#351 2017-11-30 17:20:39

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BBC - Tom Waits, Tales from a Cracked Jukebox (2017)

Rare archive, audio recordings and interviews on a trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Tom Waits.

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#352 2017-11-30 23:06:52

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BBC - Tom Waits, Tales from a Cracked Jukebox (2017)

Rare archive, audio recordings and interviews on a trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Tom Waits.

available on mvgroup.org

Excellent!

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#353 2017-12-04 18:15:08

BBC - Taxi Tehran (2017)

Banned from making movies in Iran, director Jafar Panahi poses as a taxi driver, driving around Tehran recording the lives of its inhabitants and the difficulties they face.

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#354 2017-12-13 18:03:46

I'm almost through the first season, and I give this a rousing endorsement -- especially if you're over sixty, and old enough to get a nostalgia hit from the intricately and accurately crafted settings from late fifties urban America. I think this series is loosely based on the life of Joan Rivers, but I mostly base that on watching Brosnahan's comedy routines.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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Definitely hunt this one down and watch it. IMDB currently rates it a 9, and it deserves every point.

"The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is set on New York's Upper West Side in the late 1950s, where a privileged Jewish housewife, Miriam "Midge" Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), lives with her lousy husband Joel (Michael Zegen), an aspiring comedy writer. But when he leaves her for another woman, Midge decides to take a crack at her own stand-up ambitions, with the help of Suzie (Alex Borstein), a no-nonsense bartender at a comedy club.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5788792/

I was not able to find this series in any open directories. It is available on Amazon. I found the episodes I watched using torrent.

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#355 2017-12-13 18:23:15

...I gotta see this one......LOL...

thanks..

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#356 2017-12-13 21:11:59

Smudge wrote:

I was not able to find this series in any open directories. It is available on Amazon. I found the episodes I watched using torrent.

The days of usenet hosting a useful video archive are over but Amazon appears to have left Mrs. Maisel's pilot standing. Nothing else, though.

The early 60s NYC it depicts is not nearly tacky enough, way too disinfected, theatrical and quiet, entirely missing the stink. Sherman-Palladino faithfully mimics Rivers' voice, though, god help us all. Why not just icepick our eardrums?

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#357 2017-12-13 22:45:10

Choad said: "The early 60s NYC it depicts is not nearly tacky enough, way too disinfected, theatrical and quiet, entirely missing the stink."

I don't think it's supposed to be naturalistic or particularly realistic; it's highly stylized and sanitized. Sort of like the television of the day.

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#358 2017-12-15 13:00:20

Detectorists

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Detectorists (as they inform us early in the first episode) are people who use metal detectors to survey the landscape in search of things of value.

I'm through most of the first season of this British comedy gem (IMDB rates it 8.7 at the moment), and enjoying myself immensely. It's British humor -- so dry your lips might crack -- but the laughs, while not rib splitting or side slapping, are there. As are the subtle, and often poignant, insights into human nature.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4082744/

Three seasons are available, of six (half hour) episodes each. I found these episodes available in open directories, as well as via P2P sharing. If you have trouble locating them send me a PM, and I will assist you.

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#359 2017-12-21 20:57:44

This looks like harmless holiday fun.



Molly's Game: http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42279034

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#360 2017-12-22 02:38:43

Smudge wrote:

Choad said: "The early 60s NYC it depicts is not nearly tacky enough, way too disinfected, theatrical and quiet, entirely missing the stink."

I don't think it's supposed to be naturalistic or particularly realistic; it's highly stylized and sanitized. Sort of like the television of the day.

Joan says in clip above she's from Larchmont, NY but in fact she didn't move there until she was 17, in 1950, 20 years into an exodus of prosperous jews north out of NYC. Many of their new goyem neighbors were horrified and fled to CT, both sets of my grandparents among them. The shtetl patois you hear in Rivers' voice drove them batshit.

fnord probably knows something about this.

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#361 2017-12-22 02:40:37

(Me too, Choad. Molly's Game is on my list as well. I expect I'll find a copy when the Academy Award Screeners start to circulate around the web in the next month or so, because it's that time of the year again.)

Four Seasons in Havana

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I watched the first of four stories this evening which make up this mini-series, and was very impressed. Moody, somber, film noir set in a communist country, with better character development than you usually get from the cop show. Beautifully filmed, and with a memorable soundtrack. I recommend.



You can read a brief summary and review here: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/reviews/ … ns-havana/

I found my copy using torrent P2P sharing. I was NOT able to find this series in any open directories, however, it is available on Netflix. Four ninety minute episodes, in Spanish, with English subs.

edit: fixed link

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#362 2017-12-22 10:22:49

Cuatro Estaciones looks fun. Does he wear a girdle the whole time?

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#363 2017-12-22 10:56:12

LOL.

Not sure if you're suggesting he wears a girdle, or merely that he needs to. But, no, so far as I could see he doesn't wear a girdle.

She wears a saxophone, however, which I thought was fetching.

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#364 2017-12-22 13:49:48

He looked to me like he was wearing one the whole time. Positively Shatneresque.

Asi, lo me veo.

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#365 2017-12-22 14:06:24

GooberMcNutly wrote:

He looked to me like he was wearing one the whole time. Positively Shatneresque.

Asi, lo me veo.

I'm sure you're probably right. Between reading the subs, and gawking at the cute redhead, I think I simply glossed over that.

Also, I think the last time I actually saw anyone of either sex in a girdle was my mom, in about 1964, So probably it's simply my inability to interpret the clues.

If you actually speak Spanish (versus me, who simply knows a few of the common words and phrases) then that frees your eyes up to see a lot more of what's on the screen. That's something I forget about with sub-titled film; you miss a lot of the visual story because of the need to read.

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#366 2017-12-30 22:39:37

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#368 2018-01-05 03:40:53

If you love film making, don't miss this one; it's a stunning piece of cinematography. On the IMDB description page it notes that "The film received a six-minute long standing ovation after its screening at the Cannes Film Festival". Watch it and you'll see why. It reminded me a little bit of Scorsese's After Hours, except Good Time isn't a comedy, Additionally, Robert Patterson's in the running for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in this gem:

Good Time

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www.imdb.com/title/tt4846232/



(Drop me a PM if you want me to help you find a copy of the film; I found it in several locations.)

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#369 2018-01-10 09:51:26

BBC - My Astonishing Self: George Bernard Shaw (2018) [58 mins]

Gabriel Byrne explores the life, works and passions of George Bernard Shaw, a giant of world literature, and - like Byrne - an emigrant Irishman with the outsider's ability to observe, needle and puncture.

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#371 2018-01-14 13:12:19

BBC - Rome Unpacked (2018), in two parts, each 60 min.

Give your eyes a rest.

A tour of Rome and its people - or the mob, as they were known in ancient times. Giorgio Locatelli and Andrew Graham-Dixon explore Italy's iconic capital in search of the generations of ordinary Romans who have left their mark on the city's culture and gastronomy.

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#372 2018-01-15 09:17:05

In my queue, but waiting to finish Black Mirror first as I'm pretty sure I don't want to cross the streams.

How is it looking so far?

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#373 2018-01-19 17:24:30

GooberMcNutly wrote:

In my queue, but waiting to finish Black Mirror first as I'm pretty sure I don't want to cross the streams.

How is it looking so far?

Finished it. Some great, some good, some not so good. Worth your time.

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#374 2018-01-19 17:28:38

The End of the Fucking World on Netflix



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#375 2018-01-19 17:57:11

Chuck Schick wrote:

The End of the Fucking World on Netflix



How odd; I'm downloading that in the background as I'm reading your post. I just spent an hour reading an entire ten page discussion thread about the show, and decided I needed to watch it!

EDIT:

Chuck Schick did not lead you astray!

Finished it. Very nice series. One of the best love stories I have seen in years. I highly recommend.

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#376 2018-01-25 23:38:11

The Nile Hilton Incident

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The Nile Hilton Incident won five awards this week at the Swedish Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film is an exotic ride, and it will take you into a completely foreign word for a couple of hours. I found it to be fascinating.

"A political thriller based on a true story. Weeks before the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Noredin (Fares Fares), a police officer in Cairo's corrupt system, investigates the murder of a famous club singer at the Nile Hilton Hotel. What initially seems to be a crime of passion turns into something that concerns the very power elite of Egypt. Upon realizing this, Noredin decides to break the rules in order to obtain justice, colliding not only with the system but also with himself." (synopsis pinched from Rotten Tomatoes)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5540188/



PS - Send me a PM if you want help finding a free copy of this.

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#377 2018-01-26 09:04:48

I just finished a Terry Pratchett marathon, available in a single torrent at the usual places:

The Color of Magic, Hogfather and Going Postal

Excellent quality, great acting, high production values, a rollicking good time.

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#378 2018-02-17 14:50:08

Gomorrah

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Gomorrah is a thrilling, highly rated, edge of your seat crime series from Italy, and it's loosely based on real events. The IMDB rating (currently 8.7) puts it in rarefied company with the likes of Breaking Bad and The Wire. Be warned; THIS IS A VERY VIOLENT TV SERIES -- give it a pass if you have trouble with that sort of thing.

The production values for all aspects of the show are the best; this is an extremely well done drama.

...Gomorrah is a 2014 Italian television crime drama series. It is based on the book Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano and the film Gomorrah directed by Matteo Garrone. It is set in the suburbs of Naples, focusing on organized crime and the relationships of gangsters, drug dealers, and ordinary people. Gomorrah depicts street-level crime and its hierarchical organization from the pavement up to the office chair, and giving an audience a story about external and internal power struggles between criminals and delinquents.

(Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gomorrah_(TV_series))

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2049116/



I found the episodes I watched using P2P sharing, but I also recently found the series (all three seasons) in an open directory, which is what prompted this post. Send me a PM if you would like the address.

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#379 2018-02-27 18:05:42

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-ra … s-Henshall

Season 4 of BBC's Shetland is its best to date.

Writing, plotting, filming, casting and sound track are superb. The haggistani dialog is sometimes thick but always fun and that's no porky pies. No gratuitous violence.

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#380 2018-03-03 12:35:39

I stumbled on this article yesterday, about an Australian film called Goldstone:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/goldstone … tern-movie

It turns out that Goldstone is the sequel to Mystery Road, a 2013 film by the same director, and one of the few Australian films which I really liked a lot. I watched Goldstone last night, and thought it was excellent. Well worth the ride for the remarkable scenery alone, but it's also a well crafted drama and thriller (see article).

If you liked last year's Oscar nominated Hell or High Water, I'm pretty sure you will also like both of these gems.

i recommend both films, and I found links to each in open directories. Send me a PM if you would like me to forward those. They are available via torrent as well, of course.

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#381 2018-03-03 13:17:24

choad wrote:

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/918242/Shetland-season-4-cast-release-date-BBC-Netflix-Douglas-Henshall

Season 4 of BBC's Shetland is its best to date.

Writing, plotting, filming, casting and sound track are superb. The haggistani dialog is sometimes thick but always fun and that's no porky pies. No gratuitous violence.

I'll have to try it again, I couldn't get past season one on the first try.

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#382 2018-03-14 16:45:21

Counterpart

I'm only a couple of episodes into this, but I'm hooked and in for the ride -- at least through the first season. I usually skip Sci-Fi, but if the writing is good enough...



Nothing redeeming so far as I can tell, but a well orchestrated spy/thriller/action melodrama -- with solid production values and a good cast. It's easy to find online (send me a PM if you want an open directory link), using P2P sharing or...the last few episodes of the season are still being broadcast on Starz.

-----

Found and added this (yeah; what she said):

https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainme … rz/550970/

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#383 2018-03-14 21:36:36

We've been watching an episode of this on Netflix every night during dinner.

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#384 2018-03-18 05:15:29

A very long look at a very weird chapter. Astonishing the ringleaders are willing to speak about it, but they did the time. Not as much freaky fun as the film about the Source family, unless of course, you know someone who was there for that ecstasy madhouse.

Wild Wild Country Explores the Northwest's Most Notorious Cult

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#385 2018-03-18 10:16:43

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Not as much freaky fun as the film about the Source family, unless of course, you know someone who was there for that ecstasy madhouse.[/url]

Ever encounter any former Rajneeshee and latter day saints? You knew a few of the 'Before' cultists as I recall.

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#386 2018-03-18 10:53:19

No just old friends, who had gone all in.  I do know others who have stayed since at the ashram in Pune, but they were just being stardust in the wind.

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#387 2018-03-18 11:09:16

The open celabratory hedonistic aspect appealed mightly to our upper middle class friends. As it did for others. It had just 2 of the 3 elements for success, but it had them in abundance. Sex and drugs without the rock and roll.

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#388 2018-03-24 16:08:59

So, what's out there. Anything at all in this great wasteland worth watching?

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#389 2018-03-24 16:47:46

Worrickers Trilogy

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#390 2018-03-24 17:40:38

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Worrickers Trilogy

I love that. I think I've got "Page Eight" memorized.

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#391 2018-03-24 18:10:21

Thank you!

Here's what to look for...

The Worricker Trilogy.
Part One: "Page Eight"
Part Two: "Turks & Caicos"
Part Three: "Salting The Battle Field"

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#392 2018-03-24 18:13:56

This won't be available for a week, but I'm eager to see it when it hits; the newest in the current batch of Agatha Christie dramatizations:

Ordeal By Innocence

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https://thekillingtimestv.wordpress.com … #more-9096

Given that England is seven hours ahead, I can usually find popular British shows available via torrent the evening of the same day they were broadcast (the efficiency of the internet never ceases to amaze me), and available in open directories a day or two later. So I expect i'll watch this on Easter day.

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#393 2018-04-10 01:30:34

Killing Eve

I watched the first episode of Killing Eve tonight, and was quite entertained. This series was written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also wrote and starred in Fleabag.



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7016936/

More info here:

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/4/8/17 … -sandra-oh

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#394 2018-04-13 00:27:26

Collateral

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Collateral is a four-part British television drama serial, written and created by David Hare. The series, described by Hare as "a police procedural without any of that police attitudinising", stars Carey Mulligan as Kip Glaspie, a detective inspector assigned to investigate the murder of a pizza delivery driver who is gunned down in a London suburb. The ensuing story explores a complex web of characters who are all somehow connected with the story. Nathaniel Martello-White stars as Glaspie's partner, detective sergeant Nathan Bilk. Jeany Spark, Nicola Walker, John Simm and Billie Piper (of Doctor Who fame) are also credited as principal members of the cast.

I'm half way through this, and enjoying the ride. Fabulous cast, great writing and top notch production values.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6729080/



I can point you in the direction of an open directory with Collateral. Send me a PM if interested.

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#397 2018-06-30 16:56:45

Tonight at the Drive-In (with Melon's and a bench seat in my truck) - Incredibles 2 followed by American Graffiti

Sweet date night in the early summer weather....

...the rest of y'all can just suck it with NetFlix or a lame indoor theater.

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#398 2018-08-30 03:16:11

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Spoiler Alert!

Once upon a time, when studios leaked like sieves and major ISPs still hosted usenet binaries [until 2007], new seasons of popular productions routinely dropped all episodes in one binge deluge.

Trusted reviewers, of course, have always enjoyed that privilege and more and more of them are spoiler abusing it.

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#399 2018-08-30 11:24:32

The BBC used to lament that the Radio Times television guide would ruin the weekly episode of Doctor Who in their previews (pre-reboot days) with something like "The kindly professor turns out to be an alien from a hostile planet."

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#400 2018-09-06 19:15:36

The first time I watched this film I had to stop it in the middle to catch my breath. I laughed so hard my sides ached and I nearly passed out from lack of oxygen.

Years later, my brother watched it at my suggestion. He and his young son laughed so hard they nearly passed out while watching it. His wife and daughter sat through the entire film stone faced and never laughed once. I don't think it has anything to do with gender; more likely personality.

Not everyone, it seems, is ready to embrace Mr. Hulot's (or Mr. Tati's) reality. Best in full screen. No subs needed because there is essentially no dialogue. You can save a copy with a stream capture program if you wish:

Mister Hulot's Holiday
Directed by Jacques Tati

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