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Looks like I chose the wrong month to drop my Netflix sub.

I'm up to episode 7, and I'd be lying a lot of I said I wasn't enjoying it immensely. It takes some enormous liberties with the books but I honestly don't think that's a bad thing, although it is very...... Hollywoodized in places. In some places, that would mark me as a heretic.

More than anything, Seeing Liam Cunningham getting very cross and walking over everyone and everything else is worth the cost of admission alone. He's so good.

Just binged the whole lot yesterday and enjoyed it. Haven't read the books - but if these 8 episodes condense the book... I am probably glad I didn't read it. This series had about the right pace for me.

Any news on the filming of Zelazny's Amber?

Bring it on!

I've not seen an adaptation, that i was aware of anyway, handle itself in this way. It's not just a condensed version of the first book, but it covers the entire breadth of ALL 3 books. This is left open for a S2 so they can continue along this path going forward.

The Korean adaptation of Money Heist is really good and references a lot of uniquely Korean culture and history. Wealth inequality, north south resentment, etc. I loved the Spanish original and was afraid it was going to be derivative but it’s super well written.

I am loving Guy Ritchie's "The Gentelemen" episodic show.
Theo James at his best and the actress that plays his partner Sarah Glass is fantastic. And you can't not love Vinnie Jones and Joely Richardson

I think I only have a few episodes left so I hope it gets another season. (I probably shouldn't put that out there as it will assure that Netflix cancels it...)

fangblackbone wrote:

I am loving Guy Ritchie's "The Gentelemen" episodic show.
Theo James at his best and the actress that plays his partner Sarah Glass is fantastic. And you can't not love Vinnie Jones and Joely Richardson

I think I only have a few episodes left so I hope it gets another season. (I probably shouldn't put that out there as it will assure that Netflix cancels it...)

We watched the first episode and it was great!

The actress that plays Glass reminds me of a young but taller Lily Allen.

I remember her from the Maze Runner movies.
Entertaining stuff as expected from Guy Ritchie.

I've somewhat enjoyed 3 Body Problem. It's much better than the Chinese version which was too ponderous, too melodramatic, suffered censorship and did some weird changes. However, the Netflix version is too fast paced. There's no time to sit and feel the dread of the situation, work on the 3 body problem itself (which kinda gets solved by episode 3) and it's too westernized.
One of the biggest downsides of the books is the characters. The focus is much more on the hard scifi. Still, I'm not a big fan of the character changes. They clearly fear having different characters between seasons so they shuffled/merged characters and the same group will be used for the entire show series. I'd prefer a bit more decentralization but that's the problem of reading of the books, I guess.
Oh, and some actors just don't work (I'm looking at you Eiza).

The hard scifi changes are predictable... They alienate (giggle) more people than the soft push they're doing.

I watched Blue Period. A anime about an art stufent and his journey from realizing he loves painting to his entrance exam into Tokyo university of Art. Absolutely excellent piece of drama especially if you have dabbled in art or consider yourself an artist. Good stuff!!

NathanialG wrote:
fangblackbone wrote:

I am loving Guy Ritchie's "The Gentelemen" episodic show.
Theo James at his best and the actress that plays his partner Sarah Glass is fantastic. And you can't not love Vinnie Jones and Joely Richardson

I think I only have a few episodes left so I hope it gets another season. (I probably shouldn't put that out there as it will assure that Netflix cancels it...)

We watched the first episode and it was great!

I posted about this a page of so back. I guess it has been super successful so a second season is a no brainer. If you haven't watched the movie yet, do it!

I’m really enjoying The Gentlemen. I must give Three Body Problem a good go. All of a sudden there seems to be a lot of streaming series that I’m actually into.

I didn’t realise the whole of Physical 100 season 2 wasn’t up on Netflix and the latest episode, as with every episode, stupidly ends on a mid match cliffhanger. It’s the only downside of an otherwise phenomenal show and a completely unnecessary thing to do as the episodes, thanks to a wealth of fascinating characters from the Korean sport and fitness scene are compelling enough to keep you hooked.

So finished 3 body problem and I really liked it … production and acting are really top notch. The last episode was … not was I hoping for but that may be my fear of Netflix canceling it if it doesn’t do well. If a season 2 does happen then I will change my opinion but it definitely ended assuming there was going to be a next season so it wasn’t what I was expecting. Hopefully that was vague enough to not be considered a spoiler. Overall I will say that it is a great series and definitely worth watching.

Enjoyed Damsel.

karmajay wrote:

Enjoyed Damsel.

I did too.

I'm giving Three Body Problem a shot despite it being an Abramsesque mystery box thriller made by the Deebs from Game of Thrones which raises more red flags for me than were waving in the opening prologue.

I enjoyed the first 2 eps. The only real issue I had was that I almost felt spoiled having read the books. Some of the key moments and mysteries definitely felt like they would have been more impactful otherwise.

I enjoyed Damsel too. I need to look up the voice of the dragon to see if it is the Chrisjen actor from Expanse.

I have to admit I could only get through the first 5 minutes of 3 Body Problem.
I mean, if it had that effect on me, it must be well done. But it was too close to home and I am sure that is the point. But I just had to walk away. And I love me some Benedict Wong... But I couldn't even make it till he showed up.

Last thing is: I finished and loved Furies!
Bring on season 2 please (pretty please?!)

Finished 3 Body Problem and enjoyed it immensely, I’d be lying if I didn’t say otherwise. For all the changes they’ve made, I didn’t really have an issue with any of it as it’s fitted with the very condensed plot / story focus they’ve gone with.

It’s going to be very interesting to see how they deal with all the future technology stuff in the next season.

Started The Gentleman and it’s got all of Guy Richie’s less pleasing characteristics in it and I’m struggling a little. There is a direct line from Richie to the 1990s lad/ladette culture ideology and Richie takes it all very much at face value, which has always been one of his major failings for me. It’s purile male wish fulfilment, even the ‘strong’ women are dealing in the same philosophy. There’s a total lack of self awareness to it all.

They have however absolutely nailed the casting and they are doing very well with the material. That alone is keeping me watching beyond the first episode, but not sure much longer - I’ve just reached the ‘Ray Winstone being Ray Winstone’ and it’s such a flat note it jars you out of the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Gentlemen. I’ll pounce on a season 2 (I think one’s been commissioned.) Suzie Glass is a phenomenal character in my eyes and the main guy, the younger brother, is actually generally calm and controlled. It’s the older brother who could be said to be ladish and he’s a very sad character throughout.

There are actors who never disappear into their roles for me but Ray Winston is such a delight both as a character and as a human being that he only adds to my enjoyment of anything he’s in. The only thing the brought me out of his performance a little was how much I came to admire his glasses.

Did you listen to Ray Winstone on Off Menu? I expected him to want to eat jellied eels and tripe, but he has a house on Sicily and has a dream menu of fish, fresh pasta and Italian wine.

DudleySmith wrote:

Did you listen to Ray Winstone on Off Menu? I expected him to want to eat jellied eels and tripe, but he has a house on Sicily and has a dream menu of fish, fresh pasta and Italian wine.

Oh no I didn’t. I’ll have to listen to that episode.

Finally got around to watching Top Gun: Maverick (now available in the UK) and it was stupidly, annoyingly good.

Sorbicol wrote:

Finally got around to watching Top Gun: Maverick (now available in the UK) and it was stupidly, annoyingly good.

It was pure popcorn.

I hate that I enjoy Tom Cruise's movies, including TG:M. I really enjoyed watching him get killed over and over (and over) in Edge of Tomorrow.

JLS wrote:

I hate that I enjoy Tom Cruise's movies, including TG:M. I really enjoyed watching him get killed over and over (and over) in Edge of Tomorrow.

Yeah, but at least Edge of Tomorrow has the amazing Emily Blunt.

Top Gun: Maverick is more testosterone driven, but yeah, it is insanely slick. On the other hand, MI: Dead Reckoning 1 has a cast chock full of amazing women actors: Hayley Atwell, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby (who is freaking incroyable in Napoleon, check it out), and Pom Klementieff, who doesn't say much but makes an outstanding action star.

Tiny Tom & McQ are a perfect team for visually stunning and easily digestible popular movies.

I love that movie.
I just re-watched Edge of Tomorrow a little over a week ago

And I really did enjoy MI Dead Reckoning pt1 if that is the latest one.

I felt the last MI needed trimming down, a lot. Splitting it in 2 parts seems like a mistake. Didn't enjoy at all the fate of one of the characters.
Anyway, anything after Fallout would always be at a disadvantage.

Monk is on Netflix and I find Monk amazingly watchable.