• 20 Nov 2023, 2:37 p.m.

    The issue here isn't the biopics, it's the superheroes, or at least the wierdos into capes and brightly coloured y-fronts.

  • 20 Nov 2023, 3:01 p.m.

    Sure. I was specifically talking to the suggestion that it was "quite revealing", when I found it anything but.

    My wife watched it before I did, she came away saying she couldn't believe how horrible everyone was to him. He spent the entire first episode talking about how much he loved and welcomed the limelight and being the big star, if you do that and then behave like a petulant cunt then you deserve to get called out for it. Obviously hanging effigies outside pubs in East London is pantomime levels of excess, but I don't have a lot of sympathy for him getting us knocked out of a World Cup and then whining about people being upset about it.

  • 20 Nov 2023, 3:04 p.m.

    On that front he was somewhat unlucky. It was never a red card.

  • 20 Nov 2023, 3:38 p.m.

    Of course, you go into these programs knowing at some point a millionaire is going to tell you how tough everything is from their giant crystal clean house and because we're all only rude behind a computer it's nice to be reminded that back in the good old days if you wanted to call someone a cunt you had to get off your fat arse and harass them personally.

  • 20 Nov 2023, 3:53 p.m.

    Regardless of whether you believe it was a correct decision or not, if he hadn't behaved like a petulant cunt the ref wouldn't have been in a position to make it.

  • 20 Nov 2023, 4 p.m.

    The defence rests.

  • 20 Nov 2023, 5:26 p.m.

    The part about the sending off and the aftermath was not terribly revealing, other than Simeone laughing his tits off about it.

    I thought the other episodes were interesting in terms of his departure from United, imposter syndrome at Madrid, and his subsequent football and business choices. You obviously didn’t. You’ve probably spent more airtime telling me I shouldn’t have watched it than I spent watching it. It killed some time on a plane and I learned something. My needs are simple.

  • 20 Nov 2023, 5:59 p.m.

    I didn't watch past the first episode. I don't watch much TV, so shows that don't interest me in the first episode generally don't get to the second.

    And I didn't say you shouldn't have watched it, I said that I didn't get from it what you got from it.

  • 20 Nov 2023, 8:17 p.m.

    These two things may, in fact, be related…

  • 21 Nov 2023, 4:47 a.m.

    We enjoyed Painkiller on Netflix, a dramatization of the story of Purdue Pharma and the OxyContin epidemic in the US.

  • 21 Nov 2023, 6:28 a.m.

    If you’re interested Behind The Bastards did a ‘fun’ two-part podcast dive into the Sackler family and their murderous cuntytude.

    Netflix let them off easy.

  • 2 Dec 2023, 5:03 a.m.

    On the heels of the BBC putting Top Gear on indefinite hiatus due to Flintoff's accident, The Grand Tour is coming to an end as well - they've filmed the last two and aren't doing any more. I know it's de rigueur for people who think Stewart Lee has anything worthwhile to say to shit on those shows, but I've always enjoyed them immensely and am very sad to see the end of them.

  • 2 Dec 2023, 6:25 a.m.

    They’re not for me, and I am a confirmed fan of Stewart Lee. But I have very much come to the view that sneering at them the way folk do is very shitty, and that there is absolutely space in the TV schedules for unashamedly blokey stuff (which I don’t say to disparage them in any way.. it just feels like that was is the core of why they get sneered at), and these shows did that very well.

  • 2 Dec 2023, 8:07 a.m.

    I haven't watched any of the Flintoff episodes but enjoyed the Clarkson/May/Hamster stuff from the mid-2000s onwards. I'll happily still watch a Top Gear from that era if it pops up on a Freeview channel somewhere.

  • Squad
    2 Dec 2023, 8:29 a.m.

    I fell off watching them after they left for Amazon. I’m not sure why as I watched a couple and enjoyed them (see also Clarkson on the farm thingy).

    Might get some watched over Christmas.