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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 January, 2022, 09:06:19 PM »
The last marvel movie I watched was the one where Bobby California was a robot who tried to destroy the world after he went on the internet for five minutes. After that I realised I couldn’t really be fucked with these films and stopped watching them. I have heard the one with the big brother from Goonies is good, but the FOMO hasn’t got the better of me yet. Still, I wouldn’t go around telling people their fun is wrong. Like, I enjoy the Fast and Furious Universe, or the Double Eff U, if you will.

TLDR: I’m the best at watching movies.

Oh how I wish I had your foresight.  It took me longer to give up on the franchise.

I also like the Double Eff U - I love that joke and I'm stealing it.

You are now my idol for watching movies.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 January, 2022, 10:51:50 PM »
The Matrix Resurrections

I considered revisiting the trilogy before watching this and then figured it might be better to just take it as it comes on its own merits.  I have no idea whether that influenced my opinion of the film or not.  The Matrix is a franchise I don't mind watching every now and again, but I never got on the hype train.  I always felt the philosophical elements were poorly slapped together and the action had a tendency to drag on past it's welcome - I got seriously bored watching the second film in the cinema.  As a first time viewing experience, Resurrection is the best time I've had with a Matrix movie.  There are a load of dorky moments, but I felt it worked as a continuation and wasn't left disappointed.  The action did drag a little, but overall I'd say I was entertained.  I liked the ending, too.  I enjoyed the real world context of the film as well.  Lana Wachowski's not-at-all subtle digs at Warner Bros. was funny and it's clear this is something that neither Wachowski wanted to return to.  Ultimately I think it came across as a blatantly personal film.  Nevertheless, this ends up blurring with the fiction and conceits of the movie at times and I felt the themes got a little muddled in places.  Basically, it's a Matrix film and I had a lot of fun watching it.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 04 January, 2022, 12:45:55 PM »
The Fast and The Furious 1-8

Just been casually watching these over the holiday period.  Such an odd series of films.  It starts off as a Point Break ripoff that trades surf boards for cars and becomes some weird cartoonish action franchise with vague global threats.  It is terrible in so many varied and interesting ways.  The characters are pretty two dimensional and all in service of the power fantasy that is Dominic Toretto (or maybe Vin Diesel's ego).  The films are so incredibly dumb I cannot take them seriously, so I don't even try and I have a lot of fun watching the stupidity unfold.  Looking forward to watching the 9th film.

My favourite of the bunch is Tokyo Drift and my least favourite is 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 December, 2021, 10:16:47 AM »
The Dark Half

George A. Romero does a Stephen King adaptation.  It's certainly a Stephen King adaptation.  It's about a writer.  There's the suggestion of alcohol abuse.  It's a fine story.  Pretty cheesy.  A fun romp.  Nevertheless, nothing really stood out as being especially good or bad.

I also rewatched The Illusionist because I forgot what the film was about. 

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 13 December, 2021, 10:08:47 AM »
(I'm a fan of the original, natch, and controversially rank III above the others mainly because I love it being a pure chase movie).

I probably rate 3 over 2.  Just somewhat more fun.  The original is the best and it's a fine movie, but the best things about it are the effects and especially the music.  That score makes that film.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 07 December, 2021, 10:19:57 AM »
Finished Discovery Season 3 and I loved it.  I like this direction and I hope they can do it justice going forward.

Also, Aeon Flux.  Esoteric, metaphor heavy Aeon Flux.  I really dig it's style.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 December, 2021, 10:16:21 AM »
Dave Made a Maze

A fun little adventure set in cardboard with an amusing tone.  It had an underlying theme, I think, that wasn't well developed.  The kindest reading I have is it is about personal achievement.  But the film isn't deep and the theme ends up being kind of vague.  That's fine as it is humorous and I think the funny situation with it's somewhat dark edge is what the film is about.  Overall I had a good time and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 30 November, 2021, 06:48:04 PM »
Black Widow
Also: what is family? Is it beating each other up and hating? Maybe.

So it's the antithesis to Shazam?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 30 November, 2021, 04:53:28 PM »
The Score

It's a heist movie.  It's fine.  I would have expected a better story or characterisations considering the cast, but it's pretty boiler plate.  The selling point of it is probably that Edward Norton plays a crook who pretends to be neurodivergent - twenty years on it's not so much a selling point.  At best it's odd and at worst it's offensive.  I personally found it tolerable as it didn't go too far over the line, but I recognise it's bad taste.  So it's just ends up being run-of-the-mill with nothing but a cast of actors who have done better in better films.


Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 25 November, 2021, 07:51:18 PM »
I finished Lower Decks.  It was still fun, but I think it could easily go off the rails.

I started Discovery Season 3 and I'm really enjoying it.  I like the setting change, the mystery and some new character dynamics.  I'm about half way through and I'm really engaged.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 24 November, 2021, 10:07:29 AM »
The Eisenhorn books are alright - they don't suffer from the need to cram in a load of bland stoic space marines - but the bar isn't set very high!

Yeah, it's all relative and my expectations are managed when it comes to 40K stuff.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 23 November, 2021, 08:55:49 PM »
Whilst awaiting a delayed train this morning I finally finished the Horus Heresy.

Wow.  I congratulate you!

I have only read seven books from the series in the last eight years.  From what I've read I'd agree with your combined assessments on them.  I haven't even got to the dregs, yet.  That being said, The First Heretic can't be particularly good if I keep forgetting I read it.  The melodrama manages the accomplishment of being simultaneously weak and over-blown.  They are all over-written and bloated.  Most of the ones I read should have been books the third of the length.  There seemed to be a theme of pointless tangents that go on forever.  Frankly, if I wasn't a fan of the setting I wouldn't bother with them.

I intend on reading the Eisenhorn books at some point as I've heard they are the best 40K books.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 November, 2021, 05:42:37 PM »
Death to Smoochie

Interesting and mildly amusing dark comedy about children's television and corruption.  It was engaging and entertaining but I wouldn't call it anything remarkable.

Film & TV / Re: Is Sigourney Weaver Back For More Aliens?
« on: 17 November, 2021, 01:03:05 PM »
I never liked what happens with Cordelia in Angel.  I've watched the series twice and that's the total amount of times I probably will ever watch it and it's largely due to that particular season.  It always felt icky to me.

I think Buffy did benefit from having a number of women involved in production and writing, but it still manages to fall into the misogyny tropes a number of times.  Thankfully, Whedon's involvement did diminish as he went off to focus on Angel.

Whedon also killed off Tara because he had a thing for having an actor get an opening credit just to kill off the character in the same episode.  Also a friding, also a bury your gays.

Film & TV / Re: Is Sigourney Weaver Back For More Aliens?
« on: 16 November, 2021, 04:59:00 PM »
Of the Whedon projects I've seen I'd say Buffy holds up best.  But I am going to say that's despite his involvement and because of other peoples contributions.  I should probably contextualise my opinion by also stating I don't get the high praise of Firefly.  That show really failed to leave a lasting impression on me.

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