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>> No. 23853 Anonymous
23rd July 2021
Friday 12:18 am
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Is CuriosityStream still the best documentary streaming service? I noticed that this week they uploaded a youtubers series which has me pretty miffed given this is on a paid subscription. Their main competition appears to be MagellanTV which has a fair few titles I'd watch but is also over twice the price.

Yes I could watch all of the shows for free but I find it nice to have a catalogue of shows on hand to watch when I'm doing the washing up. It's a business model that works for me better than the standard 1-2 per season tentpole shows that standard streaming services do to attract subscribers while the rest of rubbish.
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>> No. 23854 Anonymous
23rd July 2021
Friday 1:59 pm
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Never even heard of it before. So thanks.

>> No. 23185 Anonymous
4th August 2020
Tuesday 8:55 pm
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Do you have any anime recommendations?

This year I got into the habit of watching Natsume's Book of Friends before bed. I've found anime in general to be good for helping you unwide when you're otherwise entirely busy with work. Natsume seems to tick the right boxes for me in providing escapism with self-contained stories that make you think. Previously I've enjoyed Mushishi and Kino's Journey for the same reasons of relaxation.
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>> No. 23846 Anonymous
14th July 2021
Wednesday 9:25 am
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This seems like false compromise, where you assume the truth must be somewhere in the middle because you've heard people complain. The reality is that the level of complaining you're able to hear is rarely representative of the level of hardship people really face.
>> No. 23847 Anonymous
14th July 2021
Wednesday 10:41 am
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Good post.
>> No. 23848 Anonymous
18th July 2021
Sunday 2:37 am
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Just watched On-Gaku, it sounds so simple by the trailer but it's like the fever dream of a movie a teenage delinquent would make.

>> No. 23849 Anonymous
19th July 2021
Monday 12:13 pm
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So I just watched the first couple of episodes of Beastars, and I think I understand why that wierdo a few months ago came here to have a massive rant about how furries are all racists. It's Japanese racism expressed through furries if anything though.

It was crap by the way, you won't trick me into watching another generic high-school shoenen anime just because it's got animals in it.
>> No. 23850 Anonymous
19th July 2021
Monday 8:45 pm
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Speaking of shows with animals, "ODDTAXI" is worth a watch. It's a tight 13 episode series about a somewhat curmudgeonly taxi driving walruss getting involved in an increasingly high stakes noir crime drama. The story is tightly woven and gets neatly resolved at the end (in an "Or does it...?" kind of way).

>> No. 15319 Anonymous
29th October 2013
Tuesday 10:52 pm
15319 Hidden Gems?
I found this bad boy on netflix, I watched for the tits stayed for the rest of the film. Brilliantly funny and touching. Anyone got any other hidden gems?
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>> No. 22997 Anonymous
28th December 2019
Saturday 8:33 pm
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try tipofmytounge on reddit
>> No. 23430 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 8:43 am
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I watched this last night before bed and it was so good I decided to bump this old thread because it's basically the perfect definition of a hidden gem.

If you've ever stayed up watching some rubbish TV documentary about the Rendlesham Forest incident then this might be your new favourite film. Otherwise I'd recommend it because of how well shot, written and edited it all is. It's not Signs or anything though, just to make that clear. Now one fights a monster with a stick. Most of the people who worked on it or starred in it don't even have Wikipedia pages, so again, the definition of a hidden gem.
>> No. 23431 Anonymous
3rd December 2020
Thursday 10:42 pm
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>If you've ever stayed up watching some rubbish TV documentary about the Rendlesham Forest incident then this might be your new favourite film

That's definitely me so I gave it a watch based on that alone. Solid recommendation, good shout ladm8.

Reminded me a bit of Blair Witch in the way nothing really happens for most of it, except much better at building the tension and intrigue because there was actually a coherent narrative. Incredibly focussed "hygge" for fans of the classic Roswell, abductions, and crop circles type folklore.
>> No. 23433 Anonymous
4th December 2020
Friday 9:34 pm
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I meant to recommend that a few weeks back but I was banned. I absolutely loved it, and some of the camera shots were amazing (they just used a remote-controlled car with a cheap gimbal for the camera). I would advise watching it with subtitles, especially at the start of the film, as the fast-paced slang-heavy 50's American chatter can go over your head at times.
>> No. 23833 Anonymous
8th July 2021
Thursday 1:56 am
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I really liked this. It's a kind of French steam-punk animated movie that does a good job giving you interesting villains and world-building. One of the things I especially appreciated was the animation style that is clearly influenced by Tintin and so matches the time period it's set.

Although what bothered me in the ending was that throwing invincible mould spores across the universe seems like a sure-fire way to kill all other life in the universe. And also on Earth. And also probably doom any other invincible lifeforms to an excruciating torment of being encased in mould for an eternity.

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>> No. 23449 Anonymous
16th December 2020
Wednesday 11:00 pm
23449 What are you watching right now?
I suppose we need a /v/ equivalent of the /e/ and /beat/ threads.

I've started watching Life on Mars again, but this time in HD on Netflix, and have only just realised it was filmed on... film. That or transferred to film and re-digitised for Netflix. The version Netflix has is absolutely covered in dust marks.
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>> No. 23828 Anonymous
4th July 2021
Sunday 6:15 pm
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It's pretty easy to forget that "black people" are only about 15% of the united states population.

I'm just waiting for the diversified Silmarillion series they're doing. What might be cool would be if they used the space granted by the sparse writing about Harad to explore the meetings of different cultures, considering it'll be about as canon to the setting as my arse they might as well make the most of it, but they'll probably turn half the numenoreans brown or something. Groan.
>> No. 23829 Anonymous
4th July 2021
Sunday 7:57 pm
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Maybe the aliens hit the majority-white areas first.
>> No. 23830 Anonymous
4th July 2021
Sunday 10:06 pm
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I remember a small controversy a few months back where it was pointed out the LOTR casting had yet to show any East Asians. I hope it's just mistaken given, yeah, Harad would obviously be a bit of a crossroad with near and far being middle eastern to black by the respective description but would obviously also be more like the Eurasian steppe in my mind.

It actually shows today and the future where the entire old world is gone. It would've been an interesting touch if they showed a subtly more "Latino" future rather the future being a carbon copy of the past but it's not the kind of movie to have detail.

Seriously, someone watch the movie and back me up on this, casting completely forgot what diversity means. Part of me suspects it was a deliberate decision because it was done to capitalise on the climate of last year and now looks outdated as Asians representation has become more vocal.
>> No. 23831 Anonymous
5th July 2021
Monday 9:51 pm
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>> No. 23832 Anonymous
6th July 2021
Tuesday 12:34 am
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I know it's not really the same but the Witcher Netflix adaptation chucked in a few black people who clearly wouldn't have been black in a fictionalised fantasy eastern europe based world, but it felt fine and worked fine. I think if you're not actively looking to complain about it, a black elf isn't really as odd as, well, an elf in the first place.

>> No. 23811 Anonymous
27th June 2021
Sunday 3:12 pm
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I just lost an hour of my life watching a Japanese tv show where a guy travels the world filming cats:

Can you name any other programmes like this, a simple and relaxing concept?
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>> No. 23812 Anonymous
27th June 2021
Sunday 8:37 pm
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I don't really do telly, but there's loads of gentle stuff on YouTube.

>> No. 23813 Anonymous
27th June 2021
Sunday 9:33 pm
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They're building a drum. The auto-generated subtitles are ok, but it's mostly some with passion for their craft doing their thing.
>> No. 23814 Anonymous
27th June 2021
Sunday 10:05 pm
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Time spent enjoyably is never time wasted.
>> No. 23815 Anonymous
27th June 2021
Sunday 10:07 pm
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Not sure how that post number got inserted there, but it was meant for >>23811 - fuckin waste of time.

>> No. 23778 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 11:54 am
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Was Buenos Aires an inside job?
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>> No. 23793 Anonymous
21st June 2021
Monday 12:36 am
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Even so what we have inflicted is grossly disproportionate retribution.

This is like if some ragtag group of 20th century terrorists bombed a building, and in response we launched an all out invasion of their home country, deposing their leaders and occupying their lands for over a decade.

With all the advancements we have made as a civilisation since then, it looks obvious to us now that such an act is barbaric.
>> No. 23794 Anonymous
21st June 2021
Monday 9:26 am
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I'm not sure how them being very good at working our trajectories means they can force something to travel at over 100,000 the speed of light.
>> No. 23795 Anonymous
21st June 2021
Monday 9:54 am
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>> No. 23796 Anonymous
21st June 2021
Monday 10:22 am
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Don't drag them into this, I'm on to you.
>> No. 23797 Anonymous
21st June 2021
Monday 10:57 am
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The bugs have been sending their spores all over the universe so they will have come into contact with species other than humans and, at some point, drunk their brains to gain all of their knowledge.

Once they took over the worm planet they learned how to master wormholes.

>> No. 23181 Anonymous
24th July 2020
Friday 6:43 pm
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What's worth watching on the telly these days?
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>> No. 23776 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 6:06 pm
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It shot a certain scene in such a way that leads you to speculate if there is rape going on, given the climate of the show, it's almost assumed that there is, but never outright addressed.
>> No. 23777 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 6:27 pm
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>> No. 23783 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 3:04 pm
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I find it odd how Clarkson is now the spitting image of my father. Do all old men look the same or do they get their sense of style from the same source?
>> No. 23787 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 8:50 pm
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I've really enjoyed his Farm thing.
>> No. 23791 Anonymous
20th June 2021
Sunday 10:10 pm
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It's the first thing I've watched in ages, saw a trailer, enjoyed it very much.
Programmes that touch on technical stuff I do and know about invariably fuck me off massively, but this (I also know a fair amount about farming) didn't so much. Although the conversion of wild area into a well manicured but joyless trout farm was a bit odd.

>> No. 23654 Anonymous
26th April 2021
Monday 9:15 pm
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What are some stupid but entertaining films from the past ~10 years or so? They seem to be making fewer of them.
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>> No. 23694 Anonymous
4th May 2021
Tuesday 7:01 pm
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Scottish Mad Max.
>> No. 23758 Anonymous
13th June 2021
Sunday 8:54 pm
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I watched Waiting (2005) this weekend. It has a lot of big seppo comedy types and is a mist see for any of you who have ever worked in hospitality.
>> No. 23760 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 2:14 am
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Operation: Endgame is fucking fantastic if you're looking for a shit, but entertaining film. Without giving too much away, it's a secret underground base in which the US controls everything that goes on in the world via two teams, one which makes chaos and the other which swoops in to save the day to preserve the idea that America is on top of things. The project gets cut, hilarity ensues.

It also has a few of my all-time favourite movie murders. Highly recommend just for that.
>> No. 23761 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 11:35 am
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I think Ghosts of Mars is in this category. A deliberately shit film. Ice T, Jason Statham. I don't think they realised it was meant to be shit, Ice T complained about it afterwards, I guess he didn't notice how all the sets looked like they were porn-film quality.
>> No. 23762 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 11:40 am
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Of course, Mr Carpenter, it was supposed to be awful, sure.

>> No. 23695 Anonymous
7th May 2021
Friday 9:15 pm
23695 Bloods
This feels like a return to classic British comedy that's been absent a few years. Somewhere between PhoneShop and Green Wing. Multicultural London stuff but plenty of dry white humour too.
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>> No. 23724 Anonymous
13th May 2021
Thursday 3:16 pm
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2014 is still pretty recent. People still watch TV from 30 - 40 years ago, 6 is nothing.
>> No. 23725 Anonymous
13th May 2021
Thursday 3:26 pm
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If it was a human child it would be at primary school and sentient enough to start to at least pretend to get some of the jokes in it.
I assume, I don't have children.
>> No. 23726 Anonymous
13th May 2021
Thursday 3:57 pm
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>Who gives a fuck, I care about the quality of his sitcoms, not his political beliefs

Er... >>23711 gives a fuck? He evidently wouldn't have asked otherwise. But don't let that stop you from butting in to loudly tell everyone how little you care.
>> No. 23728 Anonymous
14th May 2021
Friday 2:34 am
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You understand other people are allowed to have opinions, right lad?

In the meantime we will have to wait for otherlad to come back and tell us if he considers the evidence presented sufficient to be ashamed of liking the IT Crowd, though.
>> No. 23730 Anonymous
14th May 2021
Friday 9:58 am
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>You understand other people are allowed to have opinions, right lad?
You understand this is a complete non-sequitor in context, right lad?

>> No. 22578 Anonymous
5th March 2019
Tuesday 6:30 pm
Line of Duty, anyone? Series 5 is coming up soon, I can't fucking wait. Just binged series 1-4 in preparation, it's on Netflix now!
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>> No. 23688 Anonymous
2nd May 2021
Sunday 8:55 pm
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I'm calling it now.

Steve is H. They've been setting him up as the one person it can't possibly be, which means it's definitely him. Bet your house on it, lads.

Do not actually bet your house on anything, ever. Except this, it's a sure thing.
>> No. 23689 Anonymous
2nd May 2021
Sunday 10:01 pm
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That was a bit of an anticlimax.
>> No. 23690 Anonymous
2nd May 2021
Sunday 10:09 pm
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Yes, it was.
>> No. 23691 Anonymous
2nd May 2021
Sunday 10:30 pm
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It's a bit shit really. My m8 plod spends most of their time in Keighley busting cannabis farms / bent migrant taxis/ underage prostitution run by laplanderstani eskimo OCG's but yeah BBC telly.
>> No. 23692 Anonymous
2nd May 2021
Sunday 10:41 pm
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The magnificent bastard did it. He actually went and got a couple of photos of Nesbitt and cast him as Sir Not Appearing In This Film.

>> No. 23386 Anonymous
18th November 2020
Wednesday 8:20 pm
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There was an episode of Bernard's Watch where Bernard had stopped time whilst he was on one of his little escapades, trying to catch a rabbit that was on the loose or something like that, and when he unfroze time several hours later it turned out that the chicken his mum had been roasting was burnt to a crisp because it had continued to cook during all of the hours it was frozen.

This has always stayed with me because I thought it was so fucked up. Imagine you've just got into a red hot bath to relax and next thing you know your tender flesh is peeling away from the bone and congealing around you because, completely unbeknownst to you, you've actually been boiled alive for several hours whilst some little scamp has frozen time so he can be at two different friend's birthday parties at the same time or whatever. Fucked up, I tell you.
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>> No. 23426 Anonymous
20th November 2020
Friday 12:11 pm
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Maybe if I whirled it around like a discus thrower, but I suspect that the loose spuds would dissipate a lot of the energy. It'd be a nasty knock, but I wouldn't bank on it as a knockout blow. I'd be more confident with one big spud in a football sock.
>> No. 23427 Anonymous
20th November 2020
Friday 12:26 pm
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Even a spear with a potato on the end of it?
>> No. 23428 Anonymous
20th November 2020
Friday 12:44 pm
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Drop a spud in one of these, should be about the same.
>> No. 23432 Anonymous
4th December 2020
Friday 3:44 pm
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Dino from The Queen's Nose was a bit of a guilty would.
>> No. 23599 Anonymous
6th March 2021
Saturday 3:57 pm
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Michael Underwood is now a primary school teacher.


>> No. 23506 Anonymous
25th January 2021
Monday 1:41 pm
23506 Adam Curtis
Well, it seems we have a new Adam Curtis series that will be shown from mid-February.


>It covers a wide range – including the strange roots of modern conspiracy theories, the history of China, opium and opiods, the history of Artificial Intelligence, melancholy over the loss of empire and, love and power. And explores whether modern culture, despite its radicalism, is really just part of the new system of power.

The greater part of me really does like Adam Curtis and sees a great deal of depth to the ideas he presents, but the lesser part of me feels he's been saying the same thing for decades. Looking forward to this anyway, it should be interesting looking at how he explains how we've been hoodwinked into believing symptoms to be root causes again.
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>> No. 23577 Anonymous
12th February 2021
Friday 10:36 am
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Up to the final episode which I will save for later, like the otherlad, I've been finding quite a bit of the series really quite funny with regards to the unintended consequences of the last 200+ years of Western history, and even found it funny with the idea that the language and forms of power themselves are universal and blind - nobody is free from its grip, no matter how much fervour in system x or y they have. It reminded me of his series All Watched Over when it turned out that hippy communes just ended up being cults of personality and the enforcement of one will above everybody else's.

If I didn't laugh, I'd cry etc. etc.
>> No. 23578 Anonymous
12th February 2021
Friday 1:01 pm
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It's like Marx said innit. The more free you believe yourself to be of ideology, the deeper you are ultimately likely to be immersed in it.

Or something like that.
>> No. 23579 Anonymous
12th February 2021
Friday 3:17 pm
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Just finished it all. I don't know, it just felt a bit wondering? I think if it was half the length and a lot tighter-edited it could have a much greater impact.
>> No. 23580 Anonymous
12th February 2021
Friday 3:38 pm
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He did repeat a lot of what he's already covered in films like Century of the Self, and All Watched Over as otherlad mentions, but I suppose for someone new coming in, that background context is necessary to set up the rest.

I get the feeling people like us who are familiar with the concepts in his older material might not be the target audience this time, and maybe he was aiming more at was today's highly radicalised Rudgwick/Twitter/Etc politic kids, who often fail to realise they're retreading ground that has been thoroughly trod before. The point seemed largely to be that every time this radical rhetoric comes around, they usually aren't the first, and nor will they be the last, to think they've cracked it, and ultimately only end up assimilated and subverted by the existing structures of power.

But this was an illusion.
>> No. 23581 Anonymous
14th February 2021
Sunday 9:32 am
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I sort of get the idea that this series is considerably more meta than his previous ones - there are a hell of a lot of half-made allusions between the more visible and large-scale looting going on in Russia and China and what's going on in the UK and US where the looting of the economy by a few is more formally legalised and backed up with our states' views on what is acceptable and what is not. Even further, I would like to add, and I'm sure Adam would probably agree with this to some extent - the entire series is just a narrative thread that he has plucked out to help describe how and where things are going, so is he ultimately any better or worse off than a bog standard conspiracy theorist?

>> No. 23364 Anonymous
13th November 2020
Friday 1:13 pm
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Let's get all femanista for a bit, lads. I was just scrolling down the list of IMDb's Top 250 - which are still all excellent films - and I was struck by just how male the list is. You have to go all the way down to The Silence of the Lambs before you get a lone female protagonist, and even then more people remember that film for Anthony Hopkins than Jodie Foster.

So I want to broaden my horizons - what are your favourite films about and starring women? I'm talking about ones that are mainly women in the cast - don't just say the Alien films.

For instance I liked The Help. I found Little Women mediocre, though.
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>> No. 23447 Anonymous
10th December 2020
Thursday 6:49 pm
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I'm loving the entertainment nuggets per hour system of grading entertainment.

But what about suspense scenes? They become less suspenseful at speed. And what of action scenes? They move often move too quickly to really appreciate what's happening.

I guess you need to incorporate variable rate x E in your calculations. Maybe we can make a proposal to Netflix about constructing a variable video speed controller that adjusts videos to the optimum speed for a viewer for any given moment based on level of enjoyment from previous videos watched.
>> No. 23448 Anonymous
10th December 2020
Thursday 10:12 pm
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I find drama/comedy/entertainment in general just doesn't work sped up for me. (If it's so badly directed or edited that I need to change the speed, it's rubbish that's not worth watching to begin with)

But factual stuff, product reviews, etc. on youtube I'm regularly speeding things up, to around 1.25 to 1.75x depending on what sort of thing is going on and how fast the person is speaking.
I struggle with 2x speed, really just because of the audio quality making it to much effort to listen to.
>> No. 23503 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 1:55 pm
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OP here, I saw Three Billboards the other day. It's a very good film, but I as I suspected I certainly wouldn't include it in this thread. The protagonist is a woman but all the principal supporting characters are men, as might be expected when it's about a woman's relationship with the police. Rockwell, Harrelson, Dinklage - it's a very male film.
>> No. 23504 Anonymous
17th January 2021
Sunday 2:53 pm
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What speed did you watch it at though?
>> No. 23505 Anonymous
18th January 2021
Monday 9:25 pm
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What an odd conclusion to come to from watching half an episode. It is actually nothing like that.I personally enjoyed it, though it is oddly paced. It's worth a watch imo and better than most stuff I've seen from Netflix.

HOWEVER, if you're going to watch one thing on Netty, then I'd recommend Unabomber. It's a really addictive show about a good-guy obsessive trying to profile the Unabomber from his cryptic letters and actions. Really watchable.

>> No. 23217 Anonymous
3rd October 2020
Saturday 8:22 am
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What are some decent British films from the past few years?

The last one I properly enjoyed was Sightseers, but I've heard good things about The Gentlemen.
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>> No. 23224 Anonymous
3rd October 2020
Saturday 4:10 pm
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The Personal History of David Copperfield
>> No. 23225 Anonymous
3rd October 2020
Saturday 6:33 pm
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If you liked In Bruges then try The Guard and Calvary.
>> No. 23230 Anonymous
4th October 2020
Sunday 12:10 am
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I'm only 17 minutes into it but Say Your Prayers seems like a good shout.
>> No. 23233 Anonymous
4th October 2020
Sunday 1:45 am
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>I'm only 17 minutes into it but
Yep that's a good British film. Maybe 15 years too late but still essentially a solid film.
>> No. 23468 Anonymous
18th December 2020
Friday 2:44 pm
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I saw Make Up when the Cinemas first reopened and it was a excellent kitchen sink horror/thriller. Not sure whereabouts it is available at the moment.

For something a bit more indie, try and track down some films by a guy called John Williams. He makes some really good horror comedies, The Slayers and Crispy's Curse are excellent. I think they have US DVDs, not sure about UK releases, but he'll probably sell you copies directly. He has a new anthology coming out soon too.

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