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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 March, 2022, 09:37:04 AM »
Alien Resurrection

So my unexpected return to the latter Alien films from the original run has now led to Ressurrection and man is it a frustrating film. I love the Jean-Pierre Jeunet films I'm familiar with and you can see why his disturbing, uneasy visual style would seem a fit for an Alien movie, but this was a director about to make Amelie before being offered this and that explains a lot.

This visual style sits so well against a disarming charm and thrust into a horror chase horror movie it makes for an odd mix, too obvious like its REALLY underlining the film trying to be disturbing and uneasy rather than allowing it to be through script and plot. It kinda works best in the end dream like sequence with the Queen, the Hybrid and the all the over laboured sexual guff. The trouble is that bit of the film just doesn't work that well and the end is a bit rubbish - well aside from the gloriously grim way the Hybrid is dealt with.

The film is close and has some real highlight. Sigourney Weaver is just brilliant hamming it up as Ripley 8, the mercenaries are wonderful cartoon characters and the underwater sequence remains an absolute triumph. It just... lacks something. Its fun, passes the time excitingly enough and I don't hate, I just don't really like it either. It hangs there having much to praise it, but nothing to love it.

Curious, which is maybe what it wanted to be.

I'd say that's an accurate description of Resurrection.

Again, the Special Edition does fix some problems with the film.  I found the added material made it more a coherent whole and a more enjoyable romp.  It also felt a little more like a Jeunet film, especially the beginning and it made a bit more sense.  It's a much better version of the film, but it's still Resurrection and it still has that ending.

I like the film.  It's a fun romp.

The directors cut IS better than the cinematic cut (is this the same as the Assembly cut?)

Yes.  I don't know why it's called the Assembly Cut because I highly doubt it's that.  It may be because Fincher disavows the film. 

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 March, 2022, 06:44:01 PM »
I feel as if I should give Alien Cubed another go, anyway - just because it's been many moons since I watched it.

I am happy you are considering giving it another go.  I hope if you do you get something positive from it.  I honestly do think the film has a reputation that isn't entirely deserved and does have something to offer.  If you don't get anything positive from it, that's fine.  The film is not without problems after all.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 March, 2022, 05:42:02 PM »
I never understood the Hicks and Newt thing.  I get there are plenty of folks that love them and were heartbroken that they were disposed of, but I just utterly fail to see why.

Cos everything Ripley fought for during Aliens was casually binned. I'm not going to argue that people shouldn't enjoy the third movie - but it's more of a reboot than a sequel.

Yes.  I have heard many reasons given and I have made many counter points.  From experience I pretty much know I will make no headway in making the case that it isn't that bad and even works for the story being told in Alien3.  Maybe I'm crap at making a point, I don't know, but the passionate brick wall I hit with this particular point of contention I just don't understand.  So I'm resigned to just having an unpopular take on couple of films.  I've given up really trying with this one.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 March, 2022, 07:41:37 PM »
There is something like 30 minutes of added material in it.  It is as Pyroxian says, plus I'd say it helps the pacing, tone, context and exposition (aside from the bull thing, I honestly think it was a mistake to include that regardless of the higher quality cinematography involved).

Although it's just nice for me to see someone else get something positive from the film regardless.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 March, 2022, 10:30:36 AM »
Hey you know what Alien3 isn't that bad...

I've been saying this for years.

I never understood the Hicks and Newt thing.  I get there are plenty of folks that love them and were heartbroken that they were disposed of, but I just utterly fail to see why.  I can only see them as boring two dimensional characters... especially Hicks.  Hudson and Vasquez were far more interesting and likeable characters.  Hicks and Newt are props... especially Newt.  Anyway, I'm resigned to the fact I'm unlikely to get much agreement for this apparently unpopular take.

I am curious whether you saw the theatrical version of the "assembly cut".  The latter does fix a lot a problems with the film.  But introduces one as well.  In that version the bull is the incubator for the Alien and it doesn't work because there is a scene which necessitates it being the dog.  Aside from that the film works considerably better.

Similar goes for Resurrection.  The Special Edition flows a lot better than the Theatrical cut.  Especially the opening act. 

Anyway, I've always liked Alien3.  Love it's bleak tone and the finality of it's ending.  I also think because of the production hell it went through it is an actual accomplishment and is a hell of a lot better than it had any right to be.  This is the hill I die on.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 March, 2022, 02:07:22 PM »

Soft sci-fi commentary on the gig economy.  By and large I think it gets it's point across well enough.  Personally I would have preferred it be more explicit in what it's taking aim at.  I thought the film had bite, but I have a familiarity with subject matter.  I'm entirely unsure whether someone who isn't at all familiar would get the points the film is making.

Aside from that, I enjoyed the performances, pacing and narrative.  There is mystery and satisfying resolution (which isn't particularly outlandish, either).  A good watch.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 10 March, 2022, 09:01:15 PM »
I feel more confident carrying on with The Expanse after watching the third seasons second episode.  I am also resigned to accepting there is going to be plenty of dumb stuff in this series... not that there was much dumb in the second episode.  It was largely engaging and entertaining.  It also felt like the story moved forward.  I think that the transition between seasons this time was just poorly done and the two didn't flow adequately into one another.  Like there was half an episode missing or something.

I'm hoping we're back on track now.  I like most of the new directions taken in this episode even if I'm unsure about the new character.  I am hoping that this season has significant character development for Amos.  It always seems like he should be experiencing some sort of growth and he kind of just keeps reverting to a status quo.  If he doesn't learn empathy and compassion by the end of the series then they'd best have done something absolutely amazing with character for me not to be disappointed.

That said, I have been enjoying Alex's development.  The character is increasingly coming into his own and I wouldn't mind seeing it all culminating in him leading the group.  Because Jim sucks and Naomi is going in a different direction.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 09 March, 2022, 02:17:14 PM »
The Expanse Season 2

I don't think this season was quite as strong as the first one and I think the series as a whole is probably going to suffer from starting at such a high watermark.  I still enjoyed it.  I like Bobbie and her arc for the season.

I got twenty minutes into first episode of season 3 and I have alarm bells going off.  Firstly, I don't like redemption fake outs and bad guy frames someone else for their crime trope.  I don't like any media doing this and I don't find it satisfying entertainment.  It is just frustrating.  Secondly, I'm concerned that the focus is going to start shifting more heavily towards interpersonal drama.  There were degrees of that throughout what I've seen so far, but in the first twenty minutes of this episode it was noticeably more condensed.  I hope it's an aberration because I find myself instantly less enthused for watching more.  I don't think I've had that after committing to two seasons of a programme and thoroughly enjoying them.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 March, 2022, 09:17:47 AM »
Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City
This was actually okay.  I'd say it comes out ahead of the previous run of live action films.  It's got some nice compositional choices that I appreciated.  Easy to follow and pretty predictable.  Very light on substance, mainly because of the large cast of characters and a lack of anything to actually say.  The zombie make-up was interesting.
I think it was pulling heavily from the first two games.  That's my best guess as I haven't played either of them, but know of them through references.  I get the feeling that game-fans might not appreciate the film, but I don't care because it was a fine watch.
Oh, there is sequel baiting as well.  Which I don't like.  Boo to that.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 05 March, 2022, 11:03:16 AM »
Sin City A Dame To Kill For


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 February, 2022, 09:36:39 AM »

A lot of fun, incredibly dumb.  The pacing in this film is really good and it's very clear what is going on and why it's going on.  Sort of.  I mean, rescuing someone by firing a rocket at them isn't what I'd call smart.  It has a lot of problems.  But it's still fun watching Arnold assault, kidnap, murder, rob, and massacre his way to his goal.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 25 February, 2022, 09:26:04 AM »
Finished the first season of The Expanse and started the second.  The first flows very nicely into the second.  It's still very engaging.  There are mysteries set up, most get resolved but some don't and I think it hit the right balance for that.  The world is introduced in a compelling but not overly expository way and I find the array of characters interesting.  I don't know why I like Miller, he's an arsehole, but I do.  The quality is pretty high.  Well paced episodes in a well paced season.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 February, 2022, 10:16:18 AM »

I find Nolan a bit hit and miss.  I found this film a bit hit and miss.  I liked the concept and the cast, but I don't think either were utilised to their potential.  It was hard to get especially invested in what was going on.  The mix of rich-people abusive relationship power dynamic and high concept science fiction didn't work for me.  My biggest complaint is that obnoxious and invasive fucking soundtrack.  It's awful and rarely shuts up.  You know what I like to do?  Hear dialogue.  It was relentlessly pounding into my skull.  I don't think it set the tone right for the scenes as it was largely the same thing throughout with varying degrees of loudness.  It didn't add to the story and punctuate the narrative, it just droned on and on and on and on.  I will go so far to say that it's implementation in this film was incompetent.  For me it turned what could have been an okay movie into an average/below average movie.  It's a shame because the ideas in the film are really good.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 20 February, 2022, 09:35:16 AM »
The Hobbit

This is so much easier to read than The Silmarillion.  This time reading The Hobbit I noticed that the style of writing somewhat changed through the course of the book.  At the start it came across a lot more as a parent telling a story to kids with a bit of humour thrown in to amuse themselves.  As the book goes on a lot of the conversational language disappeared along with the initial humour and came across more as a writer telling a story in a book.  I kind of like it.  It happens alongside Bilbo's growth as character and the escalation of the stakes.  I don't like how many situations are resolved through luck and/or happenstance.  Nevertheless, it didn't really make a difference to my enjoyment of the book.

Next up I'm going to try and read The Lord of the Rings again.  I may fail in getting through the entire thing.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 14 February, 2022, 06:10:19 PM »
I think I'm generally okay with number of episodes.  I only watch an hour at most (usually 40 minutes) of a show per day with very rare exceptions.  I find it easier to digest a show doing it this way than when I'd binge.  It's also nice not to think about what I'd like to watch for a long time.  When I get near to the end of a series I usually know what I fancy watching next.  Plus I've got my rotation of shows I rewatch.

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