Whatcha Been Watching?

This is the place where you can confab about all the other stuff besides videogames.
User avatar
clippa
Member
Posts: 1546
Joined: March 20th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » August 20th, 2019, 5:06 pm

Stan and Ollie
Bullshit

Gwen
Boooooring
Spoiler: show
I was actually in the mood for a slow burner but it's pretty damn flat. Things happen, but, well, you'd be forgiven for thinking that they didn't. Maybe I was just hoping for Maxine peake to go full witch and that never happened.
The Ritual
Image

Ooh, this was canny ruddy good!
Spoiler: show
I expected to thoroughly hate all the "wurgh, tits, footbaw!" blokey blokes and look forward to them getting offed but they made them quite sympathetic.
Sorry if these are a bit shit, short and low effort. I'm running on fumes a bit at the minute.

User avatar
Alex79uk
Member
Posts: 5714
Joined: September 2nd, 2012, 12:36 pm
Location: Walsall, UK.
Contact:

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » August 20th, 2019, 7:51 pm

We watched One Of Us on Netflix over the last couple of nights. Four part BBC series that aired in 2016. It was pretty good. Double murder in the Scottish Highlands, standard police investigation stuff but we enjoyed it. Kept us guessing and the ending was nicely done. Worth a watch if you like that sort of thing.

User avatar
clippa
Member
Posts: 1546
Joined: March 20th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » August 21st, 2019, 4:18 am

High Life
Image

Hahaha! This was amazing, I was smiling all the way through. It just kept getting more mental.
Excellent! Best sci fi film I've seen in ages. Wow!

Hey, I've had quite a lucky run these past few nights.

User avatar
clippa
Member
Posts: 1546
Joined: March 20th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » August 21st, 2019, 3:39 pm

Full series of Limmy's homemade show coming. It was always a bit unsure, never quite confirmed, but there it is!

https://twitter.com/DaftLimmy/status/11 ... 0646601729

Angst
Image

I watched that as well, forgot all about it. Really good. Don't let the cover fool you, it's all very sober and calm. I love the whole look of the film, the colours and the seventies vibe.
Yer mans explaining why he does things and what he's getting out of it while he's doing it so, especially with it being subtitled, you're concentrating on that more.
Very striking looking, some of the shots really stick in your head, it's not the murders, it's the shots of him skulking sideways around the house, looking for a way in, or the shot of the dog up the alleyway.
It's weird, it puts you in the guys shoes and you're a bit upset for him that things aren't going to plan. Excellent, very understated and realistic. One of those unique films that totally stays with you.

User avatar
clippa
Member
Posts: 1546
Joined: March 20th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » August 22nd, 2019, 3:14 am

Dragged Across Concrete
Image

There were times where it felt like "the writer" was ddressing the audience directly, making deliberately right wing points with Mel Gibson in the room.
Not sure how I felt about those moments. It didn't seem knowing or part of the retro cop show feel. Those moments stuck out like sore thumbs. They were very on the nose.
That bit in the police office where they hand over their badges is a good example, it felt like they were just reading out some hastily tacked on message typed up at the last minute during filming by a drunken producer.
There were times when a right wing character would say a right wing thing and it felt totally natural, but ... I don't know, very weird. The pin on my satire radar only flicked a tiny bit. It's hard to know what's going on there. The casting of Gibson is obviously intentional, maybe it's all kept deliberately vague, make you think about it all afterwards.
Very good though, I really liked it. Nice and slow paced stakeout/heist thing.

User avatar
clippa
Member
Posts: 1546
Joined: March 20th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » August 28th, 2019, 3:48 pm

Sorry, thirdman, I'm used to not getting replies in some threads so I forget to check sometimes!
qbittorrent, I'm afraid to say. Not proud of it, and I'm guessing it's not the answer you wanted to hear, but it's the one platform where you can be sure what you want to watch will be available.

User avatar
duskvstweak
Member
Posts: 687
Joined: August 23rd, 2017, 6:40 pm
Location: New York
Contact:

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » September 3rd, 2019, 3:49 pm

We went to see Ready or Not this weekend. The wife liked it, but it did nothing for me. It's not as funny as it should be and they do nothing with old, giant mansion the story takes place in. It really felt like a basic version of a pretty fun idea.

User avatar
macstat
Member
Posts: 368
Joined: November 24th, 2015, 1:12 pm
Location: Wrocław, Poland
Contact:

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by macstat » September 3rd, 2019, 8:23 pm

Third season of "Dear White People" is out so i decided to rewatch the whole thing from the beginning.

User avatar
clippa
Member
Posts: 1546
Joined: March 20th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » September 4th, 2019, 4:14 pm

The latest episode of the nerd crew takes a swing at the proliferation of streaming services. They really need to get their heads together and have some sort of hub.



Image
Mindhunter is frothy fun. Hoovered up the first series.
Got the final episode left to go but Series 2 has been really disappointing, it's a pretty big dip in quality.
I mean it's still well made but it's a lot less captivating, feels like they're padding and stretching it thin already, and Holden has been taken out of the spotlight, which I don't mind at all, but he seems a lot less authentic this time round, it's like we're watching someone else play him in a parody. He looks like Tom Cruise, Gob Bluth and Dermot O'Leary got into that teleportation device from the fly.

They're continuously showing the older guy chucking 5 sugars in his tea, throwing whiskey down his neck with a cigarette up each nostril, being stressed out and not getting enough kip. It feels like they're setting up a heart attack subplot but they're being really unsubtle about it. If that's not a red herring, there's another black mark.
Hopefully this is just a blip and it picks up with the third series, it's feeling like it might have run it's course.

User avatar
Alex79uk
Member
Posts: 5714
Joined: September 2nd, 2012, 12:36 pm
Location: Walsall, UK.
Contact:

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » September 4th, 2019, 5:10 pm

Has anyone on here watched The Wire? I'm assuming so. We're struggling for a series we both want to watch after finishing GoT. My suggestions, American Gods, The Boys, Mad Men and Castle Rock all got shot down.

We tried Manifest, but it was the worst 'OMG ALL THESE PEOPLE VANISHED THEN REAPPEARED FIVE YEARS LATER. WITH POWERS!!!!!' type shit I've ever seen. Seriously, that premise has become its own genre by now, surely!?

Thinking of The Wire. We both enjoy good British crime drama, I'm just worried my partner doesn't concentrate enough when we watch TV to get anything out of it! :lol:

User avatar
duskvstweak
Member
Posts: 687
Joined: August 23rd, 2017, 6:40 pm
Location: New York
Contact:

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » September 4th, 2019, 6:56 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Has anyone on here watched The Wire? I'm assuming so. We're struggling for a series we both want to watch after finishing GoT. My suggestions, American Gods, The Boys, Mad Men and Castle Rock all got shot down.

We tried Manifest, but it was the worst 'OMG ALL THESE PEOPLE VANISHED THEN REAPPEARED FIVE YEARS LATER. WITH POWERS!!!!!' type shit I've ever seen. Seriously, that premise has become its own genre by now, surely!?

Thinking of The Wire. We both enjoy good British crime drama, I'm just worried my partner doesn't concentrate enough when we watch TV to get anything out of it! :lol:
I've only started watching it recently, I'm on the third season, but I recommend it. It's very easy to get sucked in. Also, that cast is everywhere afterwards.

User avatar
James
Moderator
Posts: 1619
Joined: August 28th, 2012, 5:42 am
Location: Worcestershire, UK
Contact:

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by James » September 4th, 2019, 9:29 pm

The Wire remains my favourite TV series. The only word of caution I might offer is that the dialogue comes thick and fast, so subtitles could be useful for an episode or two until you get used to the Baltimore accent.

My partner and I rewatched The Dark Crystal over the weekend and started watching the new Netflix series tonight. We were both absolutely astounded by it!
I really like the film, but I couldn't ever quite come to terms with the limitations of a fully puppeted production (versus, say, Labyrinth). This series, or episode one at least, completely solves those issues for me. They're supplementing the puppetry with some CG to what I think is really good effect, and they've started to flesh out the great film lore in what already promises to be an interesting way, I think.

User avatar
clippa
Member
Posts: 1546
Joined: March 20th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » September 4th, 2019, 9:55 pm

Loved the film when I was a nipper. I've got the first episode downloaded, I didn't want to grab the lot straight away just in case I wasn't feeling it.

Trailer is up for Mister America
Image


User avatar
Alex79uk
Member
Posts: 5714
Joined: September 2nd, 2012, 12:36 pm
Location: Walsall, UK.
Contact:

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Alex79uk » September 15th, 2019, 8:07 am

We finally got around to watching Chernobyl. Very good. Very bleak. Hard to imagine something like that happening, and the way the Russians tried to cover it up to the world.

User avatar
Caligulas Horse
Member
Posts: 74
Joined: March 28th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by Caligulas Horse » September 16th, 2019, 10:32 am

ThirdMan wrote:
September 15th, 2019, 3:55 am

Time Bandits[/i][/b]

This seems to be a British fantasy classic but for some reason I'm only getting to it now! It's Terry Gilliam which means it's wildly imaginative with physical special effects that have aged brilliantly. There's also a strong whiff of Python about it (not least in the presence of Cleese and Palin). The Criterion extras include a short piece on the production design which illustrates just how hands-on Gilliam was right through the entire process.
"Stand by for mind control!!"

Love that film, haven't seen it for awhile. Your posts in here made me really want Criterion but it's not available in England :(

User avatar
duskvstweak
Member
Posts: 687
Joined: August 23rd, 2017, 6:40 pm
Location: New York
Contact:

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » September 16th, 2019, 4:10 pm

Since The King of Comedy is being talked about quite a bit these days, mainly due to Joker using it for inspiration, I finally watched it for the first time. I like Scorsese quite a bit but there's still a few films of his I need to watch...
King of Comedy is quite funny, though Robert De Niro's character just made incredibly sad.

I think the ending is interesting in that our view of it might have changed since the early eighties. I wonder if people watching it then ever figured on it being rather tame compared to the present day.

User avatar
duskvstweak
Member
Posts: 687
Joined: August 23rd, 2017, 6:40 pm
Location: New York
Contact:

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by duskvstweak » September 16th, 2019, 6:30 pm

ThirdMan wrote:
September 16th, 2019, 5:59 pm
duskvstweak wrote:
September 16th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Since The King of Comedy is being talked about quite a bit these days, mainly due to Joker using it for inspiration, I finally watched it for the first time. I like Scorsese quite a bit but there's still a few films of his I need to watch...
King of Comedy is quite funny, though Robert De Niro's character just made incredibly sad.

I think the ending is interesting in that our view of it might have changed since the early eighties. I wonder if people watching it then ever figured on it being rather tame compared to the present day.
I think it's one of Scorsese's very best. If you get the chance read Roger Ebert's coverage of it, particularly his back and forth with Scorsese himself. Ebert was a huge champion of Scorsese right from the very beginning but he couldn't bring himself to appreciate The King of Comedy. It's a good example of a critic and a director openly discussing the perceived failures of a film.

Incidentally, I tried to watch Casino again recently and I couldn't even finish it. It felt like too much hard work. A collection of set pieces. I used to adore that film, maybe even more than Goodfellas at one point. I cannot think of another example of my opinion of a film changing quite so drastically.
Casino is one that I still haven't watched. Goodfellas is one my favorites, but I've heard Casino retreads a lot of ground from that film.

User avatar
KSubzero1000
Member
Posts: 3003
Joined: August 26th, 2015, 9:56 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by KSubzero1000 » September 16th, 2019, 7:04 pm

Yeah, Casino is basically a overly indulgent Vegas-flavored version of Goodfellas with a handful of great scenes. It has its detractors, although I remember enjoying it a lot the few times I saw it many years ago. Interesting that ThirdMan would be so down on it upon rewatching it, I'll have to look and see if I feel the same!

User avatar
clippa
Member
Posts: 1546
Joined: March 20th, 2019, 5:08 pm

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by clippa » September 16th, 2019, 7:55 pm

ThirdMan wrote:
September 16th, 2019, 5:59 pm
A collection of set pieces.
You could say the same about the wofl (hah, waffle, leaving that in) of wallstreet, I suppose. It's been years since I saw casino, I can remember enjoying it but it being a bit slow at times.
King of comedy was smashing! Understated and under appreciated.

Speaking of Ebert, you seen Life Itself? It's amazing, but you'll need a box of kleenex, it gets really raunchy at times (haha, to wipe your eyes, I meant, but that tickled me that someone would be slowly nursing a bonk on throughout that).

User avatar
KSubzero1000
Member
Posts: 3003
Joined: August 26th, 2015, 9:56 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Whatcha Been Watching?

Post by KSubzero1000 » September 16th, 2019, 8:45 pm

Oh man, that's rough. I'm really sorry to hear that. :(

I love Scorsese, too. I think it's interesting that he's one of the few directors whose names have remained synonymous with top-quality films over the entire duration of their lengthy career, in my opinion. His current directorial style is different than it was 40 years ago, but it doesn't feel like he has lost his touch, unlike other Hollywood darlings I won't mention.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: ThirdMan and 7 guests