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rivka
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quote:
Originally posted by Stephan:
The Red Balloon.

I remember watching this masterpiece of a short film in school

Me too!

*adds to instant queue*

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I've been watching Star Trek: The Next Generation via Netflix and have the other shows in my Instant Queue for eventual streaming.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Stephan:
The Red Balloon.

I remember watching this masterpiece of a short film in school

Me too!

*adds to instant queue*

Watched it last night. It was as marvelous a fairy tale as I remembered.

I wondered what happened to the boy (Pascal), who was apparently the director's son. As of 5 years ago, he was alive and well.

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Season 4 of Breaking Bad is now streaming. Episode one is one of the most shocking things I have ever scene on camera.
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WOOHOO Captain America is streaming. I look forward to rewinding and re-watching Cap punch Hitler in the face a couple of times.
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I really want to heartily recommend The Booth at the End. I haven't seen it discussed on Hatrack, and I think several people here would like it.

I know it is only on Hulu Streaming, but it is available without needing to sign up for a free account or a paid account. It is a Hulu exclusive show. I have seen all of Season 1 and all of Season 2 (that is available), and I am hooked.

The premise is different people go to "The Man" in a booth at a diner and ask for a wish. He looks in a book and tells them the cost. The entire show is always just two people talking, and it is gripping. It is creepy, disturbing, engaging, has great dialogue--all dialogue-- and superb acting.

It is the Ultimate Moral Dilemma show.

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Super 8 is now streaming. I rather liked it.
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quote:
Originally posted by 777:
Super 8 is now streaming. I rather liked it.

I really loved that movie.
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I've seen a lot of Booth at the End and I quite like it. Intriguing, good acting, it's a good show, but I wouldn't call anything in it a moral dilemma. Maybe crisis of conscious.

Hobbes [Smile]

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Been watching Jericho lately. It's pretty darn good.
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quote:
Originally posted by odouls268:
Been watching Jericho lately. It's pretty darn good.

So good that the peanut army made the second season happen. I haven't looked into them but there are now Jericho comic books.

World's Greatest Dad is written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, starring Robin Williams. Williams is an english teacher who forges a suicide note for his son who accidentally killed himself.

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Dinosaurs has been added to Netflix.
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Peep Show once again, everyone. Peep Show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t33cMRFqvCw#t=0m37s

[ September 04, 2012, 10:39 AM: Message edited by: Sa'eed ]

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Les Miserables miniseries is on Netflix starring Gerard Depardieu and John Malkovich.
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Seeing as there was some discussion of the film as it neared theatrical release I thought I would let everyone know that Wolf Puncher starring Liam Neeson is now stream.

So is Super 8, and on Sunday season 2 of The Walking Dead will be streaming (if you are like me and have only seen what Netflix can cheaply and legally show you.)

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Oooh! Sherlock series 2!
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Wolf Puncher (The Grey) decided to say the F word as many times as possible (and still have a plot). Not a horrible movie, it was...a bit silly. I was rooting for the wolves.

Super 8 was pretty fricken awesome. Like a grown up Goonies.

And the second season of Walking Dead (saw it when it aired) is good, though not as good as the first.

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In defense of the language used in The Grey, the setting is quite clear on the type of men they are from the very beginning. Whether or not is was nice it was honest, in fact that movie was far more about real life problems than fighting wolves. I was a little dissapointed by the lackluster ending.

I have issues with how they ended season one... super AI? really?

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It isn't that the word offends me (it SO doesn't) it's that it felt like they were trying so hard to get up to 150 effs...reeked of effort.
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SERIES 2 OF THE BBC SHERLOCK!!!!

*FLAIL*

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^That is the appropriate reaction!

I can't wait to hear everyone's thoughts on the new season.

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quote:
Originally posted by Stone_Wolf_:
It isn't that the word offends me (it SO doesn't) it's that it felt like they were trying so hard to get up to 150 effs...reeked of effort.

I've spent my entire life around veterans, ex-cons and addicts. If anything they made the men more eloquent.
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Sgt Frog is on Netflix. Woohoo!
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The Phantom of the Opera, perfrormed at the Royal Albert Theater (it is huge and beuatiful) is streaming. And I am happy.
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I'll second that. It's really a gorgeous production.
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When I saw the orchestra was housed on a loft above the stage I wished I could pause the show and tour the stage and all its production. I stopped only a little way in and I'm not sure how I feel about the projector all the way up there, I don't like minimalism via technology over traditional theatric productions.
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quote:
Originally posted by lem:
Sgt Frog is on Netflix. Woohoo!

My 4-year-old loved that. Thanks for the tip.
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I stated watching the new Battlestar Galactica...having never watched the original show even once. I noticed that the original is also streaming.

I don't really want to go back and watch it, but I was curious what you guys thought. Is it necessary to watch the oldy to enjoy the new?

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Watch the new version till the end (plus movies!) and then attempt to watch the old. The original is campy and ridiculous by comparison and everyone involved in BSG did such a great job of relating the universe.

Would Portlandia lie?

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Heh, thanks!
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Do not watch the new version until the end. If you would like to know when you should stop watching and make up a more satisfying ending in your own head, let me know.

In related news, you should not finish King's Dark Tower series, and should stop watching Lost and Heroes fairly early in their runs. I know that all of us geeks are ridiculous completionists, but we do not need to keep watching something after it has turned to crap just so we know what the creators "intended" -- especially since so many creators are really just winging it.

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I think LOST stayed consistent much longer than Heroes. I wouldn't recommend watching beyond Heroes's first season.
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I enjoyed... some of Heroes season 2.

The Hiro bits were still pretty funny.

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I think i could add battlestar galactica to that list of 'quit watching x-way in'
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Like at the point when that Cyclon snapped that baby's neck. That's when I stopped watching.
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I'd say stop watching Heroes right before the season 1 finale which sucked so hard it may be the suckiest thing in the history of sucking.

Right now I'm on season 1 ep 10 of BSG and enjoying it majoritativly.

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Okay, I'm on season 2 ep 11 (female admiral strife)...how much longer does it stay decent?
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All of Season 2. First six episodes of season 3. It's a lot better than decent, though.

A lot of Season 3 after than is kind of dull, but the last four episodes were great. Season 4 has cool moments, but it's not necessary, and yeah, ending is stupid.

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Beginning in Season 3, the writers sort of forget who the characters are.

I'm not even sort of kidding. They start consciously railroading the plot in a variety of different directions -- and even quite clearly change their mind about those directions two or three times, which are pretty obviously marked -- and stop caring whether the characters as written so far would actually do the things the plot demands of them.

In some cases, this actually produces individual episodes worth watching; in some very rare cases, it produces arcs of episodes worth watching -- but those arcs generally fail to pay off, probably because the writers changed their mind about what the payoff should be halfway through. So it's hard, with BSG, to say where you should stop, because there are some individually very excellent episodes in S3 and S4 that unfortunately would require watching some very, very terrible or tedious episodes to understand. But perhaps that's not a problem; by S4, the plot has become so detached from character motivations that everyone appears to be behaving largely randomly, anyway, so maybe it's okay to just watch those episodes and pretend that something happened between them to make the continuity make sense.

I'd say to stop at the end of S2, but the truth is that you'll miss out on some fine television if you do that. The thing is, the show you're watching by the last half of S3 is no longer the same show you started watching.

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The beginning of Season 3 is great. The middle of season 3 is terrible.
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The biggest lie told on BSG:

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And they have a plan.

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Where are you?
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S3, the passage.
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I'm watching a scifi-action movie right now called Lockout. Think Escape from New York in space. It is far better than I make it sound, the set design is particularly impressive.
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Hey lem, thanks for the tip (months ago) on The Booth at the End. Just watched episode 1, it's weird and freaky and interesting.
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I'm on season 4 ep 9 and the show quality hasn't changed much (b- to c+, with some A moments and some d moments).

[ November 17, 2012, 01:19 AM: Message edited by: Stone_Wolf_ ]

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Freaks and Geeks just started streaming. This might be my favorite TV show in the history of the medium. If you haven't seen it yet, watch the whole series immediately. Cancel whatever you'd planned for today. You won't be sorry.
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I've been on a Shakespeare kick lately, and someone recommended that I watch Slings and Arrows. The only people in it that I'd ever heard of are Mark McKinney and Rachel McAdams. I'm only 3 episodes into season 1, but I'm really starting to enjoy it. Has anyone else seen it?
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Just noticed the new Jack Black dark comedy Bernie is streaming.
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quote:
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Freaks and Geeks just started streaming. This might be my favorite TV show in the history of the medium. If you haven't seen it yet, watch the whole series immediately. Cancel whatever you'd planned for today. You won't be sorry.

I'd heard so much about Freak and Geeks, so I was eager to check it out. I was extremely disappointed. I liked (but didn't love) the Geeks storyline, but the Freaks one was so stupid.

It was like watching the Simpsons. Just about every episode, they showed Lindsay that they didn't really care about her and were going to mess up her life, she'd freak out and then next episode go back to hanging out with them with the previous stuff forgotten. I didn't get the attraction in the first place. I mean, she thought Daniel was cute and wanted to hang out around him, but she gave up on that pretty quickly. I don't see why you would chose to continue to hang out with them. The show (I think) tried to present it like there were only two groups to hang out with at the school, which is clearly not true.

I don't know, that storyline seemed like it would only work if you somehow liked the Freaks and Lindsey and found something admirable about them, but, except for Nick (I liked the start of the storyline where the adult Weirs were trying to help Nick out), I just didn't. They were annoying losers and she was a whiny, spoiled girl who didn't deserve the latitude people were giving her.

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