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On 15/12/2021 at 22:19, Fierce Poodle said:

That would be a first for a Guy Ritchie film.

 

I've finished watching Wrath of Man, and I'm happy to re-assure you that it would still be a first for a Guy Ritchie film. You know when a film builds up to big finale and a nice payoff. Yeah, this isn't one of those. More of an, "Oh, it's ending like that then.. great."

 

Yawn.

 

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3 hours ago, Gotters said:

 

that's why I'd dismissed it as the BBC one is a bit shit so assumed it would be too, and the US is hosted by bloody Gordon Ramsey so instantly loses credibility. 

 

the format is so good the new judges are fine, one is a former winner who opened his own successful restaurant, one is a semi annoying food blogger and the other is a failed restauranteur who if you believe wikipedia and noodle is a bit of a fantasist who came up under Marco Pierre White before legging it to australia and trying to claim indigenous food for himself !

 

This made me think of Jock Zonfrillo? Is it Jock Zonfrillo?

 

I lived with him and his wife at the time for a brief while back in the 90s. I have stories.

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13 minutes ago, Poet said:

 

This made me think of Jock Zonfrillo? Is it Jock Zonfrillo?

 

I lived with him and his wife at the time for a brief while back in the 90s. I have stories.

 

exactly who it is, he comes across as super plausible then you search on him and it's a minefield of detractors, business failures, marriages and Marco PW saying everything in his book is lies !

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2 hours ago, Gotters said:

 

exactly who it is, he comes across as super plausible then you search on him and it's a minefield of detractors, business failures, marriages and Marco PW saying everything in his book is lies !

 

I'll have to share some of those stories one day. It was a different time. We were different people. But he was definitely an incredibly hard working chef who cared a lot about food. And not much else. At the time he was working at (and helped launch) Pharmacy, if you remember that restaurant - Damien Hirst was involved.

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On 17/12/2021 at 13:38, Gotters said:

Having totally dismissed it for some reason we have got completely into Australian Masterchef on Watch in the UK - its a brilliant show (if you like this sort of thing) and is undoubtedly the toughest cooking show on tv to win - a series runs some 60 odd episodes with 20+ starting contestants, who you really get to know and see them improve as time passes.

 

Anyway this years season finished a month or two back on Watch and I discovered that the whole back cat is on Amazon Prime - you need to be careful as their thumbnails are very spoilery so I've developed a technique to start an ep blocking out my view of part of the screen !

 

The last but one series was a covid production with old non winners invited back for another go at winning the title, so its a bit spoilery as if you recognise them in an older series you know they don't win, plus the show tends to invite back old winners as mentors so you're better off going back a long way if you want to watch a few old ones.

 

Will keep us going til it returns next year mid summer. 

 

Like EightHours I've not watched since the judges changed. I loved it but was just abit burned out by then. 10 long seasons over 10 years. Finding out Judge George was a scumbag, screwing over his restaurant staffs pay was heart-breaking too. 

 

What the show really nails is a friendly and warm vibe between the contestants. They live together during filming and cheer and help each other throughout. The judges walk about during challenges and offer advice and if they see someone heading over a cliff try and pull them back. The American version looks similar but is edited like Hells Kitchen. Judges spitting food out in disgust and contestants sniping and bickering with each other. Its not horrible but completely misses what the Australian version nails.

 

The marathon format makes for some amazing comebacks by some of the cooks too. Often talented front runners burn out and the ones stumbling their way through get their shit together and start storming challenges late on. Theirs been some fantastic underdog stories over the years. The standard of food goes through the roof as the series goes on too.   

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On 17/12/2021 at 13:46, Eighthours said:

 

Yeah, Masterchef Australia is amazing (it makes the BBC version look like a zero-budget embarrassment), but I haven't watched it since the judges changed a couple of years ago.

 

I've seen every series except S1 and have not finished this years - I now have a toddler that totally eats up evenings.

 

It's great, and the change of judges was actually refreshing. It added a new zip to it, instead of the same old old men doing their thing.

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x-ray is absolutely fantastic for finding out what that cool song playing in the background is or when you see an actor and can't remember where you saw them before.

 

I love this feature, saves so much time trying to find the song or racking your brain trying to remember where the hell I saw that guy playing the janitor before.

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21 hours ago, Mallet said:

I love this feature, saves so much time trying to find the song or racking your brain trying to remember where the hell I saw that guy playing the janitor before.

 

He was in The Fugitive.

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Back on this on a 30 day trial, after a break since the last series of The Boys. As a sci-fi fan, am I right in thinking The Expanse should probably be my first port of call? I won't have vast amounts of time to spare, but any other recommendations are welcome. I kinda fancy Clarkson's Farm from the things on the top row too (haven't delved any deeper yet).

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20 hours ago, MarkN said:

As a sci-fi fan, am I right in thinking The Expanse should probably be my first port of call?

 

As had been repeated in The Expanse thread, the first few episodes can seem a little clunky.  You should be happy enough to carry on watching by ep3 and loving it by 4.

 

Other than than, I thought Undone was a worth a watch.  Rotoscoped animation thingy with maybe mental health, maybe expanded consciousness thing going on.  Only 8 episodes of a first series so far.

 

Also you can rewatch all of Babylon 5 if you're crazy enough to fit that into 30 days.

 

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2 hours ago, monkeydog said:

 

As had been repeated in The Expanse thread, the first few episodes can seem a little clunky.  You should be happy enough to carry on watching by ep3 and loving it by 4.

 

Other than than, I thought Undone was a worth a watch.  Rotoscoped animation thingy with maybe mental health, maybe expanded consciousness thing going on.  Only 8 episodes of a first series so far.

 

Also you can rewatch all of Babylon 5 if you're crazy enough to fit that into 30 days.

 

Cheers. All taken on board. Undone sounds intriguing.

 

I have the big old boxset of Bab 5, so that's not an issue - watched it all again a couple of years ago (loved it all over again). Good to hear it's available though.

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2 hours ago, MarkN said:

Cheers. All taken on board. Undone sounds intriguing.

 

I have the big old boxset of Bab 5, so that's not an issue - watched it all again a couple of years ago (loved it all over again). Good to hear it's available though.

Not just available, but remastered in the original ratio and it looks great.

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12 hours ago, Don Wiskerando said:

Not just available, but remastered in the original ratio and it looks great.

 

Ooh nice! There's a chance I'll keep the subscription for a while, so I may well take a look at it.

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2 hours ago, MarkN said:

 

Ooh nice! There's a chance I'll keep the subscription for a while, so I may well take a look at it.

 

To be pedantic, its 4:3, so the original broadcast ratio.  Live stuff is HD and any fx shots are upscaled. 🙂

 

They shot the live action in widescreen to future proof it, but the effects weren't.  In the widescreen versions released previously, any fx shots were cropped.  They'd have to redo all the cg to do a proper widescreen remaster, which is never going to happen.

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On 08/01/2022 at 21:53, MarkN said:

 As a sci-fi fan, am I right in thinking The Expanse should probably be my first port of call?

 Watch it, watch it all. then watch it again, it's even better seconde time around.

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30 minutes ago, monkeydog said:

 

To be pedantic, its 4:3, so the original broadcast ratio.  Live stuff is HD and any fx shots are upscaled. 🙂

 

They shot the live action in widescreen to future proof it, but the effects weren't.  In the widescreen versions released previously, any fx shots were cropped.  They'd have to redo all the cg to do a proper widescreen remaster, which is never going to happen.

And it looks great. :angry:

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