What are you watching and why?

75 posts / 0 new
Last post
Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

I've been watching "Workin' Moms" on CBC.  Not because the struggles of these women resonate with me so much as I can just click and watch (I've "unplugged" my cable) but probably because I just miss Kim's Convenience.

It's not bad, though.  Women-made, women-centred.  It's got its moments.

Curious note:  the very first minutes of the very first episode show the main characters, in some "Mommy" group, baring and commenting on each other's naked breasts.  I don't remember that from "Little Mosque On The Prairie".  I assume that CBC is taking a swing at HBO.

lagatta4

I am REALLY not interested in watching that, and it seemed very tacky and vulgar.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

The bare breasts, or the "Mommy" group? 

Personally, I just kind of find the whole (gratuitous) nudity thing a bit unexpected, from the CBC.  I'm betting the upcoming "Anne of Green Gables" reboot features no nudity whatsoever.  And I'm glad "The Beachcombers" never trod that road.  A bit off-piste?

lagatta4

I don't think bare breasts or bare anything is vulgar, but yes, gratuitous nudity and the Mummy group, and why Workin' moms without a G? Are they in Trump country? I just started to watch it and found it stupid. My friends who have children (and I'm referring to younger friends, with small children) aren't suddenly brain-deprived.

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..the 7th season of american horror story started last night. the opening scene is donald trump giving a speech. how appropriate!

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Official

Official trailer for Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, a feature documentary by Arwen Curry about the life and legacy of the late author. worldsofukl.com

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..great cast, great acting and it has a political dimention..which is what drew me to it to start with.

The Party

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions.

From acclaimed British filmmaker Sally Potter and featuring a star studded cast that includes Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Timothy Spall, this witty, sharp and very funny new comedy will be a unmissable date for everyone’s diary.

laine lowe laine lowe's picture

That sounds really good, epaulo. I will have to check it out.

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..yes do laine. there's a suprise ending. short movie though 1hr 10min. 

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

epaulo13 wrote:

..great cast, great acting and it has a political dimention..which is what drew me to it to start with.

The Party

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. As the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Love, friendships and political convictions are soon called into question in this hilarious comedy of tragic proportions.

From acclaimed British filmmaker Sally Potter and featuring a star studded cast that includes Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Timothy Spall, this witty, sharp and very funny new comedy will be a unmissable date for everyone’s diary.

I saw it last summer - really fantastic film.

Pondering

Did not like Working Moms. I found it to be a negative and stereotypical take not a reflection of the relationships women have, working moms or not. It was a missed opportunity to do something genuinely edgey.

I have become a total sucker for a few reality shows 2 of which I thought I would never watch. It is people watching on steroids. There is an element of set up and replays of scenes but there is a whole lot of reality involved. I am currently watching Survivor David versus Goliath. 

Obviously scenes are cut to create impressions of individuals, and they have been known to get people through talent agencies, but the games are real. The hardships are real. The plotting is real. People's characters are revealed. Survivor has always been cool to watch, but I said I would never watch Big Brother.

I don't watch all the seasons but I have watched 3 or 4. They are more interesting if you keep up with sites that cover the live feeds so you get to see all the plotting and read about the latest backstabbing doublecrossing move. I'm not crazy about it because if you just watch the show it's more about the competitions and whatever "story" the producers are trying to tell. The live feeds tell a whole different story but it's a real time sink so I usually don't get into it. 

Then I tried the bachelorette. OMG I don't watch them all because again it's a time sink but they are so interesting once you get past the first few episodes. The interesting thing about the bachelor shows is that they have ended up with numerous real marriages that have produced offspring and many more relationships. It's insane. It's a whole franchise now.  The Bachelor/Bachelorette is one person being courted by 16 or more potential mates. In the early weeks they get wittled down fast and have mostly large group dates. By the time it is cut down to around 4 contestants it is getting real. They do hometown visits. They develop real feelings for more than one person. They are genuinely torn with who to choose. One guy, Ari, chose, proposed, then broke his engagement and went back to his second place choice and they are either engaged or married now. So now there is bachelor in paradise and bachelor winter games. These are crazy with equal numbers of men and women. Each week either the men or the women choose who stays. There is wild musical couples but again they actually end up having serious couples come out of it. It's astonishing to me. I'm watching, and I'm thinking, "I remember being that young and stupid".  and "Choose the other one."  

I don't care for the Amazing Race or the iron man type competitions, or sports for that matter, because it's all about physical competition. It's what makes people tick that fascinates me. 

 

Sean in Ottawa

Sometimes I watch US TV shows becuase I can pay attention to them with half a brain while I am working on something else. That does not mean I want to give a list and own the fact that I see them... I love Drit drama but if I am not paying attention due to something else I can get lost. I also watch a variety of things with subtitles. These of course require undivided attention to read subtitles so I cannot do other things. This forces more complete attention and perhaps greater enjoyment and appreciation when it may or may not be actually any better.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I have found a couple of Spanish shows that I liked a lot, the "Cable Girls" and "Mar De Plastico." I also enjoyed the French drama, "Marseille."

WWWTT

Chinese news station CCTV4 Hunan tv Shanghai and Beijing tv

Paw patrol, masha and the bear, power ranger etc etc. I have 3 toddlers and we watch tv together 

Pondering

I love Cable Girls! But it does require paying attention. I like Murdoch Mysteries. Not having to pay close attention probably has a lot to do with my watching reality shows. It's definitely easy to do other things and just glance up occasionally. 

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

I saw the new Doctor Who last week and loved Jody Whittaker. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the season. Also waiting for the next season of Star Trek Discovery to start in January. 

Has anyone seen Humans? It’s a British adaptation of a Scandinavian series about synthetic humans becoming sentient. Really well written and the casting is great. 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..enjoyed season 1 of humans. season 2 not so much. stopped watching after the 3rd epi.

..American Gods is quite good. weird but good..with ian mcshane as mr. wednesday. waiting for season 2.

..i've also been watching Black Earth Rising. wasn't sure about at first but by the 5th epi i decided i really liked it. 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..almost forgot this excellent scifi series. the writing is on par with blade runner. waiting for season 2.

Altered Carbon

..again an excellent and well done series. again waiting for season 2.

Killing Eve

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

I haven’t seen American Gods yet. It is one of my favourite novels. There’s another Gaiman adaptation coming out, Good Omens - from a novel he wrote with Terry Pratchett. Really looking forward to that one. David Tennant is a demon. 

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..txs for the heads up.

Good Omens - Official Teaser Trailer

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

Indian Horse - 2018

In late 1950s Ontario, seven year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of Canada's notorious Catholic residential schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his indigenous heritage and he witnesses all kinds of abuse at the hands of the very people who were entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite Canadian pastimes--hockey. Fascinated by the game, he secretly teaches himself how to not only play but develops a unique and rare skill. It's as if he has eyes in the back of his head and can see the game in a way no other player can. His talent leads him away from the misery of the school to a Northern Ontario native league and eventually the pros. But the ghosts of Saul's past will always haunt him. Forced to confront painful memories and revelations, Saul draws on the spirit of his ancestors and the understanding of his friends to gain the compassion he so sorely needs in order to begin healing. Indian Horse is a survivors' tale that foregrounds the indomitable spirit of North America's indigenous peoples in the face of aggressive assimilation policies and racism. Saul Indian Horse's story can be a tool to help foster further compassion and understanding, and in the process, become universal.

NDPP

Dalton Trumbo's Classic 1971 Anti-War Film - 'Johnny Got His Gun'

https://youtu.be/uUfBVLAY_pU

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

In my late teens I read Johnny Got His Gun and it had a profound affect on my views about war and peace.

Unionist

kropotkin1951 wrote:

In my late teens I read Johnny Got His Gun and it had a profound affect on my views about war and peace.

Me too. Amazing book. And of course Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten.

Pages