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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #5326
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    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
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    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
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    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 22:39.

  4. #5329
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    It's not a kids show. Why do people keep saying that?

  5. #5330
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    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
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    Registered: Sep 2002
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    Nah, she got the hair wrong. Doesn't work for me.

  8. #5333
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    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
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    Lol. No judgement.

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


  11. #5336
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    Carrie Fisher wore it better.

    Rachel was hot, but not in this.

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

  13. #5338
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  14. #5339
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    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
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    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
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    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.

  18. #5343
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    Quote Originally Posted by raph View Post
    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.
    I didn’t know there was a film. Long time ago I tried reading it. I bought it when it was published (apparently 1993) and didn’t get more than about 100 pages in (out of 1,488). It was heavy, even as paperback, as the author playfully acknowledges at the start, and in small print. Although I have a few Indian friends, there were so many unfamiliar names I couldn’t always remember who was who and had to regularly check the genealogical chart. I knew it was a great book just from the history it covers and the poetical phrases but real life sort-of got in the way. I see there was a BBC series and read the author is writing A Suitable Girl.

  19. #5344
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    Location: NeoTokyo
    I'm watching it now. Even seeing their faces, I can sometimes get a little confused who is in what family that relates to the others in what way... It gets better the longer you watch it though. It's good TV.

    It's tight & put together really well to tell fantastic story ... It's dramatic, it's emotional, sometimes intense, and above all, it's really funny in lots of little moments. All of these different strands are woven together pretty well. I can't speak too much about how authentic it is to 1950s India, but it's definitely making me feel the sense of a time & place. It also helps that all of the characters are very likeable.

  20. #5345
    So, Lupin.

    First things first, it is great. Omar Sy pulls a French Ocean's Eleven-style caper at the Louvre and everything he does is just pure class. The characters are all fun to watch and well written (with two exceptions, I'll get back to that later) and the obvious callbacks to the Arsene Lupin books are really fun to entangle. The cop character in particular is hilarious to watch because we know he's right, of course, he knows he's right, and he also knows that his lead sounds absolutely deranged.

    I was going to include the cliffhanger in the bad stuff, but I'll refrain. I was expecting the season to be self-contained, so me being bothered that it was not the case is more a matter of misplaced expectations. If you know in advance or don't care, I don't think this is actually a negative. (Still, I was a tad miffed.)

    The bad stuff, though. Two things, both related to the writing:
    - First, I think they really put very little effort in establishing the villain. I was almost expecting the guy to be a red herring, given the amount of foreshadowing we're given that he's an absolute asshole of a human being who stole his own jewels. That he's yeah, actually really a stereotypical corrupt executive with no morals feels cheap and almost insulting given the quality of the rest... But then you get the other thing.
    - The whole videotape subplot. What the actual fuck was that? You get three episodes' worth of Lupinesque bravado, intelligence, cunning, and planning, and then Diop doesn't even digitize the tape, or at least duplicate it, or hell, anything else than giving the only original copy to unknown parties? And then he gets tailed like an amateur and you get the whole mess from the last episode.

    I don't buy it. It's plot-driven stupidity and there's a real dissonance between this clusterfuck and the kind of talent we've seen before. Dude took two weeks to plan and execute the Louvres thing and it went off perfectly. He could spare a few days to make sure the tape was released unequivocally, and with minimum risk to himself. The entire thing with the journalist and the tape is forced just to introduce and justify the cliffhanger later.

    It's stupid.



    I still recommend it though.
    Last edited by raph; 22nd Jan 2021 at 16:03.

  21. #5346
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    Two weeks ago someone recommended Lupin to me. I just watched the first episode tonight. I enjoyed it. I'm gonna read your spoilers after I've seen all 5 episodes. I have a rule of thumb to watch only one episode per day. I'm going to try to adhere to that.

    I'm amazed how the simple fact that a tv-show was not made by Americans, adds to my enjoyment. Not spoken in English. I wish there were more good shows, like Lupin, Dark, Parfum, etc, from countries like Spain, Italia, Russia, etc. I'd watch them all.



    Fun fact. This week I learned that Billy Butcher (from The Boys) has been in the Rohirrim when he was young. (In Middle-Earth). I watched 16 episodes of The Boys without realizing that.
    Last edited by Gryzemuis; 23rd Jan 2021 at 16:07.

  22. #5347
    LittleFlower
    Registered: Jul 2001
    Location: Netherlands
    I watched Lupin. I agree with everything raph wrote. So maybe we should tell people that the 5 episodes are only half of the first series? The 2nd half of the first series will be released this summer. I agree with everything raph wrote, so I also recommend watching it anyway.

  23. #5348
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    We've been a little bit skilled with sci fi this year. Discovery was good and the Expanse is great at the moment.

    I watch the first episode of the new Resident Alien. Terrible name, seems okay. I'll reserve judgement for a few more episodes.

    And I must get back to Raised by Wolves. Only saw the first one but it seemed like a serious business!

  24. #5349
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    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: The Plateaux Of Mirror
    Just watched Season 2 of the Mandalorian. The recurring characters and plotlines from season 1 were great, the cameos from other, shittier Star Wars properties in every single episode were stupid as hell. I dunno how you take something that managed to go a full season without milking the original films/prequels/cartoons/etc outside of "how this universe works" kind of stuff and a few cringy things that are just continued misapplications of the source material and make no sense (i.e. carbonite being a normal bounty hunter thing and not a freezing-gas-process-they-tested-on-han-and-didn't-know-if-it-would-work thing and Tattooine being a backwater shithole in the middle of nowhere but somehow in every goddamn SW story ever) and turn it into "which character can we squeeze into this episode because we can't have the universe feeling too large and we wouldn't want to accidentally make something that isn't fucking garbage and holy shit we made something good how can we spin this into 4 other things" type of thing. So now we're back to the good SW stuff being the first two movies, the Last Jedi, Jedi Knight 2, and KotOR 2. And season 1 of the Mandalorian. GG Disney.

  25. #5350
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    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Third grave from left.
    Yep.

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