TV & Films Recommendations

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of May 22nd to May 28th

Movies

#Saburo
Film:
Titan A.E. (2000)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
IMDb Synopsis: A young man learns that he has to find a hidden Earth ship before an enemy alien species does in order to secure the survival of humanity.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Dark Waters
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Description: A legal drama about the role of attorney Rob Bilott in uncovering the misdeeds of the DuPont corporation, particularly in regards to their role in the production of Teflon for nonstick cookware. Some good performances all around from the cast, although a few odd interactions here and there (though this may be chalked up to the writing moreso than the actual events). It's definitely had me giving thought to the composition of some of my older pots and pans.

@ Buffy
Film:
Joker (2019)
Genre: Drama, Comic Book
Description: Deeply, unapologetically dark, Phoenix's portrayal is so unique and I honestly could not picture anyone else in this role. The film is able to show the Joker in such a completely different way than all other film iterations, while still being able to tie the character into the classic world we all know him from. A truly dark and in some ways very disturbing film, this is just beautifully done.

@ The Benz Mafia
Film:
One, Two, Three (1961)
Genre: Screwball Comedy
IMDb Synopsis: In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter.

@ Towelie
Film:
Arrival (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
IMDb Synopsis: A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

chunko
Film:
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Genre: War, Drama
IMDb Synopsis: The story of 160 elite U.S. soldiers who dropped into Mogadishu in October 1993 to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord, but found themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.



Television

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Show:
The Legend of Vox Machina (2022-)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
IMDb Synopsis: They're rowdy, they're ragtag, they're misfits turned mercenaries for hire. Vox Machina is more interested in easy money and cheap ale than actually protecting the realm. But when the kingdom is threatened by evil, this boisterous crew realizes that they are the only ones capable of restoring justice. What began as a simple payday is now the origin story behind Exandria's newest heroes.

Fun fact: Based on an actual D&D campaign by Critical Role.

+DianaNicole
Show:
Community
Genre: Comedy
IMDB Synopsis: A suspended lawyer is forced to enroll in a community college with an eccentric staff and student body.

+Zipzapadam
Show:
Love, Death & Robots
Genre: Anthology Series
IMDb Synopsis: A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy.
 
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Show: Wentworth
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
IMDb Description: Wentworth is set in modern-day Australia. It explores the life of Bea Smith when she first enters prison after being charged with the attempted murder of her husband. Bea is separated from her daughter and sent to Wentworth on remand, where she lives in "an uncertain limbo" until she is sentenced. Starting at the bottom of Wentworth's hierarchy, Bea is forced to learn how to survive in prison.
 
Show: New Girl
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Description: After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. Although they find her behavior very unusual, the men support her - most of the time.
 

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Show: Gravity Falls
Genre: Mystery Comedy
Description: Twins Dipper and Mabel Pines spend the summer with their Great-Uncle "Grunkle" Stan at his tourist trap home "The Mystery Shack" in a strange Northwestern Gothic town called Gravity Falls. They meet a cast of quirky characters and have fun adventures, all while uncovering the deeper mysteries hiding behind the towns blatantly weird surface.
 

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Film: The Green Mile
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
IMDb Description: From award-winning writer-director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and best-selling author Stephen King's novel comes the story of a man who didn't believe in miracles. Multiple Academy Award winner Tom Hanks leads a dynamic cast in a tale about life, death and the wonders of the human spirit, The Green Mile. Death row head guard Paul Edgecomb (Hanks--Forrest Gump, Philadelphia) has walked many inmates down the stretch of green linoleum that leads to Louisiana's electric chair. But never has he encountered anyone like John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan--Armageddon), a massive African-American man convicted of brutally killing two young girls. When pain cripples Paul Edgecomb, John Coffey reaches from behind bars to lay healing hands on the stricken guard and rid him of the infection that racks his body.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of May 29th to June 4th

Movies
#Saburo
Film:
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy
IMDb Synopsis: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Top Gun: Maverick
Genre: Action, Drama
Description: Tom Cruise is back with the sequel to his hit 1986 classic, and amidst the many too-late sequels to 80's/90's top shelf blockbusters this film stands apart as one that does everything right. The script is tight, the action is excellent, nostalgia is plentiful and none of the events or character moments feel unearned in my opinion.

The story is relatively simple: Maverick is brought in (reluctantly) to train a new batch of cocky pilots in advance of a high stakes mission and time is of the essence. You don't technically need to have seen the first to enjoy this, but you REALLY should - the more minor story elements will hit stronger notes if you remember what happened in the original, though they do subtly remind you at times. I also highly recommend seeing this on the big screen if at all possible.

@ Buffy
Film:
The Kids Are All Right
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Description: Julianne Moore and Annette Benning star as lesbians trying to raise two teenagers (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) in Los Angeles in a whirlwind of a film. Filled with emotions and themes that hit so close to reality, the casting is spot on for all the characters (Mark Ruffalo stars as well) and the writing and direction are superb, too. The film also strikes a perfect balance between the comedy and drama bits, with each one constantly echoing off the other to weave the story into a beautifully finished project.

@ The Benz Mafia
Film:
Courage Under Fire (1996)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
IMDb Synopsis: A U.S. Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal of Honor.

@ Towelie
Film:
Navalny (2022)
Genre: Documentary, Biography
IMDb Synopsis: Follows the man who survived an assassination attempt by poisoning with a lethal nerve agent in August 2020. During his months-long recovery he makes shocking discoveries about the attempt on his life and decides to return home.
 
Film: Crush (2022)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Description: Crush follows the life of a young girl named Paige whose senior year proves to be so much more than she can handle as she juggles her college essay to Cal Arts, her crushes on AJ and Gabriella Campos, and proving that she is not the person who has been vandalising the school.
 
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Film: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
IMDb Description: Now a full vampire, Bella begins to enjoy a new life with her husband Edward and newborn daughter Renesmee. And Jacob Black vows to be her guardian since he imprinted on Renesmee. However, their new lives together are cut short when someone thinks that Renesmee is an immortal child, which is a violation of law. And danger rises when the sinister Volturi declare the child dangerous and plot to dispose of the Cullens. So the Cullens move to make one final stand. To make this work, they must rally friends and family to stand with them in a final battle that will not only decide the child's fate, but the fate of Bella, Edward and their family.
 
Film: Dating Amber (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Letterboxd Description: Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality. Eddie is keen to follow his dad into the military, while Amber dreams of moving to the liberal hub of London. The plan seems solid, but as their arrangement begins to fall apart, Eddie’s denial gets deeper as Amber realizes that a perilous future awaits her best friend unless she intervenes.
 
TV: Young Justice
Genre: Superhero, Action, Coming of Age
Description: The sidekicks of the Justice are sick of being sidekicks. Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Superboy and Miss Martian form their own their covert ops team.
 
Show: Prison Break
Genre: Drama
Description: A highly intelligent man gets himself thrown into prison to break out his brother who he believes was wrongly convicted
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of June 5th to June 11th

Movies

#Saburo
Film:
Tangerine (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
IMDb Synopsis: An escort tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Booksmart
Genre: Comedy
Description: Two best friends come to realize they've spent their high school years too focused on their education and post-secondary plans and do their best to unwind on the eve of their graduation.

This film plays out similarly to Superbad in a lot of ways, though the jokes allow the film to take on a different tone. It's full of fun characters and great humour, and marks the feature-length directorial debut of Olivia Wilde!

@ The Benz Mafia
Film:
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis: A Manhattan doctor embarks on a bizarre, night-long odyssey after his wife's admission of unfulfilled longing.
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of June 12th to June 18th

Movies

#Saburo
Film:
The Ice Storm (1997)
Genre: Drama
IMDb Synopsis: In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle-class families experimenting with casual hookups and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Tommy Boy
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Description: Nominating one of my favourite classic comedies once again! Chris Farley and David Spade star in this road trip/buddy comedy where Tommy (Farley) and his recently deceased father's accountant (Spade) travel across the country in an attempt to save his family's auto parts company. The film is hilarious and features a great supporting cast, and still makes me laugh to this day.

@ The Benz Mafia
Film:
Maverick (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Western
IMDb Synopsis: Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

+tomatopeeler
Film:
Dredd (2012)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
IMDb Synopsis: In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.



Television

+yackback
Show:
Yellowjackets (2022)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Horror
Description: Honestly, Wikipedia words it better than I could: "In 1996, a team of New Jersey high school soccer players travels to Seattle for a national tournament. While flying over Canada, their plane crashes deep in the wilderness and the remaining team members are left to survive for nineteen months. The series chronicles their attempts to survive while also tracking their current lives in 2021."

Also, has Christina Ricci (Wednesday Addams) and Ella Purnell (Jinx in Arcane). Also, Showtime put the first two episodes on YouTube.

chunko
Show:
The Eric Andre Show
Genre: Comedy, Absurdist
Description: Comedian Eric Andre invites guests who are unfamiliar with his work to his talk show. Expecting a routine interview, the unsuspecting guests are subjected to bizarre, deliberate, surrealist pranks.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of June 19th to June 25th

Movies

#Saburo
Film:
The Terminal (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
IMDb Synopsis: An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

#Soft Flex
Film:
Basic Instinct
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Description: A classic neo-noir film from the early 90's which I finally had the pleasure of crossing off my IMDb watchlist recently after staring at it for years. Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas lead the cast of this spicy thriller full of great acting and misdirects to leave you guessing. I feel like it's been cemented in pop culture mostly due to that scene, but there's plenty more to it than that, especially if you're a mystery/thriller buff!

chunko
Film:
Swan Song (2021) (dir. Todd Stephens)
Genre: Drama
Wikipedia Synopsis: A retired hairdresser escapes his nursing home and embarks on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead woman's hair for her funeral, confronting the ghosts of his past and rediscovering his sparkle along the way.
 
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Show: Believe
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
IMDb Description: Bo is a young girl who was born with special supernatural abilities that she could not control. As these powers started evolving, the people who were protecting her were forced to turn to an outsider for help. This led them to William Tate, a wrongfully convicted death-row inmate, whom they break out of prison. Although he is reluctant to take on the role as her protector, the two eventually form a bond that guide them to helping each other, as well as others, while staying one step ahead of the evil forces that want the girl.
 
Show: Santa Clarita Diet
Genre: Comedy | Horror
Desc:
Sheila and Joel are married real estate agents who live and work in Santa Clarita, California. When Sheila dies, their lives take a dark turn.
 
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Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of June 26th to July 2nd

Movies

#Saburo
Film:
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
IMDb Synopsis: A team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.

+tomatopeeler
Film:
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)
Genre: Martial Arts, Splatter
IMDb Synopsis: Riki-Oh, a young man who has superhuman strength, is incarcerated at a private prison, where inmates are treated like slaves, and is forced to use his unstoppable form of martial arts to destroy the corrupt officials and their lackeys.

+yackback
Film:
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Genre: Action, Thriller
Description: In the first act, they do a HALO jump out of a plane at 25,000 feet, Henry Cavill reloads his arms, and perhaps the best getaway chase of the last few years happens. And yet, somehow, the finale of the movie is the best part.



Television

#Soft Flex
Show:
Community
Genre: Comedy
Description: The show revolves around a group of 7 unlikely study group members at a community college and follows their misadventures on and off campus. Dan Harmon is a comedy wizard and he packed this show full of excellent, fast-paced jokes, meta humour and outstanding character moments from the main and supporting cast. It's also my 2nd favourite sitcom of all-time after 30 Rock!
 
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Film: But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Letterboxd Description: Megan is an all-American girl. A cheerleader. She has a boyfriend. But Megan doesn’t like kissing her boyfriend very much. And she’s pretty touchy with her cheerleader friends. Her conservative parents worry that she must be a lesbian and send her off to “sexual redirection” school, where she must, with other lesbians and gays learn how to be straight.
 
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Show: Detroiters
Genre: Comedy
synop from google: Executive produced by Lorne Michaels and `Saturday Night Live' alumnus Jason Sudeikis, `Detroiters' stars best friends and Detroit natives Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson as fledgling ad men in the Motor City. Lacking the resources to challenge the money, connections and talent of big corporations, the guys rely on relentless ambition to build a local advertising empire. And no matter what happens, Tim and Sam's love for each other and their city never wavers. Richardson is best known for his role on `Veep', while Robinson is a former `SNL' cast member-turned-writer on the show.
 
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Film: Australia
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
IMDb Description: In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier.

Just to mention, it's like 3 hours long but I did enjoy it
 
Movie: Gangster Squad
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Description: It's 1949 Los Angeles, the city is run by gangsters and a malicious mobster, Mickey Cohen. Determined to end the corruption, John O'Mara assembles a team of cops, ready to take down the ruthless leader and restore peace to the city.
 

Toshinden

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TV & Films Recommendations for the week of July 3rd to July 9th

Movies

#Saburo
Film:
A Lonely Place to Die (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
IMDb Synopsis: A group of mountaineers in the Scottish Highlands discover a kidnapped girl and are pursued by her captors.

@ The Benz Mafia
Film:
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama
IMDb Synopsis: Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

+yackback
Film:
Bacurau
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Thriller, Action, Mystery
Description: A Brazilian filmmaker returns to her village for the funeral of her grandmother. Strange things follow. Perhaps the most "best to go in blind" recommendation I've ever given. Won the Jury Prize at Cannes.



Television

#Soft Flex
Show:
Blue Mountain State
Genre: Comedy, Sports
Description: This raunchy sitcom takes place at the titular top football college, but despite being a gridiron juggernaut, we see very little of the actual game as the show's focus doubles down on the shenanigans and debauchery on and around campus! The cast is composed primarily of the team's top players and coaching staff, including our main character, the uninspired back-up QB who dreams of maintaining a spot on the team by contributing the bare minimum. The true star of the show, however, is top prospect Thad Castle (Alan Ritchson, most recently of Reacher fame on Prime Video) who is the exact opposite in every way: he's a monsoon of energy, charisma and maximum effort at all times and it's hard to take your attention off of him whenever he's in a scene.

@ Buffy
Show:
The Wheel of Time
Genre: Fantasy
Description: This Amazon original is admittedly the first Amazon original I've watched and it is very solid. It starts a bit slow like Game of Thrones, but it does pick up much quicker (by around the second episode) and it is very solid and builds a good foundation for future seasons.
 
Show: Peacemaker
Genre: Action · Adventure · Comedy · Sc-Fi
Desc: Connected to the events of "The Suicide Squad" (2021) Peacemaker returns home to realize his freedom comes at a price that involves a covert operation known only as project butterfly.
 
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Film: The Florida Project
Genre: Drama
IMDb Description: Set in the shadow of the most magical place on Earth, Moonee and her best friends forge their own adventures, while the adults in their life protect them from the harsh reality that surrounds them.

It's a fun movie to watch as a family!
 

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