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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1290 on: December 01, 2017, 04:18:31 AM »
So I've finally gotten around to seeing Rwby, four years after it has been released. And by 'gotten around to seeing' I really mean that I was binge watching over the last two days, managed to get through the first three volumes, plus chapter one of volume four.

Volume three was, intense to say the least. Won't give spoilers though. ;)

YES! I <3 RWBY, been watching it since the R/W/B/Y trailers (I was a fan of Monty Oum's Dead Fantasy stuff before that, which is how I stumbled up RWBY). It's sooooo good!

Come for the amazingly choreographed fight scenes, stay for the unexpected attachment to the characters.

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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1291 on: December 01, 2017, 06:26:29 AM »
YES! I <3 RWBY, been watching it since the R/W/B/Y trailers (I was a fan of Monty Oum's Dead Fantasy stuff before that, which is how I stumbled up RWBY). It's sooooo good!

Come for the amazingly choreographed fight scenes, stay for the unexpected attachment to the characters.

Yeah I'm loving this show too now, I actually saw the first video the first day it was uploaded, watched about half of it then clicked of. Four years to rectify that, I've heard about Dead Fantasy but never watched it, I was watching Red vs Blue actually. Plus I was familiar with Rooster Teeth (from Achievement Hunter) before watching Rwby, so that's how I learnt of the show.

The world intrigues me actually, it's a very anime inspired yet surprisingly unique world. It's really wacky at times, but yeah the fighting is real good, and they can buildup characters so quickly with just a few minutes. Now spoilers but the scene where Yang is talking to Blake about her mother disappearing, that's a really good example of what I'm talking about. You could pick up a few good notes from this show actually.
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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1292 on: December 08, 2017, 02:38:14 PM »
Anyone watching the current season of History's Vikings? How awesome is Ivar?!


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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1293 on: December 08, 2017, 04:33:19 PM »
Anyone watching the current season of History's Vikings? How awesome is Ivar?!


I will be starting soon :)
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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1294 on: December 09, 2017, 04:39:01 AM »
Finally finished The Punisher. It's Netflix most solid Marvel show yet.

yes, it starts out slower, but when the action hits, it hits. While I can't say the plot was my favorite, the show was good from the beginning through the middle and slam dunked the finale. All of the other Marvel shows have some boring episodes in the middle or the beginning, and all of them wreck the finale. If I had to rate it, I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1295 on: December 12, 2017, 01:39:01 PM »
I would sort of agree. I think Punisher is probably the grittiest Marvel yet and wasn't badly acted but it was reduced to torture porn at times. The usual excuse for mass murder good, torture good, exceptions to the law good, violence with guns good and no rational thought required. It amazes me that graphically torturing someone to death beyond any requirements of the story is acceptable entertainment.

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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1296 on: December 13, 2017, 03:04:46 PM »
It's one of those things where it's so terrible it's hard to look away. That's how I felt about the torture in the finale anyway. The other stuff... Wasn't too bad.

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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1297 on: December 13, 2017, 04:36:26 PM »
It's one of those things where it's so terrible it's hard to look away. That's how I felt about the torture in the finale anyway. The other stuff... Wasn't too bad.

Yeah, the end of that final showdown between Frank and (spoiler) was pretty brutal. Thoughts in spoilers (don't read if you haven't watched the final episode).

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I thought it was a really interesting choice to show Frank *torturing* Billy, when he didn't need to. The threat was over, Billy was basically unable to defend himself, and defeated. You couldn't even argue torturing Billy was about getting information, at that point, because everyone involved was incriminated or dead.

In another show, the hero would have tied Billy up and called it a day, but that wasn't enough for Frank Castle. After he won, he went out of his way to torture Billy by grinding his face against the broken mirror glass (while Billy screamed) with a clear intent to hurt him and permanently maim him. There was no reason to do that other than a desire for vengeance, and it *was* kind of shocking to see him taking things that far.

All in all, I was impressed with how the showrunners walked the line between making Frank Castle someone we could root for while routinely reminding us he was *not* a hero. The choice to show us Frank's brutal/angry side after the climactic battle was deliberate, and a reminder to us that this "hero" has no problem torturing those who oppose him, assuming he doesn't blow their heads off in battle before that.

From a characterization perspective, I thought it was smart that they never let us feel fully comfortable with Frank's methods, even though the people he was going after were themselves evil bastards. Even when he was told repeatedly by the FBI agent that they could arrest these people, Frank was crystal clear - no arrests. He was going to execute them, or he wouldn't cooperate. Also, that finale (with him opening up to his fellow vets about how the only thing that scares him is when the bullets STOP flying) was genuinely interesting.

Finally, the way they represented the various types of PTSD soldiers can experience, and the struggles of those who've seen heavy combat to re-integrate into civilian society, was well done. It placed a spotlight on how poorly our soldiers are often served when they return from fighting foreign wars, even though that wasn't the main purpose of the show. I actually felt bad for the kid who ends up turning in a bomber because they spent so many episodes showing us how damaged he was, and how believable it was that he could be twisted into the horrific actions he took.

So yeah, all in all? I really liked the show. Tackling a character whose "superpower" is using a bunch of guns to murder large amounts of people was incredibly dicey (especially considering the American epidemic of mass shootings) but they handled it as well as could be expected.

Also, non-spoiler, but DAMN, Jon Bernthal just NAILED that role. He was so believably badass, intense, and vulnerable, depending on where they were in the story. Great acting and magnetic intensity.
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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1298 on: December 13, 2017, 08:23:36 PM »
I would sort of agree. I think Punisher is probably the grittiest Marvel yet and wasn't badly acted but it was reduced to torture porn at times. The usual excuse for mass murder good, torture good, exceptions to the law good, violence with guns good and no rational thought required. It amazes me that graphically torturing someone to death beyond any requirements of the story is acceptable entertainment.

While I think that is a fair statement, torture porn is sort of what makes the Punisher the Punisher, if you wanna be faithful to the source material right? I never read much of the conics but that was my impression

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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1299 on: December 15, 2017, 11:32:50 PM »
Yesterday I watched John Wick 2 (after finally getting around to watching John Wick a couple of weeks earlier). I *adored* the first one (among the best action movies I've seen, constantly subverting tropes while also paying homage to them) and the universe of rule-following assassins the first movie introduced, and the second movie took that idea and just blew it into super high gear.

What I found particularly enjoyable (in a good way) is that John Wick 2 is fully a fantasy in the sense that it is not set in our world, but rather, a mirror of it with different rules. It wasn't clear in the first one, but as you watch the second one, you discover it literally has the structure of a video game - cutscene/plot, John Wick fights and kills 50 redshirt bad guys (in amazing gun ballet with almost zero cuts, like that awesome hallway fight in Daredevil), there's a boss fight with a cool enemy, and then repeat. There's even regenerating health in the form of (not possible) body armor light enough to go inside a suit coat that stops 100% penetration from any bullet, which lets Wick get shot repeatedly, take a breather (let his health regen!) and hop back out.

Moreover, it soon becomes hilariously apparent that assassins having shoot outs in broad daylight and in public is not only normal in this world, it's almost blase. Assassins seem to take special care to avoid shooting bystanders, so you will literally see John Wick cap two guys in the head feet from a crowd of subway goers, who shrug, walk around the bodies, and get into the train to go their next stop. The world and its rules (which while ludicrous, are extremely consistent) develop a level of delicious absurdity to match the top-notch action.

In both movies, Keanu Reeves is the central selling point - he sells the intensity and the action scenes (both physically and in the gunplay) and the second movie succeeds in topping the first, setting up a final movie (Chapter 3?) I can't wait to see. So if you are a fan of action movies, you're doing yourself a disservice by not watching John Wick and then soon after John Wick 2.
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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1300 on: December 16, 2017, 06:53:38 PM »
I'm not sure how long ago it was shown in the US, but I just watched the first episode of The Orville.
It's quite a funny take on the old SF series, including really unbelievable plot points ;D
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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1301 on: December 16, 2017, 07:19:06 PM »
A green duck in space?
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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1302 on: December 16, 2017, 07:57:47 PM »
A green duck in space?
No, not that ;D
(I had to google it and he looks really creepy!)

This: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5691552/?ref_=nv_sr_1. It's showing on Fox.
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« Reply #1303 on: December 16, 2017, 09:38:45 PM »
I'm actually enjoying The Orville more than Star Trek: Discovery.  It's clunky and weird and I've heard it keeps getting better.
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Re: What are you currently watching?
« Reply #1304 on: December 17, 2017, 01:44:43 AM »
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So if you are a fan of action movies, you're doing yourself a service by not watching John Wick and then soon after John Wick 2.

Did you mean a disservice, @tebakutis ??

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