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  1. Isis

    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hindsight in 2020

    I need to see 1917 really. Last week we watched the BBC's War of the Worlds mini-series. Wow. So bland and dreary. I wasn't fussed about what happened to anybody in this. The leads had no chemistry at all. The aliens were mildly interesting when they started eating people buit other than that it was just dull. Thank goodness it was only three episodes. At the other end of the spectrum we watched White House Farm (featuring a few familiar GOT faces like Mark Addy, Gemma Whelan, Alfie Allen, Mark Stanley), which weirdly (having lived in Essex from 1983 to 2010), I had managed to not have heard of the actual case it dramatises. We started watching it at about 6pm on Friday night and accidentally watched all five available episodes because it was just too gripping to stop. Final episide airs tomorrow. Very strong performances in this. The cinematography is pretty good too. Would recommend. Also watched Shadow of the Moon which was not what I was expecting but I kind of liked it. Bit difficult to categorise it, beyond calling it a scifi drama...but that feels like underselling it a little.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hindsight in 2020

    Definitely better than The Lighthouse in your opinion?
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hindsight in 2020

    I felt as if I wanted to watch it again immediately after the credits rolled.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hindsight in 2020

    I was so hoping that The Lighthouse was going to win for cinematography (I've not seen 1917) because it's the most beautiful looking film I've watched in years.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hindsight in 2020

    Ah, I wasn't sure whether there was one or not. Most of the time when I search for threads that I know I've seen/read I can't find them again, e.g. I was sure we had a thread for The Affair, but I can never find it.
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    Wuhan Coronavirus

    Trying to get a handle on the R0 is key. I imagine that's harder when a virus jumps species.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hindsight in 2020

    After watching it I said: yes, the sound was a little oppressive but it's not a patch on Kill List or Upstream Color. And actually, Only God Forgives (and Raw) was a more oppressive cinema experience. But, I think The Lighthouse looked bloody amazing. I really liked it. I'm a sucker for myth and symbolism though. I couldn't look away.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hindsight in 2020

    Yeah, you're right about the scenes where 'the smell' is discussed. It's pretty visceral. It's been described as a horror film with no villians, which is pretty spot on. You can empathise with most of the people in the film. I really liked The Lighthouse. But we argued a lot about whether or not it had a storyline. I think it has enough of one. Although, not every film is about a story from A-Z. *shrug*
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    Wuhan Coronavirus

    They are useful for people who are infected/potentially infected - to stop them infecting others. For people who are not infected, I wouldn't bother - unless you knew you were going to be exposed - e.g. if you had to go to a hospital for another reason and thought there might be infected people there. I'd maybe consider it then. For anyone who wants to learn a little bit from the experts we have a series of short podcasts available (there are three so far) of about ten minutes each. You can listen on Spotify. Just search for LSHTM Viral. ETA: NB there is a bit about facemasks in podcast no.3
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hindsight in 2020

    Went to see Parasite last night. Felt like I wanted to watch it again immediately. Interesting interview with Bong Joon Ho and Song Kang Ho afterwards. Very interesting to contrast this with The Lighthouse, which we saw two days earlier.
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    Wuhan Coronavirus

    Quote from our director in the NYT My one wish is that people would learn about aseptic technique and about NOT contaminating things. Don't sneeze into your hands. Do wash your hands after you do anything dirty and remember that 'dirt' isn't always visible.
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    Sometimes you feel like a Chump

    My response to this (as I am sure you would guess) is simply: stop doing it.
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    Wuhan Coronavirus

    Don't conflate infection (presence of a microorganism in a host) with morbidity (symptoms and signs of disease). This excudes asymptomatic cases, carriers, those who have existing immunity etc. Since we don't know that much about Wuhan Coronavirus at the moment we cannot honestly compare it to other similar infections (e.g. flu) at this point - in terms of 'how bad is it?'. We can draw those conclusions afterwards.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hindsight in 2020

    On the way home after seeing the film I commented on the same thing. I've seen Kristen Stewart in a couple of decent films and thought about how much of an impact the silly Twilight films had on both their careers. I'm sure they were rewarded financially for it but it seems like they had to fight to get out of its shadow.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: Hindsight in 2020

    Went to see The Lighthouse last night. I would really recommend seeing it at the cinema because I don't think you'll get the same effect at home - from the contrast between the day and night scenes. I need to do some more digesting before saying anything more. Looking forward to going to see Parasite Monday night with a director Q&A afterwards. I splashed out for comfy seats too.
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