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  1. #1776
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    Registered: Jan 2006
    Location: On the tip of your tongue.
    If you don't like unresolved endings, I wouldn't watch Twin Peaks.

    But you should. Because it's really good.

  2. #1777
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Saw American Hustle yesterday.

    I really enjoyed it. Solid performances all around. Special shout out for J Lawrence, who transcended the boundary into "I'm watching this character, not this actress" territory.

    Louis CK was good, but he was Louis CK.

    It had everything, drama, suspense, dread, humour, tragedy. It kind of reminds me of Casino and it's ilk but I wonder if it'll be forgotten like so many others. It shouldn't be.
    Telepathy is not mind reading. It is the direct linking... ...of nervous systems... ...separated by space.

  3. #1778
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Recently watched:

    Pacific Rim I loved this film and not just in the jejune "big monsters and robots, what's not to like?!" sense. I like the fact that they completely nailed the scale. The Kaiju and Jaegers feels huge, present and weighty. The ferocity of the Kaiju is brilliant (this is me paraphrasing Sulphur from a FB comment, but I concur). They are unrelenting, uncompromising and increasingly inventive in their drive to exterminate humanity. The pacing of the film was great - not using the first hour to introduce the conflict was a great choice, leaving the full 2 hours for developing the acute situation of SAVING THE WORLD AND SHIT. The comic relief from the 2 "science guys" was a little weak, particularly the very awkward styling of the fusty British mathematician. It suffered badly from the film trope where the early fights make it seem nigh on impossible to kill the Kaiju whereas the latter duels all seem to involve (after sudden discovery of a retractable sword / McGguffin) very quick kills despite higher category Kaiju. Idris Elba provides fantastic presence as the Marshall and his dialogue and presence are very sparing, yet effective. 8/10

    Gravity Good film, very good effects, ultimately held back by a very rote and by the numbers plot. If your film is going to be essentially one continuous scene, then it needs to be particularly special to not get tedious and I feel Gravity achieved this, but only just. Also, the introduction of a dream sequence involving Clooney's character had the (intentional?) effect of making me wonder if Clooney was ever actually there at all, or just acted as a plot device to motivate Bullock's character. From the beginning, I had twinges of disbelief with regards to his continuation of mood and demeanour before, during and after the catastrophe. I was able to suspend them by putting it down to Clooney just being cool as a cucumber or whatever, but the re-introduction of him as a dream or delusion, with the exact same unassailable personality cut loose the moorings on that suspension of disbelief. Since Bullock is the only frame of reference for Clooney and neither of them have any meaningful contact with anyone else during the film, it's kind of difficult to know where the absolutes are. I do wonder if this is intentional and mirrors the effect of zero gravity as a narrative mechanism. There is no orientation per se relative to one absolute, so you have to take Bullock's viewpoint at face value, but still, I can't shake just how much Clooney's personality felt like an archetype rather than a person. 7/10

    12 years a slave Great, if depressing film, made by brilliant performances. Left me with a feeling that America's conscience could never be clear unless someone audited all "old" money and extracted reparations from any which was derived from the enslavement of others (on second thought, same goes for other slaving nations, plus the UK and others' brutality in creating empires - humanity is fuck etc...). Fassbender absolutely nailed his character too. Benedict Cumberbatch felt a little tacked on, possibly because he is popular - I think someone else could have done more with the role. I'll need to watch it again to properly take it in as it is a very distressing watch and one which requires stamina. Still hard to believe people ever thought this way (and still do). I do think that the blanket 5 star rating and repeated claims of "one of the best films ever made" might be a tad overstated though. 8/10

  4. #1779
    Moderator
    Registered: Apr 2003
    Location: Wales
    Just started Season 2 of the excellent Bron/Broen, Swedish/Danish, The Bridge. Absolutely love the Saga Norén character. I couldn't get into the US version but thought the Anglo-French Tunnel was nearly as good.

    Since I now have to wait a week for Episodes 2 and 3, I've also started watching White Collar as suggested to someone several pages back.

  5. #1780
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    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Iacon
    Pacific Rim was a bit darker than I was expecting. Okay I mean it's still goofy as hell, with giant monsters the size of city blocks, and apparently the best way to fight them is to build big robots which punch them a lot?

    But also... rather than just focus on WOOO MASSIVE THINGS FIGHTING we've got a world where the robots are steadily losing and the economy is screwed. That being a logical consequence, of course, of having a bunch of cities trampled and all those resources going into robots (that are mostly now wrecked).

    Not sure what I think, really, but glad I watched at least. I agree the Comic Relief science guys didn't add much, tho.

    Gravity I was enormously impressed with. Sanda Bullock carries off being the only character for half the film, pretty well. I just wish I hadn't watched all the trailers as they give away far too much of the big set-piece action scenes.

    Okay also given the way she barely makes it out of one disaster just to fall into another, I reckon she should have crawled out of the lake just to be attacked by dogs, then a helicoper comes to her rescue, but then it crashes and she jumps out into a hay wagon towed by a tractor except OH NO the tractor is about to drive off a cliff.

  6. #1781
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Gravity demands a sequel where she wakes up at the edge of the lake and ends up in a log cabin community of vampires or some shit. Just to really put the boot in. Clooney should be head vampire.

  7. #1782
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2001
    Location: Iacon
    You've made me think of From Dusk Till Dawn now, so I suggest Clooney should do a sexy dance in a biker bar?

  8. #1783
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Landahn
    I have to say, I never quite understood the adoration for David O. Russell.

    Sure, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook (and Three Kings before that) were good, but not THAT good. Plus, I <3 Huckabees, which I got to see sometime last week just tested my patience.

    American Hustle, however, is just uniformly excellent. Great acting, great directing, great soundtrack, great hairdos - what more could you want.

  9. #1784
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Watched Ninja 2 last night. If you wanna watch Scott Adkins kick people's butts for 95 minutes, this is a good one.


  10. #1785
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2002
    Location: melon labneh
    The new season of Sherlock is frustrating. It... works and it's even good, but on different premises than the previous seasons. It is really enjoyable to watch for the character dynamics and script, staging, visuals and acting are excellent but the whole thing is lighter on the detective work, so much that I've been under the impression that I was watching a spin-off series. It feels like too much has been made for the fans and their demands, the meat of the matter getting relegated to second place.
    I really hope the last episode will be a single, complex case without too many comedic antics.

  11. #1786
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    I've seen up to the end of the 1st episode of series 3 and I'm still not sure if I like it or not. I like the actors enough, I think I just don't like how much it relies on Holmes knowing everything via eyes-google.

  12. #1787
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    So I've heard a lot about Orphan Black so I decided to see what it was about.

    It's... okay I suppose. I've watched up to episode 4 and tbh it's a little boring. I'm not sure I really care why, well, you know what.

    But the big surprise here is the actress. Yeah she's pretty good but I've read a lot of praise for her English accent and I have to say - it's awful. I thought she was supposed to be Australian! Apparently (according to loads of Redditors) even Brits think she is a British actress. Let me say now - those are the Brits that are off their faces on Stella. Really? It's not Don Cheadle in Oceans 11 bad, but it's not British!

    Saw Last Vegas too. Much better than I expected. I was dragged to it by my gf because her best friend & hubbie wanted to all go together. I was in a real mood about his as I'd planned on watching Luther (series 1 and 2 of which I got for Xmas) but actually I really enjoyed it. It might be because I'm getting old and I've got old friends that I imagine being friends with til I'm old and then dead but yeah, it was quite fun.

  13. #1788
    I've only got the last 8 episodes of Breaking Bad to go - looking forward to it, but that's covered in that other thread.

    Couple of movies I saw recently -

    Snatch - Always wanted to see this movie but never did. Finally took the plunge over the weekend. It was...OK. The pace kept me interested, even with the huge pile of characters to keep track of. All I can say is British people talk really funny. And I guess I'm just not a big fan of Guy Ritchie's frenetic style though. In the end it just felt very meh while acting all brash and groundbreaking.

    Hangover Part 2 - I didn't think that a movie so unoriginal could still be so funny. Almost a carbon copy of the first movie, but probably because of the cast, still manages to pull it off. I didn't laugh out loud as much as the first, but it still kept me entertained for 2 hours. I haven't seen the 3rd, but from what I've heard, I should probably stop while I'm ahead.

    Red 2 - Good cast, a fun ride. Nothing award winning, but a decent way to spend 2 hours. Actually kind of surprised this sequel got the green light, just because I didn't think the first one was any kind of a blockbuster. This is the kind of movie where you can take it or leave it. Helen Mirren guns akimbo through opposite car windows was pretty funny though.

    Elysium - Very disappointing. A plot full of huge massive gaping holes. Decent effects, but just a completely uninteresting story. Damon was OK. Jodie Foster annoyed the crap out of me. It's amazing how a trailer can make a movie look so fascinating and the end product is so dull.

  14. #1789
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2004
    After my sister's recommendation I started on Orange is the New Black. It's quite interesting, I like the portrayal of the prison and the inmate dynamics, but I really dislike the protagonist (which, as my sister said, is kind of the point). Overall feels more fresh than your typical dramas / series out there.

  15. #1790
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Quote Originally Posted by nicked View Post
    If you don't like unresolved endings, I wouldn't watch Twin Peaks.

    But you should. Because it's really good.
    Speaking of which, it may not stay unresolved for long: http://www.bustle.com/articles/11851...the-series-end

    DAVID LYNCH IS FILMING 'TWIN PEAKS' AGAIN, IN FITTING WITH THE SERIES' END
    Suddenly makes me want to watch it again in anticipation.

  16. #1791
    verbose douchebag
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Lyon, France
    Over xmas, I watched Epic three times (it's a great way to keep my nephew settled enough to hang out with). Great film, to the extent that watching it thrice wasn't tedious, but then I'm a sucker for cartoons from the Pixar mould (I don't think it's a Pixar film). The two slugs were highly amusing. My favourite line from the film, when a taxi driver drops the protagonist off at her father's dilapidated house: "That's not a house, that's termites holding hands". 7/10

    Also watched The Hunger Games, whcih I enjoyed, but can most succinctly be described as Battle Royale Spliced into the Aeon Flux film's aesthetic. 7/10

    Don Jon - interesting character study of sorts, kind of marred by its meandering pace and over-reliance on gawdy characterisations, plus a too blatant mimick of the lifestyle montage at the beginning of Fight Club. 6/10

  17. #1792
    Member
    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: I think I've been here
    I'll be starting on Archer and New Girl. I've been looking for a new comedy series to watch with my wife and now I found two.
    Archer seems funny enough though not quite as good as Sealab was. No surprise here.
    Seeing Zooey Deschanel watch Dirty Dancing was great. I think the dudes took her to their hearts a bit quickly though.

    Oh yeah, dema, it seems that Twin Peaks thing was just a rumour unfortunately. There's a disclaimer at the end of the article you posted now.

  18. #1793
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    New Girl? Have you seen Community, 30 Rock or Curb Your Enthusiasm?
    Telepathy is not mind reading. It is the direct linking... ...of nervous systems... ...separated by space.

  19. #1794
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    Registered: Sep 2002
    Location: I think I've been here
    No, why? You think I should watch these first?

  20. #1795
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    Registered: Jan 2006
    Location: On the tip of your tongue.
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    Speaking of which, it may not stay unresolved for long: http://www.bustle.com/articles/11851...the-series-end



    Suddenly makes me want to watch it again in anticipation.
    Sounds like it's mostly hearsay and rumour at the mo, but more Twin Peaks would make me very excited!

  21. #1796
    Still Subjective
    Registered: Dec 1999
    Location: Idiocy will never die
    Quote Originally Posted by Kolya View Post
    No, why? You think I should watch these first?
    YES

  22. #1797
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2002
    New season of Justified started last night. I watched that.

  23. #1798
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    I only watched the first 2 seasons of Justified, I think. I seem to remember liking it, so not sure why I stopped. What season are they on now and is the guy allowed back in Miami yet?

  24. #1799
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2002
    It's season 5. Raylan Givens is still in Kentucky, but he's already been to Florida in the first episode of the season. It was a far cry from Miami though.

    I enjoy the series. It's another one of those where the main bad guy(Boyd Crowder) is more interesting to watch than the main character. I thought the first episode this season was a little lackluster, but I'm hoping it gets better.

  25. #1800
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    In my post-Christmas "What didn't I get and what can I order, now that there's less of a risk of getting what my wife wanted to give me as a present?" binge I went and ordered Justified seasons 1 to 4. Not that we'll get around to watching it any time soon, but it was pretty cheap and it's somehow comforting to see the growing pile of fun things to watch on DVD. Of course it also makes me think that I should retire at 40 so I'll have time to watch, read and play everything on my backlog...

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