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2nd Apr 22 5:00 PM
AKRAZY
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Films & Series...
Netflix / Prime etc...

Stuff to watch?
 
2nd Apr 22 6:47 PM
FootballManager
Posts 283
Quote:
Originally posted by AKRAZY
Netflix / Prime etc...

Stuff to watch?


What kind of genres do you like watching?
 
2nd Apr 22 9:05 PM
AKRAZY
Posts 234
Quote:
Originally posted by FootballManager
What kind of genres do you like watching?


pretty much any genre, I watch a bit of everything,

Sci-fi, Post apocalyptic, time period, horror, comedy, so pretty much anything,

stuff I can remember that I have watched or watching/plan to watch,

walking deads, game of thrones, vikings & valhalla, YOU, Killing eve, my girl,
black sails, frontier, sense 8, The 100, upload, etc

few more can't remember everything though
 
2nd Apr 22 9:15 PM
FootballManager
Posts 283
Quote:
Originally posted by AKRAZY
pretty much any genre, I watch a bit of everything,

Sci-fi, Post apocalyptic, time period, horror, comedy, so pretty much anything,

stuff I can remember that I have watched or watching/plan to watch,

walking deads, game of thrones, vikings & valhalla, YOU, Killing eve, my girl,
black sails, frontier, sense 8, The 100, upload, etc

few more can't remember everything though


I recommend the Harlan Coben shows on Netflix, they're based on books. I've watched a few, The Stranger, Stay Close, and Safe.

Reacher on Amazon Prime is also a good series, much better than the Tom Cruise film(s).

I've got my thinking cap on and will reply with any others I think of
 
2nd Apr 22 10:42 PM
jamesimp
Posts 1,830
Stay Close with James Nesbitt is very good
 
2nd Apr 22 11:21 PM
chyperhondriac
Posts 38
Just started series four of Top Boy on Netflix, drama/thriller about drug dealing in London. It's pretty good.

On Netflix the first two seasons are called Top Boy: Summerhouse so it sounds like a sequel. Don't watch them in the wrong order!
 
3rd Apr 22 12:10 AM
clach
Posts 108
Handmaids tale, Spartacus, Friday night lights, band of brothers all good to watch, love game of thrones, 24, the walking dead and sopranos
 
3rd Apr 22 6:32 PM
AKRAZY
Posts 234
Quote:
Originally posted by clach
Handmaids tale, Spartacus, Friday night lights, band of brothers all good to watch, love game of thrones, 24, the walking dead and sopranos


If you loved Game of thrones, you will probably love the vikings, all on prime.
then valhalla is on netflix, not watched it yet but plan to.

Thx for the suggestions I think I will watch what is most recomended here. which seems to be Stay Close.

but its a limited series so I will soon get through it.
 
3rd Apr 22 7:44 PM
pleasantsurprise
Posts 5,624
Quote:
Originally posted by AKRAZY
Netflix / Prime etc...

Stuff to watch?


Lesbian Vampire Driller Killers is OK for a bit of light rntertainment...
 
4th Apr 22 10:49 AM
TopGun2
Posts 447
I watched Normal People on BBC over the weekend, that was pretty good (coming of age romantic drama)
 
4th Apr 22 12:07 PM
jamesimp
Posts 1,830
Quote:
Originally posted by pleasantsurprise
Lesbian Vampire Driller Killers is OK for a bit of light rntertainment...


Sounds like a typical episode of Emmerdale.....
 
4th Apr 22 5:19 PM
AKRAZY
Posts 234
watched stay close, yes that was a pretty good limited series, bashed it out in 1 night lol
 
4th Apr 22 5:26 PM
AKRAZY
Posts 234
Just another couple series/limited series I watched that I thought was good, for others that are struggling to find something to watch...

Limited series:
The Island - Pretty good - about people waking up on an island, don't watch the preview just start watching it, preview might give away some stuff... I think it was good,

Queens Gambit -

About chess - but I watched it at a time where I just started getting into chess about a year earlier and it kinda re-ignited me to try and learn again however I gave up again lol, but the series was extremely good I would say I loved it for a limited series I think it was OMG GOOD! but mst have probably watched it as it was hyped about a year ago.

problem with limited series they sometimes leave you wanting more, lol..

also I watched a series recently called Inventing Anna, I really liked that too...
about I think its deffo worth watching, based on true story although im guessing slightly dramatised for entertainment
 
6th Apr 22 10:16 PM
jamesimp
Posts 1,830
Quote:
Originally posted by AKRAZY


Limited series:
The Island - Pretty good - about people waking up on an island, don't watch the preview just start watching it, preview might give away some stuff... I think it was good,





I reckon you mean I-Land, I've just watched the first episode
 
7th Apr 22 12:31 AM
AKRAZY
Posts 234
Quote:
Originally posted by jamesimp
I reckon you mean I-Land, I've just watched the first episode


yeah that's what I meant (:

glad I could help you find something to watch
 
7th Apr 22 12:37 AM
AKRAZY
Posts 234
Well, I watched stay close, was pretty good, now to watch the stranger.
 
7th Apr 22 10:04 AM
Uxua
Posts 113
Hi all,


Mostly a fan of historic epics here, but also can enjoy well-made real life series. And I have a soft-spot for the apocalyptic / natural disasters genres.

However I have a pet-peeve. It really ruins it for me when a series goes downhill. And I bet for most people as well.
Game of Thrones is a perfect example. Fantasy is not generally my thing but I did jump on the bandwagon. Seasons... 1-6 were phenomenal. And the last season or two was rushed, poorly made, popcorn for the fans except it got burned. And that kind of experience puts a real damper on the previous seasons, which were actually good.

Since then I've told myself not to watch any series and enslave myself until the season is finished. Personally when it comes to movies, I am against sequels on principle. Yes some sequels are great. But most don't live up to the original, leaving a bad taste all around.

Some series I've enjoyed and totally recommend, with bits of opinion, hopefully not giving anything away:

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Chernobyl
Five episodes mini-series. If you like this type of apocalyptic / real life drama, it's worth it. Incredibly well-made from start to finish. The episodes are properly split, though it's clearly one continuous story. After a brief intro (starting at the very end with the protagonist), it takes you back to "time zero" - the moment the reactor explodes - the story unfolds, the denial and disbelief, then the panic, the emergency measures, the after-effect, containment and clearing of it all. It then ends with a kangaroo court trial, all based on history, and in this reenactment of events, it actually takes the viewers to "the day before" and it explains how it all unfolded, what caused it, etc...
Not everyone's "cup of tea" for sure given the theme, but possibly the most well-made series I've seen.


Rome
Based on true events and characters, though naturally lots will have been romanticized. With that said, from someone who's studied classics in university, this is good stuff. Two seasons, about 10 episodes each if I remember correctly. This is perhaps the first ever new-era-quality series made, when HBO was becoming "the thing", back in early 2000s.
The storyline follows two military men, one high-ranking and one low-ranking, who become linked through unfortunate circumstances, but ultimately are loyal to the Roman Republic, in their different ways. The storyline is viewed primarily through these two characters, to provide perspective from a citizen's point of view. It then develops and incorporates the views of the elites and all their drama, as Rome's Republic collapses and transforms itself into an Empire.
Season 1 covers the years of Julius Caesar, with him very much an active character. Octavian portrayed as a young teenager and Caesar's protege.
Season 2 covers the rise Octavian as a young man in his 20s, becoming Augustus.


Spartacus
Historically, rubbish in comparison with Rome. That said, still provides the entertaining aspects of Roman society from a specific lens. Spartacus brings the gladiatorial arenas, rampant orgies and wealthy-society drama together very well. But it can't help feel like an extended / redux "Gladiator" with a hint of "300" for the fighting scenes.
Season 1 is 100% worth it. The first episode, or most of it is bleeh. It's an amateurish "300-esque" depiction of a young Spartacus pre-capture, don't let this bit dissuade you. The feel develops in a very positive manner. 13 episodes of really entertaining drama, war and sex. If you're like me and don't want to get disappointed, stop watching at the end of Season 1.
Gods of the Arena is a pre-season to Spartacus. My understanding is that the producers wanted to continue Season 2 but the main actor (Spartacus) was seriously ill with cancer and they wanted to continue with him but paused and instead made a pre-season. This pre-season features all the same characters minus Spartacus in an earlier time, and this mini-season (5 or 6 episodes) is equally decent, with a different gladiator protagonist who gains his freedom at the end.
Seasons 2 and 3 are released after, to give some "justice" to historical accounts. The original Spartacus actor didn't make it and they had to recast the role, for the worse in my opinion. These two seasons cover the great slave revolution and eventual crack-down by the Roman Empire. It definitely has some high-lights, including the introduction of an aging Marcus Crassus and a very young Julius Caesar.


Vikings
I shouldn't be including this series in my top at all, but someone mentioned it and I confess to have watched it all.
Too many seasons. Milked from Season 3 onwards, with sporadic highlights here and there.
Little is known historically about this period and most accounts were written by the losers, so we can see where this is going. Some romanticized fragments of history made into something watchable.
It starts off great, though perhaps a bit slow, following the great Viking Ragnar Lothbrok. Seasons 1 and 2 focus largely on internal conflicts between Scandinavian tribes and ways of life, with the off raid to Britain based on bold exploration initiatives.
Season 3 sees the expansion of the Viking raids extend to continental Europe.
The main character eventually dies in Season 4, after much of Seasons 3 and 4 were blended into pointlessness. What followed after the death of the main character was worse. Following his sons on raids and extreme voyages, Viking "expansionism" and "colonization" though those terms are used loosely.
Although the setting, cinematography, professional resources were used, and it's entertaining, these series are perhaps the worst writing I've seen. Characters make reference to a city or goal, end up visiting it a season later, or not at all. The story ends up all over the place and nowhere at all, often times. I am sad to say that I watched it all and struggle to remember or care for much of what happened in between. A series that appeared incredibly promising, lived up to it for a while... and trailed off.


Treme
4 Seasons, different in length, but well made. Last season might be only 3-4 episodes, a well-wrapped conclusion.
Treme is a neighbourhood in New Orleans. This series begins in 2005 post-Katrina devastation of New Orleans, maybe 4-6 weeks after the storm. People are returning home and restarting their lives. It develops the characters very well, and really puts on display the cultural elements of New Orleans. The music and music history is absolutely superb, if you are into Jazz and Blues. There's also a strong food component which develops more and more as the series progresses. The brutal politics around the re-developments of the area. The crime and police corruption, and reconstruction of the atrocities that took place during and in the immediate aftermath of the storm. And the carnival and culture around it, costumes, indian chiefs and all.

Both Treme and The Deuce are by the same people who made The Wire


The Deuce
New York City, around Times Square neighbourhood.
3 distinct seasons, with the same characters, that illustrate the development of this area, in terms of culture and infrastructure and development.
Season 1 takes place in the early 70s, when this area was pimps' central, networks of prostitutes, corrupt police, old-style mafia gangs and an area very much run-down.
Season 2 covers the late 70s, when the adult "industry" has shifted from the street into parlours and pornography, the police is undergoing reforms, and outside parties are taking interest in this area for development, and the sketchy business behind it.
Season 3 takes place in the mid 80s. Keep in mind that this entire, the same dozen or so characters have been developed and naturally have evolved. A couple have exited the scene too. In the 80s, AIDS and homosexuality and its clubs are on the rise and this is well depicted in this last season. By now, streetwalkers and corrupt police are a thing of the past, and these "underground" criminal activities are also competing with the rise of drugs, forcing the mafia groups out or to adjust. Development hasn't stopped and the tactics around it haven't gotten any better, to forcefully bring this area to the next era.
Well-crafted, down-to-earth characters.


Narcos (Colombia)
Overall, all of Narcos (Colombia & Mexico) was very well made. English and Spanish with english subtitles, hopefully that doesn't bother anyone here.
Season 1 saw the rise of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel. Based on all the real characters. It starts off explaining how the cocaine business started and how it grew, pretty much from scratch. The DEA (drug enforcement agency, based in USA) was a baby organization then and they struggled to get the job done with limited resources. Escobar's ruthless and power, at its peak, was superior to the government of Colombia and that comes thru. The Seasons split off as the tide changes. Escobar selects his own exile and from here, makes a couple of poor decisions that precipitates his downfall.
Season 2 sees the fall of Escobar. And the massive man-hunt. In the end Escobar does get killed but his collapse is more because of his rivals and all those he misjudged or committed atrocities against, than the police or government's efforts. My only issue with these two seasons is that they should have just been one season. It did drag on a bit, but not to the point of ruin.
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Season 3 depicts the Cali Cartel. There was very little to no overlap between the Medellin and Cali cartels, as far as the series are concerned, and Season 3 is very much a "stand-alone" season. A competing cartel from a neighbouring city, a bit behind Escobar / Medellin but far better organized from within. The four bosses, aka "The Gentlemen of Cali" were far more organized as a structural organization than the Medellin counterpart. Especially in security. Early on in the season, after seeing what happened to Escobar, the bosses decide to dismantle the operation in a scheduled time-frame. You can imagine how many intermediaries would be dissatisfied by having their gold-mine removed. This causes a bit of an internal revolution, with the government not being on-board with Cali dictating the trend, and by this point the DEA and CIA involvement have gained a boost with the fall of Escobar and everyone is also cooperating much more efficiently. To me, this season was the best by a mile. Mafia / Cartels at their finest, very much competing in tech and security with the government, and aiming always to do thing in a clean manner.

Narcos - Mexico
Season 1 shows Mexico in diapers, starting its marijuana production. It quickly becomes apparent that the money is in cocaine. The USA has stomped on Colombian's delivery methods, and now land-routes via Mexico provide an alternative. The mickey-mouse cartels in Mexico are comprised of uncivilized brutes who know violence as a means to do anything, but lack the vision to work together. Enter corrupt cop Felix Guallardo, with the vision of uniting all the cartels into what becomes the myth / idea / ill-formed Guadelajara Cartel. Whereas some measurement of success is achieved, internal problems are always on the surface. The DEA attempts to use Colombian-style tactics in Mexico during Season 1. The difference is, Mexico drug lords don't abide by boundaries or red lines. And they take the fight to the DEA by very much crossing that line in the worst way possible by torturing and assassinating one of their agents.
Season 2 sees a different response by the USA. They send in "government mercenaries" to do the dirty job. Again, the drug trade flourishes with many bumps on the road. Felix Gallardo is constantly under an incredible amount of stress, barely keeping the unity amount the many cartels in Mexico, and the demands and threats coming from Colombia's shipments, and the DEA which eventually becomes "underground DEA". In Season 2 you also see the introduction of a very young "El Chapo" who starts his own initiatives and creates the concept of the tunnel, as a way to smuggle drugs. It ends badly for Felix Guallardo but very much due to complete abandonment from within, rather than external break-throughs.


Squid Games
This series needs an honourable mention. It's a Korean version and more mature take of the movies "Hunger Games". The character development and storyline is far more powerful, and being from a completely different culture / film industry really gives an excellent perspective on things. I believe they just released the 1 Season.
It's essentially a gambling project by the world's richest psychos, who hire someone to provide them with a series of games, using real people are players, most of them likely to die in the process. The participants chosen, partake voluntarily although originally unaware of what they're signing up for. Each participant (over 400 of them) has a value, and those who live through all the games can split the pot, which will be a fortune. All these participants are in massive debt or in need of money in one way or another, so this "adventure" provides them a way out, or a way back into society, a remedy to cure their previous poor choices in life.
The games must be conducted in absolute secrecy since they're obviously illegal, so an overall order or cult is developed in the small society that is hired just to conduct these games. All the workers, support staff for these games, are brainwashed and must work in secrecy and follow rigorous protocols, which... easier said than done.

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Yeah those were my favourites!
 
15th Apr 22 9:47 PM
AKRAZY
Posts 234
I like the details you put into that post.

Will have a look through at some point,

Just got hit by covid though and feel like death!
 
11th May 22 9:19 AM
AKRAZY
Posts 234
Just recently watched Vikings valhalla, good so far but I feel its going to get better... kind of how vikings did...

and also Breaking Bad, I know its old but I watched 1 episode years ago and never really got into it and, this time I stuck it out and was hooked within a 2-3 episodes.. loved it.
 
11th May 22 11:31 AM
jamesimp
Posts 1,830
Currently catching up on Inside The Force 24/7, it's about Lincoln Police
 
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