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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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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

quote:
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
quote:
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
quote:
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
quote:
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,

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.



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.
Bedbug Posted - 10/18/2018 : 06:34:53
You know, this ridiculous show "Lost in Space" on Netflix is proving to be very watchable. It's just fun, lighthearted Sci-Fi stuff, nothing you haven't seen before, but before you know it you've watched 4 episodes.
Bedbug Posted - 10/17/2018 : 04:49:38
Twilight Zone (Rod Serling) for the 1,000th time.

It is still the best thing ever.
pot Posted - 10/12/2018 : 19:41:14
Leave No Trace
Jeepster Posted - 09/26/2018 : 14:22:30
I'm binge-rewatching The Good Place in preparation for season 3 starting tomorrow. Easily the best sitcom I've ever seen! I love how well the philosophical themes are worked into the silly hijinks, and all the characters are fantastic.

Q: Where do Pixies keep their instruments when they're not playing?
A: Debasement.
pot Posted - 09/25/2018 : 13:43:56
The Expanse

Something about an alien species invades the solar system in the future and fucks everything up and noone knows what's happening

Basically what Star Trek Disco would love to be but will never come close, just like DS9 ripped off Babylon 5. Lots of Red Dwarf steampunk.

Hard to follow the overall plot but it makes sense, hard to understand what the characters are saying because they have invented new words and accents.
Bedbug Posted - 09/15/2018 : 14:10:15
BoJack season 5 is off the charts
pot Posted - 08/10/2018 : 10:01:20
My introduction into the world of Wes Anderson started with a recommendation for The Life Aquatic, so I rented the DVD from a shop in Holland and I'm afraid I just didn't get it.

The Royal Tennenbaums was a bit better, and Moonrise Kingdom was alright too. By I can generally take him or leave him.

Pin Cushion has some of his trademark polished, bells and whistles and the pauses with no dialogue, a little bit. I think Haywood does a smashing job and I'm quite smitten by this and intend to watch it again.

It's getting rave reviews across the board.
Bedbug Posted - 08/10/2018 : 05:40:48
Sounds like a good one

I like Wes quite a bit, for the most part.
pot Posted - 08/10/2018 : 00:19:22
Just watched Pin Cushion, the big film directorial (and writing) debut for the very promising Deborah Haywood.

Got a bit of a Ken Loach feel to it, but more twee. Also leans towards the Wes Anderson style a lot, a British Wes Anderson you might say (but less boring).

Haywood has already collected a load of awards and commendations for her previous short films, and I can only imagine this one will get the same reception.

I absolutely loved it, and the way she directs the actors to perfection. It's a bit weird, a black comedy. It's an art film.

Bedbug Posted - 08/03/2018 : 05:33:05
Planet Earth 2 on Netflix is mindblowing
Bedbug Posted - 07/10/2018 : 05:19:22
Glow season 2

Any Glow fans?
Bedbug Posted - 07/05/2018 : 01:17:29
Watched "Born on the Fourth of July" yesterday.

Still haunting after all these years. Cruise is great.
coastline Posted - 06/27/2018 : 14:58:39
I'm watching the Irish sitcom "Trivia" right now, via the Acorn TV app on my Apple TV. Enjoying it very much. Anyone else seen it?


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pot Posted - 06/24/2018 : 11:31:18
I watched The Endless last night, it was surprisingly good. So I looked it up on IMDB and it's a Justin Benson/Aaron Moorhead film: the creators of Spring in 2014. They also both star in it as the main characters.

There's a lot of these sci-fi/fantasy/weirdy surreal films going about these days since it's getting easier to make film, so a lot of them are turkeys. Not this one, it's definately worth a watch. Good acting and directing, captivating plot. None of this camera panning around all over the place nonsense. Good, old fashioned cinematic entertainment.

Kind of reminded me in some ways of an Ingmar Bergman, or a David Lynch at times. If you're a Twin Peaks fan I'd say it's got a bit of a weirdness to it like that.

Definately watch that one again.

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