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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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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: August 29, 2020, 03:53:56 PM »
The New Mutants - Well this ends the FoX-Men era with a complete whimper. The movie needed some extra time to polish up some things, and the editing is all over the place one scene very early into the movie sees Dani run into an invisible wall and wake up with blood under her nose, and the very next scene (with no time jump) its all gone.

A common complaint over all these movies - Apocalypse especially - is they keep fighting murky CGI villains. And this continues here too. Sadly the movie hints at a few things for future movies that will never happen.

It's best to assume the final X-Men movie is Logan.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: August 28, 2020, 04:43:07 PM »
Tenet - I am still completely unsure about what i just watched. A technical masterpiece, made by someone who knows exactly what they're doing (see: Birdman, 1917). But the story? I'm not sure yet, i'll watch it a second time over the weekend.

If you watch Doctor Who, the character of River Song will have educated you completely as to how certain parts work

But i can say with absolute certainty, Tenet will be confusing a LOT of people.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: August 14, 2020, 03:47:05 PM »
And goodbye to AOS entirely. The show had many problems over the years - not being allowed by Marvel to use anything to do with the movies or even other comic characters, being ignored by the movies, budgetary issues (which the showrunners acknowledged after the final episode) - but the characters really grew into their positions and Chloe Bennet (Daisy) really matured into the role over the years.

It got 7 seasons and ended on its own terms which is a lot better than most shows these days.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: July 28, 2020, 05:36:31 PM »
Last weeks episode of Agents of Shield was fantastic. Quite possibly the best in the series.

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AOS is the only show where i keep noticing them redressing the same sets.

In the first episode the kitchen for the restaurant was the same set as communal area for the Lighthouse and initially the SHIELD base. In the most recent episode the research facility was the same set as the battle arena on the lighthouse (i think?). The corridors have been redressed repeatedly to be all sorts of places.

It keeps the costs down, for sure, but i dont know how i keep noticing it with just AOS.

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Agents of Shield is back if anyone still cares. Was enjoyable. Mac is really cheesing me off. Why did they make him Director again? Last season has been so long ago I had to rack my brain. Deak is cool, promoted from git. The suffering of Fritz Simmons continues unabated. Coulson is back to being cool. Premise for the season is intriguing.

I'm glad its back, but they should really have dropped a "previously on" in the episode because after a year i've totally forgotten.

I like Mac. He is a bit steadfast compared to Coulson but then he also looks like he'll wreck everyone else with not much effort. Sad the show is ending but glad it got to end.

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Movies & TV / Re: Star Trek
« on: May 20, 2020, 12:16:50 PM »
I had thought about starting a thread on Discovery just to start bagging on it but I figured there wasn't much point as oohhboy's pretty much got that on lockdown. I suppose I'd sum it up as this. When watching Voyager, you could see how TV still struggled with incorporating early CGI. It got better by Enterprise's time. CGI was used sparingly so the shows had to rely more on keeping people entertained by the dialogue and ideas. Now the graphics have gotten to movie blockbuster quality and have taken over so that everything can be whiz-bang AMAZING action and the dialogue between characters has decreased in quality to move things all in a perfunctory manner while any deep issues or questions raised during the series are barely explored or are treated like that is a homage to past Trek series. Like the people behind are saying to the fans, remember in past shows how the crew would go to a foreign planet and get in a tricky situation? Look we did that quickly in an episode as well. We're still the same Trek as before because we paid that thing lip service. Sure, the old series would explore the issues or conundrums they faced on those missions but who's got time to think when we can show spaceships go BOOOM!? The effects have now taken over and it is a hollow shell of what the series was meant to be and the direction it had followed for decades through multiple series up until now.

This is something i coined for Stargate Atlantis (more than 10 years ago?!) as "blow stuff up wowzy". The show would use this tactic almost like a setpiece in the Uncharted series, most notably accidentally blowing up an entire solar system, instead of the character growth underpinning things like SG1 did. It was still fun to watch but the wowzy was very much a well it went back to repeatedly.

Compare to say, Doctor Who's Listen or Heaven Sent which was solely Capaldi's doctor (and Steven Moffat reminding that he is actually a good writer).

Also, DS9's visuals and sets has aged far better than Voyager's did.

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Movies & TV / Re: Star Trek
« on: May 18, 2020, 09:37:39 AM »
I haven't watched Picard yet, but Anson Mount was great as Pike. He came off as capable, warm and approachable.

Curious to see how this turns out.

Also, this just makes me sad for the Stargate franchise.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: May 05, 2020, 05:48:27 AM »
Gangs of London - The director behind The Raid 1 and 2 made a TV series. That should be all i need to say to get BNM to watch it. It's incredibly brutal.

So i binged the whole season. The show definitely didnt go as brutal as the first episode, but it was an interesting story with multiple different plots that often only brushed against each other.

I had one issue with the final episode and a single point which the entire series hinges on Shaun works out that Elliot is a cop because the other undercover cop had zero security locks on his phone containing all the photos and evidence but aside from that it was quite a ride. The actor who plays Ed Dumani was fantastic, he had such stage presence about him (compared to other people who was just merely acting; this will make sense in the show) while coming off as calm and collected even while everyone else is going nuts.

However, this show gets an 18 rating in the UK (the equivalent of a USA R rating?), and is equally graphic to match.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: April 29, 2020, 04:32:15 PM »
I heard about this but never even seen a trailer. So I don't really know more than it either exist or is in the works. I'll probably look it up later now that you reminded me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CJ5p4XisHs

It's a Cinemax co-production with Sky so it will appear on US TV soon enough.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: April 29, 2020, 09:32:08 AM »
Got a weird one for one today. Just finished watching the 1st season of an Amazon Prime series called Homecoming. Julia Roberts plays a Counselor/Administrator of a new Dept. of Defense Project called "Homecoming" aimed at rehabilitating veterans returning from combat so they can be reintegrated into civilian life.

The twist is that this is a conspiracy/mystery thriller taking place simultaneously at 2 points in time: the past, where we follow Roberts' character as she goes about her job...and the present, where mysteriously everything about the project has been covered up and everyone involved is oddly evasive and conspiratorial regarding how it all went down. The present storyline largely follows a Dept. of Defense pencil-pusher investigating a "complaint" into Homecoming that no one seems to want to talk about...

Season 1 is...alright. As it's aiming for an atmosphere of paranoia, there's a lot of shots lingering on seemingly unimportant things for long periods of time. The odd performances & atmosphere almost reminds me of David Lynch's work, but there is a LOT of boring, "shot/reverse shot" camera work. I also feel like there's a lot of fat here that could have been trimmed because it feels like there's a fair amount of screen time spent on elements that either don't altogether matter or have long since been firmly established.

Season 1 will apparently be self-contained from the upcoming Season 2, which will follow a new cast of characters.

I quite enjoyed it for its oddness admittedly. It set a strange feeling which works quite well with the story.

Gangs of London - The director behind The Raid 1 and 2 made a TV series. That should be all i need to say to get BNM to watch it. It's incredibly brutal.

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Even before the virus I probably mentioned how the idea of theaters was becoming obsolescent in a modern world where its becoming common to have 75 inch TVs.

Ok I just had a weird thought. Do they still sell tv by the inch in Europe?

Yes they are. The metric measurement is usually mentioned on the box somewhere.

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General Chat / Re: The COVID-19 Virus is Coming For Us All Thread
« on: March 13, 2020, 06:50:14 AM »
It's the same here too, but now there's signage up limiting everyone to 1 per person.

Antibacterial wipes have all disappeared too which is concerning because i have to work with people's grubby laptops. Still lots of bleach though...

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: February 20, 2020, 05:43:40 PM »
Legends of Tomorrow: A headless Marie Antoinette with a flamethrower running around loose on the Waverider.

Never change.

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General Chat / Re: Who here is into Hip-Hop/Rap?
« on: February 19, 2020, 05:31:02 PM »
Done, i've edited the 4 links in.

I never did get into J Cole, but did accidentally stumble onto Phonte and i'm glad i did. Unlike many around him (even Drake, who seems to have developed himself off Phonte), he raps with clarity ad sings really well and talks about topics that are quite humble - his 2018 album he spoke about the death of his father, trying to lose weight and getting married.

It's sad how he hasn't blown up compared to other - less talented and versatile - rappers, but his output has been nothing short of fantastic.

Yes! No News is Good News is a classic! If you don't know Little Brother, that was a rap duo he was in some time ago and they got back together for an album last year.  Check it out if you haven't!

Phonte specializes in what I call "grown man raps".  He's similar to Black Thought, but with less intensity.

Speaking of Black Thought, please check out Streams of Thought vol 1 & 2, if you haven't!

I really need to try the Little Brother album. I've been listening to the Pacific Time EP quite a lot lately.

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General Chat / Re: Who here is into Hip-Hop/Rap?
« on: February 18, 2020, 05:46:59 PM »




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWX2bXLHXjs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-Y3-i90dFw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rmF_XmWIvQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_B74vG2v2Q
It was Ego that, for me cemented him as someone who can both sing and rap rather than just jump between one or the other.

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General Chat / Re: Who here is into Hip-Hop/Rap?
« on: February 18, 2020, 04:02:45 AM »
I never did get into J Cole, but did accidentally stumble onto Phonte and i'm glad i did. Unlike many around him (even Drake, who seems to have developed himself off Phonte), he raps with clarity ad sings really well and talks about topics that are quite humble - his 2018 album he spoke about the death of his father, trying to lose weight and getting married.

It's sad how he hasn't blown up compared to other - less talented and versatile - rappers, but his output has been nothing short of fantastic.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: February 11, 2020, 03:44:36 AM »
Birds of Prey: Go into this movie thinking "unreliable narrator". Thats the only expectation to set. Otherwise its a fun and goofy movie in its own right (its not Legends level of goofy however).

My only complaint was how literally everybody took the chemical plant blowing up to mean Harley and Joker broke up. That's one really big stretch to make. Also what did everyone else make of Black Mask and Zsasz's chemistry? It leaned into they're in some sort of relationship slightly.

EDIT: It's much too late now, and Joaquin Phoenix's Joker killed the opportunity of this happening, but they should have release Birds of Prey and a Leto Joker movie around the same time as each other (maybe a month apart?) to allow them to tell the story of their breakup, and what they did next, to be told in parallel. Harley goes off and runs into the Birds of Prey while Joker throws himself back into his work and tackles some people who thinks he's distracted by the breakup.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last TV show you've seen
« on: January 28, 2020, 10:19:29 AM »
Is anyone watching Avenue 5? Who is this show aimed at?

There's some very good talent here but it feels like they want to make a comedy about the situation, and then stuff it fully with The Office-type characters, rather than be like Stargate Universe, and even Lost, which past the pilot was saying "we need to get more food and water" and focus on the basics.

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Movies & TV / Re: Rate the last movie you've seen
« on: January 20, 2020, 06:03:52 PM »
Bad Boys For Life - So......... this was far better than i expected. Substantially better than the car crash the trailers suggested. Martin Lawrence clearly isn't in shape and didn't try to match Will Smith, so the movie works overtime to avoid him doing any physical combat or activity through the movie - but the movie doesnt acknowledge it either, despite the entire movie referring to how they've been doing this for 25 years

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The show's overall sense of lunacy (NOW, that is) brings enough fun that i can ignore all the issues simply to see Mick get mad that a giant Beebo interrupted his book signing as Rebecca Silver - i'm glad Mick has got much more interesting development since the start of the series. He's now easily one of my favourite characters

My only complaints is how Legends, both the show and its characters is treated as a child series to everything else; stories never actually go BACK to Flash or Arrow, but plenty go TO Legends in the early days. And in the crossover Sara mentions how Oliver is the last person to remember him before she got on the boat - has she forgotten her mother is still alive?

I've never watched (and never will watch) Black Lightning

I think you should give it a try. Even though it is Arrowverse adjacent - don't let Crisis fool you into thinking its in the Arrowverse now, all the shows (bar bits of Batwoman) is in Vancouver while Black Lightning is in Atlanta. Crossover opportunities, in terms of production, are limited. Unlike all the other shows, this one looks at superheroes through a different lens. Whether that's successful or not is another story, but it at least makes a strong effort to do that.

Plus Jefferson and Lynn have better chemistry than Iris/Barry, Oliver/Felicity and even Ava/Sara.

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I'm watching Part 5 of Crisis now and the best lines of the entire crossover are, unsurprisingly, in the Legends ep.

"Is this what all the crossovers are like?"

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In fact in order to save your sanity I would recommend against it.

I can agree with this. If you are going to watch one of the shows I recommend Legends of Tomorrow. It's a fun adventure show with a ship full of Losers/C-List heroes that doesn't take itself seriously at all. There is a Unicorn that eats hearts, so yeah not serious. Then there is Rip, he is brilliant asshole, Duvuel carries the show until it can stand on it's own.

A warning I do give is the supporting character of the first 2 seasons are "Please go away". It still suffers from "TV" fighting where somehow it's hand to hand despite guns and there is a bit of shoehorning. It bad enough that at times I rather not have a fight at all, less can be more.

It feels like somewhere in late Season 1 / Early S2 they decided to stop trying to spend money on the characters' powers and go in another direction. Not entirely a bad thing given we wound up with Beebo.

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Season 4 of The Expanse dropped on Amazon and... wow. It was an all setup season but definitely worth it Avasarala swears like a mofo in every single scene and its totally worth it.

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