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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #5326
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Cobra Kai season 3.

    Now it's just frustratingly stupid that Johnny and Daniel can't get on, even when they jointly kick the asses of a bunch of dodgy guys. Should have been a real "we got each other's backs, hell yeah" moment.

    How long can they draw this out?

  2. #5327
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    Ted Lasso, on Apple TV+, is pretty good y'all, and just the kind of optimistic, upbeat show the doctor ordered for me during these dark days. A nice antidote for all the doom and gloom going around.

  3. #5328
    SShock2.com
    Member

    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: The land of ever sideways rain
    Well... these days, I'm quite thick. I can't really follow a story the way I could back when my brain was working. However, I do much appreciate long story arcs rather than monster-of-the-week The Fugitive/Hulk type storylines where they just travel from A to B and help whatever locals with their issues, I want more than that. I want the story to progress. I'm too slow to keep up with action sequences anyway, I just want to enjoy the atmosphere and writing now. Unless the writing is shit.

    Yes, I'm dumber now after 20 years of mind-destroying CFS, but I'm also more impatient if I can clearly see that the writers of a show are even dumber than I am. Duh!

    Having said that, the average level of writing has largely improved over the last 30 years of TV. Some stuff is actually pretty good now. Too bad I'm still a sarcastic arse.

    [Edit]

    I believe my point is this. I'm very keen to analyse Mandalorian, compare it to Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone, but in the end, it's just a kids show and I'm a grown-up with too much time on my hands. It's just entertainment, with lasers, and it's pretty good. It may not be high art, but I'm reasonably entertained, so that's fine.

    I like it.
    Last edited by Gray; 7th Jan 2021 at 23:39.

  4. #5329
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    It's not a kids show. Why do people keep saying that?

  5. #5330
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    It's a kids show in the same way that the Star Wars movies are kids movies. Which is to say: kinda.

    Speaking of which, I've been rewatching the Star Wars movies, starting with Ep 1, I'm now up to Ep 7. When I was a kid I thought Return of the Jedi was the best of the original trilogy. In my 20's I wanted to appear adult so I said Empire Strikes Back was best because it's the most boring one and therefore clearly the most adult one. In my 30's I said Ep 4 was the best, because it was the most self-contained. But rewatching them now, y'know what? Kid me was right, Return of the Jedi is THE BEST ONE! The opening with Jabba and the Rancor and the Sarlacc pit is great, then it mostly speeds through the middle act (Yoda dies, RIP) and into an amazing, dramatic finale which cuts between Luke vs Palpatine, Ewoks vs Stormtroopers, and Death Star Fight Pt. 2. I was kinda bored by Ep 4 and 5 on this rewatching, but Ep 6 is just great stuff all the way through. It's also relatively un-molested by the Special Edition, only the ending has been mauled, by the removal of the "Yubb Yubb" Ewok victory song and the addition of jarring Coruscant shots and jarring Hayden Christiansen. I guess we should be thankful Lucas didn't also include jarring Jar Jar!

  6. #5331
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    Which one is the one with Jennifer Aniston in a golden bikini? I think that one is the best.

  7. #5332
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: In my room
    Nah, she got the hair wrong. Doesn't work for me.

  8. #5333
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Quote Originally Posted by Gryzemuis View Post
    Which one is the one with Jennifer Aniston in a golden bikini? I think that one is the best.
    Friends - The One With Ross's BIG BONER

  9. #5334
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Lol. No judgement.

  10. #5335
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    Found it. This is the best Star Wars movie.


  11. #5336
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Carrie Fisher wore it better.

    Rachel was hot, but not in this.

  12. #5337
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: In my room
    See? Slave Leia doesn't wear buns.

  13. #5338
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    Registered: Aug 2004

  14. #5339
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2004
    As a Disney+ subscriber and a fan of the MCU I decided to watch WandaVision. ...I forgot how much I dislike sitcom tropes. Even when they're amusing they just make me feel incredibly uncomfortable.

  15. #5340
    I'm 2/3 in on A Suitable Boy and I'm absolutely delighted so far. It's turning out to be a great adaptation, and I feel like I've been reconnecting with some dear old friends... I love this.



    It captures everything that made the novel so special, condensed of course given the format: the fine thread of Lata's mother's quest for a suitable boy for her daughter is an excuse to explore all the intricacies of 1951 India... The photography and acting, and all the production really, are beautifully done. One great advantage over the book is that the show can do languages and songs, which pulls you in a great deal, for example like when Maan gets smitten by Saeeda Bai's ghazals. And just like the book, it's a piece of work that stays with you long after the credits roll.

    Wholeheartedly recommended.

  16. #5341
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Will give that a go.

    Just finishing off Bridgerton ATM. Switch your brain off and enjoy the awesome sets and outfits. It's an easy watch. Nice for convalescence.

  17. #5342
    SShock2.com
    Member

    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: The land of ever sideways rain
    Well.... Mandalorian again. I just finished watching the whole thing. I thought I was done spewing my half-baked ideas about what it was. But yet again, I was wrong.

    It was awesome.

    Yes, true, I am a proper nerd, and exactly the type of person they're doing fan service for, and knowing this, under any other normal circumstances I'd be VERY sarcastic about this, but in this particular case, I can not. I really....really... REALLY enjoyed it. Plenty of things I did not see coming. Well, I sort of half did, but thinking "oh, well, that looks a bit like so-and-so, but surely, they won't do THAT.... will they...? And then they did.

    Yes, yes, perhaps it's just fan service, but this past year has been shit and we all need some cheering up. I enjoyed it so much I'm almost borderline gonna use the L word. Maybe. Well. Yes, ok. I love it. LOVE it. Can't wait for Book of Boba Fett now.

    This left me feeling somewhat conflicted, I just naturally assumed that everything Star Wars would become neutered and shitty when Disney bought it. Yet again, perhaps I was wrong. I'm getting pretty good at being wrong.

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