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  1. I always thought that transition was pretty rough. And the show had a hard time finding its footing, especially in the following season. Andy was insufferable. Spader had some great bits though. The show managed to get it together again in its last season, as it drew closer to its finale. But a lot of that owes itself to these great characters.
  2. The Lion King (2019) Not awful. Just...pointless. On IMAX, the gorgeous African backdrops take your breath away. And yet Pride Rock has never looked stranger. The beauty of the original film is that the indulgence in its visual artistry, over-the-top cartoonish characterizations and exuberant songs led to the fantasy of it all. Clearly a nearly beat-for-beat remake of the same concept with uber-photorealism in mind just doesn't work. For all the singing, dancing, and wise-crack lines, the whole thing feels remarkably lifeless. Because of course, animals just don't behave this way. The only characters that seem to work are Mufasa and Scar, where Jones' bravado and Ejitifor's more subtle performances seem to gel more with the primal physicality of the lions. When you have more varied characterizations like Simba and Nala, you just hear Glover and Beyoncé reading lines into a recording booth, pasted on top of CG walking animals. Maybe this whole thing might have worked better if they committed to a darker, more animalistic interpretation of the story. Shakespeare in the wild. But that wouldn't have been nearly as lucrative for Disney. One thing it did do for me is remind me how glorious Zimmer's score is...though the idea of this recording is as artistically bankrupt as the film itself anyway...
  3. You and me both! It took me long enough to get this shot without people intruding my view!
  4. Long layover in DC...made the most of it!
  5. Trailer looks good. Not entirely convinced by the de-aging shots though.
  6. Could make a decent experience. First season hits some occasionally satisfying highs. And it ends where the book ends, as it should. Second season is nihilistic garbage.
  7. I enjoyed the first film, but the best scene is its opening. It relies more on generic scare tactics than I’d like, but has a great cast and some occasional nice imagery. Fun watch with friends or family. I didn’t watch the new trailer yet, but the second film looks pretty solid too.
  8. Never! I...still have...faith!! Nah. Spacey's career is definitely done. He might be able to sneak one or two more small gigs, but he's not making any comeback. Great actor. Still a creep though.
  9. Trailer doesn't do much convincing. But I'm still willing to give it a chance.
  10. Pop culture plays an enormous part of growing up, which is probably what made the 80s such an appealing era to come of age in. You’re not necessarily aware of the nuances of your reality and it’s more practical considerations in that age bracket. You’d probably find what you’re looking for from those who’d at least reached their 20s by the 80s. I loved growing up in the 90s, though I couldn’t tell you if it was a great decade to have a job, buy a house, raise a family, etc... I do feel sorry for anyone born after 2000 though. Yup. And while S3 was better than S2, can’t help but feel like the show’s kind of burnt out. The cast is what’s keeping it going at this point.
  11. The Witch is a fine period piece that explores paranoia very well. It’s not scary though. But I like it. Also, all you Vertigo haters are crazy. It’s a great film, featuring Herrmann’s best score, if not one of the greatest film scores ever.
  12. Richter hasn't produced interesting music in some time, but he does know how to make a film work. New trailer for this film is much more promising than the last Gravity-knock off impression. To add more cringe into your day, look no further than...
  13. Season 5 was remarkably bad. It's lost most of its bite and humour, barely hinging on to half-assed concepts. Season 3 was probably its best.
  14. Always liked him in 30 Rock. RIP.
  15. Probably my superhero movie. Back when they didn't all seem so cookie-cutter. Haven't seen this in a long time though.
  16. If I recall correctly, you didn't respond too kindly to Hereditary, so I presumed this wouldn't be your cup of tea, as it expands on much of that film's most trying virtues. If you end up enjoying it, no one's more happy to be wrong than I friend.
  17. Sorry you had a rough experience mate. Honestly, the prologue itself took the wind out of me. After that, it starts to feel more safe and familiar, but underneath all the horror tropes and beautiful dressing, there's something awfully emotionally disturbing, or rather claustrophobic about it all. It's the way the film deals with trauma rather than the horror itself that makes it kind of sick.
  18. Midsommar So, this Aster fellow is clearly the real deal. Midsommar is arguably a slower burn than its predecessor (Hereditary), but it's the more ambitious and fulfilling work. People seeking quick thrills and zingers should probably not bother. This is not a Joe or Drax kind of film. Instead, the film uses beauty (and boy is it a beautiful looking film) to lull you into a kind of comfort that makes digesting all its disturbing and twisted perversions all the more painful by the end. Brilliantly shot, written, edited and scored, on top of all which it has a great sense of humour to boot. If anything, it could use some trimming in its setup, but I don't mind. The elaborate world-building really pays off anyway. And yes, Wicker Man is clearly a template, and there are some familiar tropes, but it's by and large its own beautiful thing. Best film I've seen so far this year...though I'm not sure that says much.
  19. Romer's been Fukunaga's collaborater for some time, so I guess it isn't too surprising. But I don't know if he's got the chops to do a Bond score. It'll probably be sound like Newman-lite. Parts of Maniac were nice, in context especially, but most of it is kind of derivative, sometimes even a little amateur-ish. I remember liking some of the aleatoric string stuff that popped in every now and then:
  20. Revisiting this beauty. Thought it belonged here.
  21. Anima Paul Thomas Anderson's latest "music video" or "one-reeler" is a sumptuous 15-minute feast for the eyes. Conceptually, there isn't much that's new here (think: modern update on the 1984 narrative/aesthetic), but boy is it worth it to just see PTA have visual carte blanche. Choreography and cinematography are all aces. Too bad the music leaves you wanting...
  22. Happy belated dear Inky and Grey!!
  23. That Joe didn't like Hereditary is fine. That he continually points to the lack of physical attractiveness in the cast as one of the film's major flaws is a bit of a puzzler, but not entirely surprising I guess... Also, the granddaughter's appearance clearly plays a big role for the film's tone. An adorable Shirley Temple obviously would not have worked nearly as well.
  24. This is where BR2049 gets so caught up in justifying its own mythology that it comes across as leaning a little too much towards fan-fiction.
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