Netflix/Prime/Hulu/BritBox Binge Watching: Coronavirus Edition

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I don’t get this at all. Why not just finish the movie and release it on streaming?
My first thought was that something must have gone pretty far wrong for them to just scrape a mostly completed movie. But then I read the article and I see that it's just that bean counters are in charge now. There is no reason they shouldn't finish editing it and show it exclusively on HBO Max. Even if it's bad, we can hate-watch it. :)

I bet you, if Leslie Grace has some big breakthrough moment, they'll take it out of mothballs and show it after all even if only on streaming.
 

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This decision is making people wary of the upcoming Discovery Warner merger that will most likely have Discovery plus adopting HBO Max’s library with HBO Max’s app dissolving. We already know HBO will no longer be producing scripted content for that will only be available for streaming. Instead, they’re going to go back to only producing programs and films for their television networks and make it available on whatever the new Discovery/HBO app will be (that’s the most optimistic ending out of all of this).
 

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I hadn't even heard of "The Bear" until I came across it on Hulu. I just finished the season. I'm not sure I liked the season ender, but overall I like the show a lot. A second season is in the works.
 

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Street Food USA dropped today on Netflix and I can’t wait to watch! I LOVE this stuff! There are countless channels on YouTube dedicated to street food around the world and I love watching the vendors do their stuff. Some of them are so skilled it is amazing!

P.S.
Canada do not have a street food culture unless you count the occasional hot dog vender and the rare food truck.
This show is so good. The Chef's Table folks make these wonderful programs that seem to be focused on nourishment for the body and soul.

The Most Hated Man on the Internet is what happens when a sadist who loves humiliating people finds a way to go viral. Such a loser.
 

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Here's a tweet thread (with a link to an article) about the HBO Max situation:


We actually just re-subscribed to HBO Max for a while to watch a bunch of series on there. Hopefully we can get through them before any changes happen. Also, it's really important that they stream season 3 of His Dark Materials before shutting down or whatnot. :D

I'm personally bummed about all the changes because, as mentioned above, I'd really like to see a season 3 of Raised by Wolves, which is apparently another casualty of the situation.

The series we're watching on there now is Station Eleven. I enjoyed the first episode, but have been unable to work up any interest in the next 2 episodes. Not sure if we will continue or not. Right now I feel a bit fatigued with movies and TV that use time-shifting as a main feature of the narrative. (That is, showing current scenes interspersed with scenes from the past.) It can be such a very effective technique. But I just don't want to see it all the time, in every series or movie.

We also tried out the first episode of the Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward documentary series on HBO Max. It was ... okay? Not as good as I had anticipated, from all the rave reviews of it in the media. There was not enough footage of them actually acting, in my opinion. Also, some of the taped interviews that were read onscreen somehow don't have the same impact as did reading the quotes in the written reviews of the series. I don't know as I will watch any more of the episodes, I think one was enough. Lately, I just am not in the mood for documentaries. I find myself wanting something more dramatic and gripping, something to just entertain me, as opposed to educate me.
 

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We actually just re-subscribed to HBO Max
We subscribe too. It's mostly to watch John Oliver but also to see movies that we won't want to see in the theater.

Normally Discovery and Warner merging would be good because Discovery+ is the one streaming service we don't have. But not if they gut HBO Max.
 

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I have the ad-free version of HBO Max with my ATT cell plan, so I hope it doesn’t go away. I just recently signed up for a free trial of Discovery+, mostly to watch the most recent season of Dr. Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet, but I’m going to drop it before they charge me. I should be able to watch all the Dr. Jeff episodes before then. I used to really like that show, but I’ve been meh about the latest season, partly because Dr. Jeff almost always has his nose sticking out over his mask. :rolleyes: These episodes aired in early 2022, so were probably filmed mid- to late-2021. He’s a vet, and he doesn’t know how to wear a mask? I’d rather he didn’t wear one at all.

I really have enjoyed HBO Max, though. Watching Barry as well as Big Bang Theory reruns just for fun.
 

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I have the ad-free version of HBO Max with my ATT cell plan, so I hope it doesn’t go away. I just recently signed up for a free trial of Discovery+, mostly to watch the most recent season of Dr. Jeff Rocky Mountain Vet, but I’m going to drop it before they charge me. I should be able to watch all the Dr. Jeff episodes before then. I used to really like that show, but I’ve been meh about the latest season, partly because Dr. Jeff almost always has his nose sticking out over his mask. :rolleyes: These episodes aired in early 2022, so were probably filmed mid- to late-2021. He’s a vet, and he doesn’t know how to wear a mask? I’d rather he didn’t wear one at all.

I really have enjoyed HBO Max, though. Watching Barry as well as Big Bang Theory reruns just for fun.
I pulled up the Wiki for HBO Original Programming: There has been so much excellence on this network for decades. I'd love to know how they pulled it off. Even the "just ok" stuff if far better than what a lot of networks offer.
 

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To tell you the truth, despite all the whining from (who knows?) that HBO Max has been a “branding disaster” for HBO and confused people even more in a world with so many streaming services that seem to each randomly have rights to specific shows (not so random if you know who produced/owns the rights to the programs but most people don’t know that for every show), I have been watching HBO Max way more than say…Netflix or Amazon Prime.
 

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To tell you the truth, despite all the whining from (who knows?) that HBO Max has been a “branding disaster” for HBO and confused people even more in a world with so many streaming services that seem to each randomly have rights to specific shows (not so random if you know who produced/owns the rights to the programs but most people don’t know that for every show), I have been watching HBO Max way more than say…Netflix or Amazon Prime.
I find it all random. So it doesn't bother me. If I want to watch something, I google where it is streaming and watch it if I have that service. Though after a while I do have some subconscious idea of patterns. Like DC stuff is on HBO Max plus anything that is on HBO.

I actually like that HBO Max isn't HBO+. They are all Service Name+ and it makes them blend together.
 

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I finally watched the new 'Persuasion'. I didn't hate it, but (as already established) Anne was not the Anne of the book. She was tipsy Eliabeth Bennett, which misses the point of her character, and I was 'unpersuaded' that she would have rejected Wentworth in the first place. I didn't mind the talking to the camera so much, and the rabbit was cute. I don't like embarassment comedy so the cringy bits had me looking away from the screen. If they wanted to update the story they should have just gone and modernised the whole thing - it might have worked better.

Anyway, I'm now watching the Amanda Root/Ciarin Hinds version to remind me of how it should be adapted.
 

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Just couldn’t get into The Sandman on Netflix at all. It is nice enough but really weird. However it also drags on and feels boring at times. Plus the initial mystery is solved halfway through and the series goes downhill from there. Completely lost interest.


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Stuff I did watch and liked:

Thirteen Lives (Thai cave rescue)
Prey (a Predator franchise movie from Disney+)
Spiderman No Way Home (again)
Cats and Dogs 3 (yeah I know… :slinkaway )
Luck ( I always knew black cats were good luck! :D )
The Gray Man (again)
 
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I enjoyed Thirteen Lives too. Even though we all know how it plays out I still found it intriguing and it made me tear up. They showed how it really took a whole "village" to rescue them.
 

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I thought Wedding Season is adorable. Loved seeing all the different types of weddings!
 

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If you would like to lose faith in humanity today you probably want to watch Trainwreck: Woodstock '99. There was a lot that went wrong with the organization of the concert. So much wrong. But there was also a radical difference in the attitudes of the attendees. Put both together and you get a total shitstorm. Mob mentality is so terrifying. I hope that they have learned what not to do from this but it just is sickening.

I will need to find something warm and fuzzy after this.
 
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If you would like to lose faith in humanity today you probably want to watch Trainwreck: Woodstock '99. There was a lot that went wrong with the organization of the concert. So much wrong. But there was also a radical difference in the attitudes of the attendees. Put both together and you get a total shitstorm. Mob mentality is so terrifying. I hope that they have learned what not to do from this but it just is sickening.

I will need to find something warm and fuzzy after this.
I remember at the VMAs that year when The Beastie Boys won an award, they spoke up about all the sexual assault and rape that happened during Woodstock '99. I also remember how it was NOT the same sort of Woodstock that the original one was at all...it seemed incredibly different in tone and in attitude by all involved.
 

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I remember at the VMAs that year when The Beastie Boys won an award, they spoke up about all the sexual assault and rape that happened during Woodstock '99. I also remember how it was NOT the same sort of Woodstock that the original one was at all...it seemed incredibly different in tone and in attitude by all involved.
As I'm reading this statement I'm watching the final episode. The original Woodstock organizer comes off looking so clueless and out of touch. He felt like it was disappointing that a decent weekend was ruined by the fires at the end. SMH What exactly was decent about it. There is too much to process. Seriously going to need Disney right now.

Put money grubbers together with a clueless hippie and this happened.
 

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Double posting but I remembered one of the organizer statements where he tried to clue in the older generation what type of acts they were booking and was essentially told to shut up. The original Woodstock was full of peace and love along with the anti-war songs. It still had a theme of unity and looking for a better world. Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Limp Bizkit, Korn, all the other acts were about rage and anger and fighting back mindlessly. The acts themselves were adding sparks to the flame. I don't blame the bands specifically. They did what they did all the time and were just trying to put on the best show they could. Even if they felt that things were off they couldn't do anything to stop it. But you have so many in a row hyping up the crowd and making them angrier when they were already angry. It makes for a scary environment.

Behind the scenes the acts were treated like royalty and isolated from what was actually happening on the other side of the fence. They interviewed Moby and he had no clue what was happening already. He just wanted to put on a good act and match the energy of the crowd. He didn't know that they needed to calm down and not hype up even more. The people that stole a van and raped a girl in the back drove into the rave tent when Moby was on stage. He didn't know until later about what was happening in the van and the look on his face talking about it was so sad. At the time he thought everyone was overreacting and that the noise and chaos was great. He knows better now.

ETA: Regarding the bands. I do have a great deal of respect for the bands that spoke out against the assaults on women. Jonathan Davis, lead singer of Korn, is also one of those speaking out against the violence along with the Beastie Boys.
 
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I don't remember The Beastie Boys' music (or Red Hot Chili Peppers) being mindless and all about rage and anger.

*I looked it up and The Beastie Boys didn't perform at Woodstock '99 despite some YouTube videos labeling their performance at T and the Park from 1998 as "Woodstock '99".

ETA: Also, I remember the bad candle idea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers was for a good intention, as it was supposed to be a vigil for the victims of Columbine. Well, after 3 days of chaos and pent up anger and rage and lawlessness....yeah, a fire was going to happen despite the original intent.
 

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I don't remember The Beastie Boys' music (or Red Hot Chili Peppers) being mindless and all about rage and anger.
I lumped too many bands together. I got the Beastie Boys confused with another group apparently. I listed Red Hot Chili Peppers because they started singing Fire when the first fires were started.

Let me stand next to your fire (Fire, fire, fire) Let me stand next to your fire (Burnin', smoky fire) Let me stand next to your fire (Freaky, static fire)

At that point, when there was a real fire and fire officials were asking them to pause the concert until they could put it out, it was not the best idea to start singing that song. It just contributed to a very bad situation that became worse.

ETA: Maybe rage and anger is too narrow a term. a lot of these bands were at least anti-authority and establishment. I don't specifically blame the bands that were there. There is already something wrong with the concert if you are asking the bands to perform crowd control. It's way too late at that point.
 
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In the Woodstock 99 doco, they kept saying things like ‘you can’t control 200 thousand people’. But so many of the huge festivals have that many people. There are also hard rock festivals which go ahead just fine.

One of the problems was probably stopping people from bringing their own food and water and forcing them to buy crazy over priced stuff. That kind of stuff ruins organisation and is a recipe for disaster.

A lot of festivals where people camp and bring their own supplies for meals and water are usually lots of fun. Mainly because the people who are organised and motivated enough to set up a proper camp and plan out meals etc are usually cool people and it creates a culture of everyone pitching in to make things happen.

There’s a saying that humanity is only 48 hours and two hot meals away from savagery.

Seems accurate here. Deny proper access to food and water and create a very uncomfortable camping situation and it’s not surprising that everyone went crazy.
 

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