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I loved it, but it never fully lives up to what it could have been. The actors are almost all perfect but the plotting is a bit silly and meadering at times and the show hovers between being a show about prohibition era gangsters in general and trying to tell a specific story about Atlantic city.
Yeah it starts strong but meanders as it goes along. Still enough good stuff to make it worthwhile though.
Ok, on the list, thanks


You want to physical media, because companies are subtly changing and censoring shows and movies in the last little while.

Iron Man (2008) for example, they removed the female soldier scenes from the beginning of the movie.
Guido shooting first in Star Wars is the classic example of this.
 

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How so? It's perfect. One of the few cases where the author actually understand that
reconstruction is supposed to follow the deconstruction
The fact that every thing gets undone, that it actively misleads the viewer, it's a cheap out, I found.
However, please don't think this is me trying to talk anyone from liking it. I can only explain why I didn't.
 

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The fact that every thing gets undone, that it actively misleads the viewer, it's a cheap out, I found.
However, please don't think this is me trying to talk anyone from liking it. I can only explain why I didn't.
But it's not? I mean
I'm not sure what you mean exactly, but however you look at it, fhe final situation is completely different from the starting one. In a way, it's the exact opposite: every single witch who has ever lived is saved, while before, they were all damned with their very souls being lost.
Also, some of the people who die remain dead, and Madoka herself certainly does not go back to normal. But these are details, the main thing is the metaphysical reality which has just been completely subverted.
Madoka is basically a Japanese scriptwriter wanting to deconstruct the Mahou Shoujo genre and using the Jesus Christ story almost word-for-word, with Madoka being Christ and taking on "the sins of the world" to save everyone else.

In any case, I can tell you why I classify it as one of the very few (6-7) anime series worth of a perfect 10/10 score out of the hundreds I've seen: *essentiality*. There isn't a single frame which is not needed. Everything is rigorous in pushing the story to its needed completion.
 

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Just watched season 1 of Sword Art Online. It's not bad, quite good in some place, but ran to slightly cringey levels of fanservice in others. Seriously - Hero's little sister isn't really his sister and totally has the hots for him? Hasn't that been done to death on Pornhub? I can't really see what that dynamic added to the story. At least Yui seemed to be there as a mcguffin that actually did stuff later in the story.

I thought The Witcher was quite fanservicey as well - I wonder if this is actually Netflix policy.
 

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I wanted to like The Witcher, but it wasn't about a man hunting monsters, it was about his Girlfriend. And there were other things that thrown me off. And there was Triss... Why did they choose a frumpy character actress for a stunning redhead (She's more auburn in the books, but she's still supposed very pretty.)
 

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Why did they choose a frumpy character actress for a stunning redhead
Yea man I saw a few episodes and it was definitely a WTF moment for me. What were they thinking? They cast a handsome stud for Geralt, a lovely woman for Yennefer, and then... decided to go out of their way to find an unattractive person to fill the role of a beautiful person? I ain't gonna lose any sleep over it but I don't see what they had to gain with the decision.

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Best Spider-Man story outside of the comics IMO. I'm super hyped for the Miles Morales one.

They really UNDERSTOOD what makes Peter Parker Peter Parker and what makes Spider-Man Spider-Man.
Up until 2007, you mean? I loved the JMS run but it became trash after the wretched “Sins Past” and the blasphemous “One More Day”.
 

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Up until 2007, you mean? I loved the JMS run but it became trash after the wretched “Sins Past” and the blasphemous “One More Day”.
I mean, there are some Spider-Man stories in comics that are post 2007 that I like... but most of them are Miles Morales and not Peter Parker. One More Day was fucked.

There has been some good stuff though that wasn't big picture story related that I enjoyed. The Avenging run in 2011 had some great moments. My favorite being issue 5 that is about him and Cap.
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Best Spider-Man story outside of the comics IMO.
Well, it doesn't hold a candle to Spectacular Spider-man, but I doubt anything ever will. It was certainly better than any of the live-action adaptions, though I'd put Raimi's Spider-man 2 at a relatively close 3rd.
 

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Hmm, just as a lark, here's my rankings of Spider-man adaptions

1. Spectacular Spider-man
2. PS4 Marvel Spider-man
3. Spider-man 2
4. Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse
5. Spider-man
6. Spider-man (1966 Animated Series)
7. Captain America: Civil War
8. Spider-man (1990's Animated Series)
9. The Amazing Spider-man
10. Spider-man: Homecoming
11. Spider-man 3
12. The Electric Company
13. Ultimate Spider-man (10's Animated Series)
13. Spider-man and his Amazing Friends
14. Spider-man (1970's TV series)
15. Spider-man: Far From Home
16. Amazing Spider-man 2
17. Spider-man: Unlimited
 

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Holy shit, forgot about this. Very comprehensive.

But wait, wasn't there a manga version, too?

Japanese Spider-man is an awesome show, but it's a completely different character. I don't think it's fair to compare it against the Marvel Superhero.

It'd be like comparing Canadian Smarties to U.S. Smarties...
 

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Japanese Spider-man is an awesome show, but it's a completely different character. I don't think it's fair to compare it against the Marvel Superhero.

It'd be like comparing Canadian Smarties to U.S. Smarties...
I never looked too deeply into it. There are things I love about both comics and manga, but the idea somehow rubbed me wrong. I can't explain it. It's cool to know it was good.
 

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There's been a concentrated movement against redheads in Hollywood the last few years. It pisses me off.
There is, an a lot of the original roles that have been changed, cast them as Black women. Not sure why (and I mean that, it's sincerely confusing to me.)

But that's a moderate part of why I don't like the series. I actually don't think that Cavill looks right for Geralt, he's too baby faced and handsome to be some grizzled monster hunter. But when he's allowed on screen, I can almost forget that.

It's mainly the focusing on Yennifer, some of the casting choices (including for the extras and minor characters) and Triss Marigold, who I admit was my preferred romance choice in the games (Despite preferring blondes myself) that threw me off and why I'm no longer interested.
 

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I never looked too deeply into it. There are things I love about both comics and manga, but the idea somehow rubbed me wrong. I can't explain it. It's cool to know it was good.
little known fact - Japanese Spider-man was the first Super Sentai series - a genre that is now known better in the west as The Power Rangers
 

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little known fact - Japanese Spider-man was the first Super Sentai series - a genre that is now known better in the west as The Power Rangers
Himitsu Sentai Gorenger was the first in 1975, and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai was the second in 77. Spiderman came out in 78. I don't even think it rates as Super Sentai though, since all Super Sentai shows that I know of revolve around a team.
 

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Why not both? I enable subtitles in every film I watch. Even when they are speaking English, some actors don't know how to enunciate. Or maybe it is the poor sound quality in many films. Perhaps it has something to do with a bit of tinnitus in my right ear from a combination of live fire exercises and working at a jazz club.
I do the same thing. Maybe we should start a club for old people with tinnitus. It's helpful if I don't wanna have the sound loud and bother others or I'm trying to hear over other things going on.

It's led to the discovery the the dubs and subs in anime are often quite different. Why aren't they working from the same translation?
 

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Himitsu Sentai Gorenger was the first in 1975, and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai was the second in 77. Spiderman came out in 78. I don't even think it rates as Super Sentai though, since all Super Sentai shows that I know of revolve around a team.






 

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Sentai translates to "squad". Spiderman is a solo hero, and therefore is not Sentai or Super Sentai. Being a partial influence on the watered down Power Rangers doesn't change that, no matter how many videos you link to by people who don't know that Sentai is a group, not a solo hero.
 

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I thought that he was more of the Masked (Or Kamen) Rider origin... But I could be wrong.
 

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I actually don't think that Cavill looks right for Geralt, he's too baby faced and handsome to be some grizzled monster hunter. But when he's allowed on screen, I can almost forget that.
If you asked me before whom to pick to be Geralt, Cavill would have been one of my very last choices.
After having watched it, he totally nailed it. In fact, I think he's half the reason why the whole things work. He's been carrying a good chunk of the series.

I wasn't particularly bothered by the focus on Yennefer. I mean she's the "default" love choice and I guess they just went with her. Makes sense to show where she's coming from. The first season also suffers a bit from the whole "different time periods" phenomenon; i'm guessing from now on they will follow a more traditional narrative approach.

Merigold's casting choice is a mistery. I mean even allowing for all the "political" reasons, they could simply have chosen someone more beatiful. It's not like it's hard for them to have on hand utterly stunning female examples of whatever skin colour happens to be required.
 

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Merigold's casting choice is a mistery. I mean even allowing for all the "political" reasons, they could simply have chosen someone more beatiful. It's not like it's hard for them to have on hand utterly stunning female examples of whatever skin colour happens to be required.
Exactly man, you get it. I would have loved to see a beautiful woman of color take the role of Triss.
 

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I find that many of the casting choices bear a general resemblance to the "look And feel" of characters in Denis Gordeev's illustrations more so than the game versions. The game versions just dominate our perceptions because of how many have played them.
 

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I never played the game, so had no expectations.

But I'll note that the author loved Cavill's performance, and I figure if anyone's opinion counts, it's his. It's a shame to find out after the fact that we missed out on the chance of having a beautiful redhead onscreen, but at least I had no investment in the character to be disappointed.

People are talking like Ynnefer is a protagonist though? That seems odd to me, from everything that happened in teh first season, it seems like she's being set up as the main villain.
 

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Geralt = Father
Yennifer = Mother
Ciri= Daughter

With Witcher's and Sorceress' unable to have children, Ciri is more than just the focus of a prophecy. She provides Geralt and Yennifer a connection to humanity that had been taken from them, of having a family.
 

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Geralt = Father
Yennifer = Mother
Ciri= Daughter

With Witcher's and Sorceress' unable to have children, Ciri is more than just the focus of a prophecy. She provides Geralt and Yennifer a connection to humanity that had been taken from them, of having a family.
is Ciri younger in the books? Because the actress seems a little old for adoption
 

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So I was looking for somewhere online to watch The Lord of Tears, a Scottish independent folk horror hilm, and stumbled across Lord of Illusions, which I haven't watched since the 90s, and I got sucked in. It's actually far better than I remember it. I recall at the time it came out being very disappointed - probably because this was Clive Barker's first film since Hellraiser and I wanted MORE Hellraiser, and this certainly is not that.

It still has it's flaws. Characters getting attacked by bad 90s CGI. That one scene where the main character is running away from...fire...and he keeps shooting at the fire... And the film's story is a bit ambitious for it's production. The main villain is all like "I was sent here to murder the world", but he's vulnerable to ...bullets

But overall it held up way better than I expected. Not the kind of movie I could watch repeatedly, but I definietly enjoyed it far more this time than the last.
 

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Finished Queer Eye season 5. :sad:
 

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Finished the Battle of Jangsari. A good tribute to the young men who died in that battle, and had their contribution to the war unrecognized for so long. Also watched The Darkest Dawn, the sequel to Hungerford. It's about a group of survivors in Britain during an alien invasion.

I also finished watching the majority of the Portland Horror Film Festival movies and shorts. It was a very mixed bag, with only one feature film I enjoyed (Uncle Peckerhead). The shorts, while a mixed bag, had some really good ones in there. The final full length was a remake of The Brain that Wouldn't Die. It was filmed locally here in Portland, and all the actors were local. I made it 15 -20 minutes before the horrible acting was more than I could take. It was like watching a movie where everyone acted like William Shatner! One of him is more than enough! I felt I got my money's worth from it though. Now to see what they're going to do about the HP Lovecraft Film Festival, which is the one that really matters to me.

I'm back on Watchmen (since it appears to still be free on Hulu!), then Batwoman. Will consider checking out Stargirl after that
 
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