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Caught the first ep of The Romanoffs on Amazon, The Violet Hour and it was delightful.  Mostly in French, the horrible old aunt that enjoys torturing her nephew and caretaker winds up being strangely sympathetic.  Ines Melab is just perfect as the French Muslim caretaker as well.  Paris itself is a great uncredited costar.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2qWLttWvYI

 

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This scene from Ash Vs Evil Dead (Season 3 "Booth 3") with Ash getting assaulted by a porn centerfold model reaching through the paper and grabbing his balls to "Take On Me" in a sperm bank, then fighting the demonic bank's doctor is the most genius thing I've seen all year.

 

 

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Here's my full review of Hotel Artemis, highly recommended

 

 

"While its neo-noir lighting and fixtures, whodunit slow-burn sensibility and post-genre originality may not be everyone's idea of a silver screen weekend getaway, for those who fans of true cyberpunk, and tour-de-force from-the-heart indie filmmaking if you check into Hotel Artemis, like the Eagles Hotel California says, 'you'll never leave'."

 

 

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Warner Bros have brought out a new release of 2001: A Space Odyssey, mastered from the original 65mm negative and scanned in 4K and this time they *didn't* throw lots of sharpening, colour grading and other post-processing at it. The result is spectacularly good - it's the film as I remember seeing it in my childhood. You can no longer see the brush marks on the front projection screen that were present in just about every shot in the "The Dawn Of Man" sequence in the earlier release.  The film positively *glows* with the numinous. 

 

There are no new extras, but you get all the special features from earlier discs.

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I know it won a bunch of Emmys but jesus murphy you can't watch a show on Prime without getting beaten about the head with ads for it so I have an unreasonable aversion to watching it.

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33 minutes ago, xen0phile said:

 

You'll certainly love it if you are a fan, I wouldn't think too much of a critic that barely mentions the film he missed a big chunk of.  If nothing else the hilarity of Mike Myers playing the record company exec dissing Bohemian Rhapsody is worth the time.

 

 

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I missed Incredibles 2 when it hit the cinemas, but now it's gained a digital release, I watched it last night. Spotted the villain almost immediately, but it was a fun watch. The sequence with Jack-Jack and a garden interloper was by far the highlight: Tex Avery levels of comedic mayhem. As if Brad Bird had looked at Scrat's appearances in the Ice Age movies and decided to show how they ought to have been done.

 

Plus Isabella Rossellini!

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Endeavor Although I am familiar with the Inspector Morse books or show this is a nice series about the younger Morse, as a new detective in Oxford.  Part period piece, part English cultural exploration, it is rewarding if you put in the time.

 

One thing I have noticed about anything produced about this period is the nearly constant smoking habit of the characters.  It is actually a distraction, adding this grubby and disgusting element that I don't really care for.  This series is still good, but I wonder if this is just lazy storytelling, like putting milk bottles out on the stoop.  It is just a cheap way to date things I think.

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Endeavor was actually excellent IMHO. Still gradually acquiring the entire DVD series for my grandmother, lol.

 

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina — This was a little odd in that it felt like it was a knock-off of Gilmore Girls or something wholesome like that for long moments, with the spell suddenly being broken by the appearance of a gory demon or a some bloody ritual. Exceedingly strange, but I actually found it pretty enjoyable simply due to its unpredictability.

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People used to smoke, a lot.

 

In the 1950s I don't think it had become a class marker the way it would, so having all sorts of people smoking is pretty normal. My Gram used to smoke like a chimney (all my grandparents did, in fact). It was a thing one did (although ladies did not smoke outside, walking down the street, she told me). Although come to think of it my USian grandparents did not smoke, and they were a bit snooty...my (step)dad's aunt did though. It may have been more prevalent in the UK/Canada than the US? I don't know. She used to relish sitting down with a cup of tea and a cigarette. My other Grandma was a cup of coffee and a cigarette, lol. They're all dead now, although nothing to do with lung cancer, surprisingly enough.

 

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7 hours ago, heavyboots said:

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina — This was a little odd in that it felt like it was a knock-off of Gilmore Girls or something wholesome like that for long moments, with the spell suddenly being broken by the appearance of a gory demon or a some bloody ritual. Exceedingly strange, but I actually found it pretty enjoyable simply due to its unpredictability.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first season of CAOS - it was exactly the level of scary I can watch alone and still get a good night's sleep afterwards, and I really like the direction they've gone in with the characters. 
Unlike the show Riverdale which I tried watching when it first hit Netflix (not least because hey, Skeet Ulrich is in it!) but I found basically every character so irritating that I spoilered myself (for the first season at least) and stopped watching. Looking back on childhood, I remember flipping through Archie comics to find the Sabrina bits so I guess that has continued!!

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I am still slowing through Endeavor on Amazon Prime.  Though the plots get a bit contrived it is still a great period detective piece set in the sleepy village of Oxford in 1966-ish.

 

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald - I honestly couldn't figure out the plot to this at all.  The fantastic beasts were really nothing more than a plot device here to distract you from the ridiculous storyline.  Johnny Depp's hair gel got more attention that the plot and unlike the Harry Potter films the "spells" people use seem to have little practical purpose except as psuedo-gunfire.  Magic in this world also appears to require no period of study or learning at all, and they seemed to be in such a hurry to introduce a bunch of easter eggs to link the story to the HP universe that had all the character development of a Marvel film.

 

 

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Endeavor is a lot of fun. I went through it shortly after Mrs Fisher's Murder Mysteries (which I highly recommend to anyone who hasn't seen them yet).

 

And speaking of highly recommended, check out Juliet, Naked. I just watched it on Netflix last night and it was great!

 

Chris O'Dowd & Rose Byrne have been a couple for 15 years and the whole time he's been obsessed with Tucker Carlson (Ethan Hawke) who was a rock star that had one amazing album and suddenly disappeared. Chris runs a website dedicated to the fans of Tucker and one day when he really pisses off Rose with his obsession, she fights back by logging onto the fan site and posting a scathing review about how the new demo version of his CD is just a huge money grab. Much to her surprise, Tucker himself writes her and says she nailed it. They start corresponding and hijinks ensue. Basically, I laughed a lot while watching this. Chris O'Dowd, in particular has a perfect comedic touch and all the main actors did a wonderful job of making a film about small lives that really did give them a treatment that felt both real and somewhat surprising at the same time, even if it does follow a romantic comedy formula pretty closely.

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The last series of The Big Bang Theory. It was really running out of steam in the last few series, but we think series 12 is better than we expected.

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Destination Wedding - Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder as an unlikely pairing thrown together at a, as the title suggests, destination wedding.

Reminded me of those Ethan Hawke/Richard Linklater movies with Julie Delpy, but snarky and (charmingly) awkward. 

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4 hours ago, GreenRobot said:

Destination Wedding - Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder as an unlikely pairing thrown together at a, as the title suggests, destination wedding.

Reminded me of those Ethan Hawke/Richard Linklater movies with Julie Delpy, but snarky and (charmingly) awkward. 

 

We enjoyed that, it helps that I find Winona Ryder super hot and the high level of DGAF from both of them was fun.

 

Other good things I am watching;

 

Mrs Maisel season 2 (the first ep was meh but it gets better)

 

Endeavor series 4

 

Gimme Danger - Jim Jarmusch biopic on Iggy Pop and the Stooges.  A well done history/biography/philosophy piece it touches a lot on the history of punk and of course the addiction and record business stories.  I found Iggy's thoughts on the role of punk in art to be more interesting.  Not a great choice if you want to hear a lot of music, but if you like the music history of this period you'll like it.

 

Salt Fat Acid Heat  - a cooking show but not really.  If Wes Anderson produced Anthony Bourdain but back when he liked cooking and eating this might be what you get.  Beautifully filmed, it talks about the simplest elements of cooking and how they vary with quality and how they are used together.  This won't make you a better cook but it might make you better appreciate what you are eating.

 

 

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I am pretty sure if you liked Destination Wedding you'll like Juliet Naked too, although DW is still on my to-see list.

 

Puzzle — Kelly Macdonald plays a stay-at-home house wife whose kids are about to leave the nest and whose husband is a little to controlling for his own good. She gets a puzzle for her birthday and suddenly discovers there's something that gives her a sense of satisfaction and challenge that's been missing from her life. Horizons are broadened, roles and relationships are cast into doubt, etc etc. As usual, Macdonald is fantastic in her part and her puzzle partner Irrfan Khan is really good too.

 

Annnd I am still working my way very timidly through Skate Kitchen. The film is great so far, but the emotions in it are so fraught that I can only take 10 or 15 minutes at a time.

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