48 thoughts on “Third Second Monday Movie Day: Post Oscars”

  1. I also had few quibbles with the results last night. Still not sure why India didn't make RRR their International Film candidate,

    On the TV front. I would encourage all who have Hulu to check out Reservation Dogs. It is incredible, funny, poignant, well acted. I was in tears at the end of season 2.

    Also any The Last of Us fans out there? I wasn't familar with with the video game and I'm not normally a Zombie Movie guy, but the series was excellent. Last night's season finale was a gut punch.

    1. I forgot to watch the finale last night (stupid living in EDT and having to wait until 9) but I have been following along. I have not played any of the games.

      1. I'm three episodes in. I was deciding between watching it or waiting for the game to come out for PC, but then I've heard the series and the game do diverge enough that I don't think one will ruin the other.

    2. Seconded on Reservation Dogs. Like most of my favorite shows, you need to last thru the first few episodes for it to really hit its stride. By season two, you'll really need invested in the characters but also entertained. They walk that tightrope between funny and sad as well as anyone.

    3. I did play the game. It was a gut punch right at the beginning (think first episode) and the ending was "OMG they did that?!" The show hit all the narrative game points even more effectively IMO. Plus it had episode 3 omg.

      I'm trying to decide if I'm going to re-play the first game or pick up the second (I've not yet played it).

    4. RRR should have absolutely been India's submission. I would have loved to see it among the nominees for best picture, too.

      Evidently the movie India submitted for International Film was a movie about making movies, which is evidently Oscars bait no matter where you are.

    5. We watched the first season of Reservation Dogs and really it, we should probably go ahead and binge season two before they make a season three.

  2. Currently watching The Peripheral, which I understand was recently renewed for a second season. I haven’t read the William Gibson book it’s based on, so I’m just along for the ride. So far, it’s plenty interesting. Before that, I watched the most recent seasons of Slow Horses (excellent) and Delhi Crime (not as good as the first season, but still gritty, beautiful, and well-acted; Shefali Shah is formidable in her leading role.) The new season of Mayor of Kingstown is up next on my list.

    Friday Movie Night with the Poissonnière has brought us a few gems: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Boy & the World, Modern Times, & The Red Turtle. She requested to rewatch Modern Times on her own one weekend evening a week or two after we initially watched it together. She gave me a funny look when I told her that her great-grandfather was born a five weeks after the movie was first released.

    1. Ha! Well, I have read The Peripheral (and it's sequel), and looks like now I have something else to queue up to watch, thankyouverymuch

      I really enjoyed the full 30 episodes of the Chinese mini-series Three-Body (free on YouTube), which did a pretty decent job of matching the Hugo-award winning book. Pacing was a little off at times, but I enjoyed seeing it in its original language. Now we'll see how Netflix' version does.

    2. Speaking of William Gibson, The Neuromancer is supposedly coming to Apple TV+ in the next year or so. Considering there have been fits and starts to get a film version of this book for nearly 40 years I wouldn't hold my breath quite yet, but Apple TV has been committed to Sci Fi series so who knows.

    3. I'm down to just the finale left to watch of The Peripheral, and although it's been a while since I read the book, the story seems to be following the main storyline pretty well from my recollection. I do like how the series (like the book) doesn't spoon feed everything to the viewer, and assumes they have some intelligence and will figure things out (just like the characters) as the story goes along.

  3. Didn't watch the Oscars last night, but did catch the monologue and the speeches from the 4 acting winners and best picture.

    The vibe I took away was that this was a very positive and uplifting ceremony. I'm not a Kimmel fan, but I thought his monologue was terrific and he did a good job building up the industry. I also felt like the winners were all very grateful in their speeches. Felt a little bad for Angela Bassett, as I did see WF and thought she was terrific. But Curtis was also a solid choice. Great year for comeback stories and especially the Oscars themselves after last year's scandal.

    In terms of shows. My wife introduced me to Paul T. Goldman on Peacock. She's loving it. I'm .... mixed. I will say this... it's something I've never seen before.

  4. Besides The Last of Us, I'm working my way through finally finishing Veep. Still need to finish the Stranger Things season finale. Today I started watching Paper Girls with my wife and the oldest (oldest and I read the comics). And someday we'll wrap Kim's Convenience and Derry Girls.

    Movies of the past few weeks have all been ... fine. Ant-Man and Wasp Quantumania, Oblivion, Innerspace (seriously), and Marcel the Shell (that was better than the rest).

            1. my dad's favorite movie was Midnight Cowboy and he talked about it all the time. In like 2003 I asked to watch it with him and we got done and he was like, "Wow, that's not as amazing as I remembered."

  5. My wife and I managed to watch every single movie nominated for an Oscar this year. She had a head start, so I ended up watching 6 features and 4 shorts this weekend, but I wrapped up my last one (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) about 20 minutes before the show started last night. My wife was the main force for watching them all, but I'm glad I ended up doing it, since there were definitely enough good things I would not have otherwise watched to make up for the ones I didn't like.

    There were some categories where my second favorite won instead of my favorite, but for the most part I agreed with the winners. The huge exception was animated short. I would have picked any of the other four nominees over The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse. Two of the others were excellent (The Ostrich Told Me the World is Fake... and My Year of D...'s), Ice Merchants was really touching, and Flying Soldier was a bit weird but at least it was interesting. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse was a short that still managed to be too long and boring for me, and I thought it was clearly the worst of the five. I'm glad I didn't place any bets, because I was certain it would not win.

      1. I liked it a lot, and found it hilarious. My expectations going in probably made me enjoy it less than I would have had I not been told anything beforehand. I’ve come to realize lately that I enjoy movies more if I go in knowing as little about it as possible.

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  6. Poker Face was fantastic. Probably not a show to binge in one day, for the beats of the show kind of get repetitive, but its a fun romp watching great actors chew up scenes and dialogue.

      1. I thought the Ellen Barkin episode was the best. Until I thought the Nick Nolte episode was the best. Until I thought the Joseph Gordon-Levitt episode was the best. Love all guest stars...

  7. Shrinking on Apple TV just wrapped up this past weekend. It was sweet in the Ted Lasso vein. Apparently it's been renewed for a second season. I'll probably watch next season as it's a light a breezy 30 minutes with likeable characters.

    1. I really enjoyed Shrinking. Jessica Williams was great, and led me to put 2 Dope Queens on my to watch list.

  8. Mrs. Twayn talked me into watching Schmigadoon over the winter and now we're watching Schmigadoon 2 - Schmicago. It's a tip of the hat to, and a gentle poke in the ribs of, Broadway musicals and makes for good date night watching.

    1. Oh, I loved Schmigadoon. Didn't realize there was a second one. Will have to check that out.

      1. I made it partway through one episode, but fell asleep and never went back to it. But, the trailer for season 2 looked good enough to make me want to catch back up so I can watch it. Glad to hear season 1 is worth it.

    1. Agreed. We just finished it last night, and my only complaint is that there weren’t more of them

  9. I see that Roku TV is now carrying Westworld, Raised by Wolves and other disappeared shows.

    1. Season 1 of Minx is one of the others on there. I saw an ad for while watching Party Down last night that said season 2 of Minx was coming soon to Starz, and I was wondering if they got season 1 as well. Evidently not, but it is available somewhere.

  10. If you love or loved Star Trek The Next Generation, you should watch S3 of Picard. Absolutely hitting the nostalgia notes while also telling a good sci fi story.

  11. We watched the first two episodes of Russian Doll last night. What a weird show. Entertaining, but it also felt just a wee bit autobiographical for Lyonne.

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