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    It was laughter at the kung fu vocalisations that felt a bit Father Ted racist. And the apparent intent from creepy old Quentin. I haven't seen a Bruce Lee film since puberty but the screams seemed overdone and made him seem a ridiculous figure. Maybe he made just those noises in Enter the Dragon but.

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      Saw Once Upon A Time In Hollywood last night, and really enjoyed it. I’m of an age that got most of the cultural references, and knew the sinister Tate/Manson Family backstory well enough to have expectations about the likely ending. But I wonder if our youngsters would know much of that without doing some prep work beforehand.

      And, oh yeah, the dog was ace.
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        Watched the opening episode of the Dark Crystal prequel series on Netflix and, despite being quite exposition heavy, it was pretty good. Great to see something using traditional puppetry techniques rather than soulless CGI although bits of it were still a bit too "Avatar". Very promising though and I'm keen to see the second episode.

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        Was slightly disappointed though that the male Gelfling's motivation was basically a variation of the "fridged" girlfriend trope. : Show
        Was slightly disappointed though that the male Gelfling's motivation was basically a variation of the "fridged" girlfriend trope.
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          I’m watching that now. I loved The Dark Crystal as a kid, of course. Not sure why they decided to do a prequel. It can only end badly given the state of the world at the start of the original story.

          I binged Carnival Row, a fantasy set in a world that mostly resembles Europe around 1900 except that this world has different races of humanoid and other creatures as well as magic, monsters, etc. Kinda steampunk. It is a bit slow and disjointed at first, but it gets better, looks good and has Jared Harris.
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            In order to stop us killing them, or them killing each other or themselves (thank fuck School's In tomorrow) I was given the task of taking the kids to see Dora (as in the Explorer) and The Lost City of Gold yesterday afternoon. Having been subjected to the horror of the cartoon, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The kids certainly did, although the ending was basically every Indiana Jones film rolled into one, and no bad thing for it

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              Watching Caddyshack because why not?

              It’s one of the greatest “bad” movies ever made, with lots of classic, quotable bits. But I can see why most critics didn’t like it - critics generally don’t like broad comedies not made by Mel Brooks.

              And I can see why Doug Kenny was so disappointed with it. It could have been a coming-of-age classic like Almost Famous instead of a collection of gags.

              Red Oaks, the series on Amazon, took that idea and made it work. Except in that, the protagonist teaches tennis.

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                The Furies

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                  Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
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                  Were their "demonstrative reactions to the violence" positive? It's a weird scene in that most of the violence is a hugely uncomfortable watch (I literally covered my eyes at one point) but there is a tipping point (when Di Caprio gets involved) where it becomes cartoonish and I have to admit I laughed at that, then winced again at the outcome.
                  Yes, gales of laughter

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                    I thought Once Upon A Time in Hollywood was typically QT. Overlong, in need of edit, and a lot of boring bits. Not been a fan of his recent output, but at least I can re-watch Inglorious Basterds and Django for the two to three great scenes. Can't honestly say i'd re-watch Once Upon A Time if I saw that it was on TV. One scene with any tension, Margot Robbie terribly underused and some really misjudged scenes.

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                      Over the holidays, the kids went to stay with my sister-in-law for three days. While we mostly used the time to do an insane amount of DIY (chose, ordered and assembled a bunk bed, turned an old cot into a desk), we did take a little time to watch the second season of Fleabag and half of the Antman film. It's amazing how much you can get done in 72 hours when you're used to having two kids constantly badgering you and injuring themselves, and then suddenly they're not there.

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                        I’d love to see the “before” :“ after” cot to desk transformation.

                        Meanwhile,we finished Big Little Lies Series 2 and weren’’t disappointed. Now well into S2 of Derry Girls which is just lovely.

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                          Yeah I was pleasantly surprised by the Dora film too.

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                            Apparently it has some of the same creative team as the initial Muppet move reboot, so the quality is perhaps a little less surprising.

                            My girls were in to Dora the first time around but at 17 and 15 now I think I'd be struggling to get them along to see the movie, even with the fresh approach to it.

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                              Yeah it's a film largely about teenagers but for pre-teens, which is why our seven-year-old got into it

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                                Originally posted by Amor de Cosmos View Post

                                Netflix have (probably) tampered with the seasons again. Series 3 is quite short, 8 episodes I think (?) And ends smack in the middle of the action. So a quasi-series 4 is clearly happening at some point. Series 3 is OK, a bit more of an OTT plot and acting than the first two, but necessary viewing as it has the same cast as the first series, including some who died! I think I'm in love with 'Nairobi.'
                                Re: Casa de papel/Money Heist
                                I am near the end of S1, Netflix-wise and am intrigued/perplexed at the idea it can be spun out much longer, to 2 further seasons. But I’m along for the ride- watching it in Spanish with Spanish subtitles
                                Last edited by Felicity, I guess so; 11-09-2019, 07:08.

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                                  I think I'm having a TV slump. Shows I love have become a chore and it's happened across so many I think it has to be me rather than them.
                                  I'm struggling to finish the latest series of:-
                                  Preacher
                                  Legion
                                  Santa Clarita Diet
                                  The Good Place
                                  Jack Ryan
                                  American Gods
                                  I mean, I've got nothing but time at the moment, but I just can't be bothered. And I've plenty of others on my watch list I can't be arsed to even start. How weird.
                                  Last edited by hobbes; 11-09-2019, 07:58.

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                                    I'm with you. I think that once the novelty wears off - and I'm going to call that three seasons - I tend to feel like 'Well, where's this going? Just 'more of the same'?'
                                    We're finishing up S3 of Animal Kingdom, which is weirdly addictive yet incredibly pointless. And frankly, I'm probably done with it although there's an S4 kicking around.

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                                      On a brighter note, we watched the first episode of the new Catch-22 which was really enjoyable. They’ve made some changes from the original rather than just doing a straight reworking, but very much kept the spirit of the book and original movie. The balance between humour, the terror of the aircrews’ experiences, the matter-of-factness of the horror juxtaposed and the absurd mundanity of life at the base is well managed. Cast excellent, and George Clooney in fine form. He may be starting to play George Clooney now, but he’s very entertaining.

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                                        Originally posted by WOM View Post
                                        I'm with you. I think that once the novelty wears off - and I'm going to call that three seasons - I tend to feel like 'Well, where's this going? Just 'more of the same'?'
                                        We're finishing up S3 of Animal Kingdom, which is weirdly addictive yet incredibly pointless. And frankly, I'm probably done with it although there's an S4 kicking around.
                                        Basically I agree. However S4 just concluded on Bravo (in Canada) and it's conclusion shakes the tree quite a bit. Consequently S5 will be different, how much remains to be seen.
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                                          Originally posted by Sits View Post
                                          On a brighter note, we watched the first episode of the new Catch-22 which was really enjoyable. They’ve made some changes from the original rather than just doing a straight reworking, but very much kept the spirit of the book and original movie. The balance between humour, the terror of the aircrews’ experiences, the matter-of-factness of the horror juxtaposed and the absurd mundanity of life at the base is well managed. Cast excellent, and George Clooney in fine form. He may be starting to play George Clooney now, but he’s very entertaining.
                                          I really liked it. I've never finished the book, so at least now I can say I kinda know what happens in it.

                                          Joseph Heller briefly lived here and taught at Penn State. I think he worked on Catch-22 here, so it has some minor local significance.

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                                            Originally posted by Amor de Cosmos View Post

                                            Basically I agree. However S4 just concluded on Bravo (in Canada) and it's conclusion shakes the tree quite a bit. Consequently S5 will be different, how much remains to be seen.
                                            If they're really willing to shake things up - like killing main characters and such - show can run forever and still be compelling. It's when each season looks too much like the last that you think 'okay, they're either out of ideas or don't have nerve'. We'll stick with it, for sure.

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                                              Originally posted by hobbes View Post
                                              I think I'm having a TV slump. Shows I love have become a chore and it's happened across so many I think it has to be me rather than them.
                                              I'm struggling to finish the latest series of:-
                                              Preacher
                                              Legion
                                              Santa Clarita Diet
                                              The Good Place
                                              Jack Ryan
                                              American Gods
                                              I mean, I've got nothing but time at the moment, but I just can't be bothered. And I've plenty of others on my watch list I can't be arsed to even start. How weird.
                                              The only one there that I can definitely recommend sticking with is The Good Place. The fourth and final season is coming soon so you know that you're not getting into something that is going to drag on.

                                              I gave up on Preacher pretty quickly. Just seemed like it was weird and provocative for its own sake. Legion was kind of the the same way. It just got confusing and I stopped caring.

                                              SCD was funny for a while, but then dragged. It ended a bit prematurely so there wasn't really a "pay off" so the last season felt like a waste.

                                              American Gods was meh, in my opinion.

                                              Jack Ryan was ok for that kind of thing. Not so right-wing as I might have thought and I like all the main actors. Season 2 is about the Russians selling arms to Venezuela, supposedly, so I'm a bit skeptical. Thankfully, Tom Clancy is dead so his dick-swinging, ultra-nationalist bullshit won't necessarily make it into the show. They're just using the brand.


                                              I watched the latest season of Westworld (2 or 3, I forget, but I've seen them all) and I'm still not sure its actually any good. A lot of it is just making puzzles for the sake of it and it's not clear that it really "matters." But then I saw the preview for the next Season which is set, at least partly, in Los Angeles of the future, so that made me interested and I felt like I needed to catch up so I can watch that. It may also be a big disappointment. After all, we already have Blade Runner and a BR sequel plus all of the Battlestar Galactica series. Do we need another story about how robots will eventually have "souls" and asking "what makes a human human?" That is an important question, but we've got several generations of sci-fi about that, plus millennia of religion and philosophy. It's not profound to ask that question any more.

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                                                I watched the first two episodes of The Good Place and thought it was awful. Does it suddenly get better or is it just that I don't like it?

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                                                  There's something to be gained from watching a whole series. A lot of the depth comes from the way it's structured. Two episodes won't reveal much.

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                                                    Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post
                                                    I watched the latest season of Westworld (2 or 3, I forget, but I've seen them all) and I'm still not sure its actually any good. A lot of it is just making puzzles for the sake of it and it's not clear that it really "matters."
                                                    Hahah...every word. I've never been so bored. I'm not sure what's happening or what the big story is. And every mind-fuck - oop...he's a robot....oop....she's a robot....oop....robot there, too - starts to wear thin fast. I just gave up.

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