[watching] What have you seen recently?

Been watching the remake of Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Netflix. The star, Kiernan Shipka is no Melissa Joan Hart, but holds well on the screen.
The humour is only occasionally occurring as the show’s tone alters throughout, rarely staying on one theme. The focus of the show is repeatedly hammered home via the opening narration, the dialogue and the actual show’s narrative too; the dark baptism of Sabrina to the devil.
The show doesn’t skip around this issue that the witches are satanic worshipers!
Hopefully the show will hit it’s stride more episodes in.
 

Newt

RunePriest
Watched High-Rise based on the JG Ballard book. It's fucking weird. Sort of "Margot and Jerry from the Good Life do Lord of the Flies". Have to say I liked it a lot. Plus the Portishead version of SOS (Abba) is haunting.
I liked the cheeky bit of Fall they got in after Magie's speech at the end.

This was one of my top films last year, and I got a bit obsessed by it for a variety of reasons that I don't think are entirely healthy ;)

Free Fire - which was Director Ben Whately's next film is well worth a watch too. Kind like Tarrantino's Reservoir Dogs, but the whole film is the gun fight (using RuneQuest rules - lots of limb shots), with a cracking ensemble audience.
 

Newt

RunePriest
Happily devouring 3rd season of A Good Place on Netflix on Fridays. Its a bit different than the earlier two seasons, and it took a while for me to get my head around where it is going. I'm expecting it to get REALLY GOOD soon, otherwise, it will go down as the season that was strangely a bit meh?

Sicario 2 ok its not as OMFG as the original, and there is an element of "oh so this is the middle part of a trilogy that the marketing men have greenlighted" but its still a bloody good thriller that I watched in the witching hours all the way through on the edge of my seat, without blinking ONCE :)

Manic on Netflix was a fantastic bit of indie cinema turned into a short mini-series, with lots of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. Loved the retro-sci-fi feel (the main experimentation area was very Ripley Scott's Alien) and the pay off at the end was truely heartwarming :)
 
I have been catching up with Blake’s 7 on the YouTube. I had resisted watching it before as I remembered fondly, with rose tinted glasses, from my youth. I would rewatch each episode again and again on the Betamax tapes, rewinding the tape and going slomo during the Space scenes. That’s what we did for entertainment in 1979!

It holds up very well, yes some of the sets wobble and the studio lights glare on screen, but the characterisations and the writing are still very good. The Liberator is such a fantastic looking ship, shame about how some of the models were filmed, and the planets are all quarries, gravel pits, and parks, but the visual ms are great.

It really needs a BSG update.
 

First Age

D&D h@ck3r
Staff member
We're enjoying Salvation on Netflix. I'm not sure if it is spreading itself a bit too thin in S2, as we have just started. Tanz is more the sort of superhero I can get behind.
 

Dom

SuperMunchkin
I watched Molly's Game tonight. Definitely one of the best films I've seen this year. Aaron Sorkin covers the case against Molly Bloom, the game runner for some of the highest stakes poker games in the USA. Recommended.
 
I have been catching up with Blake’s 7 on the YouTube. I had resisted watching it before as I remembered fondly, with rose tinted glasses, from my youth. I would rewatch each episode again and again on the Betamax tapes, rewinding the tape and going slomo during the Space scenes. That’s what we did for entertainment in 1979!

It holds up very well, yes some of the sets wobble and the studio lights glare on screen, but the characterisations and the writing are still very good. The Liberator is such a fantastic looking ship, shame about how some of the models were filmed, and the planets are all quarries, gravel pits, and parks, but the visual ms are great.

It really needs a BSG update.
You DO know I've run a couple of B7 games at conventions (using my Code of the Spacelanes rules). They're immense fun. We don't share the characters out equally. The first person to the table gets to grab Vila or Avon (it's always one of those two).

Travis and ORAC are great to play as NPCs.

I'm pretty sure you could Cortex something up.....
 
You DO know I've run a couple of B7 games at conventions (using my Code of the Spacelanes rules). They're immense fun. We don't share the characters out equally. The first person to the table gets to grab Vila or Avon (it's always one of those two).

Travis and ORAC are great to play as NPCs.

I'm pretty sure you could Cortex something up.....
I have already done some research on this already. 😀
 
You DO know I've run a couple of B7 games at conventions (using my Code of the Spacelanes rules). They're immense fun. We don't share the characters out equally. The first person to the table gets to grab Vila or Avon (it's always one of those two).

Travis and ORAC are great to play as NPCs.

I'm pretty sure you could Cortex something up.....
I can go one better. I run several Blake’s 7 games at cons using the official RPG rules. I know that Tom and Dom both played in one of mine at Furnace, along with the late Russell Sims. In my games, the players played the baddies trying to track down Blake and his crew, with Severlan being the principal mission giver. They were great fun.
 
Getting back on topic, I enjoyed watching the latest season of Dare Devil. The show just gets better and better. It also introduces another classic Dare Devil advisory in a rather clever way. I hope thy continue with it, and not cancel it like Luke Cage and Ironfist.
 
Stop with all the daredevil talk. I'm watching in order and I have about 6 hours of watching before I can start. You all have me salivating now. The first two seasons were good so my expectations are high.
 
Comparing Marvel to the DC series has anyone noticed how juvenile the DC ones are? Not seen all the second series of the Marvel ones and only seen Supergirl, Krypton and The Flash, not Arrow. Smallville did fall into this same more teen audience, all of them seem suitable for young teen in fact. Of the four Krypton was somewhat more mature than the others.

Yet Paramount broadcasts them at Nine(ish) in the evening, could as easily be five in the afternoon and so far in DC (some spoilers) we have the same set up, the super works with a rich guy or government organisation. The HQ's could be the one from Smallville, a trope seen in FBI series, etc etc.

Just take Jessica Jones, I was disappointed in that series because it seemed hesitant to think of itself as a supers series. But compare it to Supergirl and JJ seems original, thought provoking and just better crafted.

I guess I am just not a teen anymore. ;)
 
Arrow is dark and gritty, and is best suited for an adult audience. The Flash is aimed at family audience. Legends of Tomorrow is very tongue and cheek. Whilst Supergirl is aimed at a female audience. The best of the DC shows has to be Black Lightning, which is very polished and is available weekly on Netflix. I haven’t seen Titans yet to comment, but rumours suggest it’s the best DC show yet. Arrow and The Flash both predate any of the Marvel Netflix shows, but the Netflix Marvel series are superior to the DC ones, with probably the exception of Black Lightning, which is on par.
 
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