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  1. #4701
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    Apparently I’m unable to stop watching Monk. I think it’s mainly held together by Tony Shaloub because it’s not much different in feel to old episodes of Colombo. OCD Colombo maybe?

  2. #4702
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Rewatched "The Faculty". It is so 90s, and is all the better for it. Most of the stuff in that, we'd never see in a movie nowadays. Very un-PC. Great acting across the board. Proved that Robert Patrick was not a 1 shot pony, as he was great as well in it.

  3. #4703
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Continuing my "plot twist" series, next in alphabetical order (skipping one for now) is Identity (2003). After only 3 of these, already they're falling into a definite pattern. They've been movies that were made just for the twist it seems, and the plot doesn't actually carry it outside of the twist and scrapes by. But the twist is interesting enough that one bothers to see it through and it's just okay, a little huh moment, all 6~7/10s. But they've also had two known actors that manage to shine in their roles and put their charisma to good use. For Identity that was John Cusack, the everyman protagonist, and Ray Liotta, the cop, both of which were quite fun to watch in action ... Just taking it scene by scene with them in it, it pays for the price of admission.

    So the movie is basically a poor man's Shutter Island. The hook itself once again is something that sounds like a great idea when you're sitting on the can at Applebees listening to early 2000s pop music (what if the multiple identities of a multiple identity disordered person met each other and had to root out the "bad" one?) but once you start putting it to script you start figuring out the pieces don't really fit together like you hoped, but now you've got sunk costs so here we go ... as opposed to that other movie Shutter Island, which worked because it actually got into the details of the therapy and nuts and bolts of the delusions, as well as "connecting" the real and delusion worlds in a weird and interesting hybrid, which this movie either handwaved away or just didn't bother.

    Aside from "the big twist", it was a kind of low key murder mystery with its own twist about who did it, which Frailty did too (making them more like "double plot twist" movies, which I guess is the genre now; one plot twist isn't enough), except in this case I caught on very early on just paying attention to the visual cues. At its best it works just because of the character sketches of random and interesting people stuck together and interacting in a tense situation, like Clue without the jokes.
    Last edited by demagogue; 3rd Aug 2019 at 06:36.

  4. #4704
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Started watching the new season of Veronica Mars. A definite big bump in quality (which was to be expected), and now the shows not afraid to show graphic violence and some gore to a degree. Far more well known actors present, and despite the big cash injection, still feels the show of old. Looking forward to watching the rest of the series.

    Whether or not this would be good for people who haven't watched the earlier seasons + the Kickstartered movie, I dunno.

  5. #4705
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    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    Veronica Mars
    There's a what now? I used to watch that show, but I didn't even know there was a movie. I assumed Kristen Bell would be busy with The Good Place now, which I occasionally watch bits of.

  6. #4706
    Sounds better than I expected, I'll check it out!

  7. #4707
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray View Post
    There's a what now? I used to watch that show, but I didn't even know there was a movie. I assumed Kristen Bell would be busy with The Good Place now, which I occasionally watch bits of.
    Yeah, came out in 2014. Link:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veronica_Mars_(film)

    It wraps up much of the unfinished stuff from when the show finished. If you liked the show, then you'd definitely enjoy it.

    Of the new series, one of the new actors was in Westworld for a fair bit. I forget his name, but I've seen him in a heap of movies and TV. And a quick Google search, tells me that his name is Clifton Collins.


  8. #4708
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    Quote Originally Posted by scumble View Post
    OCD Colombo maybe?
    That's why I watch it. Very formulaic, like Death in Paradise, basically just an Agatha Christie rip-off. But I love Agatha Christie. Hence, I will love any shows based on the very same format, such as Monk or Death in Paradise, if it's done well, and they both are. And Colombo.

  9. #4709
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    Registered: May 2004
    Location: Canuckistan GWN
    John Oliver at his John Oliveriest!

    Stay for the end. It's worth every minute.


  10. #4710
    I watched Le Chant du Loup ("The Wolf's Call") last week. It follows a young officer on French submarines who's trained in sound detection and recognition. It's an excellent thriller that maintains tension until the end, served by an excellent cast. A great movie in the line of The Hunt for Red October, but that keeps very French and for once not in a bad way at all. I was very pleasantly surprised.

    Here's the trailer, BUT I think it gives away too much. My recommendation would be to just watch the movie directly and see everything unfold. It's on Netflix (Here anyway).

  11. #4711
    Quote Originally Posted by Nicker View Post
    John Oliver at his John Oliveriest!

    Stay for the end. It's worth every minute.
    Oliver is so over the top he's funny even when waaaay over the top. That one was definitely worth some of the eye rolls getting to the finish line which I did not expect and really enjoyed.

    What I'm watching today is a DVD that just popped into my mailbox yesterday and I knew its plot well enough to know I sure wasn't going to watch it at night. It's a recording of a newish production (2015) of the German expressionist opera Wozzeck performed then in Zurich and on the calendar for revival there this fall.

    Let's just say there's no happy ending, no happy anything really, the whole point was to portray desperation, exploitation, dehumanization... I have grown to appreciate the thing and collect recordings of it but I still won't watch a DVD of a live performance at night. It's operatic tragedy from outset to finale. Below is a trailer (yeah it's atonal music, if that makes you crazy then mute the thing, but the receding picture frames effect of the set construction is wonderful).



    That setting is very unusual, the Canadian designer made it seem like a puppet theatre... to me that seems perfect for portrayal of a society which the playwright (Georg Buchner, 1813-1837 ) meant to show as experiencing a soul-destroying absence of personal liberty. The play was in fragments at Buchner's premature death, and the early 20th century composer Alban Berg arranged them into a three act opera.

    And yes I'm going to recover from that by watching a few episodes of M*A*S*H later. I know this opera well enough to know I can't just let it be how my day ends in terms of "entertainment".

  12. #4712
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    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    I watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood last night, and a Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 double feature tonight, and my main takeaway is that when Rick Dalton makes margaritas in Once and Budd makes margaritas in Vol. 2 they use the same kinda ice tray. Someone get IMDb on the horn, I got a director trademark to add for Tarantino. Put it right under WOMEN'S FEET. Also, the movies were both good. Good night.

  13. #4713
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    So I finished watching Dark Season 2. Go watch it. (S01 and S02 of course). You won't be disappointed.

  14. #4714
    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeMaker View Post
    Oliver is so over the top he's funny even when waaaay over the top. That one was definitely worth some of the eye rolls getting to the finish line which I did not expect and really enjoyed.
    He used to be better. Much better, the show went from great to unwatchable very quickly about 2012-2013 ish.

    Anyways:

    Since I'm still on my eastern-bloc kick....




    Great film about a Stasi officer who is put on a case involving a playwright (because a secret police officer wants him out of the way in order to seduce his woman), and one that is much less known than it deserves to be due the film only being in its native German language.

  15. #4715
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    Location: Netherlands
    Yeah, that's a great movie indeed, I just watched it again, this time with my girlfriend and she liked it as well.

  16. #4716
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Great film.

    Now watch Chernobyl.

  17. #4717

    Earlier this month, I watched Zardoz - The 1974 "Sean Connery in red diapers with suspenders, a pornstache and a gun" flick - And you know what? I was very pleasantly surprised, in fact. Without going so far as to call it good, it's certainly not the turd it's often ridiculed as, dealing with themes that resonate a lot today, world collapse, class division, exploitation, false beliefs... even if all this is VERY muddled by the fact Boorman was clearly high as a kite when he wrote and directed it. It's not a movie that leaves you indifferent, for sure, and I would say it's one of these movies that would probably benefit from a proper remake, of all things. And I'm not a fan of today's trend of useless remakes. So yeah, I do recommend it to anyone with an interest in sci-fi, it's totally worth checking out.

    Over the past week, I've (re)watched quite a few other gems.

    Blue Thunder - 1983 action thriller with Roy Scheider and Malcolm McDowell, one of my favourite movies when I was younger. I'm a sucker for good air-to-air action and the helicopter sequences in this one are perfect. It also still resonates today, what with the entire "big brother surveillance is bad" theme. Can't get tired of it, still a great flick.

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Yeah I went there! It's got The Rock, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby, and I'll watch anything with the last two. It's stupid, it's unrealistic, and it's ludicrous fun. I had a very good time, and I'm glad I went, because a few hours later I watched...

    The Room - The infamous Tommy Wiseau assemblage he called a movie. A lot's been said about this. Watching this one was hard. HARD. It's impossible to really explain in human terms how utterly bizarre and abysmally bad this movie is, it's fascinating. The nadir of movies. I know it's got a cult following, but I for one am pretty sure I'll never, ever watch this thing again.

    The Pumaman - 1980 superhero movie. Think Iron Man. Think Avengers: Endgame. Flip that around and imagine their complete opposite. Whatever you imagine, multiply that by about 1,000, and you may get how utterly, hilariously bad L'Uomo Puma is. Surfing on the Superman craze, it's got atrocious special effects, actors that can't act their way out of a paper bag, and Donald Pleasence, who probably needed the check to refit his kitchen or something.

    The Matrix, The Animatrix, The Matrix Reloaded & The Matrix Revolutions - Need no introduction. I've been wanting to revisit the Matrix universe for a while, especially after the sisters came out, and boy this is fascinating. Of course, there's the whole messianic Jesus parallel that's obvious, but it's very interesting to see all the discourse again about living two lives and killing one to become the other through the trans lens, right from the first movie, and that obsession with mirrors and reflections that don't always show what they seem. The end of the subway scene, when paralleled with Lana's personal struggle, is probably the most powerful trans affirmation statement in cinema. I totally have a newfound respect for this movie, it's so subtly layered it blew my mind again, twenty years after...
    Animatrix being a compilation is a different beast, but it's interesting that Program has two characters called "Cis" and "Duo" battling each other, and I wonder if that's intentional. My favourite remains A Detective Story, I just love the noir aesthetic and the Alice in Wonderland references that call back to the first movie.
    I cannot not take Reloaded and Revolutions separately as they're so clearly two halves of the same movie, and they pretty much abandon the whole identity angle to focus on the themes of choice vs determinism, without daring to go all the way. It's very frustrating. I still absolutely love the Merovingian, can't help it but this pompous fuck is a goddamn gem, sadly underutilized in the third. Great themes, lots of questions but in the end they pull a Lost and barely answer anything...
    Interestingly, I didn't dislike the sequels as much this time around, though I wouldn't go so far as calling them good. They're certainly very flawed, and Revs is much more linear and shallow. Maybe because this time I knew what I was getting into, I don't know. They're a missed opportunity for sure.

    Speed Racer - That was a fun, but so fucking confusing at times... I knew it was a SFX fest but I didn't expect two full hours in the Acid-Trip Dimension, holy shit. The small kid and the monkey were obnoxiously annoying but once I settled with the fact that it was pretty much a live cartoon, I let all expectations of realism fly out the window and overall I didn't have a bad time. Glad I watched it.

    To be continued.
    Last edited by raph; 24th Aug 2019 at 08:45. Reason: typo

  18. #4718
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    We actually started watching Chernobyl today, months after 99% of the world watched it and raved about it. Judging from the first episode, it looks extremely well made, well cast and acted, and exceedingly depressing. Which is good: after finishing When They See Us a couple of weeks ago, we had an opening for a depressing series.

  19. #4719
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    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    I just got through my week long bing through Dark. Awesome show all around. The next season is going to be the finale, and I can't wait to see how they tie everything together. It's impressive how the writers have made a show that's built upon what has to be the most convoluted plot in the history of TV, yet present it in such a way so that it's not overly confusing.

    ...and being the first show I've ever watched subbed in German, it weirds me out how every once in awhile someone will say something that sounds like English with a thick accent, and it means about the same thing in both languages.

  20. #4720
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    Considering that English is a Germanic language, it shouldn't be all that surprising.

  21. #4721
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    Location: Switzerland
    Added to which, especially Germans under the age of 40 will use the occasional English phrase way more often than they would've 10-20 years ago, so it's quite possible you also picked up on those phrases.

  22. #4722
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    It's more like simple phrases that sound surprisingly similar when spoken casually. In particular, any sentence that starts with who, what, when, where, or why, which tend to get asked a lot in the show, were easy to pick up on after a bit.

  23. #4723
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    "Was ist es?" pretty much sounds like the English. "Mein arm ist gebrochen"? You can probably guess. Dutch is even more like English in some cases - wat is dat?

  24. #4724
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Man, you just muffed up one of the most classic ways German is alien to English.
    You'd say "Ich habe mir den Arm gebrochen." I have broken myself the arm.

    I can vouch for Dutch though. I remember two guys softly speaking Dutch outside my door once and I'd have sworn it was English.

  25. #4725
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    Quote Originally Posted by raph View Post
    I've not seen that for, um, what, decades? I keep hoping it'll be on the TV again soon, if nothing else to prove my memories of it wrong. One of my favourite bands, Orbital, sampled it not too long ago, which reminded me of it. Family Guy also parodied it. I want to see it again now, but not enough to actually pay for a DVD.

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