Whatcha Been Watching?

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Slowly working our way through Ted Lasso season 2.

It's definitely a lot patchier than the sublime first season and seems to be really lacking a strong throughline to the story. They also seem to be struggling with balancing the disparate tones as successfully as season 1 did. The most recent episode was (imo) actually kind of bad. I really struggled to make it through and found most of the attempts at humour fell really flat. It was kind of an experimental episode and honestly felt like a completely different show.

Hopefully it gets back on track, but at the moment I'm worried that this will be one of those shows like Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things and Glow that might have been better off as a one and done miniseries like The Queens Gambit.

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Just come out from watching The Many Saints of Newark.

If you're a Sopranos fan it's essential viewing but it's quite its own thing. Don't expect more of the TV show but expect it to feed into it quite well.

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Been on a little 'silent movie season' at home recently, partly because my wife and I have had Covid and she's been feeling a bit wrecked. Either way, I've watched and really loved some of the classics, Vampyr and The Passion of the Joan of Arc by Carl Th. Dreyer, and Nosferatu and Faust by F.W. Murnau.

Initially, I thought I'd be interested in the same way I can look at a game from the home computer days and appreciate the relative achievements. Even though I don't play many retro games, I can admire the ingenuity of bedroom developers working with so little technical capacity or generations of knowledge to build upon. I expected this to be a similarly academic exercise of interest rather than enjoyment.

It wasn't like that at all, though.

Of course, silent movies are building on the established techniques and traditions of theatre and photography, these pictures didn't appear from a vacuum, but there's something inspiring and resonant about these films even now that I don't get from retro games, to continue the comparison.

In particular, The Passion of the Joan of Arc is one of the greatest films I've ever seen, even accounting for recency bias and excitement. The central performance from Falconetti is so completely captivating and emotionally devastating. It must be one of the greatest ever captured on film. I'm a bugger for watching films in chunks but I didn't pause this for a second. So much of the film is shot in close up, with one face at a time on screen. There's almost no sense of place, and yet you're completely drawn into its atmosphere. Anyway, enough gushing, if you are even more slightly tempted by a silent movie, I would make it this one.

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Marlew wrote: September 26th, 2021, 10:36 am I've watched and really loved some of the classics, Vampyr and The Passion of the Joan of Arc by Carl Th. Dreyer, and Nosferatu and Faust by F.W. Murnau.
Have you checked out Warner Herzog's 1979 remake of Nosferatu, it's also great.

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Tolkientaters wrote: October 5th, 2021, 6:05 amHave you checked out Warner Herzog's 1989 remake of Nosferatu, it's also great.
Cheers for the reply. I haven't yet but it's in a Herzog BFI box that I picked up earlier in the year. Will definitely get to it soon. Very interested in his take on it.

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I'm halfway through the first season of Ted Lasso. It's been great so far.

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Marlew wrote: September 26th, 2021, 10:36 am Been on a little 'silent movie season' at home recently, partly because my wife and I have had Covid and she's been feeling a bit wrecked. Either way, I've watched and really loved some of the classics, Vampyr and The Passion of the Joan of Arc by Carl Th. Dreyer, and Nosferatu and Faust by F.W. Murnau.

Initially, I thought I'd be interested in the same way I can look at a game from the home computer days and appreciate the relative achievements. Even though I don't play many retro games, I can admire the ingenuity of bedroom developers working with so little technical capacity or generations of knowledge to build upon. I expected this to be a similarly academic exercise of interest rather than enjoyment.

It wasn't like that at all, though.

Of course, silent movies are building on the established techniques and traditions of theatre and photography, these pictures didn't appear from a vacuum, but there's something inspiring and resonant about these films even now that I don't get from retro games, to continue the comparison.

In particular, The Passion of the Joan of Arc is one of the greatest films I've ever seen, even accounting for recency bias and excitement. The central performance from Falconetti is so completely captivating and emotionally devastating. It must be one of the greatest ever captured on film. I'm a bugger for watching films in chunks but I didn't pause this for a second. So much of the film is shot in close up, with one face at a time on screen. There's almost no sense of place, and yet you're completely drawn into its atmosphere. Anyway, enough gushing, if you are even more slightly tempted by a silent movie, I would make it this one.
All those are good ones. Have you watched The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari? It really freaked my wife out!

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Alex79 wrote: October 5th, 2021, 4:09 pm I'm halfway through the first season of Ted Lasso. It's been great so far.
We're playing catch up with season two!

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Marlew wrote: October 5th, 2021, 7:51 am Cheers for the reply. I haven't yet but it's in a Herzog BFI box that I picked up earlier in the year. Will definitely get to it soon. Very interested in his take on it.
Yeah, I ended up preferring it to the original, but 50 years of filmmaking techniques do help even though it's almost a shot for shot remake. I'll also second Dusk's suggestion about The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari.

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Went to see Prisoners of the Ghostland over the weekend. I had the whole cinema to myself for the first time ever which was quite a weird experience! This film is described by Nicholas Cage as his weirdest film yet and he ain't wrong. It's very weird, and whilst I have no problem with weird premise films, this is by turns brilliant and rubbish. Cage is in his element, it has visual invention to spare, and the fight scenes are fun, but it’s a shame such imagination is tethered to equally all-over-the-place storytelling. 3/5

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