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  1. Finished Paper Girls over the weekend and enjoyed it for the most part but was I was happy to see the end of it. Maybe I wasn't paying attention but I was pretty confused by the end with the various factions and groups - maybe I needed to have read the comics. The cast were great though and the soundtrack was excellent - always good to hear Mother played loud. I kind of wanted more 'culture-shock' moments with the girls and modern society vs. the 80s. But apart from a few small bits we got none of that. I'm sure it will be a hit though and there will be a second series.
  2. Right down to the haircut, it’s so funny. I’m up to the fourth episode and it’s good fun.
  3. I watched one more last night and it's very much following the Lost template so I think I'm done. That type of story-telling isn't for me.
  4. Cool, thanks. I'll watch a few more, it definitely has me interested. But I'm always worried I'll start something and it goes down the Lost route - mystery after mystery with no resolution.
  5. I’ve started watching the show From and two episodes in I’m liking it. But before I get invested can some tell me, without spoilers, do things get explained by the end of the season?
  6. I finished Paul Tremblay's new one, The Pallbearers Club, over the weekend. It's about a group of loser kids who start a club in high school. The club goes to funerals if there is no-one else attending. Pretty soon there's only 2 members of the club left - our narrator Art and a (maybe) ageless girl called Mercy. This is written as a memoir of sorts by Art with annotations by Mercy. So there's loads of crossed out text like this and bits where she points out the bad writing or the sources being ripped off. I found this self-aware style annoying and extremely smug. It never fully shows it's cards - is Mercy a vampire, is Art a ghost, can we believe anything he has written? By the end I couldn't have cared less about any of those questions. Art is an annoying whinger, the writing is dreadful, it's about as scary as an episode of Count Duckula and the 'twist' at the end (I might have mis-understood it because i was on autopilot at this stage) is laughable. This really needed a good editor to rip it shreds and rewrite it from the ground up because the basic premise is pretty good. But I doubt I'll read another one of Tremblays books. Another Stephen King recommended turkey.
  7. Timely thread. I watched an immediately forgettable film last night called Daydream Nation which had nothing going for it* except it had 'Your Ex-Lover is Dead' on the soundtrack. * Kat Dennings is also in it.
  8. Silent Runner

    GAA

    Can't deny Kerry that. Spillane off the bench at half time made the difference.
  9. Daydream Nation https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1581835/ A city girl who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school teacher and a stoner classmate. Very strange Canadian teen drama which can't really settle on what it wants to be. One minute it's trying for Euphoria-type excess, full of sex and drugs, the next it's a weirdly pious romance. Kat Dennings is by a distance the best thing about it. And it has 'Your Ex-Lover is Dead' by Stars on the soundtrack so it gets points for that but the whole thing is a mess. I looked on IMDB and it's the directors only feature to date. I wouldn't hold my breath for another. 2/5
  10. Watched a new one last night called She Will which has been getting good reviews from Kermode and others. It's about 'An ageing film star retreats to the Scottish countryside with her nurse to recover from surgery. While there, mysterious forces of revenge emerge from the land where witches were burned.' It's a mix of folk-horror and supernatural thriller. I thought this was good but probably not worth some of the raves it's been getting. There's loads of nice imagery but at times it feels like lots of weird stuff happening but no plot to tie it all together. The two leads are excellent and the Scottish scenery looks beautiful. It's a debut feature and I'll definitely keep an eye out for future releases from the director. 3/5
  11. The Spectacular Now https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1714206/ A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl." This was a really nice coming-of-age film set in a small American town. A good adult cast (Bob Odenkirk, Kyle Chandler) and a great 'teenagers' cast (Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Bree Larson) all put in great shifts. This does nothing new and plays out exactly as you think it will (mismatched couple get together, have some good times but then some bad times and eventually split. Will they resolve their issues before high school ends???). But it looks great, the cast are excellent and it's in and out in 90 minutes. Good stuff. 4/5
  12. Reviews are out tonight (I’m not reading them) and they’re really positive. 5/5 from Empire and similar great write-ups elsewhere. Not released here until next month though.
  13. Yeah, it's a bit aimless or something. The podcast group in the restaurant were right, it's about time there was some plot movement.
  14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1659337/ An introvert freshman is taken under the wings of two seniors who welcome him to the real world. Set in the early 90's a nerdy kid is taken under the wing of some much cooler, older kids in their last year of high school. They look out for each other, teach each other about books, music and films (The Smiths!, Catcher in The Rye!, The Rocky Horror Picture Show!) and all learn some life lessons. Not sure how this one passed me by back in the day but watched it this evening and thought it was pretty good. The leads are mostly excellent - Emma Watson and Erza Miller - in particular but the lead kid is a bit of a drip. There's a good support cast including cousin Greg from Succession and Paul Rudd. It plays out quite predictably apart from a slightly pointless reveal near the end. There was a plot strand in it that I found kind of funny though. The 3 main kids hear Heroes by David Bowie on the radio and none of them know what it is. I just thought it was a little far-fetched that 3 hipsters wouldn't know one of Bowies biggest songs for a plot bit. Also it's kind of sad seeing how good Miller is here and how off the rails they've gone in recent months. Good 90's American time-capsule. 3.5/5
  15. Yes, the spycops parts were excellent. I was a bit confused as to why Finished Dark Winds tonight. A 6 part AMC procedural set in the 70's on the Navajo reservation. A native American FBI agent comes home to the reservation and teams up with a Navajo cop to solve a murder that might be linked to an armoured car heist some months earlier. This was based on one of the books in the Leaphorn and Chee series - there's loads of these books, so plenty of material for future series. This was pretty good. The mystery is fairly twisty with enough hooks to keep you interested over the 6 eps. The cast are quality - the always reliable Zahn McClarnon is the star and there's good support turns from Rainn Wilson and Noah Emmerich. There's some great scenery and landscapes and it doesn't overstay it's welcome. 4/5
  16. Sherwood 6-part BBC detective series about a murder in a former mining town that might be linked to the strike back in the 80's. This starts out with a former NUM union man getting murdered. He was on the picket line in the 80's and still holds a lot of anger towards people who crossed the picket. The town he was living in was not an NUM town so most of the people living in it went to work and there's a lot of resentment even 35+ years later. I liked a lot of this but it just fell short of being great. The cast are top class (Lesley Manville and David Morrissey are the stars) the central mystery is solid and the plotting is efficient, just a little silly at times. But the last episode was a real mis-step and there were a few sub-plots that made no sense and just disappeared. 4/5 for the first 5 episodes. 2/5 for the last one.
  17. Reliable people on twitter saying we're taking the chequebook back to Manchester City and taking a run at Zinchenko. Deffo going to need cover for Tierneys inevitable injuries next season.
  18. Silent Runner

    GAA

    Gonna be tricky against that Kerry team. They're some operators. Dublin were lucky to still be in it and get close to extra time.
  19. The Bear Finished this up tonight and thought it was fine but I was pretty tired of it by the end. Lots of blokes shouting at each other then they all learn a lesson before the credits. The acting was OK but the few minutes of Jon Bernthal were miles ahead of the rest of them. I got a kick out of Joel McCabes evil chef too. Good soundtrack. 3/5
  20. The Summer I Turned Pretty An Amazon YA drama about a bunch of rich, pretty people having a nice Summer. The main story is a of a young girl who finds herself at the centre of a love-triangle containing herself and two brothers. There's some misunderstandings, some tears, parties, mild tragedy and it all leads up to a debutant ball. It plays like an episode of The OC with an Amazon budget. This was good for what it was. Nice characters, scenery and acting. And a really good pop soundtrack. 2/5
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