[watching] What have you seen recently?

My wife took me to see Aladdin today. I was impressed.

From the opening shot - which made it clear that this was going to be different from the cartoon - I thought all the changes were incredibly well-judged.

Will Smith's performance was pitched just right. Unlike (heresy) Robin Williams he didn't overshadow the film or other characters. And he SANG. Properly. He's clearly put in hours training to fill a gap in his portfolio of talents. Gotta hand it to the man for his work ethic.

Tim Rice's lyrics remain breathlessly clever. Can a song win the best song Oscar twice? Probably not because it's best ORIGINAL song. But it should.

Every other actor - every other actor - turns in a good job. The Jaffar seems a bit underwhelming at first but he successfully builds the performance across the film.

And best of all - ditching the ranting comedian parrot voice and playing it more subtly means it's now a presence of brooding evil.

Every change well-judged. If the original cartoon didn't exist, people would be raving about this film.
 

First Age

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Ricky Gervais' After Life. Bingeable and, if you can navigate the first setup episode, a fun exploration of why people bother to live. The last episode provides some symmetry to the opening and it looks as if he is going for a second season.
 
Colony has been good but I do wonder where they are taking it, possibly going into a set up for next season that has been done a lot before. Black Mirror just has not been consistent enough for me, the new episodes just not having the same punch.
 
Series 3 of Berlin Station. Interesting storyline about a Russian sponsored coup in Estonia derailed by assorted ludicrous sub-plots involving hand held sonic weapons, an oligarch who's a fan of The Most Dangerous Game, one of the main cast turns-out-to-have-been-working-for-the-Russians-all-along and another has a "comedy" paranoid break down. It was never the most subtle of shows but the first two series did at least have a veneer of realism - this is just a fantastical shambles. Not surprised it's been cancelled. .
 

Guvnor

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Really enjoying Lost in Space on Netflix.
I know I am late to it but it's ep3 and I really liking the family friendly SF and science/engineering led story telling.
I would be thinking of how to run it in Traveller, of course, but of course your Lost in Space may vary.
 
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Spiderman Far From Home:

Fan service to the max. A film full of ACTORS (though you might miss some of the "work"). Both post-credit scenes rock. (They did IT! Possibly a cinematic first.) And the best acronym EVER!

Needless to say f@cking loved it.

Tony Stark. F&cking things up from beyond the grave. No way he told Pepper about EDITH. Or he’d give her the glasses. She would have locked them away in a deep dark vault.
 
Just watched Shaft that has just dropped on Netflix.
Good action romp with great actors in the roles. Great to see it pay homage to the 1971 film too! 😉

Worth a watch if you like the rule of cool 😎
Agreed. By casting Jackson’s Shaft as a side character they allow him to go TOTALLY OVER THE TOP!
 
Been watching What We Do in the Shadows.
Very funny with such subtle humour and great effects for a TV series.
Slightly different to the film, but a great set of new characters all portrayed so well. Matt Berry reins himself in and doesn’t go over the top like in his other comedic performances. Though the addition of the Energy Vampire is gold.

Some fantastic cameos too.
 
Been watching What We Do in the Shadows.
Very funny with such subtle humour and great effects for a TV series.
Slightly different to the film, but a great set of new characters all portrayed so well. Matt Berry reins himself in and doesn’t go over the top like in his other comedic performances. Though the addition of the Energy Vampire is gold.

Some fantastic cameos too.
The series took awhile to get going, but once it does it's great.
 

Dom

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Just came to the end of Season 3 of Stranger Things, which I enjoyed very much. The style shifted again, and the pace felt much more frenetic than - say - the Marvel Netflix series, but the energy keeps it going. I'd be happy if they ended it there, but I'd definitely watch another one.
I liked the hooks which were left at the end.

There are so many riffs on other films from the 1980s and before. It was a delight to watch; humour set off what could have been a dark plot once more.

As a bonus, the eldest watched it with me and now wants to watch the first two. I guess we'll be starting again then!
 
Just finished binging on the last four episodes of Stranger Things season 3 with the kids (SWMBO went to bed). Oh my word, that was good. And so, so many references to films of the time. I think they need to dial it back a bit for season 4 (the daughter tells me there is going to be a season 4), but for just one season it was like the director cut loose and threw everything at it. All the way through I could imagine the actors going 'How do you want me to play this scene?', and the director going 'Let me show you this film'.

Marvellous. Watch it now, I beg you.
 
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