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Saw Cool Hand Luke on the plane the other day. Good film, but a little dated I'd say. I appreciated it much more after reading Ebert's great review of the film, which made me understand the context more, but I wouldn't put it on the same level as classics like The Wild Bunch, Once Upon a Time in the West, Planet of the Apes and others from around the same time I can remember. Paul Newman is great though and it's very evocative of its setting. 

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46 minutes ago, Veltigar said:

Saw Cool Hand Luke on the plane the other day. Good film, but a little dated I'd say. I appreciated it much more after reading Ebert's great review of the film, which made me understand the context more, but I wouldn't put it on the same level as classics like The Wild Bunch, Once Upon a Time in the West, Planet of the Apes and others from around the same time I can remember. Paul Newman is great though and it's very evocative of its setting. 

Cool Hand Luke is definitely on my list of films to see. I wasn't that familiar with Paul Newman, other than being aware of who he was, as he was a bit before my time. Also, want to see the Sting. I try to make it a point to catch up on a classic film every New Year's and last year I saw Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Great film and Newman completely stole the show. I get why the man has his own salad dressing now. 

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Cool Hand Luke is still pretty great but it has dated in that different aspects of it have been done better by several classics since (Oh Brother Where Art Thou, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Shawshank Redemption being the three that spring to mind, Oh Brother in particular being obviously deliberately inspired in its style and a certain character by Cool Hand Luke).

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Just re-watch the Mike Birbiglia standup special Thank God for Jokes on Netflix. Man, that is a great hour of storytelling based comedy.

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7 hours ago, Martell Spy said:

Cool Hand Luke is definitely on my list of films to see. I wasn't that familiar with Paul Newman, other than being aware of who he was, as he was a bit before my time. Also, want to see the Sting. I try to make it a point to catch up on a classic film every New Year's and last year I saw Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Great film and Newman completely stole the show. I get why the man has his own salad dressing now. 

An old Newman movie with H.Fonda, set in the Northwest logging area, that's kind of interesting as an era snapshot-

 

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Watched Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children last night as it was on telly. I must say I didn't recall it being quite so dark when I read the book. It's quite a nice little film actually. Worth watching whether you have read the book or not. But the most valuable player is definitely Eva Green's eye make up, which echoes that of the bird she is named for. I liked the way they made her peregrine and human form blue-tinged. Very cool.

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Currently watching S1 of Mindhunter, not sure why I waited so long to see this. It's a little slow for an episode or two but then the pacing felt better to me. Will be into S2 tomorrow.  I like the detailed insight about what they do and how much resistance they faced when starting something new like this.

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I don't watch much of anything these days but Succession is a can't miss for me. Fucking love this show and am a bit surprised by the lack of accolades for it here. I once worked for the Murdochs, back in the day, and am absolutely fascinated by the fictional depiction of them on Succession. If there is a better show around someone needs to tell me about it. 

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You know what would actually make Succession a worth while show?  Showing down the line Siobhan "Shiv" Roy becoming a procurer of victims for a pedophiles the way  Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell did for Epstein et al. as the only solution to keeping her lifestyle when daddy ends up giving it to the boys after all, or after dad's dead, the boys gang together to take it from her, like the sons of Ghenghis Khan did to take from their sister(s) the kingdoms he gave them.

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Binge-watched a load of telly recently. 

The Boys - This was great. Very addictive. I don't feel particularly attached to any of the characters (partly through mental self-preservation; you feel everyone will either end up horribly dead or just horrible), but it's enjoyable to watch as a dissection of superhero fantasy, and blackly funny. Glad it's getting a second season. 

The Tick - Occupying the other end of the tonal spectrum. Whereas everyone in The Boys stays away from the fourth wall, this is a much much more light-hearted and gentle romp through comic book tropes. I'm sad it's been cancelled. Lovely to relax to in the evenings after work. The title character reminded me of Minsc from the Baldur's Gate games. 

Bertie and Tuca - Netflix animation about two millennial flatmates, who are also birds. Wasn't sure if I'd like it at all, but ended up pleasantly surprised. Zany without being annoyingly so. It's been cancelled after one season, and now it looks as if I'll never find out if Bertie and Speckles stay together, and whether Tuca will find any resolution for her issues. 

The Magicians  - The only dud of the lot. I wanted to like it - if I had, I could have spent the next month catching up on its many seasons - however, it seemed to take a look at magical coming-of-age stories, and decide that they were all too full of humour and wonderment. So it stuck in a load of self-pitying bores as the main characters, and gave the least personality possible to everyone else. Gave up half-way through the first season. 

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7 hours ago, Zorral said:

You know what would actually make Succession a worth while show?  Showing down the line Siobhan "Shiv" Roy becoming a procurer of victims for a pedophiles the way  Ghislaine Noelle Marion Maxwell did for Epstein et al. as the only solution to keeping her lifestyle when daddy ends up giving it to the boys after all, or after dad's dead, the boys gang together to take it from her, like the sons of Ghenghis Khan did to take from their sister(s) the kingdoms he gave them.

oookay....

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The Rook was the biggest disappointment of the year for me... Starz had been on a great roll, but this one just didn't measure up..... bad writing, and Emma Greenwell just couldn't carry the lead... I'd be surprised if it gets a second season... 

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1 hour ago, Martini Sigil said:

The Rook was the biggest disappointment of the year for me... Starz had been on a great roll, but this one just didn't measure up..... bad writing, and Emma Greenwell just couldn't carry the lead... I'd be surprised if it gets a second season... 

Haha, I've been waiting and waiting for something to happen. There was a slight hook a few episodes back but I found myself having no real desire to continue watching it. I'm only behind two episodes so I'll probably finish it. But no rush. There are better shows to spend my free time watching. 

Mindhunter is one of those better shows.  I watched the first two episodes of s2. I honestly would prefer more Tench and Carr and less Holden, though. 

About halfway through Wu Assassins. Terrible acting and writing, but still fun. Kind of reminds of The Last Dragon for some reason.

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I finally got around to seeing Avengers: Endgame. It's funny, on Friday I turned it off 45 minutes into it because I wasn't feeling it, but gave it a second shot last night and loved it. I guess the first act just drags a bit, but it makes more sense once you see the whole film. I'm really surprised by the amount of heart they were able to inject into the movie, but I guess they do have the advantage of using characters fans have grow attached to over the last decade.

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1 hour ago, Astromech said:

Mindhunter is one of those better shows.  I watched the first two episodes of s2. I honestly would prefer more Tench and Carr and less Holden, though. 

I don’t know if you’ve made it any further, but Holden definitely has the least amount of focus this season. Both, Bill and Wendy’s personal lives get their own storylines, whereas Holden it’s just about the work this time around. 

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Nearly forgot this one as it was forgetable but I watched Wild last week. I just found it underwhelming overall. It had its moments of decent acting or beautiful scenery or self-discovery but it seemed to me to be a patchwork of scenes that didn't flow together into anything powerful.

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I enjoyed "once upon a time in hollywood". It never dragged for me despite it never seeming to have a clue what it was doing story-wise.

I've been enjoying season 4 of Preacher - feels like the goriest one yet but with a sense of direction in the story. The extinction of dinosaurs was hilarious.

Embarking on watching "the terror". Great cast and scenery so far.

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2 minutes ago, red snow said:

I've been enjoying season 4 of Preacher - feels like the goriest one yet but with a sense of direction in the story. The extinction of dinosaurs was hilarious.

I don't know how far ypu've got in the season, but EP3 for me felt pretty weak, and again it feels like one of those seasons that doesn't want to push its story on that much.

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For instance was it really necessary to have all that House De Sade stuff? Didn't seem to add anything or move the story forward, despite the reveal at the end.

The Tulip and Cassidy stuff is entertaining, but I just feel like all the characters are stuck in a rut and going over the same ground in different situations.

 

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Read an article recommending Lodge 49 and been watching that. It's a great show. I've seen about 3 and a half eps. It's a brother and a sister with lives that are kind of stuck and have various problems relating to the death of their father. And the brother joins a secret society/fraternity type thing. It's set in Long Beach, California. It's also a fantasy show, but it is a very slow burn in the magic department. I've seen a few things that might have been supernatural in the show, but it is not at all confirmed or obvious. It's a bit like the GRRM approach to fantasy. It's very subdued.

Excellent characters in the show. Also, the show is great at portraying working-class people. 

FX's What We Do in the Shadows popped up on Hulu and I saw ten minutes of that. It's hilarious from what I saw.

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I've gotten through Mind Hunters' season 2 through episode 6.  My greatest criticism is

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The insertion of Tench's son as involved with the murder of a 3 year old boy.  It never happened, and it's a clumsy, lurching, needless underlining about what goes on behind the closed doors of suburbia -- particularly since it didn't happen -- a smear of the real life character and his family.

 

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