Whatcha Been Watching?

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by ratsoalbion » March 12th, 2019, 1:52 pm

I’m going to see it later. I’m expecting another in the very long line of consistently watchable MCU 7/10 popcorn movies that I won’t remember much about by Thursday.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by ratsoalbion » March 12th, 2019, 10:30 pm

Which is pretty much exactly what I got. I liked it.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » March 13th, 2019, 12:16 am

ratsoalbion wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Which is pretty much exactly what I got. I liked it.
You're a darn prophet!

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » March 13th, 2019, 12:59 am

My god... I am so very far behind on my Marvel movies... I think Civil War would be the last one I saw. At least it will be a fun, eventual catch up!

Slight variation to my formula:

Great: Hereditary - there's a quote attributed to David Fincher (which I'm too lazy to find out if it's true): there's only two ways to shoot a scene, and the other way is wrong. Throughout this movie my armchair critic was continuously impress by the creative/directorial decisions being made, and yeah, the majority of decisions made were the right ones. Spoiler-free!

Above-average: The Rezort - I went through my zombie-movie faze with George Romero's entries, Return of the Living Dead, and whatever else was on VHS at the time. That faze is well over for me (not a Walking Dead fan). But this movie kept the story simple and coherent, moved along at a good paced, shots lined up and made sense, and at a little over 90 minutes, it respected my time (i.e. unlike Walking Dead). Does what it says on the box, and does it pretty competently.

Bad, but kinda-goofy-charming: The Black Room - a movie from 2017 that feels like a straight-to-video horror movie from the 80's/90's. If someone like Stuart Gordon directed this, it would be far more gory and gross (and better), and there's some terrible jokes and lotsa puns. And it certainly looks as cheap as I imagine it was to make... but it also had enough self-awareness to understand it's audience, and the makeup/special-effects crew look liked they had fun. Not necessarily a movie you should watch... however, compared to other recent viewings:

1. Between The Black Room or The Babysitter - The Black Room, absolutely.
2. Between The Black Room or Polar - The Black Room, again.
3. Between The Babysitter or Polar - if you're watching it on a laptop, throw that laptop into the nearest lake/ravine/canyon/volcano/ocean/woodchipper. If you're watching it on a TV, maybe a hammer? Brick? Use something that will shatter the screen beyond all recognition.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » March 13th, 2019, 8:39 am

Is Polar that bad? The graphic novels were fairly interesting, if not hugely exciting.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » March 13th, 2019, 9:50 am

Alex79uk wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 8:39 am
Is Polar that bad? The graphic novels were fairly interesting, if not hugely exciting.
Well, I can only speak for myself, so other peoples experiences may vary...

Here's the thing: I haven't read the graphic novels for Polar, so I had no prior investment in the characters or the story. But I also didn't have any prior investment in Alita: Battle Angel, another movie with graphic novel/mange roots. And I really, really hated Polar, and I really, really loved Alita.

Both movies actually have pretty similar run times (Polar at just under 2 hours, and Alita at just over 2), but Alita is paced so much better, does a better job of setting up the world (especially for newbies like me), has far more likeable characters, and has so much more, for lack of better words, heart.

Polar feels like a very fat 2 hours, and you feel every minute. So much of this movie adds nothing, and honestly, if you cut a good half hour out, it wouldn't make it a great movie, but it would help the pacing. And it just feels so insincere and juvenile. And it's trying so hard to impress you.

As a gateway to the uninitiated, Polar failed for me, because it failed to get me to care, at all. On the flip side, I left the cinema after watching Alita wanting to dig further into the fiction. It succeed so casually.

Again, other peoples experience will vary, and no one will ever need to justify their personal taste to me. But that's the reasoning behind my opinion.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by DomsBeard » March 14th, 2019, 9:03 am

Watched After Life over two evenings.

It had some lovely moments both happy and sad however I would have liked the events in the last episode spread out over more episodes.

This Time episode 3 was streets ahead of the other two. Loved it

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » March 14th, 2019, 10:05 am

We have almost finished After Life, too. Enjoying it actually, although it's rarely laugh out loud funny it does have some touching moments. It may change in the last two episodes but the character does seem a little one dimensional. I feel like the fact he could kill himself at any moment is overused. Definitely enjoyable, though.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » March 14th, 2019, 9:44 pm

I've rewatched the entirety of The Office over the last week or so. I've seen it lots of times before, but it's lost nothing whatsoever. It's still an absolutely brilliant, bittersweet masterpiece. And the gut-wrench of Tim and Dawn at the end genuinely chokes me up even now. It's beautiful.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » March 15th, 2019, 7:54 am

:o

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » March 15th, 2019, 8:33 am

clippa wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 4:22 am
Joshihatsumitsu wrote:
March 13th, 2019, 12:59 am
Great: Hereditary
Yaaas man! Really good, really tense all the way through.

You seen The Witch? Some similar themes, but it's even betterer.

The Suspiria redo is worth a watch too.
2 spellbinding hours utterly squandered by a crappy ending, but it's so much it's own thing, and it's all about the journey, innit? A worthy re-imagining, as flawed as the original but in different ways.

Anything else that "gives good witch" that I might not have seen?
Gives good witch... hmm... (goes to dvd shelf...)

Not really a witch movie, more cult-related, would be Kill List? A more successful cult movie than Apostle, thats for sure...

The Witch is on the watch list, along with Suspira... seen neither, but really want to... and now I'm going to add Possum to that list. The other title on my DVD shelf is Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, so connections... :ugeek:

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by JaySevenZero » March 15th, 2019, 11:45 am

Love Death + Robots is out now on Netflix and it's a serious fucking trip with some proper A-game animation from the likes of Blur Studios. It's an 18 part anthology with each episode standing completely independent and each other with a wildly differing art style (but all superb) and whose stories are reminiscent of the kinds you might have read in the likes of Métal hurlant back in the day.

It's exactly the kind of stuff that I really dig.

The first episode may be of particular interest to any fans of both Dishonored and Prey as the characters were created by Cédric Peyravernay, the artist behind those games very distinctive character designs.

Sod it! Here's the trailer again because I freakin' love it and the Matt Green remix of Ambassador 21's We Are Legion is a serious fucking tune!


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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by DomsBeard » March 22nd, 2019, 9:22 am

So Chet and Jon are back!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scnB4emNg2s

:P

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Joshihatsumitsu » March 29th, 2019, 4:29 am

After managing to avoid all reviews, media, opinion pieces, etc... I spend my day of work to go and see Us.

Just as I would hate it if someone ruined a movie-going experience for me, I'm going to respect everyone and sum it up vaguely:

1. In a nutshell, if you liked Get Out, you're going to like this.
2. Knowing that Jordan Peele has got the Twilight Zone gig, that Twilight Zone vibe runs through this movie, and quite a bit through Get Out too, in retrospect. It's a vibe that Peele has a ridiculous talent for too, so thats a good thing.
3. I don't want to overhype the movie. I thought I was great and I really, really liked it, but as most movie-going experiences, try and check your expectations at the door, and try to avoid reviews or anything leading up to it.

There. Super vague!

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » March 29th, 2019, 5:32 pm

DomsBeard wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 9:22 am
So Chet and Jon are back!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scnB4emNg2s

:P
Ho. Ly. Shit!

One off or...? Can't wait to listen! This has made my day! And I've been to the zoo!!

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by DomsBeard » March 30th, 2019, 5:57 am

I watched Love, Death and Robots and although it was more miss than hit for me (some ended with me wondering what the point was) some of them I would love to have an entire series based around (The Farm and the 3 robots).

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by DomsBeard » March 30th, 2019, 5:58 am

Alex79uk wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 5:32 pm
DomsBeard wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 9:22 am
So Chet and Jon are back!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scnB4emNg2s

:P
Ho. Ly. Shit!

One off or...? Can't wait to listen! This has made my day! And I've been to the zoo!!
One off I believe. It was totally worth it for Chet saying what I have been thinking about Apex Legends :)

Oh and more love for Yakuza

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » March 31st, 2019, 3:08 pm

I saw Shazam last weekend. It was...fine. Nothing horribly wrong with it, just a bit inconsistent. I though Aquaman and Wonder Woman had a strong sense of self, but Shazam goes back and forth between tones. If you're interested, you should see it, for sure.
I think one issue I had is I liked the movie more when Zachari Levi was onscreen, but, by nature of the character, he can't be too much.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » April 7th, 2019, 6:12 am

Been watching the new Netflix exclusive Attenborough series, Our Planet with the kids. Shot in 4k HDR it looks incredible. Its made by most of the old Planet Earth team, so it's right up there with the best of the BBC series.

There was a big gorilla with a baby riding piggyback, and Ellis (3) said 'haha dad, look its like Donkey Kong' (when Diddy rides his back).

:lol:

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by KSubzero1000 » April 15th, 2019, 6:40 pm

I just watched Vice in my local theater. Nobody else showed up and it was just me and the projectionist, which was nice.

I don't think I've ever seen such a calculated and poignant character assassination, of a living person no less. Cuts like a knife but is also surprisingly funny at times. Performances are fantastic all across the board. The movie runs into the same pacing issues that most biopics do, but I'm more than willing to look past them given how ruthless and tragically entertaining it all is.

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