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What TV SHOWS are you watching?
I watched Killjoys season one maybe a year ago, and it was moderately entertaining action/sci-fi. The main characters are bounty hunters, but the show soon switches course to dealing with the corporate and political machinations of the terraformed planets and moons of the local solar system. It's somewhat like Firefly with more action and worse writing, though the three main characters do have some degree of charisma and acting ability. So in a typical episode there might be one or two good scenes and maybe a great line or two, and the rest is more mediocre. Then I started to binge season two but life stuff happened and I didn't get through it. So I finally checked out season two to finish, as well as season three. Same. Some good stuff mixed in with a lot of average stuff. I would watch seasons four and five if they are free and I have plenty of free time, but otherwise I wouldn't bother.
I am currently watching the cartoon Mike Tyson Mysteries, and really enjoying it. The opening credits position the show as a hybrid of Scooby Doo and Jonny Quest, but the humor is comparable to Venture Brothers, only with less mockery of homosexuals. Mike Tyson does his own voice acting, and he must have a great sense of humor to endure so many jokes at his expense. Like a character questioning his literacy, or the occasional scenes where he punches people for ridiculous reasons. The show starts out okay funny, worth a smile or slight chuckle, but eventually is delivering occasional laugh out loud moments. The mysteries at hand are nicely varied and often unexpected, like when the first episode included critiques of the writing style of both Cormac McCarthy and John Updike. The humor is definitely adult and there is some profanity. Overall, it's a good show and worth at least a try.
Jackwraith wrote: About halfway through Trotsky on Netflix. I like it because it's an opportunity to teach my girlfriend about a lot of early 20th-century radical politics and contrasting viewpoints. It has good production quality. I can't say that there are any performances that stand out. They've taken a certain amount of creative license with Trotsky's overall character, too, since he's being played as far more the egotist than most of his writing and contemporaneous accounts would indicate. It's worth a look-see if you don't mind subtitles (plus Russian voiceover when they're speaking Spanish in the Mexico City scenes) and/or have any interest in the history.
Mmm I rapidly gave up with this, especially as I found out that it is the 'favoured' version of history that Putin's government likes. They like to portray Trotsky as basically an evil guy whose motivations are nothing like the actual historical record but revolve around sex, greed and being evil. The character and motivations of Trotsky are interesting but I guarantee they are far more complex than this. The actual politics seem to be largely left out and his brilliant speeches reduced to soundbites. Trotsky, BTW, did not order the killing of the Romanovs (which is a highly contentious subject in current Russia). Of course, he never met his killer before the assassination either but this is minor compared to the other travestys made in this series.
Not very enjoyable even in Russian (which I can speak). More of a semi propaganda thing for Putin.
ThirstyMan wrote: The character and motivations of Trotsky are interesting but I guarantee they are far more complex than this. The actual politics seem to be largely left out and his brilliant speeches reduced to soundbites. Trotsky, BTW, did not order the killing of the Romanovs (which is a highly contentious subject in current Russia). Of course, he never met his killer before the assassination either but this is minor compared to the other travestys made in this series.
Having read everything the man ever wrote (or that has been preserved, anyway), I'm pretty familiar with him. (I was SWP for a long time.) So, yeah, it's very popularized, overdramatic and, like I said, presents him as something of a megalomaniac with all of the negative implications that carries for his character and those around him. It definitely didn't get better as it went along. But, again, it was an opportunity to talk to my girlfriend about stuff ("Well, first off, this isn't how this happened...") that she otherwise has no grounding for, so I was fine with spend a few hours on it.
I do remember Michael Paré in the Streets of Fire of fire movie--it had one of the best axe-on-axe fight scenes ever filmed that occurred between him and Willem Dafoe's character. I wonder what happened to his career?
Looks like his career is going just fine.
When I first started at my current job way back when, a coworker had a collection of a couple of hundred DVDs that he kept at work, as a mini-library for us. They were all direct-to-DVD dramas and comedies, not Interstellar Kickboxer VII, but stuff like Jason's Letter . I think Michael Pare is making a pretty good living in movies like that.
Vida, a show about latina women in LA, was just as trashy with nonsensical sex scenes minutes into the show. A while back we tried watching the Kelsey Grammer show about a Chicago politician and it was just as awful. And I'm all for trashy at times when it makes sense, like Altered Carbon or Tell Me You Love Me.
Sex Education on netflix has been surprisingly good. Gillian Anderson is always awesome and the main character does a great job of awkward nerdy teenager.
hotseatgames wrote: I just watched the first 2 episodes of season 3 of True Detective. It's off to a strong start; the episodes are slow and brooding, as you might expect.
Yeah, but almost too slow and too brooding. And too much in the same vein as season 1, which this already feels far inferior to, unfortunately. It also seems to be a take on the West Memphis Three story, which, okay, that's an interesting story, but I just heard a long podcast series about that and so at least for me this seems kind of redundant to that.
People bagged on TD season 2, and yes, it wasn't as good as that phenomenal first season, but at least it felt more fresh and different and energetic than this does right now.
Started watching Barry last night and was very impressed. Pretty hilarious at times. We also burned through The Bodyguard this past week and that was fantastic. Reminded me of Homeland a bit but it was much better than Homeland's last few seasons.
Also. When did Chuck become buffer than Captain Awesome?