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BNA was just released on Netflix Canada. This looked interesting to me, so I'll give it a watch.
 

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Watched Independence Day last night. It's still fun to me, but like all of the pre-2000s movies, I'm starting to perceive it's age. Or maybe I'm perceiving my own age? Who can say?

I can't believe I never dropped the Ravagers in my my Robotech game BitD.
 

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I watched Carrie Pilby on Netflix. Maybe somewhat formulaic and cheesy but I enjoyed it a great deal anyway, probably because I'm a big softy, or a contrarian, or both.

 

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Watched Independence Day last night. It's still fun to me, but like all of the pre-2000s movies, I'm starting to perceive it's age. Or maybe I'm perceiving my own age? Who can say?

I can't believe I never dropped the Ravagers in my my Robotech game BitD.
I think Independence Day and Mars Attacks make a fabulous double feature.
 

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Decided to check out Skins. So far most of the episodes have been quite engaging. Hanna Murray's portrayal of head case Cassie Ainsworth is captivating.

 

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I just ran across The Carrier (1988), my favorite surreal comedy-horror plague movie, on YouTube.
Hard to find, low budget weirdness, not recommended for people who like cats.

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I have it on DVD. I can't imagine how they managed to imagine the script for that one.
 

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I revisited Boorman's Excalibur, not perfect (and the ghost of Monty Python haunts its earnestness) but still easily one of the finest fantasy films ever made. Keep an eye out for early roles for Patrick Stewart and Liam Neeson as knights of the round table.

Course this is required viewing for any Pendragon session.


Now I want to revisit Bresson's very different (although I suspect it was an influence on Boorman), austere and very French Lancelot du Lac with its memorably brutal ending.

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I'm watching The Order (Netflix Original) right now. It's actually better than I thought it would be after a sort of stilted start. A lot better than The Protector (Netflix Original) that I watched right before. Just going through Netflix series right now...
 

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We just watched Velvet Buzzsaw. I think it would've worked better as a horror film if the deaths hadn't been expicitly shown, just the end results. Other than that it was actually quite fun. I enjoyed the portrayal of all the annoying art people.


 

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Watched Netflix's Warrior Nun, loosely based on the Warrior Nun Areala comic.

Insulting for catholics, but in the boring "yawn - not this crap again" way.
Too little screen time for the warrior nuns and too much for the snoozefest-inducing "I want a normal life" digression which everyone knows is never going to happen anyway. This also leads to serious pacing problems.
"Tell, don't show" with the totally puzzling choice of having the main character recite voiceovers explaining her thoughts instead of... you know... acting them.
Utterly genius scriptwriting decision of ending season 1 finale with a cliffhanger coming BEFORE the climax. So you're left with "uh... wait, did they really stop here?"

My impression is that whoever is in charge didn't have the balls to fully embrace the cheesy original premise (which would have made for an actually fun show) and ended up wrecking the whole thing. Too bad.
 

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We just watched Velvet Buzzsaw. I think it would've worked better as a horror film if the deaths hadn't been expicitly shown, just the end results. Other than that it was actually quite fun. I enjoyed the portrayal of all the annoying art people.


Yeah it's fun, if you haven't seen the other film Gilroy made with Gyllenhaall, Nightcrawler, I recommend it too, a very creepy thriller.
 

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Yeah it's fun, if you haven't seen the other film Gilroy made with Gyllenhaall, Nightcrawler, I recommend it too, a very creepy thriller.
We saw that at the cinema in Mexico City, not expecting much and ending up very pleasantly surprised.
 

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So I'm on episode 8 for BNA on Netflix and I gotta say, for a Trigger series this is actually a bit deeper than I was expecting. The main lead, Michiru is a 'sports girl', typically depicted in most anime as kinda dumb, but physically impressive. But Michiru is intelligent and streetwise, also pays attention to her surroundings. That alone makes it a cut above most Shonen fare I'm used to.

And that's not touching on the plots (of which there are now three) in the series.

I LIKE it!
 
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I found that Netflix had Black Lagoon so I watched season 2 the other day (I've already seen Season 1 a couple of years ago). Apart from Revy's plot armour it was passably good if you don't mind ultra-violence. Some of the attempts at character development and philosophising were a bit ham-fisted. I think something like that might make a good premise for a moderns or cyberpunk game.

A lot of the subtitles on Netflix are annoyingly small and quite hard to read. This makes me feel old.

The other anime series I've watched recently was Parasyte, which I spent some time binging with my wife, much to the annoyance of the spawn who would have much preferred Hey Duggie! Parasyte was surprisingly good, although its philosophising did tend to dip into I-am-14-and-this-is-deep territory at times. Nonetheless, some of the characters were quite good - in particular Migi the eponymous parasite.
 
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This perverse and bloody Spanish thriller is made by the father of Javier Bardem and stars Jean Seberg of Breathless fame. Quite good, fans of giallo should dig it although it isn't a conventional giallo.

 

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This perverse and bloody Spanish thriller is made by the father of Javier Bardem and stars Jean Seberg of Breathless fame. Quite good, fans of giallo should dig it although it isn't a conventional giallo.

Do they call them Gialli in Spain? I thought that was an Italian term.
 

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Do they call them Gialli in Spain? I thought that was an Italian term.
There is no word giallo in Spanish. It means yellow in Italian, though, so maybe amarillo? (The name comes from the yellowing pages of cheap mystery paperbacks--I think.)
 

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Do they call them Gialli in Spain? I thought that was an Italian term.
No but giallo in Italy is really just a synonym for 'thriller.' Hitchcock made giallos. This is pretty clear if you watch All the Colors of Giallo documentary where so many of the Italian directors and screenwriters discuss the form. In North American fandom the term has come to be more narrowly defined, often to an absurd degree.
 

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There is no word giallo in Spanish. It means yellow in Italian, though, so maybe amarillo? (The name comes from the yellowing pages of cheap mystery paperbacks--I think.)
In Italy genre fiction tends to be colour coded for easy recognition on bookshelves and the term comes from yellow colour coding on the covers of crime novels.

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No but giallo in Italy is really just a synonym for 'thriller.' Hitchcock made giallos. This is pretty clear if you watch All the Colors of Giallo documentary where so many of the Italian directors and screenwriters discuss the form. In North American fandom the term has come to be more narrowly defined, often to an absurd degree.
I've never heard the term outside of Italy. What does it mean to North American fans?
 

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I've never heard the term outside of Italy. What does it mean to North American fans?
There are those who insist it only means Bava/Argento-ish films that are Italian proto-slashers with a killer wearing black gloves, etc. killing women. So if a Italian thriller is insufficiently bloody or not as formulaic they will declare it isn't a giallo. I think these are fans who come to the genre from horror fandom and understand it only through a slasher lens.
 
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