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Wrapped up House of Cards for the 2nd time (haven't watched season 6). I think the series, as most, decreased in quality (of the story) as it went on, but nevertheless enjoyed it.



Rise of Empires: Ottoman is something I also watched before, but completely forgot until I saw the first episode again.

This one is a mixed bag for me.

On the one hand, the budget was spent mostly on costumes and CGI, which is ok, but there are lots of unnecessary effects which makes it look more like a game than a documentary. Lots of slow-motion shots, flashbacks, shots of 15 soldiers running and yelling as they were trying to make it look like there were thousands, extended use of fog, close-ups... I mean the list goes on! Because English was not the mother tongue for the actors, the acting was subpar as they could not pair their sentences with gestures, so it ends up looking unconvincing. Then there are lots of men in the Middle Age with perfectly groomed beards.

It's just basic and not thought out very well, especially the acted parts. We had an even worse series about our own history, so don't even get me started there.

But then again, I love history and it feels great that the big heads at Netflix etc. are deciding to invest in history documentaries even today. Usually it was just WW2, but this is an important part of European history and I'm glad it exists. I just think it could improve, a lot.

And that actress portraying Mara Branković is stunning.


@Juna if you liked this, maybe you can take a look at Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities? Byzantium a Tale of Three Cities (TV Mini Series 2013) ⭐ 7.9 | Documentary, History

It's about the city itself, has a great charismatic host and lots of interesting topics. I prefer it much more, might even watch it again.
 
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Just finished watching Severance! Really liked it. Great acting, quirky script and off-key directing style, with a lot of mystery behind the show. Quite a slow burner, and at some points I was getting a bit frustrated with that, but the last few episodes picked up the speed and it has me hooked and happily anticipating season 2.

Criticism is that some of the logic that drove character decisions was not that tight, and definitely some general responses to situations that didn't seem right either. The technology side of things has some holes as well, but nothing major.

8/10
 

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Decided to 'rewatch' the original Twin Peaks.

I say 're watch' as I don't think I've seen it since I was a teenager and I've forgotten most of it.
It's way more gloriously strange than I remember!
 

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Decided to 'rewatch' the original Twin Peaks.

I say 're watch' as I don't think I've seen it since I was a teenager and I've forgotten most of it.
It's way more gloriously strange than I remember!

Yeh I rewatched in my 20s, it's bizarre but engrossing all the same
 
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finally started watching Hannibal and I'm absolutely loving it. the writing is so tight and richly woven, plus let's not kid ourselves - everything Hannibal cooks looks amazing

You finished it yet? I started to rewatch it. The first season is epic.
 

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Started the new "The Walking Dead - Daryl Dixon" spin-off. Solid start, not having high hopes it will be amazing though.
 

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Halfway through Fauda. Very good! It's nothing special or groundbreaking but it's very well done.
 

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Looks good, seems they tweak the idea from DBGT with those chibi characters

I hope there’s no unecessary filler like what they did with DB Super
Or waiting for months for new episode like the last one
 

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Looks good, seems they tweak the idea from DBGT with those chibi characters

I hope there’s no unecessary filler like what they did with DB Super
Or waiting for months for new episode like the last one
There have been so many filler since the original dragon ball aired back in the 80's. Fillers are part of the anime manga/canon or non canon
 

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I, Claudius (1976)

What a thing!! Phenomenal piece of television, loved it.

Some of the performances are incredible - even through the screen Livia is absolutely formidable, Messalina is dangerously seductive, and for performance of Caligula I have no words.

The series covers an eventful chunk of history, manages to compress it well - even having lots of room to breathe, and allowing events and dialogue to draw themselves out slowly, to build up suspense. And even then, it doesn't moralize, it doesn't try to draw parallels to anything. It tries to stay true to history as much as possible (while still remaining entertaining throughout), has no excessive drama, but manages to provoke quite a few laughs at the same time.

Very balanced, very good. One of the best ever made, if you ask me.
 

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I am giving this series a go. Jurassic World

EDIT: Good series - Better than the 3 recent movies released. Unlike the 3 movies. There is actual character development in this series and it has the original soundtrack of the french horn solo from the original movie which is awesome to hear. I highly recommend it. Despite the graphics being ok and somewhat gamish at times. There are some people being killed in this but it's been censored out and nothing gory about it either.
 
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Progrez

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I am giving this series a go. Jurassic World

EDIT: Good series - Better than the 3 recent movies released. Unlike the 3 movies. There is actual character development in this series and it has the original soundtrack of the french horn solo from the original movie which is awesome to hear. I highly recommend it. Despite the graphics being ok and somewhat gamish at times. There are some people being killed in this but it's been censored out and nothing gory about it either.
Finished watching the entire season. Great series although it felt like it watered down in the latter season.

PURE GOLD because some of things being discussed here are so true and funny.


 

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Fans of the Original The Walking Dead (I stopped after season 1). Now I can't watch it because it's too violent for me to watch.

 

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Holy fuck, just look at Freddy's face.

That said, I can't act like I'm sad the show is ending - it has been on life support for years now.