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  • annabenedetti
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    Originally posted by Town Heretic View Post
    Mostly, lawyers tend to hate legal shows. It almost never rings true. We either laugh a lot and irritate everyone trying to enjoy it for other reasons, or bury our heads in our hands and wait for a place to slide out of the room.
    I thought you might think that, I was trying to stay optimistic.

    Just watched episode 5, and have to say there's a lot of cussing. There are only a couple movies I can remember (not that I have much of a catalog of movies I've seen ) where the language has been this pervasive. It's like every other sentence and I can't seem to ignore it, it's kind of stuck in my awareness. With the other movies I was able to look past it and for some reason with this show I can't.

    Thinking of times when I've been let down by people I cared about, or leaders I'd respected, or ideals and institutions I'd counted on staying true, and of course I can't count how many times I let others or myself down. Human nature, yes, and usually it's tempered by knowing there are good people out there, and ideals worth fighting for. But Goliath keeps hammering how people are selfish, and greedy, and cruel, and how completely power corrupts. And how little power the average person has compared to the few who hold the power and will do anything to keep it. Billy McBride is meant to be the David to the big law firm/defense contractor's Goliath, and I hope they win but you know so often in real life they don't.

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  • Town Heretic
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    Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post
    Welliver - I kept forgetting he was an actor playing a detective and not an actual, real life detective.

    Thornton doesn't play a detective, he plays a lawyer, so that might be an added incentive for you to give it a try.
    Mostly, lawyers tend to hate legal shows. It almost never rings true. We either laugh a lot and irritate everyone trying to enjoy it for other reasons, or bury our heads in our hands and wait for a place to slide out of the room.

    Exceptions? The Verdict was surprisingly real in more ways than it failed and where it failed was largely about creating tension as a drama, which you have to understand. Grishom's stuff tends to be ridiculous, which is even funnier given he's actually a lawyer.

    My Cousin Vinny is actually a great window into expert testimony and how it works. The rest is nonsense, but entertaining.

    Anatomy of a Murder is very good on all fronts.

    Inherit the Wind is largely lifted from actual Scopes trial transcripts. If you want to see the theater of the old courtroom, it's a great one.

    And The Paper Chase is a funny window into the crucible of law school.

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  • annabenedetti
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    Originally posted by Town Heretic View Post
    I'll have to take a look. I'm a huge Bosch fan. Welliver is a gem who got my attention back with Lost. Great to see him in a role that almost seems made for him. . . Glad he isn't doing the "stash" though. That would be awful.
    Welliver - I kept forgetting he was an actor playing a detective and not an actual, real life detective.

    Thornton doesn't play a detective, he plays a lawyer, so that might be an added incentive for you to give it a try.

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  • Town Heretic
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    Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post
    I've been streaming a show on Prime called Goliath, and wow. Billy Bob Thornton is amazing, and there's a stellar supporting cast, an engrossing storyline, and great location filming in LA - like Bosch only closer to the beach.
    I'll have to take a look. I'm a huge Bosch fan. Welliver is a gem who got my attention back with Lost. Great to see him in a role that almost seems made for him. . . Glad he isn't doing the "stash" though. That would be awful.

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  • annabenedetti
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    I've been streaming a show on Prime called Goliath, and wow. Billy Bob Thornton is amazing, and there's a stellar supporting cast, an engrossing storyline, and great location filming in LA - like Bosch only closer to the beach.

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  • Lon
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    Been watching the Doris Day Show on Decades, with Denver Pyle, Rose Marie,John Dehner (who started out as an animator for Disney), and James Hampton.

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  • joeyarnoldvn
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    I've been watching Once Upon A Time & have learned a lot about courage from it.

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  • Town Heretic
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    Just started to watch Castle Rock, a Stephen King adaptation available on Hulu. Surprisingly nuanced and slow paced through the first two episodes, though it begins to add intensity thereafter.

    Episode One: Severance

    The warden of Shawshank prison commits suicide, leading to the installation of a new supervisor. She wants to know why a whole section of the privately held and operated prison has been unused for decades. A guard's investigation of the closed section reveals the answer. Deep in the bowels of Shawshank a man has been caged and kept from everyone else and off the books. The young man refuses to respond to any attempts to communicate with him, except for the utterance of one name, Henry Deaver, in response to a request for his name.

    One of the guards says, "One thing's for sure. He ain't Henry Deaver."

    Meanwhile, Deaver is a defense attorney on the recent losing end of a death row case. Reeling from that loss, he gets the call to return "home" to Castle Rock, Maine, and Shawshank prison. The caller, the same prison guard who made the discovery, won't identify himself to Deaver, but relates the rough sketch and the prisoner's declaration while communicating a fear of what might happen to the man without some assistance. Deaver reluctantly returns.

    As a boy, an adopted Deaver disappeared for 11 days from the home of a prominent member of the community, his adopted father and a popular local preacher, prompting a manhunt that ends with a deputy named Pangborn finding the impossibly unharmed (given the cold) boy standing in the center of a frozen lake, claiming to have no memory of anything that transpired during his absence. One of the things that inarguably did? The injury of Deaver's father, who later succumbs from the exposure leading many in the town to blame Deaver, some suspecting the boy of somehow causing the harm and secreting himself, as the two had a contentious relationship.

    Other characters we meet in the opening episode include Deaver's mother, played by Sissy Spacek. The two had a close relationship, but it's obvious that there's an enormous strain in it, likely over that same period of time, though we see a relieved Mrs. Deaver rushing to the boy in flashbacks. It is clear in short order that Deaver has been away for some time without a great deal of contact. Mrs. Deaver is suffering from encroaching if sporadic dementia and her son is surprised to find the caregiver service he put in motion didn't make it past a brief opening period. A second shock is the discovery of a much older Pangborn semi-ensconced with the mother (and played by Scott Glenn). Add to the mix a psychic childhood friend named Dale Lacy, who appears to be inextricably bound to the thoughts and feelings of Henry and who may have played a role in the elder Deaver's death and you have the foundation of the piece.

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  • Ask Mr. Religion
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    Philip K. Dick's (author of the book upon which Blade Runner was based) post and post-apocalyptic worldview is in fine evidence in Amazon Prime's Electric Dreams. Each episode in the series is a stand-alone with some fine actors. Free to Prime subscribers.

    Note: rated R for violence and some sexual content.
    Last edited by Ask Mr. Religion; June 23, 2018, 09:57 AM.

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  • Ask Mr. Religion
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    About to finish the final episode of the second season of Chance (Hulu Original), with Hugh Laurie (House).

    Both seasons are worth the binge.

    Laurie is comfortable in the role of a neuropsychiatrist, Eldon Chance, with obsession issues that impact a family member as well. He leverages these tendencies to meet out justice with the help of a small cabal he has formed. The no-neck hulk, with plenty of mental muscle, too, Darious, in that cabal often steals the the scene thunder from Laurie.

    Season two exceeds the drama and action from season one. That said, watching Gretchen Mol in season one was enjoyable. A modern day Deitrich.

    While on Hulu, catch the nine-episode season one of Siren. Mermaids that walk among us, and the government wants to weaponize them (of course). A second season of sixteen episodes is forthcoming next year in the U.S.

    AMR

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  • annabenedetti
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    Watched the season finale of The Americans. The scene in the parking garage. Wow.


    And I think Renee is a spy.

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  • Town Heretic
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    Father Brown's newest season just dropped on Netflix. It's not for everyone, I suppose, and I miss some of the absent cast members this time around, but for all of the reasons noted prior this loosely based adaptation of Chesterton's sleuth of a priest is worth spending some time to know. It's a very satisfying thing to see a Christian life and focus integral to any televised proposition, organic and authentic in its aim. Brown means to save souls and solve mysteries, in that order, and he does both (often enough) without making either feel contrived.

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  • Rusha
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    Originally posted by Town Heretic View Post
    The Santa Clara Diet (Netflix), the second season is out and so far so great in continuing the story of the realty selling, California Hammond family, caught up in the sudden and inexplicable turn of Shelia Hammond into one of the living dead. Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are a deadly combination of comedic timing and personal charm as the centerpiece performers in a strangely light, funny, and tightly written entry by Netflix into the comedic end of the zombie craze. The supporting cast is resoundingly good and the show knows when and exactly how to use cameos by established stars, as with Nathan Fillion's talking head (literally) or Gerald McRaney's rabid Colonel. It's not the first time someone made the effort to mine zombies for humor (see: IiZombie), but it's arguably the best. And, curiously enough, that's saying something.
    My daughter and I started to watch that together. I believe she is still watching it, as well as iZombie. Insofar as a humorous take on zombies ... ZNation. BTW, I am a few days in to trying out the new Hulu Live TV and with the exception of missing the AMC and some tweaking to make it more user friendly, it's one of the better options. It is one of the few that offers the CW.
    Last edited by Rusha; April 5, 2018, 07:33 AM.

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  • Tambora
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    The Terror

    TV series 2018.
    3 episodes so far.

    A fictionalized account of Captain Sir John Franklin's lost expedition of two Royal Navy Ships, the Erebus and the
    Terror, to the Arctic in 1845–1848 to locate the Northwest Passage.
    It is an unusually cold winter and the two ships become stuck in frozen ice for over a year.
    The crew struggles to live in an environment with scarce food supply, sickness, the elements, mental stability, and .......... a strange creature that they cannot identify that seems to be stalking them and killing their crew little by little, right after they accidentally killed an Eskimo man.
    They don't know what the creature is, but suspicion surfaces that it might be a creature summoned to avenge the Eskimo's death.

    Trailer for show:

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  • Tambora
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    Originally posted by Town Heretic View Post
    The Santa Clara Diet (Netflix), the second season is out and so far so great in continuing the story of the realty selling, California Hammond family, caught up in the sudden and inexplicable turn of Shelia Hammond into one of the living dead. Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are a deadly combination of comedic timing and personal charm as the centerpiece performers in a strangely light, funny, and tightly written entry by Netflix into the comedic end of the zombie craze. The supporting cast is resoundingly good and the show knows when and exactly how to use cameos by established stars, as with Nathan Fillion's talking head (literally) or Gerald McRaney's rabid Colonel. It's not the first time someone made the effort to mine zombies for humor (see: IiZombie), but it's arguably the best. And, curiously enough, that's saying something.
    I like the show too!

    I don't like that word, it's inherently negative.

    hehe!

    Trailer for those to view to see if it might be something they would like also.

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