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  • jeremyp
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    I recommend "Queens Gambit" on Netflix. 50's-60's era Chess series. You don't have to be a chess fan or even know how to play to enjoy it. No stars to take the focus away, in fact I only recognized 2 actors. I turned off "Ratched" after 2 episodes. Just too Hollywood and predictable.

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  • jeremyp
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    Just saw Fargo #3. That scene with Jessie Buckley where she sings the Battle Hymn of the Republic while engaging in onanism with Josto is a classic. She's got the Fargo mien down pat. I see an Emmy for her. Also an accomplished musician I hear.

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  • mike200
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    Decided to give Fargo a try, as Season 4 just started, and found it fascinating. Its central premise is a war between rival criminal organizations (Blacks vs. Italians) in 1950 Kansas City, but the sub-plots are engrossing. I did not like the Godfather movies, but this is much better (IMO) because of the writing and 'mood' created. Now I have to decide if I should go back and watch the first 3 seasons (which are all 'stand-alone' story arcs).
    Thanks Atticus, I was waiting for it for since 2017, and would miss more than 2 episodes if you haven't mentioned it. It's just fascinating.

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  • aaronk
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    First contribution to this thread in awhile!
    Despite my (previous) lousy vision--and since it was fixed!--I've binge watched several shows on Hulu and Netflix!

    Hulu's "The Act"
    Patricia Arquette & Joey King play in true story of mom/daughter who move to Missouri town after Katrina.
    Mom keeps daughter "sick" & in wheelchair & bald & basically prisoner in her own selfish world.
    First episode, mom is killed & daughter's nowhere to be found.
    The 8 episodes (about 50 mins each) cover story from them moving in to the murder to what happens after!
    Great supporting cast--and extremely intense & difficult to watch!

    Hulu's "Younger"
    GREAT comedy/drama/romance about 40 year old divorced mom with 18 year old daughter who says she's 26 in order to return to a job in publishing in NYC after 15 years absence to raise daughter!
    She lies to everyone (actual 26 year old guy, a co-worker (played by Hillary Duff!), her bosses, etc in order to keep her job!
    Over 6 seasons (12 eps per season of 22-23 minutes each), the secret is found out or revealed !
    LOVE this show, and have binge watched entire series 3 or 4 times already!!

    Netflix's "Virgin River"
    Supposedly takes place in Humboldt County CA (where I lived for 15 years!)--although there's no such town there!
    About nurse practitioner & mid-wife hired by woman to become an elderly doctor's nurse.
    But HE didn't hire her--and they are at odds from the get-go!
    She of course meets a handsome bar owner---well, you get the idea!
    Well done story of small (TINY!!) town life, with very good character development.
    A drama, with some comical and romantic stuff!

    Netflix's "The People vs OJ Simpson"
    From 2016--so believe I'd seen it when on regular TV--this is a docu-drama about the murders and the trial.
    Sarah Paulson is Marcia Clarke!
    OJ's weirdness is overplayed--and ending (for me!) is extremely sickening--as I believe he IS guilty of the double murder!
    But very well done--and totally detailed!

    Netflix's "Unorthodox"
    Based on true story of young woman who marries an Orthodox Jew in NYC, but "escapes" and moves to Berlin.
    She builds a life there, but her husband finds her and tries to get her to return to him.
    Great short 4 episode series--with lots of spoken Yiddish (sub-titled!!) and true insights into Orthodox Jewish life!
    (I have a cousin who married an Orthodox Jew back in the 50's--he died a few years ago after a long marriage--and I've heard she hasn't left her apt in 3 years!!)

    Netflix's "Unbelievable"
    The best show I've seen in this century!!
    Based on a true story of a serial rapist, with 8 eps of about 45-50 minutes each!
    Teen girl is raped in Seattle suburb in 2008, but because she's confused, detectives wind up not believing her, dropping the case, and charging her with "false testimony!
    Fast forward to 2011 in Colorado!
    A female detective in Golden CO gets a case with exact details to that teen girls case!
    She discovers another female detective--in Westminster CO--has a similar case!
    They meet, exchange info, and wind up working together to solve the case!
    As they proceed, you see what's happening in the WA girl's life--how it's becoming unraveled!
    Without giving too much away, in the end the girl's story is validated!
    But the best thing about this show is the "odd couple" relationship between the 2 female detectives--the one in Westminster played by Toni Collette!
    I've seen the entire series 3 or 4 times, and will watch it again soon with my renewed clear vision!!
    Strongly recommended!

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  • jeremyp
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    Decided to give Fargo a try, as Season 4 just started, and found it fascinating. Its central premise is a war between rival criminal organizations (Blacks vs. Italians) in 1950 Kansas City, but the sub-plots are engrossing. I did not like the Godfather movies, but this is much better (IMO) because of the writing and 'mood' created. Now I have to decide if I should go back and watch the first 3 seasons (which are all 'stand-alone' story arcs).
    Fargo has been one of the better TV shows in the last few years.

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  • Atticus
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    Decided to give Fargo a try, as Season 4 just started, and found it fascinating. Its central premise is a war between rival criminal organizations (Blacks vs. Italians) in 1950 Kansas City, but the sub-plots are engrossing. I did not like the Godfather movies, but this is much better (IMO) because of the writing and 'mood' created. Now I have to decide if I should go back and watch the first 3 seasons (which are all 'stand-alone' story arcs).

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  • jeremyp
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    For those who like really good, informative Documentaries I highly recommend: "The Innocence Files." and "Immigrant Nation." Both on Netflix, both engrossing critical looks at the underbelly of the country. "The Innocence Files" is on some of the cases overturned by the Innocence Project. "Immigrant Nation" is a look from both sides of our struggle with immigration, asylum, and refugees, legal and illegal.
    To the above I would also add "13th" by Ava DuVernay, about the mass incarceration of non violent offenders, largely people of color.
    Last edited by jeremyp; 09-26-2020, 04:48 PM.

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  • Conor Dary
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    Originally posted by bad hammy View Post

    My apologies. It was a very minor plot point that goes to show the show's updating to current sensibilities. I've edited that post and you can edit your response.
    It makes sense thinking on it now. I wonder what Patricia Highsmith would have done with the characters if she had been a writer on Parry Mason in the 50s.

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  • bad hammy
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    Originally posted by gh View Post

    thanks for the spoiler
    My apologies. It was a very minor plot point that goes to show the show's updating to current sensibilities. I've edited that post and you can edit your response.
    Last edited by bad hammy; 09-06-2020, 06:23 PM.

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  • gm
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    Originally posted by gh View Post

    it's actually quite good, once they get all the character-ID stuff out of the way
    I was a huge fan of the original. It is still shown on MeTV, and has superb picture and sound quality.

    Afraid that changes as indicated would make it like Leave it to Beaver where Eddie Haskell is a serial killer and June Cleaver skins live cats for amusement.

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  • gh
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    Originally posted by gm View Post
    Glad I don't pay for HBO. Sounds like a terrible version of Perry Mason.
    it's actually quite good, once they get all the character-ID stuff out of the way

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  • gm
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    Glad I don't pay for HBO. Sounds like a terrible version of Perry Mason.

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  • gh
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    Originally posted by bad hammy View Post
    This coming Sunday they air the last episode of season 1 (it's been picked up for a second season), and mrs. hammy and I are still loving it. Interesting twist from the 50s show: Della Street's a lesbian and Hamilton Burger's gay, so they 'date' each other when one of them needs a member of the opposite sex for a social function.


    thanks for the spoiler

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  • bad hammy
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    Haven't watched it but will, having read the excellent book. My all-time favorite version of the Manson story - the one with a very happy ending - was told by Quentin Tarantino in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood . . .

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  • gh
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    Originally posted by gh View Post
    if you've got access to epix, new 6-part (5.5-hours) series starting on Sunday called Helter Skelter: An American Myth gets highest rating from my local critic, who concludes, "Artful and extraordinary, this is documentary filmmaking at its best."
    I'm (finally) 3 episodes in, and it's utterly fabulous, particularly if you have a working knowledge of teh Bugliosi book of the relatively same name.

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