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June 9: What have you been watching lately?
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CuriousG
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Jun 10, 1:45am

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June 9: What have you been watching lately? Can't Post

Wow. I just watched "I Am Mother" on Netflix, not expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was as a mystery/thriller. The setting is sci-fi in a post-apocalypse, but it's "sci-fi lite," and once you get used to the characters (android raising a girl, then a vagabond from outside invades the perfect bunker), you spend time watching them, trying to figure out who's telling the truth, what they've done, and what they'll do next.

Oh, and it's a sci-fi movie with an all-female cast (OK, 99%, but no spoilers), which I only realized now, because they didn't make a big deal out of that, but that is pretty unusual for sci-fi. (I just read today a Sigourney Weaver interview where she said the initial story for "Alien" had an all-male cast; well, the rest is history.)
What have you been watching?


Ataahua
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Jun 10, 1:55am

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A few things. [In reply to] Can't Post

Chernobyl
An understandably grim telling of the explosion of the nuclear power plant and its aftermath. Superb - especially the final episode.

Rocketman
I loved this movie so much. Taron Edgerton is phenomenal as Elton John and I really liked the stage-show/fantasy aspect to it. I expect that once the film run has finished, Elton will shift the production to the stage.

Tolkien
Unfortunately, I thought it was a tedious retelling of Tolkien's earlier years. Some great visuals, though.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Aragorn the Elfstone
Tol Eressea


Jun 10, 4:17am

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Relived my childhood with the new 4K remasters of Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992)... [In reply to] Can't Post

....and had a BLAST. The films haven't really ever had a decent home video release on DVD or the earlier Blu-rays, so this was a revelation. Batman Returns, especially, looked absolutely stunning.

It was easy for me to get caught up in Christopher Nolan's films as they came out starting 14 years ago, but this is where my love of Batman resides (along with Batman: The Animated Series).

It always cracks me up, with all the talk of parents losing their minds over Returns due to their kids supposedly getting scared, the film being too dark, inappropriate, etc., that 8 year old me absolutely LOVED the film from my very first viewing. I do wonder what that said about me. Tongue

"The danger with any movie that does as well as this one does is that the amount of money it's making and the number of awards that it's got becomes almost more important than the movie itself in people's minds. I look at that as, in a sense, being very much like the Ring, and its effect on people. You know, you can kind of forget what we were doing, if you get too wrapped up in that." - Viggo Mortensen


cats16
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Jun 10, 6:02am

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I've been busy the last few days wrapping up things at work, so I expect to see a few more things in the next week.

The Last Black Man in San Fransisco (2019): What a wonderful gem of a movie. It's only out in SF/LA/NYC this weekend, but an expansion is coming next weekend and I highly recommend checking out if it's coming to your city soon. It's a slower-paced watch, but it feels like an entirely fresh voice. This is a movie about weird people who are sometimes barely able to keep their head above water in a changing city. It's got shades of Spike Lee, Jonathan Demme and Charles Burnett, but also has a boldly muted sense of humor. About half of our audience was able to process that this movie is *funny*. It almost dares you to laugh. (in theaters)

Lucky (2017): Harry Dean Stanton's final film. I almost didn't give it a try, as the movie's poster and the buzz surrounding it made me think it was just Harry Dean Stanton running around swearing in his underwear. Which isn't totally inaccurate! But pretty quickly you get the sense while watching that this story is much more melancholic and personal to its lead actor. A quick 89 minutes worth checking out for a fantastic performance that I would've lobbied for hard if I'd seen this when it was released. (streaming on Hulu)

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CuriousG
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Jun 10, 1:20pm

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I always temper that "too dark" concern with the fact [In reply to] Can't Post

that Disney is always killing off parents in their cartoons. No little girl was too traumatized by "Frozen" to watch it. Au contraire.


Annael
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Jun 10, 3:07pm

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binged "Good Omens" [In reply to] Can't Post

which was if anything better than the book. I know Neil Gaiman rewrote it often, and he amplified the ending for the TV script, which was a good move. David Tennant and Michael Sheen are - as expected - wonderful in the lead roles of the demon and the angel who both want to avert Armageddon as they love living on Earth so much. Jon Hamm was hilarious as the archangel Gabriel. "We have to have a war. How else can we WIN?"

[Warning: might not be so funny to those who take the Bible literally.]

Happy that "Elementary" has started up for its last season, which has started out as good as ever. One show that has never become formulaic. "NCIS" has also taken a new turn that surprised me and is interesting.

I'm not sure if I'm so happy that "Legion" is coming back, on the other hand. I did not like where it went in Season 2 after the mind-blowing Season 1. Felt like the scriptwriters said "well, we don't really have any great new ideas so let's just make everything weirder." But I will of course watch the season opener.

As most of my other regular shows are on hiatus, I started watching "I, Zombie." Not a fan of zombie shows in general but I'm loving this one. Possibly because it combines zombies with a police/medical procedural, and I do like those when done well.

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Annael
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Jun 10, 3:14pm

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parents always die in folk tales [In reply to] Can't Post

if they are good parents, that is. The point of such stories is to teach children that they have what they need to make it in the world within themselves (although help may come from surprising directions). Disney and Nolan are just continuing the tradition.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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CuriousG
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Jun 10, 5:38pm

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I've been waiting for comments on "Good Omens" on Amazon [In reply to] Can't Post

I watched 3 episodes and stopped. Just wasn't my cup of tea. Not the theology part, just that I didn't find it as clever as it seemed to want to be. Though I did like Jon Hamm a lot in it. Nice to see him post-Mad Men. I like David Tennant a lot, and don't know Martin Sheen much (other than the robot bartender in Passengers), but I felt like both of them were being overly campy.

Maybe there will be an avalanche of good things said about Good Omens to make me give it a second chance. It is the kind of offbeat show I expected to like.


Ataahua
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Jun 10, 8:32pm

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Martin Sheen is wonderful in Underworld. [In reply to] Can't Post

Mind you I love the entire movie, so...

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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N.E. Brigand
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Jun 10, 11:10pm

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"Vice", starring Christian Bale, who is superb. [In reply to] Can't Post

Amy Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell, among others, are very good in supporting roles, but Bale is just astonishing.


Treachery, treachery I fear; treachery of that miserable creature.

But so it must be. Let us remember that a traitor may betray himself and do good that he does not intend.


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Annael
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Jun 11, 12:32pm

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have you read the book? // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

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Annael
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Jun 11, 12:34pm

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he's . . . very different in this [In reply to] Can't Post

in fact hard to recognize as the same actor who played that part, or Blair in "The Queen," or . . .

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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CuriousG
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Jun 11, 4:05pm

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nope // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


CuriousG
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Jun 11, 4:13pm

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Yeah, that was a surprise [In reply to] Can't Post

It's been a long time since I saw Underworld, but looking up images for Sheen's role in it and vaguely remembering his character, I was hit with "THAT is the same guy playing a nerdy, nervous angel in Good Omens?!?!?" He's definitely got range as an actor.


Thor 'n' Oakenshield
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Jun 12, 4:48pm

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I have to get around to watching that [In reply to] Can't Post

Problem is, I've been hooked on Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, which is a brilliant show (and my first foray into Australian television). I was beyond delighted to see Miranda Otto making an appearance in the very first episode.

"We are Kree"


CuriousG
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Jun 12, 5:39pm

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For a 2nd foray into Aussie TV, I recommend Secret City (Netflix). // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Thor 'n' Oakenshield
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Jun 12, 8:57pm

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I'll be sure to check it out - thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Dame Ioreth
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Jun 14, 1:03am

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A Discovery of Witches [In reply to] Can't Post

I came up for air between classes and read the books and watched the TV show. The books are much better. If you love history, this author does a really good job of making it part of a story. She has her doctorate in the history of medicine (and science) and did post-doc work at Oxford. Some of the history she uses is fascinating.

And the Vampires *DO NOT* sparkle. (Thank goodness.)

But I miss TORn. 7 more weeks and I'm done with my Masters degree and then I can get back to important stuff, like wondering about balrog wings!

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CuriousG
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Jun 14, 3:39pm

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*waves at DI* Nice to see you here, and good luck with your coursework. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


sevilodorf
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Jun 15, 10:58am

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Rocketman a definite thumbs up [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes there’s a fantasy element in it and the naivety of Elton at times seems unbelievable but it’s fun and musical.

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sevilodorf
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Jun 15, 11:01am

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Discovery is not as good as books [In reply to] Can't Post

But so few movies are. There’s complexities to the book the series is not addressing but I hope it gets another season and continues the tale.

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Thor 'n' Oakenshield
Rohan


Jun 15, 2:52pm

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Watched "Murder Mystery" with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston [In reply to] Can't Post

A decent film, with some fun humor. Luke Evans turns in a great performance as always, playing a suave British viscount with a villainous name.

"We are Kree"


Dame Ioreth
Tol Eressea


Jun 15, 3:27pm

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Yes, the books are much better [In reply to] Can't Post

The TV series seems to be the YA crowd version of a much more grown up take on the whole modern vampire genre. I really enjoyed the trilogy and the 4th book she wrote about Marcus.

They are filming season 2 as of this past week. It will cover book two of the trilogy. What I find comforting is this author is an executive producer and is also working with the screenwriters. Any changes made go through her first.

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Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
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cats16
Valinor


Jun 15, 5:34pm

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Woo, rooting for you DI! // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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CuriousG
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Jun 18, 3:04pm

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Lion [In reply to] Can't Post

Many movies make dubious claims to be based on real events these days, but this one hewed close to the truth. Plot: 5-year-old boy in India mistakenly takes a train to Kolkata and can't get back to his family and winds up in an orphanage and adopted by an Australian couple. As an adult, he tries to piece his memories together using Google Earth to relocate his original home and find his birth family 25 years later.

It is a remarkable tale, and the life of a lost boy in India is particularly well-portrayed on film, almost too well since I had to keep reminding myself, "It's only a movie, he's not really going to be molested." There's one amazing scene done without dialogue, where he sees other homeless kids sitting on cardboard pieces in a tunnel, he sits nearby, and after making eye contact, another boy offers him some spare cardboard to sit on. The haunting desperation mixed with a little humanity painted quite a portrait in my mind.

I'd expected the film to breeze past his childhood but it spent a fair amount of time there, and I think that was the best part of the movie, even if it was depressing. His angsty search for identity and, bluntly, boring search through images to find his village were not that compelling to watch.

I started exploring the real story of Saroo Brierley online, finding various media interviews that filled in some more details of the story, then thought I might want to read his (ghost-written) book, but Goodreads was pretty discouraging on that score, so I guess it ends there.

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