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Wooster

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on: November 07, 2018, 03:51:59 PM
The Coming War on China (2016) by John Pilger was really damn interesting.

I'd heard about the bases being built up in the South China Sea, but I didn't know about the extent of US bases encroaching on the Chinese mainland.
(They piss a lot of people off in this way....Bin Laden objected to US bases in Saudi and that's what kicked him off and found refuge in Pakistan among sympathisers...the brief war in Georgia...possibly Ukraine and the big one regarding Cuba (US missiles aimed at Russia in Turkey were quietly removed if Russia did the same with missiles in Cuba.)

Pilger's a good egg.  :cool:

p.s. The video quality on Amazon Prime leaves much to be desired these days, it was pixelating constantly over a wired connection on a 160Mbps connection, so the issue has to be at their end (not the first time I've noticed it recently)
Is this on the back of them killing Net Neutrality and bandwidth limits being imposed?

Probably a subject for a new topic, but I'm on the verge of cancelling.

p.p.s.
You can watch it on YouTube


The fact that's carrying the RT logo is a minor concern (they didn't produce it). 
Personally I haven't thought (for a few decades) that any major nation would be daft enough to willingly start lobbing nukes around, and to be honest I still don't.
It's like using poison gas on a battlefield or biological warfare in general.....it's just as likely to fuck your up as the enemy.
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Reply #1 on: November 07, 2018, 04:21:10 PM
Pfft Amazon Prime load of shite! joined it this month for a free trial and have ordered 4 things so far one item didn't turn up so they are giving me a refund as they have no more, the second item was ok next day but 8pm!!!! and it was to my works address so obviously no-one in. the third item they said they had loads in stock so ordered it and it was due today but got an e-mail saying they had no stock and would let me know when they would get another in, the fourth item is currently out for delivery and not due till 9pm tonight!!!!!!! Again my work address yet there have been loads of amazon deliveries today!


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Reply #2 on: November 07, 2018, 04:57:58 PM
Title changed to include 'Video'  :cheesy:

I've had no problems with deliveries.
I have a shop across the street who'll take them, a Gloss Locker half a mile away that's available and my regular delivery address.....my mum's house, since she's almost always in. :)

I only keep the Prime on for the Video tbh, since there's not much difference between the free standard delivery and the Prime delivery.

In saying that, the Prime Video content has been mostly a miss and worth cancelling until there are a few shows wort watching.
They've also been hiving stuff of onto their STARZ Play channel (extra £5 per month) and I had a look at what it offers....which isn't very much at all.
The only thing worth seeing among the piles of shit (they carry, and feature, an old Adam Sandler movie that only rates 1.9 on imdb, for instance) was Counterpart (J. K. Simmons sort of Sci-Fi/Cold War Germany type thing) which should be excellent, but is so draggy that it feels like they watered it down to stretch it over two seasons before it went into production.

STARZ is on a 7 day free trial and set the reminder to cancel it within an hour.


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Reply #3 on: January 16, 2019, 08:29:08 PM
The Grand Tour SE3(?) starts on Amazon Prime this Friday.

Was talking to a old mate's older brother the other day who mentioned that it was on again and that they'd done the North Coast 500 in this series.

Hamish is bit of a Mini freak, rebuilding his old Hillclimb spec 60's Mini for the umpteenth time...but I suspect it's like Triggers Brush, it's been rebuilt so many times.... (I'm sure he bought a new body for it about 15 years ago, which was probably the last of the original bits)   :undecided:

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Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 09:44:14 PM
Cool, thanks.


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Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 09:52:27 PM
Been watching Black Sails on Prime its really good


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Reply #6 on: January 18, 2019, 03:12:18 PM
The Grand Tour Ep1 was really good.  :smiley:

Apparently Amazon have asked them to keep going beyond the 3 series they originally commissioned.  :cool:


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Reply #7 on: January 22, 2019, 10:07:05 PM
Hope they do.


I've watched three episodes of Cloak and Dagger on Prime. Convoluted but it has it's points of interest.


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Reply #8 on: March 31, 2019, 11:03:12 PM
I quite enjoyed the film 'Hanna' which came out a few years ago. Now Prime has a series based on the same story. Ep1 was a recap of the original plot. We'll see. Nice locations.


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Reply #9 on: April 01, 2019, 10:58:38 AM
Hanna was a really good film, i have the series bookmarked to watch at some point


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Reply #10 on: May 25, 2019, 07:45:34 PM
I see Good Omens is coming to Prime next week.
It has a decent cast except for one massive shite in the trifle, Jack Whitehall.

I can't fucking stand him.
(the trailer looks like they haven't thrown a lot of money at it either (BBC class 'special' effects)....and I'm pretty sure I recognised the airfield they used as the old Top Gear circuit as well.....hmm, probably going to be pants)
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Reply #11 on: May 25, 2019, 10:04:20 PM
I believe the old TG track has been sold for housing.


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Reply #12 on: May 26, 2019, 08:30:22 AM
Possibly, it was only a glimpse.  :wink:

I see the BBC was involved in the production, possibly why the VFX look a bit poor.
(There's a clip of a 'demon' dog and it looks like it was lifted from The Mask, which was made in 1994)


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Reply #13 on: May 31, 2019, 03:37:32 PM
It's better than I thought apart from one massively annoying flaw.

The soundtrack. 

Through much of it they don't just allow the actors to speak, but instead overlay their lines with shitty 'ambient' music, which isn't so much a nudge, as a fucking shovel down the throat. :mad:
I only made it halfway through Episode 2 before it got too much for me and I had to turn it off. (Once heard....)   :rolleyes:

Michael McKean does a pretty decent Scottish accent, which was a surprise.
(If you've seen Better Call Saul, McKean is his older brother with the electromagnetic sensitivity thing)  :angry:
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Reply #14 on: June 03, 2019, 10:03:21 PM
I was distinctly unimpressed with Ep1, which I watched this afternoon. Nothing happened.


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Reply #15 on: June 04, 2019, 11:15:35 AM
Aye, it is a bit flat.
American Gods went the same after a strong start.
(trying to drag extra episodes out of it)  :rolleyes:


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Reply #16 on: June 08, 2019, 06:05:29 PM
We've just signed up for Prime and I really like the selection of stuff they have. There's a lot of dross on Netflix, so now that we've cut the cable, it's nice to have more to choose from.
At first I was running it over WiFi (fibre optic 100Mbps) but we had intermittent degrading, so I plugged in a network cable and all is nice and shiny now with 4k on some programs.
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Reply #17 on: June 08, 2019, 10:03:42 PM
Glad you have things fixed.


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Reply #18 on: July 07, 2019, 04:32:36 PM
Loudermilk season 2 is on Prime.

I binged it last night.  :grin:


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Reply #19 on: July 08, 2019, 04:11:07 PM
Can't get Loudermilk where we are, but we're watching The Night Manager with Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston.
It's pretty good, lovely vistas of Mallorca and Devon, and Hugh Laurie makes a convincing baddie.
Edit
Yes we can get Loudermilk, so I'll take a gander.
I contacted Amazon about the poor video, pixelating and low bandwidth messages and it seems to have resolved itself. There are plenty of messages about it on their forum.

https://www.amazonforum.com
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