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    Board Issues 4

    Nevermind, solved it. Thanks Ran!
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    Board Issues 4

    This has probably been asked before, but how come there is no search function on this site? (If there is, it's incredibly well disguised.) It's really, really frustrating.
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    1917 film (spoilers)

    Saw it last night, on the newly opened IMAX theatre in my city. It was my first time seeing a movie in IMAX, and I can hardly imagine a better movie for that honour. I have been thinking about this movie a lot since I left the theatres; it had such a profound effect on me. The single-take technique never felt like a ploy at all (unlike in Birdman), but rather enhanced the suspense and intimacy entirely. Everything on the brilliance of the direction and cinematography has already been said, so I'll just say this: the shots of the ruined city at night is what cinema was invented for. Jesus Christ.
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    The Outsider HBO

    I agree with the pacing issues of the last few episodes, but I'm still hooked to fairly high degree. It seems to be two different forces at play, one with the doppelgänger murders and one with the marks on the neck. Am I missing something in regards to how they are connected?
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    The Irishman (I Hear You Tag Spoilers)

    I thought it was brilliant. Deniro did a solid performance, but felt tired throughout (reminded me of Ian McKellen in The Hobbit in that regard). The telephone scene towards the end of the movie was his best work in decades though. Pacino was great, although it felt weird having an actor with Italian roots play an Irish-German-American, primarily regarding with Hoffa's anti-Italian sentiments being vocalised throughout. It also made the differentiation between union corruption on the one hand and the mafia on the other blend together too much. Pesci was the best out of all of them, truly mesmerising with his calm, minimalist approach to the character. It allowed for a different kind of menace that I haven't seen in the actor before. Stephen Graham was also brilliant. My only quibble was that god-awful scene where Deniro is beating the store owner. They could have shot that scene in a way that didn't make him look like an 80-year old guy, no idea what Scorsese was thinking there.
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    DCEU: Killer Clowns from Gotham City

    What exactly is incel or alt-right promoting about this movie? Did I miss something? Arthur never expresses or hints at resentment towards women. The main reason for Arthur's descent is cut of public funding. The protests in the film are more akin to Occupy Wall Street than any right-wing movement. Hardly things the alt-right would cream their pants over.
  7. A decent season of television; 6/10 Two questions: Why did the Russians want to re-open the gate/portal? From what I gathered they never explained that part What was the hole in the ground that appeared in the Russian base while Erica and Dustin are rescuing Steve and Rabin? looks like it was made from acid? Maybe I missed something... Edit: Also, how come no one noticed the dozens of corpses at the city hospital after the gang fled?
  8. I've now binged all eight episodes of season two, and I think they really outdid themselves. It's a real struggle remembering how all the characters relate to one another, but I love the moral ambiguity and relentlessly depressive atmosphere.
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    Chernobyl (miniseries)

    Stellar ending to a superb series. My one and only criticism was that the guy who directed the test that caused the disaster (can't recall the name) was a bit over-the-top in his nastiness. Maybe the sources confirm he was an asshole, but it would've been interesting to see some more nuances to his character.
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    Deadwood: The Movie Spoilers

    A fine effort, with the usual superb dialogue and acting. It would've been terrific if they could've made it longer (by way of a miniseries or something), to allow for more conversation scenes (I was sorely missing conversations between Al and Alma, and Al and Farnum). However, I understand this is as much as we could've ever hoped for, so I'm still satisfied.
  11. Best: Six Feet Under, Sopranos, The Leftovers, The Americans, Mad Men Worst: Game of Thrones, Lost, Vinyl, House of Cards, Heroes I loved the Breaking Bad finale when I first watched, but in retrospect maybe everything came together a bit too neatly for it to be one of the all-time bests. I feel the opposite with the Deadwood finale (if we ignore the upcoming movie); felt at first extremely disappointed about the cancellation which meant the show wouldn't get the proper send-off. However, on re-watches I enjoy the season three ending quite a bit. Al muttering to himself "He want me to tell him something pretty...." is a fairly great line to go out on.
  12. Let's review the court of King's Landing: King: Brandon Stark An autistic creep with zero charisma who claims to be a wizard with clairvoyance, but did nothing to stop any of the carnage in KL. Hand: Tyrion Lannister A man guilty of patricide, the most grievous sin in all of Westeros. Furthermore convicted of murdering Joffrey, but I guess he gets a pass for that, or he convinced everyone of his innocence somehow. Master of ships: Davos Seaworth A lowborn smuggler, and previous Hand to, and most loyal supporter of, Stannis, who famously tortured his own daughter to death to gain the favour of a foreign fire-demon. Master of coin: Bronn A lowborn cut-throat with no experience in finance. Grand Maester: Samwell Tarly Became somehow the most senior member of the Citadel overnight, despite having fathered Children and stealing property Lord commander of the Kingsguard: Brienne The first woman on the job, but I guess all of Westeros acquired modern values overnight? Veteran of one battle, wherein she didn't make a single tactical decision. Yupp, I can totally see how the Westorosi nobility can get behind this!
  13. Why in God's name did they make Bran such an unlikable, autistic creep if they knew he was gonna end up as king? They've made Jon dull as fucking plywood on the show, so that asshole wouldn't be the ideal candidate either, but better than this shite.
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    Chernobyl (miniseries)

    Episode two retained the high quality. They manage to make radiation a more frightening antagonist than the murderer in almost any horror movie. Excellent portrayal of Soviet bureaucracy as well.
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    [Poll] How would you rate episode 805?

    I give it 5/10 for the following redeeming points: The Mountain forgetting he's a zombie when he sees his brother and disregards his programming by killing Qyburn and ignoring Cersei. The shots from the streets showing the horrors of war. Tyrion and Jaime's final scene Emelia Clarke's acting as mad Dany was surprisingly good. The spectacular visuals. Everything else was truly awful. The character assassination of Jaime and Dany are utterly unforgivable.
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