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  1. Star Wars Episode 9

    I'm pessimistic about Abrams making a good movie, but I don't think it'll be terrible for the same reason TFA wasn't terrible: if you have lots of great characters played by lots of fantastic actors, plus John Williams doing the score, things can't get too bad. I'm mostly just happy this trilogy delivered The Last Jedi, which is a masterpiece, and at this point I just don't really have any expectations for the third movie. If it sticks the landing I'll be delighted, but I won't exactly lose sleep if it's a dud.
  2. Recently completed video games

    I think you typically just pass manure once!
  3. https://clips.twitch.tv/HeartlessArbitraryHeronDeIlluminati
  4. The Good Place

    That's all correct, but I think it was probably just an oversight on their part. It doesn't make a ton of sense if you think about it.
  5. https://clips.twitch.tv/AuspiciousTenaciousCockroachDxCat
  6. Discovery's writers seem like they're ADDICTED TO DRAMA because every second of every episode seems like it has to be during a countdown to everyone dying, or someone dying, or something bad happening, and there's never any time, and frankly it's not really my jam. It's like, I know you're trying to make it exciting, but would it kill you if there was ever a plotline that wasn't a ticking time bomb or something? Aside from that I'm enjoying the show, even the Klingon crap. I like it when they speak in Klingon! It's novel. And it's funny how the Klingons all live in overwrought space dungeons for some reason. I guess there's no Klingon word for "cozy." Mostly I feel the same way about Discovery as I did about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is that a lot of the trappings are not really my jam, but its heart is in the right place and all the characters + actors they have are quite good, so there's definitely room to grow.
  7. Netflix Originals

    Everyone keeps saying good stuff about The Umbrella Academy but I haven't watched it. People said equally good stuff about Russian Doll so I watched it and liked it but it didn't blow me away. The lead gives a great performance and I definitely like the setting/mood/tone but aside from that it didn't rock my world. I also watched Velvet Buzzsaw which I liked a lot: dark humor/satire plus an insane amount of cheese which the movie isn't afraid to own. It's not as good as the director's previous movie Nightstalker, which had a more interesting satire target and more interesting characters, but Jake Gyllenhaal gives a great performance in both movies so there's that. Also I live in India where Star Trek: Discovery is technically a Netflix Original, and I've been keeping up with that. It's fine.
  8. Quitter's Club: Don't be ashamed to quit the game.

    I think I gave up on that in like the first or second level. Good writing, bad everything else.
  9. Netflix Originals

    Since I posted last, I've seen The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Night Comes for Us, The Kindergarten Teacher, Cam, and Private Life. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is one of my favorite movies of the year. Classic Coen dark humor turned up to 11. The last short was probably my favorite but I absolutely loved each and every single one of them. I think the only things I dislike about it are some distractingly shitty special effects, the rather predictable but still disappointing complete and utter failure to engage at all with the racism present in a lot of early Westerns which it happily just sticks in the movie without comment at all, and the even more predictable but also still disappointing failure to include ANY NON-WHITE PEOPLE IN ANY SUBSTANTIAL ROLES because that's pretty much how the Coens roll. The Night Comes for Us is series of amazing action scenes stitched together with an entirely forgettable but thankfully not objectionably shitty or problematic story. If gore/brutality doesn't bother you too much and you enjoy action, you'll pretty much 100% like this movie. Otherwise you'll be wincing too much to see. I think the fights generally get better as the movie goes on, which is nice. The Kindergarten Teacher is a great little drama with a very good performance by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Cam is an interesting horror movie about a camgirl that never quite gets great. It has one moment that I briefly found sublime, and the rest of it's merely fine. Certainly this could easily have been shitty in like eighteen different ways, so it's nice that it avoided all those pitfalls, but ultimately it won't exactly go down in memory. Private Life has some wonderful performances and it does a tremendous job making all the characters very real and honest. All the main characters feel really fleshed out. I liked it a lot overall.
  10. Movie/TV recommendations

    I quite like The Tick too. I love Serafinowciz and it's cool because the guy who plays Arthur is one of the co-hosts of a podcast I love so I've been a fan of his for a long time. I think the second season is coming relatively soon so that's cool.
  11. Women Directors

    Yes, but "everyone thought X" strikes me as literally the opposite of divisive, right? My impression is that Letterboxd reviews are not a particularly representative swathe of opinions about a film. I think this is a fairly idiosyncratic view.
  12. Women Directors

    Leave No Trace is divisive? I thought it received universal critical acclaim? Wikipedia says it's the second most reviewed movie in all of history to receive a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I watched it last night and loved it.
  13. Spelunky!

  14. Kickstarters

    The released games I've backed are Wasteland 2, Shadowrun Returns, and Pillars of Eternity, all quite fine (the former two got bonus/deluxe/director's cut/whatever editions for free). The unreleased games I've backed are Star Citizen, Tangiers, and the Pathologic sequel/remake. Star Citizen seems to be chugging alone quite fine. There's no way it'll ever pull off half of what it's aiming for, but you could get a fine game with just a quarter of what it's aiming for. Pathologic seems to be doing fine too. Tangiers is mostly one guy who seems to have had all sorts of life issues and it's seemed dead many times, but then sometimes an update pops out, and anyways every single thing from the campaign to the latest update always looks fantastic. So although I have my suspicions about it ever coming out, if it ever does come out maybe it'll be neat!
  15. Netflix Originals

    I think the only three Netflix originals I've seen are Annihilation, Okja, and Mute. Annihilation is wonderful. I saw it in theaters and I'm glad I did, because the sound in that movie is out of this world. Okja is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love the director and this is by far my favorite of his films. Nobody pulls off tonal shifts as often or as well as he does. And I love Paul Dano in everything he's in. Mute is dogshit. Someone needs to stage an intervention for Duncan Jones because he's basically just been spiraling downwards with all of his movies. I really hope he hits rock bottom and bounces, as opposed to just, like, getting worse and worse. But it's hard to imagine him getting worse than Mute. It's also such a shame 'cuz he's fallen so far. Moon was tremendous and Source Code was fine. I haven't seen Warcraft: The Movie Based on the Hit Video Game but I can extrapolate and guess that it's mediocre. I've heard Mudbound is good but I have yet to see it. The Other Side of the Wind perhaps does not count but I've heard it's tremendous. 13th is good from what I hear. And the Coen brothers have never made a bad film, so I'm sure that will be great.