Being Stuck (at Home) – Part 2

A few weeks ago (xxxxxxxxxx) I posted a list of 20 movies and short descriptions that I thought might be of interest to all of us stuck at home due to Covid-19 and its variants. That seems to still be the case now (or, probably, should be), so I decided that a part 2 would be in good taste. So here is another list of movies that I have found to be very interesting lately. Do note that subtitles were high on my list lately. If you don’t like them, well, I am sorry, however, they give the story more by my hearing the native languages.

  1. Rugal – Not certain about the rating – not for kids – subtitled from Japanese. This is a one-season series about a man who is found with the his murdered wife and he has been blinded and can’t identify the killers. He then joins a group of crime fighters who have artificial replacements for body parts which give them some special abilities. Story has been interesting so far. I have watched 2 full episodes. I like the premise and it shows more emotion than most Japanese shows I have watch.
  2. Vivo – A “G”-rated show (Disney?) about an intelligent animal how has to get from Cuba to Florida. Cute and well worth watching, I thought.
  3. Bad Guys: Vile City – Another subtitled Japanese crime series. This one is about a very corrupt government by Criminals (Gang). The Inspector decides to allow the head policeman to hire anyone to help him. The policemen hires people nearly as bad as the criminals, but who help not hurt. Again, not finished, but has been very good up to now. Probably not for children either.
  4. Control Z – This has been really good. I believe it is in Polish – subtitled. It is a 3-season series about a high school in which someone is letting the public know about the private matters (secrets) of students and staff. The heroine is a sherlock-type girl, not really liked (at first), and how she deduces and helps to solve the problems (or crimes at many times). Not for children.
  5. The Witcher – Not subtitled! Named after the video game, this, so far, one-series show, I couldn’t wait to have come to Netflix. I have watched it 3 times and enjoyed it each and every time. Slightly funny, provocative, and thrilling, this series has the current Superman star (James Cavell) playing the “White Wolf” Witcher, a mutated man (intentionally) who has a rough exterior, superior strength and endurance, some spell-casting, and no fear at all. He travels around the lands (basically living for many years in perfect health) for hire killing demons and monsters. The plot has been great (really needs a second season) and intertwines all over. The only problem I had the first time through was keeping track as the show changes from present to past and back somewhat frequently. Some nudity, a lot of blood and violence, and the f-word gets thrown around a lot.
  6. I am not checking the first installment of this blog type, but “LA’s Finest” has a second season. This police-detective show, a series resembling the “Bad Boys” movies, stars Jessica Alba, so you know I was gonna watch! Great show, not as much violence and almost none of the language, it is every bit as good as the movies it was drawn from. A lot of fun banter and action.
  7. How to Get Away with Murder – This one has 5 seasons. I have watched 3 and a half so far. I loved the premise and the 1st season. Around 15-20 episodes a season, the show is about a college class of law students who take a class by the best Defense Attorney in the business. The star students all get together to study and work hard to get a good grade. Of course, the unthinkable happens and they are now tied together by a secret which they and their professor go down the rabbit hole to conceal. Not for children, but good. I am slowed by this 4th season as it has dragged a bit more and gotten really dark. I will keep on to see what happens though.
  8. Gray’s Anatomy (17 seasons) – I never got into this when it was actually on TV, but because my daughter really liked it – I started it. And it is a really good medical show with great and bad people and I am learning a lot about Intern ER life and medicine.
  9. Altered Carbon – 2 seasons of a show that made my head hurt at times, it is one of the best SF series I have seen in a long time. The rough, bloody show is about a time when people have their brains copied to storage units and when the body dies, they get a replacement unit. It is another show with a hidden agenda. Just remember that just because a person looks like someone on the outside doesn’t mean that’s who’s brain is inside.
  10. The Darkest Hour – Another Sci-fi show about an invasion (yeah, one of those). But it takes place overseas and is about a few tourists who get involved from the onset of an invasion by unseen creatures who vaporize people. Interesting and intense and a bit scary. Good show.
  11. Blood Red Sky – Vampires, R-rated movie. This has an interesting twist. About a vampire mother and her normal son who are traveling to America to see a doctor who is said to have a cure. While on the plane, hijackers take over the ship and threaten the passengers…

There have been many more, but I will stop here for now. I hope there is a 3rd installment, though they can fix the virus and let us back out any time – I will still watch shows on Netflix.



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