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Post by Random User » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:19 pm

I've been watching a series on Youtube called The Great War. It's spectacular, actually. Since 2014, the 100-year anniversary of Franz-Ferdinand's death, they have been covering what has happened in WWI week-by-week 100 years ago. So, probably going to be done in 2018.

A lot of facts and information I never knew or misunderstood when I was taught it. Glad I started watching.

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Post by Galefore » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:21 pm

BUNCHA STUFF

Casino. Okay, so, controversial opinion, but this is better than Goodfellas to me. Honestly? Just a matter of personal taste. I found the uptight, business-minded De Niro character to be more interesting than his usual fireball characters, and the graphic violence makes an excellent contrast against the beautiful Vegas cinematography. Scorsese could retread this whole machismo and mobsters territory a billion times and I'd eat it up, though, so maybe I'm not the greatest judge.

Monster. I can't think of a more frighteningly accurate portrayal of an actual person. I watched this with the benefit of having seen the Aileen Wuornos documentaries, so I saw in Charlize Theron's performance a haunting **** phantom of the real woman. The film seems to take (obviously) quite a few liberties with the real events, but it's still a worthwhile film for Theron and Christina Ricci alone. I think Ricci's tension-rod anxiety-ridden performance was super overlooked, and that's a shame, because her character is an amalgamation of a few real people and she gives this fictional person a real, breathing soul as full and troubled as Wuornos's.

The Departed. Yeah, okay, I'm a total Martin Scorsese newb, but I'm steadily checking off everything I've missed and I'm glad to be watching them now. This one was great as well, mostly because the cast is flat-out flourishing here. Everybody in this picture turned in the A+ career-defining performance to top the one right next to them, and it's breathtaking to watch.

And then, two episodes of Donald Glover's Atlanta. **** rad, of course. Donald Glover has matured as an artist and it's a weird sort of treat to have gotten to follow his career since the Derrick days, before he was even writing for 30 Rock (which, yes, is a hipster-ass way to introduce this write-up, but it's an attempt at contextualization so lemme alone). He's gone from a goofy, energetic kid with daring ideas to a full-on artist, realizing his concepts more fully and beautifully and in more mediums than a lot of people twice his age. This show is proof of some real great mojo in Glover's mind. The characters are alarmingly fleshed out in even the two episodes I watched, the dialogue crackling and flowy in a way that makes other television feel staged. This show grabbed me immediately with the down-on-his-luck single dad trying to get out of the hole aspect, and man is it just a lovingly crafted thing. I'm excited for more of it.

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Post by Swordmaster Link » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:21 am

Get Out was so good. SO so good.

Aside from the refreshing perspective on the horror genre and the very smart social commentary inherent in the film, I benefitted from watching it at a theater where the audience was predominantly black - I don't want to spoil anything, but it was very telling that we stood up and started cheering towards the end of the movie.

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Post by Booyakasha » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:30 am

I've been catching up on on some of my kids' movies backlog here in Dakota with the kids. 'Megamind', 'Trolls' and 'Storks' were pretty great, 'Monsters and Aliens' was less so. 'Moana' was excellent.
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Post by Galefore » Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:42 pm

The King of Comedy. Holy **** what a **** underrated masterpiece. This is a ahead-of-its-time genre-bender (something like a psych thriller or a crime drama, with a big point to make about the delusion of fame, but with a syrup-heavy injection of pitch black humor) and man oh **** man... I really loved it. It's a film about an aspiring comedian who takes some, hm, drastic steps to reach the top. Without being a spoily boy, I'll just say the film uses every scrap of its premise to make its ultimate points about the nature of "fame". Robert De Niro really proves here that he's a master, hitting the perfect string of notes to bring the obsessive and delusional Rupert Pupkin to suitably slimy life. His stalker best friend is played to terrifying effect as well.

The Killing. Caught this one to further feed my growing love of Mafia and crime films. No disappointment here. It's a tightly paced heist drama, highlighted by some great eye candy shots (I love the use of heavy darkness in black and white films to portray anxiety and guilt, and the cashier character is so perfectly realized with a combination of those shots and the actor's restless, jittery performance) and surprisingly 3-dimensional characters.

Some Kind of Monster. With a little more touring and recording experience under my belt since the last time I viewed this (fragmentarily), I definitely feel a little more empathy for the members of Metallica. This film highlights a complex war of ego and addictions against a dwindling pool of inspiration, and the oft-derided Bob Rock I found to be a surprising voice of reason in the confusion. Pieces of evidence that reveal the building blocks for each member's own unique set of battles litter the film, and the full picture, when assembled, is actually pretty sad, and not in a pathetic way, more in a "if this had all been handled correctly, y'all'd be fine" sort of way. Meanwhile, the documentary captures greed and manipulation and seedy music industry ****, between the creepy, clingy band therapist and the up-and-down relationship the band seems to have with management. Each member seems deeply self-absorbed whilst also desperately reaching out for lost comrades, and that lost friendship is hearthbreaking. In much the same way that the Radiohead doc Meeting People is Easy captured Thom Yorke's battles in a bleak and compelling way, this documentary sees a band working hard with no passion on a not-so-great record, highlighting the pitfalls of ego and the dangers of letting communication break down in the face of pressure.

Also, some surprisingly enjoyable Buzzfeed stuff, their Unsolved True Crime stuff to be specific. The hosts have a great dynamic. They actually kind of remind me of the Polygon crew, which is great, because I enjoy the fresh-faced, lighthearted approach to the creepy subject matter.

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Post by Booyakasha » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:33 am

Last night I put on 'The Iron Giant' whilst babysitting River and Maxy. Everyone got teary-eyed at the end, except for River and Maxy.
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Post by Galefore » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:30 pm

Re- Animator. This old- school shockfest was anything but boring. With the beyond- death mystique only Lovecraft could imagine, this film is surprisingly well acted and full of gnarly practical effects. There is a love and passion for the material that shows through and there's even thoughtfully framed thematic stuff in between the buckets of prop blood. Another good'n.

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Post by Random User » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:58 pm

My girlfriend and I watched Moana on demand last night. It was a fun little movie! Not the most amazing of films, but I liked it better than Zootopia. The visuals in particular were gorgeous, and all the music was a pleasure to listen to.

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Post by Booyakasha » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:29 pm

^Man. "You're Welcome" might be the best Disney thing in recent memory. What a fun sequence.

Saw more kids' movies. 'Secret Life of Pets' was pretty good. 'Sing' was great.

Incidentally, whoever they got in charge of cutting ads over at Dreamworks seriously needs to get fired. Like, every time I see a trailer for one of their flicks, they make the movie itself look about as appealing as a dog's dinner. That's bad.
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Post by Random User » Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:47 pm

Little Witch Academia has been putting out episodes! I remember first seeing the pilot on here years ago. This is soo great.

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Post by Galefore » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:14 pm

Carrie. What can I say? I'm talking about the 1976 film here, the De Palma masterpiece, and what a **** masterpiece indeed. Tense buildup, very well acted, just all around one of the best horror films ever. The ending holds up very well, the terror and organic nature of the whole thing gives it a very powerful sense of dread.

I watched the pilot of The Sopranos and by God am I even more surprised than I thought I'd be. It's brilliant already! I mean, delving into the psyche of machismo is nothing new, but this show immediately slices into its lead character and gives us a full portrait within 60 minutes of the man we're following. He projects innocence on animals, projects feelings of familial love, and he has a stronger desire for togetherness and fulfillment than for crime or blood. This is a very complex character and James Gandolfini is a galderned master.

True Romance
. Speaking of Gandolfini... Yeah, his character here is absolutely disgusting, but man was he excellent. I think the hotel scene trumps the famous Sicilian scene just a bit just 'cuz people overlook Patricia Arquette and James Gandolfini a bit with all of the all-star performances surrounding theirs, but... Man, what a tense scene. It is a tough scene to watch as well, so there's a warning, but the acting is truly marvelous. Anyway, I'm very ahead of myself. This is the Tarantino-written masterpiece that I'd yet to cross of my list. This is a really dynamic film, flirting with a lot of ideas without straying too far from unifying themes. Christian Slater brings that menace I loved in Heathers along with the charm from that same film, so he's super enjoyable here, and I love Patricia Arquette in just about everything she's in so it's no surprise that she shines especially bright here. There are one-scene appearances by a lot of other big names, but that's not the focus. This is a grimy on-the-run thriller. This is a damned beautiful acting showcase. Sometimes, this is a disgusting film. But this is a great film.

Mean Streets. I'm working my way up to Taxi Driver, the last "big" Scorcese film I've yet to see all the way through, but I'm glad I stopped by this one first. Even this early into his career, a lot of Scorcese's one-of-a-kind trademarks are on display here, and they enhance an already tight script about a genuinely decent fella played by Harvey Keitel attempting to wrangle his troubled buddy Johnny Boy (played wildly with a sort of Mifune-esque presence by Robert De Niro) who has managed to get himself into ****' comical levels of debt with, well, everybody. Ever. It's funny a lot of the time, tense the rest, and it's a great, much more contained story. I liked the sets and locations (70s New York has a really cool vibe) and the brilliant applications of movie technique to focus in on character just show that ol' Martin had the whole great film thing down pretty quick. Plus, this a great cast. Keitel and De Niro are just ****' electric here.

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Post by Booyakasha » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:25 am

'Rick and Morty' S3E1

It was really, really good, and seriously messed. Holy crap, man.
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Post by Random User » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:11 pm

^Same

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Post by Apollo the Just » Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:17 pm

Same
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Post by Calamity Panfan » Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:17 pm

Same x3
and that's the waaaaaaaaaay the news goes

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Post by Galefore » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:51 pm

Same the 4th, Jr.

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Post by The Amazing Tazy Ten » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:57 pm

Same Twice Removed

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Post by Apollo the Just » Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:25 pm

Binged the 4 sonic boom episodes I was behind on.

Literally every episode with Dave the Intern is great. I've never related to a fictional character so much. "Get it yourself I'm on my break." "This is probably close to what you ordered." Like, same. He is the embodiment of what I wish I could get away with saying to customers.

Also, season 2 episode 20 was one of the funniest episodes of this show ever. Top tier knuckles joke. 10/10.
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Post by Booyakasha » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:18 am

SU--------"Lion 4:Alternate Ending" got leaked, or was deliberately released early.

No mind-blowing revelations---------just a nice episode.
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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:25 am

Rick & Morty Season 3, Episode 1. Pretty entertaining but Rick has possibly the worst case of "main character syndrome" I've ever seen. He really shouldn't have been so effective against all the forces and situations he was thrown against in the episode

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