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  1. #421
    Agree that Fargo is a slog. Some good characters (the nurse for example) and very good production values but the plot isnít engaging. At all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killerleft View Post
    I'm two episodes into The Queen's Gambit, also. Hooked, also. The transition from the child actress to the older teen is seamless.
    Quote Originally Posted by WV_Iron_Duke View Post
    The Queen's Gambit Netflix 7 episodes... Many years ago I read the Walter Tevis novel of the same name. It was really good and probably the best novel not connected to a series I have read in 30 years. Tevis wrote The Hustler. The Netflix series up since last Friday is outstanding in every way. IMDb 8.9 and maybe 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. The story is about an orphan girl who learns chess from the orphanage janitor and becomes a chess prodigy. However, she gets hooked on tranquilizers at the orphanage and later develops an alcohol issue The series follows her through her teens as she plays chess tournaments in the US and Europe. In the endgame she needs to play the great,established Russian Grand Masters. The story is very easy to follow and the chess matches are like watching a team you root for play in a live game. Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon will certainly get nominated for Golden Globe/Emmy awards. Two famous Grand Masters actively advised the actors and the chess content so the chess matches are accurate. Haven't watched the last 2 episodes but I know it ends well and the last 2 episodes are rated at 9.2 and 9.5 on IMDb.
    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    Really enjoyed the series, though I found episode 6 (of 7) to be weak. The main character goes down a dark path and then comes out of it without a lot of explanation. But, the whole thing manages to make chess really exciting (they play absurdly fast which is good for TV but super unrealistic) while dipping us into the lives of a few pretty compelling characters.

    Plus, you get to stare into the HUGE eyes of Anna Taylor Joy for long stretches of time, which is always a good thing

    Great actors, beautifully shot and great story until a bit of a cliched ending. The actor portraying the protagonistís childhood was superb and I was initially sad when the story aged her out. But turned out not to be a problem because, as Jason said, Anna Taylor Joy is indeed a joy to watch and perfect for the part. Very enjoyable and entertaining series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    Really enjoyed the series, though I found episode 6 (of 7) to be weak. The main character goes down a dark path and then comes out of it without a lot of explanation. But, the whole thing manages to make chess really exciting (they play absurdly fast which is good for TV but super unrealistic) while dipping us into the lives of a few pretty compelling characters.

    Plus, you get to stare into the HUGE eyes of Anna Taylor Joy for long stretches of time, which is always a good thing

    She made me blink. Several times.

    Like you say, the chess was very exciting. I would have been happier if the fates of the stepmom and stepdad were reversed. The relationship with her original mentor was special.
    Man, if your Mom made you wear that color when you were a baby, and you're still wearing it, it's time to grow up!

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    Speaking of Ted Lasso - will 2020 leave nothing beautiful unspared?
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/enter...nt/6289011002/

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    I watched a pretty good (but not great) mash up of The Monuments Men and A Few Good Men called The Last Vermeer, starring Guy Pearce. I can't tell you to go out to a theater to watch it, because that is just too dangerous for my taste, but if they ever put it on demand or streaming it is worth checking out.

    https://flixchat.blogspot.com/2020/1...iews-last.html

    In the aftermath of World War II, Captain Joseph Piller (Claes Bang) is assigned to look for Nazi collaborators in the Netherlands. His investigation into a painting purchased by Hermann Goring (Hitler’s right-hand man) leads him to Han van Meergeren (Guy Pearce). van Meergeren is a failed artist, but a very successful art dealer. Everyone suspects that van Meergeren stole works of art from Jews and made a fortune by selling them to the Nazis, but Piller refuses to jump to conclusions and when he starts to follow the evidence, he discovers something truly shocking.

    This film should probably be called A Few Good Monuments Men as it seamlessly transitions from a Holocaust drama to a courtroom mystery.
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    Quite simply, the best acted film of the year so far... Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Wow!! Chadwick Boseman goes out with far and away his most powerful performance (and the dude had several strong ones under his belt prior to this). It is basically a play turned into a movie, not a lot of action, but I adored it. It is in theaters this week and will be on Netflix next month. Don't miss it!

    Here is my 100-word review: https://flixchat.blogspot.com/2020/1...a-raineys.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skydog View Post
    Great actors, beautifully shot and great story until a bit of a cliched ending. The actor portraying the protagonistís childhood was superb and I was initially sad when the story aged her out. But turned out not to be a problem because, as Jason said, Anna Taylor Joy is indeed a joy to watch and perfect for the part. Very enjoyable and entertaining series.
    I'm through about 4 episodes of this and love it! Not a "feel good" series but man, what performances by the leads!
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

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    I concur with prior comments on The Queens Gambit. Truly binge worthy and I was not the least but disappointed when the protagonist aged out but Iím a sucker for a cute ginger girl.

    Iíve been mining some older HBO series lately while waiting on something new to pop up and I really enjoyed Mildred Pierce. Kate Winslet and the actress who played her adult daughter were both outstanding. I always enjoy period pieces. There are some unexpected plot turns in this one too.

    I also enjoyed Olive Kitteridge but thereís very little action or intrigue in this one. Just a life study of a grim and flawed character.

    Iím about 3 episodes in on Absentia and Iím engaged so far and curious how the past and present will be tied together.

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    I might have to watch Hillbilly Elegy, which doesn't make me happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    I might have to watch Hillbilly Elegy, which doesn't make me happy.
    Ugh. I had to watch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Ugh. I had to watch it.
    Bad? Or just difficult to watch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    Bad? Or just difficult to watch?
    Oh, I got in a bar fight Glenn Close a while back and she kicked the wankerizer out of me. Very emasculating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Oh, I got in a bar fight Glenn Close a while back and she kicked the wankerizer out of me. Very emasculating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    I'm through about 4 episodes of this and love it! Not a "feel good" series but man, what performances by the leads!
    Finished the series last night. The last episode may have been "cliche" but I kinda need that right now.

    I loved it. I would watch Anya Taylor knit sweaters.
    "That young man has an extra step on his ladder the rest of us just don't have."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    Finished the series last night. The last episode may have been "cliche" but I kinda need that right now.

    I loved it. I would watch Anya Taylor knit sweaters.
    Just finished as well, and also really enjoyed it.

    My favorite part was
    Spoiler!


    And I also got a kick out of
    Spoiler!

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    It is award season, so the studios are busy sending critics like me (I vote for awards as part of both the Atlanta Film Critics and Southeastern Film Critics associations) screeners for the films they are releasing. It has been slim picking so far because the studios are most assuredly holding back big titles that could have boxoffice potential due to Covid. More on that in a moment...

    Anyway, I got a couple award contenders that I wrote about this week, so I figured I would post a couple quick reviews...

    Here is my 100-word-review of Dear Santa, a feel-good documentary from the director of the brilliant Pick of the Litter (if you love dogs and have not seen Pick... SEE IT NOW!!): http://flixchat.blogspot.com/2020/12...ear-santa.html

    From acclaimed documentary director Dana Nachman (Pick of the Litter) comes the story of what the post office does with all those ďDear SantaĒ letters every year. The ones that Santa and his elves cannot answer get put aside so regular folks can ďadoptĒ the letter and fulfill someoneís Christmas wish.
    And here is my 100-word-review of Another Round, a Danish language film starring the brilliant Mads Mikkelsen that is likely to be a contender for best Foreign Language Film (and there is talk Mads could get a Best Actor nod): http://flixchat.blogspot.com/2020/12...s-another.html

    ďAnother RoundĒ stars Mads Mikkelsen (Dr. Strange, Rogue One, Casino Royale) as a schoolteacher suffering through a midlife crisis. He and three teacher friends decide to test the notion that having a little bit of alcohol all the time, even while teaching, will make them more relaxed and engaging. When, ďa little bitĒ works like a charm, they decide to test what more and more alcohol will do to their lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    It is award season, so the studios are busy sending critics like me (I vote for awards as part of both the Atlanta Film Critics and Southeastern Film Critics associations) screeners for the films they are releasing. It has been slim picking so far because the studios are most assuredly holding back big titles that could have boxoffice potential due to Covid. More on that in a moment...
    So, here is the "more on that..."

    In case you did not hear, Warner has announced that every single film on their 2021 calendar will be released in theaters... and on HBOMax AT THE SAME TIME. This is a massive shot across the bow at the theatrical viewing experience. On a day when the rest of the stock market was up, Cinemark Theaters fell 22% and AMC theaters shed 16% of tis value. IMAX dropped 8% because none of us have IMAX projectors or screens in our homes.

    The key for Warner/HBO/AT&T is how much does this drive subscriber growth at HBOMax and does that subscriber growth make up for what will probably be hundreds of millions in lost theatrical revenue. Let me tell you, it sure feels like this makes HBOMax a MUST HAVE among the streaming services. Among the titles that will be released on HBOMax in the next year are:
    Wonder Woman 1984, Tom & Jerry, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, In the Heights, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, and Matrix 4.

    So, if you pay $14.99/month for HBOMax, you and your entire family/friends/whoever can see several films that you would ordinarily pay $12-$15/seat to see in a theater.

    Of course, the question is... do you want to see Matrix 4 or Godzilla vs. Kong on your 44 inch TV with the dog barking to go out and the phone ringing versus seeing it on a 50-foot theater screen with no distractions? Do you want to listen to In The Heights or The Suicide Squad on your TV speakers or do you want it in Dolby Surround Sound from speakers with subwoofers the size of a car?

    Anyway, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the industry reacts to this. Disney is an obvious player here with Disney+ and a massive library of important titles (they are already releasing the new Pixar film, Soul, on Disney+ and forgoing theaters).

    If I had to bet right now... I would bet on a healthy percentage of middle-upper class America paying for Netflix, HBOMax, and Disney+ going forward... I think Hulu's subscription model could be in real trouble. CBS' streaming channel is probably toast (despite having a bunch of Star Trek content). I have no idea how this will impact Amazon Prime Video as I suspect a lot of Prime customers have that service for something other than video content and I'm not sure Amazon cares all that much if it loses tens of millions on streaming at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nrrrrvous View Post
    Finished the series last night. The last episode may have been "cliche" but I kinda need that right now.

    I loved it. I would watch Anya Taylor knit sweaters.
    If you like Anna Taylor Joy and like period pieces you should consider The Witch. I would imagine this would be one of her earlier star roles.

    Warning - it's not for everyone. It's extremely disturbing to the core of your bone in places, and it crosses lines in a couple places that probably should not be crossed. But those seek to be disturbing and underscore evil. It's sort of like a coming of age piece, but it's definitely a type of horror movie. With the accents you'll have to watch it in a quiet room, pay close attention, and I watched it twice to understand all that was said.

    It's one of those movies where you'll either say it was one of the worst movies you've ever seen or one of the best. I thought it was one of the best - a story well told, well-acted, and blows you away if you get into it.

    Taylor-Joy's performance is stunning and this film was expertly made and directed. The language used is completely authentic for the period.

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    I will also add that if you haven't watched Christmas Vacation yet this holiday season you need to watch it!

    Cousin Eddie is LOL funny on brilliant levels of comedy and holiday spirit.

    I've seen it too many times, but this one never gets old

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    I'm totally enjoying the Animaniacs reboot. My only complaint is the format, which seems to be the Animaniacs in a long short, than Pinky & The Brain in a segment, then the Animaniacs once again in a short sketch. In the original run, instead of P&TB every episode, they'd have others come in, like The Goodfeathers or Slappy Squirrel. None of those ancillary folks have shown up. (They did bring in a smorgasbord of big name Warner Brother characters for one sketch protesting that cartoons can't vote.)

    Anyway, the reboot is great, and of course has been brought up to date with new social topics to skewer with their brand of comedy. (Just like past presidents made it on the original, Trump has been on, as a huge orange cyclops that was totally hilarious.) And, just as with the original, there are more than many jokes that will fly right over a kid's head, bordering on totally inappropriate. Ha!
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