itt: non-english-language netflix series you recommend (or not) and commentary thereon

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LA REINA DEL SUR (spanish): there's a thread and i must get back to its lurid pulpy bullshit tbh
FILINTA (turkish): a steampunkish bond set in the late days of the ottoman empire (must also get back to: it's very stylised and quite strange)
MARSEILLE (french): corruption in title-city, starring g.depardieu (the star is the city)
ESTOCOLMO (argentinian): media and political corruption in buenos aires -- argentina doesn't look at all as i expected (unexpectedly got into amiable discussion w/its scriptwriter on twitter: they agreed w/some of my crit -- but i basically enjoyed this a lot); estocolmo is argentinian for stockholm, as in syndrome; also features amnesia iirc
THE BREAK (belgian): small-village crime but the crime is big and nasty; more amnesia lol
LAVA FIELD (icelandic): murder to be solved by small-town cops trapped by a blizzard in their small town
ROBA (finish): procedural set in helsinki -- there's a thread abt it
BORDERTOWN (also finnish): crossborder crims (ie russians) cause trouble in the small town a cop -- possibly amnesiac, i forget -- has moved his family to to rebuild his life
HINTERLAND/Y GWYL (welsh): tbh i mostly watched this on actual realtime telly -- set round aberystwyth and borth (towns i know quite well), a mimpy cop solves abuse-related crimes by driving fast in narrow lanes and looking back regretfully at how he's fucked up his life
INSPECTOR MONTALBANO (italian): again via the BBC -- no cop is filmed swimming more or more often
THE KILLING/THE BRIDGE/BORGEN/WALLENDER et al (danish and'r swedish): the big-name nordic noirs via the BBC that put me on this track in the first place -- wallender has been played by three actors (not inc.branagh) but i only like one of them

there's a couple of others -- a french and a belgian, the belgian abt the robbery of a small bank? -- that arrived via the bbc's noir slot but i can't bring their names to mind

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:32 (eight months ago) Permalink

(also i just now started SUBURRA: BLOOD ON ROME, which kicks off with a massive on-brand roman orgy hurrah involving the mayor hurrah)

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

hurrah

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

The bbc4 phenom always makes me think that there must be tv snobs in Denmark or wherever going fucking nuts for midsomer murders & lewis

"The" Blink-182 (wins), Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

Nobody seems to like Gommorah, which has a lot going for it imo. Naples social housing ruin pron, some pretty cool gang bosses (including bald sex symbols and women), everybody dies - even main characters. It is probably rather silly, but I do enjoy it.

calzino, Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

one of the nordic noir producers or directors or writers has explicitly said that it was bingeing on midsomer and hamish macbeth a few years back that mainly led to the noir outbreak (that and girl with the dragon tattoo)

(i watch all of them also) (except hamish macbeth, which i entirely missed at the time doesn't seem to get repeats anywhere i can find it) (off to check if it's on netflix) (also midsomer post-nettles is not my jam)

happy valley and the one in the orkneys (forget name) also fit here but only the latter has subtitles and it isn't on netflix

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

the belgian abt the robbery of a small bank?

I think I might have seen this although I also can't remember the name

"The" Blink-182 (wins), Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

SUBURRA is a riot of unlikely youth-gangster haircuts so far

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

mark, do you recommend everything on that list? In trying to improve/maintain my French I will watch virtually anything en français that is available in Canada, but I haven't gotten to MARSEILLE or THE BREAK yet. I also have HOTEL BEAU SÉJOUR, DEEP, and THE CHURCHMEN in my queue, though not sure about the last one in particular.

I did just watch CANNABIS, which wasn't great but I found it compelling enough to get through its relatively short run (there's also lots of Spanish and Arabic if you're in it for the linguistic diversity). There's an American actress in it who never speaks English, and her accent gave me heart though I think she might have been kind of crummy at the acting part.

This morning I started the second series of WITNESSES. The first series was a fairly generic rip of Scandinavian detective stuff (lead female detective even has uncommented upon OCD), filmed in the Normandy winter to make it as grey as possible but also providing enough local flavor to sustain interest. Second series seems somewhat more promising though I've only watched one ep.

Definitely not in the vein of anything else listed here, but I think the best French-language thing I've watched on Netflix was THE LONG LONG HOLIDAY, an animated miniseries about children in Normandy during the Nazi occupation.

rob, Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

I think my mum watched Hamish Macbeth - it's much older than midsomer in my head

"The" Blink-182 (wins), Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

Sorry I'm just talking about English language stuff lol

"The" Blink-182 (wins), Sunday, 15 October 2017 15:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

marseilles i liked a lot, the break was perhaps a bit run-of-the-mill (or anyway i don't remember much about it)

caveat: i will on the whole watch any old rubbish* and most of them are somewhat flawed, some wildly pulpy (reina del sur), some over-involved and garish esp.at the end (probably estcolmo), some an acquired taste (filinta), some just a bit silly (hinterland)

*eg this is amazingly bad and unmissable: the netflix series GUILT

wins it is a continuum: ppl who think that brits don't do this well are idiots (we kind of invented it, don't get me started on MARPLE)

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh I forgot about CALL MY AGENT, which was a very French and quite delightful show about talent agents. Lots of French actors who I don't know play themselves

rob, Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

some over-involved and garish esp.at the end

Cannabis was mostly even-keeled throughout but there is a shoot-out in the final ep that was grafted in from a John Woo movie or something

rob, Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

wins it is a continuum: ppl who think that brits don't do this well are idiots (we kind of invented it, don't get me started on MARPLE)

Just to clarify I totally agree, my initial point was just that I get the sense there are a lot of these idiots and they make up a significant % of the audience for this stuff

"The" Blink-182 (wins), Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

*fistbump*

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:10 (eight months ago) Permalink

(restarting SUBURRA ep1 from the beginning as i spent most of the last 10 mins rereading the GUILT thread and hence not paying attention)

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:14 (eight months ago) Permalink

(apparently it means slums rather than suburbs)

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

I don't really make time in my life for a lot of tv so often the only time I see this stuff is when I'm visiting my 90yo granny, it's perfect for her as a seasoned viewer of itv crime dramas who doesn't want to admit her hearing's failing to watch basically the same thing but with subs

"The" Blink-182 (wins), Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

yes i got into my midsomer/lewis habit sitting w/my invalid dad: he wouldn't have been averse to non-english language, his hearing was excellent and he spoke -several tho not danish -- but his eyesight was poor and anyway the noirs didn't start till after he died

(replay allows me to notice, as i didn't before, that the backdrop to the orgy is a rather amazing film of or possibly aquarium full of undulating jellyfish, good work there a.n. designer)

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

he'd have loved hinterland despite its annoying lead: he too adored that part of wales :(

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

love that so many euro corruption thrillers -- esp.southern europe but not exclusivly -- are abt (a) drugs and (b) ZONING

(ie where the real money is)

in this SUBURRA overlaps with MARSEILLE

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

shd probably give SUBURRA its own thread actually (since i'm liking it and will doubtless post lots): but one thing i enjoy the (non-UK) ones for is gorgeous filming of cities i know a little bit (marseile) or have never seen (copenhagen, rome)

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 16:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://typeset-beta.imgix.net/rehost%2F2016%2F9%2F13%2F6b92d25d-b10d-4614-a148-9b4c73688f7d.jpg?w=1200&h=630&fit=crop&crop=faces&auto=format&q=70
Naples looks amazing in Gommorah, probably the true star of the show really.

calzino, Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

a belgian, the belgian abt the robbery of a small bank? -- that arrived via the bbc's noir slot but i can't bring their names to mind

Salamander?

(which I started to watch but never finished, so no commentary here, but I will report that my parents v much love Montalbano with the excuse of practising their Italian; I am looking forward to German-language shows being mentioned here for similar reasons, although I admit I never got round to watching Deutschland 83 even though everyone said it was v good and it's right up my street of historical interest, so who am I kidding)

a passing spacecadet, Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

Salamander is the one I was thinking of

(Didn't amount to much when all was said & done, wouldn't bother finishing it)

"The" Blink-182 (wins), Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

I am only one ep deep into Suburra but I'm liking it. I read the book a few weeks ago so I'm still trying to sort out who is who/what has been changed or removed or altered. But I like it. The haircuts are terrible but maybe that's what roman club kids looked like in 2008. On the Italian tip, highly recommend Romanzo Criminale, though it's on Filmstruck and not Netflix. Set in the seventies-into-the-eighties, also in Rome. It tells the story of the Magliana gang, who at that time scrapped their way up from armed robbery to the major drug/sex traffickers in Rome. I would like to watch Gommorah; I liked the film and I'm on a bit of an Italian crime kick it seems.

Still lots upthread that I need to check out. I liked the Lava Field & Wallander. Been wanting to watch Spiral for ages but never got around to it. I do like the Annika Bengtzon telefilms abt the lady reporter. Her home life in those sorta reminds me of one of the things I liked abt (US tv series) Medium.

ian, Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

xxp

Deutschland 83 looked very nice, but was hampered with some awful expositional dialogue iirc. The one clunker too far for me was something like: This Cold War is getting Hot!

calzino, Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

also just finished suburra e1: will start a thread for it shortly, after i finish handwashing my jumper

(it's a nice plain black jumper but i totally covet the fabulous tentacular octopus-pattern jumper worn by giacomo ferrara as alberto: no pix on the internet yet which is a sorry state of affairs)

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

love that so many euro corruption thrillers -- esp.southern europe but not exclusivly -- are abt (a) drugs and (b) ZONING

also The Wire!

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

one day i shall watch the wire

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

I have a fair tolerance for this stuff (e.g. watched the entirety of the very mediocre Black Lake on iPlayer) but could not get through more than half of Salamander or Witnesses - be warned.

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

The bbc4 phenom always makes me think that there must be tv snobs in Denmark or wherever going fucking nuts for midsomer murders & lewis

― "The" Blink-182 (wins), 15. oktober 2017 17:42 (five hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

They're on almost every saturday night. I'm not sure that many snobs watch it, though. I used to watch so much Rebus growing up, I picked up an awful fake scottish accent.

Frederik B, Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

They're on almost every saturday night

this is bizarrely pleasing to me

mark s, Sunday, 15 October 2017 21:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

Tonight it was Inspector George Gently, followed by Murder City and The Honorable Woman. Then a couple of episodes of Upstairs Downstairs to end the night.

Actually my ex-girlfriend was watching all this, when she wasn't busy writing queer analyses of ancient greek tragedies. She was kinda snobbish, and so so cool :(

Frederik B, Sunday, 15 October 2017 22:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

There are 3 worthwhile Japanese shows

MIDNIGHT DINER - endearing and heartwarming story about the people who frequent a late night diner in a working class Tokyo neighborhood. This is a phenomenon across Asia with a (good) Korean version and a (bad) Chinese version and a bunch of movie spinoffs. Heartwarming in the best possible way.

SAMURAI GOURMET - not as good as midnight diner but it’s the story of a salaryman who deals with retirement by exploring local restaurants.

JAPAN STYLE ORIGINATOR - possibly the only lifestyle magazine show on Netflix but it’s great for the insight into Japanese culture and features such informative episodes as the 50 cheapest things to eat with rice, 25 ways to eat your New Years mochi and a goat of ‘how it’s made’ type segments where they look at how various Japanese crafts are made. Very relaxing TV.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 16 October 2017 10:23 (eight months ago) Permalink

A goat?

mor frog bs (S-), Monday, 16 October 2017 11:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

I loved OCCUPIED and very much want the second series (basically, fossil-fuel-rich Norway goes completely green and shuts down its oil/gas industry, and Russia stages a "soft" invasion to take over)

More soapie-ish but very well done: 30 DEGREES IN FEBRUARY: various Swedes head off to Thailand to escape their troubled lives, discover that unfortunately they are still themselves

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

finished SUBURRA (italian), began MAR DE PLÁSTICO (spanish)

mark s, Friday, 20 October 2017 20:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

Salamander is the one I was thinking of

oh, that was quite good!

I have a few of these Euro-tv streaming subscriptions, so I forget which series are on Netflix vs. the other ones.

Spiral/Engrenage (might be on Netflix?) is French, and was billed as France's answer to The Wire. It isn't quite as intricate, but it is really good in other ways.

sarahell, Friday, 20 October 2017 20:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

Oh, another Netflix one I watched recently -- Silver Spoon -- it's Russian. A bit silly and over the top in parts, and it would make for an interesting discussion whether it's implicitly/explicitly critical of Putin/oligarchs or not.

sarahell, Friday, 20 October 2017 20:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

SPIRAL was on UK TV in the noir slot, and I liked the little bit I watched but I missed too much of the start to get properly embedded.

MAR DE PLÁSTICO is kind of boring, also the chiselled cop who's the lead is like a bland pierce brosnan mini-me

mark s, Friday, 20 October 2017 21:16 (eight months ago) Permalink

ok it just woke up a bit -- murder leads to nasty racial tension in a southern spanish town -- but the lead cop fights off 20 ppl like he's batman, that's the boring bit

mark s, Friday, 20 October 2017 21:24 (eight months ago) Permalink

seriously - just watch "Mafiosa" on CH4/Walter Presents ..
so good.
S1 was ok despite the presence of some over acting, but things really improved from S2 onwards.

mark e, Friday, 20 October 2017 21:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

season 2 of Okkupert and 3 of Gomorrah - hurry up!

calzino, Friday, 20 October 2017 22:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

where are you watching gomorrah?

mark s, Friday, 20 October 2017 22:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

from torrent sites, always. I work on the flawed presumption that if the torrents have subtitled versions of a Euro series, then it must be on Netflix.

calzino, Friday, 20 October 2017 22:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

haha yes it's available via amazon but not amazon prime (which i do pay for) so i guess that's why it's subtitled -- so i can stump up some more when i'm feeling flush

mark s, Friday, 20 October 2017 23:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

2 episodes into Babylon Berlin -- 1929 Germany, political intrigue, Expat Trotskyists, PTSD cops, urban squalor, art deco cabaret stuff -- some odd musical choices w/Bryan Ferry involved.

I still don't understand why it defaults to playing the dubbed version rather than the German w/subtitles

sarahell, Friday, 2 February 2018 19:12 (four months ago) Permalink

a russian netflix show i for some reason cannot quite bring myself to commit to, even tho it sounds interesting = ]FARTSA: "as four Russian friends grow up in the early 60s, life, love and the curse of success threaten to derail their dreams" :(

mark s, Friday, 2 February 2018 19:45 (four months ago) Permalink

Babylon Berlin is great, defaulting to subtitles with me.

Odd musical choices indeed. The singalong cabaret song in the second episode felt very modern and out of place.

Looks really great, though.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Friday, 2 February 2018 21:21 (four months ago) Permalink

The singalong cabaret song in the second episode felt very modern and out of place.

yes, and now it is the closing music for all the episodes that follow (at least the next two) -- I can't really read the credits anyway, so ... I think a lot of it is the mix between vocals and instruments, or ... idk, it's like the dialog dubbing with most things, there's something really off.

sarahell, Saturday, 3 February 2018 06:38 (four months ago) Permalink

And yet the gay club in episode 4 has some great and seemingly fitting jazz going on.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Saturday, 3 February 2018 10:52 (four months ago) Permalink

tt and I have discovered Kantaro independently of Scott and Ed but found them to be rapturous about it on here

it's probably the greatest television programme ever made

imago, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:54 (four months ago) Permalink

Dark seemed ok for 3 eps. Does it get bad later?

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 03:50 (four months ago) Permalink

(lol @ German things tho, even one of the male leads looks like Steve!)

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 03:50 (four months ago) Permalink

tt and I have discovered Kantaro independently of Scott and Ed but found them to be rapturous about it on here

it's probably the greatest television programme ever made

― imago, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 11:54 (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Kanataro popped up on tokyo morning tv when we over there last month. He is a classically trained kabuki actor specialising in female roles. The segment showed him going back to his roots in the theatre.

I ate anmitsu in his honour and also went to the chocolate shop, Minimal that he visits in episode 11.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 05:48 (four months ago) Permalink

OTCB looks good. Cop show set in pre-handover Hong Kong. Only tested 5 minutes but they had me at archival footage of a plane landing at Kai Tak.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 10:26 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

probably should give Babylon Berlin a whirl, it will no doubt feel like slumming it after watching the searing masterpiece Alexanderplatz last year, but let's give it a chance.

calzino, Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:30 (three months ago) Permalink

MARSEILLE s2 is on netflix uk

mark s, Sunday, 25 February 2018 18:04 (three months ago) Permalink

the overhead shots of the city are so exciting (i love marseille)

mark s, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 20:35 (three months ago) Permalink

I am so thrilled the new Terrace House will be on netflix soon.

Yerac, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 15:08 (three months ago) Permalink

Yes!! I watched everything that’s on Netflix in the space of a month. We need a Terrace House thread. Ryota Yamasato is the best presenter of all time.

Launch of new ILM school business management programmes! (tangenttangent), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:05 (three months ago) Permalink

All of the hosts have such great chemistry together.

Yerac, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:08 (three months ago) Permalink

I think my favourite stretch so far was the Nacchan episodes. She was good at stirring up shit.

https://abload.de/img/angry-house54u6q.gif

jmm, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:19 (three months ago) Permalink

I know - such a perfect balance of perspectives. I love how Yu and Tokui play down their lasciviousness for Torichan’s benefit, and Kentaro’s frequent mute horror.

Launch of new ILM school business management programmes! (tangenttangent), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:22 (three months ago) Permalink

I feel like just watching Han-san made me a better person in dealing with difficult people.

Yerac, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:24 (three months ago) Permalink

Han-san! Otm. What an amazing presence. I’m still not over his departure. Minori taught me how being brazenly belligerent in the face of anything is actually a reasonable way to get by.

Launch of new ILM school business management programmes! (tangenttangent), Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:29 (three months ago) Permalink

The meat incident was unforgivable though.

I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one taking personality tips from Han-San.

jmm, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:37 (three months ago) Permalink

There's some episode where Tokui off-handedly mentions wanting to 'touch Kentaro's man parts' (something like that) that just killed me.

jmm, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 20:42 (three months ago) Permalink

That was amazing. How he sort of casually enacted it too. My phone is full of screenshots of TH.

Launch of new ILM school business management programmes! (tangenttangent), Thursday, 1 March 2018 00:05 (three months ago) Permalink

Even how You was groping Reina as an example of older people trying to relive their youth. I was like, ummmm.... well yeah, it's a bit different in asian and with women.

Yerac, Thursday, 1 March 2018 03:10 (three months ago) Permalink

What was Han-san saying when they were going to confront Nacchan? It was so amazingly good. I am going to look for it tomorrow because everyone should memorize it.

Yerac, Thursday, 1 March 2018 03:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Like, it was something about not judging her for her actions because they still valued her as an individual and that was not in question.

Yerac, Thursday, 1 March 2018 03:14 (three months ago) Permalink

Minori became my favorite, I think largely because of how she handled the situation with Natsumi.

I think Kantaro the Sweet Tooth Salaryman might be better if the episodes were shorter.

MrDasher, Thursday, 1 March 2018 14:02 (three months ago) Permalink

Natsumi was decent in how she spoke to Uchi in the case of the meat. I was a big fan of Minori's sister in that episode too.

I have some Aloha State left to finish, but...I dunno, I'm getting bored of Taishi dominating this season.

jmm, Thursday, 1 March 2018 14:37 (three months ago) Permalink

The beauty queen shenanigans of Aloha State is the only thing really that made the end of the series worthwhile. And I guess Taishi comes out ok.

Yerac, Thursday, 1 March 2018 14:48 (three months ago) Permalink

Yes! Cheri’s transformation into this great spirit of wildness was excellent, although the series was never quite the same after Guy left. His terribly-judged beach date was the highlight of Aloha State for me. With Taishi, I feel like the whole ‘guilty samurai’ routine expressed some kind of universal truth that was compelling enough.

Launch of new ILM school business management programmes! (tangenttangent), Thursday, 1 March 2018 16:46 (three months ago) Permalink

Someone like Natsumi not just becoming a show villain is one of the strengths of Terrace House. Aloha State could've used a Han-san.
I agree that Aloha State became too Taishi-centric. I wonder if the other people just weren't really doing anything or anything the producers wanted to air- unlike American reality shows it seemed like they actually prefer not showing some of the "trashier" behavior.
Taishi was a recognizable and not entirely unsympathetic type but he was never really taken to task for some of his behavior and attitudes which was annoying given his own self righteousness.

MrDasher, Thursday, 1 March 2018 17:57 (three months ago) Permalink

I really enjoyed the Guy-Niki interlude.
Minori's sister was always good.

MrDasher, Thursday, 1 March 2018 18:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Every bit of Babylon Berlin is so good.

mick signals, Wednesday, 14 March 2018 02:18 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I just discovered this thread by searching for Babylon Berlin opinions. I just noticed that one this weekend and wanted to check the ilx reaction on it. Looks like that comes mostly recommended. Will check it out along with other stuff on this thread. I hadn't realized that Netflix was bringing on so many foreign shows until a month or so ago.

I've brought this one up a couple times on the regular Netflix thread, but since it hasn't been mentioned here: Tientsin Mystic is a really entertaining Chinese supernatural detective drama.

how's life, Monday, 30 April 2018 12:31 (one month ago) Permalink

I have gotten a copy of Babylon Berlin season 2 but I'm waiting to watch it till I really need a treat.

mick signals, Monday, 30 April 2018 18:45 (one month ago) Permalink

Looking forward to THE RAIN, out on Friday: Danish post-apocalyptica about people who can't go out in the rain or they turn into monsters

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Thursday, 3 May 2018 00:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Been mentioned on the other netflix thread, but Aggretsuko is well worth it - A Sanrio Red Panda eases the stresses of work with a secret life of Death Metal Karaoke singing.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 3 May 2018 00:13 (one month ago) Permalink


don't normally have the patience for Korean dramas but am finding the supernatural/crime show "Black" strangely compelling - about a girl who can see death and a guy who's possessed by death. First few episodes are uneven and confusing (iirc the second episode was actively bad) but the way it juggles multiple genres at once is kinda entertaining: it's basically a supernatural thriller, crime procedural, family tragedy, conspiracy drama and rom-com all rolled into one. Also every episode has about 23402908243 subplots.

― Roz, Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:01 AM (three months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Friend of mine recommended Dark, which was discussed upthread. Will give Black a try as well, I guess.

― Eloi's Comin' (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, January 21, 2018 7:06 PM (three months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Started in on episode 1 of this one last night. Do all Korean tv shows run this over an hour per ep? It's not that I lack the patience, but am liable to fall asleep.

how's life, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 13:00 (one month ago) Permalink

"run this long - over an hour per ep" is what I meant there.

how's life, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 21:25 (one month ago) Permalink

the El Chapo series produced by Univision is pretty good. if you like Narcos you should watch it

first season is decent, mostly detailing his rise to power and his first stint in jail. second season is better, it goes into full-on cartel war and gets really nuts. but they're both worth watching

frogbs, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 21:39 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Finished Babylon Berlin not too long ago, and it's as great as has been mentioned.

When they first performed the "Ashes" song, I would've bet good money that it was a cover of a Bowie song!

Martin Landau Ballet (Leee), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 22:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Any reviews of The Rain? Yah/nah?

Yerac, Thursday, 7 June 2018 02:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yah-ish: well acted, leaves one too many big questions unanswered, end disappointing

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 8 June 2018 01:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh man, so many netflix shows have a disappointing end.

Yerac, Friday, 8 June 2018 01:38 (one week ago) Permalink

my faves so far, all-time

TRAPPED - Scandi murder shows are my favorite thing in the world. Grim, cold, deeply disturbing.

HOTEL BEAU SEJOUR - murder again with hyperreal supernatural vibe a la Dead Like Me or Six Feet Under. weird & twisty turny & i learned that Belgium loves motorcross

BABYLON BERLIN - i loved this so much i seriously contemplated finding a german language class for like an entire week afterwards.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 June 2018 03:42 (one week ago) Permalink

the first ep was really off-putting but maybe it's because i accidentally watched the dubbed version

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Friday, 8 June 2018 08:04 (one week ago) Permalink

I thought it was absolute rubbish tbh, but I watched it after recently seeing Berlin Alexanderplatz, and possibly me became too pretentious and highfalutin a fool for Netflix period fluff.

calzino, Friday, 8 June 2018 08:15 (one week ago) Permalink

saying "I watched it" I think I got as far as first couple of eps and can't remember much other than thinking it was all very pretty but not very engaging.

calzino, Friday, 8 June 2018 08:21 (one week ago) Permalink

booooo

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 10 June 2018 04:37 (one week ago) Permalink


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