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Old 04-29-2020, 04:50 PM   #1611 (permalink)
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Trawling though Netflix for something decent to watch, I tried the series, Living With Yourself, which started out promisingly as it explores an intriguing idea/dilemma that results from a freak accident. It stars Paul Rudd, who I recognised as a boyfriend who passed through Friends at one point. He's a decent enough actor, but in LWY he really has too heavy a burden to carry, as the series decends into many typical Netflix failings:-

>It's too long.
> It chops the chronology around to little purpose other than to confuse.
> Like my complaint with Ozark, there are some under-lit scenes that probably look arty if you're lucky enough to be watching from the director's personal screening room, but don't work so well in my house.

So, what appears at first to be a light intellectual exploration of an unusual paradox suddenly backtracks to a time before the crucial accident, when nothing was unusual, and yet we are expected to slog through the dreary fertility problems of a couple that I was fast losing interest in. A woman sitting on a toilet was once a sign of edgy realism in a movie; why put it into this series, which is neither real nor edgy? ( In fact, LWY starts out with an interesting idea but soon degenerates into a limping rom-com without much com.) Anyway, that was the visual cliché that made me give up on Paul Rudd's banal problems and head for the "search" page again, in the dwindling belief that there are good things on Netflix, but somehow I haven't hit on them yet.
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Old 04-29-2020, 04:59 PM   #1612 (permalink)
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Have you watched Black Mirror at all? That's a solid Netflix series that avoids the underlighting issue that you're having. Money Heist is fun and well lit too, but it's a bit soapy and drawn out.
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Old 04-30-2020, 06:06 AM   #1613 (permalink)
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^ Thank you for considering my lighting issue, which grindy says I should remedy by buying curtains!

Yes, I did watch Money Heist, which was quite enjoyable, and will now give Black Mirror a go. Several students have recommended it to me - but then warned me that it was confusing.
In the meantime, I'm watching "The Innocence Files" which is non-fiction about miscarriages of justice. Because they actually want to tell their stories, rather than entertain and show off the director's artistic flair, the episodes are clear, well-lit, chronological accounts, mainly about people getting chewed up by the US justice system.
The story itself is sufficient, so they don't need a lot of stylistic add-ons, and that's where my preference is heading at the moment.
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Old 04-30-2020, 06:14 AM   #1614 (permalink)
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And if you have Venetian blinds then turn them up instead of down for better light control.
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Old 04-30-2020, 07:02 AM   #1615 (permalink)
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^ Nothing so sophisticated in my house, Batlord!
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Old 04-30-2020, 07:55 AM   #1616 (permalink)
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I've been getting reacquainted with Grace Under Fire, Night Court, and Home Improvement which are bg fodder while I work. I had the Lucy Show on for a bit, but the blaring 50's horn blurts in the cut scenes were a bit much. At least Night Court has a great bass line.
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Old 05-01-2020, 05:53 PM   #1617 (permalink)
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Old 05-02-2020, 05:51 PM   #1619 (permalink)
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Now have True Detective season 1 on Blu Ray and it's my **** as always. One of my favorite things of all time. Rust is simply my spirit animal.
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