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curl-6 said:

The Hunter (2011)

One of those movies that sounds terrible on paper but becomes more than the sum of its part thanks to strong acting and direction. Another one that greatly exceeded my expectations.

That's the one with Willem Dafoe, right? Yeah, good slow burn thriller.



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TallSilhouette said:
curl-6 said:

The Hunter (2011)

One of those movies that sounds terrible on paper but becomes more than the sum of its part thanks to strong acting and direction. Another one that greatly exceeded my expectations.

That's the one with Willem Dafoe, right? Yeah, good slow burn thriller.

Yeah that's the one. Best performance I have seen from him.



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Currently rewatching Breaking Bad. Excellent show!



Just finished watching Arcane. Very good.

Currently watching through The Next Gen, going to start Voyager after.



Hmm, pie.

Mimic (1997)

Enjoyable creature feature that's smart enough to know that monsters are scariest when half-seen in the dark. Some impressive practical effects work for the time.



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Watched both seasons of Stranger. A great mature crime drama that doesn't have to lean into ultra violence, sex, excessive cursing or any other shock value to make an impact. Just pure great writing and strong human characters, asking questions that are relevant to modern society. I hope the series will continue soon.



This four day holiday weekend was a tale of two good live action works and two great animated ones:

King Richard: Will Smith lends a solid performance to a side of the sports world I hadn't seen before (junior tennis). I expected to take care of some chores around the house while I watched this but ended up glued to my seat for the duration. The Williams family story is a fascinating one well worth telling.

House of Gucci: It's curious how much scandal and intrigue has been involved in the fashion world (and not just the sexual harrassment type). The plot arc feels somewhat Scorcese-esque even if the quality doesn't match. Each prominent character gets their moment to shine, with Leto in particular drawing a few chuckles.

Encanto: In my book the best animated film Disney has put out since Inside Out. The visuals are drop dead gorgeous (best since Toy Story 4), some of the musical numbers are genuine bangers without a dud in the bunch, and the story is relatable, nuanced, and surprisingly dark at points (more than balanced out by all the beauty). This one is worth a second trip to the theater.

Arcane: Probably the biggest surprise of the year for me. The trailers looked promising but I was blown away by the end result. The art direction is exquisite, the animation is buttery smooth, the characters ooze personality and are impeccably cast, the music is unsurprisingly solid for Riot, and the writing is surprisingly sharp and heartfelt. Thrilled to see it's getting a second season and I can't wait for it. Fortiche has now established themselves as one of the best animation studios in the world.

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Arcane

I was extremely skeptical of this one, as I really hate League of Legends, but several friends urged me to give it a try, and I'm so glad I did because I was frankly taken aback at how excellent it is, in everything from its incredible animation to its top notch voice acting and storytelling. Perhaps my biggest pleasant surprise of 2021.



Bet with Liquidlaser: I say PS5 and Xbox Series will sell more than 56 million combined by the end of 2023.

Been rewatching the previous Spider-Man films! Sam Raimi's trilogy is a classic! I like Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man films too. Can't wait for No Way Home!



Bruised: Hilariously bad. Stay in front of the camera, Halle, not behind it.

Ghostbusters Afterlife: Solid successor with lots of reverence for the originals. Definitely better than the reboot, that's for sure.

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I teared up a little when Egon appeared, holding the blaster with his granddaughter.