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2 hours ago, JohnC said:

It's one of those title sequences I never skip

 

 

The tranced up end credits are pretty nice too when the app doesn't skip to the next episode after three seconds...

 

 

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Binged all (8 episodes) of The One yesterday and this morning. Think Black Mirror episode concept (you can be matched to your perfect partner via a DNA test and there’s a company/app to do this) combined with detective drama.

 

I found it compelling, always wanting the next episode. I love it’s core concept and think it’s really interesting. But at the same time it’s often terrible. There feel like so many misses opportunities.

 

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It feels a bit too wrapped up in the crime drama aspect. The crime stuff is fine but a bit wacky, such a crazy web of lies and events. Such a stupid house of cards.

 

At its core though the issue is that it fails to justify why an idea like this (that Black Mirror would cover in an episode) gets 8 episodes. I think it could but it stays small. Only hinting at the issues involved.

 

So the real rub... rather than exploring the concept in 8 episodes they set up up for a second series. I mean I’ll certainly watch it (assuming they make it) but I’ll still wonder why.

 

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30 minutes ago, Ste Pickford said:

Why is everyone talking about Doom Patrol in the Netflix thread?  I presumed it was on there, so sat down last night to give it a try.  :(

Sorry was just recommending stuff on starzplay after it got mentioned. 

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Last Chance U Basketball felt like a good change from the previous series.

 

It touches on many of the same issue as before but doesn't linger in the same way. It's more about the sport,  the competition and the head coach than the kids.

 

On the religion side... For those concerned it does come and go. There's a lot of it in the middle of the series but it fades away in the last few.

 

Having aid that... The religion aspect is disturbing to me, as it is with almost everything you see from the US that touches on real people and particularly the poorer elements of society. I cannot help but think these shows constantly highlight the futility of religion in America and maybe it's malicious use as a means of suppression and misdirection. Not successful? You don't have enough faith. Things going badly? You don't have enough faith. Got an issue? More faith will solve it. No direct responsibility. I don't fundamentally dislike religion (or maybe more accurately organised religion) but I cannot help but feel it's a crutch, a an excuse, a go to to avoid tackling what really needs looking at.

 

Most of all though I wonder what point the show is trying to make about belief and whether the intent is different depending on the viewer. Do a set of people in America see the coach's behaviour and preaching and think Amen, that's the right direction? Meanwhile I and others hang out heads and sigh, thinking of how it appears religion is a means by which to divide and downtrend society somehow.

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Murder Amongst the Mormons or whatever it’s called is great fun. Really interesting tale of murder and skullduggery from the bizarre world of Mormon manuscript collection in Utah. Some of the reimagined historical bits from the 80s are a bit naff but the characters they interview are straight out of a Coen Brothers film. The takeaway is that Mormonism is fascinating, which I wasn’t expecting.

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Watched something called Wonder Park earlier. Felt like a mix of Inside Out and Bitz&Bob (CBeebies) and my 3 year old enjoyed it.

 

Stupidly left her watching it while I put the shopping away and came back to her scriking cos “the mummy got sick” but other than that, entertaining enough and cute to look at.

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I put Sleepers on in the background again because it's a great late night film. Then i went again into trying to find out if it really was based on a true story or not. Surprisingly few reddit topics on it, or youtube videos, one google video charlie rose interview with the author which to be fair is very thorough and good. He's engaging to listen to. He's aware of the suspicion because there's no record or other peoples memory/account of anything he says - not the trolley incident, not the abuse, not the murders. The abuse, not hard to imagine they'd be a cover up. As he says, you'd have to be a psychopath to pretend it's true because admitting to abuse is not easy. That his previous autobiographical book didn't cover the abuse isn't reason to doubt given it's a memory he'd rather repress. 

 

I don't know the differences in exposure when your book is fiction or non fiction. It's a pure 90s movie thriller plot. Could have easily had the rights bought without the true angle. 

 

The specifics of the murders and trial i would have thought wouldn't be hard to find a record of. Although the author says he changed details to prevent anyone from digging deeper. 

 

I was gonna make a thread about it because i need to tug at the trousers of other people to drag their minds away from their day to focus on something that doesn't really matter. 

 

Current netflix thoughts; the what's being released soon section is an awful idea. You don't want to see stuff you can't access, of course you want to watch it when you can't. A few days is fine but when it's weeks, nah. Also Amazon should run adverts everywhere 24/7 with; 'there is 12500 more films available to watch on Prime than there is Netflix. Prime: £2 less per month than Netflix Standard'. Maybe then Netflix will extend the amount of films it chooses to hold at any one time. Any actor will have 50 film credits on imdb, you search their name and get 3 films. Netflix adds a couple of films a day, Prime 20. 

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I like the coming soon section. I go through it each week or so adding reminders for stuff I may want to watch and it'll be on my list as soon as it appears. I don't have to rely on just happening to notice it after release.

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I like the coming soon section so I can set reminders for stuff and get it instantly added to my list too. The Netflix app on Apple TV doesn't have it so I always load the built-in TV app specifically just to view that section.

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On 02/04/2021 at 22:48, Monkeyboy said:

Raw Deal has been added.

 

 

Just watched this tonight. Thought I had seen it before, but turns out I hadn’t. I think I had been confusing it with Red Heat all this time. 

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2 hours ago, sandman said:

Anthony Mackie is brilliant!

It's funny because I just looked on IMDB to see what he'd been in besides MCU, Black Mirror, Altered Carbon and Outside The Wire and he's been in fucking loads of stuff! Like, properly impressive films. And I remember him from precisely none of them. It's like he's entirely devoid of personality or charisma (for me) and so I just totally forget that the characters he inhabits exist.

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I started watching A Perfect Crime yesterday. It's a German documentary about the assassination of Detlev Karsten Rohwedder who was the head of the Treuhandanstalt. It's a good story and a fascinating time in history, but the whole thing is chock full of glum footage of East Germany in the early 1990s. If you're into that sort of thing it's a bit of a treat, but as a history lesson it's amazing too. I did think it was just going to be West German financiers talking about how wicked capital is, but there's a few socialist straight shooters who don't mind bigging up the RAF too, so it's more even handed than I'd anticipated. 

 

Does have the feel of the type of thing your teacher would put on to keep you quiet as they tried to spin out the last few weeks of term, but definitely recommended.

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On 08/04/2021 at 09:38, Pelekophoros said:

 

To be fair, season 2 was the laziest of absolute dogshit imaginable and Anthony Mackie ruins almost everything he is in. 


Season 1 was absolute dogshit. 

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Don't know if it's been mentioned on here already, but has anyone else watched the Korean series Sweet Home? It's batshit crazy series about the residents of a tower block who have to fight off an epidemic of people turning into demonic monsters.

Only two episodes in, but its a blast.

 

 

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22 hours ago, Art Vandelay said:

I started watching A Perfect Crime yesterday. It's a German documentary about the assassination of Detlev Karsten Rohwedder who was the head of the Treuhandanstalt. It's a good story and a fascinating time in history, but the whole thing is chock full of glum footage of East Germany in the early 1990s. If you're into that sort of thing it's a bit of a treat, but as a history lesson it's amazing too. I did think it was just going to be West German financiers talking about how wicked capital is, but there's a few socialist straight shooters who don't mind bigging up the RAF too, so it's more even handed than I'd anticipated. 

 

Does have the feel of the type of thing your teacher would put on to keep you quiet as they tried to spin out the last few weeks of term, but definitely recommended.

Oh, that was good, despite the wonky conspiracy angle which could’ve been excised in editing. Watched it last year. The documentary hit my girlfriend fairly hard in places, as she remembers her early childhood in post-reunification Germany, when people in the east were downtrodden and impoverished due to mass unemployment – the social misery we had under Thatcher during the first half of the eighties, eastern Germany had to a larger degree from 1990 onwards. That was a major consequence of reunification that we aren’t generally aware of in the English speaking world, one which still deeply affects Germany, and this is the first documentary I’ve seen available to English speakers which even mentions the issue.

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@BazjamYes! I watched it the other week. Loved it, though I did think it tailed off a bit toward the end. But I was really impressed with some of the effects for what must have been a fairly low budget show? 

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38 minutes ago, SteveH said:

@BazjamYes! I watched it the other week. Loved it, though I did think it tailed off a bit toward the end. But I was really impressed with some of the effects for what must have been a fairly low budget show? 

Yeah looks great. Some of the monster designs are brilliant.

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9 hours ago, Bazjam said:

Don't know if it's been mentioned on here already, but has anyone else watched the Korean series Sweet Home? It's batshit crazy series about the residents of a tower block who have to fight off an epidemic of people turning into demonic monsters.

Only two episodes in, but its a blast.

 

 

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I watched the first one. Stop motion is really rare these days. I will watch the rest at some point. I thought it was quite inventive. 

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On 08/04/2021 at 21:55, Pelekophoros said:

It's funny because I just looked on IMDB to see what he'd been in besides MCU, Black Mirror, Altered Carbon and Outside The Wire and he's been in fucking loads of stuff! Like, properly impressive films. And I remember him from precisely none of them. It's like he's entirely devoid of personality or charisma (for me) and so I just totally forget that the characters he inhabits exist.

 

If you get a chance to see We Are Marshall, he's great in that. Sadly not a film that's on Netflix. 

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2 hours ago, Pelekophoros said:

Love & Monsters was good in the same way Monster Trucks was decent a few years back. Enjoyed it. 


Agreed. Wasn’t a big fan of its opening but once the journey starts and it gets rolling I really enjoyed it. Fun stuff.

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On 08/04/2021 at 21:55, Pelekophoros said:

It's funny because I just looked on IMDB to see what he'd been in besides MCU, Black Mirror, Altered Carbon and Outside The Wire and he's been in fucking loads of stuff! Like, properly impressive films. And I remember him from precisely none of them. It's like he's entirely devoid of personality or charisma (for me) and so I just totally forget that the characters he inhabits exist.

The most relatable thing I've read about Mackie is that as soon as he landed the role as Falcon in the MCU he started agitating for his character to have a romance with Black Widow.

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