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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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pot Posted - 03/14/2019 : 14:15:37
Aye! Weird film club bros.

So The Favourite is pretty good?

Here is a clip of Olivia Coleman in her early days of TV, around the start of Peep Show. A TV advert that was on a lot back in the the day (and you'll know if you lived in the UK then)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xsd2oOoXM9Q

I basically watched both The Favourite and Blackkklansman in consecutive segments. When I got bored of one I looked to the other, and vice versa. Over a period of several days.

At the end I thought Blackkklansman was a piece of overrated crap, but I liked The Favourite. It wasn't what I was expecting but I watched it because Olivia Coleman was in it. I'm going to watch it again.

Other good things she's been in:

Flowers
https://www.channel4.com/programmes/flowers/episode-guide/
Peep Show
https://www.channel4.com/programmes/peep-show/on-demand/33196-004

Funny how both the main two characters from Peep Show (David Mitchell and Robert Webb) went on to stardom (within the UK comedy sphere) and Olivia Coleman was always the support actress and now's she won a bloody oscar!

Other Oscar winner I thought was good: Green Book. It's a decent enough family film for Xmas.
Bedbug Posted - 03/11/2019 : 01:01:05
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Originally posted by pot

Just watched Border, Swedish film that was nominated for an Oscar. Weird as fuck, so if like me you like weird as fuck you'll probably like this. Quite disturbing as well, and all the characters are grotesquely ugly. I watched it with a fresh head, no idea what it was about and still not really sure after having watched it. Dark humour and some nudity.



Thanks for the recommendation, loved it!
trobrianders Posted - 03/06/2019 : 15:40:18
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Originally posted by danjersey

Lifetime channel

You can never leave?

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pot Posted - 03/05/2019 : 09:29:39
Just watched Border, Swedish film that was nominated for an Oscar. Weird as fuck, so if like me you like weird as fuck you'll probably like this. Quite disturbing as well, and all the characters are grotesquely ugly. I watched it with a fresh head, no idea what it was about and still not really sure after having watched it. Dark humour and some nudity.
Bedbug Posted - 02/03/2019 : 02:40:46
Maps to the Stars is Cronenberg at his finest.

What a weird ride, have fun if you try it.
pot Posted - 02/02/2019 : 10:34:34
Any you merkin's ever watch Hee Haw?

I'm just watching some old bluegrass music clips on youTube, some new ones come up recently. The Stoneman family, Grandpa Jones, Stringbean... Some great stuff and here's this TV show I've never heard of called Hee Haw. It's hilarious!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcMKdbRAtKA

What does "hee haw" mean to you? In Scotland it means "nothing". If you've got hee haw you've got nothing. where does that term come from and what is it's etymological history?

Must be something in my blood, but I do love the old bluegrass music. You know the term hillbilly was originally coined to describe the Euro-protestant settlers who lived in the hills of the new American frontier. And back in my home town of Sanquhar there's a lot of history about the protestants, in an age when they were persecuted by the catholics. They used to congregate in the hills to worship, right here in this picture(https://twitter.com/scotbeasts/status/1022571679548092416) They were called the Sanquhar Covenanters and you can find articles about it online if you're interested. The original hillbillies of American were named after William of Orange. So many of the ancestors of the original hillbillies came from where I grew up. Whether or not any of them travelled across the sea I don't know.

pot Posted - 01/27/2019 : 04:16:58
Don't like DS9.

Voyager though really picked up in season 3 when Jeri Ryan joined the crew as borg woman, pissed off Kate Mulgrew a bit who couldn't handle the fact she was a far better actor and easier on the eye. She really shines through on the episode Infinite Regress (s5e7) where all the other people/species who were part of her collective start surfacing. I loved the relationship she had with the little girl, Naomi Wildman, because in a way she was still a little girl herself; having been assimilated by the borg when she was young.
Jeepster Posted - 01/27/2019 : 03:57:31
Voyager is great! The Next Generation is my personal favorite, I love that one episode where Data is on trial, Measure of a Man or something like that? And I've been wanting to watch all of Deep Space 9, I keep putting that off.

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Q: Where do Pixies keep their instruments when they're not playing?
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pot Posted - 01/27/2019 : 03:42:16
I'd say Bride of Chaotica is my favourite Voyager episode. s05e12

Enterprise was the last good bit of Star Trek IMO, well worth checking out. Forget about Discovery, what an embarassment that is!
Bedbug Posted - 01/26/2019 : 20:19:44
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Originally posted by Jeepster

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Originally posted by Bedbug

I need some recommendations for viewing in 2019. Kind of bored right now.



Almost every Star Trek TV show is on Netflix, what more could you need?

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Q: Where do Pixies keep their instruments when they're not playing?
A: Debasement.



I actually watched a Voyager episode this week! Very good, lots of fun.
Jeepster Posted - 01/26/2019 : 17:40:42
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Originally posted by Bedbug

I need some recommendations for viewing in 2019. Kind of bored right now.



Almost every Star Trek TV show is on Netflix, what more could you need?

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Q: Where do Pixies keep their instruments when they're not playing?
A: Debasement.
pot Posted - 01/25/2019 : 10:15:17
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Originally posted by Bedbug

I need some recommendations for viewing in 2019. Kind of bored right now.



I just finished the season 3 boxset of Travelers. Last few episodes were some of the most intense, nail biting sci-fi drama I've seen in a long time. Great character development and clever story writing. I've recommended it before.

I'm currently working my way back through the first 3 seasons of The Expanse in anticipation of season 4 coming out soon. It's a bit harder to get into, more complex and less fun to watch than Travelers. Both have great characters that will grow on you though.
Bedbug Posted - 01/25/2019 : 09:15:46
I need some recommendations for viewing in 2019. Kind of bored right now.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 01/07/2019 : 16:26:31
I just want to pop in to say the latest few Mission Impossible movies are certainly worth watching, and in times when action movies have gotten about as bad as horror movies have, the MI movies have devastatingly exciting and tense and complex (I mean in the filming, not in the execution) action scenes, such that I can't really think of any legitimate competition lately. Just watch one of the few youtube behind the scenes of how they filmed this stuff, to me it's absolutely remarkable human beings can do these things.
Bedbug Posted - 01/07/2019 : 03:49:11
Bird box was worth watching. Suspense, apocalyptic type stuff.
Bedbug Posted - 01/01/2019 : 18:37:23
For all you Humboldt County fans, “Murder Mountain” is a fascinating study of the the illegal / legal marijuana business in Nor Cal.

I keeping waiting for our man’s song.
pot Posted - 12/31/2018 : 09:00:12
Tom Cruise is genuinely crazy, so that probably explains things
Bedbug Posted - 12/31/2018 : 08:56:22
I'm with you there.

One interesting thing though (to me at least) was how Cruise does all his own stunts. It's really insane. That's actually him hanging below a real helicopter, etc. I don't understand how people decide to do this stuff.
pot Posted - 12/31/2018 : 08:09:04
Action movies bore me in general. I like drama and character development.
Bedbug Posted - 12/31/2018 : 07:44:14
Maybe it's me, but I was bored watching this thing, and it's like the most jam packed with action movie of all time. Maybe there's too much action?
pot Posted - 12/31/2018 : 03:59:33
I'd have to be really bored to sit down and watch a Tom Cruise Impossible Mission film, but I get what you're saying.
Bedbug Posted - 12/31/2018 : 02:35:47
Watched that newest Tom Cruise Mission Impossible movie, Fallout I think?

Basically it's like a ride at the amusement park. Fun that doesn't involve thinking, and not much to discuss after it's over. And I little too long. And not really good for you in any way. But at least you can say you did it.
pot Posted - 12/14/2018 : 00:17:06
Half way through White Boy Rick: a biographical story about the FBI's youngest ever informant. Set in the mid 80's in Detroit amidst predominantly black culture; features some nice early hip hop breakdancing roots. Got a really nice Scorcese gangster movie feel to it overall. Going to catch the rest of it this evening over a few bottles of fermented barley. I strongly recommend everyone who likes Scorcese-esque gangster movies to check it out.
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.

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