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Any films / movies / cable-TV productions U've enjoyed recently?

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by leashedForLife, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. leashedForLife

    leashedForLife Well-Known Member Registered

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    I broke down & got Amazon Prime 2-months back, when the disposable exam-gloves that i ordered from a discount website never arrived. :eek:
    They had my $100 & my order for a case of 2K X-lg laetrile gloves... & i had bupkus. :mad:

    I needed the gloves urgently, so signed up for Prime & ordered a case of 1K from an Amazon seller.
    Last week, i discovered that Prime gives me access to a vast array of movies, made-for-TV documentaries, PBS feature-films, old game shows, & Lady-knows-what else. What a nice surprise! :)

    Anyone have favorites they'd recommend? - or U saw something recently that was really marvelous?
    - terry

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    to get things started, the 1st film i watched via Prime was The Dressmaker - made in Oz, marvelous plot, great actors, & incredible clothing.

    Set in late-1920s / early-30s Aus in a remote town, the local "bad girl", banished as a 10-YO by the wealthiest man in the area, comes back as a young adult; she's been working as a designer & tailor in NYC, Brussels, & finally Paris, & has come home to solve the mystery of why she was sent off.
    She discovers her aged mum living in squalor, there are shocking revelations of many sorts, she falls in love, discovers who sired her [mum was unmarried & only 20 when she was seduced], she dresses the local women in astonishing one-off creations, & various local noses get bent out of shape.
    The ending is a real bang; the locale, the period, & the social pressures are all characters within the film.
    Four stars of 4! :thumbsup:

    - t

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    Wow.
    Just finished Still Mine - a wonderful film, set in Fundy Bay, N.B. // Haunting & warm.
    An 80-YO man is coping with his wife's gradual loss of memory, while their children watch & worry, their neighbors wonder what's going on, & he refuses to discuss it with their family Dr. Finally forced to confront the issue, he begins to build a safer, smaller home for the 2 of them - & the new building code becomes a bureaucratic nightmare.
    Tender & very truthful.

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    On Prime we've enjoyed:
    Hap & Leonard
    Sneaky Pete
    Mr. Robot

    No doubt there's more, I'll post 'em up when I remember them.
     
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    We are partial to a good series!

    We've just finished watching Godless on Netflix which was really good.

    Narcos we loved.

    Peaky Blinders we loved.

    Stranger Things we loved.

    I'm sad that we've finished them! :(
     
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    OMG, how did I forget Stranger Things? I think that there's actually so much good stuff to watch, it's hard to remember it all. How about The League of Gentlemen @leashedForLife? Some good old British Humour there ;) Or, my absolute all time favourite-best-in-the-world-ever comedy award goes to Bottom. Just watch it. Watch it all :p. I soooooo miss Rik Mayall.

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    Leashedforlife if you check out one series make sure it's Vikings! It's about the rise and fall of Ragnor Lothbrok
     
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    funny, i just began S 1/ Ep 1 last night... :D

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    Ozark is good, but that was on Netflix. A bit nearer home for our US friends :)
     
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    We're just watching Happy Valley... Has anyone seen this? Sarah Lancaster's acting is amazing!
     
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    Yep watched it all! love her she's a brill actress
     
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    Roseanne is on Amazon Prime! My all time favorite show! I don't have Amazon anymore, but have all the DVDs. Good watch with the reboot coming the end of the month! So excited! :D:D

    Otherwise I mostly watch Hulu and Netflix, haha....so not sure all the same options are on there (probably not). Ooooor, I have obscure tastes....such as cult movies or b-horror movies. :p
     
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    Well, after enjoying happy valley so much we decided to watch KIRI who also starred Sarah Lancashire.

    What a disappointment!!

    Did anyone else watch this?
     
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    ... bummer! :( I don't know either series, but i know how flattened i feel when something wonderful is followed by something blah.

    - terry

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    The Magicians (really cheesy but I somehow got involved), Stranger Things and I've just started watching Vikings
     
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    Also, probably shouldn't say this, but if you have an android phone, I use a free app called Moviebox for new/unreleased films and shows I can't get on Sky and cast it to my TV through another app called Allcast (also free.)
     
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    I've been watching several veterinary TV-series, some for years [Dr Oakley, Alaska vet; Buckeye Bottoms in Hawaii; Rocky Mt vet, Dr Jeff Young; the Oz vet, Dr Chris; Dr Pol & his partners, in Michigan].

    Chris Brown, DVM in Aus:
    Chris Brown (veterinarian) - Wikipedia

    Dr Chris hosted "Bondi Vet" from 2008 to March-2017, when he left the series due to his intensive schedule, but it still shows on U-S tv as "Dr Chris, Pet Vet" on Sat mornings.

    Dr K [Susan Kelleher] is an exotics specialist in Florida, who may see a coatimundi, any sort of bird from a backyard chicken to an ibis, sugar gliders, potbellied pigs, reptiles, who knows what - any species might arrive as an emergency, or a long-time client.
    Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER - Nat Geo WILD
    Dr. K's Exotic Animal ER

    I especially enjoy her intern, Dr. Lauren Thielen - a curly-haired Texan who's as bubbly as champagne & very knowledgeable, as well as caring.


    My latest addiction is The Zoo - about the vets at the world-famous Bronx Zoo, home to over 6K animals -
    The Zoo | Watch Full Episodes & More! - Animal Planet

    U can watch full episodes at that link, too.

    in 2009, the Bronx Zoo was being crushed by a budget shortfall after the global recession of 2008, & they were forced to downsize their animal collection -
    Bronx zoo in New York sacks hundreds of animals | World news | The ...
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/apr/.../bronx-zoo-animals-moved-budget-c...
    Apr 29, 2009 -
    The Bronx zoo, the oldest city zoo in America, has succumbed to a multimillion dollar hole in its budget and ordered the shipping of hundreds of animals to other institutions. The list of species that will be banished from the park include lemurs, porcupines and antelope. The sacking of the animals follows a ...

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    Thank Goddess, they've since recovered, & their beasts are more numerous than ever. :thumbsup:
    Don't get me wrong, i love domestic species, but after so many years of caring for & rescuing wildlings, i also love exotics. The amazing variety of species is fascinating - the Bronx also has a fantastic behavioral staff, whom i envy deeply, as they train husbandry & enrichment behaviors in all sorts of beasts, & get PAID to do it. :eek: Incredible concept.

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    I've seen several really-good documentaries in the past week -
    "True Convictions":
    3 men - all wrongly convicted & who served prison-time in Texas - form an investigative team after they're released, to help other innocent ppl who've been convicted, to get them exonerated & freed.

    True Conviction | Detective Agency of Exonerated Men Helping the Wrongly Imprisoned | Independent Lens | PBS

    "Defining Hope" -
    end-of-life care & the patients, nurses, & family helping their loved ones in hospice.

    Home - defining HOPE



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    in China, talking about death is powerfully taboo, especially for children - & palliative care or hospice is practically unknown, even terminal-cancer patients expect their Drs to fight death to the last breath. :( This isn't very healthy, emotionally or physically.
    One Dr & an unlikely ally, a multimillionaire who ruined his health striving for financial success, are changing this paradigm.

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    THE LAST RING HOME | American Public Television
    THE LAST RING HOME
    THE LAST RING HOME is a loving tribute to U.S. Navy officer & hero, Lieutenant Commander Nathaniel Minter Dial, by his grandson, Minter Dial II.


    Nathanial Dial, known as Minter, was a WW2 officer who survived 2 1/2 grim years as a starving POW in Japanese custody; as he was dying, he gave his Annapolis ring to a buddy, sole survivor of their triad in the camps. His buddy survived transport in two hell-ships, then fell victim to a raging tropical disease; they were kept on bare-slat beds, & he thinks that's when he lost the ring.
    He'd promised Minter on his death-bed to get the ring to his wife, & tell her that he loved her. After the war ended, his friend delivered the message to his wife, Lisa, apologized for the loss of the ring, & gave Minter's son his watch, the only thing of value he had.
    18 years later, Minter's best friend, usher at his wedding, fellow player on the Navy football team, was re-united with Minter's ring, in the most improbable circumstances... while serving in Korea. He mailed it to Minter's son, finding him thru the Navy directory, & Minter's son returned it to his mother.

    This docu was broadcast for Memorial Day, but it's worth watching any day of the year. Minter's grandson met many of the ppl who'd known his grandfather personally, & the interviews, photos, videos, personal & world history are marvelous. Lisa's letters to her husband are especially touching.

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    watched "I remember better when I paint" - about Alzheimer's patients, & a program to get them to museums, out of their often-stagnant settings, & discussing art of all kinds, plus doing their own - paint, sculpt, dance, sing, do tai chi, whatever.
    The patients' responses to artwork are simply amazing - SHORT-TERM memory is the biggest victim of Alz, & the person's feelings, thoughts, & individuality are often still there, hidden by their difficulty with coping in the here-&-now setting & events.
    In art appreciation, or listening to music, making music, crafting, dance, singing - there's no need for short-term memory, & their deficit is irrelevant.

    I Remember Better When I Paint

    The documentary was made in 2009 - sadly, one shocking statistic is probly only worse, today:
    only 1 in 10 of all the nursing homes & senior-care facilities in the USA meet minimal Federal standards.

    Even fewer of the thousands of facilities that house seniors have any enrichment programs whatever, even on site, let alone off-site field trips to museums or anywhere but the grocery store; most are limited to TV programs & a weekly movie; a few have a small fitness room with exercise machines, somewhere in the building, that most residents will never bother to visit.
    The vast majority of senior-care facilities are chronically understaffed, & [IMO] criminally underfunded.

    In the USA, we warehouse our elders - & we're not very apologetic about it, either. :( As a PCA, i find this inexcusable. Living longer is pointless if it only means staring out the window, or staring at a TV.
    - terry

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