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BYOB: What Are You Watching Now?


24 Responses to “BYOB: What Are You Watching Now?”

  1. Tuck Pendelton says:

    Great question…

    Veep and Silicon Valley, probably #1 and #2 shows for me right now. I never got into GOT. Might be the last person in LA county to not watch it.

    My wife is obsessed with Peeky Blinders.

  2. Hcat says:

    Tonight is the last twenty minutes of Taken 3, an absolute dog of a movie. It’s a testament to the talent of Paul Greengrass that he can fashion a super quick cut action scene that throws a ton of visual information at you and keeps you off kilter and exhilarated, putting you right in the scene, as opposed to this Megaton guy who thinks “time for an action sequence” and just tosses the camera down a flight of stairs.

    After Taken is The Hunters with Mitchum and Wagner. Much higher hopes for that one.

  3. Sideshow Bill says:

    I’ve been watching the Christopher Guest films. Rewatched Spinal Tap first and it’s still the funniest movie I’ve ever seen. Got Guffman and Best In Show queued up for the weekend.

    But first I finally get to see MM:Fury Road and 4:00pm today. The internet has me primed for an astonishing experience. Should reign my hopes in some but it’s tough.

  4. Chris says:

    Watched the first two episodes of Wayward Pines. Not sold on it yet. Actually just makes me want to rewatch the first season of Twin Peaks for the 4th or 5th time.

  5. Hallick says:

    I’ve been watching the Wesley Morris/Chris Connelly/Bill Simmons summer movie preview segments over at Grantland. For all of the vast amounts of movie information available on the internet right now, I still get a kick out of just watching professionals talk about movies in this way since there’s really nothing on TV like that anymore.

    I wish Dave would go back to doing that kind of thing himself once in a while. Has he ever done a DP30 with a film critic before?

  6. lazarus says:

    Been on a major Sondheim kick since the release of Into The Woods last year, having only seen Burton’s Sweeney Todd and the video of Sunday In The Park With George prior to that.

    Last night while browsing films via Apple TV I stumbled upon a cheeky whodunnit from the early 70s called The Last Of Sheila, written by Sondheim and Anthony Perkins, both of whom were apparently big mystery buffs. Great cast with James Coburn, James Mason, Dyan Cannon, Racquel a Welch, Richard Benjamin, Joan Hackett, and the surprising presence of a young Ian McShane. Herbert Ross directed.

    Very witty script with a lot of Hollywood insider humor, and a legitimately well-constructed mystery. Not a masterpiece but well worth watching, especially for only $2.99. Apple TV actually has a lot of Warner Archive films, which I can already tell is going to get time-consuming for me.

  7. John E. says:

    Game of Thrones, Veep, Last Week Tonight
    Bloodline, Daredevil

    Halfway thru S3 of The Americans.

    Saw Mad Max Fury Road twice.

  8. Kevin says:

    Cameron Crowe mini retrospective. Having a blast!

  9. AdamL says:

    Veep is the best thing on TV right now and it’s not close. The Good Wife was right up there last season but dipped badly this (although to be fair, the quality was unsustainably high.)

  10. YancySkancy says:

    In the past few weeks I’ve watched a few Japanese classics: Ichikawa’s THE BURMESE HARP, Naruse’s SUDDEN RAIN and Kurosawa’s NO REGRETS FOR OUR YOUTH, plus Marcel Carne’s GATES OF THE NIGHT and last year’s NEIGHBORS. As for TV series, I finished up AMERICAN CRIME and the French procedural WITNESSES, and started to binge on the British cop show SCOTT & BAILEY (tonight I watched the first three episodes of Season 2). I watch LOUIE and SILICON VALLEY, and I’m behind on GAME OF THRONES. I cut the cable cord a few weeks back, so I need to buy the last few episodes of MAD MEN and THE AMERICANS.

  11. doug r says:

    Watching Silicon Valley. Yes, that monkey is the same one that was used in Outbreak and one of the monkeys used in Friends. Also watched the last couple of episodes of The Flash a couple of times.
    Heard about the Supergirl pilot leak-I’m still wrestling with my conscience about searching it out online. I wish CBS would just broadcast it-I know they used to throw the occasional pilot out there in July or August.

  12. Glamourboy says:

    Frankie and Grace with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. I wasn’t sold on it for the first few episodes…especially not buying Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson as a couple. But somehwere in the middle of the series I got hooked and fell in love with this show. Jane Fonda is amazing and Lily Tomlin has never had a role that has allowed her this much depth. I would definitely recommend it–but with a note that it takes a while for the show to really gel.

  13. EtGuild2 says:

    VEEP. GRACE AND FRANKIE is enjoyable in a middle-brow sort of way

    BELOVED SISTERS is a strange beast. It’s as if the director was working in an alternate universe in which Friedrich Schiller has die-hard fanboys who yearn for a completist account of the poet’s love life.

  14. movieman says:

    HBO’s “Bessie” is damn good.
    Maybe not in the same league as HBO’s last two Memorial Day original movies (“Behind the Candelabra” and “The Normal Heart”), but very impressive nonetheless.
    And it’s a vast improvement over Dee Rees’ overpraised Sundance-generated indie “Pariah.”

  15. brack says:

    Finished up the final season of Mad Men. Great ending to a great show. I already miss it, but it was time to end the show when it was still good, if not as good as the first 5 seasons.

  16. movieman says:

    Seeing Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris in “Poltergeist” made me realize how much I’m already missing “Mad Men.”

    Hard to believe I won’t have any new “MM” episodes to look forward to ever again.

  17. brack says:

    Just Mad Men: The Movie. 😉

  18. movieman says:

    Have you heard something I didn’t, Brack, lol?

  19. Stella's Boy says:

    The last half of the last season of Mad Men was not very good, and the final episode was crap. Gets my vote for most overrated TV show ever. Relieved it’s over. Watching it felt like doing homework. I feel the same about Game of Thrones. This season has been really slow and dull.

    I like Penny Dreadful a lot. Wayward Pines is OK. I like it enough to keep watching but it’s not great or anything. Veep and Silicon Valley are excellent. Love those shows.

  20. movieman says:

    That’s blasphemy in my house, SB. “MM” is the single greatest dramatic series in television history as far as I’m concerned.

    But I agree that the current season of “GOT” has been “really slow and dull.”
    That show has become akin to doing homework for me.
    Watching it pre-“MM” on Sunday nights was like eating my broccoli before the sizzling porterhouse arrived.

  21. Hallick says:

    “The last half of the last season of Mad Men was not very good, and the final episode was crap. Gets my vote for most overrated TV show ever. Relieved it’s over. Watching it felt like doing homework. I feel the same about Game of Thrones. This season has been really slow and dull.”

    You have so many other options in your life, why did you keep going back to these shows? Is this perverse dedication how a “Grey’s Anatomy” stays on the air forever?

  22. Stella's Boy says:

    I don’t even think MM was the best show on Sunday nights, much less all-time. I can’t even fathom that. Hell I got more out of the most recent season of Bates Motel than I did MM. But too each their own.

    My wife loves Mad Men and I watched it with her. We don’t watch too many of the same shows and we enjoyed watching it together. As for Game of Thrones, I’m a big fan of the first 4 seasons. This one just hasn’t done much for me.

  23. Pete B says:

    @ Stella’s Boy

    Yeah! Some love for Penny Dreadful! For my money its probably the most gorgeous show on TV, and I’m not just talking about Eva Green. The sets on that show are amazing.

  24. Stella's Boy says:

    I couldn’t agree more Pete. That show is a visual feast.

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