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No lightbulbs in the future, eh?
After season 2 I'd rather castrate myself with a wooden spoon.
Gave this a try and it's a bit naff. The effects are indeed pretty wonky in places and it's painfully obvious that every exterior scene is shot on a soundstage. The show really would have benefitted from a few days of location filming on a real oil rig. Sadly, it wouldn't have helped the script.
I'm a sucker for the "group of people stranded in an isolated location, battling some malevolent presence" setup. An oil rig is the perfect setting for a horror movie/show but the potential is completely wasted here. It's weird, because although the show trades on every genre convention in the book, it isn't remotely scary.
It's all very predictable and filled with all your favourite cliches. Had to laugh when one character says "don't do that, it's bad luck" and then proceeds to do the thing himself and dies the next episode. Didn't see that one coming...
I didn't hate it, though. I was bored and it passed the time easily enough. Plus it introduced me to the history of Doggerland, which apparently is not the name for the secluded car park down by the local tip.
EDIT: I forgot to mention that the conclusion to the main mystery is stupid as hell.
This item was edited on Friday, 13th January 2023, 02:42
^ I forgot about Prehistoric Planet!
Such a shame it wasn't seen by a wider audience. I had hoped the BBC would be able to show it after some exclusivity period on AppleTV+, but so far nothing.
Hard to find 10 in any category, most film and TV this year ranged somewhere between total garbage and "yeah, it's alright...". These were the only ones I thought were genuinely good enough to be on any list:
Five Days At Memorial
Stranger Things was okay, House of the Dragon was surprisingly not terrible.
Star Trek Picard season 2 (aka. the continued and soul-destroying desecration of a once-great franchise).
The Banshees of Inisherin
Fire of Love
Prey, Beast and Top Gun 2 were all good fun.
^ I love that clip.
Big loss for film music. He wrote some incredible scores in his time and although I never watched Twin Peaks, the music is still instantly recognisable.
One of my personal favourites of his:
Cancelled, although the second half of season 1 will still be released at some point (but not on HBO Max).
Not sure how much Whedon's departure affected season 1B but apparently it wraps up the story 🤷
The latest casualty of WB's new CEO.
When the crew of the North Sea stationed Kinloch Bravo oil rig is due to return to the mainland, a mysterious fog rolls in and cuts off communication with the outside world. The crew will be driven to the limits of their endurance and loyalties and will be forced into a confrontation with forces that are beyond their imagination.
So The Mist on an oil rig. Sounds like my kind of thing.
Entirely shot in Scotland, released Jan 6th 2023.
A couple of brief shots are glimpsed in AppleTV's upcoming show teaser:
Proper trailer probably not far away.
The show is set to air in Spring 2023.
HBO Cancels ‘Westworld’ in Shock Decision
HBO has switched off Westworld.
The network has decided to cancel the sci-fi drama after its recent fourth season.
It’s an unexpected fate for a series that was once considered one of HBO’s biggest tentpoles — an acclaimed mystery-box drama that racked up 54 Emmy nominations (including a supporting actress win for Thandiwe Newton).
Last month, co-creator Jonathan Nolan said in an interview that he hoped HBO would give the series a fifth season to wrap up the show’s ambitious story, which has chronicled a robot uprising that changed the fate of humanity. “We always planned for a fifth and final season,” Nolan said. “We are still in conversations with the network. We very much hope to make them.” Co-creator Lisa Joy likewise said the series has always been working toward a specific ending: “Jonah and I have always had an ending in mind that we hope to reach. We have not quite reached it yet.”
I could see the ratings sliding further and further with each season so this isn't too surprising, but I had hoped they would give it that final season (even if it was shorter than usual).
Season 4 was a modest improvement over the deeply flawed third season, but still nowhere near the brilliance of season 1.
I never bothered to catch up with season 2 and now I'm sort of glad I didn't...
Liam Hemsworth To Replace Henry Cavill In ‘The Witcher’ Season 4 After Early Netflix Renewal
Liam Hemsworth will replace Henry Cavill in the epic drama series, taking the reins as Geralt of Rivia.
According to sources, Cavill had made a short-term deal for The Witcher and felt it was time to move on after three seasons on the show, which films overseas and has a demanding production schedule. He already has film and TV projects lined up, including the just announced The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare, in addition to the Superman return. Cavill’s Witcher co-stars renegotiated their contracts heading into Season 4, sources said.
This item was edited on Sunday, 30th October 2022, 14:49
The final episode was a bit of an improvement over the rest of the season, partly because it didn't have any of that godawful village plot. Hopefully they dispense with those characters completely next season.
I read about the "Halbrand is Sauron" rumours a few weeks ago and at the time it didn't make a lick of sense to me, but the way the reveal was handled in the show was at least somewhat plausible.
Not really liking how they turned Galadriel into such a buffoon. She's literally searching for Sauron in the beginning but somehow manages to not only fail to realise who he is, but actively enables his rise to power, ushering in a new reign of darkness in the process.
What a dumbass lol
On the plus side...
Lenny Henry died.
The ring forging scene was pretty cool.
Female Samwise won't be tagging along with Nori any more.
The end song was cool, although not a patch on 'Gollum's Song' from The Two Towers, which it was clearly aping.
One thing I was a little bit confused about...
Galadriel (and everyone else in the village) survived that cataclysmic 1000°c pyroclastic flow without being instantly vapourised. The only notable death was that weakling friend of Isildur's, and even he just looked like he'd been hit by some falling timber.
Overall, it was okay. Woefully miscast and some pretty poor writing in places, but engaging enough to check out season 2.
I was sad to see Milly Alcock go but Emma D'Arcy made the role her own in the matter of a couple of scenes. Such a great screen presence!
As for the rest of the show, on the one hand it reminds me of the glory days of Game of Thrones, back when it was about medieval political manoeuvring and not giant CGI battles. At the same time I can't help but feel that I've seen it all before :/
Took longer than expected...
This item was edited on Thursday, 29th September 2022, 20:32
So five episodes in and so far it's... alright, I guess. I like the world building and overall production value (although some parts still look surprisingly cheap, such as the CG set extensions at the Elf tower).
I particularly like the fact that they shot extensively on real locations and didn't just cheap-out by using the new video-wall tech that many other big budget productions are using. Middle Earth looks real and not a glorified Unreal tech demo like the Mandaboring. I am rather concerned about the production moving primarily to the UK for the second season, though.
The Harfoot storyline is probably the one that interests me the most, despite the questionable Irish accents and the presence of Lenny Henry. Really enjoying Nori and the stranger, although if he turns out to be Gandalf I will be... whelmed.
I've also gotten used to young Ned Stark as Elrond. Not sure I can handle any more wistful scenes of bonding with Durin, though. How many times are they going to fall out and then be reminded of their friendship? It was done better with Gimli and Legolas, too.
Speaking of the Dwarves, the marketing for this show was p***-poor on that front. Remember that promotional photo of the Dwaven princess Disa looking all p***ed off, like every angry black woman stereotype rolled into one? Turns out she's actually one of the warmest and most likeable characters on the show. Hopefully they give her something to do at some point.
Galadriel is absolutely insufferable and a total Karen, always walking in and demanding to see the manager. Hilariously arrogant with none of the skill to match. We are told that she's great but all she does is stumble from one plot point to the next. A far cry from the grace and elegance of Cate Blanchett's performance.
Halbrand is a boring recycled Aragorn, just another human destined to reclaim his lost kingdom zzzzz...
Nazanin Boniadi is completely wasted in this. Bronwyn is such a woefully underwritten character and that whole storyline is pretty stupid as well:
"Hey guys we gotta abandon the town and go to the Elf tower."
"k, should we bring any supplies?"
Arondir looks so gormless and is a total charisma vacuum. I know he's an Elf but jesus...
I'll finish on a positive. The music is pretty great! Howard Shore's main title theme fits in well with the musical legacy of the films and Bear McCreary's score has already established a number of great new themes as well. If only Galadriel was as likeable as her theme!
This item was edited on Thursday, 29th September 2022, 11:25
Holy moly, I hope Netflix has a big flashing content advisory warning at the start of this or else some less-informed viewers might be a bit shocked to find that this is not your standard Hollywood bio-pic. The film very much earns its 18 certificate (and an almost unheard-of NC-17 in the US). More info here:
If you can stomach the film's more gruelling parts (as well as the runtime), at its heart you will find an absolutely mesmerising performance by Ana De Armas. She will simply bowl you over. Julianne Nicholson is also incredible as Norma Jeane's monstrous mother.
Performances aside, though, I really couldn't tell you how much I liked the film. I think I will need to process it for a while and possibly watch it a second time to really take it in. I've read a lot of criticism about the film, some of it valid and some of it rather missing the point. Mark Kermode had some interesting thoughts on the film here:
This is going to be sensational. I was sold on the teaser trailer alone.
Blonde is an upcoming American biographical fiction film written and directed by Andrew Dominik. Adapted from the 2000 novel of the same name by Joyce Carol Oates, the film is a fictionalized take on the life of actress Marilyn Monroe, played by Ana de Armas. Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, and Julianne Nicholson also appear in supporting roles.
Could potentially be the first NC-17 rated film to be nominated for major awards.
Oppenheimer is an upcoming American biographical film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, based on American Prometheus, a biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer written by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. The film is a co-production between Syncopy Inc. and Atlas Entertainment, with Nolan producing the film alongside Emma Thomas and Charles Roven. Cillian Murphy stars as Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist who is among those credited with being the "father of the atomic bomb" for his role in the Manhattan Project—the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons. Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., and Florence Pugh also lead the ensemble cast.
Nifty trailer with the countdown. Anything from Nolan is a must-see. Might even be worth a rare cinema visit. This will have a 100 day theatrical window and I doubt I can wait that long.
I noped out just watching the trailers. Not touching this with a barge pole.
It's so depressing. You could make an awesome show or series of films from the first three games alone.
Instead we get this generic zombie apocalypse bilge. Please somebody tell the writers that there is no global apocalypse in Resident Evil.
I am somewhat teased.
lol did they seriously release a teaser... for a teaser?
Hopefully the "full" teaser gives some hint about the story because so far I'm struggling to feel any hype about this.
"I think I've seen a torrent of that... need 5.1!"
The bootleg has 5.1 DTS-HD MA audio
At least, the full Bluray and decent quality rips do. There are also lower quality rips with stereo AAC audio.
This TV show looks like a soulless cash grab with none of the wit or charm of the original.
I'll be honest, despite my initial tepid optimism I didn't make it past episode 3.
Surprised it's going straight to terrestrial, especially since Paramount+ just launched in the UK.
Step 1: Take the money and delete the review.
Step 2: Create new account and leave another negative review of the product.
Step 3: Get offered £20 to delete the review.
Step 4: Repeat until millionaire.
Xbox/Bethesda showcase was a bit of a dud. There was a huge reveal that Microsoft are teaming up with Hideo Kojima for his next game. Otherwise it was mostly previously announced titles although there were a few gameplay first-looks, such as:
Looks all kinds of janky but hopefully that's just the limitations of the console hardware.
Sadly it's more likely to be the fault of the ancient Creation engine they're using.
Hard to believe they would put this out showing such horrendous fps drops given how hotly anticipated this title is.
The map size reveal was pretty impressive, though.
PG Gaming Show coming up, not expecting much.