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  1. #801
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    It's true, anything that isn't a Netflix property (red N on the thumbnail) can be considered temporary; with movies, they're probably there for at least a few months but certainly less than a year, and with TV shows possibly much longer, but don't count on forever. At least Netflix gives you a bit of warning when they're going to pull something (I think I got most of a month's notice when Person Of Interest was about to get pulled last year, which allowed me to binge most of the rest, and I got DVDs from the library for the remaining two seasons).

    Prime is a bit flakier about letting you know what's leaving when. The "Amazon Original" stuff can be presumed to be permanent, but everything else, you never know, so grab it while you can if you want to be sure to see it for free. As for the Amazon streaming rentals, I've noticed that they sometimes will have something for 99c or whatever; those don't last long, so if you want to grab that price, rent it immediately, and you have 30 days to start watching it.

    Kanopy and HooplaDigital, movies seem to linger for a lot longer. Some of the movies I've seen on Hoopla are no longer available (but they still have Avalanche Sharks!); Kanopy offerings seem to mostly be pretty much permanent.

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    At least the fracturing of streaming services hasn't included long-term commitments. Pay for a month, binge the shit out of the content you're interested in, then drop it like it's hot. It sure beats the cable bundle scam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    At least the fracturing of streaming services hasn't included long-term commitments. Pay for a month, binge the shit out of the content you're interested in, then drop it like it's hot. It sure beats the cable bundle scam.
    Truth. I still vastly prefer picking and choosing what streaming services I want. I like to cycle through them. Only so much time, ya know? I wonder if HBO still gives repeated free trials every time you sign back up. I've gotten a lot of free months out of them, but haven't signed up since Max launched.

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    Joining and canceling multiple streaming services is too much hassle for all but the most dedicated watchers. Basically what they're doing is creating a situation where your average watcher will revert back to a cable bundle because it's easier and cheaper.

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    Currently binge watching Vikings The final season. Not bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahman View Post
    Joining and canceling multiple streaming services is too much hassle for all but the most dedicated watchers. Basically what they're doing is creating a situation where your average watcher will revert back to a cable bundle because it's easier and cheaper.
    You're right. It is a pain to keep track of. That said, Hulu makes it REALLY easy as they let you essentially "pause" your account for any length of time up to 3 months. I wish everyone else offered that option so accessibly as they do. Killer feature and it's actually part of what keeps me going back to them. Whereas others don't and I kind of forget about restarting. Kinda smart business move on Hulu's part actually.

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    Amazon Prime Instant Video Rec

    For the monthlyís, just cancel it the next day...they honor the month you paid for.
    Or, just make yourself a calendar reminder to cancel before the deadline. (Prefer that to being bound to any long term contract...)
    Do that with your yearly subscriptions too so they donít get forgotten.

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    Brand new, you're retro...

    Many Moods of Skiing (1961)
    Went Old School last night with this vintage Warren Miller joint.
    Stretch pants, no helmets, ankle high leather boots, strap on bindings, and skis taller than the first story of you house!
    Some great skiing, some cool flashback time machine steeze, and Global Warming was no joke in the 60s.
    Some of Miller's humor is severely dated (mildly sexist and casually racist), but the segments are cool, especially folks skiing Mt Baldy in 90 degree weather on dirt and straw, plus a coupla ski clowns with some serious Harold Lloyd skills.

    "Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    Sometimes Always Never

    This British export is a lightly twisted exploration of family values, Scrabble, and missing sons.
    Delivered in a heightened visual style that owes as much to Art Deco and 60s pop aesthetics as much as it does to Wes Anderson, it percolates across the screen like a PoMo fairy tale.
    Wonderful performances from Bill Nighy and Sam Riley, as well as the test of the cast, only add to the overall charm.

    Really enjoyed this


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    Conquest (1984)

    In the mood for some Midnite Madness or a glorious Red Eye Matinee?
    Then this Lucio Fulci (Zombi) directed schlock-and-awe fest will be smack dab up your alley.
    Gratuitous gore, nudity, cheap werewolf costumes, and a blazing score by a former member of Goblin all collide into a fantastic gumbo of sword and sorcery ridiculousness.

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    The Sword and the Sorcerer; Red Sonja; The Visitor; The "Den" segment from Heavy Metal

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    Watched most of Charade last night, had never seen it.

    So listen up rubes. We all forget. And we all need. once in a while. a charade. or a tiffanys, or a Holiday. etc. To remind us just who set the damned gold standard. How absolutely stunning Audrey Hepburn was. The eyes, the accent. NOBODY made a winter wool coat buttoned to the top...she even pulls off a leopard skin pill cap fer chrstsakes.

    So there you are. Not blinking for two hours, drool string hanging down. The opening conversation with Grant alone is worth the price of admission - the strech pant spread eagles in the background are just bonus. But careful. That much good looking on one screen is too rich for most people's blood.

    /carry on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Tucker View Post
    Watched most of Charade last night, had never seen it.

    So listen up rubes. We all forget. And we all need. once in a while. a charade. or a tiffanys, or a Holiday. etc. To remind us just who set the damned gold standard. How absolutely stunning Audrey Hepburn was. The eyes, the accent. NOBODY made a winter wool coat buttoned to the top...she even pulls off a leopard skin pill cap fer chrstsakes.

    So there you are. Not blinking for two hours, drool string hanging down. The opening conversation with Grant alone is worth the price of admission - the strech pant spread eagles in the background are just bonus. But careful. That much good looking on one screen is too rich for most people's blood.

    /carry on.
    Fantastic rec. I own that one. Thanks for the reminder tho. I need to revisit it. Audrey Hepburn was so damn fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Tucker View Post
    Watched most of Charade last night, had never seen it.

    So listen up rubes. We all forget. And we all need. once in a while. a charade. or a tiffanys, or a Holiday. etc. To remind us just who set the damned gold standard. How absolutely stunning Audrey Hepburn was. The eyes, the accent. NOBODY made a winter wool coat buttoned to the top...she even pulls off a leopard skin pill cap fer chrstsakes.

    So there you are. Not blinking for two hours, drool string hanging down. The opening conversation with Grant alone is worth the price of admission - the strech pant spread eagles in the background are just bonus. But careful. That much good looking on one screen is too rich for most people's blood.

    /carry on.


    May I be so bold as to suggest a double-feature with To Catch A Thief?

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    https://www.amazon.com/Its-Complex-W...o%2C188&sr=8-6


    Low budget independent flick from the early 90's that I stumbled upon at blockbuster one hungover afternoon in 1993ish. Me and my roomies loved the movie and some of the lines are kind of an inside joke between us still.

    I imagine if you went t college in Providence in the late 80's early 90's you'd have seen the Young Adults live, looks like a good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post


    May I be so bold as to suggest a double-feature with To Catch A Thief?
    Good call. Charade always makes me think of that, too. Which somehow leads to The Italian Job.

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    The Point

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    Animal Kingdom the tv show is not anywhere near as good as the australian movie it is based on, butstill pretty decent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluespark View Post
    https://www.amazon.com/Its-Complex-W...o%2C188&sr=8-6


    Low budget independent flick from the early 90's that I stumbled upon at blockbuster one hungover afternoon in 1993ish. Me and my roomies loved the movie and some of the lines are kind of an inside joke between us still.

    I imagine if you went t college in Providence in the late 80's early 90's you'd have seen the Young Adults live, looks like a good time.
    ď we could feed the whole damn world if we didnít have to feed the broads ď

    Great tip on this one -this is just what the doctor ordered!


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    AMERICAN ANIMALS
    4.5 / 5

    Who knew Lexington, Kentucky could be such a wellspring of intrigue and mayhem?
    Call this the millenial version of Going In Style (the original 1979 film starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, not the remake).
    This is an existential heist film, actually a thrillumentary, if you will, that has some pointed social commentary bubbling in an undercurrent of largely objective subtextual nuance. Sure, the narrators may be a bit unreliable at times, but that’s half the attraction to this slickly made, well-paced, and solidly acted little gem.
    Evan Peters (best known from American Horror Story and for being Quicksilver in the X-Men films) and Barry Keoghan (best known for his uber creepy turn in The Killing of a Sacred Deer) lead the cast with a brillant mixture of cocksure intensity and introspective stoner artiste personality that is infectious and introspective simultaneously. Their added partners-in-crime, Blake Jenner (best known for his portrayal of Jake in Everybody Wants Some) and Jared Abrahamson (he’s been acting for a number of years, but I am wholly unfamilar with any of his work) round out the core cast, bringing jockular muscle and smoky-voiced seriousness to the proceedings.
    Whether or not the film ultimately has a message is entirely up to you and your interpretation (personally, I found it has a lot to offer in terms of post-viewing rumination). Regardless of your stance on that front, there is no denying that it’s an exciting, creative, and wholly entertaining exploit.

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    Rocco Schiavone: Ice Cold Murders
    I stumbled upon this well-crafted Italian series a few weeks ago. At that time the first season was available for free with your Prime sub. Now, it appears that all 3 seasons require a subscription to PBS Masterpiece, but there is a 7-day free trial, which is just enough time to binge 'em!

    Season 1 is directed by Michele Soavi, a disciple of Dario Argento, so there is lots of visual flair and nods to giallo.
    The cast is great and the writing is crisp and filled with oddball humor and a wonderful sense of nuance.
    It is apparently based on a series of Italian novels and the author appears to be the main script writer, so I am thinking that it is close to the source material, but have no clue.
    If you dig quirky procedurals teeming with macabre undertones, dark humor, and well rounded characters, this is worth a gander.
    "Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."

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    Paragon - The Shadow Wars
    WTF???????? did I just watch
    I dare you.
    No I double dare you.
    No... I double dog dare you to watch this.

    This is bad.
    No, worse than bad.
    Oh, god, it's horrible.

    A series about the end of the world, maybe? some sort of dark shadow creatures deciding who should die, maybe? A majical destiny for enlightenment? Who knows. Certain anyone involved with this piece of crap.

    But, the show has it ALLL.
    The worst writing
    The worst directing
    (you know it's bad when they don't flash them on the credits)
    Horrible acting. You now know what porn & stunt doubles were doing during covid.
    Shot with an iPhone?
    Terrible green screen. Like the background you see people use for their Zoom calls.
    Editing that makes sense for a story that makes no sense.

    Watch it. I dare you to disagree.

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    Prince Avalanche
    This is a wonderfully eccentric dramedy about two hapless fellows spending the summer as part of an isolated road crew.
    I actually enjoyed it more than than the original Icelandic film, Either Way, upon which it is based.

    "Man, we killin' elephants in the back yard..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    AMERICAN ANIMALS
    4.5 / 5

    Who knew Lexington, Kentucky could be such a wellspring of intrigue and mayhem?
    Call this the millenial version of Going In Style (the original 1979 film starring George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, not the remake).
    This is an existential heist film, actually a thrillumentary, if you will, that has some pointed social commentary bubbling in an undercurrent of largely objective subtextual nuance. Sure, the narrators may be a bit unreliable at times, but that’s half the attraction to this slickly made, well-paced, and solidly acted little gem.
    Evan Peters (best known from American Horror Story and for being Quicksilver in the X-Men films) and Barry Keoghan (best known for his uber creepy turn in The Killing of a Sacred Deer) lead the cast with a brillant mixture of cocksure intensity and introspective stoner artiste personality that is infectious and introspective simultaneously. Their added partners-in-crime, Blake Jenner (best known for his portrayal of Jake in Everybody Wants Some) and Jared Abrahamson (he’s been acting for a number of years, but I am wholly unfamilar with any of his work) round out the core cast, bringing jockular muscle and smoky-voiced seriousness to the proceedings.
    Whether or not the film ultimately has a message is entirely up to you and your interpretation (personally, I found it has a lot to offer in terms of post-viewing rumination). Regardless of your stance on that front, there is no denying that it’s an exciting, creative, and wholly entertaining exploit.

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    I, Tonya; Bottle Rocket;

    Loved it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    Prince Avalanche
    This is a wonderfully eccentric dramedy about two hapless fellows spending the summer as part of an isolated road crew.
    I actually enjoyed it more than than the original Icelandic film, Either Way, upon which it is based.

    Loved it

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