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Has anyone been watching the new series of Inside No 9? I felt last year was a rare dip in quality for a show that has been consistently excellent, but this latest run has been really good so far. The first episode in particular was fantastically silly and creative.
Just now finished binging 'The Last Dance' on Netflix for the third time. I am not a basketball fan these days by any stretch, but man back in the 90s I was obsessed with MJ and Bulls. Brilliant stuff and really eye opening.
The Last Dance was my favourite TV of last year. It was so well put together and fascinating. It landed when I was going through a bad patch and it helped focus my attention and take my mind off things. I only knew of basketball because my brother was a fan, but I remember even for a sport with little following in the UK you couldn't move for Bulls/MJ merch.

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Interesting, I felt that last year's series was pretty strong but feel completely the reverse about this season. The second one was all right but I thought the first one was insufferable.

Comedy, eh? So subjective.
Fingers crossed for episode three!

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Episode 3 has just been on, and it's like last week's with its focus on drama and tension. The first one got a lot of laughs from me, I liked a lot of lame jokes and the heist montage was brilliant.

Last year wasn't completely bad, it just felt like it was running of steam. Only the magician one and the final episode with the cops stood out for me. The Psychoville one came across as them running out of ideas, so I'm happy to see them hit a solid run of episodes again.

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I enjoyed this week's. My favourite of the run so far.

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Lilyhammer for me.

A big Sopranos fan, I am and I found it hard to watch Steve Van Zandt as another character bit soon enough it becomes more about the loopy Norwegian characters than the main man himself.

It's a bit Fargo, too, which helps.

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I've always leaned pretty heavily into cult and horror films, but I've really gone over the edge this past year during lockdown. Anything from the 80s, anything with killer dolls or a summer camp, the campier or more controversial the better. I'm not enjoying all of them, but I am enjoying the act of watching and keeping a log.

A recent standout was Stuart Gordon's Dolls. A fun little killer doll movie that is surprisingly hard to find in the US (I had to import an Australian blu-ray to avoid paying 70-100 bucks on a US copy) .
More like an old fairy tale than a Child's Play or Puppet Master movie. Alllllmost kid friendly, but not quite. Not entirely sure why it stuck in my brain, but it did and I loved it. Wish I had seen it as a child.


Oh, and I also recently started Modern Family. I'm late to the party, but I'm glad I showed up. Great show so far.

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Eight years late to the party but I've been binge-watching "Peaky Blinders" (just finishing series one). I love period organised crime dramas and I've needed something to fill the "Boardwalk Empire" void in my heart, so it's silly that it took me so long to get round to it.

It's not perfect. Grace, for example, doesn't work for me as a character at all - especially compared to dynamic and interesting characters like Tommy, Arthur, Polly etc. Sometimes it tries a bit too hard. But it's really grown on me. I like how bombastic and melodramatic it is, and the cast is great. I like how the stakes are always high. I like the atmosphere. I love stories about complicated families and stories about siblings, so the Shelbys are really fun to watch. The costumes and men's hair are also brilliant (the weirdly modern hair of some of the female characters is a weird choice - it's 1919! There were some great hairstyles for women then - why go for beachy 2010s waves?).

I've grown very attached to Arthur especially and his moustache. I hope he doesn't die. :|

I also like when the BBC makes a period drama that isn't focused on a pretty boring fascination with bluebloods and the upper class. And it's cool to see a BBC drama that remembers places outside of London exist (...I say this as a born and bred Londoner). Some of the Brummie accents seeem a bit wobbly (to put it mildly) but it's just nice to hear Brummie accents in a prestige drama.

And on a shallow note, Cillian Murphy is a very beautiful man. Those cheekbones could cut glass.

Edit - After over four hours of insomnia-induced "Peaky Blinders" binge-watching, I would like to update my "I'm very attached to Arthur" status to: "I love Arthur and his moustache with all my sleep-deprived heart and if they ever kill him off I might throw my television through a window". Fantastic character. Had never heard of the actor before but will now happily trot off to seek out other stuff he's been in ("The Revenant", apparently).

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The Sons of Sam on Netflix is a darkly entertaining 4-part documentary twist on the story of the serial killer if true crime is your bag.

And I had a surprisingly good time with Army of the Dead on there too. I’ve been done with zombie movies since 1993 and Return of the Living Dead III, but I’d seen it promoted on WWE and it tickled me because everyone else seemed to hate what they did on there! Big budget stupidity with lots of gore and some actual laughs too. I recommend it!

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Finished Demon Slayer. I thought the writing was good, and the animation was beautiful enough to make me forget I was grinding my teeth over how irritating two of the characters were. One episode to go on Bodyguard, which is vintage Jed Mercurio.

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Oh no I'm all caught up on "Peaky Blinders" now. Hoping "Gangs of London" can somewhat fill the void based on recommendations here!

People (fairly) criticise PB for being exaggerated and over-the-top and melodramatic, but for me that was a lot of its charm. I felt like it really intentionally leaned into all that and the theatricality of it all, and as most (an important qualifier here!!!) of the actors are great in their roles and manage to give these often cartoonish characters souls, it worked.

In an odd way, it's the closest live-action drama I've watched that made me feel like I was reading a bombastic manga. The show wants to look cool and lay on stylistic trappings with a trowel, but because it's so blatant with it, it's fun. And there is heart there too. I did get pretty emotionally involved in it all.

I'm sad the next series is the last one, and doubly sad Helen McCrory passed away, as her Aunt Polly was an absolute firecracker of a character. There's a strong collection of characters generally, but the ones who wormed their way into my heart the most were: Arthur, Tommy, Aunt Polly, Alfie and Lizzie. I'm anticipating that the next and final series won't be kind to most of them, sadly. I also thought the depiction of mental illness with Arthur (and Tommy) was done very well. My favourite part of "Boardwalk Empire" was the portrayal of the traumatised First World War veterans who returned home, so I love that in PB that's one of the central strands.

Also now I've watched it all, I see what people mean about the uh..... creative interpretations of a Brummie accent. But I still think it's great to have a BBC prime time drama not just about London, not just about blue bloods, and also made with an understanding that the UK is diverse. I love that the Shelbys have both Roma and Irish roots, for example, and I enjoyed the portrayal of the Jewish gangsters in London (I'm biased though, because Alfie was based in Camden Town, and I'm a North Londoner!)

Sometimes when British dramas are made and exported to the US, they seem to play into the idea that all British people are very similar and have very similar backgrounds with little diversity. I'm probably overthinking this, but I always wonder if it's to do with an American habit (hashtag not all Americans etc) of putting Europeans into boxes based on their nationalities. Like in thar Arthur Miller play "A View from the Bridge", where Italian-American and homophobic Eddie decides Italian-from-Italy Rodolpho must be "gay" because he's blonde, not macho, and likes to sew (and so goes against Eddie's stereotypes of Italian culture). I like a show like PB that gets exported to the USA and shows that Britain is diverse, and has people with many different backgrounds.

Very sorry for rambling, I'm probably looking too much into it and not making sense!!!

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Went to watch Peter Rabbit 2 this week, in the first trip to the cinema in almost two years. (Toy Story 4 was the last film I saw on the big screen in July 2019).

The film was... well just imagine how you think Peter Rabbit 2 would be, and that's how it was. Entirely inoffensive kids film, some jokes here and there, watchable at least.

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I picked up the One Cut of the Dead: Hollywood Edition set from Third Window Films this week. The original is such a wonderful and fun film, maybe I'm still buzzing off the excitement of seeing it for the first time this year, but it might be in my top 10 ever. I keep worrying that I'm becoming jaded and cynical as I get older, but One Cut of the Dead is one of the things that holds that back. Watch it if you haven't already, it's a breezy 90 minutes and the ending is perfect. Don't read anything about it: the less you know, the better.

The Hollywood sequel-of-sorts is a nice short film. It doesn't hit the heights of the original and it follows the same pattern, but I enjoyed it anyway. While I would like the director Shinichiro Ueda to try something different as he's clearly an inventive filmmaker, I love seeing this group of people work together so I would happily watch another (I've also seen the Remote film they put on YouTube, but that doesn't count).

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I just went through Season 1 of The Sopranos, as expected it's really good. In particular the camera work and cinematography is a standout, I can see how people credit this show with changing TV for the next 2 decades.

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I took a little break from my massive Marvel odyssey (last thing I finished was the Netflix show, Defenders) and for no particular reason decided to watch the X-Files on prime video. I'm about halfway through season two now. I've watched the first two seasons before but never made it much past that. The good episodes really are brilliant, but there's a lot of filler. Even the monster of the week shows have some cracking ones, but several so far have been plain boring.

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Just finished season two of the Shield last week and loved it, I can see this being in my top 3 shows ever. I just love all the characters and the plot which runs through each season. People tell me that each season just gets better so I can't imagine how good season 7 will be.
I also watched the Cristiano Ronaldo documentary on BBC iplayer which came out last week, really good if you're into football, no matter what you might think of him as a character, no one can deny the dedication he has put into being a footballer and his constant need to be better.

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Truk_Kurt wrote: June 12th, 2021, 9:40 am Just finished season two of the Shield last week and loved it, I can see this being in my top 3 shows ever. I just love all the characters and the plot which runs through each season. People tell me that each season just gets better so I can't imagine how good season 7 will be.
An incredible series that is overlooked these days as it came out in the greatest era of TV drama. Maybe it's my memory, but I felt like it never glorified anything that Vic and his team did; you're just watching a bunch of awful, but competent, people demonstrate the worst of human instincts. I think it dips slightly at the end, but that's because it's working to tie up everything and loses a bit of character stuff while doing so. Enjoy the ride though, I think it did a great job in paying off a long-term story. I never played the game version, and I never will.

While Michael Chiklis understandably gets a lot attention and won awards, Walton Goggins should get similar praise as he's also excellent in this. It's great to see how well his career has gone and I'm happy everytime he turns up in a film I'm watching.

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Seph wrote: June 12th, 2021, 12:08 pm
Truk_Kurt wrote: June 12th, 2021, 9:40 am Just finished season two of the Shield last week and loved it, I can see this being in my top 3 shows ever. I just love all the characters and the plot which runs through each season. People tell me that each season just gets better so I can't imagine how good season 7 will be.
An incredible series that is overlooked these days as it came out in the greatest era of TV drama. Maybe it's my memory, but I felt like it never glorified anything that Vic and his team did; you're just watching a bunch of awful, but competent, people demonstrate the worst of human instincts. I think it dips slightly at the end, but that's because it's working to tie up everything and loses a bit of character stuff while doing so. Enjoy the ride though, I think it did a great job in paying off a long-term story. I never played the game version, and I never will.

While Michael Chiklis understandably gets a lot attention and won awards, Walton Goggins should get similar praise as he's also excellent in this. It's great to see how well his career has gone and I'm happy everytime he turns up in a film I'm watching.
I heard the slight dip came around the time of the writers strike in America which might explain it.

So far I would say my favourite character is Dutch, I love how goofy he is but also has moments of being a badass.

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Alex79uk wrote: June 12th, 2021, 12:08 am I took a little break from my massive Marvel odyssey (last thing I finished was the Netflix show, Defenders) and for no particular reason decided to watch the X-Files on prime video. I'm about halfway through season two now. I've watched the first two seasons before but never made it much past that. The good episodes really are brilliant, but there's a lot of filler. Even the monster of the week shows have some cracking ones, but several so far have been plain boring.
I'm on season 4 somewhere, but it's been forever since I continued that journey.

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Truk_Kurt wrote: June 12th, 2021, 12:49 pm So far I would say my favourite character is Dutch, I love how goofy he is but also has moments of being a badass.
The serial killer interrogation is a great early moment for him and showed that he wasn't just some hapless cop for comic relief. Also, I like the detail that he's called "Dutch" because his name is Holland.

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Seph wrote: June 13th, 2021, 9:16 am
Truk_Kurt wrote: June 12th, 2021, 12:49 pm So far I would say my favourite character is Dutch, I love how goofy he is but also has moments of being a badass.
The serial killer interrogation is a great early moment for him and showed that he wasn't just some hapless cop for comic relief. Also, I like the detail that he's called "Dutch" because his name is Holland.
Haha, I hadn't clocked that!

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