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>> 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. 23640 Anonymous
10th March 2021
Wednesday 9:08 pm
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Nobody ever called The Walking Dead Hard SF just because they heard of cordyceps.
>> No. 23641 Anonymous
10th March 2021
Wednesday 9:43 pm
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You're focusing a lot on the 'zombies' (actually just people compelled by a parasite to vomit a lot) that are a tiny, tiny part of the story and are not seen or talked about again in the books at all, apart from in the last book briefly. It's really, really not about zombies.
>> No. 23642 Anonymous
10th March 2021
Wednesday 9:47 pm
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So? I never said it was about zombies, I said it was a confused mishmash of things.
>> No. 23643 Anonymous
10th March 2021
Wednesday 9:51 pm
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I give in. It's a good show, you should keep watching it.
>> No. 23644 Anonymous
11th March 2021
Thursday 8:37 am
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This documentary about John DeLorean is superb. If you don't know the story, you will likely be very surprised.

>> No. 23645 Anonymous
15th March 2021
Monday 12:00 am
23645 Anyone watch Dark?
It's one of the most impressive series I've ever seen. And I say that as a person on the internet.

3 seasons carefully planned and tied up with no stretch, writing with a concerted effort to make things as tight as possible, a novel view of time travel which I've not seen in anything else (future dictates past), and some incredibly immersive casting alongside a wonderful soundtrack.

The story starts with children going missing within a small yet large town, and the suicide of the father of the protagonist. These events drive the mystery, and it's quite meaty. More importantly, it's very satisfying. It is very prone to spoilers, but mainly due to perspective - it is very interesting to watch it again with full knowledge, and quite rewarding. And for that reason I'm really looking forward to ignoring it for 10+ years and going again. I'm watching it for a second time in a few months, and it's nice to have forgotten some details but still know what to look for.

The official website is great, though I didn't find it until I'd finished. It will ask you what episode you are on, and only provide you with information you've already viewed (and forgotten).

The flaws you may notice are the moody tone of dialogue with oddly long pauses, and also a few contrivances to drive the plot, such as miscommunications. It is not perfect, but it is quite unique.
>> No. 23646 Anonymous
15th March 2021
Monday 3:10 am
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My only problem with this show is that I picked it up a few episodes in with the missus, and without even knowing fully what went on, I already sussed out exactly where the plot was going. Quite predictable use of that sort of time travel plot device, but they pulled it off perfectly, I'll give them that.

It's basically just Terminator innit.
>> No. 23647 Anonymous
15th March 2021
Monday 10:22 am
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No, I think they ripped off Donnie Darko, personally.

My missus got into this and watched it all the way through, but I got frustrated after a few episodes. It's slow as molasses and I didn't have the patience.
>> No. 23749 Anonymous
24th May 2021
Monday 11:37 pm
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I've been watching 'FASTER!' a documentary series about the time-saving inventions that underpin modern society.

That might sound quite benign but it's actually about time and how we've ended up with less of it and how really it's time at the heart of capitalism - which we seem to remain perpetually poor in despite having grown materially richer. The twist is that the inventions we have aren't actually time efficient. In the aggregate lifts are slower than stairs and 40% of the products people order online to save time are returned (which is never an easy thing). Then there's the subjective nature of time in itself and how that bombards us with waiting and stress or is exploited to keep us in a zombie-state.
>> No. 23750 Anonymous
25th May 2021
Tuesday 1:27 am
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LOTR is science fiction because 3 foot tall halflings being called hobbits is fictitious as well as giant flaming eyes on towers.
>> No. 23751 Anonymous
29th May 2021
Saturday 7:23 pm
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That circle the streaming sites put over the show's thumbnail with a number in to indicate how many episodes there are is unfortunate here.
>> No. 23752 Anonymous
29th May 2021
Saturday 7:51 pm
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That's a corporate apology in the making there.
>> No. 23755 Anonymous
5th June 2021
Saturday 3:55 am
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My lass got me into it too. Lasses like it, so I think maybe there's an emotional appeal here.

Watching it a third time, I think a lot of my enjoyment is in the pathos. If you're so inclined, there are many opportunities to feel the absurdity of what the characters are experiencing. All the silences and moodiness, provided you're already a bit immersed, is room to dwell on the thought of meeting your parents as children, or your future self.

I can see the similarities to Donnie Darko in the time loop and the motif of inevitability and sacrifice as such, but with more time and more characters, it offers different perspectives. For example, Jonas dedicates his life to changing his future and repeatedly becomes Adam, while Noah is already prepared to kill his father when we meet him, and he strives to step deeper into the role of the villain, but with 'reasons'. I suppose they're a bit similar there.

They packed a lot of detail in, it's not watertight but the effort is appreciable.
>> No. 23764 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 1:08 pm
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Apple and Onion
>> No. 23765 Anonymous
14th June 2021
Monday 1:43 pm
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Food review thread's that way, mate.
>> No. 23771 Anonymous
18th June 2021
Friday 4:31 am
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Just got done with Cruel Summer, which is one to watch with the missus. Full disclosure: it contains kidnapping, grooming and noncery, emotional and physical abuse, and almost hints at rape at one point.

It's set over three years in the early 90s, with snippets of each year before and after a major event which I won't disclose for spoiler reasons.

Disappointed to see that it's been renewed for a second series already, given the finale only aired on Tuesday night. The first season is a really neatly contained story with a blinder of an ending, it's a shame networks can't just let a nice piece of art be just that, without cashing in.
>> No. 23774 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 10:38 am
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How have you lads found the new series of Inside No. 9? Feels like more misses than hits to me.
>> No. 23775 Anonymous
19th June 2021
Saturday 12:06 pm
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>and almost hints at rape at one point.
I'm worried this isn't satire but I've now convinced myself that it is.

Nah, first one was fun but I think the novelty has worn off now. Might give it a shot.
>> 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. 23925 Anonymous
14th August 2021
Saturday 8:55 pm
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I've been listening to a lot of city pop recently. I'm looking for a film which I assume must exist.

It stars a Japanese salaryman who frequents karaoke bars and perhaps drinks heavily. There may well be a shot of his sweaty face glowing under a disco ball as he sings his heart out for reasons which will become known as he has a personal journey sparked by some fairly boring yet adversarial circumstances which somehow affect him deeply.

Does anyone know of such a film? It doesn't need to be that good, and if it has city pop then that's a win. If that's too specific then the Japanese equivalent of Saturday Night Fever would also work.
>> No. 23928 Anonymous
14th August 2021
Saturday 9:26 pm
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Well I googled for you, and found The Happiness of the Katakuris which doesn't sound like what you want, but sounds interesting nonetheless.
>> No. 23930 Anonymous
15th August 2021
Sunday 12:21 pm
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That's certainly going on the list. Each image on t'goog looks like it's from a different film, plus that little demony thing climbing inside that woman's mouth looks like a chortle.

I've also had a look and can't find much, but will persist. I suppose any film about a salaryman would do really. I can only seem to find documentaries when I search.
>> No. 23931 Anonymous
15th August 2021
Sunday 1:56 pm
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Satoshi Kon will almost certainly have made an anime film that you'd like. I haven't seen most of his films so I can't promise it, but he's a name you might want to investigate.
>> No. 23933 Anonymous
17th August 2021
Tuesday 1:10 am
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What We Do In The Shadows is actually pretty great. I was wary of it because the film's one of my favourites, but it hits the mark for the most part.
>> No. 23934 Anonymous
17th August 2021
Tuesday 2:12 pm
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I wonder if the show is going to continue now that Matt is doing Toast again. His solo episode really blew the rest of the it out of the water.
>> No. 23941 Anonymous
21st August 2021
Saturday 12:32 am
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I pay for no streaming services at all because I pay my TV licence and fuck you if you think I'm paying twice, but I'm visiting my family right now and they have all of them. There's a series on Amazon Prime called Comrade Detective which I think might appeal to some people here.

The basic premise is that it's a fake 1980s police series from Communist Romania, supposedly rediscovered (like Garth Marenghi's Darkplace) and dubbed into English. The sets are very convincingly communist, although the cast and other elements are obviously modern. It also inverts a lot of propaganda tropes, with devious capitalists instead of the insidious communists of things like Rocky IV and Red Dawn. I've only seen the first episode so far, but I enjoyed it.

>> No. 23979 Anonymous
6th September 2021
Monday 9:59 pm
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Another one in the list of "comedies that aren't particularly funny but I enjoy watching."
>> No. 23980 Anonymous
6th September 2021
Monday 11:10 pm
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I was wrong. The first two episodes of the new series were okay.
>> No. 23981 Anonymous
20th September 2021
Monday 6:43 pm
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I got four minutes and forty-one seconds in before turning it off to listen to the 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack.

There's no motivation to emotionally/chronologically buy-in to watching any of this shit it's all just a bland remix of something else with nothing new to say.
>> No. 23982 Anonymous
20th September 2021
Monday 6:43 pm
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>> No. 23983 Anonymous
26th September 2021
Sunday 11:03 pm
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I've got a free subscription to Apple TV so I'm trying out Mythic Quest.

It's a comedy set at a studio running an MMORPG starring Mac, Rickety Cricket and Abed from Community, written by Mac, Charlie and one of the writers from It's Always Sunny and Community. I don't know what to make of it; it's not bad but I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it.
>> No. 23984 Anonymous
27th September 2021
Monday 12:10 am
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The Thin Blue Line is on BBC iPlayer. Yes, the '90s police sitcom. It's terrible but I couldn't stop watching it. I have finished all 14 episodes, so now I might watch something I enjoy, rather than something I enjoyed being angry at. It has its moments, but I doubt it's better than just picking any sitcom at random.
>> No. 23985 Anonymous
1st October 2021
Friday 9:27 am
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Do they still make daytime TV murder mystery shows? I want to watch something cheesy and entertaining like Diagnosis Murder or Murder, She Wrote. The closest I can think of at the moment is Father Brown.
>> No. 23987 Anonymous
2nd October 2021
Saturday 4:14 pm
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Black Mirror vibes because all anthologies with contemporary settings seem that way now. Don't start with episode 1 because it's by far the worst so far but some of these are decent. I think it's some of the characterisations (the way the characters are portrayed to show them as realistic humans) that show little flashes of brilliance. Not consistently, but it's there.
>> No. 23988 Anonymous
2nd October 2021
Saturday 4:41 pm
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Mallorca Files is quite laid back and easy going Murder mystery stuff
>> No. 23989 Anonymous
2nd October 2021
Saturday 8:06 pm
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Squid Game milks it a bit but it's giving me enjoyable anxiety, though that might also be part of my massive hangover.

If you've not seen, a few hundred Korean debtors get semi-kidnapped and offered a large cash reward for competing in childish games and get boringly shot in the head if they fail.

I wouldn't have gone back if I'd survived the first game, second game justifies that decision for me. I probably would have chosen the umbrella but I don't whether it standing out as the most complex shape was a bad sign, or something I would have found relevant before the fact. I can only assume games will get increasingly arbitrary as it goes on. I just couldn't do that, the chance that you'd have to rely on a weak skill and then bam, you're done.

I suppose most of the appeal is in thinking about how yourself and others would do in these situations. I don't really feel a particular attachment to any of these people apart from the old man. In his position, not sure if I'd want to 'enjoy' my last days or give it a shot.
>> No. 23994 Anonymous
3rd October 2021
Sunday 2:30 am
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It sounds and feels a lot like a life-action Kaiji, just amped up a bit and with the very definite antagonists replaced with pathetic "mystery" characters.

It's all right, and since it follows the Kaiji formula the success is totally understandable. It brings very little new to the table in between Kaiji and Battle Royale but it's undeniably very well executed.
>> No. 23999 Anonymous
4th October 2021
Monday 1:36 pm
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Check out Gantz. It's mental.


>> No. 24000 Anonymous
4th October 2021
Monday 1:56 pm
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Sounds like it's executing a similar premise to 13 Tzameti but in a more drawn out fashion.
>> No. 24001 Anonymous
4th October 2021
Monday 2:44 pm
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I remember thinking this was a very cool film when I watched it back in the day.
>> No. 24002 Anonymous
4th October 2021
Monday 6:03 pm
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...is there another film like this? I'm sure I've seen one, think it's American or something, and it has a similar premise. Maybe from 2005-2015, that era...and if I just go to the bottom of the wiki page, I can see it's the remake '13' that I've watched, and it deserves the crap reviews.

I've only watched the trailer but Gantz is more like, you just wake up after dying in a room with no information and a black ball which produces guns, and get told you gain points for aliens.

The full manga storyline is fucking fantastic, moves at a decent pace with introducing new elements and mythology albeit stretching out the angst, and then has this bizarre but consistent culmination. It's the first time I've seen humans treated like animals/pets by aliens, so you a graphic juxtaposition of naked people being trapped in terrariums and given food and coo'd at, while others are eaten like chicken strips. The dichotomy there is really something to dwell on. I'm used to seeing humans either eaten or not eaten. I'm not used to seeing them treated like we treat animals.
>> No. 24003 Anonymous
4th October 2021
Monday 8:55 pm
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Yeah there was a remake with Jason Statham of all people if memory serves (or that might be a bit of Mandela Effect), but you're right. It's a contender for one of the worst remakes in film history, alongside the Oldboy remake with Josh Brolin in it.

I mean, I am sure there are remakes that are worse film, but in terms of the disparity between the brilliance of the original and the shitness of the remake, those two have by far the steepest ratio.
>> No. 24004 Anonymous
4th October 2021
Monday 10:58 pm
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I don't know if there's a term for the genre, but there are a few people who do the "dystopian story and paint the page mostly black" look. GANTZ, BLAME! and Biomega, and more recently Made in Abyss spring to mind. All of these, I'd argue, barely survived or were significantly transformed by an animated adaptation and none of them really benefit from a live action version unless their budget was ginormous. Not to go all Alan Moore, but some stories and themes are best told in distinct panels that let the reader's imagination fill in the blanks and not in full motion that removes all doubt.

> Oldboy remake with Josh Brolin in it.

I thought this had to be a pisstake, but nope... it's real. I don't mind remakes, but you have to be a better author or have a new take on things otherwise it's just the "most sincere form of flattery".
>> No. 24017 Anonymous
12th October 2021
Tuesday 1:21 am
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The latest thing I've tried out on Apple TV is Ted Lasso, which is a comedy-drama about a American football school coach getting hired as the manager of fictional Premier League side AFC Richmond. The premise sounds a bit shit but it's actually really enjoyable.
>> No. 24018 Anonymous
12th October 2021
Tuesday 4:22 am
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I keep wanting to hate it because it's often cloyingly sentimental, but the writing is irresistibly excellent. I still don't have a fucking clue what was going on with Beard After Hours though.
>> No. 24019 Anonymous
12th October 2021
Tuesday 8:38 am
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There were a few things, particularly those actually to do with football, where it was better not to properly think about it.

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