TV, Books & Films Recommendations

RossW

formerly TerraWard19
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Welcome to the TV, Books and Films room recommendations thread!

We will be updating this with new recommendations every Sunday at 7 PM EDT.

The recommendations come from our room voices and staff, each member will submit a new recommendation every week. The recommendations will be formatted like the following example.

Our previous Staff Recs list.

#1: PS! Username
#2: The title of their TV Show/Book/Film rec.
#3: The genre in which the recommendation belongs to. Sub-genres are also acceptable.
#5: An description to go with their recommendation. These can consist of why they like the show, their favorite parts, etc.
 
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RossW

formerly TerraWard19
#2
TVBF Recommendations for the week of June 24th - June 30th

Movies
#Kamran Laker
Film: Inside Llewyn Davis
Genre: Drama/Music(not musical)
Film Description: This movie is almost too realistic to be a movie. It follows none of the conventional "rules" and there is no winner or hero.
There's no drama. There's no "silver lining". There's only struggle. This is a film for the everyday folk; a beautiful empathetic look at art, music, and everyday struggle.

#Aelita
Film: Breaking In (2018)
Genre: Thriller
Description: This movie is a new release this week (5/11 weekend) and stars Gabrielle Union as a mother who goes to her father's house (which is essentially a mansion with security of a fortress)
to look it over before she sells it, but four robbers break in and hold her kids hostage looking for something.
It's one of those movies where you go "holy crap" the whole time because there's so many moments where you're holding your breath. It's honestly an amazing thriller-action and has a really interesting plot. Definitely worth a watch.

@RossW
Film: Gloria (1980)
Genre: Mobster/Crime Thriller
Film Description: If you enjoyed watching Thief, The Godfather trilogy or any movie similar to those then you'll love Gloria. The cast isn't your typical mobster film with the majority of the time spent following a 40 something year old mistress and a 7 year old boy whose father was an accountant for the mob.
The director John Cassavetes actually hired former mob hitman to consult with him on some of more gritty details in the movie to accurately portray the roles.

%Czim
Film: Boy and The World (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure
Film Description: Boy and the World is a brazilian animated film that was made with a mix of drawing, painting and digital animation. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016 in best animated feature.
The story follows a little boy in a quest in search of his father.

+Jaqen H'ghaar
Film: Law Abiding Citizen
Genre: Thriller/Drama
Description: The U.S. Justice System is not perfect. It operates on the notion that it is better to let a guilty man go free than to let an innocent person be locked up in chains. The main character (Clyde) in the movie encounters a difficult situation where his family is murdered and the killer makes a deal to circumvent his way to a lesser sentence.
Clyde feels that the legal system has failed him and he will take it upon himself to achieve justice on his own accord. This movie is ideal for someone who wants to watch a hypothetical situation to the extent of what an individual would do to gain relief. Each character in the movie makes their own choices for their own personal benefit, but it is not without any consequences.

+Yackback
Recommendation: Paddington 2 (2017 in the UK, 2018 in the US)
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Family
Description: Currently sitting at the highest unadjusted Tomatometer percentage ever with 193 positive reviews and 0 negative reviews, director Paul King's follow up to the almost as acclaimed original is my personal favorite of 2018, and seriously in the running for my favorite of all time.
It's hilarious, uplifiting, beautiful, and is already rightfully being said in the same words as the Empire Strikes Back or Mad Max when talking about the best sequels ever. It's basically perfect.

+ronald15
Rec: Phantom Thread (2017)
Genre: Dram/Crime
Description: This movie is personally my favorite from last year and is the last film for Daniel Day Lewis. He has one of his best performances in this film around the concept of love. The film is one of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s best films (in my opinion) and kept me enthralled throughout the whole picture.
The concept of love is definitely an interesting one that is best to be described when putting two almost completely different personalities together. The score was brilliant by Johnny Greenwood as always and made the picture even better. Overall, if looking for a great picture to watch, Phantom Thread hits the spot, even if you know nothing about the tailoring business. Love is all you need.

Shows

@Arrested
Rec: How I Met Your Mother
Genre: Sitcom / Rom-Com
Desc: This honestly one of my favorite all time shows, it's such a fun story to follow that has such an interesting intricate plot that takes you all over the place. I just finished my 6th or 7th rewatch and I haven't gotten tired of it yet.
The characters are fun, they have depth, and overall great. Love this show, I recommend it to anyone.

+ImmaFirinMahLazer
Rec: Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Tv Show)
Genre: Comedy
Description: A brilliant cop comedy, I consider it scrubs but with cops. Its created by Dan Goor (Parks & Rec) and Michael Schur (The Office, Good Place, Parks & Rec) and stars an amazingly funny cast of Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker, and Joel McKinnon Miller.
It tackles important issues well, while not seeming preachy and it hits you with laughs each episode multiple times. It sadly just got cancelled, #SaveBrooklyn99. Update: NBC PICKED IT UP

%Lucy The Valiant
Rec:The Walking Dead
Genre: Horror/Drama
Description: About a former sheriff named rick grimes who was shot in the line of duty only to awaken to find the world full of flesh eating creatures. Along the way he meets many survivors who he tries to survive and bonds with. Great Zombie show, Can get boring at times but is still probably 1 of my favourite shows to this day!
 
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RossW

formerly TerraWard19
#3
TVBF Recommendations for the week of July 1st - July 7th

Movies

#Saburo
Movie: The Raid: Redemption
Genre: Action, Thriller
Description: One of the best martial art films I've seen in a long time. A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in an thirty-story apartment building filled with people who are instructed by a merciless drug lord to kill any cops who show up. While the premise of the story is simple, and doesn't offer real plot twists it was still entertaining to see how everything unfolded because I really couldn't guess what was going to happen next. But the real beauty of this film is the non-stop action, and intense fight scenes. The martial arts in this movie goes BEYOND a lot of classic martial art films that I've seen. The choreography is fast, and super brutal. There's a variety of weapons involved in each fight scene, not just fists the entire time. I guarantee your jaw will drop at some point due to how well the movie delivers the action.

@ Bill Trinen
TV/Book/Film: Person of Interest
Genre: Science-Fiction, Drama, Mystery
Description: Ever wonder what life would be like if we were being watched by an artificial intelligence system that was sanctioned by the Government post-9/11? How would an artificial intelligence system deal with crimes if it was able to accurately predict who the victim(s) and perpetrator(s) are? Wonder no more as you get to see Harold Finch and John Reese dealing with the intricacies of the Machine as they'll have to deduce if the person is a criminal or a victim. Don't be fooled by the typical CBS procedural format of the show Beyond the science-fiction elements, the real beauty lies in the transformation of Harold Finch and John Reese, as well as the show's mythology expanding to new heights that would be best reserved if you experienced it as opposed to me describing it.

@ RossW
Movie: The Man From Nowhere
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Description: This movie was South Korea's highest earning film in 2010, the english dub isn't the greatest so I strongly recommend you watch it with english subtitles. The stars of the film are a younger pawn shop owner and a 10 year old girl in a poorer part of town littered with crime. This movie just pulls you in and leaves you feeling satisfied at the end with nothing left in the air hanging.

+ImmaFirinMahLazer
Film: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Genre: Comedy
Description: A brilliant comedy starring John C. Reilly parodying music biopics. Featuring an amazing supporting cast of Jenna Fischer, Kristen Wilg, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell and many others. With actually well written songs and a great performance by Reilly this is a great watch.

+Yackback
Film: City of God
Genre: Crime, Drama
Description: City of God, a story based on a book about the titular favela in Rio de Janeiro and it's extremely high poverty and crime rates, became an instant cultural sensation when it first came out—causing comments from the president at the time while setting box office records and spawning a TV show based off of it. This is for good reason, as Fernando Mereilles and Katia Lund's work is one of my favorite films this century. The editing (especially during the opening scene) and cinematography, to the narrator Rocket, to the complex and interweaving story of the City of God; this is worth a watch. Luckily, the crime rate in the favela has dropped since the making of the film, but the poverty and hunger rates are still high.

+Halliday
Film: King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Genre: Documentary
Description: King of Kong is a documentary about the struggle between two people for the Donkey Kong world record. It takes place as player Steve Weibe manages to beat an 18 year old world record set by Billy Mitchell and showcases the struggles he goes through to get his score recognized. Featuring unique and interesting people, the documentary gives an inside view on the community of arcade gamers, and shows the obsession they have with those games.

Shows

%Czim
TV Show: Santa Clarita Diet
Genre: Dark Comedy
Description: Very good netflix show starring Drew Berrymore and Timothy Olyphant about a suburban family dealing with the mother sudden crave for human flesh, leading to some hilarious and disgusting situations. I highly recommend it if you're into this kind of stuff

%Lucy the Valiant
TV: Criminal Minds
Genre: Crime, Drama & Mystery
Description: Criminal Minds is about a group of Elite Profilers who analyse the nations most dangerous killers and tries to capture them before they strike again. Is a very good Police Procedural show, probably my favourite. If you like Crime Drama and FBI related shows then this show is definitely for you. If you love shows with a lot of killing and a lot of blood/gore i'll also recommend this show. My favourite parts of Criminal Minds is most likely the ending of each episode when the BAU team catch or kill the killer. I also like the parts where the unsub kills his/her victims.

+ryyjyywyy
TV: its always sunny in philadelphia
Genre: sitcom
Description: good stuff imo watch

+Jaqen H'ghaar
TV: Prison Break
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Description: After being falsely convicted of an assassination, the character is sentenced to prison and has been given a death sentence for his crime. However, his younger brother devises a plan to break him out of prison. This is one of my favorite shows because of how suspenseful each scene can be. There are 5 seasons of this show, and perhaps season 1 and 2 are the best.

Books

#Aelita
Book: Annihilation, by Jeff Vandermeer
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy

Description: The inspiration for the actually quite good movie, Jeff Vandermeer’s version of Annihilation is quite different from what the movie is. The book is much deeper, much better. In it, the psychologist (played by Natalie Portman in the movie) is unnamed, as are the rest of the group. They have to investigate a strange shimmer in a certain area that no one has returned from, and they have very little information about it. The book focuses around a topographical anomaly in this area which the psychologist calls a tower, that has living writing on the walls. It’s a fascinating first book of a trilogy and solidly worth reading for fans of the fiction/science fiction genre.

+Ronald15
Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Genre: Fantasy
Description: If you've read the series, it's one of the best books in it. It has some of the best foreshadowing and foreboding. JK Rowling knows how to write. She leads you into the wizarding world and it feels like magic. If you haven't touched the books and just seen the movies or haven't at all, this is a must read.
 
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RossW

formerly TerraWard19
#4
TVBF Recommendations for the week of July 8th - July 14th

Movies

#Kamran Laker
Film: Before Sunrise
Genre: Romance, Drama
Description: Richard Linklater's romantic drama is an unconventional telling of what I'd say is a dream come true for most people. The film portrays romance in all it's glory, but without any of the pitfalls that befall most couples. The film is about two people that have a relationship that's as close to perfection as relationships will ever come to - with just one problem, the problem of time. All in all it's simultaneously beautiful and captivating.

#Aelita
Film: Sanju
Genre: Biography, Bollywood, Action, Emotional, Drama
Description: Sanju is about one of Bollywood's most famous actors, Sanjay Dutt, his life, his relationship with his father, and his use (and misuse) of drugs and his charge of involvement in a terrorist attack that took place in Mumbai, India. Even if this is a Bollywood movie, I highly recommend everyone watch it. It's emotionally charged and the main actor portrays Sanjay Dutt amazingly. Honestly this is one of the best Bollywood movies to come out of India recently, and it even broke records for the highest single-day gross of an Indian movie, breaking Baahubali 2's record (I'll do a review about this some other week). Definitely a movie to watch at least once, and you do not have to understand Hindi to watch it; just do it with subtitles.

+Yackback
Film: Oh Hello on Broadway
Genre: Play, Comedy
Description: Nick Kroll and John Mulandey's Oh Hello Show comes to Broadway on Netflix with the release of Oh Hello on Broadway, a meta play featuring fourth wall breaking fun, Matthew Broderick, and a terrible stage manager. I hope you like tuna.

Books
@ RossW
Book: The Martian
Genre: Sci-Fi
Description: It reads like a journal for the first good half of the book, wish there were more books like it with a similar narrative writing since I really enjoyed it. The writer consulted with countless different professionals while making the book to make it as lifelike as possible. Good amount of comedy mixed in with one of the worst situations someone can find themselves in. It was Andy Weir's debut novel.

Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape.
%Czim
Book: Maus
Genre: Comic
Desc: One of the best stories on the holocaust i've ever read, this comic from pulitzer winner Art Spiegelman is sure to make you feel dem feels, I cant recommend it more
 
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RossW

formerly TerraWard19
#5
TVBF Recommendations for the week of July 15th - July 22nd

Movies

#Aelita
Film: Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Genre: Epic, Story-Rich, Worldbuilding, Sequel, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Mythology
Description: This movie is S. S. Rajamouli's second movie. It follows on the story of Baahubali: The Beginning, about a young man who finds out that he's the son of an extremely famous and popular king (played also by him), whose family was exiled by his tyrant stepbrother who rules the kingdom of Mahishmati with an iron fist. We find out from the last movie that he was killed by his faithful servant who was bound by generations to obey the king. The combination of worldbuilding, storytelling and unbelievable set design and stunts makes this a fantastic epic to watch that's set in a mythological world. It was so popular, shows were being sold out within a minute of the ticket sales going live for weeks on end, even in America. It elevated the main character Prabhaas to almost-godhood in India. This series is on US Netflix with English subtitles. Give it a watch!

#Kamran Laker
Film: The Way Way Back
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Description: One of the most touching coming-of-age films in recent years, blends comedy, drama and emotion very well. The cast all around is solid. Most notably to me is now Oscar Winner Sam Rockwell who plays a spirited water park employee. The script is well done and it includes a perfect balance of comedy and tear-jerking drama. It leaves the audience feeling not only completely satisfied but warm and emotional.

%Czim
Movie: The Great Mouse Detective
Genre: Animation
Description: One of Disney's canon lesser known animated classics, this underrated gem from the 80s follows Basil, a Sherlock Holmes kind of rat, helping a little mouse reunite with her father. It also contains one of Disney's best villains, Professor Ratigan!

+Yackback
Film: Baby Driver
Genre: Crime, Drama
Description: Baby Driver is a movie from Edgar Wright, director of the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, and the World’s End). It’s a movie showing the power of music, as almost everything is synced with it - from the action to the talking to the driving. The soundtrack is almost the length of the movie, and fits it really well as it should for a movie of this type. It’s really good.

Shows

@ RossW
Show: Code Black
Genre: Medical drama
Description: Are you sick of all the drama in Grey's Anatomy where each episodes consists of 95% relationship or family drama and only mediocre medical related segments? Then Code Black is a good show for you. This show is pretty accurate to how real life hospitals are, it has good actors and is overall entertaining.

+Ronald15
TV: Community
Genre: Comedy
Description: A great show about meeting new people especially when they don't share common interests. Such a great comedy about a study group in college that goes on adventures and explores life in various ways through their different various minds. Gets a little worse near the later seasons. But the early ones are great.
 

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