Whatcha Been Watching?

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Pleasantly surprised by House of the Dragon, which I am absolutely loving so far.

It seems that HBO learned a lot of lessons from the debacle that was the latter half of Game of Thrones and have gone back to the memorable characters, interpersonal relationships, politicking and palace intrigue that made seasons 1-4 so great.

In many ways it feels like a more mature show than Game of Thrones, with a more complex and nuanced take on gender dynamics (presumably thanks to many episodes being written and directed by women).

Also got to shout out to the incredible casting. I've always loved Paddy Considine and it's great to see him get a big headline role in such a prominent show, while Matt Smith and Rhys Ifans (playing brilliantly against type in sombre and serious mode) are also superb, as are the all of the younger, relatively unknown cast, especially the two young women playing Alicent and Rhaenyra.

Top notch stuff.

Now finish the books please, GRRM :mrgreen:

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KissMammal wrote: September 19th, 2022, 6:34 pm Pleasantly surprised by House of the Dragon, which I am absolutely loving so far.

It seems that HBO learned a lot of lessons from the debacle that was the latter half of Game of Thrones and have gone back to the memorable characters, interpersonal relationships, politicking and palace intrigue that made seasons 1-4 so great.

In many ways it feels like a more mature show than Game of Thrones, with a more complex and nuanced take on gender dynamics (presumably thanks to many episodes being written and directed by women).

Also got to shout out to the incredible casting. I've always loved Paddy Considine and it's great to see him get a big headline role in such a prominent show, while Matt Smith and Rhys Ifans (playing brilliantly against type in sombre and serious mode) are also superb, as are the all of the younger, relatively unknown cast, especially the two young women playing Alicent and Rhaenyra.

Top notch stuff.

Now finish the books please, GRRM :mrgreen:
Completely agree, I've been so impressed with how they're expanding the material in a really clever way.

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I also really appreciate the dialogue sounding a lot closer to how characters speak in the books, both in phrasing and in-universe terminology and aphorisms.

A lot about the writing was lazy in later seasons of Game of Thrones, and what really typified this was how they dropped any pretence of having characters speak in appropriately medieval-sounding dialogue. It's a relatively minor thing on the face of it, but its something that really broke the immersion for me.

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Watched a film called After Yang last night with Colin Farrell and Jodie Smith in it. Had a lot of great reviews earlier this year and came to Sky Cinema yesterday. I thought it was good but not amazing like the reviews made out. It's a film about the relationship between humans and androids, in parts it reminded me of Ex Machina but only really in theme. Worth checking out though if you're into that whole sci-fi theme/story of humans and robots. Pretty short too and just 90 minutes.

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Barbarian is easily my favorite horror movie of the year, and one of my favorite movies in recent memory (I almost exclusively watch trashy horror movies and collecting/watching insane, tasteless, and hard to find bad movies is my favorite thing in the world).

Anyways, Barbarian. It's just great.
I was almost reluctant when I went to see it the Friday it opened near me, but other plans fell through, and what the heck, I have a monthly membership subscription to the theater nearby so it didn't cost me anything extra.
It completely blindsided me and everybody else in the theater and I liked it so much I dragged 3 people with me to see it that following Sunday.
Without getting into spoiler territory, it isn't the movie you think it is, which I thought was great because it ended up being something MUCH more to my tastes.
If you like horror movies, you owe it to yourself to check this one out. Go in as blind as possible, the less you know the better. And definitely see it in a theater with people, if possible.

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I watched Shang Chi last night as I work my way through the Marvel films and it is firmly in my top 3 Marvel films. It had everything I wanted, great fight sequences which are the best they have been in the MCU, a simple enough story to follow not bogged down with having to tie into the wider MCU until the very end and great characters and humour. I will admit that the second half is not as good as the first but was still good. That first half is excellent though, the bus fight sequence in particular is perhaps my favourite fight sequence in the MCU so far. Shang has a rubbish costume though!

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Watched The Guard last night. A film directed by In Bruges director Martin McDonagh and also like In Bruges, stars Brendan Gleeson. It's like an Irish version of a buddy cop film and it really good. Gleeson plays an Irish policeman in a small town who works alongside FBI agent Don Cheadle to uncover a drug gang. If you have seen In Bruges, it takes a similar dark comedy/drama vibe and is nearly as good and much better than Seven Psychopaths which I wasn't that into. Well worth checking out on Netflix. 4/5

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Thoughts on the Mario trailer? Thought it looked quite promising.

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Yeah I thought it looked great, looking forward to seeing it. Visually it looked really nice, seemed quite funny, should be good!

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Truk_Kurt wrote: October 7th, 2022, 9:08 am Thoughts on the Mario trailer? Thought it looked quite promising.
I was pleasantly surprised.

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Anyone watched Rings of Power? What were your thoughts? I quite enjoyed it but I am a very casual LoTR fan.

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Truk_Kurt wrote: October 18th, 2022, 9:16 am Anyone watched Rings of Power? What were your thoughts? I quite enjoyed it but I am a very casual LoTR fan.
I am very happy with it. It looks amazing and pretty much how I'd want it to look being such a big fan of the movies. I am a massive Tolkien fan in terms of the source material too, but I do not understand some of the vitriol directed at the show. and lets not even talk about the usual idiotic suspects throwing the 'Woke' tag around.

Watched the finale last night and I am super excited for season 2.

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The Banshees of Inisherin

For me it’s thematically McDonaghs deepest film, exploring friendship, loneliness and depression. Quite emotional and thought provoking in places but it all comes with his typical touch of dark comedy. Not quite In Bruges level but mighty close. 4/5

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Truk_Kurt wrote: October 24th, 2022, 11:06 am The Banshees of Inisherin

For me it’s thematically McDonaghs deepest film, exploring friendship, loneliness and depression. Quite emotional and thought provoking in places but it all comes with his typical touch of dark comedy. Not quite In Bruges level but mighty close. 4/5
I liked it.
I need to watch In Bruges. I tried watching it 100 years ago but didn't finish it for whatever reason, but have heard nothing but good things about it.

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