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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of August 8th to 14th
FIlm: Upstream Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
IMDb Synopsis: A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Film: Kicking & Screaming (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Sports
IMDb Synopsis: Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father's competitive nature, takes on the coaching duties of a kids' soccer team, and soon finds that he's also taking on his father's dysfunctional way of relating.
Film: I, Tonya (2017)
Genre: Mockumentary, Black Comedy
IMDb Synopsis: Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Film: Red Cliff
Description: A colossal watch at almost five hours, but well worth every second, Red Cliff is a Chinese war epic recounting the events that took place at the end of the Han imperial dynasty in the years 208-209.
Film: Quantum of Solace (2008)
Genre: Action, Spy, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis: James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organisation from eliminating a country's most valuable resource.
Show: Parks and Recreation
Description: Normally I try to recommend something I've seen recently myself that I feel was underrated, or slipped under the radar altogether, or even just released that I want to tip people off about while the hype train is fresh, but as I'm caught up on most of those, I will now recommend an old classic that I think all comedy fans should have seen that I'm rewatching in my spare time!
Parks and Recreation is an excellent and eventual "classic" sitcom. It uses the "mockumentary" style of filming, and often gets compared to The Office for that reason in addition to being shot primarily in an office/work setting and having a short and less appreciated first season. The show hits its biggest stride at the end of season 2 when a couple new regular characters join the cast and stays pretty strong for the rest of its run. Characters are hilarious, writing is on point and really it's just a great show worth watching!
Show: Grimm (2011-2017)
Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Mystery, Drama
Description: Homicide investigator Nick Burkhardt of the Portland Police Department learns he is descended from a line of guardians known as Grimms, charged with keeping balance between humanity and the Wesen, or mythological creatures of the world . Throughout the series, he must battle against an assortment of dangerous creatures, with help from his Wesen friend, Monroe, and his partner, Detective Hank Griffin.