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Villanelle from Killing Eve season 2

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Huge THUMBS UP!

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Yay!

Went to the movies tonight, saw Captain Marvel. This isn’t just a superhero movie - it’s a film about female rage. And I LOVED it. 

Also, the cat rules. Good kitty. 

Pondering

I give up. I still can't find the music thread. Does anyone know where it is?

nicky

Try Derry Girls, a gem of a comedy. Set in N. Ireland about 1990 during the troubes. Great writing and characters.

Unionist

Pondering wrote:

I give up. I still can't find the music thread. Does anyone know where it is?

Here.

Pondering

Unionist wrote:

Pondering wrote:

I give up. I still can't find the music thread. Does anyone know where it is?

Here.

Thank-you :)

lagatta4

I don't usually like superhero stuff, but if the cat rules...

Perhaps I should make one up in which the heroine or hero is a cat. An actual cat, not the "Black Panther"...

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lagatta - Captain Marvel has the usual superhero action sequences and it's an early prequel for the Avengers universe and certainly lives in the world Stan Lee created. But the creative team is mostly women - I think there is one man in the mix, the writing, producing and a co-director are all women and it takes that world into a very feminist perspective. I find it so interesting that this generation of young women are making that territory a place for all of us.

There was some fuss about making Captain Marvel female - the character is originally male. But in doing so, this character breaks out of so many of the restrictions that are put on women about our place, our emotions, our power. What happens when we let our rage out, when we use it? Something truly amazing.

Anyway, I'm not usually one for superheroes, either. I didn't bother with Aquaman and the last couple of Ironman movies. But this one - and Wonder Woman - is really worthwhile.

MegB

After dinner, if I don't have meetings to go to, I binge-watch Netflix. I've tried the CBC app Gem, but it's crap (though I did enjoy Wallander - a BBC Swedish co-production starring Kenneth Branagh). I did watch The Umbrella Club, which was a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to watching both seasons of the OT. I'm watching Nightflyers right now, because I'm a total SF and horror dork. It has plenty of both. I started watching Travelers but Season 3 didn't hold my interest so I moved on. I watched Van Helsing for a while too, intrigued by the notion of bad-ass women vampire hunters, but post-apocalyptic vampires and zombies are wearing a bit thin. Definitely want to see Captain Marvel - we'd planned to see it last weekend but took too long getting our shit together and ended up watching the Leafs game down at our local watering hole. Hopefully this weekend. So interesting to see what people are watching here.

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..a couple more shows worth watching. 

​..the expanse first aired in the us only and has recently come to canada. 3 seasons so far with a 4th on it's way. it tells a complex story that respects the scifi viewer. and does not have a military structure like star wars and star trek. here's a trailer from season 1

THE EXPANSE

A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth's rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

..and here is a trailer from legion. while it is officially a superhero comic character it is antihero and very unlike superhero shows. i remember once reading that phillip k dick (original writer of blade runner way back when) dropped acid and while tripping wrote a passage in one of his stories. well here the writing is brilliant and at times seems like your on an acid trip. 3rd season coming this year. 

Legion Official Trailer

David Haller is a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, but after a strange encounter, he discovers special powers that will change his life forever.

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..finally got around to watching fleabag..1st epi season 2. WOW! so powerful, tragic and fun. all at the same time. 

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I watched the last season of Broadchurch over the last couple of weeks. Really good - the writing quality kept up with the first two seasons, and terrific performances. Love how cinematic the shooting is. 

And saw season 2 premiere of Killing Eve last night. Good start!

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..trailers included

Cliteracy, Power and the War against Women’s Sexual Pleasure

The pants that sparked a million op-eds are back. Leggings came under fire again recently after a Catholic mother — her self-description — wrote a letter to the editor at Notre Dame’s student newspaper, asking young women to stop wearing them for the sake of modesty and decency.

Not long after, arms became an issue when B.C. legislature staff chided women for wearing sleeveless shirts.

The things that women put on their bodies are problematic enough, but what’s inside is even more troublesome. Stories of women being told to cover their arms and legs pale beside the biggest cover-up of them all — female sexual desire.

When the Guardian ran an article on the actual shape and size of the clitoris, I did a double take. It looked like something H.R. Giger might have drawn, an alien queen, hiding her length and breadth until needed, at which point she bursts forth, a raging monster.

In all honesty, I felt a bit scared. An odd reaction, but it demonstrates how little we know about female bodies.

But why do we know so little?

It’s a question that lies at the heart of director Barbara Miller’s new documentary #FemalePleasure. Miller’s film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2018 and picked up awards at Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival and Leipzig Festival for Documentary Film. The film will have its North American premiere at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto this month.

Maria Finitzo’s film Dilemma of Desire, while still in production, looks to examine some of the same issues as Miller’s film, asking why female anatomy remains so verboten. “Sex education teaches us all about the penis and nothing at all about the clitoris,” the film observes. “Furthermore, in the majority of college anatomy textbooks, the correct anatomical depiction of the clitoris is absent. The word ‘clitoris’ is literally for many unspeakable.”

Even the staid old National Film Board of Canada is getting in on the action with a new interactive app designed to demystify the clitoris. Clit Me, designed by eight young Canadian women, seeks not only to take away fear, but to introduce some fun into the mix with a clitoral avatar that helps women and their partners explore different techniques and approaches. The intent is to help close the orgasm gap.

The what?.....

lagatta4

I'm watching Livia, my little black cat, explore roofs of adjacent buildings. I do have to comb her though.

My mother had a cat who actually liked to be vacuumed. That would be handy...

Unionist

lagatta4 wrote:

I'm watching Livia, my little black cat, explore roofs of adjacent buildings. I do have to comb her though.

My mother had a cat who actually liked to be vacuumed. That would be handy...

I love your interpretation of the thread topic, lagatta!

As for me...

I'm watching my words. And why? Just because.

kropotkin1951

I'm watching our trees come into bloom, a new one almost daily. The plum and cherry and peach trees are all flowering and the apple and maple trees are getting new leaves.

Unionist

Watched "Lion" on Netflix, a 2016 movie about a 5-year-old Indian boy who gets separated from his older brother and ends up 1600 km away from home and no clue how to get back. Then, many years later... but ok, that's enough. Breathtaking performances (IMHO) by Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman.

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I'm watching our trees come into bloom, a new one almost daily. The plum and cherry and peach trees are all flowering and the apple and maple trees are getting new leaves.

I am envious! It snowed here again this morning. It's gone again, but gawds this feels endless.

Still loving Killing Eve. Saw Mrs Wilson - drama based on a true story, of actress Ruth Wilson's grandparents.

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a26935365/mrs...

 

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The Chocolate Farmer

https://www.nfb.ca/film/chocolate_farmer/

"This full length documentary takes us to an unspoiled corner of southern Belize, where cacao farmer and father Eladio Pop manually works his plantation in the tradition of his Maya ancestors, as a steward of the land..."

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Watching "The Loudest Voice" based on the career of Roger Ailes and his building Fox News into the conservative juggernaught  that it is to this day.

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..includes trailer

One Afternoon, Two Indigenous Women, and an East Van Film You Feel in Your Guts

We talk to the visionary makers of ‘The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open.’

To live in a female body is often to exist in a state of pain.

It’s rare to see a film that captures this reality, but The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open does exactly that. It’s a film that you feel as much as you watch.

If you’re female, you feel it in your guts — in the twisting pain of uterine cramps, the thumping kick of a baby or the ticklish sensation of Braxton Hicks contractions.

On the surface, the film is deceptively simple — two women, leading deeply different lives, come together in real time over a single afternoon.

Áila (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) lives with her boyfriend in a nice apartment in Vancouver. With her well-cut camel coat and neat hair, she appears an upwardly middle-class professional. In the film’s opening prologue she’s having an IUD inserted, explaining to the doctor that she’s not ready to have children. A sense of tightly wound control permeates her interactions. She’s clear and precise in her communication, but sadness drapes her like a fog.

Elsewhere in the city, a heavily pregnant young woman named Rosie (Violet Nelson) is living with her violent boyfriend and his elderly mother in a shabby apartment. While the pair watches TV in the living room, a man’s voice can be heard, furious and rage-soaked, in another room.

Both women are Indigenous. Rosie is Kwakwaka’wakw, and Áila is Blackfoot and Sami.

On her way home from the clinic, Áila comes across Rosie, bloody and beaten, standing shoeless in the rain. Across the street, Rosie’s boyfriend is screaming invective. In an instant decision, Áila takes the younger woman by the hand and they flee, like fairy tale children, making their way to Áila’s apartment. And then things take a turn as one life intersects with another, bodies ricocheting off each, opening up new directions.....

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The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open premeired at the Berlin Film Festival on February 9, 2019. It later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was picked up for distribution by ARRAY Releasing. It will be released in theaters on NY and LA on Nov 29th.

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..song from video

Fawn Wood - Mommy's Little Guy

Iskwewak - Songs of Indigenous Womanhood

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..i find the processes interesting.

ARRAY Acquires Toronto Drama ‘The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open’

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“Through emotional, passionate storytelling, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open showcases the rarely portrayed lives, challenges and perspectives of Indigenous women,” ARRAY president Tilane Jones said. “This beauty of a film by two dynamic women filmmakers captivated everyone at ARRAY. We’re thrilled to share Elle-Máijá and Kathleen’s talents while unveiling The Body as our 25th acquisition.”

The deal was negotiated by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw on behalf of ARRAY and Tyler Hagan of Experimental Forest and Lori Lozinski of Violator Films, who handled negotiations for the filmmakers.

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..remember the jason bourne movies? well this new tv series is a spin off. i've watched 2 epis so far and it's pretty good.

Treadstone 

The Treadstone project, having created super spy Jason Bourne, turns its attention on a new protocol to develop unstoppable superhuman assassins.

..this series is much better than the recent jack ryan spy series. which is nothing but tired old middle east terrorist plots. 

..i'm about to watch the 3rd epi of treadstone. :)

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..i'm trying to locate a spot i can watch this flick. if i come across a place i'll share.

You Have to See Parasite

The brilliance of Parasite doesn’t lie in any political allegory it weaves, but instead in its depiction of the cruel realities of trying to make it in a capitalist system set against you. Everyone should go see it.​

I'm still in considerable pain from watching Parasite, days later. It’s that great of a film. Even the comedy is disturbing, and then the real anguish sets in.

Pay no attention to backlash against it you might encounter on social media. Any film that makes this big of an impact is sure to get dismissed by latecomers maddened by the consensus of early raves. And Parasite was a perfect candidate for initial left-wing love and subsequent left-wing scorn, because now people go in prepared to read it as a political allegory. They start putting together an analysis of the film on these terms as soon as the lights go down. Frankly, they could do it even sooner, based on the reputation of writer-director Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer, Okja), plus maybe the trailer.....

In Theaters October 11, 2019

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..i'm up to epi 5. so far so good. it's an imaginative fantasy.  

Review: His Dark Materials Is a Coming-of-Age Tale Dressed in Retro-Futuristic Garb

HBO’s His Dark Materials is a beautifully orchestrated reminder that there’s life after Westeros, albeit with airships, science, and sensible sweater vests. The first of Philip Pullman’s iconic trilogy of novels springs to life in the show’s first episode, “Lyra’s Jordan,” effectively erasing the memory of Chris Weitz’s 2007 film adaptation of The Golden Compass, which failed to embrace the depth of the universe Pullman created.

Dafne Keen slips naturally into the role of orphan Lyra Belacqua, who’s eager to explore beyond her home at Jordan College in an alternate version of Oxford. The actress brings a bristling restlessness to the young girl, who’s much more into stealing wine and sliding down rooftops than reading books and doing chores. In this world, all humans have talking daemons, physical manifestations of their souls that exist outside the body as animal companions. Children’s daemons don’t take on a fixed form until their humans reach puberty, so Lyra’s daemon, Pantalaimon (Kit Connor), constantly morphs between a moth, wildcat, ermine, and a blur of other creatures. It’s a heavy-handed metaphor for coming of age, but it lays a crucial foundation for the story’s existential exploration of knowledge, individuality, and truth.....

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I know Ricky Gervais is not everyone's cup of tea but I just finished watching "After Life" a 6 part 30 min bittersweet comedy series of sorts. His dog Brandy on the series will melt your heart.

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..started watching but had to stop to share. the target is the notorious rio tinto.

Review: The Eco-Terrorist Drama Woman at War Is Equal Parts Wry and Fantastic

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To this end, the film centers around a personality split in two. Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a middle-aged woman whose bourgeois exterior masks a secret: She’s the notorious ecoterrorist known as the Mountain Woman, who roams the countryside outside Reykjavik downing power lines with her bow and arrow. Her identical twin, Ása (also Geirharðsdóttir), is an aspiring sage, who wishes to perfect herself through meditation. Both see the world as out of joint; Halla wants to fix it, while Ása wants to fix herself. Right away, the film wants us to question whether these are goals that can be achieved in isolation from each other.

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..started watching but had to stop to share. the target is the notorious rio tinto.

Review: The Eco-Terrorist Drama Woman at War Is Equal Parts Wry and Fantastic

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To this end, the film centers around a personality split in two. Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir) is a middle-aged woman whose bourgeois exterior masks a secret: She’s the notorious ecoterrorist known as the Mountain Woman, who roams the countryside outside Reykjavik downing power lines with her bow and arrow. Her identical twin, Ása (also Geirharðsdóttir), is an aspiring sage, who wishes to perfect herself through meditation. Both see the world as out of joint; Halla wants to fix it, while Ása wants to fix herself. Right away, the film wants us to question whether these are goals that can be achieved in isolation from each other.

 

I saw it. Last summer, I think. I agree it's quite good.

A couple films I'd recommend for our current moment - two of my faves of the past decade:

Leave No Trace

It's about a veteran suffering from PTSD and his daughter, trying to survive as best they can. It was directed by Debra Granik, who also directed Winter's Bone. What I loved about it were the ways that working-class folks were shown coming together to provide mutual aid to one another. It's currently streaming on Netflix.

 

My second recommendation is How to Survive a Plague.

Although some of the tactics should not currently be replicated in a time of physical distancing, it still offers inspiring lessons on how to take care of each other and fight for what we need to stay alive.

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..saw leave no trace a while back. i liked it. 

..today i'm plugging season 5 of saul. there are 6 epis out of 10 that has aired so far. the time period is ever inching towards the breaking bad years. in season 5 saul and hank have their 1st encounter with saul playing hank.     

Better Call Saul Season 5 Trailer

Bacchus

A Discovery of Witches which is surprisingly good consider I usually say the book is better when it comes to bringing one to TV or Movie

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We just finished binge watching Season 2 of "Kidding" with Jim Carey and Judy Greer. It is very dark yet has emotional resonance and some absurd comic touches. Season 1 was probably funnier in an off-the-wall way but Season 2 has more depth with many lovely moments about family, friendship and love.

kropotkin1951

We have just finished the first day of a three day afternoon movie special. Despite having seen them all before we have never watched all Lord of the Rings movies close together, so on to the Two Towers tomorrow.

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..it took me a while to get around to watching little dog..but i finally did. i'm now into season 2 of it. i love the charactors and have a special place in my long term memory for mary walsh who plays tucker.

Little Dog

..and to update the new season of cardinal is in 6 days while the good fight will happen in 9 and killing eve in 12.

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I LOVE "Little Dog" and I sure hope they come back with a Season 3. I have been recommending it to friends who want something to distract themselves with that is Canadian.

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..it started out as something for me to try out when i first came across save me. it quickly drew me in with it's great cast, dialog and intensity. the trailer doesn't do it justice. and now season 2 has begun. 

Save Me 

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..this series began a short while ago. the whole season 1 came out at once. i've gotten around to watching the 1st epi..and i like it. it's original and provides food for thought.

Review: Tales from the Loop Explores the Complexities of Human Connection

Amazon’s Tales from the Loop is set in a pastoral farm community that seems to simultaneously embody the past and future. There are no cellphones here, and bars and diners have a rustic ‘50s-era feel. However, large robots also populate the area, often seen in the backgrounds of compositions, suggesting solitary guards. The robots also feel rustic, nearly forgotten, like broken-down tractors. Rather than serve as conventionally awe-inspiring special effects, the robots appear to be taken for granted by the human characters, and the casualness of their presence is one of the show’s enchantments. The robots have a metaphorical weight, echoing the uncertainty and melancholia of the humans....

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..another trailer

The West End Tour - Tucker's Tour of Towny Delights | Little Dog

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..i have always liked westworld ever since it's inception in 1973. this movie starred yul brynner as the leading robot.

..i also found much to like about the remake of westworld as a tv series. which brings me to season 3 which began a short while ago. i'm about to have some yogurt for lunch as i watch the 1st epi.  

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Westworld’ Season 3

It’s been 16 months since “Westworld’s” second season ended, and while Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s sophomore effort received more mixed reviews than their freshman debut, no one can deny just how highly-anticipated its upcoming third season is ahead of its March 15 debut. Especially in the wake of a “Game of Thrones” conclusion and with HBO’s upcoming series like “Watchmen” and “His Dark Materials,” now is an interesting time for sci-fi/fantasy series on the cable juggernaut.

HBO recently released five images from the third season’s upcoming second episode, which will air on March 22. Here’s a look at the new photos and the ongoing struggles of several of the eclectic show’s standout characters.

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..a while back someone, nicky i think, recommended derry girls. i tried watching it but, i must admit, i missed out on a lot because of the heavy dialect and fast talking. well i found a place to watch that includes subtitles. i've watched my 1st epi and love it. and it is really funny. with political humour running throughout.

Daft, profane and absolutely brilliant: Derry Girls is the funniest thing on TV

There are few spectacles more ripe for comedy than teenagers causing havoc, but Derry Girls has got it down to a fine art. Channel 4’s new sitcom is set in “a place called Derry, or Londonderry, depending on your persuasion – a troubled little corner in the north-west of Ireland,” the melodramatic diarist Erin declares in the opening episode. Or rather, her cousin Orla declares it, by reading aloud excerpts from Erin’s diary. (She’s doing it for her book report.)

The action, and there is plenty of it, takes place in the 90s, a time when teenagers could aspire to be famous like the Corrs, and against a backdrop of the Troubles, which, for our heroines, means a bomb scare on the bridge delaying their school bus because it has to go the long way around.....

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Jackass.

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Anybody watching Outbreak or Contagion?

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..here's the opening scene to continuum. a canadian scifi filmed in vancouver. 

Continuum Intro

Here is the first scene from the action packed Continuum, it is one of the most influential Illuminati/NWO series ever made and has been written with the concept of conditioning people into supporting their one world government and RFID chip/human tagging agenda. In an early scene after this one - a 'criminal' is tagged (RFID chip implanted) and told to report to a certain place or suffer the pain.....

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"Derry Girls" is brilliant. I watched and loved the first two seasons and I think a third one should be released soon. Although not as political except for the social class and feminist commentary, "Raised by Wolves" is also brilliant. Seasons 1 and 2 can be watched on CBC's Gem.

Although somewhat dark but funny, I am also enjoying "Breeders". It reminds me very much of why I am happy to be childless.

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..i've had breeders on my list for a little while..to check out. as i will now do with wolves. txs laine. 

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..this looks interesting. moderate ratings but interesting none the less. will try and find it. 

 MURMUR

 This is a modest and minimal film that’s also immensely engaging. It’s from Nova Scotia, made by Heather Young, whose previous films were shorts, and starring Shan MacDonald, in her first acting job. Both deliver tremendously.

Shan plays a woman assigned to a job at an animal shelter after an impaired driving conviction. Her daughter won’t talk to her. But a sickly dog named Charlie comforts her and she takes him home. “He deserves a chance,” she says, despite his heart failure, skin problems and ear infection. In her small apartment, he proves incontinent, too. But she dotes on him. “He loves me no matter what I do.” Then she brings him other animals as friends. Naturally that can’t last once there are six or seven pets lounging around her living room. We’re waiting for what would get in the way and when it does, it becomes intensely moving, yet completely in keeping with the gentle mood of the film.

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..there's not to many horror type shows i watch anymore. the genre has been flooded with crap, crap and more crap. there are a couple tv shows i like though. brain dead is one of them and in fact it's the 2nd time i'm watching it.

Review: BrainDead: Season One

It says a lot about the current state of America that BrainDead, a series which posits that politicians are becoming more radicalized because extraterrestrial ants have been eating their brains, isn’t all that farfetched. Once we accept that Donald Trump might become president of the United States, as he is in the show’s near-future, there isn’t much room left for skepticism. Even though the autodidactic Gustav Triplett (Johnny Ray Gill) shows signs of extreme paranoia, carrying around an anti-NSA tinfoil baggie for cellphones, Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) can’t help but take him seriously when he theorizes that heads are literally exploding on the Beltway because tiny ant farts are filling those crania with methane....  Trailer

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I certainly enjoyed "BrainDead" and thought it would have a longer run.

We are 2 episodes in to "Mrs. America". Stellar cast and the performances are excellent. Had to revisit Wiki to remind myself of the careers of the founding members of NOW.

 

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