[watching] What have you seen recently?

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Solo, you know the Star Wars film in Darkovision.. well it's still ruddy dark in 4k HDR on my correctly calibrated 65" TV.
But a great Star Wars rogue side mission film. Such a shame about the DARKNESS.
 
As counterweight to the often grim drama of Better Call Saul I've also started re-watching Peep Show. Lost track of it when it was on Ch4 round about the time Jez's American wife reappeared, so have started again from series 1. Forgotten how utterly scabrous it is. Any subscribers to Fantasy Figure Modeller out there?;)
 
I watched Wu Assassins on Netflix. Some interesting fight scenes, but it takes itself a little too seriously for my liking. It could have done with some more lighter moments, rather than being a bit grim most of the time. The tone reminds me of the Thai martial arts film The Protector. But with less elephant.

I've also binged almost the whole first season of iZombie, on Netflix again. Not exactly award-winning drama, but it passes the time I guess.
 

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I watched an OLD B&W film “Red Planet Mars” on youtube. NOT what you’d expect. See if YOU can predict the ending. Why it’s not considered a classic I don’t know.
They were commies?
In which case there are a lot of Soviet SF movies on YouTube where that was the happy ending.
 
Doctor Sleep - The film was much better than I expected. I thought it was great sequel to Stanley Kubrick's cinematic version of The Shining. I felt it captured the atmosphere of the original very nicely.
 

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Tonight I did some 20th century cult movie catch up. Never watched 12 Monkeys from good old Terry Gilliam, with the great combo of Willis, Pitt and Stowe.

Another 9/10, maybe even a 10/10

I have never watched The Shining, so I have that bought.

Second hand Blu Rays are great.
 
Watched Dark City again, and it was even better than I remember. It has the delightful Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, and Richard O'Brien. It should be a cult classic, is it?

9/10
Saw this at the cinema when it came out and really liked it, but was vaguely disappointed by the big reveal at the end. Seemed rather anti-climactic. Might think differently if I watched again all these years later?
 
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Saw this at the cinema when it came out and really liked it, but was vaguely disappointed by the big reveal at the end. Seemed rather anti-climactic. Might think differently if I watched again all these years later?
I was disappointed by the big reveal at the beginning forced on the director by the studio. Apparently it's not in the directors cut which must be the one I watched way back when.
I don't get confused by such plots, I don't need them explained, especially at the beginning.
12 Monkeys didn't confuse me at all.
I'd say it's the journey that delights in Dark City, not the reveal.
 
Might check out the Director's Cut then - didn't find the original confusing, just slightly underwhelmed by "so that's what that was all about".

Ian Richardson's performance worth a shout do you think?
 

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Our Kind of Traitor, which utterly failed to be anything other than dull and pedestrian despite a talented cast and being based on a Le Carré book. 3/10

Good job I am enjoying Swamp Thing on Amazon.
 
They were commies?
In which case there are a lot of Soviet SF movies on YouTube where that was the happy ending.
The main characters were American scientists receiving messages from Mars. It's a First Contact story. The Russians are eavesdropping and it is a Cold War fable. But it isn't at all what I expected.
 
The King on Netflix- I thought it was a rather interesting take on Shakespeare's Henry V, obviously without the Shakespearean dialogue. The look and feel felt about right. The Battle of Agincourt was choreographed by the guy who did the Battle of the Bastards in GoT. My only criticism is one I always pick up on in historical films these days and that is during the battle hardly anyone seemed to wear a helmet or use a shield. Very unrealistic.
 

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Ok.

The Swamp Thing on Amazon was utterly brilliant. Well worth the investment in time even though it was cancelled before they had aired more than one episode. It stands alone as a thing of dark beauty.

10/10
 
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