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New Amazon Prime Member w/streaming - need recs

Post by LuigiLikesPizza » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:36 am

Looking forward to waiting out the blizzard with Amazon Prime, provided the power stays on.

I just ordered Amazon Prime - and can stream movies using my Roku.

Please suggest any good viewing - I like suspense, good drama, interesting documentaries

Thanks!

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Post by Theseus » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:41 am

I loved the "Mozart In the Jungle"....don't let the name fool you. It is very good.

If you want violence, try Vikings.

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Post by techieguy » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:54 am

I really enjoyed The Man in the High Castle. It's an alternative history show based on WWII. It's based on the book by Phillip K. Dick.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740299/

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Post by TomatoTomahto » Sat Jan 23, 2016 9:59 am

^^ beat me to it.
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Post by DaftInvestor » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:06 am

For "interesting documentaries" I am a big fan of Ken Burns. Every documentary he has done is interesting and we'll done. Search on him and pick the ones you haven't seen that seem of most interest to you (The War, Civil War, The West, American Lives, America, ... all great documentary series).

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Post by JoeJohnson » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:23 am

The best benefit of Amazon Prime is the great HBO shows.

http://www.amazon.com/HBO-Providers/b?node=293883011

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Post by whonoze » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:39 am

Transparent. Funny at times. Mostly dark and full of pathos. You'll especially enjoy it if you're Jewish.
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Post by Sconie » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:45 am

I really have enjoyed watching the television series, "24" starring Kiefer Sutherland.
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Post by Germonico » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:01 am

Justified with Tim Olyphant. There are 6 seasons of which the first 5 are currently available on Prime. I especially liked how some of the bad characters became "good" villains throughout the series while some of the villains became the most hated characters one could imagine. Also, a lot of Kentucky bourbon is consumed in many of the episodes. I discovered the show got even better if I role-played and sipped bourbon along with the main characters.

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Post by EvelynM » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:39 am

The PaleyFest and Inside Media episodes are great! There are many of them on Amazon Prime.
http://www.paleycenter.org/events

My favorite TV and docs:

Worricker Trilogy -
From PBS and MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY - Bill Nighy stars as MI5 officer Johhny Worricker in this exciting trilogy of political thrillers. Experience the best of modern British spy drama in this highly acclaimed miniseries. Featuring appearances by Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Walken, and Rupert Graves.

Enlightened - starring Laura Dern
An ambitious corporate executive, Amy Jellicoe has succeeded despite the fact she can be her own worst enemy. After a series of self-destructive choices leads to a very public, humiliating nervous breakdown, Amy spends three months at a treatment center in Hawaii, where she learns to live a more enlightened existence. Upon returning home, however, she discovers her new passionate and honest outlook isn't accepted by her family, friends and co-workers, notably her mom, Helen, with whom Amy now lives, and her drug-addicted ex-husband, Levi. Immersed in a more complicated life, Amy must decide what's really important to her.

World of Jenks -
Intent on capturing, as he says, "what my generation thinks, how they act and what they ultimately stand for," award-winning documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks uses his camera to reveal unique slices of American life. In each episode, the 24-year-old moves in with a different stranger to experience a week in their life, everyone from a platinum-selling recording artist to an NFL cheerleader, from a homeless youth to a mixed martial artist.

Mr. Selfridge
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2310212/

Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0235584/

The Forsythe Saga:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0260615/

The Hollywood Collection docs:
http://www.hulu.com/watch/133501

Key & Peele
Louie
Transparent
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sopranos
Ken Burns documentaries
PBS National Parks series
PBS Nova
Nature series

Movies:

Crafted
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3SpW03UJ0k

Still Life
https://tribecafilm.com/tribecafilm/fil ... still-life

All is Lost
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2017038/

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119668/

Being Canadian
http://beingcanadianmovie.com/

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
http://www.hockneypictures.com/online_store/wolheim.htm

Return to the Wild
http://www.pbs.org/program/return-to-the-wild/

Interstellar
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0816692/

The Grange Fair
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0846010/

The Reader
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0976051/

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Post by Shallowpockets » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:29 pm

Beasts of no nation.

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Post by sesq » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:09 pm

Downton Abbey
The Americans
Orphan Black
+1 to Justified
+1 to early HBO (especially The Wire)

May not float your boat, but I really enjoyed the campy T&A action buddy show Strike Back which they have I think three seasons of. Its a cinemax show, so, there is that.

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Post by Ervin » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:28 pm

JoeJohnson wrote:The best benefit of Amazon Prime is the great HBO shows.

http://www.amazon.com/HBO-Providers/b?node=293883011
+1. Start with The Wire.
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Post by twinDad » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:29 pm

A lot of great suggestions. I love the Ken Burns documentaries. tons of educational fun for the whole family.
American Lives
The Roosevelts - An Intimate History
The Civil War

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Post by Toons » Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:35 pm

Binged Watched
"Mad Dogs"
Pretty good entertainment :happy
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Post by 38,000 ft » Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:37 pm

Recently discovered that Amazon prime streaming has many more episodes of Forensic Files than Netflix does.

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Post by stoptothink » Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:23 pm

Ervin wrote:
JoeJohnson wrote:The best benefit of Amazon Prime is the great HBO shows.

http://www.amazon.com/HBO-Providers/b?node=293883011
+1. Start with The Wire.
So many people have told me The Wire is the best show of all time. We are definitely into that type of show (Breaking Bad, Vikings, Black List...those are our recent favorites), but my wife and I couldn't even get through the first episode of the The Wire. Usually you kind of have to drudge through a first episode to get the story rolling, but it did not catch my interest at all and the language was simply too much.

Oh, Vikings. My wife liked the show so much that it inspired our son's name (Odin).

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Post by asterix0 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:45 pm

We are binge watching The Man in the High Castle. I saw a couple of recommendations above for this and third that recommendation :happy

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Post by BL » Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:14 pm

Six years of Numb3rs that ended about 2010.

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Post by CrossOverGuy » Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:23 pm

"Six Feet Under" - I just rewatched this series after having seen its initial run over 10 years ago. One of the best drama series (with some comedy) I've ever seen, with every episode consistently very high quality and one of the finest series finales ever. A family who run a funeral home coping at the start with the loss of the father/husband/owner doesn't sound like the likeliest setting for a show, but the characters are so interesting and surprising, and the writing and acting so good that it just might have you craving more once you get into it.

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Post by Ervin » Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:40 pm

stoptothink wrote:
Ervin wrote:
JoeJohnson wrote:The best benefit of Amazon Prime is the great HBO shows.

http://www.amazon.com/HBO-Providers/b?node=293883011
+1. Start with The Wire.
So many people have told me The Wire is the best show of all time. We are definitely into that type of show (Breaking Bad, Vikings, Black List...those are our recent favorites), but my wife and I couldn't even get through the first episode of the The Wire. Usually you kind of have to drudge through a first episode to get the story rolling, but it did not catch my interest at all and the language was simply too much.

Oh, Vikings. My wife liked the show so much that it inspired our son's name (Odin).
The Wire is not typically my kind of show either. That's the funny part. As far as I remember, it's the kind of show that gets better as seasons pass. I am pretty sure I wasn't that impressed by the first season myself. But I still agree that it's probably the best show ever.

I couldn't watch the Vikings. Too violent. Go figure.
RIP, Mr. Bogle.

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Post by Rob5TCP » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:23 pm

I just signed up a few days before the storm.
Mozart in the Jungle I thought was great.
The Man in the High Castle - I've thought was good (only through 3 episodes)
Fortitude I've also enjoyed.

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Post by Pacific » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:34 pm

In my opinion, The Wire is the best series I have ever seen on TV (Breaking Bad is second). But, I advise watching it with english subtitles because it is difficult to understand the street talk. (Heck, difficult to understand even with the subtitles!).

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Post by ERISA Stone » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:40 pm

Pacific wrote:In my opinion, The Wire is the best series I have ever seen on TV (Breaking Bad is second). But, I advise watching it with english subtitles because it is difficult to understand the street talk. (Heck, difficult to understand even with the subtitles!).
The 2nd season of Wire keeps me from giving it the "best ever." If I were watching in real time, I would've given up on the show.

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Post by Crimsontide » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:42 pm

Pacific wrote:In my opinion, The Wire is the best series I have ever seen on TV (Breaking Bad is second). But, I advise watching it with english subtitles because it is difficult to understand the street talk. (Heck, difficult to understand even with the subtitles!).
Better than Breaking Bad? Ok, now you've got my attention :happy

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Post by david99 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:19 pm

Curb Your Enthusiasm --- Larry David is very funny

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Post by oakfan52 » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:07 pm

Matt52885 wrote:I really enjoyed The Man in the High Castle. It's an alternative history show based on WWII. It's based on the book by Phillip K. Dick.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1740299/
+1. We recently watched this and can't wait for the second season.

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