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Recommended movies etc on Netflix/Amazon Prime II

Discussion in 'off topic' started by tones, Jan 15, 2020.

  1. jackbarron

    jackbarron Chelsea, London

    Succession and the Roy family at its centre are said to be based on the Murdochs.

    I reckon substance misuser Kendall will eventually stab the others in the back and take over from his dad Logan, the founder of the media conglomerate. I'm sure he's got a machete somewhere and we're only two Seasons in.

    Brian Cox is great as Logan.

    Jack
     
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  2. jtrade

    jtrade pfm Member

    Hmmm... it does look good. Duly queued (but only just started Ragnarok, so it'll be a few weeks before I get there...).

    As for Succession, I loved the Season 2 finale & am looking fwd to S3. The one thing I don't like about Succession is how the three kids seem unable to complete a sentence without including multiple variations of the F word, regardless of context; slightly lazy scripting imho.
     
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  3. droodzilla

    droodzilla pfm Member

    The Stranger: decent plot (and lots of it!); one-dimensional characters.
     
  4. PhilofCas

    PhilofCas pfm Member

    Don't F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (on Netflix).

    Absolutely brilliant in a sick/twisted/intriguing/weird/horrible type of way.

    A ‘must see’ in my book.
     
  5. Aethelist

    Aethelist pfm Member

    2 days to go...

     
  6. peter bj

    peter bj pfm Member

    Agree Stranger pretty good , well worth a watch
     
  7. jackbarron

    jackbarron Chelsea, London

    The Great Hack documentary on Netflix is for the most part excellent. It covers Cambridge Analytica, its CEO Alexander Nix and the reporting of Carole Cadwalladr into CA and the Facebook scandal. There are revelatory interviews with CA whistleblowers like Brittany Kaiser and Christopher Wylie.

    The doc illustrates the role CA and Facebook played in data harvesting and information warfare during the election of Trump and Brexit. It also puts the spotlight on Farage, UKIP and Leave EU. Dominic Cummings isn't properly skewered though.

    Kaiser has a major part in the doc along with David Carroll. He is the New York media professor, who demanded to know what data CA held on him and took them to court in England.

    Carole Cadwalladr says it is now impossible to have a democratic election or referendum. A massive con is being perpetrated by data harvesters, politicians and billionaires, together with the tech giants. This has resulted in conflict and far-right governments getting into power around the world.

    The Great Hack is directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, who did the Oscar-nominated Great Square about the Arab spring. It's interesting that The Great Hack wasn't even nominated for an Oscar, but then the ceremony takes place in Trumpland.

    Here are Cadwalladr's thoughts on the film: https://www.theguardian.com

    Jack

     
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  8. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Yep, The Great Hack was good.
     
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  9. gassor

    gassor There may be more posts after this.

    Lock and Key not so good.
     
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  10. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Talking of Zuckerberg, “Social Network” is a decent movie - good script by Alan Sorkin of West Wing fame. It’s on Netflix. Unprincipled irritating college kid becomes unprincipled irritating kazillionaire. And “The Brink” (I think you can rent it from Apple) completes the story with a fascinating study of Steve Bannon.
     
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  11. jackbarron

    jackbarron Chelsea, London

    I saw Social Network at the cinema and enjoyed its portrayal of Zuckerberg and those who started Facebook, although the situation is darker now.

    I"m not completely sure whether I've seen The Brink, but will definitely check it out.

    Jack
     
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  12. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    Jack, If you enjoyed those have you watched 'Halt & catch Fire'? - It's about the birth of the home computer and is a great series imo.. musics superb too ;)
     
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  13. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    A big thumbs up for this from me. Complete with a character modeled, partly at least IMHO, on Steve Jobs.
     
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  14. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    There is a chilling scene in The Brink that I will never forget ..here’s a bit of the review from the NYT

    In one of the movie’s very first scenes, Bannon discusses a sequence from his movie “Torchbearer,” from 2016, that takes place at Auschwitz, and he praises the filming that he did there: “My shit in Auschwitz rocked.” He then cites Birkenau as “the most haunting place I think I’ve ever been,” and imagines industrial designers working on the plans for the death camp as having “totally detached themselves from the moral horror of it”; it’s a reminder, he says, that “humans can do this—humans that are not devils, but humans that are just humans.”
     
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  15. adamk

    adamk pfm Member

    Two Popes
    Mesmerising performances from Hopkins & Pryce
     
  16. Gaycha

    Gaycha pfm Member

    'Wild'. With Reece Witherspoon hiking the Pacific Crest Trail was a good watch. Good scenery and good back story.

    One of those ones you watch with low exopectations that are quickly exceeded.
     
  17. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    The Captor on Prime - a captivating film about the crazy/farcical hostage situation that gave rise to the term Stockholm syndrome :)
     
  18. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy

    it is good. reese witherspoon is typically excellent (when she does a serious film). has nobody seen "morning show" yet?
     
  19. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    I watched Morning Show. Very plastic, star vehicle kind of stuff. Aniston has some of the worst, cringe-worthy speeches I’ve ever heard. But it raises the “me too” issues well, and is thought-provoking. Apple have got a long way to go to catch up with HBO. I’ve not watched any Apple TV+ since the Morning Show, despite having a free subscription.

    Here’s an example of Aniston hamming it up ..

     
  20. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    That scene reminds me of the ham veneer often found in David Lynch material... except there's no sudden switch to the real McCoy as you might see with David Lynch.

     
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