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« Reply #1040 on: December 13, 2013, 05:30:34 PM »

I watched Side Effects the other night. Pretty good, although I thought it tailed off a bit at the end. Worth a watch, though.
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« Reply #1041 on: December 13, 2013, 07:43:08 PM »

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I watched Side Effects the other night. Pretty good, although I thought it tailed off a bit at the end. Worth a watch, though.

It's certainly worth checking out as its an unusual movie. Its set up to make you think the movie is going to be about one thing but then switches things up and the movie becomes about something different. Its a very slow paced moving though and even when it switches things up the pacing is still slow.
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« Reply #1042 on: December 18, 2013, 08:33:04 PM »

While cycling through the new releases I came across a documentary "GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling" and has an instant 80's flashback. Had forgotten all about GLOW! The wrestling was pretty terrible on that show. And a lot of the ladies were not exactly gorgeous. But for a teen in the 80's this was quality TV porn.

So I had to sit down and watch this doc. And just a fair warning its pretty standard stuff. Its not poorly put together but there's also nothing special about it. Basically your watching it for all the crazy clips, to find out how this whole thing came to be, and how it fell apart and where the ladies are now.

The clips they pepper pretty heavily in the movie are pretty classic. It shows just how terrible the show was - and makes me wonder how desperate I was to see T&A to actually watch this. And wow was this show so 80's! But as bad as it is it's fun to see all those clips and some of the wrestlers I even remembered (Mount Fuji, Dementia, Col Ninotchka, Jailbait). I also hadn't recalled that the show just wasn't wrestling matches but skits too. They even had an awful 80's rap song along the lines of the Superbowl Shuffle which is just hilariously painful to listen to. Great memories!

So if you did watch GLOW at one point its probably worth checking out. If you haven't seen GLOW before its probably worth checking out 10 minutes of the movie just to revist how terrible the 80's were.
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« Reply #1043 on: January 06, 2014, 03:46:33 PM »

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« Reply #1044 on: January 06, 2014, 07:37:58 PM »

Watched a few things of note of recent:

Warrior: Two brothers prepping for a UFC style completion. Did not expect this one to be as good as it was. The build up to and through the event is pretty incredible.

Jack Reacher: The trailers for this film made it seem like a completely different flick than it was. I thought it was going to be this light hearted action flick but it was a bit dark and took itself more seriously than I was expecting. Actually the trailer scene where Jack gets out of his moving car, walks over to a bunch of people waiting for a bus, and then they hide him from the cops was so out of place in the film it made it seem like they filmed it just for the trailer.

Now the film is not an out of the park. There was no chemistry with the leading lady. And the reveal was pretty unbelievable. But it was a lot better than I was expecting. Wouldn't mind seeing another Jack Reacher film if they made one.

The West Wing: Never caught this when it was on regular TV. Did not care so much for the first three episodes but episode four and on were pretty fantastic. Over the Christmas/News Year break I was doing some major binging. And damn that ending to S1 I can't imagine how shocking that was and how bad it was to wait for the next season to start. I may have made it a whole 20 seconds before having to start up the S2 opener.

Season 2 isn't quite as good as the first season so far. And they seem to kinda just start a plot line then forget about it. Like Sam and the call girl. And the Moira Kelly character from S1, who was terrible BTW, was just dropped in to oblivion apparently. She's not on the show at all and there was no mention of why she is gone. Not that I mind for that particular character.

But still pretty good overall. 5 more seasons to go.
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« Reply #1045 on: January 06, 2014, 07:46:43 PM »

The Last Stand went up over the weekend.  It was the first American movie directed by Kim Jee-Woon, who did the absolutely amazing The Good, the Bad, the Weird.  The Last Stand is kind of ok action fair with Schwarzenegger, but lacks the magic of Kim's Korean films.  If you havent watched The Good, the Bad, the Weird yet, check it out, it's great and also on Netflix.
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« Reply #1046 on: January 06, 2014, 08:05:14 PM »

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The Last Stand went up over the weekend.  It was the first American movie directed by Kim Jee-Woon, who did the absolutely amazing The Good, the Bad, the Weird.  The Last Stand is kind of ok action fair with Schwarzenegger, but lacks the magic of Kim's Korean films.  If you havent watched The Good, the Bad, the Weird yet, check it out, it's great and also on Netflix.

Sadly, the only Kim Jee-Woon we have on Netflix Canuckistan is his short piece in The Doomsday Book which is far from his best. I enjoyed The Good, the Bad, the Weird as well as his A Tale of Two Sisters, and I really enjoyed his A Bittersweet Life - his best film IMO. I keep hoping we get some of his better movies, but so far we've been shut out.  icon_frown

[Edit] Almost forgot to mention - but 2 excellent Korean films we have on netflix.ca are A Company Man and The Man from Nowhere. Don't know if they're on Netflix USA, but if they are you might enjoy them too.
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« Reply #1047 on: January 06, 2014, 08:18:50 PM »

Quote from: kronovan on January 06, 2014, 08:05:14 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on January 06, 2014, 07:46:43 PM

The Last Stand went up over the weekend.  It was the first American movie directed by Kim Jee-Woon, who did the absolutely amazing The Good, the Bad, the Weird.  The Last Stand is kind of ok action fair with Schwarzenegger, but lacks the magic of Kim's Korean films.  If you havent watched The Good, the Bad, the Weird yet, check it out, it's great and also on Netflix.

Sadly, the only Kim Jee-Woon we have on Netflix Canuckistan is his short piece in The Doomsday Book which is far from his best. I enjoyed The Good, the Bad, the Weird as well as his A Tale of Two Sisters, and I really enjoyed his A Bittersweet Life - his best film IMO. I keep hoping we get some of his better movies, but so far we've been shut out.  icon_frown

[Edit] Almost forgot to mention - but 2 excellent Korean films we have on netflix.ca are A Company Man and The Man from Nowhere. Don't know if they're on Netflix USA, but if they are you might enjoy them too.

The Man from Nowhere is great.  I'll have to watch A Company Man now.   We have I Saw the Devil up on the US Netflix, but I haven't been able to work up the energy to tackle that one yet.
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« Reply #1048 on: January 09, 2014, 11:20:11 AM »

Quote from: Crawley on January 06, 2014, 07:37:58 PM

Watched a few things of note of recent:

Warrior: Two brothers prepping for a UFC style completion. Did not expect this one to be as good as it was. The build up to and through the event is pretty incredible.

Jack Reacher: The trailers for this film made it seem like a completely different flick than it was. I thought it was going to be this light hearted action flick but it was a bit dark and took itself more seriously than I was expecting. Actually the trailer scene where Jack gets out of his moving car, walks over to a bunch of people waiting for a bus, and then they hide him from the cops was so out of place in the film it made it seem like they filmed it just for the trailer.

Now the film is not an out of the park. There was no chemistry with the leading lady. And the reveal was pretty unbelievable. But it was a lot better than I was expecting. Wouldn't mind seeing another Jack Reacher film if they made one.

The West Wing: Never caught this when it was on regular TV. Did not care so much for the first three episodes but episode four and on were pretty fantastic. Over the Christmas/News Year break I was doing some major binging. And damn that ending to S1 I can't imagine how shocking that was and how bad it was to wait for the next season to start. I may have made it a whole 20 seconds before having to start up the S2 opener.

Season 2 isn't quite as good as the first season so far. And they seem to kinda just start a plot line then forget about it. Like Sam and the call girl. And the Moira Kelly character from S1, who was terrible BTW, was just dropped in to oblivion apparently. She's not on the show at all and there was no mention of why she is gone. Not that I mind for that particular character.

But still pretty good overall. 5 more seasons to go.

Warrior is very good! I was extremely surprised as well but its pretty great actors, and Nick Nolte either won or got nominated for an oscar as far as I can remember for this role. Much recommended!
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« Reply #1049 on: January 09, 2014, 04:23:05 PM »

I watched Europa Report and thought it was actually pretty good.  Itís basically what you would get if NASA made a found footage movie.  Itís a bit on the slow side but if youíre patient, quite enjoyable.
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« Reply #1050 on: January 09, 2014, 05:50:38 PM »

Quote from: Lordnine on January 09, 2014, 04:23:05 PM

I watched Europa Report and thought it was actually pretty good.  Itís basically what you would get if NASA made a found footage movie.  Itís a bit on the slow side but if youíre patient, quite enjoyable.
Just watched this late last week. I also enjoyed it.
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« Reply #1051 on: January 09, 2014, 08:18:03 PM »

Quote from: Zaxxon on January 09, 2014, 05:50:38 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 09, 2014, 04:23:05 PM

I watched Europa Report and thought it was actually pretty good.  Itís basically what you would get if NASA made a found footage movie.  Itís a bit on the slow side but if youíre patient, quite enjoyable.
Just watched this late last week. I also enjoyed it.

Yeah I thought that was a really good flick too. I ended up renting it via OnDemand and felt it was well worth the money. The beginning in particular was really well done and had me pretty pumped about the space mission.
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« Reply #1052 on: January 13, 2014, 02:08:13 AM »

Watched the "Flight of the Intruder" last night. Still holds up very well smile

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« Reply #1053 on: January 13, 2014, 06:11:05 PM »

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Watched the "Flight of the Intruder" last night. Still holds up very well smile

Yeah, I have this one in my library and it gets pulled out at least once a year. It's got one of my favorite Tom Sizemore performances, although I admittedly like him in just about any military themed movie. I only read the sequel to the Coont's novel, so that's probably has helped me to continue to enjoy it.
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« Reply #1054 on: January 14, 2014, 09:29:43 AM »

I watched Shatners "The Captains" a documentary about the various actors that have played Starship captains in the various Star Trek movies / shows. It features Shatner of course, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula and Chris Pine, as well as numerous others who were in some of the shows or movies.

To be honest, I was groaning at the opening and Shatner saying this was a journey of discovery for both the viewers, and him. I was also groaning when he first interviewed Patrick Stewart, and Stewart got to say 2 lines, where Shatner then talked for several minutes about himself. This is something that goes on in every single Interview, and seeing as Shatner is executive producer, it only reinforces my view of him as something of a egocentric personality.
Shatner talks in that wierd clipped way that Mr Lipton does in that Actors Chair show, and it seemed like acting by Shatner, unfortunately.

Despite that, I actually really liked the documentary, but thats despite the man, not because of him. The other captains are genuinly interesting people. I've always liked Patrick Stewart, but the documentary managed to make me interested in the other actors as well, despite me not having seen any of the newer shows. Even Chris Pine seems like a real human being, and honestly, Shatners outburst is probably spot-on "You are me, 50 years ago!". To me, Shatner was a force of personality back in the day, and Chris Pine has the same self-confidence that comes with being young and successful that some find grating.

Nearing the end of the documentary, it occurred to me that it was actually pretty good watching this, and it told me a lot not only about the other Captains, but a lot about Mr. Shatner as well, and his fear of being forgotten which shines through quite well.

All in all, I can only recommend this if you have any interest in Star Trek or actors.

There is a series as well, where he goes a bit more in depth with the various actors, but all in all, I find the movie a lot better.
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« Reply #1055 on: January 14, 2014, 11:48:07 AM »

The highlight of the captains is listening to all the incoherent answers the completely baked Avery Brooks gives to all of the questions (many of which he sings). And by the way you should watch DS9 if you haven't, since it is by far the best Star Trek series...
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« Reply #1056 on: January 14, 2014, 12:11:27 PM »

Quote from: JCC on January 14, 2014, 11:48:07 AM

The highlight of the captains is listening to all the incoherent answers the completely baked Avery Brooks gives to all of the questions (many of which he sings). And by the way you should watch DS9 if you haven't, since it is by far the best Star Trek series...

I've actually started watching them after watching this documentary :-)

And yeah. Avery Brooks is totally bonkers...In an interesting way, actually.
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« Reply #1057 on: January 14, 2014, 12:38:16 PM »

I got a recommendation to use less bandwidth from my ISP.  I might need to quit reading this thread.   icon_eek
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« Reply #1058 on: January 17, 2014, 03:55:38 PM »

http://www.theonion.com/articles/netflix-instant-thinking-about-adding-good-movie,34958/
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« Reply #1059 on: January 17, 2014, 07:46:43 PM »

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Whenever there's a Netflix article anywhere I always peek at the comments and sure enough someone complains there no good movies on there. But of they never expand on what constitutes a good movie Netflix needs.

To me Netlfix is a treasure trove of finding movies/shows I've never heard/seen before. Plenty of crappy ones but a surprising number of gems on there. The usual "good movies" I suspect people are wanting I've usually already seen via the movie theater or renting off Amazon/OnDemand/RedBox for a few bucks.

I take it back about people not saying they never expand on saying what their "good movie" choices are. I once saw someone complain Netflix didn't have "Game of Thrones."
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« Reply #1060 on: January 19, 2014, 02:49:37 PM »

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I got a recommendation to use less bandwidth from my ISP.  I might need to quit reading this thread.   icon_eek

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« Reply #1061 on: January 19, 2014, 03:37:11 PM »

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Whenever there's a Netflix article anywhere I always peek at the comments and sure enough someone complains there no good movies on there. But of they never expand on what constitutes a good movie Netflix needs.

Most people equate "good movie" with "movie just released in theaters that I wanted to see but didn't."

Unfortunately, there's no way in hell Hollywood is just going to forego all video sales and just let people stream all the brand new movies they want for $7.99 a month. That's total fantasy land, and people who want that out of Netflix are delusional.

Even so, there ARE a lot of fairly recent movies on Netflix if you're patient - Thor and The Avengers being two notable examples. People tend to gloss over those when they complain about Netflix having any films though.

For me Netflix excels in both TV binge watching and finding older movies you've never seen before. If you're a movie buff, Netflix is a treasure trove of curiosities. Well worth the money.
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« Reply #1062 on: January 19, 2014, 04:42:29 PM »

Random pick - watched Sexy Evil Genius last night and enjoyed it.

Was interesting (in an odd way) seeing them try to pass off flashback Katee as 15 plus Michelle Trachtenberg and Seth Green together, Oz and Dawn making out.  icon_wink
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« Reply #1063 on: January 29, 2014, 05:18:32 AM »

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I've been out of the anime loop for abut 8 years, but have been watching (and thoroughly enjoying) Samurai Champloo.  Are there any other anime series available on Netflix that are worth watching?

All the kiddies tell me that crunchyroll is the go-to place for anime these days.

I'm not big on anime at all, but I have some coworkers who love the series Attack on Titan, which I see is available on CrunchyRoll.

Attack on Titan is now available on Netflix as well.  Will be my next series...heard its amazing.
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« Reply #1064 on: January 29, 2014, 03:00:39 PM »

Gervais' An Idiot Abroad is up on Netflix.  I'm not sure if it's a recent addition or not, but I just noticed it.  Watched the first episode with Karl in China and laughed out loud more than once.  His deadpan delivery just sells it.
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« Reply #1065 on: January 29, 2014, 04:51:02 PM »

I've been watching The IT Crowd.  Funny, but I wish they hadn't written off a major character in the second season.  it was jarring and out of place for the character.  otherwise, I'm enjoying it. 

I'll dig up Attack on Titan later.  it gets mentioned a lot.  I want them to get the next season of Archer soon so I can binge on it. 
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« Reply #1066 on: January 29, 2014, 05:33:12 PM »

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I've been watching The IT Crowd.  Funny, but I wish they hadn't written off a major character in the second season.  it was jarring and out of place for the character.  otherwise, I'm enjoying it.  

I'll dig up Attack on Titan later.  it gets mentioned a lot.  I want them to get the next season of Archer soon so I can binge on it.  

Unfortunately, FX is bad about putting there shows up in a timely fashion.  For example, they put up Season 8 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in November after Season 9 had already ended.  They only just put up the second season of American Horror story, too.

As for IT Crowd, getting rid of that major character paved the way for a much better one (in the form of Matt Berry).  The show gets a lot better, too.
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« Reply #1067 on: January 29, 2014, 05:48:40 PM »

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I've been watching The IT Crowd.  Funny, but I wish they hadn't written off a major character in the second season.  it was jarring and out of place for the character.  otherwise, I'm enjoying it.  

I'll dig up Attack on Titan later.  it gets mentioned a lot.  I want them to get the next season of Archer soon so I can binge on it.  

Unfortunately, FX is bad about putting there shows up in a timely fashion.  For example, they put up Season 8 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in November after Season 9 had already ended.  They only just put up the second season of American Horror story, too.

As for IT Crowd, getting rid of that major character paved the way for a much better one (in the form of Matt Berry).  The show gets a lot better, too.
well, that's good news.  I've only watched a few with the newer guy, and I miss the old one.  mainly, I'm bummed that the cliffhanger of season 1 was left to hang.   also, the budget clearly jumps from S1 to S2 and it's a bit jarring when you watch them back to back.  like when Mac on IASiP went from normal sized to super sized.

I too am waiting for S9 of Sunny.
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« Reply #1068 on: January 29, 2014, 06:04:49 PM »

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As for IT Crowd, getting rid of that major character paved the way for a much better one (in the form of Matt Berry).  The show gets a lot better, too.

Wait, what?  Matt Berry you say?  The great Matt Berry of Garth Merenghi fame?  I did not know that...

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« Reply #1069 on: January 29, 2014, 06:06:38 PM »

IT Crowd is probably the funniest TV I've ever seen. Especially the funeral gets me every time.
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« Reply #1070 on: January 29, 2014, 06:11:08 PM »

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IT Crowd is probably the funniest TV I've ever seen.

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« Reply #1071 on: January 29, 2014, 06:19:32 PM »

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Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 29, 2014, 05:33:12 PM

As for IT Crowd, getting rid of that major character paved the way for a much better one (in the form of Matt Berry).  The show gets a lot better, too.

Wait, what?  Matt Berry you say?  The great Matt Berry of Garth Merenghi fame?  I did not know that...

...<adds IT Crowd to his netflix queue>

Hilariously, you did know that.

Must have tripped on the way.
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« Reply #1072 on: January 29, 2014, 06:28:52 PM »

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Watched the "Flight of the Intruder" last night. Still holds up very well smile

two Harks up recommended

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« Reply #1073 on: January 29, 2014, 06:35:32 PM »

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Quote from: hepcat on January 29, 2014, 06:04:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 29, 2014, 05:33:12 PM

As for IT Crowd, getting rid of that major character paved the way for a much better one (in the form of Matt Berry).  The show gets a lot better, too.

Wait, what?  Matt Berry you say?  The great Matt Berry of Garth Merenghi fame?  I did not know that...

...<adds IT Crowd to his netflix queue>

Hilariously, you did know that.

Must have tripped on the way.

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« Reply #1074 on: January 29, 2014, 06:39:18 PM »

I started watching Attack on Titan last night.  I only made it through the first episode, but it seems like it might be fun.  I always appreciate subtitled with original dialog on foreign shows too.  The majority of voice actors they use for things without a real budget are just awful and take me out of the show while watching.
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« Reply #1075 on: January 29, 2014, 06:40:00 PM »

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I've been out of the anime loop for abut 8 years, but have been watching (and thoroughly enjoying) Samurai Champloo.  Are there any other anime series available on Netflix that are worth watching?

All the kiddies tell me that crunchyroll is the go-to place for anime these days.

I'm not big on anime at all, but I have some coworkers who love the series Attack on Titan, which I see is available on CrunchyRoll.

Attack on Titan is now available on Netflix as well.  Will be my next series...heard its amazing.

The first two episodes were a bit grim and the Titans were pretty creepy.  Makes for an excellent start and look forward to powering through the rest of it.  
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« Reply #1076 on: January 29, 2014, 06:42:15 PM »

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I started watching Attack on Titan last night.  I only made it through the first episode, but it seems like it might be fun.  I always appreciate subtitled with original dialog on foreign shows too.  The majority of voice actors they use for things without a real budget are just awful and take me out of the show while watching.

(ended up deleting my original post by accident and reposting which referenced the lack of dubbing)

Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised by the subtitles.  Sometimes you get a winner like Cowboy Bebop.  But other times the voice acting falls a bit flat.
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« Reply #1077 on: January 29, 2014, 08:03:52 PM »

Has anyone seen the final, special episode of the IT crowd from last Fall? It's not on netflix. I was wondering if it was any good.
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« Reply #1078 on: January 29, 2014, 08:19:19 PM »

Quote from: Siljanus on January 29, 2014, 06:42:15 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 29, 2014, 06:39:18 PM

I started watching Attack on Titan last night.  I only made it through the first episode, but it seems like it might be fun.  I always appreciate subtitled with original dialog on foreign shows too.  The majority of voice actors they use for things without a real budget are just awful and take me out of the show while watching.

(ended up deleting my original post by accident and reposting which referenced the lack of dubbing)

Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised by the subtitles.  Sometimes you get a winner like Cowboy Bebop.  But other times the voice acting falls a bit flat.

I've watched so many anime series that I've lost count - have close to 200 DVD/BRD anime volumes in my movie library. That said, this series really impressed me. I loved how the studio (Production I.G) captured the original style of the manga and I also really liked the direction - it was Tetsuro Araki who also did great stuff with Gungrave and Black Lagoon, so I shouldn't have been too surprised.

To me what was really great about this series is how it blended genres so well. The impressive/frightening titans gave it a sort of mythical fantasy flavor, but the other aspects of it seemed to be some sort of take on sword & sorcery and steampunk - maybe "sword & steampunk." slywink  At times it reminded me of Vision of Escaflowne, but that was probably due more to the overall quality of it. I agree with the other positive comments here - IMO this is definitely an anime to see, even if you don't particularly care for the medium.
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« Reply #1079 on: January 30, 2014, 04:39:34 AM »

Quote from: Siljanus on January 29, 2014, 06:42:15 PM

At times it reminded me of Vision of Escaflowne, but that was probably due more to the overall quality of it.

Well shit. Now I gotta watch it as that was one of my favorite anime series for a long time.
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