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Hugh Akston wrote: 02 Jan 2020, 11:27 "How faithful is an adaptation to the source material?" is not a serious critical inquiry in that it almost never has any bearing on the quality of the work.
True, but if you see something labeled "Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol" and what you get is distinctly not what Dickens wrote, it may be a good movie but it is not Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
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And almost nobody watching a movie will care whether a complaint of theirs is "a serious critical inquiry".
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JD wrote: 02 Jan 2020, 09:40 Related to the copyright thread, it occurred to me that I'd always wanted to film Ray Bradbury's short story Chrysalis, and it's an early one so maybe copyright won't last much longer. I went to look up when it was published and the first thing that I discovered is that somebody already filmed it.
I decided to stay positive and watch it. It wasn't terrible, but it sure wasn't great either. It feels like a low-budget direct-to-video SF movie (which is basically what it is). The special effects look like they were thrown together in about ten minutes. Most of the acting is community-theater-level overacting, although one guy who underacts actually comes across as much more natural because of it. Most of the directing is, to borrow the phrase, how stupid people think smart people direct, with a couple exceptions. A lot of lines are borrowed directly from the short story, which is fine, and occasionally they're re-ordered or modified slightly, which is usually fine. One clanger is that the event that kicks off the rest of the plot is changed between the short story and the movie, which I wouldn't care about quite so much except that it removes about 99% of another character's motivation for behaving the way he does.
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Ellie wrote: 30 Dec 2019, 09:07 I haven't seen much about Deputy on Fox, but I assume it will be by-the-numbers cop-sucking fare. On the other hand, it has Bex Taylor-Klaus and I adore them ...
Also, trans actress / RuPaul's Drag Race runner-up Peppermint is in the first episode ...

Dang, they're going to get me to watch it!
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Hugh Akston wrote: 13 Feb 2020, 16:31 for dbcooper: https://youtu.be/YUSSUpTGhZw
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Oh, Amazon, you know me so well.
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JD wrote: 15 Feb 2020, 14:59 Oh, Amazon, you know me so well.

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That looks rather familiar actually....
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Painboy wrote: 15 Feb 2020, 16:49
JD wrote: 15 Feb 2020, 14:59 Oh, Amazon, you know me so well.

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That looks rather familiar actually....
I see that Andrew reviewed both Deathstalker and The Warrior and the Sorceress here: viewtopic.php?p=443202#p443202

I watched about 30 minutes of Deathstalker: holy crap is it bad, although it's actually a weird mix of fairly competent (some of the action, props, costuming, and special effects) and howlingly incompetent (writing, editing, acting) which just makes it funnier. And yeah, it's super rapey and exploitative.
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Painboy wrote: 15 Feb 2020, 16:49
JD wrote: 15 Feb 2020, 14:59 Oh, Amazon, you know me so well.

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That looks rather familiar actually....
No kidding. The best one is obviously Deathstalker, but the villain in Sorceress sounds like he was dubbed by Norm MacDonald doing his Death voice from Family Guy, which makes for lots of good joke material.
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JD wrote: 15 Feb 2020, 16:57
Painboy wrote: 15 Feb 2020, 16:49
JD wrote: 15 Feb 2020, 14:59 Oh, Amazon, you know me so well.

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That looks rather familiar actually....
I see that Andrew reviewed both Deathstalker and The Warrior and the Sorceress here: viewtopic.php?p=443202#p443202

I watched about 30 minutes of Deathstalker: holy crap is it bad, although it's actually a weird mix of fairly competent (some of the action, props, costuming, and special effects) and howlingly incompetent (writing, editing, acting) which just makes it funnier. And yeah, it's super rapey and exploitative.
I have seen so many of those bad movies that they are starting to run together. Besides the ones I mentioned in that post, there has been Sorceress, The Lost Empire (recommended--incredibly trashy one produced by Corman), Phoenix the Warrior (also called She-Wolves of the Wasteland), Gold of the Amazon Women, etc.
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The trailer for Tales from the Loop.

This century is getting weird for media. A Swedish artist* paints some neat retro-future-in-the-80s imagery with a vague implied setting (and some completely unexplained stuff). Then, it becomes a book and an RPG. A few years after that, there's a frickin' TV show on Amazon Prime? Well, OK.

I will say that the show looks a little gentler than many of Stålenhag's paintings, at least until we see kids chased by dinosaurs, VR hiveminds, consumer appliances going body horror, or the other dark bits in his work.


* The relevant art is way down the page. He's had a few loosely-linked series of pictures (made into art/story books as Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, and The Electric State) and seems to be deep in a more post-apocalyptic or post-disaster setting, right now.
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My son sent me a link thinking I'd be interested in the trailer for the HBO reboot of Perry Mason. Never read the books and the only think I liked about the old TV show was the theme music. Well, that and many years later being in on the joke of the copies of Corpus Juris Secundum at the end credits roll. Yeah, that's what Perry would turn to for his legal research.
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This sounds rad:
We review Assassin 33 A.D., a film that is both a shockingly sophisticated meditation on Christian faith and theology, and one where Jesus Christ gets double-tapped in the head by a Tier 1 operator named Brandt.
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I probably don't want to actually see a bunch of Gamera movies, but this is a great job of cutting together a trailer from a whole bunch of old movies.

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Really neat.
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The first season of Mr. Mercedes is quite good, and very very dark, but after two episodes of season two I don't know if I'm into it any more. There are some tropes I don't like, and...

*SPOILER*


'innocent person manipulated by magic into crimes that they are blamed for until late in the arc'

Is one of my last favorite.
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I'm a huge fan of the Jack Reacher novels, and I don't know if it's possible to really properly translate them to the screen because the most compelling part (for me) is being inside his head and seeing what he responds to and how. Like, he's not autistic, but it's a similar level of divergence from the average. He's a badass but not self-aggrandizing, and also a huge weirdo and accepting of that fact.

Anyway, at least they physically nailed the casting this time, which gives me hope.

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Ellie wrote: 04 Sep 2020, 19:33 I'm a huge fan of the Jack Reacher novels, and I don't know if it's possible to really properly translate them to the screen because the most compelling part (for me) is being inside his head and seeing what he responds to and how. Like, he's not autistic, but it's a similar level of divergence from the average. He's a badass but not self-aggrandizing, and also a huge weirdo and accepting of that fact.

Anyway, at least they physically nailed the casting this time, which gives me hope.

https://deadline.com/2020/09/alan-ritch ... UfkqYuM-uA
The books are good? I always assumed they were some kind of Borne* knockoffs or the like.

*Not that those were any good.
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The Bourne movies were way better than the books, and Jack Reacher still sounds like something you'd pay $50 for in the bathroom at a gay bar.
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Painboy wrote: 04 Sep 2020, 21:31 The books are good? I always assumed they were some kind of Borne* knockoffs or the like.

*Not that those were any good.
The books are ... enjoyable, if that's what you're into. Jack Reacher is not an action hero, although he has been trained in ass-kicking; he's a weirdo who only owns a toothbrush and wants to hitchhike all over the country and be left alone by his quiet weird self. But of course he ends up fighting with bad guys everywhere he goes, in the same way that every time Jessica Fletcher goes on vacation there happens to be a murder wherever she's traveling to. And just like Murder, She Wrote, it's kind of the same story every time; different enough not to be totally repetitive but similar enough to be satisfying.

tl;dr they're not quality literature but they're reliable popcorn novels and I enjoy their particular flavor. :)
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Ellie wrote: 04 Sep 2020, 23:48
Painboy wrote: 04 Sep 2020, 21:31 The books are good? I always assumed they were some kind of Borne* knockoffs or the like.

*Not that those were any good.
The books are ... enjoyable, if that's what you're into. Jack Reacher is not an action hero, although he has been trained in ass-kicking; he's a weirdo who only owns a toothbrush and wants to hitchhike all over the country and be left alone by his quiet weird self. But of course he ends up fighting with bad guys everywhere he goes, in the same way that every time Jessica Fletcher goes on vacation there happens to be a murder wherever she's traveling to. And just like Murder, She Wrote, it's kind of the same story every time; different enough not to be totally repetitive but similar enough to be satisfying.

tl;dr they're not quality literature but they're reliable popcorn novels and I enjoy their particular flavor. :)
Concur. Reacher is like Liam Neeson's "I have special skills" character if that character had a sense of humor and quit the Army to go hobo hither and yon. It's a preposterous character, but then so are most interesting detective story protagonists. I'm actually looking forward to checking out the series so I can get Tom Cruise out of my head as what Reacher looks like.
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