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On 2/7/2019 at 4:05 AM, twmac said:

Russian Doll So, according to friends Natasha Lyonne is just doing more of her OitNB schtick here, but having given up on that show after the first season, I am really enjoying this tale of a woman who keeps dying and waking up on her Birthday. I don't want to say too much but it was a fun spin on Groundhog Day and elicited more than a few laughs. Co-created with Amy Poehler and some of that shines through.

Me and the missus loved this, extremely recommended. I could just watch the main character do her thing all day, she's so entertaining.

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On 27/1/2019 at 10:34 PM, Brannigan said:

High Maintenance!

I'm watching it. Through 1st season and into the second. It's... good... and kind of meh sometimes. I think overall I like it, but I wish it had a stronger concept running through it. A good thing is that it's not something that invites you to binge it.

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12 hours ago, Erkki said:

I'm watching it. Through 1st season and into the second. It's... good... and kind of meh sometimes. I think overall I like it, but I wish it had a stronger concept running through it. A good thing is that it's not something that invites you to binge it.

It is very episodic, though there's a throughline that eventually starts to develop

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In case the ff. haven't been mentioned:

 

The Prisoner


 

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The Prisoner is a 1967 British science fiction-allegorical television series about an unidentified British intelligence agent who is abducted and imprisoned in a mysterious coastal village, where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job.[2] It was created by Patrick McGoohan and George Markstein with McGoohan playing the main role of Number Six.[3] Episodes covered various plots from spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory and psychological drama.[4] It was produced by Everyman Films for distribution by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment company.[4]


 

 

 

The Sandbaggers

 

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The Sandbaggers is a British television drama series about men and women on the front lines of the Cold War. Set contemporaneously with its original broadcast on ITV in 1978 and 1980, The Sandbaggers examines the effect of espionage on the personal and professional lives of British and American intelligence specialists. The series was produced by Yorkshire Television, based in Leeds.

 

 

Doomwatch


 

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Doomwatch is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC, which ran on BBC1 between 1970 and 1972.[1] The series was set in the then present day, and dealt with a scientific government agency led by Doctor Spencer Quist (played by John Paul), responsible for investigating and combating various ecological and technological dangers.


 

 

 

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I saw Us (award of most unsearchable title goes to?) and man it's weird. I kind of like it, but I'm not sure that it made any sense to me. Might have to digest a bit. Get Out was very clearly understandable compared to this.

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my husband and I went and saw Long Shot this weekend, and if you have any affection at all for romantic comedies, I couldn't not recommend it more. It does what Knocked Up failed to do: make Seth Rogan an interesting, believable, and endearing male romantic lead. I already want to watch it again. Up there with Say Anything & To All The Boys I've Loved Before as my favorites.

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That is high praise!

 

I watched a series of good/ok stuff.

 

Dead to Me - Pretty good series that suffers from awful plotting and the need for the show to be more than just two women coping with grief. The writers seem to think they everyone is going to be interested in a bunch of 'surprises' when it is really the interaction between Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini that is what works. The set up is a Applegate's husband is killed and she meets Cardellini at a group session and the show trundles on from there. What elevates the plot is the sharp dailogue and warmth between the two leads. The ending is bad, but I guess I will keep watching because the leads seem to be having fun.

 

Minding the Gap - Documentary about 3 skater kids in Colorado and what skating and family mean to them. This film hit me so fucking hard, in the life thread a while back I talked about the dissolving of a friendship and one of the guys in the documentary I just immediately identified as him. Really simple story telling, well put together and equal parts deflating and reaffirming.

 

Wine Party - This was one of those films that is generic (friends meet for special time, things get out of hand, they fight and then reconcile) but it basically works thanks to the scene-to-scene fun that most of the cast (Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolpho and Jason Schwartsman especially) inject into what should be super banal.

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Long Shot is the best romantic comedy I've seen since The Big Sick.

 

I'm so glad you watched and enjoyed Minding the Gap. I want everyone to watch it because it's so good.

 

3 hours ago, twmac said:

Minding the Gap - Documentary about 3 skater kids in Colorado and what skating and family mean to them. This film hit me so fucking hard, in the life thread a while back I talked about the dissolving of a friendship and one of the guys in the documentary I just immediately identified as him. Really simple story telling, well put together and equal parts deflating and reaffirming.

 

 

I also watched Minding the Gap back in December. These kids are from a hometown 2 hours from mine in Illinois and this movie made me feel so much. here's what I wrote about it at the time:

 

On 12/13/2018 at 11:16 AM, jennegatron said:

I watched Minding the Gap last night. It is a documentary about 3 young men who became friends through skateboarding and is a movie all about cycles of abuse & poverty in the dying city of Rockford Illinois. I love my home state and have been to Rockford many times for school events in high school. I saw so much of people I knew in this film. It's on hulu and I can't stop thinking about it. I highly recommend it for a look into what it's like living in a rust belt style city in the US as a young person.

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Yessss, it was you that recommended it! The film showed in cinemas in Wroclaw, Poland, so I caught it there.

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I somehow didn’t get into Easy when I first tried to watch it, but when I got through a couple of episodes I started liking it. Reminds me of High Maintenance.

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