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Subrick
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:01 pm 
 

Thoughts from being high:

Hell’s Kitchen is the fakest, most self-defeating reality show ever. Not only are the contestants willingly signed up to be verbally and emotionally abused by an Englishman putting on an act that would almost certainly be fired from any real kitchen if he treated his staff that way (and didn’t already own the place himself), but they are all made to look like the most incompetent sacks of shit ever through manipulative editing and having PAs run into the kitchen while the chefs are doing something else and deliberately fuck with them, doing stuff like dumping in more of an ingredient than needed and turning burners down or off so as to undercook the food.

The self-defeating part of this show, and this is probably deliberate in the part of the producers and network, is that the contestants are portrayed as such utter fuckups that it’s caused the winner to be refused the grand prize by the hotel or restaurant’s investors, as they all thought that hiring people like THIS to run a multimillion dollar restaurant was too risky. Can you blame them?
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waiguoren
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 8:51 am 
 

Good Australian show I watched recently about an Aussie hitman:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7472896/?ref_=rvi_tt

Definitely worth a watch, based on a movie called The Magician (I think) which I have been unable to find. Anyway, basically like an Aussie Breaking Bad, not as intense, but if you like that kind of stuff (and really, who doesn't) you'll like this.
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Methuen
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:25 am 
 

Today I discovered that Columbo films were still being released in 2003 ! Happy Sunday surprise.
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wizard_of_bore
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:46 pm 
 

Methuen wrote:
Today I discovered that Columbo films were still being released in 2003 ! Happy Sunday surprise.
I used to watch hours of that show with my Father. I always root for the bad guy and was a fan of Patrick McGoohan, in the few episodes that he was in. The criminals always believe Columbo to be this bumbling idiot. Then Columbo asks that famous line "can I ask you just one more thing?" Then the question that puts all of the pieces together, yet is something so trivial. How long have you done photography? How long have you smoked Lidel Brand Cigars? That's a beautiful car in the driveway, how often do you change the oil in it? Boom, case solved, from a trivial piece of information. One of the criminal of course never considered.
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Gunslinger21
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 7:07 am 
 

Yo did anyone else watch the Jake Paul / Ben Askren fight? that entire event was fucked dude. The only professionals involved with that event were Cunningham and Mir who are both excellent warriors. The only other redeeming factor was Snoop Dogg yelling at the top of his lungs about the "two million motherfucking dollars, on the set cuz!" lol. He yelled more about his bet than the actual fight :lol:

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CoconutBackwards
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 8:27 am 
 

Gunslinger21 wrote:
Yo did anyone else watch the Jake Paul / Ben Askren fight? that entire event was fucked dude. The only professionals involved with that event were Cunningham and Mir who are both excellent warriors. The only other redeeming factor was Snoop Dogg yelling at the top of his lungs about the "two million motherfucking dollars, on the set cuz!" lol. He yelled more about his bet than the actual fight :lol:


I've never heard of either.
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ObservationSlave
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2021 11:52 am 
 

Gunslinger21 wrote:
Yo did anyone else watch the Jake Paul / Ben Askren fight? that entire event was fucked dude. The only professionals involved with that event were Cunningham and Mir who are both excellent warriors. The only other redeeming factor was Snoop Dogg yelling at the top of his lungs about the "two million motherfucking dollars, on the set cuz!" lol. He yelled more about his bet than the actual fight :lol:


I can't think of a worse way to spend $50. Agreed that Cunningham and Mir was definitely the highlight, although Regis Prograis is an animal too. The ending to his fight was one of the stranger things I've seen, but that shouldn't take away from him at all.

I'm not even sure why I bothered with this in the first place, but after watching that PPV, I am never going to spend a single dime on anything Jake Paul-related again.

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Methuen
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:00 am 
 

Now that we've finally finished How I Met Your Mother (didn't even mind the ending, though the 'alternative' ending is a litle neater), we've been catching up on Supernatural, and tried out Parks and Recreation (nope), a couple of magic-based things on Netflix (not my cup o' tea), and finally settled on 'How to Get Away With Murder'.

Which, a few episodes into the first series, is actually really good. Decent writing, pacing, acting - the only problem I can see it is that, and I can see it coming a mile off, is that they'll bog down the whole interesting premise in badly written schoolgirl relationship drama at some point (everything from Bones to House to the aforementioned Supernatural has done this, bores me to tears).

So far so good, though, nice to have another TV progamme to watch :D
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CoconutBackwards
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2021 9:26 am 
 

Methuen wrote:
Now that we've finally finished How I Met Your Mother (didn't even mind the ending, though the 'alternative' ending is a litle neater), we've been catching up on Supernatural, and tried out Parks and Recreation (nope), a couple of magic-based things on Netflix (not my cup o' tea), and finally settled on 'How to Get Away With Murder'.

Which, a few episodes into the first series, is actually really good. Decent writing, pacing, acting - the only problem I can see it is that, and I can see it coming a mile off, is that they'll bog down the whole interesting premise in badly written schoolgirl relationship drama at some point (everything from Bones to House to the aforementioned Supernatural has done this, bores me to tears).

So far so good, though, nice to have another TV progamme to watch :D


That's a pretty good description of the problem I have with most TV shows anymore.

Interesting concept and setup, but like you said, after a couple episodes you can sense the monster looming over the horizon of bogged down, schoolgirl relationship drama that just completely obliterates any chance of me ever finishing.
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darkeningday
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 4:42 am 
 

So I just binged WandaVision and I seem to have the unpopular opinion here that the first three episodes were brilliant, but once the fourth hit it turned into completely generic Marvel movie slop, with the usual Marvel franchise-spawning cliffhanger ending, promising that if you just watch whatever next is on the Marvel menu, you'll totally get all the answers and a finite conclusion.

Yeah, right. Fool me for the hundredth time, shame on me. Way to squander a fantastic premise, film-level production values and a star-studded cast by shoving this delightfully round show into a square hole and stripping everything unique about it in the process.
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Empyreal
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 8:59 am 
 

^ Pretty much... first few episodes were cool and different and had some interesting horror-ish subtleties. The last episode was a snooze-inducing fight scene. Like how many of these do we need with no blood and entirely predictable outcomes?
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Nahsil
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 12:48 pm 
 

I see anything to do with Marvel or superhero stuff in general, I avoid. It's worked out pretty well for me!

With an exception or two, I watched Legion for a bit.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 2:08 pm 
 

Legion is brilliant... definitely give season 2 a watch if you haven't finished that. I think it's entirely separate from regular superhero stuff.
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Nahsil
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2021 11:53 pm 
 

yeah as a psychology person I liked a lot of the messages in that show, trying to sort of rehabilitate/destigmatize certain conditions as potentially having things to offer (with the right supportive environment and relationships and whatnot).
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Methuen
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PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2021 10:09 am 
 

How To Get Away With Murder is going well - we're now up to 2018, positively modern for our viewing habits. Series 4 now !

Hidden incase anyone hasn't watched it (I know I'm behind in the world of TV, someone else must be too)
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The only niggle with it so far (the angst and drama being far less than expected !) is the every-other-episode 10 minute softcore sequence - the story stops dead for some bad synth music a montage of (relatively chaste) grinding from the main cast. Why these directors don't just shoot porn and get it out of their systems that way I don't know - they used sex in a couple of episodes to actually service (snigger) the plot, but otherwise it's boring old Operation:"look at our young things in their underwear, again" time. Space in the narrative to pour a drink, I suppose.

Also - absolutely the whole cast are absolutely awful human beings. It's very Game of Thrones-y in that regard; everyone is awful, and a part of the experience is working out who is going to be awful about what 'this week'. At least the characters in House (for example) had some redeeming features (or were at least doctors - this lot of thieves, rapists, racists, nihilists, and murderers don't really provide much of a reason to care about them. Some of the background villains are moustache-twirlingly evil, too - I half expect the Darth Vader theme for one of the character's fathers. That said, some of the evil is very funny - working out precisely why people are killing / appearing to kill others is again very interesting.
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