I didn't think it would get better. I started S2 at the weekend and now almost at the end of that and it's even better than the first, it's fantastic!

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I'm way behind on stuff like that, and am only beginning to catch up now because of lockdown giving me a bit more spare time and a lot more need for comfort viewing to help switch off from work.

 

That said, I've just finished watching Community for the first time and think it might have ruined all other sitcoms for me. Before this my other favourite shows were Rick & Morty and Bojack (and back in the day Spaced, IT Crowd etc), so I think I may only be able to get enjoyment from comedies that are self-referencial genre deconstructions!

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On 27/10/2020 at 17:34, JohnC said:

Watched new animated show Blood of Zeus today. Went in not expecting much, but actually quite enjoyed it.

 

And if it's your thing, the episode end credits feature loads of storyboards, animatics, design drawings and the like.

 

I watched the first couple of episodes of this myself last night, seems pretty good so far.

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Netflix smashing it out the park at the moment.

 

The queen's gambit feels like reading a really good book, like the first season of games of thrones did. Best of all, the chess seems to be accurate.

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Late to the party, but The Last Dance is brilliant.

 

I've got only a very passing knowledge of Basketball and Jordan, but I'm gutted I've only got two episodes left as it is so good.

 

 

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Good Girls was pretty good. Girlfriend loved it, her vote is a fairly dominant influencer in what shows we watch lol (I still have half of Watchmen to see...).

 

The good:

- Christina Hendricks

- Cricket from Always Sunny

- easy watching

- quite funny

 

Less so:

- weirdly non-threatening villain

- seems unsure whether to go full Breaking Bad or not

 

There's prob more points for either side - in summary, this is worth giving a go.

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