Tiger King sucks. I have no idea why people like the damn show.
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Just finished binging Season 3 of Ozark on Netflix.
For those unfamiliar, the very first episode of the series opens with him as some financial advisor with clients in his office while he's distractedly watching pr0n on his computer screen. Turns out, it's his wife, cheating on him (private eye set up the proof for him). Within S1 his partner gets them in trouble with the wrong folks, and Bateman is constantly thinking quick on his feet how to get out of situations. This leads to him and his wife being forced to maintain the 'happy family' image with their two kids as they move within hours to the Ozarks to begin money laundering operations. The running plotline for all 3 seasons is him trying to keep the family alive, and being a bit smarter than everyone else around him. Over time you see his wife express similar sharp mind manipulations, and of course there are some main characters that carry their own side plot lines that interweave, and all have a layering of 'who knows how much?'. If you like a story that constantly feels like the protagonist is going to tip over into mayhem, but manages to keep tap dancing on the land mines...this is for you. Most characters you'll care about, some not so much and that's ok. Some stories may not matter all that much, but they are all threads of the overall tapestry, even up to the end of S3. Worth a binge of 3--5 episodes when you feel like trying it out...see if you don't get hooked, trying to watch more. Great writing, great cast, nothing real hokey about it, IMO. 8.5/10
The Queen's Gambit (Netflix)
Okay... I know... hear me out though. I'm not much for female character led dramas. However, occasionally, if the actress is attractive enough I can slog my way through. I've not seen Ann Taylor-Joy in any thing before but she has a face made for a particular flavor of porn which makes her watchable. She plays a chess prodigy (Beth Harmon) in the 60's who over seven episodes beats the snot out of everyone. Harmon has a bit of a love for tranqs and booze. The tranquilizers relax her to the point where she can see a chess board in her head and play chess on a more intuitive level.
Chess playing and chess watching makes up a lot of the screen time. No car chases, nothing blows up, not even any nudity. But the series is well written, avoiding cringy tropes. The janitor she, as a child, meets in the basement to learn chess isn't a perv. A couple adopt her and the father is not a perv. She does however learn that her crush is gay/bi or as he later describes it "curious". Can't have a story out of Hollyweird without at least one homo, though her charms are enough to eventually turn him straight. And it's implied that she has a one night stand with another woman but nothing more is made of it because... you know... that's normal behavior.
Other than that the dialog is refreshingly believable. Many times I expected the characters to say something stupid and instead utter reasonable responses. Harmon has a lot in common with Bobby Fisher who is said to have been so laser obsessed that he could rarely talk about anything other than Chess. Harmon, the character, however is a bit more personable. In the end ATJ is somewhat mesmerizing to watch do even mundane things.
Joe Bob says check it out.
ATJ, for research purposes
Finished The Spy on Netflix: a true story about an Israeli spy who infiltrated Syria in the 1960s.
Sacha Baron Cohen stars and does a surprisingly good job in a more serious role. His acting can be a little wooden at times (as well as some of the other characters), but overall a good series. 6 episodes ranging from 47-86 minutes.
hopefully there’s not one of these already. My wife and I work hard during the week and watch shows on the weekend. So we’ve seen just about everything there is to see. Here’s some of my favorites lately and if you have some good ones definitely share. We run out of stuff to watch very often.
Counterpart (Starz, 2 seasons)- starring JK Simmons. 100% rotten tomatoes
Definitely lives up to the hype. Synopsis:
What might be different if a person could co-exist in an alternate world? Howard Silk, a low-level agent whose career is winding down at a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency, unwittingly learns the answer. Upon discovering his organization is harboring a secret, that of a gateway to a parallel dimension, Howard becomes immersed in a mysterious world of espionage, intrigue, and government conspiracies. There, the only man Howard can trust is Prime, his almost identical counterpart from a divergent reality.
Fortitude: (Amazon 2 seasons. 87% rotten tomatoes) starring Dennis Quaid (second season), Richard Dormer, Stanley Tucci
Love this show. One of my favorites over the last few years. Synopsis:
Fortitude is a town in the Arctic that is unlike any other place on Earth. Surrounded by the picturesque polar landscape and filled with residents who form a tight-knit community, the town has never been the site of a violent crime. That changes, though, when a research scientist is killed, which leads to an investigation that prompts police officers begin to suspect and mistrust one another. Members of the community also struggle to understand the terror that has been unleashed among them. While all this is going on, above-average temperatures result in record ice melt, which reveals secrets that have long been hidden underneath Fortitude's frozen landscape.
Goliath- Amazon Prime (2 seasons, 82% rotten tomatoes)- Starring Billy Bob Thornton
Once a powerful lawyer, Billy McBride is now a washed up ambulance chaser, who spends more time in bars than the courtroom. When Billy reluctantly agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the massive law firm he helped create, a vast and deadly conspiracy comes to light. Billy and his team end up in a life-or-death trial against the ultimate foe, which could end up helping Billy find redemption and exact revenge on the firm. The Amazon original series is created by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.
The Haunting of Hill House- Netflix (1 season, 92% rotten tomatoes)
Thought this show was really really good. Creepy, but not scary
This modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel follows siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country.. Now adults, they are forced back together in the face of tragedy and must finally confront the ghosts of their past. Some of those ghosts still lurk in their minds, while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House. The ensemble cast includes Oscar winner Timothy Hutton, Carla Gugino and Henry Thomas. Mike Flanagan, a veteran of the horror genre, created the series.
Get Shorty- Netflix (1 season, 78% rotten tomatoes)- starring Ray Ramano.
Stylish and tonally like Breaking Bad. Good story, good actors, good action all around.
Working as muscle for a murderous Nevada crime ring, Miles Daly decides to change professions and become a Hollywood movie producer.
Mad Dogs- Amazon (1 season, 67% rotten tomatoes) you should know every actor in it.
I loved this show. Lower RT score but it’s a great one season hit. Murder, mystery, laughs, wtf moments. It’s got it all
When a group of underachieving 40-something friends gather in Belize to celebrate the early retirement of an old friend, a series of wild events unfold, exposing dark secrets, deception and even murder. Starring Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Billy Zane (Twin Peaks), Steve Zahn (Dallas Buyers Club) and Romany Malco (Weeds). Executive produced by Cris Cole and Shawn Ryan (The Shield)."
Jack Ryan- Amazon (1 season, 74% rotten tomatoes)- starring Jim from The Office
Grew up on the Jack Ryan films with Harrison Ford and this does the character justice
When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse throughout Europe and the Middle East, with a rising terrorist figurehead preparing for a massive attack against the US and her allies
I’ve got a ton more but I don’t want to keep listing stuff if everyone’s seen them. Let me know what you’ve seen lately! I’ll add more later
Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021): The Mrs and I waited until they all dropped before starting and we finished last night.
A little background, knowing this series was coming out (and thanks to Amazon Prime having them available for free) I read and in some cases re-read the passing of the shield in the comics which was started after Captain America's death in the late 00s/early 10s. This helped put some context, especially the social issues into context with the source material. It also missed out on aspects which are important like Bucky being the first to carry the shield, which adds context to why Sam was more vocal on social issues.
The series is slow... like what the fuch slow. They try to spice it up with decent/good action sequences in just about every episode. The show was filmed as a 6 hour movie instead 6 individual shows, and it hurts the flow of the show.
They are trying to show the impacts of blips and then the events of End Game. During the blip borders were opened and the world treated everything as one nation. Now post End Game the countries are trying to re-establish the old borders, laws, and previous life pre-Infinity War. The problem is the series really clumsily handles the issues that they are trying to address. The writing was one of the worse pieces out of the MCU/MCUtv that I have attempted to watch (I haven't seen Inhumans, Runaways, or Agents of Shield), and yes overall Iron Fist (season 1) was more cohesive than this in it's entirety.
What was done well:
Relationship of Sam and Bucky though at times a little dumb overall well done
The Redemption character arcs of multiple characters
The acting was well especially out of the leads, they couldn't save the script
Easter Eggs especially using a X-Men reference now they have the rights
The true Baron Zemo
Isiah Bradley introduction and his grandson (potential for Young Avenger Patriot)
What was done poorly:
Plot and Story was choppy and tonal shifts bounced wildly at times
How John Walker aka Captain America/US Agent was handled, very heavy handed
Dialog is choppy at times
Isiah Bradley also very heavy handedly written
Wanda/Vision is by far a better show with a story that is more cohesive. Loki appears like it will be a fun wild ride through the multiverse. This should have been the first show released to set the stage for phase 4, but it was a heavy handed slog especially after Wanda/Vision.
Threat Matrix Matrix: no boobs, butt or ass.
Deet Diagram: no homeless ass was seen.
I had a "free view" of HBO over the Thanksgiving long weekend. I binged "The Undoing". Despite decent enough performances from Hugh Grant, Nicole Kidman and that really hot Italian noob, the miniseries was "undone" by an insipid storyline, IMO. Not the worst thing to watch because the performers did pretty well with the crappy material. But only dive in if you're really at a loss for something else to watch.
New documentary coming out by Jakob Dylan called Echo in the Canyon- rock music history thing
Jakob Dylan recalls filming Tom Petty’s final on-camera interview for rock doc ‘Echo in the Canyon’
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