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El Geet

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  1. Has anyone mentioned Unorthodox yet? Really enjoyed this. Limited series about a Hasidic Jewish woman from New York who runs away to Berlin. Fascinating insight into that world and, as they point out in the very interesting ‘making of’, its like a period drama at times. Some of the minor characters are a bit ropey but the main actors do a great job. Half of it is in Yiddish!
  2. I kind of quite like that. The storytelling itself is ok. I mean his central premises for all the Commonwealth books are pretty interesting and brilliantly imaginative but despite all the massive world building everything ends up feeling a bit parochial. Like the same few people are integral to thousands of years of human development and two of the biggest events we go through as a species. Reminds me a bit of how Star Wars after the original trilogy was made to feel like a small universe eventually. So the detailed asides give the universe a bit more to it.
  3. I would agree with that. Wendy on the other hand...
  4. Not a bad watch this if a bit too obvious. They don’t seem to make too many films like this anymore which is a shame. Decent cast too. Was A bit worried that Sienna Miller was in it but she was actually pretty decent. Black Panther is a solid lead and anything with J K Simmons in it is always going to be watchable. They didn’t make enough of the central premise though really.
  5. I always associated it with Hollywood blockbusters but I think that’s down to the fact that it was the title of the famous book about Don Simpson and which seemed to credit him with the idea. Great read incidentally!
  6. Really enjoyed it. Keeps you guessing to the end and has a great trippy quality to it.
  7. Saw Final Destination again recently. It’s totally silly but pretty well done ‘horror’ about teenagers who cheat death so it has to find a way to kill them in the most roundabout way possible. It’s firmly tongue in cheek. Spawned a host of crap sequels. Think it fits this category. The Invitation. A group of old friends get invited to and dinner party and something is definitely up. Great little thriller with some gloriously hateful characters.
  8. Just finished Season 3. Had to watch the last two back to back. How amazing was Ben? They seem to really get incredible performances out of the cast. It’s very full on. Less violence this season but heart wrenching emotionally. Anyway. Long wait for the next series now. I think it’s my favourite Netflix original. Perhaps along side the first season of Bloodline which I think has a lot in common. For some reason I didn’t feel the need to watch the second season of that and gave up two episodes in.
  9. Savouring S3. Only watched the first two episodes. Bateman and Linney are incredible in this. Actually, the performances are all pretty awesome. Darlene is terrifying. Whilst they ratchet up the tension really well, it’s all about the properly rounded and flawed characters excellently portrayed and how the Birds leave this trail of destruction behind them.
  10. Yeah awesome little film. Saw a trailer for this at the Curzon a while back and had been keeping an eye out. It's bang on the nose at times but does a few things very differently.
  11. Couldn’t see any other mentions of this. It’s really good and a great glimpse into a world I knew absolutely nothing about and wasn’t at all how I imagined it to be.
  12. These are the absolute king of flavour for those who agree that salt and vinegar is the supreme flavour leader. Once opened they will not survive long.
  13. We’ve been having some problems with the TM. A sporadic error keeps appearing requiring a reset and then it keeps happening. something to do with the machine thinking the kid isn’t on correctly but the error code varies. Bit annoying. It seems to happen when going to higher speeds with hot mixture. Very annoying. I googled and it seems it’s not an uncommon error/problem with the TM5 and needs to be sent back. That’s a bit rubbish for such an expensive bit of kit.
  14. There was an 80s version too with different actors where they find earth and get into 80s style scrapes. IIRC. Edit: Def II on BBC 2!
  15. The A Team Battlestar Galactica Knight Rider Macguyver The A Team again as it was the best by a mile. Anyone remember Manimal? Some of these shows were just terrible.
  16. Just finished The Wall by John Lanchester. Not sure if qualifies as sci-fi, it’s more future dystopia. The critics really liked it. I thought it was ok although a little obvious. The idea of the UK being surrounded by a wall to stop Others coming in is pretty on point and giving it a climate change angle makes it feel not all that unrealistic. I can see why there are some comparisons to George Orwell but that’s probably overly flattering. Worth a few hours of your time however.
  17. So many good ones already listed. Always have a soft spot for Bridesmaids and Wedding Crashers. Dodgeball is great too. Recent good ones: Game Night and Instant Family.
  18. Saw it today with wife and kids (sat together in case you’re wondering). We all loved it. I was t exactly sure what to expect but Waititi managed to tread a fine line - it could have been a disaster but it’s funny, whimsical, sad, happy and has a super positive message all in one. The cast was pretty much great all round but Sam Rockwell is perfect for this role and the kid playing Jojo was superb. It’s been a while since I’ve been to the cinema to see something that didn’t involve superheroes - I really need to do that more often.
  19. Funny how de-ageing CGI works so differently for people. I thought this was OK, my wife found it really jarring. Marvel’s Sam Jackson she thought was flawless and I found it super uncanny valley. As for the film itself. I enjoyed it. I enjoy most of Scorsese’s stuff. I mean it’s high quality filmmaking 99% of the time. However, this wasn’t a patch on his other mob movies. The age of the actors really didn’t work for me. I understand the themes and the acting is great mostly but it just felt a bit fan service getting the guys back together for one last swan song. Having said that I’m pleased they did! I think the film was long enough that they could have cast younger actors to play the earlier years a la Godfather 2. I thought Pesci was superb and Stephen Graham steals the show. Pacino was Pacino (spittle and all) and De Niro was De Niro...it’s just a bit unfortunate his acting face now comes across as almost a parody of his own face. If you know what I mean. Also, the whole Peggy thing was just too on the nose and she didn’t ‘earn’ the right to be the only offspring that seemed to matter. Overall a lower tier Scorsese for me.
  20. A lavish Xmas present from her partner. She enjoys cooking but is pretty hopeless when it comes to tech so maybe it was that. No idea really.
  21. Mother in law has given us her unused Thermomix. It’s not the latest model though. It’s the one before. is there a big difference?
  22. I still have an unopened Gloomhaven which I bought optimistically thinking I’d get a group together to play. If anyone is looking to buy it please feel free to message me..
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