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He showed a bit of a sadistic trait, when they were chasing Obi Wan in the asteroid belt.

Sure, but kids say some crazy stuff. And his upbringing was clearly anything but normal.

I also wouldn’t be surprised to find out he has a hatred of Jedi. Not sure if that’ll come up given the timeframe of this show….it would seem Luke’s the only one at this point.
 

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So, there's a new Guy Ritchie film out on Netflix - The Gentlemen. What can I say - It's a Guy Ritchie film. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was better but this one isn't bad. Hugh Grant as you've never seen him before.
 

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But do we honestly know enough about him to really say?

I mean, over the years I’ve read some comics and a couple of novels that expanded on Boba Fett’s motivations and traits and all that.

But i gm oring any of those sources, and all we know is what we’ve seen in the films. He’s a bounty hunter, he’s somewhat ruthless, his father was killed by jedi right in front of him….and that’s about it.

I think what they’re doing is trying to make Boba Fett justifiably cool. Like, for whatever reason, everyone thought he was awesome when he first showed up. Mostly because of his look, given how little he actually does in the movies. And then that ignoble end….accidentally knocked into the Sarlac, which then cartoonishly burped (which gets an original trilogy pass, but if in the prequels or sequels would have caused endless amounts of outrage).

When he showed up in the Mandalorian, it was like “here’s the character we always wanted”. But until this show, we know almost nothing about him. His time with the Tuskens is the most detail we’ve gotten, other than his childhood with Jango.

The Mandalorian seems very much a western. Book of Boba Fett so far kind of reminds me of something more like Conan. The warrior who becomes ruler by his own hand. Although the assault on the train certainly brought in the western vibe to this show too.

The train raid and most of the Tusken storyline is a near straight Lawrence of Arabia tribute. Which is cool by me.

And I agree, based on the films, the only thing I really care about, all we knew about Boba Fett was that he was a bounty hunter, looked 'badass' and died in a comically inept way.
 

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The train raid and most of the Tusken storyline is a near straight Lawrence of Arabia tribute. Which is cool by me.

And I agree, based on the films, the only thing I really care about, all we knew about Boba Fett was that he was a bounty hunter, looked 'badass' and died in a comically inept way.
And he liked disintegrating his target so much that Vader pointedly said to him, no disintegrations. And he was able to outsmart the heroes of our story to get Han where the other Bounty Hunters missed. And he had no fear of Vader, to talk back to him the way he did.
 

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Watched The Great Garrick today on TCM, a James Whale film with Brian Aherne (very reminscent of Douglas Fairbanks here), Olivia de Havilland (of Robin Hood fame), the beloved character actor Robert Everett Horton and a small role for Lana Turner.

A light romantic comedy set in 18th century France, it is charming and clever, reinforcing that Whale's non-horror work is worth exploring further (his Man in the Iron Mask is a classic as well).



Also keep an eye out for the actor playing Horatio in the opening scene, that is none other than Fritz Leiber, the actor father of the justly famous fantasy and sf author of the same name.
 
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Finale of Dexter: New Blood and for the series and character as a whole was amazing. I'm still processing it, but it gave me chills, and that incredible bittersweet feeling of a really good final episode, especially with a character that I've spent so many years now getting to know. I don't want to say anymore, because I can't without spoilers, suffice to say I think they really did a great job.

(I also anticipate being a minority opinion online, as the ending was not a crowd-pleaser, instead it stayed true to the character and the path he's been on since the end of the first season, the story beneath the story that I think a lot of fans ignored or never saw, and the new showrunners in season 5 onwards certainly never got)
 

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Finale of Dexter: New Blood and for the series and character as a whole was amazing. I'm still processing it, but it gave me chills, and that incredible bittersweet feeling of a really good final episode, especially with a character that I've spent so many years now getting to know. I don't want to say anymore, because I can't without spoilers, suffice to say I think they really did a great job.

(I also anticipate being a minority opinion online, as the ending was not a crowd-pleaser, instead it stayed true to the character and the path he's been on since the end of the first season, the story beneath the story that I think a lot of fans ignored or never saw, and the new showrunners in season 5 onwards certainly never got)
Is there only supposed to be the one season?
 

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I tend to enjoy bad movies more as they grow older so I decided to give Phantom Menace another chance after 20 years. Ten seconds in and I laughed out loud at the opening crawl, "Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star system is in dispute..." I remember my friend Kate and I turning to each other in the theater 2 decades ago and mouthing a shocked WTF? to each other. We did it again when Anakin's mom revealed her immaculate conception.

To say that the characterization and voices of aliens were in poor taste would be an understatement.

There is a lot to nitpick but the film's greatest sin is that it's boring and unimaginative. A children's movie depicting a cosmic battle between good and evil space samurai shouldn't be all dialogue and exposition. This ain't Reservoir Dogs or My Dinner with Andre.

Edit: OMG the pod racing scene was like ten minutes long and had no stakes. It had some good stuff in they shoulda kept the scene short and punchy- we already know who wins! I don't HATE the scene like a lot of ppl on the internet but it coulda been cut to 3-5 minutes and been excellent.

The entire film could have used an editor. It is just too long.
 
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I tend to enjoy bad movies more as they grow older so I decided to give Phantom Menace another chance after 20 years. Ten seconds in and I laughed out loud at the opening crawl, "Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star system is in dispute..." I remember my friend Kate and I turning to each other in the theater 2 decades ago and mouthing a shocked WTF? to each other. We did it again when Anakin's mom revealed her immaculate conception.

To say that the characterization and voices of aliens were in poor taste would be an understatement.

There is a lot to nitpick but the film's greatest sin is that it's boring and unimaginative. A children's movie depicting a cosmic battle between good and evil space samurai shouldn't be all dialogue and exposition. This ain't Reservoir Dogs or My Dinner with Andre.

Edit: OMG the pod racing scene was like ten minutes long and had no stakes. It had some good stuff in they shoulda kept the scene short and punchy- we already know who wins! I don't HATE the scene like a lot of ppl on the internet but it coulda been cut to 3-5 minutes and been excellent.

The entire film could have used an editor. It is just too long.

My four year old punched out of that movie about ten minutes in. “I don’t like these fishy people!” he yelled and went off to play with his toys.

The Gungans are pretty unbearable. And yes, the movie is really boring. Contrast it with the OG trilogy or even the sequels…each of them begins with some action.
 

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To the commentary about Boba Fett not living up to his original hype from past movies/books; I see this new story about him as a vicious/ruthless bounty hunter suddenly becoming soft as a sort of character development. He thought he was invincible, unstoppable for most of his adult life and then was unceremoniously smacked down by a blind man with a stick and then spent some time soaking in the stomach juices of a giant sand worm. He clawed his way out only to be blind sided and robbed by a bunch of runts and was left to die in the dirt. Next he was nursed back to health by a group of people who everybody thought were nothing more than wild savages who'd rather kill you and take your stuff, and then actually found out that they could teach him a few things he didn't know he needed to learn. He still has his savage streak, evidenced by the fighting he's carried out for and with the Tuskens, but he's realizing that he's not entirely immortal and that disintegrations aren't always the best way to handle a situation. He's not getting soft as much as he is growing as a person. I think the first two episodes are a little slow, but I think everything will build into a steam train. I hope so at least.

Now, if you've read all that and don't think I'm completely full of myself, here's something completely different. I recently found the Apple TV series SEE starring Jason Momoa. Post apocalyptic show that has all human kind born after the apocalyptic events being blind. They've developed ways to survive and even fight against each other using heightened smell, hearing and even feeling. The plot revolves around Momoa's character's adopted children being born with sight and trying to keep it secret from everyone else because they consider it witchcraft. I'm liking it so far. Has a definite Gamma World flavor with Pure Strain Humans being the outcasts in a world of altered humans which I suppose you could consider to be humanoid mutants. No outright radiation mutations so far, but there doesn't need to be for me to enjoy it.
 

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Watched the new Joel Coen directed Tragedy of Macbeth, with Denzel Washington and Francis McDormand as the royal couple. It's really, really good. Performances across the board were excellent. The set design was stark and beautiful, in a sort of German-expressionism sort of way.
One thing that struck me, having not watched/read Macbeth in a long time, is how many quotable lines there are in that play. I had to wonder if it might be Shakespeare's most quoted play. Tomorrow and tomorrow, who could refrain that had a heart to love, toil and trouble, 'twere well it were done quickly, and on and on. Maybe no one quote that is as well known as Romeo, O Romeo, or to be or not to be, but watching the movie I just kept being hit with the reminder - oh yeah, that line's from this play!

While the movie was great, returning to the theater was not. Bunch of noisy people. I think the row behind us brought an entire buffet in to eat. Also a large number of people walked out of the film before halfway. I don't know what they were expecting, but apparently this artsy weird-talking movie was not it.
Fucking people.
 

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I am watching Attack of the Clones. It doesn't take a Jedi Master to know that asking a teenage boy who jerks off 7 times a day to bodyguard a beautiful princess is a terrible idea.

Edit: The film isn't all bad, so far I like the parts with Obi-Wan.
 
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Just finished Cobra Kai season 4. Every season, I say it can't get any better. But every season, it does! I didn't see any of the twists... really looking forward to the next season!
 

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To the commentary about Boba Fett not living up to his original hype from past movies/books; I see this new story about him as a vicious/ruthless bounty hunter suddenly becoming soft as a sort of character development. He thought he was invincible, unstoppable for most of his adult life and then was unceremoniously smacked down by a blind man with a stick and then spent some time soaking in the stomach juices of a giant sand worm. He clawed his way out only to be blind sided and robbed by a bunch of runts and was left to die in the dirt. Next he was nursed back to health by a group of people who everybody thought were nothing more than wild savages who'd rather kill you and take your stuff, and then actually found out that they could teach him a few things he didn't know he needed to learn. He still has his savage streak, evidenced by the fighting he's carried out for and with the Tuskens, but he's realizing that he's not entirely immortal and that disintegrations aren't always the best way to handle a situation. He's not getting soft as much as he is growing as a person. I think the first two episodes are a little slow, but I think everything will build into a steam train. I hope so at least.
Yeah, I saw that too- especially as they're getting to the vision quest part. Which brings me to... allegories to Earth cultures? Really? Didn't they get enough of that with the prequels?

Now, if you've read all that and don't think I'm completely full of myself, here's something completely different. I recently found the Apple TV series SEE starring Jason Momoa. Post apocalyptic show that has all human kind born after the apocalyptic events being blind. They've developed ways to survive and even fight against each other using heightened smell, hearing and even feeling. The plot revolves around Momoa's character's adopted children being born with sight and trying to keep it secret from everyone else because they consider it witchcraft. I'm liking it so far. Has a definite Gamma World flavor with Pure Strain Humans being the outcasts in a world of altered humans which I suppose you could consider to be humanoid mutants. No outright radiation mutations so far, but there doesn't need to be for me to enjoy it.
There's a lot on Apple TV that I want to see... I just don't want to give Apple my money, so I miss out.
 

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Woodlands Dark & Days Bewitched finally dropped on Shudder, so I'm a third of the way through it (it's over 3 hours long!). I'm enjoying it so far, and some of the books/stories they mention I'll probably check out. They also have a collection of folk horror films. I've seen a few, but quite a few I didn't know about. Some of the newer ones I'd suggest are Jug Face and Pyewacket
 

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Watched the first 8 episodes of season 4 of Bonus Family and a documentary about British reggae in the 1970s called Reggae in a Babylon, both on Netflix.

We also finished Clone Wars on Disney+. What to watch next: Bad Batch or Rebels?
 

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Woodlands Dark & Days Bewitched finally dropped on Shudder, so I'm a third of the way through it (it's over 3 hours long!). I'm enjoying it so far, and some of the books/stories they mention I'll probably check out. They also have a collection of folk horror films. I've seen a few, but quite a few I didn't know about. Some of the newer ones I'd suggest are Jug Face and Pyewacket

I watched it over three viewings and I'm excited to check out the polish and finnish films Shudder is also streaming from the boxset. Alan Clarke's Penda Fen is available on Britbox via Prime btw.
 

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Watched the first 8 episodes of season 4 of Bonus Family and a documentary about British reggae in the 1970s called Reggae in a Babylon, both on Netflix.

We also finished Clone Wars on Disney+. What to watch next: Bad Batch or Rebels?

I'd say Rebels then Bad Batch.
 

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I'd say Rebels then Bad Batch.
But Bad Batch is set right after Revenge of the Sith, right? And Rebels is set a bit later.

EDIT: My wife prefers to watch stuff in chronological order, otherwise she may get confused as she was never a Star Wars nerd like me. So we started with Bad Batch. Two episodes in at the moment.
 
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Watching a YouTube series on the Battle of Midway from the Japanese perspective. Despite being an amateur job the presentation is clear and detailed.

Edit: In defense of the Japanese, the US had broken their codes prior to the engagement. Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon is an excellent fictionalized account of the massive advantage the Allies enjoyed in WWII due to their superior crypto.

 
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Woodlands Dark & Days Bewitched finally dropped on Shudder, so I'm a third of the way through it (it's over 3 hours long!). I'm enjoying it so far, and some of the books/stories they mention I'll probably check out. They also have a collection of folk horror films. I've seen a few, but quite a few I didn't know about. Some of the newer ones I'd suggest are Jug Face and Pyewacket
I watched this today, and thought it was just ok. A nice overview of folk horror, hitting all the classics and introducing some I didn't know. Some segments were better than others, but the whole thing felt kind of meandering and overall lacked enthusiasm. I couldn't help contrasting it with the In Search of Darkness documentaries on Shudder, which are so fuck yeah! 80s horror lovefests, you can't help but binge some shlock afterwards.

That said, I love that Shudder's put together a folk horror collection, and included obvious requirements like 'the unholy trinity' as well as a bunch of obscure stuff from around the world I've never heard of. My queue grew by at least 20 films this week, and Shudder continues to be the best value of any streaming service I have.
 

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I watched this today, and thought it was just ok. A nice overview of folk horror, hitting all the classics and introducing some I didn't know. Some segments were better than others, but the whole thing felt kind of meandering and overall lacked enthusiasm. I couldn't help contrasting it with the In Search of Darkness documentaries on Shudder, which are so fuck yeah! 80s horror lovefests, you can't help but binge some shlock afterwards.

That said, I love that Shudder's put together a folk horror collection, and included obvious requirements like 'the unholy trinity' as well as a bunch of obscure stuff from around the world I've never heard of. My queue grew by at least 20 films this week, and Shudder continues to be the best value of any streaming service I have.

I think as a doc it could have benefited from being broke into three parts but I guess it was created with the boxset in mind, not streaming?
 

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I think as a doc it could have benefited from being broke into three parts but I guess it was created with the boxset in mind, not streaming?
Yeah, it was overly long. My main surprise was seeing Mattie Do, who is the only female horror film director from Laos. Her film in the collection, Dearest Sister, is one I helped fund on Indiegogo. I joined Shudder because the distribution deal meant I still haven't gotten my comp digital copy (which sucks, but not her fault). I have yet to see it, because I haven't been in the mood to watch it yet. We do communicate on and off on facebook (her response when I told her I saw her in the doc was that she bumped into the people making it, and they bribed her with food and beer to be interviewed for it).
 

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Watched the new Joel Coen directed Tragedy of Macbeth, with Denzel Washington and Francis McDormand as the royal couple. It's really, really good. Performances across the board were excellent. The set design was stark and beautiful, in a sort of German-expressionism sort of way.
One thing that struck me, having not watched/read Macbeth in a long time, is how many quotable lines there are in that play. I had to wonder if it might be Shakespeare's most quoted play. Tomorrow and tomorrow, who could refrain that had a heart to love, toil and trouble, 'twere well it were done quickly, and on and on. Maybe no one quote that is as well known as Romeo, O Romeo, or to be or not to be, but watching the movie I just kept being hit with the reminder - oh yeah, that line's from this play!

While the movie was great, returning to the theater was not. Bunch of noisy people. I think the row behind us brought an entire buffet in to eat. Also a large number of people walked out of the film before halfway. I don't know what they were expecting, but apparently this artsy weird-talking movie was not it.
Fucking people.

I watched it last night. It’s very well done with some really interesting takes on things…I like the witches quite a lot. The performances are almost universally strong, especially Denzel and Frances.

I watched with my wife, who’s not familiar with the play or the story, and that highlighted for me how much more I prefer Shakespeare in written form. Or at least, how much more I prefer that for my introduction to any given work of his. It allows you to absorb and examine the language at your own pace. She struggled at times to know what was being said because of the poetic language but also the pace at which it’s delivered.

That’d be my only complaint about the film though. It’s overall very good.
 

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Finished watching Blake's 7, it did not disappoint.

Currently watching Tomorrow People, which I loved when I was a kid. The opening credits are brilliant, very disconcerting. The acting is a bit dated, but not as much as I feared. I like the fact that this is a show where kids are the main characters, adults are usually the villains or are incidental, and kids are important. They look after other Tomorrow People, not, I note, Tomorrow Children, but just People. Watching Green and Blue, which really impressed me as a kid. The school scenes are almost how I remember school in the 70s, a bit played up, but pretty good.
 

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I watched it last night. It’s very well done with some really interesting takes on things…I like the witches quite a lot. The performances are almost universally strong, especially Denzel and Frances.

I watched with my wife, who’s not familiar with the play or the story, and that highlighted for me how much more I prefer Shakespeare in written form. Or at least, how much more I prefer that for my introduction to any given work of his. It allows you to absorb and examine the language at your own pace. She struggled at times to know what was being said because of the poetic language but also the pace at which it’s delivered.

That’d be my only complaint about the film though. It’s overall very good.

Different strokes, I find it better to watch a Shakespeare play rather than read it, as the performances give you the context. Although I do like reading Shakespeare and as a pretentious young teen read all the tragedies.

I remember Denzel standing out in As You Like It's cast for his easy and natural delivery of Shakesspeare's dialogue, he delivers it in such a way you can tell he understand's what he's saying. I think the pace for Macbeth should probably be faster as people are often speaking in anger, fear or anxiety.

I remember being taken with Gibson's manic delivery in his film version of Hamlet too.

Watched Charles Band's Trancers on Tubi. One of the few Full Moon films that manages to be more than a wannabe cult movie. Nice sf details, the poster/VHS art suggests the Terminator or Starship Troopers when in fact it is heavily drawing from Blade Runner, at least in its visual look of the future and its noir-inspired protagonist. But its humour and time travel plot is completely distinctive.

A young Helen Hunt is super foxy in this as well. A very fun B-movie that delivers far above its low budget.


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