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Music / Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now?
« on: April 20, 2018, 10:28:52 pm »
Grunt Work.  Another soothing song from Pomplamousse

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:50:55 pm »
I'm working my way through Everybody Wants Some and I'm not quite sure how I feel about it.  I love all the music, and there are LONG  music sequences in it (I assume that's why they needed Paramount monty to get this finished), but it feels like it might be trading on that a bit too much.

The movie is about a college baseball team sharing a house together and trying to get laid, and I get the impression that it's trying to be a bit like Dazed and Confused, but... and maybe this is because I'm just not a macho guy's guy... I'm bored with the guys.  There are some interesting characters, and it feels like I'm hanging out with them (which I guess is the idea of the movie, a mood piece more than a story piece) but... these aren't the people I'd normally hang out with.

I suppose the other issue with comparing it to Dazed And Confused is that that cast is famous... and they might have been at the time, or at least relatively well known younger actors, whereas I don't know who ANYONE in this movie is.  Maybe that'll change in the future, retroactive recognition, but I dunno.  The only one I really kinda like is the stoner with the beard, and I can't even tell you that much about him.

The picture is also REALLY clean, and I guess I expect there to be a certain amount of film grain and a dip in image quality... and I guess it would have been really easy to just add fake film grain on and lean on it, so I give them credit for not doing that...   I dunno, it just feels like something's missing.  The secret ingredient.  Or maybe I just can't see it.

Also, I should point out I'm almost an hour into this movie now and the love interest hasn't shown up yet.

I'm going to try and watch the bonus features this weekend.  I do want to see those, but it might be a while before I watch TLJ.

I'm also... I'm toying with the idea of how I should organize these films, I'm thinking chronologically.  I don't think I ever watched the whole series in order, but if I ever want to, it'd be cool to have a playlist at the ready (and I'm thinking of putting Battlefront II in there as well).

You know what I think an issue with the flick is that's throwing people off?  There's no... empty space.  Which is REALLY weird for a shared universe movie.

Let me tell you what I mean:  This movie takes place right after the last movie ended.  Right after.  Kind of.  Mostly.  There's no adventures between then and now, no extra backstory, nothing for us to research.  There are no other adventures going on, no side stories we could explore in another flick.  No Resistance guys they need to meet.  At the end, there's nowhere else to go.  The auxiliary characters who might show up in another movie (Phasma, DJ, what have you?) ... all die.  All the original trilogy troika are gone now, the characters who could replace them die... and the "sequel hook" won't happen for a long time.  The kids?  Telling us we gotta wait 10+ years or so... which it feels like we just did.

Combine that with the feeling that TFA almost felt like a prequel, introing the characters, like a pilot episode.  I think we were expecting a big raucous Star Wars movie this time around, "okay, you know the world, let's have some fun" and it felt like we jumped from that to the deadly serious part.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: What Are You Watching? (DVD's & Blu-ray's)
« on: April 09, 2018, 09:40:51 pm »
Finished the first two seasons of Travelers... you may have noticed that I made a thread for it.  Love the season finale, and VERY happy to see that the show is coming back WITH Erick McCormack returning to star AND direct an episode.  I was concerned about that given the Will and Grace revival, this is an hourlong show which aren't easy to make (even if there are only 13 episodes per season).  I definitely don't want to lose MacLaren because he's the glue of the show, but honestly I dig just about all the characters on the show.  And if you don't like them, well, they can be over-ridden (case in point, one character I was kind of weak on wound up becoming one of my favourites).

I was thinking I would follow the show up with Legion, but I think you need something less strong to clear the palette first.  I tend to forget that.  But oh man, it feels like ages since I just binged a show like that one, no notes, no GIF-making, no screencapping...

Was that the first time you saw this?  Dang.

Yeah, definitely a lot to unpack with this movie.  Gorgeous movie, absolutely.  Different than before, certainly.  Polarizing for sure.  Lots of unexpected twists, some that are right for the characters but there are some changes that give you vertigo.

Honestly, I don't think we'll really be able to get a handle on this movie until Episode IX comes out and we can view it in context.  It's a h*ll of a downer of a movie, I mean, things get worse and worse for our characters, so many people die, the stakes get worse and worse and there's barely a victory to be seen.  The "fun" stuff is in a plotline that people don't seem to care for and feels a bit out of place, the whole Finn and Rose thing.  The kind of adventure they go on seems so strange considering the stakes of the chase they're leaving, there's time to go out and go around for a bit and then come back while this one dire countdown is going on?  There's something about that which doesn't instinctively gel.

There are a couple little "I wish" things I have in regards to the movie, mostly little stuff like I wish Phasma was the one chasing Finn and Rose the whole time, I wish the First Order guys were younger like last time (since they're supposed to be "new fascists," but it's been so long since I saw the movie, I don't remember the rest.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Re: Travelers, Season One
« on: April 08, 2018, 10:48:44 pm »
It's on Netflix... it may be on disc at some point in the future.  And it's recent, first season is 2016.  I'm on season two now.  No idea if there's a season three, I'm just burning through episodes.

DVD's & Blu-rays / Travelers, Season One
« on: April 08, 2018, 08:32:22 pm »

I've been meaning to watch this show for a while, and for some reason (maybe because I'm feeling a bit ill) I just decided to start watching it... and I like it!

The premise is very similar to Twelve Monkeys, with people from a nightmare desolation future being sent back in time to put things right in small ways.  It also reminds me of Dead Like Me, given that the new travelers take over the bodies of the about-to-be-deceased and have to take over those lives afterwards.  It also reminds me of Odyssey Five, but I was never able to get into that show.  There's even a bit of Person Of Interest in there as well.  The fact that it reminds me of these other shows isn't a point against the show at all, it's a simple premise that works quite well.  One of the producers of the Stargate series made this, which is great because the Stargate guys also made Dark Matter (which I love) and Blindspot (which I haven't seen yet but I've heard is excellent).

And the show is episodic, which is great.  I love a good episode series, especially since this was made direct for Netflix.  It feels like I'm watching a proper show instead of one written for the trades.  It's TV-MA but doesn't scream that in your face (no gratuitous nudity or sex, just a couple curse words in there).

...that's all I have to say about it thus far.  Like the show, like watching the show, like the characters, premise, good writing, there's one or two "oh sh*t" moments in each episode, which is a plus, and it's made in Canada so quite a few familiar character actor faces.  If you have the means, check it out.

Comedy Gold / Re: Random Funny Sh*t
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:21:40 pm »
The Two Ninnies.  So much wonderful rude language.

Now Playing: Movies / Re: Big Hero 6
« on: April 06, 2018, 03:46:54 pm »
This could go in the 30 Rock thread as well, but it's Scott doing Beymax, so I think this thread is appropriate:

Beymax in The Shining

Music / All Things Weird Al
« on: April 04, 2018, 07:38:38 pm »
I can't believe we don't have a Weird Al thread on here.

Here's something I felt I had to post... Weird Al did a concert tour last month where his band played actual songs, not parodies.  Had no idea.

And of course, he had to do SOME parodies...

Music / Re: What Are You Listening To Right Now?
« on: April 04, 2018, 07:13:36 pm »
"A Bad Mashup" - Pomplamousse

Comedy Gold / Re: Random Funny Sh*t
« on: April 01, 2018, 02:00:42 pm »
Yeah, this happened.

Now Playing: Movies / Re: Bill & Ted 3 (2013)
« on: April 01, 2018, 01:49:43 pm »

I've been wondering who could take the place of Rufus, and listening to Carlin's voice, an odd choice struck me.  Johnathan Banks.

Comedy Gold / Re: Funny Videos
« on: April 01, 2018, 11:33:22 am »
This will either end this meme or send it to another level.

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