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Watched Ready or Not the other night.  Hot damn was that a great movie.  I laughed more watching that than I do most comedies.  Fitch Bradley is my spirit animal.  

I remember seeing the trailers and thinking the movie looked good, but it surpassed all my expectations.  Highly recommend it if you want to watch a comedy masquerading as a horror flick.  Never has Satanic worship been so hilarious. 

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59 minutes ago, Triskele said:

Very much enjoyed the first two episodes of The Outsider on HBO and can't wait to see more.  

It's funny to me that True Detective kicked off this mystery/drama mini-series splurge on HBO and I'd say they're just on fire with it except for the subsequent seasons of True Detective.  

Yeah, I really liked the first couple episodes. Haven’t read the book, so I’m already hooked and want to know wtf is going on. 

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Watched The Confession Killer on Netflix this weekend (it's five episodes) and would highly recommend it. I initially didn't realise that was a continuous narrative and thought it was a series with each episode being about a different person or case - because we watched the first episode late at night and I was pretty tired. HOWEVER, we blasted through episodes 2-5 on Sunday evening because we found it impossible to look away. Wowsers. What a weird story. If you're going to watch it, don't look anything up beforehand, just go in blind.

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Watched 1917 this weekend. Definitely a different way to shoot a movie,

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I saw a critic review compare it to watching a movie of Call of Duty video game campaign mode. Where you are 1st person following characters that you interact with along the way, meeting new characters at save points. While watching the movie I did get that feeling a few times.

I thought it was acted well and some of the scenes were pretty haunting.

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I've signed up for HBO again, after ending my subscription as soon as GoT ended. I was curious about The Outsider, and the 2 episode premiere didn't disappoint. I haven't read the book.

I'm taking advantage, and will watch some of the shows I missed. I've watched the first 2 episodes of Watchmen - interesting, weird, maybe not spectacular, but will keep watching. I need to find time to watch Chernobyl and His Dark Materials.

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Watched Captain Marvel as my 3rd to last MCEU full rewatch.  Really enjoyed phases 1 & 2 since I missed the original captain america and ant man, and some of the jokes from 2008 are pretty funny now ("don't let this show up on your myspace"), but phase 3 I've seen so recently, and most multiple times, that I kinda feel like I'm just going through the motions.  Regardless, should finish up end game and far from home this week, then.... I have no idea what to watch next.

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Watched The Two Popes and really enjoyed it. Okay, the relationship between the two characters may ultimately have been portrayed in a rather unrealistic way, but I was able to just ignore the artistic licence and enjoy the ride. Particularly liked the envisioning of the Papal Conclaves. Going into it, I thought I'd just give it a try and was prepared to give up after five minutes if it seemed too dry or boring. 

I didn't give up on it, and in fact stayed up far too late to watch the whole thing. 

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19 hours ago, dog-days said:

Watched The Two Popes and really enjoyed it. Okay, the relationship between the two characters may ultimately have been portrayed in a rather unrealistic way, but I was able to just ignore the artistic licence and enjoy the ride. Particularly liked the envisioning of the Papal Conclaves. Going into it, I thought I'd just give it a try and was prepared to give up after five minutes if it seemed too dry or boring. 

I didn't give up on it, and in fact stayed up far too late to watch the whole thing. 

Have you seen The Young Pope? I need to re-watch it and then start The New Pope. 

Edit: My bad I confused The Two Popes with The New Pope. 

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The Lighthouse was easily the strangest movie I saw from 2019. It was also the best. I have a hard time finding a single flaw with it, strange ending and all.

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1 hour ago, dog-days said:

Watched The Two Popes and really enjoyed it. Okay, the relationship between the two characters may ultimately have been portrayed in a rather unrealistic way, but I was able to just ignore the artistic licence and enjoy the ride. Particularly liked the envisioning of the Papal Conclaves. Going into it, I thought I'd just give it a try and was prepared to give up after five minutes if it seemed too dry or boring. 

I didn't give up on it, and in fact stayed up far too late to watch the whole thing. 

Thought it was fantastic and Pryce deserves his best actor nominations.Hope he wins at least one of them.

Just started The Outsider.Paddy Considine can do it all seemingly..

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27 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

The Lighthouse was easily the strangest movie I saw from 2019. It was also the best. I have a hard time finding a single flaw with it, strange ending and all.

Robert Eggers definitely took a page out of David Lynch’s book on that one. :lol:

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19 minutes ago, Nictarion said:

Robert Eggers definitely took a page out of David Lynch’s book on that one. :lol:

I can't recall pausing and rewinding a film more than this one. There were so many random images that flashed by, especially in the final third. Like for example:

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How exactly did he fall at the end?

 

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Finished off Lost in Space S2 and have to say I really liked it, much better than the first season. I blew through the last couple episodes and was surprised by the ending, though I shouldn't have been. It's a good clean fun SciFi show.

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I see that Midsommar has been added to the movies available for free with Amazon Prime. I seem to remember it getting some high recommendations here, or am I mistaken?

Also, is it a foreign language film? Not a deal breaker, just like to know going in.

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6 minutes ago, drawkcabi said:

I see that Midsommar has been added to the movies available for free with Amazon Prime. I seem to remember it getting some high recommendations here, or am I mistaken?

Also, is it a foreign language film? Not a deal breaker, just like to know going in.

I'm a fan of Midsommar. My wife loved it. Definitely worth a watch.

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12 minutes ago, drawkcabi said:

I see that Midsommar has been added to the movies available for free with Amazon Prime. I seem to remember it getting some high recommendations here, or am I mistaken?

Also, is it a foreign language film? Not a deal breaker, just like to know going in.

It’s in English, and it’s fantastic. Ari Aster is one of the best young directors in the business right now, and Florence Pugh gave an amazing performance. I highly recommend it. 

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5 hours ago, dbunting said:

Finished off Lost in Space S2 and have to say I really liked it, much better than the first season. I blew through the last couple episodes and was surprised by the ending, though I shouldn't have been. It's a good clean fun SciFi show.

Yeah, I binge-watched it over two days, despite getting bored and giving up on the last episodes of S1. Ready for S3 now! 

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A bit of a rut, watching films and catching up on some things. Two Oscar nominees seen on Netflix in the last days, The Two Popes (charming performances by Hopkins and Pryce, but it feels like a lot of invention took place in characterizing the relationship between Benedict and the future Francis, and on the whole I think it's a good but not great film) and the French animated film nominee I Lost My Body which is actually quite lovely and affecting (and has a really great soundtrack that sets the mood). It has a strange central concept -- a severed hand trying to return to its owner after an unknown event, and moving back and forth between its epic journey through an inimical city and the events in the life of the young man, Naoufel, whom it belongs to.

And then an oldie, that I somehow have failed to see until now Walter Hill's The Warriors, that strange 1979 film about a gang of young toughs trying to get back to their turf in Coney Island all the way from the Bronx. Based on a novel, it's inspired by Xenophon's Anabasis and its account of the epic march of Greek mercenaries to the sea and home through a now-hostile Persian empire when their employer, Cyrus the Younger, is killed. There's all these weird, colorful gangs that have various schticks -- the Gramercy Riffs wear kung-fu tunics and do Shaw Brothers-style martial arts, the Baseball Furies wear baseball uniforms and prefer bats, and so on -- and the acting is absolutely not great (though Roger Hill as the film's version of Cyrus is compelling for his brief time on the screen, and David Patrick Kelly as the main antagonist chews the screen nicely). If you're a fan of things like Carpenter's Escape from New York, this should appeal.

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36 minutes ago, dog-days said:

Yeah, I binge-watched it over two days, despite getting bored and giving up on the last episodes of S1. Ready for S3 now! 

I'm half way through. I'm not enjoying it as much as s1 but i like the light-hearted approach of "family tackling a challenge each episode". I also really appreciate how they are telling us quite a bit about what's going in instead of being "lost" with mysteries that never conclude.

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12 minutes ago, red snow said:

I'm half way through. I'm not enjoying it as much as s1 but i like the light-hearted approach of "family tackling a challenge each episode". I also really appreciate how they are telling us quite a bit about what's going in instead of being "lost" with mysteries that never conclude.

Yeah, I'm just hoping that teen romances don't get too much screen time in the next season. At the moment I think they're getting the character balance just right. I admit my favourite character remains Debbie the Chicken. 

Something else that I've enjoyed has been the treatment of moral issues - in particular, the faking of the stress test results. I like the way the show never seems to say that it was okay, even while it depicts the person concerned sympathetically. The original sin, as it were, hasn't been forgotten. 

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