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and is this for netflix uk version?
It's that show that I tell everybody I meet to watch. It's just that good. If you've seen the British one, you'll notice some slight similarities, but it is HEAVILY modernized and HEAVILY adapted for the American political landscape, and it is HEAVILY heavier in material and impact. They took the source material and turned it up to 11, and Kevin Spacey and crew are fantastic.
Also, at least on the US Netflix, I'd encourage you all to watch The American, staring George Clooney. A very slow, very depressed story of an American agent trying to retire in Italy. An excellent film if you take the time and attention it asks for, and it is very rewarding. It's tone and mood are very much what I expected of Skyfall, and not much of what I received.
I have more, but for later, perhaps.
CHARLEY VARRICK (1973) Incredibly great crime caper, directed by Don Siegel (DIRTY HARRY) and starring Walter Matthau, with a really neat ending.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) Epic spaghetti western masterpiece from Sergio Leone.
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964) More Leone goodness.
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE (1965) Ditto.
ZULU (1964) Classic epic.
BRAVEHEART (1995) Ditto.
BLACK SUNDAY (1960) Super-gothic old-school horror film, with Barbara Steele as a resurrected vampire/witch, directed by Mario Bava.
BLACK SABBATH (1963) Creepy horror anthology, hosted by Boris Karloff, directed by Mario Bava.
COP LAND (1997) Along with the original Rocky, Sly Stallone's best dramatic film, and with a really incredible cast.
EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN (1987)
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962) John Ford late-era classic western with the best cast imaginable... Jimmy Stewart + John Wayne + Woody Strode vs. Lee Marvin + Lee Van Cleef + Strother Martin.
WILD THINGS (1998) A good, twisty neo-noir... and for once, Denise Richards doesn't embarrass herself.
MAN HUNT (1941) Champion marksman Walter Pidgeon attempts to assassinate Hitler on the eve of WWII, and is pursued by lethal Nazi agents to England. Directed by the great Fritz Lang. Rather proto-Bondian, actually.
HIGHLY DANGEROUS (1950) Another early, slightly-Bondian effort. Entomologist Margaret Lockwood and reporter Dane Clark must sneak in and destroy deadly bacteria-carrying insects that are being bred in a secret, heavily-guarded facility in the Eastern Bloc. Director Roy Ward Baker (Quatermass And The Pit, several episodes of The Avengers and The Saint) and screenwriter Eric Ambler (Topkapi) also teamed up for the amnesia thriller, THE OCTOBER MAN (1947, also currently being streamed in the U.S.), and later, the classic Titanic movie, A Night To Remember (1958).
FARGO (1996) One of the Coen Bros' very best... and the new TV series, involving different characters, is shaping up nicely.
ROBINSON CRUSOE ON MARS (1964) Dated but compelling/fun sci-fi adventure, which also predicted the camcorder!
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951) As comparatively low-tech and steeped in 1950s concerns as it is, it easily bests the stupid Keanu Reeves remake from a few years ago.
DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) Classic film noir.
THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951) Classic adventure/romance.
TRADING PLACES (1983) A favorite, back in the glory days of both Eddie Murphy and director John Landis. That was so long ago.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992) Great performances all around, working with a killer David Mamet script.
MASH (1970) Far better and funnier than the long-running sitcom it inspired.
ZODIAC (2007) Awesome David Fincher account of the hunt for the infamous serial killer in the early 1970s.
TROLLHUNTER (2010) Fun spoof of "found footage" horror films, with good effects work.
AIRPLANE! (1980) Back when they knew how to spoof Hollywood cliches with actual hilarity and wit.
THE NAKED GUN (1987) Ditto.
THE KILLER IS LOOSE (1956) Cool, old-school crime thriller where Det. Joseph Cotten thwarts Wendell Corey's bank robbery, accidentally killing Corey's wife during the bust... an unhinged Corey escapes prison a year later, determined to kill Cotten's wife as payback.
JOHNNY COOL (1963) Henry Silva tries to destroy a crime syndicate from the inside, with Elizabeth Montgomery along for the ride.
OUR HOSPITALITY (1923) The genius of silent film comedian Buster Keaton. Even if you normally are put off by the idea of watching an old silent movie, you should give Keaton a try... his physical antics inspired Jackie Chan, and like Chan, he nearly killed himself on several occasions in the pursuit of making audiences laugh.
SHERLOCK, JR. (1924) Ditto.
SEVEN CHANCES (1925) Ditto.
THE GENERAL (1926) Ditto.
STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928) Ditto.
DECEPTIVE PRACTICE (2012) The life of and influences on magician/actor/author/cardsharp Ricky Jay (Tomorrow Never Dies).
MICROCOSMOS (1996) The bizarre and beautiful hidden world of insects, within a French country meadow, via standout high-speed microphotography (and minimalist narration).
PANDORA'S PROMISE (2013) Interesting advocacy film involving formerly anti-nuke environmentalists who have looked into the science of nuclear power and have come away supporting it as the best, most efficient and safest (despite the 3 infamous power plant accidents in the US, Russia and Japan) power source alternative to fossil fuels. Environmentalism aside, I watched this with my father, who worked as an engineer, in both nuclear bomb testing in the early 1960s, and the nuclear power industry in the 1970s, but has no ax to grind these days, and he says the information presented is entirely sound and accurate. It's amazing how little the general public understands about nuclear power, and how easily swayed they are by fear-mongering on the subject by both the press and pop culture, who know basically nothing about it themselves.
MILIUS (2013) Profile of the iconoclastic Hollywood screenwriter/director.
THE AMERICAN SCREAM (2012) Three neighbors with varying skill levels transform their homes into haunted house attractions on Halloween.
TOUCHING THE VOID (2003) Amazing, first-hand account of two mountaineers who survived a disasterous climb in the Andes.
THAT GUY... WHO WAS IN THAT THING (2012) A look at several modern character actors, who many recognize from numerous film & TV roles, but can't put a name to.
MAN ON A WIRE (2008) Incredible account of the man who clandestinely walked the high-wire between NYC's Twin Towers in 1974.
BEST WORST MOVIE (2009) Hilarious profile of a dentist who starred in TROLL 2, and his discovery years later of a hipster fan cult that had built around the film and him.
CONFESSIONS OF A SUPERHERO (2007) Four people whose livelihoods are to dress up as famous superheroes and pose for pictures with tourists on Hollywood Blvd.
TREKKIES (1999) The scariest movie ever made.
LOST A "love-it-or-hate-it" series, at this stage, but I'm in the former camp. Watch it for the journey and the characters, not for solutions to the endless mysteries it regularly generates.
SONS OF ANARCHY
THE TUDORS (if watched purely for entertainment, rather than as an history lesson)
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE The first three seasons, anyway, before Martin Landau & Barbara Bain left.
HAWAII FIVE-0 The original 1968-80 series... I'm into season 3, and it's been uniformly solid, so far.
KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER Darren McGavin vs. the monster-of-the-week. Fun cheese, with a few good scares, and the main inspiration for The X-Files.
SURVIVORMAN Les Stroud demonstrates how to survive in various hostile natural environments around the world. There are several shows out there like this, but this one is more straightforward and much less sensationalistic than the rest.
IS IT REAL? Refreshingly skeptical look at all the paranormal subjects that are the usual fodder for so many pseudo-scientific reality/documentary series that flood the airwaves.
As @JWESTBROOK said, The American is a great film to check out. I love it and it features a great character study on an agent running into conflicts with his job while in Italy, playing subtley but brilliantly by George Clooney. It's not a big blockbuster, and more of a slow-burning intelligent thriller. It's all character study, atmosphere and visuals, a nice combination that creates a poignant film.
All seasons of House M.D. are also now streaming, which I have been watching here and there. I may watch it from the beginning and watch all seasons this summer sporadically. House is a brilliant character, one of the most fascinating I've ever seen on television or film, so if you have yet to explore this show, now is a great time. There's a lot of references to Sherlock Holmes as well, and House himself is very similar in personality to Holmes in a lot of ways. That's a big part of why I adore the character so much.
Finally, Burn Notice has all seasons streaming now, which I will be catching up on from Season 6 onwards after falling off the wagon a year or so ago. I just want to see how the story ends and finish it off properly. After that I'll probably return to it every once in a while just to watch some episodes I may have missed from earlier seasons or rewatch old favorites. It gives me some inspiration in my own espionage writing from time to time, and I love the characters.
I like Burn Notice, and had caught up with it some time ago, so watched it fresh off USA Network the last few seasons. Since you are a fan already, sure, watch it to the end, but be prepared to be a bit underwhelmed. The show went on a season longer than it really should have, and took on a darker tone that erased some of the generally fun vibe from earlier seasons, unfortunately, but I won't spoil anything.
Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren
The Commander another cop drama from the Brits
Survivors great British drama bout the end of the world, but was cancelled prematurely.
House of Cards the US version with Kevin Spacey
I have a soft sappy spot for British drama. I have got to check out House, MD
Yeah, like I said, I fell off the Burn Notice wagon after the season five finale. For one, I was at college and didn't really have the time or ambition to follow the show week by week after that, and two, I just got sick of how convoluted and never-ending the show became. It seemed that no matter how many people he stopped Mike would never get to the people that burned him and get some resolution. The show brought on so many characters and had so many plots going on at once that it got overwhelming and messy, especially since most episodes would only focus on the main case Michael and the crew were helping someone with and save only the last few minutes to throw in some relevant exposition to the main overhanging plot that was going on. Anyway, I still love the show and will finish it properly, though some stuff has been spoiled for me already.
It kind of does. Every season has its big bad with a whole bunch of lesser obstacles in Michael's way to find out who burned him, and then every episode there is a client he has to help which takes up most of his time. Multiply that by about 24 (episodes a season) and add some time for setting up the next season with a cliff hanger, and you have the Burn Notice formula, at least from what I've seen.
Don Jon (2013)
Danny Deckchair (2003)
Instructions Not Included (2013)
Police drama set in Manchester in the 1970s. Well, I say set in the 1970s, it sort of is. In 2006, DCI Sam Tyler gets hit by a car and when he wakes up it's 1973. He continues to work as a cop (with his partner Gene Hunt, one of the best characters ever created) while trying to find a way to get home.
I saw it when it was on telly but it is on Netflix (UK and US, I just googled it to check). I honestly think it's the best TV show ever made. It's funny, exciting, tense, full of mystery and brilliantly acted by everybody, especially John Simm and Phil Glennister. It has so many quotable lines and it tackles lots of issues like racism, football violence, etc. Way better than your average cop show.
There's also a sequel, Ashes To Ashes, which is also on Netflix. It's the same premise. Alex Drake is a cop in London in 2008 and she gets shot, waking up in 1981 London, where Gene and the rest of them have been transferred. Sam Tyler isn't in it anymore but you do learn what happened to him.
Ashes To Ashes isn't as good and it gets off to a sketchy start but it's worth watching because Gene Hunt is brilliant and it reveals what Gene's world is and why Sam and Alex ended up there. It's not really necessary to watch it as the ending of Life On Mars wrapped things up nicely, but it's good and I think it's worth a watch.
Anyway, watch Life On Mars. You won't regret it.
I did finally watch the new GI Joe Retaliation. SO much better than the first movie
Agreed, though I rewatched 'Retaliation' about a week or so ago with a friend who had yet to see it, and we were tearing the film apart when it came to dialogue. The action, story, all of that was very entertaining, but the script was abysmal beyond belief.
Satisfaction An Aussie series about sex workers in Sydney. 3 Seasons and quite enjoyable.
Bitten Just started watching this show about Werewolves. Quite entertaining. The female lead is hot. And for the female viewers, the males actors are also hot.
Last Tango in Halifax an interesting Brit drama with good performances and interesting storylines.
I will say I liked the ending better than the original
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"Secrets and Lies"
This six parter is tops and I give it 5 stars.
I urge you to give it a look. You won't be disappointed.
Good for you kid .
I just watched a couple episodes of Helix. Looks interesting. The ladies are pretty smoking and the lead character used to be on The 4400. Have to wait and see.
If ever there was a reason to love Netflix more, it's now.