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  1. Watcha Watching? Tell me everything.

    Finished Gomorrah. Fantastic show. Great character arcs, betrayals, deaths along with Machiavellian politics and plot twists sprinkled throughout with violence. Be warned, this is mostly heavy stuff and there is little humor. It's pretty much an entire season of a bloody mob war. Highly recommended if you're into crime dramas / series. Yeah I wanted to root for Ciro up until that point but, alas, no more..
  2. Iron Fist [SPOILERS - after page 3]

    Amazing -- went back to rewatch the scene. I did fall asleep during that part. It's really bad. Like children wrote the dialogue and did the acting.
  3. Watcha Watching? Tell me everything.

    I'm halfway through the first season of Gomorrah and really enjoying this. It's more like the Wire than the Sopranos -- more serious, a focus on the drug trade and a background of poverty, no quirky characters and not as much humor. Some of the slums of Naples actually look like something I'd expect from a poorer South or Central American country. Also, don't want to spoil it, but I just watched an episode where one of the less interesting characters took a pretty awesome turn in his character arc. ETA: aaaaand Ciro goes straight Chris Partlow.
  4. Iron Fist [SPOILERS - after page 3]

    I made my thoughts known in the watch, watched, watching thread.. and they seem to be in-line with most other people's thoughts. Short story: I didn't like it and found it mostly unmemorable, gave it a 1 star rating in Netflix and wish I could get back the weekend time I spent watching it. It will take heavy convincing and a lot of free time to get me to watch a second season. That said, what is the spider woman scene everyone is talking about? Did I sleep through that part?
  5. Watcha Watching? Tell me everything.

    So I was just notified that 'What We Do in the Shadows' is on Amazon Prime. How long has this been on there? I always end up gravitating to Netflix for my shows..
  6. Watcha Watching? Tell me everything.

    Almost done with Iron Fist. I don't know why I'm still watching it. It's on par with Luke Cage but with less memorable moments and no interesting villain like Cottonmouth. The writing and dialogue is so cheesy and the acting in the romance scenes is really cringeworthy (and Finn Jones is just bad all around). The fight scenes are few and not very interesting compared to the grittiness of Daredevil or the graphic violence and tension in Jessica Jones. This is real B production stuff... like the makers of CSI or the CW network put this show together for an audience of 10 year olds. I'm wondering if Netflix is trying to take on so much original content that the overall quality of their more successful franchises is falling short here. The one bright side is, I really did like the actor that played Ward (also the ex Neo-nazi from Banshee). He did a fine job out of all of the characters. Going to go back to season 1 of Gomorrah. Good stuff.
  7. Oooh boy. They must have just put that up because I would've noticed that. The movie's been on my Saved list for some time now and I've just been waiting for the right time for it. Anyone know if there's any preference in watching the movie or the TV show first?
  8. Altered Carbon has to be the best debut sci-fi novel in the last 20 years in my opinion and I definitely welcome argument to this. I'd also recommend Woken Furies but that's the limit of Morgan's work that I've enjoyed thus far. I wasn't enamored too much with Leviathan Wakes either. Reading it felt like a youth sci-fi novel -- and I don't mean that in a way to begrudge the authors. I just felt like it was a first time effort--entertaining and worthy of continued effort but not acclaim. Altered Carbon is a completely different beast as I recall. Rich in detail, Morgan drops you into his world (like GRRM) and it's up to you to keep up with the universe and events.
  9. I re-watched the 2010 version of True Grit by the Coens Brothers. I really love this movie. The dialogue and characters (especially Barry pepper playing Ned Pepper) are top notch and it's just a beautiful western all around.
  10. Fargo 3: not until 2017

    Cannot wait. For some reason it feels like S2 didn't end until a short time ago.. probably a testament to lots of good TV pre-occupying me in the meantime.
  11. I marathoned the entire first season of Sneaky Pete in the last couple of days. Thoroughly enjoyable. It's basically the plot, premise and characters of Banshee (complete with a Native American ganglord named Chayton) crossed with Ocean's 11. I found the editing and scene cuts in the earlier episodes very distracting and annoying but didn't notice it later on. Also thought the ending was a bit too campy and feel good. Ribisi and Cranston had good performances. Definitely looking forward to the 2nd season.
  12. I watched the pilot of the Young Pope on HBO. The first episode didn't really grab me. It felt like someone wanted to recreate Game of Thrones in the Vatican but with a much smaller scale and with Tony Soprano like dream sequences. That might be an unfair viewing of it for only 1 episode but it didn't capture me at all like Westworld or True Detective's pilots did.
  13. I'm not a big fan of horror movies so I read the plot and the end twist. That twist actually made me want to watch the movie but I don't think I will (haven't even seen Star Wars yet).
  14. I don't know... I really wanted it to be great but it definitely fell short for me. Not quite disappointment but not satisfaction either. If you take out the 3rd act, this movie definitely becomes unsatisfactory / flat out disappointing. I watched it after seeing Prisoners, which I loved and couldn't believe didn't get more hype. They maintained the twists, character performances and tension and then paid off by closing it all out right up until they cut to black. Sicario didn't do that for me and the key was Emily Blunt's character imo (from a writing perspective, not performance).
  15. Think I'm going to put this on my list. I haven't really given any of the Amazon originals (outside of Red Oaks) a chance and I'm curious. Yeah definitely lacked a punch and I really think they should have done something with Emily Blunt's character. In my mind it had a lot of potential to be a great movie but just missed that... something. Been watching the Get Down on Netflix for reasons I don't know. Has my interest for now but sometimes it feels like a teen/kids show but with a lot of unnecessary F words and adult themes in there. Maybe I'm turning into a crotchety old man.