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    So what's on worth watching?

    It seems that a substantial number of the 'decent' (decent being a relative term) TV shows from before the conorapanic either are canceled or still on hiatus and most of the new ones are horrid and/or corrupted with PC and CancelCulture bullshit. In either case, entirely unwatchable.

    I've run through most of the old series I've got archived (for the umpteenth time). And I've watched enough Bollywood films that I'm dreaming in Hindi so I decided to give them a rest. So I'm on a reconnaissance mission, which is squarely in my boiler room, 'cuz I'm an old cavalry scout.

    "Shameless" finished its last season. If you never watched it you missed one of the best-written comedies in the sistory of the boob tube. It went 10 seasons without getting stale but the 11th showed compromises driven by the need to propel all of the myriad of intersecting and diverging storylines to a fan-satisfying conclusion. But now it's gone and the world is a poorer place for want of it.

    Anywho, just last night I found a series from Australia I'm finding entertaining. It's called "Mr InBetween," about an underworld type who specializes in acts personal physcial violence. And he's a remorseless killer but he's also very likeable. He favors Willem Dafoe with his head shaved and a wry smile and he's genuinely kind and benevolent to people who aren't in "the business." And for a thug he's just disarmingly polite.

    The 'Strine accents aren't that pronounced but the jargon is, so bring your Ozzie slang dictionary. And they're half-hour episodes on a network that has commercial breaks every seven or eight minutes so it works out 22-24 minutes an episode. You easily can binge-watch the entire first (6-episode) season in one evening. There's two seasons in the can (2nd season is longer) and two episodes from the third. Find it wherever you watch pirated TV shows. It's on Fox in Oz and apparently was on FX in the US but I never got wind ot it.

    And I've seen a whopping three films this year that didn't suck ass. One was "Drunk Bus," a low-budget Indie flick starring Charlie Tahan, who you might know from the Netflix series "Ozark" as the bright kid born to a trailer park trash criminal family who ends up shacked with the much older widow who murdered her heroin kingpin husband. I only opted to watch drunk Bus because he starred in it, and he didn't let me down. And the title is 100% accurate, it's about a guy who drives around campus giving drunk college kids a ride.

    I actually know a college where they do that. Small (liberal art) college so it's really just a van but they'll come give you a free lift from anywhere to anywhere, even if you aren't drunk, and no repercussions if you are drunk, just to keep drunk students from getting behind the wheel.

    Another was "French Exit," which is a term of unknown origin meaning to sneak out from a party (or other affair) without saying good-bye to the hosts. Stars Michelle Pfeifer and Lukas Hedges, who play mother and son. The personalities of their characters are diametrically opposed and I thought both were phenomenal, especially Hedges. But it's got the "neurotic Upper East Side trust babies" feel to it, which might not be your cuppa.

    The real dark horse was "Nobody," a chop-saki, shoot-em-up action flick starring Saul Goodman from "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul," real name Bob Odenkirk. If you thought Odenkirk isn't action hero material, I'd have to agree but somehow he manages to pull it off. It's a brain twinky but it's also the best action flick I've seen in years, despite having the production value and "feel" of a "made-for-TV" film.

    The others are sort of "taste-based" but take my word for it and watch "Nobody."


    So what have you seen lately that wasn't a waste of time or an insult to your intelligence?

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    Personally loved Judas and the Black Messiah & The Sound of Metal. I appreciate solid acting and acting which takes subtlety and command of emotion.

    Watched an older flick called Shot Caller, which I liked more than I thought I would.

    Definitely want to see Nobody, but was $18 on demand at the time I checked.

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    The last movie I saw worth watching was that Rambo movie from like a year ago.

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    It's not PC, but "Red State" is one of my regular "must watch" movies. The kicker is you have to watch the entire movie. John Goodman is in it and he is perfect for the storyline, partially the ending. Also, Michael Parks nails his role to a "T".


    Edit: As far as TV series, we always wait until the last season is released on media and watch then. Schedule is too hectic to plan a time to watch something.
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    Ah, found one of the Red State trailers. Again, this movie is NOT PC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beetlegeuse View Post
    The wife saw it was tied to the John Wick creator and just pre-ordered it....





    .....yes, we still have a DVD player. BlueRay isn't much good to our old eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by almostgone View Post
    Ah, found one of the Red State trailers. Again, this movie is NOT PC.

    Oh hell yeah! I cannot believe I never heard of this. Kevin (Silent Bob) Smith!

    Was your wife able to watch it or is this one not intended for couples?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wango View Post
    Oh hell yeah! I cannot believe I never heard of this. Kevin (Silent Bob) Smith!

    Was your wife able to watch it or is this one not intended for couples?
    She absolutely watched it.
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    Watching this later today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by almostgone View Post
    She absolutely watched it.
    Hmmm? Just might have tonight’s viewing pleasure already chosen. TY for the recommendation!

    BTW, Sound Of Metal was a really tragic movie, but damn did the actor pull it off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by almostgone View Post
    Watching this later today.

    Awesome flick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernst View Post
    Awesome flick.
    It was a damn good movie, Ernst! Honest exceeded my expectations. My wife loves Westerns and horror flicks so when I saw a cowboy hat on the disc packaging I thought "Here we go....another Western". But I was surprised!!

    Another one we watched that we both liked was Legends of the Fall

    Edit: It's kind of a mix of early 20th century Western life combined with Prohibition bootlegging.

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    Another older movie, but I have to watch it periodically.


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    Another Lawless clip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by almostgone View Post
    It's not PC, but "Red State" is one of my regular "must watch" movies. The kicker is you have to watch the entire movie. John Goodman is in it and he is perfect for the storyline, partially the ending. Also, Michael Parks nails his role to a "T".


    Edit: As far as TV series, we always wait until the last season is released on media and watch then. Schedule is too hectic to plan a time to watch something.
    You pretty much can't go wrong with John Goodman (except for the reboot of Roseanne).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honkey_Kong View Post
    You pretty much can't go wrong with John Goodman (except for the reboot of Roseanne).
    I agree with that.... especially the Roseanne thing.
    He absolutely nailed his role in Red State. If you haven't seen it, give it watch!
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    Dark side of the ring season 3 is really good

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    Quote Originally Posted by almostgone View Post
    I agree with that.... especially the Roseanne thing.
    He absolutely nailed his role in Red State. If you haven't seen it, give it watch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honkey_Kong View Post
    Another Goodman classic.
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    Goodman also played a good role here.
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    Red State not available and I wasn’t in the mood for a mainstream movie. The wife and I settled on this and we were both very happy!

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    That's a shame! Amazon Prime and Netflix both used to carry it. Maybe because it's non-PC they dropped it. If you ever get a chance, watch it.
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    Wife wants to watch this today.




    After the movie it's cervical collar on and treadmill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by almostgone View Post
    Goodman also played a good role here.
    "I need a hundred dollar bill"

    "I've got a 20"

    "She'll do"

    The guy isn't just a good actor, he picks the best movies to be in.
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    I watch a fair bit of stuff from the BBC, which is available free if you live in Old Blighty ... or have a VPN with an exit node there. And the Beeb is like the Smithsonian, they have far too many exhibits to keep it all on display so some only appear temporarily and on a rotating basis. They sometimes make stuff available from "the archive" that hasn't seen the light of day in years. I just finished watching one up that is pre-Internet that I didn't know existed until a few days ago, a 7-part miniseries of Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, first released in '79. It made me wish I'd never seen the cinematic adaptation with Gary Oldman (who won an oscar for not acting in it). The novel is too detail-rich in spycraft and internecine backstabbing and the film version isn't even a complete skeleton of the plot. The BBC series is really good drama and gives a much better accounting of the novel than the snoozer of a film. Stars Alec Guinness as George Smiley. Has Patrick Stewart in a (silent) bit part as Soviet spymaster "Karla" about 10 years before he became Captain Picard on Star Trek.

    Most of the new stuff on the BBC is horrid beyond belief. They no longer even try to hide the fact that they're shilling for the socialists. Almost everything they produce is either Marxist indoctrination or global warming claptrap (which is just a different pew of the same church). Can't have a science film about Venus without loading it with a sanctimonious lecture about anthropogenic global warming and related fairy tales.

    But some of their old shit is as good as it gets (they were the originators of Monty Python's Flying circus, and Top Gear, for two). All seven episodes of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy are available for a little more than three weeks (varies by episode).

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    Here it is. (Keep some needles handy to stick in your eyes in case it all gets too much) ....


    Follow the hotlink in the headline to watch ... if you dare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warchild View Post
    Dark side of the ring season 3 is really good
    I heard they really dragged Warrior through the mud on that this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honkey_Kong View Post
    I heard they really dragged Warrior through the mud on that this season.
    Mainly Jim Cornette and Jim Ross. I thought the A&E documentary about Warrior was better. I would love to hear what his gear usage was, training and diet were.

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    The recent 2 part Tyson documentary was a great watch.

    This just came to my attention as well. I believe it starts this weekend.


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    Adult entertainment is always worth watching.
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    The Mayweather fight wasn't worth watching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honkey_Kong View Post
    The Mayweather fight wasn't worth watching.
    Unsurprising.

    He was never a fun fighter to watch to begin with. Now he's just cashing in on old reputation. It's pathetic.

    Let's see him fight Canelo again. A seasoned Canelo would murder his slippery old ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernst View Post
    Unsurprising.

    He was never a fun fighter to watch to begin with. Now he's just cashing in on old reputation. It's pathetic.

    Let's see him fight Canelo again. A seasoned Canelo would murder his slippery old ass.
    I figured he would've toyed with this internet star for 2 rounds and then dropped him in the 3rd. But instead he let him go the distance. You could clearly tell that Mayweather didn't train at all for this. He's finished. I doubt anyone will give him another exhibition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honkey_Kong View Post
    The Mayweather fight wasn't worth watching.
    Plenty of action in “The Kings”. Damn I forgot how hard and fast Hearns, Hagler, Duran and Leonard fought in their prime. Ironically, it showed Leonard beating Floyd’s dad in the first episode.
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    I found some old Burt Lancaster films on TubiTV (free) that were watchable. One of them (The Scalphunters) had Ossie Davis in the most prominent feature film role I can remember him in. And he was excellent. Also watched Lawman and The Unforgiven (nothing like the Eastwood version) and don't recall ever having seen either before.

    In fact there's lots of stuff that's watchable on TubiTV. And it's easy to download (and skip the adverts) in any browser that has the Video DownloadHelper add-on available for it.

    I've also gone back and started re-watching The 2014 WGN series, Manhattan, about the scientists working on "the bomb" in the shanty town tossed together in the New Mexico desert. It's decent drama and has lots of humor, most of it decidedly on the cerebral side. And I just enjoy oogling Olivia Williams.

    Also has Peter Stormare in it, who probably is in the Guinness book for the Swede who has played the most roles as a Russian. He plays the semi-lunatic explosives expert who puts the implosion in the implosion bomb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyst View Post
    Stranger things is a really good show
    Agreed, but S-3 was a let down for the wife & I. Taking a break before we tackle #4. Better Call Saul is finishing up, so that is next & a priority. If it finishes as strong as Breaking Bad, that would really be something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyst View Post
    Stranger things is a really good show
    Along with The Crown and House of Cards in its prime, Stranger Things is one of the best Netflix has done and is well above their general standard. I'm glad that I installed exodus addon https://www.firestickhow.com/exodus-kodi-addon.html and decided to watch this series.
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