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2 hours ago, Liffguard said:

For me it was the tiny bread scene :D

It’s all a CATASTROPHE 

Oh man I might rewatch that tonight I’m giggling just thinking about it now. 
 

Nigel’s beautiful trilogy piano piece, all the lines intertwining, influenced by Mozart and Bach, so like a Mach piece really…(edit: I won’t spoil the punchline for anyone)

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On 7/11/2023 at 1:59 PM, Isis said:

I've completed season one of The Leftovers now and moved onto season two. 

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I had actually quite warmed to it by the time it finished, the final two episodes in particular were entertaining and thought-provoking. I'm glad they put that little flashback in the finale to the GR removing all the family photos (a few eps earlier) because that gave me a genuine OMG moment. 

I hope that S2 is going to pick itself up and get going soon. I'm only one episode in but, COME ON!

It's just one episode! Season 2 is great, although the opening scene was weird as hell and I still don't know why it was so long.

How do you like the new theme song and credits?

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56 minutes ago, Annara Snow said:

It's just one episode! Season 2 is great, although the opening scene was weird as hell and I still don't know why it was so long.

How do you like the new theme song and credits?

I absolutely loved the theme song and credits to season two and was very sad when they changed it again. I think the song, the lyrics and the visuals of people missing from photos worked beautifully. I know other people didn’t like it but I sure as shit preferred it to many other shows credits which all tend to look the same these days 

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Lets see....

Watched Reality, the MAX film about Reality Winner, based entirely off the transcript of the FBI's initial questioning of her and search of her home. Pretty interesting in a cinéma vérité way, and Sydney Sweeney does quite well in the titular role. She clearly got good advice to try and avoid getting herself typecast.

Did some re-watching -- the Rewatchables podcast back episode on The Fugitive made me decide to watch it again, as I havent' seen it in years. I remember seeing it in the movie theatre the first time. Incredibly engaging film, for the most part, though the podcast crew was right that it gets a litle soft towards the end and they probably could have trimmed some. Ford is terrific, and Tommy Lee Jones really finally put his name on the map with his performance as Sam Gerard.

Then decided to rewatch Adam McKay's The Big Short, which is easily the best thing McKay has ever made. Such a great way to dramatize the 2008 financial collapse, following different threads of the people who realized what was happening early.

Then for something new, The Night of the 12th (La Nuit du 12), a dark and grim police procedural that tells you right off the bat that the central case (murder by immolation of a 21 year old woman) is one of over a hundred unsolved murders every year in France. Really well cast, and thematically it's complex and nuanced in its consideration of the violence of men, especially the violence of men towards women. It won a bunch of César Awards earlier this year, including Best Film and Best Director for Dominik Moll. As it notes in the end, it is a fictionalized version of a real crime, with the screenplay being loosely adapted from a non-fiction book following a team of investigators over the course of a year.

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I watched season 2 of Shadow & Bone. It was alright, I know nothing about the books. Considering how the story went I assumed that it was its final season, up until that ending. And I guess there are more books to draw from. But then again it's Netlfix, so it could still be the final season.

I also watched 65, and yes it's about what I expected except for why this setting? This story could have been set in any time and place. 

Spoiler

It's not a time travel story. So the movie's premise is one of two possibilities:

1) like Battlestar Galactica, it posits that humans evolved somewhere else in the universe and are a much older race. But this possibility fails to make any connection to humans on Earth by the end of the movie.

2) the characters we're seeing are not actually human, we just have human stand ins to make a better connection with the audience. Like how English is used as the stand in language for fictional languages.

I could get behind possibility 2.

 

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65 was such a waste. They should have crash-landed on Earth with a crewful of hapless Dino-fodder. Instead we get an entire movie with not a single meaningful exchange of dialogue and nobody gets eaten by dinosaurs. 

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Almost tempted to put this in UK politics, but did anyone see Once Upon A Time In Northern Ireland? I’m embarrassed how little I knew about The Troubles. In my head I’d framed it as a bunch of terrorist incidents basically, when really it was fully fledged civil war on British soil. It’s insane. 

With the Ken Burns Vietnam documentary, there’s always that option hanging over it of the US withdrawing. However politically unviable that may have been, it still sticks in your head as an out; “man, they should never have gotten involved in this”. But with the Troubles, yes Catholics should’ve been given equal voting rights. But beyond that, it’s just a fucked up situation that I’m not really sure that anyone could’ve done much about it. The population was just too segmented, too much history and animosity between them, for it to go anywhere good. Which isn’t to excuse any of the behaviour of the British, they certainly exacerbated things more than they needed. But actually averting this entirely? I’m not seeing how that could’ve happened once you got to the late 60s.

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2 hours ago, Spockydog said:

65 was such a waste. They should have crash-landed on Earth with a crewful of hapless Dino-fodder. Instead we get an entire movie with not a single meaningful exchange of dialogue and nobody gets eaten by dinosaurs. 

It would have benefitted from a few more humans surviving, but I still liked how silly and dumb it was. I just don't get what they were thinking giving everything away in the trailer. 

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3 hours ago, Ran said:

 

Then decided to rewatch Adam McKay's The Big Short, which is easily the best thing McKay has ever made. Such a great way to dramatize the 2008 financial collapse, following different threads of the people who realized what was happening early.

 

I watched that recently mostly for the actors, and for that it was worth it, but I struggled throughout because I'm not someone who understands a lot about business and finance, so it felt like they were speaking in a foreign language with no subtitles 70% of the time.

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3 hours ago, Annara Snow said:

so it felt like they were speaking in a foreign language with no subtitles 70% of the time.

I think I probably had a little more familiarity, just as an American who had read a bit about all this stuff, but I also thought they tried to do a pretty good job explaining things with the famous celebrity interludes. Still, it gets very jargon-heavy, so if you lose track of what a CDO is at some point, I can see how it'd be hard to recover.

Other thing I watched was Alita Battle Angel, the James Cameron-produced, Robert Rodriguez-directed adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's manga-of-almost-the-same-name Battle Angel Alita. I forgot Laeta Kalogridis was part of the team on this one, she went on to Altered Carbon which worked okay in season 1 and then completely tanked in season 2. The visuals and action were actually quite spectacular, and it was funny to see cyborg Daario Naharis (aka Ed Skrein, the original Daario from S... 3? S4? I can't remember now). However, the writing was at best mediocre, and while I suspect it was a faithful enough rendition of the manga with some of its asides and little vignettes, the writing is not why this became a big hit in Japan in its original incarnation. It's about the visual design and composition, and I think Rodriguez (who did a bang-up job with Sin City) handled that pretty well, helped significantly by Weta's VFX wizards. Rosa Salazar was pretty good as Alita, I thought. Keean Johnson as her love interest, OTOH, was only passable. Christoph Waltz is always a welcome presence, but he wasn't well-served by the script. 

The film very much ends in a to-be-continued way, and I see that as recently as this year Cameron and Rodriguez both insist a sequel is in the works even though the film broke even (more or less). 

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5 hours ago, Ran said:

I think I probably had a little more familiarity, just as an American who had read a bit about all this stuff, but I also thought they tried to do a pretty good job explaining things with the famous celebrity interludes. Still, it gets very jargon-heavy, so if you lose track of what a CDO is at some point, I can see how it'd be hard to recover.

Having worked in finance for nearly a decade, this movie was like brain porn for me. I sat there gobbling up every last bit of it and had zero trouble with the jargon. But again - worked in finance, knew the lingo. (Nick Britell's score also does some masterful work, with some terrific tips of the hat to James Horner in tracks like 'Restricting Withdrawals' and 'Closing the Fund'. 

The source text, by Mike Lewis, is arguably a bit easier to follow, but your mileage might vary on that front. 

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18 hours ago, Isis said:

I found it a bit slow, which is a weird complaint for this show I guess but I mean compared to the relatively fast-paced end of S1. I will try another couple of episodes.

Trust me, S2 will get there and will go to all sorts of places.

As the kids say it,

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10 hours ago, Ran said:

Other thing I watched was Alita Battle Angel, the James Cameron-produced, Robert Rodriguez-directed adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's manga-of-almost-the-same-name Battle Angel Alita.

As a last bastion of 3D-fanboyism, Cameron absolutely knows how to nail that niche of cinematography. That movie is corny - the love interest sk8ter boi is atrocious - but the lead actress is compelling, Waltz chews his scenery with aplomb, and most importantly the cyborg racing violence is a visual feast in 3D. I re-watch it every few months on my Quest 2, and it's quite immersive. My 3D top-5 are of course Avatar, with Alita, Tin-Tin, Big Hero 6 right behind it with a general tie of every Pixar movie there for a 12-way-tie for 5th. Animation is vastly superior for that dying media (I hope it re-surfaces, per se, once home VR headsets are commonplace in a few years).

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Watched Knocked Up. This really is an excellent movie and the acting all around is great. The rumors about Katherine Heigl must be true because she is such a good actress and obviously a stunning beauty. She's not gotten a ton of work meanwhile everyone else in the film has become rather successful. 

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Saw Nimona last night. Not familiar with the graphic novel, but really enjoyed it as uncomplicated fun. Highlight was Riz Ahmed's voice-acting and the character design and animations. Lively and expressive without the slightly grating Instagrammy perfection of styles like Arcane. 

Riz Ahmed's been one of my preferred Doctor Who candidates for years. 

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3 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

Watched Knocked Up. This really is an excellent movie and the acting all around is great. The rumors about Katherine Heigl must be true because she is such a good actress and obviously a stunning beauty. She's not gotten a ton of work meanwhile everyone else in the film has become rather successful. 

Hah we just watched it over the weekend. Agreed, great movie.

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12 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

Watched Knocked Up. This really is an excellent movie and the acting all around is great. The rumors about Katherine Heigl must be true because she is such a good actress and obviously a stunning beauty. She's not gotten a ton of work meanwhile everyone else in the film has become rather successful. 

I actually love this film and I love Heigl. She’s gorgeous and could have chemistry with a plastic bag. I really miss seeing her in more stuff. 

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5 minutes ago, Theda Baratheon said:

Just finished Black Bird on Apple tv - really good little show. Great acting. 
 

what should I watch next on this platform? 

Have you watched Severance? Great show. 
 

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