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1 hour ago, RedEyedGhost said:

Yep, micropenis masturbation... not something I ever thought I would ever see let alone on HBO.

That wasn't real right? Kinda like Mr. Chang in The Hangover?

 

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7 hours ago, Argonath Diver said:

@Veltigar, I had just read this AVClub article vaunting Avengement as precisely what you described. It sure sounds great. Adkins was lots of fun in that Triple Threat movie with Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, and Tiger Chen going at him. Adkins has had such an odd career - just about anyone I know who loves action or martial arts movies speaks the world of him. He isn't going to win an Oscar, but he is a far better actor than, say, John Cena. 

I didn't even know that what Cena did technically counted as acting? :P 

I can believe that everyone with a bit of knowledge of the genre loves Adkins. He's amazing. I saw some fight scenes from Triple Threat and I was a bit less impressed due to the fact that I didn't like the way the fights were shot there (too much acrobatics and unrealistic turns, unlike the grit of Avengement).

I am definitely going to check out more of his films though. If there are other gems hidden in there I want to see them :D I rewatched my favorite fight scenes from Avengement this morning and I can't remember the last time I did that. It's just pure poetry! 

Please do check it out, as I feel like fanboy'ing a bit about the film :D

 

7 hours ago, Argonath Diver said:

I'm happy he was in a Marvel movie, but he was just a blank henchman that Doctor Strange beat up with a cape. Zzz. Apparently he was in The Expendables 2 but I don't remember a damned thing about that movie other than "Didn't I think the first one was fun?" I really would like him to score a beefy role in a Hollywood A-level action movie. Surely he'll get cast in one of the infinite Fast And Furious: Midlife Crisis Years movies? He's extremely adept at fighting, he's handsome, and a solidly charismatic actor. Maybe he can get killed (after an unreal fight scene) by Keanu in John Wick 4 or 5.

 I'd also really like him to be the big bad in one of the next Wick films. Perhaps with John Wick having to partner up with

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the guys from the Raid he spared in parabellum to take him down. Or otherwise a flashback film about John's mission to save Halle Berry's daughter. A sort of John Wick'esque version of Man on Fire and with Adkins playing the deranged villain who turns out to be the father of Berry's daughter and John's own brother :D

 

7 hours ago, Argonath Diver said:

I'm happy he was in a Marvel movie, but he was just a blank henchman that Doctor Strange beat up with a cape. Zzz. Apparently he was in The Expendables 2 but I don't remember a damned thing about that movie other than "Didn't I think the first one was fun?" I really would like him to score a beefy role in a Hollywood A-level action movie. Surely he'll get cast in one of the infinite Fast And Furious: Midlife Crisis Years movies? 

Probably not, in Avengement he looks like a better version of Jason Statham in every way so I can't see them hiring him. Perhaps we should hope that the Rock has a similar fall-out with Statham as he had with Vin Diesel, then they can just replace him with Adkins ;) 

29 minutes ago, AncalagonTheBlack said:

About to start Amazon's The Boys. I know nothing about the comics, so going in blind.

If I wasn't travelling this weekend, I'd do the same. I hope Karl Urban finally has a bit of luck, he's a good actor but even his best work never seems to be able to connect. 

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The Great Hack is an excellent, though-provoking and incisive documentary. Definitely worth watching.

9 hours ago, Corvinus said:

Follow up on the above @Werthead Another Life is total crap, I've watched one episode, and I can't watch another. Also, besides FTL technology, they have, artificial gravity, a super-advanced AI that can act human, stasis technology, all encased in a spaceship strong enough to orbit a blue giant star and not get vaporized.

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If they have an FTL drive, why do they need gravity assist from a star?

The only moment of the first episode I enjoyed was when the scientist/protagonist's hubby jumped for joy like a kid after the alien artifact responded. That felt completely genuine and was awesome, unlike the bullshit and predictable drama of the Jersey Shore In Space.

 

The star is Sirius A, which is a main sequence white star less than twice the size of the Sun.

They at least nod towards actual astronomy in the series, which is one of the few things I can appreciate about it. Although if they can travel 100 light-years and back in seven months, why the hell hasn't humanity colonised the entire galaxy by now?

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That first episode of The Boys was fantastic! 

With its cynical take on superheroes and commercialism, this feels like the most appropriate show about super humans around

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37 minutes ago, Heartofice said:

That first episode of The Boys was fantastic! 

With its cynical take on superheroes and commercialism, this feels like the most appropriate show about super humans around

Need to watch. Reminds me of X-force/x-statix comic in early 2000s which was probably ahead of its time with reality tv and commercialism but without the superheroes being an active danger to the public. 

Does it have a preacher feel? As it's based on the same comic writer and has same producers.

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6 minutes ago, red snow said:

Does it have a preacher feel? As it's based on the same comic writer and has same producers.

I didn’t know that. Maybe, but it’s not quirky or over the top as Preacher. This feels heavily grounded in reality, but with a darkly comic twist. Feels more like Doom Patrol , but I might end up preferring this.

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I've watched the first 2 episodes of The Boys, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

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I saw that Star Trek: The Next Generation is now on Netflix. I remember seeing a few episodes as a kid, but I never got into it. I watched the first episode and thought it was actually pretty good. Debating whether or not to invest the time to watch the series.

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1 hour ago, Tywin et al. said:

I saw that Star Trek: The Next Generation is now on Netflix. I remember seeing a few episodes as a kid, but I never got into it. I watched the first episode and thought it was actually pretty good. Debating whether or not to invest the time to watch the series.

The pilot is likely the best episode of the first two seasons.  To get into it you have to at least enjoy the characters more than the story, until the story catches up in the 3rd season or so.

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1 hour ago, Tywin et al. said:

I saw that Star Trek: The Next Generation is now on Netflix. I remember seeing a few episodes as a kid, but I never got into it. I watched the first episode and thought it was actually pretty good. Debating whether or not to invest the time to watch the series.

There's a good viewing list online if you want to stick to essentials . I can't find it right now but will have a look. Might be worth checking the rewatch thread, if still live, as i asked about it a couple of years ago.

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Before the intertubz were a faintish tickle in one's digits, here's an example from when the Boorman behemoth came out -- there was good stuff in there but it was also a messy wreck -- and there was dialog and scenes that were cringe-worthy too.

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/excalibur-1981

 

 

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Just now, Zorral said:

Before the intertubz were a faintish tickle in one's digits, here's an example from when the Boorman behemoth came out -- there was good stuff in there but it was also a messy wreck -- and there was dialog and scenes that were cringe-worthy too.

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/excalibur-1981

That there were mixed opinions I don't deny. But there were reviews from the time that were much more favorable, as well. There's a reason it was in competition for the Palme d'Or and won the Artistic Contribution award at Cannes.

Pauline Kael, I think, understood what the film was doing better than Ebert did. The aspects he cites as inexplicable (especially the matter of Lancelot and Guinevere) are... uh, entirely explicable. I don't think he was on the same wavelength, even though he seems to have understood that there was something deeper going on.

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12 hours ago, Zorral said:

Before the intertubz were a faintish tickle in one's digits, here's an example from when the Boorman behemoth came out -- there was good stuff in there but it was also a messy wreck -- and there was dialog and scenes that were cringe-worthy too.

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/excalibur-1981

 

 

A bit creepy that he directed a sex scene featuring his own daughter.

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On 7/25/2019 at 1:02 PM, Ramsay B. said:

Requiem for a Dream is one of those movies I’ve been meaning to see since it basically came out, but just never have because of its infamous reputation for being such a downer. Blue Valentine too. I heard that’s an incredibly depressing tale of love disintegrating.

I had been 'dating' my now husband for about two months when we went to watch Blue Valentine at the pictures. A colleague (who had also been dating someone for about the same amount of time) made fun of me and said basically: 'oh what a great choice of film for a new relationship - a film about the demise of a marriage'. At the time I thought it was a completely idiotic thing to say. I still do. Nine years later my relationship is still fantastic. My colleague's lasted about a year. Great films which stimulate discussion are good things for relationships in my opinion.

Anyway, yes, you should definitely watch it for the amazing performances.

Last night we watched a Friday night special because I was too tired to think - Mile 22. Classic l33t ops team nonsense with tech that doesn't even make logical sense. Fine if you want to switch your brain off while you eat dinner and have 1.5 beers.

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This new Netflix show Another Life is a truly poorly-written show.  In pacing, characterization, logic, it is just incoherent.  

ETA:  I see that it has a 33 on Metacritic which is really bad.  

 

A sample of a review:

 

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There's really no other way around this — the work on Another Life is not good. The writing is atrocious, leaving the actors to follow a jumble of disconnected emotions or pointless journeys within their characters (or maybe they were just looking to escape) and the directing is... off. Madha seems especially in love with reaction scenes as characters are forced to look astonished or scared or angry even though it seems contrived in the moment. When the combination of writing and directing clangs this forcefully the end result is usually comedy. And, not to double down on the obvious here, but that's not what you want in a drama.

 

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Watched a Netflix recommendation, The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira) a Spanish revenge flick. Slow burn but good.

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22 hours ago, Isis said:

I had been 'dating' my now husband for about two months when we went to watch Blue Valentine at the pictures. A colleague (who had also been dating someone for about the same amount of time) made fun of me and said basically: 'oh what a great choice of film for a new relationship - a film about the demise of a marriage'. At the time I thought it was a completely idiotic thing to say. I still do. Nine years later my relationship is still fantastic. My colleague's lasted about a year. Great films which stimulate discussion are good things for relationships in my opinion.

Anyway, yes, you should definitely watch it for the amazing performances.

Last night we watched a Friday night special because I was too tired to think - Mile 22. Classic l33t ops team nonsense with tech that doesn't even make logical sense. Fine if you want to switch your brain off while you eat dinner and have 1.5 beers.

I think "take this waltz" was a lot "worse" than "blue valentine" in terms of relationships disintegrating often at the fault of no one in particular but at personal issues. 

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Finished both The Boys and Gentleman Jack. Jack is obviously the better show, but I did like the Boys as well. A little short on pay-off, but I'll give a second season a chance. 

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Finished up Stranger Things S3, which was kinda fun to watch, but  I was really hoping for something new and got a 3rd rehash of the same basic story, this time with even more 80's nostalgia and awkward kids in puberty!  I'm really hoping they just wrap it up next season....

Also finished up Sneaky Pete, which I feel was cancelled for the same reason I didn't love Stranger Things, after season 1 there just wasn't a whole lot there to keep it moving.  I liked it more than Stranger Things, but also thought it was given a fitting end.

Started up Bosch in the meantime and am over half way through the first season and it's just not gripping me.  It's just SOOOOO tropey.  It feels like they took Brooklyn 99 and didn't pick up that it's a comedy, so turned the parody back into a drama.  There's a few seasons, so I'll give it at least through mid-2nd season, but so far I'm not impressed.  

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