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Well, we were afraid Season 2 of The Punisher was going to be 'woke' or PC in some way, but clearly it's not:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyMqvEN2scE

 

Yeah, surely Frank Castle is all about giving wymmyns their rights--AND their lefts.

 

Im I right in thinking this isnt a comedy? ^_^

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Some hint's here about the 5th series of Peaky Blinders. Tommy supposedly becomes a Labour MP, but someone tries to kill him with a Car Bomb.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6607533/Peaky-Blinders-series-five-Filming-WRAPS-explosive-new-season.html

 

It looks like that it wont wrap at the end of Series 5 as we thought, but there will be another 2 series after that, so it looks like they might be bringing it up to the outbreak of WW2.

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If you like zombies in your joseon period K-drama there is now "Kingdom" on Netflix. The title is not the most creative, but it is a really interesting take on the zombie plague. Patient zero is

 

 

the king of Korea actually. It starts right at the top. One could take the zombies as an allegory on the inhumane rigidly cemented in ritual society of the times. With our typical excuses, like "he was very sick" (obviously bitten and half eaten by a zombie) or "the king does not feel well today" etc. for what is going on.

 

 

 

The characters are all played straight as if reacting to actual occurrences instead of your usual silly humouristic take in zombie movies.

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Finished Narcos:Mexico. The theme of it this season of the show would be "heavy is the head that wears the crown." of all the crime dramas I have seen, I have never seen a crime boss be so stressed out. Props to Diego Luna for his acting.

 

Also finally saw season 2 of American Crime story and I think it nearly tops the first season. 2nd season is less procedural and gets more into characters. It also was more psychologically disturbing, especially witnessing Cunanan's full-tilt narcissism and where it came from. The second to last ep takes a microscope to his upbringing, depicting his egotistical father who spoiled him into the monster he became. Parents, tell your kids "no" for God's sake. All this talk of school shooters being bullied, when in reality a lot are indulged into pathology.

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Finished Punisher a few days back, and while I like it, I am a bit annoyed how violence and (non)consequences are handled.

Basically, if you are not killed, you are good to go within hours no matter damage sustained.

 

I know it is tv, fictional etc, but if you go through the lenghts of showing graphic violence with realistic (?) wounds, you should not let them heal this quickly.

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Just been listening to an interesting podcast that is about a tv series on netflix called 'Murder Mountain'. It looks pretty interesting.

What?! Humboldt, Del Norte & Mendocino counties? I thought it was all mellow hippy pothead paradise, what with 'rope' being 'legal' and all...though I had heard stories in the past about the growers trying to 'poach' one another's product and all that. Crap like boobytraps, punji stakes, IEDs...

 

 

Though I have to wonder about this whole 'medical marijuana' thing; MIchael Savage once made a rude comment probably at least a decade ago how a 'crooked' doctor would write you a prescription because of practically any reason you could want--period cramps; constipation; loose stools; gluttony, dysphagia etc.

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If you find that interesting, there is a really good podcast about it, from the producer of the documentary.

https://art19.com/shows/generation-why-podcast/episodes/4b87c521-410f-40c3-a3bf-7b8839e14730

 

Sounds like a real interesting place to visit, if you can look past all the PTSD M16 toting Vietnam Veterans who think you are Victor Charlie, and the Easy Rider Hipsters who figure they may as well shoot 'The Man' before he shoots them. It sounds like a place Hunter S Thompson should have retired to.

 

Beautiful part of the world it has to be said, even with all the burned out camper vans.

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If you find that interesting, there is a really good podcast about it, from the producer of the documentary.

https://art19.com/shows/generation-why-podcast/episodes/4b87c521-410f-40c3-a3bf-7b8839e14730

 

Sounds like a real interesting place to visit, if you can look past all the PTSD M16 toting Vietnam Veterans who think you are Victor Charlie, and the Easy Rider Hipsters who figure they may as well shoot 'The Man' before he shoots them. It sounds like a place Hunter S Thompson should have retired to.

 

Beautiful part of the world it has to be said, even with all the burned out camper vans.

I think the story of all those M16 toting 'Nam Vets' turned out to be a rather exaggerated.

I am more interested in those crooked docs and the impact Their 'corruption' had on healthcare

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Yeah, funnily enough I woke up with a back pain this morning. :D

 

Yeah, im sure the Vietnam vets thing is exaggerated, they way they were talking they make it sound like the movie Southern Comfort. I have to admit though, i find these fringe communities in the US very interesting. Ive been a fan of the moonshiners show, and Ive found documentaries about Ruby Ridge fairly insightful too. These people seem to carry the torch of the American pioneer spirit, whatever transgressions they might make.

 

We are having a major issue about medicinal marijuana here in the UK. There is no prospect of it being legalized but there is a major debate about medicine being distilled from it to help children that suffer from fits. The Government, commendably, is pushing the medical community to procure it, but the medical community is dragging their heels, suggesting there is no evidence of any medicinal qualities of it. Despite several decades worth of studies in the US proving the contary.

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There aren't really all that many actual scientific studies of medical marijuana here in the states either. Because under federal law it is considered a dangerous drug with no redeeming use, getting permission to conduct any serious study of its usefulness to treat anything is nearly impossible. What we do have are a lot of anecdotes about how it has dramatically helped some condition or another. Until Federal law is changed research will remain blocked.

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The Grand Tour has resumed and in episode four they test modern European pickups in a post revolutionary environment. The shot they took at international aid organisations was priceless. Ep 1 in the depopulated Detroit was very good too and the Columbia special(ep 2 and 3) had some rather surprising wildlife in it.

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Counterpart season 2 started out slow, and I did not remember exactly who was in which dimension.

But it has picked up speed, and is definately worth watching (I'm currently on ep.6).

 

eta: e6 of s2 is one of the better sci-fi episodes I have seen in a very long time.

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https://deadline.com/2019/02/hbo-miniseries-chernobyl-is-as-close-to-reality-as-possible-within-five-hours-tca-1202552863/

 

The Huntsman: Winter’s War’s Craig Mazin, who wrote and exec produced the drama, said, “We want to be as accurate as we can be. We never changed anything to make it more dramatic or to hype it up. The last thing we wanted to do is fall in to the same trap that liars fall into,” he said, speaking Friday at TCA.

Chernobyl, the first production under HBO and Sky’s fledgling drama partnership, stars The Crown‘s Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Emily Watson (The Dresser).

 

It dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the nuclear accident that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened and telling the shocking, remarkable stories of the heroes who fought and fell.

 

Harris plays Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident; Skarsgård plays Boris Shcherbina; the deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers and head of the USSR’s Bureau for Fuel and Energy; and Watson plays Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the scientific mystery of what led to the disaster at Chernobyl, so that it can be prevented from ever happening again.

The show is produced by Jane Featherstone’s Sister Pictures in association with Mighty Mint with Game of Thrones exec producer Carolyn Strauss executive producing. Mazin told Deadline that as a European story, it was important to have a producer like Broadchurch producer Featherstone on board.

 

“From a creative point of view, for me and for Carolyn Strauss, we knew we needed a European partner, we were telling a European story. Carolyn said we need a Jane Featherstone type and we figured Jane Featherstone would be the best Jane Featherstone type and we sent her the script and she was really excited about it. We immediately fell in love with her, she was very much the third part of our triumvirate. She has a wonderful team that works for me and has been invaluable.”

Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries, said that Chernobyl was one of the “most compelling” pitches he’d heard in his 25 years in TV.

“[Craig Mazin said] ‘You think you know what happened at Chernobyl, but you have no idea’. Simple question: everybody knows it exploded but no one asks why. Chernobyl will be a horror movie, it will be a war movie, it will be a political thriller and a courtroom drama. You know how bad you think Chernobyl was? It was hours away from being much worse. The miniseries is everything Craig promised.”

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https://deadline.com/2019/02/hbo-miniseries-chernobyl-is-as-close-to-reality-as-possible-within-five-hours-tca-1202552863/

 

It dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the nuclear accident that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened and telling the shocking, remarkable stories of the heroes who fought and fell.

Oh crap, Roman's gonna have a conniption with this bout of evil western propaganda... prepare for a barrage of Vesti vids.

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https://deadline.com/2019/02/hbo-miniseries-chernobyl-is-as-close-to-reality-as-possible-within-five-hours-tca-1202552863/

 

It dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the nuclear accident that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened and telling the shocking, remarkable stories of the heroes who fought and fell.

Oh crap, Roman's gonna have a conniption with this bout of evil western propaganda... prepare for a barrage of Vesti vids.

 

 

Its got Emily Watson in it as well. Western propaganda and classy crumpet. :wub:

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