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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Simonsloth » August 1st, 2019, 5:47 pm

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No, but I'm planning to. I only ever got about 20 issues in to the comics and always meant to finish them.
You should. Definitely not one to put on when the kids are around, nearby or even within earshot.

You liked Preacher right? Similar vibes. Imagine that series crossed with Watchmen.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Simonsloth » August 1st, 2019, 5:49 pm

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August 1st, 2019, 3:27 pm
I didn't love the comic, but if anyone is interested, most of the series is free with Comixology Unlimited, so you could do the free trial, read them and then just discontinue the subscription.
After 5 mins I already had three nice things to say about it😉

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » August 1st, 2019, 6:30 pm

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After 5 mins I already had three nice things to say about it😉
I get that reference!

I have been meaning to start Good Omens, but I think I want to read the book first. I got to get to that...

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » August 1st, 2019, 7:26 pm

Simonsloth wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 5:47 pm
Alex79uk wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 8:31 am
No, but I'm planning to. I only ever got about 20 issues in to the comics and always meant to finish them.
You should. Definitely not one to put on when the kids are around, nearby or even within earshot.

You liked Preacher right? Similar vibes. Imagine that series crossed with Watchmen.
Loved the Preacher comics, but only got a couple of episodes in to the series. Another I keep meaning to watch. Trouble is if I have a show my GF isn't interested in, I find I have much less time to try and watch it. Currently making my way through Death Note. Had to find dodgy copies since Netflix dropped the English dubbed version and only have subbed now. It's one of the few shows where the dub is better than the sub.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Simonsloth » August 1st, 2019, 7:47 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 7:26 pm
Simonsloth wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 5:47 pm
Alex79uk wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 8:31 am
No, but I'm planning to. I only ever got about 20 issues in to the comics and always meant to finish them.
You should. Definitely not one to put on when the kids are around, nearby or even within earshot.

You liked Preacher right? Similar vibes. Imagine that series crossed with Watchmen.
Loved the Preacher comics, but only got a couple of episodes in to the series. Another I keep meaning to watch. Trouble is if I have a show my GF isn't interested in, I find I have much less time to try and watch it. Currently making my way through Death Note. Had to find dodgy copies since Netflix dropped the English dubbed version and only have subbed now. It's one of the few shows where the dub is better than the sub.
My wife is the same. I have a huge list of things to finish that she gave up on after a few episodes. She’s loving The Boys so far because it takes your expectations of what a superhero show should be and turns it upside down. As long as it keeps being shocking and over the top she will keep watching.

The preacher series definitely gets better as the series goes on.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » August 1st, 2019, 8:31 pm

Oh yeah no doubt, I really enjoyed the first few episodes. American Gods is another she abandoned after one episode that I really want to watch. Started it again last night on my own but fell asleep watching it >_< I love the book though so really want to get it watched. The comic adaption is really good, too.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Simonsloth » August 7th, 2019, 11:59 am

Just finished watching The Boys last night and I can honestly say I loved it and cannot wait for season 2. It’s only 8 episodes so not a massive investment and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » August 7th, 2019, 1:19 pm

Just watched The Long Night episode of GoT. Holy moly, everything is surely an anticlimax after that?

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » August 7th, 2019, 2:19 pm

Just got done watching chernobyl the other night. Not a lot to say about it other than it's worth a watch, though perhaps not if you're trying to quit smoking.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by KSubzero1000 » August 8th, 2019, 12:36 pm

High and Low is definitely one of Kurosawa's best. Always nice to hear people discover this one. Absolute gem.

Haven't seen any of the others - will investigate further on occasion. :)

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » August 8th, 2019, 3:40 pm

I remember really liking Stray Dog as well. I might be wrong in thinking that was Mifune's first time teaming up with Takashi Shimura? I know I'd like the Criterion Collection to give it the blur-ay treatment.
In regards to Mifune, I still haven't seen Red Beard or the Samurai Trilogy. I think I enjoyed the documentary, Mifune: The Last Samurai, though it was a bit short for my tastes.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » August 8th, 2019, 3:45 pm

ThirdMan wrote:
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Some Asian cinema courtesy of the Criterion Channel.
I didn't know this was a thing. I might have to check out that free trial...

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » August 8th, 2019, 5:56 pm

Okay, so I've seen...

Sanshiro Sugata
The Most Beautiful
Sanshiro Sugata Part II
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
One Wonderful Sunday
Drunken Angel (I was wrong. This was Mifune and Takashi Shimura first time together in a Kurosawa film)
Stray Dog
Scandal
Rashomon
Seven Samurai
Throne of Blood
The Hidden Fortress
The Bad Sleep Well
Yojimbo
Kagemusha
Ran

I still have half of his films to watch. The man was non-stop.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » August 9th, 2019, 3:03 am

ThirdMan wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 4:49 pm
duskvstweak wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 3:40 pm
I remember really liking Stray Dog as well. I might be wrong in thinking that was Mifune's first time teaming up with Takashi Shimura? I know I'd like the Criterion Collection to give it the blur-ay treatment.
In regards to Mifune, I still haven't seen Red Beard or the Samurai Trilogy. I think I enjoyed the documentary, Mifune: The Last Samurai, though it was a bit short for my tastes.
I've quite a few more Kurosawa's to watch. I haven't seen Red Beard yet either, or Stray Dog in fact. I don't think I've seen any of Mifune's work away from Kurosawa although the Samurai Trilogy is on the Criterion Channel so hopefully soon.
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I didn't know this was a thing. I might have to check out that free trial...
Make the most of it! It's not available in Ireland so I had to jump though a number of hoops to get it working. The Android and Fire TV apps only show a fraction of the content. Think of them as a highlights reel. To access the A-Z you'll have to use a web browser and from there you can search by director, country, language and genre and add them to your watchlist.

I think the Fire TV has to be the most recent model. There's been a number of complaints about that. I'm not sure what other formats it's available on.

The majority of content on there is from either Criterion or their Eclipse imprint. If they published it in HD, that's what you'll get. The quality is fine for the price and especially so considering the library you're drawing from.

They also license a lot of movies from other right's holders.

So far about 20-30 movies leave the service each month, although most of these are the third-party stuff. There's also 30-40 added each month.
I'm glad you brought this to the forum! I guess this is what Film Struck became?
It's available on my Roku and it's looks real nice. In terms of Kurosawa, it has most of his films and in production order no less. I'm definitely going to get the free trial and dig through it all. Thanks for mentioning it!

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » August 11th, 2019, 6:03 pm



Such a shame what happened to Chris Morris. I don't think I could sit through that even out of morbid curiosity.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » August 12th, 2019, 7:01 am

Hmm yeah it doesn't look too great. A bit of a falldown from stuff like Jam and Brass Eye. I think the trouble is with his classic stuff, it's most of it has come true, so where does he go now? It's scary how prophetic stuff like Brass Eye and The Day Today really were.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » August 12th, 2019, 9:12 pm

I guess I've been in a 90s mood? The wife and I watched the Fugitive, the Firm and Being John Malkovich. I hadn't seen any of them before and they're all pretty good, aren't they?

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » August 12th, 2019, 9:35 pm

We're watching season three of The Handmaids Tale. I really enjoyed the first and second seasons, despite (because of?) the relentless, oppressive bleakness, but season three is sooooooooo slooooooow....!

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » August 18th, 2019, 10:29 pm

One Cut of The Dead
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Really good! Recommend you go in blind. It's great fun.
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Gah! Thought this was a horror movie, it was a feelgood family comedy in disguise!
Dirty rotters. They got me, smiling with dribbly eyes by the end. I'll have to watch something really gory to cleanse my palate now.

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Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » August 19th, 2019, 3:40 am

Incident In a Ghost Land
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Man, this was so cool! A gloriously horrible fairytale.
I think the line early on "Ugh, this looks like Rob Zombie's house" is a huge neon signpost that most of the critics seem to be missing.
Takes your average American, hollow horror film, dials up some of the dodgier aspects until they're uncomfortably visceral, lampoons some of the more cliched tropes, and whips it all up into a great big colourful bowl of razer blade candyfloss.

After seeing "The Tall Man" I thought he must have just got lucky with Martyrs, but he's back on form here. It starts off a bit rocky but it's worth sticking with.
Ignore the score, it be braw.

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