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  1. “You didn’t mention in your tinder profile that you’re a hardcore Botox user, Jennifer.” “Oh no, that’s just my terrible cgi …” I really hope they’re going to work on that.
  2. Nice. Like the fact he got it on the strength of his audition which is described as ‘blistering.’
  3. I don’t care about bad, or predictable fight scenes but I’d certainly rather see good fight scenes than not see them at all. Cutting them for storytelling reasons is an understandable choice though.
  4. No, I thought the accent was pretty good, weird but believable and certainly an interesting departure from standard British accents on screen. Personally I find Cumberbatch’s American accent quite grating but i don’t think I’ve seen an American complain about that. I thought the ep was very good, especially since it deliberately cut most of the action scenes, which is normally one of my main areas of interest. I wonder if they’ll replay the same scenes from Spector’s perspective, that would be an interesting way to do it, have the second episode cover the same few days. I’m not sure I love how they’ve changed up the Moon Knight mythos, I’d rather it was a more disturbed version of Batman fighting street criminals than magic Egyptian themed monsters. The Moon Knight seeming to have its own personality, having hardcore powers and a place in the Egyptian pantheon, and possessing this guy, maybe fracturing his mind as a consequence, seems to be leaning into a more mystical version of the character than you usually see in the comic books.
  5. The idea of a German military build up did seem absurd until it wasn’t. You have to admire them for sticking with their policy for so long while the world refused to change around them. Turns out Zelensky is incredibly impressive as a diplomat too. The whole ‘NATO close the sky’ thing, although I’m sure he would’ve preferred if it actually happened, now looks like a gambit to eventually back off NATO and secure a deal.
  6. Rudd Gullit Chelsea was a lot cooler than ‘we’ve won it all’ Chelsea. As a casual Arsenal fan who grew up in the 90s I have to say I’m a lot fonder of Bergkamp than Henry too. Henry might have had more impact over his time at the club but Bergkamp in that 97/98 season (surely the best season to be an Gooner, even better than the Invincibles) was immense.
  7. Some kind of northern superstate. They’d have barcodes on their warships so you could scan the navy in.
  8. William’s got three kids, it’d have to be a real King Ralph moment for Andrew to get a go. Then again, he’s probably not welcome in family photos these days.
  9. Family WhatsApp is going off. Really not good for my uncle Gerry’s health.
  10. Clearly Bodø/Glimt are one of the great sides of Europe, dominating the team that dominated the team that dominated one of the Bundesliga’s best teams. The logic is impeccable. That or Ryan Jack is really good (true).
  11. Murderville on Netflix - quite enjoyed it. It’s odd comparing it to the British version because it feels much closer to a regular sitcom, the laughs are usually coming from the actual improvisations rather than the detective baiting the guests. Ken Jeong was the only one corpsing, which iirc would happen much more in the British version (Arnett was also more straight faced than Tom Davis, who plays the detective in the British version). Conan is so good at improvising you couldn’t even tell it wasn’t a script, although Annie Murphy seemed like she had never played a game in her life. They also changed the premise, the British show is Murder in Successville and they had non comic celebrities trying to crack the case while comedians played weird versions of themselves or other famous people in this alternative crime world. Not including that pretty much robs it of the satire element but I suppose it’s not much use to a global Netflix.
  12. I thought it definitely improved on the story, which is ultimately just a cheeky little tale about a couple of tricksters. The film made it much more about actual honour and sacrifice. And we don’t really know what happened in the end, I like to think the Knight sent him on his way and he went home and married his girlfriend.
  13. I feel like it’s right some of the settlement should come from public money, the British people should shoulder a little of the responsibility for the obnoxious result of this absurd institution we’ve been celebrating for hundreds of years after it became absurd.
  14. Well, I’m definitely outvoted on this. I’d go 3,4,1,5,2 probably. I don’t care about those port workers when I’m not actually watching them, which is just as well since we never see them again. Can’t put 5 at the bottom, that’s where you get the resolution, even if some of it’s lacking. Three is clearly the best though, that’s the ultimate collision of cops, criminals and bureaucracy.
  15. Nah, five has the newspaper stuff, plus Omar’s story. And who wants to see McNulty on a boat?
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