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Jeff replied on Fri, Jun 5 2015 5:26 PM

Ben_S:

I watched 'Under the Skin' last week. A very odd and pretty tense film with Scarlett Johannson prowling around Glasgow streets as this alien life form. Sounds very strange and it was. But it was also very good and compelling.

Recommended! Yes - thumbs up

Sounds interesting, I'll have to take a look!

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@Ben_S ... I have rented that but not watched it yet

@Michael ... I enjoyed it too

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Sal replied on Sun, Jun 7 2015 7:37 PM

Enjoying a lazy Sunday morning with some classic Sci Fi action

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Jeff replied on Sun, Jun 7 2015 8:32 PM

I watched a very strange horror film, "Three...Extremes." A collection of three separate vignettes all done by different Asian directors, in different languages and taking place in different countries. First is Chinese, language is Cantonese, second is Korean, last vignette is Japanese. Out of these, the first and last were the creepiest, with the last one being by far the most stylish, surreal, atmospheric, and disturbing.

There's something about Asian horror in general, and Japanese horror in particular, that can be quite alien and disturbingly creepy to Western sensibilities. Can't quite put my finger on it, but what comes out of different cultures as "horror' can vary a lot, even if it pings the same human emotional sensibilities.

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Sal:

Enjoying a lazy Sunday morning with some classic Sci Fi action

Go Chewie Go !

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Sal replied on Sun, Jun 7 2015 8:43 PM

Jeff:
There's something about Asian horror in general, and Japanese horror in particular, that can be quite alien and disturbingly creepy to Western sensibilities. Can't quite put my finger on it, but what comes out of different cultures as "horror' can vary a lot, even if it pings the same human emotional sensibilities.

To me, a classic example of this is the visceral and cerebral differences between "Ringu" (1998) and "The Ring" (2002)

(As an aside... Good LORD Naomi Watts is gorgeous)

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Sal replied on Sun, Jun 7 2015 8:44 PM

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Go Chewie Go !

 

ARRRRRrrrRRRRGRRRRRGGGRRRRrrrrarrrrr! Big Smile

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Jeff replied on Mon, Jun 8 2015 1:15 AM

Sal:

Jeff:
There's something about Asian horror in general, and Japanese horror in particular, that can be quite alien and disturbingly creepy to Western sensibilities. Can't quite put my finger on it, but what comes out of different cultures as "horror' can vary a lot, even if it pings the same human emotional sensibilities.

To me, a classic example of this is the visceral and cerebral differences between "Ringu" (1998) and "The Ring" (2002)

(As an aside... Good LORD Naomi Watts is gorgeous)

Highly agree with both comments! Same for Ju-on and The Grudge.

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Has anyone been watching American Horror Story? I'm watching Season 1 on Netflix.

Jessica Lange is amazing as is Dylan McDermott
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Jeff replied on Tue, Jun 9 2015 4:02 PM

Aussie Michael:
Has anyone been watching American Horror Story? I'm watching Season 1 on Netflix.

 

 

Jessica Lange is amazing as is Dylan McDermott

Definitely. I have finished season 1 and about to start on season 2. Definitely a creepy, demented show! Great acting and it doesn't turn out like you might expect.

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elephant replied on Mon, Jul 6 2015 11:58 PM
"Jack Taylor"

It has received mixed reviews however both of us have been drawn into it ... We only have one "episode" left [:\'(]

I said "episode" carefully as it seems to be a collection of consistent 90 minutes shows made over a number of years -- and the transition between episodes is also explained within the narrative by prolonged absences of key players.

It's on Netflix

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Jeff:

Aussie Michael:
Has anyone been watching American Horror Story? I'm watching Season 1 on Netflix.

Jessica Lange is amazing as is Dylan McDermott

Definitely. I have finished season 1 and about to start on season 2. Definitely a creepy, demented show! Great acting and it doesn't turn out like you might expect.

You'll love how the actors play different roles.  Jessica is great in season 2 with Zach Quinto.  Season 2 for me was really amazing and depressing and lets speak when you finish the season :-) 

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Jeff replied on Tue, Jul 7 2015 5:19 PM

Just watched an amazingly good indie film, "Whiplash." Lowest grossing film ever to be nominated for a best picture Oscar, it won three Oscars, including best supporting actor for JK Simmons. It's about a young kid who wants to be a great jazz drummer and his interaction with a brutal, sadistic, demanding instructor (Simmons) at an elite NYC music college. The description about how this guy pushes the kid to be his best in the movie ad doesn't do it justice, Simmons is brutal to the kids he's teaching. Quite a psychological study, with an ending open to a lot of questions and discussion. Outstanding, nominated for 5 Academy Awards, got three.

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elephant replied on Tue, Jul 7 2015 11:49 PM
Yes "whiplash" is great. One of our sons was in town and chose it for a family viewing.

We all enjoyed it although it did occasion the debate about how far should a parent push a child versus support them.

I checked with our neighbour who is a professional drummer what he thought of it - and he said it was authentic and outstanding.

Thanks for reminding me Jeff ... Been meaning to investigate the sound track.

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elephant replied on Fri, Jul 10 2015 12:30 AM
Australian Broadcasting Corporation's GLITCH

From the team that brought us "The Slap" which was sold on to the U.S. and remade with the same title.

I was concerned GLITCH was going to be a clear remake of the French series "The Returned" which was outstanding.

Having seen episode 1 last night I would say GLITCH is different and has very high production values that will make it certain export material.

And the ABC has brought two firsts with this release:

-- an immediate release of all episodes on iView some 15 minutes after the first free to air episode has ceased broadcast ... and at not cost to Australian residents (I suspect it will be geoblocked to other countries), and

-- a service called Audio Description which I presume is an aural "painting" overlay for visually challenged citizens.

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Mark replied on Sat, Jul 11 2015 2:04 PM
I've just watched a couple of Rob Zombie's films... not sure what goes on in that mans mind and would you invite him over for dinner ?

but clever indie horror genre Devil

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Jeff replied on Sat, Jul 11 2015 4:51 PM

Yeah, Rob Zombie has a definitely twisted mind...can be delightfully bent, but maybe a dinner invite, but not date your daughter (or son) for that mater.

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Jeff replied on Tue, Jul 21 2015 7:07 PM

OK, two scifi films:

The Mazerunner - dreadful, illogical, and just bad. Blatant attempt to cash in on the scifi teen angst movies after the success (deserved) of The Hunger Games. Once again, money for SFX but not much for scriptwriting.Kind of like a bad combination of Lord Of The Flies and Cube.

Snowpiercer - overall, same as The Mazerunner, illogical, and generally dreadful. About how mankind tried to stop global warming and overshot, creating another snowball Earth. The only survivors are on a train that circles the globe once a year, self sustaining, with an engine that runs forever. Stupid plot, but there are a couple of scenes that are good, but maybe a couple in a long movie. Tilda Swinton, however, gives an amazing performance, even knowing it's her I still don't recognize her. She plays this buck toothed old maid kind of 2nd in command of the train, just an eccentric and great performance. It's almost worth putting up with the dreck that is the rest of the movie just to see her performance.

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elephant replied on Tue, Jul 21 2015 11:46 PM
Season twos:

True Detective

Line of Duty

And the movie "100 steps" or something like that - set in gastronomical France

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Jeff replied on Wed, Jul 22 2015 2:20 AM

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Season twos:

 

True Detective

 

Line of Duty

 

And the movie "100 steps" or something like that - set in gastronomical France

So, how are you enjoying season 2 of True Detective? I'm not nearly as happy with it as with the first season. Too many characters, all too messed up, and a plot that meanders around too much IMO. Good acting, good music and photography, but dialog and such is not as creative or captivating as the first season, which was near the top of best shows I've ever seen.

 

 

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i am also in between for S2 of True Detective - although I LOVE the music at the start in the Title sequence.

I think it's going to build and build and it's a nice and different take on the series, although i did prefer the First one so far 

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elephant replied on Thu, Jul 23 2015 2:51 PM
Michael & Jeff - I agree with both of you

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Jeff replied on Thu, Jul 23 2015 8:43 PM

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Michael & Jeff - I agree with both of you

Although I did enjoy the ex-cop's latest interaction with the sleazy Hollyweird shrink. Smile

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Jeff replied on Wed, Aug 12 2015 2:04 AM

Well, I stuck with True Detective to the end. Man the last episode was about one of the most depressing endings I've ever seen. 

Watdhed Sharknado 3, great bad movie! What a hoot. 

Ran across a DVD in my collection I've not seen in a long while, The Empty Mirror. Fascinating psychological character study, in the movie Hitler is being held prisoner in an underground complex along with Eva Brown, Goering, and Gobbels, while being psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud. The movie is really Hitler in purgatory and eventually hell, Freud represents his chance for realizing his self and salvation, the others are there to do the opposite. Just a captivating and thought provoking film. 

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elephant replied on Wed, Aug 12 2015 3:27 AM
We will watch the last episode of TD S2 sometime in the 24 hours.

Even E7 had a sense of impending doom so I am not surprised by your evaluation.

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Jeff replied on Fri, Aug 14 2015 10:14 PM

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We will watch the last episode of TD S2 sometime in the 24 hours.

 

Even E7 had a sense of impending doom so I am not surprised by your evaluation.

Would love to hear your opinion once you've watched it. Unlike some other episodes, and unlike all of S1, I haven't rewatched it. It was just so depressing watching it again wasn't even an option, whereas I've rewatched S1 in its entirety, and often if I'm in the living room in the evening reading or using the tablet to web surf, if a repeat of a show I was watching or following comes back on I'll put it on and halfway pay attention, sometimes catch things I missed. With this one I just assume anything I missed would only be even more of a downer. Crying

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elephant replied on Sat, Aug 15 2015 4:38 AM
Jeff:

Would love to hear your opinion once you've watched it. Unlike some other episodes, and unlike all of S1, I haven't rewatched it. It was just so depressing watching it again wasn't even an option

Well we three watched it to the end.

I thought both end twists were from the same cause ( I am being vague so as not to spoil it for others ) but analysing it afterwards I realised it was "just" coincidences that made the ending doubly bad.

But the true ending was sort of what I half expected / half hoped. And had some ambiguity which is always nice ....

I would agree that Season 1 was much better on many different levels and would be rewatchable.

I expect Season 3 will again be totally different with again all new characters and new story line.

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Jeff replied on Wed, Aug 26 2015 3:33 AM

I watched a great Western, "Seraphim Falls." Odd in that the two protagonists were played by Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan who both always wanted to be in a Western. Takes place after the Civil War, Neeson plays a Confederate Colonel who's hunting ex Union Captain Brosnan. Beautifully filmed, outstanding scenery, starts out in the high mountains and ends up in the desert, and is not what you think it is at the start. Gets very surreal and spiritual at the end. 

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elephant replied on Wed, Aug 26 2015 9:02 AM
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I'll look it up.

Saw a great visual movie (99 cent special on iTunes) "The Immigrant".

I real commend the Australian Broadcaster (ABC)'s "Glitch" to everyone !

And we have just started watching the BBC's "The Honourable Woman" having completed "Line Of Duty" that had more twists than a pretzel.

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Just watched "The Immortal Augustus Gladstone" by Robyn Miller.

A filmcrew discovering a guy on youtube pretending to be 150 years old making a documentary on his life with unexspected results. The movie is immersive enough to make you believe his story. Roby Miller plays the main character. If you have a déjà vu: He is the coproducers of his brothers Rand computergame Myst.

The plot could also have been written by Paul Auster.

I enjoyed this mockumentary.

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Just watched "The Immortal Augustus Gladstone" by Robyn Miller (Yes, Rands brother who created "Myst"). A film team discoveres the story of an old man on youtube. He lives in an abandoned hotel in Portland and tells the film crew about his life which began in 1856 (sic!). There even is some "sproof" on https://www.youtube.com/user/augustusgladstone

I enjoyed this immersive story, not only about a man telling he is more than 150 years old but also about the impact of documentation on its subject ...

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Did anybody watch Orphan Black? Just watched the first two parts of season 1. Sara, a petty criminal sees a woman looking like herself behaving strangely at a train station and then committing suicide. She grabs the opportunity and the dead woman's handbag and finds out that all her financial whoes are history. For Elsbeth the dead woman has a nice appartment house and a well filled bank account. But changing identities is not a trivial business. Next morning she finds herself being rudely taken to offce by a chauffeur of a misterious organisation, which is just the police, and she has to act as a detective at a hearing on a fatal shooting. And new problems arise with Sara's and Elsbeth's friends and relatives. Well, relatives: Could Elsbeth be her twin sister? And more sisters are showing up, clones. Let a real mess go on!

I think, the series is worth watching.

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elephant replied on Sat, Nov 21 2015 7:20 AM
@Peter & @Jeff

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Speaking of twin sisters ... watched "Twinsters" last night on Netflix, and found it a very interesting documentary:

A) how young people interact via social media

B) how it all came about ... and the unanswered questions

C) how must it feel to go back to where you were born, and ask yourself the question "what if ..."

Jeff

Other recent watches were "Predestination" which may have been discussed before, however it was my first view ... And I noticed in the credits it is based on the Robert Heinlein short story "By His Bootstraps".

I just love time travel conundrums !

And talk of TT I hope I have previously recommended Ben Elton's "Time and Time Again"

And I have just finished (reading) "The Name of the Wind" and started volume 2 which covers the second day Surprise

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Rich replied on Tue, Nov 24 2015 6:36 PM

The kids are off school and with my in-laws, so my wife and I binge-watched all 10 episodes of The Man In The High Castle over the weekend.  Don't believe the great reviews.  2 stars out of 4 from me, 3 stars out of 4 from my wife.

I read the Philip K. Beofilterwilldeletethelastname novel on which it was based many years ago (about 1992 I would guess).  Based on my love for all things Beofilterwilldeletethelastname and the multiple rave reviews I've heard and read in the past weeks, I was very eager to see this.  My one word review is:

Meh.

My wife loves the Hunger Games, so we binge-watched the first three blu-rays Sunday and Monday and will see the fourth film tonight in the theater.


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Jeff replied on Tue, Nov 24 2015 7:07 PM

@elephant...those sound interesting, will look for them.

@Rich...hmmm, the Man In The High Castle is in my Amazon Prime to watch list, hope I like it better than you did, that's one of the few PKD books I've not read so maybe I won't be as disappointed.

Some things I've found recently:

Black Mirror - a UK show, 6 episodes available on Netflix, each a different story, cautionary tales really, about what might happen with technology in a short while if we muck it up according to the producers. Very dark, very innovative and thought provoking, very pointed in their social commentary, all very believable cyberpunk. Honestly, perhaps the best, most thought provoking thing I've seen in decades.

Went to see The Martian, decent movie even though I hate Matt Damon, only covered maybe 15% of the things that went on in the book, which is excellent, but still even with 2 hours and 22 min there's not much more they could have covered. Worth a watch though.

I've also been working my way thru all the Futurama cartoon shows, what a delightfully funny and creative show. I'd only seen an occasional one before, and liked them, starting from the beginning and going thru them has been fun.

Started the 2nd season of American Horror Story. Yikes! The first season was great, seriously demented in a tongue in cheek sort of funny way. Not the 2nd, holy carp, it's dark and twisted, and seriously addictive. It's interesting as they reuse the same actors in each season, so it's interesting to see them in completely different roles.

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Ben_S replied on Tue, Nov 24 2015 7:33 PM

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@elephant...those sound interesting, will look for them.

@Rich...hmmm, the Man In The High Castle is in my Amazon Prime to watch list, hope I like it better than you did, that's one of the few PKD books I've not read so maybe I won't be as disappointed.

Some things I've found recently:

Black Mirror - a UK show, 6 episodes available on Netflix, each a different story, cautionary tales really, about what might happen with technology in a short while if we muck it up according to the producers. Very dark, very innovative and thought provoking, very pointed in their social commentary, all very believable cyberpunk. Honestly, perhaps the best, most thought provoking thing I've seen in decades.

Can only echo this, absolutely love Black Mirror. Check out the Christmas special with Jon Hamm too if you like that Jeff. Charlie Brooker is a genius. 

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Ben_S replied on Tue, Nov 24 2015 7:36 PM

Currently watching two series of brilliant television here in the UK. 

Firstly, second series of Fargo which is in my opinion even better than the 1st season. So gripping, brilliantly written and beautifully shot. The acting is also absolutely fantastic. It's on channel 4 over here but I'm sure they are a couple of episodes ahead in the US.

Second, the third season of the Bridge (Swedish/Danish) has just started airing on BBC 4 which is another of my favourites. Interesting premise to this third season and absolutely love watching Saga. Recommended for those who haven't seen the first couple of series, especially for fans of 'The Killing' etc. 

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elephant replied on Tue, Nov 24 2015 11:34 PM
Youngest son in town so we "binged" on Antman.

I had not even bothered looking at the preview/trailer since I was never a fan of the comic and the idea of shrinking ...

Surprisingly we all enjoyed it. A rare moment for family harmony ... usually there is at least one contrarian Big Smile

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Jeff replied on Wed, Nov 25 2015 12:16 AM

@Ben...sadly the Christmas episode is not available on Netflix! When I watched the first one afterwards I went online and looked at the episode list. Was very disappointed that one was missing. I have read that Netflix has commissioned another 12 episodes of it, hope that's true as it's an inspired show.

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