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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #5226
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    Mmm, a Netflix series with chess in it. Maybe I should watch it. Is it any good?

  2. #5227
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: In my room
    I have no idea, as I haven't watched it yet! But dema seems to think so.

    EDIT: Saw the first episode. Little girls on drugs! Also chess openings. It's very well filmed and I'm sure I'll continue watching.
    Last edited by Kolya; 29th Oct 2020 at 20:20.

  3. #5228
    BANNED
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    I'm quite liking it. Interestingly weird tone.

    Saw Mandalorian S2E1. Good stuff.

    Also saw Truth Seekers Ep1. Not convinced yet.

  4. #5229
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: In my room
    I like it too although by the 3rd episode I have a feeling I know where this is going: Her adoptive mom mom dies from lung cancer, she crashes on drugs during her most important tournament and ends up as a janitor playing a promising young girl.
    I hope I'm wrong.

  5. #5230
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    I watched 2 episodes of The Queen's Gambit. Thanks for recommendation. This might be good.

  6. #5231
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    For Halloween I watched the first episode of Haunting of Hill House due to the recommendations here. I thought it was trying to pack too much into one episode, but I some point I realized it's meant to be a horror romp about this messed up family, and with my expectations duly settled, I started to enjoy it a bit more as it is.

    It reminds me of why I like the polar opposite of this style, which is Robert Eggers' movies (The Witch, The Lighthouse), really pared down & naturalistic folk mystery, and I wish there were a horror tv show like this. Well, I can think of one, Picnic at Hanging Rock, although not exactly as it overlays modern tropes on that classic style.

    Anyway, I'm enjoying both of these shows more or less, so I can't complain too much.

  7. #5232
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    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: In my room
    I once saw the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock. It's based on a book. Originally the author explained what happened to those girls in the last chapter of the book. Her editor said, it's a great book, if you leave out the last chapter. So she did. And then she spent decades evading the question if it was based on real events, which added a lot to the mystery and interest. It's the kind of thing you could get away with pre-internet.

  8. #5233
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    For that reason I'm deliberately not reading up on how this series handles it. I imagine it has to be like the original though, since keeping the mystery right through the end is what made it famous.

    It reminds me of when Lynch said solving the murder in Twin Peaks killed the show because not knowing was the golden egg that kept people coming back. And he was basically right, since it did die off in the 2nd season.

    Of course on the other hand there's Lost where the mystery got so buried under other mysteries it's a wonder they were able to wrap it up at all, and by that time it was an incoherent tangle of them. But I don't know if they could have done it any better any other way.

  9. #5234
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    Location: Idiocy will never die
    RE: The Mandalorian. There's some serious fan service in this that's pretty out there. Boba's armour entrance was great stuff, as was the reveal at the end and the setting of the jetpack a la Solo.

    Harking back to S01 though, that spurs thing was nuts fine detail, no?

  10. #5235
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    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    It reminds me of why I like the polar opposite of this style, which is Robert Eggers' movies (The Witch....
    Speaking of which, I just saw that the lead in The Queen's Gambit is the same girl in The Witch. I guess the hair and age threw me off, but once I saw it, I definitely saw it. She's going places.

  11. #5236
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    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Yeah, she's very good.

  12. #5237
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: In my room
    Quote Originally Posted by icemann View Post
    Great movie. The mystery of not knowing what happened to the schools added to that. I thought they never discovered the girls in actual real life? Though I assume they were killed in a rock slide or falling boulder etc.
    The story is completely fictional.

  13. #5238
    Last films I've watched are And Then We Danced and Nelyubov. Both absolutely worth watching (suffice it to say).

  14. #5239
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    I'm enjoying The Haunting Of Bly Manor. It works for me when I stop expecting to jump in my seat and enjoy it more as a drama with supernatural elements. It's very atmospheric, I enjoy the house as a location as well as the British accents and customs, and the show succeeds very well in making me care about the characters. 3 episodes left to go.

    The previous show I watched was HBO/BBC's I May Destroy You, which I also really liked. It's written by the lead actress and supposed to be partly autobiographical. It depicts a lifestyle very different from mine but what the characters are going through is still very relatable. I recommend it for when, like me, you want to become more sensitive to issues concerning sexual violence against women and the problems people of color have to deal with in modern society. It's very well written and acted, I was engaged the whole way.

  15. #5240
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    Registered: Feb 2002
    Location: In the flesh.
    Queens Gambit really is good. The games were tense. Her life was always teetering on disaster. You didn't know how it would end. It was seriously well acted by all involved too. I liked it immensely. When I first sat down to watch I figured I would likely fall asleep during the first episode but it had me hooked right away and I blew through eight episodes before I knew it. I had sat up until two and had to go to work the next day. It was like reading a good book you just can't put down.

  16. #5241
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    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Discovery - which is really good at the moment. The last episode wasn't quite as good as the rest of the season (it had a great first 2 episodes). It was also an extremely woke episode, but that's not why it wasn't as good - it just dragged on a bit. It did make me think though - in TNG when Beverley is in love with the Trill dude then the symbiant moves to a woman it was all a bit oooh-err missus, and actually I'd expect that by then all this stuff would be completely done with.

    Mandalorian - another less good episode, especially compared to the last (which was ace), but still great stuff.

  17. #5242
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    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: In my room
    I was a huge fan of Star Trek Discovery's first season. It had action, it had a fight for justice by an underdog (who happened to be black) and it had interesting sci-fi concepts. In the second season the showrunner got fired and it all went mushy and woke. Just like in Dirk Gently's second season a gay relationship was put center stage in a series which had previously featured them as normal and not much to talk about. Actors started crying with joy in close-ups because how moving it all was and the good people prevailed of course. A reviewer described it as heavy handed politics. There was absolutely nothing I disagreed with, it was just very in-your-face and made the show lame. Like a bunch of rainbow-flag waving liberals wanted to scream it at the evil people out there: "Hey! We got Star Trek! Look! We got men kissing! Passionately!" Meanwhile I nearly dozed off. There were other aspects that sucked, like Michael's boring boyfriend, and things that didn't make much sense, like the way the female albino's taking power of the Klingons in the end. And Tilly is just the personification of everything mushy and feely in STD. I even kinda like her, but sometimes I can't help thinking that the whole show is secretly her Star Trek fanfic. That being said, Sonequa Martin-Green is an awesome actress and never let it slip once. Season 3 starts off interesting enough and finally gets some much needed character development. Michael is even more badass now. Cool, cool, cool, cool. But I'm only in ep. 3 and it still could go anywhere.

  18. #5243
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    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Yeah, Michaels bf was dull af. And the whole Klingon thing was lame af too.

    But this season seems much better and I'm reminded of The Forever War with the "wokeness", though in TFW it's done much more hamfistedly. I think it makes sense that this stuff would all be chill by then so in a way it's more realistic and less just about being woke.

  19. #5244
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland

    we finally got Disney+ over here!

    The Mandalorian's first season - This waaas.... kinda underwhelming. The way everyone's been raving about this I was expecting something on the level of Game of Thrones, but it's really just... pretty good. It's enjoyable enough and moves along at a good pace, but I was never especially invested in Mando's journey. The last 2 episodes pick up a bit tho. My fave scene was the opening of the finale, with the 2 scout troopers chatting and reinforcing stereotypes about stormtrooper's shoot abilities. That episode was directed by Taika Waititi, and it makes me excited to hear he's directing an upcoming Star Wars movie.

    Hamilton - One of the reasons Hamilton is my favourite musical-album is that they keep the storytelling contained within the songs, instead of forwarding the narrative in dialogue between the songs like lots of musicals do, so you can really just listen to the album and get the full story. Still, watching this recording of the stageshow, I was expecting find some story bits and wrinkles that might've been omitted from the album, so I was surprised that there really is none. I don't think there is a word spoken that's not set to music. In fact the only thing in the show that's not on the album is a song where Hamilton finds out John Laurens has died towards the end of act 1. Anyway, it was interesting seeing how they've staged all the numbers. I gained a whole new appreciation for Phillipa Soo as Eliza, amazing performance. I was seriously choked up by the end of act 2. Folks, watch this. Hamilton has been described by some as the greatest work of art of the 21st century, aaaaand, yeah, I might just agree with that. It's funny, captivating, and very moving. If you're the kinda person who likes storytelling in the form of song, listen to the album instead, where the performances are a bit tighter and the delivery clearer, but if you need visuals, this movie'll do.

    Toy Story 3 (rewatch) / Toy Story 4 - Part 4 is perfectly serviceable really, but definitely a step down from Toy Story 3, which remains the series highpoint. That furnace scene, holy shit.

    Frozen (rewatch) / Frozen 2 - The first movie is kinda uneven, but has some great musical numbers, and Josh Gad is great as Olaf. The sequel I'd say is a bit tighter from a storytelling perspective, but the songs are only so-so.

    This number's great tho, and features Aurora as the literal call to adventure!



    Yeah that's right, AURORA! Y'know, from the Mass Effect Andromeda end credits song!

  20. #5245
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    Registered: Jun 2002
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    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    The Mandalorian's first season - This waaas.... kinda underwhelming. The way everyone's been raving about this I was expecting something on the level of Game of Thrones, but it's really just... pretty good. It's enjoyable enough and moves along at a good pace, but I was never especially invested in Mando's journey. The last 2 episodes pick up a bit tho. My fave scene was the opening of the finale, with the 2 scout troopers chatting and reinforcing stereotypes about stormtrooper's shoot abilities. That episode was directed by Taika Waititi, and it makes me excited to hear he's directing an upcoming Star Wars movie.
    In my opinion, The Mandalorian is guilty pleasure space adventure trash that barely rises above the level of Xena Warrior Princess, yet is the only Star Wars work since the OT that feels timeless and transcends fandom. For that, I see it as truly Star Wars. I'm waiting for the entire season to be out to watch S2.

  21. #5246
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    The Mandalorian is so good because, not in spite, of it being extremely pared down. It's a bit Lone Wolf and Cub, isn't it? More like a Western based on a Kurosawa original than the usual sci fi.

    I think it's the best thing to come out of Star Wars since the original films.

  22. #5247
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    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: In my room
    Agreed. Also because its use of Muppets.

  23. #5248
    The Right Stuff, episode six

    How is it possible to take this kind of source material and end up with something so dull. It's shiny and vapid and uninspired and for crying out loud, the show's logo is just ugly and IT BOTHERS ME. Every characters, everything else for that matter, feels like cardboard. No depth. No tension. Nothing.

    Ugh.


    The Mandalorian

    Slightly down from last season but still good stuff. Those freaky ice spider things can fuck right off though, who the hell imagines stuff like that. And I'm not even arachnophobic.

    A bit disappointed by the canyon chase. Firefly is the only show I can think off that portrayed one accurately (As in, with these ships, you don't NEED to chase, just climb above and follow visually while they tire themselves trying crazy stunts).

  24. #5249
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    Richard Jewel.

    Jesus Christ. Great film. What aresholes.

  25. #5250
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: In my room
    I watched Enola Holmes. It's family friendly entertainment with Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown playing a younger sister of Sherlock Holmes as an amiable Duracell bunny with feminist fourth wall addresses la Fleabag (same director: Harry Bradbeer).
    While this may look look like a period piece at first glance, the film is more interested in telling a quick paced coming-of-age story. No one bats an eye at Enola's frequent visits by gentlemen and she loses her precious clothes without a care, mainly so we get to see her in different clothes. The mystery solving is largely relegated to obvious clues (like a sawed off branch that is shown multiple times in close-up so everyone gets it wasn't an accident) and some simple code deciphering. And yet it all comes together as a delightful romp, mainly due to Brown's effervescent temperament getting full display here and not least due to Henry Cavill's and Helena Bonham Carter's excellent supporting characters.


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