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That would be logical. However without telling me a bit more explicitly I was just confused. It is a big movie with lots of stuff happening so it isn't a deal breaker but it does make it feel like there is a lack of polish.

farley3k wrote:

That would be logical. However without telling me a bit more explicitly I was just confused. It is a big movie with lots of stuff happening so it isn't a deal breaker but it does make it feel like there is a lack of polish.

Yeah I hear you. That did throw me a bit, and I had to struggle to figure out where the extra people (I think there was more than just the one?) came from.

I enjoyed Matrix 4. Maybe there was a bit of that meta commentary at the beginning but it passes quickly and becomes a cool matrix movie with some new world building.

Agreed. Really liked it. Not sure where it stands vs the other 2 sequels. That will take some rewatch and thinking.

There wasn't any one standout scene as cool as M1 bullet time and helicopter escape, or lobby scene... or M2 freeway chase. But there was a lot of very fun stuff.

Crawley wrote:

Watched the first two episodes of Station Eleven. This is a post apocalyptic dark comedy(?). Really not 100% what genre this falls under. I have laughed a few times. But it has me interested. Some good characters and a the way the world works and the people in it has me curious. It jumps around in time quite a bit. Sometimes 2 years in to the future, mostly 20 years ahead, but also days before the world fell apart. So if you hate shows that jump all over the place at any given moment this may not be for you.

The second episode gives off a Carnivàle type vibe with the odd wandering theatre troop but dark stuff afoot.

I’m going to keep with it just for the mystery and general oddness of it. I give it a check it out recommendation.

Not being a subscriber, I can't say anything of the adaptation. But the novel is something I very much enjoyed, but also had often the distinct air of being the work of a dilettante in the genre. Kinda curious if something similar happens in the adaptation.

Thought the new Matrix was a bucket of Meh. It was good to see Neo and Trinity and some of the old set but the storytelling just wasn’t there for me. Way below the original movie and possibly below the sequels too. Needed more Kung Foo and less Swarm in the fight scenes and the last scene with Neil Patrick Harris made no sense to me.

Ego Man wrote:

the last scene with Neil Patrick Harris made no sense to me.

Just a variation on the phone call at the end of the first. Going to fix a few things with your matrix, just letting you know.

Stele wrote:
Ego Man wrote:

the last scene with Neil Patrick Harris made no sense to me.

Just a variation on the phone call at the end of the first. Going to fix a few things with your matrix, just letting you know.

Spoiler:

I did not understand why NPH’s character was so easily able to handle Neo by moving so much faster than him earlier in the movie but in the last scene, Trinity was able to kill him and bring him back without any resistance

Ego Man wrote:

Thought the new Matrix was a bucket of Meh. It was good to see Neo and Trinity and some of the old set but the storytelling just wasn’t there for me. Way below the original movie and possibly below the sequels too. Needed more Kung Foo and less Swarm in the fight scenes and the last scene with Neil Patrick Harris made no sense to me.

Agreed.

Ego Man wrote:
Stele wrote:
Ego Man wrote:

the last scene with Neil Patrick Harris made no sense to me.

Just a variation on the phone call at the end of the first. Going to fix a few things with your matrix, just letting you know.

Spoiler:

I did not understand why NPH’s character was so easily able to handle Neo by moving so much faster than him earlier in the movie but in the last scene, Trinity was able to kill him and bring him back without any resistance

Well...

Spoiler:

Neo also couldn't fly then either. Seems both of them, in their bond together, can do whatever they want. Pretty sure NPH described that when talking about creating his new Matrix. Alone they were nothing, together perfect for him, but too close together and things blew up in his face.

Finally sat down and watched the first episode of Mare of Easttown today. As someone who grew up in Delco: hollllyy sh*t did they nail just the...despair of the whole place. The dreariness of it. The sadness. Holy f*ck I'm impressed.

Veloxi wrote:

Finally sat down and watched the first episode of Mare of Easttown today. As someone who grew up in Delco: hollllyy sh*t did they nail just the...despair of the whole place. The dreariness of it. The sadness. Holy f*ck I'm impressed.

I am not from the area, but I thought it hit the East coast, working-town, bleakness on the head. Many towns in MA that I spent time in as a younger guy had that same thing. It was spot on.

Garth wrote:
Veloxi wrote:

Finally sat down and watched the first episode of Mare of Easttown today. As someone who grew up in Delco: hollllyy sh*t did they nail just the...despair of the whole place. The dreariness of it. The sadness. Holy f*ck I'm impressed.

I am not from the area, but I thought it hit the East coast, working-town, bleakness on the head. Many towns in MA that I spent time in as a younger guy had that same thing. It was spot on.

I believe it. A lot of blue collar communities like that are likely very similar.

Rewatched Barry and damn. Just the greatest show.

Watching the first episode of Peacemaker. So far so good. It is going to hold up.

The intro is so good:

Does Peacemaker take place after the events of The Suicide Squad?

Yes because they are talking about operation Starfish.

Ah perfect, thank you.

Okay I'm sold. This is f*cking hilarious from jump.

37 minutes in....I am really bored. The intentional cringe worthy humor that I know I am supposed to be rolling my eyes at etc. It just doesn't work for me.

And it is slow. It is only 10 episodes or something so I expect they need to pad stuff a bit but it is so slow....

I really enjoyed it!

Yeah, really liked the first episode of Peacemaker, looking forward to more.

Agent 86 wrote:

The intro is so good:

I've watched this like 40 times. It's only from YouTube comments I see that Eagly misses his mark at the end. That makes it EVEN FUNNIER.

The Righteous Gemstones is swinging hard in season two and I'm loving it.

OG_slinger wrote:

The Righteous Gemstones is swinging hard in season two and I'm loving it.

Is that the one with John Goodman?

Yeah.

They expect James Gunn to go back to Disney after what Warner Bros. let him do for Peacemaker?

Stayed up late last night to watch Conspiracy which is an old movie with Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci as Hermann and Eichmann, respectively. Entire movie is about how the Nazi administration met on a single afternoon in early 1942 (?) to plan out their precious Final Solution.

Great ensemble cast and really well done exploration of the banality of evil. They could just have easily been discussing school zones or annual production metrics. But here they are plotting how to murder millions.

They certainly highlight their virulent racism but the most emotion shown was by Colin Firth's (?) character, an attorney who wrote the Nuremberg Laws that codified the lesser status of Jews in the early 30's, getting apoplectic because they were just going to kill everyone with no legal pretext. He wanted respectability with his genocide.

I don't know the historical accuracy (movie made a big deal about records management and keeping their plans secret because of course they knew it was wrong), but it was worth staying up late for. Stomach churning.

Beforeigners season 1 was awesome. High concept drama.