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  Reply # 2134706 26-Nov-2018 16:38
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The Sinner Seasons 1 and 2 NF 6/10

 

Detective thriller starring Bill Pullman (and Jessica Biel in season 1) investigating a couple of seemingly open and shut murder cases. Unremittingly sombre and with far too many characters with psychological problems. 

 

 


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  Reply # 2134725 26-Nov-2018 17:02
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gzt:
gzt: Halfway through the first episode of Origin scifi on YouTube red.
-First 10 min this looks good
-second 10 min I hope this isn't a 'Lost' clone
-third 10 min this is looking good!

End of episode 1. Genre is scifi horror. First two episodes are free without Red. Worth it.

 

 

 

Very hard to not see this as that Passengers movie.

 

Then it goes kinda typical horror type group slowly picked off/dying/killed thing.

 

Sorry, but didn't have me hooked by the end of episode one.

 

 

 

Liked that impulse series (looper variant) more for example, even though that one was equally around the dealing with traumatic/sexual assault than the jumping graphics sci fi parts.
Kinda like the 'Everything Sucks' TV series was equally a lesbian coming of age series, more than a typical high school 90s thing.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2135752 28-Nov-2018 09:51
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Little Drummer Girl TVNZ OnDemand/BBC IPlayer 2/10

 

From the John Le Carre novel a story about Israeli's searching out Palestinian militants.

 

Plot - feeble

 

Acting - feeble (especially the lead actress)

 

Suspense - non-existent

 

Summary - Avoid at all costs

 

I'm starting to think after this and The Night Manager (that I also thought was pretty awful) that if a John Le Carre story is to transfer to the screen successfully it needs George Smiley as one of the characters.


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  Reply # 2135755 28-Nov-2018 09:58
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SJB:

 

Little Drummer Girl TVNZ OnDemand/BBC IPlayer 2/10

 

From the John Le Carre novel a story about Israeli's searching out Palestinian militants.

 

Plot - feeble

 

Acting - feeble (especially the lead actress)

 

Suspense - non-existent

 

Summary - Avoid at all costs

 

I'm starting to think after this and The Night Manager (that I also thought was pretty awful) that if a John Le Carre story is to transfer to the screen successfully it needs George Smiley as one of the characters.

 

 

 

 

i thought that this was good , the camera work is fantastic and the plot is fine , it is based on fact, and as spy thrillers go it's worth a watch. 





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  Reply # 2135762 28-Nov-2018 10:05
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The latest Dr Who. Good episode I enjoyed it.




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  Reply # 2135813 28-Nov-2018 10:55
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i thought that this was good , the camera work is fantastic and the plot is fine , it is based on fact, and as spy thrillers go it's worth a watch. 

 

 

Just shows how everyone has different likes and dislikes (which is a good thing).

 

The camera work reminded of a film made in the 60's or 70's (think Michael Caine in the Ipcress File or Funeral in Berlin) so appropriate for the time.

 

The best of this sort of story IMO is Steven Speilberg's Munich starring Eric Bana who is outstanding.

 

 


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  Reply # 2136547 29-Nov-2018 11:48
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Been through a few lately:

 

Ozark | S2 | Netflix | 9/10

 

Easily as good as the first series, we both really enjoyed this one.

 

 

 

Better Call Saul | S4 | Lightbox | 6/10

 

I have LOVED the previous series but this one just didn't do it for me. Just couldn't get into it at all and the more I watched the more desperate I was to love it but it wasn't happening.

 

 

 

Killing Eve | S1 | BBC | 4/10

 

Wife loved it but I struggled to stay interested. Felt too "American" if that's a thing. Too much happening in a short space of time which either wasn't, or couldn't, be explained and that's not for me.

 

 

 

House of Cards | Netflix | S8 | 6/10

 

Having loved all the previous series I'm not sure what to make of this one.

 

 

 

Louis Theroux | Altered States | BBC | 10/10 

 

Louis is brilliant as always. A week on and my wife and I are still talking about the Choosing Death episode. Without a doubt some of the best TV I have watched all year.


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  Reply # 2136582 29-Nov-2018 12:50
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A series we've just finished:

 

Flint Town (Netflix) Not sure if it's been mentioned here before, but well worth a look. A fascinating look (and, aesthetically, it's a stunner) at the contemporary US, focused on the Flint police department across a 2-3 year period (ending just after Trump's election). Captures so much of what's wrong with that country, and I reckon is a sign of where things are heading on a wider scale.

 

I'm interested in any recommendations for quality comedy series - as usual we have an oversupply of dark matter to watch (Ozark season 2, Handmaid's Tail season 2, Making a Murder season 2, Bloodlines season 2...), and this is our usual viewing, but something to lighten the mood would be nice!

 

martyyn:

 

Better Call Saul | S4 | Lightbox | 6/10

 

I have LOVED the previous series but this one just didn't do it for me. Just couldn't get into it at all and the more I watched the more desperate I was to love it but it wasn't happening.

 

 

Totally agree - previous seasons I've either binge watched or wanted to do so, whereas this season I've felt no such compulsion. Probably only half-way through but I will persevere.

 

martyyn:

 

Louis Theroux | Altered States | BBC | 10/10 

 

Louis is brilliant as always. A week on and my wife and I are still talking about the Choosing Death episode. Without a doubt some of the best TV I have watched all year.

 

 

Thanks for the heads-up on this - I wasn't aware he had some new stuff out, so will start watching this tonight. Theroux's programmes are always compulsory viewing in our house.

 

 


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  Reply # 2136704 29-Nov-2018 16:52
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SJB:

 

Little Drummer Girl TVNZ OnDemand/BBC IPlayer 2/10

 

From the John Le Carre novel a story about Israeli's searching out Palestinian militants.

 

Plot - feeble

 

Acting - feeble (especially the lead actress)

 

Suspense - non-existent

 

Summary - Avoid at all costs

 

I'm starting to think after this and The Night Manager (that I also thought was pretty awful) that if a John Le Carre story is to transfer to the screen successfully it needs George Smiley as one of the characters.

 

 

Have to admit I found it so boring to watch I didnt get past the first two episodes.


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  Reply # 2137528 30-Nov-2018 21:20
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Just finished 'Orange is the new black' season 5. Meh, the tv series got boring compared to the first seasons. Not surprised by that, because I read that the directors changed after season 4.


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  Reply # 2137789 1-Dec-2018 15:31
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1983.  A polish thriller on Netflix, no idea where this came from but im quite enjoying it , nothing ground breaking but it is well done and watch it in the original polish with english sub titles so much better acted , the English dub just doesnt work.





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  Reply # 2138240 2-Dec-2018 20:22
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It's probably been said before but just binge watched Sense8.

 

Wow. this was to me another Firefly, why on earth was it cancelled. But at least it came to a conclusion.

 

I cared for the characters, I got immersed in their stories. Marvelous, innovative, challenging and satisfying.

 

TV at its best.


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  Reply # 2138281 2-Dec-2018 22:41
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Penny Dreadful Season 2 8.5/10

 

Really excellent Victorian horror/supernatural story starring Eva Green with strong characters and a great atmosphere. Built very nicely on season 1


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  Reply # 2138407 3-Dec-2018 11:21
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SJB: Penny Dreadful Season 2 8.5/10

 

Really excellent Victorian horror/supernatural story starring Eva Green with strong characters and a great atmosphere. Built very nicely on season 1

 

I also would like to watch this series. Shame it is not available on Netflix NZ. It has been around since 2014 with 3 seasons.

 

IMDB = 8/10 (97,816)

 

Rotten Tomatoes = 2.8/5 34% (5,408)





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  Reply # 2138465 3-Dec-2018 12:11
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FineWine:

 

SJB: Penny Dreadful Season 2 8.5/10

 

Really excellent Victorian horror/supernatural story starring Eva Green with strong characters and a great atmosphere. Built very nicely on season 1

 

I also would like to watch this series. Shame it is not available on Netflix NZ. It has been around since 2014 with 3 seasons.

 

IMDB = 8/10 (97,816)

 

Rotten Tomatoes = 2.8/5 34% (5,408)

 

 

Watched it on DVD rented from AroVideo. Highly recommend them, they have an excellent catalogue.

 

Starting on season 3 tonight. 


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