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  • We just finished watching The Family. All cults make us uncomfortable, but we were even more uncomfortable with the documentary of this cult, because we know some of the people involved.

  • Bonus Family

    (2017)

    Overview

    A new couple, their exes and their children navigate the emotional challenges and tricky logistics of blended family life in this Swedish dramedy. Read more

    Genres

    • Comedy
    • Drama
    Trailer

  • I have binge-watching Bonsufamilijen, a Swedish TV serie on the story of Martin and Lisa's family.

    Both were previously married, both have kids from their previous relationship. Now they moved in together and started their own family, but it is not as simple how it looks.

    Besides being real and not at all sugar-coated, Martin and Lisa also seek couple therapy to deal with the issue of their bonus family: not all of their kids are not easily adapting to their bonus dad / mom / siblings and the new family arrangement (the kids are with them on alternate weeks).

    And their couple therapy is done by a couple of therapists (husband and wife) who might need a therapy of their own.


    It is three-season long (for now) and very engaging. It is also good to see how Swedes live.


    I don't understand why I cannot attach the movie to this post. Anyway, it is available on Netflix, as well. In English it is "Bonus family".

    I think there was a comic US movie with a similar title, but it is really another genre!

  • We just finished watching The Family. All cults make us uncomfortable, but we were even more uncomfortable with the documentary of this cult, because we know some of the people involved.

    I found it a struggle to keep watching The Family, since it wasn't exactly compelling viewing. However, I stuck with it but wasn't entirely convinced by the author's claims, really.

    I also hate cults and I loathe brainwashing and all that brother shit, where Jesus's name is used simply as disguise for an agenda. New World Order?

    It was hardly ground breaking stuff, except that one day maybe they might let women and homosexuals into their cabal.

    Glad when the final credits came up, actually.

  • Wild Wild Country was a good six-part documentary about Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho).


    I have been watching Mindhunter season 2 this weekend. Not as good as the first but still probably the best visual media about serial killers I have seen. I liked John E. Douglas books for all their self congratulatory back slapping. The series is more measured and as you might expect given the subject matter, fairly dark.


    Speaking of dark, my kids recently requested I bing the German show Dark with them. I went in cold and completely underwhelmed by the general information they gave me about it. Still, it proved to be excellent and one of the richest plotted shows I remember in recent memory. Also, contrary to the consensus on Dark, I found the plot easy to follow.

  • Sex Education

    (2019)

    Overview

    Inexperienced Otis channels his sex therapist mom when he teams up with rebellious Maeve to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school. Read more

    Genres

    • Drama
    • Comedy
    Trailer

  • Sex Education was recommended to us, mainly for the location, which is the Wye Valley on the border between Wales and England - I went to school very nearby. Unfortunately that's all that's worth it in this contrived series.

    If you enjoy lavatory humour, continuous biological references (including drawings, pictures and full frontals) of male and female genitalia, masturbation, jizz, wank, penis, clit etc etc, then maybe it's for you.

    The setting is an American style college in a country town, just like any other teen romcom a la American Pie (a film that worked for many), but the overall theme is any school anywhere, but with odd placements of era. Although they all have iPhones and bang on about Porn Hub, it's not easy to place the era.

    I tolerated one episode but couldn't watch any more, not because I'm a prude, but because I always need subtlety in this subject.

    Furthermore, like many British series today, this has been made for an international market (American, on the whole) and the dialogue has been highly Americanised, so everyone is a 'guy', phrases such as 'I'm good' and I'm sitting there thinking 'We don't speak like that!'.

    It's biggest problem is that the series is trying too hard to be all things to everyone and it forces the humour. I can honestly say that I didn't so much as titter. It is apparently very popular with teens, probably because of its inclusive angle - gays, lesbians, LGBT, teen insecurities about sex and relationships. But I think, even in that respect, it's just over the top slapstick and the producers probably thought 'Let's see how far we can go with this!', whilst simultaneously appealing to the lowest common denominator.

    I prefer sexually themed TV with a lighter touch, personally.

  • We are about to watch the sixth and final episode of The Spy, a Netflix original series about Israel’s most prominent spy, Eli Cohen, who very successfully infiltrated the Syrian government and military in the early 1960’s. Of interest to forum members, before he went to Syria he was sent to Argentina to establish himself in the Syrian expat community - and in BsAs he became friends with Amin al-Hafez, future president of Syria.


    The Spy stars Sacha Baron Cohen, who is best remembered for “Borat.” While the series is sometimes plodding, the story is fascinating.


  • I have finished binge-watching Grey’s anatomy 15. The plot is so absurd that even actors find it challenging to believe it.
    There are some scenes where one character talks to a therapist or a family member about what happened in their life in the last 15 months, and the words coming out from their mouth are so hard to believe that you can catch their own disbelief....


    I think I keep watching the show because I used to watch it while I was younger and came back from work in Italy.



    In this 15th season there is an Italian family of doctors in the plot and I can’t stand the usual character about the loud and imposing “papá” shouting and moving his hands and wanting to dismiss his kids regardless of their accomplishments in life.





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  • Just finished Netflix’s series called Criminal. It is set entirely in identical police interrogation rooms in the U.K., France, Spain and Germany, with a team of experts observing from behind the two-way mirror as criminals and criminal suspects first evade and deny the truth, then eventually admit it. It’s an interesting study in interrogation psychology, but a tough series to watch.

  • I tried the first episode and couldn't stick it, unfortunately. Maybe I'll give it another try in a few months.

    The Italian reference you made would be described a a trope, in the sense that the writer is projecting what he thinks Italians behave like.

  • Diagnosis

    (2019)

    Overview

    Dr. Lisa Sanders crowdsources diagnoses for mysterious and rare medical conditions in a documentary series based on her New York Times Magazine column. Read more

    Genres

    • Documentary
    Trailer

  • OK, serafina , we are trying Diagnosis. That first segment was really good. But I don’t know how many of those I could take in succession.


    Update on Queen of the South -

    Netflix reeled us in, the way the Vargas Cartel would have done: got us completely hooked through the end of Season 2, and then dropped the series.


    BTW, for any fans of Bluebloods, Netflix may be dropping the series in a couple of weeks. Better binge now.

  • Tiny House Nation

    (2014)

    Overview

    Tiny House Nation takes renovation experts John Weisbarth and Zack Griffinh across America to help design and construct tiny dream homes in spaces under 500 square feet. Tiny House Nation proves size doesn't matter it's creative that counts! Read more

    Genres

    • Reality
    Trailer

  • Earlier this month, we attended the Tourism Fair in La Rural and there was a Tiny House seller from Argentina (Casarella Tiny), with a small tiny house on display.

    We had already watched a tiny house series filmed in the US, but never saw a tiny house. We spent a good time in the tiny house, while the agent explained us how it worked. We were shown flyers with various kind of tiny houses and modular houses for countries (gated communities).


    The build was almost all sturdy plastic, the bedroom was the size of a London hotel bedroom (of those hotels I can afford, obviously ^^). I don't think I could live there, but I could spend maybe a week camping in one.

    The agent explained that they are a good investment for those wanting to set up a camping site: you buy a lot, put 4-5 tiny houses on it (sort of cabins) and rent it.

    The only drawback is that the starting price point is 50k USD per tiny house, but it is ready in 20 days.


    They are not caravans not trailer house, and are not supposed to be moved around (they can be towed with a pickup).


    This series is not fun nor particularly engaging, it drags a lot... but I am watching it because I want to see what these tiny houses can look like at their best.

    Some takes are hard to watch for a tad claustrophobic person like me. I didn't even ever went on the Pisa leaning tower because of the narrow steps and I still have nightmare over St. Peter's in Vatican.