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Thread: What are you gonna watch?

  1. #426
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    Cowboy Bebop reviews are coming in but, er, probably best not to read them if you want to go into the show fresh, I think is the diplomatic way to put it... Unless you think low expectations might give the show a healthy boost, in which case have at 'em.

    But I'm posting because of another hype machine dropping today:


  2. #427
    I liked it. Big fan of Daniella Pineda as Faye, she's fantastic. Big plus for the cast in general, less so for the writing, but overall it's a solid show.
    And of course, for jazz aficionados, the soundtrack is just glorious *chef's kiss*

    I'll be coming back for season 2.

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  4. #429
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    If there was one franchise that would make me feel literal anti-hype for a sequel, it's this one.




    Not to say I won't watch it someday when I'm bored to tears.
    It's also good fodder for the art direction, one can't deny.


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    Oh, I guess I should elaborate....

    There are Apache in the story I'm writing. I thought I might not be qualified to include their part of the narrative, but it somehow seems worse to have important parts of the story (which I latched on to for other reasons) involve them and not give their perspective, especially when it's documented just as well as anybody else's. So I've been reading up on them a lot.

    That has somehow primed me to be more put off than usual at seeing fantasy indigenous people get the limelight when the stories of actual indigenous peoples are still boxed away in dark corners. And the Apache story is pretty amazing if you care anything about that part of the world.

  5. #430
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    Oh my god



    Mike Judge has still GOT IT!

  6. #431
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    I've been playing around a lot with Unreal Engine 5, and sometimes I think, well every movie is just going to be made with this now, or equivalent tech like Houdini. To wit:



    Edit: Here's a 2nd trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dajBhMSd00
    Last edited by demagogue; 24th Aug 2022 at 01:25.

  7. #432
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    Looks worthwhile to me

  8. #433
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    I just started the latest season of "The Boys" and it began with the usual gruesome scenes that were also funny. I'm struggling to stay focused on the show when I play episodes though so either I've lost interest in the story or the current season isn't that great.

  9. #434
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    Haha, what is this?


  10. #435
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    Hahaha that's great!

    Someone did a great job making it look real.

  11. #436
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    Oh, I guess this show wasn't cancelled like 4 years ago after all.


  12. #437
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    I somehow missed this news.
    I still jump into Sable (the Moebius inspired game) once every week or two just to cruise around that world.
    This should be a special movie for me.



    Edit: Oh, I'm posting this now because I saw this little update post and photo about it today.
    Last edited by demagogue; 17th Aug 2022 at 22:27.

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    This was part of a bigger HBO Max presentation, which explains the dragon at the end. I'm like 99% certain TLOU will not feature dragons.

  14. #439
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    I would say the story & action are so strong they can't possibly mess it up -- it'd be like ruining cereal.
    But then I would have said that about Game of Thrones too.

    Fortunately (or unfortunately?), I'm also about 99% sure that featuring dragons isn't correlated to the chances of that in any way.

  15. #440
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    I read this book when I started working in Geneva, and it left a deep impression.

    One scene that always stuck in my memory was when a batch of new recruits was getting off a train near the front, and an enemy plane started a strafe and they didn't even know that they needed to run out of the way and hit the deck yet, like all the seasoned soldiers did reflexively, and the plane gunned down the whole lot of them in one pass.

    Always a good time to remind ourselves how awful wars are.
    It seems like countries keep forgetting it.



    Another trailer that's great went up today (Oct. 21): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf8EYbVxtCY
    Last edited by demagogue; 20th Oct 2022 at 22:19.

  16. #441
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    Could this be the first good movie made about a game?
    It's got a better chance than the last Mario offering.


  17. #442
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    Holy shit I forgot about The Incal. Obviously about paying attention to this thread as well. That was a long long time ago Heavy Metal did that. I can't recall a damn thing about the story now. It will be a surprise remembrance for me. Thanks for posting that, Dema. Also the All Quiet on the Western Front. This new version should prove interesting in what it leaves in compared to the earlier ones. You know, I wasn't thinking Germany had that style of helmet in WWI. I have one and now I have to wonder if it's from WWI instead of WWII. I know that seems non sequitur but when I hold an object in my hands I picture the person who wore it, what they ate, what they thought, who their friends were, if they died or lost it, were they scared or stoic, were they like me? Now I have to add in another war.

    As for me the only thing I've watched lately that I liked is For All Mankind. Okay, the Rings of Power has been interesting, but nothing I was truly impressed by in a personal way. I want another dystopian sort to fall for.

  18. #443
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    After saying the above I just watched an excellent movie on Netflix. It's based on a Stephen King short story, one where he is influenced by his muse rather than just blowing everyone up in the end. It's called "Mr. Harrigan's Phone" and is about a young mans relationship with a rich old guy who pays him to read to him. For me the whole movie can be summed up with Mr. Harrigan's question about Conrad's The Heart of Darkness, "Do you understand what he means when he says, the horror... the horror". The kid just says, "I think so", but in your head you think of your own interpretation. Mine is that he is lamenting the horror one can make of themselves when they indulge their ego beyond their humanity to sate a lust for power as Conrad's character does.

    This is a well done movie in pacing and character development. It leaves a few questions open but they are the ones we should ask of ourselves anyway.

    Last edited by Tocky; 8th Oct 2022 at 23:58.

  19. #444
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    What are you gonna watch?

    Yes, I also liked it, watched it tonight. Itís been a while since I read the short story, I think in the story thereís one more time he uses the phone. As far as blowing everything up, itís mostly his epic 1000+ page novels he does that. In the short stories he just takes one idea and runs with it. I like that he sells his short stories to budding filmmakers for a dollar. Probably didnít do that here, because Netflix, Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum and director John Lee Hancock are all household names, if I were him Iíd charge them full price.

    Typical King in this movie is also the appreciation of classic literature.

  20. #445
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    I like that too. An unexpected generosity in a venal world out of pure giving spirit. A kindness. A validation of humanity. That money is not the end all target. But absolutely charge hell out of those who can afford it. You know I had a presence at the Stephen King forum. I saw this first there. I still hang out at Weekend Playground on occasion as Scratch.

    It would bode us well to ground ourselves in the classics. There is a reason they are still talked of. Because of him I read a lot of Nathaniel Hawthorn and have never been disappointed I did.

  21. #446
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    I finally watched the latest Elvis movie. You knew I would. There was nobody like him or will there ever be. My cousin JoAnne went to school with him in Memphis. My mom saw him in the Toccopola gym at my little town. On the same floor I learned to skate on, the same floor I square danced on with Karen, and when he came here he was heckled by someone my mom knew. Elvis told them "looks like there is another fool out there... only one of us is getting paid for it though." Past the seven nine split on the way to Water Valley was the man who made his outfits. On my honeymoon we had set out for parts unknown but my Trans Am overheated and we stopped in Memphis. Instead we went to Graceland. We've been on his plane. I had the same Honda Dream motorcycle he had. When we went to Tupelo to Johnny's Drive In and we sat at a table and then looked at the plaque. It was Elvis table. The one he sat at as a teen and during his visits home. We've seen his shotgun shack. We've swung on his porch swing. And yeah, I'm distant kin.

    Colonel Parker took too much credit. Elvis would have been Elvis no matter who was his manager. There was nobody like him. He would have been Elvis. He was Elvis. The world will never know another. His voice is much imitated but never duplicated. Elvis was alright. Fuck anyone who says different. His daughter said upon his death, "what will the world do without him?". Less. Less. The world was less without him. I remember the day he died. My sisters cried at the Graceland gates. Some of the world died with him. Some of all of us died with him. You don't know. You weren't there. You didn't watch his Aloha from Hawaii on the most watched single performer TV special ever. My wife and I did. We were kids and in separate houses unknown to each other but we saw the same thing on the same night along with over a billion people around the world.

    He was the same age as my mother. He was as used by the world as anyone ever though he had wealth. He had wealth and fame but it was a golden cage for him. He had gold records to line the walls of his home. He had any woman he wanted. He had all his dreams come true. But he was missing something. He was missing control of his own life. I love the life he did live though. He was generous. He was kind. He was weak to his own sexuality. But what man would not be given he was the most beautiful man who ever lived?

    Go to hell anyone who is jealous. He was Elvis. The only one who will ever be. This is a plant I grew up knowing. It's poisonous if you don't boil the bad stuff out. When you do it's like turnip greens. I've eaten it but not often. Do you even know what a tow sack is? Those days are gone. Elvis is gone. Part of me is gone. More every day.


  22. #447
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    Is this one of those new INDIE MOVIES HEH HEH HEH

    no but seriously folks

    This... uh, didn't do much for me. Ok, I like Indy bustin out the whip and snarling at everyone in the last shot. And I like seeing Sallah again. There's too much CGI. De-aged young Indy makes me think the titular dial enables time-travel or something? Hath Indy become unstuck in time like Billy Pilgrim??? Will I see this? Possibly.

  23. #448
    Oof. This looks like a mess, honestly.

  24. #449
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    It looks like the sort of mess I would love. It seems to hint at playing to an audience which is also aging, and I see nothing wrong with that. Quite the contrary. When he says he misses waking up each morning wondering what new adventures it will bring that hits home for us old men. The whole trailer intrigues the hell out of me in fact. All Indy movies are a lovely mess so that doesn't deter me in the slightest.

    Also, going in the other direction, I quite liked a series aimed at young girls. Wednesday was excellent. It was a murder mystery spread over the course of a season. Tim Burton did a fine job of portraying an outcast among outcasts in a way most of us can sympathize with, particularly since many of the characters were annoying stereotypes.

  25. #450
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    Location: Land of the crazy
    I was not moved by the trailer, but yes I'm up for one more round of Indiana Jones.

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