February - TV
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I'm struggling with Series 03 of True Detective. Even with Mahershala Ali in the lead, the snail's pace is putting me off.
>2 Carol420: I never watch TV either. My brother says daytime adverts are the worst....Always showing film of starving people, beaten pets or children with Cancer. Hoping your guilt will persuade you to send money (to pay for the ads?). I have been to houses where the TV puts out daytime ads for cures for Thrush or Hemorrhoids. No wonder I resort to downloading, although I still pay for my TV licence. I appreciate the BBC, and am happy to contribute to their costs.
>3 .cris: I hate those ads that show abused animals. With our horribly cold weather we've been having they are now showing frozen dogs and horses. I think they know that if I could I'd adopt all of them. I love the things that BBC produces. I watch most of their series on DVD. You British do know how to produce excellent murder investigation series.
>3 .cris: I hate those animal abuse ads too but they are used for their shock value to enrage people into giving money.
I record then watch on TV skipping thru adds if any, it keeps me entertained. My TV is not turned on until 5PM. Anything special I keep on hard drive. I see this evening No Country For Old Men is showing, it will be a rewatch and worth it.
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Watched WHITE DRAGON (UK - 2019 originally working title "Strangers" - 8 episodes) on Amazon Prime. Solid 4 stars
John Simm - good actor in a quiet sort of way...also on Amazon Prime: "The Devil's Whore"
Working through MIDSOMER MURDERS - Season 15 subscribed on Acorn...might cancel and subscribe to Brit Box...don't know yet, but love British mysteries. Almost finished with SILENT WITNESS, starring Emilia Fox, daughter of Edward Fox and Joanna David...her cousin is Laurence Fox of INSPECTOR LEWIS and now in VICTORIA as Lord Palmerston.
>7 C2.: Love Midsomer Murders. I have all of them on DVD so I can indulge anytime. I have always said that the British know how to do mysteries better than anyone I know. I also like Vera and The Shetland Island series based on the Ann Cleeves books.
>8 Carol420: Thanks, Carol! Prime gave Midsomer Murders 'til Season 10 and I had to see more. AGATHA RAISIN is a good chuckle here and there.
Les Miserables. A 6 part series from the BBC. I couldn't bear to watch the musical, haven't read the book, so my only knowledge of Jean Valjean is via a comic strip in a French magazine that was part of our French lessons soooo many years ago. "Ou est Jean Valjean?" "Jean Valjean est sur le pokey." "Pourquoi est Jean Valjean sur le pokey?" "Il son nicked du pain". Please excuse my French, my memory of those painful days is thankfully dim. This reminds me of Dickens, with all those incredible coincidences, which would be slated as lazy writing these days, but it's a good series, with a formidable cast. Not exactly a barrel of laughs, but the title should have given that clue.
De Dag. Belgian (Flemish) 12 part crime drama. Impressive storyline about a bank siege. Alternate episodes are from the perspective of the police and then from the same period with the robbers and affected hostages. Twisty-turny!
Masum (Innocent). Turkish 8 part drama. A retired police chief is worried about one of his protégés asking too many questions about their missing oldest son and the younger one who has mental health issues. It was OK, but most of the male cast were spectacularly unattractive!
Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. Netflix 4 part documentary. I'm not particularly knowledgeable about serial killers. I prefer fiction to fact, but Ted Bundy was one charming dude. Had he decided on politics rather than killing young women, he probably could have become President. I'd have voted for him (if I could). I think I expected to hear Bundy explaining the hows and the whys, but he was just muddying the waters.
>13 .cris: Considering what's in the White House now...killing young women probably wouldn't have kept him from being elected. That's all I'm going to say now on that subject.
Mum. I usually can't stand sitcoms, but I accidently bumped into this bittersweet show with Lesley Manville as a recently widowed 59 year old. She has a live at home son, who is hoping to move himself and his incredibly gauche girlfriend to Australia, and a long time friend (Peter Mullan) who has always loved her from a distance. I laughed and I cried. As Mr Punch would say "That's the way to do it!" Series two today, and three later this year. I believe it's on Britbox.
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