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    Anthony Carrigan is straight-up killing it on Barry. The man needs an Emmy.
    Coming to America (Landis, 1988) **
    The Beach Bum (Korine, 2019) *1/2
    Us (Peele, 2019) ***1/2
    Fugue (Smoczynska, 2018) ***1/2
    Prisoners (Villeneuve, 2013) ***1/2
    Shadow (Zhang, 2018) ***
    Oslo, August 31st (J. Trier, 2011) ****
    Climax (No, 2018) **1/2
    Fighting With My Family (Merchant, 2019) **
    Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013) ***

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    Amidst the internet's collective hand-wringing over every detail on GoT, I'd like to submit Barry's season 2, episode 5 ("ronny/lily") is one of the best things I've watched this past month or so. Escalating absurdity but grounded in the body's capacity to endure violence, this is one of those episodes that will be even more noteworthy if the series finds a logical endpoint and wraps up well. So many good bits in it.
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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    I've only seen the commercials for Barry while I watch Game of Thrones but it certainly seems like that's where the good HBO content went.

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    I only mildly liked the first season compared to most people (but it has a few absolutely excellent episodes), but am loving its second season.
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    I checked out in the middle of Season 2- but this teaser sucked me right back in. SHOCKED they even had a teaser to present at this point.

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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I checked out in the middle of Season 2- but this teaser sucked me right back in. SHOCKED they even had a teaser to present at this point.
    I'll def be watching. Prob the only show I'll truly be invested in now that Thrones is over.

    Joker - *** 1/2
    Ad Astra - ***
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    Knocked out Tuca and Bertie, which is occasionally a bit ambiguous in tracking Bertie's many inhibitions (will the subplot of her failing to swim due to a predatory lifeguard come back? Will she ever tell Speckle? Who knows...), it has a nice sense of dynamic character arc and a willingness to employ its animation to main second or third level jokes and callbacks. I assume it'll be back for more--hopefully there's a season limit to let the show have a clear concept of endgame and scale. Everyone does strong character work, and while Haddish is Haddish, it basically works here.

    Also finished out season four of Halt and Catch Fire. In many ways, it's a show that's stronger for the tinkering and shuffling after an average first season--characters legitimately feel dynamic here, and the Donna/Cameron scenes were truly resonant when they finally reunited. Bishe and Mackenzie Davis are very intelligent performers and the material--while occasionally novelistic and thus schematic--can become rote, it also enables the series to be far more thorough about plot moments than it might otherwise be. It's not Breaking Bad/The Wire in terms of sustained quality, but it is a series that cared about its characters and fashioned arcs for each that were believable and empathetic toward them all. I'll miss it more than BB.
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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    There's not enough superlatives for Fleabag's season 2. I liked the first well enough but this is on another level altogether. Peerlessly executed.
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    Quote Quoting Peng (view post)
    There's not enough superlatives for Fleabag's season 2. I liked the first well enough but this is on another level altogether. Peerlessly executed.
    Yes, I liked it a lot as well. In other Amazon Prime news, is anyone watching NW Refn's "Too Old to Die Young?" Amazon seems to be really going out of their way to bury it. It's not even on the front page of the app. I had to search for it. I've only seen the first episode, but he's really doubling down on everything people love / hate about the guy. The episodes are 90 mins long w/ 10 episodes, so it plays like a draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaged out version of his previous movies. In yet, it's hypnotic and stylish. The acting is about as Bressonian as an American production is ever going to get. Total androids.
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    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Joker - 7
    Ad Astra - 8
    Toy Story 4 - 8
    IT Chapter Two - 5
    Desperately Seeking Susan - 7
    Parasite - 7
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 9
    Manson (1973) - 7
    Brick - 7
    War of the Worlds (2005) - 8

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    Quote Quoting Peng (view post)
    Mad Men really doesn't exaggerrate the pervasive 60's viewpoint of women in workplace, does it? Sometimes I can adjust for modern eyes, but sometimes the images and/or performance directing are just so constant to be almost hilarious if it isn't getting depressing a bit. Still a good show though.
    Might have replaced "Twin Peaks" as my favorite show of all time (hour long drama division).
    Ratings on a 1-10 scale for your pleasure:

    Joker - 7
    Ad Astra - 8
    Toy Story 4 - 8
    IT Chapter Two - 5
    Desperately Seeking Susan - 7
    Parasite - 7
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - 9
    Manson (1973) - 7
    Brick - 7
    War of the Worlds (2005) - 8

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    10 episodes of Refn is likely 6 too many.

    Joker - *** 1/2
    Ad Astra - ***
    It: Chapter 2 - *


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    Still working my way through the original Star Trek, now some episodes into season 2.

    For the series praised for its ideas (compared to its several sequel/prequel series decades later), what surprise me the most is that the best all-around episodes so far are more on the action-heavy or thriller side, blended in their premises. I feel like “The City on the Edge of Forever” is the one rare non-action episode that ranks among the series’ best so far for me, which tend to be excellent nail-biters like “The Corbomite Maneuver”, “Balance of Terror”, and "The Doomsday Machine"". That last one I just watched; guest actor William Windom’s tremendous performance really adds real-word vulnerability for the first time amidst all these other more broad (but still entertaining and effective) sci-fi performances.
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    Gone down a K-drama hole these past few weeks and surfacing to rank those we've finished now. In the middle of Legend of the Blue Sea and My Horrible Boss right now (and will then start Descendants of the Sun and Goblin), but so far... all are adorable but the first below is still the one that's been most generous to the most characters from a dynamic perspective.

    1. Oh My Venus
    2. She Was Pretty
    3. What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
    4. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

    Sarah and I welcome other recs...
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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    Has to be flattering in a way.

    Joker - *** 1/2
    Ad Astra - ***
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    Holy shit, is that actually out?

    It was supposed debut a year ago. Got delayed a couple of times. I always wondered what the hell happened.

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    I'm interested in the time period this takes.

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    I wanted to see it since I read about it ... 15 months ago?

    3 years in development, shot in April 2018, doesn't premiere until "fall 2019" ... the fucking thing is 3 episodes long!

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    British effects take longer to render.
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