The Grand Tour – Netflix

I’d seen previews of this show while watching other things on Netflix but never really understood what it was all about until Cathryn and I watched an episode. Making that decision proved to be a good choice.

It’s called a British television series about cars but The Grand Tour is much more than that. You don’t have to know anything about cars or be a motorhead to appreciated the show. Granted, they talk a lot about cars – mostly sports cars, but they produce the show in a tent while they travel around the world to different locations.

Using the car theme, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May discuss everything from engine size to comfort levels, making fun of each other and some of the vehicles they are describing. They build, compare, race, and even destroy cars across the world.

Although the show is presented from a tent, it’s recorded in front of a live audience. Cathryn and I both get a kick out of the show and neither of us are car buffs. If you’re looking for something different on Netflix, take forty-five minutes and give it a try. It’s a fun show.

Halt & Catch Fire – Netflix

imagesWith everyone spending more time at home the last six months, I’ve been seeing lots of posts for recommendations of what to watch on Netflix. I don’t know about you but sometimes I spend more time searching for something decent or different than I actually do watching a show or movie. There is a ton of crap out there.

If you’re looking for an interesting series that is binge-worthy and runs more than one season, try Halt & Catch Fire. I know, it’s the stupidest name I’ve ever heard for a show but it was a nice break from all the psycho and serial killer shows. It’s an American AMC series that runs four seasons and showed from 2014 to 2017.

The show is set in the early 80’s when the computer industry was in its infancy, and it follows a mis-matched group of entrepreneurs who want to create the next best product that will change the world. The main actors have been around some but there are no big names to recognize.

Cathryn and I both found the show likeable, her more so because she didn’t have to keep track of a body count or close her eyes during gory scenes. It was cool to see old computers with dial-up modems that some of you other old folks should remember working on. You’ll recognize some big names like IBM, Atari, and even Yahoo. Check it out if you’re looking for something different.

Rants, Raves & Reviews – The Irishman

imagesAt three and a half hours, I”m glad we watched this movie on Netflix at home and not at the movie theatre – I would have needed at least two bathroom breaks. Honestly, there’s no reason to see this flick on the big screen. There’s no special cinematography to gawk at, but if you’re into seeing blood spatter left by the guy who paints houses, then go for it.

Being a fan of gangster films, and hearing of the star-studded cast and special aging effects, I was a bit hyped and looked forward to seeing this movie. For me, it was a let-down. Granted, the cast and acting was top-notch but the plot steered us toward certain events in history and then left us hanging. Millennials and those unaware of politics and history will be totally lost.

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