What have you watched on telly?

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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:04 pm

I'm seven episodes into Jessica Jones currently, it's good, not amazing - but enough to keep me watching.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Il Duce @ Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:23 pm

tanglerat wrote:I've never seen any of the Breaking Bad episodes.

I've just purchased the entire seasons boxset and watched the first 3 episodes of season 1.

They're good. See youse all later.



There is only one bad episode. It's the one with the bluebottle flying around in their lab. You'll know when you see it.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by CJ+ @ Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:42 pm

Il Duce wrote:
tanglerat wrote:I've never seen any of the Breaking Bad episodes.

I've just purchased the entire seasons boxset and watched the first 3 episodes of season 1.

They're good. See youse all later.



There is only one bad episode. It's the one with the bluebottle flying around in their lab. You'll know when you see it.

Yes. That episode is literally five hours long.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by chinkypig @ Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:46 am

We've been catching up with Longmire lately. Just finished series 5 and looking forward to 6 this month.
Quite an underrated show IMO.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by chinkypig @ Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:35 pm

Final four episodes of Stranger Things 2 to watch this weekend, it's been great. :)
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:31 pm

chinkypig wrote:Final four episodes of Stranger Things 2 to watch this weekend, it's been great. :)
I just watched the first two episodes of S2 this morning. Enjoyed them tremendously.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by chinkypig @ Sat Nov 11, 2017 5:13 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:
chinkypig wrote:Final four episodes of Stranger Things 2 to watch this weekend, it's been great. :)
I just watched the first two episodes of S2 this morning. Enjoyed them tremendously.


It's been nice to see Winona do something other than 'brink of hysteria' this time.
I'm undecided on the new characters so far but certainly intrigued to see how they tie in with the larger story.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:13 pm

I binged on Alias Grace last weekend and was rather underwhelmed by it.

For anyone who hasn't read it, it's based on a true story of an immigrant Irish housemaid in mid 19th century Toronto who was convicted of murdering her employer and his housekeeper and has spent 15 years in prison. It's told in the format of Grace (the maid) recounting her version of events to a psychiatrist who has been engaged to write a report on her by a group campaigning for her release. It's never clear whether or not she is guilty but it's a fascinating story and the book has a lot of perfectly judged barbs against the moneyed classes as well as covering anti-migrant feeling, illegal abortion, class, socialism, etc. That makes it sound a bit worthy but it's not really tub-thumping, more touching on those kind of issues at that time.

I was very much looking forward to seeing it as it's been a favourite book of mine since it came out in the 90s. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed in it. After the absolute barnstormer that was The Handmaid's Tale, I had high hopes for Alias Grace but it was just really wishy washy. None of the power of the story came across, the psychiatrist was horribly cast (Edward Holcroft) and none of Grace's irony, perception and intelligence from the book seemed to come through. Even Mary Whitney, who in the book was arguably one of the strongest characters and influenced Grace the most, was turned into a stroppy teen.

I know the televisation of books is often a bit hit and miss, but after what they did with The Handmaid's Tale, I thought something very much better could have been done with Alias Grace.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:24 am

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:I binged on Alias Grace last weekend and was rather underwhelmed by it.

For anyone who hasn't read it, it's based on a true story of an immigrant Irish housemaid in mid 19th century Toronto who was convicted of murdering her employer and his housekeeper and has spent 15 years in prison. It's told in the format of Grace (the maid) recounting her version of events to a psychiatrist who has been engaged to write a report on her by a group campaigning for her release. It's never clear whether or not she is guilty but it's a fascinating story and the book has a lot of perfectly judged barbs against the moneyed classes as well as covering anti-migrant feeling, illegal abortion, class, socialism, etc. That makes it sound a bit worthy but it's not really tub-thumping, more touching on those kind of issues at that time.

I was very much looking forward to seeing it as it's been a favourite book of mine since it came out in the 90s. Unfortunately, I was really disappointed in it. After the absolute barnstormer that was The Handmaid's Tale, I had high hopes for Alias Grace but it was just really wishy washy. None of the power of the story came across, the psychiatrist was horribly cast (Edward Holcroft) and none of Grace's irony, perception and intelligence from the book seemed to come through. Even Mary Whitney, who in the book was arguably one of the strongest characters and influenced Grace the most, was turned into a stroppy teen.

I know the televisation of books is often a bit hit and miss, but after what they did with The Handmaid's Tale, I thought something very much better could have been done with Alias Grace.


My wife and I watched the first two episodes and weren't grabbed by it, hasn't really engaged us to watch any more.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by thekungfury @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:37 am

Finished Stranger Things 2 last night. Absolutely loved it.

The 80s mood tip-toed really well between keeping it cool and going into pastiche. Lots of ace nods throughout.
  • SPOILER: Mouse over to reveal
    • Hopper/Indiana Jones picking up his hat. 11/ET under the sheet. Exorcist. Prom scene at the end from all 80d high school films


Apparently they’re making 3 & 4. They need to hurry up before balls start dropping.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:02 pm

thekungfury wrote:Finished Stranger Things 2 last night. Absolutely loved it.

The 80s mood tip-toed really well between keeping it cool and going into pastiche. Lots of ace nods throughout.
  • SPOILER: Mouse over to reveal
    • Hopper/Indiana Jones picking up his hat. 11/ET under the sheet. Exorcist. Prom scene at the end from all 80d high school films


Apparently they’re making 3 & 4. They need to hurry up before balls start dropping.
I liked the nod to Close Encounters in ep2, too.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by ttwiggy @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:05 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:
thekungfury wrote:Finished Stranger Things 2 last night. Absolutely loved it.

The 80s mood tip-toed really well between keeping it cool and going into pastiche. Lots of ace nods throughout.
  • SPOILER: Mouse over to reveal
    • Hopper/Indiana Jones picking up his hat. 11/ET under the sheet. Exorcist. Prom scene at the end from all 80d high school films


Apparently they’re making 3 & 4. They need to hurry up before balls start dropping.
I liked the nod to Close Encounters in ep2, too.


The 'gang' was also very 80s too.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by DI Burnside @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:44 pm

Chance - Hugh Laurie plays another Dr but this is a bit darker, just finished S1. 7

Red Oaks - Daft coming of age thing that isn't great but as each E is only 20 mins it does ok as a filler between other things, it's set in the 80's so the soundtrack is great and it does deliver a few sniggers. 6
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by thekungfury @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:47 pm

Damien Thorn wrote:
thekungfury wrote:Finished Stranger Things 2 last night. Absolutely loved it.

The 80s mood tip-toed really well between keeping it cool and going into pastiche. Lots of ace nods throughout.
  • SPOILER: Mouse over to reveal
    • Hopper/Indiana Jones picking up his hat. 11/ET under the sheet. Exorcist. Prom scene at the end from all 80d high school films


Apparently they’re making 3 & 4. They need to hurry up before balls start dropping.
I liked the nod to Close Encounters in ep2, too.

Gremlins are in it later (spoiler!)

It would be so easy to get it wrong but at no point did I think Yeah, OK, it’s set in the 80s. WE GET IT. Sheesh!
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by thekungfury @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:58 pm

Speaking of Gremlins I bought it this weekend. I was about to put it on and noticed it was a 15 certificate. Was it always a 15? I was 8 when it was released and remember watching it as soon as it came out on VHS so can’t have been more than 10.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Damien Thorn @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:02 pm

thekungfury wrote:Speaking of Gremlins I bought it this weekend. I was about to put it on and noticed it was a 15 certificate. Was it always a 15? I was 8 when it was released and remember watching it as soon as it came out on VHS so can’t have been more than 10.
I went to see it at the cinema when it was first released, and I remember I was 14 (almost 15, officer!)

I thought I remembered it as being a AA (double a), but maybe fifteen had already been invented.


e: nope. Changed from AA to 15 in 1982, so a couple of years earlier.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by thekungfury @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:17 pm

http://www.bbfc.co.uk/case-studies/gremlins

Nice phrase, “accumulation of horror”
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Käsemeister @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:27 pm

And Ghostbusters is a PG despite featuring a lot of swearing and a fair bit of horror. Stiffycakes were different in them days.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Dirk @ Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:40 pm

Has anyone watched "The end of the f***king world"?

(unfortunately hard to search, because f***cking in the CTF search box returns every use of the word "fcuking" which is not exactly unusual on CTF)
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:41 am

thekungfury wrote:Finished Stranger Things 2 last night. Absolutely loved it.

The 80s mood tip-toed really well between keeping it cool and going into pastiche. Lots of ace nods throughout.
  • SPOILER: Mouse over to reveal
    • Hopper/Indiana Jones picking up his hat. 11/ET under the sheet. Exorcist. Prom scene at the end from all 80d high school films


Apparently they’re making 3 & 4. They need to hurry up before balls start dropping.


We watched the last episode last night, it was absolutely superb!
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:14 am

I stopped watching Stranger Things about halfway through S1. I liked it, but kept getting so far behind that I couldn't remember what had happened in the previous episode and sort of lost interest a bit.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Deuteronomy @ Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:21 am

Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:I stopped watching Stranger Things about halfway through S1. I liked it, but kept getting so far behind that I couldn't remember what had happened in the previous episode and sort of lost interest a bit.


You should give it another go, really worth it.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by chinkypig @ Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:19 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:
Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:I stopped watching Stranger Things about halfway through S1. I liked it, but kept getting so far behind that I couldn't remember what had happened in the previous episode and sort of lost interest a bit.


You should give it another go, really worth it.



Definitely this.

Stranger Things 2 has been excellent with the exception of Billy, a character so hateful that a late attempt to explain his behaviour only made me despise him even more.

Favourite reference this series was during an excursion to the upside down, "stay frosty".
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Strawman @ Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:37 pm

Greg66 wrote: Annoyingly it may occupy a third time line, separate from the reboot movies and also separate to the original/NG/DS9.


They've mentioned Spock (as a contemporary of Michael Burnham?) so it must somehow fit in with either the films or the original.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by span @ Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:42 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:
Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:I stopped watching Stranger Things about halfway through S1. I liked it, but kept getting so far behind that I couldn't remember what had happened in the previous episode and sort of lost interest a bit.


You should give it another go, really worth it.

I almost couldn't be bothered to go back to it after the first season, just because of how you forget why you enjoyed something so much. Just two episodes in to the second series and I'm thoroughly enjoying it again! (and currently can't be bothered to go back to Narcos and Hand Maid's Tale - even though they're totally brilliant!!)
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by ttwiggy @ Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:45 pm

Strawman wrote:
Greg66 wrote: Annoyingly it may occupy a third time line, separate from the reboot movies and also separate to the original/NG/DS9.


They've mentioned Spock (as a contemporary of Michael Burnham?) so it must somehow fit in with either the films or the original.


But now they've mentioned the existence of 'other universes' all bets seem to be off as to 'where' it's set.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Clown Ice Skater #4 @ Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:55 pm

span wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:
Clown Ice Skater #4 wrote:I stopped watching Stranger Things about halfway through S1. I liked it, but kept getting so far behind that I couldn't remember what had happened in the previous episode and sort of lost interest a bit.


You should give it another go, really worth it.

I almost couldn't be bothered to go back to it after the first season, just because of how you forget why you enjoyed something so much. Just two episodes in to the second series and I'm thoroughly enjoying it again! (and currently can't be bothered to go back to Narcos and Hand Maid's Tale - even though they're totally brilliant!!)


Perhaps I will give it another go.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Strawman @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:40 pm

Deuteronomy wrote:
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Deuteronomy wrote:
Deuteronomy wrote:Rick and Morty are like a drunk Doc and Marty from BTTF.

He's a brilliant but alcoholic scientist and he ropes in his none too bright grandson into adventures.

You'll love it Dis, I promise.


Have you started this yet?

Have any of you?

YOU MUST.


What ?


>pinches bridge of nose<

Rick and Morty Dibs, Rick and Morty.

Image


I've been watching this and can confirm it is good, impressed that Werner Herzog does the voice of a Shrimply Pibbles in season 2/ep8
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by DI Burnside @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:57 pm

I can see how a 14 year old boy would like it, but not an adult.
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Re: What have you watched on telly?

Post by Strawman @ Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:15 pm

Werner Herzog thinks it's funny and he's older than both of us, also has directed over 60 films, some of them truly great ones.
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