Film; or The Silver Screen


#321

Under the Silver Lake. I’m not sure what I expected the director of It Follows to do next, but this wasn’t it. A sustainedly odd film, a loser has fun times with his neighbour, who disappears, so he looks into it. What follows is a surreal investigation into a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream of a plot, an original and cryptic exploration of a hidden-in-plain-sight underworld, visible only to those in the know, and absolutely befuddling to the investigator (and the audience). Watching Andrew Garfield beat the shit out of some unlikely targets is truly hilarious (starting with some children), and while the film has some fine moments of horror, it’s largely disorienting and puzzling, and wonderful with it, albeit so opaque it’s bound to frustrate. A real experience of a film, at times completely unmoored from reality, and sometimes entrenched in it.


#322

Mega Time Squad. The bones of a good film, with plenty of good ideas and jokes, let down by a lack of energy, action, and urgency. The cinematography is painfully static, the film is stilted, and the performances are Not Great. A criminal idiot takes possession of a bracelet that allows him to travel back in time, and unusually for time travel films, allows him to pal around with past versions of himself. Mildly entertaining, with dialogue much better than the actors delivering it.


#323

Lost me here.


#324

Game ot Thrones…all 8 Seasons, rewatched 1-7 to have the best experience going into its final season.
Since it may be to spoilery to go into details and since I am forever in Team #TheBookIsAlwaysBetter™…I hope it ends differently there.
I liked the seasons 1-7 better the second time trough since the books weren’t fresh on my minds this time around.
Have no love for the conclusion of most main characters story arc’s and how they wrapped up the war of the 5 kings, but I give them a B- as a series as a whole and a C for the last season.


#325

I’ll avoid the spoilers, too. I’m in the “too rushed” bandwagon. There were some epic moments in Season 8 and I don’t mind where most character arcs wrapped up, but so many of the conclusions felt completely unearned the way the season was paced. If the booms end the same but give the story time to develop, I’m fine with that.

Season 8 wasn’t the train wreck that some people want to claim, but the show certainly suffers for lack of development I’m the end.


#326

Also avoiding spoilers here. I give the series an A on the whole, though I found the last two seasons to be lower than that grade. They changed the pacing a great deal in those last two seasons, and, as you wrote, there was serious lack of development–both in terms of characters and in terms of plot movement. Where the first six seasons were often dense with detail and carefully paced, the last two seasons rocketed around Westeros at a comparatively breakneck speed.

I didn’t take much issue with how most of the main characters’ arcs were wrapped up (aside from the feeling of suddenness about some of it), though I was sort of puzzled by a few choices related to which characters survived. I can’t say much without giving things away–I just felt like there were some characters we were led to have a very high level of investment in as viewers, and others that we were led to care about on a smaller scale. And by the end of the last episode, the mix of who survived and who didn’t was slightly odd to me. But that’s Game of Thrones, I suppose.

And I also think endings are very hard. And there are numerous franchises that I’ve loved that have completely botched their endings (Harry Potter and Battlestar Galactica spring to mind), so I’m prone to view the GoT ending in a kinder light.

In all, an amazing accomplishment over 8 seasons that I am very happy to have watched and will almost certainly go through again at some point.


#327

Dear Lord yes. Galactica should have ended after they discovered Kobol. No amount of goodwill after the Miniseries and the first episode (33 Minutes) as well as a couple others with heavy battle sequences in them can save the series from the ANGST Pinata it has become…but surely the Toasters have a plan?..right? RIGHT???


#328

It’s still not a film.


#329

oops, my bad should have posted in the other thread. :-/


#330

Just teasing squire, I don’t think it matters.

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn. Perhaps it’s self-indulgent, perhaps it’s very funny, perhaps it’s both. An incredible cast, Matt Berry, Aubrey Plaza, Jermaine Clement, and Craig Robinson in a film that may be too quirky for its own good. I recommend it on the basis of it being a very human story told with a lot of humour and genuine feeling.