Hidden Gems of Netflix's Watch Instantly

Chairman_Mao wrote:
Tanglebones wrote:
Aetius wrote:
Gravey wrote:

So if we want to stream classic movies, all we can do is wait for them to enter the public domain.

Which will never happen because of Mickey Mouse. Seriously.

Actually, the most recent news (not sure this article fully articulates things, but it's Saturday, and the first one I found), is that Disney is no longer pushing for additional copyright extension:
https://abovethelaw.com/2018/01/will...

Per Aetius' link, Mickey Mouse and all other Disney creations are trademarked, which can be renewed indefinitely as long they are used commercially.

And that's fine, let Disney do whatever it wants with its own properties. The problem is Disney interfering with copyright law, which affects all creative works and stymies further creativity.

I am very much enjoying Peaky Blinders.

kborom wrote:
OG_slinger wrote:

New epies of Z Nation! Ah, yeah!

Is that good? Seen it on there but thought it might be a poor rip off of The Walking Dead

It's less serious, has a much smaller budget, and is a lot more fun.

Aetius wrote:
kborom wrote:
OG_slinger wrote:

New epies of Z Nation! Ah, yeah!

Is that good? Seen it on there but thought it might be a poor rip off of The Walking Dead

It's less serious, has a much smaller budget, and is a lot more fun. :)

Yeah, it starts as a low rent Walking Dead ripoff, but then the show creators just start to have fun with it and it gets really entertaining.

OG_slinger wrote:
Aetius wrote:
kborom wrote:
OG_slinger wrote:

New epies of Z Nation! Ah, yeah!

Is that good? Seen it on there but thought it might be a poor rip off of The Walking Dead

It's less serious, has a much smaller budget, and is a lot more fun. :)

Yeah, it starts as a low rent Walking Dead ripoff, but then the show creators just start to have fun with it and it gets really entertaining.

Walking Dead annoys me because the characters seem incapable of making rational decisions. Would this show annoy me less?

Paleocon wrote:

Walking Dead annoys me because the characters seem incapable of making rational decisions. Would this show annoy me less?

This show has things like giant cheese wheels of zombies rolling down the road and a blue guy whose immune from the zombie plague because mad scientists experimented on him.

Sold.

The only thing z nation has in common with the walking dead is that they both have zombies. Even the zombies are different. Z nation has multiple types of zombies. One of the main characters becomes a zombie and they keep her around for a season or two like a pet. Then they had aliens in one episode. The show is wacky. The show is low budget. Half the actors haven't worked before but they do a good job. Every now and then they throw in a serious moment. They will kill anybody off.

Chaz wrote:

Sold.

+1

Sounds like it takes itself less seriously than WD. That’s good.

Hey, that American Vandal show is great. Surprised more people aren’t talking about it

EvilDolphin wrote:

Hey, that American Vandal show is great. Surprised more people aren’t talking about it ;)

It really was, but I hope there is no season 2. It deserves a dignified end.

OG_slinger wrote:
Paleocon wrote:

Walking Dead annoys me because the characters seem incapable of making rational decisions. Would this show annoy me less?

This show has things like giant cheese wheels of zombies rolling down the road and a blue guy whose immune from the zombie plague because mad scientists experimented on him.

They had a zombienado, a zombie stampede, plant zombies, etc. It does share a similarity with Walking Dead where characters do stupid things because the plot requires them to, but overall it's worst moments are less frustrating than the Walking Dead's worst moments.

Friend of mine once said about Walking Dead, "At some point I'd like them to just settle down and work on farming potatoes."

Not a show thing, but something cool with Netflix this week.

Someone apparently cloned my Discover card and was using it in Georgia earlier this week. Got my account canceled and a new card, and updated a couple of places. But then Discover sent me a reminder notice to update my payment at some places like Netflix and Hulu. It also said they would update information when they could.

So I go to check Netflix, and my card is already updated. Think my account renews on the 19th, so just in time.

Gravey wrote:

Here, Vargen, here's The General

Yay! Thank you friend!

I hadn’t thought to look for free sources; I figured it was locked away in some vault somewhere because Mickey Mouse means pretty much everything is locked away in some vault somewhere.

The new Chris Rock standup is f*cking great.

I watched The Magicians Season 2 Episode 2 this weekend. Can someone assure me

Spoiler:

that the singing character stops singing or goes away very soon? Please.

Tscott wrote:

I watched The Magicians Season 2 Episode 2 this weekend. Can someone assure me

Spoiler:

that the singing character stops singing or goes away very soon? Please.

Spoiler:

He goes away about halfway through the season

I just finished Altered Carbon and moved directly into Season 2 of the Expanse (on Amazon). The contrast in writing quality and world building was pretty shocking. Its been a while since I've watched The Expanse but they do so much of a better job of telling a coherent story.

I've read the Expanse books but not Altered Carbon, so I can't do a straight comparison. I expect The Expanse has an advantage in that they don't deal with multiple timelines much or flashbacks very often except where necessary, such as in telling the brief story of Fred Johnson. But watching the endings (felt like there were at least 3) of AC felt like the end of an episode of Murder, She Wrote with the badguys just expositing all their crimes and motivations for all to hear once the 'jig was up'.

Really clumsy

At the last episode of travelers season 2. What a great show. Plot holes and a few moments of ok I guess I can believe this but all in all a great show. We'll miss having it to dive into.

Perfect Sci fi filler to replace the orphan black shaped hole in our binge life.

I just watched season 1 of Everything Sucks, a high school comedy set in the 90s. It's got some weird tonal shifts in the first half of the season. The early rivalry with the Drama Club feels particularly out of place. It takes a while to get its legs but ends pretty strong, but until the last few episodes I was finding a lot to nit-pick about it.

After how many years I've had Netflix recommend it to me, after the passing of actor John Mahoney almost two weeks ago, and after Prederick tweeted something about it on Twitter last week, I started cherry picking episodes of Fraiser. "The Innkeepers" remains one of the best episodes of American television ever created.

polypusher wrote:

I just finished Altered Carbon and moved directly into Season 2 of the Expanse (on Amazon). The contrast in writing quality and world building was pretty shocking. Its been a while since I've watched The Expanse but they do so much of a better job of telling a coherent story.
Really clumsy

Just finished Altered Carbon as well, just barely made it all the way through. Had to some pretty heavy phone checking the last few episodes to keep my interest up. What a wasted opportunity, stupid plot, hammy dialogue, unbelievable characters. Great world building though.

I remember liking the book but everything else has faded in the 15 years since I read it, it didn't colour my perception that much at least. But that sister though, omg what stupidity.

We started Manhunt Unabomber last night. Great so far. I recall growing up so afraid of the Unabomber as a kid. I loved nothing more than getting mail and to hear someone used that system to hurt people freaked me out. This will probably have me diving into some books as well after.

Watched the first episode of the Joel McHale show yesterday, and it was hilarious. Long live The Soup!

Wife and I are ploughing through The End of the F***ing World, and loving it.

Offbeat, weird as snake’s hips, and excellent performances from the two leads.

At eight ~20 minute episodes, it's not much more of a commitment than watching a movie.

Ahh, cool to know they are short episodes. That makes it more interesting to me.

SallyNasty wrote:

Ahh, cool to know they are short episodes. That makes it more interesting to me.

I have mixed feelings on it. It makes it very easy to get into "one more" mode, which is very much a double-edged sword.

I do majority of my Netflixing in the morning when I am working out, and I have about 35-40 minutes so that is my honey spot. Anything longer than that and I end up running late to work:)