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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #270 on: February 11, 2018, 05:08:47 pm »
Watching new season of "One Day At a Time" and cannot believe Rita Moreno is 85.

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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #271 on: February 12, 2018, 08:32:34 am »
Mild Star Trek: Discovery spoilers ahead:


You know what? I gotta give Star Trek: Discovery some credit. A few weeks ago, when they jumped to the Mirror Universe I figured they were jumping the shark hard. What followed was no less than four brilliant, wonderfully Trek-y episodes that have really changed the show from "Meh, it's Trek, but it's like mid-level Voyager or Enterprise Trek" to "Shit, they fucking went and did it and I'm loving this." It's a shame it took them 11 episodes to get there (out of a 15-episode season), and they had some really awful steps along the way (including an awful "Kill Your Gays" moment and the most blatant "shocking" reveal that turned out to not be shocking at all), but by god they got there. Yes, some of the casting was just so very wrong, especially for legacy characters (James Frain makes a good Vulcan. He makes a horrible Sarek), but the main crew (or what's left of it) really does start to jell by the end. Also, I don't know who I love more - Ensign Tilly, or her mirror-verse doppelganger, Captain Killy.

The season 1 finale isn't perfect. It's ending to the Federation/Klingon war is legitimately apocryphal to stuff stated in earlier Trek series, and NONE of the villains still standing at the end of the season face any kind of comeuppance. Burnham's end speech (why she's giving one is never stated) is saccharine and feels misplaced in this series, though it would've fit better in earlier Trek's. And really, Saru has got to be the WORST choice for acting Captain ever, especially since Disco is docked AT EARTH! Was there literally no one else on the planet who could Captain this ship on a quick hop to Vulcan? No one at all?

Ah, who cares - bring on Season 2 and The Enterprise! Captain Pike, here we come!!!!


Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be trying to bleach my brain of Rainn Wilson's god awful performance as Harry Mudd.
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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #272 on: February 14, 2018, 02:07:24 pm »
Altered Carbon:



I never knew how badly I needed a show where a hot leather-clad cop fights a dozen naked Dichen Lachmans.

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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #273 on: February 16, 2018, 04:05:43 pm »
So a few shows that may have slipped under the radar to check out with the Olympics going on.

Bellevue (WGN America): "Troubled cop in small town of secrets" may be a cliche now. But when it's Anna Paquin in the lead, you can forgive it as she plays a policewoman suspecting a serial killer has returned while also investigating the death of a transgender teen. Gritty but hot as it aired in Canada already to give Paquin a chance to go nude.

Private Eyes (ION): Another Canadian import with Jason Priestly as a former hockey player turned manager. When a player goes down, he soon meet a private eye (Cindy Sampson) and they form a partnership amid nice banter.

Let's Get Physical (POP TV): Years ago, the son of "the Godfather of Aerobics" suffered a humiliating defeat at a competition. Today, he's a chubby would-be rocker when his father dies. His mom (Played by, yes, Jane Seymour) reveals that in order to claim his huge inheritance, he has to win that competition. He soon finds himself facing his old rival who's also dating his ex (AnnaLynne McCord).


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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #274 on: February 17, 2018, 06:19:59 pm »
Just when you think Marvel movies can't get better, "Black Panther" comes along.

Yes, the action is terrific and wonderful actors abounding. But it also directly addresses issues of race and Killmonger might just be the most relatable and even sympathetic "villain" of the MCU. Just a fantastic experience and timely to show how T'Challa is the ultimate Marvel bad-ass.

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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #275 on: February 17, 2018, 11:42:25 pm »
Just when you think Marvel movies can't get better, "Black Panther" comes along.

Yes, the action is terrific and wonderful actors abounding. But it also directly addresses issues of race and Killmonger might just be the most relatable and even sympathetic "villain" of the MCU. Just a fantastic experience and timely to show how T'Challa is the ultimate Marvel bad-ass.

I just got back from it, and I can only agree with your take on Killmonger. He's barely a villain (which is a shame, because he's easily the MCU's best antagonist since Loki), and his argument is extremely valid. If he'd used other methods to get his point across, the man would've been a revolutionary, not a criminal. Insane amount of depth for the "bad guy" in a "comic book" movie.

Movie's going to be huge. I live in Vermont, a state that not that long ago was "the whitest state in the Union," though we've been replaced by Maine in the last decade or so. There's not a huge black population here. I went to see Black Panther tonight and the first TWO showings were sold out, and I was told to get back to the theater a good 40 minutes before my showing started, because it was likely to sell out, too (there weren't many empty seats, though I never found out if it was officially sold out or not). And while yes, there were more black people there than any of the other Marvel movies, the audience was still predominantly white. And while I didn't take a poll or anything, there were an awful lot of smiling faces and excited talk as we exited after the movie ended. If this movie is selling out in Vermont, I can only imagine how well it's doing in other places. I can't wait to see records fall come Monday morning.
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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #276 on: February 18, 2018, 04:20:15 pm »
I went and saw Black Panther at Noon yesterday and the theater was PACKED. The showings at 6 and 9 were sold out. The two showings for today were sold out as well. I live in a small town and I've NEVER seen my theater sell out of tickets.

That being said, I really liked the movie and I thought Shuri stole the show. I'd put the film in my Top 5 Marvel films. I think that Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnorak, and The Avengers are better.
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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #277 on: February 18, 2018, 06:20:44 pm »
I went and saw Black Panther at Noon yesterday and the theater was PACKED. The showings at 6 and 9 were sold out. The two showings for today were sold out as well. I live in a small town and I've NEVER seen my theater sell out of tickets.

That being said, I really liked the movie and I thought Shuri stole the show. I'd put the film in my Top 5 Marvel films. I think that Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnorak, and The Avengers are better.

Shuri/Laetita Wright is definitely the MVP of Black Panther, and that's saying something considering half her scenes are with the impossible pretty Lupita Nyong'o right next to her.

Your top 5 MCU films is pretty close to mine, but I'm not even going to bother recalculating mine until Infinity War lands in two months. Suffice to say, BP is high on the list, and The Incredible Hulk is still at the bottom.
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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #278 on: February 21, 2018, 12:47:53 am »
Too bad Kevin (Probably) Saves the World couldn't get Rick Gonzalez to complete the mini Reaper reunion they had going on with Bret Harrison and Tyler Labine.
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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #279 on: February 27, 2018, 12:48:19 pm »
"Money dicks power."

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« Reply #280 on: March 12, 2018, 03:40:42 pm »
So that "Deception" show on ABC has an actually cool twist the previews didn't give away:













SPOILER:

It turns out super-star illusionist Cameron Black has an identical twin brother who's been in hiding and used for his tricks (like being in New York and Las Vegas at the same time). The brother is arrested for killing a woman driving but says he was set up as the corpse wasn't the same woman he'd driven with. Meanwhile, the scandal naturally hits Cameron as he spends a year searching to clear his brother's name.

Seeing news reports of a jet vanishing, Cameron realizes it's just like an illusion he pulled off. So he and his team help the FBI (with the requisite sexy agent) solve the case. Cameron realizes that the crooks were helped by a master illusionist who's the same woman who set up his brother and hints this is personal in a phone call.

So it's not just the "magician helps FBI" thing but a wider bit of Cameron searching for someone who's supplying illusions to crooks for scams and thefts and working to free his twin. Have to hand it to them, a nice turn I never saw coming.

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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #281 on: March 18, 2018, 02:24:15 pm »
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Overall, while there were some, IMHGO, defensible changes from the book I liked it.  Although I missed Aunt Beast the visit to Ixchitl was a detour in the plot and I can see cutting it.  I saw no reason not to diversify the cast so no problem there.  The acting, especially from the kids in the cast was excellent.  I especially liked how they handled The It.  Let's face it, a disembodied brain would have been cheesy so instead they had the confrontation between Meg and It happen INSIDE the brain.  Those were definitely neural pathways she and her brother were standing on and possibly the coolest thing in the movie.  The weakest was The Man With The Red Eyes.  Oh, and no promises but the dynamic between Meg, Calvin and Rowan Blanchards character may have inspired me to write porn again.
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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #282 on: March 25, 2018, 11:51:23 pm »
You know it's a good episode of Ash vs Evil Dead when Ash tells a woman not to touch his "boomstick" and yet the callback to Army of Darkness (which they mostly pretend didn't happen because they don't have the rights to it) gets overshadowed by a fight scene that involves Ash, a baby, and well, just watch it because it's very disturbingly funny.
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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #283 on: March 26, 2018, 12:59:14 am »
Quite frankly, it's a good episode of Ash when it's an episode of Ash! :)
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Re: TV & Movie Observations - They Call You 'Quack'
« Reply #284 on: March 28, 2018, 10:12:42 pm »
Just got back from Ready Player One. I loved it and anyone that grew up in the 80s and 90s will get a kick out of it too. The problem is that a lot of the kids today won't get a lot of the references of the Easter Eggs so it may take them out of the moment.
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