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Warren wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 10:22
dead_elvis wrote: 21 Nov 2020, 19:15Beth!
They're both chess prodigies and they both beat the big bad Russian.
The rest is weak sauce IMHO.
"Killer instinct" is something that is necessarily an aspect of anyone that is the best in the world at anything. I don't see "creepy" in Beth, but creepy is a different look in women. Fischer was creepy because he was anti-social.
In the dick cavett interview, I find his awkward laugh creepy when he says what he enjoys the most is the moment of breaking his opponent, it just reminds me of the whole serial killer thing where they say the moment that lights them up the most is when they see the victim realize they aren't getting out or the moment the light goes out of their eyes. Or in 60 Minutes when he says his goal in winning is so the other guy doesn't go home thinking they're all that, that's creepy. Like, you've already won or lost, why do you care? As you say the whole best-in-the-world-at-something-competitive does breed that, and it's kind of turned me off to some competitive activities that are full of those people. When people care more about winning than the thing itself they are doing, that's the line for me, and Beth reveals that in one scene, I forget where. I've known a few people at the top in music who are just the happiest go lucky people, nicest people in the world, but every now and then the something slips and you realize these people would shiv their own mother if it helped them beat someone. That's creepy.

I found Beth's turn to being social and reasonably nice to be rather contrived, frankly. I think a more true to life story would have emphasized that no, you don't get to be champion and not have to sacrifice everything else. They were going in that direction and then chickened out.

On another note, did you by any chance recognize the movie on TV Beth and her mom were watching on TV in the hotel in Vegas after the 30:30 mark? I can't get google to return any results that work with the clues given, but it sounds like a classic noir I should know; I binged so many like 10 years ago and now they tend to be jumbled up in my head but it sounds vaguely familiar. It's driving me nuts.
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dead_elvis wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 13:55 On another note, did you by any chance recognize the movie on TV Beth and her mom were watching on TV in the hotel in Vegas after the 30:30 mark?
I wondered about that myself. I didn't recognize it, but fortunately I know how to google ;)
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Warren wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 14:47
dead_elvis wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 13:55 On another note, did you by any chance recognize the movie on TV Beth and her mom were watching on TV in the hotel in Vegas after the 30:30 mark?
I wondered about that myself. I didn't recognize it, but fortunately I know how to google ;)
Excellent! I had seen it, that was a good one. I bow to your superior Google-Fu. I searched every bit of dialog also using character names, and despite that blog post and a site with the script it never showed up. Also things like "queen's gambit what movie was on tv" turned up nothing.
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dead_elvis wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 17:00
Warren wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 14:47
dead_elvis wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 13:55 On another note, did you by any chance recognize the movie on TV Beth and her mom were watching on TV in the hotel in Vegas after the 30:30 mark?
I wondered about that myself. I didn't recognize it, but fortunately I know how to google ;)
Excellent! I had seen it, that was a good one. I bow to your superior Google-Fu. I searched every bit of dialog also using character names, and despite that blog post and a site with the script it never showed up. Also things like "queen's gambit what movie was on tv" turned up nothing.
Really? I got as far as, A gimmick is... and google filled in the rest.
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Warren wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 17:07
dead_elvis wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 17:00
Warren wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 14:47
dead_elvis wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 13:55 On another note, did you by any chance recognize the movie on TV Beth and her mom were watching on TV in the hotel in Vegas after the 30:30 mark?
I wondered about that myself. I didn't recognize it, but fortunately I know how to google ;)
Excellent! I had seen it, that was a good one. I bow to your superior Google-Fu. I searched every bit of dialog also using character names, and despite that blog post and a site with the script it never showed up. Also things like "queen's gambit what movie was on tv" turned up nothing.
Really? I got as far as, A gimmick is... and google filled in the rest.
SMH. I typed the whole thing out ("I think I've got a gimmick a gimmick is an angle that works for you") and got bupkis. Even though the script is on the internet.

ETA: re-watching the movie now. I wish Miklos Rozsa had done the music for Queen's Gambit.
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dead_elvis wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 18:18 SMH. I typed the whole thing out ("I think I've got a gimmick a gimmick is an angle that works for you") and got bupkis. Even though the script is on the internet.

ETA: re-watching the movie now. I wish Miklos Rozsa had done the music for Queen's Gambit.
Another person bitten by too much information on computer searches: You want to always give the minimum amount of information / detail to give you a results list that you can manage to look through. Google's better than most, but most things are an "AND" search, and if you mis-remember, mistype, or just don't know a part of it, you're going to get no results even if you're close.
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dead_elvis wrote: 22 Nov 2020, 18:18 I wish Miklos Rozsa had done the music for Queen's Gambit.
Oh no. I don't know who that is, but the music selections are choice.
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The Fox cartoon Bless the Harts really has grown on me, for all that I found the first couple episodes uninspiring.

Random observation: so far, of the four cartoons Fox airs on Sunday nights, the surreal/unrealistic ones (Family Guy and Simpsons) have had episodes dealing with masks and covid-19, whereas the two more "realistic" ones (Bob's Burgers and Bless the Harts) have not.
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D.A. Ridgely wrote: 24 Feb 2020, 10:46
JD wrote: 24 Feb 2020, 10:44 Watched the first two episodes of Hunters. It wasn't terrible but I don't think I'm going to watch anymore. The production values are generally high, the worldbuilding is pretty good, and the acting is pretty good. But at its core it's a big-budget Nazisploitation flick. It can't really decide whether it wants to be a dark and gritty exploration of morality and consequences, or a goofy 1970s-style buddy action movie, and as a result it comes across like somebody aping Tarantino, but without the talent. If you're going to go from painstakingly recreated Holocaust atrocities to chopsocky over a funk soundtrack, you'd better have a really deft hand with it, and these showrunners don't.
Pretty much this. I will say, however, that if Thoreau watches far enough into the series, he'll be amused by the nature of the big Nazi plot.
Ok, I just watched it, searched the forums for a relevant thread, and found this.

I kind of want to recommend the show to Dave W., but that would require interacting with him.
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I’ve been enjoying Forged in Fire, which is basically Chopped but for knife and sword making. Nice bit of metallurgy, yelling at the TV and knives and blood to keep me entertained.
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Mo wrote: 02 Dec 2020, 09:44 I’ve been enjoying Forged in Fire, which is basically Chopped but for knife and sword making. Nice bit of metallurgy, yelling at the TV and knives and blood to keep me entertained.
I couldn't take more than two episodes of that. I'm not man enough for that show.
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Second season is better than the first. They largely figure out the format and the contestant quality is better.
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Yeah, we've watched all of Forged in Fire. The series they did over this past summer was a good change-up of the format, with a group of "Compete for the chance to go against a judge (and Ben Abbot is just a forging machine, wow he's so good) and then a special that they did for the Olympics.
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Rewatched the first episode of Scrubs last night, and I was surprised on how much of the ensemble cast was there from the very beginning. The only guy that was put on a bus and I had never seen before was someone playing the resident. (Or whatever you call the doc immediately in charge of young docs - it wasn’t Dr Cox, he was there, but in a different role in the org chart)
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Anyone got any Amazon Prime Video suggestions.

Seen second season of The Boys. Better than the first. Still doesn't live up to the hype.
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The first three episodes of the new season of The Expanse have dropped.
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D.A. Ridgely wrote: 15 Dec 2020, 19:48 The first three episodes of the new season of The Expanse have dropped.
Any improvement on the last season?
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Warren wrote: 16 Dec 2020, 01:39
D.A. Ridgely wrote: 15 Dec 2020, 19:48 The first three episodes of the new season of The Expanse have dropped.
Any improvement on the last season?
I liked last season, really the entire series.

Anyway, first episode is predictably catch-up, second advances the story more. Some nice backstory stuff for the principal characters, too.
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Warren wrote: 13 Dec 2020, 19:51 Anyone got any Amazon Prime Video suggestions.
Get Shorty? Not great but decently entertaining if uneven. First time I've found Chris O'Dowd tolerable in something post-IT Crowd.
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Been enjoying the HBO Max access through Prime.

Chernobyl was amazing.

Currently digesting S1 & 2 of Westworld. I'll probably rewatch, much more carefully, over the long holiday weekend because I'm sure I'm confused on the timeline in some episodes. (This is a binging problem I have. Eager for next episodes before I really think about what I just saw.)

Raised by Wolves. Like it a lot despite some plot weakness here and there. The opening theme song haunts me.
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Derry Girls on Netflix is hilarious.

Finally getting around to Justified. I avoided for years despite recommendations because I was just never in the mood for a cop-sucker show. I'm not terribly impressed with the within-each-episode stories (did they not get the memo that that's passé?), but the character is just so damn entertaining we're hooked.
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Jasper wrote: 16 Dec 2020, 14:30 Been enjoying the HBO Max access through Prime.

Chernobyl was amazing.

Currently digesting S1 & 2 of Westworld. I'll probably rewatch, much more carefully, over the long holiday weekend because I'm sure I'm confused on the timeline in some episodes. (This is a binging problem I have. Eager for next episodes before I really think about what I just saw.)

Raised by Wolves. Like it a lot despite some plot weakness here and there. The opening theme song haunts me.
Wait, I can get HBO max merely by being a Amazon Prime member? Or do I have to sign up (and pay for it) separately?
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There's a British show called _Time Team_. It must have ran for years. I've watched I don't know how many episodes and there's ton left I haven't seen.
The cast of the show are an archeological team that show up in someone's back yard and dig for three days.
Apparently every inch of soil in the British Isles holds some significant relic from some time in the past few thousand years. They've dug up everything from Roman Villas, to battle sites from the time of Arthur, to stone age settlements.
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Kolohe wrote: 16 Dec 2020, 16:32
Jasper wrote: 16 Dec 2020, 14:30 Been enjoying the HBO Max access through Prime.

Chernobyl was amazing.

Currently digesting S1 & 2 of Westworld. I'll probably rewatch, much more carefully, over the long holiday weekend because I'm sure I'm confused on the timeline in some episodes. (This is a binging problem I have. Eager for next episodes before I really think about what I just saw.)

Raised by Wolves. Like it a lot despite some plot weakness here and there. The opening theme song haunts me.
Wait, I can get HBO max merely by being a Amazon Prime member? Or do I have to sign up (and pay for it) separately?
Y'know, I'm not exactly sure. My wife is the bigger TV freak in our house and this is what I think she said. But I think she also mentioned we were getting it through our ISP.

We were watching HBO Max through the Prime app until the Fire TV stick came out with a stand-alone app, so I could be easily confused.

ETA - I caught a couple episodes of the UK version of The IT Crowd, and really, really enjoyed them. Literal lols in places. The ep where they go to a play named 'Gay! The Gay Play' with a cow-orker from a different section is some of the funniest situational comedy I've seen in a long time.
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Jasper wrote: 18 Dec 2020, 10:41
Kolohe wrote: 16 Dec 2020, 16:32
Jasper wrote: 16 Dec 2020, 14:30 Been enjoying the HBO Max access through Prime.

Chernobyl was amazing.

Currently digesting S1 & 2 of Westworld. I'll probably rewatch, much more carefully, over the long holiday weekend because I'm sure I'm confused on the timeline in some episodes. (This is a binging problem I have. Eager for next episodes before I really think about what I just saw.)

Raised by Wolves. Like it a lot despite some plot weakness here and there. The opening theme song haunts me.
Wait, I can get HBO max merely by being a Amazon Prime member? Or do I have to sign up (and pay for it) separately?
Y'know, I'm not exactly sure. My wife is the bigger TV freak in our house and this is what I think she said. But I think she also mentioned we were getting it through our ISP.

We were watching HBO Max through the Prime app until the Fire TV stick came out with a stand-alone app, so I could be easily confused.

ETA - I caught a couple episodes of the UK version of The IT Crowd, and really, really enjoyed them. Literal lols in places. The ep where they go to a play named 'Gay! The Gay Play' with a cow-orker from a different section is some of the funniest situational comedy I've seen in a long time.
Oh yeah, the IT Crowd is good stuff. Is there a non-UK version?
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