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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by KSubzero1000 » October 19th, 2018, 8:12 pm

The Return (2003) by Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Low-budget russian drama about two boys who are taken on an impromptu fishing (?) trip to a remote island by their estranged father. The actual plot quickly takes a backseat to make way for the subdued character dynamics, however. Acting is excellent. It's definitely a slow-burner that doesn't feel the need to put everything under a microscope like most Hollywood movies.

Overall, I liked it, even though it's a tiny bit too non-committal / "open to interpretation" for my tastes. Did anyone else see it?

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » October 28th, 2018, 6:45 am

We watched Searching last night. If you've not heard of it, a single dad's teenage daughter goes missing. The entire film takes place on the dads computer screen. Video calls, Internet searches, news footage. It's an interesting idea, and wasn't nearly as annoying as I thought it could possibly be. The film was actually very good, although the end felt a little rushed and took a bit of a leap of logic, I think.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by DomsBeard » October 28th, 2018, 7:31 pm

Daredevil season 3 is amazing. It was worth sticking through The Defenders for. The guy who plays Kingpin really is something else

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » October 28th, 2018, 7:31 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 6:45 am
We watched Searching last night. If you've not heard of it, a single dad's teenage daughter goes missing. The entire film takes place on the dads computer screen. Video calls, Internet searches, news footage. It's an interesting idea, and wasn't nearly as annoying as I thought it could possibly be. The film was actually very good, although the end felt a little rushed and took a bit of a leap of logic, I think.
I really enjoyed it. Thought it was very well down with it's own limitations. Kept the tension strong for most of the movie.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » October 31st, 2018, 3:18 pm

So, I have not liked Netflix's Castlevania series. Like, at all. I've found it slow and boring, pretentious, weirdly focused on Catholicism AND lacking the kinetic energy and fun soundtrack of the games. However, there was one part that I quite enjoyed that made me smile...
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In the second to last episode of the 2nd season, for about five minutes, there's an extend action scene where the heroes finally show themselves to be dangerous vampire killers of the legendary quality. Not only that, the music kicks in and it's Bloody Tears! As the whole thing was happening, I kept asking, "Why wasn't this the whole series?" I don't know why they could get five minutes so right and get 12 episodes wrong, but there it is.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by DomsBeard » October 31st, 2018, 4:28 pm

Netflix didnt have the budget to give Cavill a beard in The Witcher

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » November 1st, 2018, 1:49 am

DomsBeard wrote:
October 31st, 2018, 4:28 pm
Netflix didnt have the budget to give Cavill a beard in The Witcher
Just use his leftover Justice League facial hair! I don't get it!

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » November 1st, 2018, 7:41 am

Clearly his beard will be growing in real time, guys. Come on now.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » November 18th, 2018, 8:41 pm

Just watched Summer Of '84. I thought it was a highly enjoyable film with a great ending. Reminded me in equal measure of Stranger Things, Stand By Me and The Goonies, without really being like any of those things. Worth watching.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » November 18th, 2018, 11:21 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 8:41 pm
Just watched Summer Of '84. I thought it was a highly enjoyable film with a great ending. Reminded me in equal measure of Stranger Things, Stand By Me and The Goonies, without really being like any of those things. Worth watching.
I'll add it to my list!

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » November 18th, 2018, 11:25 pm

I've been in a mood lately, so I watched The Raid, Man of Tai Chi, Rumble in the Bronx and IP Man, all for the first time. I need more!

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Post by JaySevenZero » November 22nd, 2018, 12:50 pm

duskvstweak wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 11:25 pm
I've been in a mood lately, so I watched The Raid, Man of Tai Chi, Rumble in the Bronx and IP Man, all for the first time. I need more!
Then I'd recommend watching 'The Night Comes for Us" on Netflix

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Post by Alex79uk » November 22nd, 2018, 4:25 pm

I watched the four episode James Acaster thing on Netflix over the last couple of days. Aside from ripping Stewart Lee off slightly on one of them, it's some of the best stand up I've seen in quite a while.

Speaking of which, Daniel Kitson currently had a show available to 'rent' for £3 on his website. His stuff is notoriously difficult to get on video (as in it doesn't even exist), so I'll definitely be checking that out over the weekend.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » November 22nd, 2018, 9:05 pm

JaySevenZero wrote:
November 22nd, 2018, 12:50 pm
duskvstweak wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 11:25 pm
I've been in a mood lately, so I watched The Raid, Man of Tai Chi, Rumble in the Bronx and IP Man, all for the first time. I need more!
Then I'd recommend watching 'The Night Comes for Us" on Netflix
Ha! I just watched that this week, and would totally second that recommendation!

Really wish more of Timo Tjahjanto's movies were so easily available...

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » November 24th, 2018, 9:33 pm

We just watched Hold The Dark, a new film on Netflix from the guy who directed Green Room.

I didn't really like it. It has a lot of positives. Each scene taken out of context is actually really good, but together it just didn't form a coherent story. I like films open to interpretation, but this just felt vague for the sake of it.

Tough to recommend, but I'm interested if anyone else has watched it?

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » November 25th, 2018, 12:54 am

Alex79uk wrote:
November 24th, 2018, 9:33 pm
We just watched Hold The Dark, a new film on Netflix from the guy who directed Green Room.

I didn't really like it. It has a lot of positives. Each scene taken out of context is actually really good, but together it just didn't form a coherent story. I like films open to interpretation, but this just felt vague for the sake of it.

Tough to recommend, but I'm interested if anyone else has watched it?
I kinda felt the same way. I think the issue lies with Macon Blair's screenplay (Blue Ruin and Green Room were written, as well as directed, by Jeremy Saulnier) which compared to previous films is far more meandering. Cutting half an hour out of it's running time would improve it considerably.

There's some amazing scenes in Hold the Dark, and I would still recommend it with tempered expectations. It's definitely no Blue Ruin.

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Post by Pitwar » November 26th, 2018, 1:52 pm

I've been catching up on Better Call Saul, and have 3 episodes of season 3 left to go, then it's on to season 4.

I'm going to say it, it's better than Breaking Bad, which was a series I adored so this is high praise indeed.

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Post by Alex79uk » November 26th, 2018, 4:21 pm

I started season four last night. It's really good, but I don't know if I enjoy it more than Breaking Bad. I do think the somewhat glacial pace works, and the characters are brilliant, but I wouldn't mind a little more, I don't know, stuff happening..?

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » November 28th, 2018, 11:15 pm

I wanted more Timo Tjahanto on Netflix, and I got what I wanted! I recently watched Headshot (2016) and May the Devil Take You (2018).

Headshot is easily the better of the two, and it felt like a bit of a warm up to 2018's The Night Comes for Us (similar to how Merantau felt like a warm up to The Raid).

May the Devil Take You suffers a bit from it's long running time. I'm going to go with my typical solution of cut a good half hour out, and tighten it up. There's a good movie somewhere in there, and visually it's strong, but I got a bit bored at times, and while a quicker pace wouldn't have fixed everything, it would have kept my attention better.

It's not unique to that movie alone: there are plenty of Netflix movies meandering around the two hour mark, for no other reason than because they can. I used to seek out director's cuts and extended versions of films, thinking that's what the artist intended, and that the studio interfered.

But as I get older I start to prefer the theatrical cut, and realised that sometimes there's a very good reason things get left out, and usually it's a decision based on what's best for the final product, not what's best for the artist ego.

It's not always easy to take a step back from something you've injected so much of your time and effort, and to be objective, and having someone else be a little bit ruthless can make something better.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by ThirdMan » December 2nd, 2018, 1:34 pm

Some recent Netflix watches.

Private Life. A middle-aged couple go through the trials and tribulations of fertility treatment. Paul Giamatti is his usual, effortlessly-brilliant self, yet is still outclassed by Kathryn Hahn. If this had received a full theatrical release, rather than being a Netflix title, she'd be an early tip for the Best Actress Oscar. As things stand she may well be overlooked entirely by the dinosaurs in the Academy.

Born to be Blue. Ethan Hawke stars as troubled jazz musician Chet Baker in this very fine biopic. I particularly enjoyed the scenes featuring a silent Miles Davis, presiding over smokey jazz clubs with tectonic nods of approval. You get a real sense of his prickly character and how he towered over his peers. Hawke, an actor I never much enjoyed in the past, continues his recent run of excellent choices.

Hold the Dark. As has already been mentioned, it's nowhere near as accomplished as either Blue Ruin or Green Street. However I have a soft spot for literature and art that hints at something supernatural or ominous beneath the great American landscape. It takes me back to films like Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter and, less explicity but still on point, Debra Granik's Winter's Bone.

Jackie. Natalie Portman plays Jackie Kennedy in Pablo Larrain's first English-language film. Larrain is perhaps more reverential than I would have expected from a Chilean director of his generation but Portman is spectacular as the traumatised and defiant First Lady. Mica Levi's Oscar-nominated score is superb and as good as, if not better, than her work in Under the Skin.

The Beguiled. Sofia Coppola directs Colin Farrell as a smouldering, horny Irishman surrounded by smitten young women. I suspect it didn't take Farrell very long to inhabit the role. It's an unusual film. Brooding, sensual and a little bit hollow. It's a remake of the Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood original, which is a highly-regarded oddity in the careers of both director and actor.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. A collection of tragic and blackly-comic vignettes from my favourite directors, Joel and Ethan Coen, delivered straight to my living room and enjoyed with two bottles of Rochefort 10. It's the first Coen Brothers film that I hadn't viewed on a big screen since The Ladykillers, but it made for my happiest home-viewing experience in recent memory. It's a very fine film and yet I doubt it would even make it into my top 15 Coen films, such is the embarrassment of riches on offer.

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