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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #651
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: ideally far away
    Quote Originally Posted by Subjective Effect View Post
    fascinating
    yes it is

  2. #652
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    Registered: Nov 2004
    Location: Mu
    So what do you think so far of the one-off episodes of X-Files vs the Big Conspiracy Arc episodes? I always preferred the former myself, even back in the first couple of seasons. They tended to have more humor in them, and usually came to an entertaining conclusion.

  3. #653
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    Registered: May 2000
    Location: Colorado
    Quote Originally Posted by all View Post
    The Road (2009) (not a bad dystopic movie at all)
    Did I mention enough that I'm a huge McCarthy fan right now? You know he wrote No Country for Old Men as well. If you haven't read The Road you can pick it up for like five or six bucks and read it through in a couple of days... very easy read and very engrossing. I have not seen the movie yet.

  4. #654
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: ideally far away
    Quote Originally Posted by PeeperStorm View Post
    So what do you think so far of the one-off episodes of X-Files vs the Big Conspiracy Arc episodes? I always preferred the former myself, even back in the first couple of seasons. They tended to have more humor in them, and usually came to an entertaining conclusion.
    I'm a fan of both, to be honest. I like that the Monster of the Week eps space out the Myth Arc eps, keeping the show grounded so it doesn't spiral off into the deep end too quickly.

  5. #655
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    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Sydney
    Season 3 of Chuck.
    The first two hours aired last night and my god they're good. Even though the show is extremely formulaic and pretty much the same thing happens every week; its very well put together and extremely entertaining.

  6. #656
    Member
    Registered: Feb 2009
    Location: Situation's changed, Tom.
    Casino Royale, but then the 1954 version with Barry Nelson as Bond. Had some great moments, and made me laugh. Movies were just so different back then.

  7. #657
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    Registered: Jun 2001
    Location: Tatry Mountains, Poland
    Season 1 of Damages.

    It.Is.Great. And, unlike in most of other TV shows, everything here makes sense. Brillant script. Great acting.

    I also watched the first episode of season 2. Unfortunately, it was rather disappointing. Will it get better?

  8. #658
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Quote Originally Posted by bukary View Post
    Season 1 of Damages.

    It.Is.Great. And, unlike in most of other TV shows, everything here makes sense. Brillant script. Great acting.
    I've heard from others that they loved Damages, but I disliked it quite a bit. To my mind, it was an arbitrary series of "oh man, can you believe it?!" twists, the result being that after the fifth or sixth twist I stopped caring, because one or two episodes down the line there'd be another twist making you reassess what you know. If everything's a twist, they stop being effective.

    There was about one character that I found interesting and likeable, and that was Ray Fiske.

  9. #659
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    Registered: Jun 2001
    Location: Tatry Mountains, Poland
    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    To my mind, it was an arbitrary series of "oh man, can you believe it?!" twists, the result being that after the fifth or sixth twist I stopped caring, because one or two episodes down the line there'd be another twist making you reassess what you know. If everything's a twist, they stop being effective.
    Well, for me they are somehow more effective than other twists in TV shows. Perhaps it's because, as I said, in the end it all makes perfect sense. There's internal logic in everything. This show feels real. There's no black and white characters. Every person has his/her own agenda and motives. And although almost everyone (including our hero girl) is dislikeable, fortunately, there are some real evil characters that the audience might want to hate more than other persons. That's why you do care about what's going on.

    There was about one character that I found interesting and likeable, and that was Ray Fiske.
    Interesting, yes. But likeable... no way.

    BTW, I've just watched the second episode of season 2. And yes, it is getting better.

  10. #660
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Quote Originally Posted by bukary View Post
    Interesting, yes. But likeable... no way.
    Perhaps likeable is the wrong word, but I felt sympathy and compassion for him. I didn't feel the same for anyone else, except for a moment here and there.

  11. #661
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Sydney
    While I agree that S1 of Damages was pure excellence, I got incredibly bored with the first few of Season 2 and gave up never to go back to it - so meh.

    In other news, I watched a crap load of tv and movies this week. Good that alot of the US show's came back - Fringe, Big Bang Theory (Which was FUCKING AWESOME), HIMYM, Scrubs, Ted, House and Dollhouse was great last night.

    Has anyone ever watched Misfits on 4OD? I watched a bit of the first episode at random and found it strangely interesting.

    Movie-wise, I caught Fantastic Mr Fox which I freaking loved, Wes Anderson managed to make a relatively thin book from Dahl into a cool, slightly twisted fun 1.5 hr movie - the bit with the wolf near the end was utter genius and I loved the overall style of the thing.

    Last night I watched The Men Who Stare at Goats which I enjoyed overall except the Jedi references got annoying towards the end - I GET IT, ITS FUNNY THAT OBI WAN DOESNT KNOW WHAT A JEDI IS ALRIGHT? Becoming what is essentially a hippie-free-love movie. But enjoyable nonetheless.

    This weekend I plan on settling down with The Lovely Bones and The Road. Although the Book of Eli catches my attention too.

    God bless Hulu btw

  12. #662
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Inglorius Basterds or however you spell it.

    It was ok. It felt a little short to me actually. There were some solid tense moments and a few of the performances were pretty outstanding. Hans was very effective and I must see this guy in other things, and the French cinema girl was tops on the brooding. It was wonderfully shot (I saw it in HD) and the script was pretty good in a compelling but not up its arse sort of way. Quentin certainly calmed down on the overly verbose spiel and it worked for me.

  13. #663
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    I'm about to begin the 4th season of The Wire. While I don't want to comment on it completely until I finish the series, I will say that it has lived up to the hype surrounding it superbly. I have nothing but props for what I've seen thus far.

    What I do want to comment on is a series I've ignored for years, despite the gushing praises I've heard from the hardcore geek type people: Doctor Who. The only exposure I've ever had to the series were the quick bits and pieces I caught of it while watching PBS back in elementary school. It was cheesy to me then, and what very little I'd seen of the new series seemed to be nothing more than a higher budget version of that same cheese.

    I mean Daleks? Comeon. Are they supposed to be scary? I guess they are if you have a deep seated phobia of salt shakers screaming at you. SEASONATE!

    But last night I saw an episode that changed my opinion of Doctor Who. An episode called Midnight that took me totally by surprise. Sure, it started out cheesy as hell, but very quickly evolved into one of the tensest and creepiest 45 minutes of TV I've watched in good little bit. I dunno if it was a fluke or what, but it has me interested in catching the rest of the show to see what it's all about.

    Hope I'm not disappointed.

  14. #664
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2004
    Location: Mu
    I used to watch the old Dr Who for the cheese. The new series still has cheese, but that's a deliberate feature to keep it Who-ish. There's some real drama there, with a lot more tragic aspects than before and more convincing horror.

  15. #665
    Member
    Registered: Jun 1999
    Location: Procrastination, Australia
    I have watched the new Day of the Triffids adaptation and since it's far too hot to do any actual useful stuff I submit my review.

    TL;DR wall o' text Precis: Raar! Not like the book!

    It's not really bad, just meh. It's quite well made in most areas, except some important ones; plot, character, world building etc. It chucks all that for "thrills" and "excitement" and makes a few really awful concessions to modern audiences that I hate.

    It was the same with the Survivors remake. I blame the new Doctor Who for all this. Every new English show has to take this route now, which is fine when it actually works (Davies and co continue to amaze me with how they can make fun, watchable TV which afterwards you go "Wait a minute. That was actually a total clusterfuck. Oh well, I wonder what's on next week." Screw this up and the realisation will come while you're watching instead. This is bad).

    The blindness bit is ok, I guess. I'll leave the mystery of how, if it comes from the sun, it affects the entire world at once (and how you can do a live feed in broad daylight from London and Sydney at the same time). Handwave city. The first thing that got me is the triffids themselves. The beauty of them as a monster is that they are more plant than animal, by our usual definitions, and where they walk the line is what makes them creepy. They're ponderous and slow. It's no big deal to sidestep one on its own and kick it over, rendering it almost completely harmless. They make funny little creaking sounds in their stems, like some real plants, and you have to be around them a long time to discern any pattern in these noises. And maybe that's just crazy human pattern recognition talking. They're poisonous and will whip things with a stinger, but that's not behaviour. It's just secondary movement from their fairly pathetic tilting walk. Or is it? You get the idea. Its their looming stillness, like a statue you think is watching you, that's the thing.

    The original series, clunky as it is, got this right. This is why no one is really that worried about them after the disaster. This is why they think Bill Masen is a crank with his Triffid obsession. They're a little dangerous, but so are badgers, BFD. Bigger fish to fry.

    Of course, even three hours isn't enough, apparently, to build Triffs up correctly these days. So all of that is chucked and instead they're shrieking be-tentacled horrors with almost no resemblance to plants at all, perfect for action scenes. They move with muscular precision and power and are unmistakably threatening. Shoot or chop one and it squeals in pain and shrinks back etc etc. They're suceptible to taser attack and at one point one of the staff at the triffid farm ventures into a holding pen with a nightstick (amusingly, while making them ten times more active and dangerous than other versions, they made people who deal with them about one tenth as cautious. In the book and old series, you don't go near them without a protective suit and a mask, if you can help it. Now the guards wear safety goggles like it'll help when it's well known that their poison works wherever it gets you. This is probably to do with the dumb 'solution' at the end, none of which makes the slightest sense however you slice it. It's also possibly some future neo-liberal paradise where health and safety "red tape" has been done away with, I dunno).

    They wave this off by saying the fact that they're like this is a big secret, despite them being the new backbone of the world's energy. They even bother with the "Gosh, are triffids communicating?" question when it's no more mysterious than cats and dogs communicating to anyone with working ears (ar ar).

    Amusing connection aside: 28 days later was famously inspired by Day of the Triffids and borrowed a few things from it. This version borrows things from 28 days later, particlarly having an "animal" rights activist let them out. It's the circle of life, or something.

    The second bit of annoyance is the habit of small world syndrome in the writing. In this version they've build up the character of Torrence (Eddie Izzard) a bit, to make him the key megalomaniacal bad guy. I don't mind this in principle, you could have some fun with following his character throughout the story. But of course they have to make all the leads lives intertwine repeatedly and conveniently across a full scale national (international) disaster involving tens of millions of people. I hate it when they do this kind of thing.

    In the book you only meet Torrence twice. At first he's working for one of the half arsed relief efforts and you get a glimpse of his ruthlessness and his zeal for authority. Then he shows up at the end (nearly ten years later) as a big wheel working for the new military government, setting up fiefdom's and assigning blind serfs to work the land and collect taxes. The thing about this is that, while initially misguided and abhorent, the forced hunting and gathering from years earlier must have been working, in a way.
    Following that story would have been cool. In this version we don't do that. Torrence is a cookie cutter, power mad, sexually frustrated bad guy emboldened by the apocalypse. *snore* And they find reasons for him to be intimately involved and obsessed with our heroes despite ostesibly having an entire city at his disposal.

    There's reference to the religious communities that are set up, also, but they have to make them crazy evil as well. The mother superior of this convent deciding to placate the triffids by feeding them the elderly and the black, which is potentially a hilarious commentary on Mother Theresa. But mostly just another example of convenient Apocalypse Crazy for our heroes to seem reasonable against.

    Anyway, I could be here all day. If the book has a point, and I think it has many, it's not that people are crazy animals like most apocalyptic fare these days. It's that if civilisation were to fragment and it had to rebuild itself, likely recapitulating previous stages, most modern people would not want to be a part of it anymore. The characters' initial sympathy for the poor and afflicted in the disaster (ie, the blind) is gone when faced with what would really be necessary to help them and rebuild. We would give up nothing and go our own way rather than the alternative, leaving it to the brutish and the authoritarian whose ideals lie elsewhere to, in essence, do the job. But we sympathise with them, they're our heroes and they just want to be free, as they see it. It's complicated as hell and that's why it's classic sci-fi (that and cool killer plants, I guess)

    Instead we have; squirting triffid venom in your eyes, instead of killing you, makes them leave you alone. No, I don't understand it either. Predator thermo-image defeating mud makes more sense.

    Oh and they made Susan a wuss again. Despite showing up initially as one of those instant survivalists with a Stirling submachinegun, she does very little thereafter.
    Last edited by Muzman; 18th Jan 2010 at 09:40.

  16. #666
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Quote Originally Posted by Renzatic View Post
    Hope I'm not disappointed.
    I've seen a few episodes and there are indeed some creepy/freaky ones in there (there always were, weren't they?).

    The problems with Dr Who are; there are some great tension builders but they almost always turn into something that I feel embarrassed watching on my own!, and the supporting cast, especially the "hot" sidekicks, are pathetic nods to the common man - some sort of everypeople we are supposed to identify with and yet just no no no I can't because they are like some half-arsed comedy foil to the creepy stuff that just... just crap man, just crap.

  17. #667
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2008
    Location: in your second eyelids
    Dr. Who's "cheesiness" is only goes as far as it's meant for kids. I can only feel sorry for those, who cannot get past that. It's a great show to watch with nice and unique ideas. Really looking forward to 5th season and hope the new doctor doesn't screw up.

  18. #668
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    Registered: Dec 2007
    Location: Finger paintings of the insane
    My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the 1st season DVD of Always Sunny in Philadelphia, with our favorite ep. being where they tried to work the welfare system.

    We bought season 2, and it is good, but not quite to the extent that season 2 seemed to be. We just finished Disc 1 of 3.

    So, to all of you 'Always Sunny' fans...how does the rest of the series stack up?

    OH YEAH, has anyone seen Crazy Heart? Looks amazing.

  19. #669
    1937-2018
    Gone, but not forgotten

    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: Seaside, Oregon
    "The Bedford Incident" with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier.

    Outdated political situation but still a riveting movie.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058962/

  20. #670
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    Registered: Apr 2006
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    An excellent film called Inherit the Wind
    I didn't expect it to be so deep and the dialogue was outstanding, it even relates to modern day with the creationist stuff going on.

  21. #671
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2005
    Location: hehe lol
    Zippy Returns to Afghanistan, especially when the ANA guy shoots another RPG guy with an RPG lol

  22. #672
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: ideally far away
    It's so weird watching old X-Files eps that I last saw like 2 minutes of fifteen years ago. (I didn't become a fan until 1996 or so.)

  23. #673
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Sydney
    Chuck is frikking awesome this season sofar - it can do NO WRONG.

    Whats teh scoop on the new start to 24 this week? Personally I enjoyed the first 4 hours. Nice, predictable sofar.

  24. #674
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Sydney
    Anyone watch Caprica this week?

  25. #675
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    I've kind of tried to ignore it tbh. I can only imagine it being a whole load of melodramatic fail but then I quite liked BSG so I guess I'm going to have to watch aren't I?

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