Hidden Gems of Netflix's Watch Instantly

ruhk wrote:

After watching Velvet Buzzsaw I can definitively say that it exists. It’s not bad, just predictable and boring. I do really like the early middle of the film when everyone is fawning over the evil artwork, the long close-ups of people gazing offscreen in awe, but pretty much everything else about the movie comes from How to Write a Horror Film 101.

That's the sense I got from the trailer. Might check it out at some point but won't rush to do so.

While the story is typical i thought the performances were outstanding. Was a fun watch.

Just heard about Travelers being canceled, and was dropping by to share the bad news, but I see you're way ahead of me.

Really, that's a pretty good stopping place. That last season felt a little rushed and weird in some ways, like they didn't know they were finishing it when the writing started, but it was quite good overall. The show as a whole did some really interesting and unexpected things.

I was wondering how they were going to move forward after that ending, and well, I got my answer: they aren't. That would have been a hard act to follow.

I think my favorite episode was probably 17 Minutes. I started out not liking it at all, and being really impatient with the direction, but they changed my mind decisively by the end.

I'm a little bummed, because I felt like there was enough narrative heft to have stretched this plotline to four seasons; there were some really interesting threads that got dropped or changed that would have been worth some exploration. But as is, it's tight, well directed, and extremely well acted. It hits the ground running, no fumbling at all. There's no shakedown time, the actors are on point and with it for the entire series. I have some criticisms, but they're pretty minor, really, and not worth being specific about for fear of spoilers.

If you're looking for an excellent SF tale, this one delivers the goods, and it's a complete package, 34 episodes start to finish.

Netflix, no.

Netflix, stop.

oilypenguin wrote:

Netflix, no.

Netflix, stop.

Yeah, this is really bad. Streaming services are already really bad about supporting 'documentaries' that are just infomercials but this is going to be egregious. Goop's whole thing is milking rich women, to the point they've had to remove endorsements and claims (while doing the entitled corporate thing of going 'ha ha we didnt have to admit fault'). PAYING their CEO to make a series to sell their products just seems like graft.

My wife and I quit Netflix after something like 15 years each over this (and an extended trend for canceling stuff we like and greenlighting stuff we dislike)

Few metaphors unnerve me more than "milking rich women"

Immortan Joe, baby!

Also that really should read "milking foolish rich women," because there are plenty of wealthy women who know exactly what Paltrow's company is shoveling. You know what they say, "a foolish rich woman and her money..."

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Few metaphors unnerve me more than "milking rich women"

Hah.

Chairman_Mao wrote:

Few metaphors unnerve me more than "milking rich women"

Drink the breast milk of a rich woman to become wealthy too! Sounds perfectly in line with goop's products and rigorously vetted claims.

I'm very uncomfortable with all of this.
Yes, the Goop series too.

ranalin wrote:
Fredrik_S wrote:

I finished Kingdom today and it's good. A korean horror drama with zombies, but it's the court intrigues that keep it from being just another zombie show. Good stuff.

Only 6 episodes :(

For real.

Apologies if it was discussed but has anyone else watched Last Kingdom? I am close to done with season 2 and my lord is that show great. It goes to some dark places in season 2 and it is really making me care about a lot of the characters. It almost has a Game of Thrones feel without the dragons and incest. Highly recommend it.

Docjoe wrote:

Apologies if it was discussed but has anyone else watched Last Kingdom? I am close to done with season 2 and my lord is that show great. It goes to some dark places in season 2 and it is really making me care about a lot of the characters. It almost has a Game of Thrones feel without the dragons and incest. Highly recommend it.

The books are also pretty good.

Russian Doll

boogle wrote:

Russian Doll

I finished it last night. It's really good!

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
boogle wrote:

Russian Doll

I finished it last night. It's really good!

Finished it just now. I was thinking most of the way through "okay, I know where this is going" and then that last episode twist was just "oooooh sh*t!". I really like these one series, no filler, tell your story, and wrap it up shows.

My one complaint is that after watching it for the last few nights I wake up every morning and immediately hear:

Gotta get up, gotta get out, gotta get home before the morning comes
What if I'm late, gotta big date, gotta get home before the sun comes up

Make it stop!

Everyone should go listen to the whole Nilsson Schmilsson album anyways.

Docjoe wrote:

Apologies if it was discussed but has anyone else watched Last Kingdom? I am close to done with season 2 and my lord is that show great. It goes to some dark places in season 2 and it is really making me care about a lot of the characters. It almost has a Game of Thrones feel without the dragons and incest. Highly recommend it.

It’s really really good.

Eleima wrote:
Docjoe wrote:

Apologies if it was discussed but has anyone else watched Last Kingdom? I am close to done with season 2 and my lord is that show great. It goes to some dark places in season 2 and it is really making me care about a lot of the characters. It almost has a Game of Thrones feel without the dragons and incest. Highly recommend it.

It’s really really good.

I watched and loved the first season, but haven't really dug into the second. A pretty good adaptation of the excellent books. (I'm actually half way through reading the 11th book now. I thought the story was pretty much done with the 10th, but I don't mind a bit more. They're easy reading.)

Actually, I was on-board with the show, then I learned the main actor is German, which just seems wrong!

Binged the new season of One Day at a Time today. Definitely incredible all the arcs the writers had over the whole 13 episodes. I hope they get renewed.

check out High Flying Bird.

Some of the best dialog i've seen in a movie.

firesloth wrote:
Eleima wrote:
Docjoe wrote:

Apologies if it was discussed but has anyone else watched Last Kingdom? I am close to done with season 2 and my lord is that show great. It goes to some dark places in season 2 and it is really making me care about a lot of the characters. It almost has a Game of Thrones feel without the dragons and incest. Highly recommend it.

It’s really really good.

I watched and loved the first season, but haven't really dug into the second. A pretty good adaptation of the excellent books. (I'm actually half way through reading the 11th book now. I thought the story was pretty much done with the 10th, but I don't mind a bit more. They're easy reading.)

Actually, I was on-board with the show, then I learned the main actor is German, which just seems wrong!

He could be from Saxony!

Hey, has anyone watched the new "One Day at a Time"? I loved the original.

Dominic Knight wrote:

Binged the new season of One Day at a Time today. Definitely incredible all the arcs the writers had over the whole 13 episodes. I hope they get renewed.

muraii wrote:
ranalin wrote:
Fredrik_S wrote:

I finished Kingdom today and it's good. A korean horror drama with zombies, but it's the court intrigues that keep it from being just another zombie show. Good stuff.

Only 6 episodes :(

For real.

Another thumbs up for Kingdom... that ending though. 6 episodes isn't the problem - they were arcing towards a conclusion that would have been perfectly satisfying, but for whatever reason decided to go for the cliffhanger instead, leaving everything unresolved.

Watched Cam. I really liked it. A thoughtful, empathic and horrific movie dealing with Cam girls. I found it had a lot more to say than just some simple cam girls getting murdered kinda movie. Yea, it's horror, but it's the best kind of horror where after the movie you can sink your brain teeth into it, so to speak. Give it a try.

I watched that a little while ago and I thought it had an interesting premise and an interesting explanation, but somehow wasn't interesting in how it handled anything as a whole.

I also really didn't like the

Spoiler:

whole fake suicide thing she had going with her chat room. It was kind of like, let's a take sorta realistic depiction of cam model life and throw in some dark web sh*t for the hell of it.

Any watchers of Border Town? It's a Finnish detective series (S2 just out) but the main characters are likeable and it deals with issues between the town on the border with Russia and St Petersburg which is close.

The main cop is a memory/logic specialist but on some sort of spectrum but it's played out well with an interesting family aspect and some humour along the way.

Definitely recommended if you like the Nordic style cop shows.

Kingdom, those hats are on point.

Watched The Autopsy of Jane Doe tonight. I think it was mentioned here recently because the director (of this and Trollhunter) has a new thing coming out? Anyway, it is super creepy, so much so that I couldn't watch it all the way through without taking a couple of breaks. It may be a little by-the-numbers, but it scared the crap out of me.

I think it earned its 87% on RT.