[watching] What have you seen recently?

First Age

D&D h@ck3r and Hopepunk
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Ever at the cutting edge, we are watching Designated Survivor, with insufficient quantities of apple pie and cream. Necessarily riven with core American values, the tale of an honest and good man (Kiefer Sutherland) becoming President due to terror is, nevertheless, compelling viewing, with the FBI storyline the most engaging. We're cantering through season 1, with another one and a half to go.
 
I must admit I have lost all interest in the Arrowverse TV Shows, even Flash. They have built up on my TiVo to ridiculous numbers that I couldn’t bear to watch them.

My guess is even Sky Witless will not pick up Batwoman due to the awful reviews.
Uh, what reviews were those? The ones attacking the show because it had a leading lady who was gay? The reviews clearly written before the show even aired? If you ignore the stupid troll drivel, the show has been a massive hit among fans and had good reviews.

Arrowverse shows are actually quite faithful to the original source material and are a hit among fans. Sky One regular gets an average of 1-2 million viewers for the four shows they have. They are jolly fun and yes they don't tax the brain, but that's the point of them. They are meant to be family oriented entertainment. If they were not a big hit then why would the likes of Netflix be sniffing around them? They have Black Lightning already, which I feel is the strongest of the Arrowverse shows I've seen so far, and rumoured to have landed the UK rights to Batwoman.

If they are so bad then you've got to ask yourself why have more Arrowverse shows been commissioned? The new shows The Canaries a spin-off from Arrow and Superman & Louis are both in the works, and CW have only just launched a new show in the US called Stargirl. Obviously CW are doing something right.
 

Darran

Level 7 Blingmaster
So I have managed to get the the cinema recently.

Finally got to see Joker on the big screen over two months after it’s release. Even though I was at a matinee screening it was still fairly busy, people seated on every row in the auditorium.
Wow!

Every frame of this film is near perfection. Joaquin Phoenix does such an outstanding performance, bringing such a 2D character to such a compelling presence on screen. Even Robert De Niro can’t outstage him.

The violence is visceral without being gratuitous, it is so necessary to the narrative.

It’s a film I feel obliged to see again, I don’t often feel like that with almost any film before.


I also caught the latest Disney epic, Frozen II. Eh, don’t judge, the tickets were part of an offer.

It is a solid movie, certainly designed by committee, and given that Disney polish with a hint of pixie dust.

Gets you with the feels but certainly plays it safe. A shame it didn’t draw more from a great mythological source as it touches on it at times.


To take the sweet saccharine taste out of my mouth I watched Le Mans ‘66 (I think the Americans call it Ford Vs Ferrari).

Even if you have little interest in motorsports, I think it’s televised traffic, this film still keeps you hooked into the racing drama. It shows the story of Ken Miles and Carroll Shelby working to give the motor corporation Ford their first win over Ferrari.

It is a riveting film and it speeds by at a good rate in an adrenaline rush.

Both Bale and Damon deliver good performances that deal with the story at hand.
 

Dom

Administrator
Staff member
Kill the Messenger - downbeat analysis on the impact of the establishment on the journalist who broke the Iran Contra drugs funding via the CIA. Nicely done, but sad.

The Irishman - reflective Scorsese film on the Hoffa disappearance. Watched it with the eldest, who enjoyed it.
 

Dom

Administrator
Staff member
Ever at the cutting edge, we are watching Designated Survivor, with insufficient quantities of apple pie and cream. Necessarily riven with core American values, the tale of an honest and good man (Kiefer Sutherland) becoming President due to terror is, nevertheless, compelling viewing, with the FBI storyline the most engaging. We're cantering through season 1, with another one and a half to go.
We got as far as Series 2 as a family, but Nathan ran ahead of us and I was kind of feeling that it had jumped the shark a bit. Jill still means to watch the rest.
 
It looks like Batwoman is being held back for the launch of WarnerMedia streaming service in the UK. This is due to launch in the spring 2020. I doubt many of us will be signing up to it.
 

Newt

Rune Priest
Watched the finale of Watchmen last night, and it was the perfect ending of a perfect series as far as I was concerned. So much great stuff, I'll be happily binge-watching it again at some point in the next 3-6 months :D
 
It looks like Batwoman is being held back for the launch of WarnerMedia streaming service in the UK. This is due to launch in the spring 2020. I doubt many of us will be signing up to it.
I have a feeling that when they say "WarnerMedia streaming service" they probably mean HBO Max.
 
The Dragon Prince season 3 on Netflix: Such a wonderful and diverse series, which is a roleplayers delight. A number of loose ends where tied up and resolved in the season finale, whilst leaving just enough threads for series 4.
 
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