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DudleySmith wrote:

Strictly speaking if they were just doing the book, they should all be in Maori sleeves for the last 2/3 of the series, anyway, but they've said they're changing a lot. I wasn't a fan of the big worldbuilding changes they did (TK knew Falconer, Envoys were freedom fighters trained by Falconer)

Agree 100%

The fact that they're making the primary hook for 2nd season looking for the Falconer bothers me. Hopefully it won't ruin the show.

Why did we all just skip past Tatiana Maslany for
Takeshi Kovacs?

Because he is a man?

I think she's got the range. Plus the whole idea is it's you in whatever sleeve (body) is available. Still, Antony Mackie has been around for a while and I'm excited to see what he brings to the table.

They put that hackers wife in a male body in the first season. I wouldn't mind seeing a female take a stab at Kovacs. Though I haven't read the books so I am not beholden to its notion of the character.

One thing I am thrilled about is that they teased bringing back the inn proprietor
He was certainly a highlight of the season.

Altered Carbon is extremely my jam, but I'm pretty bummed Richard Morgan is a transphobe. It's extra ironic considering the transhumanist themes in his work.

Ah well, I'm gonna watch it anyways and probably enjoy it. I'll just feel kinda gross about it afterwards I guess

Stealthpizza wrote:

Why did we all just skip past Tatiana Maslany for
Takeshi Kovacs?

LeapingGnome wrote:

Because he is a man?

Grenn wrote:

I think she's got the range. Plus the whole idea is it's you in whatever sleeve (body) is available. Still, Antony Mackie has been around for a while and I'm excited to see what he brings to the table.

She does. She already played a male version of her character on Orphan Black.

Renji wrote:

Altered Carbon is extremely my jam, but I'm pretty bummed Richard Morgan is a transphobe. It's extra ironic considering the transhumanist themes in his work.

There's a strong gender essentialist streak in cyberpunk and transhumanist storytelling. You can make your whole body a ship of Theseus, apparently, but that ship will always be a dude.

I am a cloud of pigeons and this is my cloud of pigeons scrotum

Something something... the attack helicopters were dicks all along... send tweet.

Anywho, sorry for derailing the thread
More on topic, The Witcher, Sex Ed S2, and The Magicians S4 were all great.

boogle wrote:

I am a cloud of pigeons and this is my cloud of pigeons scrotum

That is completely in keeping with what that character represents, FWIW.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
beanman101283 wrote:

Watched The Irishman over two days. I enjoyed it enough to finish, but I don’t think it’ll stick with me. Some of the cg de-aging looked pretty bad, even on a bad internet connection where the picture quality wasn’t good to begin with. I probably would have been more confused about certain parts if I hadn’t read a couple books recently about the CIA, bay of pigs, and the FBI.

I'm currently at the halfway point in this, and I agree with what you've said. There were some scenes where the de-aging took the film straight into Polar Express territory, and it was really distracting.

I finally got a chance to watch the second half of this. It might simply be a side effect of having watched the film in two parts, but I felt like the second half of the film dragged considerably compared with the first.

Taken as a whole, the film is basically a gangland Forest Gump with one man incredibly involving himself in every unsolved mafia hit and political event of his day. In the book—which is allegedly nonfiction but transparently full of crap—Sheeran even claims to have provided the rifle that Lee Harvey Oswald used to assassinate President Kennedy. Thankfully, the movie seems to have omitted that little filigree.

And it's a fun film for that aspect, and Scorsese is obviously comfortable with the material and style of storytelling. I loved the scene of Sheeran sorting through his weapons to find the perfect one for a hit. That was nicely staged and directed.

But the film's second half relegates both Sheeran and the audience to the role of watching passively as Jimmy Hoffa self-destructs. Given that this is an historical figure whose fate is well-known if not fully detailed, there's not a lot of tension to any of it. It's fun to watch Pacino be Pacino all over the place, but the pace slows to a crawl to accommodate all those scenes of Hoffa scarfing down ice cream and chewing the scenery.

It's a fine picture, but I'm not convinced it needed to be three and half hours long.

They're doing Woken Furies instead of Broken Angels. I'm finding that a bit disappointing, since I think that BA has my favourite set pieces from the three books. WA is more about Kovacs, and the stuff that happens in it is more personal and less bombastic. I don't know how they do the less personal adventures after that plot.

I suppose they're leaving out his personal jihad since they left out the character that starts it in the first season.

I finished watching Locke & Key.

I thought it was a good adaptation and

Spoiler:

I was surprised at how much more gentle than the comic it ended up. Definitely much lighter on the horror.

Grenn wrote:

I suppose they're leaving out his personal jihad since they left out the character that starts it in the first season.

You see him with Sarah get taken by the swat guys in the first season. They could work that in. It'll be greatly diminished if they cut that out - it really brings home his focused brutality and vengeance.

DudleySmith wrote:

They're doing Woke Furries

f*ck yes! This show sounds amazing!

*squints*

DudleySmith wrote:

Woken Furies

Oh.

Never mind.

DudleySmith wrote:
Grenn wrote:

I suppose they're leaving out his personal jihad since they left out the character that starts it in the first season.

You see him with Sarah get taken by the swat guys in the first season. They could work that in. It'll be greatly diminished if they cut that out - it really brings home his focused brutality and vengeance.

I'm pretty sure that she was shot in the stack after he was captured and was never mentioned again in Season 1.

You're probably right and they're making Quell his Lost Lenore instead of Sarah. I've never really been on board with how they changed those bits of the back story.

Yeah, and don't even get me started on the Envoy Corps.

Whatever! I'm still going to watch it and I'm still excited.

Halfway Locke & Key, allthough I love the concept and can see the potential... I am having a hard time connecting with the sub-par actors. The acting is bad. Getting used to great acting like in Stranger Things, The OA, Umbrella Academy or Sex Education... I will probably bounce from this one. The scriptwriting also seems a little dumb.

On the documentary side, I cannot stress enough how wonderfull Wild Wilde Country is.

The dad in Locke and Key has a very Keanu vibe to him.

I really want Altered Carbon Season 2 now.

Also maybe spoiler if you have not seen season 1.

Spoiler:

Poe is back! Yay!

Finished Season 4 of The Magicians. I don't think there is another show that's used music better.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
DudleySmith wrote:

They're doing Woke Furries

f*ck yes! This show sounds amazing!

*squints*

DudleySmith wrote:

Woken Furies

Oh.

Never mind.

What happens when it snows in Hollywood? Walken Flurries

NathanialG wrote:

Finished Season 4 of The Magicians. I don't think there is another show that's used music better.

Song talk, in spoiler tag in case anybody thinks a song is a spoiler:

Spoiler:

Problem is that Take On Me was used in Deadpool 2 before Magicians not that long before. I think it was in something else fairly recently, too.

I agree it was well done in Magicians. Just took me out of it trying to remember the other times a down tempo version had been used as a sad song in other stuff.

Paleocon wrote:

The dad in Locke and Key has a very Keanu vibe to him.

You only saw his face close up in episode 2 I think and I was shocked it wasn’t Keanu!!

Narcos Mexico is back with season 2

The Dragon Quest movie is here, and it's wonderful. I'll leave out the subtitle to avoid provoking Baron of Hell
I suggest watching it with Japanese voices and English subtitles. The English voices don't match up with the awesome subtitles, so it's much better in Japanese. This is how you make a video game movie, great plot and dialogue, plenty of twists, and a hint of puff-puff.