Saucer-People's comments

The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom (2007)
Saucer-People 2 points 3 days ago.

My favourite Adam Curtis documentary series and perhaps the most currently relevant in terms of today’s culture wars.

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)
Saucer-People 2 points 3 days ago.

I would highly recommend this documentary series as it clearly explains over three episodes the roots of the so-called war on terror, the events surrounding 9/11 and the real history of the late 20th century.
Adam Curtis is one of the greatest living documentarians we have here in the UK and watching his entire body of work gives the viewer a historical insight into the way the world truly works.

The Mayfair Set (1999)
Saucer-People 2 points 3 days ago.

Incredible documentary series that explains over four parts how the UK was eaten alive by predatory capitalism during the 70s and 80s.
As always Adam Curtis tells the story in his own unique and highly absorbing way.

Weekend (1967)
Saucer-People 2 points 4 days ago.

Jean Luc-Godard at the height of his creativity - this was one of the first real ‘art-house’ films I saw as a young teenager and its always been one of my favourites.
I always think of Weekend as a curious prophecy of the revolutionary events of May ‘68 that occurred in France a year after the film’s release, but I digress…!

Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)
Saucer-People 1 points 4 days ago.

I’m a huge fan of the soundtrack by the legendary Italian brothers Guido And Maurizio De Angelis, especially the ‘Last Battle’ track but I must admit, I’ve never seen the film before so kudos to the poster, that’s my weekend film to watch list filling up nicely.

Des (2020)
DaniBl 7 points 8 days ago.

Great first episode and remarkable acting by David Tennant.

Saucer-People 8 points 8 days ago.

It took me a few moments to realise it was David Tennant, it almost felt as if he’d channeled the spirit of Nilsen - just extraordinary.
Kudos as well for casting Daniel Mays and Jason Watkins in the role of the Inspector and biographer - all three actors are at the top of their game and its such a pleasure to watch a British production of this high calibre.
As a teenage runaway myself, who lived on the streets and in London squats in 1983, the Nilsen story has always had a strange resonance for me. The ‘banality of evil’ label is so overused these days but in Nilsen’s case it is spot on. It’s been many years since I read Masters’ book but this opening episode really captures the atmosphere surrounding the case - can’t wait for the next episode.

Engrenages (2005)
Betamax78 1 points 9 days ago*.

why does this (amazing show)keep showing up on my too watch scheduled if their is zero links for any episodes ?anyone know a better site that i can watch this?

Saucer-People 1 points 8 days ago.

Looks like some very kind soul has posted all the links up to season 7 - I was a huge fan of the first four or five seasons then for some reason I couldn’t find any links to the rest and got distracted by other things.
I’m really looking forward to catching up with the newer seasons as Spiral/Engrenages is without a doubt one of the best cop shows ever to grace the small screen, perhaps not as iconic as The Wire or Hill Street Blues, but still an absolute tour de force as the French probably never say!

American Dad! (2005) S16 E23
Dante89 2 points 8 days ago*.

And just like all the other episodes this season, nothing happened. At least I laughed at one joke. Great way to waste a 300th episode… lol

Saucer-People 2 points 8 days ago. (Contains Spoilers)

Aside from the occasional Roger related joke(s) it was pretty damned poor for a 300th episode - you could see more time and effort was spent on the animation side of things but little to none on the script writing, assuming the inclusion of the golden turd would be enough for the fans.
I’m beginning to wonder whether I’ll be here for the 301st episode never mind the 400th, though at this deteriorating rate I doubt it will get to that number. unhappy face

The 10th Victim (1965)
Saucer-People 7 points 9 days ago.

One of the best non-English speaking dystopian/satirical sci-fi films of the sixties and it being the fashionable decade, also one of the most stylish.
This is also the first film to employ the ‘reality television’ trope of hunter/hunted, used to great success in films like Battle Royale and Running Man.
If you are not one of those people who have an aversion to subtitles I would also recommend a similar made for TV film from Germany, called ‘Das Millionenspiel’ and released in 1970.

The Vow (2020) S1 E4
snazzydetritus 1 points 9 days ago.

aw, ep.4 still not up?

Saucer-People 2 points 9 days ago.

I’m waiting as well - the sign of a good documentary series!

Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (2017) S2020 E13
Saucer-People 1 points 11 days ago. (Contains Spoilers)

The truth is definitely stranger than fiction in this episode - I feel for the guy and his mother, especially the fact that he was about to be indicted by a grand jury and the fact it was only the confession of one of pair that stopped it going any further, otherwise he would have probably got convicted and his mother would have also been charged for her ‘involvement’ - it does make you think.

Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (2017) S2020 E15
Saucer-People 1 points 11 days ago.

Good episode that leaves you with a sour taste in your mouth as you contemplate the rights and wrongs of the case.

Angel's Egg (1985)
Saucer-People 1 points 11 days ago.

(Studio Ghibli aside) Along with Midori, Belladonna Of Sadness and Grave of the Fireflies, Angel’s Egg is my favourite Japanese animation film - I’ve lost track of the times I’ve watched it, there is something so mysterious about it, that it pulls you in again and again.
Trivia: a large section of the animation was included in the 1988 Australian sci-fi film ‘In the Aftermath’ which blends the original animation into live-action Mad Max style footage apparently shot in the Californian desert (which is strange considering this is an Australian film until you realise its essentially a half-made film clumsily edited with Angel’s Egg to create a full length feature!).
I wouldn’t have even mentioned the film but for its inclusion of a most beautiful piece of piano music called ‘Carnavalito Tango’ by the Argentinian pianist Horacio Moscovici which can be heard on YouTube last time I looked.

King of the Castle (1977) S1 E2
Saucer-People 1 points 11 days ago.

Episode 2 is on YouTube but it’s a video embedded in a background (I’m guessing as a way of circumventing any copyright search) - this is why I hesitate to add it as a link but at least you can watch it and follow the series until a proper link to the episode is added.

Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (2017) S2020 E35
Saucer-People 2 points 11 days ago*. (Contains Spoilers)

Like the ‘Don’t F#ck With Cats’ documentary, this tells the story of a killer with a cinematic consciousness.
One of the hardest things about watching a story like this is the way the sensationalism and strangeness of the events seems to overshadow and devalue the victim, to turn them into almost a character in their own story, no matter how sensitively it’s told.
Still, it makes for fascinating viewing, moral ambiguity aside and kudos to the detective for seeing through the smoke and mirrors.

Dark Horse (2012)
Saucer-People 2 points 14 days ago.

The director Todd Solondz is an oasis of talent in a sea of gross mediocrity and pretty much every film he has made is well worth watching with perhaps ‘Happiness’ topping the bill.

Evil Lives Here (2016) S8 E1
Saucer-People 1 points 15 days ago*.

The podcast series Dirty John is well worth a listen after watching this as it really fleshes out the entire saga.
Your heart really goes out to Terra Newell, she is one incredibly courageous woman and without her fighting for her life things could have turned out so differently.

American Dad! (2005) S16 E22
Dante89 1 points 15 days ago.

Wow that was a pointless episode. :)

Saucer-People 1 points 15 days ago.

This entire season has been the worst - I can guarantee that if this had been the standard quality when it first started it wouldn’t have made it past its pilot episode never mind the first season.
The current show seem to be living off the loyalty of long term fans but it has its limits and I hate to say it, but I’m going to almost be glad when the season ends as I’m getting tired of the disappointment!

Den brysomme mannen (2006)
Saucer-People 5 points 15 days ago.

This is such an incredible film - if you like your cinema with a dose of high strangeness then this is one definitely for you.
Kudos to whoever posted this, I saw it a couple of times when it came out and its such a pleasure to revisit it as it is one of those films that seem to improve with repeat viewing.
File under independent/arthouse but in the best sense of the terms.

Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (2017) S2020 E29
Saucer-People 1 points 15 days ago*. (Contains Spoilers)

I’ve noticed that the route to finding the murderer often hinges on such seemingly ‘random’ factors - in this case the police cars called to a missing person inquiry blocking the way of the rubbish truck, which meant the torso the killer hid in the bin wasn’t taken away. Then a gust of wind caught the nose of one of the detectives and he smelled the unforgettable odour of decomposition, leading to that torso.
As it says at the end of the programme, without these ‘chance’ events, her disappearence would have probably gone unsolved and he would have got away with murder and clearly would have gone on to kill again.
Of course, it can be put down to sheer coincidence but personally it feels meaningful and more aligned to the Jung/Pauli theory of synchronicity.
Given that chance/causality can currently not be proven either way, it comes down to a subjective choice to believe one way or the other, and given this is the case, I like to believe I live in a universe of meaning, not one of random events.

Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (2017) S2020 E31
Bigredmachine 1 points 1 month ago.

Seen this one before…..

Saucer-People 1 points 15 days ago. (Contains Spoilers)

I had a sense of deja vu about this case then I realised, it was covered in episode one of season one of The Murder Tapes, titled ‘Albuquerque Ambush’.

Interestingly, Terry White appealed his case in 2019 but it was turned down, which was hardly surprising and yet he continues to maintain his innocence despite the DNA evidence and testimony of his former cell mate.

Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (2017) S2020 E28
magically_delicious 2 points 2 months ago. (Contains Spoilers)

Yet another example of a corrupt, useless legal system. No proof whatsoever, no DNA, multiple leads and “witnesses” unexplored, a lead detective who has a record of planting false evidence. This makes me sick.

Saucer-People 1 points 16 days ago. (Contains Spoilers)

I totally agree with both yours and Yellow Rose’s comments, I was astonished that she was found guilty and it highlights the fact that literally anyone can end up spending the rest of their life in prison based on a corrupt investigation and the unfounded assumptions of the investigators.
What always troubles me is the zealous conviction of the prosecuters and in this case, she seemed to be more concerned with getting a conviction than seeing justice done.
Let us just hope that she is one of the few who’s cases are successfully appealed though I very much doubt it.

Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (2017) S2020 E34
Julianna 2 points 17 days ago*.

Well said good Sir! I could not have said it better myself. Completely and utterly shocking! To see someone so evil and devoid of a conscience was just very horrible to witness. I knew there were evil people in the world but this was one of those crimes that is way up there on leaving you guessing almost until the end. Talk about an unusual suspect……. And the way Dateline did this episode is right up there as one of my favorites. Another must see for you is Criminal Confessions, Season 3 Episode 1 about Chris Watts, monster of Colorado. Looking forward to more of your excellent reviews!!

Saucer-People 1 points 16 days ago.

Thanks for the feedback Julianna, it’s very appreciated. I agree, The Chris Watts episode of Criminal Confessions just leaves you haunted and both shows deserve the highest praise for their sensitive and compelling narrations of these unspeakable crimes.

Criminal Confessions (2017) S3 E1
Julianna 3 points 9 months ago*.

This is one show that will haunt me the rest of my days. He is a monster. This show was very well done and created to bring focus and attention back to the beautiful Shanaan, Celeste, Bella and Nico and how precious they were. Not to just give the monster all the attention. He showed absolute guilt several times before he confessed in my opinion.

Saucer-People 4 points 16 days ago. (Contains Spoilers)

This is the second time I’ve watched this episode and like the first time, I just couldn’t stop crying when they showed the videos of the little girls who were so full of joy and life (the footage of Bella reciting the lines of ‘my daddy is a hero’ and knowing she had to endure watching her father strangling her baby sister and discarding her in that oil tank before fighting for her life while he did the same to her is something that will stay with me).
The agent Tammy Lee and all the others who brought this monster to justice, especially the ones who had to recover the girls bodies are the true heroes and I was particularly touched by her comments about being on this earth to do good and counteract the evil of someone like Chris Watts.
Kudos as well to the creators of this episode, they managed to tell the story without any sensationalism which is a difficult thing to do.

Dateline: Secrets Uncovered (2017) S2020 E34
Julianna 4 points 18 days ago.

Unbelievable story of murder and deception that will keep you guessing until you are absolutely horrified at the end! Well done Dateline!!

Saucer-People 3 points 17 days ago.

I totally agree, Julianna, I was absolutely gripped by the story and I’m so glad it was paced over 90 minutes as it is such a mindblowing and tragic story.
Though I haven’t watched that many episodes of this show, this is without a doubt the best I’ve seen so far.
Living in England, this story completely passed me by, which made it all the more compelling viewing.
A must see for any true crime aficionado!

Dark Skies (1996)
Saucer-People 2 points 17 days ago.

Along with Wild Palms, Nowhere Man and American Gothic, Dark Skies is definitely one of the most overlooked TV series of the nineties.
In many ways the success of the X-Files overshadowed Dark Skies which was a real shame as this was an incredibly original series.
It takes me back to a time pre-internet/pre-truthers when conspiracy theory, UFOlogy, occulture and deep politics were still very much part of the subcultural mileu and in many ways Dark Skies lifted the lid on the world of fanzines and obscure books with the occasional documentary thrown into the mix.
Perhaps there was less signal back then, but equally there was far less noise to deal with.

King of the Castle (1977)
Saucer-People 1 points 18 days ago.

Another ‘impossible it would be made today’ UK 70s fantasy kids series. As the BFI website states:

“Kafka for kids” is how co-writer Bob Baker concisely summed up this, another in a long line of unsettling mid-70s fantasy-based serials from West Country ITV franchise HTV. As Baker hinted, the title almost certainly came from Franz Kafka’s allegorical novel The Castle, a study of the dehumanising alienation wrought upon us all by modern society. And this was for children?
HTV executive Patrick Dromgoole modestly recalled it as “quite a serious piece of work” and the serial was nominated for a BAFTA. It stands as a benchmark of just how far ITV could sometimes push the envelope in the mid-70s.

Peter Kay's Stand-Up Comedy Shuffle (2020)
Saucer-People 1 points 18 days ago.

The BBC is so London-centric apart from the occasional show like this one, featuring Northern England’s funniest comedian - thank the comedy gods for Peter Kay!

Windstruck (2004)
Saucer-People 1 points 20 days ago.

Windstruck along with My Sassy Girl was one of my first introductions to South Korean cinema and it still remains one of my favourites - one of those perfect films when you need to completely escape from the present.

American Dad! (2005) S16 E21
[deleted] 3 points 22 days ago*. (Contains Spoilers)
Saucer-People 3 points 21 days ago. (Contains Spoilers)

I keep imagining the creators throw a load of jokes in a hat, mix them up and whatever order they come out becomes the final script - maybe they are saving all the good lines for the last two episodes, we can hope!
(the Pan Labyrinth line was pretty funny though)

Noi albinosul (2003)
Saucer-People 2 points 23 days ago.

Saw this when it came out and it is one of those films that gets under your skin and stays with you long after you’ve seen it - the cinematography is excellent and it’s one of the reasons why Iceland is on my bucket list!
While it will appeal to those who like their independent/arthouse cinema, it is still a great story and the acting is spot on.

The Vow (2020) S1 E2
Saucer-People 2 points 23 days ago.

Excellent 2nd episode, the way they are unfolding the historical arc of the NXIVM story makes for compulsive viewing and even if you already know the narrative and the individuals involved, it takes nothing away from the telling of the tale.

Danger Mouse (1981)
Saucer-People 2 points 25 days ago.

A much loved British institution featuring the voices of Terry Scott, David Jason among others - it’s amazing to think this cartoon spanned the entire eighties.
I’m just enjoying revisiting Daria and this is definitely on my animation list next!

The Happiness of the Katakuris (2002)
Saucer-People 2 points 27 days ago.

If you like strange Japanese films like House, this is definitely one for you - Takashi Miike is one hell of a prolific genius.

All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
Saucer-People 2 points 28 days ago.

If you’re a fan of Japanese cinema this is a must see - unlike a lot of American ‘teenage’films, Japanese coming of age cinema seems to focus as much on the internal subjective states of the adolescent mind as it does the outwards signifiers, such as obsession, bullying, criminality and family dynamics.
Great music in the Ambient/Ethereal style or whatever it is the media are currently calling it!

The Vow (2020)
Saucer-People 7 points 29 days ago.

For those who have followed the entire NXIVM saga via the media or the Escaping NXIVM podcast series, this is the documentary that takes it to the next level with an extraordinary level of involvement by some of the main players in the group, couple this with incredible archive footage of the group and its members as well as its “official” media productions.
NXIVM is a truly fascinating phenomena, a sort of C21st Scientology with elements of hardcore BDSM, mind control, Clockwork Orange style deprogramming, sex cult practices,
a smattering of celebrities, media personalities and occasional members of the super rich.
With such a rich cocktail of elements, this is going to be one interesting documentary series.

American Dad! (2005) S16 E20
Saucer-People 1 points 1 month ago. (Contains Spoilers)

Another veering on the unfunny episode with the Klaus ‘talking back’ line possibly the least funny ‘joke’ of the season

The Cool World (1964)
Paper Man (1971)
Saucer-People 2 points 1 month ago.

Great 1971 made for TV movie that addresses the fears and tensions around the role of the computer and artificial intelligence in society, themes that were just starting to make inroads into popular culture.
Plus you get to see a very young Dean Stockwell!

American Dad! (2005) S16 E19
Saucer-People 1 points 1 month ago.

I’m sure there hasn’t been one truly funny episode this season, but I’m still watching and living in hope like some eternal optimist, maybe I just need to let it go!

Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973)
DebbyDebb 2 points 1 month ago.

This show from many years ago is hilarious. I laugh til I almost wet myself. I used to watch this with my dad - he didn’t watch a lot of television but he never missed this and Get Smart. And of course Hockey Night in Canada. When I saw it here it brought back so many memories.

Saucer-People 2 points 1 month ago.

I’ve similar happy memories of watching this with my family and what I love about it looking back is the way it appeals to all ages - as a kid it was the slapstick component, but as an adult rewatching it, there is some wry humour at work.
Both main actors, Michele Dotrice and Michael Crawford are brilliant, very much in the Laurel And Hardy vein of classic comedy.

Joanna (1968)
Saucer-People 1 points 1 month ago.

Kudos and much thanks to the kind soul who responded to my links request.
One of the lesser known UK films of the late sixties but well worth a watch - as the film poster says ‘She’s Top Banana’ plus there’s Donald Sutherland, what more could you need?

Sapphire and Steel (1979)
Saucer-People 2 points 1 month ago.

Absolute classic UKTV Sci-fi series featuring two of Britain’s great actors David McCallum and Joanna Lumley. This is one hell of a spooky series and along with Quatermass 1979 and Children of the Stones, this was my all time favourite series of the seventies.
Each season is a stand-alone story as the two ‘interdimensional operatives’ find themselves in the past, future and elsewhere, dealing with ruptures in the space-time continuum.

Shadows (1975)
Saucer-People 1 points 1 month ago.

Absolute classic British supernatural TV series from a time when the child’s imagination was a place of exploration and possibilities, not a space to be colonised and exploited.
Huge thanks to the poster for updating the links, it’s a series I vaguely remember but had no idea it ran for three seasons!

Doom Patrol (2019) S2 E9
Saucer-People 3 points 1 month ago.

I’m so jaded about the hype surrounding DC/Marvel film/tv series that I didn’t bother watching Doom Patrol till last week - my huge mistake, but I caught up in time to catch the S2 finale today - what an incredible show, I feel like I’m finally back home in the DC Universe! The people behind this are the only ones I would trust to make a worthwhile adaptation of The Invisibles comic by Grant Morrison, now that would be something special.

Daria (1997)
Saucer-People 2 points 1 month ago.

I’d forgotten how good Daria was. I was an avid fan when it came out - actually it’s a revelation watching the animation in high quality, when it was beamed to UK television sets in nineties, clearly the quality left something to be desired!

Zombie Holocaust (1980)
Saucer-People 1 points 1 month ago.

One of my all time favourite Italo-Horror Soundtracks by maestro Nico Fidenco ‘Make Love On The Wing’ is the perfect track that only the Italians can do with any style.
Considering this was made in 1980 some of the electronic tracks anticipate techno, such was Nico’s genius.

Please Sir! (1968)
Saucer-People 1 points 1 month ago.

Kudos to the poster for their efforts with the Please Sir! Series - I remember watching the re-runs in the late 70s/early 80s and even now, all these decades later, most of the ‘skool kidz’ still look like fully grown adults!
While there are some excellent British actors involved in the series, it has unsurprisingly dated though personally I love watching shows like this as they are a reminder of another world, where things were very different!

The Committee (1968)
Saucer-People 1 points 1 month ago.

Very much of the experimental period of late sixties UK Films - of course its The Pink Floyd soundtrack that added to its mystique down the decades (I certainly had heard of the film many years before I saw it).
The main protagonist was played by real life Pop star Paul Jones from the sixties band Manfred Mann, fresh from starring across sixties icon Jean Shrimpton in the Peter Watkin’s 1967 dystopian musical film Privilege.
Worth a watch if you like art-house cinema, the music of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd or are just interested in the experimental artifacts of sixties Britain.

Wings of Desire (1987)
Saucer-People 6 points 2 months ago.

This is about as good as it gets - forget the remake, it’s all about the original Wim Wenders film. What makes this so good is the way it appeals across the board - whether you like more mainstream films or prefer the art-house type, it doesn’t matter, it’s just an incredible film - it did for Wenders what The Elephant Man did for David Lynch and though very different films, the genius of each director shines through.

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