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bartist
Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:10 pm Reply with quote
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James Holzhauer is a devastating Jeopardy competitor. Be interesting to see him go up against the great Ken Jennings. He seems to have that intuitive knack. I'd stopped watching a few years ago, but admit I'm fascinated.

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bartist
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knox
Posted: Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:21 am Reply with quote
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Kudos to Emma Boettcher for taking down the seemingly invincible Holzhauer. I watched her play, as new champ, last night. Not as impressive as Holzhauer (whose seeming inability to ever supply a wrong answer had me going in a "Quiz Show" direction for a few paranoid moments), but she might have a pretty good run. Interesting that her Master's thesis (she's a reference librarian) was an analysis of Jeopardy questions as they ascend in dollar value.
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Syd
Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:37 pm Reply with quote
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Looks like "Instinct" is distinguishing itself by breaking my heart.

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bartist
Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:48 pm Reply with quote
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Sorry to hear that. Unless you're into the whole heartbreak thing. I have missed Alan Cumming since The Good Wife concluded a couple years ago, so I'm tempted to see what he's done with a procedural.

CBS ran an episode of their web series The Good Fight (sequel to TGW) last Sunday, which I watched. Meh. Still not tempted to subscribe to All Access just to see that and ST Discovery.

Not that mushroom-powered warp drives are totally without interest.

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carrobin
Posted: Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:58 am Reply with quote
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Finally caught up with "Good Omens" on Amazon Prime. I've had AP for more than a year and never got around to watching any videos, but I was determined to catch GO--I remembered the Pratchett-Gaiman book as being the funniest novel since "A Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and with the ineffable David Tennant as a demon...well. So finally, I managed to fit in two three-episode binges (and it was hard to stop for that middle break, believe me).

It's pretty much perfect in every way. Tennant as the charmingly creepy Crowley and Michael Sheen as the teddybear-huggable angel Aziraphale turn the tale of approaching apocalypse into a buddy comedy, meeting in the Garden of Eden (Crowley was the serpent, Aziraphale the guardian with the fiery sword) and progressing through history, helping each other out of trouble in neat little vignettes while keeping the guilty secret of their friendship from their supervisors (Jon Hamm as Gabriel is strict but fair, and so well dressed). The plot has to do with the switch of the infant AntiChrist with another baby that goes awry in a demonic hospital and the resulting confusion during the crucial months before the arrival of Armageddon (I especially liked the Hellhound), and how the independence and curiosity of kids can overwhelm even the devil himself. Even when it got a bit preachy, it was still great fun. So English--echoes of Harry Potter and "Hitch-Hiker's Guide" and Monty Python and Doctor Who, though there were even a couple of moments that reminded me of Denny Crane and Alan Shore on the office balcony with their cigars and whiskey at the end of "Boston Legal" episodes. All good stuff, fun to think about, delightful to watch. Oh, and Frances McDormand is the voice of God.
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bartist
Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:27 am Reply with quote
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"Killing Eve" is a hoot. Darkly funny and subverting the usual spy-action tropes in often unpredictable ways.

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carrobin
Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2019 5:44 pm Reply with quote
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The "Country Music" series by Ken Burns has me watching in spite of the fact that I hated country music when I was growing up in South Carolina in the '50s; my mother's family was into music generally (my grandmother was a piano teacher), but my dad came from cotton mills territory and his favorites were the kind of songs heard in "O Brother, Where Art Thou." He used to tease my sister and me by howling "There was a wreck on the highway, but I couldn't hear nobody pray." It wasn't until Johnny Cash became mainstream that I started enjoying it (what can I say, I'm a sucker for songs where somebody shoots a man in Reno just to watch him die). Burns' series gives me some insight into the history, which is fascinating.
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carrobin
Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:45 pm Reply with quote
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"The Good Place" starts its final season Thursday night. I'm looking forward to finding out how they wrap it up, but I hope the fun doesn't end too quickly.
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Syd
Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:21 pm Reply with quote
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I got my copy of "The Living Planet" on DVD, which unfortunately does not have closed captions, but what strikes me is that the BBC has essentially been remaking this series for years with "Planet Earth", "Planet Earth II" and "Life" with much better photography, which is like saying your new book is better because it has a nicer typeface. "The Living Planet" and its predecessor, "Life on Earth" (which inexplicably doesn't seem to be on Region 1 DVD, and doesn't seem to have been remade, though it should be) are superior because they were written by David Attenborough himself, as well as "The Life of Mammals" and "The Life of Birds," and each has a coherent vision which the late BBC spectaculars do not.

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knox
Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:15 am Reply with quote
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"The Missing" season one is a spellbinding mystery. You will struggle not to binge-watch. A UK couple's son disappears while they are on vacation in France. Jumps deftly back and forth between present day and eight years ago, when the boy went missing. Plotting, acting, writing: uniformly excellent.
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