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Title: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on February 16, 2016, 04:40:16 pm
I realised today that we were missing a rather popular topic, so I thought I'd start it up again, though with a somewhat more broad title since it covers more than movies. :)

I am re-watching the 2015 version of Poldark.  It is AMAZING.  Aidan Turner has swept me totally off my feet as Ross Poldark, but all the acting is wonderful, and the portrayal of late 18th century Cornwall, with its financial struggles and class divisions and money vs. name as well as honour vs. giving in to your weaknesses, is WONDERFUL. 

Few warnings, though: 1) it's quite romantic (especially episode 4 ohmygoodness it's my favourite), so guys don't always like it.  2) It's a true series, not a mini-series as I first thought.  So when you reach the terribly tear-jerking, cliffhanger season finale, DON'T GET MAD AT ME.  3) It's BBC.  While I am quite sure the 2nd season is slated for this summer, I don't trust them to be timely with subsequent seasons after their history.  (Sherlock I'm looking at YOU.)


ETA: adding an apostrophe.  Because I'm THAT level of grammar nerd.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jen on February 16, 2016, 05:17:02 pm
I'm in between obsessions. I just watched Age of Adeline. It was stupid.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on February 16, 2016, 05:21:52 pm
Jen, I could lend you the Blu-rays of Poldark......  ;D
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: N3uroTypical on February 16, 2016, 06:05:40 pm
Doctor Who is the current huge thing - just finished the 2nd generation Season 7.
We're big on Marvel, so Agent Carter during the SHIELD break, then back to SHIELD when it starts back up.
Americas Funniest Videos has been a Sunday staple since our kids were born.

And of course, My Little Pony.  Always Pony.  Pony is life.  Season 5 ended a few months ago, so we're relying on fan-generated-content to hold us until Season 6 starts in May.  In fact, many of us have been working hard to produce some of our own fan content.  In fact, here's my wall at work - every time a family member does a pony art, I hang it up here.  (Full disclosure, lots of this is tracing of someone else's art, done to learn a new tool or style.) (http://i66.tinypic.com/34gmxhk.jpg)
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Curelom on February 16, 2016, 06:25:29 pm
I don’t watch much TV – I use the hardware mostly for watching movies & vintage TV. I have a lot of videos, which I like so I always know I have what I want at hand, like having a hard copy when the computer freezes. My last binges were “Murder She Wrote” & “Quincy, M.E.” Another old favorite is “Twilight Zone.” This probably means you can figure out my age,  ;D.

The last “current” movie I saw was “Lost in the Sun,” an indie, part crime thriller & part road movie. A petty crook takes a 13-yo orphan under his wing & drags him on a crime spree. A variation on a formulaic plot (Bonnie & Clyde, Thelma & Louise, even a few elements of Harold & Maude). The lead was played by Josh Duhamel. There was too much cussing & vulgarity  ::), which I would have thought Duhamel would object to because he is a devout Catholic. (It is unrated). Otherwise, nothing remarkable.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: KathieG on February 16, 2016, 06:28:39 pm
Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager, Mission Impossible (The TV series), and I am seriously considering Poldark because someone keeps talking about it.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on February 16, 2016, 06:58:51 pm
Kathie, whomever could that be?  *whistles innocently*

ETA: the who/whom when it's an object in front of the predicate always messes me up. :P
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on February 16, 2016, 09:28:36 pm
After we get the kids to bed, my wife and I are watching an episode of Downton Abbey one night then an episode of Band of Brothers the next.  We'll run out of Band of Brothers here pretty soon, so I'm taking suggestions--something with some action to balance out the nothing-ever-happens-except-relationship-drama fest that is Downton.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on February 16, 2016, 10:17:09 pm
I just happened upon Mercy Street, also on PBS.  I had recorded several episodes, but I've only watched part of the first episode so far.  It's about a hotel that has been converted into a hospital in Alexandria, VA during the Civil War.  Both Union and Conferederate soldiers are treated there.  You can imagine how the two factions get along.  I plan to finish Episode One and then decide whether it's worth my time to continue with the rest.  I think it's supposed to be a six-part series. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: beefche on February 16, 2016, 11:00:43 pm
Be careful, palgal. I'm watching Mercy Street and 1) it's gory--it shows some of the surgery/injuries (Ridley Scott produces--he did Gladiator and some Alien movies); and 2) there is a rape scene--no nudity, and although the woman "consented" it was forced sex and shows action.

The stories are compelling, but it's more graphic than what I'm used to. I haven't watched the most recent episode.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: trooperswife on February 16, 2016, 11:43:27 pm
Roper: there are a bunch of Ken Burns documentaries available on Netflix. The Civil War, Prohibition, WW I and II, the West....very in depth, good stuff.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: beefche on February 17, 2016, 12:31:59 am
Roper, have you seen The Pacific? It's from HBO and similar to Band of Brothers, but it's about WWII in the Pacific. We liked it, not as good as BoB, but good. Also, John Adams from HBO was good.  Blue Bloods is a great TV show and if you've not seen it, I would highly recommend it.

These are all on Amazon Prime.

I'd also recommend checking out PBS and Smithsonian. We have a Roku 3 so we get PBS and Smithsonian channels for free on it. There are some great shows on these channels. But, I tend to watch more historical type of stuff, not as much fiction (but I do follow Downton Abbey!).
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: mirkwood on February 17, 2016, 12:35:25 am
I watch Manchester United.  But the manager needs firing.  He has made my team boring and losers.  Difficult to watch.  I'll watch just about any team in England play, but there is only one United. 

I watch The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead as they come out.

Just about everything else I watch On Demand, usually after the season ends.  Recently I have watched Vikings (loved it), Man In The High Castle (lost interest quickly), Agents of Shield (boring, quit), Grimm (love it) and just finished Gotham Season One (loved it).

I was a big fan of Dr. Who in the Tom Baker years.  I watched some of the Peter Davison episodes, but it just wasn't the same.

Oh...and concerts on youtube.  I love watching concerts on youtube.

Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: mirkwood on February 17, 2016, 12:38:46 am
Roper, have you seen The Pacific? It's from HBO and similar to Band of Brothers, but it's about WWII in the Pacific. We liked it, not as good as BoB, but good.

Yes, I was deeply disappointed in The Pacific.  I was expecting Band of Brothers, but in the Marines in the Pacific.  It was not.  I probably would have really liked it if not for that expectation.  It is a different war story.  I still have hopes they will do a similar series on the Africa campaign and one on the Italian campaign.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Scruffydog on February 17, 2016, 01:51:48 pm
Hey Dyany, the omens are good for you for Poldark because the BBC has committed to a lot of series of it.  I can't remember how many, but the figure of 8 comes to mind.  It seems to be their main costume drama investment for the foreseeable future.  Personally, I can't watch it because Demelza is not Angharad Rees, who was a bright ray of sunshine in my callow youth.  I'm sure that others find Aidan Turner a very strong reason for watching it, though.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on February 17, 2016, 01:59:51 pm
Yay Scruffy!  Yes, Sherlock does very well too, and BBC is committed to it (as are all of the main creators and actors), but it has propelled its main actors into the entertainment stratosphere so they only have time to work on it every couple of years.  It's not so much it going away that worries me.  It's the slow, tortuous wait between seasons!

As to Aidan Turner...gurgle... yes, I find him appealing.   :o
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Redd on February 19, 2016, 02:55:52 pm
I really The Closer and Bones and NCIS.  I need to get the series of each, watch to my hearts content, then donate them.  My son gave me the Odd Couple--season 1, Hogan's Heroes--season 1 and Remington Steele--season 1 for Christmas! 

My house is too small to house much, so Hick and I buy movies, watch them to death, then donate them to the prison when we visit DD#2.  The movies we are holding on to (VHS :o)  ) are Peter and the Wolf and Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Disney, IQ (really cute) and a couple of others that we can not find on DVD.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Scruffydog on February 20, 2016, 06:24:46 pm
For those of you with a either a keen interest in the socio-economics of Cornish tin mining, or in Aidan Turner without a shirt, they are looking for extras in the new series http://m.cornishman.co.uk/like-Poldark/story-28623859-detail/story.html (http://m.cornishman.co.uk/like-Poldark/story-28623859-detail/story.html)
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jean Valjean on February 22, 2016, 01:59:23 pm
Was watching Band of Brothers. Now working on the old classic War of the Worlds.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on March 06, 2016, 11:10:27 pm
I just jumped onto the Poldark bandwagon.  I'm watching it via Amazon Prime. I'm on the third episode of Season 1.  So glad I found it.  Cornwall is lovely!
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on March 06, 2016, 11:47:03 pm
Trooperswife and I are like Poldark dealers on Facebook.  "just one hit episode...that's all..."
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Beau Zoe on March 07, 2016, 09:43:31 am
 Sister Zoe discovered Netflicks a while back and enjoys watching those "homes" shows--the ones where people fix up old homes before they flip them or move into them.  I am watching Lost again.  I remember the many discussions we had on the old Nauvoo about that series when it was originally shown.  Last evening, we watched Age Of Ultron (Avengers #2).  We still have a few  DVDs and Blue Rays from Xmas that we have not watched yet.  I got a DVD of Vantage Point at a yard sale for one dollar and we watched that a week or so ago.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jen on March 07, 2016, 08:16:36 pm
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2015 version of Poldark.  It is AMAZING.  Aidan Turner has swept me totally off my feet

Started it today. He is a looker.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on March 07, 2016, 08:48:16 pm
Just wait until the scything scenes, Jen.  Who knew manual farm labor could be so............sweaty?
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jen on March 07, 2016, 09:19:58 pm
Just wait until the scything scenes, Jen.  Who knew manual farm labor could be so............sweaty?

Okay, Demelza.  ;D
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on March 07, 2016, 10:13:52 pm
*sniff* that was the nicest thing anyone has ever called me.... *sniff*

:D

Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on March 07, 2016, 10:34:00 pm
Love the name Demelza.  If I were still of child-bearing years, I'd consider using it. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on March 08, 2016, 12:09:21 am
I made a sim named Demelza.  Then I had to make a sim named Ross Poldark.  And I had to scour the internet for custom hair that was as awesome as theirs is on the show.

Obsessed?  Me?  Noooooo......

(Don't ask how many incarnations of Sherlock sims I have....)
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Randy on March 08, 2016, 02:26:17 pm
I watch Fringe and Walking Dead with my daughter.  She also got me watching I, Zombie, Prison Break, Gotham, and one about a guy that's brought back to life to cure a woman with cancer, one that has one of the actors from that old sitcom with the Olsen twins.  There are too many, how will we get them all watched now that I moved out?  I watch Babylon 5 with my wife, and we're about to start one of her favorites, The Closer or Major Crimes or something like that.

They used to say that TV is a vast wasteland, but it seems like there's really some pretty good stuff made these days.  Some day I'll have to get back to Once Upon a Time.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on March 08, 2016, 09:09:11 pm
one that has one of the actors from that old sitcom with the Olsen twins. 

Would that be "Grandfathered" with John Stamos?  I've heard about it, but don't have time to add another show into my schedule. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on March 08, 2016, 09:11:11 pm
Personally, I can't watch it because Demelza is not Angharad Rees, who was a bright ray of sunshine in my callow youth. 

Scruffy, I googled Angharad Rees.  What a lovely woman!  I can see why she was a bright ray of sunshine. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Randy on March 08, 2016, 09:18:01 pm
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Would that be "Grandfathered" with John Stamos?  I've heard about it, but don't have time to add another show into my schedule.

That's the one.  It's not bad.  Except for the same thing that's wrong with nearly every television show nowadays: reflects today's morals.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jen on March 08, 2016, 11:25:14 pm
Personally, I can't watch it because Demelza is not Angharad Rees, who was a bright ray of sunshine in my callow youth. 

Scruffy, I googled Angharad Rees.  What a lovely woman!  I can see why she was a bright ray of sunshine.

Also she shares a name with a character in one of my favorite books.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on March 08, 2016, 11:31:29 pm
We started watching "Fuller House" with the kids.  We wanted to show our kids all of the actors from the old show.  After the first few episodes, there started to be a lot of innuendo, which our sixth grader was picking up.  So we don't watch it anymore.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: beefche on March 09, 2016, 11:32:21 am
I'm so sad that Downton Abbey is over. There are rumors of a full length movie, but I've not seen anything official about it.

I'm tuning in for the last season of American Idol.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on March 09, 2016, 05:27:48 pm

Also she shares a name with a character in one of my favorite books.
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Jen, would that perchance be Angharad Morgan in "How Green Was My Valley" by Llewellyn?  I read that book decades ago and have loved it since.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Sarahgirl on March 09, 2016, 07:02:25 pm
Or is it the main character from The Blue Sword (one of my favorite books growing up)?
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jen on March 09, 2016, 08:21:29 pm

Also she shares a name with a character in one of my favorite books.

Jen, would that perchance be Angharad Morgan in "How Green Was My Valley" by Llewellyn?  I read that book decades ago and have loved it since.
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That's the one. :) I'm on my second copy.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on March 09, 2016, 08:59:26 pm
I first read it when I was in my early 20s (before you were born).  It's a book that can be read, re-read and read again.  One of my favorite phrases is Huw describing his mother when he says, "She was not exactly smiling, but as though she was wrapping a smile inside a thought." 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jen on March 10, 2016, 01:17:52 am
Oh, it's so beautifully written. Especially once you adjust to the cadence of Welsh conversation.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Scruffydog on March 10, 2016, 03:42:30 pm
For Randy, I thoroughly commend you for your choice of Babylon 5.  For me, that is the one multi-series programme that really worked.  It wasn't utterly perfect, but the way that the story develops and picks up things from early on in the story is just tremendous.  The characters are great, and the conceptualising of alien races is the best I have seen on TV.  Love it to bits.

But not as much as Angharad Rees.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on March 10, 2016, 04:42:46 pm
Okay.  Several Nauvoodles have recommended Babylon 5, now.  I suppose I'll have to put it on my list.  ;D
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Sparky on March 10, 2016, 07:41:54 pm
Yes, Roper, you need to watch Babylon 5. I absolutely loved that show when it was on originally. Wonderful, wonderful.

I just got hooked into Blindspot by taping their all-day Saturday marathon a couple of weeks ago and slowly catching up on their first half of a season. They pack an awful lot of stuff into each episode. Quite the adrenaline rush!

Used to love Agents of Shield, but it's lost some of its shine lately for me. Liked it better when Sky was Sky and Grant was Grant. Love Coulson, still.  8)

Loved the first few seasons of Glenbogle until most of the cast left the show, then it lost some of its charm.

Enjoyed the Doc Martin tv show on netflix.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on March 11, 2016, 08:15:34 pm
Finished "Band of Brothers."  Waiting for the last series of "Downton Abbey" to hit Amazon Prime (may just break down and purchase series 6.)  My wife and I started watching "Sherlock" last night.  Benedict Cumberbatch is good, of course, but Wow!  Martin Freeman!  His screen presence is really amazing.

I normally don't like productions where the story is paced this fast, but this works superbly.  Doesn't seem like that first episode was 90 minutes.  Really glad we started watching.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: beefche on March 11, 2016, 10:29:14 pm
I love Sherlock. Absolutely love the episode by the swimming pool.  And I'm holding out to buy all seasons of Downton until they offer some box version with specials.

I also love Blue Bloods. I love how the family is so loyal to one another and make family first.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on March 12, 2016, 12:33:58 am
I also love Blue Bloods. I love how the family is so loyal to one another and make family first.

Another Blue Bloods fan here, but I think Trooperswife is the ultimate Blue Bloods fan.  I hope the writers never run out of plausible story lines for those characters. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on March 12, 2016, 12:41:11 am
Don't get me started on Sherlock.

Oops, too late.

I will sum it up by saying that the book I am currently writing is actually a Sherlock fanfic and is already almost 160 pages long (with the last 8 chapters now completely plotted out in detail), and a highly disproportionate amount of my purchases in the last year have been Sherlock related.  My dream is that Mark Gatiss happens to get his hands on a copy of my fic and decides it's so brilliant that they hire me as a writer for the show. :P  And since I have almost every episode memorized now, it wouldn't be that hard.

If you doubt the extent of my devotion, ask trooperswife.  She giggles at me all the time about it. :)
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: DerrellF on March 12, 2016, 09:46:54 am
My three favorite shows are currently NCIS, NCIS New Orleans, and Nightwatch.  Nightwatch is on A&E TV and follows New Orleans first responders as they work the overnight shift.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: beefche on March 12, 2016, 12:05:36 pm
I like Nightwatch too. I don't have cable, so I have to rely on what's available for free on the A&E channel on our Roku. But, I'm a sucker for reality cop/first responder shows. Big fan of Cops, The First 48, the now canceled SWAT, etc.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on March 12, 2016, 05:16:35 pm
It's interesting that with the proliferation of program delivery technology, the writing for series has become so much better.  It used to be that TV show writing was fairly formulaic.  You had to go to the big screen to find really amazing stories.  Now the reverse is true.  The best written shows are on TV, and most of them are not on the original big networks.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on March 12, 2016, 06:02:04 pm
We watched Little Big Shots last night.  It's AWESOME.  It's not a competition (which I really appreciate, because I hate putting little kids into high pressure things like that, especially on TV), it's just little kids (most of the ones I saw were around 5 years old) who have amazing or just awesome talents that we get to see.  At least half the fun, though, was Steve Harvey interviewing the kids before they performed.  You could tell they were totally unscripted and it's hilarious.  The kids were from all over the world (the 5 year old Japanese boy who could perfectly imitate Bruce Lee couldn't even speak English) and I just loved it.

Sometimes it's really nice to have something that doesn't require a huge investment (like television shows that you have to catch up on to follow the plot) and are so clean and delightful.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: ThomasGK on March 13, 2016, 01:51:35 am
I have issued a challenge to my four children, my wife, my mother, and myself to not watch any television or listen to any radio this week unless the thing the watch was published by the church. I want them to see they can survive and even thrive by removing themselves to virtual reality and living here in our time with each other. Read, Pray, Cook, Clean, Play with friends, Bake for friends and neighbors, visit people who are lonely. All these things come with much larger rewards than any television show or movie I have seen.

LYA... Thomas Knight
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: trooperswife on March 13, 2016, 06:13:01 am
I also love Blue Bloods. I love how the family is so loyal to one another and make family first.

Another Blue Bloods fan here, but I think Trooperswife is the ultimate Blue Bloods fan.  I hope the writers never run out of plausible story lines for those characters.

I do adore it. Tom Selleck, NYC, police officers...what's not to love??

Also Donnie Wahlberg is really well suited for his part. I think what I enjoy the most is the family relationships. They may fight, they may not always see eye to eye, but they love each other and are fiercely loyal to one another. And they pray.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: beefche on March 13, 2016, 12:33:30 pm
My husband is the one who liked it first.  He loves the family time at the end.  It's silly,  I know,  but I hope seeing their faith reminds him of the good and may help influence him. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on March 13, 2016, 09:42:35 pm
I have issued a challenge to my four children, my wife, my mother, and myself ... LYA... Thomas Knight
I'm hoping this was a decision you all reached together during a family council, and not just a decision made by one person which then became a challenge for everyone...
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on March 13, 2016, 11:43:50 pm
Follow up to the Little Big Shots thing...

they had a kid on tonight who is 4 years old and has been playing piano for 3 months.
 
He played Beethoven's "Flight of the Bumblebee" flawlessly.  Without music.  He also kind of randomly launched into another piece of classical music (also flawless) that I recognize but I don't remember the name of.

If you have a tendency to see the talents of others and consider yourself a failure, do NOT watch this show!

They posted the clip: https://youtu.be/sQ7d_WmJcXU (https://youtu.be/sQ7d_WmJcXU)
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on March 14, 2016, 08:50:21 pm
I watched the first two seasons of Blue Bloods and really enjoyed it.  Then four years of no TV got me out of the habit.  When my mother remembers (which is rare), she turns it on.  I watched one episode, but had to walk out of the room when some college student actually used the term "cis-gendered male" to disparage someone they disagreed with.

I'm almost finished with the old series Frasier; difficult to do because pompous-assity should not be binge-watched.  I heard about Person of Interest, and am about halfway through the first season.  I am getting my anime fix with Bleach, and am almost finished with the seasons Netflix has (there are so many more, though!). I finally got caught up with Sherlock--was a fan from the beginning!--and can't wait for more.

I watched the two series of Broadchurch, and if you haven't seen it, I recommend.  The storyline is difficult, but the acting and writing were first-rate.  CrowMan loved Charlotte Rampling in the second series.  I also understand the Head Guy on this is taking Steven Moffatt's place as Head Guy of Doctor Who.  Could be interesting.

For movies:  If a few scenes of war are something you can deal with, I would recommend The Water Diviner.  If I ever meet Russell Crowe, I will thank him for this film.  It is beautiful, it's quiet, it's tragic, and it presents the Ottoman and ANZAC sides of WWI respectfully.  My heart ached when he got to Turkey; I guess it always will.  Warning: the scenes dealing with Gallipoli are difficult, but he could have made them much more bloody than he did.

Finally watched The Amazing Spider-Man.  Andrew Garfield portrayed Peter Parker as such a punk kid with such a dopey look on his face half the time.  And when I realised that the actor that played Lizard was Spike in Notting Hill, I almost fell off the sofa.  Seeing Dennis Leary, though, sort of balanced it out.  A fun ride.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on March 18, 2016, 02:09:55 am
If you enjoy films with amazing cinematography, lush colors, some fantasy thrown in, and don't mind bittersweet endings, may I humbly suggest the films of Chinese director Zhang Yimou.  I finally got around to watching House of Flying Daggers, and I want to slap myself and say, What took you so long?!  Zhang's films are among my favorites; Hero, Curse of the Golden Flower, The Road Home, even Raise the Red Lantern is worth seeing.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: LMAshton on March 18, 2016, 02:46:48 am
We saw House of Flying Daggers years ago and loved it. I'm not sure I remember it well enough to distinguish it from other Chinese movies we've watched over the years - there's a scene in my head of a lush green bamboo forest. Was it this movie, CrowGirl?
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on March 18, 2016, 10:21:25 am
It was.  That green was so vibrant it nearly took my breath away.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jen on March 18, 2016, 11:57:50 am
I watch the 7-part series, "John Adams" on Amazon this week. It was excellent.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: beefche on March 18, 2016, 03:41:17 pm
I watch the 7-part series, "John Adams" on Amazon this week. It was excellent.

I really, really enjoyed that as well. One of the things I enjoyed was the trial of the British soldiers. Really brought home for me about our justice system.

Another thing I enjoyed was the authenticity. I read that they made a conscious decision to have the teeth get progressively worse as they did at that time.

And finally, I REALLY enjoyed Thomas Jefferson. Wow, that actor was dang good looking.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Patty Rain on March 18, 2016, 04:37:01 pm
I'm sort of watching NCIS. I play it on my phone as I do housework,  go to the gym etc. Most of the time I am actually listening to it for the most part.   I specifically don't watch the scenes with the bodies because that is to much for me. It's a good one to listen to as there is a lot of conversation where I don't have to wonder too much what is happening.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: LMAshton on March 19, 2016, 03:18:39 am
Crowgirl, okay, so it sounds like the movie I was thinking about. Assuming it was... That movie was so incredibly beautiful! The varied landscapes, the way it was filmed. Beyond the movie itself being interesting and entertaining, the movie was also beautiful.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: rayb on March 19, 2016, 02:31:02 pm
I just restarted watching Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The first season was really familiar, because I'd watched the original, but the brotherhood series on Netflix has four seasons and it's insanely intense (and a lot of graphic cartoon violence) with extremely deep moral dilemmas about the nature of death in a very interesting world mechanic.

Netflix is currently streaming a documentary that I recently happened upon and enjoyed: Finding Vivian Maier, which I found to be fascinating...

Secret guilty pleasure (not to be watched with the kids...) "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"... Some episodes are really naughty, but some are laugh-out-loud ridiculous, especially the songs about the bad advice girls give to other girls... I guess I just relate with four teenage daughters...

...and surprisingly, the last couple seasons of the The Voice has been great...

Huggers all...

--Ray

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Post by: Roper on March 19, 2016, 06:40:32 pm
Good to hear from you, Ray.  I was in the same situation of FMA--I had watched the original so I started watching "Brotherhood" with my 12 year old son.  We watched a couple of episodes.  We might wait for another few years before we continue.  He's not quite ready for the intensity and language, yet.

So here's an interesting fact:  My son, Josh, goes to school with Jake Dismuke.  Josh was telling Jake about Brotherhood.  Jake replied, "Yeah, my brother does the voice of Alphonse."  I thought they were just bragging.  Then I did some digging.  Turns out that Aaron Dismuke, Jake's older brother, was the English voice of Alphonse. Aaron does voice work for FUNimation. FUNimation does a LOT of translation for mangas, and they're right here in Fort Worth.  I need to arrange a tour of their studios...
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Post by: rayb on March 20, 2016, 01:10:15 pm
That's really cool about the voice acting thing. I sometimes wonder if I could've done that, I'm always doing voices for characters as I read... even when I read the scriptures. :)

 I really like Brotherhood, but yeah, definitely more for adults--though there's some ridiculously kiddish things in it too... leave it to the Japanese to have no sensibility of what is appropriate for children. I think its because it comes from being taken from a comic first. Still I find the story one of the best I've followed in a while. A lot of series have tried to copy it since . . .

--Ray
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Post by: N3uroTypical on March 20, 2016, 07:13:52 pm
Ok, just finished bringing my kids up current with the new Dr. Whos.  First time for me too - I quit after Tom Baker. 

Dang - dat 9th Doctor Tho.  Peter Capaldi's speech about war in The Zygon Inversion was probably the most powerful scene I've seen from a TVShow to date.
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Post by: DerrellF on March 23, 2016, 09:48:47 pm
It's been a while since Iwatched it, but I loved Astro Boy.
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Post by: CrowGirl on March 26, 2016, 04:29:06 pm
CrowMan and I just returned from My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.  We loved the first one; we watched it for the umpteenth time a couple of months ago and laughed like idiots throughout.  There were plenty of those moments again.  Same family, same Greek smothering, same love.  A few more "adult" moments than the first, and an annoying-but-apparently-necessary politically correct reference that was thankfully not beaten in to us.  This was a movie for old marrieds, and I definitely fit in that category.  I laughed, but (maybe it's just me) there were several sweet moments when the theater got a bit dusty, too.  It was a good sequel.  I'd recommend, very much. 
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Post by: Roper on March 26, 2016, 04:35:58 pm
Thanks, CG.  My wife and I loved the original.  We haven't seen the second one.  Now we will!
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Post by: CrowGirl on March 27, 2016, 11:45:10 pm
FINALLY, I got around to watching the French films, Jean de Florette and the sequel (released the same year), Manon of the Spring.  Two more "Why did it take me so long to see these?!" films.  Two well-written scripts, beautifully filmed.  Tragic, but satisfying, story-wise.  Gerard Depardieu plays the title character in the first, and Emmanuele Beart the second.  A story of greed, family and why maybe we should be our brother's keeper.  I absolutely recommend.
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Post by: N3uroTypical on March 28, 2016, 10:53:03 am
Agents of SHIELD is cruzing through Season 3.
Once Upon a Time still keeps the wife and kids interested in Season 5.
Americas Funniest Videos has a new host for Season 26, has been a family favorite for 2 decades.
We're finally all caught up with Series 9 of the twelth Doctor Who.
And of course, My Little Pony Season 6 kicked off this last Saturday.  The interwebs have already produced a billion works of art and music.
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Post by: CrowGirl on April 01, 2016, 05:44:51 pm
CrowMan and I watched Oblivion last night.  It didn't get much advertising that we saw in our part of the world when it came out, so we went in to it tabula rasa.  We enjoyed it.  A lot.  Good sci-fi film, but you should pay attention. 

Apparently there has been debate on if the script was poorly written, or people have an ADHD mentality with their movies.  I only had one point where I said, Huh?, but I'm thinking it was due to my glasses being off and my attention was split between that and my knitting.  The rest made sense as I kept watching.  I'm not a Tom Cruise fan particularly, but he did just fine.  Morgan Freeman's role is not as extensive as you might be led to believe from previews.  I'd watch it again.
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Post by: dyany on April 01, 2016, 07:21:40 pm
I keep forgetting to mention: I have REALLY been enjoying the series Limitless this year (it just started this year).  I had avoided the movie with Bradley Cooper that came out a few years back, since I was disgusted with the worn-out premise of 'getting access to the 90% of our brain we don't use' (an ooooooooold falsehood that has been used far too many times even since it was not only proven false, but since the general public has known it to be ridiculously false).  The series is based on the movie (and is produced by Bradley Cooper, who also resumes his role from the movie, but more as a background player who rarely appears on screen), so I was wary.  But my sister and a friend highly recommended it, so I set the DVR to record it.  After a couple of months I started watching, and ended up binging most of the episodes in just a couple of weeks (and I hardly ever binge).  It is AMAZING.  At first, it just seems like something of a formula crime drama with a lot of humor.  But it has become increasingly complicated and amazingly in-depth, particularly with certain characters.  And though the tangled back-plot really sucks you in, some of the individual episodes (like the Ferris Bueller episode, oh my goodness) just have me in stitches.  Love, love, love it!
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Post by: Sparky on May 25, 2016, 06:40:53 pm
Hubby and I have discovered Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix. It begins in the 1890s in Toronto, Canada and moves on into the 1900s. There are seven seasons on Netflix and we've watched them all so now we're watching season 8 on Acorn. The show was recently renewed for season 10.

It's all about Detective Murdoch, a believing Catholic, who likes to invent new things and use science in his investigations. It's clean (very, very, very slight innuendoes here and there) It's funny. It's intelligent. It explores interesting cases. The fashions are very interesting to look at. The people and inventions that we meet are interesting. I keep saying interesting, but it really is! I've been fascinated as much by the history as I've enjoyed the mysteries. The old-fashioned (which means circumspect and intelligent) language is wonderful to listen to.

I highly recommend this series!
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Post by: Roper on May 25, 2016, 07:30:03 pm
Malcom in the Middle.  I want a class full of Deweys.   ;D
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Post by: CrowGirl on May 25, 2016, 07:33:02 pm
This has come up as a Netflix recommendation, Sparky, and I've wondered.  Thanks for the thumbs-up.

Roper, I only watched part of one episode; the one where the kid who said he could eat 100 Peeps actually had to put that to the test.  If the rest of the show was as clever as that, maybe i should look it up.

I've discovered Crossing Lines, a show that seemed to have some promise.  A group of detectives/techies from around Europe (and NYC) are affiliated with the ICC.  When crimes cross borders, they are called onto the case.  I really enjoyed the first season.  I love seeing familiar sights--even just signs off an autobahn/autostrada make me smile because of how familiar it feels.  Donald Sutherland is in it, as is William Fichtner, whom I find intriguing for some reason.  Carrie Ann Moss has shown up in a few episodes.  The language is a bit saltier than I expected for network TV; have I really been out of the TV loop that long?  I'm a little annoyed by the villain kind of returning in the second season, and I understand they get rid of all but two of the cast for Season 3.  Never a good idea.

Speaking of not inviting cast members back, while I haven't watched Castle since his limo was found burning on the way to his wedding, trying to keep the series going without Beckett would have been an enormous mistake.  I'm glad they ended it.

CrowMan has been ordering Welcome Back, Kotter.  I remember it being on as a child, and a few episodes got stuck in my synapses, but I am really enjoying the show.  We're only a few episodes into the first season, but we've been known to laugh out loud, loudly, a few times.
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Post by: beefche on May 25, 2016, 10:34:56 pm
Welcome back, your dreams are your ticket out. ---great theme song.

I'm in mourning. Tonight is the last of Nashville. I'm hoping that someone will pick it up for at least one season to wrap things up. FINGERS CROSSED!
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Post by: GoodyScrivener on May 25, 2016, 10:46:31 pm
I'm finally getting around to Agents of SHIELD.
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Post by: DerrellF on May 26, 2016, 06:08:46 pm
Did anybody else watch the season finale of NCIS?  That was a twist I never saw coming.
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Post by: libertygranny on May 27, 2016, 12:09:14 am
Since getting rid of Direct TV this past week and now using Amazon Fire I have discovered several 'new' shows. I signed up for Acorn just so i could watch Vera, but have since been watching other murder mystery shows too. I will look into the Murdoch Mysteries, sounds like something I'd like to watch. I really like the British shows.

I grew up watching shows like reruns of Perry Mason, Ellery Queen, Mannix, Columbo (my favorite!), etc. My dad was a cop and he loved watching those types of shows and with only 1 tv in the house, everyone pretty much watched the same things. I can remember trying to figure out who the murderer was before the end of the show, usually my dad was right...me sometimes, but I was young.

Right now I'm binge watching Doc Marten, not a murder mystery show, but it is good and quirky.
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Post by: CrowGirl on May 27, 2016, 01:47:53 am
Just a warning on Doc Martin.  The first three seasons are great fun.  But the last three, not as much.
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Post by: Sparky on May 27, 2016, 09:13:26 pm
I agree with CrowGirl about Doc Martin. We really enjoyed it for quite a while, and then later on, not as well.
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Post by: CrowGirl on June 06, 2016, 03:48:57 am
Moonstruck is still good fun nearly 30(!) years later.  (It helps that I now know/have seen La Bohéme!) Olympia Dukakis gets better each time I watch it.  I still have a hard time believing Nicolas Cage, but Cher was great (slap, slap, "Snap out of it!").  Loved Nonno and all his dogs.  He got the Italian down so well, CrowMan didn't believe me when I said he was Russian in real life.  Fun Saturday night movie with the hubs.

In anticipation for the sequel, the girls put in Finding Nemo, which we have not watched in a few years.  Ah, the laughs are still good ones. I pray the sequel is along the Toy Story lines, as opposed to Cars.

For the non-US Nauvoodles, did any of you see The Little Prince?!  It comes to US theaters 5 August.  The trailers made me cry.  Computer and stop-motion paper animation.  The spokesman for the Saint-Exupéry estate saying it holds close to the book.  I pray it comes somewhere near us.
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Post by: palmetto_gal on June 08, 2016, 10:56:23 am
I went to see "The Man Who Knew Infinity" yesterday.  It's the story of Srinivasa Ramunujan, a self-taught mathematician from Madras, India with no formal schooling, who is accepted at Trinity College (Cambridge University).  Dev Patel plays Ramunujan and Jeremy Irons plays his primary mentor, G.H. Hardy.  I'm not much of a film critic, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

I've only seen Dev Patel in likeable roles (Slumdog Millionarie, the two Best Exotic Marigold movies, etc.).  I'd like to see him take on a role where he gets to play a villainous character. 
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Post by: dyany on June 11, 2016, 11:29:53 pm
Watched Kingsman: The Secret Service today.  British spy movie from a few years back, has Colin Firth in it, but it was rated R, so I didn't see it then and today we watched it on VidAngel.*
Very disappointed. :(  Looked like it had at least 3 different directors: a college frat movie director, a psychedelic pro-peace heavy handed 'statement' director, and a decent spy movie director.  Very jarring and annoying, especially since I don't like frat movies or psychedelic heavy handed 'statement' movies.  The violence was overdone, as was the language (even filtered, it left the soundtrack pockmarked with holes), and the character development was poor.  Sad.

*In case you didn't know, VidAngel is a streaming service that works in a way to get around some of the laws that took down the movie editing services of the last decade.  They 'sell' you the movie for $20, then when you are done they 'buy it back' for $18.  So basically a $2 HD movie rental (SD is only $1).  While it is 'yours,' you set the filters you want (and that's cool, because their web interface will not only ask you what you want filtered, but will tell you EXACTLY what you are filtering and let you do your filtering very exactly.  For instance, it said 'objectionable scene' and when we clicked for details, it was a taxidermied animal.  To which I thought some people are too uptight and let it in.  Also, I don't care about milder swear words, so I let those through, and threw out the rest. Etc.), and it immediately cuts them all when you watch it.
 
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Post by: CrowGirl on June 15, 2016, 10:38:19 pm
I am trying to binge-watch Cowboy Bebop; an anime series that first caught my eye in this review:  http://www.hatrack.com/osc/reviews/everything/2011-04-07.shtml  I find it right-on.  And seriously, the music is utterly fab.
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Post by: N3uroTypical on June 16, 2016, 12:34:59 pm
I got hooked and am currently trying to do a marathon watching of all six seasons of NUMB3RS. 
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Post by: palmetto_gal on June 16, 2016, 05:21:15 pm
I got hooked and am currently trying to do a marathon watching of all six seasons of NUMB3RS.

I loved that show.  I'm not sure I would want to go back and binge watch it, but it always held my interest. 
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Post by: beefche on June 16, 2016, 07:22:04 pm
I love watching American Ninja Warrior. Everyone is so encouraging--no trash talk. It's fun to watch and the personal stories are very touching.
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Post by: libertygranny on June 16, 2016, 10:19:36 pm
Well, never finished watching Doc Martin after the 3rd season...got a hint of what was to come at the end of the last episode for season 3.

Started watching Dirk Gently, but lost interest after 2 episodes. Ended up cancelling Acorn for now.

Oldest  daughter was rewatching Downton Abbey for about the 3rd time, she was in the middle of the 2nd season when I finally sat down and watched it. I ended up binge watching from there on. I may go back and watch season 1 and the parts of season 2 I missed.

My current binge watching is the show about the homecide cases of Joe Kenda. I watch while sewing. Once I'm done with the current season I will have to find something else.
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Post by: Iggy on June 17, 2016, 02:32:52 am
By the time I figured out what Numb3r's was about, Hubby was done watching it. Oh wow, it is on Netflix so now I can watch it, by myself.
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Post by: LMAshton on June 17, 2016, 03:09:42 am
We loved Numbers. It was an interesting watch. :)
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Post by: mirkwood on June 17, 2016, 07:50:59 pm
Jimi Hendrix live...
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Post by: palmetto_gal on June 20, 2016, 07:23:43 pm
Did anybody else watch the season finale of NCIS?  That was a twist I never saw coming.

Derrell, I watched it.  What didn't you see coming?  The fact that Ziva had died, that she & Tony had a child, that he would leave NCIS?  I've been a Ziva fan since she first appeared on the show and I have mourned her loss.  In my heart of hearts, I wanted the Tony character to leave NCIS so that they could build a life together, but alas, that was not to be.  I loved the fact that Tali referred to him as Abba, meaning Ziva had made her aware of his existence.  I hope his new series (Bull) which starts this fall, does well. 
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Post by: DerrellF on June 21, 2016, 11:30:24 am
The daughter.  I miss Ziva too.  Have you watched NCIS New Orleans.
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Post by: palmetto_gal on June 21, 2016, 05:21:28 pm
Yes, in fact I prefer NCIS NO over NCIS LA.  Scott Bakula and his crew do an amazing job. The chemistry between them keeps my interest. 

 I had trouble following the story line in NCIS LA, but I think Hetty is amazing.  It is my understanding that the season ended with a cliff-hanger, making us wonder whether or not she will return.  I may have to watch last season again to catch up. 
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Post by: DerrellF on June 22, 2016, 09:32:42 am
NCIS NO seems to have a laid back vibe.  I think my favorite character is Loretta, the coroner.
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Post by: DerrellF on July 02, 2016, 09:35:23 pm
Currently watching the Hunger Games movies. I got the complete set for my birthday.
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Post by: mirkwood on July 03, 2016, 01:44:35 am
I just finished the last season of Grimm.
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Post by: beefche on July 03, 2016, 03:35:54 am
I'm so happy now that Hulu has added season 6 of Blue Bloods. I love the Reagans!
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Post by: palmetto_gal on July 06, 2016, 10:52:30 pm
Is anyone watching "The Tunnel" on PBS?  I find I have to watch very closely, since half the dialogue is in French with subtitles.  I record it and watch it at my convenience, when I can devote my undivided attention to it. 
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Post by: Jen on July 07, 2016, 01:11:17 am
I'm probably the last one in the world, but I've discovered Fixer Upper. I like it.
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Post by: Curelom on July 08, 2016, 02:11:15 am
Post moved to “Current Events” where it fits better, & to restore the less solemn character of this thread.
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Post by: dyany on July 22, 2016, 09:15:32 pm
I found out some news today that came from an panel at San Diego Comic Con about the upcoming season of Sherlock.  I won't post here, because spoilers, but if it means what it seems to obviously mean, I am devastated. 

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Post by: LMAshton on July 22, 2016, 10:43:37 pm
Spoilers don't bother me at all, although I know they bother some people. I wouldn't mind knowing...
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Post by: beefche on July 23, 2016, 12:11:11 am
If you do spoilers, please put in spoiler spaces so that I can't read them when scrolling down today's topics.
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Post by: dyany on July 23, 2016, 12:40:40 am
I'm just going to tell Laurie off-board...it's too earth shattering to the series to post publicly, I feel, even with plenty of spoiler space.
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Post by: LMAshton on July 23, 2016, 11:04:53 am
Dyany, I read it, and I need to email you. It'll be tomorrow.
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Post by: CrowGirl on September 12, 2016, 12:44:19 am
I just finished watching Once I Was a Beehive on Netflix.  I avoided it until now because, well, I could because I'm not in Utah, but I was just way too afraid of it being ... dorky.  It wasn't.  It's a sweet film that made me grin, but made me teary, too.  The characters were real.  Sure, the supporting cast were a bit caricature-ish, but not in a bad way. People learned. They grew.  They were real.  (They used a song by The Sabre Rattlers!)

  I'd watch it again, and have my girlies watch it with me this time.  I'd recommend it to my non-LDS friends for a cute watch.  Yes, the characters were LDS, but it wasn't preachy.  It showed Girls Camp in all its goofy glory--I doubt we have a monopoly on that.  If you've been to Girls Camp, have a watch and see how it compares to your experiences.
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Post by: N3uroTypical on September 12, 2016, 10:50:55 am
Now, roughly 6 months later:
Family is rocking through Supernatural, and trying to get into Sherlock.  (Yay Netflix!)

I'm working through all the StarTrek series in '16 and '17.  Currently on ST:Enterprise. (Yay Netflix!)

Thanks to VidAngel's filtering technology, it's now possible to watch things like Deadpool and Mad Max Fury Road without the nekkididity, innuendo, profanity, and more gory violence.  Believe it or not, Deadpool made total sense and was still fun without all that stuff.

Saddest news ever: My daughters seem to have outgrown their love of My Little Pony.  It's now my job as daddy to not embarrass them with my strange obsession.  Thankfully I can still talk pony with my brony buddy. 

We're looking forward to Agents of SHIELD and OUaT starting back up soon. 

We did not watch AFV yesterday, I think for the first time ever.  Not sure if that'll be the new normal.  Family's a changing!

Agents of SHIELD is cruzing through Season 3.
Once Upon a Time still keeps the wife and kids interested in Season 5.
Americas Funniest Videos has a new host for Season 26, has been a family favorite for 2 decades.
We're finally all caught up with Series 9 of the twelth Doctor Who.
And of course, My Little Pony Season 6 kicked off this last Saturday.  The interwebs have already produced a billion works of art and music.
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Post by: dyany on September 12, 2016, 04:28:00 pm
Yay NT!  I am pleased to say that we are 18 episodes in to the 8 billion episodes of Supernatural.  And we only have the season finale left of AoS!  This sounds silly, but sometimes watching TV is REALLY HARD FOR ME. 

I'm SUPER excited about Blindspot and Limitless coming back, too.   :)  And I'm rather excited that it's the last season of Grimm, because we kind of like watching it, but it's also fairly dumb lots of times, so now I won't be tempted to watch it after it's done.  yay! :)
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Post by: Roper on September 12, 2016, 06:54:43 pm
The next season of Longmire is coming soon...
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Post by: kazbert on September 12, 2016, 08:15:28 pm
Quote
Thanks to VidAngel's filtering technology, it's now possible to watch things like Deadpool and Mad Max Fury Road without the nekkididity, innuendo, profanity, and more gory violence.

Deadpool?  Wouldn't removing all the profanity and gore reduce it to, like, 20 minutes long?
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Post by: CrowGirl on September 12, 2016, 09:57:42 pm
What Firefly said.  You just made my night, Roper.
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Post by: N3uroTypical on September 13, 2016, 12:11:49 pm
Deadpool?  Wouldn't removing all the profanity and gore reduce it to, like, 20 minutes long?
You'd think.  We just watched it yesterday with my daughters.  My filters reduced the length of the movie by 10 minutes, and we lost maybe 20-25 minutes of dialogue.

Now, in order to watch Clockwork Orange (which I don't think I ever will) a 2 hour and 16 minute movie becomes...
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Post by: dyany on September 13, 2016, 11:33:46 pm
NT, I LOVE that graph!  We use it all the time. 

By the way, Hollywood is trying to sue VidAngel, of course.  Because they are jerks.  I think there are links on VidAngel's site to a petition and there is an email address you can send letters to in support.  If you're interested.
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Post by: N3uroTypical on September 14, 2016, 12:23:04 am
Oh yes, I've signed the petition, and also given testimony (or whatever they called it).  Filtering/blocking tech has always struggled against the double-punch of trying to become economically viable, and getting fought by hollywood. 
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Post by: palmetto_gal on September 14, 2016, 06:00:35 pm
I'm feeling a bit bereft right now.  Are there any other fans of the Great British Bake Off?  The producers have sold the rights to the show to Channel 4 in Great Britain.  It originated on BBC2 in 2010.  Both Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have left the show, leaving us all to wonder whether or not Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will continue when a new season starts on Channel 4. 

I like Mary.  I like Paul.  But I LOVE Sue and Mel.  They add the heart and soul to each episode. 

Here's a link:  http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37355065

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Post by: dyany on September 14, 2016, 10:58:49 pm
They are putting Chris Evans (not the Captain America hottie.  The idiot who used to be on that British car show.) in as the new host.  All my British friends are in mourning.
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Post by: palmetto_gal on September 14, 2016, 11:49:28 pm
Dyany, I read that putting Chris Evans in place of Sue and Mel was supposed to be a spoof, sort of the way "The Onion" publishes satire here in the States.  I do so hope that's not really the case. 
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Post by: dyany on September 15, 2016, 12:15:33 am
I hope so as well.  The friends of mine that were discussing it were discussing it seriously, but they also are very familiar with the spoof sources over there (like newsthump and such), so I wouldn't THINK they would get it mixed up.  But, I can't find info on it now, so....
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Post by: AndrewR on September 15, 2016, 07:13:32 am
There is nothing, at all, on any site here in the UK related to Chris Evans hosting Bake Off - and believe me, if it were true it would be everywhere. BBC losing it to Channel 4, and then Sue and Mel leaving are headline news here. The anticipation about the judges is also in the news, with Mary's husband saying she will probably not continue with C4.

So, in short, I doubt it will happen. Fact is with his weekday breakfast national radio show, and other TV stuff, he couldn't do Bake off any more than he could Top Gear.
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Post by: Jen on September 15, 2016, 02:37:35 pm
I spent the last month or so watching the entire Frasier series. I remember liking it when it was on air, but maybe now that I'm in the same age group(ish) as the main characters I can better appreciate how clever the writing was. And I think  David Hyde Pierce is a genius.

Not my favorite series ever, but it was enjoyable to watch.
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Post by: CrowGirl on September 15, 2016, 03:02:52 pm
Agreed, Jen.  It was a good series to get re-acquainted with.

Has anyone watched "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell?  Another BBC series on Netflix that came recommended from someone who normally hates this genre.  Alternative history with magic!  I've only watched three of the seven episodes, but I am really intrigued. 

--England 1806.  Magic is something you study, not practice ("In astronomy, you study the stars; you do not try to create one!  So it is with magic"), not for 300 years. 
--Mr. Norrell is a bookish introvert who has studied magic extensively and wants to use this to help England in the war against Napoleon.  In order to prove his ability and respectability,  he does something miraculous...with the help of a Gentleman with thistledown hair, whose price is high, and paid in a nasty way. 
--Jonathan Strange has come across magic almost by accident, and seems to be almost supernaturally gifted.  He comes under Mr. Norrell's tutelage, and wants to study The Raven King, but Mr. Norrell forbids it.  Why? 
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Post by: dyany on September 15, 2016, 05:31:02 pm
CG: I've been looking at that one for a while.  Trying to decide if I want another series on my plate....

I have been re-watching The IT Crowd with my cousin.  I had forgotten the extent of its hilariousness.  Plenty of naughty words, but so, soooo funny!
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Post by: libertygranny on September 15, 2016, 08:40:17 pm
We now have Amazon Fire Sticks and I decided to pay for the Acorn app....just finished watching Midsomer Murders...all seasons! Then I watched season 1 of Agatha Raisin, so far it is the only season. Watched season 1 of Hinterland but haven't watched season 2 yet and season 1 of a murder mystery show set in New Zealand (can't remember the name). So far not disappointed in any of them. Watched a few seasons of Doc Martin, but quit just before his ex had the baby. Looking now for something else. Wish 'Keeping up Appearances' was available to watch.

I also like to watch Korean historical dramas, but I always have to carve out a chunk of time so I can read the subtitles.

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Post by: CrowGirl on September 15, 2016, 11:25:28 pm
Jana introduced me to "Keeping Up Appearances".  Netflix has the first three seasons, and I've been giggling through them.
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Post by: Jen on September 15, 2016, 11:37:09 pm
That's our 'yacinth.
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Post by: Scruffydog on September 21, 2016, 01:34:16 am
Re: GBBO, it was a classic example of how things go wrong.  The production company felt that the BBC had been infringing their copyright with similar series that they did on art and sewing.  When it came to re-negotiation time, they demanded no less than £25 million per year instead of the £5 million under the previous agreement.  The BBC, who are constrained by the fact that it's all public money, couldn't offer any more than £15 million (though some people point out that money is no object for football coverage, which gets lower viewing figures than GBBO).  End result is that C4 have taken it but the heart and soul of the programme have gone, and whatever GBBO ends up like, it won't be the same programme.  Maybe it'll be good.  Who knows?  What I do know is that a lot of people won't bother trying it.
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Post by: palmetto_gal on September 22, 2016, 03:43:24 pm
I just read that Mary Berry has announced her departure from GBBO.  As Bride of ID quipped, that's an expensive tent Channel 4 has bought.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on September 24, 2016, 12:23:40 am
Went back and watched the last episode of Longmire season 4.  Then watched the first episode of season 5.  It's so hard not to binge watch all ten new episodes this weekend.  Must...make...them...last....
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on September 24, 2016, 11:01:21 am
Oh, man, it's out already?!  I just got turned on to Alias, and I'm trying to at least get through the first season before Netflix disappears them tomorrow.  Argh!
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on September 25, 2016, 05:02:12 pm
Reason 16 billion and three that TiVo is awesome: since I'm in Utah, I just went online to double-check that yes, indeed, the TiVo will be picking up the season two premiere of Poldark TONIGHT. 

Even though it would be bad form to insist that my brother and his wife watch it in the 2 days I'm here, I'm still tempted. :P
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Post by: palmetto_gal on September 26, 2016, 08:38:05 pm
Yes, yes!  Poldark is back and I'm a happy camper!  How cool is it that Robin Ellis (the original Ross Poldark) has a small recurring role in the new series? 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: libertygranny on September 26, 2016, 10:08:45 pm
disclaimer: I am not very techie.

We now have Amazon fire sticks on our tvs and I discovered Acorn TV. Well, I discovered a very small percentage of Acorn Tv because I still don't know how to really find things.  That was until I went on the website and discovered so many shows I never knew they had. So I now have my list in hand, I may be gone for awhile!

Did I mention I got hooked on Agatha Raisin, can't wait for season 2 sometime next year. And I found out that Midsomer Murders will be back for season 19! Right now i am watching 'Inspector Lewis' which is through PBS Masterpiece, hoping there will be a season 9.
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Post by: N3uroTypical on September 27, 2016, 10:58:09 am
Yeesh - the family is rather gung-ho on Supernatural, that 12 yr old daughter's yellow trench coat arrived the other day.  She's got Halloween covered.  She also carries around a little vial of salt and threatens to throw it on me from time to time.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on September 29, 2016, 03:54:02 pm
I'm trying to catch up on shows that began while I was in Turkey. I'd heard scuttlebutt about "The Blacklist".  Has anyone else watched this?  James Spader is good, but it is THE. Bloodiest. Show I've seen on network TV.  Most of the time I had it on for background noise as I cross-stitched, but I looked up to see splats and spurts that were rather nauseating.

Is anyone else watching this?  Does it get less bloody in later seasons?  Spader is intriguing, which is why I kept it on in the background through the first season.  The language is minimal.  But I just don't have the stomach for gratuitous (IMO) ickiness.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on September 29, 2016, 05:05:13 pm
Longmire.  Good Golly Miss Molly this season is intense.  Michelle suggested, much to my delight, that when we've finished this season we should go back and watch the previous seasons together.  8)

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Post by: dyany on September 29, 2016, 11:48:36 pm
We just finished the 1st season of Supernatural.  11 to go.  I wonder if we're gonna finish before I die.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on September 30, 2016, 01:46:03 am
Quote
It's so hard not to binge watch all ten new episodes this weekend.  Must...make...them...last....

Um...yeah.  We just watched last episode of Season 4/first episode of Season 5.  It's 2245 hours, I have to be up at 0600, and it's all the self-control I have to not say, Just one more.
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Post by: Jen on September 30, 2016, 02:33:34 pm
Longmire.  Good Golly Miss Molly this season is intense.  Michelle suggested, much to my delight, that when we've finished this season we should go back and watch the previous seasons together.  8)

Agreed. I can't believe we have to wait another year for more!
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: N3uroTypical on September 30, 2016, 03:55:33 pm
We just finished the 1st season of Supernatural.  11 to go.  I wonder if we're gonna finish before I die.
People are jumping on the Supernatural bandwagon and binge-watching it in droves.  There's even a meme:

Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Beau Zoe on October 04, 2016, 11:59:54 am
Here at the Zoe manse, we (really, I mean I) have started watching the new Kieffer Sutherland series, "Designated Survivor."  It has only been two episodes, but I believe that I have been hooked.  I am now looking forward to it every week.

Still try to not watch TV due to trying to "make time" for my writing, but I make the proverbial exception for this show.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Scruffydog on October 04, 2016, 02:30:04 pm
We have a really interesting series at the moment called Hunted.  It's a reality TV thing, but it's all about whether you can disappear within a surveillance state.  Twenty people have to evade capture for a month while a group of hunters try to catch them using all the tools available to a modern state.  Britain is a good place to do this because we are one of the most heavily watched nations on Earth with cctv on every corner in towns.  It is quite exciting, but also very worrying as you realise quite how much modern living leaves us under the beady eye of the state.  In the first series (we're onto series two) most of the hunted get caught through tech.  Any use of technology drags the Eye of Sauron onto you, any use of public transport puts you on cctv, and the hunters will seize the phones or pcs that you leave behind; they crack them easily, look through your contacts, emails, search history, etc, and quickly work out where you are going.  I don't know whether it would be the same in the US because you've got much less surveillance than us.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on October 11, 2016, 08:53:34 pm
Not a big fan of Rob Lowe.  He was okay in The West Wing.  But then he did that horrible Christmas Shoes drivel. I pretty much forgot about him after that.

 I gave The Grinder a try.  First season is on Netflix.  It's surprisingly good. Fred Savage (remember him from The Wonder Years and Princess Bride?) steals the show.  He has become a really decent actor.  And the dialogue is brilliant. Especially for a sitcom.  Natalie Morales from Parks and Rec is in it. She's so good that she really deserves more screen time.  Plus, it's all set in Boise, Idaho.  What's not to love?  Of course, not all the geographic references are accurate.  But the setting is still cool  8).  Definitely worth 22 minutes.  Repeatedly.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on October 11, 2016, 09:50:39 pm
CG, I missed your post earlier about Blacklist.  To give you a short answer, no.  It does not get less bloody.  It's filled with violence, but there is something about Spader's Reddington character that keeps me watching, even if I have to avert my eyes at times. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on November 04, 2016, 08:13:38 am
CrowMan and I went last night for the premiere/One Night Only showing of Rush: Time Stand Still.  It's a documentary/behind the scenes of the R40 tour; their last one. 

They showed footage of the night they were inducted in the RRHOF, and the overwhelming swell of cheering and support (I remember saying on Old Nauvoo RRHOF was irrelevant until they were inducted). 

They talked to fans; some on their 33rd show, some on their 120th show (it makes me, at one, feel rather paltry).  One Scotsman listened to Rush over and over as he recovered from the accident that killed his friend and shattered his body, and he credits the band in helping him walk again when he was never supposed to.  One man had brought his son with him...from Argentina.  One started Rushcon; a chance for fans--its founder said--to get out of their basements and find others like them.

They showed footage of their last show in LA, the one I desperately wanted to be at, but didn't move back quite in time that day to make it.  (Even if we had moved back to SoCal in time to be there, we would have missed it due to CrowMother's accident.)

They talked to the crew, some of whom had been with them from the beginning.  They seem to inspire loyalty wherever they go.

Obviously, they talked to Neil, Geddy and Alex.  While time marches on, they have not decayed like The Rolling Stones or The Who (Geddy still looks like he could fit into his clothes from 1975).  As Neil said, though, he's an athlete.  And he wanted to stop while he could still drum the way he always has.  So you have one who is so ready to be done with touring, one who isn't but knows he probably should be, and one who wants to keep going but they made a deal--all of them or none.

There were two Rush-related shorts before the main feature.  One, Rush: A Farewell to Kings was interviews with members of other bands (Thin Lizzy, KISS, Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters) and their memories of Rush.

A must-see for you Rush fans out there.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jen on November 05, 2016, 03:45:20 am
A Turkish series about the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire called, "Magnificent Century". Acting and writing is all over the board, but the story is very interesting to me and the clothes are really pretty.
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Post by: palmetto_gal on November 05, 2016, 05:10:46 pm
Jen, thanks for the recommendation.  I'm putting Magnificent Century on my Netflix queue. 
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Post by: dyany on November 05, 2016, 10:49:39 pm
Doctor Strange is the best superhero movie ever ever ever!

And I'm not the tiniest bit biased. :P
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: LMAshton on November 05, 2016, 11:21:51 pm
Yeah, I really enjoyed Doctor Strange as well. The CGI is done beautifully.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on November 06, 2016, 12:59:52 am
The CGI was not the only thing done beautifully.   ;D
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: kazbert on November 06, 2016, 01:19:41 pm
Saw Dr. Strange yesterday.  Good show!  And the visuals make seeing the 3D version worth the extra price.
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Post by: Scruffydog on November 06, 2016, 03:36:29 pm
Just showing on BBC now, David Attenborough's Planet Earth II.  If it isn't being broadcast your side of the pond yet, I'm sure it will be in due course.  It is stunning, even better than Planet Earth, with the same mixture of strange, wonderful, heart-breaking, and awe-inspiring.  A wonderful testimony of the wonders of Creation.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: LMAshton on November 06, 2016, 11:53:05 pm
Rosemary & Thyme. It's a British murder mystery with two middle-aged women as the main characters. No gore, sex, skin, profanity, with interesting stories all set on a garden backdrop since the two women are gardeners.

Let's Go 8-Bit. British show with Dara O'Brien as the host. It's two teams competing against each other playing video games. It's more interesting than it sounds, but then, the husband and I are both gamers, although not remotely hardcore. It's a fun watch. :)

QI, short for Quite Interesting. A British game show of sorts where the points don't really matter all that much. Questions about obscure facts with comedians (mostly) as the contestants. Rather interesting, although there is the occasional smut talk.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on November 15, 2016, 10:35:07 am
Poldark



I'm not a fan of physical violence by any means, but I did cheer for Demelza at the end of Sunday's episode.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: LMAshton on November 20, 2016, 08:02:00 am
Pete's Dragon. It's a beautiful beautiful movie. Appropriate for the entire family I believe. I loved it.
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Post by: Scruffydog on November 20, 2016, 03:01:40 pm
Fantastic Beasts: one word - fabulous.
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Post by: mirkwood on November 25, 2016, 07:17:07 pm
The Walking Dead. 

This season is pretty weak so far...
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Post by: CrowGirl on November 25, 2016, 10:51:54 pm
Arrival. A fabulous mind-blower, in the cerebral, make-you-think kind of way.  Beautiful (ETA: bittersweet) film.  Highly recommend.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on November 26, 2016, 06:35:18 pm
I saw Fantastic Beasts this weekend.  Overall, it was good.  The first 30 minutes seemed disjointed, but then the story elements started to come together.  Eddie Redmayne's dialogue was hard to make out, at times.  Maybe it was his portrayal of the Newt character--kind-of mumbling at times and looking down or away as if distracted. Or maybe my American ears weren't attuned to his particular accent, although I didn't have any problem with the other Harry Potter films. I thought the awkward romance between the characters Jacob Kowalski and Queenie was masterfully scripted all through the film.  The blend of CGI and live action was seamless and believable.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on November 26, 2016, 11:58:30 pm
Roper: I even had trouble making out dialogue in the trailer, but my hearing gets worse all the time.  I'm SO glad they offer the closed caption glasses at our theater for free.  It REALLY helps. 

Also, I saw Kubo and the Two Strings last night.  Beautiful.  Made me cry a lot.  Is now on my wishlist for Christmas.
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Post by: N3uroTypical on November 27, 2016, 10:25:32 am
Ugh.  Kubo and the two strings.  My family and I loved it too.  I just wish I wouldn't stop blindly stumbling into shows with dead parents themes. 

Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Scruffydog on November 29, 2016, 02:38:05 pm
I think he was trying to give the impression of being slightly Aspergers. I loved the film.  Also saw Dr Strange last week.  Good movie, excellent acting, great effects, batty story.
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Post by: dyany on December 13, 2016, 02:19:25 pm
Not that I'm excited or anything.
http://www.webcountdown.net/?a=c6rJ64X&k=3Us6 (http://www.webcountdown.net/?a=c6rJ64X&k=3Us6)
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Post by: N3uroTypical on December 13, 2016, 02:24:39 pm
At least one daughter has gone full-blown Superwholock.
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Post by: dyany on December 13, 2016, 03:18:58 pm
I haven't gotten into the Doctor yet.  But the Superlock, HECK TO THE YES.
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Post by: CrowGirl on December 27, 2016, 09:26:32 pm
The original The Philadelphia Story, or as the CrowChildren call it, Why Drinking Alcohol is Bad.  (Insert multiple ROFL graemlins)

Finally saw Fantastic Beasts.  Great ride.  CrowDaughter asked for it for her birthday.  Great story.  Fabulous to see so much magic.  Loved the setting.  A lot of fun to see big-name actors in their cameos, especially Grindelwald (CrowMan and CrowDaughter could not understand why I was wigging out; they did not recognise him).  I could have done without Scamander's mumbling accent, but overall a very enjoyable morning.  ETA:  I loved the sweet little romance, too.  I am getting so jaded in my old age, but that put a smile on my face.

CrowSon and CrowBaby saw Sing.  She loved it. 

ETA:  Several previews.  Anyone looking forward to anything in particular?
Wonder Woman seems a bit too Ripped-from-Captain America.  Still, I loved watching her on TV.
--Ghost in the Shell.  CrowMan really liked the anime.  He liked the trailer.  I would not turn down a Date Night to go see it.
--Logan; that Johnny Cash song they use makes me ache and hurt.  I am not a big X-Men fan, but I am a Hugh Jackman fan.  I will be there. 
--CrowDaughter wants to see The Space Between Us; I'm inclined to go with her because Gary Oldman's in it. 
Despicable Me 3 with an 80s themed villain?  Yes, because the other two are such a fun ride. 
--Another Pirates of the Caribbean flick?  I haven't seen #4 yet!  Oh, Javier Bardem's the villain.  Thus could be interesting.
Power Rangers?  Hmm.  Looking a little darker than the campy thing that was on my TV growing up.  Didn't watch it then, and too old to start.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: libertygranny on December 28, 2016, 02:18:33 pm
Binge watching every night New Tricks, on season 4 now...well on episode one, half way through before I realized what time it was and went to bed. Not used to staying up till 2:30 am! well, at least not on purpose...darn insomnia most nights.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on December 31, 2016, 11:31:07 pm
I think it took me 1 week to watch the entire 4th season of Supernatural.  This is not good.

Sherlock's still my main man, though.  And season/series 4 starts TOMORROW!!!!!

and will be done in less than a month *sobs*
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: N3uroTypical on January 01, 2017, 12:54:28 am
I've discovered RWBY.  I don't think I've watched 3 seasons in such a short amount of time before.
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Post by: libertygranny on January 01, 2017, 01:44:31 am
RWBY?
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Post by: N3uroTypical on January 01, 2017, 11:23:42 am
RWBY - indie YouTube animated series from small-time folks growing in greatness.  It passed my "shed a tear over one of the characters" test several times over.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUBVPK8x-XMhCW2fW7ZYlD9MHjvmT8IGK
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Post by: LMAshton on January 01, 2017, 11:11:18 pm
The husband and I enjoy British shows, and we've found a few more we like. We've watched Father Brown and enjoyed it, then branched out into Midsomer Murders (we're on season four, I think) and recently started watching Johnathon Creek. Johnathon Creek is a sort of Hercule Poirot without the snobbery and affectations - his day job (at least in the beginning of the series) is designing magic acts, so locked room mysteries are right up his alley.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on January 02, 2017, 07:43:57 pm
Star Wars Rogue One.  It's now my favorite of the series. I liked that it wasn't part of the operatic father/son/Jedi  story arc, and that there wasn't a romance-among-the-galactic-royalty sub-plot. I could relate to the characters in Rogue One. The film realistically portrayed the the fluidity of ongoing missions, and how priorities have to adapt based on rapidly changing events. The film brilliantly illustrated how different characters' morality formed the foundations of their actions.  "Rogue One" had echoes of "The Dirty Dozen"--misfits who came together and contributed their individual talents to accomplish a purpose far greater than any one could have done alone. There were definitely no superheroes in this story. There was hope, and small triumphs, but those were dearly bought with loss and sacrifice.  At times, it was a hard movie to watch because I knew what the end would be. It's still my favorite story in the Star Wars galaxy.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: N3uroTypical on January 03, 2017, 10:43:19 am
*spoilers for Rogue One*
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I honestly didn't know what the end would be, until it was right there staring me in the face.  After all, the quote was:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQeabed9N9M

And there wasn't a single dang Bothan anywhere in Rogue One.  I kept hoping they'd show up, looking like Ewoks or JarJar, and die.  But it didn't quite work out that way.
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Post by: Roper on January 03, 2017, 11:13:13 am
I thought the Bothans were responsible for getting the information about the 2nd Death Star to the Alliance.
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Post by: N3uroTypical on January 03, 2017, 12:02:40 pm
I think that's right.  This chart helped.  The "Many Bothans died" quote was made before the Battle of Endor, which happened in Return of the Jedi.

But I didn't have that all straight until this morning.  And I really wasn't expecting the ending of Rogue One.  One of those delicious tragedies that keeps me going to movies.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on January 04, 2017, 02:51:37 pm
Oh, Dy-AN-yyyyyyyyy;

Season Finale of "Sherlock" on the big screen!

http://fathomevents.com/event/sherlock-season-4-finale?utm_source=Fathom&utm_campaign=SherlockS4&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=1.4.17&utm_content=Fathom (http://fathomevents.com/event/sherlock-season-4-finale?utm_source=Fathom&utm_campaign=SherlockS4&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=1.4.17&utm_content=Fathom)
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on January 04, 2017, 08:57:00 pm
Yeah, I know.
And I'm in Depoe Bay that whole week.  And I already checked, there are no theaters that show it for like an 90 minute drive all around.

I don't have a problem I don't know what you're talking about.
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Post by: Iggy on January 04, 2017, 09:55:37 pm
Depoe Bay is not far from me - Could we meet for lunch maybe?"
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Post by: dyany on January 04, 2017, 11:04:21 pm
Quite possibly.  We will be there with friends, but it's going to be VERY laid back so my schedule is pretty open.
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Post by: Roper on January 05, 2017, 09:10:15 pm
Watched "Storks" with the family.  Yes, it's the basic quest plot with a "Cat's in the Cradle" trope thrown in on the side. Yes, it's got way overblown baby cuteness. But I liked it all the same.  The friendly sarcastic banter between Tulip and Junior, the main characters, was cleverly written and expertly performed, I thought.
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Post by: CrowGirl on January 15, 2017, 10:12:46 pm
Someone recommended Penelope for one of my Laurels Movie Nights.  If you have daughters, have them watch it.  Actually, watch it with them, and cuddle afterwards and tell them how wonderful they are.
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Post by: Palmon on January 16, 2017, 12:28:00 am
I went to Storks with my 7 year old granddaughter and her mother. Mid-way through, my granddaughter wanted to leave - the bad guy was way too intense for her. It proved to be a great lesson as her parents had been teaching her that she should leave situations where she was uncomfortable and here she had a chance to say "this scares me and I want to leave".

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Post by: dyany on January 16, 2017, 12:28:33 am
CG: love and own that movie!

Otherwise, Sherlock.
I am ded.
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Post by: Scruffydog on January 16, 2017, 01:54:11 pm
Have you guys had Sherlock's latest season yet?  Very Marmite; you either love it or hate it.  I loved it, but then I love Marmite as well. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on January 16, 2017, 02:35:03 pm
Just finished watching it last night.  I enjoy makes-you-think TV, and this is definitely that. 

I don't remember how to do the SPOILER thing, so you've been warned:

The finale was a tough one; children in peril do that.  But I am proud to say that I TOTALLY CALLED IT with the Eurus/Moriarty connection.  (Insert Party Graemlin here). The worst part is not knowing when or if there will be a next season.  The way it ended, it really could go either way.
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Post by: Roper on January 16, 2017, 04:54:16 pm
Lemony Snicket is on Netflix.  We had storms over the weekend, so we were inside most of the time.  The kids watched the first couple of shows.  I was listening from the other room as I was installing a washer and dryer. It sounds good.  I guess I'll have to put it on my list to watch.
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Post by: CrowGirl on January 16, 2017, 05:42:47 pm
If it's better than the movie, maybe I will.  And it would have to be a whole lot better.  Keep us posted.

CrowMan and I started watching "The Queen".  We like Jenna Coleman from her time with the Man in the Blue Box, and despite the blue contacts she wears making her look rather strange at times, this is looking to be a very promising series.  I felt more than a twinge of sympathy.  Eighteen and Queen of the greatest nation at the time, and those with whom you should be able to depend upon are the ones who present the greatest danger to you.  I don't know very much about this time in history, but I sure want to now.
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Post by: LMAshton on January 16, 2017, 10:04:03 pm
The husband and I are definitely in the camp of hating this season of Sherlock. We found it too gimmicky and stupid. If Sherlock continues, we may not continue with it.
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Post by: dyany on January 17, 2017, 01:37:08 pm
Laurie: I actually think episode 2 was possibly the best ever.  the 1st was not good.  The 2nd had a lot of good, but I was displeased with the wrap up ending.  I am all about character development, though.  Crimes and plots are only means to develop and show character for me.
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Post by: Scruffydog on January 17, 2017, 02:32:22 pm
I loved all three episodes.  The only one that I didn't like is the one where John and Mary got married. That was quite poor, but I like all the rest. I like the way that episodes link across series, where things that you didn't notice at the time suddenly make sense.  The bottom line, though, is that Cumberpatch and Freeman work really well together and I'm not so fussed about the story as the characterisation.  That's me, though, and if other people don't like it, fine.
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Post by: CrowGirl on January 28, 2017, 02:50:01 am
Downfall, or by its German title, Der Untergang.  You've all seen one scene from it; that scene of Hitler throwing a fit to being banned from XBox Live/not getting 100% home teaching/did not get accepted to Hogwarts, etc.  The original, though, is immensely worth watching.  It portrays Berlin in the final days of WWII, a side I had not thought of very much.  Bruno Ganz, an actor I've loved since seeing him in Wings of Desire (another German film that should be on your Must-See List), does a tremendous job portraying Hitler, giving him depth, showing a human side, but never letting us forget who he was.  The rest of the cast was good, too.

Warning.  It's a war film.  There's some nasty stuff, like the field hospital.  But oh, could the movie have been more graphic than it was.  It pulled away often and did not linger when it did not.  There were a couple of shots at a brothel that I felt unnecessary.  More disturbing, though, was the callous disregard of so many officers for the German people caught in the shelling.  Frau Goebbels' final scenes were difficult to watch, and if you know her family's fate, you know why.  Yet this also was filmed tastefully.  I saw her fanatical, all-my-hopes-and-dreams-are-tied-to-National-Socialism-and-life-is-worth-nothing-without-it devotion, and could not comprehend.  Many in my country are accused of this type of devotion to a certain now-political figure.  I answer, No.  Not even close.

I give this film five stars.  Watch it one night when you want to sit and think afterwards.  It's a long film, about 2.5 hours.  It did not drag for me.  It made me want to research and learn.  I love it when a film inspires me like that.
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Post by: Traela on January 29, 2017, 10:26:37 pm
I just finished the second season of Voltron: Legendary Defender on Netflix.  ;D  It was awesome.
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Post by: Curelom on January 29, 2017, 11:55:39 pm
That sounds like something I want to see. Thanks for the review, CrowGirl.
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Post by: pnr on January 31, 2017, 06:55:02 pm
I saw "Hacksaw Ridge" this weekend and am still wondering how one man could do so much in such impossible circumstances,and why the whole world doesn't know of it.  (Had to plug my ears and close my eyes during the battle scenes (why wouldn't it be loud and bloody while the americans and japanese are fighting each other.

And I just finished "Mr. Church" --- an unexpected but absolutely delightful Eddie Murphy film that was only out 46 days but which deserves a lot more attention than that.
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Post by: palmetto_gal on February 01, 2017, 12:00:27 am

And I just finished "Mr. Church" --- an unexpected but absolutely delightful Eddie Murphy film that was only out 46 days but which deserves a lot more attention than that.

I also saw Mr. Church.  Eddie Murphy's finest performance.  What an amazing story!
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Post by: CrowGirl on February 07, 2017, 12:56:54 am
Just saw Split.  Whoa.  CrowSon said it was a trip.  He's right.  CrowDaughter wants to see it.  Not yet; it's too much of a trip for her right now.  (She doesn't like that assessment).  James McAvoy does a very good, very credible job.  And the twist, oh it's a good one.  Shyamalan is back!

ETA:  CrowSon and I are geeking out about it through texts right now.  Gotta love it when a film brings family together. (Smirk). But the fact that THIS film is doing that makes me wonder what kind of family I have....

Seriously, it's an intense film.  Not for the younglings.  It has all the Shyamalan directing quirks.  And I absolutely recommend it.
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Post by: Palmon on February 07, 2017, 02:59:07 am
We went to La La Land the other night. It was okay, but Ryan Gosling's piano playing was amazing! I bet that there will be an uptick in kids wanting to learn piano. Being curious, I wondered how long he had been playing the piano. It turns out that prior to the movie, he didn't. He spent 3 months, practicing 3 hours a day to learn how to play the jazz pieces. He obviously has a natural talent to aided in the practicing.
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Post by: dyany on February 07, 2017, 12:57:51 pm
The last 2 posts are kind of funny, since hubby went and watched Split while I watched LaLaLand.

Hubby has always been a HUGE Shyamalan fan, but even he admits he's been seriously off his game the last few years.  He was SO SUPER EXCITED and how good Split was, and the potential for a whole series/universe it created.

LaLaLand: it was well-done, but I hated the ending so bad that it bothered me for days.  I don't want to talk about it, because  of major  spoilers, but I couldn't justify the choices she made in the end.  Just couldn't. 
And I agree about his piano playing.  Skillz!
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Post by: CrowGirl on February 13, 2017, 03:14:18 pm
Because CrowDaughter *really* wants to see Split, and because I am on a Shyamalan-is-back-baby! kick (an 11-page outline for the next flick?!  Woot!), I pulled out Unbreakable.  I told her she needed to watch it to get the idea of how Shyamalan tells stories  :P.  She went along.  Even CrowBaby, and CrowMother, sat down.  And man, does that story *still* hold up 16-years-and-change later.  I always thought it a tremendous film.  Still do. 

(SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT)

The girls didn't quite get the importance of Elijah's last words until I said, Don't supervillains have nicknames?  The light of comprehension dawning was a beautiful thing to watch.
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Post by: Curelom on February 14, 2017, 02:13:29 am
OK, I’d better see Split. I didn’t see Unbreakable, I think because I was disappointed in one of his other pictures (which one was it – now I have to rack my brain).

At the moment, I’m watching my neighbor’s tabby cat. 8)
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Post by: CrowGirl on February 14, 2017, 04:06:57 pm
Unbreakable came out right after The Sixth Sense.  I think you should see it.
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Post by: dyany on February 15, 2017, 05:39:46 pm
Yes, I don't think his quality really started to slide until after Unbreakable.  It's one of my husband's favorite movies ever.
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Post by: palmetto_gal on March 01, 2017, 02:04:19 am
I saw Lion today.  I probably would not have gone to see this particular film if it had not been for the interview with the author on Willie Geist's Sunday Morning "Today" show. 

Dev Patel plays the role of the grown-up Saroo and a delightful young boy named Sunny Pawar played the part of the younger Saroo.  I expected it to be emotional, but I was a literal puddle of tears by the end of the film.  I simply cannot imagine being separated from my family for 25 years, not knowing anything about them, and also knowing that they have no idea their missing Saroo is alive and prospering, albeit with a gaping hole in his life because of the separation of hundreds of thousands of miles.  I recommend it highly. 
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Post by: dyany on March 01, 2017, 10:37:37 am
It's based on a true story about an LDS family who adopted a child and later found out he had been kidnapped.  It's documented in the Orphankeeper.
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Post by: palmetto_gal on March 09, 2017, 05:12:17 pm
Here's what the author of The Orphan Keeper says about The Lion:

http://www.goodreads.com/questions/961189-how-does-this-compare-to-the-story-in-the/answers/510110-here-s-a-post-i-wrote

With the release of the movie The Lion, I keep getting asked if the movie is based on my book, The Orphan Keeper. I imagine it’s how Stephen Baldwin must feel when he’s repeatedly asked if he’s related to Alec.

The answer, of course, is no (in my case, not in Stephen’s). The Lion is based on the account of Saroo Brierley, a boy who was separated from his family in India at a young age, adopted by a new family in Australia, and then, when older, returned to India to search for his birth family.

The Orphan Keeper is the story of Taj Rowland, a boy who was kidnapped as a child in India, sold to a Christian orphanage, and then adopted by a couple in the United States. Though both men miraculously make their way back to India in search of their loved ones, there are also differences in their respective journeys. While Saroo used Google Earth to ultimately find his family, Taj’s search was pre-internet making it inherently more difficult.

However, it’s not what separates their stories that is intriguing (kidnapping vs. wandering off), but their similarities. Each demonstrates the power of the human spirit to never give up. Each felt driven to understand how he fit into the world. Each needed to know if he was loved.

I say that I find the similarities intriguing because it’s also my story, your story—everyone’s story. We are all on a journey. We all hope to fit in. We all pray that our lives will make a difference. We all long to be loved.

To that end, I’d recommend you see The Lion. I also recommend you read The Orphan Keeper. Then, when the credits roll, and you close the last page of the book, the obvious lessons will ring true: Everyone’s stories are different. Everyone’s stories are the same. Everyone absolutely matters.

Like both Saroo and Taj, with a little help, a lot of work, and abounding encouragement, may we all find our way home!(less)
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Post by: dyany on March 10, 2017, 12:17:42 am
Oh, thank you for that info!  My mother was the one that told me Lion was based on The Orphankeeper, and I believed her.  I like that similarity FAR better than the 'look at human trafficking in India' similarity.  :)
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Post by: CrowGirl on March 12, 2017, 01:13:01 am
I Am Your Father; a documentary about David Prowse, the man behind the greatest movie villain of our time.  You will smile and become infuriated at the same time, even if you're not a Star Wars fan.  And my opinion of George Lucas was certainly changed from watching this.  Absolutely worth seeing.
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Post by: Roper on March 16, 2017, 11:03:31 pm
I watched Moana with the family.  I have mixed feelings about it.  On one hand, I think it's a good story (one that has been told in other contexts) and I love the setting of Polynesian culture. The colors and animation are really incredible. On the other hand, the humor is crude and it has pop culture references which will leave it outdated in a few years. With the exception of one song, the music is mediocre. The film is not anywhere near a classic like Beauty and the Beast (I really want to see the new one), but it's a good Red Box rental for the family.

"How Far I'll Go," the one song I really like from the film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo)
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Post by: Roper on March 18, 2017, 08:32:33 pm
Beauty and the Beast.

I think Disney's animated adaptation of the fairy tale is their best film, bar none.  No other Disney film portrays the themes of sacrifice and redemption as exquisitely. The music is unforgettable. The voice acting is perfect.

And so I went to Disney's new version of Beauty and the Beast with impossibly high expectations. I came away with a new favorite Disney film. 

First of all, Disney preserved almost all of what made the animated film so spectacular.  The additions only enhanced the production.  And of course, the graphics and cinematography were world class.  This is Disney, after all. The casting was really top-notch.  All of the actors portrayed their characters with conviction. I've liked Dan Stevens (Beast) since I watched him in Downton Abbey. He gave an amazing performance considering the requirements of his role.

My only criticism, and this is minor, is the music.  There was a little too aggressive use of auto tuning, resulting in voices which sounded overly processed.  It was especially noticeable with Emma Watson.  Which is really the wrong choice.  I understand she's an actress first, not a vocalist.  But I think her natural kind-of wavering delicate singing voice would have added more to her character than the sanitized machine-perfect version we got in the film.  It happened with Luke Evans as Gaston, also.   Most of all, I miss Angela Lansbury's voice as Mrs. Potts.

Go see it.  In the theater. And then buy the Blu-ray the day it's released.
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Post by: dyany on March 18, 2017, 08:54:13 pm
Saw Kong: Skull Island today (hoping to wait until the opening weekend rush dies down for Beauty and the Beast) and was shocked at how great it was.  I can't help but analyze plot, character, which characters are cannon fodder, the balance of good and evil in characters, etc., in everything I see these days because I write.  And they really did an amazing balancing act.   You cared about characters, with a good balance across the board.  You felt the conflict, and why decisions were hard.  The political messages weren't as heavy-handed as I've seen in lots of Hollywood dreck these days.  You rooted for people.  You cried.  You swooned over Tom Hiddleston in a tight blue t-shirt.  (WHAT?!  I did!)  It was nice. :)

Have to say, though I loved Tom Hiddleston in it, his character wasn't well developed by the writers.  It was John C Reilly that took home that crown.
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Post by: curlybat on March 19, 2017, 02:26:48 pm
I watched Moana with the family.  I have mixed feelings about it.  On one hand, I think it's a good story (one that has been told in other contexts) and I love the setting of Polynesian culture. The colors and animation are really incredible. On the other hand, the humor is crude and it has pop culture references which will leave it outdated in a few years. With the exception of one song, the music is mediocre. The film is not anywhere near a classic like Beauty and the Beast (I really want to see the new one), but it's a good Red Box rental for the family.

"How Far I'll Go," the one song I really like from the film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo)

I'll probably watch it next time with your comments in mind.  We actually enjoyed it a lot.  The kids enjoyed the songs "Your Welcome" and "Shiny".  I don't recall a lot of crude humor but, again, I'll be more alert for it when I watch it again as I am sure we will on several occasions. 
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Post by: CrowGirl on March 28, 2017, 02:36:18 am
Thanks to so many of you talking about it, I'm now binge-watching Supernatural.  Thanks, y'all.  ;)
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Post by: Roper on March 28, 2017, 08:16:06 am
The Crown.  I'm learning a lot about how the British Royal Family works and the interaction between the Monarch and the Prime Minister. You wouldn't think John Lithgow, who plays Winston Churchill, is the right casting choice.  But he gives an amazingly versatile performance--iron determination when leading the government, gentle consideration when interacting with the inexperienced and young Queen Elizabeth.

Only the first season is complete and available on Netflix. I'm on episode four.  Like Longmire, there are only 10 episodes per season, and it's a year in between seasons.  I need to pace myself...
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Post by: CrowGirl on March 28, 2017, 09:13:10 am
I've only seen the first episode, but I'll second that, Roper.
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Post by: dyany on March 28, 2017, 04:21:21 pm
Thanks to so many of you talking about it, I'm now binge-watching Supernatural.  Thanks, y'all.  ;)

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Post by: dyany on March 28, 2017, 04:23:29 pm
Also, a friend of mine had this to say about it:
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And just like that, we're officially caught up on Supernatural. Now we have to watch it live and with commercials like we're the Donner Party or something.
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Post by: CrowGirl on April 03, 2017, 02:39:30 am
I realized--rather jarringly--that Supernatural premiered when I was pregnant with CrowBaby.  Who just turned 11.  And like any military wife worth her salt, I thought, "We were living in Maryland then.  That was forever ago!"

Finally watched The BFG.  My exposure consists of bits that CrowDaughter read to me years ago.  I was impressed with the dialogue of the BFG, and how natural and believable he was in saying all of his BFG-isms.  I'd forgotten that (the late) Melissa Mathison wrote the screenplay.  She also wrote ET The Extra-Terrestrial, The Indian in the Cupboard and one of my utter favorites, The Black Stallion. The sweetness and humanity present in those was here, as well.  Some of it was downright silly and unnecessary (the drink where the bubbles go down--I've never found those types of gags amusing), but it was a good watch.
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Post by: CrowGirl on April 04, 2017, 12:17:46 am
Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No-Good Very Bad Day.  Much better than it had any right to be.  Enjoyed it.  Dad, played by Steve Carrell, didn't come across like a complete idiot; he had the warmth I expect from him.  I'd watch it more than once, which for a film these days is pretty high praise.
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Post by: LMAshton on April 04, 2017, 01:12:39 am
We enjoyed that movie, too, Crowgirl. :)
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Post by: Roper on April 04, 2017, 10:29:54 pm
Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No-Good Very Bad Day.  Much better than it had any right to be. 
It's nothing like the book, apart from borrowing a few themes such as the mention of Australia. But I think it's a really great movie.  My favorite scene is when Steve Carell is wearing the pirate shirt and catching shrimp in the Japanese restaurant.

I'm watching "Stranger Things" with my older kids. I looked at the parents' guide on IMDB and skipped a few minutes of the last of episode 2 and the beginning of episode 3 which strongly implied teenagers undressing and having sex. They could have and should have left those scenes out.  They add nothing to the series. Other than that--wow!  This has all the best elements of the suspense shows I grew up with.  My son who is in seventh grade begged his six-year-old brother to stay up with him because he was too scared to go to sleep.  My fifth grade daughter said to that, "Well, that's just cringey boys for you. It gave me interesting dreams."  Is that a thing now--"cringey"?  As in you cringe because someone else did something awkward or embarrassing?
 
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Post by: dyany on April 05, 2017, 04:49:12 pm
I think the word 'cringe' originally referred to a fear response, but was appropriated as cringing when someone did something embarrassing just in the last couple of decades. 

I have heard SO many good things about Stranger Things.  My sister says I would LOOOVE it.  But I don't have Netflix and I don't want Netflix and I can't keep up with the shows I already watch.  It still tempts me, but not enough to push me off that ledge.  Yet.
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Post by: Roper on April 05, 2017, 05:28:03 pm
"Stranger Things." Push. "The Crown." Push. "Longmire." Big push.  How close are you?  ;)
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Post by: Palmon on April 06, 2017, 02:33:25 am
I have loved "Alexander and the no good, very bad day" since it was first published.
My husband and I went to see "The Zookeeper's Wife".  A very powerful film, which I recommend.
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Post by: CrowGirl on April 08, 2017, 12:55:25 pm
Death in Paradise kept popping up on my Netflix Suggestions, so I decided to give my dark stuff a rest.  It begins as a Classic Fish-out-of-Water premise; uptight Brit Detective Inspector relocated to Caribbean island.  It changes around Series 3, when cast changes begin happening, but the mysteries are pretty good, the reggae and ska music is great, and I very much want to move to Guadeloupe Island now, where the show is filmed.  Kind of fun.
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Post by: LMAshton on April 08, 2017, 10:59:14 pm
We love Death in Paradise, and have watched it from the beginning. We started watching it because of Ben Miller, who we loved in Primeval. We loved Primeval. :)

If anyone doesn't know, Primeval is another Brit show. The basic premise is that there is a group of people (scientists, army) who fight the dinosaurs and whatnot that come through space-time rifts and try to get the dinosaurs and whatnot back through the space-time rifts before too much damage is done. It's a fun show. :)
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Post by: CrowGirl on April 08, 2017, 11:23:54 pm
Oo!  That sounds like serious fun!
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Post by: LMAshton on April 09, 2017, 02:03:24 am
It wasn't a comedy, so not that kind of fun. But fun as in right up my alley kind of fun. :)
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Post by: Scruffydog on April 09, 2017, 02:27:54 pm
Given all the love for Brit TV, I'd just like to say, "You're welcome" ;D
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Post by: Roper on April 09, 2017, 10:10:36 pm
I watched "Lemonade Mouth" with my fifth grade daughter this weekend.  It's a Disney TV movie that's now on Netflix.  It's kinda in the "High School Musical" genre, but it's got a much better message about friendship among a group of kids who are considered social outcasts.  Bridgit Mendler from "Good Luck Charlie" gives a heartfelt and convincing performance.  And the rest of the cast is surprisingly good. Plus, it's got a really rockin' song: "Determinate."  8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQ4FUUSTm0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQ4FUUSTm0)
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Post by: LMAshton on April 10, 2017, 12:19:44 am
Scruffy, we definitely watch a fairly large proportion of Brit-made TV, so thank you. :D
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Post by: Patty Rain on April 11, 2017, 11:05:55 am
I watched "Lemonade Mouth" with my fifth grade daughter this weekend.  It's a Disney TV movie that's now on Netflix.  It's kinda in the "High School Musical" genre, but it's got a much better message about friendship among a group of kids who are considered social outcasts.  Bridgit Mendler from "Good Luck Charlie" gives a heartfelt and convincing performance.  And the rest of the cast is surprisingly good. Plus, it's got a really rockin' song: "Determinate."  8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQ4FUUSTm0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXQ4FUUSTm0)

We watched that just before moving here to Mesa. We didnt realize when we started that it was set in Mesa. My daughter was a sophombre at the time and she liked the movie.  It actually helped her be on with moving here. 

We have to laugh because the school colors are not the same as the movie.

We need to watch that again.  She didn't end up going to that school,  but we have been on that campus. 
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Post by: dyany on April 12, 2017, 10:54:32 am
Coming back to say Roper is a meanie. ;) 
Last night hubby wanted to watch something but he didn't want to watch any of the shows we normally watch, so we went through the list of suggestions.  Stranger Things is a Netflix original that is not available elsewhere yet, and we determined long ago that Netflix is just not worth it for us, so that will have to wait.  I forgot about the Crown, and hubby didn't want to pay to watch Longmire.  But we DO have access to The Night Manager on Prime Video, so we watched the first episode last night.  Very good setup for the series!  Couple of potty mouth words and hubby says there was a second of female nudity which I completely missed because I was blinded by the glaring whiteness of Tom Hiddleston's back (I mean, I know he's English but he was living in Cairo for Pete's sake).  Also glad it only consists of 6 total episodes. 
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Post by: LMAshton on April 12, 2017, 11:20:12 pm
In all fairness to Hiddleston's pasty white back, I've lived in tropical countries for most of the last 14 years and I have no tan. Not a single bit.
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Post by: Roper on April 21, 2017, 09:34:13 pm
Watched "Sing" (now at Redbox) with the family.  I enjoyed way more than I thought I would.  The plot is pretty predictable, but the characters are unforgettable.  Great voice talent.  The music is spectacular!  I liked it so much that it will become one of the few movies I'll buy.

Here are a couple of clips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHZneOidj9A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHZneOidj9A)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3eGkoTP9vM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3eGkoTP9vM)
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Post by: Iggy on April 22, 2017, 10:07:38 am
I missed Sing when it was playing at the local theatre.  :(  So when the grocery stores had Sing on sale I bought the Blue-Ray version for $19.99. I agree with you Roper, this is one movie I will be watching again, and again.
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Post by: N3uroTypical on April 22, 2017, 05:14:44 pm
I'm heading to see Sing in an hour with my daughter.  Yay!
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Post by: pnr on April 30, 2017, 01:32:29 pm
I wonder how I missed the 2009 movie  One Man's Treasure.   It is really sweet.

 https://www.amazon.com/One-Mans-Treasure-Createspace/dp/B004POU1OW/ref=sr_1_1?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1493480052&sr=1-1&keywords=one+mans+treasure
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Post by: dyany on May 05, 2017, 12:06:35 pm
Saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last night.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  Made me cry at least 4 times, made me laugh even more.  Great character development, perfect pacing & tension, and baby Groot is the greatest humorous non-verbal side character since the Minions.
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Post by: curlybat on May 09, 2017, 12:29:08 am
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is what we go to the theater for - entertainment.  I took all but two of the older ones (my wife and oldest daughter opted to watch Wonder Woman this coming weekend instead).  Everyone enjoyed it very much.
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Post by: Patty Rain on May 09, 2017, 09:58:43 am
Watched "Sing" (now at Redbox) with the family.  I enjoyed way more than I thought I would.  The plot is pretty predictable, but the characters are unforgettable.  Great voice talent.  The music is spectacular!  I liked it so much that it will become one of the few movies I'll buy.

Here are a couple of clips:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHZneOidj9A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHZneOidj9A)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3eGkoTP9vM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3eGkoTP9vM)

I'm not a fan of animated movies nor of animals that are people like, but this is one movie that I have wanted to see. I look forward to seeing it.
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Post by: dyany on May 20, 2017, 02:17:42 am
Just saw the new King Arthur: Legend of the Sword tonight.  Really liked it.  I've been a Arthurian legend lover for many years (even took a whole college course on it) and enjoyed this take on the classic tale.  Guy Ritchie's cinematography and direction is always quirky and fun to me (he also did the Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr). 

It would have been better if the closed captioning apparatus from the theater had worked through the entire movie, but the manager was very nice and gave us free passes and after I told him this was the 3rd time in a row I had had problems with those at this theater, while I have had NO problems with the same devices at another theater, he taught me a workaround and I think we may have figured out why their apparati are so consistently problematic. 
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Post by: Palmon on May 23, 2017, 01:35:42 pm
Went to see Guardians of the Galaxy.  Much of the humor reminded me of  pre-adolescent male humor and I am so done with crude humor. And the language - a lot of 'sh... '  When the next movie comes out, I'll send hubby with someone that isn't as PG  minded as me.
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Post by: curlybat on May 28, 2017, 02:36:16 pm
Watched The Shack.  I had listened to the audiobook a while back so I knew the story, what I liked about it and what I didn't.  I'll just say it makes me think and contemplate.  I don't want to go into details at this time but I did want to share a song from it that I really like:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NngCA_gKgOI
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Post by: Roper on June 02, 2017, 09:39:23 pm
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  It was the perfect movie to curl up on the sofa with my kids and a bucket of microwave popcorn on a rainy Friday night.  If you like Tim Burton, then you'll probably like this film.
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Post by: dyany on June 03, 2017, 01:22:09 am
Wonder Woman is amazing.  I don't think it could have been better balanced.
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Post by: Palmon on June 08, 2017, 02:43:40 am
Loved Wonder Woman.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on June 09, 2017, 11:52:56 pm
Saw the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie today cuz hubs really wanted to see it.  It was not very good.  The first 20 minutes, especially, were so full of poorly executed, trite tropes that it really turned me off.  Gack.  There were a couple of good moments, but for the most part it was a waste of money (luckily we saw it with free tickets).
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: beefche on June 10, 2017, 09:06:47 pm
The first Pirates was so great. Each one after that got worse and worse. I have no desire to see this new one. Maybe if I were to see it free, but I'd have to really not have anything to do to take that time.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: LMAshton on June 10, 2017, 11:56:48 pm
Yeah, I really don't have any strong desire to see the latest Pirates, either.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on June 11, 2017, 10:52:01 am
Yeah, hubs has been asking to see it for a few weeks now.  Considering he also took me to Batman vs Superman, Robocop, and the last Transformers movie, I think he is going to lose his movie-picking privileges.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: curlybat on June 11, 2017, 12:48:44 pm
Well, I guess to each their own.  I took my wife to see the latest Pirates movie Friday and we both enjoyed it. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Scruffydog on June 20, 2017, 04:25:51 pm
Late to the party again; we went to see PotC 5 as a family and all loved it.  We loved the ending, which we felt really wrapped a lot of things up, and Bardem is always good value.  Oh well. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: curlybat on June 20, 2017, 05:34:15 pm
Yes, definitely liked the wrap up.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on July 07, 2017, 01:47:15 am
Aaaaaand Spider-Man Homecoming was awesome.  I am developing an unhealthily extreme trust in Marvel to make good movies.

Some writing friends got me started watching kdramas (specifically, Goblin) and I hate them because they are addicting and they make me both cry and laugh really hard.  Mostly I hate the crying.  And the cheesy music.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Sarahgirl on July 07, 2017, 11:38:52 am
Contrary to the opinion of most, I really didn't like Wonder Woman.  I think the basic plot was decent, but some of the messages being sent with it were just too distasteful to me to make up for it. It really had to do with the way they represented her relationship with her love interest.  In many hero stories the love story isn't central to the plot, but in this case it plays an important role in the ending of the movie.

First off, I was frustrated by the discussion between Diana (Wonder Woman) and her love interest as they are leaving the island. It is time for bed and Diana insists that Steve sleep next to her because there is plenty of room.  This leads to a discussion about sex.  It isn't graphic and it establishes that she knows the birds and the bees.  She has been raised on an island with no men so her view of things is not going to be based on experience, only what she has been told.  He expresses his views that of course he sleeps around and that he doesn't understand why people get married because it never really works out.  I didn't love the anti-marriage slant and I felt like he was asking about her knowledge not to make sure she understood, but so he could see if she was open to sleeping with him. It could have been done more tastefully if it was even necessary.

Throughout the rest of the movie, she and he never really connect.  They have come from such different backgrounds with such different perspectives. They each have different goals and views on what to do. They are usually either arguing or talking past each other. She has been raised to believe in morals and ideals and he is represented to have compromised most of those.  The moment of connection they do show is after a successful battle together.  It just wasn't enough for a relationship for me. And, of course, this leads to sleeping together that evening.

There are times in movies when I realize that people will sleep together because their world view is different than mine.  They believe that being in love is enough.  I don't agree with it, but I understand it.  This time their sleeping together just left me feeling disgusted.  She comes from a background where  she has had no experience with relationships between men and women in any form.  Not only has she had no basic learning experiences (dating, etc.), but she hasn't even been able to watch anyone else have a relationship either.  She has no idea what the implications of a relationship, especially including intimacy, entail.  In addition, she is away from home for the first time in a world she doesn't really understand and is overwhelmed by all that she is experiencing.  She may be a powerful hero but she is in a vulnerable position emotionally.  She feels an attraction/maybe admiration for a man she really hasn't established a relationship with who doesn't share common values with her.  She doesn't have the background or knowledge to make a wise decision about this. There was no real relationship beyond one moment of connection, so it was very much a one-night stand.  To me, it felt very much like he was taking advantage of her being in a vulnerable position so I felt disgusted.

Skip to the end where she finally realizes that although men are being influenced by Ares they also have enough evil in them to make bad choices on their own.  (The evil in every man idea is a little over done but I understand she is being surrounded by war so that may be how she feels.) She has to decide whether to keep helping people who don't "deserve" it.  (Several times when she talks about the consequences of war she mentions the innocent women and children, but when she considers whether people deserve things somehow they are left out of the equation.)  Since this is a hero movie, of course we know that she is going to decide to help eventually.  What makes her decide it is worth helping people even though they have evil in them?  Is it the good she has seen in people along the way (there were some scenes of people helping and being kind throughout the movie and there could have been more)?  Nope. Her reason is love. The man, who has no belief in long-term relationships working out and who has taken advantage of her for a one-night stand, tells her he loves her.  At least that is what is shown on the screen as she is making this decision.

I think this movie had so much potential.  Trying to figure out how to deal with a world with good and evil is a wonderful conflict.  Seeing the good and evil in people and deciding to help anyway is powerful.  There were a few conclusions reached at the during the movie that were good, but the whole love interest distastefulness ruined it for me.



Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on July 07, 2017, 01:48:17 pm
An excellent evaluation, Sarahgirl.  And I, for one, agree with you.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on July 07, 2017, 03:20:23 pm
Sarah, I can see where you are coming from, but I saw a lot of things differently.
First, I saw Steve Trevor's initial claims that 'he slept with women' to be suspect, as in, I felt he felt like he needed to appear 'experienced' and even 'masterful' in that realm in an attempt to impress her.  We all know that in modern stories and even in real life, it is extremely common for men to brag about fictional sexual exploits because they think (generally erroneously) that it will impress women.  Whether or not it was true was also suspect because there was NO other evidence of it.  Not only did he not look at other women, he didn't talk about any others, the people who knew him didn't say ONE WORD about a philandering nature or his prowess with women or any history with women.  Not one. 
Also, in the boat, I didn't feel the slightest hint that she was open to it then.  When she talked about sleeping together, it was abundantly clear she was talking ONLY about sleeping and neither meant nor understood the innuendo.  She talked about sex indifferently.  No looks, no coy words, nothing.  If he had made any moves in that direction--which he didn't, partially because I feel he didn't feel the invitation was open--I feel they would have been repelled as inappropriate for the situation. 
I feel very much like the talk of the suffering of 'the women and children,' was, like most such statements, a product of the time and setting.  The first pity we saw from her was not for a woman or a child, but for men--wounded soldiers coming back from war.  I feel her sympathy was genuine and equal for the vulnerable.  In this milieu, that was sometimes men, but more often the women and children.  She expressed pity and concern for all, even the horses. 
When you get to the part where she realizes men have evil in them, that rang with truth to me.  We DO have evil in us.  ALL of us.  It is part of our fallen nature.  My definition of 'evil' not necessarily being outright rebellion and actively choosing the most terrible things, or even SIN, since sin doesn't apply where there is no law, but we all know that horrible things are done by those without the law (and if you don't believe that, then you must be one of those people who feel toddlers can do no damage unsupervised) but the weakness and failures inherent in us and our mortal condition.  Christ also knew we all have evil in us.  That is why he sacrificed for ALL of us.  He didn't sacrifice just 'for those who turn evil,' as though that were something we could conceivably avoid.  No, he sacrificed for ALL of us.  Because ALL of us have evil in us.
The most important part of that section, however, was this: Diana had been brought up being told a story of mankind that was rooted in truth, but ultimately incorrect.  Without any exposure to mankind, and having trust in her family which taught her, she had no reason to doubt the complete veracity of this story.  We see this kind of thing ALL THE TIME today.  How many times have children been taught, 'always obey your parents' or 'always trust your church leaders/teachers/aunts and uncles/other adult figures in positions of trust'?  Answer: BILLIONS.  Because those principles are ROOTED in truth, and it is easier for us as adults to explain them in black and white hyperbole than it is to get down to the grey, grainy details where, yes, you can trust most bishops, but some are child molesters, and yes, most callings are inspired but some are just desperation or individuals thinking they know best and not even asking God.  This usually works for small children, because you have to walk before you can run, and know principles before you can well understand the exceptions and small variations.  BUT, too many people don't teach or learn past that.  So when they reach the point in their life where they see incontrovertible evidence that those absolutes are not absolutely true, it's a crisis point, EXACTLY what Diana experienced at that point.  Do you distrust EVERYTHING you learned, because you learned this core thing was false?  Do you distrust EVERY new piece of information that doesn't line up with that hyperbolic and therefore somewhat incorrect core teaching?  Most people pick one of those two.  And that is what she was vacillating between.  But then she took the wise and correct (though less obvious) 3rd choice: she broke it down, and recognized the truth in both, but that the CORE of her original teachings were still true.  Men still had good in them.  Having evil in them did NOT mean they were all evil.  And more importantly, it did not have to affect the way that SHE behaved.
And the part of Steve's deathbed declaration of love that was key to this was NOT the romantic part.  It was that he chose, despite everything he had to live for, BECAUSE of his love and the goodness in him, to sacrifice his own life to save others.  It was THAT love, that CHARITY, that in his small way he would do what he could and sacrifice everything he had that others (including the Germans) might live, that proved to her that she didn't have to choose to destroy men because they sometimes did bad things.  He was the example of doing good because it was right, the example of the good that still existed in the heart of men, and the example of knowing what evil men were capable of but sacrificing to save them anyway.  THAT was the power of his final words.

I agree with you in that I did not feel enough relationship building between the two of them to justify any romantic declarations of love.  But that was nothing compared to the greatness of the lessons I DID see and learn.  So I loved it anyway.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: kazbert on July 17, 2017, 01:29:15 am
PotC 5:  Went in with low expectations but ended up enjoying the movie.

WW: Wonder Woman has been adapted to the small screen, and I felt the target audience was the ones buying the comic books.  What Marvel (and now DC, since WW is a DC comic) have discovered is that if you want a big screen blockbuster you can't hew too closely to the comic book.  You need adult dialog (I don't mean edgy), you need costumes that don't look like you bought them at Walmart at Halloween, you need first-class acting, production, directing, screenwriting, and so on.  So, from that perspective I found WW to be an excellent adaptation.  But I also agree with Sarahgirl's analysis.  I was put-off by WW being portrayed as possessing 2017 permissive mores, and in turn setting a poor example for young girls.  It was also incongruous for WW to possess 2017 mores even though the story was set in World War I.  One of the things I find most likable about the Captain America movies is that he so persistently remains true to himself and clings to his "old fashioned" sense of decency.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on August 04, 2017, 11:28:02 pm
So, in case you don't know, VidAngel is back (yay!) but they've had to make some adjustments, so now they are a subscription service (boo!) that kind of piggybacks on your actual rentals from streaming services like Amazon Video or whatnot. 

The software and apps are still a little glitchy, but improving rapidly, and one really awesome thing came from the lawsuit: Dry Bar Comedy.  Basically, VidAngel was hedging their bets in case they couldn't offer their filtering service anymore, so they pulled in a TON of clean comedians and had them do shows in Provo where they were recorded, and those stand up routines are now available as part of their subscription service.  Kellen Erskine is good, but Steve Soelberg's 'We Say Bim' had me crying for like 20 minutes, until I hurt myself.  You can find some samples on YouTube, but to see the full glory (including the home teaching bit...oh my holy heck hilarious), you have to watch through VidAngel. 

Highly recommended!
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on November 03, 2017, 01:27:24 am
Thor: Ragnarok. 

ALL. THE. AWESOME.

By far the best of the 3.  Marvel finally found its groove with the character, unleashing the funny.  And SOOOO fun!  Couple of points where I feel they pushed the tropes/gimmicks a little too hard, but for the most part, it was delightful!
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Scruffydog on November 03, 2017, 03:48:06 am
I thoroughly agree. Thor Ragnarok had me howling with laughter at times, and a bit of Led Zep carefully applied always goes down well.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: kazbert on November 04, 2017, 04:57:21 pm
Thor: Ragnarok.

You’re either going to love this movie or hate this movie.  Or love it and hate it all at the same time.

I may end up in the minority opinion, but I absolutely despised the whole first 20 minutes of the 130-minute movie, but I did liked the second half if it.

All of the MCU movies since Iron Man I have had an enjoyable mix of humor and seriousness, but it was always an intelligent humor.  Ragnarok is just stupid humor.  It felt like the director couldn’t decide whether he wanted a campy movie or a serious movie.  This is the same reason I hated “The Lone Ranger” (2013). 

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Thor’s personality was such a radical departure from his earlier appearances I kept hoping that it was some kind of dream sequence and that the old Thor would return any minute.  He does return, but not until the final act.

I particularly despised the now-talking Hulk’s dialogue.  All of it seemed to be written by a 10-year-old.  Not entertaining to listen to.  Bruce Banner in his Hulk alter ego doesn’t possess Bruce’s intelligence or his maturity.  And now that Bruce is inescapably stuck in his Hulk persona I’m pretty sure Natasha Romanov would be appalled.  The man she fell in love with is gone.

Oh!  And there was no explanation at all of how Hulk ended up on that planet. 

There's a new character -- some kind of blue rock-like thing.  His dialogue was also atrocious.

I'm very disappointed.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on November 18, 2017, 11:03:28 am
Saw Justice League last night.  It was better than most of the DC universe movies, I'd say 3/5 stars.  The Flash here is very different from the show's character, and while I like the show's character just fine, I like this one a LOT. 

This brings up a handy (okay, super duper cool) thing I found out about:
I was talking to my brother and he told me about this service he heard about on NPR called MoviePass.
  https://www.moviepass.com/ (https://www.moviepass.com/) (scroll to the bottom of the page and plug in your zip code to find local theaters that participate.)
"You pay $9.95/month for movies in the theater every day," he said.
I bet my eyes narrowed to slits. "But just in dollar theaters, right?"
"No, I don't think so."
So I checked their website for what local theaters accepted it.
And almost EVERY theater in the Treasure Valley takes it. And definitely all the nice ones.
"This can't be right. It must not work on opening weekend."
"No, it works then."
"Then they must make you sign a contract."
"Nope."
"What is the catch?! THERE MUST BE A CATCH!"
My brother didn't know, so I poked and poked and poked around the website.
No 3D or IMAX movies. OK, I can handle that. No transferring to other people, OK. Only 1 movie a day.  You have to have an Android or iOS smartphone, no problem.  Kids under 18 can't do it...that would be a problem for many, but not for us (they are working on putting together a family plan). 
And that was it. I even read the full terms and conditions that nobody reads. The closest thing to a catch was that if you cancel, you can't re-up for 3 months. As catches go, that seemed really sub-par.
I still didn't believe it, but I thought, "the most I'd be out is the price of a regular movie ticket," so I signed up. My husband signed up, too.
The app is free and not glorious, but it does the job.
It took 10 full business days for our cards to arrive. You have to use the cards, and they look like Visa cards. The system got tracking when they were delivered, so it checked with us that they had arrived and activated the cards automagically, super duper easy.
We're still skeptical, though. This can't work. It's too good to be true. So we went to the theater and did the process. You open the app when you are within 100 feet of the theater and pick the movie you want to check in. This 'loads' the card for that theater, and you just buy the tickets with that card. Separate transaction for each ticket, but that was it. It worked FLAWLESSLY. Even on Justice League, which is a huge release that just came out TODAY.
I think I'm gonna watch Thor: Ragnarok 10 times in the next 12 days. You know. To test it out.
NOTE: right now they are having a sale: a full year for $89.95.  That's only $6.95/month and a small processing fee.  Which is awesome, but you have to pay for it all at once and you can only have 2 per household.  I don't think you can sign up to pay monthly (like we did) until this promotion is over.

I know it won't be helpful for everyone, but it more than paid for itself for this month last night alone.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: GoodyScrivener on November 23, 2017, 12:32:18 pm
I have several friends who have been using MoviePass and absolutely LOVE it.  I've been contemplating it a while but couldn't justify the extra entertainment expense yet.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Palmon on December 23, 2017, 08:25:20 pm
I just finished watching The Chosen, by VidAngel.  Beautiful.  https://www.vidangel.com/browse (https://www.vidangel.com/browse)
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: JLM on December 24, 2017, 01:36:35 pm
Webcomics.  There are hundreds out there.  Most of them aren't particularly good.  I do recommend "All Night Laundry" though.  It reads more like a screenplay with illustrations than an comic.  The author/artist incorporates comments from the reader into the story, so it sometimes takes some interesting twists along the journey.  It started our as a sci-fi horror story, but eventually became more aligned with the sci-fi adventure genre.  Check it out.

http://www.all-night-laundry.com (http://www.all-night-laundry.com)
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on December 24, 2017, 02:29:17 pm
I just finished watching The Chosen, by VidAngel.  Beautiful.  https://www.vidangel.com/browse (https://www.vidangel.com/browse)

Is that the 1980s film adaptation of Chaim Potok's novel?  I remember watching that for American History class back in high school.  I remember having a really interesting class discussion about it.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Palmon on December 25, 2017, 01:25:07 am
When I first heard the title, that’s what I thought it was. No, this is the story of one of the shepherds in the field That Day.  VidAngel is actually going to make a series of the life of Christ, through the eyes of those that met and knew Him. This is the pilot. It’s just short of 25 minutes long.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on April 13, 2018, 01:35:45 am
Longmire. Why?  Everything was cool about the last episode.  Except for Vic and Walt's May/December relationship.  Ick.  Yes, I know the tension from the whole last season was building up to it (with a sledgehammer's lack of subtlety--I mean, how many more ways could Vic be anguished about losing Walt), but come on.  For all his virtuous integrity about doing the right thing despite the consequences, he had an affair with a subordinate employee. That's unethical. I suppose the fact that he retired afterwards was supposed to make it okay  ::). And the romantic dialogue between Vic and Walt--who wrote that?  A sixth grader? "Every man knows how many scars he has." *Snort.* Apparently, a relationship between two mature people, (like he was developing with Donna) wasn't "spicy" enough. There had to be a juvenile fantasy involving a subordinate employee young enough to be his daughter.  Again, ick. What a disappointing ending to a series that was really excellent in so many ways.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on July 11, 2018, 07:11:41 pm
"A Quiet Place." The best scary movie I've seen in a long time.  No sex or nudity.  No foul language.  A good story and really good acting.  Definitely worth seeing.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: palmetto_gal on July 11, 2018, 11:35:07 pm
"A Quiet Place." The best scary movie I've seen in a long time.  No sex or nudity.  No foul language.  A good story and really good acting.  Definitely worth seeing.
I was at the edge of my seat throughout the movie.  Suspenseful doesn't even come close to describing it.  I've always liked Krasinski as an actor, and I've always loved Emily Blunt's work.  I can't imagine how they shed their characters at the end of a day of shooting to go home as a married couple.  I did not know Millicent Simmonds was deaf until after I had seen the movie.  I would watch it again, even though I know how it will end. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on October 06, 2018, 01:06:40 am
Solo: A Star Wars Story.  Okay. It wasn't a heroic cheer-at-the-end movie.  But, I really liked it.  I don't agree with all the negative hullabaloo from critics and fans. I thought it gave some interesting back story and depth to Han, Chewy, and Lando. I really like how Han ended up helping the beginning of the rebellion in a huge way, even though he didn't know the full consequences of his decisions.  That fit his character--a "scoundrel" with a good heart.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on February 09, 2020, 01:57:44 am
I’m going to renew this topic, because CrowMan has me hooked on Endeavour, the prequel to the Inspector Morse series.  I never watched the latter (it’s no longer streaming on Netflix, but I noticed it on Britbox; hmmmm) but he loved them.  Endeavour is fantastic writing.  The locales are lovely.  Sometimes we have to turn on the captioning to read it because the accents can be out of tune to our American ears.  The characters are well-drawn out; you can feel for them.  Set in the 1960s, you still get a feel of the class system in many of the characters that is foreign to this Yank.  The score, lovely; I find myself humming the music for the end credits.  I look forward to every disc that arrives.  Every season/series is short—four episodes usually.   IMDB says the series is expected to continue through at least 2021.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on February 09, 2020, 11:46:13 am
CG: Agreed!  I never much cared for Inspector Morse, but I LOVE Endeavour.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: mirkwood on February 10, 2020, 05:20:55 pm
My wife and I regularly watch SEAL Team, Curse of Oak Island and Alone.  We've started watching Mountain Men.  My wife watches a lot more t.v. then I do.  I watch soccer (Premier League) and have started watching the Jazz (NBA) again after decades away.  I watch Utah football too.  I go in phases watching movies.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 11, 2020, 04:33:13 am
We just finished watching the Crown. The kids taught us how to access their Netflix.

I am watching Designated Survivor.  My goodness. Keifer Sutherland. What a surprise.

I avoid most television because ugh.

The last show I enjoyed was Downton Abbey.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Curelom on February 11, 2020, 01:39:38 pm
I almost hate to admit it, but I watched Contagion a few days ago.   ;)
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Taalcon on February 11, 2020, 02:52:07 pm
Wife and I decided to fill a pop-culture gap and (having gotten miffed that Frasier was taken off Netflix right as we had begun a rewatch) go ahead and check out  Cheers on Netflix. The 80s sitcom, not the new Cheerleading Documentary.

It's funny, it's groanworthy/painful, Sam and Diane are both collectively The Worst, etc. It's most amusing seeing so many familiar faces at a time in their life when they were so very young.

And yet we're on Season 4 and still going, so
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Scruffydog on February 12, 2020, 03:50:18 am
Endeavour is great, but my problem with it is that Morse casts a shadow over it. We know how he turns out in the end, which is all quite bleak. There isn't going to be a happy ever after for poor old Endeavour Morse, because John Thaw's Morse was a miserable old grouch unable to find love or build a real relationship with anyone. That said, I love the series and particularly the fact that there is a story arc going on, unlike the Morse stories
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: kazbert on February 12, 2020, 04:12:04 am
We just finished watching the Crown. The kids taught us how to access their Netflix.

I am watching Designated Survivor.  My goodness. Keifer Sutherland. What a surprise.

I avoid most television because ugh.

The last show I enjoyed was Downton Abbey.

I enjoyed the first season of Designated Survivor, but something (I can't remember what) in the subsequent seasons turned me off to it and I stopped watching.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on February 12, 2020, 11:25:08 am
Scruffy: agreed. It's why I hate prequels 99% of the time. I am lucky in that I HATED Inspector Morse and never watched even a whole episode, so I have an advantage towards pretending the older curmudgeon doesn't exist when I watch Endeavour.  ;D
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: TurkeyLurker on February 12, 2020, 11:42:32 am
This is Us, I guess.

I am mostly doing a whole lot of things that don't allow me to watch much of anything.  The Mandelorian was really good, but it's over now.  I really liked that dude when he was in Game of Thrones (CURSE YOU!  THE MOUNTAIN).

I still care about the family in This is Us, but the daughter is still kind of way too whiney for my taste.  I mean, seriously, if you don't like being fat, then get on a diet or get over it.  But then, that's my male "work on the problem or stop talking about it" response, I guess.  It super annoyed me when she was mad at Toby for buffing up.  Really?  He's not going to die young of diabetes now, and you're mad at that?  Seriously?

It is just so weird that they had such wonderful, caring parents, but all three kids are kind of majorly screwed up as adults.  I mean, shouldn't they eventually be able to pull it together at some point?
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on February 12, 2020, 05:13:21 pm
Lurker, I was laughing all the way through your post. That's EXACTLY what I think.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on February 12, 2020, 09:34:24 pm
I thought Lurker was making a comment about a fictional TV character who was constantly whining. I didn't get AT ALL that it was a belief about all overweight people, that it was unkind and blind, and that it was harming society.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: kazbert on February 13, 2020, 12:28:25 am
One of the shows that my wife and I watch is the reality show “My 600-pound Life.” The patients all end up visiting a gastric surgeon who lays out for the patients the path towards getting their weight down and keeping them from cutting their life very short.  The very first task the patients are assigned is to hold strictly to a 1200-calories-a-day diet plan that the surgeon just handed to them and lose 50 pounds in one month to demonstrate their commitment to losing the weight before he will perform any surgery on them. I don’t understand why the very first step isn’t to send them to a therapist to figure out why they are over-eating and how to become more emotionally strong. No one chooses to be morbidly obese. There is such a thing as losing control over some aspect of one’s life, and it can take a lot of professionally guided time and effort to regain that control. I’ve noticed the same misunderstanding of depression. I have pretty much concluded that you can’t understand depression unless you have experienced it. It’s like that part of your personality that just cowboys up and gets it done is exactly the part that is broken. Same with the morbidly obese. It’s not that they can’t just Google how to eat right. It’s that they have some trauma or difficult hurdle that they are self-medicating with food, and you don’t just wake up one morning and decide to make an incredibly significant lifestyle change.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on February 13, 2020, 01:33:56 am
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having gotten miffed that Frasier was taken off Netflix right as we had begun a rewatch

No kidding.  My rewatch got up to Season Nine, and then it disappeared.

I watched Cheers in its entirety, finally.  I identified with Diane way too much, and that bothered me.  There were quite a few laugh-out-loud-and-pause-until-you’re-finished-you-might-miss-something moments.  Quite a few eye-rolling-this-is-too-stupid-for-words moments, too.  Still not my favorite, but glad I watched.

CrowMan and I got through at least half of the first season of Designated Survivor, until all the frantic crises got to be too annoying, and we drifted away.

I’m finding every Monty Python item on Netflix.  Already seen Life of Brian, and I finally turned off Meaning of Life during the classroom scene, but the TV shows, the many docs, and the film of their last London performances (along with the behind-the-scenes doc) have made me and other family members laugh.

CrowMan finally discovered Person of Interest.  I’d watched up to halfway through Season Three on my own, but rewatched with him, and now we’re caught up to where I stopped.  Love this one.  Love Jim Caviezel.  Love Bear.  Love ‘Fusco’s’ redemption story.  Do not like Amy Acker.  Do not like that the writers now are going in the forget-she’s-psycho-and-hurt-everyone-on-the-team-you-must-now-like-her direction.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Taalcon on February 13, 2020, 09:06:55 am
Crowgirl,
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There were quite a few laugh-out-loud-and-pause-until-you’re-finished-you-might-miss-something moments.  Quite a few eye-rolling-this-is-too-stupid-for-words moments, too.  Still not my favorite, but glad I watched.

This is almost exactly our assessment :) (We're in early S5 now)
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Taalcon on February 13, 2020, 09:13:09 am
Oh, also watching Star Trek: Picard - and this is totally my jam.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: TurkeyLurker on February 13, 2020, 09:19:35 am
FWIW, I was talking about that particular character.

I'm probably crassly judgemental on the topic, having successfully lost a huge amount of weight through sheer diet and exercise, and kept it off for nearly 10 years now.  I'm probably more judgemental than a reformed alcoholic.

I just wish the show would move on.  Many obese people lead fine, happy lives and don't constantly whine about that one small aspect of their being.  But that is the ONLY thing they allow this character to talk about, and it's ALWAYS a super negative thing.  Even when I was obese, it was NEVER a debilitating thing in my life, and it NEVER defined me as a person, like it does this character.

And, why does that character get to shame another character who makes a healthy life choice, and makes a self improvement?
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 13, 2020, 11:24:02 am
Update. I waded through season three of Designated only because I wanted to see it though. Gadzooks, the scriptwriters
sure took a deep dive.  Everyone and I mean everyone deleoped coarse language and/or loose morals.  To make it real?

I am sorry, but I live in the real world where people do not speak like that in every sentence nor need to scratch their itches in public.

I also got my first look at two gay men having sex....oh man I hate soft prn for the sake of  ratings....
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 13, 2020, 11:42:02 am
Now friends, my lovely man thought to take me out tomorrow. I.just.can.not. It is all I can do to be quiet at home between radiation and hospitals and appointments and upheaval.

After a bit of discussion, we dicided to do take out so neither of us have KP, and to watch a movie at home.

He does not like blood, gore, bad language, nudity, yelling.
He does like historical fiction, some not tooo weird fantasy /science fiction.

we liked the Kings Speech.  and Downton Abbey. to give you an idea.

we are done with Star Wars.  LOTR.  Annoying romcoms with whining leading ladies.

what is left on Netflix?

For those who are wondering: we watch the news and every single sports program known toDutch audiences, and more news.  and the great Dutch bakeoff.

yup boring is us.   
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on February 13, 2020, 11:44:51 am
...oh man I hate soft prn for the sake of  ratings....
Agreed. There are a lot of things that I want to watch. Then I check IMDB and find out they have extreme language, graphic violence, and sex and nudity. A whole lot of new series are like that. The positive side is that my wife and I are reading together more instead of watching shows...
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: TurkeyLurker on February 13, 2020, 02:31:42 pm
... Everyone and I mean everyone deleoped coarse language and/or loose morals.  To make it real?....

Thanks for the heads up.  I was a big fan of Keiffer Sutherland from the 24 days, but hadn't watched Designated Survivor.  24 was a tad risque, especially in the extreme violence arena, and especially for a broadcast series.

It just lets you know how far we have sunk in the USA in terms of morals.  This is a broadcast television series.   It's amazing what they're letting pass these days.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on February 14, 2020, 03:18:36 pm
I’m in S5 of Supernatural.  CrowSon said this particular story arc finishes in this season.  Maybe I’ll get through to the end of it.  That will be it.

I’m offended on a spiritual level. 

At first, I was excited to have Castiel show up.  “We’re warriors”, he said.  Yes!  Some good to balance the evil.  How disappointed I’ve been.  There is no balance.  Even the Angels engage in reprehensible behavior.  I’m supposed to root for them?  Really, how much better are they than the demons?

I know many here love the show.  My feelings are not a reflection on you.  CrowDaughter is re-viewing the series.  CrowSon watched it.  I just...need my angels to be better than schemers in some corporation, to be filled with righteous wrath, and not need to possess people like a demon.  I need an all-powerful God, not...Chuck (CrowDaughter threw a spoiler at me).  I know the writers don’t believe the way I do, but for me, it feels like blasphemy.

Aaaand, starting in Season 3, the hunting got ickier.  I don’t need arterial spray, thank you.  It was the same problem I had with The Blacklist.  It’s not for me. 

Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Taalcon on February 14, 2020, 03:42:58 pm
I haven't watched Supernatural (it seems FAR too long for me to even think about committing to at this point), but I've watched plenty of stories that take an approach at Angels/Demons. And I've found how I approach it is is like how I approach stories that use Greek Myths. It's fun to see what ideas they pick up on and run with from the 'canonical' stories, or even Traditional Lore, and how it launches into new storytelling ideas. Some do it well, some do it poorly. Some are creative, and ask good questions. Some are lazy, and just go for the cheap shots. Some are a mixture between the two.

for me, they just happen to share the same labels as things in my religion, but it's a a separate mythology based on interesting ideas and then asking, 'what if?'. And it's fun to figure out what Paradigm/Worldview this God/Angels/Demons operate under, and how different storytellers approach it differently. (For the record, I LOVED the recent Amazon production of Good Omens.)

I know for some it's still offensive, and I get it. Your comment just made me think of how I've approached it. I don't view them as statements on how Things Really Are, but using some genuinely interesting story hooks that are connected to something somewhat already familiar to a large part of the audience.

There's also been some really good respectful takes I've seen on when characters of real-world versions of faiths are confronted with the different 'reality' (within the show) that their beliefs surrounding those elements are different than what they're experiencing, and how they deal with that. I've seen good handling of this that doesn't mock authentic belief, and also can be an insightful commentary on it.

Same when it goes to film adaptations of Biblical Stories. Less, "How Faithful Is This To The Text", but, "What New Interesting Thing Does It Do With The Telling Of This Story? What New Questions Were Asked And Explored?".

Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on February 14, 2020, 04:06:50 pm
Ok, so I have a good friend who is EXTREMELY obsessed with Supernatural (like, she works 11 hour days as the managing editor of a Deseret Book imprint and travels all over the country to present at writing conferences and retreats and still has time to not only watch EVERY SINGLE EPISODE (over 300) over SEVEN TIMES AND write and publish more than 1100 pages of writing tips based on the episodes). I like it okay, and still watch it, and there is some additional insight from my friend, but hopefully I can have a little more balance with my analysis. :)


All that being said, I think it's worthwhile if you can tolerate the violence to watch through the end of the 5th season. After that, there are some good episodes here and there, but I can't recommend it in general.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: TurkeyLurker on February 14, 2020, 09:01:12 pm
Agree on Supernatural.  The first five seasons were very good.  The finale where Dean is getting repeatedly punched in the face by Lucifer was harrowing.  But the plastic soldier in the Impala's defroster kind of made me cry a little.  Interesting that the long lost brother that became the vessel for Michael was named Adam.

I haven't watched the last three seasons.  It just kind of got really stupid for me at the "leviathan" seasons.  I tried to soldier on, but the loss of Bobby made it hard for me to watch. 
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jana at Jade House on February 15, 2020, 09:51:06 pm
i just happened on Limitless.  on Netflix. wow. a show I can watch without flinching.

We watched Ethan Almighty for Valentine Day.  Like Himself said, terrible movie really, but watchable.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: LMAshton on February 16, 2020, 02:18:46 am
We stopped watching Supernatural somewhere around season 5. We enjoyed the first bunch of seasons, but it got too gory and that just lost all appeal.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on February 18, 2020, 01:52:05 am
To the Americans with Netflix, a new Shaun the Sheep movie!!  Farmageddon.  Everything you expect from Shaun, Bitzer and the Farmer, with as many 80s sci-fi movie references as the filmmakers could think of.  Delightful, clever and it made a great family evening together.  See it.  That is all.😁
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: TurkeyLurker on February 18, 2020, 10:31:57 am
Just watched "Peanut Butter Falcon" last night.  I laughed.  I cried.  I didn't hurl.  It was a sweet little movie.  I was so glad to see Jake the Snake out of his wheelchair (way to go, DDP yoga!).  And Mick Foley was his usual wonderful self.

Oh, and sorry I didn't post this earlier, one of the characters drops a couple of f-bombs, which are completely unnecessary to the story, IMHO.  My bad.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on February 18, 2020, 12:14:44 pm
Last night watched the first 2 episodes (I think it's all that's out) of Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. MIND BLOWN. I was expected a quirky, silly show, which it has, but it's also CRAZY deep and powerful in many ways. Highly recommend. It's on NBC, so you should be able to get it over the air.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: TurkeyLurker on February 18, 2020, 02:03:07 pm
I fell asleep one night and woke up during the middle of an episode of Zoey.  Really good show.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: GoodyScrivener on February 18, 2020, 10:34:36 pm
Just watched "Peanut Butter Falcon" last night.  I laughed.  I cried.  I didn't hurl.  It was a sweet little movie.  I was so glad to see Jake the Snake out of his wheelchair (way to go, DDP yoga!).  And Mick Foley was his usual wonderful self.

Oh, and sorry I didn't post this earlier, one of the characters drops a couple of f-bombs, which are completely unnecessary to the story, IMHO.  My bad.

I will have to tell hubby about this one. He's a huge wrestling fan, and I'm pretty sure he hadn't heard of it before.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Patty Rain on February 19, 2020, 11:46:35 am
Halfway through the pilot of Zoey. Loving it.  I need to get stuff done so I need to quit for now, but I don't want to!
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: TurkeyLurker on March 12, 2020, 11:03:35 am
Just started re-watching Poldark from the "entire series" DVDs I bought last week.

I really like these characters, and the sumptuous Masterpiece cinematography.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on March 16, 2020, 01:08:00 pm
My bestest friend has me hooked on Crash Landing on You.  It’s a Korean soap on Netflix.  Even CrowSibling-Arizona, who is not into this sort of thing, and does not have Netflix, has friends raving about it, so had to mention it in a recent visit. 

This sibling highly recommends Poldark, too.  Okay, now I’m really sold.

Last night, I made my girls sit down and watch the 1997 film, Contact.  It is one of my favorite films.  Both of them got sucked into the story and loved it.  Science, religion, little green men, Jodie Foster in an amazing dress, Matthew McConaghey keeping his “All right!” persona to a minimum, James Woods snarking as only he can, John Hurt as the wealthy benefactor, faith versus proof—always so good!
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: dyany on March 16, 2020, 04:03:23 pm
CG: you sound like my sister when she found Strong Woman Do Bong Soon on Netflix. At which point I taught her that those are called kdramas (yes even the funny ones, and most of them are romances) and that there was a really powerful fandom for kdramas, at which point she got sucked in like light into a black hole and now she watches kdramas ALL. THE. TIME. Like, so much so that her kids are starting to pick up bits of Korean and my 10 yo nephew is talking about wanting to go to Korea on a mission.

In case you want to want to see how close you can get to the blackhole, checkout https://www.viki.com/ (https://www.viki.com/) (there are some shows for free but you get more if you buy the subscription). It's relatively new (the BIG kdrama streamer shut down a year or so ago much to everyone's sadness, so viki was quickly created and has been trying to fill the void), but still has quite a few shows and lots of them are very good.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on March 16, 2020, 04:51:11 pm
Well, that’s a dangerous site.  Thanks!  ;D
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: LMAshton on March 16, 2020, 09:44:23 pm
My bestest friend has me hooked on Crash Landing on You.  It’s a Korean soap on Netflix.  Even CrowSibling-Arizona, who is not into this sort of thing, and does not have Netflix, has friends raving about it, so had to mention it in a recent visit. 
The two main characters in Crash Landing on You appear together a LOT. From what I'm told, it seems that it's fairly common in South Korean shows to pair actors together a lot when they have good on-screen chemistry. We watched them in Memories of the Alhambra (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8236556/), which we quite enjoyed.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Jana at Jade House on March 17, 2020, 11:10:36 am
Netflix . Merlin.  When Calls The Heart.  Good Witch.
I tried Spinning Out. Agh. Not for me Thx.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: JLM on March 17, 2020, 11:11:02 pm
Just finished our annual viewing of "Darby O'Gill and the Little People."  What a fun, lighthearted movie.  I'm getting tired of all these "gritty" movies that take themselves waaaay to seriously.  Some old school Disney fun really hit the spot.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: Roper on March 17, 2020, 11:13:49 pm
Just finished our annual viewing of "Darby O'Gill and the Little People."  What a fun, lighthearted movie.  I'm getting tired of all these "gritty" movies that take themselves waaaay to seriously.  Some old school Disney fun really hit the spot.
We watched Frozen II. I smiled at the part where Elsa is walking past her ice memories of the "Let It Go" scene and rolls her eyes.
Title: Re: What are you watching?
Post by: CrowGirl on March 23, 2020, 02:46:07 am
CrowMan, CrowDaughter and I watched The Two Popes tonight.  Excellent.  The casting was perfection.  As non-Catholics, we learned a bit about some of those traditions.  As someone who knew a little bit about these men, I learned more.  I understood where they were coming from, and what has cast them.  The Argentine accent was real.  The cinematography was very good.  I squealed at the scenes in the Sistine Chapel; a place I was lucky enough to visit once and would dearly love to go again (but not in the summer).  The music, hmmm.  Not what you would expect in this film.  There were some political scenes that felt heavy-handed, like the director was trying to make a point, that did not add to the film, but they were short moments that I could overlook.  I seem to recall both men were nominated for Oscars; very deserving.  I highly recommend.

The last scene, of Benedict and Francis watching the 2014 World Cup; excellent! ;D
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