I only caught Don Lemon near 12(CT) and he was definitely hammered. I didn’t even think about it being on (I was working) and my dad watches it 24/7 and was actually in Times Square for New Years, Im so disappointed I didn’t get it taped for him he would’ve loved watching it back!
I decided to paint some Gundams and get caught up on the MCU today. The last film I watched was Civil War, so first up: Doctor Strange.
Or as I’m calling it, Just Imagine Stan Lee Creates The Matrix.
So this was an interesting one, structurally it’s your standard Marvel origin story, including a minor watering down of the comic character’s flaws, and all the usual plot beats we’ve seen before. But the execution is pretty fresh on account of the dialogue, the visuals, and some of the plot choices - Strange’s relationship with Christine, his methods for fighting Kaecilius and Dormammu and the organic way it sets up Mordu as a future antagonist all work very well. It’s a great example of how creators can excel inside the system Marvel Studios has set up, and it’s the movie I’ve enjoyed the most of theirs since
Civil War Winter Soldier.
It’s not wrong!
Though I meant to say Winter Soldier.
I decided to revisit Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. And the movie still feels fresh as the first time I watched it. Really, Ritchie nailed in his debut. Memorable characters, situations, intelligent plotting, this crime film (with a slight humorous touch) IMO remains the best Ritchie’s work so far. Better than similarly thematically oriented - Snatch, and that crime film is pretty good.
It’s funny, I feel the exact opposite! It has all the elements that made Snatch work but none of them fit together properly yet.
I watched a bit of Celebrity Mastermind. For those that don’t know Mastermind is a very long running, very hard British quiz show. They make the questions easier for the celebrity version but it can still be a bit humiliating for some when they get very few right.
Anyway the reason I like it is it often confounds your first impressions. I watched an episode with international rugby prop Adam Jones and I assumed he was a little thick as he looks like a wild man (pic below) but he was really good at it.
The one I watched just now had an actress from the rather vapid soap about pretty people, Hollyoaks. I wasn’t expecting too much in the way of intellectual power and she chose the war poetry of Wilfred Owen as her specialist subject and got all but one right (although she wasn’t that hot on general knowledge).
John Bradley (Sam from Game of Thrones) won that one but I kind of expected him to be clever because Sam is always in the library.
Adam Buxton was on it a few years ago and did very well, specialist subject was the works of David Bowie in the 70’s, IIRC
Yeah I know Buxton well from his podcast though and expect him to be clever (and his complete obsession with Bowie).
I like when it confounds my shallow preconceptions, they often happen the other way too. There was some posh art expert on a few weeks back who was shit and came last.
Around these long holidays they usually put on these marathon runs of shows…
I see the Twillight Zone marathon and even Banshee. HBO had GoT and finished.
What better programming ideas could there be other than marathons?
This video won this student a college scholarship;
Frankly, it should get her a TV career as well.
The Hollyoaks actress arguably benefitted from Humphreys reading all her first round questions in a hushed solemn tone whereas normally he’s pretty terrible and oddly hammy. I love the Mastermind format but he is a dreadful host (even moreso on the celebrity ones when he has to do small talk). She was very good on her subject though.
I do love it when comedians go on those shows (Christmas University Challenge with its alumni teams especially) and wipe the floor with the more high brow celebrities.
She was very pretty, he may have been influenced by that.
I always giggle a little with John Humphrys as his younger brother, Bob, was a rugby correspondent for BBC Wales. While he was getting all the big national gigs and his accent grew more plummy everyone in Wales considered him Bob’s less successful brother as he was on the telly all the time and not in some ghetto on radio 4 talking about boring things.
Bright - Lord of the Ring meets Training Day but in this world the elves never left for the Grey Havens and continued to live in the world of men as pompous rich assholes. However, the main tension is between humans and orcs with obvious class and racial undertones. I really enjoyed the film but agree with @Jim that it might have been more disappointing as a theatrical release. Usually I think films have too much exposition but I don’t think this one did enough to explain some of the things in this world. There were some great moments like with the orc tusks where they show you something and then explain it much later. All in all it was a good effort and something we really haven’t seen in film. It sets itself up for either a sequel or a series, both of which I would welcome.
I agree, there could have been a little more on the background of the world itself maybe through some news reports on in the background or something, I liked the insular feel but just a dab or two more even about the rest of the US could have definitely made it stronger.
Well to be fair I did notice quite a bit of stuff in the background but was too lazy to pay too much attention to it (in the form of graffitis and decorations, etc…).
I liked they kept a lot of mystique, plus hey it seemed to pay off because a lot of people want to know more, and that’s probably the feeling you want to leave audiences when you’ve already green-lit the sequel =P
Molly’s Game: I enjoyed it, and Chastain is great in the lead, but I didn’t like any of the Costner scenes. His big speech near the end felt completely unnecessary, and the flashbacks to her childhood add little.
The poker stuff is good but, probably due to being based on real-life events, feels a bit anti-climactic. Some of the mob stuff they set up is never really played out on-screen. It probably comes from trying to squeeze twelve years of events into a movie too.
Not as good as the other recent Sorkin-written movies, but still worth watching.
Serious question; worth watching, or listening to?
I used to listen to ‘The Newsroom’ (when it was on TV, when I was working), as an audio play, because Sorkin’s dialogue, performed by first class actors, was the draw there.
I knew I was missing out on glances, expressions, non-verbal nuances, but I was getting plenty of drama and character just from the vocal performance of the words that Sorkin wrote for that cast.
Does Sorkin, the director, create strong visuals to go with his strong dialogue?