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Postby SkronkFronkerdale on Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:09 pm

Just watched National Bird which had me in tears at points(nothing new for me ha, given the subject matter). Should be mandatory viewing for everyone, but most notably all American citizens. Also watched Awake recently, documentary on Standing Rock, which should also be mandatory viewing. Was surprised how uplifting and insipring "Awake" turned out to be. Really, quite strikingly, ironic that the Native people are the remarkably Christ-like ones in their outlook, while the forces of "Christianity" on the other side, sending in their stoic trigger-happy military forces, couldn't be more the opposite of that. This is Canadian Netflix by the way.

Documentaries like these are so incredibly important because everyday people need to see, more than anything maybe, the human beings that live daily under the spectre of tyrannical forces of oppression. Not only because said forces disseminate false propaganda against them to undercut their cause and keep the public from really feeling their suffering, but also because public opinion desperately needs to see these victims to have any chance to feel real empathy for them, to gain the strength of will to collectively push back. It all gets lost in the newsfeed otherwise, and the endless barriers that keep the general public from recognizing their shared humanity with the victims. Its pretty clear which side has a humanity that people could relate to, and which side resembles an unfeeling nightmarish machine. Oppression persists by keeping the voices and faces of the victims in the dark. Documentaries like these are becoming increasingly important now that they are so immediately accessible. Nothing new I'm saying here of course.
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Postby four_oclocker_2 on Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:06 am

eliya wrote:Big Mouth is one of the funniest shows in recent times.


We've been watching this recently on your recommendation - very hot and cold for me. Some of the stuff I've enjoyed quite a bit, but it gets too into "dick and balls territory" too regularly for me to give it a full-on thumb's up right now.
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Re: Streaming Netflix - what's good lately?

Postby eliya on Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:05 pm

four_oclocker_2 wrote:
eliya wrote:Big Mouth is one of the funniest shows in recent times.


We've been watching this recently on your recommendation - very hot and cold for me. Some of the stuff I've enjoyed quite a bit, but it gets too into "dick and balls territory" too regularly for me to give it a full-on thumb's up right now.


That's the point. They're teenagers so they go into the dick and balls territory often, but they go long and it basically gets poetic. The show's hilarious.
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Postby llllllllllllllllllllllll on Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:39 am

Mindhunter was pretty good! You should watch it.
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Postby enframed on Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:08 am

The Falling is a pretty good film.
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Postby llllllllllllllllllllllll on Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:06 pm

We watched Paterson the other night since it had a 96% score or something on Rotten Tomatoes.

It was pretty boring. I don't think Adam Driver is the kind of actor that can pull off that sort of understated role, so it just made for a boring watch. Did not deserve that high of a score, but I think Rotten Tomatoes skews towards vaguely arty but not terribly challenging films. Plus, the scenes where he was writing reminded me of those dumb instagram poems.
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Postby SkronkFronkerdale on Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:43 am

Frances Ha is pretty great.
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Postby noise&light on Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:50 am

I've gone back to rewatch The Twilight Zone series to remind myself of all the awesome actors that showed up here and there. Great stuff! A lot of it is new to me and I'm loving the creepiness.

Another vote for the excellent Mindhunter.

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Postby Carl on Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:18 am

noise&light wrote:Last night Patton Oswalt's Annihilation just blew me away. It might be the best thing he's ever done.

Especially the final half hour.
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Postby 154 on Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:14 am

The Meyerowitz Stories was my favorite Baumbach movie since The Squid and the Whale.
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Postby enframed on Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:06 pm

SkronkFronkerdale wrote:Frances Ha is pretty great.


Good film. Man, Greta Gerwig is really somethin'.
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Postby thelonelymastodronus on Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:49 am

I thought Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond was decent, almost entirely because of the footage from the production of Man on the Moon. The bewildered, annoyed, confused, enthused and provoked reactions he gets out of Milos Forman, Danny Devito and Paul Giammati among other crew members, and footage of Tony Clifton and Jim Carrey busting into the Playboy Mansion make it worth while if you can stand Carrey's pseudo-philosophical bullshit.
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Re: Streaming Netflix - what's good lately?

Postby AdamN on Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:22 pm

Gomorrah (the TV series). Series 3 is just starting up, but the first two are on Netflix. I'm one of the few (I assume) to be bored at times by the likes of The Sopranos. I don't care about the drama surrounding Tony's affairs and his equally terrible wife and children. Gomorrah moves quickly, doesn't dwell on petty familial issues, is grim and brutal and dispatches of people quickly. Also, having a gay character be in a position of power is far more intriguing than being some rank and file soldier, considering the harsh homophobia that envelops that world.

The book by Saviano is worth reading as well.
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Postby edventure on Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:39 am

Super Dark Times, a coming-of-age thriller I worked on (and discussed a bit here) is now on Netflix.

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Postby scoopneck on Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:20 pm

German-produced series "Dark" is really interesting...been enjoying Breaking Bad for the first time (somehow missed it til now).
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Re: Streaming Netflix - what's good lately?

Postby uglysound on Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:41 pm

Has anyone checked out Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams on Amazon Prime? Just found out it existed.
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Postby Rustic Griswald on Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:15 pm

Looking forward to Electric Dreams. Manhunt: Unabomber was actually very good. I don't usually enjoy made for TV series. I wish they woulda explored Ted's Philosophy and Manifesto deeper. Prophetic stuff. didn't justify mailing bombs tho,..lol
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Re: Streaming Netflix - what's good lately?

Postby scoopneck on Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:21 pm

uglysound wrote:Has anyone checked out Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams on Amazon Prime? Just found out it existed.


Really wanted to like ED, but something was missing from just about every episode. It just didn't have the expected dystopian knockout punch of a show like Black Mirror.
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Postby weezy on Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:25 pm

uglysound wrote:Has anyone checked out Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams on Amazon Prime? Just found out it existed.


We only watched the first one and I thought it was trying too hard to be like Black Mirror, as mentioned above. Black Mirror can be hit or miss too.

I thought Ozark was going to be cheesy as fuck because I think Jason Bateman is cheesy as fuck, but 2 episodes in, it's pretty decent.
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Re: Streaming Netflix - what's good lately?

Postby lumpenprole on Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:22 pm

scoopneck wrote:
uglysound wrote:Has anyone checked out Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams on Amazon Prime? Just found out it existed.


Really wanted to like ED, but something was missing from just about every episode. It just didn't have the expected dystopian knockout punch of a show like Black Mirror.



It's a bit odd to a life-long PKD fan, because I know the stories each episode is based on, and I actually think they've done a pretty good job translating them. It's just that Charlier Brooker also grew up reading Dick and watching the Twilight Zone and reading Gibson, and all that came after. His digestion of all that material is apparent, and the pastiche of it he's created is great within it's own right.

Electric Dreams is a little too-little-too-late because we've taken all the ideas that made PKD great and moved forward with them.
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