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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44070 on: January 20, 2020, 08:45:00 am »
Rambo Last Blood.

Teenage girl disobeys parental authority, gets in trouble, Rambo kills everyone.

Good movie to watch with your teenagers, as instructions for the dangers of disobeying authority ;)

Sadly, Rambo has lost his signature knife.  They've replaced it with some generic long blade :(

If this Rambo movie were a new Marvel Punisher film, that would be better than the usual average. Problem is, it's a pretty generic revenge plot and there are not enough social or geopolitic considerations for a Rambo film.  :P Yes, even III had them.
Still, the gruesome if not ridiculous at times violence ups the ante of the previous picture.
Yeah, it's like Taken without a good ending :(

I think with the advent of ficks/series like The Punisher and the Taken series, it has lost its edge a little over the years.

Still a good movie, just below average.
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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44071 on: January 20, 2020, 08:47:17 am »
Aren't the baddies some Mexicans? They are the Soviets of the current era for Rambo's target audience.

Yes, but so is Rambo's protegée, and there is another positive Mexican character as well. There was only a  non-baddie Soviet in Rambo III, a deserter.
First Blood part II had Vietnamese and Polish-sounding Soviet troops as baddies.  :D
Besides, "baddies" in First Blood were some local US cops.

If you want some evil Mexicans, try Sicario: Day of the Soldado where an Evil Mexican cartel open the way for Islamic terrorists. :lmfao: Rambo Last Blood is truly a balanced an nuanced movie compared to it.

Duque is that the 2nd one? As I really didn't like it and have successfully forgotten most of the details.

yes, second one.
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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44072 on: January 20, 2020, 09:23:07 am »
The New Pope.

Love the Young Pope, but wasn't sure they could carry it off without Judd Law.

Episode one of The New Pope allayed any anxieties.

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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44073 on: January 20, 2020, 10:20:24 am »
Aren't the baddies some Mexicans? They are the Soviets of the current era for Rambo's target audience.

Yes, but so is Rambo's protegée, and there is another positive Mexican character as well. There was only a  non-baddie Soviet in Rambo III, a deserter.
First Blood part II had Vietnamese and Polish-sounding Soviet troops as baddies.  :D
Besides, "baddies" in First Blood were some local US cops.

Which shows how the Rambo demographic has done quite a 180 since then.  :P

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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44074 on: January 20, 2020, 11:45:54 am »
Still a good movie, just below average.

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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44075 on: January 20, 2020, 01:33:51 pm »
Still a good movie, just below average.

So which is it?
It's entertaining.  I've seen bad movies, like the latest Godzilla, but this one is good, it's just that it's probably the weakest of the Rambos.
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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44076 on: January 21, 2020, 06:08:39 am »
Mansfield Park, 1999.

Are there any Jane Austen novels in which the beautiful, bright, spunky heroine does *not* get prince charming and live happily ever after?

Interesting how the book is set in and around 1806 but the Napoleonic Wars intrude not a bit.

I think Austen may have been the first romance novelist.
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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44077 on: January 21, 2020, 08:49:20 am »
American Gods is really, really good. At least the first 5 episodes of season 1.
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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44078 on: January 21, 2020, 09:54:02 am »
Book was better :p

I just couldn't get into the series. I also think they're onto like there second or third producer/writing team
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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44079 on: January 21, 2020, 10:41:28 am »
For American Gods I thought the first season was excellent, but that the second season lagged.

One thing though: I really loved the opening sequence!
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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44080 on: January 21, 2020, 11:23:22 am »
Mansfield Park, 1999.

Are there any Jane Austen novels in which the beautiful, bright, spunky heroine does *not* get prince charming and live happily ever after?

Interesting how the book is set in and around 1806 but the Napoleonic Wars intrude not a bit.

IIRC "Persuasion" is the only one of her novels that mentions the Napoleonic wars.

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I think Austen may have been the first romance novelist.

Probably the first that anyone still reads today.   ;)  I think Samuel Richardson is usually credited as the first romance novelist (and sometimes the first novelist) in the English speaking world.
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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44081 on: January 21, 2020, 12:17:58 pm »
The Witcher is surprisingly good. Not going to win any awards or anything, but who cares?
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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44082 on: January 21, 2020, 12:35:30 pm »
Watched the first episode of Avenue 5

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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44083 on: January 21, 2020, 03:16:41 pm »
Mansfield Park, 1999.

Are there any Jane Austen novels in which the beautiful, bright, spunky heroine does *not* get prince charming and live happily ever after?

Well in Emma, the eventual love interest is like 16-17 years older than the titular character.
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Re: TV/Movies Megathread
« Reply #44084 on: January 21, 2020, 03:24:08 pm »
Mansfield Park, 1999.

Are there any Jane Austen novels in which the beautiful, bright, spunky heroine does *not* get prince charming and live happily ever after?

Interesting how the book is set in and around 1806 but the Napoleonic Wars intrude not a bit.
It's there for sure. I mean all of her novels are full of officers from the navy or the army and they're often having to move around which causes complications. If you compare it with books before or 19th century novels there's no-one with as many military characters. I'm sure they exist but off the top of my head I can't think of any in, say Dickens, Collins, Eliot, Trollope etc.

So the Napoleonic War are there, but it is as a woman of her class would experience it - the military are there all through polite society (probably on leave) in a way that just isn't the case in other novels.

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Depends what you mean by romance. As Sav says the 18th century novelists do romance, but they tend not to be that read.

I love her because I think she's kind of unique. There's romance, but they're fundamentally comedies. But they're also just so dense/direct like novelists in the 18th and 19th century have a tendency to sprall. And then there's Austen in between the two :wub:
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