What have you been watching?
I watched season 1 of Atlanta. It is very good! Darius is my favorite character, and I loved the unique style and sense of humor of the show. A+
I’m going to give the Leftovers another try. I watched the first episode a long time ago, but wasn’t really interested. I heard that season 1 is not so great, but that it gets better. Since I found that to be true for Halt & Catch Fire, I’m going to give the Leftovers another chance.
My friend is saying I have to watch the Leftovers, but I think I have to pay for it on Hulu because I don’t have HBO. I’m going to have to go for it because she really wants to talk to me about it.
You can get a one week free trial of HBO through Hulu. I was paying $15 a month for the HBO Go app, and the app was really annoying, and kept disconnecting from my Chromecast, so I signed up for the Hulu add on because it was the same price, and so far, it works way better.
Two of my favorite movies are also in the HBO movie library, which is pretty extensive. And ALL of the HBO shows are in there. I don’t work for HBO, I swear. I just find that it’s worth the money so far 🙂
The Leftovers started season 2 (I think) with an insane, long sequence following a cavewoman giving birth in pre-historic times and I was like FUCK THIS SHIT. It felt like Lindelof was testing the viewers with some avant garde crap and I was not there for it. Thus ended my viewing of The Leftovers.
That sounds terrible.
Agree 100% that that part was bonkers….BUT…the rest of season 2 was so so so great. Season 3 was also incredible. If you can make it past the cavewoman scene, I think it’s worth it.
I will just play Candy Crush while that scene plays out. Or fast forward through it!
I took a vacation from Mad Men this weekend. Instead I finally watched John Wick based on Tracey’s review (I believe her exact words were “it is mediocre-plus, acceptable if you have the flu and can’t change the channel, doesn’t star anyone worthwhile, but there’s a dog”). Also I rewatched two movies I haven’t seen since they were in theaters — 3:10 to Yuma (good!) and part of Master and Commander. Master and Commander I picked while trying to fall asleep at 3 a.m. last night, but turns out that is still a good movie and hard to fall asleep to, so I am tired today.
I own Master and Commander, I pull it out about once a year. Great flick.
Also, based on Tracey’s posts, I watched John Wick and John Wick 2. Enjoyed them more than I expected because the fight scenes are so well-choreographed.
John Wick’s choreography is great. How did anyone take La-La Land seriously?
I am looking forward to finishing M&C tonight, and am wondering if I should read the books. I should at least take on the first one.
I’ll bet the books are good. I haven’t seen LaLa Land, I can’t decide if I’d like it.
La-La Land could have been a great short film of 20 minutes about a struggling romance. But it’s 2 hours long. It’s a mess. Visually it is not thought out — like, shockingly deficient at points, so it feels like they rushed it into production. Plus there’s not a single dance move as lively as this one:
Oh I see that while I was in a staff meeting a conversation about my favorite topic broke out: why John Wick is the best movie in the past decade.
Don’t make me come over there
We posted JW gifs at the exact same minute. That’s choreography.
I’m all about This is Us right now, which a friend recommended, and I text her a few times a week saying “why did you turn me on to this show which makes me want to cry like every episode I HATE CRYING.” It’s very good.
Oh man did you see the Super Bowl episode yet? I stopped watching This Is Us maybe 10 episodes into season one because those twins were so disgustingly co-dependent and I hated both of them. The third brother is great, I wish the show were just about him and the parents. But then I caught the Super Bowl episode and ugly cried for an hour.
I have a new show to talk about! There’s a show on Amazon Prime called Absentia, starring Stana Katic from Castle. It’s a thriller about an FBI agent who disappeared six years ago and was presumed dead, then one night her husband gets a phone call telling him she’s alive but he only has 60 minutes to save her. It’s a pretty compelling mystery thriller that I burned through in four days.
I’ve been binging on ER, and ironically, I think it’s probably very unhealthy because I’ve been having mild stress dreams about it almost every night. But it’s still a good show! Carter just became an official doctor, but he’s still just as big of a screw up as ever. I’m also excited because I’m visiting a friend in Chicago this weekend and discovered that her place is only a couple of blocks away from the house that was Carol Hathaway’s! So I’m going to try to plan my running route about it. Pretty cool pretty cool.
Two new dramas, varying degrees of good-ness:
1) Requiem (it’s a BBC/Netflix co-production) is apparently ‘supernatural’, but all I’ve seen so far is a few doors slamming ‘mysteriously’ and a disembowelled sheep. So we shall see. Basic premise is that a little girl went missing 20 years ago in a small Welsh village, and now a young woman has turned up and thinks she might be that girl. I’ll plough on with it.
2) Collateral, which had a slightly messy episode one, really picked up for episode two. It’s by David Hare and stars Carey Mulligan, John Simm, Billie Piper, Nicola Walker… Loads of great people. On the surface it’s a police drama, but there are a lot of layers! Immigration, politics, drugs, love, etc etc. It’s good! I have no idea how they will wrap it up in just four episodes. One of my favourite bits is that the main officer used to be an athlete and every time anyone new meets her, they go “oh you used to be an athlete”. I am easily pleased.
I also continue to recommend Inside Number Nine, and Before We Die (Innan Vi Dor)
I will look into this Requiem of which you speak. I ended up enjoyed Taboo, which has a similar “Is this supernatural or just stuff that happens” vibe, so maybe that’s my thing. One of my things. I need to test myself. The unexamined life, you guys, is not worth living.
I watched a crazy movie on Netflix streaming called “Kung Fu Yoga.” HORRIBLE title. It’s Jackie Chan, came out last year, and was a joint Chinese/Indian production. I did some reading about it and it was the highest grossing Jackie Chan movie ever in China, which is saying a lot, but apparently it was a flop in India, which is too bad because it has some big name Indian actors in it. The scenery is amazing (shot in China, Iceland, India, and Dubai). It has a car chase scene involving Jackie Chan borrowing an SUV and for some reason, there is a lion in the back. Oh, and there’s a big Bollywood-style dance in it too!
You can see the trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5KcwjfPdFC0
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