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Title: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty on January 24, 2019, 08:22:12 AM
I figured I'd try starting a thread about movies and TV shows that you liked enough to recommend.

General rule of thumb would be, only post about it if you think it's better than 75% of what you've seen in the past couple years (obviously there's no way to enforce that, but I'm just trying to avoid having the thread flooded by everything people are watching).

Please tell us a little about what the thing is and why you like it.

I'll start.

I watched 'The Death of Stalin' (2017) yesterday and really enjoyed it. It's definitely not for everyone, it's pretty dark satire, but I think the minority of people who will like it will really like it. It's kind of similar to some of what the Coens bros do, but talkier, kind of like if Aaron Sorkin wrote dialogue for a Coens movie, with a few bursts of Tarantino violence.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4686844/

Interestingly, after seeing it I looked up a few things and while there's obviously a lot of fiction, it's not as fictionalized as one might think. They even had to tone down a few things because the reality would've seemed unbelievable on screen, apparently.

If you see it and want more, there's an interview with the writer here: https://www.newyorker.com/podcast/political-scene/armando-iannucci-on-the-death-of-stalin/
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: RichardGibbons on January 24, 2019, 08:36:30 AM
I just rewatched "Skins", the TV show about Bristol teens with dysfunctional families.  It's quite brilliant, but be warned that there's a lot of swearing, sex-related content, and casual drug use, and the plotlines are often extreme and sometimes dark.  It's not for someone who gets easily offended.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: rogermunibond on January 24, 2019, 08:44:48 AM
Detectorists (Seasons 1-3) Hulu
Kim's Convenience (Season 1-2) NFLX - Season 3 on CBC
Succession (Season 1) HBO
Killing Eve (Season 1) Hulu
Little Drummer Girl - Michael Shannon was excellent

Flash from the past
Spaced (Seasons 1-2) Hulu and Amazon

Cool new feature on Google is that for many TV shows and movies the search results include where it's available for streaming.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: doughishere on January 24, 2019, 08:47:47 AM
Cinemax's Mike Judge Presents: Tales From the Tour Bus is pretty good. I dont listen to all the artists but its pretty funny some of the stuff thats happened. Mature rated.

List of episodes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Judge_Presents:_Tales_from_the_Tour_Bus#Episodes
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Jurgis on January 24, 2019, 08:48:51 AM
Cautionary notice: my taste is highly idiosyncratic, so likely my recommendations will do nothing for you.

Theoretically all my ratings are publicly available at: https://www.imdb.com/user/ur2779520/ratings?sort=your_rating,desc&ratingFilter=0&mode=detail&ref_=undefined&lastPosition=0 ( if this does not work, this might: https://www.imdb.com/user/ur2779520/ratings?ref_=nv_usr_rt_4 - this is chronological ).

No very recent movies at 9 or 10 rating.
GLOW is 9: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5770786/?ref_=rt_li_tt
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is 9

There are couple recent movies at 8 rating ( LBJ, Snowden, Rush, Dallas Buyers Club, Fury, Dirty Money, Red Sparrow ).

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I'm definitely gonna watch "The Death of Stalin".  8)
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: doughishere on January 24, 2019, 08:52:09 AM
Cautionary notice: my taste is highly idiosyncratic, so likely my recommendations will do nothing for you.

Hey, everything someone mentions on here is worth a look up at least. I might not like it but there's the chance that it could be something I missed.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: tombgrt on January 24, 2019, 09:47:26 AM
My all time favorite series which I will rewatch at some point:

OZ
Firefly
Fargo
Six Feet Under
Deadwood
The Office (US)
The Wire
The Sopranos
Breaking Bad
Better Call Saul
Black Mirror
Game of Thrones

I can't resist to mention a few others as well so here it goes: F is for Family, Dark, Westworld, Bojack Horseman, Sons of Anarchy, Archer, Battlestar Gallactica, Rick & Morty, Seinfeld, Arrested Development, True Detective S01, Stranger Things, Peaky Blinders, House of Cards, Mindhunter, Killing Eve, Master of None, Parks & Rec (first seasons), Hannibal, Orange is the New Black, Luther, Shameless, Family Guy, La Casa de papel, Homeland (first seasons), Mad Men (first 5 seasons), Twin Peaks, Billions, Community, Hannibal, Godless, The Shield, Skins, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthousiasm, The Deuce, Fringe, Entourage, Californication, The Killing (EU version), The Inbetweeners, Band of Brothers, The People vs OJ Simpson, Freaks and Geeks, Big Little Lies, Misfits, Luther, Spaced, Couples, Fawlty Towers.

Currently looking to start watching The Mechanism, Gomorrah and Rome in the coming months. I've become very selective in what I watch as it has become impossible to stay up to date with everything you might like. Generally after one or two episodes I know whether I'll like it or not. For example I recently stopped halfway through episode 1 of Lucifer as it felt cheap with mediocre acting and a lousy story.

In my defense, I never watch "regular tv" or sports. Cut the cable a long time ago! Honestly started as a small list but when you start thinking about it, hard to stop... Probably forgetting plenty worth mentioning but I'd start with those listed at the top. Can't miss with those! I know it's not really the point of the topic but I guess it is not a bad reference list for people looking for a good show to watch. Also left out all documentaries etc here.

If I do the same for films I won't be able to ever stop so I won't. But I'll maybe post some films that are less well-known soon.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: tombgrt on January 24, 2019, 10:02:36 AM
Films I've actually (re)watched recently that were very good:

Being There - Hilarious oldie
Bad Boy Bubby - very dark, especially the first few minutes. odd but funny
Call me by your name - great soundtrack, atmosphere (a summer in France in a little town...), acting
Edge of Tomorrow - love time travel movies. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt do a great job together. very good action scenes
Get Out - just watch it!
Perfect Strangers (Perfetti Sconosciuti)
Sleep Tight (Mientras Duermes)
The Hidden Face (La Cara Oculta) - I don't want to spoil anyhting about these. Just watch!
Timecrimes (Los Cronocrimenes) - another time travel movie. Less known than some others but definitely worth it.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: LC on January 24, 2019, 10:10:18 AM
I'll throw one out - not only probably the best animated series ever, but possibly one of the best TV series ever:

Avatar: the Last Airbender
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Spekulatius on January 24, 2019, 10:34:58 AM
In Amazon video:
The man in the high castle
Viking
Jack Ryan
Hannibal
Home fires
Downtown Abbey
Endevour
White Chapel

Yes, I am a sucker for British TV

Netflix:
Dogs of Berlin
The Vietnam War ( Ken Burns)
Bodyguard
House of Cards
Peaky Blunders
Battle star Galactica series
Fargo ( both the series and the Original movie)
Lock, Stock and two smocking barrels
No country for old men

As memorable movies, I enjoyed Wes Anderson Moonrise Kingdom and Grand Budapest Hotel as well as most Coen Brother movies . I also enjoyed the Starwars flics Rogue One and the Last Jedi
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: SHDL on January 24, 2019, 10:50:49 AM
For me, The Death of Stalin started pretty well but then became a bit too distressing as the story progressed and turned darker and I could no longer tell what was parody and what was not.  Maybe that was the point, but anyway. 

Drive (2011) was an excellent recent find.

The Last Jedi (2017) was pretty controversial among Star Wars fans (unsurprisingly) but I liked it.  I’ve met certain heroes/legends in real life and I thought the film gave a pretty honest depiction of what it means to be one.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty on January 24, 2019, 11:10:17 AM
For me, The Death of Stalin started pretty well but then became a bit too distressing as the story progressed and turned darker and I could no longer tell what was parody and what was not.  Maybe that was the point, but anyway. 

In the interview I link, the writer/director says that they didn't want to make fun of any of the real atrocities, since this is based on true events, so every time there's killing and torture and such, they play it straight. But once it's behind closed doors with the politicians, then the farce takes over.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: SHDL on January 24, 2019, 11:16:04 AM
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.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty on January 24, 2019, 11:19:31 AM
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...
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: DooDiligence on January 24, 2019, 01:05:32 PM
Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everyone Talking About Him)?
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty on January 24, 2019, 01:13:30 PM
In Amazon video:
The man in the high castle
Viking
Jack Ryan
Hannibal
Home fires
Downtown Abbey
Endevour
White Chapel

Somehow we've watched none of the same Amazon Prime Video shows.

My faves are Sneaky Pete S1 (kind of a mix between Justified and some Breaking Bad elements (produced by Brian Cranston and some Justified guys), Patriot S1 (LOVED this one, couldn't get into S2 yet), and Marvellous Mrs. Maisel (don't let the flowery title scare you, I really enjoyed S1 and can't wait to check out S2 -- it's written by Amy Sherman Palladino, of Gilmore Girls fame, but this is more adult and kind of Mad Men vibe in production level).
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: boilermaker75 on January 24, 2019, 02:21:33 PM
I've really gotten into the British mysteries, Endeavor, Inspector Lewis, Shetland, and Foyle's War. Acting is superb, probably all Shakespearean trained actors.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Gregmal on January 24, 2019, 02:45:25 PM
Sopranos
Californication
Nip/Tuck
Damages
Mad Men
Eastbound and Down

I don't watch much tv and it takes a lot for me to get into stuff. Honorable mentions but not stuff I'd really be able to rewatch were Boardwalk Empire, The Wire, House of Lies, Dexter, Vice Principals. Currently trying to force myself to stay with Billions, and giving Black Monday a chance. Homeland had big potential but I totally got bored with it after Season 3.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: rb on January 24, 2019, 06:06:08 PM
Some that haven't been mentioned here already.

Berlin station on Epix. Spy stuff. Good scripts and very good acting.

Vikings on netflix. Simple comedy but funny as hell. I also enjoyed Narcos on Netflix. Very good production imo.

Btw, if you enjoy Berlin Station or spy stuff, I suggest you also check out A Most Wanted Man. Great spy movie and I think Phillip Seymour Hoffman's last before he passed.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: meiroy on January 27, 2019, 08:49:03 PM







I thought 'The Death of Stalin' was hilarious, loved it.  None of my friends agree.

The Expanse is possibly the best sci-fi series I have ever seen.

Watched Zombieland about 7 times. It's a completely nerdy stupid cult movie.

The Man in the high castle is really good, though depressing.  Babylon Berlin is also quite good.



 


Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: ValueGroupie on January 28, 2019, 02:21:37 AM
Just of top of my head...

Movies:

Ex Machina (slow sci-fi thriller)
The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin & David Fincher)
Burn after Reading (Coen Brothers)
The Imitation Game (Alan Turing Biopic)
Black Swan
Whiplash (like Black Swan about an obsessed artist)

Series:
Startup (not mentioned yet? It's about a cryptocurreny Startup. But like Social Network it is not really about the technology, it is more about the persons involved and the relationships between them if that makes any sense. Really liked it.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Spekulatius on January 28, 2019, 03:34:28 AM







I thought 'The Death of Stalin' was hilarious, loved it.  None of my friends agree.

The Expanse is possibly the best sci-fi series I have ever seen.

Watched Zombieland about 7 times. It's a completely nerdy stupid cult movie.

The Man in the high castle is really good, though depressing.  Babylon Berlin is also quite good.

Yes, I love the “Expanse” and the “Man in the High castle”. Babylon Berlin is on my list to watch.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty on January 28, 2019, 06:31:02 AM
The Expanse is possibly the best sci-fi series I have ever seen.

Season 1 of the Expanse really impressed me. It felt on par with the best sci-fi ever (early Battlestar Galactica reboot). But I think after season 1 the writing quality goes down a lot and many characters suddenly become quite different from what they were early on, and more 2D.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty on January 28, 2019, 06:31:52 AM
Eastbound and Down

Season 1 of this is one of the best comedies series I've seen. Up there with Freaks and Geeks.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: flesh on January 28, 2019, 07:37:23 PM
Star Trek Discovery, cbs all access.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: eclecticvalue on January 28, 2019, 10:15:12 PM
Miss Sherlock
Schitt's Creek
Succession
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: LC on January 28, 2019, 10:22:03 PM
The first two seasons of Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock are some of the best TV in the past decade.

Jeremy Brett's version is also incredible of course.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: rukawa on January 30, 2019, 12:20:55 PM
Get Shorty (the show not the movie)
Silicon Valley is excellent
Humans (UK show)
Viking is in my opinion the best show on television
Black Mirror
Planet Earth 2 and Blue Planet 2
First season of True Detective
House of Cards (UK version)
Yes, Minister (this is the greatest political comedy ever)
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: DooDiligence on February 01, 2019, 10:26:22 AM
This is my new favorite show.

https://www.pbs.org/show/gzero-world/
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: investmd on February 02, 2019, 06:13:00 AM
Movies:
Get Out - Pscyhological Thriller that is so Intelligent - the twist at the end is a neat surprise worth waiting for
Imitation Game - biography of Alan Turing - using math and computers to solve encryption in war time; role of homophobia in recent history

TV Series:
Breaking Bad - Plot of a generally good, very bright individual trying to help his family that crosses a fine line and evolves into another character; great exposure to societal price of illicit drugs and effects on young, old, men and women; good musical score; Worth watching entire series second time
True Detective - Season 1 - Takes about 10 episodes to solve the crime - so not all neatly tied up in 1 hour like a usual TV series. Season 2 is completely different story and not in the same Class. The redeeming feature of Season 2 is the music of Leonard Cohen.
Silicon Valley - Comedy/Drama of life as a start up company in Silicon Valley
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: gfp on February 02, 2019, 06:43:41 AM
If you liked Get Out (as I did) and Lakieith Stanfield (as I do) - he's in 'Get Out' and hilarious in 'Atlanta' - you might enjoy a movie we saw over the holidays called "Sorry to Bother You." 

Written and directed by Boots Riley, a first time filmmaker, it is pretty entertaining for a debut.  It's not polished like 'Get Out' though.

My Brother-in-law is one of those voting/nominating members for the film awards shows, so our family holidays have become a kind of mini film festival with 20-30 academy screeners to watch over a few weeks time.  Really great to see stuff I wouldn't otherwise get to the theater to see.

Movies:
Get Out - Pscyhological Thriller that is so Intelligent - the twist at the end is a neat surprise worth waiting for
Imitation Game - biography of Alan Turing - using math and computers to solve encryption in war time; role of homophobia in recent history

TV Series:
Breaking Bad - Plot of a generally good, very bright individual trying to help his family that crosses a fine line and evolves into another character; great exposure to societal price of illicit drugs and effects on young, old, men and women; good musical score; Worth watching entire series second time
True Detective - Season 1 - Takes about 10 episodes to solve the crime - so not all neatly tied up in 1 hour like a usual TV series. Season 2 is completely different story and not in the same Class. The redeeming feature of Season 2 is the music of Leonard Cohen.
Silicon Valley - Comedy/Drama of life as a start up company in Silicon Valley
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: meiroy on February 02, 2019, 07:20:13 AM

I just binged Netflix' Russian Doll.  Dang that was far better than I'd expected.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Jurgis on February 07, 2019, 10:26:07 PM
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 9/10


might as well mention

In Bruges 9/10.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: writser on February 07, 2019, 11:41:39 PM
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 9/10


might as well mention

In Bruges 9/10.

You have a midget obsession? But yeah, both are great movies. I like Snatch as well.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty on February 08, 2019, 08:14:44 AM
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 9/10

I saw that at the recommendation of a friend.

I thought it had some flashes of a really good movie, some really good scenes and characters, but that overall it didn't quite gel together and wasn't entirely satisfying.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: rkbabang on February 08, 2019, 08:20:10 AM
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.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: SmoothSailor on February 08, 2019, 08:37:56 AM
I really enjoyed HBO's Sharp Objects. Great writing, complex characters, and a wonderful cast (Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson killed it w/ their performances). It's a mini-series (~ 8 episodes), so not much commitment either.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: DTEJD1997 on February 08, 2019, 10:12:40 AM
Hey all:

if you like crime thrillers & action movies, I've got two recommendations:

A). "HEAT", absolutely the best bank heist movie ever made, bar none.  Also, probably the best gun battle ever filmed.  A+ list actors, just incredibly well done all the way around.

B). "The Usual Suspects", great acting, engaging story line.  An incredible plot twist at the end.  Very well done!
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Spekulatius on February 18, 2019, 08:12:26 PM
Currently watching:

“The Expanse”, Season 3
“Perfume”  Germain Film noire series (loved the book from Süsskind too)
“Russian Doll” - I agree it’s a great script
“ Babylon Berlin” - very athmosperical Film Noir/ crime (of course I am biased towards German TV series)
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: gfp on February 19, 2019, 05:20:36 AM
Thanks for the rec on Russian Doll - I enjoyed it and never would have checked it out otherwise

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.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty 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.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: investmd 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.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: rkbabang 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.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty 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
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: QuickFS on March 19, 2019, 09:36:52 AM
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I recommend The Young Pope (https://www.hbo.com/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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dyt430YkQn0) (Italian language, but still enjoyable with English subtitles).
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty 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?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yylz3pHE5Vc&t=60
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Jurgis 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...

"The Death of Stalin" was banned in Russia ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Death_of_Stalin ). People in power there don't want any reminders.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: DanielGMask 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.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: rkbabang 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.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: DooDiligence 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.

What a body of work too.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: DooDiligence on June 06, 2019, 08:36:49 PM
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix.

Funny, tragic, sweet to super sad & odd.

Liked it.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: writser on June 07, 2019, 03:11:07 AM
I guess all of you heard already heard about Chernobyl, the latest HBO miniseries. Super hyped and now the highest rated tv series ever on IMDB. Not sure if that will last, but we watched it and both thought it was very good. Highly recommended.

I'm a big fan of the Coen brothers but I watched the first 10 minutes of 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' and thought it was awful and switched it off. Was more of a gay musical rather than a cool film. Bit of a taste thing I guess. Usually I like my entertainment dark and gritty, and especially without singing. Talking about dark and gritty, recently I rewatched 'Sicario'. Underrated movie.

I'm a big Ricky Gervais fan too. His latest mini-series, 'After life', was also very enjoyable though not mind-blowing.

And last but not least, the next season of Rick and Morty will air in a few months! Wubba lubba dub dub!
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Spekulatius on June 07, 2019, 04:09:46 AM
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs on Netflix.

Funny, tragic, sweet to super sad & odd.

Liked it.

Loved it too. However, I am a Coen brothers junky.
Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: ajc on June 07, 2019, 05:24:54 AM


I guess all of you heard already heard about Chernobyl, the latest HBO miniseries. Super hyped and now the highest rated tv series ever on IMDB. Not sure if that will last, but we watched it and both thought it was very good. Highly recommended.

I'm a big fan of the Coen brothers but I watched the first 10 minutes of 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' and thought it was awful and switched it off. Was more of a gay musical rather than a cool film. Bit of a taste thing I guess. Usually I like my entertainment dark and gritty, and especially without singing. Talking about dark and gritty, recently I rewatched 'Sicario'. Underrated movie.

I'm a big Ricky Gervais fan too. His latest mini-series, 'After life', was also very enjoyable though not mind-blowing.

And last but not least, the next season of Rick and Morty will air in a few months! Wubba lubba dub dub!




Chernobyl's pretty interesting because it's so hyped, but all the reviews I've read also make it seem like it genuinely lives up to the billing.
I enjoyed After Life too. It was definitely more reflective and sentimental than any of his previous material. Thankfully, his scything wit and ability to mock are still as omnipresent and hard-hitting as ever.

I'll throw out the names of a few shows that I haven't yet seen mentioned on this thread:
Band of Brothers, Counterpart, Altered Carbon, Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, Borgen, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and Bron, are to my mind all very high quality productions that are up there with the best of their respective genres.
As far as guilty pleasures go, I will admit to occasionally enjoying both Inspector Montalbano and Terrace House (https://www.theringer.com/tv/2019/3/14/18264896/terrace-house-netflix-reality-tv), but that is as much as I will say without an attorney present.


Title: Re: Movies and TV shows (general recommendation thread)
Post by: Liberty on June 10, 2019, 01:54:11 PM
There's a documentary series that I think should've gotten more attention than it did (maybe somewhere in the area of Making a Murderer and The Jinx and Serial).

It's called The Keepers (2017):

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6792200/

It takes a few episodes to really get going, but it's quite the story...
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Post by: Liberty on June 10, 2019, 01:55:34 PM
One that I haven't seen yet but that I only hear good things about these days is Chernobyl (2019, HBO, 5-episode miniseries). No spoilers please, it's on my "to watch next" list.

I realize it's not the best thing to put a recommendation for something I haven't seen, but it was the highest rated series on IMDB last I checked, so it's probably a fairly safe bet.
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Post by: cubsfan on June 10, 2019, 03:06:19 PM
A Netflix series I really liked:

"Fauda"       Start with season 1. Fauda in Hebrew or Arabic means "chaos". About the IDF and the battles with Palestinian terrorists (Hamas).
                  Done in English, Hebrew and Arabic - with subtitles.  It has you on the edge of your seat most of the time.
                  The series is a winner of plenty of international awards.
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Post by: LC on June 16, 2019, 09:20:14 PM
Attack on Titan. Incredible show!
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Post by: Read the Footnotes on June 18, 2019, 08:20:59 AM
The Dictators Playbook

http://www.cornerofberkshireandfairfax.ca/forum/politics/dictators-playbook/

https://www.pbs.org/video/dictators-playbook-series-preview-1o5rpv/
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Post by: boilermaker75 on July 20, 2019, 09:34:48 AM
Just saw a screening of Armstrong. I highly recommend. I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Neil on several occasions. This documentary does an accurate job of depicting him, unlike the movie First Man. The director and three producers were there and spoke after the film. They said Neil's son provided them with all their family videos, and some Neil had from test flights, which had never been seen before. During the closing credits the background music was written by Neil's son Mark and song by his granddaughter Kali.

Edit: Link to Kali Armstrong, Neil's granddaughter, singing Flight of Fancy, written by Mark Armstrong, Neil's son. Some of the film footage was never seen by the public before,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIe4AcULRD4
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Post by: Liberty on July 21, 2019, 06:43:48 AM
Recently saw Wind River (2017) and thought it was quite good. Written and directed by the same writer as Sicario and Hell or High Water, if that gives you an idea.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5362988/
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Post by: Liberty on October 08, 2019, 12:28:09 PM
I haven't watched it yet, but Marc Andreessen recommended the TV series 'Halt and Catch Fire' as a good look into the startup/hyper-growth business world.

It's a period piece based on a fictionalized company that represents Compaq computers. It's available on Netflix here in Canada. I've got good feedback about it from those who've seen it and it has good ratings on IMDB, so it's on my list to check out:

https://twitter.com/LibertyRPF/status/1180125880770797568

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543312/
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Post by: Spekulatius on November 24, 2019, 03:19:31 PM
Just watching “The Crown” on Netflix and it keeps getting better through the seasons. I am in the middle of season 3 and it is exceptional well made TV.
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Post by: meiroy on November 24, 2019, 08:29:53 PM
Just watching “The Crown” on Netflix and it keeps getting better through the seasons. I am in the middle of season 3 and it is exceptional well made TV.

Is it soapy with exaggerated overacting?

I've recently watched, again, Ken Burns' The Civil War. Fantastic, as always.

The Expansion season 4 and The Witcher are coming soon, looking forward to both.

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Post by: Spekulatius on November 25, 2019, 03:42:58 AM
Just watching “The Crown” on Netflix and it keeps getting better through the seasons. I am in the middle of season 3 and it is exceptional well made TV.

Is it soapy with exaggerated overacting?

I've recently watched, again, Ken Burns' The Civil War. Fantastic, as always.

The Expansion season 4 and The Witcher are coming soon, looking forward to both.

I don’t think “The Crown” has any overacting, I found the acting exquisite. It’s a bit like Downton Abbey in a way, except all the characters and events are real.

The season 1 was slow at times and I almost thought I would skip and look for something else, but Season 2 and especially Season 3 got better and better.
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Post by: TorontoRaptorsFan on November 25, 2019, 08:04:51 AM
The Mandalorian on Disney+ well written and directed. An interesting twist at the end of episode 1 keeps you riveted to find out what happens in future episodes.
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Post by: rkbabang on November 25, 2019, 08:05:29 AM
Just watching “The Crown” on Netflix and it keeps getting better through the seasons. I am in the middle of season 3 and it is exceptional well made TV.

Is it soapy with exaggerated overacting?

I've recently watched, again, Ken Burns' The Civil War. Fantastic, as always.

The Expansion season 4 and The Witcher are coming soon, looking forward to both.

I don’t think “The Crown” has any overacting, I found the acting exquisite. It’s a bit like Downton Abbey in a way, except all the characters and events are real.

The season 1 was slow at times and I almost thought I would skip and look for something else, but Season 2 and especially Season 3 got better and better.


Speaking of the UK, I just finished watching all 3 seasons of "Harlots" on Hulu.   Good show.
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Post by: Liberty on November 25, 2019, 10:59:11 AM
I'm just 6/8th of the way through season 1, but I can recommend "Killing Eve".

This season has Phoebe Waller-Bridge as showrunner, and it shows. The writing is really good.

She's the main actor and writer of the also great show 'Fleabag' (Amazon Prime Video). I've seen the first season of that and really liked it.
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Post by: Spekulatius on November 25, 2019, 03:02:20 PM
I'm just 6/8th of the way through season 1, but I can recommend "Killing Eve".

This season has Phoebe Waller-Bridge as showrunner, and it shows. The writing is really good.

She's the main actor and writer of the also great show 'Fleabag' (Amazon Prime Video). I've seen the first season of that and really liked it.

Yes, Fleabag is also great. I just can’t watch this when my son is around. ;D.

That’s the thing with Netflix, they have a lot of foreign TV. I am sucker for Brit TV and now Netflix also has a lot of German TV series, Chinese and Korean costume movies and who knows what else. Amazon Prime has one of this too, but no ones else comes close. To get these things one needed  to buy a special subscription, which would cost quite a bit, now it is  included in Netflix and Amazon “all inclusive” streaming buffet.

Disney can’t beat that, but of course they have another angle.
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Post by: meiroy on November 25, 2019, 04:27:03 PM
Just watching “The Crown” on Netflix and it keeps getting better through the seasons. I am in the middle of season 3 and it is exceptional well made TV.

Is it soapy with exaggerated overacting?

I've recently watched, again, Ken Burns' The Civil War. Fantastic, as always.

The Expansion season 4 and The Witcher are coming soon, looking forward to both.

I don’t think “The Crown” has any overacting, I found the acting exquisite. It’s a bit like Downton Abbey in a way, except all the characters and events are real.

The season 1 was slow at times and I almost thought I would skip and look for something else, but Season 2 and especially Season 3 got better and better.

You're right, binged the first two episodes and the acting is indeed superb. I'm hooked. Thanks!

off-topic: I really liked John Malone's recent CNBC interview were he goes over netflix, disney, apple, google etc. worth watching.


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Post by: Liberty on November 25, 2019, 04:58:46 PM
I'm just 6/8th of the way through season 1, but I can recommend "Killing Eve".

This season has Phoebe Waller-Bridge as showrunner, and it shows. The writing is really good.

She's the main actor and writer of the also great show 'Fleabag' (Amazon Prime Video). I've seen the first season of that and really liked it.

Yes, Fleabag is also great. I just can’t watch this when my son is around. ;D.

That’s the thing with Netflix, they have a lot of foreign TV. I am sucker for Brit TV and now Netflix also has a lot of German TV series, Chinese and Korean costume movies and who knows what else. Amazon Prime has one of this too, but no ones else comes close. To get these things one needed  to buy a special subscription, which would cost quite a bit, now it is  included in Netflix and Amazon “all inclusive” streaming buffet.

Disney can’t beat that, but of course they have another angle.

I haven't seen them yet, but I've heard good things about 'Dark' (German) and 'Money Heist' (Spain -- La Casa Del Papel).
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Post by: Spekulatius on November 25, 2019, 05:18:33 PM
I'm just 6/8th of the way through season 1, but I can recommend "Killing Eve".

This season has Phoebe Waller-Bridge as showrunner, and it shows. The writing is really good.

She's the main actor and writer of the also great show 'Fleabag' (Amazon Prime Video). I've seen the first season of that and really liked it.

Yes, Fleabag is also great. I just can’t watch this when my son is around. ;D.

That’s the thing with Netflix, they have a lot of foreign TV. I am sucker for Brit TV and now Netflix also has a lot of German TV series, Chinese and Korean costume movies and who knows what else. Amazon Prime has one of this too, but no ones else comes close. To get these things one needed  to buy a special subscription, which would cost quite a bit, now it is  included in Netflix and Amazon “all inclusive” streaming buffet.

Disney can’t beat that, but of course they have another angle.

I haven't seen them yet, but I've heard good things about 'Dark' (German) and 'Money Heist' (Spain -- La Casa Del Papel).

“Dark” is excellent, but it’s also really dark. Money Heist is on my “to view list”.
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Post by: DTEJD1997 on November 25, 2019, 05:44:02 PM
Hey all:

The Canadian documentary series "Trailer Park Boys" is a very enlightening show about our northern neighbors.

I am surprised that it has been able to go on as long as it has!
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Post by: LC on November 25, 2019, 05:59:30 PM
Or the updated version, Letterkenny
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Post by: Nell-e on November 26, 2019, 01:19:59 AM
A recent Netflix docu-series is "Flint Town" which covers some of the themes of my favorite show of all time, HBO's "The Wire".  Flint Town focuses on law enforcement/politics/poverty in Flint, Michigan.

Another documentary also on Netflix is "American Factory" which is about a Chinese glass company opening a factory in Dayton, Ohio.  You get to see how Chinese management/workers mix with American workers.
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Post by: rkbabang on November 26, 2019, 07:27:24 AM
I'm just 6/8th of the way through season 1, but I can recommend "Killing Eve".

This season has Phoebe Waller-Bridge as showrunner, and it shows. The writing is really good.

She's the main actor and writer of the also great show 'Fleabag' (Amazon Prime Video). I've seen the first season of that and really liked it.

Yes, Fleabag is also great. I just can’t watch this when my son is around. ;D.

That’s the thing with Netflix, they have a lot of foreign TV. I am sucker for Brit TV and now Netflix also has a lot of German TV series, Chinese and Korean costume movies and who knows what else. Amazon Prime has one of this too, but no ones else comes close. To get these things one needed  to buy a special subscription, which would cost quite a bit, now it is  included in Netflix and Amazon “all inclusive” streaming buffet.

Disney can’t beat that, but of course they have another angle.

I haven't seen them yet, but I've heard good things about 'Dark' (German) and 'Money Heist' (Spain -- La Casa Del Papel).

“Dark” is excellent, but it’s also really dark. Money Heist is on my “to view list”.

I haven't seen "Dark", but "Money Heist" is excellent.
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Post by: Gregmal on December 05, 2019, 09:24:40 PM
I haven't watched it yet, but Marc Andreessen recommended the TV series 'Halt and Catch Fire' as a good look into the startup/hyper-growth business world.

It's a period piece based on a fictionalized company that represents Compaq computers. It's available on Netflix here in Canada. I've got good feedback about it from those who've seen it and it has good ratings on IMDB, so it's on my list to check out:

https://twitter.com/LibertyRPF/status/1180125880770797568

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543312/

I actually just got through Halt and Catch Fire after your recommendation. Me getting through a TV series is a feat in and of itself. Overall I liked this show. Seasons 1 and 3 were great. Season 1 in particular was amazing. Season 2 was terrible IMO. Basically a frat house with daytime drama and relationship bs. Season 4 kinda sucked as well IMO. After a while, you also kind of just roll your eyes at how the story continues to push ahead. First these guys stole the IBM product, and would've/could've/should've been the ones to create the Mac. Then, they basically developed Ebay. Next they invent Google. Like I wasn't around that environment and dont know what it was like in that space; maybe everyone in SV was really all on the cusp of creating the same things...but I dont buy it. Keep it grounded in reality. You dont need to have Joe McMillan stare off into the distance, and dramatically deliver a "what if...we took.......(insert major tech them that emerged half a decade later)" in EVERY SEASON.
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Post by: Liberty on December 06, 2019, 05:48:46 AM
I haven't watched it yet, but Marc Andreessen recommended the TV series 'Halt and Catch Fire' as a good look into the startup/hyper-growth business world.

It's a period piece based on a fictionalized company that represents Compaq computers. It's available on Netflix here in Canada. I've got good feedback about it from those who've seen it and it has good ratings on IMDB, so it's on my list to check out:

https://twitter.com/LibertyRPF/status/1180125880770797568

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543312/

I actually just got through Halt and Catch Fire after your recommendation. Me getting through a TV series is a feat in and of itself. Overall I liked this show. Seasons 1 and 3 were great. Season 1 in particular was amazing. Season 2 was terrible IMO. Basically a frat house with daytime drama and relationship bs. Season 4 kinda sucked as well IMO. After a while, you also kind of just roll your eyes at how the story continues to push ahead. First these guys stole the IBM product, and would've/could've/should've been the ones to create the Mac. Then, they basically developed Ebay. Next they invent Google. Like I wasn't around that environment and dont know what it was like in that space; maybe everyone in SV was really all on the cusp of creating the same things...but I dont buy it. Keep it grounded in reality. You dont need to have Joe McMillan stare off into the distance, and dramatically deliver a "what if...we took.......(insert major tech them that emerged half a decade later)" in EVERY SEASON.

Glad you (partially) enjoyed it. I still haven't finished season 1, but so far I like it. Got side-tracked with other things (Barry, Succession, Killing Eve -- all enjoyable so far).
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Post by: writser on December 06, 2019, 06:18:33 AM
We've been watching Peaky Blinders. Very enjoyable.

Also, if you are a huge nerd you might like Rick & Morty season 4. One episode even featured FinTwit / CoBF's favorite entrepreneur. No, not Gio.
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Post by: LongHaul on December 06, 2019, 06:36:19 AM
A recent Netflix docu-series is "Flint Town" which covers some of the themes of my favorite show of all time, HBO's "The Wire".  Flint Town focuses on law enforcement/politics/poverty in Flint, Michigan.

Another documentary also on Netflix is "American Factory" which is about a Chinese glass company opening a factory in Dayton, Ohio.  You get to see how Chinese management/workers mix with American workers.

I agree - Flint Town was awesome.   Learned a ton and super interesting.
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Post by: Gregmal on December 06, 2019, 06:39:44 AM
I haven't watched it yet, but Marc Andreessen recommended the TV series 'Halt and Catch Fire' as a good look into the startup/hyper-growth business world.

It's a period piece based on a fictionalized company that represents Compaq computers. It's available on Netflix here in Canada. I've got good feedback about it from those who've seen it and it has good ratings on IMDB, so it's on my list to check out:

https://twitter.com/LibertyRPF/status/1180125880770797568

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2543312/

I actually just got through Halt and Catch Fire after your recommendation. Me getting through a TV series is a feat in and of itself. Overall I liked this show. Seasons 1 and 3 were great. Season 1 in particular was amazing. Season 2 was terrible IMO. Basically a frat house with daytime drama and relationship bs. Season 4 kinda sucked as well IMO. After a while, you also kind of just roll your eyes at how the story continues to push ahead. First these guys stole the IBM product, and would've/could've/should've been the ones to create the Mac. Then, they basically developed Ebay. Next they invent Google. Like I wasn't around that environment and dont know what it was like in that space; maybe everyone in SV was really all on the cusp of creating the same things...but I dont buy it. Keep it grounded in reality. You dont need to have Joe McMillan stare off into the distance, and dramatically deliver a "what if...we took.......(insert major tech them that emerged half a decade later)" in EVERY SEASON.

Glad you (partially) enjoyed it. I still haven't finished season 1, but so far I like it. Got side-tracked with other things (Barry, Succession, Killing Eve -- all enjoyable so far).

Yea my critique reading what I wrote sounds harsher than it is meant to be. I did enjoy this series quite a bit. I thought season one was terrific. It really, and genuinely, did a good job of portraying the corporate roller coaster, the trials and tribulations of people trying to make it, then need to be fearless and relentless in your pursuit and even the necessity to operate in some grey areas. The small fish trying to make it in a big pond. It also really showed how far IBM has fallen but also how people during that era saw the writing on the wall with them before everyone else did. Similar to what people in the 80's thought of GM.
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Post by: DooDiligence on December 06, 2019, 09:01:40 AM
El Camino Christmas (Netflix) was great.
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Post by: Liberty on December 06, 2019, 10:39:15 AM
El Camino Christmas (Netflix) was great.

I enjoyed it too, seen as one more episode of the show, an epilogue. Those expecting "a movie", something fundamentally different and of much larger scale, will probably be disappointed.
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Post by: Spekulatius on December 22, 2019, 07:51:06 PM
Shows I am liking right now:
Daybreakers : witty version of Mad Max and Walking Dead
Expanse 3rd season (Amazon Prime)
The Boys : Cynical Superhero series (Amazon Prime)
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Post by: LC on December 22, 2019, 10:59:02 PM
Just got thru the series finale of Mr Robot. God damn, that is a highly recommended show.
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Post by: meiroy on December 24, 2019, 01:23:21 AM
Just watching “The Crown” on Netflix and it keeps getting better through the seasons. I am in the middle of season 3 and it is exceptional well made TV.

Is it soapy with exaggerated overacting?

I've recently watched, again, Ken Burns' The Civil War. Fantastic, as always.

The Expansion season 4 and The Witcher are coming soon, looking forward to both.

The Crown's first two seasons were quite good, the third was not nearly as good so didn't finish it.

The Witcher turned out to be a big disappointing meh. Shame.

The Expanse's first episode was also a disappointment.





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Post by: Liberty on December 24, 2019, 09:37:49 AM
I gave up on Killing Eve on episode 4 of season 2. Season one was really good, the first couple of S2 showed some promise, but I think writing took a dive... Makes sense I guess since P.W.B. wasn't involved with S2.

Saw the first two episodes of The Crown and am liking it so far. Quality production all around (acting, photography, direction, costumes, locations, etc).
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Post by: boilermaker75 on December 25, 2019, 02:39:22 PM
Just watching “The Crown” on Netflix and it keeps getting better through the seasons. I am in the middle of season 3 and it is exceptional well made TV.

Is it soapy with exaggerated overacting?

I've recently watched, again, Ken Burns' The Civil War. Fantastic, as always.

The Expansion season 4 and The Witcher are coming soon, looking forward to both.

I don’t think “The Crown” has any overacting, I found the acting exquisite. It’s a bit like Downton Abbey in a way, except all the characters and events are real.

The season 1 was slow at times and I almost thought I would skip and look for something else, but Season 2 and especially Season 3 got better and better.


Speaking of the UK, I just finished watching all 3 seasons of "Harlots" on Hulu.   Good show.

If you like UK stuff I would highly recommend "Endeavor" and "Inspector Lewis." Excellent acting, great character development. Endeavor tends to have a little bit too complicated plots, but the best characters and acting.
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Post by: Liberty on December 26, 2019, 12:13:05 PM
Just watching “The Crown” on Netflix and it keeps getting better through the seasons. I am in the middle of season 3 and it is exceptional well made TV.

Is it soapy with exaggerated overacting?

I've recently watched, again, Ken Burns' The Civil War. Fantastic, as always.

The Expansion season 4 and The Witcher are coming soon, looking forward to both.

I don’t think “The Crown” has any overacting, I found the acting exquisite. It’s a bit like Downton Abbey in a way, except all the characters and events are real.

The season 1 was slow at times and I almost thought I would skip and look for something else, but Season 2 and especially Season 3 got better and better.


Speaking of the UK, I just finished watching all 3 seasons of "Harlots" on Hulu.   Good show.

If you like UK stuff I would highly recommend "Endeavor" and "Inspector Lewis." Excellent acting, great character development. Endeavor tends to have a little bit too complicated plots, but the best characters and acting.

Fleabag is great too, on Amazon Prime Video.
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Post by: DooDiligence on December 26, 2019, 07:06:48 PM
Yesterday
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Post by: Liberty on December 30, 2019, 07:33:51 AM
I saw 'Knives Out' (2019, Rian Johnson) and really liked it. It was pure delight.
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Post by: DooDiligence on January 05, 2020, 03:38:14 PM
Just watching “The Crown” on Netflix and it keeps getting better through the seasons. I am in the middle of season 3 and it is exceptional well made TV.

Is it soapy with exaggerated overacting?

I've recently watched, again, Ken Burns' The Civil War. Fantastic, as always.

The Expansion season 4 and The Witcher are coming soon, looking forward to both.

I don’t think “The Crown” has any overacting, I found the acting exquisite. It’s a bit like Downton Abbey in a way, except all the characters and events are real.

The season 1 was slow at times and I almost thought I would skip and look for something else, but Season 2 and especially Season 3 got better and better.


Speaking of the UK, I just finished watching all 3 seasons of "Harlots" on Hulu.   Good show.

If you like UK stuff I would highly recommend "Endeavor" and "Inspector Lewis." Excellent acting, great character development. Endeavor tends to have a little bit too complicated plots, but the best characters and acting.

Fleabag is great too, on Amazon Prime Video.

Fleabag is friggin' hilarious.
Not at all what I expected.
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Post by: Pelagic on January 13, 2020, 10:44:19 AM
I recently found Poldark on Amazon Prime and have been enjoying it. One of the main plot lines is the development of a copper mine in the early 1800s. Even then mining was a brutally capital intensive venture which sets the stage for many of the show's subplots.
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Post by: LC on January 13, 2020, 12:57:48 PM
Just finished the first season of Hajime No Ippo, which is a Japanese manga/anime about amateur boxing. Not the deepest stuff ever but if you are into combat sports it's great for the gym. You can find the first season on youtube which makes it convenient to watch.
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Post by: rkbabang on January 27, 2020, 08:04:02 AM
I signed up for the Disney+ free trial this weekend to start watching The Mandalorian.   I watched 6 episodes so far and I'm really enjoying it.  I'm not sure that I'll keep Disney+ after my free trial period, but I highly recommend signing up to watch that one show.
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Post by: Liberty on January 28, 2020, 08:07:17 AM
I'm almost done with season 1 of 'The Crown' (Netflix). I'm enjoying it more than I expected, especially since I have no pre-existing interest in the British monarchy.

The production values on that show are basically as high as anything I've seen. The writing and acting are very good. Some episodes are better than others, but none have been bad, IMO. I quite enjoyed the plotline about Churchill's portrait, those who have seen it know what I mean.

Haven't seen other seasons yet, don't know how good they are. I know that as time moves forward they change actors. Hopefully they're as good as the first batch.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4786824/
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Post by: Saluki on January 28, 2020, 08:27:27 AM
Lots of good stuff streaming nowadays, but I'm currently very into a show that was recommended to me by a friend who used to work at NASA:   The Expanse. 

(snap shot:  The Earth is run by the U.N., Mars is independent and Militarized and their is was brewing over control of the settlements in the outer asteroid belt). It's very dark, like Battlestar Galactica (also a favorite).
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Post by: LC on January 28, 2020, 08:28:59 AM
I just wrapped up The Expanse. Really enjoyed it - definitely had some Battlestar Gllactica vibes
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Post by: rkbabang on February 07, 2020, 09:49:43 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.

There is now a season 2 of Unauthorized Living on Netflix.  I just finished it, both seasons are excellent.
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Post by: Jurgis on February 07, 2020, 10:56:09 AM
Iron Sky Lives! Alien Nazis at the center of hollow Earth: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3038708/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0  8)
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Post by: Liberty on February 07, 2020, 11:38:20 AM
I just wrapped up The Expanse. Really enjoyed it - definitely had some Battlestar Gllactica vibes

Season 1 was great, definitely made me think this was the successor to BSG. But I thought the tone and writing changed after that and the quality dropped, which is too bad. Haven't seen the latest season yet.
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Post by: DocSnowball on February 08, 2020, 07:02:35 PM
Parasite, by Bong Joon Ho

After you're done watching, check out "The ending of parasite explained" on YouTube...WOW!!!
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Post by: Tuxedostyle on February 09, 2020, 01:32:59 AM
What do you think about The Witcher? Was thinking about giving it a chance for a while, but the reviews seem to be quite contradictory.
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Post by: Jurgis on February 10, 2020, 11:32:57 AM
What do you think about The Witcher? Was thinking about giving it a chance for a while, but the reviews seem to be quite contradictory.

Witcher so far follows books pretty closely. The complaints about the show would be mostly the complaints about the books too. Whether someone would like the show would depend on whether they would have liked the style and content of the books.

In other words, try it. If you don't like it, don't watch it.  8)

Personally, I somewhat liked the stories in the books covered this season. I did not like the remaining books and thus I might not like the remaining seasons if they follow the books closely.
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Post by: Spekulatius on February 10, 2020, 03:14:52 PM
What do you think about The Witcher? Was thinking about giving it a chance for a while, but the reviews seem to be quite contradictory.

I didn’t like it first for the first two episodes, but then started to like it. I think it will grow into a real franchise. I have completed the first season and look forward to the 2nd.
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Post by: Liberty on February 10, 2020, 04:36:08 PM
I've heard good things about the show 'Vikings'. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm curious if anyone here has seen it and can share their opinion of it. Thanks.
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Post by: Spekulatius on February 10, 2020, 04:45:52 PM
I've heard good things about the show 'Vikings'. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm curious if anyone here has seen it and can share their opinion of it. Thanks.

I love ‘Vikings’. Great production and acting. Very rustic. One of my favorite shoes.
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Post by: thepupil on February 10, 2020, 05:00:15 PM
for a rather raunchy and ridiculous comedy about Vikings, I recommend Norsemen on Netflix.
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Post by: DooDiligence on February 10, 2020, 08:26:25 PM
I've heard good things about the show 'Vikings'. I haven't seen it yet, but I'm curious if anyone here has seen it and can share their opinion of it. Thanks.

I liked it too!

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Bernard Cornwell’s “Saxon Choronicles” novels (GREAT) were made into a series called “the Last Kingdom”.

It’s about Alfred the great & is fleshed out with fictional characters like Uhtred,
a Saxon boy who’s captured & raised by Danes & becomes Alfred’s greatest
Commander in the fight against invaders.

Alfred screws Uhtred over a lot.

There’s 3 seasons to watch after gorging yourself on Vikings.
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Post by: Liberty on February 12, 2020, 06:05:04 AM
I saw ‘1917’ (2019). What a remarkable accomplishment. One of the best war films ever, in my opinion. It breathes. Some of those sets and environments and set pieces are unreal, yet so real. Worth seeing in theater imo. A+

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EQixw3cXUAEPeZv?format=jpg&name=medium)
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Post by: DooDiligence on April 03, 2020, 07:43:37 PM
PBS film on the 1918 influenza crisis.

www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/influenza/
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Post by: meiroy on April 03, 2020, 10:23:23 PM

Freaks

Surprisingly good.
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Post by: DooDiligence on April 05, 2020, 06:58:13 PM
World on Fire (https://www.pbs.org/show/world-fire/)

This just premiered on Masterpiece Theatre.
Episode 1 was really good.
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Post by: meiroy on April 12, 2020, 01:35:56 AM

Watchmen, https://www.hbo.com/watchmen

54% audience score on RT. 

It's one of the best series I've watched in quite a while.  Very good acting and everything just looks fine, overall.

Psychological Science Fiction in a world where everything is almost exactly the same but those little changes make all the difference.



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Post by: ratiman on April 12, 2020, 05:00:45 AM
Call My Agent is a good Netflix show about a talent agency.
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Post by: Spekulatius on April 12, 2020, 05:31:48 AM
I saw ‘1917’ (2019). What a remarkable accomplishment. One of the best war films ever, in my opinion. It breathes. Some of those sets and environments and set pieces are unreal, yet so real. Worth seeing in theater imo. A+

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EQixw3cXUAEPeZv?format=jpg&name=medium)

Watched this one at home, no theatre's for the time being. Somehow only cost me $0.99. It’s not really a war film in a sense, seems more like a crossover of a road movie and the Odyssee in a WW1 setting.

Great settings but also a lot of stuff that doesn’t make logical sense. It’s a masterpiece with some faults. Definitely worthwhile watching.
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Post by: Castanza on April 12, 2020, 08:16:58 AM
If you liked 1917 I would highly recommend watching Peter Jackson’s “And They Shall Not Grow Old”

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Post by: fareastwarriors on April 12, 2020, 08:29:13 AM
I like Person of Interest.
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Post by: Spekulatius on April 12, 2020, 12:57:48 PM
If you liked 1917 I would highly recommend watching Peter Jackson’s “And They Shall Not Grow Old”

Yes, I watched this a while ago. I am a bit of a WW1 nerd. Got fascinated with it when my dad showed me a pic of my great grandfather in front of a huge artillery piece in a desolate landscape somewhere in France.

If you want a literal description of a soldiers view of WW1, read Ernst Jüngers book “ In Stahlgewittern” (Storm of steel), which you can download as freeware if look around.
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Post by: writser on April 12, 2020, 01:06:46 PM

If you want a literal description of a soldiers view of WW1, read Ernst Jüngers book “ In Stahlgewittern” (Storm of steel), which you can download as freeware if look around.

I read it, but I thought "All Quiet on the Western Front" from Remarque was much better written and a more powerful book. Have you read that one too? And yes, the Peter Jackson project was nice.
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Post by: cubsfan on April 12, 2020, 01:29:23 PM
"How to Fix a Drug Scandal".

On Netflix - 4 episodes - documentary of prosecutorial misconduct in the Massachusetts Attorney General Office
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Post by: rkbabang on April 21, 2020, 08:56:56 AM
The Innocence Files on Netflix.  Very well done documentary on people who have been wrongly accused and convicted, but heartbreaking to watch.  Every 2 episodes is a about a new case.  So it is really like a collection of 2-eppisode long stories.  My wife couldn't finish the series, she said it was just too sad and infuriating to watch.  The corruption it shows in the justice system is just pure mind-mindbogglingly evil.  The widespread corruption of police, prosecutors, and judges coupled with the unreliability of witnesses, and the junk forensic "science" and it is a wonder the justice system ever gets anything right at all.
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Post by: Castanza on April 21, 2020, 09:10:40 AM
If you liked 1917 I would highly recommend watching Peter Jackson’s “And They Shall Not Grow Old”

Yes, I watched this a while ago. I am a bit of a WW1 nerd. Got fascinated with it when my dad showed me a pic of my great grandfather in front of a huge artillery piece in a desolate landscape somewhere in France.

If you want a literal description of a soldiers view of WW1, read Ernst Jüngers book “ In Stahlgewittern” (Storm of steel), which you can download as freeware if look around.

I will give it a read for sure. Also a few good resources for reading letter directly.

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/letters-first-world-war-1915/

There was one I read (not sure if it's from this site) where a soldier documented a patrol and how he tripped and fell on a dead body. He said his hand went through the body as if it were made of soft cheese when he went to catch himself. Absolutely gruesome and unimaginable. 
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Post by: Castanza on April 21, 2020, 09:11:46 AM
Devs - Alex Garland on Hulu was really well done and worth a watch.

- A blend of tech and philosophy
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Post by: Liberty on April 21, 2020, 09:12:39 AM
3 episodes into the documentary series Tiger King on Netflix... what a crazy bunch of people. Entertaining so far.
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Post by: rkbabang on April 21, 2020, 09:18:21 AM
3 episodes into the documentary series Tiger King on Netflix... what a crazy bunch of people. Entertaining so far.

I watched that a few weeks ago just to see what everyone was talking about.  You know it is nonfiction, because you couldn't make these characters up.
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Post by: jm25 on April 21, 2020, 09:20:38 AM
Devs - Alex Garland on Hulu was really well done and worth a watch.

- A blend of tech and philosophy

Great show so far. I'd also recommend ZeroZeroZero (Prime)... similar feel to the movie Sicario.

Also, recently added to Netflix: WACO and The Last Dance.
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Post by: boilermaker75 on April 21, 2020, 01:23:01 PM
Started Vera a couple of week ago. Already to season 8. It's pretty good.

At first I could not figure out the accents. Sometimes sounded a little Scottish and the occasional word like bairn. Then they mentioned the location, Newcastle.
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Post by: Castanza on April 21, 2020, 01:32:16 PM
Devs - Alex Garland on Hulu was really well done and worth a watch.

- A blend of tech and philosophy

Great show so far. I'd also recommend ZeroZeroZero (Prime)... similar feel to the movie Sicario.

Also, recently added to Netflix: WACO and The Last Dance.

I'll check it out, thanks

Traveling Salesman (2012) is also decent.
- about P vs NP and potential implications
- Has a very "indie" feel and can be found on YT for free.
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Post by: DooDiligence on April 22, 2020, 07:16:57 PM
Devs - Alex Garland on Hulu was really well done and worth a watch.

- A blend of tech and philosophy

Great show so far. I'd also recommend ZeroZeroZero (Prime)... similar feel to the movie Sicario.

Also, recently added to Netflix: WACO and The Last Dance.

I’m 3 episodes into ZeroZeroZero & it’s pretty intense.

Really good so far.

I hope it ends badly for all the main characters.
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Post by: rkbabang on April 23, 2020, 06:23:22 AM
Devs - Alex Garland on Hulu was really well done and worth a watch.

- A blend of tech and philosophy

Great show so far. I'd also recommend ZeroZeroZero (Prime)... similar feel to the movie Sicario.

Also, recently added to Netflix: WACO and The Last Dance.

I’m 3 episodes into ZeroZeroZero & it’s pretty intense.

Really good so far.

I hope it ends badly for all the main characters.

My wife and I are watching "Little Fires Everywhere" on Hulu.  It's pretty good, but I absolutely hate every character.  I hope they all die in a fire at the end.
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Post by: Liberty on April 23, 2020, 07:26:01 AM
Devs - Alex Garland on Hulu was really well done and worth a watch.

- A blend of tech and philosophy

Great show so far. I'd also recommend ZeroZeroZero (Prime)... similar feel to the movie Sicario.

Also, recently added to Netflix: WACO and The Last Dance.

I recommend 'Waco'. Good mini-series. Saw it a few years ago and thought it deserved wider viewership, glad it's on Netflix now.

ZeroZeroZero seems intriguing. Adding it to the list, though no idea when I'll be able to watch (having young kids in this quarantine leaves you with less free time, not more..)
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Post by: DooDiligence on April 23, 2020, 07:30:51 AM
Devs - Alex Garland on Hulu was really well done and worth a watch.

- A blend of tech and philosophy

Great show so far. I'd also recommend ZeroZeroZero (Prime)... similar feel to the movie Sicario.

Also, recently added to Netflix: WACO and The Last Dance.

I’m 3 episodes into ZeroZeroZero & it’s pretty intense.

Really good so far.

I hope it ends badly for all the main characters.

My wife and I are watching "Little Fires Everywhere" on Hulu.  It's pretty good, but I absolutely hate every character.  I hope they all die in a fire at the end.

 ;D

I've had that one on my watchlist for a while.
I'll try it next.

I may have mentioned it before but Soundbreaking is a great series on the evolution of music technology & production.
If I remember right, you play?
Super inspirational!

At one point they discuss the popular "disco sucks" movement, which I bought into,
where synthesizers, vocoders & sampling were viewed as heretical.

Fast forward 30ish years & here I am with a Yamaha MOXF8 experimenting with features those guys could only dream of.
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Post by: rkbabang on April 23, 2020, 08:37:54 AM
Devs - Alex Garland on Hulu was really well done and worth a watch.

- A blend of tech and philosophy

Great show so far. I'd also recommend ZeroZeroZero (Prime)... similar feel to the movie Sicario.

Also, recently added to Netflix: WACO and The Last Dance.

I’m 3 episodes into ZeroZeroZero & it’s pretty intense.

Really good so far.

I hope it ends badly for all the main characters.

My wife and I are watching "Little Fires Everywhere" on Hulu.  It's pretty good, but I absolutely hate every character.  I hope they all die in a fire at the end.

 ;D

I've had that one on my watchlist for a while.
I'll try it next.

I may have mentioned it before but Soundbreaking is a great series on the evolution of music technology & production.
If I remember right, you play?
Super inspirational!

At one point they discuss the popular "disco sucks" movement, which I bought into,
where synthesizers, vocoders & sampling were viewed as heretical.

Fast forward 30ish years & here I am with a Yamaha MOXF8 experimenting with features those guys could only dream of.

Awesome.  I'll look for that one.  Thanks.  And I was exaggerating a little about Little Fires Everywhere.  I hope the youngest rebellious daughter Izzy survives, everyone else can die horribly though.
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Post by: meiroy on May 01, 2020, 08:19:42 PM
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/knives_out

Knives Out

Wasn't bad at all.  Decent acting and a decent plot.  A bit long.
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Post by: meiroy on May 28, 2020, 10:38:58 PM
The Imitation Game

An excellent movie about Alan Turing played by Benedict Cumberbatch.