House of Cards - new season released on Friday! / Other good series

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March 10th, 2016, 6:44 am #21

brainfix wrote:
The Guardian has a spot-on piece about Trapped, the Icelandic series that has caught so many viewers in its web of intrigue and dread. Richly-drawn characters abound as an isolated, weather-beaten town struggles to come to terms with multiple traumatic incidents, past and present.

I wish an American network would carry shows like this, but you rarely see subtitled series in this country.
Hulu runs quite a few, Brain.
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March 10th, 2016, 6:17 pm #22

I'm an alternate media kind of guy and avoid the big network giants, if possible. But you knew that.
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March 13th, 2016, 6:17 pm #23

While my family is catching up with me on House of Cards, some of us watched episodes of Parks and Rec.  So funny.  I was a latecomer to that series so I still have seasons to watch that I haven't seen.  
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March 13th, 2016, 11:25 pm #24

I started in on "House of Cards" season 4 and was not happy with the opening. The dog lives - right? Should I start at season #1; ep.#1 ????  <br /><br />
So since I got NETFLIX to work on my iphone (5) I decided to load up on Apps. Hulu+. ustream, live stream, and others that work nicely. I found a bunch of Swedish movies I'll be watching (saw My Life as a Dog this AM)   
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In searching for US politics in Europe, I found a very current Finnish TV report about the election that has writing par with "Headline News" on Saturday Night Live. Hopefully the translation is good.    The link wasn't working but you might get to it by doing a youtube search on the following: "Finnish News Team Reports on the U.S. Elections"
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March 14th, 2016, 7:39 am #25

Leland...OMG...I'm so glad I didn't watch the Season 4 opener for House of Cards with my kids (young adults but wouldn't matter what age)!  Though I don't remember a dog in it...just a jail scene.

 Out of the 3+ seasons (still working on 4) that I've watched, there have been a few times I've felt that way (especially when Zoe was still in the game)  but that 30 seconds or so took the cake.  They love to shock.  That opening added nothing to the show for me.  Season 2 opener shocked in a different way and I screamed out loud.   Its usually best to start at the beginning anyway or it won't make much sense.
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March 14th, 2016, 3:46 pm #26

Thanks Karly - yeah I'll start at 1/1,


One of my favorite lines of the Finnish TV (above) was:

They [Rubio and Kaisish] were hoarding away votes like arrogant Swedes at a meatball lunch.
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March 16th, 2016, 7:22 pm #27

With my U.S. political bile rising by the day, I decided to opt out of any shows that reflect the usual insanity that U.S. political races inspire. To quell my cravings for intelligent TV, I turned to some Euro shows. Some of them blew my mind. You have to tolerate subtitles or difficult Scots-speak.

Deutchscheland83

8.3/10·IMDb
100%·Rotten Tomatoes
8.7/10·TV.com




In a divided Germany in 1983, naive 24-year-old East German soldier Martin Rauch is pulled from his benign post as a border guard and given a new assignment: undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service in West Germany. Hiding in plain sight as Moritz Stamm in the West German army, Rauch must gather… More





First episode date: June 17, 2015


Final episode date: August 5, 2015


Number of episodes: 8


Language: German


Cast: Jonas Nay


Networks: RTL Television, SundanceTV


Spin

If you like the French political aesthetic, go for it.

Occupied

In the near future, Norway is occupied by Russia on behalf of the European Union, due to the fact that the newly elected environmental friendly Norwegian government has stopped the all important oil- and gas-production in the North Sea.

Shetland

North Sea intrigue with very likable and/or challenging protagonists.
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March 18th, 2016, 9:15 pm #28

I watched the first 2 episodes of Occupied earlier and really liked it. Looks like a promising series.
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March 19th, 2016, 9:18 am #29

'Occupied' was really good. Well worth watching all of it.
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April 1st, 2016, 7:34 pm #30

We are finally getting around to the final episode of this season's House of Cards.  It has been a great season. Here we go...
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April 1st, 2016, 8:34 pm #31

I gave up on House Of Cards in the middle of last season. I totally lost interest in it. Most recently I've been watching "30 Degrees In February". Another fantastic foreign series on Netflix.
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June 18th, 2016, 5:35 pm #32

I am quite late to the party on this one but I've started watching BBC's  The Midwives.  Seriously has me in tears sometimes.  I had one scary delivery so it hits home.   It really isn't only about delivering babies in high risk situations...that would be enough...but it is a lot more.
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June 18th, 2016, 8:18 pm #33

The episode I'm watching now has a midwife delivering a baby for a woman she delivered.  She is thinking it is time to retire.

From this episode..."Women in their 80's remember their childbirths."  

I believe that. Due to the importance of it...one of the best days of life.
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June 20th, 2016, 2:53 pm #34

Preacher. Grotesque but compelling viewing.
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August 2nd, 2016, 7:56 pm #35

Narcos ... Season 2 debuts on September 2.  This was a surprise series for me...based on the life of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar, this is more violent than what I can usually tolerate.  However the history and psychology of it are so good that I hide when I need to.  Looking forward to Season 2.
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August 2nd, 2016, 8:16 pm #36

Has anyone seen Penny Dreadful? It's a horror series based in Victorian England during the 1890's. This description didn't interest me at first, that is until I gave it a try and realized what a deep show it was. From a review I read, "it's a study of resilience in the face of loneliness."

First two out of three seasons are on Netflix.
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August 2nd, 2016, 9:58 pm #37

Ray Donovan.

That is all....
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August 3rd, 2016, 7:28 am #38

BI, thanks for the Ray Donovan mention. Looks like something I'd enjoy. Has anyone been watching the HBO mini-series, The Night Of? Unbelievably intense, riveting, devastating and highly acclaimed. John Turturro is beyond brilliant.
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August 3rd, 2016, 11:51 am #39

'The Night Of' is my next in line, Brain.

Deep into the last season of 'Hell On Wheels' - scene-chewing drama around the early cross-US railroads. Colm Meany is a great villain.

And, despite a healthy amount of implausability, I am enjoying 'Roadies' - far less stupid and irksome that 'Vinyl' ever was.
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August 3rd, 2016, 12:39 pm #40

Sorry to squeeze in a couple of movies worth mentioning. Both will be screened at Toronto Internatiional Film Festival next month.

"Manchester by the Sea" Casey Affleck (AND 56 other cast members) Produced by Matt Damon (AND 10 other producers). Very very sad movie Casey takes in his brothers son after the brother dies. The script was previously blacklisted as a script never to be made because it was so sad. IMDB gave it 8.7/10 Release date Nov 2016.

WHILE BRAIN FIX WAS IN NEWCOUNDLAND HE MUST HAVE CROSSED PATHS WITH MOVIE MAKERS. "Maudie" shot in Saint John NF, is a movie about folk artist Maude Lewis (Sally Hawkins) who, despite a severe case of arthritis as a young girl became a legend as an artist. After she died in 1970 at 67 her story began to disseminate in books, documentaries and shorts. Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawk) was a fish monger that was able to find scraps of wood and cardboard along with household and industrial paints for Maud to create her art. Her cards sold for 25¢, now $1500 and the paintings on wood $2, now $20,000+.

Canadians from coast to coast know the national legend Maud Lewis. I've learned of her through my trips to Canada. But U.S. will hopefully give it good box office/cable. Release date October 2016.

If "MBTS" is sad, then the ending I know of Maudie's story - I suggest to buy popcorn, bucket size, you'll need it for the ending ... But sooo refreshing that a bond like the Lewis's existed.
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