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  1. #3051
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    Registered: Jun 2004
    Just finished Jessica Jones season 1 and overall it's a good show. The later episodes start dragging a little and some of the stuff gets a bit roll-my-eyes-silly (the whole drug-induced-rage arch with the cop guy was just unnecessary) but I still enjoyed it. Similarly to Daredevil, they managed to craft a very compelling villain I was genuinely more interested in than the protagonist. I'm sad to see him go.

    Really, for me, Kilgrave was the main reason to watch. I love the idea and all the psychological / social / life implications of having that superpower. I kind of wish they'd do a spinoff series focusing JUST on him ala "Better Call Saul," even going back to his childhood. At one point he complains how hard his life is when everyone just bends to his will, how he must be careful with every one of his words... I wish they explored that. I can actually understand why he became the cynical and short-tempered dude as well. Building meaningful relationships in real life can already be difficult, so I can only imagine the frustration of never knowing if a person truly cares about you or has just been compelled to by your accidental slip of mouth.

  2. #3052
    The shows that I have watched this year is; I am watching Blood now, but I have watched Pinocchio, You are all surrounded, My Love from another star, Healer (Which was amazing... I'm thinking about rewatching it), Master's Sun, City Hunter. I rewatched I hear your voice and I started Doctor Stranger.
    Last edited by acquisto; 11th Jun 2016 at 16:05.

  3. #3053
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Watched ep 4 of the X-Files. Great stuff.

    Then I watched the first episode of the 2nd half of the current season of the Walking Dead. More great stuff.

  4. #3054
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Watched episodes 5-6 of the X-Files as well as the second Avengers movie.

    X-Files:

    Ep 5 - I get the X-Files angle on this topic, but I found it offensive as it's (to my knowledge) the first time anyone of Muslim religion has been in the show, and they just had to be a terroist. As soon as the episode started and the guy was praying in arabic, I was like "oh no, their not going to go there". And yep they did. So this was the bad one of the bunch.

    Ep 6 - This was good, though it felt VERY rushed in getting through the entire virus outbreaks's, collapse of society etc. This split across 2 episodes would have been FAR better.


    Avengers 2:

    All in all this was excellent, but not AS good as the first movie. Great action, good character development, good amount of time given to each character. So basically if you liked/loved the first movie, you'll like this.

    7/10.

  5. #3055
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Watched Crouching Tiger: Sword of Destiny, aaaaaand, yeah. It was just what you'd hope for. Hokey kung fu plot about some legendary sword that everyone is out to get. A lot of conflicting loyalties and twists. Prophesies coming true. A bit of romance. But mostly just a ton of artsy wire-fu asskicking. The fight on the frozen lake was a particular standout. Tho the final battle had a lot of great moments as well. Recommended!

  6. #3056
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    Registered: Jan 2004
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    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    Watched Crouching Tiger: Sword of Destiny, aaaaaand, yeah. It was just what you'd hope for. Hokey kung fu plot about some legendary sword that everyone is out to get. A lot of conflicting loyalties and twists. Prophesies coming true. A bit of romance. But mostly just a ton of artsy wire-fu asskicking. The fight on the frozen lake was a particular standout. Tho the final battle had a lot of great moments as well. Recommended!
    Well, perhaps, and that's the feeling I got from the trailer. But the original film ran a little deeper than just a load of asskicking, which I think is what propelled it internationally beyond the usual wuxia fare. So this sequel doesn't immediately interest me and unfortunately your review makes it sound like the trailer is fairly representative...

  7. #3057
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    Registered: Jan 2004
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    Doppelpost!!!

    I recently finished both seasons of Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon Prime), a weird light comedy drama about a fictional New York orchestra and its new conductor played by Gael Garcia Bernal. As a musician, I started out sort of hating it due to the slightly clunky representations of the classical music world (getting out your instruments at a party and having a play-off, seriously?). Then it weirdly began to grow on me, despite all of that (and the look-kids-classical-music-is-cool cameos from Lang Lang and Joshua Bell), the characters are easily watchable, it comes in bite-size 30 minute episodes, and Bernal is particularly good as a kind of wayward spirit. Its heart is in the right place, and it's the only example I can think of seeing the world of professional classical music on a TV show, so y'know, yay.

  8. #3058
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    Registered: Oct 2001
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    The wife and I watched most of Mozart up until a few episodes into season 2 then we kind of got away from it. Perhaps we'll binge the rest later tonight. As a musician too it's nice to see shows on the subject.

    S4 of House of Cards will be up March 4, so looking forward to that. I'd like to see Spacey do celebrity impersonations as President. In case you didn't know he does brilliant impersonations.


  9. #3059
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    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Landahn
    Fifty Shades of Grey was incredibly boring. Funnily enough, it's still an improvement on the book.

  10. #3060
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    Registered: Jun 2004
    Saw Deadpool last night and while it did evoke a bunch of laughs and i liked the 4th wall breaking, something about it still felt a little unfulfilling... i can't put my finger on it.

  11. #3061
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    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Deadpool is a phenomenon I feel completely isolated from. There seems to have been huge anticipation and it's broken all kinds of box office records and people seem to be going nuts about how good it is, but I have to ask - do you need to be familiar with the source material to "get" the film? I know nothing about Deadpool other than it's a comic book character.

  12. #3062
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    Registered: Apr 2002
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    Quote Originally Posted by faetal View Post
    do you need to be familiar with the source material to "get" the film?
    No. I knew virtually nothing about him before watching this film* and I was able to follow it without problems.

    * Apart from his terrible stint in the terrible Wolverine movie, which gets a couple of nods in Deadpool.

  13. #3063
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    Registered: Jun 2004
    Same, I literally knew nothing about Deadpool aside from that he is sarcastic and constantly jokes about everything all the time, which is what attracted me. I didn't even know what his power was or the wall-breaking. I don't think it matters since the movie is basically an explanation of his origin (minor spoiler you learn pretty early: the main villain is the guy who made deadpool into who he is)


    On another note, finished first season of Bates Motel and love it. While I think it goes a little over the top in places, I really dig the psychological horror and multiple different themes. I find myself actually caring about the (quite messed up) characters moreso than any other show I've seen recently.

    Wonder what this says about me...

  14. #3064
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    Watching Boardwalk Empire Season 5 now just to complete the series, half way through. It's alright but feels a bit predictable and afterthought-ish compared to previous seasons.

    Also watched a good doco the other day 'Meet the Elephant Man'. Surprisingly powerful.
    http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/mee.../ZW0552A001S00

  15. #3065
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    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Cool, in which case I'll consider my interest piqued.

  16. #3066
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Just watched "Shaft" (the 1971 original). Not watched a movie quite like that one before. Shows much of the racism present in that time period, but also that whilst racism was at it's strongest then, there were many who didn't feel that way. Very unique feel overall. About the only movies I'd compare it to would be the Dirty Harry movies, except with a strong black angle.

    Despite how long ago this movie was done, I recognized a fair few faces here and there. Awesome music.

    Overall damn great stuff.

    9/10.

    Now to watch the 2 sequels.
    Last edited by icemann; 1st Mar 2016 at 10:29.

  17. #3067
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    Registered: Jan 2004
    Location: Back Home
    Films from 1971? I just watched Harold and Maude, which was odd, and kind of enjoyable but also sometimes a little too odd for its own good. I found Harold quite annoying as a character in many respects. I enjoyed the Cat Stevens soundtrack though, and some of the more absurd humour with his mother and the dates she sets up for him. You can definitely feel the influence on Wes Anderson both in terms of the style, shots and subject matter.

  18. #3068
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Shaft 2 - The Big Score just watched. Gone is the semi-realism of the first + the racism and black panthers angle. This was just a very meh movie. It starts off fine enough, but quickly devolves into boring unrealistic crap. There is so much sex + modest nudity in the first half of it, that it nearly becomes more of a porno. Avoid this one and stick with the first.

    Even the shooting bits look fake as hell.

    It's a shame as when you look at the movies that Shaft takes it inspiration from (Dirty Harry) those get better with each sequel. Definitely not the case here.

    3/10

    1 sequel to go. Shaft Goes to Africa.

  19. #3069
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    Registered: May 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    Watched episodes 5-6 of the X-Files as well as the second Avengers movie.

    X-Files:

    Ep 5 - I get the X-Files angle on this topic, but I found it offensive as it's (to my knowledge) the first time anyone of Muslim religion has been in the show, and they just had to be a terroist. As soon as the episode started and the guy was praying in arabic, I was like "oh no, their not going to go there". And yep they did. So this was the bad one of the bunch.

    Ep 6 - This was good, though it felt VERY rushed in getting through the entire virus outbreaks's, collapse of society etc. This split across 2 episodes would have been FAR better.
    I agree, that episode was very racist. And not only that, it was an absolute mess on a plot level. The new characters were atrocious (the Mulder analogue had no personality and the Scully analogue was obnoxious and annoying), the shroom scene was downright embarrassing, and overall the episode felt like a pointless bad joke with a completely incoherent plot.

    My main takeaway from this season was that Chris Carter needs to stop writing for the show. All 3 of his episodes were extremely poorly paced and filled with ideas he's recycled countless times before. Every somewhat novel idea was either terrible or terribly executed.

    Which is a shame, because I thought the Were-Monster episode was fantastic and one of the best episodes the show has ever had - and while the remaining two weren't fantastic, they were perfectly serviceable.

  20. #3070
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    For me, when the mushroom bit happened, I forgot which show I was watching for a second. Looked very "Californication" style stuff and was fucking horrible. I quite liked the rest of the episodes though.

    My favorites were episodes 2 and 4.

    Now as for my current watchings of Doctor Who, I was going to wait till the end of the season I was on but the first season for Peter Papaldi has been SO BAD. It starts off great with the first 2 episodes being top notch, but then it quickly slides downward into more children friendly territory and not in a good way. All it was missing was friggin telli tubbies. The new characters are boring, and there is just wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too time given to kids now (since Clara is now a school teacher).

    Bad Highlights: Under Spoilers.

    * The world becomes a forest because a little girl wanted her sister back alive. O......k. Episode filled with the adventures of a bunch of school kids (which in itself very nearly goes in Little Red Riding Hood territory. Yep they really went there) + Clara and her boyfriend discussing their relationship. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
    * One episode where the moon turns out to be one giant space monster egg (that bits fine), but then Clara throws a childish temper tantrum at the Doctor because he wouldn't make the choice for it's fate. As the egg/moon rested in Earth's orbit and the repercussions of the choice, he felt that humanity should decide. Sooooo how is that a bad thing to do? I don't get it. From that choice being given to humanity/Clara she stays pissed off with him for 2 further episodes, and is suddenly convinced that he's a bad person because of it. That is just plain stupid. Whoever directed this season need's to be taken out and shot, and then replaced with someone who can actually direct well, as it's certainly not the fault of the actors. It's due to really bad plot choices.


    So, so far Capaldi's run is just plain horrible when compared to the previous 2 (David Tennant and Matt Smith) Doctors.

    If the series stays like this its going to end up getting cancelled again. Such a fast fall from grace so quickly.

  21. #3071
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  22. #3072
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    The Room. I was looking forward to it. However, from the get go, I just could not get into it. Watched it all the way through. It had moments is all I can say. I am glad it was a Netflix DVD and we did not go see it in the theatre. It seems like a flick I may like more after watching it a few times. Maybe I am giving it too much credit.

  23. #3073
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    You talking about the Johhny Wiseau movie that's so bad it's good?

    If so, what's not to love about it .

  24. #3074
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Pretty sure he means the Oscar nominated movie about a kidnapped girl and her son living in their kidnapper's one room shack, Room, not The Room.

    I thought it was a touch inauthentic, but mostly because I think if they were really realistic about it, it'd be so dark it'd be unwatchable, and also they had to move things along just for dramatic compression. So we got a movie that's still pretty dark at places while also packaged or softened on some edges for an audience, making it a kind of mixed experience. But even with that said, it's still a very good movie with some emotional heft, and the topic is undeniably a (darkly) fascinating look into the boundries and resilience of the human psyche.

    Edit. Unless he did mean Wisleau's The Room, which is just a fucked up trip. The actor that plays his best friend wrote about the making of it and it was apparently just as insane as you'd hoped it would be.
    Last edited by demagogue; 6th Mar 2016 at 01:40.

  25. #3075
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    And how Johnny went after anyone on youtube who put up a negative review of his movie. Quite amusing.

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