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  1. On 6/17/2019 at 2:25 PM, I_smell said:

    Everyone's talking about Chernobyl, but I just feel like... it must be really, very sad, right? I don't wanna watch a whole show about something so terribly sad!


    I've had a blu-ray of Get Out on my table for weeks and I finally watched it. I purposely avoided spoilers for this.

    It was a good concept, it's very contemporary, I respect it and I bet it really clicked with a lot of people. It's big on sub-text, and really invites you to look into it. It's a very cliche thriller though! I didn't expect how straight-forward the film was, it's a new idea applied to the very familiar frame of a movie where a spooky killer is getting everyone. That's fun, but I guess I expected it to be something more surprising.


    Oh well! I still liked watching it. It's not pretentious, the film speaks its' message loudly, and couches it in a nice popcorn flick deliberately. I can see why people were excited to check out Us next.

    I've been avoiding spoilers for Us like you avoided spoilers for Get Out but my impression is that Us is much less of a straightforward movie than Get Out.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. On 12/13/2018 at 7:16 PM, BigJKO said:

    I've started watching The Tick and am really enjoying it. It's very different from any superhero show out there and although it sometimes goes a bit too broad, comedy-wise, most of the time it's a whole lot of fun especially Serafinowicz as the always-earnest Tick. :tup:

    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.

  7. 4 hours ago, Erkki said:

    On rotten tomatoes the 100% shows that everyone thought it was good rather than bad, not whether it was thought to be just above average or great.

    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. 


    4 hours ago, Erkki said:

     Anyway there seems no question to me that its approach in cinematic storytelling is somewhat different (I would say subpar) than what I would expect from a great movie.

    I think this is a fairly idiosyncratic view.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. I think the only three Netflix originals I've seen are AnnihilationOkja, 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.

  11. In this case it's because vast swathes of hardcore gamers are bigots, including the community manager himself, who I guess is a gamergator from what I've heard. If you hire gamers to do gamer things, then you'll get gamer things, bigotry and all!

  12. 12 hours ago, dium said:

    I was being willingly naive about it because I really like The Witcher games (all of them), and I really wanted to fall in love with a cyberpunk game. But the marketing and PR departments of CD Projekt companies have made it impossible to ignore that they're a really quite regressive group.

    They fuck up so badly in so many ways. Like, they're bad at PR (remember the whole "we're shutting down GOG" shit?) and they just can't stop being tremendously transphobic at every possible opportunity, including opportunities they invent for themselves just to fuck up when there was no reason to fuck up in the first place! And what's better they always just make it worse with their "apologies." Like I mean come on this would be a bad look for Linus Torvalds, and it's coming from the PR team? Is there really nobody in Eastern Europe who you can find to run your twitter account better than this?

  13. I don't think they have to blast through anything, let alone the stuff they're blasting through. I think the show very consciously wants to keep moving at a fast clip. I remember after like, two or three episodes came out, the Internet was afire with people saying "pretty fun so far but this premise is going to get old fast." And then the show has gone through like, eight seasons worth of stuff since then. Eleanor revealing to everyone that she's not supposed to be there, everyone figuring out they're in the bad place, the neighborhood getting rebooted a bunch, Michael deciding to be good, Michael actually committing to it and not just turning out to be tricking them, the neighborhood getting shut down, the trip through the bad place and the jump into the portal to see the judge, everyone being tested by the judge, everyone being reincarnated on Earth, Michael and Janet interfering in Earth, the study breaking down, the humans discovering Michael and Janet are supernatural and learning everything, the group committing to do as much good as possible: all of these things could've happened at the end at, or been stretched over, a season. But the show definitely isn't interested in takings its time.