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  1. #5376
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolya View Post
    One more time: Picnic at Hanging Rock is not based on a real life story.

    The Terror sounds up my alley.
    For the purposes of the point I was making, the "real life" part isn't really the important point, more the fact that it's blurring this line between "this is shot as if it's recounting things that might have actually happened IRL" and vague supernatural elements hinted at behind the scenes, I mean as a kind of storytelling technique if not a whole genre in itself, technically aside from the fact whether it actually did happen or not. These two shows are both in that same kind of vein was the point I wanted to make. But thank you for keeping me honest anyway.

    Yes the casting and acting for The Terror is great, even (especially) the obstinate cretins of the crew.

  2. #5377
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    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    "this is shot as if it's recounting things that might have actually happened IRL"
    Documentary style.

    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    But thank you for keeping me honest anyway.
    No problem! ��

    The Terror seems to be available on AMC only or where are you watching it?
    Last edited by Kolya; 25th Mar 2021 at 17:08.

  3. #5378
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    Thirding/fourthing(?) recommendation for the Terror, great little series. It's on BBC iplayer right now for UK folks. Fantastic acting and just really immerses you in its world and the terrible situation. In some ways I feel like the beast and kind of fantasy element wasn't all that necessary, the real situation is more than horrific enough, although I know it's a kind of metaphor and it allows some access to the native mythology and perspective which is interesting.

    Edit: also meant to say it's a really exciting time as the wrecks of Terror and Erebus are being explored right now, already fascinating footage coming out like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWEtlIZnH9s

    There's a real chance they might discover written documents or other evidence to shed more light on exactly what happened when. Very cool.
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  4. #5379
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    I recall reading about the discovery of Erebus in Archaeology magazine a few years back and what stuck out to me was the speculation that food tainted by lead sealed tins may have played a part in the muddled thinking and lack of a plan to get them out of the situation.

    Also in the brief documentary Fingernail posted (fascinating cabin explorations) the woman pronounces bow sprit as if it could shoot an arrow. I always thought it was bow as in bow of a ship being as it is on a ship. I suppose it could be like bowline hitch which is pronounced as an arrow shooting bow though. At least that's how I've heard it. Never a seaman around when you need one.

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    OMG this is badass!


  6. #5381
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tocky View Post
    I recall reading about the discovery of Erebus in Archaeology magazine a few years back and what stuck out to me was the speculation that food tainted by lead sealed tins may have played a part in the muddled thinking and lack of a plan to get them out of the situation.

    Also in the brief documentary Fingernail posted (fascinating cabin explorations) the woman pronounces bow sprit as if it could shoot an arrow. I always thought it was bow as in bow of a ship being as it is on a ship. I suppose it could be like bowline hitch which is pronounced as an arrow shooting bow though. At least that's how I've heard it. Never a seaman around when you need one.
    I think that's the one, or another one, where she pronounces "forecastle" as it is spelt, but to my ears we always hear it more like "fowksle". Obviously a bit of a land-lubber.

    On the lead thing, my recent readings about this after watching the Terror led me to more recent thinking that suggests the levels of lead in the discovered bodies would not have been unusually high for Victorian people of the time anyway...

  7. #5382
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    Short reviews, too tired to write anything long.

    One Night In Miami
    It's pretty good, well-written, well-acted and meaningful, but of course no one knows if the real night between these four men really happened anything like this. It's basically a stage play converted to movie, but it's good for what it is. Amazon Prime (free)

    Synchronic
    It's the new movie from Moorhead and Benson, directors of The Endless. Tocky might want to watch this. It's interesting and original for sure, and I liked that apart from the central conceit of the movie, there are also some meaningful scenes of dialogue about life and relationships that spoke to me. As with The Endless, Moorhead and Benson's ambition exceeds their budget sometimes so the CGI can be slightly janky. And from the reviews and it being about time travel I thought the story would be more complex. It's actually a pretty simple story, not that there's anything wrong with that, just don't expect anything like Primer or even Predestination. iTunes/others (rent/buy)

    The Vast Of Night
    Very original movie and interesting to watch all the way. Looks very grainy, even though it's shot on Red digital cameras. Some weird artistic choices, like the movie being framed as an episode of a Twilight Zone-like show, and the screen just fading to black from time to time for no apparent reason. Still good though, there aren't many movies like this one. Also an impressive long take of the female main character operating a switchboard and talking to people for like 9 minutes. Amazon Prime (free)

    Greenland
    Mid budget disaster movie that's interesting because it keeps the scale small, on just one family. You won't see typical scenes of the president making decisions and scientists advising what to do. It's centered on what happens to this one family trying to get to safety, and I appreciated that. Still, it's not great or anything and the science is bollocks. Amazon Prime (free)

    Tales From The Loop
    This is a good show with a kind of retro-futuristic look, it looks absolutely stunning on my new TV (finally got that 4K OLED screen I've been meaning to get for so long). It's not so much about the technology but more about humanity, it's using technology as a vessel to talk about life, desires, hopes and relationships. Based on a book with drawings or paintings I've heard, if you have a high end TV this is a treat for the eyes. Amazon Prime (free)

    Blade Runner
    No need to tell you guys anything about Blade Runner but just wanted to say that the Final Cut looks good in 4K!
    Last edited by Harvester; 1st Apr 2021 at 17:15.

  8. #5383
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    a little bit about a whole bunch of stuff I've watched lately

    King of the Hill - Finished the series. Such a wonderful show.

    Simpsons - I'm at season 6 now and every episode is just solid gold.

    The Invisible Man - watched this tonight. So fricking TENSE!

    Wandavision - Started out great, very strange and funny, but kinda turns into generic Marvel superhero stuff by the end.

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - Now I don't really give a hoot about either of these guys, but by the end of ep 2 I'm kinda into it!

    How To With John Wilson - Watched through this last year and just rewatched the last ep tonight with friends. This is a funny and surprising and very human show that I'd recommend to anyone. It's on HBO. Don't bother finding out what it's about just WATCH IT!

    Wonder Woman 84 - Not as good as the first one but still a good time. I like how the story was both very personal to Diane and TOTALLY EPIC at the same time.

    Zack Snyder's CREATIVE VISION of the Justice League - Eeehhhhhh. Nice actionscenes and some fun stuff here and there. I actually liked the weird Knightmare epilogue. But mostly this didn't really engage me, and I didn't really care about any of the characters.

  9. #5384
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvester View Post
    Tales From The Loop
    This is a good show with a kind of retro-futuristic look, it looks absolutely stunning on my new TV (finally got that 4K OLED screen I've been meaning to get for so long). It's not so much about the technology but more about humanity, it's using technology as a vessel to talk about life, desires, hopes and relationships. Based on a book with drawings or paintings I've heard, if you have a high end TV this is a treat for the eyes. Amazon Prime (free)
    It's based on the art of Simon Stålenhag: http://www.simonstalenhag.se/tftl.html
    https://systemshock.org/?topic=9243.0

  10. #5385
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvester View Post
    Synchronic
    It's the new movie from Moorhead and Benson, directors of The Endless. Tocky might want to watch this. It's interesting and original for sure, and I liked that apart from the central conceit of the movie, there are also some meaningful scenes of dialogue about life and relationships that spoke to me. As with The Endless, Moorhead and Benson's ambition exceeds their budget sometimes so the CGI can be slightly janky. And from the reviews and it being about time travel I thought the story would be more complex. It's actually a pretty simple story, not that there's anything wrong with that, just don't expect anything like Primer or even Predestination. iTunes/others (rent/buy)
    I liked it but it was no Endless. The Endless was at it's heart a horror and this isn't. I felt like it missed an opportunity to explore life, death, and relationships more while it dicked around in other times instead. Maybe it was the only way to tell the story though. Hard to say what exactly was missing but it felt like something was. I really liked what he said about the present though. We often miss how precious it really is. The ending was a little too Hollywood. A simple finding something to scratch on stone with would have been better.

    Oddly bits of it were synchronous with bits of my life.

  11. #5386
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    I saw the finale of The Terror S1, and the show stayed true to form (and great) all the way through, and it saved some of the best drama & action and most striking imagery for the end. Since I've been thinking about physical modeling-esque synthesis recently, I was particularly struck by the synth track near the end that was really divine in the context of the imagery where it was used. What a send off!

    So I'm already on to S2. I hadn't heard that it was completely different story so was a bit surprised & confused at first, but anyway, it clarifies the story it's telling early on well enough. It's about the Japanese-American internment in the US during WWII, nothing to do with S1 except we have an unhappy supernatural element in a dramatic setting where people are trapped & at the mercy of greater forces they can't control. Since I have a special connection to both Japan & the US, and good drama is good drama, it's a theme that connects really well with me independently of S1, but I can imagine some people being thrown off by the change in setting. So far I like this season too, but of course it's a very different kind of drama to the first.

  12. #5387
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    I love how *weird* The Terror gets, yet how it's always grounded in something real, both physically and psychologically. Also, I love seeing Tobias Menzies in roles where he's not just a character who's a bit ridiculous and pathetic, although he does those parts well. Between this and his part in Rome, he is capable of so much more than variations on his part in Game of Thrones.

    On a different note: while I found Godzilla: King of the Monsters pretty dull and badly written - and no, the problem isn't that it's not Bergman, it's that it spends a lot of time on its human characters without ever making them worth watching, even in a pulpy, tropey way - it's also the first 2+ hour film we've managed to watch in one go in recent weeks. My wife and me, we've had a very draining last 5-6 weeks, to the extent where we couldn't even enjoy the things we usually do to recharge our batteries, such as watching films. This one, as dull as it was for long stretches, was just the right kind of stupid and loud for us to watch while still fairly tired. For that already, thanks, Godzilla!

  13. #5388
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    Holy shit, Saint Maud is some freaky religious horror, a really unnerving and effective look at religious psychosis.

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    The kids on tiktok really know a thing or two about drama.





    There's like A LOT more of this.

  15. #5390
    I like how The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have treated the subject of Captain America until episode 4. I was really starting to actually feel bad for the guy, as he hadn't really shown himself to be such a bad guy, only one that had big shoes to fill and faced the resentment of his predecessor's buddies... But then the show made the ballsy move to kill his friend and he goes totally apeshit which, while understandable, is also the great moral event horizon he was supposed not to cross.
    It's not perfect but the show works pretty well so far. I have a strong feeling that Sharon Carter is in fact the Power Broker herself, we'll see.

    On another note, with the Dora Milaje apparently here to stay, I wonder if the creators will use the show to address Chadwick Boseman's passing there first, before they do BP2.

  16. #5391
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    I watched The Terror, just finished actually. Early on it reminded me of a Titanic story, the way you knew from the start that everyone in it was doomed. I really enjoyed the psychological portraits it painted and the development of emotional connections particularly between the most unlikely pair: Francis Crozier and James Fitzjames. I didn't enjoy Mr. Hickey's corruption starting with homosexual relations. It seemed like a perpetuation of Victorian morals that a guy who enjoys butt sex with another man would also relish in all sort of other unspeakable acts.

    The atmosphere of the series was extremely oppressive from the start and their situation just got worse and worse. So many times I thought: Okay, that's it, now they're done for! And I didn't mind the paranormal component as much as I thought I would, because it was well grounded in this world. The end I'm not sure about yet. Why did Crozier hide among the Netsilik people? With his emotional connection Silna gone, what kept him there? I can imagine he was guilt ridden for failing his men, but previously he also talked about bringing their wives and children closure, by getting back and telling their stories. Wasn't this the last service he owed them?

    If you enjoyed this series I can recommend reading The Lost city of Z about British explorer Percy Fawcett.
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  17. #5392
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolya View Post
    The end I'm not sure about yet. Why did Crozier hide among the Netsilik people? With his emotional connection Silna gone, what kept him there? I can imagine he was guilt ridden for failing his men, but previously he also talked about bringing their wives and children closure, by getting back and telling their stories. Wasn't this the last service he owed them?
    My answer to this is that the Crozier that stayed wasn't exactly the one we knew, but the one two years later after he'd already gotten married and had a kid in this society who wouldn't have wanted to go with him and whom he wouldn't want to leave (I think). But plus I think the show made clear he had nothing to go back to, and the connections he had weren't worth it to him.

    And the answer to your last question is exactly what the last scenes of the last episode were about. He did pay that last service when he made sure the story got conveyed to the explorers that finally arrived. That was my interpretation, anyway.

  18. #5393
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    Interesting interpretation. I didn't think that that the kid might be his own. But I like that.

    I did think about him passing on their story through the Netsilik clan head. But it is hardly a history of what happened, he just says they're all dead. And he must have known that the account of an Eskimo wouldn't count for much in Victorian society. In fact it put the clan head in considerable danger to say anything at all.

  19. #5394
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    I haven't seen the end yet. I got to Hickey's stabby scene and could see the doom set in for any help from the locals and set it aside for awhile.

    I watched "I Care a Lot" instead and it's a very memorable film for a number of reasons. It's rare that you like a movie that hasn't a decent person in it. Mostly, you root for the lead characters to die, horribly in the worst possible way, if it can be arranged. It's about health care and a bureaucracy that lets it be abused for profit. But one set of evil people accidentally butt heads with another set who are more direct in their methods. I can't say everyone got what they deserved but some did. The sad part is that one can easily see this happening in the America of today. When morality and empathy are given over to greed then it isn't such a stretch. In the last four years we have seen a man worshipped for his wealth and all truth sacrificed for power.

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    I watched a few episodes of "I Care a Lot" and frankly I couldn't stomach how the series celebrates this detestable woman. Especially because it all seemed so believable.
    I don't like watching something just to root for the main character to die. Doesn't seem healthy.

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    I was speaking of the movie. They made a series out of it? Given how the movie ended I don't know how. Are you sure it wasn't something else?

    And she was certainly detestable. I couldn't watch her for any repeated times. That would be a drain on the spirit. Already I have to face that I wanted her to suffer. Too often in life there are no consequences for evil except monetary compensation for perpetrating it.

    Edit: I'm reminded of Marsha Blackburn, a senator from Tennessee, who passed a bill during Republican majority rule that made it more difficult for big pharma to be prosecuted for pushing opioids. She was paid handsomely in campaign contributions and is still enjoying the fruits of her evil today. All I can do is remind her on her facebook page every so often that not all of us are rubes, not that it matters because enough are in Tennessee to keep voting her back in. She sticks it to those dirty liberals who want to ban Dr. Suess books (though that is a lie and the Dr. Suess estate just took some questionable books out of sales on their own). Get those liberals Marsha! Take that money for evil and go get them!
    Last edited by Tocky; 11th Apr 2021 at 22:03.

  22. #5397
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    Ah yeah, we mean the same thing and it's a movie of course. Sorry for the confusion. I tend to binge watch series so I don't always remember the format. I stopped watching the movie after the old lady was moved to the old people's home and they started selling her stuff.

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    I watched Bram Stoker's Dracula when it came out in the cinema. And I vaguely remember being disappointed, because despite all its apparent will for grandezza it looked kinda cheap and obviously filmed on studio sets.
    That was almost 30 years ago. Fuck, I really thought it was 20 years...how does that even work?

    Anyway, I read an article about the film lately and it filled me in on what had happened: Francis Ford Coppola meant to film it without any CGI effects and relied solely on old fashioned in-camera effects, smoke and mirrors. The studios feared it would be a costly project but his pitch was that he could do it on sound stages completly. As had been done in the old times.

    It had been Winona Ryder who asked him to do a Dracula movie and it turned out Coppola had been a fan of the story since he was a kid. Gary Oldman played Dracula; back in 1992 I didn't know much about him, but he went on to play the greatest villains (Leon, 5th Element). And Tom Waits played Dracula's convert Renfield. A musician turned actor I thought; now I know what a great actor he became. (And that Winona was and is his fan.)

    So I watched it again. And what can I say: I'm still not a huge fan of the crammed feeling of its sets. Knowing the reasons I didn't mind the old school effects as much. But mainly I thoroughly enjoyed a whole cast of great actors at the top of their game.

    Bram Stoker's Dracula [complete film on youtube, 720p]
    The Blood Is The Life - The Making of Dracula [docu on youtube]

  24. #5399
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    This is a pretty awesome scifi short somebody made, "Slice of Life".


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    It's well done, but we don't have such flimsy ATMs even in our regular, not that much cyberpunk world. Still, very impressive otherwise.

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