love love love the TV show “The Patriot!”

Wife M stumbled upon an Amaon TV show called The Patriot, which follows a young depressed CIA operative. A dark comedy, and wonderfully entertaining and humorous.  Have binge watched nearly 4 episodes the last two days and am going to bed later than I’d like 😦 :). Co-Stars the lawyer father from Old School and the controlling father from Dead Poets Soceity, and they and all stars are well cast. 

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love love love the TV show “The Patriot!”

Resumed watching Season 3 of Dexter – love that show

The first show I ever watched that I couldn’t stop watching was Mad Men Seasons 1-3.  Mad Men was nearing the end of Season 3 when I started watching Season 1, and I fell in love with it immediately.  Within a week I was caught up, I loved that show so much (I liked Season 4 too, or at least what Season 4 was trying to accomplish, but didn’t like Mad Men so much after that – it changed from what initially drew me in).  When I started watching that show, it was the Fall of 2009, and Wife M was working a *lot* during that time, so I was in the midst of a 5-year run of raising 2 school age kids, running a household and working full time, plus was unknowingly battling lung disease, so was pretty freaking tired (although I cherish the memories with the kids), but Mad Men absolutely riveted me and to be honest the kids got dinner a little late (>7 pM) a couple of nights so I could finish an episode…  

Then a few years ago, when I was still recovering from prednisone, utterly exhausted and spent from battling lung disease, and spent all weekend every weekend on the couch, recoveirng.  I was bored, then I discovered Breaking Bad, and over a two or three week period I watched the entire series, seasons 1-6 or 7 until the very end.  The show hit home for me because I was once a very poor high school teacher and felt Walt’s pain in that I had faced a potentially fatal disease as a 40-something year old man.  The show also absolutely riveted me.  

I have not seen a show since those, except now Dexter comes pretty close.  I am now in Season 3, and the twists and the turns and the premise and performances are wonderul.  I am wear Jimmy Smits has figured out that Dexter is a true killer – astounding.  Love it.

Resumed watching Season 3 of Dexter – love that show

Watched Goldfinger for the first time — and loved it.

I have seen bits and pieces of Goldfinger over the years, but never watched it end to end.  What I always remember, of course, is Oddjob’s hat and my friends giggling about Pussy Galore when the show was on TV.  But we watched it end-to-end last night, and it is truly one of the more entertaining of the James Bond films, and probably in my Top 5 for favorite ones (the Top 3 would be 3 of the 4 of the James Craig movies, and I have a fondness for For Your Eyes Only since it was the first Bond film I watched in entirety).  But it was one of the more complicated (but strangely believable) Bond films, and COnnery does a superb job in it (he is confident but also has a few moments of genuine nervousness). I also love the villains: Goldfinger, Oddjob and Pussy Galore are wonderful characters.  What a shame I had not watched it until now, but then again, it was a great way to sepdn the evening last night.

Note: I was a late James Bond bloomer.  I was 14 before I ever heard of him, partially because I didn’t watch a lot of TV or movies as a kid, since I was so darn restless all the time.  Most of the TV I saw as a kid were sitcoms (Taxi, MASH, Barney Miller, All in the Family) that my parents watched in the evening, since I could play (usually action figures) while they watched in the final hour before bedtime.  I was about 13 when I started really watching movies, and watched For Your Eyes Only with a group of friends on cable TV in our basement.

Watched Goldfinger for the first time — and loved it.

Liked TV show Stranger Things, which seemed to be a nod towards 1980s “horror” films

Wife M and I binge watched Stranger Things this weekend and finished the last episode of season 1 last night.  We liked it and it was a great transition show for taking us from summer to the halloween feel of fall.  It seemed to nod a lot towards 1980 horror films, which I liked and the director/editor handled with grace.  There were scenes similar to those of ET (opening D&D scene, “alien” in a wig, boys on bikes riding away from scientists, etc.), Nightmare on Elm Street (set a trap from the monster after luring it from its world), Poltergeist (mom talking to child trapped in another dimension), and so on.  I really enjoyed thd show.  Creepy, gripping and nostalgic, plus was a good yarn.

Liked TV show Stranger Things, which seemed to be a nod towards 1980s “horror” films

Rewatching Last Season of Curb Your Enthusiasm

Partially because it is one of the few shows that son R and I both like, and partially because another season has been announced, I started rewatching Curb Your Enthusiasm last night, getting through the first two episodes of the final season.  So far, Larry’s divorce was finalized and he lost the house after swapping lawyers and Funkhaueser has announced he is getting a divorce while Jeff seems envious of all the men getting divorced.  

Rewatching Last Season of Curb Your Enthusiasm