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  # 2171938 2-Feb-2019 18:29
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I'm enjoying the horror-scifi "Nightflyers" series on Netflix NZ,

It is based on the award-winning novella by George R.R. Martin ("Game of Thrones").

Not getting great reviews, but I'm enjoying it.


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  # 2172394 3-Feb-2019 19:25
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I found this great webpage on Rotten Tomatoes called"Best Betflix shows and movies to binge watch now"

https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/best-netflix-shows-and-movies-to-binge-watch-now/5/

Regarding my previous post on "Nightflyers", I watched all 10 episodes. It became more hackneyed as it progressed, and the last episode is a cliffhanger, Grrrrr


 
 
 
 


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  # 2172398 3-Feb-2019 19:39
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I just finished watching the final season (6) of The Americans.

 

This has to be one of the finest TV drama shows in decades.  I love it's slow burn, the nuance, the beauty of the cinematography, the taut action and the tense drama, the character development.  I remarked to my wife (who hasn't watched it but has picked up things peripherally) that I can't think of another TV show where they can have scenes running for nearly 10 minutes with no dialogue or significant music, and still captivate the viewer.  This definitely is not a show to watch in the background.

 

I also love how it didn't insult the viewer's intelligence, and endlessly recap things or go into deep exposition.  Often, characters appear without any kind of introduction, and it's up to the viewer to work things out.  I'm now itching to go back to season 1 and watch it all over again - there's bound to be heaps that comes across in a second or even third viewing.  In fact, I'd love a novelisation of the show, something that gives the reader a chance to draw out all the details at their own pace.

 

The core cast are absolutely fantastic.  Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell totally deserve awards for their performance, and while they've been nominated a few times they've never actually won, which I think it a crime.  Noah Emmerich also does an incredible job as FBI agent Stan Beeman.  He captures the stoic G-Man role perfectly, while still reflecting his fractured relationships with his wife and son, and the impact this has on his professional life.

 

The finale was also that rare thing - a fantastic episode of TV which resolved enough of the core storyline to be satisfying, without pandering to the need to answer every question.  I love that they were never cancelled, or under threat of cancellation, and had to wrap things up fast; or that they went on too long and went out on a low point; they captured a very tidy arc of story over six years (longer in story time) and sixty episodes.  It's also nice that it was done in the "medium" format of 10 episode seasons, rather than the frankly bloated 22 episode runs that most US shows run for.  

 

 

 

 

I totally agree! Slow burn and nuanced, but then some scenes or plot developments that make you gasp!


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  # 2172425 3-Feb-2019 20:44
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‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace - American Crime Story’ on NF - really good IMO.

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  # 2172525 4-Feb-2019 01:23
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Kingdom (2019) on Netflix. Was much better than I was expecting and well worth a watch.

 

Best with Korean audio + English subtitles. English audio available.

 

 


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  # 2172613 4-Feb-2019 09:06
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Finished Escape at Dannemora the other night.  Great quality, slow burn, lots of tension and fantastic performances - especially from Patricia Arquette.  Chronicles the escape that was big news in 2015ish.  Directed by Ben Stiller (but very not funny!) with a great soundtrack.  Highly recommended!


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  # 2172634 4-Feb-2019 10:00
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Jack Taylor, or as my wife calls it, Paddy Wallander (with Shetland being McWallander...).

 

 

 

Actually, all three are good shows if you like moody, noir crime dramas. The last couple of episodes of Jack Taylor have not lived up to the standard of the earlier ones, however.

 

Also recently The Punisher. Pretty good. The actor playing Frank is far closer to the sort of actor and portrayal I would have wanted for the Jack Reacher films.






 
 
 
 


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  # 2173224 5-Feb-2019 09:40
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kingdragonfly:

Regarding my previous post on "Nightflyers", I watched all 10 episodes. It became more hackneyed as it progressed, and the last episode is a cliffhanger, Grrrrr

 

Yeah, the teaser at the beginning of ep 1 makes you think it will be a single season show, so the cliffhanger was a bit annoying.

 

And I felt like they were trying to juggle too many different ideas. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it.


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  # 2174136 6-Feb-2019 19:55
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The Orville S02E06. Well I am very quickly losing interest in this. It's just a freaking soap opera set in space at this time. The personal relationships of the crew shouldn't be the only thing being explored on this ship! Argh. 


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  # 2174415 7-Feb-2019 13:34
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The Orville S02E06. Well I am very quickly losing interest in this. It's just a freaking soap opera set in space at this time. The personal relationships of the crew shouldn't be the only thing being explored on this ship! Argh. 

 

 

I'm quite enjoying it as a light guilty pleasure.


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  # 2174493 7-Feb-2019 15:52
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Jack Ryan series was a bit of fun, quite enjoyed that one.

 

 

 

Orville is a quiet crackup.  Honestly more star trek than most recent attempts at star trek.


Revisiting Vikings, as this one had slipped us by.  Seems it's up to season 5 or so now so must have some legs.


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  # 2178007 13-Feb-2019 23:53
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Sex Education - Netflix - 8.5/10 (R16 sex & nudity & mild drug use) Mid teen identity, good, bad & crazy parents and parenting. Very, very funny with a little sadness.

 

A mid teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.

 

This 8 episode first season is just a great big hurricane of fresh & innovative script writing. Asa Butterfield & Gillian Anderson are brilliant and so is the rest of the cast. The soundtrack is also great with tunes to cater for all ages. This was set and filmed in Wales for, surprisingly, the American market.





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  # 2178016 14-Feb-2019 02:55
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Russian Doll on Netflix.

 

Don't look it up, don't read the blurbs. Don't read reviews. They will surely have spoilers.

 

Well worth the watch I think.





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  # 2181205 16-Feb-2019 10:41
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Enjoyed the first episode of "The Umbrella Academy" on Netflix

Weta was involved

https://www.vice.com/en_nz/article/wjmgnw/netflixs-the-umbrella-academy-is-wonderful-and-weird

The original comic was real quirky, lots of pomp and grandiosity. How hard was it to replicate that on the screen and at the same time keep the serious superhero tone?
It was difficult, but the beautiful thing is we had a great VFX [visual effects] team. [For] the character Pogo, there's two ways to do it. You can do a guy in a suit that you augment, or you can do fully CG, and that's a much more ambitious way to go. I wanted to do full CG, so what I did I called up Weta FX in New Zealand, who did Planet of the Apes. They’d never done a TV show and I said look, we want you to do this monkey for us.You can do hundreds of monkeys really really well, I just need you to do one amazing chimpanzee for us, and they were intrigued.

We got into business together and they did a fabulous [job]. I think Pogo just looks incredible, how real he looks, and after awhile you sort of forget that there's a talking monkey on the screen because he's just so beautifully rendered. That was a real process with sort of bringing him to life and I wanted to do justice to that for the fans too, because Pogo's a big part of this season. That was an example of where VFX came in and really helped to take something out of the graphic novel [and] make it really come to life.



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  # 2181306 16-Feb-2019 17:48
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‘Dirty John’ on NF - with Connie Britton, Eric Bana and Julia Garner (Ozark and Maniac). Excellent IMO.

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