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#7761 User is offline   TheRetiredBridgeburner 

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Posted 23 April 2024 - 01:17 PM

Is anyone else familiar with the Shardlake series by C J Sansom? They're murder mysteries set in Tudor England.

The TV adaption starts on 1st May on Hulu/Disney+ and I'm really excited after this first look!

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Sean Bean as Thomas Cromwell (fully expect that to be just be an extended cameo) and Arthur Hughes as Matthew Shardlake. It's nice to see they've gone for a disabled actor to play Matthew - Hughes was the first disabled actor to play Richard III for the RSC the other year too.

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Posted 24 April 2024 - 06:48 AM

Not familiar, but that does look good. Cool setting for a whodunnit.


Baby Reindeer -- finished this tonight. At least in the US, it's on Netflix. This series hits a lot of notes -- tense, funny, scary, pathetic, sad, vulnerable -- and does them all really well. And at least in my opinion, got better with each episode, up to and including the finale. A lot more nuanced and varied than its thriller-ish tagline lets on.

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Posted 26 April 2024 - 05:49 PM

I've been watching Resident Alien. This is funny stuff.

I tried getting into it before, but couldn't, for some reason.

Now I regret giving up on it, because this is amazing!
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Posted 26 April 2024 - 06:14 PM

I finished Shogun. It was a beautiful, pondering masterpiece of an adaptation and despite feeling like it spent far too long building to something that never really came to pass, I was satisfied by the ending. Some people are saying they should do a season 2 about the establishing of the Shogunate and Blackthorne settling there but I think they're probably done with it.
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Posted 26 April 2024 - 08:39 PM

Y'know what's really confusing.....?


Watching SHOGUN and BLUE-EYED SAMURAI around the same time.
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Posted 27 April 2024 - 01:49 PM

Watched and enjoyed House of Ninjas on Netflix. Very well done all round.

I will say that normally I prefer dubs to subtitles because I prefer not to have to read my TV shows and miss half of what's going on on the screen, but I had to with this one as the English dubbing was fucking horrendous. I had to switch over to subs with original Japanese sound after 10 minutes, it was that bad. Happily it didn't interfere too much with my enjoyment of the show though.

Fun fact: the grandma in the show was the main actor in Tampopo and A Taxing Woman back in the 80s! Some of the earliest Japanese live action stuff I saw on SBS back in the day (early 90s).

An easy eight shinobi (not ninja!) out of ten.
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Posted 04 May 2024 - 07:06 AM

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"Fortune favors the bold, though statistics favor the cautious." - Indomitable Courteous (Icy) Fist, The Palace Job - Patrick Weekes

"Well well well ... if it ain't The Invisible C**t." - Billy Butcher, The Boys

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Posted 04 May 2024 - 12:01 PM

View PostTsundoku, on 27 April 2024 - 01:49 PM, said:

Watched and enjoyed House of Ninjas on Netflix. Very well done all round.

[...]

An easy eight shinobi (not ninja!) out of ten.


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Ninja is the on'yomi (Early Middle Chinese–influenced) reading of the two kanji "忍者". In the native kun'yomi reading, it is pronounced shinobi, a shortened form of shinobi-no-mono (忍びの者).[8]

The word shinobi appears in the written record as far back as the late 8th century in poems in the Man'yōshū.[9][10] [...]

Historically, the word ninja was not in common use, and a variety of regional colloquialisms evolved [...] Along with shinobi, these include monomi ("one who sees"), nokizaru ("macaque on the roof"), rappa ("ruffian"), kusa ("grass") and Iga-mono ("one from Iga").[6] In historical documents, shinobi is almost always used.

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Compound phrase comprised of 忍び (shinobi, "sneaking", the [...] "continuative or stem form") of verb 忍ぶ (shinobu, "to endure, to bear; to hide, to conceal oneself; to sneak into or out of a place")) +‎ の ([pronounced] no, possessive particle) +‎ 者 (mono, "person"). Literally a "sneaking person, person of sneaking".

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Shinobi | no | mono
Sneaking | 's | person

(no no mo' no!)

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Posted 04 May 2024 - 07:07 PM

View PostTiste Simeon, on 26 April 2024 - 06:14 PM, said:

I finished Shogun. It was a beautiful, pondering masterpiece of an adaptation and despite feeling like it spent far too long building to something that never really came to pass, I was satisfied by the ending. Some people are saying they should do a season 2 about the establishing of the Shogunate and Blackthorne settling there but I think they're probably done with it.


This is all accurate. I donít know how a show spends 10 episodes building to something and having such an anticlimactic ending still be so satisfying.

Really really freaking good. Hiroyuki Sanada is awesome in everything. And Anna Sawai (Mariko) was absolutely phenomenal.
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Posted 05 May 2024 - 09:12 PM

View PostSlow Ben, on 04 May 2024 - 07:07 PM, said:

View PostTiste Simeon, on 26 April 2024 - 06:14 PM, said:

I finished Shogun. It was a beautiful, pondering masterpiece of an adaptation and despite feeling like it spent far too long building to something that never really came to pass, I was satisfied by the ending. Some people are saying they should do a season 2 about the establishing of the Shogunate and Blackthorne settling there but I think they're probably done with it.


This is all accurate. I donít know how a show spends 10 episodes building to something and having such an anticlimactic ending still be so satisfying.

Really really freaking good. Hiroyuki Sanada is awesome in everything. And Anna Sawai (Mariko) was absolutely phenomenal.

Agree with you about the actors. Just brilliant.

Started watching Justified, what a great show! Thought it was a Western but it's kind of a modern cop show with a real Western vibe throughout, I guess in a similar way to the first season of True Detective. Timothy Olyphaunt is great.
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Posted 13 May 2024 - 10:07 AM

Finished the Fallout series. I have never played the games, but have some context through cultural osmosis. Thought the show was pretty good. It runs on largely the same wavelength as the Twisted Metal show, with the comedy dialed back just a notch or two.
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Posted 13 May 2024 - 12:05 PM

View Postworry, on 13 May 2024 - 10:07 AM, said:

Finished the Fallout series. I have never played the games, but have some context through cultural osmosis. Thought the show was pretty good. It runs on largely the same wavelength as the Twisted Metal show, with the comedy dialed back just a notch or two.

One of my favourite shows of recent times. Walter Goggins is brilliant and Ella Purnell is a delight to watch! I bought Fallout 4 off the back of it.
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Posted 13 May 2024 - 12:27 PM

Yeah. Goggins is always magnetic. Ella Purnell and Aaron Moten have to both play kinda naive and ambitious, but from like opposite corners, and they both have real solid arcs with good performances. Of the four mains, the brother character has more of a plot arc than a personal arc, and maybe gets short shrift in that regard, but it's still interesting stuff. Pleasant surprise all around.
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Posted 28 May 2024 - 04:29 AM

View PostSlow Ben, on 04 May 2024 - 07:07 PM, said:

View PostTiste Simeon, on 26 April 2024 - 06:14 PM, said:

I finished Shogun. It was a beautiful, pondering masterpiece of an adaptation and despite feeling like it spent far too long building to something that never really came to pass, ...


This is all accurate. I don't know how a show spends 10 episodes building to something and having such an anticlimactic ending still be so satisfying.
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Book and the first TV series did the same, it worked both of those times too.
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Posted 31 May 2024 - 03:17 AM

Tires on Netflix is freaking hilarious.
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Posted 12 June 2024 - 12:35 PM

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And in case you didn't already know a new season of The Boys premieres tomorrow (spoilers below are actual spoilers):

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While The Boys' latest run may not feature a jaw-dropping sight to equals last season's premiere-episode

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that's not for lack of trying; from a

[actual spoilers]
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[it] habitually pushes the boundaries of good taste. Such sensationalism is, on the one hand, simply a byproduct of its out-there sense of humor, which includes ceaseless creative profanity. However, it's also central to its critique of a modern world that's gone increasingly mad. [... The series ...] is vital for the ways in which it ridicules not merely its genre but, additionally, the current, perilous state of the union.

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'The Boys' Season 4 Review: Fascism, Blood, and SPOILERS (thedailybeast.com)

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Posted 12 June 2024 - 12:39 PM

 Azath Vitr (D, on 12 June 2024 - 12:35 PM, said:


And in case you didn't already know a new season of The Boys premieres tomorrow (spoilers below are actual spoilers):

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While The Boys' latest run may not feature a jaw-dropping sight to equals last season's premiere-episode

[actual spoiler]
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that's not for lack of trying; from a

[actual spoilers]
Spoiler
[it] habitually pushes the boundaries of good taste. Such sensationalism is, on the one hand, simply a byproduct of its out-there sense of humor, which includes ceaseless creative profanity. However, it's also central to its critique of a modern world that's gone increasingly mad. [... The series ...] is vital for the ways in which it ridicules not merely its genre but, additionally, the current, perilous state of the union.

[link contains spoilers]
'The Boys' Season 4 Review: Fascism, Blood, and SPOILERS (thedailybeast.com)



The Boys' is back tomorrow?! It's about time. I need a new show to watch.
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