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Anybody else watch Still Game? It caught my eye when cruising for something new and gave a few episodes a try, I liked it quite a bit. Nice cheeky humor. Need the cc text going so I can understand the Scottish accent, though.
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The first time I tried to watch this I just couldn't get into it. It felt slow and discombobulated. The second time, however, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and ended up binge watching the whole thing in two days. I can't wait for the next season. They also just released a documentary of the cast members on the set.
Hm. I got to Ep6 (I think) on this (Sense8) - the one with the orgy scene at the end anyway - and gave up on it, despite the gorgeous cinematography. Just too repetitive with the "one character saves another" plots, and I was starting to dislike most of the characters. Is there some dramatic mid-season improvement?
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Hm. I got to Ep6 (I think) on this (Sense8) - the one with the orgy scene at the end anyway - and gave up on it, despite the gorgeous cinematography. Just too repetitive with the "one character saves another" plots, and I was starting to dislike most of the characters. Is there some dramatic mid-season improvement?
Be patient. It gets better with each episode as the plot develops and they tie everything together. Hint: there is one common enemy the 8 will face.

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Hm. I got to Ep6 (I think) on this (Sense8) - the one with the orgy scene at the end anyway - and gave up on it, despite the gorgeous cinematography. Just too repetitive with the "one character saves another" plots, and I was starting to dislike most of the characters. Is there some dramatic mid-season improvement?

It became quite good for me after almost giving up ..


Sense8, Netflix Original Series from J. Michael Straczynski and The Wachowskis
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I'm not a big fire arms nut but History Channels 'Top Shot' has its hook in me.

I watched the only season (first season) and then Netflix indicated new episodes. Ok so that is great. I go and there are like 11 more episodes after the season 1 finale.

I watch episode 11 and it's the mid point of the All Stars from other seasons. Who at Netflix put's this together?

Other than that enjoying the heck out of the series.

An audiophile likes to talk about how much they spent and how good it sounds.

A DIY'er likes to talk about how little they spent and how good it sounds.

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Now watching the original UK version of House of Cards. Since we like all things British, I think it holds up quite well with the US version.

Saw the first episode (which is in season 4) of Still Game and we didn't like it much compared the UK Last of the Summer Wine (of course we are biased since we attended a filming on location of part of an episode of Last of the Summer Wine).

Also liking Alfred Hitchcock Presents (just love his comments before & after).
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^^^ I saw the British version of House of Cards when it originally aired on PBS and never bothered with the American version. To me, Spacey just does not hold a candle to Ian Richardson. Spacey has the smarm, but not the charm.
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^^^ I saw the British version of House of Cards when it originally aired on PBS and never bothered with the American version. To me, Spacey just does not hold a candle to Ian Richardson. Spacey has the smarm, but not the charm.
I absolutely agree with you on this. The British version is far superior.

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I absolutely agree with you on this. The British version is far superior.
I happened to like both equally. Although both series are similar, the Netflix version should not be treated as just another remake. Differences in political venue and time line require a more radical departure from the original teleplay. Both productions offer an excellent ensemble group of actors, and comparing Spacy's character to Richardson's is like comparing Grant to Montgomery. I prefer to judge each one on it's own merits, even though the titles remain the same.

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I absolutely agree with you on this. The British version is far superior.
There is no comparison between the British and the NF versions. Even though it was made 20Y earlier, the British one was more edgy and much faster paced. I tried very hard to watch the Spacey version and even though I am a fan of his, I could not finish the season...
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I happened to like both equally. Although both series are similar, the Netflix version should not be treated as just another remake. Differences in political venue and time line require a more radical departure from the original teleplay. Both productions offer an excellent ensemble group of actors, and comparing Spacy's character to Richardson's is like comparing Grant to Montgomery. I prefer to judge each one on it's own merits, even though the titles remain the same.
I agree. The Netflix version of House of Cards has been bloody (sometimes literally) wonderful. Haven't seen the British version but I would be surprised if it is discernibly better than the Netflix iteration. Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and too many others to mention have all given brilliant performances.
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There is no comparison between the British and the NF versions..
That's my point. There really shouldn't be much of a comparison. Although they share similar political undertones, it's like comparing chocolate to vanilla ice-cream, the flavor is different, even though the desert is the same. It all a matter of taste. Personally, I was attracted to the Netflix version due to my interest in Washington politics. I'm also a big fan of Spacy's, who I've seen perform on Broadway.

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Also started to watch Netflix's Narco, about Pablo Escobar.

Pretty good, IMO.

We decided to start it before our visit to Columbia next month.
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One episode of Narco left, really like it.

Colombia is a beautiful country, been to Cartagena, Bogota and Santa Marta several times.
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One episode of Narco left, really like it.

Colombia is a beautiful country, been to Cartagena, Bogota and Santa Marta several times.
I'm also enjoying "Narco" and read recently that it's been renewed for season 2.

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Love those Colombian girls!


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"Reality" is a French comedy shot in Hollywood which is in English and French (with subtitles). It's a very creative story about a guy who wants to make a sci-fi/horror film so his backer requests that he come up with an award winning "groan" sound effect to get the financing. Along with French actors US actors Jon Heder ("Napoleon Dynamite") and John Glover appear.
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Just watched the Winnebago Man documentary, enjoyed that very much. I had never noticed the viral video myself, which would make sense to The Winnebago Man. A true slice of life and an enjoyable watch. Jack Rebney I salute you! He reminds me of me a bit....
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Foreign crime dramas on Netflix are fantastic and so much better than the US versions/remakes. Some of my favorites -

Wallander - liked the Kenneth Brannagh version much more than the Swedish original
Luther
Witnesses, Spiral - French crime shows
Hinterland - Welsh show, really beautiful countryside & language
And there's a Swedish show which is gone and I can't find it anywhere else - Annika Bengtzon
The Fall
Broadchurch - Fox remake was not upto par
Southcliffe
Happy Valley
Crossing Lines

All these shows are much more understated compared to US crime shows, police aren't trigger happy or arrest happy, people are treated well and not like criminals, a lot of the focus is on the psychology of the crime rather than showing big shootouts, drama, there's no glorification of cops, you get the point.

The other genre I've been exploring are Korean movies, they are really unique - e.g. Man from Nowhere, Nightfall, Divine Move, The Thieves, Oldboy, The Berlin File, and one which I saw twice in a week - New World, its like Godfather meets Internal Affairs (the Japanese original on which The Departed is based) - highly recommended.
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^^^ I watched the BBC version of The Fall, starring Gillian Anderson, on Netflix and loved it. I was also crazy about another British series you mentioned, Luther, starring Idris Elba. I have watched it twice. Another British series on your list, Happy Valley, starring Sarah Lancashire as a savvy police sergeant, is another of my Netflix favorites.
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To be accurate while Crossing Lines is filmed in Europe it was an NBC show for the first season. I was a big fan and am happily now watching it on Netflix.
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@Defcon : give Dicte (Swedish) a try.

Ps: the movie you mentioned is called inFernal affairs and from hong kong, not Japan.
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@Defcon : give Dicte (Swedish) a try.

Ps: the movie you mentioned is called inFernal affairs and from hong kong, not Japan.
You are right, I don't know why I made that mistake. I want to see parts 2 and 3, have you seen them? I am going to lookup Dicte, thanks.
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The Netflix produced Keith Richards documentary which was added over the weekend is excellent. You might be quite surprised how bright and multi-talented Richards is.
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The Netflix produced Keith Richards documentary which was added over the weekend is excellent. You might be quite surprised how bright and multi-talented Richards is.
I would highly recommend this as well .. Richards is a fascinating person and this doc really does offer some great insight ..

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Got to say though I haven't been overly impressed with the titles Netflix added over the last month. Must be the prelim of the Epix thing. Perhaps I need to start a Hulu: Gems and Finds.
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I think the Disney deal kicks in next year, so we'll see some good stuff rolling in. At this point I still have plenty of TV shows to watch.

Speaking of TV, Netflix reveals how many episodes it takes for various shows to hook viewers. Example: 70% of people who watch two eps of breaking bad will watch at least the first season.

http://www.avclub.com/article/any-go...you-hoo-225786
@Defcon I have not seen the sequels.
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