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Old 3rd Oct 2015, 03:22 PM   #301
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I saw The Martian today, which is really very good. There wasn't any element of it I didn't like.
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I saw The Martian today, which is really very good. There wasn't any element of it I didn't like.
I'm REALLY looking forward to that one, loved the book, and the reviews sound very encouraging!
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Just finished watching a tropical storm off the coast of the Dominican Republic
Really glad that the Martian is getting good reviews, I'll definitely see it when I return home.
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I saw The Martian today, which is really very good. There wasn't any element of it I didn't like.
I just saw it today, and completely agree. I really liked the various Mars From Orbit establishing shots, showing just how huge the big terrain features really are.
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My sister went and saw the Martian and said it was terrific. need to set aside some time this weekend to see it.
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First couple of episodes of God Eaters anime - so far extremely impressive use of colour and animation.
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The new Star Wars trailer. WOW!!!
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First couple of episodes of God Eaters anime - so far extremely impressive use of colour and animation.
This is getting a whole lot better very fast,,,

Some of the best Anime animation I have seen, making good use of CGI assists to deliver spectacular water and swarming. Colour continues to be extremely good, and the good guys are a pretty nasty bunch...
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The new Star Wars trailer. WOW!!!
Hmmm... Some very nice effects, but that was never really in doubt, I see a LOT of spacecraft operating in an atmosphere like it was not there, which makes me worry that JJ is doing his usual "ignore all logic and consistency" approach.
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Hmmm... Some very nice effects, but that was never really in doubt, I see a LOT of spacecraft operating in an atmosphere like it was not there, which makes me worry that JJ is doing his usual "ignore all logic and consistency" approach.
Star Wars ships have never acknowledged atmosphere. Let's face it, the T.I.E. fighter, the X-Wing and even the great and glorious Millenium Falcon could never fly in atmosphere!

Unless they have that mythical science fiction device, the contra-gravity lifter which cancels the pull of gravity on a vehicle. Otherwise, the Falcon would never get off the ground let alone fly.

I am going to treat this movie the same way I treated the Phantom Menace in the 1990's. I expect to see some awesome visual effects and some really cool light sabre battles. If the movie delivers nothing else, then I won't be disappointed! I remember the hype leading up to Phantom Menace and how angry and disappointed fans were after they saw it. It gave me what I expected and I was not disappointed. Rather liked it actually.

Same goes for this one. People are building it up waaaay too much! Their expectations are exceeding anything any movie could possibly deliver, let alone a Star Wars movie (which, let's face it, have never been the height of cinema).
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I saw The Walk with a friend a few days ago, in 3D.

The 3D was botched; it created a lot of double vision, especially when the sub-titles were on screen.

The movie had an engaging story though and the CG on the twin towers and the walk itself were quite impressive! But not worth the price of seeing it in 3D.
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Been watching the Star Wars trailer over and over. I think the chase through the star destroyer wreckage will be cool. Did not see any cameos by Mark Hamill. Have my own theories on that one.
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Just watched the first episode of "The man in the High Castle", and I am seriously impressed.

I was very unsure about this, because so many of the things based on Phil Dick';s manage to lose the essence of his work. This feels very different...

For these who don't know the story is set in 1962 USA, after Germany and Japan won WWII, and have partitioned it. The look of it is pretty much perfect, right from the titles at the start - a Nazi livery Concorde was particularly unsettling.

And in the best PKD style, it focuses on the small people trapped in big events.

About the only change I spotted was that Hitler is now dieing of Parkinson's rather than Syphilis.

If they can keep up this standard it will be seriously impressive.

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This series has been a bit hit and miss, but that was one of the best Big Bang Theories ever, loved Steven Merchant's guest appearance...
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Wow. Watched the first two episodes of "The Man in the High Castle". Very well done. Creepy and dark. Perfect example of how to do a Philip K Dick story for television. The mixture of real history and one tainted with Nazi and Imperial Japanese influence is really well done. Lots of in your face examples and well as some truly subtle ones. Everything from TV shows to billboards to cereal boxes.

There were some minor changes throughout but so far it's holding true to the overall story arc. Julianna starts in San Fancisco for instance, and starts out as the girlfriend of Frank . The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is a set of newsreels instead of a book postulating the Allies victory in WW2. I haven't read the book since High School so I'm not sure about the all other changes, but now I want to go back and read it again.

On thing that worries me is how they will proceed. The season will officially premiere on November 20th so I'm hoping they have enough content to make it through 11+ episodes.
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Wow, you liked it enough to watch it twice!

I agree though, incredibly true to the feel, which excuses the details. And the book was fairly open ended so they can keep it going.
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I just got home from watching The Martian. It was an awesome movie!

Okay, so it had some flaws with the science, but what movie doesn't? The only real nit pick I had was in one shot near the end, as the camera panned around one of the rock formations, an entire section jutting out on the side slowly flattened out. I'm not sure if that was due to the 3D processing or something with the CG render itself.

But it was a feel good movie, had some great humour and I suffered through the disco music right along with Mark.

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I just got home from watching The Martian. It was an awesome movie!

Okay, so it had some flaws with the science, but what movie doesn't? The only real nit pick I had was in one shot near the end, as the camera panned around one of the rock formations, an entire section jutting out on the side slowly flattened out. I'm not sure if that was due to the 3D processing or something with the CG render itself.

But it was a feel good movie, had some great humour and I suffered through the disco music right along with Mark.

P.S. There came a shot of the Hermes when I suddenly thought to myself "It looks like a UFO Interceptor!". Referring just to the bridge module with the airlock module on the nose.
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The Expanse.

And you should be watching it too.

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The Expanse.

And you should be watching it too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krqqqgixNq8
Have I missed much yet?

I wrote off the scyfy channel (or however the morons spell it), a long time back as it seemed packed with the worst junk z list stuff ever...
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The series proper starts this week I think, but the first episode was released online about a fortnight ago.

It's a solid start. It's got a BSG-ish vibe. It's been ages since there's been a really good spacey sci fi show so I'm hoping this is it.
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I'll give it a shot, thanks for the heads up!

What with this and High Castle, I'm beginning to feel positive!
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Ive been watching Gotham. To be honest i was not interested when i first heard the premise for it last year. However i must say i like it allot.

Even my wife does and she does not like comic book stuff usually.
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The series proper starts this week I think, but the first episode was released online about a fortnight ago.

It's a solid start. It's got a BSG-ish vibe. It's been ages since there's been a really good spacey sci fi show so I'm hoping this is it.
Just watched the first one - classy, feels credible, great looking, dark, and the feeling of something big going on rather than episodes that can be watched in any order.

Thanks for the tip, this looks seriously impressive!
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And you should be watching it too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krqqqgixNq8
The pilot is on demand on DirectTv, I downloaded it but haven't had the time to watch it yet. I'm going to watch Star Wars 1-6 this weekend to get ready for 7. I've already bought my tickets online. I'm going to see it next Saturday morning instead of opening day. I thought of going to the IMAX version but I decided to just see the regular version.
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Latest Big Bang Theory.

"The Opening Night Excitation"

This series has been up and down, but for me this was a clear best episode ever. I laughed out loud repeatedly, including at the very first second of the show.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I just got home about 15 minutes ago from watching this movie in IMAX 3D.

First of all, I've been saying for months that J. J. Abrams couldn't possibly make a worse movie than George Lucas and that certainly proved to be true. He didn't necessarily make a better movie either.

That said, however, it was a thoroughly enjoyable movie with some surprises. Yes, the movie has some surprises despite the fact that the plot is almost entirely lifted from the original Star Wars movie.

The young actors they hired put in very good performances. Their timing, especially with the humour, was spot on. The older actors reprised their roles very nicely as well.

Of course, there was the Millenium Falcon in all of her glory. That poor, old ship takes so much abuse I'm surprised she still flies.

The props that were copied from the older films were very faithful. I can't say how well they did with the Falcon's interior, without side by side photos to compare, but it certainly looked right.

The visual effects were nothing less than spectacular. Yes, people are cheering that there's no "evil, bad, ugly crappy CGI" in the film. Which is utter bullshit, this movie is full of CG and digital work. But obviously there was a lot of stuff done practical and some of it failed completely. Puppets look like puppets, no matter what you do with them. But it was all blended together quite effectively, just as it was in The Phantom Menace.

So overall, if you've been feeling cautious about going to see this movie, I tell you, set aside those fears and go. It is very much a Star Wars movie (for better or worse) and it is thoroughly enjoyable. It clearly shows that Abrams loves Star Wars whereas he's no big fan of Star Trek.
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... the movie has some surprises despite the fact that the plot is almost entirely lifted from the original Star Wars movie.
It has a few things copied from Empire Strikes back too, but overall its better than SW 2 and 3 at least. The copied/mixed plot was better done in SW than in STID (a mix of 2, 3 and 6), but I think they could have been more imaginative than to bring back the Death Star (bigger than the original, as the Enterprise and Vengeance in ST). Example: the Eclipse destroyer (seen in novels) could have been a better choice.

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The young actors they hired put in very good performances. Their timing, especially with the humour, was spot on. The older actors reprised their roles very nicely as well.
Yes, it was a good surprise.
As a side note, Kylo Ren surely don't have Vader's charisma, but plays his part very well.

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The visual effects were nothing less than spectacular. Yes, people are cheering that there's no "evil, bad, ugly crappy CGI" in the film. Which is utter bullshit, this movie is full of CG and digital work.
But that scene with the x-wing doing pirouettes in the sky over Finn is... Bad, very bad!

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So overall, if you've been feeling cautious about going to see this movie, I tell you, set aside those fears and go. It is very much a Star Wars movie (for better or worse) and it is thoroughly enjoyable. It clearly shows that Abrams loves Star Wars whereas he's no big fan of Star Trek.
Enjoyable for sure, but we can clearly see similarities (not the best ones) between ST and SW, telling you that JJ is behind the scenes... I wont post spoillers, but these similarities disapointed me. Since JJ will be replaced in SW VIII and IX, I think that we have a chance to see something better next time.
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Ooh, curious to hear what was bad about Poe's shooting spree in his X-wing. Not sarcastic, an honest question - I love hearing technical analysis of a scene.
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There was nothing wrong with that scene. A couple of shots felt a bit stagey with actors walking toward a vast disconnected environment that clearly isn't there - in the snowy scenes in particular - otherwise the film acquits itself very well, although fx-wise there was nothing here that blew me away, honestly.

The film itself was pretty much as expected. A quasi-remake of Star Wars 1977 because that's what fandom has demanded despite it being completely unoriginal. A marketing-led cookie cutter film where everything is safe and familiar and guaranteed to break box office records.

Good performances from the new leads and a very competent film maker behind the lens are the saving grace so I liked it, but didn't love it.



A couple of minor niggles. There are one or two characters, one in particular with strong scottish accents which really bothered me. More or less everyone else in this universe speaks either generic space-English or generic space-American even if those actors aren't themselves English or American, so having a strong regional accent turning up is just kinda weird.
Also, why why why would you get the guys from The Raid in your film - the second set of bounty hunter/smugglers who board Solo's ship - and NOT have them do any martial arts?
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