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« Reply #1840 on: September 26, 2017, 03:45:31 PM »
And now, first impressions of various HOT ORIGINAL CONTENT things sampled on Netflix...

Designated Survivor
Self-serious show in which Kiefer Sutherland becomes @POTUS after a devastating terrorist attack. I was not interested enough by the first episode to continue. It all seems very bland. Kiefer's performance almost made me want to watch more, but I just don't care.


I played Major Scott Cameron, who briefed the president on the Nuclear Football and the made a jibe towards him. You watched the best episode, obv.

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Re: Just Watched
« Reply #1841 on: September 27, 2017, 03:13:41 AM »
star trek: discovery

excluding the folks who cosplay at conventions and collect memorabilia and stuff, i'm as big a star trek fan as you're likely to find, and i was pleasantly surprised.  i hear it's getting mixed reviews, but i think it's a refreshing reboot so far.

my only complaint is the klingons.  they should've gone back to the chinaman-style klingons from tos.
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« Reply #1842 on: September 27, 2017, 01:58:17 PM »
star trek: discovery

excluding the folks who cosplay at conventions and collect memorabilia and stuff, i'm as big a star trek fan as you're likely to find, and i was pleasantly surprised.  i hear it's getting mixed reviews, but i think it's a refreshing reboot so far.

my only complaint is the klingons.  they should've gone back to the chinaman-style klingons from tos.

I like the focus on uniting them and their spiritual heart.  Is it meant to be a reboot?  Are they wiping away the Picard timeline?  I hope not.
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« Reply #1843 on: October 04, 2017, 01:16:49 AM »
I like the focus on uniting them and their spiritual heart.  Is it meant to be a reboot?  Are they wiping away the Picard timeline?  I hope not.

reboot may not be the best word, but they're definitely doing some retconning.  i really don't love what they're doing with the klingons.  it's just super hard for me to imagine these klingons working with star fleet as they'll do in the "future."  worf is basically impossible imo.

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i'm also not totally in love with this whole space-spore-ftl-drive thing.  for one, they already toyed with the insta-travel idea in tng with the iconians.  for another, it feels a little star-wars-ish for me.

but overall i still really dig it.  new star trek makes me happy.
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« Reply #1844 on: October 05, 2017, 08:30:31 AM »
I wa really not expecting to like Discovery, the trailers made it look awful, there has been a tonne of negative press about it, even rumours that it was already 'cancelled' before it was broadcast, but I've enjoyed it so far.

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« Reply #1845 on: October 06, 2017, 07:55:48 PM »
It (Andrés Muschietti, 2017)

I was pretty excited for this, and even with that it blew my expectations out of the water. Weirdly, the movie really isn't that scary, per se (though the atmosphere is amazingly dark and suspenseful), it feels like more of a supernatural thriller. And that's not a bad thing at all. The movie is bizarrely beautiful, the cinematography absolutely stunning and the music lending to the remorselessly twisted menace of its world. I loved it, and Bill Skarsgård was fantastic as Pennywise despite my worries. I'm excited for chapter two.

Also the last movie I expected to make me cry.

A little late to see It, but I pretty much agree with all of this. Though, I also have to add that most of the child actors were pretty fantastic. I felt the friendship and love between the Losers so much, and I think that's very important for this story. Definitely one of my favorite aspects of this adaptation, and I cried as well. Also super excited for chapter two.




It Comes at Night (Trey Edward Shults, 2017)


The Double (Richard Ayoade, 2014)



Been meaning to watch these films, so I shall soon.




Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve)

I will have to write more about this later, but I fuufgkfuduukkking loved this!!! Incredible.






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« Reply #1846 on: October 11, 2017, 03:34:56 AM »
capeshit capeshit I watch nothing but capeshit

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (James Gunn, 2017)

This will probably end up sounding a lot more critical than I mean it to be, so to be clear, this is not a bad movie. It's a fun ride with likable characters and sparkling visuals. But it's definitely a step down from the first one, and I think the main problem is that the sense of irreverence that Gunn brought to the that movie doesn't quite work here. What felt sly and subversive there just feels crude and immature here, like a teenager loudly yelling swear words in public. The heavier subject matter here needed a more sincere approach. This is illustrated best by what I consider to be the single worst joke in the MCU - the random "lol it's David Hasselhoff" gag directly after Ego admits that he murdered Peter's mother. It ruins the weight of the moment, and isn't even funny. A lot of the jokes here stuck out due to their lameness, in fact. There's a lot of lowbrow toilet humor, yelling about "turds," and the "It's not ripe," running gag made me groan with how bad it was. Also, Baby Groot wasn't funny, and came across as a walking toy commercial whenever he was onscreen. Again, the movie is good, but it could have been a lot stronger.

Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)

Yes, it's a good DCEU movie. An astonishing concept. It's a cool setting, Gal Gadot can in fact act, the romance at the center of the film is charming, and it all looks great. I'm in agreement with pretty much everyone else that its biggest flaw is the last-minute arrival of Ares for the tacked-on mandatory DBZ-style boss battle, although this one is at least considerably more restrained and shorter than prior DCEU climaxes.

Baby Driver (Edgar Wright, 2017)

This was disappointing. The action scenes are fantastic, as Wright's always are, the eclectic soundtrack is lively and fun, and the supporting cast are great. But the two leads, along with their relationship, are woefully, fatally dull and bland. I didn't care about either of them. And what's especially sad about that is that at the start of the movie, the protagonist seemed promising. I liked the goofy weirdo who danced through the streets while getting coffee, made mixtapes of random snatches of conversation, and didn't care what insults were hurled his way. Wright should have leaned into his eccentricity more, maybe had that be how he charms his love interest - but instead, that mostly fades away before too long and we're left with a boring guy who doesn't have much to say for himself and constantly wears sunglasses so we can't even see his whole face. Not that Ansel Elgort would have brought a lot of subtle acting to the role had he been free to emote. My impression of him after this movie is that he's a mediocre and distinctly uncharismatic actor.

Another problem is that the last act of the film is far too eventful. The climax goes on for too long. We're led to believe that everything is coming to a head during the final heist - but wait, now there's a tense scene at the diner, this must be it - oh, wait, now we're at the parking garage, time for one more dramatic final battle. It's exhausting from the viewer's perspective. Wright obviously understands the concepts of pacing and narrative momentum, so I don't know what happened. And just to criticize the story itself for a moment, it doesn't ring true to me that Doc helps Baby out at the end because he has a soft spot for people in love, when he literally used Baby's new relationship to coerce him into resuming working for him earlier in the movie. Wright's movies are justifiably acclaimed for their attention to detail, and an oversight like this really sticks out.
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Re: Just Watched
« Reply #1847 on: October 11, 2017, 05:03:55 AM »
Wonder woman.
It's Captain America 1.  Even has a dumbass in a plane he controls sacrafice himself even though he doesn't need to.


I enjoyed it but yeah, totally cap.

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« Reply #1848 on: October 11, 2017, 06:05:56 PM »
Just finished watching the first episode of season 4 of The Flash, its long-awaited return, and holy shit did they continue their train of fuckups.

It started out well, watching the now-Flashless team adjust to life with a few new heroes helming everything was pretty fun. But Goddamn that didn't last long. Right away a fucking robot samurai shows up and is like "gimme flash or i'll kill everyone" and everyone's like "uhh wally go fight him as flash" and Wally gets his ass kicked and the robot samurai is like "you have until nightfall to bring me flash" and then either the middle of the day or the next day they confront him again and Iris gets herself kidnapped because everyone in this show is retarded.

Running parallel to all of that, my roomie and I had a bet going on on at what point during the episode they'd bring back Barry, since we all know they don't have the guts to wait more than one episode. She guessed 20 minutes in, I guessed as a end-of-episode save-the-day-wow thing, and holy shit we were both right. He comes back as a babbling child where it's shown nothing can snap him out of it, then suddenly "iris is kidnapped" and he snaps out of it and is magically normal again. This show sucks.

So, yeah, they keep almost doing something interesting and then dropping it minutes later to get the show back to its status quo. I went in hopeful but came out just making fun of the show again. Oh well.

Oh yeah, and The Master is the villain. Until it turns out he's actually Cisco from the future and also he's a speedster now, I'm sure.
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