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New Boys Trailer (probably not endorsed by PETA):

Nevin73 wrote:

New Boys Trailer (probably not endorsed by PETA):

A-train turning maybe sympathetic is an interesting note in that trailer.

Bumblebee is on Amazon Prime. I'd heard a lot of good things about it so I watched it last night.

Man, that's a bizarre movie. It's beat for beat filmed like an 80's movie with better graphics, kind of like Russkies. I think the idea is that it's for people who played with Transformers in the 80s and their children. Only I feel like the nostalgia kick is about seven years off. It's full of early 80's nostalgia, and my sense is that Transformers were more late 80's. Maybe I just don't have a good read on when those toys were popular. Also, the Decepticons flat out obliterate a few people, and I guess we're still playing with "murder doesn't count towards movie ratings if it's sentient robots" rules. There are some weird swings in tone.

I'm not sure it works without Hailie Stanfield (even though the supporting cast are also excellent, esp. the mother and stepfather and John Cena). Also, does Angela Bassett need money this badly?

I dunno, my main emotion upon watching it was confusion.

slazev wrote:

Finished rewatching BSG. Sometimes I went for my blu-ray collection (either to watch the extended versions of some episodes or razor) and by the end I just kept with it. The video and audio quality on Amazon just seems kind of bad.

I didn't find the series a masterpiece, like my nostalgia was trying to convince me of, but I still loved it. The characters are just so good. That Baltar is a riot. A pity I haven't seen that actor in other stuff (I think he's Alucard in Castlevania). In the first seasons, it's weird to see characters be front and centre for a couple of episodes and then completely disappear for long stretches. This becomes less of problem at the latter seasons.
Season 2 is still he highlight to me, especially the Pegasus storyline.
Like the first time I watched it, I actually had no real problems with the ending like most people do.

I loved the ending of this and Lost so I’m a bad person. But every time I’ve been tempted to rewatch I can’t stomach Baltar so inevitably nope out.

I really enjoyed Bumblebee, mostly because of Hailee Steinfeld. Its most impressive achievement, though, was making a CGI Transformers movie that wasn't an incomprehensible, hyperkinetic assault on the senses of viewers.

I got the Rifftrax for Bay's Transformers trilogy recently (HIGHLY recommended!), but I made the mistake of watching Age of Extinction and Last Knight afterwards. Hadn't seen them before. I didn't think it was possible to make CGI action combat more confusing but somehow Bay managed it, getting successively worse in each of those movies. (NOT recommended! Not even for "so bad it's good"!)

Keep in mind, I'm a guy who enjoys turning his brain off for a nice mindless action movie that's all fight scenes and exploding helicopters, and even I could not stomach those Transformers movies.

I watched Midsommar yesterday. I am not a horror movie guy, but I remember seeing it praised a lot and, stupidly, I think seeing images from it shared as memes on Twitter also just kept it bouncing around in the back of my mind. I wanted to watch something while doing some work yesterday and it just floated into my brain. I liked it a lot! It reminded me of Hannibal, incredibly beautifully shot and also creepy as hell. It also had a Lynchian quality to it, a sort of dreamy feel, although the moment-to-moment plot was totally comprehensible. As soon as it ended I wanted to read/hear critics takes on it. I haven't yet sought that out but I'm sure I'll find something. Anyway, despite not being a horror guy, my enjoyment of this made me question whether maybe I should watch more horror movies. We'll see.

mrlogical wrote:

I watched Midsommar yesterday. I am not a horror movie guy, but I remember seeing it praised a lot and, stupidly, I think seeing images from it shared as memes on Twitter also just kept it bouncing around in the back of my mind. I wanted to watch something while doing some work yesterday and it just floated into my brain. I liked it a lot! It reminded me of Hannibal, incredibly beautifully shot and also creepy as hell. It also had a Lynchian quality to it, a sort of dreamy feel, although the moment-to-moment plot was totally comprehensible. As soon as it ended I wanted to read/hear critics takes on it. I haven't yet sought that out but I'm sure I'll find something. Anyway, despite not being a horror guy, my enjoyment of this made me question whether maybe I should watch more horror movies. We'll see.

Maybe check out Hereditary, Ari Aster's film before Midsommar.
I would also suggest the Scaredy Cats Horror Show podcast, its a real treat as someone who didn't think they were into horror but since I had seen all but one of the movies they covered I think it means im into horror.

I love Hereditary, but be forewarned, there is a lot of ick in there. More ick than Midsommar, even.

Check out Mike Flanagan's horror films (and Netflix series). They're all great for people who aren't normally horror people, because nearly all of them are more character driven.

My favorite of his is a toss-up between Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil (a prequel to a movie he had nothing to do with, and it does not require watching the first movie). The Haunting of Hill House Netflix series is fantastic.

Yeah Hereditary was one I enjoyed thinking about after the fact, but found it deeply unpleasant while actually watching.

Pretty much enjoyed Midsommar without qualification though.

What’s everyone’s favorite rifttracks on prime?

Kingdom of the Spiders! They get a lot of mileage out of William Shatner.

Grenn wrote:

Kingdom of the Spiders! They get a lot of mileage out of William Shatner.

Hell, William Shatner got a lot of milage out of William Shatner

BadKen wrote:

The Haunting of Hill House Netflix series is fantastic.

If not better than that!

I have a limited palate for horror, but I'm quite interested in Midsommar.

Wrong thread, but I'm extremely interested in HBO's upcoming Lovecraft Country, as Lovecraftian stuff is my biggest horror interest. I also tend to like haunted house stuff. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to watch Don Knotts' Private Eyes.

Fedaykin98 wrote:
BadKen wrote:

The Haunting of Hill House Netflix series is fantastic.

If not better than that!

I have a limited palate for horror, but I'm quite interested in Midsommar.

Wrong thread, but I'm extremely interested in HBO's upcoming Lovecraft Country, as Lovecraftian stuff is my biggest horror interest. I also tend to like haunted house stuff. I can't wait until my kids are old enough to watch Don Knotts' Private Eyes.

The Wookalar!

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