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Shambolic
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PostPosted: 05-16-2021 12:49 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Yeah that did indeed rock :D

I hope we see more of this kind of cultural collaboration in the future.

I think I noted when the first series went up that I'm not usually a fan of manga and anime, because it's usually saddled with too many formulaic story beats and tropes.
But Castlevania neatly sidestepped those problems by being written by someone from outside of the industry.

I've tentatively got my eye on Yasuke. Has anyone here watched that yet?




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PostPosted: 05-16-2021 01:07 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


I read there were plans for a Castlevania spin-off series so maybe we'll get more of this.




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PostPosted: 05-23-2021 11:14 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Watched season 2 of Love, Death + Robots.
It's only 8 episodes long? Bit of a disappointment. I also feel that season 1 was much stronger. There were fewer S02 episodes where I felt I would've liked to explore more of that world of narrative.




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PostPosted: 05-24-2021 04:34 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Shadow and Bone (S01) - 6/10

Fantasy YA. World is pretty cool.

There's two main storylines. One is centered around a group of thieves. These characters are nice.

The other storyline centers around "non-descript nice girl" and "quaterback/frat-boy". Such a snooze. There's an action sequence in E01 and I hoped for the dude to die. Misfortunately, he did not.

Also, the directing and cinematography are very boring and hasty. There's barely any tension.




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PostPosted: 05-24-2021 04:43 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Mat Linnett wrote:
Yeah that did indeed rock :D

I hope we see more of this kind of cultural collaboration in the future.

I think I noted when the first series went up that I'm not usually a fan of manga and anime, because it's usually saddled with too many formulaic story beats and tropes.
But Castlevania neatly sidestepped those problems by being written by someone from outside of the industry.

I've tentatively got my eye on Yasuke. Has anyone here watched that yet?


I've really enjoyed Castlevania, and I think you're right that the writer makes all the difference here. Whatever personal issues Warren Ellis has had, or will continue to have, he's a prolific comics writer and has written a hell of a lot of great stuff ... There's a lot of standout runs of main comic series that are Ellis (Hellblazer, x-men, batman), then throw into the mix Planetary, the Authority, Transmetropolitan, and a whole bunch of miniseries that are ace.




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PostPosted: 05-24-2021 04:48 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Eraser wrote:
Watched season 2 of Love, Death + Robots.
It's only 8 episodes long? Bit of a disappointment. I also feel that season 1 was much stronger. There were fewer S02 episodes where I felt I would've liked to explore more of that world of narrative.


Yes, finished this last night - I'm just happy to have some extra episodes, the length doesn't bother me TOO much as they are all separate stories.
I am a sucker for a sci-fi short story!

"Automated Customer Service" and "The Drowned Giant" were the standouts for me - "Ice" warrants some extra world-building.

Life Hutch and Pop Squad were both a bit meh..




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PostPosted: 05-24-2021 11:20 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


I thought the style of the human characters was incredibly distracting in Automated Customer Service. Life Hutch suffered from the fact that Automated Customer Service was part of this season, because it felt like I watched the same concept twice and Automated Customer Service felt like the more original take.

Ice was excellent IMO, very beautifully made and definitely something I'd like to see more of.

I thought the subject material of Pop Squad was strong, but it needed to be fleshed out more. For instance, if they'd had more time to make the immortal elite more relatable it would've been less black/white.

Snow in the Desert was a low point for me. Didn't do much for me and wasn't really original. Absolutely incredible CGI, but other than that it's too many clichés cobbled together.

The Tall Grass was very Stephen King-esque. I liked it for what it was: a bite sized snack of that kind of horror. Not necessarily something that warrants further exploration IMO but enjoyable for what it was.

All Through The House was a fun take on Christmas. I liked the concept and just like The Tall Grass, it was exactly right in its format. It presents a simple idea without any fluff and stays to the point.

The Drowned Giant was almost philosophical in subject matter and style. I liked it. It was slightly weird due to the style of presentation, but I'd love for that episode to be a bit longer and dive a bit deeper into the moral and ethical side of what's happening. At the same time, I love how it doesn't dwell on where this giant comes from or what implications its existence has on the world and mankind.




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PostPosted: 05-24-2021 11:48 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Pretty spot on tbh :up: I've been watching a lot of pixar and disney with the kids, so with ACS the odd human style just washed right over me! :D odd little mannequins

All in all, there was less "new" than S1, lots of ideas and concepts I recognise from a lifetime of scifi consumption

The Drowned Giant is essentially a telling of JG Ballards short story of the same name, so it's a classic short story to be dissected for metaphor and philisophical meaning in an English Lit class :D

https://weirdfictionreview.com/2014/11/four-stories-the-drowned-giant-by-j-g-ballard/




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PostPosted: 05-24-2021 12:11 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Started watched Dexter with Lady Carlos. 2 episodes in and so far she is enjoying it, which is excellent news for me.




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PostPosted: 05-24-2021 01:15 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Do yourselves a favour and just watch seasons 1 and 4. The rest is trash.




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PostPosted: 05-24-2021 01:31 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Dexter is really good. It’s true, some seasons are better than other, but for continuity, I’d go ahead an watch it all...




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PostPosted: 05-25-2021 10:37 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Someone suggested I should watch Mr Mercedes so I found and just started. Brendan Gleeson :up:



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PostPosted: 05-27-2021 03:03 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Into War of the Worlds on Disney lately, it's far more grim and scary than expected... will keep watching.



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PostPosted: 05-27-2021 08:15 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Ryoki wrote:
Into War of the Worlds on Disney lately, it's far more grim and scary than expected... will keep watching.


Is that the TV series of 2019 with the two below? IMDB has another 'The War of the Worlds' but it is only 3 episodes :smirk:

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PostPosted: 06-01-2021 05:56 PM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Eraser wrote:
The Tall Grass was very Stephen King-esque


Well, he co-wrote it so....




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PostPosted: 06-10-2021 05:46 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Loki

First episode was good…




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PostPosted: 06-10-2021 11:39 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


xer0s wrote:
Loki

First episode was good…


Yes, I love the TVA aesthetic and it seems like they dropped a whole load of hints as to whats to come in future films (Dr Strange 2 being the most obvious).

But it was just...interesting. Something different. A proper character driven episode.




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PostPosted: 06-11-2021 12:35 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Sex Education - 8/10

Cheesy collection of tropes you've already seen. But put together very charmingly.




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PostPosted: 06-11-2021 03:51 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Sweet Tooth. 7/10.

Kinda weird but also kinda neat.




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PostPosted: 06-16-2021 01:03 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


The second episode of Loki was excellent




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PostPosted: 06-16-2021 07:49 PM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Yeah, I’m really enjoying Loki.

One complaint: the low camera angles. They can tone that down a bit…




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PostPosted: 06-17-2021 03:03 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Κracus wrote:
Sweet Tooth. 7/10.


It's kinda cute and adult at the same time.
Enjoyed watching it with the nephews.




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PostPosted: 06-17-2021 03:26 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Yeah it's a weird balance.

Started watching Manifest. It's like watching a good idea badly implemented and poorly acted so far...




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PostPosted: 06-17-2021 03:49 AM           Profile Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


Κracus wrote:
Yeah it's a weird balance.


I wonder how the production-design could come up with all that very actual imagery.
How did they predict all those details? Or how much footage has been shot after March/April 2020?
The masks the extras are wearing or the toilet-paper Gus lands in jumping into the train, the Anti-Vaxxers... Several other small details no art-director could have come up with before our "new reality".

Those details made me laugh and wonder.




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PostPosted: 06-17-2021 06:33 AM           Profile   Send private message  E-mail  Edit post Reply with quote


They can re-do scenes and add stuff like that in. Not saying they did but it's a possibility.




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