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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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Newo Posted - 01/22/2022 : 15:12:40
I think it's more a category thing - people will watch 2 hours of handsome murkiness on film like The Godfather or Seven (and when done well, that chiaroscuro thing causes the eye to concentrate more intensely to make up for the lack of clarity, making for a great viewing experience), but a 40-hour series that dark and muted probably involves too much squinting for a lot of people. It can't be remastered, that look was chosen before they shot a frame; the type of lightbulbs they used and the set design as well as post-production choices - you can't bring up detail that was never shot in the first place. Watching it on a decent screen would defo help enjoyment. This is all new to us anyway, not too long ago pretty much all TV was horribly lit so it is great that cinema-quality choices are available to series creators.

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pot Posted - 01/22/2022 : 13:37:03
Must depend on the quality of the individual monitor then. I'm not sure quality of picture contrast is really a solid basis for slating an entire show though - if it were so bad then maybe but this isn't. Not sure I've even noticed previously anyway. If it's so bad for some folk then I'm sure they could remaster it quite easily? Your loss man.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 01/22/2022 : 11:34:46
Oh that is kind of funny. I'm not the only one who's noticed this. It's actually the sole talking point I've ever seen about the show in articles, youtube videos about the genre, etc. Like I know nothing about the show except that a lot of people have problems with the visuals.

https://decider.com/2018/08/30/why-ozark-is-so-dark/

https://screenrant.com/ozark-lighting-too-dark-reason/
"Ozark is one of Netflix's darkest shows - literally. Fans have complained about what an eyesore Ozark is to look at..."

https://www.looper.com/207204/the-real-reason-ozark-looks-so-dark/

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1277723/ozark-why-is-ozark-so-blue

https://www.reddit.com/r/Ozark/comments/6poxij/great_show_but_too_blue/

http://fatsaloon.com/entertainment/ozark-is-the-bluest-show-on-television/

https://www.slashfilm.com/665514/the-interesting-reason-everything-in-ozark-is-so-blue/

etc....Not commenting at all about the writing and stuff though. The look of the show to me is just not my kind of thing so I don't feel enticed to watch. Maybe one day...
pot Posted - 01/22/2022 : 11:02:35
Whuh? You guy's watching a different show or something. It all looks pretty slick visually to me and I'm watching this on a brand new HP 21" 1080 monitor - I now want to visit the Ozarks on my bucket list tour of the states that will probably never happen. The plot and characters are of a very high calibre too. This series is proper mint.
Newo Posted - 01/22/2022 : 10:08:19
Lot of murky or washed-out colour grading in series and film these days, I blame people of lesser skills trying to copy David Fincher. Ozark goes way overboard with the blue highlights, like watching TV through X-ray paper.

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Allen Ginsberg says you got no soul. The ancient Egyptians say you got seven of these bastards, and Pharaohs got fourteen, what they get for being Pharaohs.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 01/22/2022 : 09:11:15
I've never watched it, but I've seen clips and images and the visual look of the show is a massive turnoff. Breaking Bad is so beautiful. Ozark looks like a monkey got a hold of the color correction in Premiere Pro and smashed on the keyboard.
pot Posted - 01/21/2022 : 15:42:38
I know this might be a controversial opinion, but I'm starting to think Ozark kind of owns Breaking Bad's ass a little bit. Maybe it's just because I'm more recently familiar with Ozark that I think that and had I watched them in the other order I might be thinking the reciprocal about them. It's definitely close.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 01/16/2022 : 00:21:57
As somebody who will record a two-hour podcast about a TMBG song, I really can't criticize. More power to him!
Bedbug Posted - 01/15/2022 : 13:38:29
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

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Originally posted by Bedbug

I find myself watching Rob Ager film analysis videos from time to time.

What do people think of him?




I am a fan. His stuff on Alien is especially good. Also really enjoyed a Blair Witch Project video from last year.



Definitely good stuff from him on Alien. Almost all his stuff is good, though i don't play video games and I can't really imagine sitting through an hours long analysis of video game subtleties.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 01/13/2022 : 23:30:26
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Originally posted by Bedbug

I find myself watching Rob Ager film analysis videos from time to time.

What do people think of him?




I am a fan. His stuff on Alien is especially good. Also really enjoyed a Blair Witch Project video from last year.
pot Posted - 01/13/2022 : 12:40:25
Valerian and the City Of A Thousand Planets

Picked this up last on Netflix and I'm watching it thinking to myself - this reminds me a lot of The Fifth Element. Turns out it's only the latest Luc Besson!

This is some piece of work this. No idea what the story is but it's just such a visually stunning experience. Got bits of everything in there somewhere, completely over the top like The 5th Element on an acid trip. Steam punk burlesque or something maybe a good description of Besson's sci-fi style - nice to see a piece of cinema that at times is quite trippy, like something from Barbarella or a Pink Floyd video.

Family friendly Disney stuff, but worth saving a fat joint for.
Bedbug Posted - 01/09/2022 : 11:07:49
I find myself watching Rob Ager film analysis videos from time to time.

What do people think of him?

Personally I like him even if I think some of his points are a bit of a stretch.
Stevio10 Posted - 01/01/2022 : 12:41:32
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

I'm watching all of the Harry Potter movies for the first time, except the first one which will be my 2nd time. Up to the 6th one tonight. I don't feel like I'm exactly the audience (never been into wizard stuff) but it's been a fun random little assignment to myself.



The Nick Cave song moment is very moving. I didn't think I would enjoy the movies but I did.
Stevio10 Posted - 01/01/2022 : 12:37:36
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Originally posted by hammerhands

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Originally posted by Stevio10

[quote]Originally posted by hammerhands

I finally saw two documentaries Iíve been meaning to watch. I found them on Tubi, with commercials.

1. Bet, Raise, Fold. Comic-tragedy. About being an online poker player just before Pokerís Black Friday.

2. Stiv: No Compromise, No Regerts. I learned there are more albums Iíve never heard, Stiv Bators was a nut, and for the first time Iím glad I wasnít there.
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Don't know much about Stiv Bators but I like the Dead Boys. Anything about Rocket From the Tombs / Pere Ubu in the documentary? Don't envy the 70's punk lifestyle!




Pere Ubu showed up on an early concert tour poster, the name was not uttered. I donít recall much about Rocket From the Tombs, but quite a bit about Frankenstein, Stivís other bands back to the late 60ís and his naked insanity from that period.



Thanks! I'll check it out
hammerhands Posted - 01/01/2022 : 11:03:49
quote:
Originally posted by Stevio10

[quote]Originally posted by hammerhands

I finally saw two documentaries Iíve been meaning to watch. I found them on Tubi, with commercials.

1. Bet, Raise, Fold. Comic-tragedy. About being an online poker player just before Pokerís Black Friday.

2. Stiv: No Compromise, No Regerts. I learned there are more albums Iíve never heard, Stiv Bators was a nut, and for the first time Iím glad I wasnít there.
[/quote

Don't know much about Stiv Bators but I like the Dead Boys. Anything about Rocket From the Tombs / Pere Ubu in the documentary? Don't envy the 70's punk lifestyle!




Pere Ubu showed up on an early concert tour poster, the name was not uttered. I donít recall much about Rocket From the Tombs, but quite a bit about Frankenstein, Stivís other bands back to the late 60ís and his naked insanity from that period.
pot Posted - 01/01/2022 : 10:53:30
I visited two castles that were in Harry Potter last year.
Bedbug Posted - 01/01/2022 : 10:25:40
It's funny that I'm turned off by the thought of your Harry Potter assignment, when I just started my seventh X-men movie in a row and have three more to go (at least three I think).
Troubles A Foot Posted - 12/31/2021 : 23:29:25
They get much better starting around the third one. I think they may just get better and better with each one.
Bedbug Posted - 12/31/2021 : 03:28:29
Couldnít finish the first Harry Potter years ago, good luck with the assignment.

Stared the book of Boba Fett.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 12/30/2021 : 09:37:15
I'm watching all of the Harry Potter movies for the first time, except the first one which will be my 2nd time. Up to the 6th one tonight. I don't feel like I'm exactly the audience (never been into wizard stuff) but it's been a fun random little assignment to myself.
Stevio10 Posted - 12/29/2021 : 10:34:43
[quote]Originally posted by hammerhands

I finally saw two documentaries Iíve been meaning to watch. I found them on Tubi, with commercials.

1. Bet, Raise, Fold. Comic-tragedy. About being an online poker player just before Pokerís Black Friday.

2. Stiv: No Compromise, No Regerts. I learned there are more albums Iíve never heard, Stiv Bators was a nut, and for the first time Iím glad I wasnít there.
[/quote

Don't know much about Stiv Bators but I like the Dead Boys. Anything about Rocket From the Tombs / Pere Ubu in the documentary? Don't envy the 70's punk lifestyle!
hammerhands Posted - 12/28/2021 : 08:12:19
I finally saw two documentaries Iíve been meaning to watch. I found them on Tubi, with commercials.

1. Bet, Raise, Fold. Comic-tragedy. About being an online poker player just before Pokerís Black Friday.

2. Stiv: No Compromise, No Regerts. I learned there are more albums Iíve never heard, Stiv Bators was a nut, and for the first time Iím glad I wasnít there.
pot Posted - 12/25/2021 : 05:38:43
Started watching Don't Look Up Last night - from the first half an hour I'd say 6/10 sounds about right
Bedbug Posted - 12/25/2021 : 03:48:27
Donít Look Up

It tried hard, had some good moments, felt as now as one could hope for

6/10
pot Posted - 12/25/2021 : 01:26:25
Day Of The Triffids (2009) - two part mini-series I remember the trailers when it came out but never watched it. It's actually pretty good - reckon also beyond the story from the book there's massive potential for a full blown series there as well, continue the story.
Bedbug Posted - 12/22/2021 : 06:07:57
I've got one more X-men movie left to go, then it's on to the Wolverine trilogy.
Bedbug Posted - 12/21/2021 : 10:30:58
If you're an older chap who never read the comics I can't imagine wanting to sit through 7 X-men films that are all 2.5 hours long.

Bill Maher said something every movie being super heroes or virtue signaling. That's why the Bachelorette is so refreshing.
pot Posted - 12/19/2021 : 03:13:31
I probably would have loved all these superhero films these days as a kid, but as an adult I find them extremely tedious.
Bedbug Posted - 12/19/2021 : 03:09:16
I think you'd really enjoy it. There's dozens of seasons of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, plus Bachelor in Paradise which takes place on the beach.

I've been watching the entirety of the X-men movies. Fun stuff. You know, when we were kids we could have only imagined seeing our favorite superheroes in such realistic looking movies. All we had was Spidey on the Electric Company, Lou Ferigono as Hulk, Adam West as Batman, and Linda Carter as WW.
Troubles A Foot Posted - 12/17/2021 : 16:23:27
I don't even know what that is.
Bedbug Posted - 12/17/2021 : 07:19:39
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Originally posted by Troubles A Foot

The Beatles - Get Back docuseries. Absolutely incredible.

Also finished up the debut season of Chucky (loved it), and still incredibly enjoying Dexter: New Blood.

Enjoying the new season of Always Sunny.

Still chugging through Boardwalk Empire. It's a slog, and depressing, but it's kind of prestige comfort food. You basically know what you're gonna get, and nothing hits too hard. It's kind of a shallow show, that is beautifully produced.

Someone posted a clip of the new SATC thing on twitter and I thought it was the worst minute of anything I've ever seen.





Have you been watching this year's season of The Bachelorette?
Troubles A Foot Posted - 12/14/2021 : 20:09:04
The Beatles - Get Back docuseries. Absolutely incredible.

Also finished up the debut season of Chucky (loved it), and still incredibly enjoying Dexter: New Blood.

Enjoying the new season of Always Sunny.

Still chugging through Boardwalk Empire. It's a slog, and depressing, but it's kind of prestige comfort food. You basically know what you're gonna get, and nothing hits too hard. It's kind of a shallow show, that is beautifully produced.

Someone posted a clip of the new SATC thing on twitter and I thought it was the worst minute of anything I've ever seen.

pot Posted - 12/14/2021 : 11:59:46
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Originally posted by Bedbug

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Originally posted by pot

Never Seen Sex On The City is it any good?



The original SOTC series feels pretty dated these days, but that can be entertaining in its own way. If you're looking for a new series to spend some time on you could do worse.



I was into the first series of SATC before most girls in this country - it was originally a one off and then became really popular. The first series was different because it featured short segments of random New Yorkers sharing their quirky thoughts of wisdom and it was quite original and slightly off beat - before it turned into a cult sensation for the nouveaux 21st Century It Girl.
Bedbug Posted - 12/14/2021 : 11:02:47
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Originally posted by pot

Never Seen Sex On The City is it any good?



The original SOTC series feels pretty dated these days, but that can be entertaining in its own way. If you're looking for a new series to spend some time on you could do worse.
pot Posted - 12/14/2021 : 08:29:20
Never Seen Sex On The City is it any good?

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