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Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Tumble posted:

'Another Life' popped on Netflix.... or should I say POOPED UP because boy is it a turd.

The characters are basically brain-dead, and when a few of their neurons fire they manage to fire towards what is probably the worst possible decision to make. The crew of cattle take their visors off at inopportune times, they whine when basic orders are given but don't even blink when orders that will be suicidal come down, they argue with each other for no good reason whatsoever.

The crew, as you can tell, is really quite useless. Thankfully, the show rips off other sci-fi wholesale so these dumb, stupid red-shirt-wannabe crew members have a tendency to die with decent frequency.

It's a bad show. However it is, in my opinion, watchably bad. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.

Yeah, I wanted to like it because of Katie Sackhoff (who does usually manage to salvage most scenes she's in), but couldn't really make it past the first episode. Everybody's kind of a dumb gently caress and needlessly antagonistic all the time. Also, holy poo poo the camera work is distractingly bad in some scenes. So many "sudden zoom in on face" shots that you might think you're watching a telenovela.

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Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



So I went into The Boys pretty much fearing the worst and... I actually rather like it? For one they have managed to avoid the worst excesses of the comic and reorganized things to be less contrived, but mostly it's Urban and Starr seriously elevating characters that could have been really poo poo otherwise. That loving Spice Girls scene.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



BisterdDave posted:

Is it stand alone from the regular series?

Not really, though it's fairly independent. It's got the same protagonist as the series, but due to the setting's conceit that you can just wear whatever body he looks and acts fairly different. The actual plot is largely self-contained and doesn't really touch on either season aside from some character cameos. On the whole I thought it was pretty decent, albeit pretty anime-y, with some really good animation in some spots.

Speaking of, is it just me or was AC season 2 quite a bit weaker than the first one? Kovacs is basically least interesting part of the premise, but the season is so heavily focused on him that I found it hard to get invested. At least Poe saved it, as he usually does.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



So I watched a couple episodes of the Netflix Snowpiercer show and... they turned it into a cop show? So far it's mostly about a train cop being recruited to solve a train murder, interspersed with some train relationship drama. I mean, for all I know it might turn out to be a perfectly serviceable cop show, but it borrows extremely heavily from the movie (which made me adjust my expectations accordingly) and so far it just feels really toothless by comparison.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Der Shovel posted:

Streaming rights are insanely stupid. The sixth season of Bosch came out on Amazon Prime Video in April... except not in Finland. Over here it does turn up in searches, but is not available for viewing, because HBO have it on their streaming platform.

The Expanse is available in 4K Ultra HD on Amazon Prime... except not in Finland. We just get the 1080P of seasons 3+. Presumably the 4K version is available on some other streaming platform for a time.

There's another similar thing in German Amazon Prime. An annoyingly large number of series and movies is available only in the lovely German dub, without even the option of the original English dub.

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Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Just finished up with Cobra Kai season 2. I wouldn't call it outright bad, but yeah season 1 was certainly the stronger. Especially towards the end, season 2 ended up feeling a bit... repetitive, I guess? It takes the season 1 dynamic of two characters who are committed enemies but also at the verge of reconciliation, and just copypastes that half a dozen times until just about the whole cast is caught in that dynamic.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



DorianGravy posted:

So there's a Dragon's Dogma show on Netflix. Castlevania was surprisingly good, so I'm giving this one a shot. It's based on a video game, but I've never actually played it. One episode in, I'm undecided. Has anyone here played the game?

Edit: And it's got a prestige-show opening, which is odd.

Just finished it and.... eeeeh. The production values are solid and the quality of the animation is generally good, but that's about the best I can say for it.

The protagonist is the most generic dude imaginable and never really gets any more depth. More annoying though is that they've dialed up the edginess to maximum, to the point where it kinda feels farcical. They try to go for a corruption/downfall theme, but with only 7 episodes to cram that into, the steps on that path hit back to back so quickly it just turns into misery porn.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Glottis posted:

Anyone else watching Raised By Wolves? It's so loving bonkers, I love it.

It gets extremely loving wild from the very first episode on. Yeah, it's great.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Tuxedo Catfish posted:

I'm enjoying The Expanse but there are comical and obvious accommodations made to the show for television audiences. Like it does a pretty decent job of setting up characters' motivations and state of mind through context, and then every time it has Shohreh Aghdashloo* patiently explain those motivations all but directly to the camera like the viewer is an idiot.



* or occasionally someone else's character if it wouldn't make sense for her to know about it, I'll give them that much at least

e: I haven't read the books, so I can't say for sure, but I'd bet you the show's politics have been toned down a bit too

The main beef I have with The Expanse is that the Designated Protagonist guy is just so thoroughly bland and uninteresting. But at least the show seems to realise it and gives us a lot of time with the much better rest of the cast. Especially Shohreh Aghdashloo.

Oh, speaking of cursed Sci-Fi productions, anybody else tried Another Life? God, what an utter trash fire. Katee Sackhoff tried her drat best, but there was just no salvaging it.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



married but discreet posted:

Vivarium is extremely dope.

Is there a dubbed version of Barbarians around, any language but German? From the trailer the fancy TV German of the Germans is absolutely unbearable, even worse than Dark.

Yeah it's dubbed in a selection of languages: English, French, Italian, Turkish. I've tried the English dub for a bit during the first few episodes and it did seem pretty decent, though there's a lot of variance in quality between voice actors. English Arminius in particular felt very

Edit: Against my better judgement I just watched the first episode of that Netflix Greek mythology anime Blood of Zeus. It's bad.

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Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Just watched His House on Netflix as a horror treat on Halloween. Excellent stuff, properly creepy and very well-paced. Perhaps most importantly, it manages to land with a really satisfying conclusion, which imo is somewhat of a rarity for the genre.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Finally getting around to giving Lovecraft Country a watch. I can certainly see why it's reception has been rather divided, there's a pretty sharp shift between the first episode and what comes after. But now that I've realized it's basically a gleefully pulpy 1950's Supernatural and adjusted my expectations accordingly I'm enjoying it quite a lot.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Nihonniboku posted:

With the exception of a couple scenes, the first one was a very average action superhero film. The sequel doesn't even have the benefit of good action scenes.

Edit: Lord, Chris Pine has hosed up his face with too much botox. He doesn't even look like the same person anymore.

The first one actually goes in a fairly interesting direction in the first two acts, before completely blundering it in the third. It tries to go for the point that even a superhero can't just solve every problem by fighting, no matter how strong they are, which works pretty well when contrasted with the hopeless yet seemingly inevitable carnage of the first world war. After all, you can't just go and punch the abstract concept of war in the face.

And then, of course, they had her punch the abstract concept of war in the face.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



teagone posted:

I'm 7 episodes in, and yes, this show owns. Thanks for the recommendation.

Same here. Whoever described it as "Banshee in 19th century Chinatown" was spot on. Hell, it's even got Job!

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



The John Wicks have also shown that Reeves is a very good physical/choreographic actor. Especially at his age it's very impressive, and the amount of practice and effort he puts in really elevates those movies.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



One More Fat Nerd posted:

I had seen laughable .gifs before of this movie, but hadn't actually watched this whole scene. This is shockingly bad, like, people make fun of 6 dudes dancing to lazily float a rock, but this comes off like a high school production with a multimillion dollar budget. Shyamalan knows how to direct/edit a film, he clearly just did not give a single poo poo about this movie.

I think the idea was that the six dudes were still doing the wall, and the floaty stone is just done solely by the single guy in front. But it's framed and paced so weirdly that it sure looks like the six guys are floating a single pebble.

I suspect this was also an issue of not involving the SFX guys in the shot properly. Usually you'd have a bit of collaboration with previsualisations done to make sure that the timing fits and camera angles work well with the intended effects. But here it seems just as likely that they just filmed this thing on its own in one go and then shunted it off to the CGI people afterwards, who then had the thankless job of trying to somehow cram the effects in there afterwards.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Teriyaki Hairpiece posted:

Put me down as somebody who wished Dredd got a sequel. And I hate sequels.

Dredd and Master and Commander.

Now that would be a crossover worth watching

But yeah, Dredd is one of those movies that you can really just put on any time and have a good time with, even if you've already seen it a dozen times before. It knows exactly what it wants to do and does it perfectly.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Ended up watching Nobody on a recommendation, and holy poo poo I absolutely loathed it. It's pretty obviously aiming to be a somewhat more lighthearted/less serious take on John Wick. And to it's credit, it does have some solid action and manages to land the occasional chuckle.

But goddamn the plot is just a mess. The whole movie boils down to the protagonist being called a pussy at the start, and then shooting a whole bunch of people to prove them wrong. At one point, a car full of utterly random Russian gangsters rolls in out of nowhere for the sole purpose of giving him an acceptable set of targets to brutalise. Basically, imagine a stereotypical guy in his midlife crisis constantly fantasizing about getting into fights where he could show the whole world that he's totally a secret badass who can gently caress up all the bad guys. That's it. That's the whole movie.

Sure, pretty much action or revenge movie has aspects of a power fantasy. But this one is just nothing but. The entire plot just exists in service of wanking the protagonist.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Retrowave Joe posted:

Id disagree, knowing performances are subjective. His Marvel work is good, and his chemistry with Sebastian Stan feels natural. You can tell theyre friends. He was fine in The Hurt Locker and We Are Marshall too. To me its more reasonable that Synchronic and Altered Carbon season 2 were just poorly written.

Yeah, season 1 AC already had the issue that Kovacs is just not a particularly fun or interesting character. It was largely carried by good secondary characters, intriguing plot, and unique setting. Then season 2 came along and it was basically all Kovacs all the time, whose writing had gotten even worse in that he was constantly being an rear end in a top hat one of the few remaining good secondary characters.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



I tried that Voyagers movie that Prime kept throwing at me, and it was pretty bleh. It's pretty much just Lord of the Flies in space, and not all that good at it. The setting was pretty awkwardly contrived to the point where it started getting in the way of immersion, but it was the ending in particular that fell flat: Turns out that to solve everything, the only thing to do is find the one Bad Person and remove them and society is saved. The entire thematic conflict between altruism and egoism is completely externalized into one villain, who is neatly disposed of. There's never any sort of reckoning with the fact most of the crew was pretty on board with the tyranny, just a one-sentence aside that they'll try more democracy in the future which apparently solves everything.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Deadite posted:

I think the character design is fine, it's the animation itself that is offputting to me. Like the frame rate is lower than it should be or something. I think in animation it's called inbetweening that makes motion look more fluid and this show seems like it's missing that.

Pretty much, yeah. Usually, a lot of 2D animation is drawn "on twos", which means you have a fully drawn frame of your character every other frame. So if the show is running at 24 fps, you have 12 frames of your character. Most of the time that's enough to look decent unless you've got very quick or complex motions, in which case you'd have to fill up the remaining frames, which is known as inbetweening. What Invincible seems to be doing is animating on threes and even fours when they think they can get away with it, like in slow dialog sequences. Sometimes they're using other tricks like taking a still frame of a character and wiggling it around or zooming it in or out. All of those things are basically hallmarks of having to work around a limited budget.

As for the show itself, I unfortunately bounced off of it pretty hard after one and a half episodes. I can see what it's going for, but it didn't land for me. In particular, having the whole brutality frontloaded in the first episode. I get why they did it pretty early to set the tone for the rest of the show, but at that point all the characters getting murdered were hardly even characters to the viewer. Going extra hard in the gore department just came off as a transparently artificial attempt to give the scene more impact that completely fell flat for me. Not to mention that it (together with the casually murderous alien invasion later on) really smacked of '90s style "this is a MATURE comic for ADULTS, it's got BLOOD and GUTS" edginess.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Desperado Bones posted:

Kingdom.

It's a show, a Korean period drama. But with the Train to Busan zombies.
It's loving rad.

Yeah, it's legit. Come for the zombies, stay for the courtly intrigue.

Actually, I lied. Stay for the hats.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



I'm currently giving that new Netflix show Trese a try, and so far I'm liking it pretty well. You could kind of describe it as Dresden Files set in Manila, It's about a magician/detective who basically steps in when the local magical underworld acts up. As far as I can tell it also seems quite authentically Filipino, drawing heavily from its local mythology.

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



regulargonzalez posted:

Oh thanks for this, my partner is Filipina and I bet she'll love this -- as long as it's not too scary. She is very sensitive to scary movies and shows. If there is like, really creepy looking manananggals or smth then idk.

It's not exactly creepy in the "spooky" sense, but it does have a fair bit of gore and body horror going on. For example, the third episode featured a tiyanak, and the artists certainly had some fun designing a gross vampire monster baby thing.

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Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Punkin Spunkin posted:

Record of Ragnarok always struck me as one of the most incredibly basic series. I tried pushing through the manga but eh. In terms of the characters, premise, fights, it all genuinely feels like something i could have created (and wouldve adored) at 10 years old. Take that as you will, I'm the minority among goons and most people who seem to loving adore it but it's always been an enormous EHHHH to me.
Of course as an anime it'll possibly be more entertaining just with the battles and poo poo animated, and im sure it'll fit the niche for anyone looking for some fun stupid action...but i mostly found the manga an incredible loving bore with some of the most generic character design/fight choices.

Not knowing the manga, I actually bounced off of the anime pretty hard and bailed after like one and a half episodes. The main issue I had with it was that it was almost entirely tell, don't show. The various spectators will spend like ten minutes verbally telling you how the combatants are the hottest poo poo in the world and how this fight is going to be the most epic poo poo you've ever seen. Then you get maybe ten seconds of things actually happening presented so obliquely that it may as well have happened offscreen, followed by another ten minutes of spectators losing their minds and telling you about how what just happened was so extremely unexpected and epic and should totally have been impossible. It very much felt like the writers getting high on their own farts and completely obliterated any stakes or pacing.

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