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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #4601
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Agree completely. I got bored during the first 2/3 quite a few times.

  2. #4602
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    I have mixed feelings about tonight's Game of Thrones episode. To put this as non-spoilery as possible, I can't help but think that tonight's threat would've been better served as the climax for the penultimate episode, with the now remaining threat being the one that was taken care of first.

  3. #4603
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    The show is called "Game of Thrones", meng. The actual game of thrones, who gets to sit on the Iron Throne, has to be the climax.

  4. #4604
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    Registered: Feb 2001
    Location: Somewhere
    Am I the only person on this earth who has only read the books and never watched the series?

  5. #4605
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Finished off watching season 2 of Cobra Kai. Excellent, excellent stuff, just as the first season + a action packed season finale. Eagerly awaiting season 3.

  6. #4606
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    Registered: May 2004
    I tried to watch GoT, but stopped after season 3 when I realised it's going to be focused more on T&A and SHOCKING PLOT TWISTS than characters and worldbuilding. Plus I heard it's gone off the rails quite a bit more since season 3, so I'm not keen on picking it up again.

  7. #4607
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    Registered: May 2004
    Yeah, it went majorly downhill after season 3. I saw the first 7 but I haven't managed to convince myself to start this last one even though it's the finale since I really didn't enjoy the last 4 seasons at all. I only watched the last one because I was forced to.

  8. #4608
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    This final season is a bump up from the last few ones, just in terms of the story and characters since it's wrapping things up and everybody's packed in together to allow it to happen. There are also some very memorable and visually nice scenes. There's still some foibles with the plotting and fan service too, but the goods greatly outweigh the bads IMO. All in all I think it's worth seeing this out to the end. (As opposed to The Walking Dead, which really is irredeemable and not worth watching anymore, or at least I can't muster the motivation to continue.)

    Edit: What I like about this final season of GOT is the little homages strewn all over the place to the whole rest of the series. So if you've been paying attention to little details, it'll reward you when you notice the references.

  9. #4609
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Wow that episode of GoT was epic (as you'd expect). All else from here wont compare at all. Such a feeling of dread for the first 10 minutes. Loved it.

    Watch this when your done. Not going to embed the video, as it's thumbnail contains a major spoiler for the episode.
    Last edited by icemann; 29th Apr 2019 at 14:01.

  10. #4610
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    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    The show is called "Game of Thrones", meng. The actual game of thrones, who gets to sit on the Iron Throne, has to be the climax.
    Not necessarily. From the very opening of the very first episode on, the White Walkers were geared up to be the true threat of the series. All other concerns paled to the threat they represent.

    spoiler:
    Killing The Night King before addressing Cersei just doesn't seem to gell with how things felt they were being set up through the previous 7 seasons. After ending an existential threat to all of humanity, even she seems somewhat like an after-the-fact aside.

    Though I wonder how they'll manage to pull of taking the Iron Throne, given that there are now roughly 20 people left in Daenerys' army (which Cersei did predict would happen, and it will be interesting to see how she takes advantage of it).


    Oh, and Cobra Kai season 2 was just as awesome as the first.

    ...but how in the hell did all those kids manage to not get expelled.

  11. #4611
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Well she still has her dragon's. My only gripe was how many plot characters survived, when pretty much their entire army was eliminated.

  12. #4612
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    Registered: May 2004
    Location: Canuckistan GWN
    If you haven't, you should. Second episode airs tonight on HBO.



    Witty, wry, compelling and fresh. Suranne Jones', Anne Lister is remarkable.
    Last edited by Nicker; 30th Apr 2019 at 23:15.

  13. #4613
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    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Quote Originally Posted by Starker View Post
    I tried to watch GoT, but stopped after season 3 when I realised it's going to be focused more on T&A and SHOCKING PLOT TWISTS than characters and worldbuilding.
    You're wrong.

  14. #4614
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    Registered: May 2004
    What a deeply compelling argument!

  15. #4615
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    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    Quote Originally Posted by froghawk View Post
    What a deeply compelling argument!
    He is right. I won't deny that these last 2 seasons feel a little too rushed for their own good, but through season 6, it's been a solid show.

  16. #4616
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    Registered: May 2004
    Eye of the beholder I guess, but to me the show starting breaking its own rules and lost what made it compelling in addition to becoming quite poorly paced.

  17. #4617
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    Registered: May 2004
    Location: Canuckistan GWN
    GOT is dragging along so many sub-plots it is missing the main ones.

    After stringing us along for years that there would be some sort of battle in the spirit world, between Bran and the Night King, Aria appears out of nowhere and shivs the frosty bastard. Thu Ennd. That was Bran's plan?

    Whoever organised the defense of Winterfell was working for the wrong side. You have Dragons. You can literally "recon by fire". You have trebuchets with a multi kilometer range. Don't put your infantry in front of the fire pits, you put them behind the fire pits and behind your fucking walls, or maybe on top of them with those long poky things. You don't send your elite cavalry on a five kilometer, full gallop against an unknown number of infantry with infinite espirit de corpse. That's called genocide.

    I will watch because I love most of the characters but the writers lost me with the episode where the origin of Hodor was revealed. For that to make sense, every action before and since must have been rigidly predetermined in the GOT universe, right down to the particle effects level. What's the point of exploring the moral complexity of your characters if their choices are pre-scripted?

  18. #4618
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    Registered: May 2004
    Location: Canuckistan GWN
    I highly recommend these most amusing and wry videos by Rogue's Gallery Online. Arranged by period and miscellaneous categories like Libertines, Lady Rogues and Complete Bastards.

    Here's one on the real James Bond.



    And another on the author Gustave Flaubert.


  19. #4619
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    I am now 100% SPOILER INOCULATED after having watched Avengers Endgame and GoT S8E3.

    GoT S8E3

    That sure was something!

    Avengers Endgame

    Liked:
    -The opening scene with Hawkeye.
    -Thanos and the stones getting taken out of the game in like the first 15 minutes, totally throwing my expectations for how the movie would unfold out of the window.
    -FAT THOR! In fact I would've been fine with that being his character design from day 1. Fits with his good-time, mead-swilling persona. And what does he need to be in shape for anyway? He's a god! It's not like his divine strength comes from his actual muscles. As far as future Marvel movies I'm looking forward to, Thor teaming up with the Guardians is at the top of the list.


    Did not like:
    -Captain Marvel. I haven't seen her movie, but the only thing I learned about her character from this one is that she likes to change her hairdo a lot. Also she conveniently leaves the movie from most of the running time for REASONS only to show up at the end and act as a deus ex machina.
    -Thanos turning into a regular comic book villain at the end. He was evil but compelling in the last movie, but when he decides to just wipe out all the life in the universe here the screenwriters are just giving us permission to unambiguously hate him and the whole thing turns into a bog-standard GOOD vs EVIL story.


    Did not like AND ALSO Liked:
    -Iron Pepper Potts. Totally out of character and fan service-feel-y that they would put her in an ironman suit at the end, but then it totally paid off anyway because they could have her there in Stark's final moments, so Goop could act her ass off and really make us feel it.

    Overall, yeah. I liked it, tho it wasn't quite up there with Infinity War. It's a bit messy, and not as much fun.

  20. #4620
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    Did not like:
    -Captain Marvel. I haven't seen her movie, but the only thing I learned about her character from this one is that she likes to change her hairdo a lot. Also she conveniently leaves the movie from most of the running time for REASONS only to show up at the end and act as a deus ex machina.
    -Thanos turning into a regular comic book villain at the end. He was evil but compelling in the last movie, but when he decides to just wipe out all the life in the universe here the screenwriters are just giving us permission to unambiguously hate him and the whole thing turns into a bog-standard GOOD vs EVIL story.
    I expect the handling of CM is due to Endgame being filmed before her movie was released, and they didn't want to risk a potentially unpopular character having too much screen time.

    And Thanos didn't want to destroy the entire universe, he "just" wanted to make sure that Earth was annihilated so no Earth based heroes could interfere with his plan any further. Still a bit over the top, but I can forgive the movie that bit just to get the final battle rolling.

    Did not like AND ALSO Liked:
    -Iron Pepper Potts. Totally out of character and fan service-feel-y that they would put her in an ironman suit at the end, but then it totally paid off anyway because they could have her there in Stark's final moments, so Goop could act her ass off and really make us feel it.
    That was actually established in Iron Man 3, Pepper is given a suit near the end of the movie and that suit is specifically not destroyed.

  21. #4621
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    The thing there is CM was pretty meh in her own movie. So she's staying true to character. She's the weakest link in the Marvel Universe films so far imo.

    In endgame her arrogance, and being so OP overall I found annoying. Yes I know she's supposed to be OP, but that's just my feeling of her character and performance. She just sticks out like a sore thumb whenever she's in a scene with the other characters.

  22. #4622
    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    The thing there is CM was pretty meh in her own movie. So she's staying true to character. She's the weakest link in the Marvel Universe films so far imo.
    Her movie has still pulled in over $1 billion so far: https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies...arvel2018a.htm

    Of course, Endgame hit $1.2 billion in the first week alone: https://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=4507&p=.htm

  23. #4623
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Regardless she was meh.

  24. #4624
    Member
    Registered: May 2004
    Yeah, her role in endgame basically felt like they pulled her out of thin air whenever they needed a trump card, and otherwise she had no personality. Really a poor use of that character imo.

    Totally with henke on FT, that was great

  25. #4625
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    The recording of those high school kids that put on Alien is up:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX3VaFG7AvU

    Sigourney Weaver actually opens the show, so it's the real deal.
    I'm like a quarter of the way through. It's pretty damn good, and not just for a high school production.
    Camera recording is wonky. I think I read a proper high quality version is coming at some point, but I don't know 100%.
    If it does, I'll try to remember to edit it in to here.

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