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Post by Johnnie » Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:35 am

Homeland was frustrating. The concept was great, but it just didn't know what it wanted to be most of the time. And I was out after season 3.

Plus they missed little things like Brody, despite being a Marine, having a very non-Marine haircut. And letting him drive after being in captivity for so long. And then his wife, played by Morena Baccarin, getting mad at him because he can't get it up when they try to have sex. Like, c'mon.

But...you do get to see her topless. And I've read the board game is pretty good, but I haven't played it. So, small victories.

On the 'hate watch' topic, I only did that with Dexter. It was mine and my cousin's show, so we'd watch it. And we were both absolutely fucking disgusted with how that bullshit turned out. The concept reared again when watching The Walking Dead. Absolutely hated that show and dropped it after the first half of season 3.
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Post by DSafetyGuy » Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:02 am

Regarding hate-watching, I turned against "The Killing" (AMC from about a decade ago) after a few episodes in the first season, but stuck around to see how they would wrap it up. They didn't. All of their advertising prior to the season implied they would reveal the whodunit, but they didn't and the series creator made a lot of stupid statements to cover her ass. The show was just a misery-fest.
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Post by EnochRoot » Sun Dec 06, 2020 11:22 pm

So I finally figured out that if I switch our cellular plan from VZW to Xfinity I'll save $80 a month. What the hell, they're using Verizon's infrastructure (and we're in a pandemic) anyway, so I splurged the other day for Disney+.

The Mandalorian is easily the best thing from the Star Wars franchise / universe ever written. I'm now into Season 2. It hits all the right space western notes, but it never takes itself too seriously.

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Post by P.D.X. » Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:01 pm

The Wilds on Prime is very solid. It's Lost-y, but a bit more focussed, narrative-wise. (Weird to think that any new streaming show has to write in a strong hook in the first episode lest they lose engagement immediately. This one certainly does. Slows down a bit in Ep 2 but then slowly starts to build back up again.)

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Post by sancarlos » Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:39 pm

I'd like to check out the new Bryan Cranston drama Your Honor. But, there's no way I'm signing up for Showtime. Are there other ways to watch it?
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Post by Nonlinear FC » Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:51 pm

Well, I have absolutely no idea why I never got into Arrested Development, but... Here we are.

You just watched E1 and, yeah, I don't even need to say anything.
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Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:51 pm
Well, I have absolutely no idea why I never got into Arrested Development, but... Here we are.

You just watched E1 and, yeah, I don't even need to say anything.
You previously made a terrible mistake. Good job rectifying it.

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tennbengal wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:56 pm
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Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:51 pm
Well, I have absolutely no idea why I never got into Arrested Development, but... Here we are.

You just watched E1 and, yeah, I don't even need to say anything.
You previously made a terrible mistake. Good job rectifying it.
A huge mistake, even.
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Post by The Sybian » Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:27 am

tennbengal wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:56 pm
Nonlinear FC wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:51 pm
Well, I have absolutely no idea why I never got into Arrested Development, but... Here we are.

You just watched E1 and, yeah, I don't even need to say anything.
You previously made a terrible mistake. Good job rectifying it.
I am watching it again, and while so many shows copied the style and type of humor, it's lost nothing. The writing, acting and characters are so good. It's a shame it never got the ratings it deserved, but it was just too different and ahead of its time. I'm tempted to see what shows were the top rated at the time, because I'm sure there is a lot of terrible, predictable crap on the list. At least it launched the resurrection of Jason Bateman's career, (then again his earlier crap was predictable drivel) and Will Arnett and to a lesser degree Tony Hale. And it paved the way for shows like The Office, 30 and Parks and Rec to gain acceptance.
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Post by tennbengal » Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:41 am

Def launched Michael cera. Hale landed a buster on steroids role on VEEP after this too.

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Post by Nonlinear FC » Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:44 am

The Sybian wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:27 am
tennbengal wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:56 pm
Nonlinear FC wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:51 pm
Well, I have absolutely no idea why I never got into Arrested Development, but... Here we are.

You just watched E1 and, yeah, I don't even need to say anything.
You previously made a terrible mistake. Good job rectifying it.
I am watching it again, and while so many shows copied the style and type of humor, it's lost nothing. The writing, acting and characters are so good. It's a shame it never got the ratings it deserved, but it was just too different and ahead of its time. I'm tempted to see what shows were the top rated at the time, because I'm sure there is a lot of terrible, predictable crap on the list. At least it launched the resurrection of Jason Bateman's career, (then again his earlier crap was predictable drivel) and Will Arnett and to a lesser degree Tony Hale. And it paved the way for shows like The Office, 30 and Parks and Rec to gain acceptance.
Well, one show that seems to have really drawn inspiration is Schitt's Creek. I'm not slamming the show as copying anything, but the plot and character similarities are pretty undeniable.

The other thing I'll say is I might just not have been in the mood or ready for the show when it aired. I had a similar reaction to the British version of the office... It was just too cringe-inducing for me. Same category I put (and still put) Curb Your Enthusiasm. I've tried to watch Curb a dozen times... I just don't like Larry David. Can't do it.
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Post by Giff » Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:50 am

Yeah, other than the original episode, there's not much similarity between the two shows.
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Post by The Sybian » Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:51 am

tennbengal wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:41 am
Def launched Michael cera. Hale landed a buster on steroids role on VEEP after this too.
I thought about mentioning Cera, but don't really care about his career work to thank AD for launching him. Bateman and Arnett are top tier for me. BTW, not sure if it's been mentioned, but Bateman, Arnett and Sean Hayes are doing a podcast together called Smartless. It's mindless fun, and the episodes are all under an hour including commercials to skip through. Although, I find their Autozone commercials hilarious. They've had an incredible A-list of guests, and it more interesting since they are close friends with most of the guests. Nothing "must listen," but entertaining light fare, and I really enjoy the insulting banter between the hosts.
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Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:44 am
Same category I put (and still put) Curb Your Enthusiasm. I've tried to watch Curb a dozen times... I just don't like Larry David. Can't do it.

Same here. I feel like I should love the show, and I've had friends tell me I have to see it, give it another chance... but I just don't find the laughs worth the wait and torture of listening to Larry. It's not just the cringe inducing behavior, but his slow stammering pacing, and the long drawn out bits. I get it, he is saying something inappropriate, no need to continue dragging out the decision to continue being inappropriate for 3 minutes. The tension of him realizing others find him inappropriate and him continuing to double down just isn't amusing to me. It hits me on two levels, the desire for the character to just give it up, and the desire for the show to give up the bit and move on.
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Post by Pruitt » Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:35 pm

The Sybian wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:56 am
Nonlinear FC wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:44 am
Same category I put (and still put) Curb Your Enthusiasm. I've tried to watch Curb a dozen times... I just don't like Larry David. Can't do it.

Same here. I feel like I should love the show, and I've had friends tell me I have to see it, give it another chance... but I just don't find the laughs worth the wait and torture of listening to Larry. It's not just the cringe inducing behavior, but his slow stammering pacing, and the long drawn out bits. I get it, he is saying something inappropriate, no need to continue dragging out the decision to continue being inappropriate for 3 minutes. The tension of him realizing others find him inappropriate and him continuing to double down just isn't amusing to me. It hits me on two levels, the desire for the character to just give it up, and the desire for the show to give up the bit and move on.
Really liked it during the first few seasons and then would watch it now and again. Tried to watch it this season, but it was almost like self-parody. And it seemed more and more like a showcase for Larry David's one note character.
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sancarlos wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:39 pm
I'd like to check out the new Bryan Cranston drama Your Honor. But, there's no way I'm signing up for Showtime. Are there other ways to watch it?
We watched the first episode and there were several "Oh, come on" moments where it was hard to believe the actions or decisions being undertaken. Acting was overall good but unless they tighten up pretty quick we'll be out. Good premise poorly executed.
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Post by Nonlinear FC » Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:34 pm

Pruitt wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:35 pm
The Sybian wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:56 am
Nonlinear FC wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:44 am
Same category I put (and still put) Curb Your Enthusiasm. I've tried to watch Curb a dozen times... I just don't like Larry David. Can't do it.

Same here. I feel like I should love the show, and I've had friends tell me I have to see it, give it another chance... but I just don't find the laughs worth the wait and torture of listening to Larry. It's not just the cringe inducing behavior, but his slow stammering pacing, and the long drawn out bits. I get it, he is saying something inappropriate, no need to continue dragging out the decision to continue being inappropriate for 3 minutes. The tension of him realizing others find him inappropriate and him continuing to double down just isn't amusing to me. It hits me on two levels, the desire for the character to just give it up, and the desire for the show to give up the bit and move on.
Really liked it during the first few seasons and then would watch it now and again. Tried to watch it this season, but it was almost like self-parody. And it seemed more and more like a showcase for Larry David's one note character.
Observations:

1) I hadn't known Ron Howard did the voice over until I listened to a podcast he was on this week (Smartless, with Sean Hayes, Will Arnet and Bateman). I love RH, so that's what sold me on finally tuning in.

2) While I love the VO, what strikes me watching it on Netflix versus when it ran on network TV is the incredible amount of exposition they are doing each week. They make it funny, but it's slightly annoying when you're watching it in binge form. Not a big deal, just interesting. I'm curious to see if they shift that for the Netflix seasons, because it's really unnecessary a lot of the time (on Netflix, I get why they did on a weekly show.)

3) I hadn't realized just how many incredible ancillary and one off characters show up. And Heather Graham is oft forgotten, stone cold gorgeous woman. Jesus.

4) For a relative zany/silly show, the writing is INCREDIBLE. I know that's no surprise to you guys, but it's the type of show that you have to really zone in on, or you'll miss a lot of incredible call backs.

5) I was prepared to be annoyed by Jeffrey Tambor's character... Nope, love him. Kind of across the board, the show is masterful in creating characters that bump right up into making you want to hate them, and they endear you to them and level it off. This is the trick that is lacking (for me) with Curb and even to an extent with Seinfeld (after a number of seasons, they just wore on me.)
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Post by A_B » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:55 pm

Nonlinear FC wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:34 pm
Pruitt wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:35 pm
The Sybian wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:56 am
Nonlinear FC wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:44 am
Same category I put (and still put) Curb Your Enthusiasm. I've tried to watch Curb a dozen times... I just don't like Larry David. Can't do it.

Same here. I feel like I should love the show, and I've had friends tell me I have to see it, give it another chance... but I just don't find the laughs worth the wait and torture of listening to Larry. It's not just the cringe inducing behavior, but his slow stammering pacing, and the long drawn out bits. I get it, he is saying something inappropriate, no need to continue dragging out the decision to continue being inappropriate for 3 minutes. The tension of him realizing others find him inappropriate and him continuing to double down just isn't amusing to me. It hits me on two levels, the desire for the character to just give it up, and the desire for the show to give up the bit and move on.
Really liked it during the first few seasons and then would watch it now and again. Tried to watch it this season, but it was almost like self-parody. And it seemed more and more like a showcase for Larry David's one note character.
Observations:

1) I hadn't known Ron Howard did the voice over until I listened to a podcast he was on this week (Smartless, with Sean Hayes, Will Arnet and Bateman). I love RH, so that's what sold me on finally tuning in.

2) While I love the VO, what strikes me watching it on Netflix versus when it ran on network TV is the incredible amount of exposition they are doing each week. They make it funny, but it's slightly annoying when you're watching it in binge form. Not a big deal, just interesting. I'm curious to see if they shift that for the Netflix seasons, because it's really unnecessary a lot of the time (on Netflix, I get why they did on a weekly show.)

3) I hadn't realized just how many incredible ancillary and one off characters show up. And Heather Graham is oft forgotten, stone cold gorgeous woman. Jesus.

4) For a relative zany/silly show, the writing is INCREDIBLE. I know that's no surprise to you guys, but it's the type of show that you have to really zone in on, or you'll miss a lot of incredible call backs.

5) I was prepared to be annoyed by Jeffrey Tambor's character... Nope, love him. Kind of across the board, the show is masterful in creating characters that bump right up into making you want to hate them, and they endear you to them and level it off. This is the trick that is lacking (for me) with Curb and even to an extent with Seinfeld (after a number of seasons, they just wore on me.)
Look I mean this in the nicest way because I’m glad you are watching the show. But this was true. In 2006. It’s a pantheon comedy. Love that it’s held up for new viewers. I’ve probably seen it all four times and early seasons more than that. All time favorite.
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Post by A_B » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:02 pm

Although I should say that repeat viewings are perfect for binging. No joke. Watch it all. Then in six months do it again. You will be shocked at the things you missed.
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Post by Nonlinear FC » Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:49 pm

A_B wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:55 pm
Nonlinear FC wrote:
Wed Dec 16, 2020 5:34 pm
Pruitt wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:35 pm
The Sybian wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:56 am
Nonlinear FC wrote:
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:44 am
Same category I put (and still put) Curb Your Enthusiasm. I've tried to watch Curb a dozen times... I just don't like Larry David. Can't do it.

Same here. I feel like I should love the show, and I've had friends tell me I have to see it, give it another chance... but I just don't find the laughs worth the wait and torture of listening to Larry. It's not just the cringe inducing behavior, but his slow stammering pacing, and the long drawn out bits. I get it, he is saying something inappropriate, no need to continue dragging out the decision to continue being inappropriate for 3 minutes. The tension of him realizing others find him inappropriate and him continuing to double down just isn't amusing to me. It hits me on two levels, the desire for the character to just give it up, and the desire for the show to give up the bit and move on.
Really liked it during the first few seasons and then would watch it now and again. Tried to watch it this season, but it was almost like self-parody. And it seemed more and more like a showcase for Larry David's one note character.
Observations:

1) I hadn't known Ron Howard did the voice over until I listened to a podcast he was on this week (Smartless, with Sean Hayes, Will Arnet and Bateman). I love RH, so that's what sold me on finally tuning in.

2) While I love the VO, what strikes me watching it on Netflix versus when it ran on network TV is the incredible amount of exposition they are doing each week. They make it funny, but it's slightly annoying when you're watching it in binge form. Not a big deal, just interesting. I'm curious to see if they shift that for the Netflix seasons, because it's really unnecessary a lot of the time (on Netflix, I get why they did on a weekly show.)

3) I hadn't realized just how many incredible ancillary and one off characters show up. And Heather Graham is oft forgotten, stone cold gorgeous woman. Jesus.

4) For a relative zany/silly show, the writing is INCREDIBLE. I know that's no surprise to you guys, but it's the type of show that you have to really zone in on, or you'll miss a lot of incredible call backs.

5) I was prepared to be annoyed by Jeffrey Tambor's character... Nope, love him. Kind of across the board, the show is masterful in creating characters that bump right up into making you want to hate them, and they endear you to them and level it off. This is the trick that is lacking (for me) with Curb and even to an extent with Seinfeld (after a number of seasons, they just wore on me.)
Look I mean this in the nicest way because I’m glad you are watching the show. But this was true. In 2006. It’s a pantheon comedy. Love that it’s held up for new viewers. I’ve probably seen it all four times and early seasons more than that. All time favorite.
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Post by DaveInSeattle » Tue Dec 22, 2020 1:37 pm

I finished Ted Lasso yesterday morning, and it was great. Way, way, way better then it really had any right to be.

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Post by A_B » Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:27 pm

Wife and I just finished lasso. My second watch. So good and she loved it too. She thought there were multiple seasons ready for binging. But excited that she bought in.
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Post by Pruitt » Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:31 pm

Just watched the first episode of The Good Lord Bird and it was really, really good.
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Post by A_B » Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:32 pm

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Just watched the first episode of The Good Lord Bird and it was really, really good.
Tht intrigued me but i don't have showtime.
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Post by DaveInSeattle » Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:56 am

A_B wrote:
Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:27 pm
Wife and I just finished lasso. My second watch. So good and she loved it too. She thought there were multiple seasons ready for binging. But excited that she bought in.
Same with my GF. She has a very thin window for comedy...she doesn't like snarky stuff. So Lasso has enough sweetness to make it work for her.

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Post by DaveInSeattle » Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:57 am

We are 2 episodes in on 'The Undoing', and so far, so good. Two observations:
  • Nicole Kidman has had a TON of work done on her face
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DaveInSeattle wrote:
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:56 am
A_B wrote:
Sun Dec 27, 2020 10:27 pm
Wife and I just finished lasso. My second watch. So good and she loved it too. She thought there were multiple seasons ready for binging. But excited that she bought in.
Same with my GF. She has a very thin window for comedy...she doesn't like snarky stuff. So Lasso has enough sweetness to make it work for her.
Finally finished Ted Lasso. I liked it more than I thought possible, but I have to say the soccer scenes in the final game were the worst sports scenes I can recall ever seeing. I didn't need it to be good or realistic, but it was so horrible, it's all I could focus on. OTOH, Arlo White is doing the play by play and he is my favorite. He apologized for the "fruity language" from the fans, which is something he said IRL that the Men in Blazers love to mock, and made fun of him for it when he was a guest on their show. That felt like an inside joke, but it might be something he says a lot.
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Post by wlu_lax6 » Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:21 am

So they ripped off Pruitt's next paw patrol.character.idea?
https://nypost.com/2021/01/06/denmark-a ... ong-penis/

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Post by rass » Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:10 am

Someone call the DDPP.
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Post by Pruitt » Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:24 am

wlu_lax6 wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:21 am
So they ripped off Pruitt's next paw patrol.character.idea?
https://nypost.com/2021/01/06/denmark-a ... ong-penis/
This show probably makes kids laugh their heads off.

And it's enough to keep academic types busy debating - which is also hilarious.

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Post by The Sybian » Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:26 am

I find it deeply disturbing, even in claymation form, to see a man grabbing or handing something to a child with his penis.
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Re: Television (no longer temporary)

Post by mister d » Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:48 am

Fuck, Syb. You've just completely ruined this for me.
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Re: Television (no longer temporary)

Post by Nonlinear FC » Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:52 am

I know my 7 year old self would've laughed my ass of at that.
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Re: Television (no longer temporary)

Post by Pruitt » Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:04 pm

Nonlinear FC wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:52 am
I know my 7 year old self would've laughed my ass of at that.
My 57 year old self had a good laugh.
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Re: Television (no longer temporary)

Post by Nonlinear FC » Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:08 pm

Pruitt wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:04 pm
Nonlinear FC wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:52 am
I know my 7 year old self would've laughed my ass of at that.
My 57 year old self had a good laugh.
No one's worried about your soul and path to heaven though, Pru.

(totally agree. penis has a prehensile tool is comedy gold.)
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Re: Television (no longer temporary)

Post by DaveInSeattle » Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:26 pm

We finished 'The Undoing' last night. Enjoyed it quite a bit.
[+] spoiler
We kept waiting for a 'twist'...and the twist was that there was no twist!
The amount of plastic surgery Nicole Kidman has had is disturbing. She has no lines on her face! She's 53!

This morning I finished "Zero Zero Zero" (on Amazon Prime) which follows a shipment of drugs from Mexico to Italy. It was worth checking out.

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Re: Television (no longer temporary)

Post by Nonlinear FC » Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:14 pm

Undoing was solid for what it was. Good acting from the three main actors. And that woman that got murdered had nice boobs. (bonus)

I want to back up the Zerox3 as a very entertaining, and pretty well acted, as well.
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Re: Television (no longer temporary)

Post by brian » Mon Jan 11, 2021 7:42 pm

DaveInSeattle wrote:
Mon Jan 11, 2021 6:26 pm
We finished 'The Undoing' last night. Enjoyed it quite a bit.
[+] spoiler
We kept waiting for a 'twist'...and the twist was that there was no twist!
The amount of plastic surgery Nicole Kidman has had is disturbing. She has no lines on her face! She's 53!

This morning I finished "Zero Zero Zero" (on Amazon Prime) which follows a shipment of drugs from Mexico to Italy. It was worth checking out.
I really liked Zero Zero Zero and all the score/music was done by Mogwai if that’s your thing. (It is mine).

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