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Gave the 12 Monkeys series a try a while back since it started showing up in my recommendations recently after rewatching the movie and someone with similar tastes also suggested it. Been watching a lot of intense, deep and dour dramas or thriller shows recently so I think my brain just wanted something more pulpy that also wasn't a huge investment, and everyone is talking about Dark right now which as mentioned is more of the same, so I gravitated to the same concept as Dark but done without the condescending attitude, I guess.

Immediately liked how it veered away from the storyline of the movie almost immediately in order to tell a different story. Apparently they created it as an original series but making slight tweaks to make it fit into the movie in terms of background was what got them their funding.

Finished it last night, which is an achievement since I am very particular about the sci-fi/fantasy stuff I get into, and usually gravitate towards dramas.

It's not without it's faults, mostly caused by the subject matter itself as time travel narratives always end up having issues around forced character motivations, obvious plot threads since everything needs to be connected, weird conveniences, etc. It also has the issues associated with being a Canadian low-budget sci-fi production and with what I can only describe as a typical basic cable production style. And it also suffered from the typical sci-fi trope where the bad guys apparently had to make it clear visually that they were the bad guys.

But as a whole I enjoyed it a lot, obviously. They made the characters interesting and complex, to the degree that even characters that start off as annoying eventually become intriguing. They dealt with interesting subject matter involving free will or whether murder is justifiable or whether redemption is possible. There was also a lot of levity. It meant the characters actually felt like real people who were engaging as opposed to similar content that sometimes leaves you feeling they are empty vessels to tell a time loop story.

If you give it a shot, keep in mind that the first season is by far the weakest. With most of us having a neverending watchlist, I know saying "it gets good in the second season" isn't a compelling argument. Just saying that if like me you are interested enough in the first few episodes, it's an assurance that it only goes uphill from there.

I watched the weirdest movie last night: Terminal, starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, and a few British actors I’m not familiar with who were also quite good.

It’s kind of a neo-noir that oozes style and has some great funny bits. Critics didn’t like it much at all, but I enjoyed it for what it was. Pretty much a showpiece for Robbie. Pegg is brilliant in it. I loved the neon lit production design and the sparse, gritty settings.

The downsides are that the script is kind of all over the place and tricky to follow. Several dead ends even. The ending is weird and inconclusive, which I found unsatisfying, but it didn’t ruin the movie for me.

If you’re a Margot Robbie fan, or if you’re in the mood for a moody film that’s long on style but short on substance, you might enjoy it.

21% at RT. Yikes.

Cumulative worldwide gross: $800k. Wow, that's bad.

Like I said, Critics didn't like it much at all. It's not for everyone.

It had a very limited release, and pretty much went straight to disk & digital.

Stele, you must've hated The Thing, too. That was universally panned as well.

Grenn wrote:

Stele, you must've hated The Thing, too. That was universally panned as well.

Well I wasn't even 2 when that released and it was rated R. By the time I got around to it, everyone loved it and had recommended it. And it did make it's budget back at least.

Just reading about it, it's a good thing it did get destroyed. Universal bought out the rest of Carpenter's contract, and then he had to go make Christine, Starman, and Big Trouble In Little China instead of sticking with them. I don't know what I'd do if Big Trouble didn't exist exactly as it does.

I quite enjoyed Zomboat. It's a quirky English comedy series about a zombie outbreak where two sisters try to flee Birmingham and reach London. The twist is that they use a narrowboat, which is a distinctly English invention built to (very) slowly travel through canals that were built during the Industrial Revolution.

I’m finally back on Cloak & Dagger. It’s got a little bit of the rushed CW pacing but the characters have complexity that doesn’t feel shoehorned.

I’m getting a slight twinge of concern after they start to become comfortable with their abilities, because that threshold is where things more easily fall apart, for me at least.

No need to worry since it was cancelled.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

No need to worry since it was cancelled.

Yeah but I’ve still got a season and a half.

Mark Hamil as a guest on an episode of What We Do in the Shadows was hysterical, amazing, and so good I didn't recognize him until the last few minutes.

Mixolyde wrote:

Mark Hamil as a guest on an episode of What We Do in the Shadows was hysterical, amazing, and so good I didn't recognize him until the last few minutes.

It took me a minute to recognize him as well, but boy was he great!

Mario_Alba wrote:
Mixolyde wrote:

Mark Hamil as a guest on an episode of What We Do in the Shadows was hysterical, amazing, and so good I didn't recognize him until the last few minutes.

It took me a minute to recognize him as well, but boy was he great!

Yep!

Been watching Into the Dark tv or movie series. The show comes out only once a month. Each episode is a horror themed and represents a different Holiday. Each episode is over a hour and half and plays more like a movie. Some episodes were very good and some bad and some a mix of the two. All of them have been slow to start accept for one movie.

Some of the episode might be politically charged or some people might be triggered over a few episode.

Season 1 Episode 10 Culture Shock
This starts off in Mexico with a young woman trying to cross the border into America. Her plight is the most scary thing in the episode. She has to deal with being raped and rape attempts. She has deal with the runners ripping her off. She has to deal with the drug cartel. She takes a kid under her wing and tries to protect him. And all this is happening while she is with child. Then the crazy horror stuff starts up when she hits the border.
Don't read the next part if you plan to watch this.

Spoiler:

The horror part here is the matrix. The US takes people they catch crossing the border and plugs them into a VR matrix type world where everything is perfect. Our protagonist wakes up in this world not knowing how she got there. She thinks that America just took her in.

After a bit the weirdness starts to build and she figures out nothing is real. The rest of the movie is her breaking out and freeing the other people. The only person she didn't save is the guy that raped her. She chokes that dude to death while he is still hooked up to the machine.

This was my favorite episode so far. I fully expected to see a lot of hate on this episode but it seems to be getting a lot of high marks. I think that might be because the people that might hate this just because of the politics probably didn't watch more than a few minutes of it because it is mostly in Spanish.

Hulu is planning quite the October.

Into the Dark: School Spirit
Everyone seems to hate this one but I liked it. This is basically The Breakfast Club with murder. I think the slow reveal turned people off. You don't find out what is going on until a hour into the show. The final declaration made the movie/tv show for me.

Into the Dark: Pure
This is a play on those purity camps where dads take their daughters to so the daughter can pledge to them that they will be a virgin until marriage. Kind of looks like a marriage ceremony and kind of creepy. I like the idea but this was by far the worst episode/movie for the series. They didn't really explain things. I'm not sure if the girls were being raped or not,. Why did the thing come now, I know some of the girls were treated poorly but what about the other girls. Why were they all onboard with murder. dumb all around. I wanted to ugly cry after watching this.

tboon wrote:

I started a Justified rewatch too. Can confirm it still holds up.

Both 'Justified' and 'The Americans' are two of the best quality TV shows I've watched over the past twenty years and recommend them to anyone that will listen. I'd place them right up there next to my praise for 'Breaking Bad' and 'Deadwood' for pure level of quality across the board.

I keep saying I'm going to watch Justified again right after I finish x, y and z. Maybe I should just do it.

Stele wrote:

I keep saying I'm going to watch Justified again right after I finish x, y and z. Maybe I should just do it.

Yes, you should do x, y, and z right after a Justified re-watch.

Stele wrote:

I keep saying I'm going to watch Justified again right after I finish x, y and z. Maybe I should just do it.

X kinda sucks. Y is OK, but has a bad ending. Z is very derivative.

Just watch Justified.

So my wife and I fell off with the Americans towards the end of season 2. Is that a known dip in quality?

December 26th.

Happiest Season, with Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, was good. Intense, at times, but funny and entertaining. Worth the watch.

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