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Recommended movies etc on Netflix/Amazon Prime II

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

  1. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    Just finished "Stockholm Requiem"...lovely and dark, moody and good plot twists. Interesting characters as well.
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  2. peter bj

    peter bj pfm Member

    Just started watching Stockholm Requiem the other day , typical Walter presents series so agree pretty good
  3. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    The Stranger on Netflix is a pretty good British thriller. Four episodes in and I've no idea what's going on—which is rare for me!

    Compared to the abomination that was Sarah Phelps' The Pale Horse on BBC1, it's a work of genius.

    Why the BBC couldn't commission something like this rather than taking the excellent Christie novel and changing the plot so much it made no sense while adding supernatural elements that weren't in the book, is a mystery to me.

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  4. jtrade

    jtrade pfm Member

    My somewhat out of date updates:

    The Stranger : good & worth seeing.
    Ragnarok ditto.
    Joker : very dark, but magnificent performance from Joaquin Phoenix.
    The Man in the High Castle, Season 4: gave up after episode 2, which was disappointing as I loved first three seasons; now enjoying at second attempt (just watched e6).
    The New Pope, which is essentially Season 2 of The Young Pope, which must be watched in full first : overall disappointing, as I loved The Young Pope. Far too many episodes building up the John Malkovich character. My suggestion : watch episode 1, then go straight to 7,8 & 9. In a nutshell, the series needs Lenny Belardo (Jude Law) to really shine.
    Picard: I’m not really a Trekkie, so just about enjoying.

    When I finish High Castle, I’m going to take a break from movies for awhile ...
  5. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    The Stranger turned out to be a very poor story that tried to be too clever by half.
    I really enjoyed The Pale Horse for what it was, never having read Christie.
    I liked the last series of TMITHC, cancelling it early focused the writers.
  6. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    The Stranger could, of course, jump the shark. But it's gripping at episode 5 so far.

    As for TPH—having read the book, the adaptation was incredibly poor. Just pointless really.

    I suspect no-one would watch an original Sarah Phelps' production, so she needs to hang on the coat tails of someone more famous.

    Otherwise, why not write something original?

    But in itself, did it really make any sense? Especially the ending?

    The irony is that I suspect that no-one will go and read the book after watching it either.


    BLACKMASS pfm Member

    Watched Hunters on Amazon Prime this weekend. I thought it was pretty good for the majority of the series.
    Al Pacino mumbles through most of his dialogue but manages to keep his overacting to a minimum for the most part.
    I got a definite Watchmen/comic book vibe. I haven’t checked to see if it is based on a comic though.
  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I watched a couple of episodes yesterday. I have a feeling it is terrible/downright offensive, but I haven’t quite made my mind up yet. It is certainly bizarre. For those who haven’t seen it yet it is an almost Tarantino ‘Inglorious Bastards’/Marvel ‘superheroes’/‘I Spit On Your Grave’ video nasty kind of thing set in an idealised late-70s (so plenty of cool visual imagery etc) based around a group of Jewish concentration camp survivors and helpers who hunt down and kill ex-Nazis who have gone to ground in American society. The ‘superhero’ thing is largely in the young lead character’s imagination, but it still feels kind of odd. Predictably very violent and features some thoroughly nasty Auschwitz flashbacks etc. Its on some very dodgy ground IMO, but I’ll no doubt watch a few more episodes out of curiosity.

    PS After a quick google it seems I’m far from alone in thinking this one is a bit whiffy, here’s a Guardian review.
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  9. adamk

    adamk pfm Member

    Have just finished The Stranger.
    Similar to the recent Cobra - started off full of promise but got ever more ludicrous.
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  10. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Watched it a couple nights ago. Really enjoyed it. Virtuoso acting from Adam Sandler, but Julia Fox stole my heart, and possibly my nether regions. I checked her bio online, she has definitely not led a sheltered life.
  11. gassor

    gassor There may be more posts after this.

    I think it is the sexy lips.
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  12. Ali T

    Ali T pfm Member

    Preacher was recommended to me, watch the pilot last night, good so far.
  13. Wolfmancatsup

    Wolfmancatsup Empire State Human

    Quite enjoyed Omniscient, on Netflix, although I think at the end it was left in the air a little too much.

  14. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    I’ll give it a try, thanks!
  15. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    Truth Will Out on More4 is an excellent scandi noir crime thriller...really enjoyed it. Has some nice Swedish humour in it...

    BLACKMASS pfm Member

    Watched 'I’m not Okay with This' on Netflix last night. 7 episodes, 20 minutes per episode. Short but sweet and set-up nicely for another season. Fingers crossed they do commission another one.

  17. Gaycha

    Gaycha pfm Member

    Watched Uncut Gems on NF last night. whilst it was a good characterisation of a stereotypical NY Jewish Gem dealer by Adam Sandler, overall it was disappointing.

    Far too much camera movement.
    Sound was poor especially as they had a LOT of overtalking each other dialogue, with gangsta, Jewish, and hoodlum speak, loadsa swearing etc. Made it hard to follow even after fiddling with Dolby/DTS/PCM settings etc - was muddy.

    Prime character was irritating after a while, and i stopped caring about all the stereotypes.
    At 2:15, it was 45 mins too long.

    Not recommended.
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  18. Colin L

    Colin L pfm Member

    Half-way through watching "The Boys" on Prime. Great stuff and an outstanding reverse on the standard super-hero pap.
    Highly recommended, beautifully played but not the faint of heart i.e. quite gory.

    The bit with the horny dolphin in the van (Ep 4 or 5) is possibly the maddest bit of TV I've seen for quite a while.

  19. madmike

    madmike I feel much better now, I really do...

    Every night we scan the listings on Prime, Netflix and Sky. Is it me or is most of it just a load of crap. We don't like rom-coms, action movies or sci fi. We do like scandi stuff but have watched em all...
  20. billo

    billo pfm Member

    Have you seen "A man Called Ove" ? Not quite rom com but good fun.
    Also "Under the Tree" an Icelandic story about a neighbour dispute which gets out of hand as you would expect from the land of Saga

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