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Thread: What have you watched lately?

  1. #801
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    X-Files season 3 done with. Some of the mytharc stuff is beginning to make sense now. Some of it.

  2. #802
    Member
    Registered: Jun 1999
    Location: Procrastination, Australia
    That'll change soon enough.

  3. #803
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    We watched Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (or, as I keep saying for some silly reason, "Silver Server") yesterday. And yes, we got exactly what we deserved. Even as brainless entertainment, it's dumb (not in an enjoyable way), boring, badly acted and embarrassingly charmless.
    Last edited by Thirith; 1st Mar 2010 at 03:57.

  4. #804
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: sup
    Just a few weeks ago I had breakfast one table away from Mr Fantastic. Fun fact!

    Anyway, I watched half of The Fog of War last night. The combo of Morris's judicious editing of archive footage with Glass's minimalist score continues to prove utterly hypnotic.

  5. #805
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2004
    Location: Mu
    Quote Originally Posted by dethtoll View Post
    X-Files season 3 done with. Some of the mytharc stuff is beginning to make sense now. Some of it.
    You planning to watch it all the way through, or are you going to skip the later seasons?

  6. #806
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    Oh I'm in for the long haul, but I probably won't be purchasing seasons 7-9 myself, they'll likely be gifts like the rest have been so far (I've got up to season 5 and intend to order season 6 myself.)

  7. #807
    Moderator
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Everywhere
    Quote Originally Posted by Thirith View Post
    We watched Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (or, as I keep saying for some silly reason, "Silver Server") yesterday. And yes, we got exactly what we deserved. Even as brainless entertainment, it's dumb (not in an enjoyable way), boring, badly acted and embarrassingly charmless.

    I don't understand how they can fuck up a franchise with such rich possibilities for storylines, deep characters, dozens of cool tie-ins, Jessica Alba and Michael Chikless. They keep making talking head movies. Why?

  8. #808
    Member
    Registered: Jun 1999
    Location: Procrastination, Australia
    Quote Originally Posted by Scots Taffer View Post
    Anyway, I watched half of The Fog of War last night. The combo of Morris's judicious editing of archive footage with Glass's minimalist score continues to prove utterly hypnotic.
    After that, if you're not kinda dispondent at the state of humanity, you gotta check out Standard Operating Procedure if you haven't already. It's probably more powerful if you're as familiar with the main people as the US probably was during the whole thing, but it's still pretty awesome stuff.
    Elfman's score is great too, fitting himself nicely into the Morris ourve.

  9. #809
    Mister Science
    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: Amersfoort, Netherlands
    Shoah is also good if you 'enjoy' the genre

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoah_(film)

  10. #810
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    Registered: Jan 2000
    Location: sup
    Quote Originally Posted by Muzman View Post
    After that, if you're not kinda dispondent at the state of humanity, you gotta check out Standard Operating Procedure
    Definitely planned on it, but thanks for the reminder.

  11. #811
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Ditto. Errol Morris' other films have just made it onto my DVD wish list. Admittedly, it shares that list with a few dozen other films, but still, I'm already closer to getting the films.

    We're currently watching the last season of The Sopranos. Even though it's less directly enjoyable and more bitter in many ways, I very much think that the season's got way more focus than most seasons after the first two. And it's fascinating to see how Tony's stripped of his charming veneer and shown for the sociopath he is. Also, whatever sympathy I once had for Carmela? Gone.

  12. #812
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    Started X-Files season 4.

    God fucking damn it's really obvious why "Home" was banned from FOX.

  13. #813
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2006
    Location: On the tip of your tongue.
    Ooooh yeah. I remember watching that and thinking "How the hell did this ever get aired on TV?!"

  14. #814
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2004
    Location: Mu
    (singing)...and it's wonderful, wonderful...

    A few years ago another forum did a challenge to use Photoshop to create the back end of a car from our favorite TV show. I did the Peacock's car, complete with a little peacock sticker on the window, a Confederate flag bumper sticker, another one that said "Love Your Mother", and a license plate that said "1DERFUL". Hardest part of that project was finding a picture of the back end of a car that was the same make and model. Wish I had hung onto that picture.

  15. #815
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2006
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Quote Originally Posted by Harvester View Post
    Did you like The Ring? It was one of the very few movies to ever truly scare me in the theater. I absolutely loved it, but two of my friends actually thought it was too scary and they don't want to see the movie again.

    I have it on DVD and I think it's superior to the Japanese version, especially the direction and special effects and the scary video itself. But maybe I'm not really in touch with what the Japanese find scary, and it's also got something to do with the fact that I saw the US version first and in a theater, and the Japanese version after that and on a tv. Anyway, kudos to the Japanese for coming up with it first.

    Some people hate the fact that nearly every scary image in the video is explained, but I actually liked that, the Japanese video didn't make sense to me (a guy with a towel hanging over his head, that's so random, why is that in the video?).

    Anyway, it's one of my favorite horror movies ever. Some people say that it's a neutered PG-13 Hollywood type of horror, but this movie doesn't need blood and guts to be scary. While it doesn't scare me anymore because I know it too well, I still like watching it because of its atmosphere.
    Hahaha, that's a good one.... oh wait you're being serious.

    Blasphemy! The only true Ring film is the original. I don't understand why Hollywood has this obsession to go about making crappy remakes of foreign films. Is it because of the complaints of those lazy people who aren't bothered to read the subtitles.
    That movie just lost what made it great when they made that remake(same with the Grudge) because modern American horror relies on gore and visual grotesque elements to scare or freak people out which is frankly cheap and just gross whereas Japanese horror uses a lot of supernatural elements(ghosts etc.) and subtlety as well as atmosphere which makes those two genres really stand apart.

    Anyway, the last thing I watched was Peepshow, a funny UK comedy about two housemates done with some POV moments.

  16. #816
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    Quote Originally Posted by Andarthiel View Post
    Hahaha, that's a good one.... oh wait you're being serious.
    You're making fun of my taste in movies? Funny, because of all the members here you've pretty much proven yourself to have the worst taste in well, just about everything, over the course of your posting career. Need me to drudge up your comments about The Wire for example and how you like shows like CSI better?

    And learn to read, in my other post I've said that I didn't think the American version is objectively better than the Japanese version, just that it scared me, personally, more than the Japanese version did. Are you going to dispute that fact and say that I'm wrong for being scared more by the US version?
    Last edited by Harvester; 4th Mar 2010 at 18:46.

  17. #817
    Mister Science
    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: Amersfoort, Netherlands
    Japanese horror is overrated, some are good, The Ring being one of them, but that's only because it doesn't fall prey to the japanese convention of every scene having to be scary. The more interesting stuff is coming from the independent moviemakers in the US and Canada, the actual fun of making movies is back.

  18. #818
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    So in other news I started Millennium. Only one episode in- I'm watching it and X-Files in order of air date and I basically slept through yesterday- but holy fuck I'd forgotten how uncompromisingly dark it was. Stuff like this is stuff I can get behind, which is why "Grotesque" became my favourite non-comedy X-Files episodes instantly. Though "3" comes close.

    (Does "Blood" count as an early comedy episode? I always figured it did if only because the cuts between the electronic devices/victims complete with that ridiculous sting cracks me up every time.)

  19. #819
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2006
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Quote Originally Posted by Harvester View Post
    You're making fun of my taste in movies? Funny, because of all the members here you've pretty much proven yourself to have the worst taste in well, just about everything, over the course of your posting career. Need me to drudge up your comments about The Wire for example and how you like shows like CSI better?

    And learn to read, in my other post I've said that I didn't think the American version is objectively better than the Japanese version, just that it scared me, personally, more than the Japanese version did. Are you going to dispute that fact and say that I'm wrong for being scared more by the US version?
    I'm saying that most people are so used to American style horror that they think that horror movies from other countries are old-fashioned, dull, predictable etc.
    But everyone has an opinion I guess.
    I mean sure there are some American horror films which are different(Sixth Sense etc.) but IMO the majority of them are just ridiculous gorefests that are more sickening than scary, not to mention the plot(seemed like it was thrown together in 5 mins and full of cliches).

    On a somewhat similar note, the last film I saw was Jacob's Ladder.
    As a fan of T: DS I felt it was my obligation to see it
    The twist was good, very reminiscent of the Sixth Sense. Too bad there are't more films like this one these days.

  20. #820
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    So out of curiousity I watched Freaknik: The Musical tonight.

    It was so much more than I was expecting. New Orleans was the best part.

  21. #821
    Mister Science
    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: Amersfoort, Netherlands
    War, Inc, must have been in the proper mood but I greatly enjoyed it. You see everything coming from miles but Cussack keeps it all afloat with his typical way of being typical.

  22. #822
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Sydney
    After a month of pretty much solid watching, I've finished all three seasons of Burn Notice and all I can say is: My Names Is Michael Weston, I used to be a spy...

    By far this is one of my favourite shows, rating up alongside Chuck, BSG and Caprica. If you havent gotton into Burn Notice yet, I highly recommend you catch it. Oh, and it has Bruce Campbell in it.

    I've also given up completely now on 24 and am kinda glad its been cancelled (possibly) after this season since its surpassed itself in boredom and rehashing the same storyline repeatedly.

    So what can we learn from uncle fonz?

    Watch Burn Notice and Caprica and your life will be complete.

  23. #823
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    Out of interest, what's so great about Caprica, exactly? The pilot revealed great potential for an epic of soap opera proportions (whereas BSG was merely melodramatic), and it didn't look like the concept was in a position where it was going to take a turn for the better.

  24. #824
    Member
    Registered: Aug 2003
    Location: Sydney
    I love the character interactions, setting aside the complaints people have about the pacing of the show - it feels like Ron Moore is telling a story backwards considering we all know how it ends.

    Watch the first 4 episodes then see what you think, but its the only show on at the moment I actively look forward to.

  25. #825
    Taking the Death Toll
    Registered: Aug 2004
    Location: they/them mayhem
    Rewatching Freaknik last night pretty much guaranteed that I get it on DVD. Best thing Adult Swim has ever done.

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