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The Pembrokeshire Murders.

ITV 3 parter about a multiple killer who was convicted, years later, on DNA evidence. Interesting to reflect back on this case for UK viewers. He had appeared on TV darts show a month before one murder. Footage from the show helped confirm what he looked like at the time for the prosecution.


I was looking on Youtube to see if it was available(it was.) I didn't want to start a 3 part series last night but saw several docs on the same case. I clicked on 1 and saw that I "liked" the vid at one point......so I think that I might like the series. Will check it out....especially since I remember nothing about the case.
 

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Nightstalker Netflix. Documentary about a Californian serial killer from the 1980s

I don’t remember him. He was a thoroughly evil type with an interest in satanism.
 

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Set in England a very very long time ago, this HIGHLY rated series follows the Bridgerton family as they navigate high society, attempt to marry off their daughter and deal with gossip(< will come back to that.)

Season 1 has 8 episodes. I finished 3 eps last night. Those 3 dealt with the marrying season, when the eligible young ladies are presented to single men to court.

The main lassie, played by Phoebe Dynevor, isn't really hip to the entire process. A newcomer in town, played by Rege-Jean page, is a duke with some past family issues...and doesn't want to get married. They hatch a scheme to try to get around the process, even though they don't really care for each other.

Yup...you can guess what happens next.

The series(so far) is narrated in the background and also documented in a society page read by anyone who is anyone.

Now...I don't think I have ever seen 1 full episode of Gossip Girl....but this has the same/simple feel. Narration/documentation/quest for love.

This has gotten loads of press re the series producer(Shonda Rhimes), the story and the sexuality. So far...it is basically a Gossip Girl taking place in England....a very very long time ago.

So far(after 3 eps)...2.5/5.
Full review to follow.
 

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Set in England a very very long time ago, this HIGHLY rated series follows the Bridgerton family as they navigate high society, attempt to marry off their daughter and deal with gossip(< will come back to that.)

Season 1 has 8 episodes. I finished 3 eps last night. Those 3 dealt with the marrying season, when the eligible young ladies are presented to single men to court.

The main lassie, played by Phoebe Dynevor, isn't really hip to the entire process. A newcomer in town, played by Rege-Jean page, is a duke with some past family issues...and doesn't want to get married. They hatch a scheme to try to get around the process, even though they don't really care for each other.

Yup...you can guess what happens next.

The series(so far) is narrated in the background and also documented in a society page read by anyone who is anyone.

Now...I don't think I have ever seen 1 full episode of Gossip Girl....but this has the same/simple feel. Narration/documentation/quest for love.

This has gotten loads of press re the series producer(Shonda Rhimes), the story and the sexuality. So far...it is basically a Gossip Girl taking place in England....a very very long time ago.

So far(after 3 eps)...2.5/5.
Full review to follow.
One for the diversity/inclusivity crowd even at the expense of historical accuracy.
 

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Someone recommended this today. I never heard of this man/case prior. It's on Youtube(I found the first 2 parts....not sure if/how many more.) Will start/review later.
An intriguing psychopath that one, addicted to living dangerously and flew back to Nepal where he still had an arrest warrant out on him and was recognized in a casino and incarcerated where he remains to this day.
Nightstalker Netflix. Documentary about a Californian serial killer from the 1980s

I don’t remember him. He was a thoroughly evil type with an interest in satanism.
He learnt his trade from his uncle who was a particularly twisted Vietnam veteran. Another one who had loads of groupies corresponding and wanting to marry him.
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Set in England a very very long time ago, this HIGHLY rated series follows the Bridgerton family as they navigate high society, attempt to marry off their daughter and deal with gossip(< will come back to that.)

Season 1 has 8 episodes. I finished 3 eps last night. Those 3 dealt with the marrying season, when the eligible young ladies are presented to single men to court.

The main lassie, played by Phoebe Dynevor, isn't really hip to the entire process. A newcomer in town, played by Rege-Jean page, is a duke with some past family issues...and doesn't want to get married. They hatch a scheme to try to get around the process, even though they don't really care for each other.

Yup...you can guess what happens next.

The series(so far) is narrated in the background and also documented in a society page read by anyone who is anyone.

Now...I don't think I have ever seen 1 full episode of Gossip Girl....but this has the same/simple feel. Narration/documentation/quest for love.

This has gotten loads of press re the series producer(Shonda Rhimes), the story and the sexuality. So far...it is basically a Gossip Girl taking place in England....a very very long time ago.

So far(after 3 eps)...2.5/5.
Full review to follow.

I've been recommended this, it's all about the intrigue in finding a right suitor and navigating high society.
 

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An intriguing psychopath that one, addicted to living dangerously and flew back to Nepal where he still had an arrest warrant out on him and was recognized in a casino and incarcerated where he remains to this day.

He learnt his trade from his uncle who was a particularly twisted Vietnam veteran. Another one who had loads of groupies corresponding and wanting to marry him.


I've been recommended this, it's all about the intrigue in finding a right suitor and navigating high society.

Which has pretty much been decided in ep 1.
 

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One for the diversity/inclusivity crowd even at the expense of historical accuracy.
I stopped watching after 2 minutes when my lady friend asked me to put it on. How authentic is it to have a Regency era Britain drama with black characters in that social class? It would be like doing a Korean gangster movie with a Latino lead. Or why not remake Pride and Prejudice with an Indian and Chinese actors and actresses?
 

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I am not one for the whole Inclusivity crowd, though it has its merits. But you do realise, Bridgerton was a fictional yarn written by a Yank? This is not tales of Shakespeare here.
So, why do people care? Judge the drama on it is merit ( of which it is mostly generic mediocre rubbish).

The Last Samurai was one of the better films of of the noughts with Tom Cruise as the 'last Samurai' in one of his better performances. Did it matter? OI enjoyed the film.

Btw, Pride/Prejudice has been adapted for an Indian audience. I believe it was called 'bride and Prejudice'
 

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Set in England a very very long time ago, this HIGHLY rated series follows the Bridgerton family as they navigate high society, attempt to marry off their daughter and deal with gossip(< will come back to that.)

Season 1 has 8 episodes. I finished 3 eps last night. Those 3 dealt with the marrying season, when the eligible young ladies are presented to single men to court.

The main lassie, played by Phoebe Dynevor, isn't really hip to the entire process. A newcomer in town, played by Rege-Jean page, is a duke with some past family issues...and doesn't want to get married. They hatch a scheme to try to get around the process, even though they don't really care for each other.

Yup...you can guess what happens next.

The series(so far) is narrated in the background and also documented in a society page read by anyone who is anyone.

Now...I don't think I have ever seen 1 full episode of Gossip Girl....but this has the same/simple feel. Narration/documentation/quest for love.

This has gotten loads of press re the series producer(Shonda Rhimes), the story and the sexuality. So far...it is basically a Gossip Girl taking place in England....a very very long time ago.

So far(after 3 eps)...2.5/5.
Full review to follow.


So I finished Bridgerton today.

Wow....for so much hype this series received, it was just ok.

-The sex/sex scenes were VASTLY overrated.
-The entire 8 eps were basically Gossip Girl(format) like.
-What kept me watching was to not have another unfinished series in my queue.

I don't usually do period pieces, so it was different than what I usually watch. But nothing special.

2.75-3/5.
 

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I am not one for the whole Inclusivity crowd, though it has its merits. But you do realise, Bridgerton was a fictional yarn written by a Yank? This is not tales of Shakespeare here.
So, why do people care? Judge the drama on it is merit ( of which it is mostly generic mediocre rubbish).

The Last Samurai was one of the better films of of the noughts with Tom Cruise as the 'last Samurai' in one of his better performances. Did it matter? OI enjoyed the film.

Btw, Pride/Prejudice has been adapted for an Indian audience. I believe it was called 'bride and Prejudice'

Yes. Bride and Prejudice. But not Pride.

Last Samurai was at least plausible. The Japanese took on Western influences during their modernisation. Their new style of dress mimicked them.

I await the next Chinese historical drama with a Latino lead and an African playing a Mongol.
 

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Yes. Bride and Prejudice. But not Pride.

Last Samurai was at least plausible. The Japanese took on Western influences during their modernisation. Their new style of dress mimicked them.

I await the next Chinese historical drama with a Latino lead and an African playing a Mongol.

Semantics, but anyhow do you!

Plausible? I guess you are missing the point or you are choosing to be obtuse.
As for the last point, China is a nation, a huge one. Africa is a continent so . Latino lead? If it is Pedro Pascal or Wagner Moura and it is interesting enough, I'd watch.

Bridgerton is not a historical drama! It is a below-average fictional tale showing regency era Britain imagined by an American. Which is my point.

Works of fiction with blind casting, within reason, if done well - as has been a few times before- I have no qualms with it and frankly I don't know why people do tbh. No one is saying a film depicting JFK should have Will Smith depict him or Mandela being depicted by Leonardo Di Caprio.

Hey, do you though!
 

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Works of fiction with blind casting, within reason, if done well - as has been a few times before- I have no qualms with it and frankly I don't know why people do tbh. No one is saying a film depicting JFK should have Will Smith depict him or Mandela being depicted by Leonardo Di Caprio.
 

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An intriguing psychopath that one, addicted to living dangerously and flew back to Nepal where he still had an arrest warrant out on him and was recognized in a casino and incarcerated where he remains to this day.

He learnt his trade from his uncle who was a particularly twisted Vietnam veteran. Another one who had loads of groupies corresponding and wanting to marry him.


I've been recommended this, it's all about the intrigue in finding a right suitor and navigating high society.
So basically Jane Austen.
 

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Semantics, but anyhow do you!

Plausible? I guess you are missing the point or you are choosing to be obtuse.
As for the last point, China is a nation, a huge one. Africa is a continent so . Latino lead? If it is Pedro Pascal or Wagner Moura and it is interesting enough, I'd watch.

Bridgerton is not a historical drama! It is a below-average fictional tale showing regency era Britain imagined by an American. Which is my point.

Works of fiction with blind casting, within reason, if done well - as has been a few times before- I have no qualms with it and frankly I don't know why people do tbh. No one is saying a film depicting JFK should have Will Smith depict him or Mandela being depicted by Leonardo Di Caprio.

Hey, do you though!
A agree with this and, I too don't get all the brouhaha about it.
 

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Works of fiction with blind casting, within reason, if done well - as has been a few times before- I have no qualms with it and frankly I don't know why people do tbh. No one is saying a film depicting JFK should have Will Smith depict him or Mandela being depicted by Leonardo Di Caprio.
Context is everything, if it's a fictional period romp for entertainment then I have no problem with blind casting. I've seen Julius Ceasar done this way as well. Where it does grate is where something tries to be period authentic and alters the demographic in sleight of hand way for modern diversity reasons.

Like America there has been black and ethnic communities in the UK for quite sometime, well before Windrush. There was a black paratrooper at Arnhem and a great many troops from the colonies in WWI, WWII and before that. Let's show the contribution.

As an example, the Liverpool Chinese community is the oldest in Europe with China town dating back to the 1860s with the first immigrants back in the 1830s.
 

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Semantics, but anyhow do you!

Plausible? I guess you are missing the point or you are choosing to be obtuse.

Hey, do you though!

No. For the same reasons I didn't watch that state propaganda where Matt Damon was fighting on the Great Wall.

Equally I wouldn't watch orientals manning the walls of Constantinople fighting off Turks.

It's not authentic. But okay - I get it - Bridgerton is like Cowboys and Aliens

There was a black paratrooper at Arnhem and a great many troops from the colonies in WWI, WWII and before that. Let's show the contribution.

As an example, the Liverpool Chinese community is the oldest in Europe with China town dating back to the 1860s with the first immigrants back in the 1830s.

So many visible minorities served for the Commonwealth and Empire. West Indies fought in the War of 1812. Indians served in the Boer War. Chinese Canadians served in WW1.
 

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I await the next Chinese historical drama with a Latino lead and an African playing a Mongol.

As for the last point, China is a nation, a huge one. Africa is a continent so . Latino lead? If it is Pedro Pascal or Wagner Moura and it is interesting enough, I'd watch.

Actually, Pedro Pascal was one of the leads (supporting Matt Damon) in a big-budget, Chinese-supported film called The Great Wall, a few years back. It was directed by Zhang Yimou (Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers).
 

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Actually, Pedro Pascal was one of the leads (supporting Matt Damon) in a big-budget, Chinese-supported film called The Great Wall, a few years back. It was directed by Zhang Yimou (Red Sorghum, Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers).

Also known as state propaganda. No I didn’t know a Hispanic was in the movie.
 

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The story of this serial killer can be found on several platforms.....but Netflix came out with their 4 part series earlier this month.

Back in the 1980's, a serial killer was terrorizing the LA/SF areas of California. Not only did he murder people, but he also sexually assaulted women and children.

Netflix focuses on the victims, victim's families and the law enforcement personnel who hunted him down during this time.

The 2 main cops who led the charge(with many others) do a pretty good job of letting the viewers know just how stressed and dedicated they were trying to catch him.

I have read that some of the crime scene photos shown....should not have been shown. I disagree. It was necessary, in my opinion, to view just how brutal the murders and crime scenes were. After all, this is an MA rated documentary.

I almost stopped it after appr 10 min of the first ep....solely because I felt that I could watch a 45 min Youtube vid that tells me all I want to know. I am glad I stuck with it.

3.9/5.
 

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The story of this serial killer can be found on several platforms.....but Netflix came out with their 4 part series earlier this month.

Back in the 1980's, a serial killer was terrorizing the LA/SF areas of California. Not only did he murder people, but he also sexually assaulted women and children.

Netflix focuses on the victims, victim's families and the law enforcement personnel who hunted him down during this time.

The 2 main cops who led the charge(with many others) do a pretty good job of letting the viewers know just how stressed and dedicated they were trying to catch him.

I have read that some of the crime scene photos shown....should not have been shown. I disagree. It was necessary, in my opinion, to view just how brutal the murders and crime scenes were. After all, this is an MA rated documentary.

I almost stopped it after appr 10 min of the first ep....solely because I felt that I could watch a 45 min Youtube vid that tells me all I want to know. I am glad I stuck with it.

3.9/5.
It was good. The cops were all full of themselves. Ramirez was caught as many are caught after the public are asked and in the end, more often than not, it is dumb luck that gets them caught. In this case, apprehended by citizens.
 

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It was good. The cops were all full of themselves. Ramirez was caught as many are caught after the public are asked and in the end, more often than not, it is dumb luck that gets them caught. In this case, apprehended by citizens.
Yes a couple of hundred of them assembled outside the police station where he was held.

It would have been nice if they could have busted him out of jail and then held a good old fashioned lynching.
 

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It was good. The cops were all full of themselves. Ramirez was caught as many are caught after the public are asked and in the end, more often than not, it is dumb luck that gets them caught. In this case, apprehended by citizens.
The hunter becomes the hunted and as they're generally not filled to the brim with self awareness, they will eventually get caught. Thank god for DNA and other forensic science which limits the career of serial killers.

There is the myth that psycho killers are ultra savvy and intelligent. Ted Bundy was deemed in this mold, but analysis of his academic work show that he was barely average. Paul Bernardo couldn't hold his job down as an accountant.

Dennis Nilsen who is yet another one with many groupies, in his case male ones, has cultivated an image that he use to go to galleries and in particular marvel at the homoeroticism of the Wreck of the Medusa then come home to and listen to Fanfare for the Common Man and other classical works. Apparently all stuff he made up after his conviction to make himself more interesting.

Yes a couple of hundred of them assembled outside the police station where he was held.

It would have been nice if they could have busted him out of jail and then held a good old fashioned lynching.
Charles Ngo currently on death row is one who could do with being lynched. But what to do with someone like Karla Homolka?
 

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I don’t know of Ngo or Homolka.

Most Americans seem decent law- abiding types and possibly better neighbours than Europeans, but then they have these outsiders that commit terrible crimes. Russians have some bad serial killer types too but they had grown up in harsh, godless conditions which might have a brutalising effect.
 

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I don’t know of Ngo or Homolka.

Most Americans seem decent law- abiding types and possibly better neighbours than Europeans, but then they have these outsiders that commit terrible crimes. Russians have some bad serial killer types too but they had grown up in harsh, godless conditions which might have a brutalising effect.
They're both worth reading up about, but will make you feel uneasy for several days afterwards.

A Georgian friend of mine, ex-colleague and now client, came over to the UK not long after the fall of the Soviet Union with his parents and family. His position is that the condition of the Brit working class male is brutalized and that was not something he was prepared for. We've had more than our share of psycho killers too. Equal to our American and Russian chums.
 

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Just started the Das Boot series. I must have watched the film a dozen times. The series is starting off well. It won’t compete with the film but might be worthy in its own arena.

It’s based on the same book, but there is way more going on - with a lot more characters on land, including the French resistance. Some attractive women and bewbs, too!

So far so good.
 
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I'm watching LA's Finest. Mostly for Jessica Alba. I realised she just had a baby one year before filming season 1. And then I also realised she's almost 40!
 

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The story of this serial killer can be found on several platforms.....but Netflix came out with their 4 part series earlier this month.

Back in the 1980's, a serial killer was terrorizing the LA/SF areas of California. Not only did he murder people, but he also sexually assaulted women and children.

Netflix focuses on the victims, victim's families and the law enforcement personnel who hunted him down during this time.

The 2 main cops who led the charge(with many others) do a pretty good job of letting the viewers know just how stressed and dedicated they were trying to catch him.

I have read that some of the crime scene photos shown....should not have been shown. I disagree. It was necessary, in my opinion, to view just how brutal the murders and crime scenes were. After all, this is an MA rated documentary.

I almost stopped it after appr 10 min of the first ep....solely because I felt that I could watch a 45 min Youtube vid that tells me all I want to know. I am glad I stuck with it.

3.9/5.
My eldest has watched that. Now they're also aware of John Wayne Gacy as the original killer clown based on research they've done after watching American Horror Story. There's another film they've watched with a killer clown and I watched one scene and it was obscene i.e. the killings.

Those gory horror movies are proper pornography of violence. Cannibal Holocaust level stuff that was controversial back in the early 80s, but in the Woke utopia accepted. Weird. As it is an assault in the human condition. Utterly devoid of morality. IMCO.
Just started the Das Boot series. I must have watched the film a dozen times. The series is starting off well. It won’t compete with the film but might be worthy in its own arena.

It’s based on the same book, but there is way more going on - with a lot more characters on land, including the French resistance. Some attractive women and bewbs, too!

So far so good.
Which platform are you watching that on? That's definitely one to watch methinks.

If it's Netflix here, I will only get the German and Dutch version.
 

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Its on Hulu here. In German with no bad dubbing. Highly recommend it, too. It’s actually a sort of sequel to this film - set the following year (1942). Season 2 hasn’t been released here yet. Season 3 has been confirmed, but hasn’t started filming yet.
 

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Watched all the four episodes of The Night Stalker yesterday afternoon, that was a good documentary. The lack of focus on the killer himself was deliberate and not to give fandom to him in. But they did interject bloody knives and hammers every now and again for dramatic horror effect, that diminished overall excellent documentary. Yet again, another serial killer who had his groupies once in jail.

Would like to see a good in-depth documentary series on the Barbie Killers and Leonard Lake, Charles Ng and Cricket.

Also watched the BBC adaption of Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent on Acorn TV. Great acting throughout. Slow moving at times, but this is the type of stuff that the BBC does better than anyone. A shame their Wokeness and Ministry of Truth ambitions spoil it.
 

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Kim’s convenience. Comedy I watched as documentary for one episode. Korean store owner in Toronto. Kids are very westernised. Parents more traditional. Run ins with gay pride organisers. Different to Koreans in New Malden - the largest community in Europe. New Malden Koreans are very Christian and well behaved but more separate than Koreans on this show.

Also watched Superstore as a documentary. Usual stereotype characters, heading towards Rom com.
 

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Watched The Challenger Disaster documentary on Netflix. Another totally avoidable disaster where management targets and pressure on them over rode explicit engineering and manufacturer's risk assessments that this was a no-go lift-off situation. Unforgiveable.

That was the flight that John Denver hoped to be on. There was discussion on whether to send a musician rather than a teacher into orbit.

I noticed that the teacher's husband and kids didn't participate in the documentary.
 

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Just started Hemlock Grove. I thought I caught a few episodes of this years ago but I’m confusing it with something else. Im going to see if this turns Tru Blood teen drama or develops into something interesting.
 

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Watched the Keith Richards documentary on Netflix. What I learnt was: he still has a passion for music, still smokes and drinks. Has a couple of nice pads and has arthritis in his hands. Never been a big Rolling Stones fan, but I respect them and Keith more than I did before after watching that. On the strength of the documentary, I listened and flicked through his solo albums on Sunday afternoon. Very much jam sessions, just off-duty from The Rolling Stones having a good time.
 

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Behind Her Eyes on Netflix. Psych thriller. Good pace, good acting and production values. None of the three main characters in this bizarre love triangle are very likeable though. 3.5/5
 
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