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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #5401
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    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    I sort of expected blood to spatter the advertisement at the end. But damn. You find out it's one year. How bad must one year be that you can't wait?

  2. #5402
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    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    I watched Them on Prime Video. It's a powerful show about racism in the 50's, but also involves supernatural horror elements. Like HBO's Lovecraft Country, I feel that it tries to do a little too much and that the actual message get a bit muddled in the process. This show does a better job at conveying a powerful anti-racist message than Lovecraft Country, which was a bit too grotesque for its own good, but with Them too it remains a bit unclear to me what it's actually trying to say. Still an entertaining, sometimes fittingly uncomfortable watch.

  3. #5403
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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Land of the crazy
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    This is a pretty awesome scifi short somebody made, "Slice of Life".
    Very nice, thanks.

  4. #5404
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    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in the case of Brandon Cronenberg's (son of David) Possessor. I have a strong stomach and won't quickly call a movie disturbing but this fits the bill. It contains gruesome, close-up violence, the kind of body horror his father was famous for in his early work (also in Dead Ringers), and almost pornographic sex scenes. However, the most disturbing part is how cold and emotionless and unempathetic the movie is. The story is intriguing but don't expect to care about any of the characters. This kind of cold, clinical, detached filmmaking gets under my skin more than the actual violence on display. I admired this movie more than I liked watching it.

    There are a lot of things to admire here. The weird technology on display, how utterly alien it looks, like a calibration device encased in leather for some reason, and the device used to transfer conscientiousness reminiscent of the work of H.R. Giger. How alien human bodies look for that matter, with extreme closeups with weird lighting that can make even a human ear or hand look alien. There are frequent quick flashes of horrifying imagery that look grotesque but pass too quickly to really get a grasp of what you're seeing, which reminded me of the horrifying quick flashes of hellish images in Event Horizon.

    The events later on in the movie get kind of disjointed and not everything is explained. Partly this is not a problem, for example I didn't mind that they explain very little of the purpose of this organization and why it exists. Unlike Inception, which also deals with transfer of consciousness, there isn't a lot of explanatory dialogue and Cronenberg is clearly not aiming for maximum clarity. But other things that aren't explained are a little more grating, like how Riseborough's character seems to be fairly pragmatic and unemotionial about her job and doesn't seem to have a particularly sadistic personality yet she repeatedly chooses the most violent ways to kill her targets, I mean she's issued a gun but chooses to kill her targets by violent stabbings with a knife and a fireplace poker respectively, all of which is shown in extreme detail of course.

    I don't want to sound like a Puritan but this is a pretty sick movie (that I nevertheless watched all the way through). Whether that's a turnoff or a recommendation for you, that's your call.

  5. #5405
    ZylonBane
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: ZylonBane
    Saying "I like anime" is like saying "I like books". It's a medium, not a genre.

  6. #5406
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    Location: Finland
    I just rewatched the first movie I ever bought on VHS, Thunder Run. It's never been re-released on DVD but someone put the whole thing on YT.



    Forrest Tucker plays an old trucker/cobalt miner/war-vet who gets hired for ONE LAST JOB: transporting plutonium in a Kenworth W900 truck through a stretch of desert while being beset by Mad Max villains. The titular Thunder Run only begins halfway through the movie, but from there on it's straight-up action till the the end. It's like a proto-Fury Road! Ok, it's not, but it's very charming in a typical 80's Cannon-films B-movie kinda way. The stakes are well set up and the action is decently directed. This thing held up better than I expected, really.

    Also recently watched:

    Horse Girl - Allison Brie plays a woman who loses her mind. The whole thing is told from her perspective and it's just fascinating.

    Star Wars Clone Wars - I've been sporadically watching this as a Saturday morning cartoon for the last few years and I recently got to the end. The last couple seasons sets up a lot of stuff that continues in Mandalorian, Ep. 3 and Solo. Those were the most fun episodes. I also watched the first few episodes of the Bad Batch, buuuut, eh. The titular batch aren't an especially interesting bunch.

    The Ring - I've been meaning to see this for like 20 years now and I finally got around to it. Not too scary, but it has some very memorable scenes and I can totally see what the big whoop was all about.

    Army of the Dead - Perhaps not as good as Snyder's first zombie movie, Dawn of the Dead, but I think I liked this more than anything he's done since Watchmen. At 2.5h it's a bit too flabby, but there's a lot of great character moments and action scenes. Loved Tig Notaro in this.
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  7. #5407
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    I’m watching Withnail & I. Its like Fear & Loathing except Brittish and unintelligble (because of of all the Brittish accents)

  8. #5408
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    Registered: Sep 2005
    Location: Not Kansas
    I'm all excited because season 2 of the Norwegian drama 'Ragnarok' is finally out!! Just started the 1st episode of season 2 and it doesn't disappoint! Puts a whole new twist on the Norse legend.

    https://youtu.be/7H9AaiBLHCo

  9. #5409
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Speaking of Norwegian dramas, Atlantic Crossing is great drama. And I'm just coming off of World on Fire. Both of these are WWII dramas being aired on PBS, although I think they may have originally been made for or in cooperation with BBC or something like that?

    The whole period is just infused with drama to begin with. World on Fire takes a lot of personal drama in the lives of some interconnected characters and just, as the title suggests, sets fire to the whole thing by placing it all in the middle of WWII on top of everything else. It goes to show how personal lives can get completely obliterated by the movement of history like this. Atlantic Crossing is more specifically on the family drama of the Norweigen royal family, and the political drama of their nation & the region they can't help but be wrapped up in.

    Anyway, long story short, I think it's a good time to be looking back on the history of WWII. The reaction I keep coming back to, that probably a lot of people would, and that's increasingly relevant in our own time, is fuck nazis. Not just in general -- although it's true that any time is a good occasion to let nazis know they can fuck off -- but a point I feel like these dramas keep hammering on is that it's a very specifically shit thing to do for a group of humans to become so intolerant, so caught up in their stupid worldview of will to power and fuck the weak and here let me rub shit in your face just because we can... how monstrous humans can become to each other, and how it's not content to just stop with the monsters' own crimes, but it has to infect every person in society just trying to lead a decent life to have to be complicit and join in their stupid nazi games.

    I think it's important to watch now just to remember this is a thing that can happen to humans sometimes. I hate that in my own country, I feel like I hear more and more rhetoric that's so inhuman and cruel. I can grant okay it's not literal nazism in the technical genocidal sense, but once you cross a line where it's okay to dehumanize some groups and be cruel just for cruelty's sake, it's like the monster has already gotten inside of you. And I don't like it! And these dramas are doing a really good job of reminding me exactly why I don't like it!

    We're all, most of us anyway, each on our own perilous journeys fraught with complications and vacillations and life is hard enough without assholes feeling entitled to butt in and ruin people's lives just because they get a hard on for being cruel to strangers. A little compassion please, or at the very least, just chill and tend to your own mommy and daddy issues if you're so full of hate. Cruelty to others isn't going to give you that feeling of wholeness back.

    Anyway, yeah, 8.5/10. Both of 'em. A bit heavy with the sentimentalism and slick with the plotting sometimes, but minor foibles aside, great shows.

  10. #5410
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    Registered: Sep 2005
    Location: Not Kansas
    Well said indeed, Cade.

  11. #5411
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    Registered: Dec 2011
    Location: Ferrol - Spain
    The last stages of the French Camino in my homeland in northwestern Spain.

    https://youtu.be/0W1_eVtsJgk?t=2522
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  12. #5412
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    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    Little Joe is about a geneticist who creates a plant that just wants you to be happy and to take care of it. What could be wrong about that? Some small adjustments may have to be made but you won't notice really.

  13. #5413
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    Location: NeoTokyo
    Salad Mug


  14. #5414
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    We've been watching season 1 of Steven Soderbergh's The Knick, which is about a NYC hospital in 1900. While, like a lot of Soderbergh's work, there's a certain coldness and a distance to how he tells his stories, which may put some people off, it's a fascinating story he's telling here, and the actors are largely very good, even great - in particular Andre Holland (who plays the first POC doctor at the Knick). What I like most perhaps is how Soderbergh never goes for the cosy, nostalgic feel that so much historical fiction on TV or in the movies love: it feels *current*, not *historical*.

  15. #5415
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: The land of ever sideways rain
    Ok, I have a completely pointless opinion. Outdated.

    A few months ago, I signed up for Disney+ so I could watch Mandalorian. I enjoyed it.

    As an old, fat, middle-aged Star Wars fan, I figured there should be more there I hadn't seen yet. So I gave Clone Wars a go.

    Well... I think enjoy is a strong word. Endure? As a completist nerd, but not nerdy enough to have bothered until I could watch it for free, I'm a little bit keen to get a few back stories, apparently Ahsoka was some big deal I was unaware of. On the other, some of the episodes are really quite... bad. Terrible writing, terrible acting, passable animation. But then I remind myself, hey, I'm a grumpy old miserable guy who generally hates everything, and this is a kids' show, and I'm only watching it for character development.

    With that new, reframed stated of mind, it's almost not terrible. I'm on season 4 now. There is the occasional episode I actually like, but, I'm not enough of a hardcore fan to care, and it's decent enough to fall asleep to. I'll definitely watch it until the bitter end, no matter whether I like it or not.

  16. #5416
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    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Deep inside mediocrity
    I started watching S1 E1 of Lupin but English dubbed over the French is annoying. Has anyone watched enough episodes to know if it's worth continuing to watch in the English version?

  17. #5417
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    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    How about French with English subtitles? I also watched it in French, with Dutch subtitles, instead of the dubbed English version.

  18. #5418
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    Registered: Aug 2002
    Location: Deep inside mediocrity
    Subtitles with the sound off might be better.

  19. #5419
    French with subs is the best way

  20. #5420
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    @mxleader
    Why would you *not* want the French audio? Perhaps I misunderstand you, but your posts seem to suggest that for you it's either the dubbed sound or no sound at all, which without elaboration seems a bit odd, to say the least.

  21. #5421
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    I always go original language + subs.
    Overdubs are usually nowhere near as good.

    It's weird that anyone would prefer no audio to the original language.

  22. #5422
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    Location: Everywhere
    Gray -{SPOILER-ISH] I'd recommend using a Wookiepedia guide for the "essential" Clone Wars episodes since there are some that tie into the movies heavily. Especially the last 4-5 episodes of the final season. Rebels is a bit better, especially the longer it goes, but by the end of all that it feels like they should have just set a show ABOUT Ahsoka and Darth Maul in the Clone Wars era. She figures in prominently in Rebels. All of this is supposed to lend weight to her appearance in Mando, but I think Filoni and co. overestimated how many people knew who she was from the cartoons. I was fortunate enough to have time to watch all this in the right order because in Rey's "get up" scene in Rise of Skywalker, it was pretty chilling to hear her voice most prominently among other characters from the movies, but also these animated series. IMO, Ahsoka is pretty much the embodiment of what Star Wars was and should be - she's a skeptic/heretic that sees the entire light/dark Jedi/Sith thing objectively and looks for a more practical way.

  23. #5423
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: The land of ever sideways rain
    fett, you may be right. Some episodes of Clone Wars are actually quite good, the really cringe-worthy bad ones seem fewer now in seasons 4, 5, 6, more of the backstory development I was longing for, suffering through all that godawful Jag Jar nonsense. If there is one thing that the whole Star Wars franchise do NOT do well, it's comedy, be it by Lucas or his devotees. Not funny, never funny, painful to endure. How bloody difficult can it be to just make a quick joke and not make it seem to struggled and laboured? Sheesh. Comic relief? No, painful endurance. Comedy is all in the...

    I have watched Rebels. Initially, I hated it, because all the characters were quite annoying, but over time, the writing got better and I actually started to care. I think I still have one season to go. I tend to switch to that whenever there's a terrible episode of Clone Wars I just can not endure at that particular time.

    And, because I'm gullible and naive, and easily swayed by heavy advertising, I started watching The Bad Batch. In fact, that's the whole reason I started with Clone Wars, to get their backstory. I find it generally less annoying than Clone Wars, but not a big fan of Omega yet.

    [Edit]

    Timing.

  24. #5424
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    Location: Finland
    So I just watched Amazon Prime-exclusive The Tomorrow War. Sci-fi-action movie starring Chris Pratt, with a quite Edge of Tomorrow-esque story of aliens and time travel and whatnot. I mostly liked it, until the final act. First off, the in medias res opening sucks a lot of tension out of the early scenes, but once we get over that hump the movie is pretty good until we get to the part that feels like it should be the ending. But then I guess the producers or whoever felt that it was too bleak so the movie keeps on going for another act where it feels like the actors and writers have been told to "lighten things up" because there's a bunch of stupid quips all of a sudden and also the story gets really fucking dumb. Y'know, if it'd just ended with Muri making a heroic sacrifice to make sure lil Muri and her family could live on that would've been a perfect bittersweet ending, but nope. They almost had a good sci-fi movie here, but then they fucked it up.

    Oh yeah, Rebels is pretty good, I'm watching that now as well. Feels more consistently solid than Clone Wars. Bad Batch didn't grab me.

  25. #5425
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: The land of ever sideways rain
    (Oh, come on, that "timing" joke was pure perfection, probably the funniest thing I've written in five years. No? Heathens!)

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