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The Watching Thread: "We die as quickly together as we do apart."
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Aragorn the Elfstone
Tol Eressea


Apr 11, 10:45pm

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I've been spending this week watching more TV than film. I'm all caught up on episodes of Fear the Walking Dead and ready for next week's premiere. Though I wasn't all that crazy about the first two seasons (I thought they were good, but not great), I really responded to Season 3. Great characters, great drama, great action. I'm glad to see that Alycia Debnam Carey has really come into her own (especially with the episode "Brother's Keeper"). I'd felt for a while that the part of Alicia wasn't really worthy of the talents she had on display as Lexa in "The 100", but she's getting to do really great stuff on the show now.

I also started watching my new Blu-ray set of Season 3 of Outlander that I bought yesterday. I've already seen the episodes, of course, but it's great getting to them in quick succession and in such stellar quality (especially the sound mix!). I also picked up Paul Thomas Anderson's "Phantom Thread", which was one of my favorite films of the year. I haven't watched the Blu-ray yet, but will as soon as I have the chance.

What are you watching?

"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


sevilodorf
Grey Havens


Apr 12, 2:30am

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A Quiet Place [In reply to] Can't Post

While good... it did require some conscious suspension of belief..... (my main question which I had to just ignore but ... how the heck would a race that is completely blind ever know about stars to even want to build space ships to go out to conquer other planets?) ..... but ignoring that ... it was an interesting idea with some well done performances by the female actors.

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Annael
Half-elven


Apr 12, 7:55pm

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The Terror and some season finales [In reply to] Can't Post

hadn't realized this was on already, so watched the first three episodes. I'm not a horror fan, but I adore stories about polar exploration and I've read the book, which led me on an Internet search for more information about the doomed expedition of The Terror and The Erebus. Very well done, so far.

Watched the finale of Project Runway: AllStars. I read on some forum that people were referring to the finalists as the "sister wives" as they were so supportive of each other even as they competed, and I would have watched a show just of Ken and Anthony. Ken in particular intrigued me - he was a whiny diva the first time he was on the show, yet this time he displayed amazing maturity - made me curious just what kind of journey he's been on between then and now. I was glad Anthony won but would have been just as happy with Fabio winning - or Ken; I thought it wasn't fair that they took the final spot away from him in the way that they did.

Also watched the finale of Season 3 of The Magicians. We have gone beyond the books now, so instead of the satisfying ending of the books we got a cliffhanger and things are worse than ever! I'm hugely impressed with Hale Appleman, who plays Elliott, and clearly the writers are too as they're giving him a chance to play a very different character for a while.

And Legion is back and weirder than ever .. .

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
Half-elven


Apr 13, 11:56am

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“Fear the Walking Dead” as refuge for TWD ex-fans [In reply to] Can't Post

I tried to enjoy the first couple of seasons of FTWD, and it was too much work. Everything seemed inferior, and one of my biggest problems was the sloppy editing with action scenes, where literally one moment a zombie is an inch away from biting someone, and the next scene, that same zombie is 10 yards away. But there were other problems too.

So I was encouraged to read that the 3rd Season breathed new & better life into the show, and hopefully the 4th will as well, because I’ve given up on The Walking Dead—I still read the episode summaries, and I’m still glad I’m not watching it. Its descent into endless war between survivors, contrived cliffhangers, and sado-torture porn (Negan) completely lost me. I think the survival aspect (against zombies) in a post-apocalypse is more interesting. Yes, there will be strife among the survivors, but it doesn’t need to become a soap opera. So, fingers crossed that S4 of FTWD will be good.

On a side note, I skimmed through the latest season of “Z Nation” when it appeared on Netflix. It remains ho-hum to me. The 1st season had a lot more humor, which I enjoyed. (“Is he really a doctor?” “No, but he saw most of the episodes on ER when there was still TV.”) For some reason they took farcical characters and a silly plot and made them more serious, maybe aiming for cult status, and they still managed a few entertaining episodes (like one mimicking Mad Max: Fury Road), but overall, it’s not compelling watching for me.


Carcharoth
Rivendell


Apr 13, 12:45pm

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Finally got to see... [In reply to] Can't Post

 
Get Out and IT; both were great.

I remember getting so flabbergasted at the ending of IT when I read it in high school back in '86 that I threw the book across the room.
But I really enjoyed this film, and I'm looking forward to the second [chapter], especially now that Jessica Chastain is on-board, and with Bill Hader and James McAvoy in talks to join the film.
(not sure which one McAvoy would play [my guess would be Eddie or Richie], but Bill Hader seems like the perfect choice for Billy.)

Get Out lived up to the hype as well, in my opinion. Looking forward to seeing more from Jordan.

I also watched Terminator 3 and Terminator: Salvation. I haven't seen Genisys yet.



Starling
Half-elven


Apr 13, 6:54pm

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The ending of IT was such a rip off [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember having exactly the same reaction when I finished the book. (I would have biffed it across the room but it was a borrowed copy. Laugh)




Kilidoescartwheels
Tol Eressea


Apr 13, 9:47pm

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I have started watching "Colony" on Netflix [In reply to] Can't Post

mostly because Graham McTavish has signed to do Season 3 - that guy has got to be the biggest workaholic in Hollywood. He'll have some spots in "Preacher" later this summer, plus "Castlevania" sometime this year, plus the "Aquaman" movie, I mean, BUSY!!! So, "Colony" is a lot like the old "V" series, or the more recent "Falling Skies," with aliens taking over and being up to something but we don't know what. Anyway, so far so good. Josh Holloway's character is an FBI agent that has been caught and forced to become a "Collaborator." Meanwhile, his wife is part of the Resistance. Part of Hollywood has been walled off, and one of their children is on the other side of the wall. It's an interesting look at why people would become collaborators - some of them don't look too happy, so it's probably a case of "better than being dead" for some, while others are taking advantage of the "opportunity" presented. Josh believes that if he cooperates he could get his son back, but now of course he has a target on his back, and his wife is gathering intel from him (naturally he doesn't know she's in the Resistance).


I would love to be watching "The Terror," but I don't get cable, which means I'll also have to wait on Season 3 of "Colony" unless USA Network sells season passes on Amazon (how I watch "Preacher").

I'm not scared to be seen, I make no apologies - this is me!

from The Greatest Showman




Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Apr 14, 12:20am

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Danger, Will Robinson! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've caught the first episode of the Lost in Space reboot on Netflix (not enough time just now for binging). The show is off to a good start, though starts with the action already underway and fills in backstory as it goes. There's a terrific cameo in the pilot episode. SPOILER AHEAD (highlight to read): Bill Mumy appears briefly as the REAL Dr. Z. (presumably for Zachary) Smith, and Parker Posey steals his jacket with his I.D. tag. It's a good start.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock


Carcharoth
Rivendell


Apr 14, 10:53am

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I know what *I'm* watching this weekend! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the heads-up!



Carcharoth
Rivendell


Apr 14, 11:36am

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I'm glad... [In reply to] Can't Post

...that I've had 30+ years to process the experience to the point where I can shrug it off.

I never saw the earlier mini-series with Tim Curry because I just wasn't ready to deal with it.
I may give it a go now that my feelings have softened; haven't decided if I should bother yet, given how well the cinematic version has been handled so far.

The eventual ending aside, this film brought back all of the dread and creepiness that the initial journey through the pages of the book evoked, and I think that's what helped me to finally come to terms with my misgivings; such that I'm very much anticipating the next chapter.



Annael
Half-elven


Apr 16, 4:46pm

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Howard's End [In reply to] Can't Post

happened across this miniseries being shown on Starz. It is SUPERB. They stick strictly to the book - same scenes, in order, as written - but they also expand on things Forster mentions but does not show us, like the sisters' tendency to talk at once and overwhelm their visitors with their eagerness, or Mrs. Wilcox's ability to calm a tense situation. They are also showing why Margaret falls in love with Mr. Wilcox; one sees the growing attraction*. Hayley Atwell and Matthew MacFadyen are wonderful as the leads and every other character is well acted also. Tibby, the brother, is a shadowy presence in the book; here he is brought to life quite well. I'm delighted every moment by how well this is being done.

* He drops his tough facade when puppies enter on the scene . . .

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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Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Apr 17, 3:10am

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Final Space (TBS) [In reply to] Can't Post

As KVN might say (well, sing):
The winds of change are blowin';
we're all gonna die!

Let's go murder the Evil Overlord! Huzzah!

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Apr 17, 3:10am)


Kilidoescartwheels
Tol Eressea


Apr 17, 3:39am

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Yeah, Lost in Space is pretty good. [In reply to] Can't Post

And I'm hoping Parker Posey gets some Emmy-type attention for her portrayal of the most Evil woman on TV right now!Evil

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from The Greatest Showman




Kelly of Water's Edge
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Apr 17, 5:15pm

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Jackie and The Zoo [In reply to] Can't Post

Jackie is not light viewing, and I would advise being in the right mood for it. It covers what she went through in that terrible week from the moment JFK was shot and she held his shattered head in her lap through leaving the White House. Keep in mind that she had already lost two babies and dealt with her husband's serial infidelity by the time Dallas happened.
The movie is deeply sad, with a pervasive sense of impending doom driven by an unnerving soundtrack. When Bobby sweeps in to comfort her and take control of some things, there's some relief - but when she angrily reminds him during an argument that the family isn't invulnerable you remember that he'll also be assassinated 4 years later. When you see John Jr. peeking out a car window during the funeral procession, you remember that he'll later die even younger than his father did. When you see Jackie constantly smoking, you remember that she was only spared knowing about her son's death because she herself would die relatively young of cancer. The tone is intentional. How could she not have been suffering from PTSD under the circumstances? What must have been going through her head as she planned the funeral, explained to her children why their father wasn't coming back, had the Johnsons practically pushing her out of the White House (although to be fair Johnson did have to hit the floor running with the Cold War in full swing and no one knowing who was behind the assassination), got through the public mourning without knowing if an assassin was coming for anyone else, buried her husband (in a location that wasn't the wish of her formidable mother-in-law) and had her babies re-interred with him? All in all, I think it got viewers into what might have been Jackie's head at the time without overly sanctifying her.
On a lighter note, I've also been enjoying The Zoo on Animal Planet, which follows staff caring for animals behind the scenes at the Bronx Zoo. Some inevitable sad notes, but ultimately life-affirming. These are jobs you don't have unless it's a true calling, and it's nice to see areas I've been familiar with since childhood on the screen.


Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Apr 19, 12:12am

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Lost in Space reboot - Season One [In reply to] Can't Post

I just finished watching the first season of the rebooted Lost in Space and I'm really happy with it. The show has a lot of heart and I look forward to season two. I was half-expecting some sort of call-back to the giant cyclops from the original series, but we can't have everything we want! Tongue





"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

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Annael
Half-elven


Apr 21, 3:26pm

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just got Netflix set up on my TV at last [In reply to] Can't Post

and watched the first episode. Promising . . .

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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Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Apr 21, 6:33pm

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LoS [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope you find the reboot worth your while! I occurs to me that we could look at Robot as a subtle homage to the cyclops monster. Wink

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Apr 21, 8:17pm

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A friend has given up on LoS already [In reply to] Can't Post

because, in his words, "I'm tired of seeing smart people make dumb choices for the sake of the plot".

I'll be interested to see what you think of it.

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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Annael
Half-elven


Apr 22, 2:31pm

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interesting . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

I re-read Ursula Le Guin's "City of Illusions" recently and that was my main criticism of it. . . the lead character sticks to a stupid decision despite everyone he meets advising him not to. It does serve the plot, but she could easily have got him to that point another way. It also shows us something about his character which I suspect was her object. I will be on the alert for this with LoS.

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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sevilodorf
Grey Havens


Apr 22, 6:07pm

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Exactly .... my response to so many shows [In reply to] Can't Post

and books..... WHY oh WHY are you repeatedly doing the same thing.... if the character doesn't grow and learn over time you end up hating them... or I do.

Walking Dead ....for example...

Which unfortunately is about where I'm at with JD Robb and Eve Dallas...she's no longer growing as a character... took over 40 stories ... well the last six or seven show almost no progression which is why I haven't pushed myself to even find those at the used book sales.

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Annael
Half-elven


Apr 22, 7:14pm

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I loved "Castle" for the first few seasons because [In reply to] Can't Post

he grew up. And it made sense how and why he did so.

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
Half-elven


Apr 23, 1:31am

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That was pretty much my take on it. Gave up. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Otaku-sempai
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Apr 23, 1:35am

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Oops! [In reply to] Can't Post

My bad. That should have been LiS for Lost in Space. And it looks like my error has been continued. Tongue

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock


Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Apr 23, 2:16pm

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1973 'Lost in Space' animated pilot [In reply to] Can't Post

I just reminded myself this morning of Hanna-Barbera's 1973 pilot for a Lost in Space animated series. The show was never made, but the pilot aired in September of 1973 as a segment of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie series. There were a lot of deviations from the original CBS show.



The one that I didn't know about and only just discovered was a 2003 pitch for an animated Lost in Space that would have remained more faithful to the original series.



"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock


N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Apr 23, 4:55pm

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I loved the 1992 film. [In reply to] Can't Post

I saw it some time before reading the book (about which I got into a debate with a prominent Tolkien scholar who hasn't read it). There's a miniseries version?

Interesting that Wikipedia says the producers "acquired the screen rights"; I would have thought that a 1910 novel would be in the public domain by now.

Treason doth neuer prosper? What's the Reason?
for if it prosper none dare call it treason.


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