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Re: I Just Watched... (Movies/TV/DVD)
« Reply #50 on: March 02, 2018, 10:27:56 AM »
Cheap Thrills (2013)
Craig (Pat Healy) has a rough life. He and his wife live in a one bedroom apartment with their infant son, facing eviction for owing $4500 in back rent, and just recently lost his job at a car service shop (like a Jiffy Lube). Whilst delaying the inevitable talk with his wife, he stops at a shady dive bar for a drink, where he runs into high school friend Vince (Ethan Embry), a low level debt collector, with neither man having seen the other in 5 years. As they reminisce (and it becomes increasingly apparent why Craig severed ties), married couple Colin (David Koechner) and Violet (Sara Paxton) are celebrating her birthday. Soon, the couple begin daring the old friends to degrade themselves for money, taking the game back to their house as things spiral out of control.

An interesting byproduct of the torture porn craze has been the "dare" movie, a set-up usually for comedies but turned into horror with ease. While the best example of an effective dare horror is Would You Rather?, it's sad that this film is not spoken of with the same reverence. Embry has made quite a claim for his legacy as an actor since going into indie horror, offering a great cameo in The Guest and an even better starring turn in The Devil's Candy, but this might be his legitimately best performance to date. Not to be outshined so easily, Koechner also crafts one hell of a performance, utilizing his typical brand of comedy and turning it into something believably sinister.

In fact, that's one of the major sticking points that makes this work. Everything is believable. You believe that a guy like Craig would be willing to do what he does for money thanks to his obvious devotion to his family, you believe that Vince has no problem going along because of what his life has been, and the married couple are so perfectly casual about the night's festivities that it's clear this isn't the first time they've done this.

On a slightly more personal note, I'll add that some of the dynamic between Craig and Vince reminds me of my own relationship with my best friend from high school. Vince is brash and willing to do anything for a good time, taking his mind off how much he hates his life, and Craig is very logical and safe due to obligations both real and imaginary. That both acknowledge what they've let their lives become hit hard since their attitudes and positions aren't too dissimilar from ours.

See this. Soon.
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Game Night (2018)
Hey guys, remember The Game? Remember how exciting of a thriller it was, and how the twist was actually well done thanks to important details hiding in plain sight? Well, so did screenwriter Mark Perez, who I'm going to refer to from now on as Vince Russo. Why? BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF VINCE RUSSO TRIED TO WRITE A REMAKE OF THE GAME.

Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are a married couple who host a weekly game night, with both being extremely competitive at simple games (revealed at the start by their meeting at bar trivia where they both try to rig the game), with Annie leaving her date for Max and then continuing to invite that night's date to game night.

Is this important? No. Does the date have a name? No. Why am I even talking about it? No reason. The character has no reason to exist. It could very well be her brother, for all I know, but he's never seen again after the night Max proposes to her in front of him. RUSSO~

A year or two later and they're trying to have children but Max's sperm is having some problems. Their doctor, Johanna Chin, suggests that stress can sometimes prevent conception even if the swimmers are perfectly fine otherwise, and Max opens up about his Wall Street brother, Brooks (Kyle Chandler), and the level of competitiveness the two have always had has risen again after Brooks tells Max he's coming to town. Dr. Chin then asks if Brooks is single because...funny? RUSSO~

Game night comes and their neighbor, a socially awkward police officer named Gary (Jesse Plemons), isn't invited. His ex wife, Debbie, was their friend, and Gary was just there. Will this come back later to mean anything? Yes. Will Debbie be anything other than a terrible joke? No. RUSSO~

Their friends Kevin, Michelle, and Ryan show up, along with Ryan's airhead date, and sneak into the house so Gary won't find out and get jealous. Brooks, though, shows up in a classic muscle car that was Max's dream car as a child, alerting Gary to the game night. After Brooks humiliates Max with an embarrassing childhood story, one Annie eggs on, they decide the next game night will be at the house Brooks is renting.

Then the actual plot kicks in. After only 20-something minutes of "comedy" and hack character building. RUSSO~

Of course, if you've seen the trailer, you know what's in store. Brooks sets up a murder mystery party, he actually gets kidnapped for real, and the game night friends have to rescue him. What the trailers don't show is how their friends are one note caricatures that PerezRusso tries adding depth to via their own side arcs. Kevin and Michelle have been together since they were 14 but Michelle takes a shot during Never Have I Ever when asked if anybody's slept with a celebrity. Ryan, wanting to win at game night for once, brings coworker Sarah in as a ringer, and the two play "will they won't they" the rest of the time.

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None of the four matter. They could be replaced by hand puppets and nothing would change.


Blah blah blah, hijinks, "jokes," happy ending.

It's a shame Russo's script is so awful because the direction by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein is borderline great. With rare exception, the spatial awareness is palpable, letting the audience know exactly how rooms are laid out and have an overall sense of direction. This is an important trait to have in thrillers of all kinds, even poorly written "comedy" ones. Also, there are a handful of absolutely gorgeous exterior scenes where the cars and buildings are made to look like plastic set pieces from Monopoly and Life, visually amplifying the "game night" aspect. Even the few action scenes are handled with expertise, the camera close enough to fully frame the action but not jerking around.

No, this piece of shit falters in two extremely important ways: the writing and the casting.

I've made plenty of comments about the humor. It's awful, sub-Nickelodeon in scope and the obvious jokes are the typically the ones they go with. Beyond that (since a comedy lives and dies by the actual quality of humor), none of Max or Annie's friends are fleshed out, and only Ryan exists to serve the plot in any meaningful fashion.
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That may even be stretching it, to be honest. He uses a situation to help Max get his brother back, but otherwise only serves as the "dumb pretty boy" trope. He's Kelso but without the charm. Sarah, too, is pointless, and their "will they won't they" is not only extremely forced, the two having virtually no chemistry, but the answer is never actually revealed.

Even worse? Kevin and Michelle only exist so Kevin can do his (admittedly great) Denzel impression. That's the celebrity she slept with, but they were on a break when they were 18 and it's okay...but it wasn't really Denzel, just a guy who vaguely looked like Denzel, and their entire role in the movie is to make that joke. Token black couple...odd how they chose Denzel instead of literally anybody else, but Russo must not think race mixing is okay because the obvious joke of Ed Norton, which would've been a good callback to Brooks' initial game night, would've been too out there.


What's even worse with the cast? Jason Bateman. He's not funny. His comedic timing is lousy, his screen presence is outdone by a fucking dog, and he's out acted by both McAdams and Chandler in every single scene they share (which is literally all of them). He's comedy cancer, plain and simple. Nobody says they watched Arrested Development because Michael Bluth was so captivating, Teen Wolf Too is garbage, and Horrible Bosses only worked because of Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston. Bag on Adam Sandler all you want for how bad most of his movies are, but at least Sandler has been funny. Bateman? Not so much.

So, what do we have here? A shit lead, awful writing, cameos from people who would've made the movie that much better (Chelsea Peretti, Patrick Huston, and Michael C. Hall are completely wasted), bad writing, SWERVES UPON SWERVES BUT NO THIS ONE IS REAL I SWEAR...SWERVE GOTCHA YOU DUMB BASTARD, bad fucking writing, and Jason Bateman all working overtime to undermine a visually captivating film.

I've seen student films with better writing. Ones I made for digital media courses my sophomore year. Strongest recommendation to avoid...unless you really love derivative, milquetoast, gentrified garbage trying to pass itself off as having an edge.
3.5/10
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Re: I Just Watched... (Movies/TV/DVD)
« Reply #51 on: March 04, 2018, 06:37:37 AM »
My DVR is getting backed up so I have been trying to steamroll through some of the movies I have recorded and saving up space.

Past couple days it's been:

Black Mass - found duller than I hoped

All Eyez On Me - guy playing Tupac was solid but the script kinda generic and paint by numbers  That chick playing Kidada tho...

John Wick 2 - it's alright but I'm not feeling it anywhere close to the first one, as I brought up in the Wick thread.  Still got a little under half left though

I had a couple other things I wanted to watch this weekend but see how I go on timing with some other stuff I need to get done today
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« Reply #52 on: March 05, 2018, 02:47:28 AM »
Besides watching last minute Oscar-nominated stuff, I spent a part of last week treading through the Death Wish series in anticipation for checking out the (apparently awful) remake with Bruce Willis.

What a series of films these are, and not in a good way. The themes in the first three (directed and written predominantly by the same forces at play) are actually pretty vile and disgusting, and I'm shocked these even got an R rating, as its a very hard R for sure. In each of the first 3 films, the core scene that sets off the rest of the carnage is a really explicit rape scene. In fact it seems like the sick director (Michael Winner) decided to try to top one off from another in terms of shock factor. Guys like Jeff Goldblum (in the original) and Larry Fishburne and Alex Winter were a part of the gangs that ended up raping these women in each film, talk about a black eye in each of their respective careers.

Bronson has a certain charm in terms of he's so wooden and vanilla as an actor that I have no idea how he got to the point he got to other than that he has a cult charm to him. Kind of such a bad an awkward actor (especially in the early films) that he was entertaining.

I still am treading through part 4 and 5 as these films get just worse as they go on.

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« Reply #53 on: March 05, 2018, 07:02:29 AM »
I'll defend the first as being the skeleton of a really great movie that got made into a much lesser one. The story of a man, broken by what's happened to his family and quietly losing his mind, deciding to take vengeance on the world that robbed him of his life is a captivating one. You get someone not Bronson and definitely someone not Winner involved, you could make a classic movie. But as it stands, it's a movie better than it has any right to be, and a kind of missing link between Dirty Harry and Taxi Driver. To be fair its been some time since I've seen it, but I don't remember a rape scene as much as I do a severe assault, splitting hairs though I might be. Bronson was fine, but it always makes me wonder what could have been if it were a "real" movie. But it's the first one for, I think, Goldblum and Denzel and probably some others I can't remember. I very much enjoy it in the "I have no problem seeing it every ten years to remember why I never watch it" way.

Two is exploitation in the least fun way. Hate that movie. Any goodwill or semblance of tolerance the first one had is ruined because of it.

Three is awesome, though. It's insanely over the top, Bronson bein' Bronson, "You killed the Giggler!" It's the comical over-the-top action movie I love welded to a shitty exploitation movie. It's my wheelhouse of trash.

The others don't bear watching. I barely remember them beyond being actually annoyed. They mess with his family and he shoots people, the Seagal Formula.

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« Reply #54 on: March 06, 2018, 03:29:16 AM »
I'll defend the first as being the skeleton of a really great movie that got made into a much lesser one. The story of a man, broken by what's happened to his family and quietly losing his mind, deciding to take vengeance on the world that robbed him of his life is a captivating one. You get someone not Bronson and definitely someone not Winner involved, you could make a classic movie. But as it stands, it's a movie better than it has any right to be, and a kind of missing link between Dirty Harry and Taxi Driver. To be fair its been some time since I've seen it, but I don't remember a rape scene as much as I do a severe assault, splitting hairs though I might be. Bronson was fine, but it always makes me wonder what could have been if it were a "real" movie. But it's the first one for, I think, Goldblum and Denzel and probably some others I can't remember. I very much enjoy it in the "I have no problem seeing it every ten years to remember why I never watch it" way.

Two is exploitation in the least fun way. Hate that movie. Any goodwill or semblance of tolerance the first one had is ruined because of it.

Three is awesome, though. It's insanely over the top, Bronson bein' Bronson, "You killed the Giggler!" It's the comical over-the-top action movie I love welded to a shitty exploitation movie. It's my wheelhouse of trash.

The others don't bear watching. I barely remember them beyond being actually annoyed. They mess with his family and he shoots people, the Seagal Formula.

Yeah, the first one has elements and themes that would have probably come off much better if there was at least a different director (and apparently he took umbridge in the writing as well) than Winner. Everything I've read about him after watching these films is pretty disgusting.

I hear you on two, absolute trash. Three did tow the line though of being so over the top and cheesy that it worked on some level of so bad its good. Four actually ended up taking that same formula and ran with it. Lots of really strange kills and goofy ass action scenes that pretty much just had dudes getting shot and taking wild bumps from it. The dialogue was ridiculous as well. Both 3 and 4 probably were the most entertaining to me overall, but I had to really tune out any sort of logical perception of things. 4 also is more of less a PSA of "Drugs are bad kids, ESPECIALLY cocaine!" all rolled up into it too, which makes it even more comically absurd. The ending of 4 is so abrupt and cold feeling that it left me laughing my ass off at what happened.

I ended up watching 5 last night and fell asleep so many times I lost count. Total waste of time on so many levels. So low budget and so badly scripted on every turn. Bronson was clearly giving a fuck less at this point. The characters were also weak as fuck too....except Michael Parks at least. The only thing I can say about this one is that the tone of the first few films with the assaults and rape scenes....they were more or less gone here and what was left was a watered down nothing of nothingness.

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« Reply #55 on: March 06, 2018, 09:26:55 AM »
I read years ago that the first one was originally conceived for I think Jack Lemmon, Henry Fonda in the Vincent Gardenia part, and a big name director whose name escapes me. Those two would already make it a lost classic, or at least a major curiosity. I was really hoping the remake would take advantage of the really interesting elements when I first heard about it. Get, like, Tom Hanks or Michael Keaton or someone who just seems like a more or less normal person, pushed to the edge slowly losing his mind and soul by taking revenge on the world that cost him his family (then Eli Roth happened and that went away). It's just so frustratingly close to a really good movie instead of what amounts to what I consider a perfectly okay period piece.

Yeah, five is dire. It felt like, whether you're into the concept or not, it totally lost the point. It takes fucking work to make "Bronson shoots people" lose a point. He just looked old and into the paycheck, and when Charles Bronson is phoning it in, that says something. I love me some Bronson, but dude. Four I just vaguely remember, and will probably watch again someday. But one and three are the only ones I bother with, when I bother. One's at least an attempt at a movie with crazy missed potential, and the other is almost exactly what people think about when they think of Bronson.

That said, you ever get the chance, 10 To Midnight is shockingly good. Makes for a much, much better substitute for any of the Death Wish sequels.

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« Reply #56 on: March 07, 2018, 04:20:38 AM »
I'll have to give that one a look.

So since I got through the Bronson Death Wish films, I grinned and beared it with the Death Wish remake yesterday on bargain day at the theater (no way was I paying full for this one). I had a VERY low expectation going in since the reviews have been across the board pretty much shit, and knowing Roth was doing this too.....major reservations. It ended up being just as a figured. High level of gore (abnormally too much for this kind of revenge crime thriller type) and really paint by numbers for the most part. I didn't find myself highly offended by most of the stuff, but there certainly was a level of pro-gun control rhetoric going on here, or maybe it was exploiting it/parodying the American gun culture, I dont know, but it just felt off. Maybe its the timing with the school shooting that did it, but whatever it was, it left a bad taste in my mouth how they handled it.

Willis was absolutely the wrong guy for this one too, he was even more wooden and vanilla than Bronson normally was in these films.  Keaton would have been a really good pick instead for sure. The formula of things in the remake was similar to the original with its core concepts, but they took a shit-ton of liberties with the remake in making the story significantly different, and not for the better really.  Some side characters were added for no real reason that I saw either, unless they were trying to do some red herrings on who was all a part of this gang.

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« Reply #57 on: March 26, 2018, 03:11:19 AM »
Snuck into some films on Saturday.....

Pacific Rim 2: This was by and large not the same film that made the first so well done. The writing was significantly more mediocre than the first, which is probably because there was obviously less Del Toro involvement in the sequel. That said, there was moments of cool factor in the 3D IMAX format with the action scenes, but otherwise, this didn't hook me nearly as much as the first.  Chances are there will be a third to finish off a trilogy, but I hope Del Toro gets back in the writing and directing seat for it since he's needed.

Red Sparrow: I enjoyed this for the most part as it played well as a noiresque thriller full of some interesting twists, but my god, this could have been trimmed easily a half hour off of this. Pretty high level of naughtiness here too which I didn't expect full-out, but kinda had a feeling by the previews. This is one of those films I never want to see again, but it was alright for what it was.

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« Reply #58 on: April 01, 2018, 08:25:11 AM »
The Collector 5.5/10
This was solid... ish? At times I felt like I wanted to like it more than I was liking it though. A thief cases out a house and has to help his wife pay off loan sharks by Midnight, so he tries to abduct a jewel from a safe within the house. Unfortunately for him, a masked killer has booby trapped the house and is killing off the family via gratuitous torture whilst the thief tries to escape with his own life intact (and save Hannah, the family's youngest daughter).

The concept is good and the cinematography is good with some neat shots but it felt like the plot was really thin after the thief breaks into the house (which occurs around the 25 minute mark). The main guy (JJ's husband from Criminal Minds) was pretty believable in his role and solid enough. I did like that the traps shown actually were called back to when Jill/Boyfriend showed up at the house but it also felt like they were used just b/c the killer set them up and the film needed the gory pay offs.

My quibbles/cons
#1: Too much reliance on gore. Some of the shots would've been even more intimidating if it went the show less, imagine more route (e.g. the death scene of the cat or the razor blade wood board scene at the start).
#2: The house had exterminators, the thief as a locksmith person, etc. The older daughter, Jill, refuses to go on a family vacation and yet this masked killer is able to booby trap the entire house, with fairly elaborate contraptions in roughly 4-5 hours assuming everybody left by 5 PM? Each elaborate contraption as it went one by one early in the film made this come off as more unbelievable.
#3: This killer has all these varied killing things set up and yet runs around with a knife? Seems underwhelming as a weapon of choice.
#4: How could the killer have known the trap was coming if he'd literally been banging on the door with both hands moments prior? That really irked me and turned the killer from a killer to the typical superhuman slasher killer that always makes up these movies.

I have heard the sequel is better so I'm curious if that's true.

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« Reply #59 on: April 03, 2018, 01:33:40 PM »
The sequel is a piece of drizzling lowest common denominator shit that replaces every bit of tension in the first with more wacky traps and plot twists. It does help explain your #2 issue, though.

1. Agreed. Less gore would've served the movie better, but I always have to give love when a mainstream horror flick goes all-out on splatter.
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If you'll recall, there were TWO exterminators at the house.

3. Why use anything more elaborate when you're literally letting the traps do the work for you?
4. The same way every other horror killer magically predicts the future: plot contrivances focused on delivering scares over logic.
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« Reply #60 on: April 03, 2018, 10:38:50 PM »
The sequel is a piece of drizzling lowest common denominator shit that replaces every bit of tension in the first with more wacky traps and plot twists. It does help explain your #2 issue, though.

1. Agreed. Less gore would've served the movie better, but I always have to give love when a mainstream horror flick goes all-out on splatter.

A lot of my issues with most gore is that it feels like it's highlighted in a negative way. The cat death scene was fine
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with the acid bit
but it dragged on and the
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bit, why show the aftermath of the bisected body falling? Small maybe 2 second scene but as a viewer we can imagine/know what happened. Pointless just to show off the gore effect.

Too often gore is utilized to either pad out the run time (the case in The Collector for me IMO as it barely went an hour and a half) or to try and up the 'horror' when less would've been more far impactful.

That's partly why I don't rate/love horror movies for their gore factor because I can watch a lot of shitty horror and get the 'gore' fix. Give me great characters & plot and I'll take the gore as an added bonus that can help a movie but isn't the reason one works.

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« Reply #61 on: April 06, 2018, 03:21:26 PM »
Without going into too many details, Ready Player One is in the bottom half of Spielberg's movies. Most of the problems are in the writing, but it runs about 30 minutes too long and the first half is full of dizzying "camera panning through CGI" scenes. And that voice over...god, it's cringe worthy.
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« Reply #62 on: April 22, 2018, 05:51:20 AM »
So um, "Rampage."

There's definitely some cool stuff in this. The Rock is good as usual, Naomi Harris is good (though you can tell she probably doesn't want to be in this) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan is actually fun, and you can tell is having a great time playing a
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guy you initially think is gonna be a villain but actually isn't.
The stuff with the monsters is great, and once they go to Chicago, I was having a blast watching it. Also, like "Kong: Skull Island", it's surprisingly gory for a PG-13 monster movie. People are stepped on, eaten alive, you see part of a corpse that's missing a chunk of it's waist, and a guy is crushed by rubble with and has a lot of blood splatter on the window.

On the other hand-look, it knows it's a dumb movie and takes pride in it, but my God this is a dumb movie. The end credits say the screenplay was written by four people, and I'm pretty sure two of those writers were kids. There's a scene where Rock is shot in the stomach,
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but soon after he moves around a lot and does all kinds of things because "they didn't hit any vital organs
. Also, the main villains are awful. They're basically villains that could've come out of Pokemon, and Malin Akerman and Jake Lacy deliver awful performances-with Akerman somehow being worse than she was in "Watchmen." Lest I forget the end credits have Kid Cudi doing his version of "Bullet With Butterfly Wings."

As a whole, I give it 5.5/10. It's not awful, and I had more fun than not, but when a guy like me who eats up things like "Beyond Skyrim" and all kinds of stupid horror and exploitation movies (I like fucking "Zombie Holocaust" and "Hell of the Living Dead", and own "Night Train to Terror" on Blu-Ray for Christ sake) says that it's really dumb...well yeah. Fine to watch as a low matinee, on demand or on TV, but not anything you need to see.

Finally, this is the second movie I've seen where a giant ape flips people off.

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« Reply #63 on: April 23, 2018, 02:15:40 AM »
Yeah, Rampage is the definition of a typical hollywood summer action-fest to me, and with that said, shocked it didnt get moved to summer. It's the quintessential turn your brain off and enjoy popcorn flick. Plus I think this specifically appeals to the type of 30+ age year old who grew up playing the game like crazy too, as there was a lot of wink wink nudge nudge to those who were familiar with the really basic storyline that was told in the game. I liked that they brazenly just had the old Rampage game in the background of a few scenes too.

To me, this might not have been as cool and fun without the 3d element in tact, but it added another layer of fun to this. Like Gary said, they pushed the pg-13 limit on this with the gore and language factor. Plus it was a hoot that JDM basically roleplayed as Negan in this in alot of ways. I figure he must have done this in the middle of Walking Dead being filmed or something and he wanted to keep the Negan character going in his mind.

Overall, I enjoyed this for what it was

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« Reply #64 on: April 23, 2018, 02:38:03 AM »
Caught a handful over this weekend in the theaters....

Super Troopers 2: This has a large appeal locally as three showings on Friday sold out locally (wtf? didnt expect this) so we ended up driving an hour away to catch it. It was ok but it felt like they didn't think this story out very well as it didnt have the same cult charm as I think the first did. It had funny parts but not iconic quotes or scenes that I even will remember weeks later. Glad they finally did a sequel though, just expected more from it.

Genesis: This was, I think, some Aussie or UK import that actually was pretty well done for what it was. I hadnt heard of virtually anyone in this, though. Effects were pretty well done for this post-apocolyptic sci-fi and I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story. Had some good themes going too, regarding ethics behind AI technology taking off as an example. Feels like it was being set up for a trilogy of films as there was a massive cliffhanger at the end. Probably one of those VOD films that never should have made a theatrical release, though. It was playing at one theater in the Twin Cities with one showing a day.

You Were Never Really Here: This was fucking strange, yet thought provoking at parts. Overall a psychotic adventure of a film though. Joaquin Phoenix should maybe even get an award for this role as it was his most ambitious and extreme to date. The storytelling was wonderful how they slowly broke down the backstory of the main character and explained things in a way to where you slowly gained stronger sympathy for that character for sure. Go out of your way to see this, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Who Killed Cock Robin: A Taiwan import I saw at an international film festival. Really good noir murder mystery stuff in this. Try and seek it out if you can find it anywhere, it really could and maybe should be remade in the states.

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« Reply #65 on: April 23, 2018, 10:52:22 PM »
Super Troopers 2: This has a large appeal locally as three showings on Friday sold out locally (wtf? didnt expect this) so we ended up driving an hour away to catch it. It was ok but it felt like they didn't think this story out very well as it didnt have the same cult charm as I think the first did. It had funny parts but not iconic quotes or scenes that I even will remember weeks later. Glad they finally did a sequel though, just expected more from it.
Certain jokes ran flat and kept going, certain jokes just weren't funny period (anything with Rob Lowe, gay panic jokes in 2018), and there was a Farva overload. I'd say it has a few of the best gags in either movie (Farva in the wheelchair had me dying), but you could tell it was written by guys in or near middle age trying to be edgy. It was great seeing Emmanuelle Chriqui and Tyler Labine again, though.
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« Reply #66 on: April 26, 2018, 06:37:12 AM »
The Woodsman 7.5/10
Kevin Bacon gives a fantastic performance, up there as one of his very best portraying a man out of prison, on parole, after 12 years for molesting 10-12 year old girls. Gets a job at a lumberyard and meets up with a woman (played by Kyra Sedgewick), is harassed by a cop (played by Mos Def) investigating the case of a missing girl, and talks to his therapist (played by Michael Shannon).

Terrific cast and Sedgewick is also a great performance. It works as a character study of the aftermath/life of a pedophile/child molester out of prison but there's also a subplot with a character Bacon's character calls, "Candy," seen trying to lure young boys at the school across from his apartment.

What Bacon does really well is almost humanize a monster. He's a literal molester, constantly asking his therapist, "When will I be normal?" later commenting that being normal would be to see a girl, talk to her, and not feel the feelings he has. Just when the viewer almost feels sympathy, there is a scene or two that reminds you that the character isn't... a good person necessarily but a guy just trying to avoid repeating what he committed (nearly coming apart at the end of the film). The movie starts taking a sinister turn when Bacon's character follows a girl to the city park while also continuing to keep up with "Candy" outside his apartment.

It's also a smartly written script as Bacon/Sedgewick hook up and it's a point made visually that molesters/predators can have sex with adults too, which in some ways makes them more chameleon-like and easier to be predatory to those around them. There's also a lot of inter-personal relationships Bacon has (and doesn't have) with characters around him including his sister's husband (played by Benjamin Bratt) who seems pretty nice until Bacon confronts him with the question if he has feelings for his 12 year old daughter, causing him to tell Bacon he doesn't, "...I don't have your fuckin' sick... disease? Is that what you said it was?" and threatens to kill Bacon if he ever touches her.

In a lot of ways, it's a movie that tries to explore the post-prison life of a pedophile/child molester while simultaneously affirming that they basically have no life afterwards even if they get out on parole. The secretary at the lumberyard learns of Bacon's history and tries to get him to quit and go elsewhere, then lets all his co-workers know, "People have a right to know". He's estranged from his sister and Benjamin Bratt is the only family member willing to talk with him. His parole officer loathes him, hoping he'll basically die.

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« Reply #67 on: May 03, 2018, 01:45:10 PM »
I finally started watching Narcos on Netflix.  The Escobar stuff is great, but I so do not care about the DEA agent side of the story.  It just feels completely generic and the actor is kinda bland (I like his narration at least).  I only watched the pilot so maybe it gets better, but I was kinda zoning out by the end of the episode.

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« Reply #68 on: May 03, 2018, 03:17:12 PM »
the DEA side gets a LOT better especially when it features his partner more.

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« Reply #69 on: May 10, 2018, 05:57:48 AM »
This is a movie whose title I've always heard but I never really knew anything else about the film.



A Simple Plan (1998)
Directed By Sam Raimi

Two brothers, Hank (Bill Paxton) and Jacob (Billy Bob Thornton), and Jacob's friend Lou (Brent Briscoe) chase their dog into the woods only to come upon a plane whereupon they discover a dead pilot and $4.4 Million in a duffel bag. The trio decide to hold onto the money and wait until Spring for the plane to be found. If nobody mentions the money/seeks it out, they'll split it up and leave town. Sounds simple, right?

The plot is pretty much what you expect given the initial setup but Raimi helps give the entire film a more serious Fargo-esque backdrop to the entire proceedings. There's some pretty sinister scenes going on, including
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but the film really hinges on the growing distrust and paranoia related to the situation of the plane and money itself.

Billy Bob Thornton steals the movie as Jacob, a blue collar man out of work with a lower IQ than Hank who has the 'perfect' life (good job, pregnant wife, solid home). Bridget Fonda plays Hank's wife, Sarah, and does a really good job at insinuating herself into the ordeal while trying to stay a voice of reason but finding herself having to stick by Hank despite the stuff he does. Bill Paxton puts in a terrific performance as Hank, initially the planner/voice of reason, only to find himself quickly spiraling into paranoia after agreeing to hold onto the money at his home. His uncertainty at the situation being too good to be true carries a palpable sense of 'anything wrong'll happen at any given moment' throughout the film.

Soon all sorts of issues come to the surface including Lou resorting to blackmail on Hank to get his part of the money after owing people due to gambling. Hank's paranoia starts to extend out more and more, going so far as to ask Jacob which side he's on while Jacob sees the money as a way to really get his own life on track, particularly buying their parent's farm back. Even Sarah starts to get into the swing of things, plotting to try and set Lou up for the
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murder of Dwight Stephanson
earlier on in the film via tape recorder.

Raimi utilizes a lot of close ups and framing throughout the film to help add to the tension. The editing is great including silence when Hank learns from Jacob that their father committed suicide so his life insurance would basically pay his way through college. The scene where
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is surprisingly intense given the stakes surrounding it all.

7.5/10

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« Reply #70 on: May 14, 2018, 05:35:39 AM »
Really enjoyed Simple Plan back in the day. Great film there.

Tully: Took mom to this for Mother's Day....it certainly is geared (and probably not promoted well as such) towards mothers dealing with post-partum depression. That was really the underbelly of this one. Theron really outperformed the role for sure, and had to put on considerable weight. The other rest of the cast wasnt fleshed out very well, and this is probably the worst Diablo Cody/Jason Reitman pairing so far. Didn't really resonate with me at all but the twist near the end kind of tied it all up a bit but there was still some loose ends from a logical standpoint. Not the greatest film to run out and see but it's rental worthy.

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« Reply #71 on: June 02, 2018, 11:51:06 PM »
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A flawed but enjoyable slice of modern cyberpunk with some memorable action scenes and some bits of wonderful detail. If you're into Nemesis and the like then this should entertain you no problem, but don't expect a game changer. 6.5/10
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« Reply #72 on: June 04, 2018, 03:02:31 PM »
I finally got around to watching Death Proof. It’s been on my DVR for a year. I found every scene without Kurt Russell in it an honest to god chore to sit through.

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« Reply #73 on: June 04, 2018, 03:15:23 PM »
It's on the lower end of Tarantino fare for me but it's still really good. Kurt Russell is amazing in it and Zoe Bell was great as well.

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« Reply #74 on: June 05, 2018, 12:34:39 AM »
I thought Zoe Bell was annoying in it. Seems like the stuff I see her in she's just too joyful for the situations. I understand it was meant to have the B-Movie feel. I should have set my bar lower.

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« Reply #75 on: June 05, 2018, 03:34:23 AM »
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A flawed but enjoyable slice of modern cyberpunk with some memorable action scenes and some bits of wonderful detail. If you're into Nemesis and the like then this should entertain you no problem, but don't expect a game changer. 6.5/10

Oh man, I thought this WAS a game changer. This was so very well done and uniquely sci-fi as much as it was horror. Leigh Wannell did a knock out job directing and writing this. Felt like a modern era grindhouse-ish effect to it. Lots of good humor too mixed into this script. The revenge end of it reminded me a bit of Hardcore Henry.

This also had reminders of films like Robocop in ways, and I felt like there was a lot of Black Mirror homaging in a sense, as how they mixed technology turning on the consumers....that element was amped the fuck up in this. Really thought-provoking wtf stuff in a sense in those ways. I enjoyed the social commentary in the background with all of the technology/future stuff.

The performances were decent too....I kept thinking the main lead was Tom Hardy as he acted and looked the part for sure.

I hope this opens this subgenre more as this was VERY well done. Sequel would be gladly welcomed.

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« Reply #76 on: June 05, 2018, 05:29:40 AM »
I don't think it's a game changer because the third act is a bit of a mess and only Logan Marshall Green (Tom Hardy Lite) really brought his A-game. It was still a hell of a fun time, though, and I have a feeling further watches will only make it grow on me. It gave me a real Verhoeven vibe, which is a great thing.
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« Reply #77 on: June 07, 2018, 04:53:40 AM »
I'm guessing I was the only one here who did this, but I ended up catching both volumes of Best F(r)iends, which was the new Tommy Wiseau film. Some varying mixed feelings on it all for sure.

The first volume I actually saw in New Orleans during Mania week. They had a sold out premiere screening at an old theater in the city, and Wiseau and his sidekick Greg (who wrote the Disaster Artist book) were there to do a wacky as fuck Q and A before the film as well as a meet and greet. The first volume itself was almost exactly what a followup from The Room should have been and what would be expected. Another strangly disconnected story that went in so many directions you hilariously loved it because it was so over the top and bad at times. Some of the scenes Tommy was involved in were just soooooo over the top. It was really a fun trip that homaged The Room properly too. Left with a cliffhanger in a literal form even.

I had high hopes for a volume two but after going to it locally on Monday, I was really let down. The second part hardly had any Wiseau representation, and they dragged out the second part far too long to where it was a real chore to sit through it just to find out how this would tie into the first part. Greg had the most wooden performance you could imagine once the film's second part took off too, so that made it that much harder to sit through. The only redeeming quality was a guy who was intentionally doing a Clint Eastwood knockoff in a sense and he shined in the performance. The rest was pretty much unentertaining. Things made kinda sense by the end of the film, but then again it didn't.

If they could have eliminated the two seperate films idea, I think this would have been much more ideal and worthy of a look. Maybe they will end up doing so after the fact as there was pointless material particularly that you could pull from volume two to get around a little over two hour film overall.

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« Reply #78 on: June 07, 2018, 09:51:21 AM »
Just got back from seeing Ocean's 8.   It was.... pretty fun, but I don't know if I would say it was good.  Biggest problem with the movie is just that

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 Everything was just too damn easy.  There was no tension.  The only issue they had was the clasp on the back of the necklace, and they had that solved within five minutes of finding out about it.


It's a decent popcorn flick, but nothing else.

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« Reply #79 on: June 14, 2018, 10:26:52 AM »
"Ninja III: The Domination" is the cocaine fueled result of Canon Films trying to mix a ninja movie, "The Exorcist" and "Flashdance" (or "Perfect") into one movie. It's as amazing as it sounds.

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« Reply #80 on: June 18, 2018, 04:46:04 AM »
Tag (2018) is worth a Saturday afternoon viewing on Comedy Central once it makes it there. A few gags really, really work (almost exclusively involving Hannibal Buress or Jake Johnson), but most are pretty lame. The character of Jerry (Jeremy Renner) is also quite a terrible human being and I couldn't understand why they didn't outright murder him, let alone remain friends with him. He's a grade A psychopath but we're supposed to just laugh as he casually tries to kill his friends. Add to that with a terrible plot twist reminiscent of Fanboys (only executed exceptionally better there) and subplots that don't really go anywhere, as well as some really tone deaf music choices, and you get mediocrity in celluloid. 5/10
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« Reply #81 on: June 19, 2018, 04:25:09 AM »
First Reformed: One of the better introspective films I've seen this year for sure. Ethan Hawke might be in line for a nomination on this one, and it may or may not be in line for some awards for the film itself. Just really enjoyed the deep social and political commentary more than anything with this, as it really brought forward how religion intersects with political interests (in particularly, this film covers the idea of climate change and the effect in the religious/private interest group sector), and the hypocrisy of it all. There are alot of really strong themes here....addiction, faith, moral consciousness, guilt, spirituality, love, etc. The third act particularly is a transcendental trip of twists and turns that you dont see coming, and an ending that fits just perfectly into the ending arc. It made me and a family member who saw it really get the discussion going about social and political directions that tie into, specifically, the big box evangelical churches, and how dangerous those churches really are, besides a total contradiction in terms of faith and hope based ideas. To me, this film illustrated that point pretty well, as well as a person who kind of hid behind his cloth as he struggled with his own personal demons, and how the environment he interacted with forced him to face his demons head on.

Go see this if you want a movie that makes you really think of the political and social structure of this country, among other themes. It was really well done.

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« Reply #82 on: July 12, 2018, 06:37:54 AM »
"Society" is both Brian Yuzna's best directorial effort, and still has one of the most fucked up, disgusting third act twists in cinema history. What "Jaws" did for the ocean this does for
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Also, best use of the word "butthead" in any medium.

That was two nights ago. Last night it was "Tau", which is on Netflix. It's well acted (does Maika Monroe have a bad performance in her?) and directed, but the script is nowhere near as deep as it thinks it is, and it's a waste of a great premise. As a whole it's okay. It's defiantly a better sci fi movie than "Mute", but man Netflix is not having good luck when it comes to this genre.

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« Reply #83 on: July 15, 2018, 02:01:34 AM »
In my continuation to try and watch 80s horror fare...



Humanoids From the Deep (1980)
Directed by Barbara Peeters (and an uncredited Jimmy Murakami)

Basic summary is it's about mutant human fish monsters which terrorize a local fishing community by killing men & dogs and raping the women. It stars Doug McClure and Vic Morrow and features a side plot about a new cannery set to open, pushed heavily by Hank Slattery (Vic Morrow) while the local Indian (Anthony Pena) tries to stop it and get the land back and their escalating feud. This is mainly about the fish monsters though and it's a very 80s fare horror flick. My first sentence is exactly what you get throughout this thing almost literally from the first minute in.

It has a lot of influence from Jaws down to direction/music cues but the acting is decent, the side plot works well enough to carry some of the movie, and it has some surprisingly solid gore effects for a picture from 1980. The shots of the creature also reveal a fairly good creature suit too.

5.5/10

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« Reply #84 on: July 27, 2018, 08:08:21 AM »
Does anyone here watch Big Brother? I watch it all the time and would love to have a discussion thread if anyone else does. Just thought I'd check here since we don't have a catch all general thread in this folder (or I missed it).
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« Reply #85 on: July 27, 2018, 10:38:43 AM »
I watch it. I thought the girl with the Lisa Simpson voice was great as a robot, but not so great as a human. I was hoping for the yoga chick to go home this week but robot chick didn't handle her advantage correctly so who knows. Though I may be an episode behind.

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« Reply #86 on: July 31, 2018, 12:33:38 AM »
Yeah I watch it as well.   I'm not really sure if there's anyone I'm actively rooting for, but at least this season isn't boring, unlike the last few shit shows.

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« Reply #87 on: August 08, 2018, 02:38:57 AM »
Baby Driver would be a start to finish masterpiece if Jamie Foxx's role, and the second act in general, didn't exist. Edgar Wright is a mad genius of filmmaking, if you didn't know that already, but every brilliant director has a few missteps now and again.
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« Reply #88 on: August 12, 2018, 03:51:09 PM »
I've been watching the Cinematic Titanic collection Shout Factory put out earlier this year.  There's some really good stuff here (The Wasp Woman had to have been a potential MST3K episode a couple times) and I haven't gotten to the live shows yet which, having watched plenty of Rifftrax ones, should have a good energy due to the live audience.  12 riffed movies for about $25 is a damn good deal.

As an aside, I got it on eBay and apparently the MST3K Gamera collection and the one with Godzilla vs Megalon (which I both own) are rare and going for hundreds of dollars now.

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« Reply #89 on: August 12, 2018, 09:25:45 PM »
A pair of must-see's, for different reasons.

Hell or High Water is a beautifully solemn modern take on the western, not unlike No Country for Old Men, that deals with the growing cultural shift and the economic disparity that comes with it. There's a pair of great performances by Chris Pine and Ben Foster (it may be Foster's best), the ever-perfect Jeff Bridges, and a killer Americana soundtrack. 9/10

On the other hand, we have the often overlooked 1980s vampire horror comedy Vamp, about fraternity pledges AJ (Robert Rusler, NOES 2) and Keith (Mel Gibson lookalike Chris Makepeace, aka the camper that Bill Murray mentors in Meatballs) who journey to an inner city strip club to try and procure the services of exotic dancer Katrina (Grace Jones at her Grace Jones-iest) only to find out the hard way that she's a vampire. Also starring Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong) and Dedee Pfeiffer (Cybill herself), along with b-movie icon Billy Drago as the head of an albino street gang, this has to have been an influence on Rodriguez and Tarantino when crafting From Dusk Till Dawn in both story and tone, albeit not as great. A fun horror comedy from the subgenre's heyday. 6.5/10
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« Reply #90 on: August 18, 2018, 08:33:26 AM »
The Manchester City documentary series on Amazon Prime is one of the best things ever created. I don't remember watching any documentary where they let camera crews go into this much detail during a season. They had access to everything.

I'm definitely not a Manchester City fan, I hate them, but it's a great series.


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« Reply #91 on: August 21, 2018, 01:30:25 AM »
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Eye For An Eye (January, 1996)
Directed by John Schlesinger
Based off a Novel by Erika Holzer

Pretty typical plot of the era. A 17 year old girl is raped & killed at home while setting up decorations for her younger sister's birthday. Mom, Dad, and Sister deal with the ramifications of the aftermath including seeing the alleged killer (cited by DNA evidence) allowed to walk due to a mistake in handling evidence to the Defense. Afterwards, the Mother becomes a vigilante stalking him intent on killing him for revenge over her daughter's death.

It has an All-Star Cast: Sally Field & Ed Harris play the Mother and Stepfather, Kiefer Sutherland plays the alleged guilty suspect Robert Doob, Joe Mantegna is the Detective on the case, Beverly D'Angelo is the best friend to Sally's character, and Armin Shimerman plays the Judge who dismisses the case. There's also a ton of lower roles for actors like: Charlayne Woodard, Philip Baker Hall, Keith David, Donal Logue, and Michael B. Silver.

The movie itself is pretty solid in all facets but nothing really overwhelming or stand out. A lot of it, right down to the plot and its beats throughout, are by the numbers for the type of movie it is. Even the direction is pretty standard with no real memorable shots or moments.

Kiefer Sutherland stands out the most, however, in large part due to his natural screen charisma and his ability to play the creepy role really well. It's probably worth checking this out for his performance alone especially if you want to see more of his roles in under-the-radar films like this one.

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« Reply #92 on: August 26, 2018, 12:24:50 PM »
The Manchester City documentary series on Amazon Prime is one of the best things ever created. I don't remember watching any documentary where they let camera crews go into this much detail during a season. They had access to everything.

I'm definitely not a Manchester City fan, I hate them, but it's a great series.

I’ve yet to see it. But it surely can’t compete with the “class of 92” mini series about Salford city.

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« Reply #93 on: August 27, 2018, 02:37:16 AM »
Main problem with Super Troopers 2 for me is that the supporting cast seemed a lot weaker. All the Spurberry PD guys I wish would have been back somehow they really made good rivals to the Highway patrol roster.

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« Reply #94 on: August 27, 2018, 02:53:32 AM »
That's a good take, actually. I thought it leaned too heavily on Farva and bad Canadian jokes, even though the best part was Farva in a wheelchair.
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« Reply #95 on: August 27, 2018, 02:42:40 PM »
My mom wanted to see Crazy Rich Asians. I really liked the cinematography in it. I want to visit Malaysia and Singapore now.
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Re: I Just Watched... (Movies/TV/DVD)
« Reply #96 on: August 28, 2018, 05:12:18 AM »
Just wrapped up HBO's Sharp Objects. Really solid gothic horror show.  I say Horror, but lowercase "h" horror.  That ending, wow.

Probably my favorite show of the year. Everyone involved (especially Patricia Clarkson) deserves awards for it.

I AM THE CHEESE! I AM THE BEST CHARACTER ON THE SHOW!! I AM BETTER THAN BOTH THE SALAMI AND THE BOLOGNA COMBINED!!

people will tell me shit like "oh you cant say kofi annan was no fap. no evidence" and i say, how dare you sully a mans grave, with politics

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« Reply #97 on: August 29, 2018, 10:06:13 AM »
I just watched both seasons of Letterkenny that are on Hulu. I wish the others were available in America now.

I absolutely love this show. I'm fully aware that a lot of the humor is juvenile and I do not care. Any Canadians here that watch it regularly?
Also I really like the lead Jared Keeso. I saw he's also famous for a cop drama called 19,-2. Is that any good?
I watched RAW. I thought it sucked. The usual problems and such.

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« Reply #98 on: August 30, 2018, 02:51:28 AM »
This show has a heart to it too. I really like that.
I watched RAW. I thought it sucked. The usual problems and such.

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« Reply #99 on: September 04, 2018, 05:13:33 AM »
Just saw Searching and it was really good probably a 7/10. Cho was fantastic as the father and the usage of Facebook, Video Chats, and Phone Texts worked flawlessly in large part because this was a Murder-Mystery but those aspects allowed the viewer to become Cho's character and try to piece the clues/figure out what was going on and what it all meant. I had an inkling about the first twist at the end but the second twist legit caught me by surprise.

One of the few nitpicks I had was how Cho's father was able to connect stuff together so fast in terms of certain sequences but the pacing was so good that it didn't really matter to me much. The end did seem kind of rushed but it fit the realism at the same time although it left me a little flat to be honest.