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Re: The Gifted (2017) TV Series Season 1

Postby ctaulbee » Dec Mon 11, 2017 11:31 am

ctaulbee wrote:The Gifted (2017) TV Series Season 1
EFX Rating30 stars
Just a couple of episodes in on this one but I like it so far, it's a X-Men type show with a pretty good cast and a decent story so far, time will tell, so I'm at three stars for now, subject to change later as the show progresses.


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After six episodes now it has really slowed to more focus on character relationships and less on action and effects based on character abilities.  This seems to be a trend with shows these days they have a cool idea and start off with a bang then soon spiral into a slow drivel of more or less soap opera type character arcs with nothing to do with the original premise of the show, boring...

I don't know how many episodes are left but I'll be in no hurry to finish them, if I do at all.
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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby alienmem » Dec Mon 11, 2017 5:04 pm

The Last show I saw was The Deuce and it was awesome!
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Star Wars The Last Jedi (2017)

Postby ctaulbee » Dec Fri 15, 2017 9:51 pm

Star Wars The Last Jedi (2017)
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Watched it today, was much better than The Force Awakens, had a few things I disliked but overall it was pretty entertaining, I'm not going to get into it much to avoid any spoilers here other than to say it was worth the ticket price IMO

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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby Fogdude » Dec Mon 18, 2017 2:46 pm

Bad Blood (2017) TV Miniseries
EFX Rating35 stars

This was a good series. I was curious to see how Kim Coates did in it & he was quite good. It's not the typical mobster film, but it is gritty & realistic. Of course, they couldn't take much license with it, since it's based on true events, but I enjoyed it. My wife liked it less. She doesn't get much from other films like Goodfellas or Donnie Brasco, either, which I liked very much. I would have liked to see it expand on into another season, but I suppose they had to stop somewhere. I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but it came as no great surprise. Still, it was a bit unsatisfying. My wife thinks they left it a bit open so they could revive it, if it seemed economically viable. I'm not sure I agree with that.
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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby ctaulbee » Dec Sat 23, 2017 7:22 am

Bright (2017)
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Bright pulls off the dreadful trifecta of being a ridiculous, boring and confusing film all at once. It's basically a series of disconnected episodes that work fairly well individually as standalone action sequences but don't mesh together in any kind of meaningful way. In the end, it's the kind of vaguely intelligence insulting lackluster blockbuster that people would typically describe by saying "I'll just catch it on Netflix."

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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby chouette » Dec Sat 23, 2017 2:50 pm

Seems like a description for an art house movie CT. ;)

I watched 2 very good movies with the family this week.

American Assassins (2017) - I've come to really like Dylan O'Brien as an actor in both TV Series and movies. The movie has a lot action with a great cast including Michael Keaton. It has it's flaws like most movies, but it kept us entertained.

EFX Rating35 stars

Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (2017) - The first one was pretty good and funny. This one was just as good and entertaining.

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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby ctaulbee » Dec Sat 23, 2017 2:56 pm

chouette wrote:Seems like a description for an art house movie CT.


Haha one would think but no it's a Will Smith Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Action flick that just started streaming exclusively on Netflix, I think it's a Netflix production at any rate it's pretty sad beyond the gloss, the action and effects are spectacular but the story is goofy and the dialog is really dumb at times mostly due to them trying to make it funny when it's not lol.

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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby Fogdude » Dec Mon 25, 2017 7:25 am

Elementary (2012-) TV Series Season Two
EFX Rating35 stars

Just finished season two of this ongoing series. The characters are really starting to grow on me & I found myself actually eagerly anticipating new episodes each night. Yes, I'm bingeing them. It's turning out to be quite good. They've grown the characters well & I'm really enjoying the increasingly acerbic & sharp wit of Sherlock. He never balks at firing a stinging barb at someone he dislikes or scorns, which is virtually everyone. His painful honesty about his own superiority is amusing. I guess he reminds me of me. Looking forward to the coming seasons, but I'm going to clear my mental palate with a hiatus to check out a new series my wife voiced an interest in. That will be my next report.
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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby ctaulbee » Dec Mon 25, 2017 2:47 pm

The Snowman (2017)
EFX Rating20 stars

Rating: R (for grisly images, violence, some language, sexuality and brief nudity)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense


The critics hated this film even though it features an all-star cast including Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg and J.K. Simmons. I did not however hate it, I'm a fan of Tomas Alfredson's previous works  Let the Right One In (2008), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), true to form an alert, invested audience is expected, there is no dumbing down, or overt exposition in The Snowman. That said it tends to be more about the transfer of sins than it is a traditional psycho-thriller, many naysayers used "compared to the book" as a complaint point, rather than judging the film at face value, to me it has enough well-balanced elements to be a serviceable, watchable thriller.


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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby Fogdude » Dec Wed 27, 2017 6:49 am

Stranger Things (2017-) TV Series Season 1
EFX Rating35 stars

My wife was interested in this one based on the promos she saw on cable. We watched it over the past few days & I must admit it was better than I expected & not quite what the promos or the IMDB synopsis implied. Yes, it's focused around several young kids & they do play a focal role, but it was more involved & less infantile than most of that type. I had expected more of a Lifetime movie film style story than what was presented & it was better for it. To explain more would spoil it, so I'll leave it at that. Those who like Fantasy/SciFi should enjoy this, though it's not art house, so you artsy types, beware.
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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby alienmem » Dec Wed 27, 2017 8:29 am

Blade Runner 2049
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Great film. Awesome film. Featuring Ana de Armas:

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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby RRJR84 » Dec Fri 29, 2017 9:37 pm

The Hero (2017)
EFX Rating5 stars

boring movie , thought it would be great cause of Sam Elliot boy was i wrong. it only gets a half star cause its Sam Elliot and Laura Prepon was in it as well

The Ranch (Netflix)
EFX Rating40 stars

hysterically show absolutely love it, the cast is amazing and it so great to former co stars from that 70's Show make appearances throughout the series
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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby topmeasure » Dec Sat 30, 2017 7:22 am

Justice League (2017)

EFX Rating20 stars

Justice League felt like going through a list of specifications with no identity whatsoever. It's not a bad movie per se, it's just extremely dull. Of course there's nothing new in the photo department but that's to be expected, it's kind of an identity for the whole DCEU. I don't like it but hey, that's an artistic choice I won't criticize here, at least it's coherent. But some flaws are more crippling than that.

Every single characterization was a bit off and some of them felt like they were forced, especially Barry Allen. Still, the actors do the best they can with the material so it's not unbearable.
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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Postby ctaulbee » Dec Sat 30, 2017 2:31 pm

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

EFX Rating30 stars

Rated R for violence, some sexuality, nudity and language
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy


I'll preface everything by admitting I wasn't a big fan of the first Blade Runner film.

Visually the new one is outstanding to look at, the photography and art direction are the real stars here but the story could have been told in half of the run-time. The screenplay is pretty good despite being riddled with plot holes, the directing is good as is the CGI but the failure in editing hurts this film greatly, dragging it down to a mediocre level.

If you're a fan of the original then I think you will like this movie. It faithfully intermixes idea's and visuals from the first one and adds many of its own new idea's. Still for me it was kinda boring but at the same time I found it to be somewhat entertaining.

Did I mention I want one of those Joi hologram chicks...


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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby alienmem » Dec Sat 30, 2017 5:20 pm

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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby RRJR84 » Jan Fri 12, 2018 12:27 am

Insidious: The Last key (2018)

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Fantastic prequel sequel to one of the best modern horror franchises. If this is the final movie it defiantly ended the series perfectly, if you guys haven't seen it i suggest checking it out if you enjoyed the others you won't be disappointed.
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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby Fogdude » Jan Thu 18, 2018 12:13 pm

IT (2017)
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This was a major disappointment & I wasn't expecting much, to start with. My wife wanted to see it, so we did. Within 15 minutes, I was yawning & staring to check the clock. At 1:38 into it, she said, "You can stop this any time, now." That was a relief, but it was almost over, anyway. It just proves what I've always said... while King's books are always quite good, they have never been translated to the screen anywhere near as well as needed. I guess it's something to do with using our imaginations when reading that we don't when watching. There was no real horror, though they tried with the usual jump moments & scary imagery. It just didn't work, at all. I'm not sure that anything could. I won't say don't watch it, because nobody will pay any attention, but it's a complete waste of time, in our opinion.
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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby Fogdude » Jan Fri 19, 2018 6:48 am

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
EFX Rating5 stars
Well, this is the second recent release we've watched that was a total dud & a serious disappointment. Nothing technically wrong with it, just a poor, shallow story & nothing to commend about it. If you like pretty scenes of a dystopian future, backed by symphonic music, you'll probably like it. I fell asleep several times & missed nothing, according to my wife, who watched it throughout & had the same opinion of it. I liked the first one, with Harrison Ford. This one wasn't rescued by Ryan Gosling, in any way, at all. I'm going back to serials. Hollywood just can't manage to put out decent feature films any longer. I'll give one more a try, since my wife also wanted to see Dunkirk (2017). After that, it's back to serials, for us.
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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby chouette » Jan Fri 19, 2018 10:38 pm

Fogdude wrote:Hollywood just can't manage to put out decent feature films any longer. I'll give one more a try, since my wife also wanted to see Dunkirk (2017). After that, it's back to serials, for us.


Totally agree with you Fog, reason why I stick to series. :D
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Re: The Last Movie Or TV Show You Watched Rating & Review

Postby Fogdude » Jan Sat 20, 2018 6:06 am

Dunkirk (2017)
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OK. That's it. Three in a row. At least my wife made it through the 1st two, but last night, after 44mins, she said, "You can switch this to anything else, now." I had reached that point 10 minutes into this. I don't know what in the world the director was thinking. The story should have made for a great film, instead, what we got was disjointed, meaningless vignettes separated by empty spaces filled with irrelevant scenery & music. The dialogue was sparse, at best & did nothing to develop the characters or advance the story. I give up.
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