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  • #17753
     John Connor 
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    Right – I now spend an inordinate amount of time watching telly. It uses little energy and to be frank is these days of low brow culture is not taxing. I use it to relax and get through fatigue.

    Now in the past there was obviously no world wide communal TV service but Netflix has changed that. I live in the UK & though it carries some different content than the USA a lot is shared.

    I’m always scrolling for content – last night I discovered an hilarious film ‘The Happytime Murders’ starring Melissa McCarthy and a muppet! It is though v. rude! I’ve only watched half of it and I often don’t like gross out comedy – somehow with puppets involved it’s charming! As in ‘Team America World Police’.

    Have you discovered any gems?

    PS Don’t have Amazon Prime but haven’t made the mistake that thousands of Christians have. They’ve petitioned Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime’s ‘GoodOmens’ – which proves that God commissions in mysterious ways!  

    • This topic was modified 5 months ago by  John Connor.
    • This topic was modified 5 months ago by  John Connor.
  • #17912
     John Connor 
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    OK I fully accept that no one has joined in on this trivial escapade – so I’ll converse with  myself. In the ’70s an Australian called Clive James wrote hilarious and riveting TV reviews every Sunday in the Observer Newspaper in the UK. They were so good  they’d be the first thing I’d want to read every Sunday Morning. By the ’80s I’d become a critic myself – partly I think influenced by him. I never did write TV reviews. Hey, now’s my chance.

    I’m going to start with ‘Mr Iglesias’ on Netflix. It’s a studio sitcom which I will always give a cursory glance to because they are the hardest to actually do – but if you get them right they are the purest form of TV that TV has ever devised. We have to thank Lucille Ball for inventing them because she wasn’t about to leave groovy Hollywood and decamp to New York to make live TV. She filmed in front a ‘live studio audience’ and shipped the edited film to New York where it was then transmitted.

    As I live in a different country I had no idea who the star, Gabriel Iglesias, was. The plot of a trendy history teacher in a California school wasn’t exactly appealing either. Aren’t they all? Within five minutes I knew I’d binge the lot. It was cool, threw in social comment and the characters were all well rounded. Especially ‘Mr Iglesias’ himself – I’d be fearful of body shaming but that’s exactly the sort of self aware line that ‘Fluffy’ his stand up comedy nickname says about himself. You can tell how good he is – he let’s the rest of the cast get the laughs as well. So here’s the homework – give it a go. Let me know what you think.

  • #17988
     John Connor 
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    Anyone watch Amazon Prime? Is ‘Good Omens’ any good?

  • #17989
     John Connor 
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    OK 2-4-1 offer. Netflix has revisited Armistead Maupin’s ‘Tales of the City’ and the rather more hidden away documentary about the writer ‘The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin’. The original series of ‘Tales of the City’ in 1993 was obviously set in San Francisco  but made by British company Channel 4. It was shown in the USA by PBS and was a mega-hit for this small outfit – even beating the Networks in SF! Most of this is in the doc [though they left out the UK connection!!] Despite of its success PBS had to walk away from showing a second series because of attacks by the hard right – led by Jesse Helmes. Ironically the man who gave Maupin his first ever media job – as one of his writers. Actually the documentary is far better than the drama. ‘Tales’ is rather plodding and seems now out of time. I asked gay San Franciscan comic Scott Capurro why this might be? ‘The city has changed. Parts of it have now become so dangerous that I won’t even play in the clubs in  those areas’. ‘Tales’ which started as a daily fictionalized truth about the city in the San Francisco Chronicle has unfortunately now become something of a literal fairy tale – rather than an all encompassing story representing the LBGTQ community as part of society.

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     John Connor 
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    A  maxim often thrown about by comedians is that  you can’t  polish a turd – jokes that are nearly there but you’ll never be able  to make work! Single camera Canadian sitcom ‘Schitt’s Creek‘ belies that – it’s come up golden. The full series is on Netflix – it takes a while to get into its rhythm [a lot is is improvised]  but then its fish-out-of-water  grandiose characters suddenly grab you hook-line and sinker! A once super rich family is thrown into the one asset they have left – a town so rundown it doesn’t even warrant a horse…. Improv genius Eugene Levy plays the patriarch of the family who created and ran the second biggest video rentals business in Canada. Slowly, as with all the great sitcoms, they become humanized. Schitt’s Creek is exactly what they need and indeed they are exactly what Schitt’s Creek needs. It becomes a journey about family that is hilarious but has the good side of humanity running right through it. If you try it let me know…..

  • #18159
     John Connor 
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    It was a wonderful revelation to find that the ‘Supernatural‘ fantasy-drama series has mysteriously [long story] appeared on Netflix. The story about two brothers who hunt ghouls, ghosts, vampires et al and hang occasionally with a  very chilled god and fight with the very odd demon would you think last for a few series. But it roots itself in hip ‘pop’ culture and  is often wryly funny – writers who regularly reference cultural gods like Kurt Vonnegut know what they’re doing. It’s been my guilty pleasure for years and I’m obviously not alone as 14 series are available. Unluckily I’ve seen the first 13. Luckily I’ve now got the 14’th to burn thru. And I never did get to see the pilot till yesterday. An atheists prayers have been answered.

    Anyone else a fan?

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