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  1. #5501
    Quote Originally Posted by EvaUnit02 View Post
    Snake Eyes - 2.5/5 (2021)
    For a second there I missed the date and thought you were talking about the Brian De Palma movie, and I was utterly confused by your comments on it.

    De Palma's kinda hit or miss, but that one I remember as pretty enjoyable.

  2. #5502
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dia View Post
    I'm kind of holding my breath with Lucifer, though I'm beginning to feel that series is going to go the way of several others and totally lose touch with what made those series so interesting and successful in the first place. Though introducing 'God' as a new in-the-flesh character definitely has a lot of potential.
    How is this one? I've thought of watching it and it seems like an interesting premise. Lord knows I've been accused of being the title character often enough.

    Also I watched the premier episode of Lost in Space and it wasn't bad. Then again neither was the original premier episode back in the sixties. It was the subsequent ones where the writers wanked out total wankery. Even my seven year old self was saying WTF? Does it at least stay in the same vein as the first episode? As an aside I got the Lost in Space playset one Christmas and the styrofoam ship was a complete loss by the end of the day. Then recently I saw one on Ebay and thought what sort of anal kid keeps it in that condition? He sure as hell didn't have a little brother.

    You should watch The Last Kingdom. I'm not kidding. George RR got nothing on Bernard Cornwell. And there is plenty of eye candy for the ladies, not that you would ever look, school marm that you are.

    Anyway I'm watching Twin Peaks now as has been recommended and it is plenty strange and interesting in that order. The humor is dead pan and that is what makes it more funny. Two through the eyes and one in each nostril indeed. What an odd plot. I recall when it first came on but this was back in the day when I could not pick up that channel on the aerial. And just to let anyone know who thinks there is a way to tie a cherry stem with your tongue, there isn't. It's an old bar trick. You tie one already and have it under your tongue. You swap the two. There is no other way. I've tried for weeks. I used to think it possible to pin the stem in your teeth and pull with your tongue against the roof of your mouth but it just is not so. Damn near choked a few times too.

  3. #5503
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    Well I'll be damned. I love Lucifer. Never thought I would say those words. I love his car, a 62 Corvette in my favorite color. I love the title song and have for a long time, it's been in my rotation for quite a while now. I love the suave way he has. I love that, though he is evil, he can't seem to resist being good on his holiday. A tad opposite of most of us but I can relate. I love that he has his own rules. I love that there is one female wise to his type that he can't reach. The first episode is great and has me hooked. The only thing I disliked was that they wrecked a '71' Lemans. The Walking Dead did that in their premier. How many of those does Hollywood think we have left?

    Sorry Twin Peaks but Lucifer can't wait. I have to give the Devil his due.

  4. #5504
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    My brother could tie a cherry stem with his tongue. It's a real thing. But IIRC it's one of those genetic things, like the ability to wiggle your ears or your scalp or arch your eyebrows independently or roll-up your tongue or touch your nose with your tongue or be double-jointed, things like that, where some people have the right muscles to do it and other people just don't, or more specifically, fine muscle control of your tongue tip.

  5. #5505
    Omar's gone. Only 54, that’s not right, man. Fuck.

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    Omar from The Wire? Aw man that's sad. =(

  7. #5507
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    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    My brother could tie a cherry stem with his tongue. It's a real thing. But IIRC it's one of those genetic things, like the ability to wiggle your ears or your scalp or arch your eyebrows independently or roll-up your tongue or touch your nose with your tongue or be double-jointed, things like that, where some people have the right muscles to do it and other people just don't, or more specifically, fine muscle control of your tongue tip.
    Well damn. Now I'm going to have to do it. There has to be some trick with getting the end through the loop I haven't figured yet. I have a very prehensile and sensitive tongue so it should be possible for me. Ask him if you think of it what the deal is with getting the end through and how it is tightened enough that it does not pop back out. I can get it into position but the popping back out drives me crazy. Off to buy cherries.

  8. #5508
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    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    Still wrapping up Twin Peaks. I can understand why it had the rug completely pulled out from it after Laura's killer was found 1/3 of the way through the 2nd season. There was this grand cathartic climax, and then suddenly it's still going?, and 5 episodes later it's still going??, and 5 episodes after that it's still going??? And after that...
    In the event that you're not aware, Lynch and Frost were actually never intending to reveal Laura's killer. The network demanded they do it, and promptly. Once that happened, Lynch went AWOL, basically not returning to the show until the very end. That's why season 2 takes a sharp drop in quality after the reveal, and why it picks up again at the very end.

    For what it's worth, I actually think s3 (The Return) is the best season of the show all-around. It's an 18hr Lynch movie that stands in sharp contrast to the 2nd season.

  9. #5509
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    Yes, I had that information, but I guess it's good to remind everyone. I just watched Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me (actually the fanmade Blue Rose cut that combines it with the later-released deleted scenes), and like half the cast was missing, Dale had a much diminished role (by request), and Donna was even a different actress, and watching the recent interviews the reason is pretty clearly because they felt abandoned by Lynch in the 2nd season.

    I don't particularly blame Lynch. He hates his work being interfered with. Everyone knows that now, but it's funny reflecting on the time TP was being made, he hadn't really revealed his final form yet, so I don't think people understood how he worked like they would later.

    On that note, the movie got panned -- perfect example of people mistaking the Lynch they thought they knew from what he turned out to be, as I don't think anybody later would be surprised by how that movie turned out; it could hardly have been otherwise -- And anyway I think it's important it got made because Laura always was the spiritual center of the whole story.

    I'm on to S3 now myself. I'll give it a few episodes to get the sense of it. We're not in (only) Twin Peaks and the other place anymore, but it's still handwaving back in that direction. So my first thought is if it's going to spread itself thin. But I guess you can always win if you're making up your own rules.

  10. #5510
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    Saw Annette at the weekend, quite an experience and I would recommend to anyone unless you really don't like musicals. Probably the most original film I've seen this year, there's nothing quite like it. The whole thing is quite absurd, surreal and operatic in scale, and Adam Driver is fantastic as the tortured comedian at the centre of the story. Marion Cottilard is also great but a bit underused. Simon Helberg gives a memorable performance (particularly in a one-take scene where the camera rotates around him as he conducts an orchestra whilst breaking the fourth wall) as the unnamed Accompanist/Conductor. Weird but wonderful cinema, worth seeing on the big screen for the spectacle.

  11. #5511
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    Should I be concerned that some things I have said have been said verbatim by the title character in Lucifer? When I hear them my ears prick up although perhaps it should be my thumbs. There's a prick in there somewhere. But yeah, I said "shame is such a useless emotion" to Harvester not long ago. And it's not the only phrase. He is an egomaniac hedonist so....

  12. #5512
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fingernail View Post
    Saw Annette at the weekend, quite an experience and I would recommend to anyone unless you really don't like musicals. ... Weird but wonderful cinema, worth seeing on the big screen for the spectacle.
    Weeeeeell shit, man. Looks like it's not coming to any big screens around here so I'll have to wait for streaming, but glad to hear it's good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    My brother could tie a cherry stem with his tongue. It's a real thing. But IIRC it's one of those genetic things, like the ability to wiggle your ears or your scalp or arch your eyebrows independently or roll-up your tongue or touch your nose with your tongue or be double-jointed, things like that, where some people have the right muscles to do it and other people just don't, or more specifically, fine muscle control of your tongue tip.
    Okay. I got a bag of cherries and managed to tie one on the way home. It's not impossible BUT there has to be a quicker way as it took me ten minutes and lodging one end between my canine and the tooth in front of it with my tongue to hold one end while I worked the other through the loop with my tongue. That can't be how it's done. There has to be a trick which does it faster but I haven't figured it out yet. You have to ask your brother. This is going to drive me crazy if you don't. I was rather proud of that though. I could not find any maraschino cherries and had to use fresh bing ones instead and those stems are much shorter and less limber. On the other hand the knobby end may have kept them from slipping out once tied. I was even thinking of posting a pic or framing it or something so I set it on the kitchen table and now it's gone. Damn cats.

    I know there is a trick to it. There has to be. If you find out and share with me I will share a trick for causing multiple orgasms. Nobody is going to wait ten minutes for you to tie a cherry stem. No wait... hold up... I've almost got it... damn. Where are you going? Come back!

  14. #5514
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tocky View Post
    If you find out and share with me I will share a trick for causing multiple orgasms. Nobody is going to wait ten minutes for you to tie a cherry stem.
    "Is it in yet?"

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    I'm sure people have talked about it on forums or something, but I'll try to remember to ask next time we chat.

    Anyway, so I have now officially gotten through all of the Twin Peaks oeuvre, S1, S2, FWWM+MP, and S3. The above quote instantly makes me want to respond:

    "Got a light?"

    I got a fair amount of the gist. I just got through the Twin Perfect explanation. I think it was right on with the basics, although I would have given a different spin to a lot of things, but still coming back to a similar throughline. Also there were things he left out like the numerology in S3.

    There's more that I could say than I could fit into this post for now. One thing I kept coming back to mind is that story Lynch told where, when he was like 10, walking around in the back woods he saw a battered naked woman stumbling around, and he said it really struck him, being the first time he saw a naked woman, etc., and he kind of offhandedly admitted that it might have influenced some of his work. And I was thinking well that's an understatement of his career.

    I think a lot of what makes him tick is tapping into the sludge of everyday violence happening everywhere behind the scenes, recognizing that it's everywhere and that he's powerless to do anything except bringing it to light, but also secretly wanting to be able to save these women, as if he could go back and protect that woman in the forest from ever getting into whatever situation that led her to that place. But it's too late. But then the point is, even though you can't help her, the violence is already done, you can't just pretend she's not there or turn your eyes away from what happened. She doesn't disappear. Or to make her invisible would be a crime in itsself. She was somebody with a story.

    And there's something about this image emerging from the forest. Like so many folk tales, the most mystical things always emerge from deep in the forest, far from home, and just thinking about their depths can ignite a fire of inspiration and imagination. The connection of those two things, the fire of imagination from contemplating the depths of the forest, and the hidden violence that everywhere surrounds us, so much it's impossible to miss, but it passes by invisible and in silence ... that's one of his trademark concoctions, I think.

    Anyway, I think recognizing why that image was so powerful to him (and his vision of Philadelphia), would go a long way to helping one get what Twin Peaks means to him.

    I did have a different spin on the very end of S3 different from the Twin Perfect video I wanted to mention. The way I read it, when Coop suddenly appeared in the S1 timeline at the moment before Laura passed the point of no return, that was complete wish-fulfillment, like I was talking about above. Imagining one could just go back and save the victim from ever facing their suffering as a completely gratuitous wish fulfillment.

    What it meant, I thought, for the last episode though, was that if Laura hadn't been killed and her case hadn't sparked all of that massive explosion of creative energy and imagination, all of those mysteries bursting from the forest, then she's just a girl from anywhere working at any diner with that hidden violence just going on in the other room un-watched. I was thinking Carrie Page is basically what Laura Palmer would be to us the day before the show started about her, working at Judy's diner instead of Norma's.

    It's similar to the spin that Twin Perfect gave. Where he says "Judy" is the closure, I was thinking more like Judy is the cold final truth of it all. Laura is a girl/woman from a small US town working at a diner and not getting by very well. The nuclear blast of imagination she unleashed is the potential that all individuals have inside them, if you were really given a chance to take the deep dive into their own mysteries. And the final scene is that, when you take that chance to take that deep dive away, she disappears back into that obscurity, and that's the final tragedy. But Twin Perfect's take was also on-point. Twin Peaks was already "dead as a doornail" ages ago, and the tragedy was pretending this dead thing was still alive today, hence the "What year is it?" bit.


    Well I have a lot more thoughts, but that's good for now.

    I want to go back and pay better attention to the numerology, and then look it up on some forums. Some of it is definitely referring to the other episodes. Some of it I thought was related to a 1-10 scale of perfect. Some is just classic numerology.

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    Now that I'm in front of a computer instead of that traitor phone that deletes instead of edits I will approximate what I said the first time.

    I did not know that Lynch story but now that I do it makes sense. People will stomp all around a thing which bothers them until you can nearly see the outline of it and Lynch has done plenty stomping concerning sex and violence. Poor little guy was traumatized by that experience so young and as the twig is bent so grows the tree. I think you are bang on about him wanting to save her and wanting to invent ways to do so. He too knows how absurd and impossible it is to do and thus it comes out in movies like Blue Velvet which were so absurd and unlikely and quite frankly fake as the robin tweeting on the window sill at the end. He knows the happy ending is fake. Trauma doesn't go away. The damage often gets deflected and leaks out in some strange ways too. Lucky for him he made money out of his. I'm sure that poor woman had a much worse time of it.

    I guess I'll have to start watching Twin Peaks again to get the "is it in yet?" reference. It did remind me of the grab your ankles and spell run joke though. Most of us are so lucky the only trauma we have makes us want to tie cherry stems. We met sweet little kittens instead of ravenous scary bears in the forest.

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    Sorry there is no "is it in yet?" reference. I just had "got a light" running through my head so made a little quote of it like the previous post, that's all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raph View Post
    For a second there I missed the date and thought you were talking about the Brian De Palma movie, and I was utterly confused by your comments on it.

    De Palma's kinda hit or miss, but that one I remember as pretty enjoyable.
    The simulated no cut, long shot sequence at the start of DePalma's Snake Eyes, where they're covering a boxing match, was spectacular IMO. It was very much a by the numbers thriller, but the filmmaking was still on point.

    Why is that most Netflix and Amazon Prime Video original films are either A. thoroughly mediocre and forgettable, or B. downright bad? It's definitely a case of quality over quantity with these video streaming platforms.

    Sweet Girl (2021, Netflix) - 2/5
    Low budget Jason Mamoa action vehicle, entertaining enough but I'll have forgotten it in a week's time probably. The absurdity of the 3rd act plot twist had my jaw hit the flaw. The heroine looked utterly tiny, the thought of such a small woman taking out fit men probably 3x her size pushed the tired Hollywood action girl trope utterly past suspension of disbelief breaking point for me.

    Jolt (2021, Prime Video) - 1/5
    Really boring action comedy. The film was only 91 minutes and I watched it on 1.3x speed but the pacing was still glacial. I was so thoroughly disengaged with what was happening.

    Kate (2021, Netflix) - 2.5/5
    Entertaining enough action, but the plot was tired and cliched even by my low expectations for Netflix content, it has been done far better elsewhere. Just rewatch Leon: The Professional in stead of wasting your time here. Hollywood action girl trope again out in full force with this flick. I normally don't care about acting quality, but the teenage actress playing the mafia boss daughter Ani, was quite painful to stomach.

    Candyman (2021) - 3.5/5
    Actually a well made film, the pacing and suspense was on point. Too bad that the story was such "current year" woke cringe. OG Candyman villain Tony Todd only has probably a minute long cameo at the end and has only one line. I was very disappointed on that front.

    The plot was about
    spoiler:
    creating a new Candyman who's purpose is to specifically get revenge on racist white people, mainly crooked cops.
    I'm not making this up, it was such cringe.

    Fear Street trilogy (2021, Netflix) - 3/5
    Surprisingly entertaining homage to 1980s/1990s slasher flicks.

    First half of the 3rd film was a prequel set in a 17th century colonialist American village. I'll give the filmmakers real props for their creative work around for having a racially diverse casting in a European period setting. They did a "Quantum Leap", i.e. to the viewer they're whatever diverse cast but the "in universe" characters are implied to be period appropriate UK immigrants.

    Malignant (2021) 2.5/5
    Over-rated director James Wan returns to his horror thriller roots after doing a few big stupid action blockbusters. Nothing scary here at all, just loud sounds and quick editing. Seeing the action scenes where the villain is tearing shit up in the 2nd and 3rd acts had me laughing out loud at how cheesy they were.

    Reminiscence (2021) - 2.5/5
    Blade Runner-esque, sci-fi detective noir. Competently made but it was so thoroughly dull and boring. Good on the filmmaker for exploiting nepotism opportunities to get a big budget studio film with actor star power for their directorial debut, but sadly they didn't deliver the goods. Strange Days this ain't by a long shot. (Context: Kathryn Bigelow using nepotism of being married to James Cameron to get directorial work.)

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    Recently, there are new episodes of Lower Decks on Amazon, and Final Space on Netflix. Yep, that's right, mildly satirical sci-fi jokes. I'm not quite as hardcore a Star Trek nerd to get all the Lower Decks jokes, but I think I might get most of them, and it's sufficiently funny to keep watching. I quite enjoyed Final Space previously, despite some flaws, so I'm quite keen to see where it goes next. And then, of course, there's the new Rick & Morty which I have NOT YET SEEN but recorded off a domestic TV channel and fully intend to watch rather soonish. Or preferrably once it shows up on Netflix, sans ads.

    Hmm, can I cram in any more animated sci-fi here? Probably. Solar Opposites, not quite as funny as Rick & Morty, but with potential. And also all of that Star Wars stuff I already mentioned. Rewatching some of that.

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    Beckett (2021, Netflix) - 2/5
    The guy from Tenet limping and wheezing his way through shitholes in Greece for almost 2 hours. An utterly barebones story could've easily been told in 80 minutes. Don't waste your time. Yet another filler film from Shitflix.

    Stillwater (2021) - 2.5/5
    Good performance from Matt Damon but the film was ultimately pretty dull. The high points were Damon's character interacting with the little girl of the French woman that he was staying with, it was very sweet. The daughter character in French prison (an Amanda Knox stand in) was thoroughly unlikeable, I didn't care what was happening with her.

    Cry Macho (2021) - 3.5/5
    Charming, feel good road film. Eastwood had good chemistry with the charismatic Mexican boy. 143 minutes was a good length, it doesn't outstay its welcome.

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