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Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
« Reply #40 on: February 19, 2019, 06:09:40 AM »
I saw the 2016 sci-fi movie Passengers. It wasn't my pick and I had very low expectations, which probably explains why I was pleasantly surprised.

I was expecting a 6/10 and it was something like a 7.3/10, so I'm not saying it's great, but there are so few decent sci-fi films and series that I'm mentioning it anyway.

It basically felt like a short-story from the 1950s. Passenger wakes up early from cryo-sleep on a long interstellar flight. What to do next?

I can easily imagine how someone seeing it with high expectations could not like it, though, so be warned. It's not deep or anything, but it's decent entertainment.
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« Reply #41 on: February 20, 2019, 08:40:37 PM »
I just binged Netflix' Russian Doll.  Dang that was far better than I'd expected.

I agree.  When I started watching it I was thinking that there was a 80% chance it was going to be stupid and I wouldn't get through 2 episodes.  I'm glad I gave it a chance, it was a pretty good show.  Like groundhog day only darker with a better story.

Watched Russian Doll - it draws you in - but what the hell happened at the end? Didn't understand how they got out of the death spiral. Thought the ending was a let down.

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Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
« Reply #42 on: March 18, 2019, 12:53:07 PM »
Just finished "Unauthorized Living"  it is a Netflix original based in Spain.  You can set the audio to English, so you don't need to turn on subtitles.  It was excellent.  The best show I've seen lately.

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Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
« Reply #43 on: March 19, 2019, 07:57:37 AM »
I recommend the 'Eleven Madison Park' episode (#2) of the documentary series '7 Days Out' on Netflix.

I thought it was really good, showing some of what it takes to be the best; the attention to detail, going above and beyond, and constantly solving unexpected problems.

https://www.netflix.com/ca/title/80207124

Update: great podcast interview with the restaurant's owner:

https://overcast.fm/+BgXD0aAaA
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Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
« Reply #44 on: March 19, 2019, 09:36:52 AM »


I recommend The Young Pope on HBO (which you can get through Hulu). It's about an agnostic pope who's not particularly innocent. The series is directed and written by Paolo Sorrentino, who also directed and wrote one of my all-time favorite foreign-language films: The Great Beauty (Italian language, but still enjoyable with English subtitles).
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Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
« Reply #45 on: March 19, 2019, 10:56:15 AM »
There's a line in 'Bridges of Spies' that I still think about once in a while. A soviet spy and his lawyer, telling him about the possibility of the electric chair. Spy doesn't react. Lawyer says: "You don't seem alarmed." He replies... "Would it help?"

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« Reply #46 on: April 09, 2019, 11:03:16 PM »
That makes sense.  I generally thought it was a lot more serious than what one might expect from a black comedy film.  Viewers should calibrate their expectations going in - because it isn't another Dr. Strangelove.

That's correct. I was also surprised (I didn't know much about it going on), but it actually increased my enjoyment because I think it's important that we get reminders once in a while of just how vile these regimes were. Historical distance and the death of first-hand victims is making it all more fuzzy over time...

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Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
« Reply #47 on: April 10, 2019, 09:08:10 PM »
Just finished "Unauthorized Living"  it is a Netflix original based in Spain.  You can set the audio to English, so you don't need to turn on subtitles.  It was excellent.  The best show I've seen lately.

Just finished it. I watched it because of your post and I totally agree with you! Great recommendation.
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« Reply #48 on: April 11, 2019, 10:21:25 AM »
Just finished "Unauthorized Living"  it is a Netflix original based in Spain.  You can set the audio to English, so you don't need to turn on subtitles.  It was excellent.  The best show I've seen lately.

Just finished it. I watched it because of your post and I totally agree with you! Great recommendation.

No problem.  Another Spanish show on Netflix that was pretty good (although not as good as Unauthorized Living) is "Fugitiva", it's worth watching.

I'm watching the Amazon original "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" now, it's a little silly at times, but it is funny and worth watching as well.

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Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
« Reply #49 on: May 31, 2019, 05:58:16 PM »
Netflix - Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

I wore out 2112 when I was a kid & have liked them ever since.

This documentary shows a trio of unique & amazing musicians who are also great guys.

Very down to earth & no overblown egos.

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