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 Posted:   Mar 19, 2020 - 7:03 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

So apart from the doom n gloom and colonel kurtz horror of the coronavirus thread, is it likely the 3 most popular threads here will be what are you currently watching, what movie did you watch and Now playing!?

Funny you should mention this. I was going to start a Coronavirus entertainment thread! With everything shut down (theaters, sporting events, restaurants, bars, etc.) all that's left to do is watch movies and television shows.

I just starting re-watching Doctor Who series 5. Its my favorite season and I love Matt and Karen Gillan.
I'll probably dive into other movies and series I haven't seen in ages.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2020 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   KeV-McG   (Member)

Karen Gillan. Sexiest companion Ever!!! (and this coming from someone who seriously fancied the small chested cave woman - Leela - from the 70s series).

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2020 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Karen Gillan. Sexiest companion Ever!!! (and this coming from someone who seriously fancied the small chested cave woman - Leela - from the 70s series).

Indeed shes gorgeous and she also has a wonderful personality. She's hilarious and endearing on the talk shows.

 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2020 - 11:42 AM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Watched the first episode of THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA on HBO. If interested you might check out the review of this series at Roger Ebert. First episode just lays the groundwork. I must say that the production values are amazing right down to the cars and rotary phones. While it takes place in 1940, it is supposed to be a parallel commentary of our current world.

Watched the first episode of WESTWORLD season 3. It wasn’t as confusing at season 2, and I’ll continue to watch it. It is developing some interesting narrative lines.

Almost done the BBC’s POLDARK. Really a good series. He sure does a lot of horseback riding along the edges of cliffs. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, and the production values are superb. I love both of the leads. If someone decides to do another Wuthering Heights, Turner would make a perfect and dark Heathcliff.


Exactly my same thoughts Joan on Plot Against America. I read the book it's very good and yes, this episode lays down the groundwork for what is to come. And WOW to the production values!! It looks amazing from both the production and set designs to the cinematography. A real organic realness to it.

WW3 - I felt a bit let down overall. What compelled me with Season 1 and also a little less bit on Season 2, was the sense of mystery and story unraveling. I didn't get that at all here. But the production and effects are great here too.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 19, 2020 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Howard's End

Tv series starring Haley Atwell. She very good Tracey Ullman isn't great as her aunt. The music is nice but mixed too high against the dialogue and there's too much of it, making me relieved when it's not about. It's enough to make me stop watching. Two episodes in and Matthew McFadyen is rather good in the role that Anthony Hopkins was great in in the film.

Miracle Workers Season 2

It continues to be awful and unfunny, and later episodes can't help with not-very-thinly veiled and unfunny political vitriol aimed at Trump and his supporters. It's very on the nose and unnecessary and shoehorned in. The writing feels criminally lazy and dunderheaded. Just shite.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2020 - 3:49 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Well I finished watching Avenue 5, I enjoyed it, but I found it a bit underwhelming. The young actress with the frizzy hair who played Billie (Lenora Crichlow) was brilliant, & she should have a hell of a future.

I started to watch episode nine of Westworld season one, I thought I'd watch the last two episodes of the first season to get ready for season two, which I'm going to watch at long last, but it didn't make much sense (it has been about a year & a half since I watched it), so I'll watch the whole of season one first. I think I'm going to make a big dent in my vast wall of unwatched TV box sets this year, not much else to do.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2020 - 6:59 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Well I finished watching Avenue 5, I enjoyed it, but I found it a bit underwhelming. The young actress with the frizzy hair who played Billie (Lenora Crichlow) was brilliant, & she should have a hell of a future.


Yah, she is great. I'm slightly underwhelmed overall, too, but really want to like it. I've a few episodes left, and will definitely watch a second series of it. I just want it to be better. I genuinely think it might be better with an actual written script, as it feels like some muddled swearing ad-libbing is replacing tight, funny writing. (though i might be wrong and it's just not written as well as it could be)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 21, 2020 - 7:11 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

STAR TREK TOS Season Two on DVD not remastered with new Special Effects.

Saw a great blooper fade out where Kirk and Spock were together talking and as the scene was fading out William Shatner comes out of character and starts talking to the cameraman or director. I think it was THE CHANGELING episode. But not certain. I've been watching so many lately.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 6:35 AM   
 By:   KeV-McG   (Member)

Xeb, if you've already seen the crazy airlock episode, you've only got one episode left to watch mate.
And I agree. Overall I've enjoyed it but it could be funnier, but it's never a tough watch, which is nice during these times.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Xeb, if you've already seen the crazy airlock episode, you've only got one episode left to watch mate.
And I agree. Overall I've enjoyed it but it could be funnier, but it's never a tough watch, which is nice during these times.


Oh, flip, i thought i had 3. Yah it's an easy watch i just wish it felt like it had a but more to it.

I'm now watching Sanditon, which is a period TV series about rich types trying to get a seaside resort up and running back when no one had heard of a shower (1990s Yorkshire).

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 11:30 AM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Elite S3

Muy, muy entretenido. A bevy of young, pretty things continue their hot-headed, sexy squabbling over affections, grades, money, crime and murder at a plush private school in Madrid.

Top of the class teen soap.

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Elite S3

Muy, muy entretenido. A bevy of young, pretty things continue their hot-headed, sexy squabbling over affections, grades, money, crime and murder at a plush private school in Madrid.

Top of the class teen soap.


Man, I too love this show. wink

 
 Posted:   Mar 22, 2020 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Elite S3

Muy, muy entretenido. A bevy of young, pretty things continue their hot-headed, sexy squabbling over affections, grades, money, crime and murder at a plush private school in Madrid.

Top of the class teen soap.


Man, I too love this show. wink


The black lit camera pan following the trail of florescence from Malik's lips to his crotch … then over to Omar behind the bar, and then to Nadia, had me in absolute stitches.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 23, 2020 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Westworld season one, episodes 1-5 (three last night & two tonight). I'd forgotten how good it was (& the first episode must be one of the best first episodes ever). I should be able to start season two in a couple of days, & I'm tempering my expectations, as I know it had a mixed reception, & I'm going to start watching something with it & give Mad Men a go, I see that I have five seasons of that (all bought s/h for next to nothing).

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2020 - 12:58 AM   
 By:   Nicolai P. Zwar   (Member)

STAR TREK: PICARD

Currently watching Star Trek: Picard (Season 1) and so far (seen the first five of ten episodes) enjoy it quite a bit. It is indeed a sequel TV show to Star Trek: The Next Generation rather than another Star Trek spin-off show, and it nicely hits all the right notes, with plenty of nods to fan nostalgia, while at the same time it's also very much a show of today (and not thirty years ago... sheesh, has it been that long).

Like many shows of today (and unlike earlier Star Trek shows, where the majority of episodes stood for themselves), the show develops its plot over many episodes, so it should be watched in sequence.

I guess you get more mileage out of the show if you were a fan of the old show but are willing to accept this show is different. Picard is now retired on his vineyard (in France... presumably somehow related to his brother's vineyard?) but soon gets involved in a conspiracy story about "undercover" androids and a Romulan secret society that intents to wipe them out. So Picard gathers a ragtag crew and goes on a rogue mission to find out who is behind it all.

So far, I find this to be the most enjoyable piece of "Star Trek" franchise in ages.

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The Rockford Files. Season 3 to be exact.

People often remark how The Rockford Files is nostalgic for them because they grew up in 1970s Southern California, and they're fortunate that their corner of the world was extensively filmed when most were not. Through the show, viewers are transported back to the California of their youth and are able to once more revisit the landmarks, shops, and restaurants of the mid-and-late '70s, most long gone.

The thing of it is is--to quote Rockford associate Richie Brockelman--their nostalgia is my nostalgia, too, even though I've never set foot in California. That adopted nostalgia is due to the fact that The Rockford Files made such extensive use of location shooting: four out of every six shooting days were spent on location, much to James Garner's chagrin. This extended immersion in Southern California's mid-'70s world makes it an influential and inclusive viewing experience.

Even 40 years after my initial exposure to the series in syndication, The Rockford Files' imagery has remained emblazoned on my memory: the wood-paneled fern bars and restaurants, the seedy, open-air dives, the various food stands, Mid-Century skyscrapers and office buildings, the brown smoggy L.A. haziness with an alarming lack of trees--the cops in cars, the topless bars... I especially appreciate the "night for night" filming, which was another hallmark of Universal TV series of that time.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 8:48 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Just finished Knightfall. My interest in this Knights Templar drama was started way back in the 80s with the Robin of Sherwood episode Seven Poor Knights From Acre. While the cgi was a bit obvious in the first episode it was quite sweepingly dramatic overall. Of course it's another Arthurian tale both within the story and characters names.

First season was a better viewing experience, brighter and lots of shots of the Templars costumes en masse. The second series has a grey-er colour palette and trying harder than the first to ape Game of Thrones, not to mention more 'effing and jeffing'. But Series 2 does have old Luke Skywalker himself doing a turn for many episodes. His voice mind, is a bit caricatured. In fact I finally realised Mark Hamill's voice seems based on Bela Lugosi's Igor from the Universal Frankenstein films! Even went a bit Yoda in the last episode...

Music's good. Two different approaches. More orchestral in the first series, and minimalist in the second. Both ok though. Would enjoy a third series but there may be reason to think the following isn't quite there for that. Hope I'm wrong.

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

I gave up on knightfall, Paul.
Wasnt holding me. I dunno, i thought the concept was ok but it just seemed a bit flat and weak.

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Im enjoying my reruns of this on talking pictures

https://youtu.be/n2I1PZyMmik

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2020 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Westworld season one, episodes 1-5 (three last night & two tonight). I'd forgotten how good it was (& the first episode must be one of the best first episodes ever). I should be able to start season two in a couple of days, & I'm tempering my expectations, as I know it had a mixed reception, & I'm going to start watching something with it & give Mad Men a go, I see that I have five seasons of that (all bought s/h for next to nothing).

I finished it tonight & what a fantastic series! The ninth episode is the weakest as I haven't a clue what was going on (& I have seen this series about a year & a half ago), but the last episode explains (most of) it. I looked at the first episode of season two & thought it was terrific, let's see how it pans out (there is a slight continuity error with the Ed Harris character. At the end of episode ten, he injured his arm in a fight [either broke it or dislocated his shoulder] & the arm was just hanging there at the end of the episode. Well the action carries on at the start of season two & his arm is working just fine).

 
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