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Old 07-13-2019, 03:54 AM
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Mrs. S and I just watched "What About Dick?" on Netflix, a radio play starring Eric Idle, Tim Curry, Tracey Ullman, Eddie Izzard, Russell Brand, Billy Connolly, and others. The actors and the live audience appear to have had a wonderful time.

"Oh packety wackety
Nickety nackety
Sings the lonely trout
Splickety wickety
Pickety nickety
What is life about?
Shackety mackety
Thwackety crackety
She was just a slut
Find yourself another lass
A nicer piece of butt!"

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Old 07-28-2019, 07:22 PM
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Minimalism Documentary (2016), more truthfully titled ‘thanks to capitalism everything is a scam to get you to buy something... check out our new book!’

While it hits on some good and basic points that some might not be aware of; consumerism is bad, Americans tried to fill their holes with consumer goods, shoveled down their throats by capitalism, now we have tons of stuff that is becoming more and more worthless on purpose so to stay in fashion one must consume quicker, and that part of that consumptions is an artificial value created by capitalist industries to keep your money flowing in one direction.

Ultimately though the whole ‘documentary’ feels like a combination of a vanity project and sneaky advertisement, as yes indeed the two dude bros commissioned this movie to coincide with a book launch and speaking tour. The whole movie has a taint of capitalism wearing the skin of progressiveness to help reign in the few sheep of the flock that have strayed.

It’s indirectly a look at how people react to big emotional changes and fool themselves into thinking they’re different because their focus has changed. As they both came to minimalism after massive life changes. There’s a much deeper story here about how people define themselves by what they do or what they focus on so as to assume a change of focus is a change of personality. The more destabilizing those changes are the more likely someone will grab out for any amount of stability and presume it’s stable ground and not just the best panic option in a bad situation. One never explored as it would be bad for marketing.

That is all part of why the documentary rings hallow, this wasn’t a carefully studied and mused over concept (and seriously, white dude musses on anti-materialism, maybe by a lake, is a whole book genre) but instead we’re watching two rich dudes with tons of monetary and social capital pretend play minimalists within the framework of capitalistic concepts. So in the end we have two dudes who had a forced revelation and immediately decided to market that revelation as somehow new and game changing.

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Watched all of season 1 of Derry Girls yesterday*. Can and do recommend. Will watch season 2 asap, but also hoping to stretch it out more as seasons and episodes quite short.


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Justin Willman's "Magic For Humans" is getting a season 2 on Wednesday. I enjoyed the first season, it's a well crafted magic TV show. It's basically just a street magic show, but Wilman is a pleasant enough presence, and the tricks are clever.
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We just started watching Mindhunter season 1. I'd never heard of it before seeing it's second season mentioned on a list of 'best tv of 2019' sort of thing. A quick search on :ff: didn't find anything, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

It's set in the late 70's and is about 2 agents in the early Behavioral Science section of the FBI. They interview serial killers in the hope of using the info to help with future cases. It's interesting as it's all before the assumed knowledge of shows like Criminal Minds, so they are sort of discovering or at least cataloging things and don't have terms like triggers, stressors, signatures, etc...

First couple episodes are sluggish, but interesting enough to get the hook in, by episode 5 I'm well hooked.

The quality is much better than a CSI, Bones, etc... but maybe slightly less than something like the first season of True Detective. Probably better than season 2 of True Detective.

Check it out if you like that sort of thing.
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I have not watched season 2 yet, but I also recommend Mindhunter.
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Old 12-27-2019, 09:19 PM
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So, I binged "The Witcher" the last couple of days.

Henry Cavill plays Geralt of Rivia, a white-haired Witcher, Witchers are rare mutant humans who have dedicated their lives to monster hunting. That's what Geralt tries to do, scraping by on the bounty of monster kills, but things have a tendency to get complicated, and he gets drawn into conflicts that have nothing to do with monster hunting.

I've only read one or two books in the series, and I liked it well enough. This season covers some stories from what I've read, and also goes into the deeper lore to make it a more coherent story - sort of. I was forewarned that the story jumps around in time, which made it a little easier to "get" the plot. It does this to set up all of the major players properly, and it pretty much works.

That said, "The Witcher" books aren't exactly a progressive series, especially in the first few books. Geralt is a classic stoic hero who lives by his warrior's code. The women are either objects to protect or are sexy, mysterious love interests. The TV show softens this a bit. For example, the TV show does a service to the Yennifer character by going into her ascension as a sorcerer, so she isn't just defined by her relationship with Geralt. There's only so much they can do with the source material, and the show does feature a quite a bit of gratuitous female nudity.

Overall, I liked this and like Cavill in the role. If you like the books or the video games, you'll probably like the TV series, too.
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We watched it over the holidays with the girls.

I've never read the stories or played the video game, but it was enjoyable. It was fast paced enough to overcome the points where the plot was weak or the acting poor.

I keep hearing it's supposed to fill the void left by the end of Game of Thrones. I'm one of the few that's never seen GOT, but from the hype I have to assume it's much better than The Witcher.

Like I said, I enjoyed it and I will watch a second season (which has already been commissioned). But it's not going to rock your world or anything. If you like fantasy settings with magic, elves and whatnot, then you'll probably not be sorry to see it. The main characters do a pretty good job. Henry Cavill is good, Anya Chalotra is even better.
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This is apparently new as of a couple of days ago. I have implemented it. :peace2:

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I turned mine off the day that news broke, and I am still not used to browsing in peace, I keep moving on quickly still to avoid the traumatising preview attacking me out of the blue.

PPSD, post-preview stress disorder, might be with us for a while.
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We watched Horse Girl last night. Doesn't look like it's doing to well by the critics, but I liked it well enough. It was super painful to watch in most places, in a good way.

Also I watched Uncut Gems last week, which was also really good and super uncomfortable, and apparently critics loved that.
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I had to watch Uncut Gems in starts and stops it was so uncomfortable in places.I thought it was good, but man was it painful at times.

I was just looking at Horse Girl last night because, duh, Alison Brie! Looking forward to it.

Can't remember if I've ever mentioned Glow before, but it is well worth watching if anyone hasn't seen it. Glorious Ladies of Wrestling. Everyone in it is fantastic.
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Agreed, Glow is great. Between that and Maron and his podcast, Marc Maron is making his way up my list these days, too.
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Watching The Stranger on Netflix UK now. I'm three episodes in. It's a mystery thriller set in the UK. There have been plenty of plot twists so far with the main characters linked in unlikely ways: I doubt the writers will be able to satisfactory tie up all the loose ends, but even if they don't it's still been an enjoyable ride. Recommended.
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I binged all of "Dear White People" this past weekend. I really liked the show, and I learned what a "hotep" is.
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Watching The Stranger on Netflix UK now. I'm three episodes in. It's a mystery thriller set in the UK. There have been plenty of plot twists so far with the main characters linked in unlikely ways: I doubt the writers will be able to satisfactory tie up all the loose ends, but even if they don't it's still been an enjoyable ride. Recommended.
I binge-watched the remaining 5 episodes. It became increasingly stupid, but still just about good enough to keep me watching till the end.
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Marc Maron's new special came out today.

Marc Maron: End Times Fun | Netflix Official Site

I've been looking forward to this, as he spent about 2 years workshopping it, and I've been following along with that journey on his podcast. We overlap a ton in our particular flavors of depression and OCD, so I find his "it's the end of the world!" shtick more than a little accessible.

Just, you know. FYI.
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People on social media were raving about Netflix's "Tiger King" - so I watched 2 episodes yesterday. They were right. It's wild.

This docuseries is about rival big cat zoo keepers (two are for profit, and one is a rescue foundation, which also acts like a zoo).

The primary cast so far:
- Joe "Exotic": an entertainer by heart, started using big cats in his magic shows, now runs a big cat experience in Oklahoma. He's the main focus of the series, so far.
- Bhagavan "Doc" Antle: Has a higher-end big cat experience.
- Carole Baskin: operates Big Cat Rescue, wants to make owning big cats illegal.

Antle and Exotic hate Baskin because she wants them to be shut down. Baskin hates the others because she believes a lot of their practice is abuse. All three of them use the allure of these big cats to their own ends.

These people are true characters, even before the reveals come, which I think you should experience for yourself.
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I'm intrigued, but is there any abuse or other kinds of kitty tragedy? At the moment I would need to be prepared for that.
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I'm intrigued, but is there any abuse or other kinds of kitty tragedy? At the moment I would need to be prepared for that.
In the first 2 episodes, most tragedy is implied... it's suggested that the private zoo owners euthanize some big cats once they're a liability. There is one scene which is shown: There was an incident in Zanesville, Ohio where a private zoo owner released 50 wild animals from his park. They show the sad outcome from that.

Baskin of Big Cat Rescue thinks handling the big cats as kittens is a form of abuse, but it's the cuddliest abuse you've ever seen.
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This show.

We've finished it and it really is a great ride. So many characters, so much intrigue, so much insanity, so much stupidity.

How far are you now specious?
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This show.

We've finished it and it really is a great ride. So many characters, so much intrigue, so much insanity, so much stupidity.

How far are you now specious?
Everyone else wanted to watch Star Wars Rebels, so I haven't gotten any further. :(

I also forgot to name-check you when I brought it up, your comments were part of what influenced me to start it.
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