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Postby pcqgod » 05 Sep 2022, 20:37

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Elvis (2022)

Given that this is a Baz Lurhmann project, this movie often comes across like a very long music video, which I didn't mind terribly because it's pretty fun even if sometimes ridiculously over the top. All the dramatic beats you would expect in an Elvis biopic were there, from Col. Parker's eyes lighting up with dollar bill signs when he first learns Elvis is white, to Elvis being turned on to pills, and later rebelling at being turned into something he never wanted to be. I think it's a nice touch that the Parker character narrates the story and is not presented as an obvious villain, so that a viewer with no knowledge of the subject might at first think that Col. Tom Parker was just a benign, helpful, fatherly figure to Elvis. Their complex relationship defines the dramatic tension of this movie, and Elvis' sad decline in his later years is not glossed over. None of it would mean anything if I didn't buy Austin Butler as Elvis, and I absolutely did.
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Postby BARON CORNY DOG » 06 Sep 2022, 01:53

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This guy is apparently a comedian from Houston and has put together a sweet little show. It's not perfect, but it's nice to see Houston be represented with such affection and reality (after a fashion). It's got a little bit of everything, I blew through the first 8 episodes while Min was in England. Excited for the next 8 episodes.
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Postby Rorschach » 06 Sep 2022, 13:06

I watched the first episode of that Lord of the Rings thing on Amazon last night. God, it was shit.
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Postby Samoan » 06 Sep 2022, 14:20

The BBC's recent four part drama Marriage starring the superb Nicola Walker, Sean Bean and James Bolam is amongst the best TV programmes I've seen this year. I've never seen a couple of rounds of cheese and tomato sarnies put together with such simmering tension. Fabulous stuff.

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Theme music included excerpts from "Partita for 8 Voices: No 1, Allemande" by Pulitzer Prize winning American composer Caroline Shaw.
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Postby pcqgod » 08 Sep 2022, 02:59

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House of the Dragon

"House of the Dragon" treads familiar ground as its predecessor series. Once again, the central conflict is to determine who will sit on the Iron Throne, and it is set (so far) largely in Kings Landing with many familiar families and elements from "Game of Thrones." Unlike "Game of Thrones" the main cast of characters seems limited to members of the Targaryen (dragon rider) family and royal court members, and the action (so far) does not hop from locale to locale on the continents of Westeros and Essos. There are few immediately likeable characters, and (so far) no fun characters like Tyrion, Bronn, or The Hound. The story, based on what I've read of the source material and hints dropped in the original series, promises to be even grimmer, and will require at least several time jumps to tell as it was written. Episode three has a fairly thrilling action/war sequence, but I'm still waiting for the great character moments and dramatic power plays that made the original series so compelling.


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The Rings of Power

"The Rings of Power" has faced a lot of backlash for deviations from the canon established by author J.R.R. Tolkien and yet feels immediately familiar, with recurring characters such as Elrond and Galadriel, a rousing Howard Shore score, the breathtaking spectacle of great human, Elven, and Dwarf kingdoms, not to mention the grand landscapes of New Zealand again subbing for Middle-Earth. The critiicism that it is largely Tolkien fan fiction is fair enough, but so far I've found it engaging, with immediately likeable characters, some solid action sequences, and some interesting mysteries set up in the first episode. My criticisms so far: The name Elinor Brandyfoot does sound (as some funny person on the internet noted) like it was arrived at by way of a Hobbit name generator (though I'm happy to see a female Hobbit take the lead for a change); I don't care for the Mad Max Barter Town music you hear when the Harfoot/Hobbit characters appear; overall the dialog among the Elf characters leans to the stilted; I don't like Elrond's short hair; and the Arondir character so far mainly seems there to set up an Elf-Human romance (the Elf-Dwarf romance in "The Hobbit" was corny enough). But these are minor complaints and I'm excited to see Numenor in Episode Three, and how the story of Sauron's return unfolds. It remains to be seen if "Rings of Power" will exceed the light, escapist fantasy bar it has already reached, but I'm fine with it either way at this point.
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Postby ChrisB » 07 Oct 2022, 13:11

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INSIDE MAN on BBC. Written by Steven Moffatt, it veers between genius and farce....unintentionally, I think

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Postby robertff » 11 Oct 2022, 18:44

ChrisB wrote:Image

INSIDE MAN on BBC. Written by Steven Moffatt, it veers between genius and farce....unintentionally, I think




Farcical and pretty ridiculous I thought. David Tennant plays David Tennant, does he ever play a different role?



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Postby ChrisB » 11 Oct 2022, 18:48

ChrisB wrote:Image

INSIDE MAN on BBC. Written by Steven Moffatt, it veers between genius and farce....unintentionally, I think

Second series in the offing. Let's hope there's more Tucci . Going back to Tennant, he was good in "Des" and "Jessica Jones", but his best performance of late is doing voice over on Talksport for building materials :D

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Postby pcqgod » 29 Oct 2022, 22:56

Don't Worry Darling (2022)

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A woman in an idyllic community reminiscent of the Life Magazine vision of America in the mid-50's discovers that there is a dark secret behind her existence. Now, a story in which the protagonist finds themselves in a false reality is not an unfamiliar concept in fiction, to be sure. To set one such offering away from the pack requires an interesting reveal of the reason why the person is in such a predicament. 'Don't Worry Darling' sets up an interesting mystery that makes you look forward to that reveal. However, the reveal is fairly disappointing, basically turning 'Don't Worry Darling' into a message movie that is not particularly subtle or original. Which is not to say that the movie as a whole is a loss; it's visually gorgeous even if it borrows a lot of visual ideas and style from other movies, and features solid performances from the leads, particularly Florence Pugh.

Meet Cute (2022, Peacock original)

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'Meet Cute' is a fairly bizarre time travel story in which a woman (Kaley Cuoco) on the verge of despair finds a tanning booth that is a time machine and uses it to repeatedly relive a date night with a guy she likes (Pete Davidson). 'Meet Cute' has some interesting ideas and subtleties, but I found it hard to embrace Cuoco's character. Even for a dark comedy her character does many morally questionable (at best) things in this movie and after two seasons of 'The Flight Attendant' I'm getting a bit tired of her woman-on-the-edge-of-a-nervous-breakdown schtick, even if she does it well.
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 04 Nov 2022, 16:20

‘ Hot Mother’ which is not what it sounds, but a 15 minute short. Unsettling and beautifully shot.
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Postby Rorschach » 15 Nov 2022, 09:31

The Old Man. The best I've ever seen of Jeff bridges.

Near the end now and some of the plot holes are a bit on the gapey side but I'm thoroughly enjoying it anyway. Some excellent violence in the first couple of episodes.
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Postby ChrisB » 16 Nov 2022, 13:33

No great fan of the Western, but this is excellent.

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Postby pcqgod » 18 Nov 2022, 02:17

She-Hulk, Attorney at Law (2022, Disney Plus)

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Light comic adventure series featuring Bruce Banner's cousin, Jennifer Walters. Like the "Sensational She-Hulk" comic of the 90's there is fourth-wall breaking but the gags are necessarily less comic-book oriented and (so far, going into episode 2) not as self-referential. And though (like the Ms. Marvel feature) I'm sure people will complain about it being "woke" but such opinions are best ignored.
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 20 Nov 2022, 21:46

I just watched this:

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You should stop whatever you are doing and go and watch it too. What a film.
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Postby Samoan » 21 Nov 2022, 12:09

Minnie Cheddars wrote:I just watched this:

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You should stop whatever you are doing and go and watch it too. What a film.

It's been a long time now (it popped up on the TV years back) but Yes, I recall it being a superb film.
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 22 Nov 2022, 20:29

Yes!!! Just - well jaw dropping. Celia Weston was amazing.
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Postby Rorschach » 26 Nov 2022, 08:49

ChrisB wrote:No great fan of the Western, but this is excellent.

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Looking for a time slot to fit this in. It sounds great. A good friend of ours is in episode 3.
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Postby Minnie the Minx » 28 Nov 2022, 19:22

Death In Venice last night. I’m still astonished that I hadn’t seen it before, but there you go!
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby Rorschach » 29 Nov 2022, 10:42

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ChrisB wrote:No great fan of the Western, but this is excellent.

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Looking for a time slot to fit this in. It sounds great. A good friend of ours is in episode 3.


Started watching it last night. It's visually excellent and I like the characters, but I'm rather confused as to what the fuck's going on.
I enjoyed it well enough though and shall be continuing with it.
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Re: Return of the RECENT VIEWING

Postby ChrisB » 29 Nov 2022, 12:05

Don't worry, we were confused as well, but each episode clarifies the story


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