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trobrianders Posted - 06/19/2013 : 03:04:59
TV shows and the like. Just started watching The Returned (Les Revenants), a French Twin Peaksy drama series about a bunch of coach crash victims who return from the dead to their Alpine town. Neither the victims nor the townsfolk know why this has happened. The drama is played completely straight, I think that's why it's so gripping. Two episodes in so far. Denis you been watching?



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danjersey Posted - 12/08/2018 : 14:45:59
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Originally posted by Bedbug

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Originally posted by danjersey

Lifetime channel



Christmas specials?



yep. Hallmarks not available
Bedbug Posted - 12/07/2018 : 10:23:40
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Originally posted by danjersey

Lifetime channel



Christmas specials?
danjersey Posted - 12/06/2018 : 13:53:57
Lifetime channel
pot Posted - 12/02/2018 : 08:17:46
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

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Originally posted by pot

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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

I didn't notice any green screening, unless it was meant to be intentional as a play on the genre, like in the final short.



That is the whole point of green screening of course.



I'm saying if the Coens utilized obvious green screen in a western genre pastiche movie, I'm pretty sure they want you to notice it, as a few parts in it are supposed to feel kind of old Hollywood. But to be honest, except for the final one, I didn't notice any. Maybe because I was in a theater and just swept up in the whole thing rather than watching on TV where I can scrutinize the image more. But to me it seemed all location and pretty darn beautiful.



Well, in The Gal Who Got Rattled there was a scene where Bill Knapp and Miss Longabaugh were walking with the convoy of carriages sort of behind them. You couldn't see their legs so I got to thinking maybe the background was filmed on location and they perhaps deliberately green screened that scene because it was easier to refilm if they fluffed their lines?
Troubles A Foot Posted - 12/02/2018 : 07:17:26
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Originally posted by pot

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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

I didn't notice any green screening, unless it was meant to be intentional as a play on the genre, like in the final short.



That is the whole point of green screening of course.



I'm saying if the Coens utilized obvious green screen in a western genre pastiche movie, I'm pretty sure they want you to notice it, as a few parts in it are supposed to feel kind of old Hollywood. But to be honest, except for the final one, I didn't notice any. Maybe because I was in a theater and just swept up in the whole thing rather than watching on TV where I can scrutinize the image more. But to me it seemed all location and pretty darn beautiful.
pot Posted - 12/02/2018 : 00:13:28
Watched A Star Is Born last night. Not sure how folks around here feel about that, but it is what is and I really liked it. It's a remake of an old film, 4th version I believe. Both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper play stellar parts, and Lady Gaga is quite a singer. Even if you don't really like her pop career much, which I personally don't you have to credit her with having an outstanding talent for singing and performing. I predict they will both get Oscar noms.
pot Posted - 12/02/2018 : 00:08:37
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

I didn't notice any green screening, unless it was meant to be intentional as a play on the genre, like in the final short.



That is the whole point of green screening of course. You're not supposed to notice. I don't know it just seemed a bit overly polished. My only negative critisism of it really, otherwise I loved it. Favourite ones were the one with the traveling stage act with the guy with no arms or legs and Tom Waits digging for gold. Didn't realise it was Tom Waits until after! There's definitely some special effecting going on anyway. I'd like to think it was all filmed on location, some beautiful landscapes. I guess maybe some of them might have been digitally reconstructed?
Troubles A Foot Posted - 12/01/2018 : 19:39:03
I didn't notice any green screening, unless it was meant to be intentional as a play on the genre, like in the final short.
pot Posted - 11/30/2018 : 16:12:44
Half way through Scruggs. Wasn't expecting a short film antholog, All good stuff but too much bad green screening and a bit overpolished? At least so far I've learned a new technigue for digging for gold. There's gold in the hills where I am from.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 11/30/2018 : 07:28:01
I went to a screening of Ballad of Buster Scruggs for my birthday and loved it. Coens are geniuses.

As for TV, man I'm really digging Colony. Colony is a show by Carlton Cuse (LOST) and it would have been a hit like 10 years ago, but now we're in "peak" "prestige" whatever TV so a show that is merely scene-for-scene incredibly entertaining, suspenseful and fun is ignored by everyone. It's too bad. But I'm really loving it. Almost done with season 1.

Started season 2 of Castlevania, a show with incredible promise about a videogame I like written by one of my all-time favorite writers, and season 2 so far has all the problems season 1 had, and I'm still extremely disappointed.
Bedbug Posted - 11/30/2018 : 05:43:51
Great News is very funny.

Watched The Dead Pool (Eastwood) randomly the other night. Very funny also, but for all the wrong reasons.
pot Posted - 11/24/2018 : 02:35:32
Thanks for reminding me. There's my Saturday evening entertainment lined up right there.
Bedbug Posted - 11/24/2018 : 02:30:57
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Originally posted by The Maharal

Has anyone seen the new Coens film on Netflix? Tom Waits makes a great appearance in one of the vignettes.



Yes! Loved it.
The Maharal Posted - 11/24/2018 : 01:16:06
Has anyone seen the new Coens film on Netflix? Tom Waits makes a great appearance in one of the vignettes.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 11/12/2018 : 11:51:34
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Originally posted by Bedbug

So give us your top three goriest movies of all time, so I know which ones to avoid :-)




Hmm, I'd have to say, and these aren't movies I like because of the gore (that isn't really what makes me love a movie), but these are three of my favorite horror films that are also very gross:

Dead Alive
Terrorvision
Re-Animator (or From Beyond, both the same director and actors, take your pick)
Bedbug Posted - 11/11/2018 : 14:58:05
I just 100% randomly decided to watch a Matthew Maconaoghy movie called “Gold” on Netflix tonight, and during the climactic scene in the movie I hear Frank yell “Hey,” and sure enough they play most of the song.

How weird was that?

Great use of the song though. Hope Frank got some gold of his own from the licensing.
Jeepster Posted - 11/08/2018 : 13:08:25
My friend and I watched a movie on Netflix called He Never Died. It's from a couple years ago and stars Henry Rollins as a man who appears to be dealing with depression and social isolation, who gets a chance to reconnect with his daughter. It's sort of a horror/comedy/crime thriller with some supernatural elements, and I can't decide if it's so-bad-it's-good or legitimately awesome. Henry Rollins' character is very likable, and although most of the other actors aren't great, they all seem to be having a great time. The story is absolutely nuts in the best way possible, the cinematography and sound design are very artistically done, and the gory special effects are fun without being too gratuitous. It feels like something that would've become a cult classic if it had been released in the 80s or 90s. I highly recommend it as a fun, strange popcorn movie.

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Q: Where do Pixies keep their instruments when they're not playing?
A: Debasement.
Bedbug Posted - 11/02/2018 : 04:10:51
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

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Originally posted by Bedbug

I would like to see it if it's not too gory. I love creepy, like scary, but dislike tons of blood and guts.





As a fan of horror movies, if they skimp on the gore I feel ripped off. I want to be shocked and grossed out and see things I'll never forget. Nothing more dull than a TAAAAAAME horror movie!



I respect that, though I could not handle it myself.

So give us your top three goriest movies of all time, so I know which ones to avoid :-)
Troubles A Foot Posted - 10/31/2018 : 11:26:46
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Originally posted by Bedbug

I would like to see it if it's not too gory. I love creepy, like scary, but dislike tons of blood and guts.





As a fan of horror movies, if they skimp on the gore I feel ripped off. I want to be shocked and grossed out and see things I'll never forget. Nothing more dull than a TAAAAAAME horror movie!
Jeepster Posted - 10/31/2018 : 10:47:13
Thank you for showing me Morph!! So cute and lovable.

Laika is a stop-motion animation studio who are doing an incredible job pushing the medium forward. They've released four movies so far with another coming next year. Their first movie, Coraline, is adapted from a Neil Gaiman book- it's gloriously surreal and actually pretty scary. Their other movies have stories that aren't quite as strong, but the amazing animation and quirky humor (Eric Idle was involved with one of them) makes up for it.

I like Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki a lot as well. Beautiful, nostalgic adventure movies made by one of Japan's greatest animators.

There are a handful of other recent animated projects I've enjoyed too. Disney had a show called Gravity Falls a little while ago that ran for two seasons. It started as standard cartoon fare with a weirdly dark sense of humor; it quickly became much more ambitious, and by the time it ended it was drawing comparisons to David Lynch, specifically Twin Peaks (hell, Kyle MacLachlan voices a character in one episode).

There was also an animated miniseries called Over The Garden Wall that was on Cartoon Network a few years back; it was a very dark, moody, Americana-influenced Halloween show about brothers who get lost deep in the woods and spend the show trying to get home. Really artistically done, and well worth a watch (the whole show is about 2 hours long). It kind of feels like a weird, unsettling dream, but in the best way possible.

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Q: Where do Pixies keep their instruments when they're not playing?
A: Debasement.
pot Posted - 10/31/2018 : 10:02:36
Never heard of Laika, but maybe seen something. I generally prefer real TV these days. Loved cartoons and that as a kid (what kid doesn't) but I generally pass on stuff like this these days. Trapdoor is a classic, I've still for the Commodore 64 computer game in my loft as well.

I'll always love Morph though, recently been given a reboot. A plasticene model character created by artist Tony Hart who did a TV show for kids around the late 70's/early 90's called Take Hart. He was a very talented painter/illustrator and used to paint all kinds of stuff on the show (a bit like Rolf Harris but not a child molester).

Morph was so simple and instantly adorable. If you're a fan of stop motion there here's an early 1976 classic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOW7Jn0_daY
Jeepster Posted - 10/31/2018 : 09:42:30
Nightmare Before Christmas is great. Absolutely stunning animation, a cute, fun story, and very catchy music. And it works for both Halloween and Christmas!

That Trapdoor show looks cool! I'm a big fan of stop motion animation in general- are you familiar with the studio Laika?

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Q: Where do Pixies keep their instruments when they're not playing?
A: Debasement.
pot Posted - 10/31/2018 : 09:32:40
Not sure I've ever seen Nightmare Before Xmas.

I was a huge fan of Trapdoor as a kid though, a spooky themed plasticene model kids show that's long overdue for a reboot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1feYxwwn0eM
Jeepster Posted - 10/31/2018 : 09:27:15
I saw The Nightmare Before Christmas at a Halloween party the other day. I forgot how charming that movie is. The party was fun too!

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Q: Where do Pixies keep their instruments when they're not playing?
A: Debasement.
Bedbug Posted - 10/31/2018 : 09:17:03
I would like to see it if it's not too gory. I love creepy, like scary, but dislike tons of blood and guts.

Not sure what I'll be watching tonight, maybe the original one if it's on somewhere.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 10/30/2018 : 13:59:38
I want to see it!! I've heard good buzz from some super harsh film snobs I follow on twitter, so that always gives me a lot of hype for something.
Bedbug Posted - 10/30/2018 : 11:08:08
Thank you Trouble, great recommendations.

Did you see the new Halloween that just came out? Any thoughts on that?
Troubles A Foot Posted - 10/29/2018 : 19:21:17
Ash vs Evil Dead, a really fun gross spooky silly show that nobody watched. Up to season 3 (last season, it got canceled.)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, pretty solid and some big standout episodes too. Up to season 3...also.

The Deuce is incredible in it's second season. Season 1 was good...season 2 is really, really, really good.

The Good Place is fun.

I'm a big comic nerd and watch a lot of that stuff: the CW DC Shows (Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow...Legends right now is way better than the other three), Gotham (LOVE), Agents of SHIELD (started out horrible, has gotten really good, finally), etc, etc. There's too many now though, so I don't watch it all. If you had told me 10 years ago I wouldn't find the time to ever watch shows based on Preacher, Runaways, and Teen Titans, I wouldn't believe you.

Also rewatching Newsradio on DVD.

Horror movies for October (though I watch them all year round really): From Beyond, Halloween (original), Body Bags, Curse of Chucky, The Thing (Carpenter), hopefully squeeze in one or two more before November 1!
Jeepster Posted - 10/27/2018 : 17:40:56
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Originally posted by The Maharal

Any fans of Norsemen? Netflix comedy about the vikings. Absolutely wonderful stuff - Orm is the Alan Partridge of the viking world, just delightful.



That sounds awesome. I’m going to have to check it out- sounds like it might be similar to Galavant, which I love.

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Q: Where do Pixies keep their instruments when they're not playing?
A: Debasement.
The Maharal Posted - 10/27/2018 : 11:49:22
Any fans of Norsemen? Netflix comedy about the vikings. Absolutely wonderful stuff - Orm is the Alan Partridge of the viking world, just delightful.
pot Posted - 10/27/2018 : 08:04:18
Think I watched the film version of that a few years ago, A Handmaid's Tale (1990) I think I liked it a lot, but don't remember much about it.
Stevio10 Posted - 10/26/2018 : 11:00:52
Loved the Handmaid's Tale so far.

Currently watching 'Penoza' (or 'Black Widow') - Dutch crime TV thriller, think Sopranos but more emphasis on the mother and family.







Bedbug Posted - 10/22/2018 : 06:47:49
For those of you who need some deeply depressing dystopian drama to watch, you can't do much better than the Handmaid's Tale.
Bedbug Posted - 10/19/2018 : 10:08:58
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Originally posted by pot

Season 1 of the new Lost In Space reboot is worth a look, as long as you take it as children's scifi which it is. I was a fan of the original series and used to enjoy watching them after my paper run on summer holidays. I think they couldn't have done a better job re-casting it.

On a more serious level,

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Originally posted by pot

Leave No Trace



I've booked this one in for another watch. It's a really beautiful film that will touch your soul about a state of mind that I've always been able to relate to, even as a young boy: The will to stay the fuck as far away from people as is humanely possible. Not that I don't like people, but in general people can fuck off out of my face for 90%+ of my existence.

Refreshingly gentle take on the human condition. No zombies. Thom Mckenzie is a daughter.



Sounds good pot, I'm gonna try to find it this weekend.
pot Posted - 10/19/2018 : 09:14:08
Season 1 of the new Lost In Space reboot is worth a look, as long as you take it as children's scifi which it is. I was a fan of the original series and used to enjoy watching them after my paper run on summer holidays. I think they couldn't have done a better job re-casting it.

On a more serious level,

quote:
Originally posted by pot

Leave No Trace



I've booked this one in for another watch. It's a really beautiful film that will touch your soul about a state of mind that I've always been able to relate to, even as a young boy: The will to stay the fuck as far away from people as is humanely possible. Not that I don't like people, but in general people can fuck off out of my face for 90%+ of my existence.

Refreshingly gentle take on the human condition. No zombies. Thom Mckenzie is a daughter.

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