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11 minutes ago, NJ said:

You will love After Life  - Gervais gold.

Derek is another great work he does. Guys with Emmy's should throw them in the fireplace after watching.

Both on Netflix

Thanks, NJ.  After Life is next in the queue. Really looking forward to it.

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Just watched the "Unsolved Mysteries" 6 episode reboot.  Solid B/B+, after you average in the lame first episode, which is a non-mystery (a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case, where the only "mystery" is the victim's understandably heartbroken family saying "but he seemed so happy" and asking how his suicide could have occurred at a public building without having been witnessed). 

The second and third episodes, though, are fascinating/chilling and both solid "A's".  There are worse shows to watch and it is not a big time investment if you do not enjoy it.   I do recommend skipping the first episode, however.  

 

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Didnt see Ozark on the OP list but its very good.

Better Call Saul- loved bb, but this series was very very hot and cold.some great eps and a lot of sleepy ones. Not saying it was bad just think its overrated. Loved the cop character he was bad ass

6 feet Under - THE most underrated series ever and by reading these post i can see thats very true. Not one mention. Its superb and dark and trippy

whats the series name from key west that ive heard good stuff about?

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Watched the first 2 episodes of "I'll be Gone In the Dark". It's really two shows; one about the police hunt for the Golden State Killer, and journalist Michelle McNamara, a reporter who did a lot of writing about it, to a point she may have had a role in the guys' apprehension. While the investigators were very available and solicitous of her and she was obsessed, not really clear she had much to do with the arrest.  Case broke when a  family member of the killer went on an ancestry site and thereby  provided a DNA sample which linked him to DNA samples from the crime scenes.  

And that is where things get a little odd. McNamara was married to comedian Patton Oswalt, and simply he is a very odd guy. McNamara died of a drug overdose. No allegation that Oswalt had anything to do with it, but, if your wife dies like that, what does it say about you?What the hell was going on? And Oswalt has remarried in short order. Throughout the show, Oswalt(who is listed as a the producer with his deceased wife)  is over the top  crowing about what a great woman and mom she was, but all of that doesn't comport with the facts to the point it's ridiculously uncomfortable. The Mrs. is watching it, so I am. But not sure the producers grasp objectively as interesting as the Golden State Killer story is, they are thus far ignoring the elephant in the room.

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23 hours ago, Warmbrother said:

Its interesting what does and doesnt pass the test of time.

nobody mentioned Lost and that awful vampire series tru blood?

The remake of BSG (At least the Miniseries and first 3 Seasons) are very watchable after almost 2 decades. Rare for sci fi, imo 

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23 hours ago, Warmbrother said:

whats the series name from key west that ive heard good stuff about?

Bloodline.....a very good series.

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On 6/22/2020 at 1:13 PM, NJ said:

You will love After Life  - Gervais gold.

Derek is another great work he does. Guys with Emmy's should throw them in the fireplace after watching.

Both on Netflix

Two episodes into season two of After Life.  Season one was fantastic.  Who knew Gervais had such impressive dramatic acting chops?   Incredible range of work which should have garnered him a boatload of awards.

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On 7/20/2020 at 10:46 AM, munchmemory said:

Two episodes into season two of After Life.  Season one was fantastic.  Who knew Gervais had such impressive dramatic acting chops?   Incredible range of work which should have garnered him a boatload of awards.

The guy is really incredible. Glad to hear Netflix has ordered another season of this from Ricky as well as another non related series and some specials. 

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13 minutes ago, NJ said:

The guy is really incredible. Glad to hear Netflix has ordered another season of this from Ricky as well as another non related series and some specials. 

Can't wait.  Thanks again for recommending the show.  My entire family loved it.

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1 hour ago, munchmemory said:

Can't wait.  Thanks again for recommending the show.  My entire family loved it.

Check out Derek if you haven't already dude - his portrayal of a middle aged guy on the spectrum is maybe his best acting job yet.

 

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The Honeymooners. Brings me back to much simpler time and still cracks me up 

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On 7/7/2020 at 10:47 AM, Warmbrother said:

Its interesting what does and doesnt pass the test of time.

nobody mentioned Lost and that awful vampire series tru blood?

I still love lost, watched it about a year ago with my son.

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Four episodes into Ramy on Hulu.  Not bad, but kinda cliche.  Not sure if I'm hanging in with the series.

Anyone else watching it and recommend continuing on?

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If you're not watching Ted Lasso on Apple TV+, you need to do yourself a favor and start now.

Caution: It's a feel good comedy so many of you miserable bastards will probably hate it for giving you "all the feels".

 

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On 8/21/2020 at 5:24 PM, Larz said:

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS 

you’re welcome 

I also just started it.   Great so far.

Also now watching the boys season 2.

For people who like some older shows, The Prisoner on amazon.   1960s spy show.  Its dated, but still very good.

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Anyone watching Fargo? 

4th season, 2 episodes shown so far, looking like the best of the series

Also it is on Sunday night so at ;east you'll have someting to look forward to on Sundays, at least until 11/29 (10 episode run) 

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1 hour ago, The Crimson King said:

Anyone watching Fargo? 

4th season, 2 episodes shown so far, looking like the best of the series

Also it is on Sunday night so at ;east you'll have someting to look forward to on Sundays, at least until 11/29 (10 episode run) 

They got Gennaro from "Gommorah" to play the off the boat Italian brother Gaetano. Basically every sentence is either "How you say?" or he's gonna kill someone. Same menace, but with comedy. And that's one small part of a great cast. 

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28 minutes ago, Bugg said:

They got Gennaro from "Gommorah" to play the off the boat Italian brother Gaetano. Basically every sentence is either "How you say?" or he's gonna kill someone. Same menace, but with comedy. And that's one small part of a great cast. 

Great charachter!   Plays the whole part with his eyes

Looking forward to the next episode

 

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I didn't read through and I don't know if it has already been mentioned, but 'What We Do in The Shadows'. Holy Hell, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I was a little leery of it seeing as the movie was so great and was all prepared to be let down, but nope. Even if you're not a horror flick buff like yours truly and miss some of the inside jokes, it's absolutely hilarious. I started binge-watching it a couple of days ago, and there were times when I flat out shrieked. The whole Staten Island thing, the going to Town Hall/Energy Vampire (Actor Mark Prokosch as Andrew Wormald of 'Better Call Saul') scene, I was SCREAMING. Highly recommend. 

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I don't mean to tread off-topic but did anyone think that show Mark Wahlberg produced a good few years ago was brilliant, I believe it was called How to Make it in America and was on HBO it had Kid Cudi and Lake Bell in it ...anyhoo HBO pulled the plug on it after 2 seasons ..WOMP WOMP

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On 9/29/2020 at 7:07 PM, The Crimson King said:

Anyone watching Fargo? 

4th season, 2 episodes shown so far, looking like the best of the series

Also it is on Sunday night so at ;east you'll have someting to look forward to on Sundays, at least until 11/29 (10 episode run) 

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On 10/3/2020 at 12:54 PM, jetophile said:

I didn't read through and I don't know if it has already been mentioned, but 'What We Do in The Shadows'. Holy Hell, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. I was a little leery of it seeing as the movie was so great and was all prepared to be let down, but nope. Even if you're not a horror flick buff like yours truly and miss some of the inside jokes, it's absolutely hilarious. I started binge-watching it a couple of days ago, and there were times when I flat out shrieked. The whole Staten Island thing, the going to Town Hall/Energy Vampire (Actor Mark Prokosch as Andrew Wormald of 'Better Call Saul') scene, I was SCREAMING. Highly recommend. 

Vampires are always portrayed as worldly and brilliant. But instead if they were vain, stupid and fans of the 1984 US Olympic Dream Team? And were a-holes that lived in Staten Island? 

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We started watching Designated Survivior.  It has a 24 feel obviously because of Sutherland but without the 24 tech and action (there is none).  I guess Kiefer Sutherland always wanted the role of president when he was doing 24.  half way through the first season now.   It's ok and sometimes pretty good in a 24 sort of way; the plot continually winds and twists and with a "who can you trust now?" tension.

edit: we quit for now.  The crises come too fast and quick without any satisfying resolution.  I'll eventually get back to it and finish the first season.  I'd rather watch 24 reruns TBH.

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Began the seven episode limited series The Queen's Gambit on Netflix last night.  It's the story of an orphan who is also a chess prodigy.  Very well written and acted, especially by the lead actress, Anya Taylor-Joy.  Taylor-Joy continues to impress.  Loved her in Thoroughbreds and Emma.  

The show's creator/director is Scott Frank who wrote the screenplays for Get Shorty, Minority Report, The Wolverine and Logan among others.

 

 

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Just started "The Leftovers " on HBO. So far, I'm satisfied.  Anyone see it through? Wondering if its worth the time commitment. 

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On 10/24/2020 at 2:37 PM, munchmemory said:

Began the seven episode limited series The Queen's Gambit on Netflix last night.  It's the story of an orphan who is also a chess prodigy.  Very well written and acted, especially by the lead actress, Anya Taylor-Joy.  Taylor-Joy continues to impress.  Loved her in Thoroughbreds and Emma.  

The show's creator/director is Scott Frank who wrote the screenplays for Get Shorty, Minority Report, The Wolverine and Logan among others.

 

 

The wife and I just finished this gem of a mini series yesterday.  Between Emma and her great performance here Taylor-Joy is going places.  You have to love the make up changes to her through the years.  Great script and cast.  Highly recommend this.  And if you know someone with Asperger's, then you must watch.

Her backstory, her relationships and the limits they had were just spectacularly done.  Pre Bobby Fischer era.  Little green pills for orphans.  Imagine. 

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7 hours ago, Dcat said:

The wife and I just finished this gem of a mini series yesterday.  Between Emma and her great performance here Taylor-Joy is going places.  You have to love the make up changes to her through the years.  Great script and cast.  Highly recommend this.  And if you know someone with Asperger's, then you must watch.

Her backstory, her relationships and the limits they had were just spectacularly done.  Pre Bobby Fischer era.  Little green pills for orphans.  Imagine. 

Great recommendation from you and MM.  I've watched the first 5 episodes and am hooked. 

One other great thing about this series, which I appreciate as a chess nerd:  The chess details themselves are pretty much perfect.  The actors/players are making real, legitimate, moves and talking about their games in a way that is (for the most part) technically accurate.  I cannot tell you what a huge accomplishment that is in and of itself. At least 95% of the time that chess is shown on the big or small screens, the board is set up incorrectly from the start, the players are making ridiculous or illegal moves, and/or the players are making idiotic comments about the game that they think sound like chess terminology but in reality have as much to do with chess as my dog barking.  Huge pet peeve of mine and one that would have made a full mini-series about chess unwatchable if they hadn't gotten it right.  But, thankfully, they really did. 

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@Dcat @AFCEastFan  So glad you both enjoyed The Queens Gambit.    My whole family thought it was fantastic and could not wait to get to the end of the story.   Acting, writing and art direction were all spot on.  

AFC, you answered a question we all had:  How accurate was the chess being displayed?  Great to hear that they were playing the game correctly.  I noticed the show's creators had former world champion Garry Kasparov and chess coach/author Bruce Pandolfini as consultants.  Smart move.

Dcat, totally agree about the Taylor-Joy and her backstory in the series. Whatever "it" is, she's got it by the bushel.  You can't take your eyes off her.  The orphanage scenes, and her struggles with substance addiction/abuse, were particularly impactful and well done.  The actress who played her as a little girl was also amazing in the role.

 

 

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