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  1. Ahh, sry sry House of Leaves. I basically want every horror movie to be like it, but nothing ever comes close (w exception of the Kane Pixels Backrooms vids)
  2. Back OT/palate cleanser: The Night House Went in with pretty low expectations, left pretty glad I watched it. Rebecca Hall totally makes this one, as it's really a one woman show and she's just fantastic. I think the only other place I'd seen her was in Tales from the Loop and she was good there - and friggin' totally sells it here. Some really excellent audio work and some shit that legit made me rip the headphones off and have to, like, take a few deep breaths. Ending is a slight letdown and you kind of wonder if the Director has a cut somewhere which goes a little more bleak - but when you actually think about the ending and likely chain of future events .... it's still pretty bleak. Go in expecting kind of low-level pop horror and you'll be pleasantly surprised. 8.5 HOL's / 10 but it's actually not really like HOL that much at all so don't go in expecting genius
  3. Thanks Z. Yeah, I think (for whatever reason) I missed it initially but then I went back and looked at some of his old posts and then I was like "ooooohhhh right." I actually thought about deleting what I wrote because, you know, don't feed the trolls and all that, but then decided I'd leave it. I've been the target of random, violent verbal abuse in the past for no ostensible reason - sometimes because, well, I'm a minority. Sometimes, partly because of that "other" status, my defense mechanism has been to placate, which made me a pretty easy target. So, I guess, in this instance I took a while to process and then responded in a way that felt honest but not yielding. It hurt me, even if it was supposed to be funny, but what I wrote is the sort of measured way I wish that I could have responded in the past (or now). So, I'm leaving it, if for no other reason than to remind me that there are better ways to responding to such things than either a)lashing back out or b)just caving to it. Or saying nothing. And, lol, yeah, right? All OG's are now old AF - this stuff seems like the equivalent of kids calling each other "fags" on Xbox live - maybe understandable for pre-teens who don't really understand what they're saying, but ultimately just kind of shitty and hurtful to anyone who might be the target (or class being used pejoratively) and not something grown ass men should still be doing. thnx m8 🙏
  4. That seems .... unnecessarily harsh and pretty unfounded. I think I'm pretty clear about what my opinions are, that they are uniquely my own, with the caveat that what one conceives as self is largely a construct built off of a conglomerate of lived experiences. I'd argue that my initial review/opinion of the latest Bats is also fairly counter to a lot of opinions to here which, I think, makes it non-generic (if one defines "generic" as something like normative i.e., in keeping with what everyone else is saying). Certainly I didn't mean to offend, though I can't help but feel bit attacked here for no clear reason. I mean, is voicing what one person believes to be a generic opinion is worthy of such ire, I suspect we'd all be spat upon in such a fashion at one time or another. Which is, to say, more than anyone should ever be for voicing their opinion on a blockbuster film.
  5. Yeah, I feel like... first Nolan Batman was great because it broke the mold / refreshed the franchise, even if it wasn't the greatest film. Dark Knight w Joker I do really love, but a lot of that comes down to Heath Ledger being amazeballs. This one... yeah, I think it also helps I watched it over 3 evenings (#toddlerlife). If I sat through all at once I might have gotten fatigued. That being said. I guess I just really resonated w the whole trauma/anger/trying to move psst that towards something more like hope/love. Omg, I would have had 0 idea it ws Farrell. Apparently Reeves is going to do a whole Penguin series for HBO? That's def intriguing...
  6. Au-delà des murs (Beyond the Walls) So... not sure if this is a tv series or should count as movie, but I just posted in the films thread sooooo A three part miniseries (or, maybe just a longish movie), french surrealist horror. I was doing a search for visual stuffs that had a House of Leaves vibe/Backrooms feel and this came up. Its great. Best to go in not knowing much, but the use of liminal spaces is both well done and ends up going into unexpected places. One of those things where there is an underlying set pf philosophical principles that use the space as metaphor for internal, human things, not just "oh cool that's soooon weird." There's more than horror here, there is examination of loss, the human condition, love, etc. Its not perfect. Some parts feel rushed and underdeveloped while others feel, perhaps, too languid. The visuals are not the best, but they do carry with them shades of Lynch, and (thank GOD) understand they are working within budgetary limits that shouldn't be exceeded. What that means is the .... things you see may feel slightly theatrical, but will age incredibly well, as the horrors are less about how things look as much as they are about the ideas about why they do. On that topic, there are things that are left unexplained, in thr best way possible. Not that there isn't a conclusion (a very, very good one imop), more that the way things are presented are left up to you to think on/intepret. Less is more, show don't tell done right. 8 tesseracts / 5 and a half minute hallways
  7. The Batman - hands down my favorite Batman in cinema (note I said "my favorite" not "best"... mileage will differ). Reeves somehow took the gritty realism of a Nolan Battersea and made it even more gritty/real, with the result being a Batman who feels somehow more human but still fantastical. There is actual... character growth? That's just not something I think we've really seen before, and I absolutely love that A moody, emo piece that I loved to pieces. There are two, very minor quibbles I have that make this a 9.9/10. But that 10 means perfect in every way in this context, so it's like a normal film's 45/10.
  8. Just fyi, there is also a tool that will analyze a sample and automatically pitch adjust it to "C" so that when you play C it's a C. Search tools over at the Renoise site Edit: https://www.renoise.com/tools/easy-tune
  9. ^ yeah think this is it. Totally get that they saw the writing on the wall and put huge efforts into creating a bunch of original content to prepare for the day when they lost all their popular series back to other networks. But, the downside is that so much of it is so middling that even though they put out some random amazing shit (I'm Thinking of Ending Things is a great example, I'd put Power of the Dog up there too) it gets lost in the noise. Also, just too much of it. I def have found myself sinking into the trap of just scrolling through content for half an hour unable to decide on anything... and having this association that whatever I choose is probably gong to be "ok I guess?" Then I inevitably flip over and watch something on HBO Max or whatever. ..
  10. Makes me think of this gem:
  11. Saw this yesterday, pretty awesome
  12. Yeah... for so long Netlfix was kind of this lone wolf, way ahead of the pack in terms of evolving strategy to stay a few steps ahead. Everything happening now just seems like such a step backward .... I mean, it is what it is. It's funny, I've been finding myself going back to using Plex more and more lately. Out of curiosity: what do you use/how do you rip your discs and whatnot? Do you find you have space concerns? (I have a few seasons of various shows and they just take up so much damn space)
  13. Yeah think that's right (20%). I haven't followed them as closely since finishing up because grad school trauma (jk ... mostly) but still fascinated by them. Iirc correctly they also refused to stream Russian propaganda channels at the outset of the war losing them a ton of subscribers. Adding Ad tiers is a terrible idea, and totally contrary to their mission statement. It's actually one of the reasons I still subscribe - its literally the only streaming service that has 0 ads for anything (I mean, not even ads for other shows). It's the reason I cut the cord almost 2 decades ago. Oof. I mean, I get it, they are a business. And this is the predominant model for many streaming options. But still. Oof. Also with @o00o here - the artifial downgrade to upgrade bait and switch is dirty. Other thing Netflix does poorly: their original show model is to cover all up front production costs and then a graduated payment model whereby after year three, payments go through the roof to creators/actors/etc. in a series. That's why so few shows on Netlfix get past S3. Which is fucking dumb. Figure out a better model and come back at me w more Santa Clarita Diet pls? K thnx bye.
  14. Actually did my capstone project for MBA on the good 'ol Netflix. Think part of this is due to a massive uptick in subscribers at the outset of the pandemic- like their Q1/Q2 2020 numbers were through the roof. So, they gained way more than expected, then tail end of 2021 they started seeing declines for some of the reasons above: Disney+ and other competitors entering thearket (e.g., Peacock, Apple+), tightening economy meaning people will elect to drop unessential services (or choose between say HBO Max and Netflix). Sure the uptick in prices aren't helping. They are pushing hard to try and appeal to global markets (where they haven't saturated yet) but oof - 2 millions lost subscribers is pretty tough pill to swallow. TLDR: massive uptick in subscribers during pandemic means artificially inflated numbers coupled with market saturation in US, competition from others, tightening economy and charging more and need to capture larger global market share probably explains this
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    Cheers! Watched part of this at lunch, look forward to finishing it up. Weirdly comforting to hear his voice sounds eerily similar to what I heard in my head while reading....
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