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  1. The trailers do seem a little off for me having only watched them on my laptop but Fury Road was the best theater experience for me in the 2010s, so I’ll definitely be watching this in IMAX with a group of friends. I’ve never seen Spotlight but I’m not sure how that movie could be considered a better film than Fury Road. Miller has earned my money for this one so hoping for the best.
  2. I watched Red Rocket as it appeared to be leaving Amazon Prime (US) soon. Good drama in the same vein as (and from the same director of) The Florida Project. The story follows a washed up ex-porn star who returns to his hometown of Texas City, TX to get his life back together by basically manipulating people with his confidence, charismatic storytelling and outright deceit. He enters into a relationship with a seventeen year old girl that is disturbing in it's rightfully pedophilic creepiness. However the relationship comes off very natural, in that, it's exactly the stereotype I imagine of a washed up porn star from LA. Both leads kill their roles in making this realistic. The actress, Suzanna Son, is entirely believable as a high school girl from a podunk Midwestern town who would begin a relationship with an older man and is pretty much exactly how I think every porn actress got their start and moved to LA. The film is also set against the backdrop of the industrial oil refining scenery of Texas city which is mesmerizing in it's own way. Recommended.
  3. Planning to watch this soon. What’s the podcast/episode?
  4. Just finished episode 5 and am holding off on 6 to better pace myself because I am absolutely loving this show. I’m subscribing to Hulu as soon as I get home so I can watch the rest of the season (as I’m currently at an AirBnB where it’s on On Demand). For the book readers, how does the overall pacing of the show feel given that the 10 episodes cover the entirety of the novel?
  5. Finished Deadloch which is on Amazon Prime (US). Decent show. I wouldn't nominate it for any Best series of the year awards but I was entertained enough to the point where I was looking forward to the next episode. The show is a murder mystery in a small Tasmanian town. It's very similar to Three Pines where you are dropped into a very small town with a lot of the community's characters as a backdrop to the main crime. Unfortunately, one of the co-protagonists is very irritating and over the top with her behavior, so much so that she is unbearable to even the audience for at least the first half of the season. As the crime solving progresses, her character does mature and becomes milder but it's very grating and possibly a deal breaker for some in the beginning. Now I'm on episode 3 of Shogun while on vacation. Absolutely excellent series so far and shaping up to be my #1 show of the year (though admittedly I haven't really been keeping up with many of the more acclaimed series currently broadcasting). Love the political tension and landscape as well as the season starting strong with the Japanese cultural embracement of death. It's difficult to imagine it continuing for the whole season. Blackthorne’s parts are the weakest but I expect that to improve. I am really motivated to go pick up the book and read it alongside the episode viewing and I might just do that when I return home. I assume it can't actually be chapter for chapter even if the novel is broken up that way. I can't recall reading a book alongside watching a show before so I might try it if I don't binge the whole season first.
  6. The novel has been on my to-read list for several years now. I’m torn between watching the show beforehand or reading the book as the book will be a slow read for me and the show will outpace me.
  7. Still the best series finale I’ve ever seen. Avoid spoilers.
  8. Oh wow, I didn’t realize Jon Bernthal and Wilson Bethel were returning as Punisher and Bullseye. I’m far more interested now..
  9. Woah didn’t realize there was a Scorcese movie I had never heard of before.
  10. They can do Cable vs Thanos in the same movie too!
  11. Wait does “What if” have season long story arcs? I always thought it was like a version of The Twilight Zone where every episode is completely unrelated.
  12. The problem with that is it’s outside of the character they establish with Slim. Slim’s a simple, rough and tumble kind of person. He’s not ambitious or a scheme maker which he admits to when he turns down Marlo as being the East side contact for the co-op (“I ain’t cut out to be no CEO”). He’s basically a high level soldier, built to follow orders but not make strategic decisions and he knows it.
  13. Watched the first episode of Reacher S2. While you know what you're getting if you've seen S1, Reacher's flawless and perfect hero persona is almost gagging in it's flattery. Spoilers E1:
  14. In the TDKR, Bane's mask provides a constant painkilling gas (due to some mysterious physical injury which he suffered in the Pit) which is supposed to explain why none of Bruce's blows in the initial fight seem to physically hurt him. Only till one of the pins in his mask comes loose in the final fight is when he begins to feel the effects of the fight. In the comics he injects himself with a highly addictive substance called Venom, which acts as substance which artificially increases his strength (and is basically the ultimate performance enhancing drug). I believe that method of death was intentional. At that point, Bane is revealed to not be the mastermind behind everything and is literally Talia's bodyguard from childhood. So he's killed off like any other henchman.
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