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cats16
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May 13, 9:48pm

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Hello and well met! It's been a beat since the last movie/TV/etc thread, so please drop in if you'd like to share what you've been watching lately!

Here are some of my highlights:

Mulholland Drive (Criterion Channel): David Lynch, you've done it again! This was my first time watching this after much anticipation/delay, but it was very much worth it. The film rejects simple explanations and is a wonderful experience in all of its baffling glory.

Several works of Ryusuke Hamaguchi, including Asako I & II, Happy Hour, and Wheel of Fortune & Fantasy (Criterion Channel): This is the director of the acclaimed recent film Drive My Car, for those unfamiliar. He has an incredibly distinctive voice, with common themes of jealousy and fear of abandonment popping up throughout all three of the films I watched (I've yet to see Drive My Car). Happy Hour is a particular standout, though it's hard to recommend to the average fellow as it runs around 5 hours and 20 minutes. I personally loved it and found it to be a very breezy 5+ hour movie, but I'm aware that's not what most folks are seeking out.

The Parallax View (Criterion Channel): A 70s political thriller ripe with paranoia. Warren Beatty plays the "guy who is in over his head and doesn't even know it" very well, which is no easy task. Beautifully shot as well by Gordon Willis, who is better known for shooting The Godfather films.

Those are my greatest hits for the past couple of weeks. How about yours?

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Annael
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May 14, 3:21am

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Liked Moon Knight very much. Strange New Worlds has yet to hit its stride, but we're only two episodes in.

Saw The Lost City, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, and Everything Everywhere All at Once in the theater. Lost City was better than I expected; I thought it would be silly fun and it was, but the acting and the script were better than I expected. Daniel Radcliffe makes a great mad villain. Massive Talent was also fun; Pedro Pascal steals the movie. I need to see EEAaO again; it's a tour de force for Michelle Yeoh, and I think I mostly followed it, but no doubt more will become clear if I see it a second time.

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Eldy
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May 14, 5:52am

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I almost completely stopped going to the movies during the pandemic. While I saw a few limited release anime films, I hadn't been to see a live-action movie on the big screen since ... probably The Rise of Skywalker? Which was a pretty terrible note to go out on. Laugh But over the past month-ish I caught several current movies that were on my radar.

First was The Batman, which I managed to remain almost entirely spoiler-free for despite it having been in theatres for going on two months (remarkably, it was still at the local first-run). I enjoyed it quite a bit, though it felt like a fair bit of connective tissue was left on the cutting room floor that might have made the movie more cohesive, which is a strange thing to say about a three-hour film!

Next was Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which wasn't as offensively terrible as FB2, but was still strikingly bad both as a singular film and as an expansion of the sprawling "Wizarding World" franchise. For almost any other series, I wouldn't have gone back after a film as dire as Crimes of Grindelwald, but like any good Millennial, Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood, so I couldn't let a new movie go unseen. That said, there's an undeniable schadenfreude at seeing Rowling's latter-day efforts fall flat. Evil

Lastly, I saw Everything Everywhere All at Once. Unlike the other two, which I'd known were in the works years in advance, I first heard of Everything Everywhere when I saw the trailer a few months ago and was immediately intrigued. I had the highest hopes of the three for this one, and it didn't disappoint. Unfortunately, the themes of mother–daughter alienation and reconciliation hit uncomfortably close to home, and rather than thinking about the film in depth afterwards (which it deserved and would undoubtedly benefit from) I tried to think of anything else. Unimpressed But I don't regret seeing it, because it was easily the best of the three.

I'm not sure when I'll be back. I wasn't an especially frequent theatre-goer even before Covid, but I enjoy the experience, so I hope it won't be too long before something else catches my eye. I thought about seeing the new Doctor Strange, but I've got a couple years' worth of MCU content I've barely heard of to catch up on, or at least read Wikipedia articles about, and it just didn't feel worth it at this juncture.


cats16
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May 14, 7:08am

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I actually hadn't heard of this until reading your post - I'm not a huge Star Trek person, which is probably part of the reason...but still, I usually have at least heard of shows like this. Hope it starts to hit a good mid-season stride before long!

Glad to hear you enjoyed EEAoO! I've been meaning to catch it since its opening weekend.

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Hamfast Gamgee
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May 14, 7:10am

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Around the world in eighty days, a recent christmas version with David Tennent as Phileas Fogg. Interesting if not to be taken too seriously! Also something called Myans MC which is about biker gangs in California, a little violent but I suppose there is a clue to that in the plot line! Also a remake of Worzel Gummidge also from the BBC iplayer which is suprisingly good!


cats16
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May 14, 7:14am

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I've been nearly all-streaming throughout the pandemic too. [In reply to] Can't Post

The only exceptions were during that brief gap between the worst of the Delta surge and the onset of Omicron, pre-holidays (is it bad that half of my sense of time is based around which variant was circulating at the time LOL?). We saw Dune and The French Dispatch then, but that was already several months ago.

Interesting re: The Batman! I missed it in theaters and it's on my list to check out on HBO Max at some point (though the urge to see them ASAP fades a bit once you know they'll be streaming).

And it seems we're 2/2 in this thread for Everything Everywhere All at Once! It's great to see so many folks checking that one out.

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ElanorTX
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May 14, 7:40am

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My daughter the professional film critic raved about this. As she watches films every day, she's not easily impressed.

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May 14, 10:36am

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Doctor Strange 2 (2/5) and The Lost City (2/5) [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been a big fan of the Marvel franchise but I wonder if they're now trying to draw blood from a stone. Fans invested a lot of emotional energy into these films, especially leading into the concluding chapters, and now it feels like we're operating on the dregs. Also, what's the underlying threat/mission now? The Stones are destroyed, Thanos is dead ... what now?

Which leads to Doctor Strange, which was formulaic and missing a heart. There was a really good germ of an idea there with Wanda but the way it played out was superficial, lacking nuance. I really liked the first Doctor Strange movie; this one's a flashy-looking disappointment.

I thought The Lost City would be funnier than it was. The script needed tightening and some of the minor characters lacked purpose, but the stars really sold it as well as they could. Brad Pitt's cameo was excellent. Smile

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Annael
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May 14, 5:53pm

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it follows on from Star Trek: Discovery [In reply to] Can't Post

which I loved, loved, loved. Took the franchise in [literally] new directions, great cast (Michelle Yeoh's in it too), very clever story arcs that last a season. Fans fell so hard for Anson Mount's Christopher Pike (along with Rebecca Romjin as Number One and Ethan Peck as young Spock) that they lobbied hard for a spin-off, and got it. Strange New Worlds is much more like Star Trek: TOS in that each episode is self-contained, deliberately so. You have to pay for Paramount Plus to watch it. I don't mind because I don't have cable TV now and there are other shows, like NCIS, I can keep up with through it.

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Eldy
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May 14, 7:29pm

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Oh geez, I completely forgot about Dune [In reply to] Can't Post

I did actually go to the theatre for that one, so that was the end of my really long gap without seeing a live-action film on the big screen. I'm
glad I saw it that way: if I'd watched it on my laptop, I'm not sure I would've liked it at all. Laugh Serendipitously, I ended up seeing it in Dolby Cinema because my sister called me right before I was about to drive to the local theatre for the last showing of the evening, and by the time we were done talking it was too late and I ended up driving a bit further to a much larger theatre with large format options. Worked out well :)


cats16
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May 15, 12:15am

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...produces unexpected results, I suppose. Cool But I agree, I'm not sure how I would have responded had I not been in a theater for Dune. That's to say I would have necessarily disliked it, though I was surprisingly absorbed and captivated, and I don't know if my reaction would've been so strong had I watched at home. (Btw, Christopher Walken is set to play the Emperor in the sequel - I haven't read the Dune books, but I'm already sold on it to see Walken.)

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Eldy
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May 15, 12:38am

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...about Walken being cast as the Emperor; that's definitely something to look forward to! I first read Dune about seven years before seeing the movie and reread it afterwards. I like it, but the pace picks way up in the last third, which I was pretty disappointed by the first time since I'd wanted to keep seeing the characters in the same level as detail as before, even as events in the plot were getting more chaotic. Honestly, I'm not sure how Villeneuve is going to fit it all into one more film (unless he isn't?), but I'm definitely curious to see how it turns out.

I think Part One was a reasonably solid adaptation of the original story, but I enjoyed it primarily as an audiovisual experience. Hans Zimmer's score was great, and the scene with the worm and the spice crawler was absolutely amazing in a theatre where I could feel my seat shake with the sound.


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Kimi
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May 15, 2:21am

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Home viewing [In reply to] Can't Post

as I'm cautious about crowds right now. A mix of re-watches on DVDs and on-demand. Last night we watched "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" for the first time in quite a few years, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It keeps close to a beloved story; Tilda Swinton as the witch, and Liam Neeson lending his mellifluous voice for Aslan; good performances from the kids (Georgie Henley as Lucy is just a delight); and some familiar and much-loved Aotearoa New Zealand scenery once winter is over (the winter scenes were filmed in part in Czech forests, so again some scenery that's familiar.

Currently working our way through "Star Trek: Discovery", somewhat later than everyone else (currently a short way into Season 2). The first Star Trek I've watched in many years, and I'm enjoying it. Looking forward to "Strange New Words" afterwards.

A re-watch of a multi-season series called "Foyle's War", about a policeman working in Sussex in WWII and in the years immediately following. Very well-made, with clever plots and engaging actors. An amazing number of very early appearances by actors who later became much more familiar: Emily Blunt, Rosamund Pike, and David Tennant, to pick three of many.

The heaviest of our current watching: a British series called "The Split", about a law firm specialising in divorce, but most of all about a couple whose relationship has fractured. It's also about family: three sisters and their mother, all very different people, all utterly loyal to one another, always there for each other. I find both members of the central couple so likeable that it's immersive and often painful to watch them hurt themselves and each other. I'm making it sound darker than it is, though - there's so much love in amongst the pain, and that lifts it well above a litany of misery.


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Starling
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May 15, 7:13am

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I was so cross when the final series finished I went back and started again from series 1!

Have you watched Unforgotten? It also stars Nicola Walker and has been going for ages in the UK. There are three series available on TVNZ on demand, hopefully they will add more. I'm pretty sure you would like it.




Lily Fairbairn
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May 15, 2:46pm

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Speaking of Nicola Walker... [In reply to] Can't Post

...we were tipped off to a series titled Annike, about a police detective played by Walker working with a team in Glasgow to investigate murders in the rivers/lochs/seas. It's different, with Annike herself musing about myth and literature to the camera.

Where now the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing?
Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing?
Where is the hand on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing?
Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing?
They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow;
The days have gone down in the West behind the hills into shadow....


cats16
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May 16, 5:53am

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Villeneuve has hinted at the notion of it being a trilogy. Which is a funny thing to think about, since the answer to that is obviously known to those working on the script and whether it ends the story or not. It's really quite impressive they're on their way to having a sequel greenlit, shot and released in two years, for a movie of this scale.

I think it would've been a shock for the sound team to not win the Oscar - as you say, it was quite an audiovisual experience, and it's easier said than done for a film's soundscape to have such a rich and powerful presence (Fury Road did this so well too IMO).

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Starling
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May 16, 7:20am

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I did try Annike, [In reply to] Can't Post

but couldn't get into it. I found the direct to camera stuff was just not my cup of tea.




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May 16, 1:36pm

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I wondered about Dr Strange [In reply to] Can't Post

I wondered why I had no desire to go and see it... which is so weird for me w/Marvel movie. I think my spidey sense told me to wait. That's too bad. It's not often these people miss the mark. *sigh*



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May 16, 1:38pm

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Tennent did a version of Around the World. I'll have to check that out. Thanks!



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May 16, 4:24pm

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It's on PBS. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's lots of fun! And IMHO better than the David Niven movie. The characters develop nicely. Do stream it, it's eight episodes!


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Anything with Nicola Walker I'm always keen to check out, and I loved "Unforgotten". We have it on DVD now.


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Kimi
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May 18, 1:02am

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It's a lot of fun. [In reply to] Can't Post

I found it quite engaging - certainly worth checking out if you have the chance.


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Dame Ioreth
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Jun 10, 5:11pm

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I've watched the entire series through at least 3 times. I find Foyle's character fascinating. There is so much going on behind that calm exterior. Michael Kitchen can do more with silence than almost any other actor. My favorite episode is The Fought In The Fields.

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Dame Ioreth
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Jun 10, 5:17pm

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Not much time but I did find another NZ show I enjoyed [In reply to] Can't Post

called 800 words. It's a bit soapy but I liked the heart. The main character is struggling with life after losing his wife in a car accident that he witnessed. He's got teenagers (eek!) who are also grieving so of course they move from Sydney to a small town in NZ. Hilarity, tears, drama, and ultimately growth ensue. The scenery is beautiful, the characters are warm and fun. It's a good light dramedy. Perfect for my overtaxed brain.

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