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    Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
    Loudermilk is on UK Netflix. Haven't watched it though
    We really enjoyed it.

    Also big thumbs-up for Mr and Mrs Smith.

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      Originally posted by hobbes View Post

      It's an hour and 26 mins on my sky box. Presumably with half a dozen ad breaks.
      Well, that's Sky's fault.

      The whole point of HBO - first as a premium service and now as a brand within a streaming service - is that there are no ads and limited censors. It's been that way for almost 50 years.

      If they start cutting it up to accommodate secondary broadcasters that do it wrong, then they might as well just give up and hand the whole thing over to Discovery channel trash.

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        I've really been enjoying Mr and Mrs Smith up until the episode we watched last night - the therapy one - which wasn't great and felt like they were already short of ideas and phoning it in. Hopefully that's just a blip and it finishes as brightly as it started.

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          Originally posted by San Bernardhinault View Post
          I've really been enjoying Mr and Mrs Smith up until the episode we watched last night - the therapy one - which wasn't great and felt like they were already short of ideas and phoning it in. Hopefully that's just a blip and it finishes as brightly as it started.
          That was kind of a bottle episode, but it was hardly phoning it in. It was explaining more about the characters.

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            I've tried Mr & Mrs Smith twice and not made it past halfway on the first episode. Not sure why it just made me feel uncomforatble.
            Which is weird. I really like Donald Glover.
            It might be because their interactions are so awkward and stilted that it makes me feel how I do when I'm forced to socialise with people I don't know these days.
            Last edited by hobbes; 12-02-2024, 16:05.

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              I enjoyed Mr & Mrs Smith even though parts of if were uncomfortable and the therapist sessions could have been cut altogether, or maybe shorter. If it does get a second season, I would give it a chance, but if it turned out to be more of the same, I might not finish it. I cannot picture Phoebe Waller-Bridge in that role though.

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                Hobbes is right that it is awkward, but somehow I didn't find that off-putting. I usually do.

                I don't agree about the therapist episodes. I thought Sarah Paulson was fantastic.
                It captured the weird vibe of visiting at therapist whose office is in their own house.
                It also captured how millennials of a certain socioeconomic status are now marinating in therapy-speak, for better and worse. That's a big part of the whole show.


                I agree that PWB would make it a very different show.
                Without being one of those guys, I hope....I can believe that Maya Erskine could blend into a crowd and convince people that she is just a computer programmer in Brooklyn. She's very attractive, but she is good at playing a woman who seems to be trying to take up less space. I suspect that vibe is informed by her role in Pen15. Even in the scenes where she's all dressed up and supposed to look like a world-class smokeshow, as the kids say, she doesn't seem to be striding confidently.

                PWB is just more, conspicuous, I guess would be the word. Even though she plays a personal trainwreck in Fleabag, I cannot imagine her doing anything but striding confidently, Bond style. I don't think this show wants a Bond vibe. It's trying to be more grounded.

                I suppose Donald Glover is a bit like that too. He's Childish Gambino. It's hard to not see that.

                I would have had him switch roles with Paul Dano, who is very good at "playing small." Glover would be great as the pushy real estate guy.

                But then, DG is producing the show. Also, there's that episode where he infiltrates a poker game of Black guys and that leads to an awkward conversation about race that felt true to life. They couldn't do that with a white guy in the lead.



                Spoiler
                It ends on an irritating cliffhanger. I'm pretty sure it will get a second season, but it will feel like a waste of time if it does not.

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                  Originally posted by Sits View Post
                  A bit late to Boy Swallows Universe having been deterred by the title. After about ten minutes for me to get over my wariness of any Aussie drama, began enjoying it. Performances are great, especially the boy and even Bryan Brown who’s not hamming too much.
                  Tried the first episode and Mrs B found it too dark. I persuaded her to try and watch the second and even I found that dark and we gave up. I have heard that the first two episodes are very dark and then it lightens up so will try again.

                  In the meantime, binged “Platonic” with Seth Roger and Rose Byrne which is pleasantly easily watchable.

                  Mrs B watched The Twelve which I caught an episode or two of and it looked intriguing

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                    Watched Aftersun on the BBC IPlayer last night. I knew little about it other than it was lauded, so it took a while to work out what was going on. But, my, what a fantastic piece of film-making.

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                      I hope Bordeaux Education persists with Boy Swallows Universe.

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                        A minor, possibly slightly spoilery, question for people who have seen all of True Detective S4 below ;

                        [SPOILER]Does Danvers quote in Episode 1 "Not a Beatles fan, OK?" have any deeper relevance that reveals itself later in the season? I don't want to know what that is, if so - just if it's there.[/SPOILER]​

                        Hmm, has that worked?

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                          Watched Beyond Utopia on BBC catch up last night. A Storyville documentary about people defecting from North Korea. Absolutely gripping and the risks that so many must have taken to get some incredible secret footage, are off the scale.

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                            Yes. That documentary is remarkable. I watched it wondering just how it could exist, and how you would go about making it happen

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                              Popped out tonight with the missus to a screening (by the local branch of a French cultural promotion outfit called Alliance Francaise) of the 2017 French film "Le Brio", starring Daniel Auteuil as a curmudgeonly old conservative and racist law professor who, in order to head off possible dismissal at a disciplinary hearing about his racist comments in lectures, is given the task of coaching a female law student of north African ethnicity from the banlieue (played by Camelia Jordana) for a national rhetoric/debating competition. Wiki doesn't do the plot or the tenor of the flim justice at all. It was sodding wonderful, and the missus and I both absolutely loved it. Best film I've seen for months.

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                                Working our way through Series 2 of Irvine Welsh's Crime. It's very good but my God it's bleak.

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                                  I really enjoyed that. Better than expected.

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                                    I completed Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt today (the actual series, the special I've got 5 mins into and given up because it's one of those pick your own story things that I hate).

                                    I absolutely loved it, it was easy viewing and completely and utterly stupid. It helps that Ellie Kemper is probably my first celebrity crush since Anna Kournikova when I was in my early to mid-teens.

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                                      Have just started I'm A Virgo and sufficiently satisfied with episode one to continue watching.

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                                        Originally posted by Sits View Post
                                        Working our way through Series 2 of Irvine Welsh's Crime. It's very good but my God it's bleak.
                                        I watched both series recently. Agree with you that it’s bleak, but very good nonetheless.

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                                          I correctly guessed that one of the actors in S2 of Crime could be Dougray Scott's son, and sure enough it was (Gabriel Scott).

                                          Now we have started Mr. Bates Versus The Post Office which has finally arrived on an infuriatingly ad-laden commercial channel. We've just seen Ep.1 - my God, now this really is bleak. Just utterly awful what went on.

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                                            Oh, it’s frightening.

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                                              The BBC's The Space Shuttle that Fell to Earth, about the loss of the Columbia, is fascinating, infuriating, incredibly moving. It leaves you full of admiration for some and full of contempt for others. It's brilliant.

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                                                I watched both series of Trigger Point (starring Vicky McLure fron Line of Duty). After the first couple of episodes, I thought that this is going to be crap. It did improve, but not significantly.

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                                                  Originally posted by Hot Orange View Post
                                                  The BBC's The Space Shuttle that Fell to Earth, about the loss of the Columbia, is fascinating, infuriating, incredibly moving. It leaves you full of admiration for some and full of contempt for others. It's brilliant.
                                                  Thanks for the tip HO, I’ll watch it. I know some of the history already, in particular I have a vague recollection of reading about the shocking absence of safety prioritisation at NASA, but no doubt I’ll learn a lot from it.

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                                                    Trial By Media is an interesting little docu-series on a bunch of ‘made for court tv’ crimes in the States from the mid-90s through the oughts. Hot Pepsi and ursus arctos would likely know all the stories, but it’s a bit of a trip. It’s on Netflix.

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