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  • Benjm
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    By coincidence, we watched North by Northwest on Thursday. I can see why critics rate Vertigo, because it is a film that lends itself well to particular types of analysis and interpretation, but North by Northwest is my fave Hitchcock by some distance.

    Non-Hitchcock but quite Hitchcock-y Charade is on Talking Pictures tomorrow morning. Must remember to record it, perhaps to watch in a double bill with Scum or Romper Stomper,

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  • Snake Plissken
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    Next week Frozen and The Exorcist?

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  • Nocturnal Submission
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    Mrs. NS and I have been doing classic films for the last two evenings, North By Northwest yesterday and The Deer Hunter tonight. She handled the contrast pretty well.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Yeah, I really loved that and am glad it’s been a success.

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  • Snake Plissken
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    Ted Lasso.

    Best show of the year. Perhaps of recent years.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    The Boba Fett love came from his cool outfit and because he felt like a Spaghetti Western character. Fans were pissed that he had such a dumb (apparent) death.

    The Mandalorian, at least so far, is recreating all those classic Western/Samurai film tropes. It’s not just following a formula so much as doing homages to popular stories from those genres.

    The Clone stuff is, not surprisingly, explored extensively in The Clone Wars (and, to a lesser extent, Rebels.) It’s about how people develop their own identity within a rigid military structure, I guess.
    Last edited by Hot Pepsi; 13-11-2020, 23:23.

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  • Lang Spoon
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    Apart from the uniform, I never got the whole Boba Fett love, even as a kid. And the whole clone shit with the Once Were Warriors guy, fucking hell.

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  • Wouter D
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    Both, appreciated. I observed this as something that was happening, part of me wishes that we would spend more than one episode in a particular place, but a much larger part of me is well aware that this is not affecting my general enjoying of the series.

    With the frog family, I imagine it provided a happy ending in an episode full of people ruthlessly pursuing their own interests. This even includes Baby Yoda, who had seen the eggs as nothing but a delicious snack before.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    @WD I mean the first series was quite formulaic. We had the "has to save the village from bandits" episode, the "help a rookie get his spurs" episode (which was subverted slightly) and the "help an old buddy with a heist knowing he will double cross you" episode.

    @HP filler is a good word for it. Every series has one duff episode so hopefully that's the one

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Originally posted by Wouter D View Post
    I am enjoying this. But it's also very formulaic. We had, in order, the sand episode, the ice episode, and the water episode, and it sounds as if episode 4 will be the forest episode. Which elements are we missing for episodes 5-8? I can see a lava episode coming.
    That would likely be Mustafar. That may appear. Or maybe Sullust.

    The diversity of environments is an important part of Star Wars.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
    Episode 3 of The Mandalorian was much better. Mon Calamari, Quarren, Stormtroopers and Imperial Officers. Back story. Side story. Guest star. Teasing a character. All good stuff.
    This is the way.

    It’s giving the hardcore fans what they wanted, which was a continuation of the stories from Clone Wars and Rebels.

    *Spoiler*
    I’m not sure it was ever officially confirmed that Katie Sackhof would play Bo Katan, but it’s what almost everyone wanted, so it’s great to see that it happened. And next we’ll get to see Ashoka Tano, which is also very exciting for fans of the animated shows and the books, etc.

    I liked the Rey sequels, but the storytelling
    in the animated shows and the Mandalorian, all led by Dave Filoni, is definitely way better and more coherent. So he should just be made Head of Star Wars.

    Having said that, I am not really sure what the point of the frog family story was. Perhaps they just thought that having Boba Fett and then Bo Katan, (played by the actress who played Starbuck) in back to back episodes would cause a collective nerdgasm that would disrupt the rotation of the Earth. So they needed a filler episode to keep the balance.

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  • Wouter D
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    I am enjoying this. But it's also very formulaic. We had, in order, the sand episode, the ice episode, and the water episode, and it sounds as if episode 4 will be the forest episode. Which elements are we missing for episodes 5-8? I can see a lava episode coming.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    Episode 3 of The Mandalorian was much better. Mon Calamari, Quarren, Stormtroopers and Imperial Officers. Back story. Side story. Guest star. Teasing a character. All good stuff.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    That was a pretty good film.

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  • Walt Flanagans Dog
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    I think it was mentioned on this very thread but can't find it with the search function, but watched Brittany Runs A Marathon last night. A lot more downbeat and realistic* than the poster suggests and while it was hardly an Oscar contender, the subject matter meant I got more personal engagement from it than most of the films I've watched during lockdown. I watched the marathon scenes wishing I was dying on my arse around the 20 mile mark, surrounded by discarded water cups, just like the good old pre-Covid days, and wondering when that sort of big event will be feasible again.

    *it had a share of unrealistic things and contrivances, but still.

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  • ad hoc
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    I am pretty sure I mentioned this film last year when i saw it. Now it';s apparently coming to a digital platform near you (Prime, Apple, and more). I really recommend it. (The review is in the Times but seemingly not behind a paywall) https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/c...7298f7d953290a

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  • Sits
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    Originally posted by Lang Spoon View Post
    A year late, but finished Succession last night. Fuck me, that was intense.
    You’re not the last. We still have S2 to watch.

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  • Eggchaser
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    Originally posted by Hot Pepsi View Post

    Most of the sets are all digitally created on the new Volume system. It's amazing.

    https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/20/ho...tv-production/
    I should imagine setting episodes on Tatooine and ersatz Tatooine allow a saving on the design, at any rate.

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  • tracteurgarcon
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    Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post

    First 2 episodes of series 2 - my bad should have specified
    Ah, yes haven’t seen any of series 2 yet, apologies for the confusion.

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  • danielmak
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    Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
    I watched Atomic Blonde tonight. More style that substance but I liked it.
    A lot of style in that one. But I really liked it as well. James Bond films were always the gold standard for espionage action films but now most of the Bond films are basically the same as any other action film: things blowing up every 5 minutes. The Bourne films seemed to take the place of what Bond films did: chases, fights, some intrigue about whose funding the band guys. Then the Bourne films became very repetitive. Atomic Blonde is not on par with Tinker Tailor or A Most Wanted Man in terms of storytelling but I thought there were enough twists in the plot and enough interesting fight scenes that it was a solid film.

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
    I watched Atomic Blonde tonight. More style that substance but I liked it.
    I loved that and look forward to the sequel.

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  • Jon
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    Originally posted by Amor de Cosmos View Post
    Anya Taylor-Joy has a face you cannot stop looking at, which is fortunate as a the show spends a disproportionate amount making you do just that. Visually she has a touch of the Louise Brooks, for me never a bad thing.
    She has had quite the impact on a friend of mine, who now wants to watch The New Mutants as she's in it. (I'm very fond of the 80s Claremont/Sienciewicz comic of the 80s so I saw it. It's an enjoyable film, despite the poor reviews). Another friend of mine's son is a big fan of her role in the Playmobil Movie.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    I watched Atomic Blonde tonight. More style that substance but I liked it.

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  • Patrick Thistle
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    Originally posted by Tratorello View Post

    Nope, the first two episodes are set on a planet called Arvala-7 which features Jawas and is pretty much Tatooine in all but name but yes, Mando does visit Mos Eisley in Episode 5 to get repairs and then spends the rest of the episode on Tatooine.
    First 2 episodes of series 2 - my bad should have specified

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  • Hot Pepsi
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    Originally posted by Sean of the Shed View Post

    I'd imagine the main reason that they keep returning to Tatooine is that it saves a good wedge of the budget that would go on setbuilding.
    Most of the sets are all digitally created on the new Volume system. It's amazing.

    https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/20/ho...tv-production/

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