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I just saw "The Prisoner of Zenda" from 1937, which is so much better than almost most modern filmic or televisual versions of classic stories, because the casting and performances did not alter the novel's characters; the plot kept the traditional themes of gentlemanly chivalry, virtus and honour; and the hero and heroine's lovestory was noble, pure and romantic.

The adventure films of the 30s and 40s tend to be the best in my experience, mainly due to tight plotting, good casts and not allowing the action to swamp all other aspects of the film: Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, The Man in the Iron Mask, Count of Monte Cristo, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Mark of Zorro and most famously The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Not sure it is any faithfulness to the text, although it is sometimes there as I find that once they move into the 50s and colour a lot the films are just as 'faithful' but become po-faced and serious and lose the zest, drive and humour that sustain the earlier films.
 

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the soldiers have special suits to protect against radiation, but not being bitten!
It’s always so bizarre to me how no one ever wears a riding suit, shark suit, homemade chain mail, or even hits a PetCo and wraps themselves with dog leashes.
 

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Today, for cheap movie day, we went to see 3000 Years Of Longing.
As a whole I liked it, but especially the early thirds that are rife with fairy tales and magic. Idris Elba makes for a wonderful Djinn. Lots of game ideas sprouted up while watching it.
 

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Just finished Season 4 of Cobra Kai, emotional stuff. Fortunately, Season 5 is here on Friday, so I might watch something else in between.
 

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Watched a bunch of clips from the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in Wembley. Pretty interesting gathering of musicians. Pretty emotional at times.

The Foo Fighters had Taylor’s 16 year old son Shane play drums on My Hero. I can’t even imagine what that must have been like… crazy amount of focus and pressure and I imagine just a ton of emotion. He nailed it.
 

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I've been watching She Hulk which is cringe funny but not really as funny as it could be. Frankly, I don't get the outrage out there, most of which seems to be people who've never read Hulk or She Hulk comics at all, I could discuss in some detail whys and wherefores of the stupidity of the complaints but I did that on facebook a bunch already and it only seemed to increase the level of whiney stupidity. But I'm afraid I have to say, it's a bit dull. I'll probably finish it. My biggest complaint is that they haven't got Awesome Andy in the show.

I also watched a bit of 3:10 to Yuma which is a fantastic western. It's got tension, it's got moral ambiguity, and it's got a pychodrama of character right in there with all the gunfightin'.
 

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Watched WWE's Clash at the Castle today, which was much better than I was expecting. Finishing up Dynamite Warrior, a weird film from Thailand. It's kind of like a Thai western, but with martial arts. Plus a couple of guys who can use magic. While the lead is no Tony Jaa, the first fight scene was really well choregraphed. The guy was very precise in where he'd land his knee strikes. Plus he uses rockets and such on his opponents. It's a little over the top, but nothing like some films from other Asian countries I've seen.
 

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I don’t see the hate for She-Hulk either. I am slightly disappointed with it, I think it is sillier than I would have liked, but that said there isn’t anything to be outraged about and I actually like the way they are incorporating her breaking the fourth wall from the comics. I will say I never expected to see
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It’s always so bizarre to me how no one ever wears a riding suit, shark suit, homemade chain mail, or even hits a PetCo and wraps themselves with dog leashes.
What I didn't get was their suits were brand new (I think it was implied they were prototypes) and the helmets had all sorts of tactical stuff built in. How you can make a rad suit that also doesn't provide some kind of Kevlar protection or something made little sense (other than to justify soldiers getting bitten through the suits). There are a few forms of protection that are lightweight and flexible in existence now, so in the near future, there's no reason it couldn't be used outside of poor plotting by the script writers
 

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Watched the Seattle Storm get eliminated from the WNBA playoffs :cry:. At least the Chicago Sky are still in it.
 

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Trying to catch up on various CBS shows before the new seasons drop (as certain shows only carry the current season on Paramount Plus). Finished up FBI: Most Wanted and Equalizer. Need to finish SWAT and NICS: Los Angeles soon. Switched over to Tubi to catch an old HK Crime Drama called The White Storm
 

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Trying to catch up on various CBS shows before the new seasons drop (as certain shows only carry the current season on Paramount Plus). Finished up FBI: Most Wanted and Equalizer. Need to finish SWAT and NICS: Los Angeles soon. Switched over to Tubi to catch an old HK Crime Drama called The White Storm
I think they come back... it's just during the time that the shows first premiere some seasons drop off. Got bitten by that with The Equalizer, so just waited until the new season finished, then checked out the old one and binged the new one.
 

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I think they come back... it's just during the time that the shows first premiere some seasons drop off. Got bitten by that with The Equalizer, so just waited until the new season finished, then checked out the old one and binged the new one.
NCIS LA and FBI: Most Wanted have never brought back previous seasons. Neither does SWAT, but it is also on Hulu, so if I miss anything, I can catch it on there. I see Equalizer did bring back the first season, but none of the others have the previous season available to watch.
 
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NCIS LA and FBI: Most Wanted have never brought back previous seasons. Neither does SWAT, but it is also on Hulu, so if I miss anything, I can catch it on there. I see Equalizer did bring back the first season, but none of the others have the previous season available to watch.
Seems a strange idea... I've wanted to get into FBI: Most Wanted, but if there's no starting spot, I don't guess I will
 

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Seems a strange idea... I've wanted to get into FBI: Most Wanted, but if there's no starting spot, I don't guess I will
I totally agree. I had to look elsewhere to catch up (because they do crossover episodes once in awhile, and while the crossovers tend to be compiled into one move length episode, that's all you get) if I miss something.
 

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I’ve totally given up on trying to watch new network shows. I’ll watch the occasional show on a streaming cable channel but can’t remember the last show I followed on a regular network. Dark Winds looked interesting, I may try to watch it at some point.
 

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Cobra Kai Season 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Cobra Kai Season 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And finished! I really hope they do a Season 6, but if not, this one did a lot to wrap up a lot of storylines in case it doesn't.
 

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And finished! I really hope they do a Season 6, but if not, this one did a lot to wrap up a lot of storylines in case it doesn't.
I haven't even started and you're finished lol. They said they have enough for a few more seasons, but Netflix so who knows.
 

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I haven't even started and you're finished lol. They said they have enough for a few more seasons, but Netflix so who knows.
I have a lot of free time on my weekend shifts, so not much else to do sometimes lol

I'm now watching this comedy special on Netflix by Shen Wang. He's pretty funny
 

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As a filler between Cobra Kai Seasons 4 and 5, I watched Cursed, a pseudo-Arthurian tale that I had seen before but still enjoyed. Then I watched Season 1 of Stephen King's The Mist, which was pretty good.

Now, I am watching Cobra Kai, which is annoying me a bit. Too many story ends nicely tied up, unless they unravel later on. LaRusso is being particularly annoying by letting Silver get into his head and behaving like a little puppet.

Also, I have been watching wall to wall coverage of the aftermath of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, not by choice I hasten to add, but because that is all there is on the news at the moment, A particular highlight was the following of the funeral cortege for 7 hours from Balmoral to Edinburgh, although I only watched a bit of it, thank goodness, it was still incredibly boring, dull and tedious.
 

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After finishing the White Storm post Cobra Kai, I watched White Storm 2: The Drug Lords. It's not a direct sequel, but both films involved taking on drug kingpins. The other connection is Nick Cheung stars in both (as a cop in the first one, and the main drug lord in the second). I liked the first one better, but the second had Andy Lau in it, and he's one of my Quintet of favorite HK stars alongside Chow Yun Fat, Tony Leung, Simon Lam and Anthony Wong.

After those I watched an older Korean actioner called The Target. Decent film. Today I watched Clash, a Vietnamese film (which I mistook for Thai somehow) from the early 2000's starring a young Victoria Ngo (She was the co-lead in The Princess on Hulu, and the star of the pretty good Furie). Some really good fight scenes, though the story itself was nothing special. Going to finish the Shen Wang comedy special on Netflix between my last break and the train ride home.
 
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And finished! I really hope they do a Season 6, but if not, this one did a lot to wrap up a lot of storylines in case it doesn't.

Just binged watched the series. On paper there is nothing in Cobra Kai for me as neither teen drama or martial arts interest me, but it is so well done. Hugely entertaining.
 

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Love 3:10 to Yuma (2007), not familiar with the 1957 original.
The original is fantastic. Glen Ford is wonderfully menacing and charistmatic, Van Heflin captures the determined, ordinary man way out of his depth. It's great cinema. I may need to rewatch the remake, but I don't remember liking it very much (I saw it as the cinema when it was released). But then I don't seem to like Christian Bale very much as an actor for some reason.
 
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We started watching Obi Wan Kenobi on Disney+. Enjoyable enough so far, though the inquisitors, and especially their rotating lightsabers, remain as silly as ever. We keep wanting to tell them: "you don't need a ship or fancy parcours acrobatics, just use your helicopter lightsabres"... So far I get the impression the helicopter option may remain limited to the animated series?
 
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Last weekend I watched 'I came by' on Netflix. A thriller with Hugh 'Downton Abbey' Bonneville as an upper-class serial killer. Not bad, not too graphic but more suggestive.

And I just came home from the cinema where they played 'Competencia oficial', a Spanish satire on the movie industry, where egos clash like titans of yore. Cruz and Banderas and (... /Imdb) Martínez.

Before I turn in, I'm quickly going to watch the second episode of 'Cyberpunk: Edgerunners'. The first episode wasn't bad, and it's only 10 in total.
 
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Just binged watched the series. On paper there is nothing in Cobra Kai for me as neither teen drama or martial arts interest me, but it is so well done. Hugely entertaining.
Normally teen dramas don't do much for me (though the Beverly Hills 90210 remake was a guilty pleasure of mine), but I agree it's done well. The call backs to the films have been really good. I kind of hope if they go to another season, they bring back Hillary Swank's character from Next Karate Kid (since she is technically a Miyagi Do Karate student as well).
 

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Today I hit up 2 episodes of SWAT, finished the Shen Wang special on Netflix, and checked out a comedy special by Helen Hong on Prime Video. I'm also in the middle of a Korean actioner called Fist & Furious.
 

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Finished off SWAT and NCIS: LA. Given the new seasons start in a little over 3 weeks, it was just in time
 

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I started watching Alchemy of Souls, a Korean series about sorceress, but it was too detailed for me to wrap my befuddled around.

Season 2 of Fate:WinX is now on Netflix, so maybe I'll watch that instead, as it's about hot fairy teens in magic school.
 

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Just finished Cobra Kai... it was awesome! :grin:

Just finished Cobra Kai and... I have no more episodes to watch :sad:
 

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A week or so ago--I'm really behind on posting in this thread--I watched The Maltese Falcon courtesy of Netflix. I don't think I'd seen it since college, so decades ago. It's a justly-famous noir, and left me wondering how many films Bogart, Lorre, and Greenstreet did together. I'm not sure I'd ever seen the female lead, Mary Astor, before; it turns out she started in the silent era.

Maltese Falcon.jpg
 

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Since I don't want to watch Edgerunners on my phone (as I can't see the text when they're dialing each other), and I can't access it from work, I'm diving into some movies on my watchlist on Shudder. Just watched Dawn of the Beast, which had an interesting premise, but the execution fell a little flat. Now getting ready to watch Winterbeast
 
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