Hidden Gems of Netflix's Watch Instantly

I thought the first 2 were fairly decent, but the 3rd was a big disappointment.

The second Godzilla anime ended so horribly that I do not care that they made a third one.
The series went from weird cool to just weird.

Was disappointed that I couldn't get into the new season of The Dragon Prince. The animation looks better, and I still really like the aesthetic, but the dialog and pacing were so dull in the opening episode that I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. Maybe I'm not in the mood for it right now, but it's missing some spark to really let me get into it.

beanman101283 wrote:

Was disappointed that I couldn't get into the new season of The Dragon Prince. The animation looks better, and I still really like the aesthetic, but the dialog and pacing were so dull in the opening episode that I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. Maybe I'm not in the mood for it right now, but it's missing some spark to really let me get into it.

Don't give up! My girls and I watched the first 5 episodes this weekend and it gets a lot better. It has a lot of cool reveals/backstory in the next few episodes. We are really enjoying it.

beanman101283 wrote:

Was disappointed that I couldn't get into the new season of The Dragon Prince. The animation looks better, and I still really like the aesthetic, but the dialog and pacing were so dull in the opening episode that I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. Maybe I'm not in the mood for it right now, but it's missing some spark to really let me get into it.

I also found it slow, but it picks up as you hit episode 2 and 3.

That said, I felt like the animation was the same or worse than Season 1. I know people will defend it as a stylistic decision(I think it might be more financial), but I think it's just bad. The stop motion style mixed with the beautiful 3D cell-shaded look just sends mixed signals and feels unnatural in a way that live-action(clay, lego, etc.) stop-motion doesn't.
I never stopped noticing it in Season 1 and now in Season 2 I'm noticing that it's not even consistent. Some times it's really smooth, other times it's not. I think it would have been neat to experiment applying those differences to different characters or something, but in this case it's just random between scenes, characters, etc.

It's just frustrating because I really enjoy the show, but every couple minutes I'm reminded that it looks like a game that's hopping between 15 & 30 fps. I have to call upon the version of me who played Half Life 2 at 5 fps in order to keep watching.

Also, Rayla's accent is still BAD.

Anyhow, it speaks volumes about the art style and writing that I still enjoy watching the show.

EDIT: I just realized, this might be a case where I enjoy watching something with Motion Smoothing turned on. I don't have it on my TV, but am getting a new one soon, so maybe I'll rewatch it with that turned on.

Delerat wrote:

Also, Rayla's accent is still BAD.

Her Human accent is spot on, though

muttonchop wrote:
Delerat wrote:

Also, Rayla's accent is still BAD.

Her Human accent is spot on, though

That dialogue had us laughing. It really was spot on with accent and how accurately it depicted humans.

Sydhart wrote:
muttonchop wrote:
Delerat wrote:

Also, Rayla's accent is still BAD.

Her Human accent is spot on, though

That dialogue had us laughing. It really was spot on with accent and how accurately it depicted humans.

Haha, very true!

I actually found a clip where someone used motion interpolation to get it to 60fps(I realize that's not normal for TV, especially animation, but it's the closest way to simulate smoother animation without redoing the whole thing).

The smoother movement in animation I prefer, though it's obvious that there are issues with the camera and the movement is still stilted due to the way it was done.

I started watching the documentary One Strange Rock. It's narrated by Will Smith and has a bunch of astronauts that talk about how they see earth now that they've been in space.

I think Klaus is my favorite TV superhero ever.

I'm just halfway through Umbrella Academy. So fun! And emotionally draining... but in a fun way!

BadKen wrote:

I think Klaus is my favorite TV superhero ever.

I'm just halfway through Umbrella Academy. So fun! And emotionally draining... but in a fun way!

it's really really good. On the last episode now and it feels like it should wrap really nicely.

I found the last episode very satisfying. The performances and music have been the series real strong points and they lean into that in the last episode.

And how fantastic was the CG on Pongo? They don't interact physically very much with him but it's better than some film CG I've seen recently.

The Hit Chinese Sci-Fi Film The Wandering Earth Is Coming to Netflix

We’ll now get a chance to see China’s science fiction smash, The Wandering Earth, based on a short story by Hugo-winning author Liu Cixin. Netflix has announced it’s acquired the film, bringing the country’s first sci-fi blockbuster to audiences around the world.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has acquired the U.S. and international distributing rights to The Wandering Earth. Based on a short story by Cixin, who won a Hugo Award in 2015 for The Three-Body Problem, The Wandering Earth has made over $600 million at Chinese theaters since it came out earlier this month, making it a smash success in the country.

The film features Chinese action star Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior 2) and was directed by Frant Gwo. It takes place in the distant future, as the sun is about to explode, meaning humanity has to find a new solar system to colonize and survive. Netflix has not yet given a release date.

Ooh, that sounds super cool. If you haven't read any Liu Cixin, you really should. His sci-fi is very original, fascinating, and entertaining. Looking forward to the movie.

RE: Umbrella Academy, I finally figured out the reason for something that has been bothering me since the first episode, namely the lack of common 2019 technology. The story is set in 2019, but there are no cell phones, computers, internet, and only CRT TVs. At first I thought it might just be a story telling technique. After all, it is more challenging to create tension when everyone can send texts at a moment's notice, or do the kind of research Allison did on Vanya's mysterious beau. On the other hand...

Spoiler:

Since the story started talking about manipulating timelines in episode 4, and really dug into it in episode 5, my guess is that something tweaked the timeline in recent decades. Perhaps even the actions of Number 5. He didn't assassinate Kennedy, though it is unclear if someone else ended up doing it - the radio in the background as he jumps forward to 2019 talks about shots being fired, but I don't recall an assassination specifically being mentioned. The story also seems to avoid discussion of governments and international relations.

Dragon prince season 2 was awesome.

Spoiler:

bonus points for the eye patch stories

Umbrella academy was good but bugged me. Not sure why though. Also is there a movie where Ellen Paige plays a happy person?

Stealthpizza wrote:

Also is there a movie where Ellen Paige plays a happy person?

Inception?

BadKen wrote:

Ooh, that sounds super cool. If you haven't read any Liu Cixin, you really should. His sci-fi is very original, fascinating, and entertaining. Looking forward to the movie.

RE: Umbrella Academy, I finally figured out the reason for something that has been bothering me since the first episode, namely the lack of common 2019 technology. The story is set in 2019, but there are no cell phones, computers, internet, and only CRT TVs. At first I thought it might just be a story telling technique. After all, it is more challenging to create tension when everyone can send texts at a moment's notice, or do the kind of research Allison did on Vanya's mysterious beau. On the other hand...

Spoiler:

Since the story started talking about manipulating timelines in episode 4, and really dug into it in episode 5, my guess is that something tweaked the timeline in recent decades. Perhaps even the actions of Number 5. He didn't assassinate Kennedy, though it is unclear if someone else ended up doing it - the radio in the background as he jumps forward to 2019 talks about shots being fired, but I don't recall an assassination specifically being mentioned. The story also seems to avoid discussion of governments and international relations.

The show is a mix of the first two volumes of the comic, but volume 2 of the comic goes into way more depth about your spoilered section and I imagine they are saving that stuff for season 2, judging from how season 1 ended.

bnpederson wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

Also is there a movie where Ellen Paige plays a happy person?

Inception?

I Downloaded a Ghost?

BadKen wrote:
bnpederson wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

Also is there a movie where Ellen Paige plays a happy person?

Inception?

I Downloaded a Ghost?

Super?

BadKen wrote:

Ooh, that sounds super cool. If you haven't read any Liu Cixin, you really should. His sci-fi is very original, fascinating, and entertaining. Looking forward to the movie.

RE: Umbrella Academy, I finally figured out the reason for something that has been bothering me since the first episode, namely the lack of common 2019 technology. The story is set in 2019, but there are no cell phones, computers, internet, and only CRT TVs. At first I thought it might just be a story telling technique. After all, it is more challenging to create tension when everyone can send texts at a moment's notice, or do the kind of research Allison did on Vanya's mysterious beau. On the other hand...

Spoiler:

Since the story started talking about manipulating timelines in episode 4, and really dug into it in episode 5, my guess is that something tweaked the timeline in recent decades. Perhaps even the actions of Number 5. He didn't assassinate Kennedy, though it is unclear if someone else ended up doing it - the radio in the background as he jumps forward to 2019 talks about shots being fired, but I don't recall an assassination specifically being mentioned. The story also seems to avoid discussion of governments and international relations.

Spoiler:

I definitely remember the commentators stating JFK was dead. As far as the tech, I did not really catchh that but I do remember seeing Allison use a pay phone twice and are those even around any more? One other thing - the only thing that pointed to their father maybe being from space was the one shot where you see out the window when the other women is telling him to take the violin and you see some old sci fi type rocket ships. Or were there other things? For ex I thought his ability to make Grace and other stuff could be mad scientist stuff.

Reaper81 wrote:
BadKen wrote:
bnpederson wrote:
Stealthpizza wrote:

Also is there a movie where Ellen Paige plays a happy person?

Inception?

I Downloaded a Ghost?

Super?

Juno?

Cross post from the trailer thread. Not a full teaser, but a cast announcement.

Really enjoying the Umbrella Academy. It starts out a little slow but man does it hook you in within the first 3 episodes. About halfway through and planning on finishing tonight after kids go to bed. lol

Dominic Knight wrote:

I started watching the documentary One Strange Rock. It's narrated by Will Smith and has a bunch of astronauts that talk about how they see earth now that they've been in space.

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I watched Miss You Already with my wife and it destroyed us. It made our house dustier than an abandoned warehouse.

If you like crying with a dash of neuroticism, definitely recommend.

And that's all I need to know.

Well, it's a pretty easy sell given the price is "what I've already been paying for years and will likely continue to pay."

I had heard good things about Big Mouth and gave it a try. Gave up after 2 episodes, but there was something about it that got stuck in my head so after a few months I went back to it and around E5 it totally clicks and everything starts wrapping around itself in an absolutely amazing way. The Bat Mitzvah episode is where I finally got it, and I was laughing until tears were running down my face. It's a warm and positive look at all the awfulness that puberty brings. I can't recommend it enough.