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  • vanessa
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    Ooh, I will check out Dark; I need a good genre show to immerse myself in.

    I agree on Mrs America about Sarah Paulson’s character. It’s like they didn’t have enough iconic conservative women to throw in there to counter Betty, Gloria, Bela, etc so they tried to make one up.

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  • BreezyK
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    I LOVED Mrs. America - but did wish that there had been some other real conservative women that they could profile if that makes sense. Sarah Paulson's character is made up and her conflicted feelings read as fiction for that reason. I loved learning more about all the other women involved in the movement beyond Gloria and Betty Friedan - and did you catch Seth Cohen??

    Hamilton was so good - we saw it in September 2015 right before the soundtrack came out and I absolutely adored seeing it again. We watched it on Friday afternoon when a big storm blew in and it was perfect. We watched the first half with my 7 yo and 4 yo and the second after they went to bed. I think I'll show them "The Room Where it Happens" and wait til their older for the rest of the second act.

    If anyone is looking for an immersive time travel show - I recommend Dark on Netflix. It's German and the third and final season was just released. I still have 3 episodes left of the final season so I think they could still biff the landing, but so far it's been one of the best sci-fi shows I've watched in a long time. It's everything that Stranger Things wishes it was.

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  • ophy
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    The Mandalorian is really good! One of my faves from this year. Overall, Disney has been worth it for us. Hamilton, Star Wars and Marvel aside, it was also worth having it to get the ogirl hooked on the classic Robin Hood, which she has now watched about 22 times.



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  • Res
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    Is - I think your Hamilton viewing party sounds like fun.

    I was going to go to the beach with my nephew and family but cancelled. I left my purse at my brother's place last night and couldn't bother to pick it up today. So my sister and I stayed in, did some laundry, and watched Hamilton.
    I've wanted to see it forever! Never bought the soundtrack because I'd been planning on going to London over Christmas and wanted to see it then. Then Covid. So my sister subscribed to Disney just for Hamilton. We've watched a bunch of movies - so now we can converse intelligently with the pre-school set. I want to watch the Bobba Fett show. And a bunch of superhero movies.

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  • vanessa
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    I was going to do stuff today but decided to just watch Hamilton and indulge instead. I loved it. I have listened to the soundtrack so often that I could see when they weren’t quite hitting the same notes, but it was so amazing seeing them acting it again that I didn’t care at all. I had seen the show before I had listened to the recording and then I listened a million times and tried to remember how it was all staged, without success. So now I remember.

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  • isadora
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    We are excited, too! Mr. Is has gone full tilt on creating an outdoor movie theater since we're stuck at home so much. He just put up the new 15-foot screen. LOLOL. We usually host a big cookout on July 3 but since the fireworks are all canceled around here we invited 6 people over to watch Hamilton on the big screen on Friday night. I'd feel more comfortable with just 4 other people but two of the three couples flake pretty regularly and we figured at least one will ditch at the last minute.

    I'm serving wine in plastic cups -- I'm thinking each couple will get their own bottles and basically treat everybody like they're having a disposable picnic in my backyard? I'm giving it too much thought, probably, but I'm considering picking up baskets at goodwill. I just want everyone to feel safe (me most of all).

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  • vanessa
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    I am so excited for Hamilton!

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  • IssieCol
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    We watched S2 of The Politician too and I liked it, but thought that S1 was stronger. The Midler/Light parts were my favorite and even though it felt kind of shoehorned into the plot, everybody loving Gwyneth was actually funny. I read somewhere that they want to hold off on a S3 for a few years to let Ben Platt age a little because it only makes sense that the next thing they tackle would be his presidential campaign. I mean, he'd only have to look 35 which is achievable now and then there's also makeup? But anyway, I'm fine to wait. I started Mrs. America a few weeks back, but put a pause on it. I've really enjoyed it so far, but just needed something a little lighter for right now. I started Padma Lakshmi'a new Hulu cooking show and it's not groundbreaking or anything, but it's what I need.

    Also, I get to watch the Hamilton movie next weekend and I'm super excited about it.

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  • LaaLaa
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    So “What are you watching” is all “What are you streaming?” now, right?

    Just binged both seasons of The Politician and I mostly liked it! It was very batshit, it made me like a bunch of assholes, and it made me realize how much I’ve missed Bette Midler in my life.

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  • vanessa
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    Dead to Me S2 - I enjoy Applegate and Cardellini but meh. It was pretty repetitive and I just want them to stop doing stupid things. That said, I <3 Detective Ana and could watch a show that is just about her, and it is great to see Natalie Morales because Middleman 4eva!

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  • IssieCol
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    I wanted more Sasha and Malia BTS footage on Becoming, but yeah, watching it felt sadly nostalgic. I watched the Epstein miniseries and am still not convinced he committed suicide. He had too much information on too many powerful people and was so arrogant and unapologetic that I just don't see how he wouldn't have tried to weasel his way out of jail again. I didn't know that when he was first imprisoned for soliciting prostitution, he had special privileges to work at home during the day every day. So like, he basically just had to spend the nights in prison and then he'd go back to his house in the morning where he could hang out for 12 hours every day and where he KEPT. RIGHT ON. FUCKING. TEENAGERS.

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  • vanessa
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    Posting after myself to recommend Mrs America on Hulu - Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly is brilliant, and I am geeking the hell out watching Gloria, Betty, Bela, et al. Tracey Ullman as Betty Freidan! It's fantastic and also heartbreaking because I know how it will go. I love what they have done with Schlafly - she is not portrayed as a nutjob, but you can see how all the men in her life condescend to her, and yet she is still anti-feminist. So much internalized misogyny there.

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  • vanessa
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    Becoming made me cry - the horrible coming down from that amazing family to the Trumps is just too much. Michelle is so smart and so kind and such a strong person and the contrast with Melanie is so painful.

    There wasn’t a lot to it, but it was so good to see the Obamas again.

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  • IssieCol
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    The Great ended too abruptly for me! They spent way too much time making Hoult into a big villain who needed his comeuppance SHOWN. It felt super deflating not to see him get his throat slit at the end, considering all of the careless violence he either performs or orders throughout the show. That was basically my only complaint. Oh, and Catherine's whiny lover was completely dispensable to me. No one cares about your peasant feelings, bb. Also, the scene where Catherine and Mariel talk about how they had decent days because they both managed to avoid rape is still TOO RELEVANT, OMG.

    I super enjoyed Never Have I Ever! But not so much because I thought Devi was so delightful. I actually thought she was often an insufferable brat who was bad at being both a daughter and a friend. But that seemed realistic considering her age and circumstances so I maybe liked her more because she wasn't perfect.

    I started Sweet Magnolias last night and it's cute enough. If it was a weekly show vs. a bingeable streaming one, I'd never bother to tune in, but having it on in the background while playing Words With Friends and answering emails is perfect. It's pretty much like Hart of Dixie except there's no big city outsider character. And HOLY JEEZ, CK1 is in it and he has a Beekian Southern accent and his acting is still so so so so bad.

    Finally, the Ben Platt Radio City Music Hall concert is 100% self-care. He is so talented and an absolute joy and I just want him to host a quarantine virtual singalong every week kinda like D-Nice but for nerds.

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  • LaaLaa
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    The Great is on my list!

    Never Have I Ever is adorbs and just what I needed. Devi is a damn DELIGHT, Paxton is like a part-Asian Jake Ryan-Matty McKibbon hybrid (and way old for high school, but I’ll allow it), and Ben is a little Zachary Levi-John Krasinski bb. It’s filling my 80s-style nerd arc void left by Awkward’s first couple seasons.

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