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When I'm not watching news coverage of the election (Google, Yahoo, CNN, Fox - I watch them all to see how different outlets view the events of the election) - I have been enjoying the newest season of Great British Bake Off. My favorite guy just got voted off, but I knew it was coming. There are just better bakers in the crowd. And I have to say, I enjoy Matt Lucas in the hosting role with Noel Fielding. They have some pretty good chemistry, and even though some of his jokes are cheap, they still make me laugh.
 

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Train to Busan - 10/10
Train to Busan...This move was even more than everyone made it out to be. Spoiler Free, this was next to perfect. Not since George A. Romero's "Of the Dead" trilogy has a zombie film this good been made. In almost all modern day horror, the characters are just fodder. Expendable faces that serve to give movie goers the horrifying on screen deaths they crave to see. But that's what makes horror so dull and boring. If you aren't invested in the characters, then you don't feel anything when they die. This film takes it's time to flesh out all of its characters. And yes, pun was intended.

The directing was top notch. The writing was on point. The minimal use of CGI in favor of going the practical effects route all had me in love with this film, but the story seals the deal. Maybe it's because I'm a dad, but the Father-Daughter aspect of this movie hit so hard. In most horror films your protagonist doesn't have an arc. They're just there to survive. But our main character (the film is Korean, so I'm not even gonna try his name) has a full arc from beginning to end that feels like a completely natural progression for someone in his situation during a zombie outbreak.

Speaking of his situation...let's talk about that. Specifically the setting. This blends two ideas in the most seamless way possible. First, in horror, you have the isolation aspect. Alien does it with a space ship. House on Haunted Hill does it with...well obviously a haunted house. Dawn of the Dead does it with a mall. Isolation and being trapped makes horror. But there's another element to this movie's setting. Not just isolation, but suspense. And what is the landmark, most famous way films have done suspense for years? A moving train. Putting a scene on a moving train raises the stakes because it's immediately more dangerous with the speed and narrow mobility. Spider-Man 2, Mission Impossible, any old western where there's a train heist. Hell, even the children's Christmas film Polar Express used this method for suspense during a train walking scene. So now you have your two elements. Isolation and suspense on a speeding train during zombie outbreak where the passengers are infected. It's so simple but brilliantly executed.

This movie isn't excessively gore filled. In fact, save for a few scenes, the deaths are all pretty tame. Train to Busan fills you with absolute dread throughout nearly its entire running time not with the blood factor, but the intensity of what it portrays the situation like. I've gotta do it...Gotta give it a perfect 10/10.
 
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Watched the original Fright Night on Prime Video, it was a solid, campy good fun vampire flick. Solid story with better emphasis on characters than the 2011 film and Chris Sarandon plays a MUCH better Jerry than Colin Farrell, though I'll give the remake credit for largely standing on its own and not rehashing too much from the original. I watched the remake about 10 years prior and, while it kept some of the same story elements from the original, I like that it wasn't an almost shot-for-shot remake like the remake of Carrie.
 

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Binge watching Haven coz my back went out yesterday (no note, no forwarding address, so rude!) and I'm bed bound until further notice.
 

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Rewatching Brooklyn 99 at the moment. I am trying to save up a few episode of The Mandalorian in order to binge it, but I might just cave and watch the third episode tonight!

Where do y'all stand on the Mandalorian "contraversy" about
The Child eating those damn eggs. I was ****ed off and ready to protest, but then I got lost in those little eyes again. haha. This was never a real controversy I don't think. But every time I saw it, I was like NOOOOOOO!!!!
 

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As far as I understood it

those eggs hadn't been fertilised by the time he was eating them - that was part of the urgency of the trip, I thought. Therefore, no different to anyone eating regular eggs IRL. Except that most chickens aren't preserving their family line :LOL:
 

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That is VERY TRUE, but...

The Mom was right there! That made me feel a little uneasy about it. But you're right. We eat eggs all the time! haha
 

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And now I want eggs...

Just got all caught up with the first three episodes of Agents of Shield season 7. Not a clue what's going on and they didn't bother doing a recap so I'm making it up as I go along
 

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Watching 300, always a great watch no matter how many times I've seen it, historical inaccuracies aside, which was a controversy in and of itself. Some of the most memorable CGI and action scenes you'll ever see with a great story and ham performances throughout. Gerard Butler killed it as Leonidas, especially in that one scene, which I'll get to below. Loved watching the evolution of his character.

I appreciated how well it was able to lay out the Leonidas exposition at the beginning with the narration from Xerxes and transition to the present without it negatively affecting the flow of the film. In fact, it did a great job connecting the narration to the Battle of Thermopylae all throughout the movie's runtime. Everything is well-connected, well-paced and well-executed.

What I really loved was how it was able to pull off all those CGI effects with a $65 mil budget. You'd think this was a $100+ mil movie with all those effects used, but nope, it was somehow able to deliver plenty of eye candy and still keep a modest budget.

And of course, who can forget this iconic scene, probably the most quotable thing in the whole movie (I think you know where I'm going with this)?:

 
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As somebody who watches less animated films than, I shouldn't say most, but a good portion of filmgoers and an avid fan of vampires/undead, I took it upon myself to watch Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, having heard nothing but good things about it. Glad I did because I was instantly hooked. It has the perfect blend of gothic and warm atmosphere with concepts and action I've never seen before in any vampire film, be it animated or live-action. It changes scenery, but never feels all over the place. It moves at a brisk pace and never misses a beat when the action comes and goes and it really goes out of its way to make you care for every single one of the characters. All of the characters have depth and personality to them that leaves you emotionally invested from start to finish. And for the cherry on top, the animation is top notch.

If you like anime, then this is a must watch. Even if you've never watched the actual Vampire Hunter D anime, you'll have a great time with this, especially if you like undead films. It's a complete 180 from that godawful piece of sh!t, Ultraviolet, which didn't even have the gall to call the vampires vampires.
 
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