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  1. I've spent a couple of days in the Valley of the Kings. That place has a very otherworldly feel to it. I hope I'll be able to get some of that experience again. Trailer looks great.
  2. Mindhunter

    After a while, I'm starting to feel a bit torn about the series. The manner in which it ends makes me feel like it wasn't really about anything other than reveling in the weirdness of the killers. I did like watching the show a whole lot, but I thought it was going to have something more to say.
  3. Mindhunter

    I think Holden is well portrayed. He's not likable or genuine, but I've known people who act like him. He's out of touch with his own motivations and good at lying to himself and others.
  4. Movie/TV recommendations

    We saw Mudbound on Netflix and I thought it was terrific. The sense of place is very strong and the way it portrays intertwined lives was very interesting to me. Characters felt more lifelike than in any film I've seen in a while. We also saw Raising Arizona and it's a good dose of Cage (how have I missed it until now?) but not the Coens' best work.
  5. Stranger Things

    We finished this a week or so ago. I thought it started very boring and never got great, while there was some stuff I liked. The first season started with some pretty thrilling scenes, while now I don't know if they even tried to go for horror. Overall it was pretty pointless, just never made a good argument for existing and I was actually more annoyed by the references than the first season. I mean, I wasn't at all the first time and now all I could think of was ET, Aliens etc. I don't know why I thought this series would have totally different characters and stories each season. I must have dreamed it.
  6. Marvel movies

    I wonder if the reason I'm so cool on Marvel movies is that they exhausted Hulk with poor movies before the MCU. He was always my favourite.
  7. Blade Runner 2049

    I would dispute a few of those, but the point stands. There's a bit of sleight of hand involved in distracting the viewer from that stuff. I think 2049 has bad logic in stuff that the viewer is supposed to think about and try to figure out, not just ancillary stuff.
  8. Didactic Thumbs (Pedantry Corner)

    This is a vocabulary discussion, not grammar.
  9. Blade Runner 2049

    I need a new prescription for my glasses.
  10. Didactic Thumbs (Pedantry Corner)

    I'll say you're technically right as I used the term as a slight bit of hyperbole to make a point. However, I don't completely agree as that leaves a loophole for aspiring retconners: new meaning can be inserted into a work about anything that hasn't been said outright or shown, which muddles the original meaning of the work. Compare the The Hobbit in its original form to Jackson's films, which take great pains to connect events from Lord of the Rings to Hobbit, while the scale and tone of the original book are discarded. I think the Blade Runner sequel treats the original in a similar way, except to a lesser and more subtle extent. I'll post a defense of my use of the word in the movie's thread.
  11. Blade Runner 2049

    Oh, I meant myself I am. Dan didn't approve of my use of the word 'retcon', but here's why I think it applies:
  12. Blade Runner 2049

    Agreed on K. The film doesn't tell us.
  13. Blade Runner 2049

    Ok, I'll put up my thoughts before catching up on the thread. I was disappointed by the movie, although it offers really lovely visuals and soundscapes and a bunch of scenes that are very good. The film doesn't earn it very long running time; it's slack and has a ton of expository dialogue. Ideas that would have been conveyed through a couple of visual scenes seconds in length in Blade Runner are pre-chewed with five minutes of dialogue. Several of the principal characters are wafer-thin and spend their scenes posturing to the camera. The plot is on one hand a very sappy continuation of Blade Runner and on the other hand deals with power struggle on a scale which IMO just doesn't belong in Blade Runner.