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11 minutes ago, Dre801 said:

Loved that show for the first three or four seasons.

I find that to be true of most supernatural/fantasy shows that don't really have an ending in mind when they start (I know True Blood is loosely based on a novel). It's like they only have maybe 3 or 4 seasons mapped out and don't really know what the hell they're going to do after that because who knows if the show will even be on the air anymore.

 

Supernatural? Pretty good for the first 3 or 4 seasons, then they had to keep raising the stakes and it got dumb.

Grimm? Pretty good for the first ~3 seasons, then they had to keep raising the stakes and it got dumb.

Lost? I'm pretty sure they never had any fucking clue what they were doing.

 

Unlike shows like CSI or whatever that can just keep going for centuries, shows that have fantasy elements kind of have to keep expanding the world and introducing new things or else it just turns into another procedural or soap opera, so it either jumps the shark or gets boring. That's why I liked Fringe so much. Just as it was starting to get stale, they were like "alright, we only get one more season, fuck it" and went completely off the deep end. But in a good way.

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Beeper: 7/10 - Remember pagers? This movie certainly does. The film takes place in India. A wealthy doctor's son is kidnapped and the police can't be trusted to help because they are so incompetent so the doctor decides to do whatever the kidnapper asks by following instructions on a pager. While certainly not the most high budget movie it is engaging. It's a good mix of a tense thriller with a deeper conspiracy afoot and dare I say another car chase? If you ever wondered what Joey Lauren Adams was doing post Chasing Amy well here you go! The film was directed by Jack Scholder who also directed the two previous movies I watched (Arachnid and Renegades) and of those three this probably had arguably the biggest star power and budget.

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Money Heist - seasons 1 - 5

 

We started watching this show over a year ago thinking it was a one season and done series and unfortunately it is not, so we hate fucked our way through each increasingly absurd turn and character moment. 

 

3/10

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The Silent Sea: 8/10 - It feels like it's hard to make a sci-fi movie/show these days without being super derivative. I think this show is able to break the mold while treading familiar territory. The majority of the show takes place on the moon. A research station was built there but closed down / abandoned after an accident. The earth is fucked and some scientists are sent to go back to the moon to retrieve whatever was being worked on there. Upon arrival not everything is what they are lead to believe.


The show certainly borrows a lot of elements you've seen before. Running out of oxygen, desolation space station, perhaps something lurking about, but they add this on to the big twist and it all works together pretty well. The show is super engaging, unraveling the mystery bit by bit each episode. Already mentioned in the other thread but the cast is actually a pretty big deal. Pretty good budget on this, the sets and special effects are top notch (judging by the credits a lot of people worked on them too) At only 8 episodes it is short but sweet.

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5 hours ago, Keyser_Soze said:

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The Silent Sea: 8/10 - It feels like it's hard to make a sci-fi movie/show these days without being super derivative. I think this show is able to break the mold while treading familiar territory. The majority of the show takes place on the moon. A research station was built there but closed down / abandoned after an accident. The earth is fucked and some scientists are sent to go back to the moon to retrieve whatever was being worked on there. Upon arrival not everything is what they are lead to believe.


The show certainly borrows a lot of elements you've seen before. Running out of oxygen, desolation space station, perhaps something lurking about, but they add this on to the big twist and it all works together pretty well. The show is super engaging, unraveling the mystery bit by bit each episode. Already mentioned in the other thread but the cast is actually a pretty big deal. Pretty good budget on this, the sets and special effects are top notch (judging by the credits a lot of people worked on them too) At only 8 episodes it is short but sweet.

Do they leave it open for a second season or is it just one-and-done?

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9 minutes ago, Fizzzzle said:

Do they leave it open for a second season or is it just one-and-done?

 

Will it influence your decision to watch?

 

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I would say the show leans mostly conclusive and has a satisfying ending. One could argue there could be an opening for a second season and more to tell but it wouldn't be anything like this show is currently.

 

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On 12/31/2021 at 9:38 PM, Keyser_Soze said:

My mom likes that show.

 

If you're talking about EMILY in PARIS it got very interesting season 2. I'm actually enjoying it and the main character is actually pretty damn talented taking on all this nonsense thrown at her. 

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Matrix 4 - 8/10... I thought that it was a wonderful addition to the series. It's incredibly different than It's predecessors, but it would've been pointless if that weren't the case. 

 

 

Anon - It's a 5/10 movie that works for me for some reason. It's not good but I enjoyed it. 

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The Beatles: Get Back - I've never felt so compelled to tell someone to go fuck themselves and applaud them simultaneously. The extent of the image "restoration" is a travesty, most evident in every close-up (WHERE'S THE DETAIL, PETER?!), and though it's obvious that syncing every bit of footage (when there even is footage to sync to audio) was a herculean task and some conversations are composed more for the feel than the actual footage captured for that moment of dialogue, I frequently questioned some of the editing decisions (particularly during performances.) HOWEVER, the actual content and arrangement of it all is a glory to behold. Seeing the creative process brought to screen in such a compelling and entertaining manner is a wondrous feat. Not even the biggest Beatles fan, just gotta respect the biggest band in the world coming together to bang out an album, with all the highs and lows that entails.

Benedetta - Paul's still got it. Some plot points in the third act are ridiculously timely.

West Side Story - Ages since I've seen the original, so comparison is impossible. But very impressive and handsome.

Drive My Car - Happy to be on the Hamaguchi train finally, this was great. Planning to see it again before it leaves theaters because it was a lot to take in and it got my mind racing in a way a film hasn't in some time. 

Asako I & II - He's really got a thing for extended discrete prologues that set the stage. Mostly concerns itself with a relationship slowly forming, then the third act kicks things into gear and recontextualizes everything that precedes it in an interesting way.

Red Rocket - Scummy fun.

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy - Keeping the Hamaguchi love going, another fantastic offering. Three wonderful stories in one package. His Rohmer aspirations are incredibly well realized. 

Dave Chappelle's Block Party - Dave says at one point this is the concert he's always wanted to see, and he completely had me from the opening "announcement" of the talent on display. But beyond that, the film never loses momentum in its diversions to the lead-up to the concert, from walking the streets of Dayton to bussing everyone in to establishing contact with the neighboring buildings for filming permissions and all the people that are met and involved on the way. Pure delight.

Streets of Fire - My mother failed to introduce this to me as a boy and for that, I will never forgive her. I was pretty sure I would love this from the opening title ("A Rock and Roll Fable"), and positive once the first scene was over. Wild ride, great shit, immediate purchase.

Cluny Brown - Other than an early scene where Boyer seems to be trying to get Cluny drunk for questionable reasons, this is pretty delightful. The Lubitsch Touch is not in full effect, but this was in his later ailing years and even a mild one from him still soothes the soul.

Millennium Actress - My third from Kon, and I dig the way he comes up with these scenarios to enable him to cut between space, time, era with ease. Not as compelling as Paprika or Perfect Blue (her entire life spent yearning for this mystery man?), but again, the formal excellence makes up for narrative disinterest.

To Sleep with Anger - Burnett is such an interesting figure in American cinema. My mind kept trying to pigeonhole Harry as an antagonist but the film constantly battles against such a simplistic framing.

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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid - It, like all great westerns, is about the closing of the west. And by casting and proceeding to kill of a cast of B-list western stars, it's as if Peckinpah is closing the genre as well. Garrett is an interesting and reluctant protagonist. Kristofferson has never been better. And the soundtrack (Bob Dylan) is appropriately elegiac.

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On 12/29/2021 at 10:09 PM, Fizzzzle said:

True Blood (season 1)

 

It's pulpy garbage yet I can't help but keep watching

It's pulpy garbage fine-tuned to perfection though, that's what makes it so damn good. First few seasons are so much fun. 

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I watched so many damn movies over the holiday break, I can't even remember them all. I spent New Year's Day binging Horror flicks on Shudder. 

 

One of the bigger disappointments was O Brother, Where Art Thou surprisingly. I tend to really love Coen Bros movies but this one didn't really do it for me at all. It had some cool scenes but overall it left me cold and something about Clooney's performance in this consistently annoyed me. 

 

Also watched the second Matrix movie for the first time and didn't like it at all either. I had just revisited the first one and liked that one even more than I remembered, great fucking movie. 

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1 hour ago, Bloodporne said:

One of the bigger disappointments was O Brother, Where Art Thou surprisingly. I tend to really love Coen Bros movies but this one didn't really do it for me at all. It had some cool scenes but overall it left me cold and something about Clooney's performance in this consistently annoyed me. 

You are dead to me

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Batman: Soul of the Dragon.  It was OK.    Not one of my faves of the DCEU animated films.  It was a marriage of Batman and a 70's martial arts film.  Plenty of Bruce Wayne(in name only though) sparse actual Batman.  Truth be told, if you subtracted Batman from the film, you'd lose nothing; it's as if they needed Batman's name to sell this one.

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Rottweiler: 5/10 - Rottweiler is a 2004 film from Brian Yuzna director of previous films I have seen Faust and Beneath Still Waters, probably most famous for producing Re-Animator. Also of note, another Fantastic Factory (or Filmax) produced joint.


Now before we get into the nitty gritty of this review I watched this with my mom. It was (is) her birthday and I said, "Hey I have this movie called Rottweiler here do you want to see it?" and she said yes. Now, would I suggest you actually watch this with your mother? Well, I would say it's got a lot of material (violence, sex, uh man ass?) that maybe you wouldn't want to be in the same room as your mother watching. But beyond that, maybe I would suggest no one watches this because it's really not that great.

 

So Rottweiler is kind of a mess of a film. You would probably guess from the cover that it is about a rottweiler and maybe the dog is a robot too (?) but really it's more about this guy named Dante on his quest to find the woman he loves, Ula. The film begins with some prisoners being put on to a truck. One of them gets bitten by a scorpion (pay attention because this scorpion has a reoccurring role) and Dante and this other guy manage to run away (they are chained together by the ankle) but in the forest they run into this Rottweiler, which s like kinda like a guard dog for the prisoners I suppose, but this one just kills the guy and tears off his arm so Dante can get away.

 

Later it is revealed that Dante came to Spain illegally on a boat with Ula, some girl he says he loves and would die for. But they are doing it as part of a game they call Infiltration, but get caught by a prison warden and so most of the movies are scenes that feel kind of random. He runs into these dudes from a camp and has some food and weed. Later he visits this woman who takes him to a room and forces him to have sex with him (for no reason really) and then there is a run up to the end, while being chased by this dog. The movie gives no indication that this dog is a robot (until the very end - wow spoilers, but not really look at the movie poster) It's just kind of a dog with some ugly scars and metal teeth. In any case the movie is a mess, the focus is on the dude not the dog and the dude' story is just really silly.

 

Also, unfortunately my mom tried to derive some sort of meaning out of the movie by looking up plot synopses making the presentation of the movie even worse (supposedly it took place the future of 2018 among other things) Also there is a girl with the mom who fucks Dante and my mom said she looks like the girl from Little House on the Prairie and I said it was her for lulz. Which prompted my mom to look up the actress and guess what, they weren't the same! :o 

 

In the end I'm under the impression that Brian Yuzna doesn't direct very good movies. If you want to watch the superior filmax movies check out the ones directed by Jaume Balagueró or Jack Sholder.

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Hawkeye 4.25/5

 

Never gave it a score and thought I should now. Like what @elbobosaid, it didn’t take itself too seriously but serious enough at the same time. Best way to describe the series? It was like watching a combo of Home Alone 2 meeting Die Hard. You know, have some laughs, trick arrows, and shoot off a ton of guns/arrows. It worked and a now a new Xmas classic to watch before the holidays 

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Serial Experiments Lain: 7/10

 

This one is another "classic" that I hadn't gotten around to seeing until now. I actually had a DVD of this back in the day, this came out in 1998 back when you had to buy like 6 different DVDs to see the whole series. In any case I think I only maybe watched one episode back then. This was re-released in 2012 in a blu-ray set (Hell it doesn't feel like this happened 9 years ago shiet). There is a small booklet, supposedly commentary, but most of it seem to outline production related stuff related to the restoration which seems like they began doing in 2009. It also sounds like this was on film because they talk about a lot of negative cuttings and this and that. In any case the three years of work paid off because this thing looks crispy.

 

Now I've mentioned previously that the opening of your anime can bake or break it (Look at Arcane at an example of what not to do) and I feel time has been kind to this one. What perplexed me is it said that BOA did the intro song, but it sounded so unlike BoA that I was perplexed. Did she sound like this back in the day? Turns out there is an English band called BOA and they did the song in the intro. (Check spoilers below) I think the song is actually very fitting and evocative of the time it was released. It feels very '90s which sort of matches a lot of the aesthetic of the show, lots of that cathode glow and the hum of power lines throughout.

 

Spoiler

 

 

As for the show very strange. I'm actually somewhat glad I watched till I was older to watch it, perhaps I wouldn't be able to fully appreciate it back in the day. I think the idea of the show is ahead of it's time, coming out before The Matrix even. The idea is that we all live in the real world, but there is a separate world called "the wired" which is basically the internet. In the physical world you need a body but if you leave your body behind you can live in the wired. So a lot of the show is the mystery connection between Lain and The Wired and the people who are trying to run The Wired, and stuff like that. It's actually quite hard to parse going through it one time, and I wouldn't be opposed to watching it a second time to really pick it apart, but that part will not be today.


Another thing that adds to the strangeness (other than the idea and story of the show) is the artwork. The characters look weird. It made me think of like a less bizarre Aeon Flux in a way. Not to mention the shadows have this weird blood splatter look to them. In any case it certainly looks unique and still looks unique today. Overall a solid show and interesting concept that keeps you engaged. But as I said, something you may need to see twice to get the whole picture.

 

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The Nun (2005): 6/10 - So I thought I was done with these Filmax / Fantastic Factory movies. Turns out there are some left in the queue. The Nun is a 2005 movie directed by Luis de la Madrid and produced by Brian Yuzna (yet again). Right up front I'm going to say there is something unfortunate about this DVD release. The audio mix isn't great, the dialogue is way down and everything else is way up. For some dumb reason it only has SPANISH language subtitles. Since it was produced in Spain some of the actor's Spanish accents, while speaking English, are hard to parse. But I suppose releasing a movie in English rather than Spanish opens it up to a wider audience.

 

So The Nun begins showing a Nun choking one of her students in a classroom. Then we fast forward x number of years and that girl, now a woman, wakes from a nightmare and is later killed by a nun, but the nun is like a water ghost. (One could only imagine why the nun is made of water 🤔 ) and so that woman's daughter sees the water nun and goes on a journey to discover this nun, and why she's killing all her mother's classmates. On a separate note I'd like to point out there is handicapped woman who uses a cane but she's got really big boobs. Quite remarkable to tell you the truth. But if you google her name (Oriana Bonet) you'll find a wikifeet entry because for some reason she's trimming her nails and there is a close up of her trimming her toenails. 🤮

 

I would also like to point out another very meta moment. Spoilers, the girl and her friend get on a plane to Spain (originally the movie is in Brooklyn) and they are watching a movie on a plane, and the movie is a Brian Yuzna movie. This is most likely a nice tribute to him but it got me thinking. Are Brian Yuzna movies actually really good plane movies? 🤔 @Fizzzzle

 

As for the rest of the movie I thought the water special effects were pretty good for the era, certainly better than some of the CG in other Filmax movies. The story ends up making sense but not making sense at the same time. Like it's really obvious what's going on but the exposition at the end that explains it all makes the conclusion feel somewhat odd. Overall I think The Nun was alright, better than the bad Filmax movies and it will keep your attention one way or another.

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Matrix Resurrection

 

No clue how to rate this, like every compliant I have is almost an intentional meta in joke by the creators. The scene with the Merovingan though was actively awful and I will not be told otherwise. There is some good stuff in here too but it is definitely is a movie that didn't need to exist. 

 

5.5/10

 

 

Ghostbusters Afterlife

 

A few too many member berries but overall a good use of nostalgia combined with new stuff. I have a soft spot for movies with a coming of age cast, might be from growing up in the 80s when these type of movies were at their peak but I will always give them the benefit of the doubt.

 

8/10

 

 

 

Silent Sea

 

Good production values but a silly plot and cardboard cutout characters.

 

4/10

 

 

 

The Expanse season 6

 

Short but good end to series if this really is the end.

 

8.5/10

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