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38 minutes ago, Raja said:

As much as I like Riz Ahmed & Williams, I'm probably never going to watch Venom

( Also, please someone cast Riz in half decent movies)

He was in Rogue One and Nightcrawer. I think he’s been doing ok since Four Lions

 

oh plus he was in The OA.

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47 minutes ago, Heartofice said:

He was in Rogue One and Nightcrawer. I think he’s been doing ok since Four Lions

 

oh plus he was in The OA.

Not a movie, but he was also really good in The Night Of miniseries. 

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31 minutes ago, Nictarion said:

Not a movie, but he was also really good in The Night Of miniseries. 

I've seen him in all of those, but yeah - the Night Of was good, but I want to see him in better and more fleshed out roles, as opposed to playing bit part side roles, than the ones he had in nightcrawler & rogue one ( nightcrawler was still okay, rogue one was pretty bit part, imo)

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I think above all he’s shown how versatile he is as an actor. He’s very different in all those roles and pretty great too, even with limited screen time.

I thought he was especially brilliant in Four Lions.

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17 hours ago, RedEyedGhost said:

I watched season one of Fleabag awhile back, and that did not connect with me at all.  Didn't remotely live up to the hype it had in these threads, but this weekend I watched Derry Girls and that well exceeded the hype it has had here.  So many wonderful characters - Orla's my favorite of the main "girls" - and the secondary characters shine so brightly.  Barristan Selmy as Granda Joe, Sister Michael and her muttered comments, and the all too sparse Father Peter made me smile every time they appeared.

Derry Girls doesnt have a massive following on the forum but pretty much everyone who has watched it has loved it. Sister Michael is my favourite.

its hugely popular in the uk thoguh

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I really need to get onto Derry Girls. I've only heard good things.

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Detective Pikachu has a surprising amount of heart. It's no where near as funny as I had hoped for, but it was overall a good viewing experience. Well worth the watch if you have kids and/or were just a fan of the overall product. 

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Got bored and watched The Kitchen this weekend, whoops. The acting is poor, the plot makes little sense especially

Spoiler

That one of the women, of color from Harlem, planned years in advance to take over Hells Kitchen by marrying a weak Irish mobster. And that she would use an FBI agent to get the husbands locked up. That whole scene was ridiculous. They come out from a hold up, armed and hyped up, get confronted at the door by two FBI agents with guns drawn, no one shoots and the Irish guys just say fuck it and beat up the two feds, who were aiming guns at them! Then sirens sound and two squad cars show up and the same Irish guys just give up. 

Maybe it's just me but this whole movie didn't work very well.

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On 8/12/2019 at 12:59 PM, Raja said:

But..but she's so good in all the stuff I've seen her in!

She's brilliant. But seeing Blue Valentine followed by Take this Waltz in the space of a year was too depressing for my husband. I don't have a limit for bleak, but some people do.

Anyone who watched the first season of Knightfall should really treat themselves to the second season as well. I really wasn't going to because the S1 finale was so bad... HOWEVER Mark Hamill is bloody brilliant. Please treat yourself. :)

I watched Adrift on Friday night and it's a strong non-rec from me. I think that the film probably doesn't do justice to the story of a young woman surviving alone for 40-odd days at sea. It's not an especially memorable performance from Shailene Woodley and as for the guy playing her boyfriend... there's just something really punchable about his face, plus he sums up all the characteristics of awful boyfriends. Bleurgh. No.

 

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8 minutes ago, Isis said:

She's brilliant. But seeing Blue Valentine followed by Take this Waltz in the space of a year was too depressing for my husband. I don't have a limit for bleak, but some people do.

I feel like Manchester by the sea should complete that trilogy.

I need to see Blue Valentine.

 

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20 hours ago, Raja said:

I really need to get onto Derry Girls. I've only heard good things.

You should :D

On 8/12/2019 at 3:13 AM, RedEyedGhost said:

but this weekend I watched Derry Girls and that well exceeded the hype it has had here.  So many wonderful characters - Orla's my favorite of the main "girls" - and the secondary characters shine so brightly.  Barristan Selmy as Granda Joe, Sister Michael and her muttered comments, and the all too sparse Father Peter made me smile every time they appeared.

:grouphug: Welcome to our little cult of Derry lovers! We grow stronger every day :commie:

21 hours ago, HelenaExMachina said:

Derry Girls doesnt have a massive following on the forum but pretty much everyone who has watched it has loved it. Sister Michael is my favourite.

its hugely popular in the uk thoguh

Unfortunately not, I think a lot of people still aren't willing to give it a chance. I can't blame them, because the synopsis at first glance isn't something that would appeal to me either, but damn it, it's gold!

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For me, Derry Girls is splendidly balanced by the new HBO comedy series, Black Lady Comedy Sketch Show.

https://www.wired.com/story/black-lady-sketch-show-tv-comedy/

I love Derry Girls and I love this too.

Big differences though -- Derry Girls are girls, very young girls, who we can see on netflix.  Black Lady Comedy Sketch are adult 'ladies', who we can see on HBO.

Both are utterly nutz, both are utterly cultural-social embedded, both just crack me up -- and not much can do that these days.

 

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Just finished Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain. Never seen it before and I have to admit it was quite good. A bit too whimsical for my taste, but it was enjoyable. Good actors, nice music and I liked the way it was shot. It could have been shorter though, it wandered a bit too much. 

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There was a time where British comedy was everywhere and there were works of genius around almost every week. Now the best we seem to be able to do is Derry Girls which I guess is ok , can’t say I’ve ever laughed at it but I can see it’s qualities. 

Im not sure what happened in the last 10-20 years but it’s harder and harder to find any good British comedy

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1 hour ago, Veltigar said:

You should :D

I'm bad at starting new shows. I feel like I watch *way* more movies than TV. For example, I finished the first season of fleabag a couple of months ago and haven't started the second one. And I still have the last two episodes of big little lies to go!

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Finished the latest Poldark episode. Don't know why the old thread isn't active anymore, it's still as gorgeous as ever and George has been deliciously evil as always :)

2 hours ago, Raja said:

I'm bad at starting new shows. I feel like I watch *way* more movies than TV. For example, I finished the first season of fleabag a couple of months ago and haven't started the second one. And I still have the last two episodes of big little lies to go!

It's only a few episodes of 20 minutes ;) Slot in one of them during a lost moment and you'll be going through the rest of it ASAP :) 

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8 hours ago, Raja said:

I feel like Manchester by the sea should complete that trilogy.

I need to see Blue Valentine.

 

Yes. It's a sad film. But MW isn't in that much of it.

3 hours ago, Heartofice said:

Im not sure what happened in the last 10-20 years but it’s harder and harder to find any good British comedy

Did you watch Flowers on C4, with Olivia Coleman? It was a little bit like Spaced. But more of a black comedy though. This reminds me that I still need to watch S2. 

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2 minutes ago, Isis said:

Did you watch Flowers on C4, with Olivia Coleman? It was a little bit like Spaced. But more of a black comedy though. This reminds me that I still need to watch S2. 

I have and I quite liked it. I wanted to also like it more, but it didn't quite have a rhythm to it, and also it just wasn't actually all that funny. More quirky and a bit dark. 

I thought a bit about it after I posted and you can reel off amazing British comedies from 20 years ago, and some great ones from 10 years ago.. but somewhere along the line they've become fewer and fewer. I seriously wonder if it is to do with the rise of panel game shows, which seem to suck up and comedic talent and force them into formats that make them attack each other for laughs. 

The best British comedy I've seen for a while is the children's TV show Horrible History! Says it all.

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42 minutes ago, Isis said:

Yes. It's a sad film. But MW isn't in that much of it.

Did you watch Flowers on C4, with Olivia Coleman? It was a little bit like Spaced. But more of a black comedy though. This reminds me that I still need to watch S2. 

I loved Flowers! Didnt realise there was a second series, excellent!

 

As for British comedy declining, eh. I love the older comedies as much as the next person but i feel much of that is nostalgia (they were my childhood, albeit they were re-runs and/or vhs tapes). If i stand back and try to judge them more objectively they aren’t exactly fantastic

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Yeah I don't think the sitcom has ever been where British comedy has ever consistently excelled. We throw up the occasional stone-cold classic, but I don't like quite a few of the old ones personally, and even if you do consider all of the ones people revere, I think you're basically doing the thing where you're comparing a long time with a short time- comparing a decade's worth of comedy with just the last couple of years, and mulching everything before about 2000 into one big thing when if you actually look at when those shows came out it wasn't a constant string of successes.


It is true that the panel show has become the most common form of British TV comedy but I don't really think that's affected the sitcom situation much. Sketch shows, maybe. I also don't think it's a bad thing necessarily- obviously they have to be careful about how long they run because there's a definite tendency to overrun them until they get stale, but British panel shows are great. It's more of a form of interactive, mostly improvised stand-up than competition for sitcoms.

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