watched lots of stuff recently...
Fletch - after watching the recent remake, i rewatched the original. it absolutely still holds up. all the quotable lines and humor still work. one thing i noticed when comparing the Hamm version and this - really, they are extremely similar in writing. the character of Fletch is essentially the same. i think the main reason the original feels more "funny" is the soundtrack. the iconic, playful, and memorable harold faltermeyer work on this gives an entirely different feeling when watching. i think if you put the remake score under this film, or lifted this score under the remake, the feeling of the films would flip-flop. so really, watching this made me appreciate how good the remake actually is, while still being able to love this as i always have.
Nocturnal Animals - rewatched this accidentally. meaning, i didn't remember from the title that i had watched this before, but shortly into it realized i had. man is this a dark, depressing film. really well done, and i do like it, but man it's dark. i think if you do a trilogy of this, The Pledge, and Melancholia, you'd probably die from sad.
Drops Of God - went into this knowing nothing about it. apparently it's based on a hit manga? regardless, a fabulous story set in the fascinating world of elite wines and wine tasters. that's extremely reductive of what this really is, but that's the draw. the drama of this is extremely well done. multi-lingual (french, japanese, english), excellent cast, beautiful writing are all highlights of this 8-episode limited series. while i found the ending to be sort of at odds with the feeling of the rest of the show and kind of silly, as i understand it it's inline with the source material. highly recommend watching this. i haven't seen much talk about it, so it's flying under the radar at the moment, but deserves any view and praise it will undoubtedly get.
White House Plumbers - 5-episode docudrama about Liddy, Hunt, and the Watergate saga. wasn't expecting there to be so much humor in this, but man it's fully of bungling hijinks. Harrelson and Theroux are fantasticly cast, as is Lena Heady, and really everyone else. very entertaining and well-done show. the facts of this thing are truly humorous, as is the motive and how things really unfolded. absolutely worth the watch. again, Theroux's Liddy is a massive highlight. he's so great.
Prehistoric Planet - first season was excellent, so expected nothing less from s2, and was so rewarded. if you're remotely interested in dinosaurs and the reality of life back then, this effects-driven show is an great watch. the one negative i'll say is that they make a lot of statements about how things were, how species behaved, etc., without really explaining how they made those determinations. they pick one thing to explain after each episode, but i had several questions in each that don't get addressed. so i guess it's more of a prompt to do your own research, if you care enough to do so.
Chimp Empire - unbelievable show documenting groups of chimps in the Ngogo forest. the back story is insane - it took these people 30 years to build the trust with the chimps to enable the filming of this 5-episode show to happen. extremely intimate look at chimp society, rules, behaviors, wars, survival, etc. highly recommended.