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Posted by Prez
 - May 09, 2022, 06:14:56 AM
Moonknight season (or series?) finale. I see a lot of criticism for this show but I liked it a lot. I'm not the biggest Marvel fan as I found them quite cookie cutter after a while (still enjoyable mind) but I think Oscar Isaac's performance really got me hooked. Different and not what I was expecting.

Halo - Sidetracked again but Kwan's story arc is proving an interesting one and I'm interested where it leads.
Posted by Gentleman Death
 - May 09, 2022, 04:53:11 AM
Quote from: KiramidHead on May 09, 2022, 02:58:15 AMGetting started on Midnight Mass.

Fantastic show!
Posted by KiramidHead
 - May 09, 2022, 02:58:15 AM
Getting started on Midnight Mass.
Posted by Immortan Jonesy
 - May 08, 2022, 07:02:40 PM
Euphoria season 1 & 2

That was amazing and best coming-of-age drama since Skins UK 8)

Outer Range season 1, episodes 6 & 7

It was quite good imo

Posted by Stitch
 - May 05, 2022, 05:46:05 PM
Just watched the last episode of Another Life.

I really enjoyed it. Enough to watch the entire series in 5 days...

Reviews of the series are bad, and it recently was revealed that there will be no season 3, but I thought it was great. I'd hazard a guess that people were expecting something different than what the series was actually presenting. It's got an overarching storyline, but a lot of the episodes feel like different styles within the same genre. It's refreshing, sometimes goofy, and overall fun, though with a serious side that takes over when the main storyline kicks in.

I think the season ending works as a series ending, and it left it in a good position where they could have continued it, but it doesn't feel like its necessary. There are only 20 episodes, so if you want something relatively bite size to tide you over after The Expanse, I'd give it a shot.
Posted by Kradan
 - May 04, 2022, 06:30:49 PM
"Columbo Likes The Nightlife" (2003)

Spoiler
This might sound controversial to some but I think this is nearly perfect way to conclude the series. It has such a beatiful sense of melancholy, it briliantly captures just how much time has passed, how much things have changed. Columbo's most known for his 70s adventures - back when everything was so hopeful and bright. Sure, people got murdered from time to time but it seemed more like an exception to the rule than the rule itself, something that disturbes the normal order of things. And murderers themselves - there's always a sense of class to them, they didn't want to get their hands dirty, they'd rather hit their victim with a stone to the head or use a gun with silencer than strangle or cut their bellies open with a knife. Murderers dressed nice, drove nice cars and lived in nice houses

Things are much different at the beginning of XXI century though. It seems like every other person is a drug addict. Everything is ugly and drowns in the darkness. Setting of a nightclub itself is a stark contrast to the feel of "classical" Columbo. Owner of the club and the murderer in this particular case, Justin Price, seems like a nice enough fellow but there's almost no class to him. There's no grace to his actions- he just strangles his victim with his own bare hands screaming like a caveman. And then victim fells out of the window and gets lynched by his own radiator. Pretty gruesome way to go if you ask me. Also, the victim itself, unlike most of them from the "classic" era, has no likability at all, he spies on celebrities to find out their dirty laundry, blackmails his used-to-be partner, not very galant with women and just looks like a despicable person all around- so much so that I actually begin to symphatise with Justin for killing that bastard. I actually quite like Justin - yes he killed one man and covered up the murder of another but he's a pleasent person otherwise and he's quite dedicated to do everything in his power to make his nightclub the best one in town. His devotion to the thing he loves most actually reminds me of Adrian Carsini - my favourite Columbo murderer, brilliantly played by late Donald Pleasence

Columbo himself seems like a relic of an old era, he just doesn't fit in that world of computers and pagers. He still gets around fine though and is respected by the younger generation of cops. Columbo from revival era seems gets accused of doing too much goofy of straight-up stupid shit. I don't really see that here. Falk gives a great performance as a cool, level-headed Columbo that is not overly dramatic - he just goes around asking questions, collecting info and slowly tightening that net around Justin and his fiance. I like cat-and-mouse dynamic he has with Justin, the latter one starts as pretty friendly and open towards detective, slowly gets annoyed with him which culminates in his outrage when Columbo spoils his big opening night. That old grey-haired man seems like a genuine threat to his suspects which is conveyed by their performances - Mathew Rhys and Jennifer Sky do a great job playing the murdererous couple. The fact that Columbo actually gets some help from a mafia messenger just once again shows how twisted this world got. Final gotcha with a slow reveal of a dead body laying in a water tank in infra-red is great IMO and it's interesting seeing Columbo take some advantage of modern technology. Then Columbo just goes away - without any big fanfare or "This Old Man" playing in the background. But even that moment is somewhat soured when you remember that mafia is after Justin and Vanessa and they probably will get executed long before they get to the courtroom - Columbo's essentially doomed them

Just one more thing - I really dig the soundtrack of the episode and how it incorporates nightclub's tunes into the episode's overall dark and somewhat depressing atmosphere
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Posted by Prez
 - May 04, 2022, 04:12:48 AM
Quote from: Immortan Jonesy on May 03, 2022, 01:54:17 PM
Quote from: Prez on May 02, 2022, 11:22:58 PMOpen Range episodes 1-6. Yellowstone meets Twin Peaks. I'm digging it.

As soon as I read Twin Peaks I started watching this show. Not bad, even though it's called Outer Range  ;D

HAHA. Yes. Oh dear.  ;D  ;D
Posted by Immortan Jonesy
 - May 03, 2022, 01:54:17 PM
Quote from: Prez on May 02, 2022, 11:22:58 PMOpen Range episodes 1-6. Yellowstone meets Twin Peaks. I'm digging it.

As soon as I read Twin Peaks I started watching this show. Not bad, even though it's called Outer Range  ;D
Posted by Prez
 - May 03, 2022, 04:55:26 AM
Quote from: Stitch on May 03, 2022, 02:53:53 AM
Quote from: Prez on May 03, 2022, 01:32:16 AM
Quote from: Stitch on May 03, 2022, 12:37:42 AMCurrently watching Another Life. I did the first half of season 1 yesterday, and I'm doing the second half tonight. It's pretty good. Feels more varied than a lot of other space sci-fi.

Ok Stitch. I think you may have finally convinced me to watch this one - in the past I wasn't sure if it was worth it. Need some good sci-fi since the Expanse finished.
Yeah, it's pretty good. Not quite as political and hard sci-fi as The Expanse (although I don't think it's quite as good). It is fun, though, and after watching the rest of the first season, I don't think there was an episode I didn't like.

Awesome. I'll add it to the watch list!!!
Posted by Stitch
 - May 03, 2022, 02:53:53 AM
Quote from: Prez on May 03, 2022, 01:32:16 AM
Quote from: Stitch on May 03, 2022, 12:37:42 AMCurrently watching Another Life. I did the first half of season 1 yesterday, and I'm doing the second half tonight. It's pretty good. Feels more varied than a lot of other space sci-fi.

Ok Stitch. I think you may have finally convinced me to watch this one - in the past I wasn't sure if it was worth it. Need some good sci-fi since the Expanse finished.
Yeah, it's pretty good. Not quite as political and hard sci-fi as The Expanse (although I don't think it's quite as good). It is fun, though, and after watching the rest of the first season, I don't think there was an episode I didn't like.
Posted by Prez
 - May 03, 2022, 01:32:16 AM
Quote from: Stitch on May 03, 2022, 12:37:42 AMCurrently watching Another Life. I did the first half of season 1 yesterday, and I'm doing the second half tonight. It's pretty good. Feels more varied than a lot of other space sci-fi.

Ok Stitch. I think you may have finally convinced me to watch this one - in the past I wasn't sure if it was worth it. Need some good sci-fi since the Expanse finished.
Posted by Stitch
 - May 03, 2022, 12:37:42 AM
Currently watching Another Life. I did the first half of season 1 yesterday, and I'm doing the second half tonight. It's pretty good. Feels more varied than a lot of other space sci-fi.
Posted by Prez
 - May 02, 2022, 11:22:58 PM
Open Range episodes 1-6. Yellowstone meets Twin Peaks. I'm digging it.
Posted by Ingwar
 - Apr 23, 2022, 04:52:29 PM
Waiting for the final episode of Tokyo Vice.

Just finished firsts season and simply cannot wait for second one.
Posted by Gentleman Death
 - Apr 23, 2022, 02:40:32 AM
Quote from: Prez on Apr 23, 2022, 12:11:56 AM
Halo Episode 5.
After a lot of slow pacing build up for the past 2-3 episodes those last 10 mins of this one are absolute FIRE!!!! WOW.

Agreed! Overall I'm liking the show. It's not perfect but it has been growing on me. The mix of practical and SFX are pretty clean so far.
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