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11 hours ago, Jay said:

The only Refn movie I've seen is Drive and I didn't like it

It was like most of the third-year film student films I saw whilst in uni - some gorgeous shots and nice music placement, but bleeding with pretentious drivel.  

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Awful poser movie. Actually it's not awful, but a hollow exercise in style.

 

Referring to my recent viewing of the FX series 'Miss America': it's about the political struggles in the USA in the 1970s over the Equal Rights Amendment - a constitutional amendment that was supposed to firmly anchor equality between men and women. Cate Blanchett is Phyllis Schlafly, who made history as an opponent of equality between men and women in the 1970s, because she considers it a threat to the traditional family and an impending introduction of abortions and same-sex marriages and went into battle - from which she emerged victorious and loser alike. Towards the end of the series, she's characterized as liar, cheat, and a damn feminist too, because she actually was  one of the most independent women in America. It's this bunch of contradictions which makes the series interesting

 

She's pitted against women's rights frontrunners Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan, though I really consider it Cate Blanchett's series. She's not only shown as an evil, cold doer, but also a victim - in a big meeting with important men she's asked to take notes because she has the most beautiful handwriting. Her counterparts are Margo Martindale as Bella Abzug and Rose Byrne in the role of the glamorous journalist Gloria Steinem, Tracey Ullman as the slightly embittered author Betty Friedan. And they beautifully rise above political caricatures.

 

What you find in the debates re-enacted is an early sign of today's polarization and purely ideologically motivated cancel culture. And so it is no coincidence that Paul Manafort and Roger Stone appear as young Reagan election workers - two influential advisors who were instrumental in Donald Trump's election campaign.

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I've started to watch Ratched.  Not bad.  It's a bit like American Horror Story, it have a cartoonish sordid ambiance... and the music is so... Herrmann-esque, so I wanted to know why.

 

Well, it seems that they intentionnaly picked some famous cues of Bernard Herrmann music from Cape Fear for this series.... and I just learned that Elmer Bernstein did that once in the past, to adapt the original score of Herrmann's Cape Fear for the Scorsese remake.

 

So... Herrmann's Cape Fear... for you, is it The original, the Bernstein remake or... Ratched?

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1 hour ago, Bespin said:

I've started to watch Ratched.  Not bad.  It's a bit like American Horror Story, it have a cartoonish sordid ambiance... 

 

This is exactly how it should be described. Perfect! 

 

I couldn't stand it, personally. But plenty will lap it up no doubt. I think what bothers me though is that they'll also consider it canon. 

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We also saw the first episode of Ratched. And Bespin is spot on with calling it "cartoonish": The colorful sets and costumes, the agile camera work ... 

 

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Well, it's all I have right now (gave up on Away, The Exorcist and several others), so Ratched will have to do until all the episodes of The Boys S2 are available on Prime.

 

BTW, Episode 2 (Ice Pick) was already an improvement over the first one. I didn't know that Gwendolyn Briggs (Sex In The City) is such a good actress.

 

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There's some fantastic chemistry going on between these two.

 

 

 

14 hours ago, publicist said:

I just saw A Cure for Wellness and now i'm cured of cartoonish thrillers for the next 10 years.

 

I fully understand.

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THE OUTSIDER ep. One

Good start. Nice seeing fresh faces in the cast.

I hope they don't screw it up - like CASTLE ROCK

 

13 hours ago, KK said:

So...that's a hard pass on Ratched then?

Any lesbian love making?😁

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12 hours ago, Quintus said:

So, Alexcremers is into Ratched. How times have changed. And to think he used to tease people like Joey and Koray for what they watched. The bare-faced cheek! 

Into: RATCHED

Not into : CHERNOBYL ( " It was o.k").

 

You decide.

 

 

😎

23 minutes ago, who cares said:

Well, so long The 100. Your fight is over. 

I watched a couple of seasons, a long time ago.

How'd it turn out?

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1 hour ago, bruce marshall said:

Into: RATCHED

Not into : CHERNOBYL ( " It was o.k").

 

 

You and Quint need to work on your comprehensive reading skills. 'Watching something' doesn't equal 'being into something'. 

 

How times have changed? Not really, I watched most seasons of American Horror Story as well. It's watchable pulp for when there's nothing else on.

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Weird, I've never watched a streaming series without being into it, because I just switch it off if I'm not. Anyone else do this? Bizarro Belgian behaviour I guess. 

 

Also, it's 'reading comprehension', not "comprehensive reading". D'oh! 

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9 minutes ago, PuhgreÞiviÞm said:

Anyone else watch Cobra Kai? Daniel is such a jerk these days!

 

Yes! Lighthearted and self-aware fun! Isn't it interesting that this time we have more sympathy for his arch-enemy AKA Johnny Lawrence?

 

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I keep meaning to rewatch the movie with my kids just to set myself/us up with the show, which I've heard is surprisingly quite good. Never in a million years did we ask for a decent updated Karate Kid series though, right? 

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2 minutes ago, PuhgreÞiviÞm said:

It's got a lot of swearing in it though. That wasn't in the old movies.

 

If that's a problem then you better cancel Netflix and subscribe to Disney +.

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5 hours ago, bruce marshall said:

Will THE OUTSIDER storyline wrap up by the last episode of season one?

Thx.

 

Yea

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My other half is bringing Schitt's Creek. He asked me to watch it with him. I tried. But it gets one thing right...shit...as in big pile of....

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17 minutes ago, JoeinAR said:

My other half is bringing Schitt's Creek. He asked me to watch it with him. I tried. But it gets one thing right...shit...as in big pile of....

Finally!

Someone on this board with taste and discernment.😍

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6 hours ago, bruce marshall said:

Finally!

Someone on this board with taste and discernment.😍

 

I told you that you and Joe should get together!

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17 hours ago, Jay said:

 

Yea

So far ...so good!

Ben Mendelsohn is Australian!

He seems to have " adopted" the voice of Harrison Ford to play an American.

1 minute ago, AC1 said:

???? Are you serious? You just praised him.

Who is " him"?

Look...me, Thor and. Moradi are the only humans here who use their real names!😵

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7 minutes ago, bruce marshall said:

Look...me, Thor and. Moradi are the only humans here who use their real names!😵

 

Your real name? I don't buy it. You love Jaws (Bruce) and Frank Marshall is your favorite film producer, hence 'Bruce Marshall'.

 

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5 minutes ago, AC1 said:

 

Your real name? I don't buy it. You love Jaws (Bruce) and Frank Marshall is your favorite film producer, hence 'Bruce Marshall'.

 

Jack " The Munsters" Marshall is my ' Uncle'.

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I thought he was the weakest link in the entire cast!  Everyone else did really good but he was kinda terrible in it

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1 minute ago, Jay said:

I thought he was the weakest link in the entire cast!  Everyone else did really good but he was kinda terrible in it

 

Travolta is a good Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer, while distracting at first, turns out to be a good Robert Kardashian.

 

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17 hours ago, AC1 said:

 

I told you that you and Joe should get together!

From the American Pie dad. Not great humor.

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9 hours ago, AC1 said:

Checked out that TV-series about O.J. Simpson. 

 

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Cuba Gooding Jr is so not O.J. Talk about miscasting!

 

I wonder if they offered the role to a white guy, too, just for racial equality. 

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Ratched Episode 5 'The Dance' is the best one so far. I was entertained. Do you agree, Bespin?

 

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It's certainly better than Ryan Murphy's Hollywood.

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After watching the 7th episode of The Boys S2 last night, I realised I only had one more left to go. With that in mind, it has been a REALLY disappointing second season. People everywhere seem to be loving it, but I'm dubious. Sometimes I think Phantom Menace syndrome is a thing with popular series like this. 

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