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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #4526
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    Registered: Dec 1999
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    I saw Captain Marvel.

    Glad I did before your spoilers!

    I agree about the extreme bit. It was fun enough though. Nowhere near as good as Aquaman. I really liked SLJ and Jude Law in this too.

    And the Stan Lee stuff was great.

  2. #4527
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    Quote Originally Posted by zombe View Post
    Nish Kumar
    Yes. I absolutely love his level of sarcasm. Can't get enough of his stand-up or the Mash Report. Not bad for such a young guy.

  3. #4528
    Quote Originally Posted by SubJeff View Post
    Glad I did before your spoilers!
    Shit, my bad. This is fixed now, sorry guys.

    There’s a rescreening of Aquaman near me next April, I missed it last time but I’ll catch a showing then.

  4. #4529
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    Yeah I liked that too. It didn't have the same clever dialog and character study that True Detective S1 had, but it handled the criminal procedure stuff and plot better, and the characters & their development were still really interesting.
    It's based on a BBC miniseries with a similiarly strong cast. I'm curious about that one, but it seems that the HBO remake is so close to the original that it would feel like déjà vu. Perhaps in a few years.

  5. #4530
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    Not to be stoking the flames of a fire that has already died, but...

    I've been watching a bit more of Daredevil. I was hoping that I'd be proven wrong, given how much some people praise it, but the opposite happened. My negative view of certain actors have strengthened, not lessened. Last night I found myself fast-forwarding through bits of Matt and Elektra just to not see any more of their annoying crap, and get to the Punisher or D'Onofrio bits I actually enjoy. I find the actor who plays Matt too pretty and too smug, the smugness really gets to me over time, more and more. The character Elektra is just annoying on every single level, probably writing more than the actress. Yes, you're right, I should stop whining and watch something else if it annoys me so much, but here's the thing: there are good bits in the show. Some really good bits. It's just sandwiched by some really bad bits. It's like a 3 AM kebab.

    Punisher the series I thoroughly enjoyed, with the occasional minor reservation here and there. This thing could be better, that actor isn't very believable, etc. I can deal with that. That's what most show are like. The vast range of what bits I enjoy and do not enjoy in Daredevil is what bugs me, and which is what I'm whining about. I just wish the bad bits were better, and it could be awesome.

  6. #4531
    On a related note, I'm working my way through Punisher.


    Question for everyone watching: does everyone watching this actually think that what this show portrays is goes through the mind of vets? I find it to be an almost ludicrously cliche'd and shallow portrayal. It's difficult to imagine that this show was written anyone other than some smug asshole who thinks that he actually understands something about returning vets from watching some movies and reading a few New York Times articles about PTSD. The most bizarre part is how all the vet characters keep robotically repeating military cliche phrases and rambling about "Afghanistan".

    The show kind of gives off the vibe that the writers think every returning vet is a potential mass shooter.

    Probably the best exception is the PMC guy. We've got a lot of guys at my current firm who are actually like that. I was in D.C. for a Veterans event and there were a few guys who looked, dressed, and acted the same way.
    Last edited by Tony_Tarantula; 19th Mar 2019 at 17:54.

  7. #4532
    To be perfectly frank Tony, no, I don’t think Punisher should be taken as a reference for anything realistic.

  8. #4533
    Quote Originally Posted by raph View Post
    To be perfectly frank Tony, no, I don’t think Punisher should be taken as a reference for anything realistic.
    I figured as much for most people.

    That said a lot of the MCU shows do attempt this odd blend of "realistic" social commentary and unrealistic drama and action. I do feel it's entirely possible that's what Hollywood thinks veterans are like, and I do know that some people definitely feel that way about vets because they tend to ask you some weird questions when they find out you've actually been in combat.

  9. #4534
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    The image I have of vets is that they go on forums and get angry about portrayals of vets in movies so their fellow forum-goers will known they're vets and think they're cool.

  10. #4535
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony_Tarantula View Post
    Punisher:
    does everyone watching this actually think that what this show portrays is goes through the mind of vets? I find it to be an almost ludicrously cliche'd and shallow portrayal.
    No I do not. I do not for a moment think it's realistic, and I agree it's shallow and clichéd. I think it glances over PTSD in some super-hero veil where he can not possibly die and yet do atrocious things. That's not why I watch it.

    I watch it to vent my own pain. Simple as that. Not realistic, not true in any way, entirely fictional, but to me, quite relatable. Same reason I listen to loud angry shouty music about stuff I've never experienced either.

  11. #4536
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    Registered: May 2004
    Lol the bad parts of the punisher are so much worse and more prevalent than the bad bits of daredevil. A very odd take there.

    To be fair, though, dds2 is its worst season (s3 is best). Too much defenders setup leading to too many ideas in there and a poor finale, plus the daredevil/punisher contrast is dull.

  12. #4537
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    I can not logically argue with you on that. I can see the clichés. I can only say I enjoy one over the other. Yeah, maybe I picked the worse one, but I'm enjoying it more. Maybe for my own reasons.

  13. #4538
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    Registered: Oct 2000
    Location: Athens of the North
    Caught up with watching Captain Marvel - worth the price of admission and better than I'd been expecting given some of the criticism I'd seen online. As others have said the supporting cast do wonders and it only really hits the high notes because it links in to the previous films in the franchise. As a new character she almost seemed too powerful by the end - enjoyable to watch and probably a criticism that could be levelled against other characters (wrong universe but Superman sprang to mind more than once). 8 / 11.

    Netflix have been pushing it at every opportunity so I decided to give the Umbrella Academy a shot. Another comic series I've absolutely no familiarity about and I expected a show geared towards teen stereotypes acting as superheroes. What I didn't expect was a series that does suffer from youth angst but with characters that have enough depth and personality to keep me hooked to the season finale. It's not perfect by any means and there's a huge need for suspension of disbelief at times but it's a story told very well. The fact the soundtrack and choice of songs is fantastic only helps - probably my favourite of any recent series. I heard a rumour that Season 2 will also be worth watching when it comes out.

  14. #4539
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Isn't it just a rehash of Charlie X's School for Mutantes?

  15. #4540
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    Registered: Oct 2000
    Location: Athens of the North
    Nope - not at all. I thought it would be based on the trailers but it's closer to Watchmen than X-Men

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