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  1. #4676
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    Shaft (the new one) - Didn't know this was gonna be a Netflix sclusie till it popped up last night. It's more jokey than the previous entries, not to say the jokes actually land, they don't. Some surprisingly good action scenes tho. Eh!

    Glass - I liked Split a lot so I was looking forward to this latest entry in the MCU*. It's no Split, or Unbreakable, but I liked it. Towards the end it doesn't really pay off all the stuff it's set up, and I was disappointed. But then all of a sudden, wouldn't ya know it, there's a PLOT TWIST, and I was on board again! Yeah, I liked it.

    Death of Stalin - Man, this is pretty dark isn't it? Also pretty funny. Yeah this was good.

    Jurrassic World 2 - Uh, I saw this like 2 weeks ago and I don't remember what it was about. Something with dinosaurs?

    Pacific Rim 2 - Yeah I don't remember this one either.

    Tomb Raider (the new one) - Starts off pretty boring, then there's a stretch in the middle of the movie after Lara escapes where it's threatening to turn into a good movie, but then it gets boring again.

    *M. Night Shyamalan Cinematic Universe**

    **joke stolen from the Flophouse podcast

  2. #4677
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    Firstly, over the past few weeks channel 9 over here, each Saturday has been screening the Toy Story movies since TS4 was out this week. I'd only ever watched the first one, but now I've seen all 3. Not the 4th though yet. All in all, the 3rd one is now my favorite of the bunch.

    And just watched a good cyberpunk style video from DUST:



    Only goes for nearly 8 minutes. This one would would go just fine in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe. I've seen the actor who plays the main character in something else. Can't place it.

    And their next uploaded video, follows a similar vein. Though in a more Deus-Ex-ish slant:



    It's in French (I think). But pretty good.
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  3. #4678
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    Started on Stranger Things Season 3, limiting myself to watching 1 episode per day (so that I'd not blitz through it too quick). Pretty good starting episode. High hopes for the rest of the season.

  4. #4679
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    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post

    Death of Stalin - Man, this is pretty dark isn't it? Also pretty funny. Yeah this was good.
    It's going to be a cult classic. It's fantastic.

  5. #4680
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    Spider-Man: Far From Home. 3/5. Distracting enough. Best thing about it was Aunt May in dem glasses. Though I also changed my mind about Zendaya in Dune - I think she'll be okay after all.

  6. #4681
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    I remember doing a bit of a double-take at the credits, once: "So the comic-book character named Zendaya is played by actress Michelle Jones? ...No, apparently it's vice-versa..."

  7. #4682
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    I finished watching the Twin Peaks series a couple of weeks back and I'm still kind of weirded out about it, especially the ending. I watched a few episodes back when it originally aired but just recently watched the original series and the reboot. Once it veered off into different time lines I just couldn't follow it any more but it was still interesting to watch.

  8. #4683
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    The last season wasn't a reboot. It's the official 3rd season, that picks up where season 2 left off. Much like what the X-Files did and Veronica Mars will be doing shortly.

  9. #4684
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    I don’t think it’s exactly the same, though. The recent Twin Peaks season is a very different beast from the series, just like th film already was a different beast, in terms of style and tone. From the look of it, the new Veronica Mars episode’s will be much more in line with the original three seasons.

  10. #4685
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    Oh yeah. Twin Peaks 3rd season was COMPLETELY different to the first 2. I'd just not call it a reboot that's all. Though that does appear to be the term used for all these revivals happening lately. To me, if it's the same cast then it's a new season.

  11. #4686
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    Been watchin some gooooood movies, folks!

    Good Time - Robert Pattinson plays a psychopath on a downward spiral who pulls as many people with him as possible while he's swirling towards the drain. Very compelling. Also, do you have to have played a psycho to be allow to play Batman? Probably can't hurt, right?

    Widows - After their career criminal husbands die, their widows decide to do an all-female reboot of their latest planned heist. Not as wacky as it sounds. In fact it's very grounded, and the performances are great.

    Upgrade - A tale of a guy who gets a chip installed in his neck that turns him from a quadriplegic into a super-assassin. This B-grade action/sci-fi movie doesn't have a single recognaizable actor, the production values are underwhelming, but the plot, pacing, and actionscenes are all top-notch. Entertaining from start to finish. Destined to be a cult-classic. I suggest you go ahead and UPGRADE your next movie-night, with a Blu-ray copy of UPGRADE!!

  12. #4687
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    For Upgrade, you didn't recognize the main character? He's been in a few things. The female cop I'd also seen in a couple.

  13. #4688
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    I watched I Am Mother yesterday. The premise from the opening scene is that humanity has been wiped out by some I guess biological or toxic weapons in a war (wasn't ever very clear to me), and it triggered a facility with backup humans to make its first test tube baby to try to repopulate the earth. And it starts off with the baby girl being taken care of & taught by an AI Mother and growing up into young adulthood when things, uh, get interesting. I guess Moon is the movie it can be compared too. It's a kind of bottle movie; most of it happens in the one facility, but occasionally we get hints and glimpses of what's going on off the reservation in the bigger world. And the uncertainty about what's really going on drives a lot of the plot. I'm a big fan of these kinds of hard scifi thought-experiment movies, and this basically delivered. I might put it on par with Moon; Moon had the better dialog & pacing but I Am Mother has the better action & tension. Both are great.

  14. #4689
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    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    For Upgrade, you didn't recognize the main character? He's been in a few things.
    Initially I did recognize him, and said "Wow, I can't believe they could afford to get Tom Hardy for this!". But then I realized it wasn't Tom Hardy.

    Looking the actors up on imdb now I see they have had some minor parts in a few movies I've seen, but nothing I could remember.

  15. #4690
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    Well if you've seen "Get Out" the cop woman was in that. A particular scientist guy was in "Chronicle" and one of the Spiderman movies, to name a few.

  16. #4691
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    The Handmaid's Tale.

    I first started watching it when it was out, but then due to real life interfering, I didn't get to season 2 until this week, and I now just started season 3. I always liked the show for its dystopian bleakness and overzealous insanity, but it just took a step up to being a pure joy to watch. Why? Bradley Whitford, as commander Joseph Lawrence. I've always thought he was good in everything I've seen him in, but sheesh, he certainly stepped it up a few notches now. Sweet merciful crap, he's excellent in it.

    I'll say his name again, just to get my point across at how brilliant he is.

    Bradley Whitford.


    [Edit: wiki link]

    (Also, demagogue, I watched I am Mother as well, and found it quite interesting)
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  17. #4692
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    Tonight went to see "The Lion King" (the CG remake).

    My preferred types of remakes are those that take the source material, go off in their own direction but end up roughly at the same end outcome. Aladdin and "It" were some good recent examples. Aladdin being the better example in this case. Really enjoyed that one.

    The Lion King is more a 1 to 1 remake, where for the most part it is nearly identical to it's original counterpart. The CGI is outstanding, music was well done and the voice actors all did excellent jobs, but I walked away disappointed somewhat, to how similar it was. The wife who is a MASSIVE Lion King fan really enjoyed it. So experiences will vary.

    6/10 for me. If you've never seen the cartoon original, then your far more likely to absolutely love it. For me, when it's of the 1 to 1 remake variety then you inevitably will be comparing it far more to the original, than you would in the case of where they go off in different directions, where each can stand strong on their own. In my case, I'd watch the cartoon over it, but it is still an excellent movie.

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    Finished watching season 3 of Stranger Things. Overall pretty good, though it has quite a few boring bits. 6.5/10. Definitely worth watching. Has bits of the Blob, The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Terminator to degrees.
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  18. #4693
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    No plan survives contact with the enemy.

    A couple of years ago, I started watching The Expanse. I liked it, but after season 2, it went off Netflix. That annoyed me, I wanted to rewatch it.

    Now, a couple of years later, I had an urge to watch more sci-fi, and went through quite a lot of mediocre stuff, some quite awful. I eventually found Expanse season 3 elsewhere, and I just finished watching it. It's just so much better than most other current sci-fi out there, and I would strongly urge other people to watch it if you're into the genre. It has been described as Game of Thrones in space, but that's not really fair to either show. They do share some similarities though: vast range of characters, multiple settings and viewpoints, complex story lines, sudden unexpected deaths, no good vs evil but people acting in the best interest from their perspective, which may or may not trigger sudden changes in the main story.

    Season 4 should be out on Netflix in December, and right now, I can't wait to see it.



    As a side note, quite a lot of scenes remind me of System Shock 1 or 2, but also Solaris which System Shock clearly stole bits from.



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    On a more personal note, I found it very easy to connect with the character Amos, not only because he looks like a younger version of me (nose, forehead, crazy eyes) with 30 pounds more muscle, but also because we share many of the same personality flaws. I can't claim to have any of his strengths, though, it just makes me wish I had them. Go Freud.



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    Seriously, if I was to show a photo of the actor who plays Amos to my family, they'd say it was me 20 years ago, but won't remember me being so fit.
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    This morning I watched Exam. Basically I made a queue from a list some thread in some forum was making of the "best plot-twist movies", and now I'm just going down the queue in alphabetical order. And first up was Exam. It was... an legit interesting idea. Not a great idea, but one of those ideas one thinks is going to be great when one comes up with it waiting in line at the supermarket or wherever.

    Anyway the elevator pitch is just that 8 people are put into a room for an exam to get the "best job ever", and the moderator just tells them more or less "there's one question and one answer we're looking for, and don't spoil your paper or try to talk to us or you're out. You have 70 minutes. Good luck." and he leaves the room. But none of them know what the actual question is, and their paper is blank except for their candidate number.

    So they team up to explore the room looking for the question, and then things go downhill in interesting ways from there. I can believe they did about the best they could do with the concept, which granted played out a few cool ideas. But it's not as rich a vein as one might think it should be, and I thought it lost a lot of its mojo by the endgame part. I think I would have set it up a bit differently to give them a little more of a direction and sense of "progress" as they explored different possibilities. But it was interesting enough as it was, so I was okay with it.

    As for the plot twist part, yes, technically there was a mystery (what's the question, what's the answer) which gets resolved in a surprising but obvious way, which is what good twists are supposed to be. But even though it was the setup from the start ("what's the question?"), I wouldn't say it was the "central element" or even an important element of the story by the end. The central element really was how they went about trying to find the question and deal with each other. So that kind of took the wind out of that sail. (As opposed to a classic twist like Usual Suspects, where the main twist really stabs at the heart of the central mystery of the whole story, the very hub to which everything else in the whole story is connected. That's what I think makes a great twist, and that wasn't what Exam had.) But it was still a "Huh... Ok. I get it." moment. So I could see why someone who doesn't watch movies that much might want to pick it for a list of "great plot twist" movies.

  20. #4695
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    I agree with Exam, I saw it and thought the same thing, but you put it better. 3/5.


    Here in the UK, it was billed as "starring Gemma Chan from Humans", but she was only briefly in it. Humans was a pretty good show, though, about androids.

  21. #4696
    Late to the party, but I finally finished watching Sense8 yesterday, by the Wachowskis and JM Straczynski of Babylon 5 fame.

    I had started watching the first episode I think last year, but I wasn't in a good place for it and quit midway through. Caught it again earlier this year and this time got hooked. The second season finale was pretty phenomenal, it's a shame there's gonna be no more of it. Each character is fleshed out, they all complemented each other really well and the supporting cast is pretty solid too. The fact they filmed everything on location every time is impressive and really adds to the atmosphere.

    Good show, would have loved to see more.

  22. #4697
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    Just got back from watching "Spiderman - Far From Home". Movie felt like it was all over the place. Action was good, but unexciting. Bits between Peter and MJ were great.

    6/10

  23. #4698
    It's kinda run-of-the-mill but I liked it. A nice touch was how they expand a bit on the effect of the Snap on every day people. Agreed that the Peter/MJ bits were probably the best part.

  24. #4699
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    Agreed. Those bits regarding the snap were done very well.

    And I liked how Peter had no interest in going off to help with the Avengers or Nick Fury. He just wanted to live his life. As someone his age would want to do.

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    Next in the "plot twist" series is Frailty (2001) .

    Bill Paxton is of course perfect for this kind of psycho-religious character that's sympathetic but completely out of his gourd at the same time. And Matthew McConaughey is functionable as the skeptical-but-religious-at-the-same-time kind of chameleon disarming southerner getting big issues off his chest.

    Actually, come to think of it, I bet the parts were written specifically for these two actors, since it's almost uncanny how the script hews to those typecastings. A little too fitting. They were perfect for the characters, but the script only had so much depth to give them to swim in it. The culmination of these types are really True Detective for McConaughey and for Paxton, probably Hatfields & McCoys best featured that side of him (but Simple Plan & Big Love are in the running). Frailty you could say is like the proto-version for those character-defining offerings.

    It's a kind of police procedural at heart, the mind-fuck brand of them, and other movies have done it better (se7en and Kiss the Girls; it was definitely coattailing on that trend, and later on True Detective), but it worked. On the "plot twist" scale, I'll give it credit it's not the twist I assumed from early on. Actually this movie will probably now stand as the main representative of this kind of twist for me. But it's not the kind I liked. Long story short: "the myth is what's actually real" kind of twist is just a step in arbitrariness above "it was all a dream", since once you're trading in "real mythology", anything can pretty much go. That also kind of undermined the whole police procedural part as well, since now the crimes didn't really matter after all, at least not in the way we thought. But it sort of partially saved itself with the twist about who actually did it anyway, as if throwing a bone to what we thought this whole movie was about for the first 3/4 of it ... even if it turns into basically a different genre of movie we're watching at the end.

    But all of that said, I mean: Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey. Even in kind of "just ok" movies, they're still fun to watch in action. Powers Booth as elder cop too for that matter. And just the true crime / procedural part was enough to float the plot most of the way through. So I enjoyed it more or less, just acknowledging that it took other movies to really clinch what it was aiming for. At best this shed some light on the way to them.

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