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Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 24 September 2021, 02:07

Has anyone here watched the German series “Dark”? I thought it was pretty interesting. It’s a time travel sci-fi thriller but they don’t do the typical cheesy American tropes. I would recommend it to everyone, but definitely keep the original language and just add subtitles, because the dub will kill the vibe.
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Unread postby Justin » 26 September 2021, 06:26

Dark is excellent!

I recently watched The Chair on Netflix. It's pretty short, 5-6 episodes if I recall, and was an excellent story about an English Department Chair at a university.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby Cali Ed » 2 October 2021, 11:38

Niecy Nash gives me life! I loved this bitch when I saw her on "Scream Queens" — she certainly was the highlight as security guard-turned-FBI agent Denise Hemphill, along with Nick Jonas playing a hunky closeted straight frat-boy golfer. But I recently watched an interview with her and decided to do a deeper dive into some of her work.

I watched a few episodes of "Clean House," "Reno 911" and "Getting On." They were all decent, and the latter is her more serious side, but the show I really dig is her current one, "Claws." I caught up on the first two seasons and will watch the third before the fourth and final premieres in December (TNT).

It has a bit of an "Ozark" vibe with the criminal world and money laundering — which she does at her nail salon (hence, the claws). It's a bit funnier due to Niecy. It also has a bisexual crime boss named Uncle Daddy played by the guy who was Hank on "Breaking Bad," and Jack Kesy as Roller has a dirty white trash sexiness about him. I'd let him breed my ass rough and then choke him out after (hey, that's his thing on the show!)

All in all, worth a watch.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby aruckus88 » 3 October 2021, 16:18

Sanderson Farms Golf Championship. I'm kind of a Daddy. I love young, fit, healthy guys up to early 30s or so. I have never seen a sexier golfer than Will Zalatoris. That cute little ass! Wow. The Colombian golfer Camilo Villegas was my favorite years ago, but he's a little more muscular than my ideal guy.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby PopTart » 3 October 2021, 16:29

Bones. I've been making my way through the series and it's just such easy viewing. In the same vein as Rizzoli and Isles, Castle and a litany of other procedural cop shows. I like the humour and the interplay between characters. It's made the last two weeks alot more bearable while I've nursed a cold!
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby ThatNomad » 10 October 2021, 14:32

227. My boyfriend used to watch it as a kid, and I'd never seen it since I grew up in a home with a repressively racist white father. It's actually a really great show!
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 11 October 2021, 03:32

So now that I finished Squid Game I don’t know what to think about the ending. I can’t tell if Koreans are just lousy at script writing or if they’re so good and clever that their messages are lost on me. I feel like a lot of it is open to too much interpretation and I’m not sure if it’s just viewers projecting interesting takes on it or if in fact there is a deeper message that I’m just not extracting. Like, I’ve read too many critiques now, from surplus value theory to the notion that the old man ending up alive wasn’t plot armor but part of the point that the rich don’t play by the same rules, etc., but I’m not sure if I buy any of it. I’ve been watching a few Korean series now and a lot of the dialogue seems mindless and random. But maybe it’s just me. Anyone else feel this way too?
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby PopTart » 11 October 2021, 04:13

poolerboy0077 wrote:So now that I finished Squid Game I don’t know what to think about the ending. I can’t tell if Koreans are just lousy at script writing or if they’re so good and clever that their messages are lost on me. I feel like a lot of it is open to too much interpretation and I’m not sure if it’s just viewers projecting interesting takes on it or if in fact there is a deeper message that I’m just not extracting. Like, I’ve read too many critiques now, from surplus value theory to the notion that the old man ending up alive wasn’t plot armor but part of the point that the rich don’t play by the same rules, etc., but I’m not sure if I buy any of it. I’ve been watching a few Korean series now and a lot of the dialogue seems mindless and random. But maybe it’s just me. Anyone else feel this way too?

Yes! I get the same thing with Korean films and I've begun to wonder if it's some kind of cultural thing, that gets lost in translation.

Concepts seem brilliant and it all starts out well, but then things always seem to degenerate, wander off in random directions and lead to unsatisfactory or plain bizarre conclusions. I've entertained the possibility it's the result of cultural references that make sense from a Korean perspective or that maybe one has to have experienced more Korean media to get references, that otherwise make little sense. But I also wonder if they just throw random shit it.

Honestly, I was beginning to think it was just me.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 11 October 2021, 06:16

PopTart wrote:
poolerboy0077 wrote:So now that I finished Squid Game I don’t know what to think about the ending. I can’t tell if Koreans are just lousy at script writing or if they’re so good and clever that their messages are lost on me. I feel like a lot of it is open to too much interpretation and I’m not sure if it’s just viewers projecting interesting takes on it or if in fact there is a deeper message that I’m just not extracting. Like, I’ve read too many critiques now, from surplus value theory to the notion that the old man ending up alive wasn’t plot armor but part of the point that the rich don’t play by the same rules, etc., but I’m not sure if I buy any of it. I’ve been watching a few Korean series now and a lot of the dialogue seems mindless and random. But maybe it’s just me. Anyone else feel this way too?

Yes! I get the same thing with Korean films and I've begun to wonder if it's some kind of cultural thing, that gets lost in translation.

Concepts seem brilliant and it all starts out well, but then things always seem to degenerate, wander off in random directions and lead to unsatisfactory or plain bizarre conclusions. I've entertained the possibility it's the result of cultural references that make sense from a Korean perspective or that maybe one has to have experienced more Korean media to get references, that otherwise make little sense. But I also wonder if they just throw random shit it.

Honestly, I was beginning to think it was just me.

We also have to leave open the possibility that they’re just shitty at writing. They introduce characters, pretend to give them sort of an arc and then just abruptly kill them off (e.g., the cop, the North Korean chick). They introduce elements only to abandon them. Like that one girl going into the vents. There’s also the erratic acting, but that’s another story. The introduction of VIPs made the whole thing campy and stupid. They should’ve just kept the main black masked guy to make it more interesting and mysterious instead of just some boring plot of rich people doing shit for sport, making it somewhat cartoonish and shifting the storyline from the players and their desperation, circumstances and state of mind to villains and their one-dimensional evilness. The dialogue was even worse, what with the juvenile 69 jokes and whatnot. I was expecting it to be a more sophisticated Saw movie where the main antagonist was creating these twisted games to test humanity, both in their willingness to risk even their own lives for their own greed but also to figure out whether people are selfish or selfless in the end. I feel like the ending could’ve been framed that way. Rather than the pointless exchange between the old man and the lead character, the old man could’ve said something like, “You could’ve saved him yourself but didn’t because you placed more importance in the game. In the end, you and I are the same.” And then died. Someone wrote about that on Reddit. Of course, I would’ve eliminated bringing back the old man and just made the main villain the masked man and have a deep exchange maybe with the main character a la Neo meeting the architect from the Matrix to hash out the deeper point about the game. There are so many deep themes you could broach here and they’re just squandered.

I had this same issue with the South Korean show Kingdom. The mini-movie spin-off of it especially makes my point. They start off strong only to ruin it by just having the main character chick get her revenge by very boringly shooting arrows at everyone in the end.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby Derek » 15 October 2021, 18:40

Do any of you watch What We Do in the Shadows? Nandor is one of my all-time top himbos.
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Unread postby Brenden » 15 October 2021, 19:25

Derek wrote:Do any of you watch What We Do in the Shadows? Nandor is one of my all-time top himbos.

Love that show! I was skeptical it’d be as good as the original film, but it often surpasses it!
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 17 October 2021, 16:39

I just watched the trailer. Is it sort of like The Office meets The Adams Family?
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby Derek » 17 October 2021, 16:43

Yeah, kinda. If you were a vampire gay like I was when I was 11, you'll like all the references.
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Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 17 October 2021, 16:45

By the way, have you seen Squid Game? Were you as equally disappointed with the ending as I was? Considering its popularity I feel like I’m in the minority.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby Derek » 17 October 2021, 16:50

I haven't seen it. Never saw Tiger King either, it's a contrarian thing. I'm not like other girls.
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Unread postby poolerboy0077 » 17 October 2021, 21:01

So what’s everyone’s take on the whole Chappelle controversy and Netflix’s CEO’s defense and whatnot?
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Unread postby Derek » Today, 03:41

Speaking of vampires, I saw Midnight Mass on Netflix and really enjoyed it. I've liked all of Mike Flanagan's tv output a lot (Haunting of Hill House, Bly Manor). I used to think I didn't enjoy horror as a genre, but really it's just gratuitous gore and cheap scares that I don't like. Thoughtful, character-driven horror can be really great. Also I've added a lot to my library of Christian hymns (it used to be just Brahms).
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby PopTart » Today, 04:39

poolerboy0077 wrote:So what’s everyone’s take on the whole Chappelle controversy and Netflix’s CEO’s defense and whatnot?

I watched it. It wasn't, by any means, his best material but I still enjoyed it.

I didn't find much to be scandalised about.

The campaign to have chapelle cancelled for speaking about the trans movement, about modern homosexuality, being black and racism in general, I think is the result of people being outraged for the sake of it. Nothing he said was really offensive.

I admire the Netflix CEO for standing up for him. I'm tired of people being ruled by twitter mobs, outrage culture and general intolerance of views and opinions that express dissent regarding the current overly moralistic orthodoxy.
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Re: TV Show of the Moment

Unread postby poolerboy0077 » Today, 07:33

PopTart wrote:
poolerboy0077 wrote:So what’s everyone’s take on the whole Chappelle controversy and Netflix’s CEO’s defense and whatnot?

I watched it. It wasn't, by any means, his best material but I still enjoyed it.

I didn't find much to be scandalised about.

The campaign to have chapelle cancelled for speaking about the trans movement, about modern homosexuality, being black and racism in general, I think is the result of people being outraged for the sake of it. Nothing he said was really offensive.

I admire the Netflix CEO for standing up for him. I'm tired of people being ruled by twitter mobs, outrage culture and general intolerance of views and opinions that express dissent regarding the current overly moralistic orthodoxy.

One thing I found amusing in all of this is how Chappelle apparently disagrees with himself — and seems unaware of it.

When this story first broke, I immediately remembered the almost complete silence by black comedians over the uproar of white comedians’ past blackface sketches, so I did some digging to see where Chappelle stood and found this little gem:

CNN wrote:In 2005 Dave Chappelle talked to Time magazine about why he walked away from his astronomically popular Comedy Central show that year at the height of his success.

He told the publication the last skit he had shot for his show before abandoning his series was about "magic pixies that embody stereotypes about the races."

"The black pixie -- played by Chappelle -- wears blackface and tries to convince blacks to act in stereotypical ways. Chappelle thought the sketch was funny, the kind of thing his friends would laugh at," Time writer Chris Farley noted. "But at the taping, one spectator, a white man, laughed particularly loud and long. His laughter struck Chappelle as wrong, and he wondered if the new season of his show had gone from sending up stereotypes to merely reinforcing them."

Chappelle lamented at the time that "When [the White man] laughed, it made me uncomfortable" and said he told himself he needed to take a timeout "Because my head almost exploded."

He would not return to his career until 12 years later.


A similar thing happened with Kevin Hart. He offered a rationalization in lieu of an apology for his past sketches regarding gays (at a time when gays were barely trying to broach a national dialogue about rights and dignity, mind you), instead and saying that people are just sensitive these days, yet a year earlier Bill Maher had dropped the n-word on his show in the context of a joke and swiftly apologized for it, but Hart didn’t accept the apology and instead when he went on the Breakfast Club he lambasted him for it.

Kinda funny that the very people who say there shouldn’t be a limit to jokes don’t fully agree with that sentiment when it hits close to home.
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