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What are you watching and why?

ikosmos
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TV, I am thinking of, but all media is probably suitable for inclusion.

I"m thinking ..

Incorporated (new series, M Damon and B Affleck involved in producing) Anything with Canadian actor Ian Tracey gets my attention. But the subject matter - a dystopian, corporate-ruled future - is, of course, of interest.

Westworld (see The Android Manifesto, etc. )

and whatever you care to add.

This is probably a duplicate of a similar, previous thread. I just can't find it.


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6079_Smith_W
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Nope, I don't think it is a dupe, at least not a live one. Good idea for  a holiday diversion.

Anyway, In the thick of it. British government satire. Serious Scottish cursing warning.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thick_of_It

Also, the original Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, if you haven't seen it.


cco
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All my shows have gone off the air for the season. Depressing, really, since being inside in winter is the ideal time to watch TV. That said, I'm looking forward to the imminent return of Sherlock, and hoping Better Call Saul comes back before too long.


Timebandit
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We are all anticipating Sherlock with much excitement over here!

I've been watching Designated Survivor and Pitch. Both well-scripted shows with great casts. Network TV has stepped it up to compete a little better with HBO.

The blond guy watches Westworld. A bit too violent for me.

We've also been watching Timeless, which is silly and has huge plot holes, but I'm a sucker for time travel. Also Kim's Convenience, also light but pretty fun.

We're also going to be binge-watching season two of Broadchurch.

And lots of documentary.


MegB
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We don't have cable so have Netflix. I'm watching too many British murder mysteries and period pieces. All well done, of course, but I'm drinking entirely too much tea.


MegB
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And using words like "entirely".


Mr. Magoo
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We ditched our cable over a year ago (though, admittedly, we kept paying for it for a long time before that, even though we weren't watching it) so I suppose I don't really watch much.

But I've been watching Kim's Convenience on cbc.ca, which replicates the "TV" experience pretty well, right down to the commercials.

It's a good show.  Gentle humour, talented cast, and an interestingly multicultural approach.  Sort of an urban, Korean "Corner Gas".  As it happened, I lived within site of the actual convenience store they film in (at Queen and Sherbourne) for years, and I enjoy watching the little bits of "B-roll" footage between scenes and trying to figure out if I know where it was shot.

Also, I recently found, discarded, the DVD sets for seasons 1-3 of Breaking Bad.  I hear that's going to suck me in, so I haven't started watching it yet.  Plus, if it's as awesome as everyone says, I'll be on my own for the remaining seasons.


6079_Smith_W
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We have always had farmervision, though we had about a month of Netflix when a visitor was here this fall. Not bad,but not worth paying for.

We mostly rely on the library.

Other recommendations: Simon Schama's History of Britain, and The Power Of Art, even though the subjects are all white European Men, with the exception of Russian/American/Jewish Mark Rothko.

And of course, Ken Burns' documentaries. I have seen The Civil War, and Prohibition. Highly recommend both.

Edgar Reitz's Heimat.

And the miniseries version of Master and Margarita. Not sure if that one is available on DVD

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Master_and_Margarita_%28miniseries%29

I am seriously pissed that they never released all of Made In Canada on DVD.


ikosmos
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I watched Mars, a combination of documentary and drama but not a docudrama, on Nat Geo channel ... and then they suddenly stopped offering this freebee. Over the holidays, lots of programming is free, then gets cut off, I think, to lure you in....

There is almost no (older)  film that I cannot find on youtube - eventually.

Burn

Salt of the Earth

So my viewing habits are changing. It's no longer a question of "What's on" but, rather, what would I like to watch (or read - this also applies to many books I can get as well) and doing so in an organized way.

 

 


alan smithee
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HBO is my go-to. Always something good to watch on that channel. Netflix would be nice but I don't own a credit card.


ikosmos
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alan smithee wrote:
Netflix would be nice but I don't own a credit card.

Don't some financial institutions offer limited credit cards, or what about the kind you can pick up at a supermarket?

Of course, there are good reasons not to have one.


oldgoat
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I'm watching you guys because I'm being paid to. 


ikosmos
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hah. It's the unblinking, lidless eye of babble's moderator. Look upon him and despair.

Wink


kropotkin1951
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oldgoat wrote:

I'm watching you guys because I'm being paid to. 

I thought you were here seeking enlightenment. 


Edzell
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Recently watched "Day of the Jackal" - probably for the third time. Still a very well-made movie that keeps you watching.

http://putlockers.ch/watch-the-day-of-the-jackal-online-free-putlocker.html

Tonight will be "Tootsie" (for the first time.)

http://123movies.net/watch/nGE3AEvb-tootsie.html

I'd like to get the BBC 1970s TV series "The Lotus Eaters" on line but so far can't find a site that doesn't want my credit card no (which of course they won't use, right?) I recall being glued to the set weekly, back then. Wonder if I'd now discover it wasn't all that great :(


epaulo13
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..my latest view. i liked the review.

Toni Erdmann

The ironic thing about self-awareness is that it's bound up in other people. It's less about how we understand ourselves than about how we use the perceptions of others to train us to modulate our behavior and tame our impulses.

quote:

More ambitiously, the film is about whether it's even possible for one to be happy and fulfilled while locked in a demeaning, time-sucking embrace with global capitalism. Ines Conradi (Sandra Hüller) is fluent in the language and style of the consultant class, as her wardrobe is sleek yet conservative and anonymous. Her sentences slip effortlessly from German to English and are littered with observations about “concepts,” “clients,” and “performance”; they scan like mind-numbing bureaucratese, but have ramifications that may impact countless wage-earners. On a trip home for her current post in Bucharest, consulting for an oil company, she has a brief reunion with her father, Winfried (Peter Simonischek). He has a blood pressure monitor strapped to his chest and detachable reading glasses dangling from his neck; he's temporarily removed a set of fake teeth, but his face is still smeared with Gene Simmons makeup. “Am I supposed to get this?” Ines asks of his getup....


kropotkin1951
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Trumbo was a great flick that I saw recently.


lagatta4
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I rewatched the "Simonne et Chartrand" series about Simonne Monet-Chatrand and Michel Chartrand, and the great changes in Québec over their lifetimes. The episodes were silent on the 1972 General Strike, which I found very strange. I suppose no direct allusion to the PQ election (the PQ government is only mentioned when they start to sell out the working class who voted for them, and just as an allusion) was due to avoiding a "divisive" political stance or something, but I didn't understand glossing over one of the greatest episodes in Québec working class history.

I'll be looking forward to X Company, though I know that the series can be criticised as glorifying Canadian spy agencies, which were certainly not only involved in supporting anti-Nazi resistance forces! But it is a good period drama with interesting characters, and in addition to the genocide of the Jewish people, also focuses on other "races" and human groups targeted by Nazism (there is a Roma character whose entire extended family was murdered in an atrocity), the persecution of gay people, "breeding programmes", the "elimination" of mentally, physically and intellectually disabled people etc. It also touches on the important role "marginalised" people played in the war effort; one character has a condition close to mild autism, another is a geek etc - we can't help but think of Bletchley Park, which is mentioned in the series.

That said, I don't watch a lot of TV, except documentaries, the Enquête investigative journalism episodes and Infoman... I watch whatever I have to for work.


Unionist
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Enjoying Transparent.

 


Timebandit
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kropotkin1951 wrote:

Trumbo was a great flick that I saw recently.

Loved it! Great subject, really well done film.

lagatta4
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About Dalton Trumbo? I'll have to see that - is it online?


6079_Smith_W
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If not you should be able to find it at the library.


ikosmos
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I must confess that on Thursdays I watch, or record, "Alone" - a true survivor show - but I'm a bit of a fanatical hiker and so I'm kinda fascinated by people who are better at that than I am. And yes, I have a copy of Che's Guerilla Warfare. Doesn't everybody?

The first two seasons were on Vancouver Island. Now they're in Patagonia.

I watched Romeo's Section on the Ceeb because it was the same writers (and actors to some degree) who did Davinci's Inquest and Intelligence. And Eugene Lipinski reminds me of a old friend that I can't forget.


Edzell
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lagatta4 wrote:
About Dalton Trumbo? I'll have to see that - is it online?

http://123movieshd.net/film/trumbo-hvj/watching.html


Edzell
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Edzell wrote:

lagatta4 wrote:
About Dalton Trumbo? I'll have to see that - is it online?

http://123movieshd.net/film/trumbo-hvj/watching.html

Should be in the McCarthy thread?


Timebandit
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No, the film is about actual McCarthyism. Totally off topic. ;)

Timebandit
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The blond guy and I watched Henry VI part one last night - it's part of a series of films of Shakespeare's historical plays culminating in Richard III starring Benedict Cumberbatch. It was really well done! We have Part Two and Richard III on the PVR.

ikosmos
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yeah, he's not a bad actor. I still like old melon head as Henry IV, mind you.


epaulo13
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..very well done indeed. the very first episode draws you in and each epi after that takes you deeper and deeper into the story. each epi ending leave you hanging and wanting more. and if that's not enough there's a russian connection.

The OA | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix


Edzell
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Timebandit wrote:
No, the film is about actual McCarthyism. Totally off topic. ;)

Watched it (Trumbo) last night - very good. I was surprised that McCarthy came relatively late to the witch-hunting, although he made up for lost time :(.


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SHERLOCK SEASON 4!!!!!!!!!

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