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CJ - I liked Zodiac a lot. More of a character drama than anything else which I admire given the subject matter. Jake Gyllenhaal is also quite charismatic. On the off-chance you haven't seen "Nightcrawler" (2014) already I think you'd enjoy that.

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What I've seen:

"The Hunger Games". Pretty good! Got me to watch all 4 films at very least. Lots to think about/ponder. Donald Sutherland was great.

"Harriet" (2019). Based on the life of slavery abolitionist Harriet Tubman. EXCELLENT! Also very respectful of religion for a Hollywood film.

"Little Women" (2019). I've seen multiple adaptations of this and even I was a bit lost occasionally. Not sure what was with all the unnecessary time jumps. Also the new ending Spoiler Alert: (if I understood it right... Jo's marriage was just a made up plot-point to please a publisher?) seemed incendiary. Enjoyed Emma Watson, tho I do like her presence generally. 

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Emma Watson is brilliant in The Bling Ring.

I have seen Nightcrawler and really enjoyed it. I mean, I'll take anything with a Gyllenhaal in it.

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CJ - Is "The Bling Ring" one of those 'stealing is stylish' kinda movies or is there some kind of undermining moral lesson(s)? (serious question, aside from the basic premise I know very little about it)

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It plays on that but it's mostly about how an obsession with fame and materialism has turned the ringleader (Nicki) into a remorseless monster. 

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CJ - Hm. I may have to look into it. I enjoy some morality tales and also Emma Watson (Little Women, Beauty & The Beast, Harry Potter etc.) Although I saw Harry Potter pre Christian conversion and would probably not watch that series today (human wizardry) but I recall her being a likable presence.

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Well, I wouldn't run out and buy a copy or anything like that. It's not exactly up there with "Lost in Translation". It's just my favourite Emma Watson role.

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CJ - I was thinking more of $1.99 redbox on demand rental. LOL

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I'm starting to think Redbox may have to put you on commission. 

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CJ - They should do that for sure and definitely not wait till my initial exuberance wears off and I stop shilling them for free quite so much! haha 

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Like @Meik I got through a lot of "Peaky Blinders" but as seasons progressed, I agree there seemed to be repetition of actions etc.  Recently cos of Covid restrictions I started to watch stuff on i player, channel 4 catch up and Walter Presents.  I'm into Scandinavian/Euro dramas currently, watching a series called The Bridge.  Looking forward to re launch on Brit box of Spitting Image comedy sketches, albeit first time around this series was free to all.  LOL suppose a lot of folk are willing to pay to see Johnson and Cummings drink wine through their thumbs (as on the tv promo).    Bring on post vaccine era!

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Yips! Scandi dramas for the win. I recently finished one of the my favourite TV series ever, RITA.

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I'm mostly watching US presidential election coverage right now because I expect the outcome will be more consequential than any historical event in my lifetime, which began a little before the Cuban Missile Crisis. (Things will either turn out really good or really, really bad, depending on the victor.) But sometimes I can't take anymore and I find myself watching really old stuff, which is comforting somehow. I recently watched the first season of Perry Mason, which began in 1957. I've also seen a lot of 40s noir films, many of them "B" movies because I'd not seen them before.

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I live in South Africa. I too am watching the USA presidential elections. The world at large is! America, being the super 'economy" power of the world. We the ripple in the pond. And that story you heard... about lions walking around in the streets of Johannesburg. It's not true. LOL.    

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Redbox for distro - that's a revelation! Thanks, CJ!

 

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Recentish saw "Toy Story 4" + "The Professor and the Madman" both pretty solid. Also "The Boy In The Striped Pajamas" (2008) which was excellent and I think my second-favorite WW2 era/setting film I've watched after "The Pianist".

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I really need to re-watch the Pianist. It's probably one of the most haunting films I've ever seen. 

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I just finished watching The Queen's Gambit last night. I don't usually go for that kind of drama, but I have to say it's an amazing work of art. A masterpiece. Completely seamless. I highly recommend it.

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CJ - Yeah. That was a good one for sure. Only first saw The Pianist a couple years back - don't know how I managed to sleep on it so long. Wasn't even sure what it was all about till I read a description right before watching!

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Killing Eve, 3 seasons on BBC with no end in sight. I give the lesbian sociopathic assassin character, Villanelle, full marks. The plot twists, betrayals and arcs are wearing me down, but still a fascinating and inventive show with a serious production budget.

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I finally started watching Ozark and really liked it.

Now I'm going back to one of my all-time favorites Angel (the Buffy spin-off). Sometimes it's nice to watch something you know you already like.

 

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I watched a few "themed" films on/near Veterans' Day (U.S. calender) and for any interested:

Fury (2014) > Rescue Dawn (2006) > The Hurt Locker (2008) > Enemy at the Gates (2001)

Glad the whole "love triangle during the war" thing that Hollywood was on for a little while seems to have petered out.

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Zero Dark Thirty (2012) which I watched on newly discovered website Tubi (If Columbus discovered America I can discover Tubi lol) which has free viewable films with commercials (at least in United States) seems to be owned/associated with Fox network.

Did a great job with establishing and connecting (?) type scenes. To the point I downloaded the script because I want to see how they wrote them.

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Love me some Tubi. I could spend weeks on it going through old b-movies and watching the same two adverts every 15mins. Gutted it's had to stop streaming in Europe.

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CJ - Yeah, outside America always seems to get shafted re: streaming rights from U.S. based entities. :( 

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Schitt's Creek. After all the hype, I gave in. LOVE the format and the comedic style. It inspired my most recent writing project.
This is Us. Had to. Again, lots of hype, and I had to see what it was all about. Smart writing.
Seduced. On Starz. NXIUM cult. fascinating. As a regional documentary producer, I wanted to see how it was done stylistically. It's still stuck with me.

 

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You have to get the tissues ready for an episode of This is Us. Every episode tends to hit so hard.

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Finished "Catherine the Great" (2015) limited series then started "Ekaterina: The Rise of Catherine the Great" (2015) since I discovered there are multiple seasons of that version afterward via roommate's amazon prime. Kinda interesting how two production entities portrayed the same events (up to the point I'm at, Ekaterina should continue past Catherine's takeover).

I tend to gravitate mostly toward true stories & based on true stories these days. Terrible for a writer of fiction I know. lol

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"The Young Victoria" (2009). Really good, tho I may have thought that Rupert Friend was Orlando Bloom for longer than I'd care to admit...

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Over the last few days, I've watched.

Barbarella - Always wanted to see it. Enjoyed it for what it is. The zero-gravity stuff at the start really had be confused considering what a simple gag it is.

Smokey and the Bandit 2 - While it's a sequel to one of my all time faves, it felt like such a cheap and nasty cash in bordering on self-parody.

1917 - Technically incredible and the sets are just mind blowing. Hit me but not on the same level of The Pianist.

Parasite - Enjoyed it but don't really get what the big deal is. Neat plot but didn't really see any theme behind it all.

Heat (The Directors Definitive Cut) - Holy crap. Such a great film to revisit. That gun-fight! Such a strong theme about work and marriage.

Vice - This didn't really land with me but neither did The Big Short. If you're gonna make a documentary, make a documentary.

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