58 thoughts on “#ST/ND/RD/TH ______DAY MOVIE DAY”

  1. I'm disappointed in Star Trek: Discovery so far. Not so for the show (too early to give thumbs up/thumbs down) but for CBS putting it in their $$ access. Well, you're going to learn, folks.

    Rick & Morty has done a great job of filling in for the AWOL The Venture Bros.

    DirecTV's box interface is a big step down from Uverse's. Meanwhile, with the intro package giving us a lot of premium channels, I've gotten to watch a lot of stuff. Most recent was Assassin's Creed, which was another over-stylized POS that bolstered the special effects budget by not spending on writing.

    Runner daughter and I took in Captain Underpants at the dollar show for my birthday, and it was a cheap trip down nostalgia lane for us.

    1. I watched about 4 minutes of Discovery and was immensely disappointed. It was constant lens flares, overacting (well, that part is consistent at least), and unbelievable character relations with ham-fisted dialogue. "As your first officer for more than 15 years I've earned your trust so you should fire on them without me explaining why" "No number one, I won't do that, or ask you to explain yourself."

      1. There's always too much exposition in the early Star Trek scripts; writers don't give their viewers enough credit to not need to be pablum-fed their backstories. There were a few well-intentioned flashbacks, but I too found it a little tough to see so much emotion from someone raised on Vulcan. Overcompensating?

    2. Ugh, I "discovered" that little hitch about ST: Discovery last night as well. Here I was all excited to try to hop on board a new Star Trek series from the beginning, hoping it might be a new favorite. Then I find out it's only on CBS All Access. Gotta give CBS credit, it's a good way to drum up subscribers, but I wonder how many will drop it after the season's done. I wouldn't picking up a subscription for Discovery, Big Bang Theory and old Survivor seasons, but I already have Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Plus, I hope to be consumed by baseball next month, so it's unlikely I'll pick it up just yet.

      1. Yup. I guess they think that the core audience for all things Star Trek is big enough to carry All Access. I'm not buying.

        I thought the premier showed some promise visually (despite the lens flairs), but the script was deeply flawed. Seven years as first officer and you mutiny at the first sign of trouble? Uhhhh. I don't think so. And the interplay with the science officer was trying much too hard.

  2. In viewing habits:
    I've started up Arrow and Flash. My kids started watching them, so now I'm hooked. They're way ahead of me though.
    My wife and I started Ozark, but she was not pleased with some of the content. So we've stopped watching.
    Also watched What Happened to Monday on Netflix. Not a great movie, but I really enjoyed it. Had some plot holes and some ridiculousness, but I liked it
    Rewatched Titanic over the weekend. I still love the movie and know a lot of trivia about it. But by golly some of the scenes are really badly acted.

  3. It: was... okay. Having read the book multiple times, obviously the movie isn't going to compare. First off, I'm not thrilled that they're breaking the book up as they are (the book jumps back and forth between the present as adults and the past as kids with each part informing the other; the movie is only the past with the sequel to be focused on the adults). Also, a lot of the feel of the book is missing. One thing the book does well is show how the Losers Club is connected to each other and the power they have in that bond. I don't think that came across well in the movie. In addition, it's just... not that scary. I'm not a big horror guy, but even I noticed the lack of... much of anything. Also, the book has a massive scope, and the movie just seemed so low stakes. The

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    was soooo anti-climactic. Or, I guess it would be if any sort momentum had been built up to it. Perhaps it's better if you haven't read the book, but prepare to be let down if you have.

    Better Call Saul
    : Finished up season 2. When BCS was first announced, I was highly skeptical. I'm happy to admit how wrong I was. The way the creators have been able to have their cake and eat it too has been a joy to watch.

    The Deuce: David Simon's new show. Caught up on the newest episode last night. It's... good. Visually, it looks amazing (really got that scuzzy 70s NY look down). Cast is good. Franco is so far pulling off the dual role. Not a big Gyllenhaal fan, but she hasn't been too big of a distraction. Lots of Wire alum sprinkled in. Not exactly sure where the show is going, and it's sure taking its sweet time to get there, but I'll keep watching for now.

      1. Way better special effects, obviously. Good cast, not a let down from Curry, really. Nit scary, but I also found the book plodding and boring, especially when Pennywise was around.

        1. That reminds me of another point (I don't think this is a spoiler really, but you're adverse to those things, maybe skip this): I'm also not really a fan of the time jump. In the book, the kids are growing up in the 50s, and so much of their story is affected by that backdrop. The whole "innocence" of the era, many of the forms It takes as a monster, etc. All of that is unusable since they bumped it up to the 80s in the movie. I mean, logistically, I can see why they did it for the sake of the present, but it fell flat for me. Like, it just became an excuse to make a bunch of bad 80s pop culture jokes (hell, one of the kids is from Stranger Things).

          1. To be fair, Finn Wolfhard is only allowed to play 80's kids.

            But to your more serious point, I think there was still plenty of innocence in the 80s as there was in the 50s. Honestly, considering technology these days, pretty much all decades were "innocent" for kids until the turn of the millennium.

              1. Oh yeah, I agree, he was great (also great in Stranger Things). It would also be really cool to pretty much be set for life at 13, or whatever.

    1. I had no previous exposure to It, so I went in with no expectations. I found out very early in the movie that since the arrival of Newbish, I have a rough time with watching little, happy kids meet their demise onscreen.

      Otherwise, I enjoyed the movie a fair bit. It's not scary (like, at all), but it wasn't really a movie that was going to "scare" me.

        1. It comes back around...to some degree. I'm not as skittish about it as I was when they were young, but I'll never be the guy who laughs during Sleepaway Camp again, either.

          1. I liked horror movies in college but hate them now. My theory is that I didn't have any real worries so I liked getting fake ones.

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  4. Linds and I started Bates Motel. The first season is...rough around the edges. The second season spins its wheels, but does some decent course correction, but the third season has been really good.

  5. I was completely shocked when Mrs. Twayn expressed interest in seeing Kingsman: The Golden Circle, especially since we hadn't seen the original. I convinced her to watch Kingsman on Amazon Saturday and see The Golden Circle on Friday. She loved them both. I thought they were rollicking good escapist entertainment. We did notice that they toned down the violence a bit in TGC, but the killing scenes were so video game/cartoonish in nature that I overlooked the gory aspects of them.

  6. Finished all the Harry Potter movies. Good job with the 7th movie for sure.

    Started Kimmy Schmidt. Decent so far. I think people said here it goes downhill instead of up?

    1. I liked the first half of the season quite a bit. In my opinion, it takes a horrible nose dive toward the end of the season, and I gave up on it after season one.

      Many people really liked season two, while admitting that the end of season one wasn't particularly strong. Take it all with a grain of salt.

      1. That reminds me, I'm still in the middle of the second season.

        I want to like the show (and I do, to be sure), but yeah, something's just a little off with it. There are so many beautifully off-hand, subtle, and brilliant jokes laced into the show, but as a whole, sometimes it just doesn't work.

        1. When it goes broad, it's a complete trainwreck. Every time her stepdad was onscreen toward the end of the first season, i needed him to not be on my television anymore.

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            2. Oh man, I disagree on that spoiler. I found it to be an effective satire, and where they go with it in Seasons 2 and 3... it gets even stronger.

      2. I found it to be a very enjoyable show, all the way through what I've seen. For me, Season 3 started really slow, but then hit brilliantly during the second half. Like HJ says, the off-hand, subtle jokes are so brilliant. They set stuff up that you never see coming, and then just knock it down.

        The plot itself is usually just acceptable, not compelling, but it doesn't need to be compelling, because it's just a loose structure for those other points of brilliance.

        1. I agree with the complaints about the last few episodes of season one, but seasons two and three were much, much better.

  7. Saw It. It was decent and entertaining and miles better than the tv movie, which, regardless of how ok the first half of that one was, the adult portion was sooooo bad as to taint the whole thing. The kid actors in this one were fantastic.

    It, however, had maybe the worst set of trailers I have ever seen before one movie. Like, bad enough that it makes me think movies should just no longer be allowed to be made. Way to go Friend Request, you've officially killed Hollywood.

    I finished season one of the original Twin Peaks and thought it was great (and probably way ahead of its time). I've heard a lot of bad things about season 2, but the first season was good enough I'll watch it anyway.

    I feel like I watched something else as well, but I cannot, for the life of me, remember what. Ah well, must not have been that great, I guess.

          1. True enough. It's unfortunate that it'll get passed over during award season because it's mostly going to be labeled as horror. As far as I'm concerned, it should win best picture.

            (my point was more that the trailers preceding Get Out did not make me weep for humanity.)

  8. I watched season 4 of BoJack Horseman. Still the best thing on "TV." The episode "Stupid Piece of Sh*t" is probably the best on-screen representation I've seen of what it's like to live with depression. That was a hard episode to watch.

    I went to Logan Lucky last week. I liked it quite a bit, as expected from a Soderbergh flick. It definitely seems like a movie that would be fun to throw in and watch on a lazy day. I'm looking forward to rewatching it.

    Next up, I need to catch up on the other show about depression that I adore, You're the Worst. And I guess Better Things is back, an extremely pleasant surprise, so I'm excited to see that.

    1. I'm just three episodes through the current season of BoJack, as I planned to watch it about ten days ago and then forgot all about it until a couple of nights ago. I'll see the rest before long.

  9. Finally saw Guardians Of The Galaxy 2. It was good, but not nearly as good as the first. The strength of Guardians is in ensemble, but since the plot revolved almost exclusively around the problems of 1 character the ensemble didn't feature as prominently as it did the first time around. Still, it was hugely enjoyable, and definitely in the top half of the Marvel movies.

    1. I rank them the other way around and put 2 at the top of all the marvel movies (with the first one following close behind). Although I will admit that the more intimate time spent with each character works because of the work put in on the ensemble in the first one. I loved it even more on the second viewing, too.

      Plus, the second one gave us "trash panda" and "I'm Mary Poppins, y'all"

  10. I'm 2/3s through season 1 of Bojack Horseman, on the insistence of people from here.
    It feels like it turns into something where maybe I can see the praise left here on the episodes "Say Anything" and "The Telescope", which is what I'm through.

  11. EAR and I just finished Reign, which starts out as a teen sex drama set in French Court but by the fourth and final season is a historical political drama taking place in three countries.
    The history isn't perfect (lots of compressed or extended timing and characters getting too old), but I'd say it's close enough to get the main points across.
    I think they could have made a final, short, fifth season, but maybe that would have been dragging it out. Following along in wikipedia history, I found the ending surprisingly sudden but pretty obvious once...

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    I think there were a few loose ends, so maybe the show runners were hoping for the same.

  12. Just finished Season 1 of The Good Place. Very good. Not as funny as anticipated, but much more engaging dramatically.

  13. Things I've seen in the last few months (I got Netflix and started catching up with the rest of the world):

    House of Cards: Pretty great in parts, but goes completely off the rails in season 5.

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    Orange is the New Black: Really good overall

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    Riverdale: Guilty Pleasure

    I need a new series, that's for sure. When I'm on the road, I can binge with the best of them.

      1. Agreed. Just finished it for the second time.

        Starting on Luther. Seems really good but might be too dark.

          1. I'm using it as my treadmill show. It's a show that I pick out and decide I can only watch it on the treadmill.

            It makes it much easier to get up early and go down to the basement in the dark.

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