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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by dhex » 17 Nov 2016, 20:07

if i had to pick between the two, i'd pick the black guy. turtleneck guy is unwatchable nonsense and while it's fine to have a thc-based accent, i mean c'mon.

it's pleasant to listen to but soooooo booooooring.

plus black guy has cartoons.

the faux gravitas gets too pledge drive after a while and good lord the lens flare - who the hell pays their motion graphics team per lens flare?

verdict: both are boring and not worth your time.

rick and morty season 2. hit it.

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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Eric the .5b » 17 Nov 2016, 23:51

dhex wrote:verdict: both are boring and not worth your time.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Jennifer » 18 Nov 2016, 17:25

Back when "Donald Trump: GOP primary candidate" was still considered a joke, South Park did a storyline with batshit-crazy Mr. Garrison (featuring an orange spray tan) running for president as a Trump parody, with Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric turned up to 11 ... thousand. They've stuck with it now that Trump won the election -- in the South Park universe our new pres-elect is Garrison, with Caitlyn Jenner as veep -- and in the latest episode, the way they played "Hail to the Chief" to make it sound like Darth Vader's Imperial March really is freaking brilliant.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Ellie » 27 Nov 2016, 23:38

I really like the show The Flash overall, and enjoyed a fair amount of the second season, but holy balls was the "Barry stuck in the speed force" episode terrible. So, so bad.
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Post by JD » 29 Nov 2016, 16:28

Two early "lost episodes" of MST3K from the KTMA days have been discovered! Joel Hodgson warns you to keep your expectations low:
...I really loved getting a chance to see these early episodes again. You can see Josh and Trace and me just wading into “movie riffing” and starting to play with all the elements and dynamics of the show and the set pieces. Obviously, it’s pretty slow. We didn’t pre-watch any of the films or even attempt to write any jokes; it’s just us, starting out, “blue skying” it.

(Naturally, if I could have known that, almost 30 years later, there would be a group of about 50,000 folks looking at these as a sort of “historical document,” I probably would have tried to find ways to put more time into them. But, as they say, it is what it is.)
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Highway » 29 Nov 2016, 17:13

JD wrote:Two early "lost episodes" of MST3K from the KTMA days have been discovered! Joel Hodgson warns you to keep your expectations low:
...I really loved getting a chance to see these early episodes again. You can see Josh and Trace and me just wading into “movie riffing” and starting to play with all the elements and dynamics of the show and the set pieces. Obviously, it’s pretty slow. We didn’t pre-watch any of the films or even attempt to write any jokes; it’s just us, starting out, “blue skying” it.

(Naturally, if I could have known that, almost 30 years later, there would be a group of about 50,000 folks looking at these as a sort of “historical document,” I probably would have tried to find ways to put more time into them. But, as they say, it is what it is.)
Paraphrasing what someone said about Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman and other late life / posthumous 'discoveries' of unpublished works by famous creators: If you have any old notes or video or anything, destroy it, or some jerk will grab it, stitch it together, publish it, and probably tarnish your reputation with it. There's a reason you didn't publish that stuff.
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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 29 Nov 2016, 17:17

Yeah, MST3k really only starts hitting on all cylibders with season 3.
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Post by Mo » 29 Nov 2016, 18:08

Highway wrote:
JD wrote:Two early "lost episodes" of MST3K from the KTMA days have been discovered! Joel Hodgson warns you to keep your expectations low:
...I really loved getting a chance to see these early episodes again. You can see Josh and Trace and me just wading into “movie riffing” and starting to play with all the elements and dynamics of the show and the set pieces. Obviously, it’s pretty slow. We didn’t pre-watch any of the films or even attempt to write any jokes; it’s just us, starting out, “blue skying” it.

(Naturally, if I could have known that, almost 30 years later, there would be a group of about 50,000 folks looking at these as a sort of “historical document,” I probably would have tried to find ways to put more time into them. But, as they say, it is what it is.)
Paraphrasing what someone said about Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman and other late life / posthumous 'discoveries' of unpublished works by famous creators: If you have any old notes or video or anything, destroy it, or some jerk will grab it, stitch it together, publish it, and probably tarnish your reputation with it. There's a reason you didn't publish that stuff.
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Post by Andrew » 11 Dec 2016, 19:05

Mr. Show with Bob and David is now on Amazon Prime. How did I not know that?

Narcos was excellent. Some weak points (such as Boyd Holbrook) and laughable points (so many 11-shot revolvers!), but overall a very enjoyable series.

Now to find something new...
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Post by Ellie » 14 Dec 2016, 08:43

Season 3 of The Fall was a dud. :-/
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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 14 Dec 2016, 16:06

Ellie wrote:Season 3 of The Fall was a dud. :-/
I liked it, though it was very different.

I liked that they didn't give the game away.
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Post by Ellie » 14 Dec 2016, 18:16

Heh, I've been stewing about it all day and getting more annoyed with it. De gustibus non est disputandum! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
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Post by Fin Fang Foom » 14 Dec 2016, 19:39

Ellie wrote:Heh, I've been stewing about it all day and getting more annoyed with it. De gustibus non est disputandum! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
I didn't like it as much. The first two seasons I watched in one session starting at 10 pm. This obe I watched over a couple of weeks.

The last season was sorely lacking in emotionally weird Gillian Anderson sex.
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Post by Ellie » 15 Dec 2016, 00:06

My sister strongly recommended The Crown, so I watched a few minutes, but I think I'm going to have to be in the right mood to watch any more. It's just a little too weird watching Lane Pryce from Mad Men knight the 11th Doctor and then trade dirty limericks with Patrick from Coupling.

Also, John Lithgow as Winston Churchill is super distracting. Maybe it's a great impression, I don't know, but to me his voice is so distinctive that it breaks any chance of illusion, and he just seems to be chewing up the scenery. And was Churchill really hunchbacked, or are they padding Lithgow's coat to make him look fat? Makes my shoulders tired just seeing it.
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Post by Painboy » 15 Dec 2016, 01:27

Ellie wrote:My sister strongly recommended The Crown, so I watched a few minutes, but I think I'm going to have to be in the right mood to watch any more. It's just a little too weird watching Lane Pryce from Mad Men knight the 11th Doctor and then trade dirty limericks with Patrick from Coupling.

Also, John Lithgow as Winston Churchill is super distracting. Maybe it's a great impression, I don't know, but to me his voice is so distinctive that it breaks any chance of illusion, and he just seems to be chewing up the scenery. And was Churchill really hunchbacked, or are they padding Lithgow's coat to make him look fat? Makes my shoulders tired just seeing it.
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Post by D.A. Ridgely » 15 Dec 2016, 02:07

I hope Rectify finds its way to the streaming services soon. It was extraordinary and deserves a much wider audience.

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Post by Jennifer » 15 Dec 2016, 21:32

The Independence Day sequel movie was reallllly fucking bad. I'd already known it was going to be bad, since I'd read the reviews, but I seriously underestimated just how bad it would be.
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Post by Ellie » 20 Dec 2016, 13:45

I cannot tell if Chance on Hulu is actually decent or just ridiculous in an enthralling way. I really like Ethan Suplee, and I would watch Hugh Laurie watching paint dry, so I'm not an unbiased critic. Anyway, I've been burning through the season fast and am interested to see how it ends.
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Post by Ellie » 21 Dec 2016, 19:15

The finale sucked, though. Totally pointless. I wonder if the penultimate episode was supposed to be the finale and then somebody decided later it needed more resolution and they had to film a new caboose?
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Post by Jennifer » 23 Dec 2016, 13:48

Adam Conover's Christmas special was really good. It contained little information I didn't already know [except for certain gruesome details behind the pickle-ornament tradition], but presented it marvelously: to explain how certain modern Christmas traditions trace back to either Roman Saturnalia or the Scandinavian Yule festival, he used an animated segment that was a spot-on parody of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
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Post by Sandy » 23 Dec 2016, 15:54

#MakeChristmasYuleAgain
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Post by Andrew » 28 Dec 2016, 20:40

The Night Manager on Amazon Prime is kinda terrible. They obviously had many, many millions for the explosives budget, so the effects are good, and it's filled with great shots of pretty locations. Also, it's a little fun to see Hugh Laurie as the villain. Aside from those high points, though, it's bad. Hiddleston is strangely off-putting, the writing and plot are painful, and ending is satisfying only if simplistic revenge porn is satisfying.

I mean, really. Laurie is an arms dealer, and it becomes clear he's operating with the blessing of British (and maybe American) intelligence. This makes sense since anyone moving large amounts of American/British-made military arms probably has the approval of the government, and moving those arms to disreputable people benefits the government in various realpolitik ways. The resolution involves him getting arrested by Egyptian police with the understanding he'll be out in a few days due to his connections and money. At the last second, though, some shady people he screwed seize the police van and he's hauled away to be tortured and murdered. The intelligence people (who were going against their government's wishes) have smug looks of satisfaction because he had it coming. If he's operating with government approval because they want arms going under the table to certain unpleasant people, there's going to be a new dealer tomorrow. But hey, one head got cut off the hydra, so let's jerk each other off at the thought of the bad guy getting tortured to death.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Jennifer » 01 Jan 2017, 11:36

I re-read Watership Down in honor of Richard Adams' death this week, and then Jeff found a copy of the 1970s cartoon movie (last movie I watched in 2016, where meaningless statistics are concerned). The cartoon did a good job of illustrating the book, but I'm not sure how well it would work as a standalone story for someone not familiar with the book.

It would've been a lot better, IMO, had it included all the rabbit's folktales about El-Ahrairah, their legendary trickster prince--not just because those stories are among the best parts of the book, but because they do such a great job of showing how the rabbits view themselves and their place in the world.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by dhex » 01 Jan 2017, 11:46

saw the first episode of midnight diner on netflix. very good. very japanese tho.
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Re: It's not the size of the screen...

Post by Fin Fang Foom » 01 Jan 2017, 12:35

dhex wrote:saw the first episode of midnight diner on netflix. very good. very japanese tho.
I just looked at the episode titles on Netflix. I will probably watch it but always eat beforehand.
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