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The Woman In The House Across The Street From The Girl In The Window is a weird one. It's ostensibly a spoof/parody of those kinds of crime dramas where a lonely woman with a tragic past becomes obsessed with her neighbours/witnesses a crime but a few episodes in it hasn't actually had that many jokes.

 

It's not that the jokes don't work as I've actually laughed out loud several times, and a particular monologue about taking a risk had me in stitches, but they're much less numerous than you'd expect which leaves it in a strange place where it almost feels like some of it is being played straight. It's knowingly melodramatic but I kind of wish it would lean into the comedy more. 

 

That said, I'm both occasionally amused and interested to see what happens next so it's doing something right. I'm really hoping/expecting it to ramp up the absurdity as it progresses though. And Kristen Bell is great value as always. It's only 8 episodes of 30 minutes so maybe worth a look if you're looking for something easy and a bit different.

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Has anyone watched any of that new All Of Us Are Dead series? It seems to have some decent reviews, but I looked at the number of episodes and all twelve are nearly all film length!

 

Edit: ah, I see there is a topic.

 

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Yeah, agree episodes are a bit on the long side. Having watched Cobra Kai and Mr Inbetween recently, I’m all aboard the half hour episode train. Homecoming is another good one for short but sweet episode lengths.

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Is Ozark worth sticking with? We watched the first episode last night, and I just don't like the main characters. It feels like the show's asking me to empathise with

 

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a man who's spent the last however many years getting rich off laundering drug money, and his wife who went along with it while having an affair and then tried to take off with all their money as soon as things went wrong.

 

It was especially galling because at the very beginning you're led to believe that

 

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it's his business partner doing all the dodgy stuff behind his back and he's been innocently drawn into it, and the same for his wife

 

until the reveal that

 

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nope, he's in on it, and then yep, so is she.

 

I can understand they didn't want it to be a direct lift of the Breaking Bad "decent everyman gets drawn into criminal underworld" template, but I'm not sure I'm going to be rooting for a couple who I've already dismissed as amoral avaricious scumbags.

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2 hours ago, Darren said:

Is Ozark worth sticking with? We watched the first episode last night, and I just don't like the main characters. It feels like the show's asking me to empathise with

 

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a man who's spent the last however many years getting rich off laundering drug money, and his wife who went along with it while having an affair and then tried to take off with all their money as soon as things went wrong.

 

It was especially galling because at the very beginning you're led to believe that

 

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it's his business partner doing all the dodgy stuff behind his back and he's been innocently drawn into it, and the same for his wife

 

until the reveal that

 

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nope, he's in on it, and then yep, so is she.

 

I can understand they didn't want it to be a direct lift of the Breaking Bad "decent everyman gets drawn into criminal underworld" template, but I'm not sure I'm going to be rooting for a couple who I've already dismissed as amoral avaricious scumbags.

Give it until the third episode, the first episode is a bit of an outlier really.

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Anyone else watching Archive 81? I’m enjoying it so far. A man is hired to repair VHS tapes that shed light on a mysterious building that went up in flames, and the woman who made the recordings. It flips between the story of the woman, who gets a flat in the mysterious building, and the man, who is sequestered in an even more mysterious building in the middle of nowhere to do his work. Both places are very spooky, and the show is as much about the locations are the weirdos inside them. 
 

Quite good so far (3 episodes), but the 90s references ring hollow - no one ever used the phrase “weird as shit” in 1994!

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1 minute ago, Popo said:

Anyone else watching Archive 81? I’m enjoying it so far. A man is hired to repair VHS tapes that shed light on a mysterious building that went up in flames, and the woman who made the recordings. It flips between the story of the woman, who gets a flat in the mysterious building, and the man, who is sequestered in an even more mysterious building in the middle of nowhere to do his work. Both places are very spooky, and the show is as much about the locations are the weirdos inside them. 
 

Quite good so far (3 episodes), but the 90s references ring hollow - no one ever used the phrase “weird as shit” in 1994!

Some people did

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On 11/05/2021 at 03:39, Orion said:

Ragnarok season 2 coming May 27th.

 

https://www.youtube.com/tv?gl=GB&hl=en-GB#/watch?v=I9XxsHy7oO4

 

 

The first is abit of a hidden gem. Norwegian coming of age, teen drama based around Norse mytholgy. It was perhaps hurt abit by lack of budget at times especially in the finale. Hopefully they gave season 2 abit more cash and it lives upto season 1. The two mains Magne and Lauritas aka  

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Thor and Loki are fantastic. 

 

 

Glad to see there are other fans in here.. we loved the first series in our house, freaky disco included!

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Loki is awesome in this

 

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Watched the Tinder Swindler. Similar kind of format to Don't F**k With Cats, so lots of imagery of social media posts and interviews. Was really intriguing and racy, you wanted to find out what the hell was going on, but they payoff at the end was empty. Probably half an hour too long as well. Worth a watch but don't expect fireworks.

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1 hour ago, CarloOos said:

The director of The Tinder Swindler is the literal protégé of the Mark Lewis, who directed Don’t F*** With Cats.

 

Figures. The format was exactly the same. Half of the movie was mocked up UIs, the other half interviews. Not a crit, just an observation. From the start it was quite gripping and exciting.

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Watched a film called Shimmer Lake last night.  Not new, but I'd not noticed it before.  One of these small town america slightly quirky crime films, which I am a sucker for.   It was really, really good.  The story was told in reverse order, so tickled the same parts of the brain as a time travel story.

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I’ve just sat through 5 series of money heist with my other half and can’t believe how much positive notice it has been getting.
 

It’s like some morally bankrupt, x rated kids tv show - designed for morons. I have watched Saturday morning cartoons with more robust plots 

 

Fucking awful.

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10 minutes ago, Danster said:

Ice-T again I bet.


I thought of Surviving The Game as well. A movie that is pretty good in my fuzzy memory of it but I know it would be absolutely terrible if I watched it today. 

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2 hours ago, Dirty Harry Potter said:

I’ve just sat through 5 series of money heist with my other half and can’t believe how much positive notice it has been getting.
 

It’s like some morally bankrupt, x rated kids tv show - designed for morons. I have watched Saturday morning cartoons with more robust plots 

 

Fucking awful.

 

Same with that terrible Ibiza show the same bunch made. Utter shite.

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3 hours ago, Dirty Harry Potter said:

I’ve just sat through 5 series of money heist with my other half and can’t believe how much positive notice it has been getting.
 

It’s like some morally bankrupt, x rated kids tv show - designed for morons. I have watched Saturday morning cartoons with more robust plots 

 

Fucking awful.

 

"Morally bankrupt" :lol:

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16 hours ago, Uncle Nasty said:

 

Figures. The format was exactly the same. Half of the movie was mocked up UIs, the other half interviews. Not a crit, just an observation. From the start it was quite gripping and exciting.

 

 

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16 hours ago, Kingpin said:


I thought of Surviving The Game as well. A movie that is pretty good in my fuzzy memory of it but I know it would be absolutely terrible if I watched it today. 

A film featuring Ice-T and Gary Busey could never be terrible! It’s a cinematic masterpiece. Up there with the likes of Trespass, New Jack City and Strapped.

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We've watched the first three episodes of Ozark now and while I still think the protagonist couple are horrible scumbags I'm starting to enjoy it despite that. I have a theory that I'm going to put here as I don't want to read the main thread until I've watched it all, but I think there is going to be a sympathetic character, but it won't be Marty or Wendy. At first I thought it might be one or both of their kids, who after all are actually innocents drawn into this situation by their parents, but now I think it's going to be

 

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Ruth. I think she's going to turn out to be the moral compass. I can imagine a conversation where she bollocks Marty and says something like "the only thing I ever did wrong was be born into my family, but you had every privilege in life and chose to cheat with what you had to make yourself richer out of other people's misery, so don't you dare look down your nose at me."

 

I'm probably miles off, of course, but now I'm intrigued to see by how much.

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On 02/02/2022 at 16:51, Darren said:

Is Ozark worth sticking with? We watched the first episode last night, and I just don't like the main characters. It feels like the show's asking me to empathise with

 

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a man who's spent the last however many years getting rich off laundering drug money, and his wife who went along with it while having an affair and then tried to take off with all their money as soon as things went wrong.

 

It was especially galling because at the very beginning you're led to believe that

 

  Hide contents

it's his business partner doing all the dodgy stuff behind his back and he's been innocently drawn into it, and the same for his wife

 

until the reveal that

 

  Hide contents

nope, he's in on it, and then yep, so is she.

 

I can understand they didn't want it to be a direct lift of the Breaking Bad "decent everyman gets drawn into criminal underworld" template, but I'm not sure I'm going to be rooting for a couple who I've already dismissed as amoral avaricious scumbags.

 

We watched 1 and a half seasons, I think, but just found it a bit too miserable and bleak. Never really warmed to any of the characters.

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I didn't really start enjoying Ozark properly until the second season. I'd probably have ditched it after a few episodes but my wife was enjoying it more than I was. It absolutely does get better.

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