Thursday, December 28

Ep 767 The Professional Left Podcast - What We Watched in 2023

NOTABLE TV Watched in 2023

Silo  – works because of Rebecca Ferguson who plays a cynical, suspicious engineer-turned-marshal Juliette Nichols.

Pale Blue Eye. released in late 2022.  We liked it.  Critics were “meh”.  But DG is a big Edgar Allan Poe head so…

Speaking of Poe…The Fall of the House of Usher.   All the actors were great.  The pillars were:
Bruce Greenwood as Roderick Usher.  

Mary McDonnell as Madeline Usher. 

Carl Lumbly as C. August Dupin

And Mark Hammill as Arthur Pym.

Carla Gugino as Verna.

Michael Trucco as Rufus Griswold.  

Speaking of Blue Eyes… Blue Eye Samurai.  Yowza!  Talked to our paterfamilias about it just this morning.  

Fargo – Juno Temple and John Hamm
Slow Horses – Checks every box!  Solid source material.  Excellent acting.  And Gark Oldman says he’ll keep doing ‘em as long as they keep writing ‘em.  Great balance of the season-long story…and the ongoing lives and tribulations of the main characters.

Murder at the End of the World – Emma Corrin in a role very different from Princess Diana in “The Crown.”  And for THIS she should win an Emmy but there are so many…

The Bear, Season 2 – 
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Jeremy Allen White
Ayo Edebiri

AND THEN, suddenly

Bob Odenkirk
John Mulaney
Jamie Lee Curtis
Sarah Paulson

Olivia Colman

And Liza Colón-Zayas, who plays veteran chef Tina Marrero, sings “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” at a karaoke bar and blows us away

Poker Face  – Is all about a “crime of the week” solved by Natasha Leon, AND the guest stars, AND a season-long plot that keeps her on the run.

The Gold – 
Jack Lowden, on his down time from Slow Horses.
Hugh Bonneville, retired now from Downton Abbey.

Bodies.  We did a whole podcast at Science Fiction University on this one. 
Only Murders in the Building
Perry Mason season 2
Picard season 3 – Finally figured out what fans wanted, and gave it to us.
The Mandalorian Season 3
Ted Lasso season 3 - another Juno Temple triumph also Hannah Waddingham can sing.
Hijack - Idris Elba is not the snake on the plane.
Loki season 3  Probably need to do a podcast on Loki.  
The Continental: From the World of John Wick

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds -- Season 2 – [QUOTE] Season two Episode 5 is awesome. Spock becomes human. The last few shows have been hilarious! I love the comedy and real messages..... I am laughing like crazy on season 2 Episode 5... Now Episode 9 Subspace Rhapsody - THE BEST[UNQUOTE]  They bring a Broadway level type musical into the show... How awesome is that! I cannot believe how different these shows are.  Also -- cartoons!

Gilded Age – FRAN hate-watched it. 

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off – Will get to it.

For All Mankind – Started it but taking a break.
Justified: City Primeval – Started but it just didn’t work.
Beacon 23 – Started but it just didn’t work.
White House Plumbers – Started but it just didn’t work.
Foundation Season 2 – Season 1 was so disappointing that we never got back to it.
House of the Dragon – Nope.  


The Boys
Jury Duty
The Wheel of Time
Daisy Jone & The Six
The Boys, Season 3

MOVIES: We Watched

Godzilla Minus One
The Holdovers
Spider Man --Across the Spiderverse
Asteroid City
Dream Scenario
MOVIE/TV: Barbie.
MOVIE/TV: The Flash
MOVIE/TV: The Burial
MOVIE/TV:  The Killer
MOVIE/TV:  Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One
LATE TO THE PARTY:  Coherence (2013)

MOVIES -- HAVEN'T WATCHED:  (** = definitely on our to-watch list)

John Wick: Chapter 4
The Marvels (2023)
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Blue Beetle.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Indiana Jones and Medicare Part “D”.
Killers of the Flower Moon
Oppenheimer **
Poor Things. **
Dumb Money
A Haunting in Venice
American Fiction **

Thursday, December 14

Ep 764 The Professional Left Podcast

And here's a gallery of old skool Paul Ryan photoshops from back in the day (it's good to have archives).