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  1. RedKnight

    little things that annoy the shit out of you

    People who complain about the quality of TV and films but never put their hand in their pocket to watch any of it. "Looked shit" but watched it off a video cam at the back of a cinema. Yeah, shocking revelation.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    Instant Family - Comedy with Rose Byrne and Mark Wahlberg as a couple who adopt 3 children and the hilarity that ensues. It was much better than you'd thought it'd be although it does nothing groundbreaking either. 7 out of 10 Long Shot - Seth Rogen is a journalist who becomes speech writer for his childhood babysitter who is now Secretary of State and played by Charlize Theron. Rogen does his usual schtick but Theron is quite good, it was too long (2 hours) and a lot rests on whether you buy them as a possible romantic relationship but it was fine. 6 out of 10 1917 - Sam Mendes WWI movie that's designed to look like one long take. Technically impressive, it felt slightly like a video game in that it lulls the action before the next set-piece, but it was enjoyable throughout with a good performance from George Mackay. The story is very flimsy but it's only an excuse to propel the film through it's numerous set-pieces in different settings. Clever. 8.5 out of 10
  3. Highlighting again that Neflix are not that good for TV. Their aggressive, slightly underhand, strategies may only serve to sharpen up the other studios and get their act in order. The notion that people won't wait for new eps of shows, or that they don't stand out well enough as additional content on the interface, is baffling to me but then they have all the data to hand.
  4. I found the Witcher breaking the normal Netflix mold by having enough narrative to fill it's hour long episodes. I'm also surprised they stayed so slavishly to the novellas timelines and stories. The result is a timeline that you have to pay attention to in order to realise that it's not running concurrently but enough things going on to keep it interesting. I've spent 100s of hours playing Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, it's my favourite game this gen, so I was at least ahead of the curve as I was familiar with the rules and lore of the world. It can still look a little absurd at times as the show doesn't stifle the more outrageous fantasy elements as Game of Thrones earlier episodes did. If you haven't read the books or played the game then I'm aware the story throws you in and then asks you to stretch your imagination, and credibility, at times. Either way, 8 episodes felt like enough, I'm hoping it will now tell a linear story going forward whilst finding time for stand-alone Geralt monster hunt episodes because that's always Netflix shows biggest flaw - the "our TV show is really a 10 hour movie" nonsense that plagues 90% of Netflix shows and has infected a lot of other cable/streaming shows; the Mandalorian recently nailed that balance between narrative arc and stand-alone adventures. Not a bad effort, looking forward to them cancelling it after season 3 because Netflix thinks we all have the attention spans of teenagers.
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    Upcoming TV Shows

    I await hour long plus episodes and the premise stretched thinner than tracing paper.
  6. He's a double-hard bastard saying it 3 weeks and 1000s of miles away from Klopp.
  7. Gave up on Dracula, it was too smug again from Moffat.
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    The New Leader of the Labour Party

    Hopefully. Again as with Nandy and Long-Bailey, Rayner has merit as a politician and as a person.
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    The New Leader of the Labour Party

    Nandy and Long-Bailey have their selling points as politicians and as women. Phillips' selling point seems to be loud mouth. It's not going to win her fuck all, unless she somehow ends up as deputy leader as a ying to Starmer's yang; which would also be a mistake.
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    The New Leader of the Labour Party

    I was going to mention the membership but even the majority of remainers must realise that Brexit is now inevitable. The public made that clear in the general election, we're left with a Tory majority and a Diet Coke Trump for 5 years because of the desire to leave the EU. We tried, we lost. Gotta look past it to the winnable battles now.
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    The New Leader of the Labour Party

    Jess Phillips talking about returning to the EU in 5 years on Marr today. Why the hell would you say that? Has she not learnt anything from Labour's crushing defeat less than a month ago? She might well think it, if Brexit goes as bad as we all think so will everyone, but keep it quiet. Tone deaf and as out of touch as the other people who she claims are.
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    Rate the last film you watched...

    It felt to me like the Ladybird book of that film and Taxi Driver. It was also relentlessly miserable without much to say.
  13. Currently 4th with 14839. Had a wicked streak until question 13.
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    Star Wars

    That 'find it out for yourself elsewhere' stuff has been around forever with Star Wars so I'm not that bothered about it but I agree broadly. There's no vision for the new film other than undo the Last Jedi, get in, get out and get away plus "here's a thing you'll remember". They already did the nostalgia thing with Force Awakens, I don't need to see it again, and the frustrating thing is I broadly like all the new characters but they've been poorly served by creative decisions, indecisiveness, over-sensitivity to internet boards and a lack of control/plan from Lucasfilm. Take a break from making Star Wars, find a story that's worth telling and then get in a creative team who have the ability/strength of conviction to make it. I wasn't 100% sold on Last Jedi, and there were things I thoroughly disagreed with, but you need to do more bold things like that than continue to make the same movie again and again. The prequels were bad but the stories were fine, just poorly executed. What a thorough waste of time this new trilogy has proven to be.