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I watched BlacKkKlansman again, this time online with my daughter. We cried at different points, which was interesting. Not that it wasn’t still very funny.

The KKK wife was terrific and was worthy of more attention than the actress received.

Good call. Such an unsympathetic role.

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To my regret, three of the best sitcoms of the decade ended this past couple of months: Catastrophe, Fleabag, and You're the Worst. But they all went out on top. Contrary to national stereotypes, it may have been the American sitcom which best 'stuck the landing', though as a Yankee sentimentalist, I suppose I would think that. It's almost certainly the most beautiful conclusion to a sitcom I've ever seen.

 

All worth bingeing if you've never watched them, at least if you appreciate acerbic, doom-laden humour and deeply flawed protagonists.

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I watched BlacKkKlansman again, this time online with my daughter. We cried at different points, which was interesting. Not that it wasn’t still very funny.

 

High on my list. Online Amazon? 

 

 

Finally watched this. Made me realise how much I've missed his movies. Now I'm curious which scenes you (respectively your daughter) cried at. 

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I've been pretending that I live in the UK and have been pointing my VPN there to watch BBC and Channel 4 shows. 

 

Channel 4:

 

Traitors- a 6 part series about a young woman in London just after WW2 who's using her position to spy for Americans trying to root out Russians in English g'ment. Very entertaining. I love spy stuff, and this is pretty well done. And has the bonus of Keeley Hawes in it. Great clothes.

 

The Virtues: A somewhat predictable story told in a very compelling way. The lead actor- Stephen Graham is mesmerizing. He can be a sensitive caring dude, and when drunk, a colossal dickhead. His commitment to the role is complete. 4 episodes

 

Chimerica: It's a bit of a gut punch because the "current" parts take place around the events leading up to, and just past the Nov 2016 US election. What I find interesting about this little drama is that the lead is not particularly likeable. He's kind of a dick, and has little self-reflection. The way that his photographer character pushes his way without regard for the real collateral makes him unsympathetic, but still compelling. It's not a spoiler that his his character is most well known for taking a pivotal photo at Tiananmen square. Worth a watch for sure, good supporting characters, including F. Murray Abraham. 4 episodes

 

The Politician's Wife. A nice little sex scandal/political revenge drama with Juliet Stephenson from 1995. 3 episodes. 

 

National Treasure- another sex scandal drama, with the delicious Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters. Robbie's past abuses come back to haunt him. 4 episodes. 

 

No Offence- Cop drama with quite a bit of irreverence. Joanna Scanlan is a force of nature. Really fun watch. 3 seasons (so far)

 

The Celebrity Bake-offs for Stand Up to Cancer are silly fun as well. 

 

I've just started exploring BBC- it's a bit more finicky about letting me play video.

 

The best thing about watching both of these is that you set up an account, but watching is free. (aside from the VPN)

 

edited for grammar.

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Tyrannosaur, with Olivia Colman and Paddy Considine.

 

Dark as F. Colman has, to me, been that great actor in the background, that's finally getting her just rewards. She's phenomenal, multi-faceted, sad, sympathetic. Considine, holy crap. The opening of the film had me believing there was absolutely no way I would every give a rat's tiny ass about this horrible man. And then I did. 

 

Amazing performances. Highly recommended. 

 

(another from channel 4)

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Dark on Netflix.

Way back in the "Lost" years, Mongo noted that once a show starts in with time travel, it's usually time to give up.  Dark, a German mystery, is all about time travel.  I'm 1.5 seasons in, and it's terrific.  They go all out with the time travel possibilities, and so far it's managed to hold together very well.

 

Highly recommended.

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In possibly one of the most politically incorrect stand-up routines EVER, the newest Dave Chappelle on Netflix is uproariously funny at times.

 

My favorite stand-up comic of all time is Richard Pryor.  Who certainly could do some politically incorrect stuff. And some snippets of Richard show through here (maybe even some direct rips?), not a bad thing. Cause every stand-up steals some shit from every stand-up they've ever seen. 

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In possible one of the most politically incorrect stand-up routines EVER, the newest Dave Chappelle on Netflix is uproariously funny at times.

 

I watched it two nights ago and am still ashamed of myself for laughing. I threw some cringes in there also, to even things out.

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Tyrannosaur, with Olivia Colman and Paddy Considine.

 

 

Olivia Colman seems to be in 75% of all shows produced in Britain.

(Which is not a bad thing.)

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(Now that I'm at home and can finally access this thread.)

 

We've seen 2 episodes of the Ken Burns documentary on country music and have been enjoying it very much.  While even a 20-hour documentary can't cover everything, it does give time to all of the contributions to the genre, including blues, swing, and Mexican music.

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Inside Bill’s Brain – Part 1 … on Netflix

 

A hagiography, for sure, of a towering figure, who was the world’s most dominant capitalist in decades, who dared to hang up his cleats at the apex of his power and pass the crown, orb and sceptre voluntarily to redirect his talents towards other, greener pastures to the potential benefit of all mankind. Minimal mainstream charisma, except to geeks. Eminently human, down to Earth and likeable. Maybe the world’s most voracious reader of non-fiction (and retainer of what was read … and a reasonable reviewer to boot, see Gates Notes on Books). From ruthless capitalist to enlightened egalitarian, in both his private and public spheres, a truly, remarkable transformation, if not Ovidian metamorphosis … or was it ? … do people in mid-life really change this much ? … or did the press (and his competitors) wrongly warp reality, creating the fiction of Bill the Borg and falsely shaping our view of this technical and strategic genius who played by all the rules, paid all his fines and outcompeted  every other person, corporation and government on the planet … you decide !

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In possibly one of the most politically incorrect stand-up routines EVER, the newest Dave Chappelle on Netflix is uproariously funny at times.

 

My favorite stand-up comic of all time is Richard Pryor.  Who certainly could do some politically incorrect stuff. And some snippets of Richard show through here (maybe even some direct rips?), not a bad thing. Cause every stand-up steals some shit from every stand-up they've ever seen. 

the commonality could be writer/collaborator paul mooney.  i've been feeling some kind of way about dave and some of his material for a while but his genius and timing are indisputable. i may watch because i hear if you can sit all the way through "Epilogue: The Punchline" will make it all worthwhile

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