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I was excited for Foundation (not having read the books) when Jonah Nolan was attached to it after Person of Interest. Now its David S Goyer attached which makes me... less so.

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: September 15, 2021, 04:24:48 AM »
The US ban on EU/UK residents is still standing (if a non-US resident have been to EU/UK in the past 14 days you cannot go to the US) and it looks like it's going to stick around to 2022. Ignoring all the politics, its fairly clear that they simply dont want to change anything right now (right now being all of 2021) for vague unspecified reasons.

They've completely flubbed *that* part, but because it affects everyone else they dont care about the negative attention it draws either.

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Shang Chi - This was a fun introduction, though the CGI in the third act (i saw it in 2D) was visually worse than previous not-Avengers movies. The Winter Soldier is still the best one in terms of hiding the CGI - like the entire rooftop chase scene.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: August 17, 2021, 10:13:20 AM »
Free Guy

I saw a comparison that said this movie was The Lego Movie of videogames... I think that's pretty spot on comparison. Plenty to love in here for gamers as they reference all sorts of things from games. Entertaining pretty much the whole way through, and funny too.

I don't want to spoil anything, but some of the references towards the end were great.
Saw this in the theater, and even though there weren't many of us in there, you could hear the reactions. Definitely worth the watch, hopefully it does well at the box office as well.

Towards the end the movie goes maximum disney and just lands it.

I've never seen Lil Rel Howery in anything else before, but at first he gives off "short and loud Kevin Hart" until the scene when he refuses to put the glasses on and starts to prove himself very quickly then. Also, this is the first time ive seen a bromance done as sincerely as Legends of Tomorrow with Nate and Ray.

Absolutely on both points. That (Climax Spoilers - don't look)cameo at the end, when he used the Shield, and then the HULK arm (might've even triggered that Avengers theme song for a split second) the audience got all excited. Ryan Reynolds definitely was leaning into his MCU connections for that. (/Climax Spoilers)

As for Lil Rey Howery, he was that security guard friend from Get Out (and I know you've seen that....), but I bet you've seen him in something else as well. Here's his IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2577076/



Get Out was 2017 so i had forgotten altogether... but thats the only film ive seen Lil Rel in.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: August 13, 2021, 03:53:55 PM »
Free Guy

I saw a comparison that said this movie was The Lego Movie of videogames... I think that's pretty spot on comparison. Plenty to love in here for gamers as they reference all sorts of things from games. Entertaining pretty much the whole way through, and funny too.

I don't want to spoil anything, but some of the references towards the end were great.
Saw this in the theater, and even though there weren't many of us in there, you could hear the reactions. Definitely worth the watch, hopefully it does well at the box office as well.

Towards the end the movie goes maximum disney and just lands it.

I've never seen Lil Rel Howery in anything else before, but at first he gives off "short and loud Kevin Hart" until the scene when he refuses to put the glasses on and starts to prove himself very quickly then. Also, this is the first time ive seen a bromance done as sincerely as Legends of Tomorrow with Nate and Ray.

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The Suicide Squad - Idris Elba and Viola Davis together is not something i realised i needed, but after THAT scene and its the only one they physically have together i need those two together in literally anything else. The chemistry is electric.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: July 18, 2021, 03:16:22 PM »
The Tomorrow War - I'm only half way through that movie but the time travel rules make no sense to me. If they can only jump so far into the future, and that "time only flows in one direction like a river" and they need to build two time beacons to facilitate jumping back and forth, then how did they do that? How did they go back in time to start with?

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: June 20, 2021, 03:10:02 PM »
The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard - I'm still mad at the first movie for having such an amazing trailer and such an average movie..... this one continues that trend somewhat.

Selma Hayek was great, however, and was worth all the extra attention. You could tell she was completely up for the nonsense.

https://youtu.be/F4Afusxc2SM this is still just great.


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That’s standard for shows. Producers will limit budgets of mid-season episodes if they need to reallocate that money for the finale. Those are typically bottle episodes like “Fly” in Breaking Bad. They needed more money to pull off blowing up half of Gus Fring’s face. Castlevania has been popular enough for Netflix to renew past their normal two or three seasons so maybe later seasons will have more consistent animation quality throughout.

It's pretty normal in TV production, but in Castlevania this spreads across every episode. Certain scenes are animated properly (nearly every one in the trailer) while the others, virtually everything outside of an action scene, are done as bare bones as possible. I can't unsee it now.

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Season 2 was my favorite. Season 3 was good but weird. The animation in the trailer is simply *chef’s kiss*

This is still my overall concern because the animation on the show can be split between "we spent money here" and "we didn't spend money here". Particularly around walking scenes when they just move the joints and wobble the models to simulate walking. Everything in the trailer was fluid and moving..... did they fix it? or did they just use the well animated bits in the trailer?

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: May 03, 2021, 10:15:46 AM »
For all the issues Batwoman has (the first half of Season 2 was extremely heavy on the "i'm black and in america" angle), Rachel Skasten who plays Alice is absolutely perfect casting in the Arrowverse. She alone saves the show as far as im concerned.

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer and Caity Lotz as Sara Lance are the other three.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: May 03, 2021, 07:05:41 AM »
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse (Amazon) - This movie was very average and cliched in spots the casting definitely didnt help either but Michael B Jordan did his absolute best to hold the whole film together through energy alone.

MBJ seemed tense and on edge the whole way through this movie, but in both Creed's and Black Panther he was far more relaxed and at ease. I'm wondering if thats a acting choice or if he just feels more comfortable working with Ryan Coogler.

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So John Walker kills a man in an international country, which should be a MASSIVE diplomatic incident (the Black Panther storyline through Civil War and BP1)... not to mention all the bad social media presence that would cause. We saw the Dora Milaje track down Zemo and explicitly say "we have jurisdiction where we say we have it".... but John just walked off after episode 6 like nobody noticed him or knew who he was.

That stuck out a lot to me.

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Movies & TV / Re: Disney+
« on: April 22, 2021, 04:14:07 AM »
That deal seems to be US only. So much like with the Warner Bros content on HBO Max, all of which is releasing as a premium £15/$20 rental here, it will get left aside.

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: April 16, 2021, 05:52:54 AM »
Sounds like Pfizer is supposed to need a 3rd booster in less than 12 months, and potentially this becomes a yearly vaccine.

Plugabugz, I hope you don't experience any of the ill side0-effects from the Astra (was it blood clots?)



The stats suggest that it is 7 people in 1 million that is getting clots and, IIRC, they all had existing issues. Those numbers are not worth worrying over. People are out there doing riskier things than that.

I had none of those side effects aside from a headache and tinglyness. For comparison i felt a lot worse in December 2019 when this woman sneezed on me.

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: April 15, 2021, 07:17:52 PM »
I got my first dose, the Astrazeneca one, in February. Aside from some tingly skin for one evening i've been fine ever since. I have to wait 10-11 weeks before the second dose, with the opinion that getting more people partially covered is better than smaller numbers of people fully covered.

We're finally starting to come out of a 7 month lockdown (it doesnt officially end until mid-June) so im happy to be able to do things again like watch movies.

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I just realised that Wandavision contradicts Agents of Shield S4. They really dont pay attention to the Marvel Television produced shows no matter how much they say they do.

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The lack of consequences - and Monica saying "i'd have done the same too!" - did begin to frustrate me after i let the episode sink in.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: January 13, 2021, 11:02:21 AM »
The Expanse - This show has pulled off something that Person of Interest was the last show to achieve: get me invested in these characters and their stories. The characters in Season 5 are directly referring to specific stories and events thats happened through the series (notably 1, 2 and 4), characters are asking about their histories and everyone has distinct motivations that is both compatible and sometimes incompatible with those they consider allies. The show takes a serious, more frank look at scifi rapid acceleration and deceleration hurts, lack of gravity kills, characters wear seat belts in space, characters born in space almost never go to land because their bodies cannot handle it and then mines stories out of that.

Then there's some unconventional characters - Amos Burton is one of the most "simply complex" characters on TV. Everything is literal and direct he even says in one episode "if you're gonna kill me then kill me, you have a clean shot to the back of my head", and comes off as one-note until you understand why - and then the context changes everything he says even in retrospect. It's such a balancing act that makes the most potentially dull character very human.

Where Game of Thrones fell over was that the series outpaced the books. The Expanse never will because the series ends (season 6) before the books finish, and the writers are in involved with scripts and production.

If you haven't started this series you absolutely should.

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How for AT&T to mess up the launch of Wonder Woman:

1 - Advertise on TV "Wonder Woman 1984 in cinemas now!"
2 - Pay no attention that half the UK (at the time, all of southeastern England, all of Wales and Scotland) was in Tier 4 which closed cinemas so there was no way to watch it.
3 - Release it on HBO Max which is US only, then spend all of 2020 about "an international release for HBO Max", instead of using Amazon or Netflix to handle the rest.

I still have my movie pass but Cineworld has been closed up shop entirely until at least April 2021, so there's no way for me to watch it without paying extra for a rental.

Well done AT&T.

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General Chat / Re: Who here is into Hip-Hop/Rap?
« on: November 25, 2020, 10:17:19 AM »
So i finally did listen to May The Lord Watch. I quite enjoyed it. But the surprise for 2020 is Lyric Jones' Closer Than They Appear. It's easily my favourite album of 2020.

It's ludicrously short at 22 minutes long for an album, but the album flows together so beautifully that you dont even realise its finished. Phonte is the exec producer and it kinda shows due to how well the tracks flow together.

It takes everything that made Little Brother good and distilled it down even further. Amazing.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: November 19, 2020, 01:36:42 PM »

    • Hughie, Frenchie, and Mother's Milk should be hella-dead. Stormfront just decides to casually toss them aside instead of murder-death-killing them immediately.


    Plot Armour is more powerful than anything the other supes have.

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    Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
    « on: November 18, 2020, 02:09:27 PM »
    The Boys S2 - Someone said somewhere that whenever the boys gets directly into confrontation with any supes, or Starlight against any of the other supes, they have just four options, always using at least one:

    1 - Run (which they use as much as possible)
    2- Another supe turns up and interferes
    3 - Kimiko supports enough to achieve something else
    4 - Blackmail

    4 was used extensively through the season, once directly with Butcher and Noir, and Starlight used it repeatedly through the season. 3 was used when Kimiko's side stories tied back to the main plot. 2 was used almost every single time including the battle in the final episode.


    Deep's story was a single isolated storythread that only connects back to the main story twice, and the second time it was purely for A-Train to get the info on Stormfront - then plot-wise abandoned him again. You could have cut him out entirely, or just made him recurring, and have A-Train run into him in the church and achieve the same result.

    I am aware a bit of what happens in the books,
    but since someone said that i said unsee that now and its kinda spoiled the season.

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    Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
    « on: September 30, 2020, 01:41:04 PM »
    The Old Guard - A surprisingly decent Netflix movie with an interesting conceit. The only thing that stands out is the "location problem" when movies film in a major city.

    Towards the end of the film they park a car outside an office block in the City of London (the City of London is itself inside London, but only a square mile wide) and leave it and go upstairs. No other people, no other cars, no other traffic seen. When they leave no other traffic or people is seen until after they leave when all the extras suddenly pop out from around the sides.

    1 - That car would have had hundreds of parking tickets on it by the time they got back to the car.
    2 - Parking that car on a two lane road in the City would have caused a massive traffic jam going back miles (having seen a fight in the middle of the road last week, this is very likely)
    3 - It was clearly a workday if dozens of people appear in business clothing, meaning that, in pre-2020 at least, that street would have been packed and police would have been there before they got downstairs.

    It's the little things that throw me out.

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