What have you been watching lately

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The Crown

Interesting, not sure about the accuracy but it certainly removes the attraction of living like a modern Royal. Charles comes across as a weak guy but basically good. Certainly worth a watch.
In series 3:
Helena Bonham Carter is Princess Margaret -- always amusing
Tobias Menzies is Prince Philip (GOT, Rome)
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I keep trying to watch it. Inevitably, 15 minutes in I fall asleep.
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Dracula. Season 1. Netflix.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9139220/

https://i.imgur.com/mxwv20e.jpg

It captured me in the first five minutes. We'll see how it goes.
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Rob Lister wrote: Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:28 pm Dracula. Season 1. Netflix.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9139220/

https://i.imgur.com/mxwv20e.jpg

It captured me in the first five minutes. We'll see how it goes.
Was going to give that a try tonight.

Just finished the second season of Lost in Space, I am surprised to find that I like it FAR more than I expected to.
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Rob Lister wrote: Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:28 pm Dracula. Season 1. Netflix.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9139220/

https://i.imgur.com/mxwv20e.jpg

It captured me in the first five minutes. We'll see how it goes.
90 minute episodes. Only 3 per season. I'm about to start E3 now. Fucking addicting. So worth the watch.
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Any of you lot ever see Louis Jourdan in Dracula
google google
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Count_Dracula_(1977_film)

Thing is that I vividly recall Jourdan having this look of world weariness. Superb portrayal. I'd love to see it again.
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Stupid dupe
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Just downloaded it. A guilty pleasure.
Spoiler:
Arrrrrr
https://external-content.duckduckgo.com ... f=1&nofb=1
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Rob Lister wrote: Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:02 pm
Rob Lister wrote: Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:28 pm Dracula. Season 1. Netflix.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9139220/

https://i.imgur.com/mxwv20e.jpg

It captured me in the first five minutes. We'll see how it goes.
90 minute episodes. Only 3 per season. I'm about to start E3 now. Fucking addicting. So worth the watch.
Finished. No season 2 necessary. Perfectly done.
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Watching Messiah now. 30 minutes in and I'm still attentive and not napping. So it is at least that good ... which is pretty fucking good. But I am posting about it, so ...
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Rob Lister wrote: Mon Jan 06, 2020 8:12 pm
Rob Lister wrote: Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:02 pm
Rob Lister wrote: Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:28 pm Dracula. Season 1. Netflix.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9139220/

https://i.imgur.com/mxwv20e.jpg

It captured me in the first five minutes. We'll see how it goes.
90 minute episodes. Only 3 per season. I'm about to start E3 now. Fucking addicting. So worth the watch.
Finished. No season 2 necessary. Perfectly done.
I was going to see it until I read a review online that said episodes 1 and 2 were great but episode 3 was a mess that tarnished the whole. Did you like all the episodes?
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I liked them all. I thought E3 was, if not perfect, a good completion. I might watch them all again.
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Episode 5.

I really tried. Not a fan. The writing is good. The acting is good. Synopsis: it's all our fault, where "it's" means everything. Ordinarily, I'm cool with that; I'm just very used to it. But the justification just ain't there. I

t remains a good 'I'm so fucking bored I'll watch anything' kind of series.

So there you go.
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Why would anyone be surprised that Dracula would suck?

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Doctor X wrote: Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:40 am Why would anyone be surprised that Dracula would suck?

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No, Dracula was great. That post was about Messiah ... I think.
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Started watching Dracula.

Meh.

Too many liberties with the story which did not need "fixing" from latte drinking elites in LA.
Spoiler:
The "updating" by having D. speak in some made up patois with arch familiarity was jarring. That stupid nun questioning Harker was absurd. The plot line of Harker being dead was unnecessary.

So, I suspect that the Nun will emerge as this "strong, oppressed female" character who is critical to the successful ending of the story. All completely made up and injected as PC bullshit.

Did not see Renfield. Is he even in the story or did they turn him into a wise cracking black dude from the hood?
They should be ashamed, but they are not.
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Rob Lister wrote: Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:01 pm Watching Messiah now. 30 minutes in and I'm still attentive and not napping. So it is at least that good ... which is pretty fucking good. But I am posting about it, so ...
I like it. Modern day take on Jeebus. Dude barely does or says anything while everyone around him loses their shit.

Except the trailer hinted that he might be a fraud. There are subtle hints throughout. I just finished episode four and the dropped the first major hint.
Spoiler:
What kind of Jeebus does coin tricks to amuse children? A false profit devil Jeebus. That's what.!
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Anyone not watching Mr. Robot really should consider it. I like each season so far, and I feel like it's just getting better. Halfway through season 4.
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James Randi did a cameo in Messiah. Wasn't expecting that.

Also interesting that this TV show takes place I. An alternate reality where Mitt Romney is president.
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Just started Lincoln Rhyme: The Hunt For The Bone Collector. It is based on the Lincoln Rhyme novels by Jeffery Deaver.

I am disappoint. It took a fascinating series of novels full of twists and turned it into a standard issue cop drama. I'll give it a couple more episodes, but I am not impressed so far.

The first bad sign was that the first time you see Rhyme in the series (except for a bit of a prologue three years before the rest of the series), you see him playing a video game. Lincoln Rhyme would never deign to play a video game. He is a bit of a snob and would consider it frivolous.
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Watching Lost In Space on Netflix. Hands down the best science fiction I've ever watched.
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Pyrrho wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:54 pm Watching Lost In Space on Netflix. Hands down the best science fiction I've ever watched.
The Matt Leblanc movie?
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Giz wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:56 pm
Pyrrho wrote: Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:54 pm Watching Lost In Space on Netflix. Hands down the best science fiction I've ever watched.
The Matt Leblanc movie?
:cowbell:
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Started the Witcher. On ep 4 or 5.

Took an episode to get into the world (looks like Medaeival Europe, but folks look and talk more like 21st century California).

I like it better than game of thrones (though for me GoT suffered from early seasons comparing unfavorably to my mental image of the book scenes and late seasons comparing unfavorably to low grade fanfics ).

Note: I’m not saying it’s art. But it’s entertaining.

Now I’m almost done with Assassins Creed odyssey, I may have to boot up Witcher 3 sometime.
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Now watching Star Trek: Picard. I will stipulate to the gratuitous long "dolly" shots and space hardware, etc. Also will stipulate to the hand-held camera angles and whatnot.

Story is moving slowly. Classic "twist" that isn't really a "twist" trope structure. I am bored.
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One scene in The Messiah that I thoroughly enjoyed...
Spoiler:
Farmer and his boy are yelling for help. Their dog is trapped under some rubble after a tornado. He's apparently mortally wounded.

Jesus arrives. Yay! Can you help him Jesus?

Jesus gently takes the gun from dad, aims it like a goddamned professional soldier, and shoots the dog. "There, he's not suffering anymore." Jesus hands the gun back and strolls away like a badass.

:guitar: :guitar: :guitar: :guitar:

Would only have been better if he had looked back and said something, like "next time, don't be such a puss."
And one that I didn't...
Spoiler:
Last scene of the season. A shepherd (of course) happens upon a field of flowers in the desert. Within the field is the wreckage of a plane crash. He witnesses Jesus raising his kidnappers (a rogue Israeli assassin and his cronies) from the dead.

I get the purpose. This is supposed to make it absolutely clear, despite all the previous seeds of doubt, that Jesus is for real, not just a really clever fraud.

But the field of flowers is a bit much. :|
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Giz wrote: Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:16 pm Started the Witcher. On ep 4 or 5.

Took an episode to get into the world (looks like Medaeival Europe, but folks look and talk more like 21st century California).

I like it better than game of thrones (though for me GoT suffered from early seasons comparing unfavorably to my mental image of the book scenes and late seasons comparing unfavorably to low grade fanfics ).

Note: I’m not saying it’s art. But it’s entertaining.

Now I’m almost done with Assassins Creed odyssey, I may have to boot up Witcher 3 sometime.
Finished the season, liked it more and more as it went on.
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Pyrrho wrote: Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:42 pm Now watching Star Trek: Picard. I will stipulate to the gratuitous long "dolly" shots and space hardware, etc. Also will stipulate to the hand-held camera angles and whatnot.

Story is moving slowly. Classic "twist" that isn't really a "twist" trope structure. I am bored.
I've been watching too. The main knock on it so far seems to be 'slow moving' and I agree. The combat scenes also seemed unrealistic but I suppose that's par for the course. How come trained assassins with the element of surprise on their side as well as deadly weapons and superior numbers are so reliably inept? :roll: No match for "Plot Armor" I suppose. Their combat skills suffer from the Stormtrooper Effect.

Nevertheless, I'll stick with it for at least a little longer to see whether it finds its feet.
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When you read the Bible sections on Jesus, he sounds all sagely and wise, but when you watch an actor talk like him, he really comes off like a modern hipster douche.

Imagine Jesus ordering at Starbucks.....

Hey, what can I get you?
I want what God wants.

Oh....right. He came before you. Asked for sacrificial goat's blood and unlevened bread, so I gave him a raspberry hibiscus tea and a plain biscotti. Close enough, I guess. He didn't smite me. Anything else?
Follow me and I can make you a fisher of men.

No thanks. I'm straight, and besides I'm working a double shift. How about a smoked salmon sandwich? Oh, what name should I put on your cup?
I am the messenger. I am he who lights the way.

Right. I'll just put hipster douchebag. That will be 10.75........or gram of francinsence works too.....will have to look up the exchange rate on that.


Hey, wait. You paid for one smoked salmon and one biscotti. How did you end up with a basket if each? In fact, where did you get those baskets?

Behold, the Lord shall provide.

Wait, I need to ask my manager. I think you're supposed to pay for those. Hey! Wait! Don't walk out of here! I'll......I'll notify the Roman guards!

Let Caesar have what is his.

Damn it, Jesus!! You ought to damn well be crucified! :x :x
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New season of Better Call Saul. :hooray:
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The Trust with Nick Cage and Elijah Wood.

Nick Cage has never turned down a movie deal. I got him for my kid's 12th birthday, in s clown suit. $17.35 + cake.

This is another one.

First scene: topless chick riding Wood (ha). When a movie tosses in tits for absolutely no reason your crap-o sensors should be on High. It is done so that, subconsciously, you are waiting for the next "showing" so you don't walk out of the theater.

Seriously. You have two no-shit professional actors. You may pooh-pooh them and get all auteur like and criticize LOTR or any one of the thousands of Cage films but the fact remains that these guys can deliver a line. They are actors. They really deserve a cogent script. If nothing else, it is a question of manners. What you don't do is have them deliver a reasonable performance and then have the damn movie augur into a vortex of incoherence.

Three of us watched this thing last night. When it ended I issued my review: "What the fuck was that? It sucked!". A sentiment echoed by my irritated co-watchers. Unanimous. No demur.

I do understand that Nick Cage is only in it for the money but even he should have put up a restraining hand and said "WTF, guys. Can't you refrain from the blow for 15 minutes and give us an ending that is not insulting to all concerned?

I really don't get it. You have two competent actors, a budget > $0, locations, a supporting cast and you can't cobble something that is film school level quality out of that? Didn't the actors note that the thing went off the rails in the final 20 minutes? Did they say anything? That leads me to suspect that the thing got fucked up in editing.

I really don't want to give a precis of the whole thing so I will briefly review the problem.
Wood (ha) and Cage are cops. Cage finds a vault in an apartment building (?) that he thinks contains mucho denaro. Thet determine that going in from the apartment above is the way to go. They go into the apartment and knock off a guy and tie up a chick that is there.

Issues to date:
1-WTF is a vault with 36"(!!) steel reinforced walls doing in an apartment?? Really? That is the best place for it? Stupid.
2-They kill some stranger in the apartment without so much as a fare thee well. Really?
3- Earlier Cage gratuitously knocks off some guy he buys some guns from. Sure, it is "shocking" but why? Made zero sense.

They drill down from above to stick a proctoscope into the innards of the vault to see the tumblers so that, below, Frodo can work the combination lock. Seems if you make a mistake the thing locks up and won't let you in for days or something. Which leads us to:

4- given that this thing cost a million dollars to make (the vault that is) wouldn't they have used a lock that was a bit less steam punk? Biometrics or at least a keypad???? Stupid.
5- the detritus from drilling down for proctoscope access is on the floor fully three feet BEHIND the door. :D

OK, onward.
In the vault they find diamonds. Many, many diamonds. They go back upstairs and somehow find a secret room with guns(!). Lots of guns. Not Florida level quantities but still LOTS. The chick whines about having to call her kid's father. Frodo lets her (<------Plot point).

Seeing the guns and the diamonds, Frodo get cold feet (which, given the hairy nature of hobbit feet suggests some really cold weather). Whereupon he kills (!) Nick and returns the Diamonds to the vault (!!) binds up the chick and puts her in the back of his van in order to deposit her someplace or other (!!!).

Whilst driving a another van pulls ahead of him, the back opens and some unidentified agent of Mordor shoots him thru the head.

The movie ends with a scene of their drilling crap being put in a police warehouse.

The end

So the chick, evidentially, is in on the diamond storage and is "security" I guess. She calls and, using a special chick-code, tell her employers that the game is afoot. They show up and wait till Frodo is driving at 80 MPH in order to shoot him rather than simply bopping him on the head when he comes out of the apartment with the chick (who, for reasons known best to God, had a bag over her head when he dragged her out).

It made no sense. Stupid.
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Spenser Confidential. A really shitty adaption of the same novels that formed the basis for Spenser for Hire.

Mark Wahlberg is no Robert Urich and Generic Black Guy (Winston Duke, according to Wikipedia) isn't worthy to lick Avery Brooks' shoes.

On the other hand the TV version of What We Do In The Shadows may actually be funnier than the original movie. And I am not saying that because the original was unfunny, I am saying that because What We Do In The Shadows is legitimately even funnier. I haven't laughed so hard in years.
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Nyarlathotep wrote: Sun Mar 08, 2020 8:55 pm Spenser Confidential. A really shitty adaption of the same novels that formed the basis for Spenser for Hire.

Mark Wahlberg is no Robert Urich and Generic Black Guy (Winston Duke, according to Wikipedia) isn't worthy to lick Avery Brooks' shoes.

On the other hand the TV version of What We Do In The Shadows may actually be funnier than the original movie. And I am not saying that because the original was unfunny, I am saying that because What We Do In The Shadows is legitimately even funnier. I haven't laughed so hard in years.
+1 on the Whalberg thing. Also, did you notice that the music track was so high that you couldn't always hear the dialog. Mabe that was a mercy.

Also

+1 on What we do in the Shadows. Very witty

Try Hoff the Record. A pseudo biopic about David Hasselhoff. Never saw Baywatch, never say Knight Rider. There are some genuinely laugh out loud moments. Episode 1 is weak. Be patient.
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Saw a horror flick yesterday. Girl on the Third Floor.

Weak, stupid. Only horror was the movie itself.
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ed wrote: Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:05 pm Saw a horror flick yesterday. Girl on the Third Floor.

Weak, stupid. Only horror was the movie itself.

I could rant for a very long time (and have, at my blog) on what is wrong with modern horror. And that movie is a prime example of just about all of it.
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ed wrote: Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:05 pm Saw a horror flick yesterday. Girl on the Third Floor.

Weak, stupid. Only horror was the movie itself.
That one was truly terrible. Nothing redeeming whatsoever. They didn't even try.
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The Platform.

Gruesome at times, and some parts didn't quite make sense, but overall, a good socio-economic-political metaphorical commentary on the existential human condition in today's world. And it had boobs, which is always nice.
Spoiler:
Some political statements were more than a bit obvious, like when the black guy asked for help, and "those above" threw him a rope, then literally shit in his face when he was almost to their level, then he whined like a bitch.

The gassing and re-distribution part was more than a bit hard to digest. There are 333 floors and apparently, no one survives below 250, so what's the point of those floors. Apparently the redistribution is random, so with each role of the dice, you have about a 1 in 3 chance of being totally fucked, which is terrible odds.

So the jailers must know that they will be cleaning up 100 rooms if massacre every month. How does that work. Where did they find the child for the 333 floor? How did she survive there at all? What the fuck was up with the food preparers? What have they been told about their customers? What about the people who clean the table when its sent back up? There must be all sorts of horrors to clean up every day. I know the logistics aren't the point, but for this imaginary world, there are way too many, so it's too distracting.

Did no one think to bring a gun as their one item? Taser? Blowtorch? Cannon? Sword? Why not if knives are ok?

Loved the gentleman cannibal. He looked familiar...was he the oompah-loompah in that horrible Johnny Depp remake of willy wonka?
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Since it is still 2019 . . . enjoyed Mindhunter.

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His name is Robert Paulson.
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Doctor X wrote: Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:46 am Since it is still 2019 . . . enjoyed Mindhunter.

– J.D.
I'm trying to get into it, but I'm halfway through episode 2 and bored out of my mind. Does it start getting good soon?